FCHS News & Announcements - 8/29/22

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Important Dates

  • 8/31 - Back to School Night (5:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 9/2 - Holiday
  • 9/5 - Holiday
  • 9/13 - FCPS Superintendent Dr. Reid hosts a Community Conversation at Luther Jackson MS (6:30 pm)

Back to School Night

Wednesday, 8/31

Falls Church High School is excited to invite you to our annual Back to School Night (BTSN) on Wednesday, August 31st, 2022. Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to explore resources, follow their student’s schedule, and meet teachers for the 2022 - 2023 school year.  Please see below for a detailed schedule for the evening.

5:00 pm - Arrival & Explore Resources

  • 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Parent account assistance, parent resources, ​​​​​​​and the FCHS String Quartet (Auditorium Lobby)
  • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Optional: FLE Materials Review (Library)
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Spirit Wear and Memberships for sale (Auditorium Lobby)
  • 5:45 pm - 8:35 pm - Leadership/NHS students will be available to help you find your way

6:00 pm - Meet the Teachers


This year for Back to School Night, we are supporting our families by providing buses to Falls Church High School because parking will be limited on school grounds!

2 Buses:

4:45pm—pick up at Wadsworth Ct and service road 

5:00pm–Arrive at FC Door #2

2 Buses:

4:30pm—pick up at Westlawn ES

4:45pm—pick up at Graham Road ES

5:00pm–Arrive at FC Door #2

1 Bus:

5:00pm—pick up at Camelot ES

5:15pm–Arrive at FC Door #2

1 Bus:

4:30pm—pick up at Mason Crest

4:45pm—Pick up at Woodburn

5:00pm–Arrive at FC Door #2

1 Bus:

4:45pm—pick up at Fairhill ES

5:00pm—pick up at Pine Spring ES

5:15pm–Arrive at FC Door #2


Labor Day (Holiday)

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.


Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.


Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.


Text Messages for Parents

Parents can Receive Text Messages from FCPS for Emergencies and Essential Information

Make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using weCare@school

Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays or school closings, if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders. 

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.


Important Safety Reminder: Student Drop-off/Pickup (Kiss & Ride)

Door #4 Only!

See map below.

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FCHS Spotlight Theatre News

We have some FUN theatre events and opportunities coming up in just a few short weeks!  Please reach out to the Thespian student officers at fcthespians@gmail.com or Mrs. De Marco at eademarco@fcps.edu for more information.

August 31st (3-5PM):  After school theatre and thespian interest meeting in room 181.  Come find out what theatre at Falls Church High School is all about!  All current Thespians are required to attend.

September 1st (3-5PM):  After school Tech interest meeting to find out about the show and what positions are available for interviews next week!

Sept 6 and 7: After school Musical theatre workshop for EVERYONE!  Come and learn a dance and music from our December Musical CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION.

Week of Sept 6-9- Head Tech interviews (props, publicity, costumes, running crew chiefs, lights, sound, set and stage management are all available)

September 12-13 (3-5PM in 4 minute increments):  AUDITIONS FOR CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION.  Come prepared with 16-32 bars of music in the style of the show.  Music learned at the Musical theatre workshop Sept 6-7 is fine to bring to the audition.

September 14 (3-6PM- please stay the entire time):  CALLBACKS for CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION.  Students who are not called back for this audition may still be cast in the show.  Students called back should be prepared to read from the scripts for various possible roles.

September 19 3-5:30PM- First CHICAGO rehearsal.  6PM- Mandatory parent meeting for ALL cast and crew members of CHICAGO: Teen Edition. 

Performances of CHICAGO: Teen Edition will be December 1-4.  Stay tuned for more information.


Update Emergency Care Contacts in SIS

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to go online to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school.

eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, transportation, attendance, weather closings and delays, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email and text messages. Occasional phone messages are sent as well.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.


We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

At Falls Church High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.


Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-out’s electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-out’s listed there.  Parents that do not yet have a ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.


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Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced-Price Meal application numbers.


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Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

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SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar


FCPS Cares

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