FCHS News & Announcements - 1/23/23

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Important Dates
  • 1/24 - Parent Presentation - "Preparing for Difficult Conversations About Alcohol & Drugs" (6:00 pm, FCHS Library, see announcement below)
  • 1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter (2-Hr Early Release, see announcement below)
  • 1/26 - Student Holiday
  • 1/27 - Student Holiday
New College & Career Specialist

We are excited to announce that Terri Markwart has accepted the College & Career Specialist position here at Falls Church. The previous CCS, Renee Foster, recently moved on to a new role with FCPS. 

This is Terri’s second year at Falls Church HS, she’s been teaching AVID and Social Studies and already shown to be a huge advocate for students and their future prospects. Terri will begin her new role February 1st.

While she will miss the classroom, she is looking forward to working with all students and their families in her new role and will share how to best contact her and make appointment requests.

End of 2nd Quarter

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. until Monday, February 6, at 6 a.m.

Class of 2023 Caps & Gowns

Class of 2023 parents...please help us make sure your senior fills out the Cap and Gown form.

It is located in the Class of 2023 Schoology group. 

Thanks!

2023-24 College Financial Aid Forms Are Available College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

It’s time for high school seniors and their families to complete college financial aid forms. Most colleges require that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be completed by Wednesday, March 1, to receive the maximum financial aid possible in fall 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. To begin the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID

A funding opportunity is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA; the Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) program. Visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website for help in determining which aid option is right for you.

There are several College Access Fairfax recordings, virtual workshops, and resources available for viewing College Access Fairfax website. College Access Fairfax’s Financial Aid Champions also provide help completing the financial aid forms. To request a one-on-one appointment, please email [email protected].

Families can also contact their high school's college and career specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.

Tutor.com for Test Prep

Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website.

Reminder from the Clinic

If your child is not feeling well and would like to go home, they need to report to the clinic for screening and dismissal. Students are welcome to let their parent/guardian know they aren’t feeling well, but the clinic will contact the parent or guardian to provide guidance on the dismissal process and any documentation that might be needed to return to school.

Once clinic staff have contacted a parent or guardian, the parent/guardian does not need to come into the building to sign the student out, they can call or text their student to let them know when they arrive, and the student will meet them in front of door 1.

Students must wait in the clinic until their parent or guardian arrives. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact clinic staff at 703-207-4010.

2023 Gap Year Fair

FCPS’ School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. by Julia Rogers, Founder of EnRoute Consulting and Gap Year Association Board President.  Immediately following the presentation, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m., with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. 

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs.

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 1/17/23

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Important Dates
  • 1/18 - Curriculum Night & Academy Open House (6:30 pm, see announcement below)
  • 1/19 - Religious Observance Day (Orthodox Epiphany)
  • 1/19 - Parent Presentation - Attendance & Academic Success (6:30 pm, see announcement below)
  • 1/19 - PTSA Meeting
  • 1/24 - Parent Presentation - "Preparing for Difficult Conversations About Alcohol & Drugs" (6:00 pm, FCHS Library, see announcement below)
  • 1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter (2-Hr Early Release)
  • 1/26 - Student Holiday
  • 1/27 - Student Holiday
Falls Church High School Curriculum Night & Academy Open House January 18, 2022 at 6:30pm

We wanted to share with you that the first big event to begin our academic advising season will be our curriculum night on January 18, 2023. We will hold the event in person, hosted by our Principal, Director of Student Services, Academy Administrator, Director of Student Activities and department representatives.

Who: Parents & Caregivers of 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th graders that will be attending FCHS in the Fall of 2023

When: January 18, 2023 beginning at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Falls Church High School Auditorium & lobby

What: Curriculum night is a presentation to families regarding course selection information, diploma requirements, Academy opportunities and curriculum information such as AP and honors levels. The Falls Church Academy is included and holds an open house to allow all eligible high school students a chance to learn about the Academy offerings.

Why: Your child will be selecting his/her/their courses for the next school year, this presentation offers lots of information on making the best choices for a successful school year.

Falls Church Academy Video Reminder from the Clinic

If your child is not feeling well and would like to go home, they need to report to the clinic for screening and dismissal. Students are welcome to let their parent/guardian know they aren’t feeling well, but the clinic will contact the parent or guardian to provide guidance on the dismissal process and any documentation that might be needed to return to school.

Once clinic staff have contacted a parent or guardian, the parent/guardian does not need to come into the building to sign the student out, they can call or text their student to let them know when they arrive, and the student will meet them in front of door 1.

Students must wait in the clinic until their parent or guardian arrives. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact clinic staff at 703-207-4010.

