Weekly Update 9/30/22

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Upcoming Dates

October 5th - Holiday - No School

October 10th - Staff Development Day - No School for students

October 24th - Holiday - No School

October 28th - End of 1st Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

October 31st - Teacher Workday - No School for students

Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology

If you are planning to attend the TJHSST presentation On Oct. 3rd at 2:30, TJ Admissions is asking for you to view their admissions overview video which can be found on the TJHSST admissions webpage linked below. 

 

https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions

Voices of Now

LJ is proud to offer an incredible after school program in conjunction with Arena Stage:

What is Voices of Now?

Voices of Now is an acting, writing, devising program for young artists provided by Arena Stage, D.C.’s oldest, largest producing theater. Voices of Now artists learn the tools of theater performance, such as movement, vocal expression and collaboration, by taking a series of workshops in the fall. Participants who attend a full series are eligible to audition for the exclusive Voices of Now Luther Jackson Middle School Ensemble, which meets from January through May at Luther Jackson Middle School. Ensemble members work with professional actors and directors to study acting and to write an original play performed at Arena Stage. 

 

This program is for EVERYBODY – you do NOT have to be in a theatre class. Each workshop is just 4 sessions so it is not huge time commitment. So grab some friends and come out to have some fun! Questions- see Ms. Stacey in room 419 and for an application!

 

LJMS Theatre Arts/Media Communications

PTA Corner
  1. SURVEY, your input is important: Take a few minutes to answer this anonymous survey and help us gather information for our new school leadership. Please answer before Tuesday, October 4th. https://forms.gle/3G812ZaJ8PP4c1u78

 

  1. Social Media and Cyberbullying 101: The National PTA podcast brings experts, educators, parents, and guests together to discuss a wide variety of topics. This week we selected the episode on social media and cyberbullying. Click here to listen and enjoy!.

 

  1. Volunteers Needed: The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Nominating Committee and Audit If interested and for more information email [email protected]. Our Food Pantry program is also looking for volunteers to pick up donations, run the pantry, etc. If available email [email protected].

 

  1. Join the PTA: Did you know that the PTA’s mission is “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children”? Join the PTA today and help us support this mission. https://jacksonmspta.org/. The date of our next meeting will be announced soon.

 

  1. October Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Our next restaurant night sponsor is Pupatella at Mosaic District. They will donate to our school a percentage of the sales for those who mention Luther Jackson MS all day (11:30am-9:00pm) on Wednesday, October 12th.

 

  1. Free Webinar -- Empowering Safer Kids: A discussion about how healthy relationships increase the chance your child will ask for help when things go wrong. Check it out Monday, October 3rd at 7pm. For more information and to register click here.

 

  1. Art Program Call for Entries: Reflections is a National PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to express themselves through the arts. This year’s theme is “Show your Voice!” Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 21, 2022. Check the website to learn more or email the program chair, Meredith Caldwell at [email protected].

 

  1. Spirit Wear: Looking for an LJMS magnet ($5) or adult small sweatshirt ($35)? Now you can order online!  Get out your credit card and head to https://ljmspta.memberhub.com/store .  Prefer paying by check/cash or have any questions?  Email Spirit Wear Chair Lynn Collins at [email protected] GO TIGERS!

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Picture Re-takes/Makeups and National Yearbook Week

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Picture Retakes and Makeups Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 14

Not in love with your recent school picture? 

Did you miss picture day altogether? 

Don't worry!  You have a chance to make it right!  School picture retakes and makeups are scheduled for Friday, October 14th.  Use this signup genius to select a time slot, then plan to come to the Auditorium at your assigned time (we'll send you an E-Hall Pass).

If you already purchased a photo package, you can just give it to the photographer on re-take day, and they'll give you the same package with the new photo at no charge.  If you were absent on picture day, head over to the Barksdale Online Store to order, and use the order code: 0037724AR.  (the password expires 24 hrs. after picture day!)

Celebrate National Yearbook Week

Is it really National Yearbook Week already??  It seems like last year's festivities just ended!

From October 1st - 7th, you can celebrate by taking advantage of an amazing discount on your yearbook order!  Head over to the Walsworth Online store, and use the coupon code "YearbookSZN" to receive a $5 discount! 

Secure your copy today!

Retomas de fotos y maquillajes programados para el martes 14 de octubre

¿No estás enamorado de tu foto escolar reciente?

¿Te perdiste el día de la foto por completo?

¡No te preocupes! ¡Tienes la oportunidad de hacerlo bien! Las tomas de fotografías escolares y el maquillaje están programados para el viernes 14 de octubre. Use este genio de registro para seleccionar un intervalo de tiempo, luego planee venir al Auditorio a la hora asignada (le enviaremos un E-Hall Pass).

Si ya compraste un paquete de fotos, puedes dárselo al fotógrafo el día de la nueva toma y te dará el mismo paquete con la nueva foto sin cargo. Si estuvo ausente el día de la foto, diríjase a la tienda en línea de Barksdale para hacer un pedido y use el código de pedido: 0037724AR. (¡La contraseña vence 24 horas después del día de la foto!)

