Justice Newsletter - August 3, 2020

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families,

     I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. We are in the process of planning the master schedule, attending and creating virtual professional development for our staff, and working through all of the traditional back to school related logistics. More information regarding student schedules and new student orientation will be sent later this month. Please be sure that students are monitoring their school email.

     At the end of the school year, we surveyed students and staff to understand the challenges and successes of virtual instruction. Based on that feedback our staff is working to develop structures and systems that should streamline on-line learning for students. Once we finalize our plan, we will share information with our families.

     As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me at mveck@fcps.edu.

Virginia High School League

We continue to receive more information and guidance about the coming school year. The Virginia High School League Executive Committee met last week and voted to delay all sports and activities until December 14 and adopted a condensed interscholastic plan. In addition, marching band has also been cancelled for the fall and will be reassessed in alignment with the VHSL. Here are the details of this plan:

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
    • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field

“This plan leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  The plan also allows schools the opportunity focus on the additional planning associated with the opening of school. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Student Activities Brian Garvey at BDGarvey@fcps.edu.

School Starts September 8th

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students  Tuesday, September 8. The revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

JHS 20-21 - Student Laptop Pickup

Attention Freshmen and New students

     We will be distributing student laptops on 8/25-8/28 from 8:30am – 2:00pm for rising 9th graders and any new students.  If you are a rising 9th grader you will receive an email with an appointment time to your student google email (Student ID#@fcpsschools.net) on 8/4 – We will also send an email to any parent email addresses on file.  The email sent will have additional information on CDC guidelines.  If parents/students are unable to pick up during their appointment window there will be other opportunities for alternate dates/times.

     If you are a new student enrolling at Justice in 10th-12th grade you may come to school any time between 8:30am and 12:00pm on 8/28.

     If you have any questions or concerns please email Jason Kagarise at jmkagarise@fcps.edu

PSTD Summer Sessions

Due to school closure during the spring some students were unable to attend Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD).  This 90-minute program is required to be attended by the student and their parent/guardian as part of classroom driver education to fulfill juvenile licensing requirements. 

Additional programs have been scheduled on August 5, August 10, and August. 17 in the evening.  The programs will be held virtually and the student and parent/guardian must participate in the presentation together. 

Students should complete the form at https://forms.gle/62rXQuqszigZ5AZw6 to register for PSTD.  Each session is limited to 40 participants (student and parent/guardian).  Students will be registered first-come, first-served.  Students must be logged into their FCPS Google account to access the form.  A confirmation email and separate email with the Blackboard Collaborate link to join the session will be sent to the student’s FCPS Gmail. 

After completing the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion in their FCPS Gmail.  The certificate of completion will need to be sent to the student’s classroom driver education teacher. 

Please contact Carrie Reynolds at cfreynolds@fcps.edu with any questions.

Student Services Staff Updates

We are excited to welcome new members to the Justice HS Student Services staff for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Jolana Williams, who served as a resource counselor at Justice HS this past year, will be the school counselor for students with last names Guf-La. Ms. Shanay Freeman Howard will be the counselor for students with last names Mv-Ram. While new to FCPS, Ms. Howard has a wealth of school counseling experience and we are thrilled that she will be joining our team. Our school counselors are returning from summer break on Thursday, August 6, 2020. We wish the best for Ms. Covert as she transitions to a new FCPS school and congratulate Ms. Schneider on her retirement. 

  • A-Ba: Shari Winston (slwinston@fcps.edu)
  • Bb-De: Carissa Camacho (ccamacho@fcps.edu)
  • Df-Gue: Richeal Fretwell (rlfretwell@fcps.edu)
  • Guf-La: Jolana Williams (jrwilliams@fcps.edu)
  • Lb-Mu: Alysha Damratowski (amdamratowsk@fcps.edu)
  • Mv-Ram: Shanay Freeman Howard (syfreeman@fcps.edu)
  • Ran-So: Linda Hardy (lwhardy@fcps.edu)
  • Sp-Z: Megan Neforos (mcneforos@fcps.edu)
  • A-Ma ESOL Level 1: Maurice Hirsh (mhirsh@fcps.edu)
  • Mb-Z ESOL Level 1: Vanessa Collazos (vccollazos@fcps.edu)

Student Services Office Appointments

Student Services support staff is available to assist with student registrations, withdrawals, records requests, address changes, and more. We are able to address many of these needs by phone or through electronic communication. Families who need to come to the school to drop off paperwork must have an appointment. To make an appointment or to request assistance, please call 703-824-3922 or contact our Administrative Assistants via email: Maddie Orozco (mlorozco@fcps.edu) or Karin Neal (kneal@fcsp.edu). 

2020 Senior Photos

Lifetouch recently finished processing the photographs taken during our diploma ceremony in June.  If you would like to view/order photos please follow this link.  We’re thrilled to be able to share these images from such a wonderful celebration of our seniors.

Lifetouch has organized the photos in chronological order and have them separated by day:  6/16 – day 1; 6/17 – day 2; 6/18 – day 3.

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