FCHS News & Announcements - 9/12/22


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, see announcement below)
  • 10/3-10/7 - Homecoming Spirit Week

College Board National Recognition

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees!  Go Jags!

These students earned this recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They've accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career.

  • Alexander Obando: NHRA
  • Chahd Khalid: NAARA
  • James Perez: NHRA
  • Lucia Patino Iporre: NHRA
  • Rimon Ghebremeskel: NAARA
  • Sonya Newett: NAARA, NIA

Award key:

National African American Recognition Award = NAARA

National Hispanic Recognition Award = NHRA

National Rural and Small Town Award = NRSTA

National Indigenous Award = NIA

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.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Grenfell.


Class of 2023 Updates

Dear Seniors and Senior Parents and Guardians,

We hope the school year has gotten off to a great start. Please see below for some important updates for the Class of 2023:

Graduation: 9:30am Thursday, June 8th, 2023 at Eagle Bank Arena 

Dues: Senior dues will be $50.00 this year. This cost covers the student's cap and gown (measurements and orders to be taken later), graduation programs, senior breakfast and lunch during the last week of school. 

-Dues can be paid using MySchoolBucks, cash or check. 

Graduation Announcements: Class of 2023 graduation announcements can be ordered from Jostens. Please go to Jostens.com, click on “Shop your School”, enter Falls Church High School and then click on SHOP Graduation. Or use the QR code.

Please reach out with any questions.


The Class of 2023 sponsors

Ms. Gina Rotenelli 

Ms. Lynelle Palencia

Ms. Missy Brady

Underclassmen Photos

September 28th - 30th

On September 28th, 29th, and 30th, Lifetouch Photography will be coming to Falls Church High School to take pictures of all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  The students will have their pictures taken with their English classes on one of those three days.

In the weeks leading up to picture days, English teachers will give students Lifetouch Order Forms to take home to parents/guardians with information and pricing if you would like to order pictures of your students.  If you decide to order portraits, you must have your student bring the completed order form with payment on the designated picture day to hand to the photographer.  Lifetouch recommends payment by check or money order.  Payment in cash must include the exact amount in the student’s payment envelope attached to the order form.

If your student is absent or unable to have a picture taken with the class, there will be two (2) additional make-up dates on November 3rd and  4th.

NOTE ON SENIORS:  The information above only pertains to underclassmen (9th, 10th, and 11th grade students).  Seniors (12th grade students) will not get their pictures taken with the class.  Seniors who weren’t able to get their portraits taken in August will be able to schedule individual appointments with Lifetouch/Prestige Portraits for Senior Make-Up dates (October 10th-14th).  Seniors who haven’t had portraits taken will receive postcards and have additional information shared in Schoology on how to sign up for make-up appointments later this month.

Please email Dan O’Neil (dooneil@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, public schools nationwide face a growing student wellness crisis. Our students' wellness challenges impact their ability to perform at their best in the classroom and may lead to other destructive behaviors. 

In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 


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.

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.

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.


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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