FCHS News & Announcements - 11/30/20

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Important Dates
  • 12/2 - Booster Fundraiser at Chipotle (5:00 pm)
  • 12/17 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 12/21-1/1 - Winter Break
Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

A note about Monday attendance:

Please remember that while there is no bell schedule on Mondays, attendance is still required. Students are responsible for logging in to their 4th period/Advisory teacher’s Google Classroom and completing the Google attendance form posted by the teacher between 8:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in order to be marked present.

Good attendance will help your children do well in high school, college, and at work.

  • Set an example for your child. Show him or her that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless someone is truly sick. Avoid asking older students to help with daycare and household errands.
  • You can turn to the school for help. Many schools offer services for the whole family.
  • Seek help from the school or community if you are facing tough challenges related to access to health care, unstable housing, poor transportation, or lack of food. Schools and community agencies often work together to offer help for the whole family.
#WeAreThankfulFC Campaign

2020 has changed all of our lives in many ways, but amidst the chaos of the year, we can still recognize thankfulness. Today, we are inviting you to participate in our #WeAreThankfulFC campaign. Athletics unites us all in a common way - whether it's the student competing with his/her team, or coaches, parents, and friends watching and feeling the thrill of the competition.

Now, Jaguar supporters from near and far can make a donation to the FCHS Athletic Boosters program to show their gratitude for the Jaguar program. We ask that you give any amount you can using our Square Store.(https://fchs-jaguar-athletic-boosters-club.square.site/donate). We would also love for you to share this link on social media and email friends to help get the word out.

Your donation will go directly to all the athletic programs that FCHS offers. Specifically, these dollars will help pay for uniforms, fees, equipment, officials, scholarships, signs, trophies and more. While we are always thankful for donations to our program, we are especially thankful this year when we have precious few other opportunities to raise these much needed funds.

If you prefer to make a donation through the mail, we have included the address below:

FCHS Athletic Boosters

7521 Jaguar Trail

Falls Church, VA 22042

*Checks can be made out to FCHS Athletic Boosters.

If applicable, please ask your company to match your donation with a corporate gift. Corporate checks should be made payable to Falls Church High School Athletic Boosters and can be mailed to:

  • Joe Mack, Treasurer, 3704 Camelot Drive Annandale, VA 22003.

The Falls Church High School Jaguar Athletic Boosters is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Falls Church High School Athletic Boosters Club are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our tax identification number is 54-1972335.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNqIGcgFh38&feature=youtu.be

Jaguar Spirit Wear

FCHS Athletic Boosters have launched a new spirit wear store in conjunction with Burke Sporting Goods.

Click here to purchase Jaguar Spirit Wear.

Proceeds directly benefit Falls Church High School Athletics.

From the FCHS Spotlight Theatre Company

 

Falls Church high School Spotlight Theatre Company is offering another performance for interested audience members!  With illustrations from our talented artists and voices from the diverse actors representative of our Falls Church high School student body, you will hear a sweet story of a young Vietnamese girl who wants desperately for the spirit of her dead father to notice her.  As he was a farmer, she decides to plant some seeds in a vacant lot in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her one act prompts her neighbors to plant the seeds of community that transforms their junky lot into a garden of hopes and dreams in this spoken musical.  This show is recommended for ages 12 and up due to some adult content.  Ticket information will be posted on our website at www.fchsdrama.org and on all of our social media platforms before Thanksgiving break!

Follow us on Instagram @fchsspotlighttheatre

Twitter @fctheater

And our facebook page FCHS Drama

Our Illustrated, audio performance will be December 11 and 12 at 7PM. 

Check out our cast and crew members below.  We want to support these talented students by offering the opportunity to send them a SHOUT OUT CARE PACKAGE.  Our concessions stand will be open next week through our website (www.fchsdrama.org).  Send a caring note and a bag of goodies to your favorite FCHS Drama student and they will receive it in time to listen to the production with their families!  Please email Mrs. De Marco at eademarco@fcps.edu if you have any questions.  Show our drama Jags some love!

AJ Anaviza (grade 12)- AMIR

James Benjamin (grade 10)- CURTIS, GONZALO

Daphne Cardozo (grade 11) - MARICELA

Chase Carmody (grade 11)- HOMELESS MAN, 1st KID

Jack Child (grade 12) - WENDELL    

Nathanael Clock (grade 9)- RECEPTIONIST

Mrs. De Marco (ancient)- ANA

Diana Garcia Guiterrez (grade 10)- CONSUELO

Trip Jones (grade 12) -SAM, 3rd PASSENGER

Rudy Jurado (grade 10)- AMERICO

Lucia Ku (grade 11) - SAE YOUNG, HOMELESS WOMAN

Paige Martin (grade 9)- KIM, PENNY

Ella Moore (grade 10) - LATEESHA, GINNY, GIRL

Luis Silva (grade 9) - PHILLIPE, 2nd KID

Lam Vu (grade 9)- ROYCE, 4th KID

Adrienne Watts (grade 12)- LEONA, MOTHER

Zoe Bogan (grade 10)- Stage Manager

Rania Ashoor (grade 11)- poster design and sound crew

Jenny Tran (grade 11)- sound crew

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am
    • No appointment needed

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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
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FCHS News & Announcements - 11/23/20

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Important Dates
  • 11/23 - Meet the Coaches Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/25-11/27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

A note about Monday attendance:

Please remember that while there is no bell schedule on Mondays, attendance is still required. Students are responsible for logging in to their 4th period/Advisory teacher’s Google Classroom and completing the Google attendance form posted by the teacher between 8:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in order to be marked present.

Good attendance will help your children do well in high school, college, and at work.

  • Families should avoid extended vacations that require your children to miss school. Try to lineup vacations with the school’s schedule. The same goes for doctor’s appointments.
  • You can help your children develop homework and bedtime routines that allow for 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep. Make sure that when the lights go out, so do the cell phones, video games, and computers.
  • Get to know the teachers and administrators. School officials can help you stay on top of academic progress and social contacts to make sure your child is staying on track.
Celebrating Our Students!

Our weekly recognition of students who are demonstrating excellence in academics, behavior or citizenship.

  • Dan-Uyen Tran (Winnie) is so enthusiastic about science and shows it. She is motivated by her goal of seeing he future in the medical field and recognizes that scientific knowledge is the start. She keeps classroom discussions going with her constant inputs which engages her peers and makes them want to participate. She is a regular contributor to our "Science In The News" class time and her excitement is contagious. It is great having a student like Winnie during this time of virtual learning because she models the positive possibilities for this learning model. Thanks Winnie! Elvera Logie
#WeAreFC! Homework & Holiday Breaks

Jaguar Parents/Guardians,

I sent the message below to FCHS Faculty last week. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and am thankful for you and your support!

Jaguar Faculty,

We are only a few school days from Thanksgiving break and winter break is close.  I want to remind you to give yourself and your students a break during these holidays.  Now more than ever, we all need breaks from the many demands of school life.  Please do not assign homework, projects, papers, reading, and/or studying over major breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter & Spring).  I recognize that some students may elect to work on long-term projects or make-up work during breaks.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Students should not be required to complete work over school breaks. 
  • Be reasonable with due dates.  Provide enough time for students to complete their work within the normal school calendar without the need to work over school breaks. 
  • Though you may have a long-term assignment that spans over a school break, no work should be due immediately after a break (first two return days). 
  • Pace yourself to avoid major assessments immediately upon return from breaks (first two return days).

Thanksgiving will likely look different this year…I hope you still have quality time with your family and an opportunity to reflect and recognize how important we all are to one another.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my Jaguar Family and all that you do!

#WeAreFC!

Ben Nowak, Proud FCHS Principal

Calendar Reminder Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1. Monday, November 30 is an asynchronous day. 