Tutor.com for Test Prep

Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website.

2023 Gap Year Fair

FCPS’ School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. by Julia Rogers, Founder of EnRoute Consulting and Gap Year Association Board President.  Immediately following the presentation, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m., with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. 

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs.

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

FCHS Parent Resource Center Invites you to a virtual presentation on:

Attendance - Impact on Academic Success

To understand the powerful impact regular attendance has on your child's success.

Children who attend school regularly develop fundamental skills and build good habits that carry on to college and career. We will be learning how families can help us, attendance laws, policies, attendance codes, systems, and supports we have in our building. 

When: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Time: 6:30pm         

Questions: Carolina Dotel, 703-204-4074, [email protected]

Meeting Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92600407381

From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) How to Talk About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child. Although difficult, conversations about alcohol safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the  message you would like for them to receive. Have you caught yourself saying any of the following: “ I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for healthy coping strategies. 

It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. About 10% of children say they have tried alcohol and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 (SAMHSA). Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend to be more effective than having “the talk” once. If you choose to not have the conversation with your child as a parent, they will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates as loudly as a verbal conversation, so it’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared. 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

For further Information & support:

Anna Teeter

[email protected]

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 1/10/23

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Important Dates
  • 1/16 - Holiday
  • 1/18 - Curriculum Night & Academy Open House (6:30 pm, see announcement below)
  • 1/19 - Religious Observance Day (Orthodox Epiphany)
  • 1/19 - Parent Presentation - Attendance & Academic Success (6:30 pm, see announcement below)
  • 1/24 - Parent Presentation - "Preparing for Difficult Conversations About Alcohol & Drugs" (6:00 pm, FCHS Library, see announcement below)
  • 1/25 - End of 2nd Quarter (2-Hr Early Release)
  • 1/26 - Student Holiday
  • 1/27 - Student Holiday
22-23 Outstanding Employees

Congratulations to our 22-23 Outstanding Employee Award winners!

  • Outstanding Teacher - Cori Parks
  • Outstanding New Teacher - Allie McCool
  • Outstanding Leader - Missy Brady
  • Outstanding Professional Employee - Joel Harrop
  • Outstanding Operational Employee - Jacob Durish
Falls Church High School Curriculum Night & Academy Open House January 18, 2022 at 6:30pm

We wanted to share with you that the first big event to begin our academic advising season will be our curriculum night on January 18, 2023. We will hold the event in person, hosted by our Principal, Director of Student Services, Academy Administrator, Director of Student Activities and department representatives.

Who: Parents & Caregivers of 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th graders that will be attending FCHS in the Fall of 2023

When: January 18, 2023 beginning at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Falls Church High School Auditorium & lobby

What: Curriculum night is a presentation to families regarding course selection information, diploma requirements, Academy opportunities and curriculum information such as AP and honors levels. The Falls Church Academy is included and holds an open house to allow all eligible high school students a chance to learn about the Academy offerings.

Why: Your child will be selecting his/her/their courses for the next school year, this presentation offers lots of information on making the best choices for a successful school year.

FCHS Parent Resource Center Invites you to a virtual presentation on:

Attendance - Impact on Academic Success

To understand the powerful impact regular attendance has on your child's success.

Children who attend school regularly develop fundamental skills and build good habits that carry on to college and career. We will be learning how families can help us, attendance laws, policies, attendance codes, systems, and supports we have in our building. 

When: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Time: 6:30pm         

Questions: Carolina Dotel, 703-204-4074, [email protected]

Meeting Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92600407381

From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

New Year’s Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing. 

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others.The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs. 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

For further Information & support:

Anna Teeter

[email protected]

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

 

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

  • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
  • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 12/13/22 - CORRECTION

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Important Dates
  • No PTSA Meeting on 12/15
  • 12/19-1/2 - Winter Break (Offices Closed)
  • 1/3 - Classes Resume (White Day)
Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. FCHS offices will be closed for the break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break.

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

 

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

  • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
  • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. 

 Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 12/13/22

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Important Dates
  • 12/15 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 12/19-1/2 - Winter Break (Offices Closed)
  • 1/3 - Classes Resume (White Day)
Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. FCHS offices will be closed for the break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break.

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

 

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

  • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
  • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. 

 Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 12/5/22

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Important Dates
  • 12/8 - Religious Observance Day (Bodhi Day)
  • 12/15 - PTSA Meeting
  • 12/19-1/2 - Winter Break
Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time.

Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy, here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

For further Information & support:

Anna Teeter

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Helping Your Child Have Good Attendance

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

 

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 11/28/22

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Important Dates
  • 11/30 - Jungle Madness (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 12/1-12/3 - FCHS Spotlight Theater presents Chicago: Teen Edition (see announcement below)
  • 12/19-1/2 - Winter Break

 

Come support the boys and girls basketball teams as they host the first annual Jungle Madness on Wednesday 11/30/22 from 7:00-8:30pm.

Entrance is free for all to attend. Bring out your families for this fun event!

Helping Your Child Have Good Attendance

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard! 

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

 

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

FCHS Spotlight Theatre

CHICAGO: TEEN EDITIONS ARE NOW ON SALE!

FIFTY students involved in the cast and crew of CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION are EXCITED for you to see this production!  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.   This production is rated PG-13 for mature content and some language.

All tickets are $10 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th.  All tickets bought between Dec 1-4 will be $15.  ANY ticket for ANY performance date will be honored at ANY performance.  Get your tickets today!

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15620/falls-church-high-school-theatre

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 11/21/22

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Important Dates
  • 11/22 - No Late Buses
  • 11/23-11/25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/1-12/3 - FCHS Spotlight Theater presents Chicago (see announcement below)
Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Congratulations...

To the following students for a successful audition to the District 10 Honors Orchestra. They will be representing FC at the district event in January.

Senior Orchestra

  • Rose Anderson
  • Ava Kwon
  • Joseph Gallacher
  • Miya Grimard
  • Daniel Miller
  • Anson Nguyen
  • Vivian Ritter
  • Harper Tran
  • Alexandra Vo
  • Megan Vo

Junior Orchestra

  • Karuna Dongol
  • Olivia Wanchick
  • Ryan Warrior

 

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard! 

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

FCHS Spotlight Theatre

CHICAGO: TEEN EDITIONS ARE NOW ON SALE!

FIFTY students involved in the cast and crew of CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION are EXCITED for you to see this production!  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.   This production is rated PG-13 for mature content and some language.

All tickets are $10 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th.  All tickets bought between Dec 1-4 will be $15.  ANY ticket for ANY performance date will be honored at ANY performance.  Get your tickets today!

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15620/falls-church-high-school-theatre

From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?
  4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

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:

Anna Teeter

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 11/15/22

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Important Dates
  • 11/15 - Parent Resource Center November Seminar (see announcement below)
  • 11/17 - PTSA Meeting
  • 11/18 - Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations Due (see announcement below)
  • 11/23-11/25 - Thanksgiving Break
Parent Resource Center - November Seminar How to partner with FCHS for your student’s academic success

The Parent Resource Center Invites you to November Seminar Presentation on How to Partner with FCHS for your student’s academic success and explore resources to assist them in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Ms. Jessica Grenfell, Carolina Dotel, and Reneé Foster will provide guidance on academic rigor, grades, school academic resources, and how to reduce college costs through Merit-based Scholarships.

  • When: Tuesday, November 15
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: FCHS Library

Spanish interpretation is available. For more information, please contact Carolina Dotel at [email protected]

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Falls Church High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant Principals, Academy Administrator, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, System of Support Advisor (SOSA), Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)  

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18 at 11:59pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Rolon at [email protected].

 

FCHS Band Aides Citrus Sale

SALE ENDS NOV. 18TH!

Help support our organization by participating in our annual fruit sale! We have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available. Your fruit will be harvested the very same day it's shipped to you, ensuring that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree. Now that's fresh! Now's the time to pick up a box of Navel Oranges that are sure to be bursting with flavor or a box of sugar-sweet, Indian River Red Grapefruit. And don't forget your friends, family, and coworkers. Everyone loves Fresh Fruit From Florida! Fruit From Florida! We appreciate your support!

Click Here for Citrus!

FCHS Spotlight Theatre News

CHICAGO: TEEN EDITIONS ARE NOW ON SALE!

FIFTY students involved in the cast and crew of CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION are EXCITED for you to see this production!  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.   This production is rated PG-13 for mature content and some language.

All tickets are $10 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th.  All tickets bought between Dec 1-4 will be $15.  ANY ticket for ANY performance date will be honored at ANY performance.  Get your tickets today!

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15620/falls-church-high-school-theatre

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 11/7/22

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Important Dates
  • 11/8 - Holiday
  • 11/9 - 1st Quarter Report Card Distribution (see announcement below)
  • 11/10 - Fall Sports Awards (7:00 pm, Auditorium)
  • 11/11 - Student Holiday/School Planning Day
Congratulations...

Our choir department has some outstanding students who have been selected for individual honors.

