FCHS News & Announcements - 9/6/22


Important Dates

  • 9/13 - FCPS Superintendent Dr. Reid hosts a Community Conversation at Luther Jackson MS (6:30 pm)
  • 9/15 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 9/21 - Senior Parent Night (6:30 pm, Library, see announcement below)
  • 9/26 - Student Holiday
  • 9/28-9/30 - Underclassmen Pictures (Through English classes, Auditorium)

Dr. Reid

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

September 13

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Luther Jackson MS on September 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend HERE.

Save the Date – Senior Parent Night

September 21, 2022 at 6:30pm in the Library

The evening program is hosted by Student Services office. It will include guidance for families on helping your senior plan for their post-secondary options such as applying to a four year college.

More info to come in next weeks News & Announcements. Questions can be directed to Jessica Grenfell.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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

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