Justice Newsletter - May 10, 2020

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will." – Stephen King


A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

       Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful Justice Mothers and Grandmothers.

        On Saturday, our teachers set out to celebrate our senior class. We delivered over 500 yard signs. THANK YOU to PTSA for funding this event and to our staff for taking the time on Saturday to personally deliver the signs. Our senior students were thrilled to know that our community supports and is thinking of them.

      The Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE are now open. Report Cards will be mailed for both third and fourth quarters. Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss any grading concerns.

          As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

8th Period Yoga Class

      Justice High School is pleased to offer an optional 8th Period Yoga class from 1:30 to 2:15 on Thursdays for students and staff. Classes will be taught by Lisa Gunther, Librarian, and Ellie Burnett, English Teacher.  Lisa and Ellie teach yoga in and out of school, and are so happy to be able to continue integrating this practice of mindfulness and relaxation into the school day.

     Justice students and staff can login into 8th Period Yoga by following the steps below:

  • Go to FCPS Blackboard 24-7
  • Click on the Justice HS Library Course
  • Click on the Distance Learning Tab on Thursdays starting at 1:15

     Please email Lisa Gunther with any questions.  

Student Services Weekly Programming

This week, the Student Services Department will be providing a lesson for students to check in on their postsecondary goal that they created earlier in the year through Den Time as part of their FCPS Academic Career Plan. The Wellness Wednesday lesson will help students learn strategies to adapt to change and the Future Friday lesson for juniors will focus on college placement testing and requesting letters of recommendations. Students will need to register for our upcoming Future Friday Sessions through the Future Friday Registration Form. Registration will close at 5pm the day before the session. Links to the session will be sent to students the night before the session. More information and recent lessons can be found on the counselor’s Google Classroom page. Our Student Services team is doing an amazing job keeping up with the latest information to share with students!

Virtual Honor Roll

We will be holding a virtual 3rd quarter honor roll celebration for “All A” student recipients on Friday, May 15th at 2:00 pm. A link to the Blackboard Collaborate session will be sent to the student recipient’s fcpsschools.net email address 24 hours before the event. We ask that students and parents view the program on one device per household. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend the live virtual session. For more information, contact your child’s counselor.

Colleges Still Accepting Applications

The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students is a voluntary listing of NACAC member postsecondary institutions that are still accepting applications from prospective freshman and/or transfer students for the upcoming fall term. This is a tool for counselors, parents and others assisting students who have not yet completed the college admission process. View the list of colleges still accepting applications here. Typically, colleges will continue to join the update after the May 5 public release date, so check back periodically to see additional colleges still accepting applications.

G Suite Information for Seniors

Each summer we get emails from seniors who can no longer access their Google Drive to access resumes, scholarship information, and other important documents. The link below shows seniors how they can download all of their information in one package and move it over to their personal Gmail account. Downloading your Data from FCPS G Suite for Education

FCPS AP and IB Updates

The College Board and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) continue to provide 2020 Advanced Placement (AP)/IB program guidance and testing updates directly to students and parents. Based on this information, FCPS is providing additional information to ensure students and parents understand how schools are supporting students with these changes.The most recent updates can be found at Coronavirus Update: FAQs and  https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-shares-new-updates-ap-and-ib-students


AP Exams

We have a handful of students who are signed up to take AP exams over the next two weeks. Please view the AP Exam schedule. Students taking an online AP exam are expected to login 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam. For the next two weeks, there will be AP students who have to miss synchronous instruction due to a scheduled online AP Exam. AP students should be encouraged to check in with their teachers to learn how to make up the synchronous instruction missed due to an AP exam. Please take a moment to review the important information below shared by College Board:

Junior Parent Coffee

Parents of current juniors are invited to join us for a virtual Junior Parent Coffee on Friday, May 22nd from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Topics will include the college search and application process, financial aid, and ways to prepare for senior year. Please complete the Justice HS Junior Parent Coffee RSVP if you would like to attend. A recording of the session will be available for those who are not able to attend. For more information, contact your child’s counselor or Alicia Grande, Career Center Specialist, at agrande@fcps.edu

Counseling, College and Career Distance Learning Resources for Seniors and Juniors

Resources have been provided to help seniors and juniors, as they begin to explore and develop their postsecondary plans. Parents may access resources on the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Blackboard 24-7 pages. The resources provided on Blackboard and on the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 Google sites have been developed in collaboration with school staff and the Office of Counseling and College and Career Readiness.

NOVA Webinar For Parents: Preparing High School Graduates For College

Northern Virginia Community College’s president, Dr. Anne Kress, is inviting FCPS parents and/or guardians to an informational webinar on May 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Topics will include:

  • The new higher education landscape 
  • Next steps after high school 
  • Education options that can save families thousands of dollars 
  • Available financial aid and scholarship options 
  • Labor market demands and opportunities 
  • Transfer programs available at NOVA

Advance registration is required: https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ne2lgKfLS2mSx8u7drEiUw 

NOVA Webinar Flyer

Course Verification

All student course requests can be accessed through the SIS Parent Account. Please review these selected courses carefully with your child and should you find any errors, by Friday, June 5 please contact your child’s counselor by email or a signed and dated note explaining the error and how it should be corrected.

Last Day of Academy Courses

For students who take classes at one of the FCPS academies, the last day of academy classes for seniors will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The last day of academy classes for underclassmen will be Friday, June 5.


VDOE Partnership with Spanish-Language Radio Station Supports Learning for Students and Families

Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that the Virginia Department of Education is partnering with Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM, a Richmond Spanish-language station, to launch “Virginia: Educación en Radio,” the commonwealth’s first bilingual radio learning program. The program will feature prerecorded lessons in multiple subject areas to support continuity of learning for Spanish-speaking students in grades K-12 while schools are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The program will air Monday through Friday from 10:30-11 a.m., beginning on Friday, May 1, and run through the end of the month, with a possible extension into June. Programming on Fridays will focus on resources, activities and educational tips for families. A replay of each week’s lessons will be available on Saturdays from 4-6:30 p.m. WBTK Educación en Radio

Summer Learning

Registration is still open for online summer school courses. This includes Online Campus courses, the ESOL Language and Literacy Connections, and Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance. Summer registration for in-person courses such as the Credit Recovery Academy and FCPS institutes and camps is postponed until further notice. For more information, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs.  

Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC has a “padlet” website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families.” https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions. The PRC YouTube channel has new workshops added every month. Please check the FCPS Parent Resource Center website frequently as they will be adding new webinars. 

  • Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are at Home 24/7: A Webinar for Families, Friday, May 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon (register)

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