Meet the Coaches Night Monday, November 23

FCHS Activities Department is hosting an information session for students (and their parents) interested in trying out for winter sports teams on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm. All students (and their parents) who are interested in trying out for Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swim and Dive or Wrestling should attend this important virtual event.  A link to the event is provided below.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/a269274973024728b6f7697bd3f544ef

Jaguar Spirit Wear

FCHS Athletic Boosters have launched a new spirit wear store in conjunction with Burke Sporting Goods.

Click here to purchase Jaguar Spirit Wear.

Proceeds directly benefit Falls Church High School Athletics.

From our FCHS Orchestra

The FCHS Orchestra Pyramid had our annual Masquerade Concert with the LJ Chamber Orchestra and select 6th graders in the FC pyramid.

Here is a performance of Rosing Eating Zombies by Richard Meyer featuring the FCHS Chamber Orchestra.

From the FCHS Spotlight Theatre Company

 

Falls Church high School Spotlight Theatre Company is offering another performance for interested audience members!  With illustrations from our talented artists and voices from the diverse actors representative of our Falls Church high School student body, you will hear a sweet story of a young Vietnamese girl who wants desperately for the spirit of her dead father to notice her.  As he was a farmer, she decides to plant some seeds in a vacant lot in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her one act prompts her neighbors to plant the seeds of community that transforms their junky lot into a garden of hopes and dreams in this spoken musical.  This show is recommended for ages 12 and up due to some adult content.  Ticket information will be posted on our website at www.fchsdrama.org and on all of our social media platforms before Thanksgiving break!

Follow us on Instagram @fchsspotlighttheatre

Twitter @fctheater

And our facebook page FCHS Drama

Our Illustrated, audio performance will be December 11 and 12 at 7PM. 

Check out our cast and crew members below.  We want to support these talented students by offering the opportunity to send them a SHOUT OUT CARE PACKAGE.  Our concessions stand will be open next week through our website (www.fchsdrama.org).  Send a caring note and a bag of goodies to your favorite FCHS Drama student and they will receive it in time to listen to the production with their families!  Please email Mrs. De Marco at eademarco@fcps.edu if you have any questions.  Show our drama Jags some love!

AJ Anaviza (grade 12)- AMIR

James Benjamin (grade 10)- CURTIS, GONZALO

Daphne Cardozo (grade 11) - MARICELA

Chase Carmody (grade 11)- HOMELESS MAN, 1st KID

Jack Child (grade 12) - WENDELL    

Nathanael Clock (grade 9)- RECEPTIONIST

Mrs. De Marco (ancient)- ANA

Diana Garcia Guiterrez (grade 10)- CONSUELO

Trip Jones (grade 12) -SAM, 3rd PASSENGER

Rudy Jurado (grade 10)- AMERICO

Lucia Ku (grade 11) - SAE YOUNG, HOMELESS WOMAN

Paige Martin (grade 9)- KIM, PENNY

Ella Moore (grade 10) - LATEESHA, GINNY, GIRL

Luis Silva (grade 9) - PHILLIPE, 2nd KID

Lam Vu (grade 9)- ROYCE, 4th KID

Adrienne Watts (grade 12)- LEONA, MOTHER

Zoe Bogan (grade 10)- Stage Manager

Rania Ashoor (grade 11)- poster design and sound crew

Jenny Tran (grade 11)- sound crew

From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

My name is Anna Teeter and I am the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Falls Church Pyramid. If you need support for a student or have concerns you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to me via email at amteeter@fcps.edu or call 571-402-2613.

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

Vaping Facts
  • 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey reported that more than a quarter (27.9%) of students reported vaping at least once in their lifetime:
    • 1% of FCPS eighth grade students
    • 3% FCPS of twelfth grade students
  • The addictive chemical Nicotine was found in 99% of the vape products sold in a Center for Disease Control study.
  • Vaping aerosols include dangerous chemicals, such as heavy metals, cancer causing chemicals, and small particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs.
  • For more information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/livehealthy/tobacco-free/vape-free-fairfax
This is Quitting
  • “This is Quitting” is a program specifically tailored for Fairfax County adolescents and young adults and sponsored by the Health Department, FCPS, CSB and other community partners.
  • This is a free, anonymous, texting services that helps students set a quit date and receive up to 12 weeks of tailored texts to assist in the quitting process.
  • Get 24/7 on-demand support for cravings, stress, relapse, or requests for more messages.
  • Text in VapeFreeFFX to 88709 to get enrolled.
  • To learn more about the “This is Quitting” program: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/livehealthy/tobacco-free/vape-free-fairfax/quit
2019-2020 Fairfax County Youth Survey

Here are 5 things to know about the 2019-2020 Youth Survey

  1. The prevalence of depressive symptoms continues to increase.
  2. Vaping and alcohol use remain common.
  3. Fruit and vegetable consumption continue to decrease.
  4. Screen time increases while physical activity level drops.
  5. Most students feel safe and supported at school.

Here are some ways to help prevent substance use, promote self-care and healthy coping skills: 

  1. Start the day with a good stretch and/or online exercise (check YouTube for ideas). 
  2. Take mini breaks throughout the day to check-in on your mood. Take a few deep breaths and give yourself a few moments of silence. 
  3. Go outside (keeping distance from others) and take a walk to improve your mood, get sunlight, and fresh air.
  4. Share healthy meals with your family and play games to increase shared experiences, laughs, and identify any concerns. 

To see the results of the youth survey please visit:

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  You can apply to work in the Falls Church pyramid and work at one of our local schools.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Job Description

Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.  Pay is paid hourly and the position ends at the end of this school year.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am
    • No appointment needed

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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 - 11/16/20

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Important Dates
  • 11/19 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 11/23 - Meet the Coaches Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/25-11/27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Kudos...

To Jan Rayl for being recognized as an employee who shows that FCPS Cares.

Ms. Rayl works with the Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing FCPS Program as an instructor in the Intro to Nursing and Patient Care Technician classes.  She is also a registered nurse.  She volunteered her time to participate in West Springfield High School's first VIRTUAL Career Fair by creating a video for students to see about working in the health care industry.  Her video was fantastic.  I have had the opportunity to see her teach before when I visited her program with a student. As an instructor, she is knowledgeable and kind. I often tell students who are interested in these classes how wonderful she is. She was also one of the first teachers to go back into the building with students since the COVID-19 closures. She is an amazing resource and FCPS is lucky to have her.

Celebrating Our Students!

Our weekly recognition of students who are demonstrating excellence in academics, behavior or citizenship.

  • Oscar Umanzor Rubio attends office hours with me at least once a week to check on what assignments are due and to get help as necessary. He is also very attentive during class, and is always very courteous in all his interactions with his classmates and me. Tina Masciangioli
  • Stevie Aguilar is usually early for class, is attentive during class, and usually completes all assignments on time and with care. She attends office hours or e-mail to ask clarifying questions or get extra help. Tina Masciangioli
  • Nick Marinaccio has recently started attending office hours with me on Mondays and is getting his assignments completed. Tina Masciangioli
  • I am really proud of Rebecca Pineda this year. She has really done a great job so far. She participates in class discussions, completes assignments, and gets good grades on most assessments. Tina Masciangioli
  • Steven Ventura-Leon is a real pleasure to have in class. He always participates in class discussions, and has a very cheerful and positive attitude that I appreciate a lot, especially at the end of the day in 8th period. Tina Masciangioli
  • Lourdes Najarro-Zepeda has done a great job reaching out to me to work on prioritizing and managing her assignments. Tina Masciangioli
  • Fernando Perez has mastered the content in Algebra so far, and because he is not satisfied with mere excellence, he has also helped several of his classmates understand both the math, and the challenge of using Google Classroom to turn in assignments. Fernando is the most collaborative student in Algebra so far. Curran Roller
#WeAreFC! 1st Quarter Report Cards

For parent/guardians that opted to be paperless – you can access your child’s report card in SIS ParentVue now.

