FCHS News & Announcements - 8/7/23


Important Dates

  • 8/7-8/11 - Senior Portraits (see announcement below)
  • 8/14 - Immunization Clinic (2:00-7:00 pm, Luther Jackson MS Gym)
  • 8/17 - FCHS Open House (see announcement below)
  • 8/21 - First Day of School
  • 8/28-29 - Auditions for Annie (see announcement below)
  • 8/30 - Back to School Night

Bell Schedule

School begins at 8:10 and dismisses at 2:55. Please see the FCHS Bell Schedule.

Student Schedules

Detailed schedules (classes, periods, teachers, and rooms) will be available to view in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE on August 17th at 6am.

Schedule changes are only permitted for errors, not preference changes. Course requests can be seen now in SIS ParentVUE.

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Are Your Child’s Immunizations and Records Up to Date?

Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep students protected from serious diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood vaccinations during recent years because of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up to keep children healthy and ready for school. 

While COVID-19 vaccinations are not required, many other immunizations are. Check with your students’ healthcare providers now to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations.

Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a list of clinics or contact your family’s healthcare provider. Appointments are required for most clinics.  

Remember to request documentation of your child’s immunizations to provide to their school. Get more information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation to share with your child’s school.


Support Your Child’s Success

Access your student’s attendance records, grades, and assignments at any time with SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers should receive an activation code when they register their child. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. Access SIS ParentVUE by using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Digital PSAT Replaces Paper in 2023-24

This October, the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) will be administered in Fairfax County in a digital format. Some testing accommodations are administered differently for digital tests than for paper/pencil tests. See information about accommodations for students with disabilities.

PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day

The district will offer access to the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day for rising 10th through 12th grade students at no cost to families. Exams will be held at each high school on October 11

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Learners

Because these exams are operated by the College Board, students do not automatically receive testing accommodations or supports. If you have a student with disabilities entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade; or have an English Learner (EL) student entering 12th grade, please review the accommodations request process and/or EL support request process and return forms to the high school by August 8.

Find out more about SAT Assessments and PSAT Assessments.

From FCHS Spotlight Theatre


Auditions for ANNIE the musical!

ALL High School students in grades 9-12 are invited to audition for ANNIE this fall!  Auditions are August 28 and 29 by appointment.  Come to room 181 to sing 16-32 measures of a song in the STYLE of ANNIE. 

Email eademarco@fcps.edu for suggestions and questions. 

Sign up here:  https://forms.gle/s3iS4ro8sAuS9M219

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available

According to the Centers for Disease Control, eating breakfast at school is associated with better attendance rates, fewer missed school days, and better test scores. Students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals receive breakfast and lunch at school at no cost. 


Families in FCPS that are earning less than 185% of the poverty level can receive meals for their students at no cost. Families should complete the application before the start of each school year. Approved applications may also qualify students for additional benefits. 

Apply on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage.

Senior Portraits

Prestige Portraits will be at Falls Church High School the week of August 7th through August 11th for Senior Portrait photography.  Prestige Portraits has mailed an appointment card to your home address, so you should be receiving one soon if you haven’t already.  (See sample of the appointment card pasted below this message.)

The appointment card will direct you to log onto prestigeportraits.com to schedule your appointment using the unique ID number located on the appointment card to select a date/time convenient to you.  (NOTE:  If you misplace the appointment card, you may still schedule your appointment by entering Virginia and Falls Church where it asks for State and City, hitting “Go,” selecting Falls Church High School on the next page, and entering your last and first name as they appear in SIS StudentVUE.)

If you have any questions or need help scheduling an appointment, please call Prestige Scheduling at 1-(800) 736-4753.  Chat help is also available online at schedule.prestigeportraits.com.  If you are unable to make one of the appointments in August, additional makeup dates will be available in October.  More information regarding the makeup dates will be shared at a later date.

Go Jags!


INOVA Free School Physicals and Immunizations

Inova Cares Clinic for Children (ICCC) and Inova Partnership for Healthier Communities (PHC) are now scheduling appointments in June, July, and August to provide children ages 5 and up with FREE school physicals and immunizations to begin the 2023-24 School Year. This will take place at the Inova Cares Clinic for Children in Herndon, Manassas, and Falls Church.

PHC will be on site to screen and enroll qualifying families in Medicaid/FAMIS and connect them to an appropriate and affordable source of quality healthcare providers. Please share the flyers below.

Flyer for Insured and Inova Patients

Flyer for Medicaid or Uninsured Patients

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Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule



FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

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