Justice Newsletter - May 17, 2020

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you." – B.B. King


A Note from Principal Eck


Dear Justice Families,

       I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday. Bill and I power washed our deck. As uneventful as that may sound, we were delighted to get ready for warm temperatures.

       Each week I have the opportunity of dropping in on synchronous lessons throughout different content areas. This week, Dr. Zuluaga, Region II Superintendent, had the opportunity to visit alongside with me. He was impressed to see the high levels of engagement in our virtual classrooms. We visited math, science and English classes.

     We have crafted a plan for underclassmen to retrieve materials from their lockers and drop-off any materials. Please see below for more information. Seniors, diplomas have arrived and caps/gowns will be delivered tomorrow. Staff is currently working to finalize your pick-up/delivery plan. We have included an outline below under class of 2020 updates. More information to come next week.

      As always, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.


Underclassmen materials pick-up/drop-off

As you know, the last day of distance learning for underclassmen is June 12. Before we begin summer break, we will be collecting and returning important items to students.  Underclassmen will drop off/pick up items on the following dates:

        Families with more than one Justice HS student will only need to come to the school on one date. This process will take place in three phases:

 

Phase 1:  Completion of Google Form - If students have critical items that they need to pick up (e.g., materials in their locker, medication) or drop off (e.g., library books, textbooks), they need to complete this Google Form sent to their school Gmail account by Friday, May 22Important Note:  Athletic uniforms will be handled separately; coaches will contact athletes with more information.  Underclassmen will keep their laptop, charger, and instrument (if applicable) over the summer unless they are moving. If you are moving, please use the Google Form link to let us know what items you will be returning. 

Phase 2:  Communication of Pick Up/Retrieval Time - The week of May 25, students will receive an email in their school Gmail account with their appointment time, a reminder of items to bring to school, and instructions with a schematic for the procedures that we will follow.  It is important that students check their school email for this information.

Phase 3:  Pick Up/Drop Off - On students’ assigned day and time, we will offer contact-free, curbside service at the school; no students or parents/guardians will be permitted to enter the building.  Everyone who comes to the school must wear a mask or face covering. 


Class of 2020 Updates

As our Class of 2020 is probably already aware, the FCPS School Board has released the expectations for senior celebratory activities.  We are extremely proud of our graduates, and now that we have uniform expectations, Justice has begun the planning process!

We will hold another Senior class meeting on Friday, 22nd at 1:00 pm to discuss the following topics that are being finalized:

    • Senior Class Dues, Obligations & Fees
    • Laptop, Instrument, Bus Pass, Textbook & Library Book Return
    • Cap & Gown Pick Up
    • Diploma Pick Up
    • Photo Opportunities
    • Convocation Details
    • Graduation Celebration Details

Though the traditional June commencement isn’t a possibility, we do have a few save the dates to share. We are hosting a virtual Convocation celebration on June 8th at 2:00 pm. We will share specific information on how to access the celebration in the coming weeks.

A committee is working to create a virtual celebration video for our seniors. We are reviewing timelines, and when the contract is signed, we will reach out to our seniors for their contributions to our video. In addition, we have many individual senior night events being held by sports teams, performing and fine arts groups, and extracurricular and elective organizations.  We are all working as quickly as possible to create as meaningful an end for our seniors as possible. As details are finalized, we will be sending them out!


Summer Learning

You may have read the letter sent last week by FCPS regarding summer learning.  Justice HS will be offering a variety of virtual summer learning to include credit recovery for students who have failed a course or need targeted intervention support, as well as continuity of learning for all students using self-directed digital materials available online.  

FCPS will also be offering summer learning for English language learners and some special education students.  In addition, The  Online Campus  will be open to all students, to enroll in select courses for new credit. Students may also work with their counselors to seek approval to complete a new course through a college or university or through another public or private school that is accredited by Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) and Virtual Private Schools accredited by VCPE.  For courses taken outside of FCPS, the parent or guardian must complete the Request to Earn High School Credit from Programs Outside of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) form. Submit the completed form and additional documents to your child’s school counselor to obtain permission to transfer credit prior to enrolling in any non-FCPS program.”


Student Services Weekly Programming

This week, the Student Services Department Wellness Wednesday lesson will help students with stress management as the school year winds down and the Future Friday lesson for juniors will focus on financing your education. 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


Address Changes

Please let us know if you have moved! We will continue to send important information through the mail and want to make sure that we have your current mailing information. Please contact our registrar, Madeline Orozco, if the address that we have in SIS for your child is no longer correct. For families NOT returning to Justice High School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form by Friday, June 5. Access the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” on the FCPS public website: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms#intention-form. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Student ID Number may be left blank. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send it to our registrar, Madeline Orozco. Ms. Orozco can be reached at 703-824-3922 or mlorozco@fcps.edu


Class of 2020 Senior Survey

About 45% of the senior class has completed the Class of 2020 Senior Survey. The Senior Survey is located in Naviance Student and usually takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Through this process, seniors will indicate where Justice HS will send their final transcript. Resources to assist students with accessing and completing the survey are posted in the counselor’s Google classrooms. The information received from the survey is annually reported to the Virginia Department of Education and the School Board. If you have any questions please contact your school counselor or Ms. Grande agrande@fpcs.edu


Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their parents an introduction to options after high school through virtual webinars. Link will be forwarded to registrants from Blackboard on May 26, 2020. Registration closes on May 25, 2020. Presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services. Register online at www.fcps.edu (search Parent Resource Center) or call 703-204-3941. 

  • May 27, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Register for Supported and Competitive Employment Options: For students planning to work after graduation.
  • May 28, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Register for Postsecondary Education Options: For students planning to continue their education at a 2- or 4- year college or specialized training program.

 


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


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.


A Note from Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Shawn Elliott wanted to provide you with an article pertaining to the 5 Vaping Fact You Need To Know provided by Doctor Michael Joseph Blaha of John Hopkins Medicine. Shawn can be reached at sbelliott@fcps.edu. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/5-truths-you-need-to-know-about-vaping 


Get Your 2020 Yearbook Today!

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Don't forget to purchase your 2020 yearbook, today! There are only 30 books left, and once they are sold out, we cannot print more copies! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com, school code #4118 


Parent Resource Center (PRC)

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. 


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