For parent/guardians that have not opted to paperless, the report cards were mailed out today, Monday, November 16. You should expect them in the US mail this week.

From our FCHS Jaguar Chorale

Check out this excellent performance by the FCHS Jaguar Chorale.

To the First of My Lovers

Sidney Carter, arr. Craig Hella Johnson

Streamed under license from Hope Publishing Company

Meet the Coaches Night Monday, November 23

FCHS Activities Department is hosting an information session for students (and their parents) interested in trying out for winter sports teams on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm. All students (and their parents) who are interested in trying out for Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swim and Dive or Wrestling should attend this important virtual event.  A link to the event is provided below.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/a269274973024728b6f7697bd3f544ef

Cappies Reviews Selected for Publication

THREE of our Cappies reviews from Falls Church high School's CAPPIES CRITICS team have been selected to publication in Loudoun Now, Patch.com and Cappies News 2. 

Congratulations goes to Jack Child (12th grade), Laurel Gilbert (12) and Sarah Giusti (12).  THANK YOU FOR representing Falls Church High School this way!

For the recent performance of Homefront by Tuscarora High School on Saturday, 11/07/2020, the mentors selected the following reviews for the media:

  • The review by Jack Child of Falls Church High School is being forwarded to Cappies News 2.
  • The review by Laurel Gilbert of Falls Church High School is being forwarded to Patch.com.
  • The review by Sarah Giusti of Falls Church High School is being forwarded to Loudoun Now.
FCHS Outstanding Employee Awards - Nominations

Nominations are now open for the FCHS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an FCHS Outstanding Employee, please use this Google form.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Layman (kllayman1@fcps.edu)

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  You can apply to work in the Falls Church pyramid and work at one of our local schools.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Job Description

Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.  Pay is paid hourly and the position ends at the end of this school year.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am
    • No appointment needed

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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 - 11/9/20

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Important Dates
  • 11/10 - College Night for Spanish-speaking Families (6:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/11 - 2 Hr. Early Release (see schedule below)
  • 11/25-11/27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Celebrating Our Students!

Here is the first installment of our weekly recognition of students who are demonstrating excellence in academics, behavior or citizenship.

  • Graham Ingalls is a proactive, enthusiastic, participant in class. He is always eager to learn more, do more, share more, and makes distance learning something to look forward to! Megan McCabe
  • I had several students show up for office hours before an upcoming test. In a virtual setting, it was a bit difficult to manage everyone's questions. Carolyn Auld saw one student ask a question on something she understood and offered to go into a breakout group to help that student while I helped others. A few other students ended up joining her breakout group. She was an excellent co-teacher for the office hours!! I know her peers appreciated her help, but I think I appreciated it even more :) Mary Veach
  • Samantha Johnson sometimes comes to my office hours just to "hang out". There have been a few times where I've gotten a bit overwhelmed with trying to manage the amount of students in there that need my help. I've called on Samantha to help me out in those times - she didn't sign up for it but I know I can trust her and she always does it willingly! At least I assume she's smiling on the other side of the camera ;) Mary Veach
  • Melanie Perez Ramirez consistently joins our class on time and stays engaged even when technology glitches try to interfere with her determination. Liz Johnson
  • Fatima Barrera Gamez is consistently in class and works from bell to bell. She will help translate lessons and understanding to her peers. Liz Johnson
  • Cristian Escoto Garcia works consistently to do his best in class and stay connected at the same time. He helps translate lessons and understanding to his peers. When technology struggles occur, he works on paper or offers to be a scribe for our shared answer key. Liz Johnson
  • Alex Obando uses his time wisely in class, has strong collaborative skills in class and in office hours. He is determined to learn new skills both academically and POG skills necessary for the 21st century. Liz Johnson
  • Thanh Bui always comes to Advisory in good spirts and ready to participate in our advisory lesson and never forgets to fill in Monday's attendance form. Thanh is a positive influence in our Advisory class. Liz Johnson
#WeAreFC! FCHS Outstanding Employee Awards - Nominations

Nominations are now open for the FCHS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an FCHS Outstanding Employee, please use this Google form.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Layman (kllayman1@fcps.edu)

College Night for Spanish Speaking Families (Open to all grade level parents) November 10, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are excited to have representatives from United for Justice Organization and The Dream Project.  Each will speak on how parents can support students through the college process.  USJ is a non-profit organization in the DMV area whose mission is to enable more low-income and at-risk-first-generation college bound students access higher education.  The Dream Project empowers students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education. Both community-based programs have a wealth of information and resources to share with our families.

2-Hr. Early Release Bell Schedule Wednesday, November 11th Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am
    • No appointment needed

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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 - 11/4/20

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Important Dates
  • 11/5 - Parent Program on Communication (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/10 - College Night for Spanish-speaking Families (6:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/11 - 2 Hr. Early Release (see schedule below)
Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

A note about Monday attendance:

Please remember that while there is no bell schedule on Mondays, attendance is still required. Students are responsible for logging in to their 4th period/Advisory teacher’s Google Classroom and completing the Google attendance form posted by the teacher between 8:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in order to be marked present.

Good attendance will help your children do well in high school, college, and at work.

  • If too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether they are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.
  • By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.
  • Too many absent students can affect the whole classroom, slowing down instruction.
Return to School Selection Follow-up to the letter that was sent on 10/26/20

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future.  Falls Church High School (FCHS) currently has several small cohorts of select students accessing in-person instruction.  We will continue to follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.  To learn more, visit here.

The remaining FCHS students are tentatively scheduled to return on January 26, 2021 for in-person instruction.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. You can see your original selection in SIS ParentVUE under Student Info.  If your circumstances have changed, please complete this form no later than November 6, 2020.  If you are changing your decision from virtual to in-person learning, we will try our best to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space.  If your preference has not changed, no further action is required at this time.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all students.

FCHS Outstanding Employee Awards - Nominations

Nominations are now open for the FCHS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an FCHS Outstanding Employee, please use this Google form.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Layman (kllayman1@fcps.edu)

Parent Program on Communication Modes Thursday, November 5 at 7- 8pm

The Parent Resource Center in collaboration with Student Services is hosting “Understanding and Benefiting from FCHS Weekly News & Announcements”

The purpose of the presentation is to engage parents on the value of accessing important and updated weekly school information, programs, events.  We will demonstrate for parents where to find it, how to access links, how to identify who to reach out within the school for questions regarding a specific event. We will also share other modes of communication.

We are offering the presentation in English and Spanish. The link to the program will be active on Thursday up to 30 minutes prior to the start.  

Programa en español

Program in English

If you have questions prior, please reach out to the Parent Resource Center (703-207-4074 ) or Jessica Grenfell.

College Night for Spanish Speaking Families (Open to all grade level parents) November 10, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are excited to have representatives from United for Justice Organization and The Dream Project.  Each will speak on how parents can support students through the college process.  USJ is a non-profit organization in the DMV area whose mission is to enable more low-income and at-risk-first-generation college bound students access higher education.  The Dream Project empowers students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education. Both community-based programs have a wealth of information and resources to share with our families.

2-Hr. Early Release Bell Schedule Wednesday, November 11th From the FCHS Spotlight Theatre Company

Falls Church High School Spotlight Theatre company put on a great radio drama this past weekend.  Here is what some of the audience members had to say:

Amaaaazing job, all! We thought it was very clever how you revived radio shows for the new '20s. Once we remembered how to sit down, shut up and listen (which has never come naturally), we were totally absorbed. It was, as they'd say back in the 1930s, quite boffo! Thank you for making us laugh and sit on the edge of our chair (er, couch). The cast was stellar, and the sound effects were top notch. Music was spot on.

