Robinson Student Ram Page | November 16, 2020


Providing students and parents with important updates and reports of events and happenings in the high school.

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Upcoming Dates/Reminders

On December 10th and 11th, students will have an opportunity to get additional help with missing assignments or make-up work. If your student does not have any missing assignments or requires support from their teacher, they may not have to attend class. Please communicate with your Ram's teacher should you have questions. 

Return to School Resources Guide

School Resource Guide

The information in this guide will help families know what to expect as children return to school. The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school. Please take time to review the information. A Family Guide for 2020-21 Return to School

Voting: Legalization vs Decriminalization

With Election Day behind us, some drug law changes have occurred across multiple states. First let’s define two terms: legalization and decriminalization. Legalization is the act of removing all prohibitions against a drug. Decriminalization removes criminal sanctions against an act, article, or behavior (Dragan M. Svrakic, Patrick J. Lustman, Ashok Mallya, et. al, 2012). Decriminalization of a substance doesn’t make it legal to possess, use, or distribute. Decriminalization usually involves mandated drug education, fines,
and civil penalties.

Here’s what the landscape looks like in Virginia: 

If you’re found to be in possession of an ounce or less, there will be a $25 civil fine. (VA Code of Law, Prior to the July 1st change, possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana was punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, although driver’s license suspensions was the most common punitive measure (Marijuana Policy Project, 2020).

Here’s what the landscape looks like in Oregon:

Measure 110 in Oregon decriminalized the possession of small amounts of all drugs in the state, the first measure of its kind in the U.S. The money from marijuana sales tax will now fund drug addiction treatment (NYT, 2020).

What this means: 

Drug addiction is now seen as more of a medical issue, than a criminal problem. Lawmakers are noticing that jail time doesn’t cure drug addiction. This does NOT mean that adolescent drug use is acceptable. The likelihood of suffering from drug addiction as an adult increases the earlier the age of onset. It is suggested that waiting until at least the age of 21, best 25, to use mood-altering substances significantly reduces the likelihood of becoming addicted ( Considering the adolescent brain is still growing into the mid-20s, it becomes easer for the brain to latch onto an addictive substance.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of
Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.


For further Information & support:
Tiffany Jones, M.Ed, LPC, CSAC
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Service Learning at Robinson

service learning

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, Robinson Secondary encourages service learning at all grade levels. Service learning provides students with an opportunity to connect what they do in the classroom to their volunteerism in the community. 



Service learning is not a requirement for graduation, however some classes and school organizations may require service learning.  Additionally, students who would like to apply for the IB Middle Years Program Certificate at the end of tenth grade are required to participate in three service learning activities in both 9th and 10th grade (for a total of six).

Service learning hours should be submitted using x2vol.  A significant reflection should be written for each service learning activity.  Some questions to consider while writing your reflection are: 

  • Did your service encourage you to try new things or explore an area of unfamiliarity? Did you develop any new skills or undertake any new challenges?
  • Did your service allow you to plan any activities or collaborate with others?
  • What impact did you have on your local, regional, or global community?
  • How did your service assist you in understanding more about your interests? Did it increase your awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses?

More information can be found on Robinson’s Service Learning site. For help with x2vol, please see these help videos.

Social Work Spotlight

Food For Others

Food for Others - Food Resource!

If you are in need of food, you may go to one of the following neighborhood sites at the times specified. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Burke: Monday, Thursday

Summit Oaks: Parking lot on Oak Bluff Ct. at the end of Oak Leather Dr., Burke. 6:30pm

Crevenna Oak: Parking lot on Crevenna Oak Dr. at the end of Oak Green Dr. south of Burke Center Parkway, Burke. 7:00pm

Fairfax: Monday, Thursday

West of Circle ¼ mile on US 50, north on Draper Dr. to end at Kingsbridge. Parking lot of Yorkville Apartments, facing Kingsbridge. 6:00pm

Food for Others also has a warehouse for food needs. Please see website for more information:

Robinson PTSO Restaurant Night!


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

5:00 pm to 8:00pm

Mention this flyer when you order by phone or order on-line at and write Robinson PTSO in special instructions when you check out. George’s Steak n’ Things will give 18% of the proceeds to Robinson Secondary School PTSO.

Located on Ox road in the Gold’s Gym Shopping Center.

Take a break from getting ready for Thanksgiving and order takeout today!!


Robinson Fundraisers

Support Robo Band and Orchestra

Band and Orchestra

Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide and Alcohol

Please see link below for information regarding Suicide and Alcohol Use, including risk factors and who to contact for support.

Suicide and Alcohol

Tiffany Jones, LPC, CSAC Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist


SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS are coming soon!

All students will receive a school ID card on site. You MUST sign up for an appointment time to have your photo taken. This photo will appear in the yearbook.

November 16-7th Grade


Picture Day

SCHOOL PICTURE ALTERNATIVE FOR YEARBOOK- Please see the guidelines in the document if you would like to submit your own school portrait for use in the yearbook instead of having one taken at Robinson.

amforte@fcps.eduGuidelines for Submitting a School Portrait DEADLINE: November 16, 2020

  • Student must be centered in the photo facing the camera, both eyes visible.
  • Pose must be a waist-up shot. No full body shots. No hands near face—arms and hands should not be above the waist. No knees blocking the body.
  • Student must be sitting or standing. No photos of students laying on the ground, sitting on the ground, etc.
  • Student’s clothing and jewelry must fit school dress code guidelines and be “school appropriate”.
  • No props (animals, hats, sunglasses, cars, sport equipment, musical instruments or additional people in the photo). No weapons.
  • Backgrounds (trees, rocks, columns, etc.) should not block the view of the student.
  • Background must be simple and uncluttered.
  • No texture, filter, name stamping, embossing, or date stamp.
  • Photo must be vertical. No horizontal photos.
  • Submit the photo in digital format. All photos must be saved as a JPG file.

Photos files must be named with the student’s legal last name and then the legal first name and grade (ex: Smith,William,10th.jpg) Email photos to:

**A sample picture is located in your Ram's grade level google classroom.



Library Spotlight

Hello Robinson Families,

Did you know that World Kindness Day was on November 10, 2020? In the spirit of that celebration, we challenge you to think of one random act of kindness you can complete as an individual or family. Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas:

** Write uplifting messages with chalk around your neighborhood ** Send a positive card or note to someone

** Dedicate 24 hours to spreading positivity on social media

** Create and display a positive sign somewhere others might see it Let’s spread kindness throughout our community, Robinson!

With gratitude,

~ Your Robinson Librarians


Consumer Reports

Featured Library Database 

CONSUMER REPORTS: Our library provides an institutional subscription for the Robinson community for all your shopping and gift-giving needs! Independent ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services. Happy Shopping! Start at the Robinson Library Website>Research>Databases. User ID: rbss / Password: rams21#

Do you want to recognize your senior with a special ad in the yearbook? Create a lasting tribute to your senior by following the steps below. Deadline is December 6.

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