FCHS News & Announcements - 9/26/22



Important Dates

  • 9/26 - Student Holiday
  • 9/28-9/30 - Underclassmen Pictures (Through English classes, Auditorium, see announcement below)
  • 10/3-10/7 - Homecoming Spirit Week
  • 10/5 - Holiday
  • 10/8 - Homecoming Dance (8:00-11:00 pm, Main Gym)
  • 10/12 - PSAT/SAT School Day (2-Hr. Early Release)
  • 10/15 - Fall Festival (see announcement below)

College Fair and Post-Secondary Week

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS College Fair and Postsecondary Week events.  

The College Fair, which will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad, will be held at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. Postsecondary Week will be held virtually Monday, October 17, to Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Postsecondary week will feature virtual workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities.  

Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. 

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.

FCHS Spotlight Theatre News


OCTOBER 15 from 10AM to 3PM

The Thespian Honor Society is organizing a Fall Festival, featuring your club!  If you have a club that would like to participate, please email Mrs. De Marco at eademarco@fcps.edu.




We are excited to announce our cast and crew for CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION Hailed by the New York Daily News as "widly entertaining... (with a) dazzling score", CHICAGO is the dark comedy about Roxie, a 1920's woman who is arrested after killing her lover for threatening to leave her.  Will she get away with murder?  Come find out December 1-3 at 7PM or Dec 4 at 3PM.


Velma Kelly- Mariela Palencia (grade 12)  Roxie Hart- Dara Kearney (12) Amos Hart- Luis Silva (12) Billy Flynn- James Benjamin  (12)  Matron "Mama" Morton- Judy Zam (12) Mary Sunshine- Kate Schlageter-Prettyman (10) The Cell Block Tango girls:

              *LIZ- Pauleen Kabiling (10)

              *ANNIE- Maggie Manarin (10)

              *JUNE- Madison Kenkel (10)

              *HUNYAK- Tiffanie Heng (10)

              *MONA- McKenna Cobb (10)

*KITTY- Quinn Lopez (11)

*HUNYAK'S NEIGHBOR-  Ellie Whitfield (9) *FRED CASELY/ALVIN LIPSCHITZ- Adli Nashashibi (12) *OFFICER FOGARTY/ BERNIE/JUDGE- Diego Mahan Santos (10)  *EZEKIAL YOUNG/HARRISON/REPORTER- Colt Armstrong (10) *WILBUR/JUROR 1- Benjamin Chura (12) *CHARLIE/REPORTER-Lam Vu (11)

*CLERK- Elma Kaniz (11)

*REPORTER- Vin Watts (10)

The above roles that have an (*) are members of the ENSEMBLE as well as Khadija Achbezef (9) Chloe Brown (9) Ellie Child (9) Leslie Fon (10) Rosa Salas Medina (12) Juliette Sabbagh (9) Sasha Wendell (9)


The following people are serving on the CREATIVE TEAM  Co-head techs- Adli Nashashibi (12) and Scarlet Emmerson (10) Set crew chief- Justin Chenh (10)  Paint crew chief- Max Purtill (10)  Costume crew chief- Elizaveta Plis (10) Makeup crew chief- Alice Rojas-Perez (10)  Props crew chief- Cristina Nguyen (10) Light co-crew chiefs- Leslie Fon (10) and Brian Gutierrez-Lujan (10) Sound designer- Maia McAllister (10) Stage Managers- Amelia Stockhoff (9) and Kedja Yesuf (9) Running crew chief- Stephanie Mejia Ramos (10)

The CREW is growing!  So far we have the following crew members signed up in addition to the people listed above:

Gladis Rivas Vasquez (9)

Ellie Whitfield (9)

Sydney Grimard (9)

Laura Winters (9)

Isabelle Paparella (9)

An Nguyen (9)

Eden Burton (9)

U Claros (9)

Miles Alexander (9)

Amie Do (10)

Chenga (Nana) Lin (10)     Sophia Veas (9)   Ellis Mitchell (10)

Collin White (11)



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

Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com 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 Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com 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 onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.

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. 


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