Wow! (clap, clap, thunderous applause)! This is my first FCPS Theatre virtual production and Falls Church HS Theatre Arts certainly did not disappoint! First, the technical aspects of the radio show were very well executed. The sound quality was clear, the music was interesting and consistently supported the dramatic action, and sound effects were expertly implemented (they added to the story and didn't overtake the story). Most importantly, the actors did a wonderful job of painting characters, dramatic intention, and meaning with strong vocal choices and clarity of speech. The scene in act one with the reverb and echoes (trial scene) was also really cool! Nico and Rebecca did a great job in maintaining consistency with character and storytelling and Jack was a perfect Narrator :-)! Additional ensemble members did an awesome job of providing an array of interesting characters and voices that kept me engaged and fascinated in the story being told. Wonderful work! Congratulations to Mrs. De Marco, cast, and crew for persevering during these difficult times to create meaningful and quality theatre- you all are inspiring and amazing! BRAVO!

It was such fun to listen to the voices, as they moved around, especially, the invisible man, himself. So good!

My family and I just finished listening to The Invisible Man, and we really enjoyed it, from the 7 year old to the 59 year old. My family said it was astonishing and suspenseful. The acting crew played each part well as they embodied their character. Everyone did a brilliant job, and we can't wait for part two.

Terrific performance! Thank you, except now it's dark outside.... Bingy bangy bumpty boo!

I want to thank our sound crew: Rania Ashoor, Jacky Barahona, Laurel Gilbert and Jenny Tran.  You did a great job!  I also want to thank Chris Le and Joel Harrop- you saved files and helped us make sure the technology worked for this show!  All of the Booster parents that put together and delivered concessions- thank you!  Now for our next show:  SEEDFOLKS! 

If you would like to give feedback to the cast and crew, please fill out this form.  They’d love some virtual “applause”!

https://forms.gle/QSF9MYqXo5SkcTsp7

Thank you!

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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.

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Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

Reminder - Upcoming Schedule Adjustments

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Asynchronous Learning Day on 10/29

Thursday, 10/29 will be an asynchronous learning day for all students who are not participating in PSAT testing. 

Students will be provided asynchronous learning opportunities from each of their Green Day teachers (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7).

Students should check Google Classroom, Blackboard 24/7 or their @fcpsschools.net Gmail for instructions from their teachers.

2-Hr. Early Release on 10/30

Friday, 10/30 is the last day of the 1st Quarter and will be a synchronous learning day with a 2-hr. early release.  Students will need to log into their classes as usual using the bell schedule below.

Student Holidays on 11/2 & 11/3

Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3 are students holidays.  Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete new asynchronous assignments. Classes and operations will resume on Wednesday, November 4th.

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FCHS Grading & Reporting / Report Cards

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FCHS Grading & Reporting / Report Cards

Dear Jaguar Families, 

We are excited to have made it to the end of the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year! Thank you and families for embracing our virtual start. We wouldn’t want to be on this journey with any other community, and we are so thankful for your support. 

As the first quarter comes to an end, we wanted to reach out to share some information about our school’s grading policies for this school year. As you are aware, this school year has been and will continue to be different than ever before. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter. Although we never imagined the need to make this change because of a global pandemic, this decision aligns with the learning in which we have already been engaged. In addition, many other FCPS middle and high schools have also chosen to operate on a rolling gradebook for this school year. 

We realize that the delayed start to the school year and the combination of both synchronous and asynchronous learning requires us to be even more responsive to the needs of our students and families. A gradebook that provides maximum flexibility and ensures equitable grading practices to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all FCHS students is now more important to us than ever.

With a rolling gradebook, grades for individual assignments from each quarter carry over and build upon the previous quarter. Therefore, quarter grades are a snapshot of a student’s current progress in the course and demonstrate performance to that date, not just for that quarter. Final grades are determined from all assignments and assessments throughout the year, regardless of the quarter the work was completed.

A rolling gradebook is an approved gradebook type per Secondary Grading & Reporting Policy and numerous FCPS schools, teams, and teachers, including some of our own teams at FCHS already utilize a rolling gradebook and have for several years. 

Benefits associated with using a rolling gradebook include:

  • Allows time for demonstrating mastery of content and opportunities for remediation, completing make-up work & reassessments
  • Helps students maintain positive mental health when setbacks occur
  • Reports long-term progress to students as the year progresses, not just short-term achievement in each quarter
  • Provides a more accurate reflection of the student grade at any given point in time
  • Reduces number of tests or large projects due at the same time over multiple classes (usually at end of quarter)
  • Negates imbalance of quantity of assessments within each quarter and timing challenges at certain times of year
  • Encourages content units to end naturally and not get rushed due to quarter breaks

The report card will be visible in your SIS ParentVUE account after November 7th. For those that did not opt-in to paperless, we will be mailing home the report card the week of November 16th. 

To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review the following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus. We encourage families who have more questions about the rolling gradebook to reach out to us. 

Sincerely,

Ben Nowak

Principal

#WeAreFC

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FCHS News & Announcements - 10/26/20

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Important Dates
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors (asynchronous day for students)

  • 10/30 - End of Quarter 1
  • 10/30 - 2-Hr. Early Release (synchronous day for students, see Bell Schedule below)
  • 10/30-10/31 - FCHS Spotlight Theater Company presents The Invisible Man (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/2-11/3 - Student Holidays
Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

A note about Monday attendance:

Please remember that while there is no bell schedule on Mondays, attendance is still required. Students are responsible for logging in to their 4th period/Advisory teacher’s Google Classroom and completing the Google attendance form posted by the teacher between 8:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in order to be marked present.

Good attendance will help your children do well in high school, college, and at work.

  • Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days. That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it.
  • Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. The important thing is to get your children to school as often as possible.
  • Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
Asynchronous learning and PSAT Thursday, October 29th

Thursday, 10/29 will be an asynchronous learning day for all students who are not participating in PSAT testing. PSAT testing was opt-in by registration only, no walk-ins are permitted due to Health and Safety planning. Those students that registered will receive an email to their FCPS google email (@fcpsschools.net) account prior to Thursday.

Students not testing will be provided asynchronous learning opportunities from each of their Green Day teachers (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7). Students should check Google Classroom, Blackboard 24/7 or their @fcpsschools.net Gmail for instructions from their teachers.

2-Hr. Early Release Bell Schedule Friday, October 30th  Student Holidays on 11/2 & 11/3

Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3 are students holidays.  Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete new asynchronous assignments. Classes and operations will resume on Wednesday, November 4th.

Report Card Information

Action Requested: Help save trees and FCPS $$ on postage by opting in to receive “Paperless” Report Cards (that can be printed through ParentVUE)

Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by following the below instructions:

Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option.

For those that do not opt to go Paperless, we’ll be mailing the report card home the week of November 16, 2020.

If you have questions about report cards, transcripts, or school records, please contact Jessica Grenfell, Jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

 

FCHS Spotlight Theatre Company presents

THE INVISIBLE MAN by John de Lancie

The following was written by Lilian Smith (grade 9)

Tune in to this immersive audio experience full of mystery and suspense!    

October 30 & 31 at 7PM on the airwaves!  The password protected audio link will be posted on our website www.fchsdrama.org

This story is great and appropriate for the Halloween season!

Starring: William Clock (12) as Dr. Kemp, Jack Child (12) as The Inspector, Laurel Gilbert (12) as Mrs.Hall, Trip Jones (12)  as Teddy, Allison McCombs (12) as Rebecca, and Nico Andino (12) as Griffin  

Due to COVID-19 our remarkable student Thespians are unable to perform on stage. However, we’ve found ways to work around all that. After all...THE SHOW MUST GO ON! 

