This Week at Frost - September 16, 2022

Important Dates

  • Monday, 9/26                                NO SCHOOL / Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, 9/27                               Virginia Growth Assessment Test 
  • Wednesday, 9/28                          Frost Band Night at WTW
  • Thursday, 9/29                             Virginia Growth Assessment Test 
  • Wednesday, October 5                NO SCHOOL/Yom Kippur
  • October 19/20                                Fall Picture Days
  • Monday, October 24                     NO SCHOOL/Diwali
  • Friday, October 28                        End of 1st Quarter/Two Hour Early Release
  • Monday, October 31                     NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday


This Week at Frost....

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement


Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group 

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:

Ally Jacobi, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist


Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology application will be available on Monday, October 24 at 4:00pm, to current 8th grade students.  The last day to begin an application is Wednesday, November 16 by 4:00pm. Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 18 by 4:00pm. The application portalcourse prerequisitesGPA requirements, and deadlines can be found here: TJHSST Application Information.  

TJ will host an information session in the Lecture Hall at Frost MS on October 19 from 2:45pm to 3:45pm. This is open to current 8th grade students who are interested in applying, and students who attend the session will be able to ride the late bus home. Parents and guardians of current 8th grade students are welcome to attend this event as well. 

Prior to attending the in-person information session, please visit the TJ Admissions main page to view the posted YouTube video (a 31-minute presentation detailing the admissions process). The in-person presentation will provide a shortened version of the recorded YouTube video allowing extended time for questions and answers. 

If you are unable to attend the in-person presentation being held at Frost MS, use this link: 2022 Fall TJHSST Admissions Presentation to find all evening presentation locations, any of which you may choose to attend. 

If you have any questions about the TJHSST admissions process, make sure you review the TJ Admissions website thoroughly, watch the posted YouTube video, and plan to attend the admissions presentation on October 19th. We hope to see you there!


National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

For more information on local celebrations, visit the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services website.


How to Access Free Resources from

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to


Family Engagement Survey Results

FCPS administered its second Family Engagement Survey in the 2021-22 school year to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school communities. Key findings include:

  • 91% responded that their child feels safe at school, and 89% feel their child’s school is safe.
  • 90% feel their school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures.
  • 90% feel the information provided by their child’s school is easy to understand.
  • 89% feel welcome at their child’s school.
  • 89% feel their school is safe. 

The survey was open from March 13-April 10 and was available in 10 languages. All families with students in preK through 12th grade were invited to participate. View survey results on our website.


Grading Timeline and Progress Report Schedule

To view this year's grading scheduling, please check on the link below:

22-23 Frost Grading Timeline.pdf


Testing Information & Quarter 1 Testing Windows

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The Fall Virginia Growth Assessments will be administered in two weeks at Frost MS. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Fall and Winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (;
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (;
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (

The Grade Level Tests webpage ( provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). School staff will contact you with the specific dates your student is scheduled to take the standardized VGA and SOL assessments. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or Debbie Metzker, our test coordinator, at .  

Testing Windows


World Language Credit Exam 2022

Registration is now open for the 2022 World Languages Credit Exam. It will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included. The exam assesses reading and writing language proficiency in languages other than English. Students who take the exam may earn up to three World Languages credits for levels one, two, and three for the language of the exam. Detailed information can be found on the FCPS World Language Credit Exam Website.

Students & parents can register for the exam by completing this Google Form.

Registration is now open and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.


Family Resources

Safety Drills

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


Helpful Resources

  1. hotspot and internet for families with students who receive free and/or reduced-price meals or Fairfax County services. Free Internet for Students: Project 10Million | T-Mobile
  2. The Fairfax Health County Health Department continues to provide monkeypox vaccinations for individuals who have a known exposure to a confirmed case and is now providing screening to other individuals to assess risk. Exposure most commonly happens when a person has direct contact with rash, scabs, or body fluids of someone who has the virus. Learn more here.
  3. 988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.) Click here to learn more about 988.
  4. Locations to receive recommended child and adolescent immunizations are available throughout the Fairfax Health District, including at many pharmacies and groceries that have pharmacies. Please click here to find a location near you.
  1. COVID-19 Updates (Information available in multiple languages.                       Language preference is located under video on webpage). 
  1. Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends and Supports Webinar (recording). Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends, Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on youth substance use trends and supports.
  2. Healthy Minds Fairfax has a 1-pager on how to know when your child may have a mental health concern and where to get help.


Community News

Woodson Feeder Night Football Game on September 23

Join the Woodson Cavalier football team on September 23 at 7:00pm as they take on the Lewis Lancers!  All students from the Woodson Pyramid are admitted with the presentation of this flyer, linked below, and when accompanied by a paying adult. All feeder school students will be recognized before the game at 6:40pm. Please meet at the scoreboard at 6:30pm.

Feeder School Night 22 23_.pdf 


Asha-Jyothi 14th Annual 5K and 1K Fun Run on September 18 at Fairfax Corner

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  ( ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 18th at Fairfax Corner at 8AM. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money back to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage:  Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop-down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

2022 Fairfax AJ Run School Generic Flyer.pdf