Congratulations to:

  • Senior Mariela Palencia for being selected for VMEA Senior Honors Choir, which will be held in Richmond this month.
  • Sophomore Colt Armstrong for being selected for the ACDA National SATB Honor Choir which will be held in Cincinnati, OH in February.
1st Quarter Report Card Distribution

A paper printed report card will be handed to students that have a Falls Church base school 2nd period class on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Students are encouraged to reflect on their progress in 4th period advisory that day and share with their parent/guardian/caregiver when they get home.

If a student does not have a base school class, their print out will be held in Student Services. Report cards are also accessible to view in SIS ParentVUE accounts.

We will not be mailing out report cards. If you need a second copy, please reach out to your child’s School Counselor.

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Falls Church High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant Principals, Academy Administrator, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, System of Support Advisor (SOSA), Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)  

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18 at 11:59pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Rolon at [email protected].

 

FCHS Band Aides Citrus Sale

SALE ENDS NOV. 18TH!

Help support our organization by participating in our annual fruit sale! We have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available. Your fruit will be harvested the very same day it's shipped to you, ensuring that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree. Now that's fresh! Now's the time to pick up a box of Navel Oranges that are sure to be bursting with flavor or a box of sugar-sweet, Indian River Red Grapefruit. And don't forget your friends, family, and coworkers. Everyone loves Fresh Fruit From Florida! Fruit From Florida! We appreciate your support!

Click Here for Citrus!

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

The FCPS Parent Resource Center and Tiffany Jones, FCPS substance abuse prevention specialist, will present a webinar for parents and caregivers on Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. The webinar is intended for adults only and will address:

  • How young people are getting drugs. 
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms. 
  • The dangers of fentanyl. 
  • Naloxone and how it works.

All are welcome. Please help us plan by clicking this link to register to attend

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

FCHS Spotlight Theatre News

CHICAGO: TEEN EDITIONS ARE NOW ON SALE!

FIFTY students involved in the cast and crew of CHICAGO: TEEN EDITION are EXCITED for you to see this production!  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.   This production is rated PG-13 for mature content and some language.

All tickets are $10 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th.  All tickets bought between Dec 1-4 will be $15.  ANY ticket for ANY performance date will be honored at ANY performance.  Get your tickets today!

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15620/falls-church-high-school-theatre

Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

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FCHS News & Announcements - 10/24/22

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Important Dates
  • 10/25 - AP Opt-out Forms Due (see announcement below)
  • 10/27 - Tutor.com Virtual Presentation (see announcement below)
  • 10/28 - End of 1st Quarter (2 Hr. Early Release)
  • 10/29 - National Drug Take Back Day (see announcement below)
  • 10/31 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
AP Exam Opt-out Forms

AP Students and Families,

AP opt out forms were distributed to students the first week of October during 4th period. These forms only need to be completed by students who do not want to take any or all of the AP exams for which they are scheduled in May 2023. 

If your student wishes to opt out of an exam, the form is due Tuesday, October 25th to Mr. Walker or Ms. Wiley in Student Services. It must be handed to either Mr. Walker or Ms. Wiley and should NOT be given to their teacher or left in a mailbox.

If you need another copy of the opt out form, please see Mr. Walker in Student Services.

Thank you!

Colton Walker

Kirsten Wiley

FCHS AP Testing Coordinators

DEA National Drug Take Back Day

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often very tragic. If you have unwanted medication, please consider taking advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2022. The closest drop off locations in our community is Mason District Station 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Please see the link below for further information on accepted vs non-accepted items, as well as, other drop off location options.

Drug Take Back Announcement and Details: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/safely-dispose-unwanted-medications-drug-take-back-day-october-29-2022

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:

Anna Teeter

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

The FCPS Parent Resource Center and Tiffany Jones, FCPS substance abuse prevention specialist, will present a webinar for parents and caregivers on Thursday, November 10, at 10 a.m. The webinar is intended for adults only and will address:

  • How young people are getting drugs. 
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms. 
  • The dangers of fentanyl. 
  • Naloxone and how it works.

All are welcome. Please help us plan by clicking this link to register to attend

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Virginia College Application Week

Falls Church HS is excited to participate in the Virginia College Application Week beginning next Monday, October 24, 2022.

Throughout the week we’ll offer opportunities to support seniors through the college application process. We hope every senior takes advantage. Visit the SCHEV site for the benefits.  

FCHS Spotlight Theatre News Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). 

Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 10/17/22 - UPDATED

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Important Dates
  • 10/20 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 10/21 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration (see announcement below)
  • 10/24 - Holiday
  • 10/27 - Tutor.com Virtual Presentation (see announcement below)
  • 10/28 - End of 1st Quarter (2 Hr. Early Release)
  • 10/29 - National Drug Take Back Day (see announcement below)
  • 10/31 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
National Drug Take Back Day

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 29 is National Drug Take Back Day! Safely dispose of unused or expired medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For drop-off sites in Fairfax County, visit ow.ly/53kA50L9t6q.

AP Exam Opt-out Forms

AP Students and Families,

AP opt out forms were distributed to students the first week of October during 4th period. These forms only need to be completed by students who do not want to take any or all of the AP exams for which they are scheduled in May 2023. 

If your student wishes to opt out of an exam, the form is due Tuesday, October 25th to Mr. Walker or Ms. Wiley in Student Services. It must be handed to either Mr. Walker or Ms. Wiley and should NOT be given to their teacher or left in a mailbox.

If you need another copy of the opt out form, please see Mr. Walker in Student Services.

Thank you!

Colton Walker

Kirsten Wiley

FCHS AP Testing Coordinators

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Virginia College Application Week

Falls Church HS is excited to participate in the Virginia College Application Week beginning next Monday, October 24, 2022.

Throughout the week we’ll offer opportunities to support seniors through the college application process. We hope every senior takes advantage. Visit the SCHEV site for the benefits.  

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

On Friday, October 21st from 5-7pm there will be a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on the baseball field.  This event is free and all students, faculty, staff and community members are invited.  We will have DJ Melvin spinning, food, games and educational presentations.  If you would like to attend and/or participate, please use this form.

2023 FAFSA Open College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of current high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1? Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible—definitely before March 1, 2023—as you prepare for your child to begin college in the fall of 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA.

The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) application is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

Our partners at College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the FAFSA/VASA and finding/applying for scholarships over the next two months. Information on these programs and how to access them can be found at the College Access Fairfax website

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Interested families should email [email protected] to request an appointment.

FCHS Spotlight Theatre News Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). 

Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

FCHS News & Announcements - 10/17/22

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Important Dates
  • 10/20 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 10/21 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration (see announcement below)
  • 10/24 - Holiday
  • 10/27 - Tutor.com Virtual Presentation (see announcement below)
  • 10/28 - End of 1st Quarter (2 Hr. Early Release)
  • 10/29 - National Drug Take Back Day (see announcement below)
  • 10/31 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
National Drug Take Back Day

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 29 is National Drug Take Back Day! Safely dispose of unused or expired medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For drop-off sites in Fairfax County, visit ow.ly/53kA50L9t6q.

AP Exam Opt-out Forms

AP Students and Families,

AP opt out forms were distributed to students the first week of October during 4th period. These forms only need to be completed by students who do not want to take any or all of the AP exams for which they are scheduled in May 2023. 

If your student wishes to opt out of an exam, the form is due Tuesday, October 25th to Mr. Walker or Ms. Wiley in Student Services. It must be handed to either Mr. Walker or Ms. Wiley and should NOT be given to their teacher or left in a mailbox.

If you need another copy of the opt out form, please see Mr. Walker in Student Services.

Thank you!

Colton Walker

Kirsten Wiley

FCHS AP Testing Coordinators

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Virginia College Application Week

Falls Church HS is excited to participate in the Virginia College Application Week beginning next Monday, October 24, 2022.

Throughout the week we’ll offer opportunities to support seniors through the college application process. We hope every senior takes advantage. Visit the SCHEV site for the benefits.  

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

On Friday, October 21st from 5-7pm there will be a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on the baseball field.  This event is free and all students, faculty, staff and community members are invited.  We will have DJ Melvin spinning, food, games and educational presentations.  If you would like to attend and/or participate, please use this form.

2023 FAFSA Open College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of current high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1? Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible—definitely before March 1, 2023—as you prepare for your child to begin college in the fall of 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA.

The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) application is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

Our partners at College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the FAFSA/VASA and finding/applying for scholarships over the next two months. Information on these programs and how to access them can be found at the College Access Fairfax website

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Interested families should email [email protected] to request an appointment.

FCHS Spotlight Theatre News Student Bus Passes

Did you know: All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE bus for free. Fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year, with the pass. Learn more about Student Pass online. Complete the application and return it to your school office. 

Additionally, Connector and Metrobus are issuing SmarTrip cards to students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall High Schools, and the Davis Center for use on specific routes in Northern Virginia. Visit the website to learn more and view the routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). 

Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Bell Schedule

Schoology

SIS ParentVUE

FCPS 22-23 School Year Calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Falls Church HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Office: 703.207.4000
Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

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