The Invisible Man is a story about a science experiment gone terribly wrong. In the story young scientist Griffin comes upon a formula that makes him invisible! Come to the show to hear what happens when Griffin risks everything to get the cure! Will Griffin do whatever it takes? Join us on the airwaves (www.fchsdrama.org) to find out. Experience “radio” as people once did around the 1930s. Full of music and sound effects, you’ll keep wondering what will happen next! 

Get your tickets today through the following link:  event.etix.com/ticket/e/1015458

On the morning of your show date, you will receive an email from eademarco@fcps.edu with a password to get into the show! 

This is a two-nights-only engagement. All proceeds will go to support The Falls Church High School Theatre department. Thank you for your support!

 

SEEDFOLKS AUDITIONS, October 26 and 27!

SEEDFOLKS:  A spoken musical by Paul Fleishman

My hope is that the students with diverse backgrounds who might have been shy to get up in front of people to perform before the pandemic, will be willing to lend their voices to a story about a young Vietnamese girl who plants seeds to honor her dead father in her urban neighborhood. As the neighbors see her garden grow, they too decide to sow some of their own seeds and share their stories.

Please see the link to audition for SEEDFOLKS, a week from Monday, Oct 26.  They don’t have a monologue prepared? No problem.  They don’t know what a monologue is?  I’ll teach them!  I’d like students to come with a story to tell.  It can be what happened to them over the last six months or even before that. 

As soon as they fill out the form (below), I will add them to the Spotlight Theatre Company google classroom.  All auditions are on google meet.

https://forms.gle/uVrcFHb3jaDyZ9sB6

Have them check what time they would like to meet with me (two minute meeting) in the form.  It also asks for email and cell phone. 

Call backs happen Oct 27 and include reading from the script (please email eademarco@fcps.edu for a copy).  All students should have a copy of the script to help them with callbacks.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Upcoming Schedule Adjustments

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Asynchronous Learning Day on 10/29

Thursday, 10/29 will be an asynchronous learning day for all students who are not participating in PSAT testing. 

Students will be provided asynchronous learning opportunities from each of their Green Day teachers (Periods 1, 3, 5, 7).

Students should check Google Classroom, Blackboard 24/7 or their @fcpsschools.net Gmail for instructions from their teachers.

2-Hr. Early Release on 10/30

Friday, 10/30 is the last day of the 1st Quarter and will be a synchronous learning day with a 2-hr. early release.  Students will need to log into their classes as usual using the bell schedule below.

Student Holidays on 11/2 & 11/3

Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3 are students holidays.  Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete new asynchronous assignments. Classes and operations will resume on Wednesday, November 4th.

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FCHS News & Announcements - 10/19/20

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Important Dates
  • 10/22 - PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors

  • 10/30 - End of Quarter 1
  • 10/30 - 2-Hr. Early Release (see Bell Schedule below)
  • 10/30-10/31 - FCHS Spotlight Theater Company presents The Invisible Man (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 11/2-11/3 - Student Holidays
Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

A note about Monday attendance:

Please remember that while there is no bell schedule on Mondays, attendance is still required. Students are responsible for logging in to their 4th period/Advisory teacher’s Google Classroom and completing the Google attendance form posted by the teacher between 8:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in order to be marked present.

Consider that students who frequently miss school:

  • Have lower financial security
  • Develop delinquent patterns that may lead to adult criminal behaviors
  • Are more likely to engage in risky behavior like substance abuse or gang activity
  • Are subject to school consequences such as loss of privileges or suspension
2-Hr. Early Release Bell Schedule Friday, October 30th  Report Card Information

Action Requested: Help save trees and FCPS $$ on postage by opting in to receive “Paperless” Report Cards (that can be printed through ParentVUE)

Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by following the below instructions:

Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option.

For those that do not opt to go Paperless, we’ll be mailing the report card home the week of November 16, 2020.

If you have questions about report cards, transcripts, or school records, please contact Jessica Grenfell, Jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

 

FCHS Spotlight Theatre Company presents

THE INVISIBLE MAN by John de Lancie

The following was written by Lilian Smith (grade 9)

Tune in to this immersive audio experience full of mystery and suspense!    

October 30 & 31 at 7PM on the airwaves!  The password protected audio link will be posted on our website www.fchsdrama.org

This story is great and appropriate for the Halloween season!

Starring: William Clock (12) as Dr. Kemp, Jack Child (12) as The Inspector, Laurel Gilbert (12) as Mrs.Hall, Trip Jones (12)  as Teddy, Allison McCombs (12) as Rebecca, and Nico Andino (12) as Griffin  

Due to COVID-19 our remarkable student Thespians are unable to perform on stage. However, we’ve found ways to work around all that. After all...THE SHOW MUST GO ON! 

The Invisible Man is a story about a science experiment gone terribly wrong. In the story young scientist Griffin comes upon a formula that makes him invisible! Come to the show to hear what happens when Griffin risks everything to get the cure! Will Griffin do whatever it takes? Join us on the airwaves (www.fchsdrama.org) to find out. Experience “radio” as people once did around the 1930s. Full of music and sound effects, you’ll keep wondering what will happen next! 

Get your tickets today through the following link:  event.etix.com/ticket/e/1015458

On the morning of your show date, you will receive an email from eademarco@fcps.edu with a password to get into the show! 

This is a two-nights-only engagement. All proceeds will go to support The Falls Church High School Theatre department. Thank you for your support!

Would you like some SNACKS the evening of the performance?  FCHS Drama Boosters will sell on our website and deliver it (contact free) to your door!  Please check out our website this coming week and order by October 24th for timely delivery!

 

SEEDFOLKS AUDITIONS, October 26 and 27!

SEEDFOLKS:  A spoken musical by Paul Fleishman

My hope is that the students with diverse backgrounds who might have been shy to get up in front of people to perform before the pandemic, will be willing to lend their voices to a story about a young Vietnamese girl who plants seeds to honor her dead father in her urban neighborhood. As the neighbors see her garden grow, they too decide to sow some of their own seeds and share their stories.

Please see the link to audition for SEEDFOLKS, a week from Monday, Oct 26.  They don’t have a monologue prepared? No problem.  They don’t know what a monologue is?  I’ll teach them!  I’d like students to come with a story to tell.  It can be what happened to them over the last six months or even before that. 

As soon as they fill out the form (below), I will add them to the Spotlight Theatre Company google classroom.  All auditions are on google meet.

https://forms.gle/uVrcFHb3jaDyZ9sB6

Have them check what time they would like to meet with me (two minute meeting) in the form.  It also asks for email and cell phone. 

Call backs happen Oct 27 and include reading from the script (please email eademarco@fcps.edu for a copy).  All students should have a copy of the script to help them with callbacks.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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 - 10/12/20

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Important Dates
  • 10/13 - Senior Parent Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/14 - AP Testing Information Session (6:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/15 - Financial Aid Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/19 - Partners for Safe Teen Driving (6:30 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors

  • 10/30-10/31 - FCHS Spotlight Theater Company presents The Invisible Man (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
Kudos...

To Carolina Dotel, Todd Ridenour, Susie Lilburn, Kari Nieto and Yolanda Chanez-Dorado for being recognized as employees who show that FCPS Cares.

I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Carolina to support multiple families and students with chronic attendance concerns. In every interaction, I have been amazed at Carolina's commitment to the families of Falls Church High School, especially our families who are struggling with poverty and other socioemotional concerns. She is compassionate and supportive, with an focus on empathy, not charity. In particular, Carolina demonstrates an impressive knowledge of the services available in Fairfax County to our families and willingness to stand with them while they access valuable services. Carolina, you are an incredible asset to Falls Church High School. Thank you for your service!

