Announcements and Upcoming Events

Calendar Updates

Monday, October 24 – Diwali – School Closed

Friday, October 28 – 2 Hour Early Dismissal - 1st Quarter Ends

Monday, October 31 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology Application Opens Monday

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJ) application goes live next Monday, October 24, at 4:00pm on the TJ admissions website. The deadline to begin a new application is Wednesday, November 16, and all applications must be finalized by Friday, November 18, at 4:00pm.  Any eligible 8th grade student who wishes to apply should click here to go straight to the TJ Freshman Application Process page. Eligibility information, steps to complete the application, and important dates are also listed so please read this page in its entirety.  As a reminder the application must be started by the student, not the parent, using their FCPS account information. Once the application is started parents will receive an auto-generated email with a link to create their own parent account. For more information about the TJ admissions process, please visit Contact TJ liaison counselor Leslie Pilotti with any questions you may have at or 703-313-3740.

Book Fair

The Twain Library Book Fair is here! The book fair will be held in the library during school hours on October 25, 26, & 27. We will also have special evening hours (4:45 PM - 7:00 PM) on Friday, October 21, so be sure to drop by before going to the Twain chorus Broadway Desserts event at 6:30 P.M.!

We have a wide variety of choice middle school fiction and non-fiction books, plus “fun stuff” (bookmarks, pens, keychains, fidget toys, etc.), additional books for younger children (such as picture books and board books)… and even some selected books in Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese! 

New this year: parents can set up an eWallet account for their kids to use at the book fair! The eWallet accounts can be set up and accessed at this website: .  

For the first time we will also be able to accept Apple Pay and Google Pay— as well as cash, personal checks, and credit or debit cards, as usual.

Anyone attending the book fair in person can enter a drawing to win free books or other fun items!

Happy reading, and we hope to see you there!


Book Fair

Red Ribbon Week

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Mexican American man working for the DEA after serving in the Marine Corps, being a fireman, police officer, and deputy sheriff in California. While on assignment in Mexico for four years, he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. He was getting close to exposing a multi-billion-dollar drug pipeline in 1985, until he was kidnapped that February. He was headed to lunch with his wife when he was last seen being thrown into a van by masked men, his body wasn’t discovered until a month later.

After his death, “Camarena Clubs” were launched in his hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds wore red ribbons and pledged to lead a drug-free life in his honor. Then President Ronald Reagan was in office, so club members presented a proclamation to First Lady Nancy Reagan which brought it national attention. The campaign became official in 1988 by the National Family Partnership with President Reagan and “Just Say No” creator Mrs. Reagan as honorary chairpersons. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually from October 23-31st.

Check out this Google Earth video on “The Life of DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena”.

Sources & Resources:


Fairfax CSB Opioid Info

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses     

Medication Disposal

Teen Substance Use

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

DEA Drug Take Back Day

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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