I am highlighting the members of the Falls Church HS Attendance/OTG Team. Wow! I am so impressed at the organization and commitment of this new team at FCHS. Now that we are in a virtual learning environment, the work of this team is especially important. Since school started, this team has collaborated to address the multifaceted issues facing our students and families, including technology, housing, socioemotional issues, trauma, etc. In particular, I want to highlight the leadership of our co-chairs: Todd Ridenour (SOSA) and Susie Lilburn (Dean of Students). They are organizational rockstars with a deep commitment to promoting positive attendance throughout FCHS. Thanks for all your hard work!

Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

The top 5 Reasons students miss school are:

  1. Their work is not completed, or they have anxiety about their work load.
  2. They are not interested in school or bored by their classes or teachers.
  3. There are things going on with family at home or the family is not supportive of school.
  4. The student has physical health issues that prevent them from coming to school.
  5. The student has some mental health issues getting in the way (#1 issue: anxiety).

It’s important to communicate these and other needs to our Dean, SOSA, administrators, counselors, & clinicians.

Senior Parent Night  Tuesday, October 13th @ 7:00pm

The Falls Church HS Student Services Team along with College Representatives are hosting a virtual session for senior parents.

Important topics that will be presented on:  

¨ High school Graduation Requirements

¨ Post-secondary planning Tools

¨ College Application Process including Timelines, Letters of Recommendation and Transcript Requests

¨ College Representatives

¨ Financial aid and Scholarships

We are excited to be able to offer this program in both English and Spanish for our Falls Church HS Community.  We are looking forward to having an informative evening! Please use the link to access the virtual event.

Confirmed Guest Speaker E-mails (Spanish Speaking)

  • Guadalupe Sanchez, Radford University gsanchez4@radford.edu
  • Viri Acosta, Northern Virginia Community College vacosta@nvcc.edu
  • Francis Money, Associate Director of Admissions, George Mason University

Questions about the event can be directed to Jessica Grenfell, Director of Student Services Jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

AP Testing Information Session Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 pm (Virtual)

We will be hosting a virtual AP Testing Information Session on Wednesday, Oct 14th at 6:00pm.  This is for parents/guardians of students taking one or more AP course in the 2020-2021 school year. Students are welcome to attend as well.  It is the same information they are receiving from their AP teacher. This is the link to be able to log in to the session:

If you are unable to attend, the recording of the presentation will be posted on the FCHS Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Courses webpage.  

Additional information regarding testing can be found on the FCPS Testing webpage at https://www.fcps.edu/testfees.  

Please contact our AP Coordinators, Katherine Vargas (kvargas1@fcps.edu) and Kirsten Wiley (knwiley@fcps.edu), if you have additional questions.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD)

There will be a make-up opportunity for any junior or senior student who missed a PSTD Driver’s Ed Seminar from last year. This opportunity will be held 10/19/2020 at 6:30pm virtually through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The link to join will be sent out 24 hours before the seminar to the parent e-mail provided with sign-ups. This opportunity is for juniors and seniors ONLY.

Please click here to sign-up.

A Message from Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

Did you know the Falls Church Pyramid has its own Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist to address substance abuse concerns among students?

My name is Anna Teeter and I am the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Falls Church Pyramid. If you need support for a student or have concerns you’d like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to me via email at amteeter@fcps.edu or call 571-402-2613.

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

A Dangerous Social Media Trend:

In recent years, we are seeing a misconception amongst young people that over-the- counter drugs are safe even in large quantities. On the social media platform, TikTok, teens are encouraging viewers to take large doses of the antihistamine Benadryl to induce hallucinations. In August, a 15-year-old reportedly died after doing the “Benadryl challenge” on the short-form video platform TikTok. TikTok is taking down these posts to discourage this dangerous behavior but the trend does still exist. Johnson & Johnson, the company that manufactures Benadryl, is posting warnings about this challenge. Please be aware of what your child is posting on social media and keep both prescription and over the counter medicine in a safe place that is not accessible to your children. Learn about the safe disposal of medication in Fairfax County: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/drug-disposal

Vaping and COVID-19:

On August 11th, Stanford University School of Medicine published a study online that examined the connections between vaping and COVID-19. They collected the data from young people in the United States. The study found that those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who did not use e-cigarettes. They also found that young people who had used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days were almost five times as likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing. Vaping not only can put you at a higher risk for more severe COVID symptoms but also can lead to other dangerous respiratory conditions. Please see some resources on helping to quit vaping:

You can also visit: https://truthinitiative.org/thisisquitting. In upcoming weeks, FCPS will be posting new information about the Truth Initiative This is Quitting program specifically tailored for Fairfax County adolescents and young adults and sponsored by the Health Department, FCPS, CSB and other community partners. 

If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, please contact the Fairfax Community Service Board Emergency Team at (703) 573-5679 

 

FCHS Spotlight Theatre Company presents

THE INVISIBLE MAN by John de Lancie

The following was written by Lilian Smith (grade 9)

Tune in to this immersive audio experience full of mystery and suspense!    

October 30 & 31 at 7PM on the airwaves!  The password protected audio link will be posted on our website www.fchsdrama.org

This story is great and appropriate for the Halloween season!

Starring: William Clock (12) as Dr. Kemp, Jack Child (12) as The Inspector, Laurel Gilbert (12) as Mrs.Hall, Trip Jones (12)  as Teddy, Allison McCombs (12) as Rebecca, and Nico Andino (12) as Griffin  

Due to COVID-19 our remarkable student Thespians are unable to perform on stage. However, we’ve found ways to work around all that. After all...THE SHOW MUST GO ON! 

The Invisible Man is a story about a science experiment gone terribly wrong. In the story young scientist Griffin comes upon a formula that makes him invisible! Come to the show to hear what happens when Griffin risks everything to get the cure! Will Griffin do whatever it takes? Join us on the airwaves (www.fchsdrama.org) to find out. Experience “radio” as people once did around the 1930s. Full of music and sound effects, you’ll keep wondering what will happen next! 

This is a two-nights-only engagement. All proceeds will go to support The Falls Church High School Theatre department. Thank you for your support!

Would you like some SNACKS the evening of the performance?  FCHS Drama Boosters will sell on our website and deliver it (contact free) to your door!  Please check out our website this coming week and order by October 24th for timely delivery!

Would you like to support our theatre department in other ways? Please send your email to our booster secretary, Angela Bandemehr (abandemehr@gmail.com) to get the link! 

Our next booster meeting is THIS THURSDAY, October 15 at 6PM.  Please join us!

Library Book Drop off

Drop off library books any day or time in the bin at Door #1, or hand them in when picking up new materials.

We will gladly accept middle school library books too.

2020 FCPS Virtual College Week

This year, FCPS will host a Virtual College Week from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23, 2020.  This event will feature two live virtual sessions each evening starting at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. During these sessions, FCPS students and families will be provided an opportunity to meet virtually with subject-matter experts and ask questions about college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and postsecondary planning.  Students and their families must register here to attend any of the sessions.  The registration link is available on the FCPS Virtual College Week web page.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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.

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Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

Reminder - Parent Consent for Select Digital Resources

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Parent Consent for Select Digital Resources 

At FCHS, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here:

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Thank you for your attention to this important component of virtual learning and support of our teachers!

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FCHS News & Announcements - 10/5/20

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Important Dates
  • 10/12 - Indigineous People's Day/Student Holiday
  • 10/13 - Senior Parent Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/15 - Financial Aid Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors (see announcement below)

Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes. Please visit the Falls Church High School website attendance page for updated policies and procedures.

The top 5 Reasons students miss school are:

  1. Their work is not completed, or they have anxiety about their work load.
  2. They are not interested in school or bored by their classes or teachers.
  3. There are things going on with family at home or the family is not supportive of school.
  4. The student has physical health issues that prevent them from coming to school.
  5. The student has some mental health issues getting in the way (#1 issue: anxiety).

It’s important to communicate these and other needs to our Dean, SOSA, administrators, counselors, & clinicians.

Student Holiday - Monday, October 12th

A reminder that next Monday, October 12th is a student holiday in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. I have asked our faculty to use it as a mental health day and hope the students will take the opportunity for a break as well.

Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. Classes and operations will resume on Tuesday, October 13th.

Ben Nowak, Principal

Senior Parent Night - Tuesday, October 13th @ 7:00pm

The Falls Church HS Student Services Team along with College Representatives are hosting a virtual session for senior parents.

Important topics that will be presented on:  

¨ High school Graduation Requirements

¨ Post-secondary planning Tools

¨ College Application Process including Timelines, Letters of Recommendation and Transcript Requests

¨ College Representatives

¨ Financial aid and Scholarships

We are excited to be able to offer this program in both English and Spanish for our Falls Church HS Community.  We are looking forward to having an informative evening! Please use the link to access the virtual event.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/54e0c5e2697d4c8798d2ab9c76d7acfc

Confirmed Guest Speaker E-mails (Spanish Speaking)

Questions about the event can be directed to Jessica Grenfell, Director of Student Services Jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD)

There will be a make-up opportunity for any junior or senior student who missed a PSTD Driver’s Ed Seminar from last year. This opportunity will be held 10/19/2020 at 6:30pm virtually through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The link to join will be sent out 24 hours before the seminar to the parent e-mail provided with sign-ups. This opportunity is for juniors and seniors ONLY.

Please use the google form below to sign-up.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczw4bXFnExaL1yUmlmSoqX9NfNeQhmfZPCE41hyJlB2WAntg/viewform?usp=sf_link

PSAT Opportunity for 11th graders The PSAT/NMSQT deadline to register by Friday, October 9th

On Thursday, October 29, Falls Church High School eleventh graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. FCPS will cover the cost for any eleventh grade student to take this test. 

To help the school prepare for testing, families are asked to complete the form below by Friday, October 9. This form asks about participation in the test, the need for bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test. 

Falls Church HS: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form*

  (https://forms.gle/4ekdgeWtr56Ve6Z1A)

*Students must be signed in to their FCPS gmail account (@fcpsschools.net)

A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT/NMSQT Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42099). Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage. Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at Falls Church High School, please contact Mariam Suqi (MASuqi@fcps.edu) or your child’s counselor for information about the test and its benefits.

Testing accommodations must be approved through the College Board, for specific questions, contact Shakita Fox (SMFox@fcps.edu).

For questions about health and safety protocols, contact Jessica Grenfell (Jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

NHS Tutoring NHS will be offering extra help “in the bubble”!

Tutoring will be structured as drop in small group support offered on Mondays from 1-3 in the afternoon and on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15.  To request access to the NHS tutoring bubble, students need to fill out a Google form with their name, student id number, and which subject(s) they would like help with so we can try to have appropriate numbers of tutors.  Please share this opportunity with your students.

This is not one-on-one tutoring, but the NHS students will be working in breakout groups of students on the same content.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Parent Consent for Select Digital Resources 

At FCHS, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here:

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Thank you for your attention to this important component of distance learning and support of our teachers!

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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 - 9/28/20

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Important Dates
  • 9/28-10/1 & 10/5 - Books & Materials Distribution (see announcement below)
  • 9/28 - Facebook Live Event Tonight: Youth Suicide—What to Look for and Where to Go for Help (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/15 - Financial Aid Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors (see announcement below)

Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes.

Consider these important and interesting facts about attendance:

  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduation.
  • Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways.
Books/Materials Distribution Signup - More Time Slots Monday, 9/28 - Thursday, 10/1 (Additional hours) Monday, 10/5 (New)

Thank you to those of you who have signed up for books/materials pickup for next week!  We have added additional time slots Monday - Thursday and another full day on Monday, 10/5.  Please click here to signup.

Students will have the opportunity to pick up books and other materials the week of September 28th and Monday 10/5 (new).

Teachers will be communicating if they have items to hand out for their specific classes.  The pick-up will be contactless and by appointment only.

Students/Families should drive onto school property at Door #8 (Main Gym entrance) and proceed through the car route as directed by our security team. 

Students are reminded to please bring a copy of their schedule.  It’s also helpful to have a sign in the car windshield with the student’s name and ID number. 

As a reminder, all students and family members must remain in their cars and please remember to wear masks.

Please make an appointment here.

For a list of teachers who will be distributing materials, please click here. 

PSAT Opportunity for 11th graders The PSAT/NMSQT deadline to register by Friday, October 9th

On Thursday, October 29, Falls Church High School eleventh graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. FCPS will cover the cost for any eleventh grade student to take this test. 

To help the school prepare for testing, families are asked to complete the form below by Friday, October 9. This form asks about participation in the test, the need for bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test. 

Falls Church HS: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form*

  (https://forms.gle/4ekdgeWtr56Ve6Z1A)

*Students must be signed in to their FCPS gmail account (@fcpsschools.net)

A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT/NMSQT Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42099). Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage. Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at Falls Church High School, please contact Mariam Suqi (MASuqi@fcps.edu) or your child’s counselor for information about the test and its benefits.

Testing accommodations must be approved through the College Board, for specific questions, contact Shakita Fox (SMFox@fcps.edu).

For questions about health and safety protocols, contact Jessica Grenfell (Jmgrenfell@fcps.edu

Youth Suicide—What to Look for and Where to Go for Help Facebook Live Event Tonight at 7 p.m.

Join the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board tonight, Monday, September 28, at 7 p.m. for a discussion on Facebook Live with clinicians on signs a child or young person you care about might be at risk for suicide, what therapy is like, and resources available in our community.

NHS Tutoring NHS will be offering extra help “in the bubble”!

Tutoring will be structured as drop in small group support offered on Mondays from 1-3 in the afternoon and on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15.  To request access to the NHS tutoring bubble, students need to fill out a Google form with their name, student id number, and which subject(s) they would like help with so we can try to have appropriate numbers of tutors.  Please share this opportunity with your students.

This is not one-on-one tutoring, but the NHS students will be working in breakout groups of students on the same content.

SIS Weekly Progress Reports to Parents Set to Start Monday, October 5, 2020

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

You can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Parent Consent for Select Digital Resources 

At FCHS, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here:

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Thank you for your attention to this important component of distance learning and support of our teachers!

FCHS Drama News

FCHS SPOTLIGHT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

The Invisible Man by John de Lancie, adapted from the story by HG Wells.

The Invisible Man is the story of a science experiment gone wrong. The young scientist Griffin stumbles upon a formula that makes him invisible!  Come and hear what happens when Griffin risks everything to get the cure.

Just as in the days of radio when people tuned in to radio programming to escape the news of war, we hope you will join us October 30 and 31 at 7PM to listen in as FCHS Drama students take over the airwaves with this season appropriate story of mystery and suspense!  Ticket information coming soon!

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Books/Materials Distribution Signup - More Time Slots

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Books/Materials Distribution Signup - More Time Slots Monday, 9/28 - Thursday, 10/1 (Additional hours) Monday, 10/5 (New)

Thank you to those of you who have signed up for books/materials pickup for next week!  We have added additional time slots Monday - Thursday and another full day on Monday, 10/5.  Please click here to signup.

 

Students will have the opportunity to pick up books and other materials the week of September 28th and Monday 10/5 (new).

Teachers will be communicating if they have items to hand out for their specific classes.  The pick-up will be contactless and by appointment only.

Students/Families should drive onto school property at Door #8 (Main Gym entrance) and proceed through the car route as directed by our security team. 

Students are reminded to please bring a copy of their schedule.  It’s also helpful to have a sign in the car windshield with the student’s name and ID number. 

As a reminder, all students and family members must remain in their cars and please remember to wear masks.

Please make an appointment here.

For a list of teachers who will be distributing materials, please click here. 

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Reminder - Books/Materials Distribution

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Books/Materials Distribution Monday, 9/28 - Thursday, 10/1

Students will have the opportunity to pick up books and other materials the week of September 28th. 

Teachers will be communicating if they have items to hand out for their specific classes.  The pick-up will be contactless and by appointment only.

Students/Families should drive onto school property at Door #8 (Main Gym entrance) and proceed through the car route as directed by our security team. 

Students are reminded to please bring a copy of their schedule.  It’s also helpful to have a sign in the car windshield with the student’s name and ID number. 

As a reminder, all students and family members must remain in their cars and please remember to wear masks.

  • Please make an appointment here.
  • For a list of teachers who will be distributing materials, please click here. 

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Attendance: 703.207.4019 | Web | Twitter | YouTube

Reminder - Asynchronous Learning Day on Wednesday, 9/23

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Asynchronous Learning Day on 9/23

Wednesday, 9/23 will be an asynchronous learning day for all students who are not participating in SAT testing. 

Students will be provided asynchronous learning opportunities from each of their White Day teachers (Periods 2, 4, 6, 8).

Students should check Google Classroom, Blackboard 24/7 or their @fcpsschools.net Gmail for instructions from their teachers.

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FCHS News & Announcements - 9/21/20

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Important Dates
  • 9/23 - SAT for Seniors (Asynchronous day for all other students)

  • 9/24 - Virtual PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 9/28-10/2 - Books & Materials Distribution (see announcement below)
  • 10/15 - Financial Aid Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors

Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes.

Consider these important and interesting facts about attendance:

  • Half of students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Research shows that missing 10% of the school year (about 18 days total) negatively affects a student’s academic performance.  That’s just two days a month, and that’s known as chronic absenteeism.
  • Students who are chronically absent are over 7 times more likely to drop out.
  • Dropouts make about $1 million less over a lifetime than graduates.
Asynchronous Learning Day on 9/23

Wednesday, 9/23 will be an asynchronous learning day for all students who are not participating in SAT testing. 

Students will be provided asynchronous learning opportunities from each of their White Day teachers (Periods 2, 4, 6, 8).

Students should check Google Classroom, Blackboard 24/7 or their @fcpsschools.net Gmail for instructions from their teachers.

Books/Materials Distribution Monday, 9/28 - Friday, 10/2

Students will have the opportunity to pick up books and other materials the week of September 28th. 

Teachers will be communicating if they have items to hand out for their specific classes.  The pick-up will be contactless and by appointment only.

Students/Families should drive onto school property at Door #8 and proceed through the car route as directed by our security team. 

Students are reminded to please bring a copy of their schedule.  It’s also helpful to have a sign in the car windshield with the student’s name and ID number. 

As a reminder, all students and family members must remain in their cars and please remember to wear masks.

Please make an appointment here.

For a list of teachers who will be distributing materials, please click here

FCHS Drama News

FCHS SPOTLIGHT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS

The Invisible Man by John de Lancie, adapted from the story by HG Wells.

The Invisible Man is the story of a science experiment gone wrong. The young scientist Griffin stumbles upon a formula that makes him invisible!  Come and hear what happens when Griffin risks everything to get the cure.

Just as in the days of radio when people tuned in to radio programming to escape the news of war, we hope you will join us October 30 and 31 at 7PM to listen in as FCHS Drama students take over the airwaves with this season appropriate story of mystery and suspense!  Ticket information coming soon!

“Go Paperless” Report Card Option

Parents and/or guardians can opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Parent Consent for Select Digital Resources 

At FCHS, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here:

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Thank you for your attention to this important component of distance learning and support of our teachers!

7th Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS continues partnering with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the annual conference. This year’s theme, Tools for Fostering Success at Home, in School, and Throughout Life, features speakers addressing social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd with a kickoff panel hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Register here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness.

Additionally, Our Minds Matter is hosting a student summit beginning Wednesday, September 23rd with a Mindfulness Workshop. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - UPDATED LINK

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Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - UPDATED LINK Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Jaguar Parents/Guardians,

The announcement sent out in yesterday's FCHS News & Announcements had the incorrect link for the Parent Acknowledgement Form.  Please submit or re-submit using the correct link below.

Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be submitted for each student.

Thanks and sorry for the confusion!

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FCHS News & Announcements - 9/14/20

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Important Dates
  • 9/23 - SAT for Seniors (see announcement below)

  • 9/24 - Virtual PTSA Meeting (7:00 pm)
  • 10/15 - Financial Aid Night (7:00 pm, see announcement below)
  • 10/29 - PSAT for Juniors

Attendance Matters

Attendance drives everything! It is tied to almost every aspect of school performance and future outcomes.

What are some simple things we can all do about attendance?

  • Positively encourage good attendance with your children
  • Communicate about obstacles to attendance so the school can offer support
  • Encourage, support, and assist your children with learning and acting responsibly by:
    • Asking specific questions about classes and homework
    • Get to know your child’s teachers
    • Reach out to teachers when your child is struggling

Avoid absences unless absolutely necessary!

Rolling (Cumulative) Gradebook

Given the uncertainty of schedules and virtual learning for all students during the 2020-21 school year, Falls Church HS has decided teachers will use a rolling (cumulative) gradebook. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter.

Acknowledging that the coming school year begins on a later start date and will have both synchronous and asynchronous learning, it is important to utilize a gradebook type that provides maximum flexibility and ensures equitable grading practices to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all students.

With a rolling gradebook, grades for individual assignments from each quarter carry over and build upon the previous quarter; therefore, quarter grades are a snapshot of a student’s current progress in the course and demonstrate performance to that date, not just for that quarter. Final grades are determined from all assignments and assessments throughout the year, regardless of the quarter the work was completed.

A rolling gradebook is an approved gradebook type per Secondary Grading & Reporting Policy and numerous FCPS schools/teams/teachers already utilize a rolling gradebook. 

Benefits associated with using a rolling gradebook include:

  • Allows time for demonstrating mastery of content and opportunities for remediation, completing make-up work & retakes (following established school, department or collaborative team policies)
  • Helps students maintain positive mental health when setbacks occur
  • Reports long-term progress to students as the year progresses, not just short-term achievement in each quarter
  • Provides a more accurate reflection of the student grade at any given point in time
  • Reduces number of tests or large projects due at the same time over multiple classes (usually at end of quarter)
  • Negates imbalance of quantity of assessments within each quarter and timing challenges at certain times of year
  • Encourages content units to end naturally and not get rushed due to quarter breaks

To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review the following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus.  Students/parents are encouraged to reach out directly to the teacher with additional questions.

SAT School Day for Seniors Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Next Wednesday, September 23rd is an asynchronous day for all high school students. Seniors that registered prior should have received an email confirmation. Seniors that have registered should review the SAT School Day Student Guide.

We’ll be sending logistical information out later this week such as arrival times, parking, and materials to bring.

Parent Consent for Select Digital Resources 

At FCHS, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here:

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Thank you for your attention to this important component of distance learning and support of our teachers!

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

7th Annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS continues partnering with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the annual conference. This year’s theme, Tools for Fostering Success at Home, in School, and Throughout Life, features speakers addressing social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd with a kickoff panel hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Register here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness.

Additionally, Our Minds Matter is hosting a student summit beginning Wednesday, September 23rd with a Mindfulness Workshop. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020.

Technology Help @ FCHS

In-person Help: Entrance #2

  • Monday
    • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday
    • 7:00 am - 8:30 am

All other requests, please use the Parent and Student Technology Support portal

Useful Links/Information

FCHS Return to School & Virtual Learning

FCPS Return to School

FCPS Technology Support for Families

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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