 

Celebre la Semana Nacional del Anuario

¿Ya es realmente la Semana Nacional del Anuario? ¡Parece que las festividades del año pasado acaban de terminar!

¡Del 1 al 7 de octubre, puedes celebrarlo aprovechando un increíble descuento en tu pedido del anuario! Diríjase a la tienda en línea de Walsworth y use el código de cupón "YearbookSZN" para recibir un descuento de $5.

¡Asegure su copia hoy!

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Weekly Update 9/23/22

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World Language Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 10.  This exam gives students the opportunity to earn one, two, or three World Language high school credits towards graduation.  Registration closes on Thursday, October 6.  Students should contact their school counselor to register students for the exam.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.  LJMS would like to recognize and celebrate the rich cultures and contributions of our LJMS Hispanic families.  Parents please save the date for a Hispanic parent meeting and cultural celebration on October 13 from 6-8pm. More information coming soon.

Counselor on Leave

Amber Hill is on maternity leave through November 2022.  Please contact Director of Student Services, Tanya Shuford at [email protected] for team Titans and team Quasars concerns and questions and she or one of our school counselors will assist you.

Internet Service

Do you need internet service?  Families may qualify for Internet service assistance through a FCPS/Cox program .  Please contact Ms. Ruth Orellana at [email protected], LJMS family liaison, for program qualifications. 

Upcoming Dates

September 26th - Teacher Workday - No School for students

October 5th - Holiday - No School

October 10th - Staff Development Day - No School for students

October 24th - Holiday - No School

October 28th - End of 1st Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

October 31st - Teacher Workday - No School for students

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement

Resources:

Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group 

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

For further Information & support:

Anna Teeter

[email protected]

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Rainbow Fentanyl


The DEA has issued a public warning educating the community about rainbow fentanyl. These particular pills are targeted to youth and young adults by its colorful candy-like appearance making them look harmless. Rainbow Fentanyl resembles playground chalk before it is pressed into pills and has been found in 18 states including West Virginia and New York and are sold as low as $17 (Hawaii) per pill making them affordable. In August of 2022 47,000 pills were
confiscated at the Arizona border as well as 186,000 “Perc 30’s” or “Blues”, another popular synthetic opioid found in our county.


The trend, as reported by users, is to crush the pills, smoke it off of a piece of aluminum foil, with the theory that it is “safer” than snorting. When burned, it often gives off a distinct odor of burned rubber. While we have not seen Rainbow Fentynal yet, Perc 30’s or Blues are popular among adolescents and young adults in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Fentanyl is
also found in counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, Xanax, and other licit and illicit drugs.


The Medical Examiner from the Virginia Department of Health recently released its 1st quarter data for 2022 stating 483 people have died from fatal fentanyl overdoses in the state. For Fairfax County data and additional information on youth substance use, please see the Fairfax
County Youth Substance Trends webinar linked below.


Sources & Resources:
DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Press Release
DEA Fentanyl Gallery

PTA Corner
  1. Appreciation: A quick note of appreciation to Mr. Hoffert for supporting us in successfully running our in-person PTA meeting. Our appreciation also goes to the administrative team: Ms. Shuford, Ms. Moore, and Mr. Plunkett for taking the time to attend the meeting and introduce themselves. Finally, our gratitude goes to our new principal, Ms. Jones, for being available to talk to our PTA members and for emphasizing her open-door policy.

 

  1. Volunteers Needed: The PTA is looking for volunteers for the Nominating Committee and Audit Committee; if interested and for more information email [email protected]. Our Food Pantry program is also looking for volunteers to pick up donations, run the pantry, etc.; if available email [email protected].

 

  1. Join the PTA: Did you know that the PTA’s mission is “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children”? Join the PTA today and help us support this mission. https://jacksonmspta.org/ . The date of our next meeting will be announced soon.

 

  1. Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Our next restaurant night sponsor is Pupatella at Mosaic District. They will donate to our school a percentage of the sales that mention Luther Jackson MS all day (11:30am-9:00pm) on Wednesday, October 12th.

 

  1. Reflections (ART program) call for entries: Reflections is a National PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to express themselves through the arts. This year’s theme is “Show your Voice!”. Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 21, 2022. Check the website to learn more or email the program chair, Meredith Caldwell [email protected].

 

  1. Free Webinar -- Empowering Safer Kids: A discussion about how healthy relationships increase the chance your child will ask for help when things go wrong. For more information and to register click here.

 

  1. Spirit Wear: There are a few MAGNETS ($5) and ADULT SMALL SWEATSHIRTS ($35) still available. If you would like to purchase any spirit wear, please email Lynn Collins at [email protected]. Supplies are limited!

In cooperation,

LJMS PTA

3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042  | Main Office: 703-204-8100
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After-School Starts Tuesday, Sept 27

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After-School Program starts Tuesday, Sept. 27

Beginning Tuesday, September 27th, late buses will be available for students attending after-school programs here.  Late buses are available Monday-Thursday, and typically depart just before 5:00pm.  Only students with a completed After-School Registration form (pink form in the packet mailed out in August) may participate.  (a blank form can be downloaded from the LJ After Hours website)

 

LJ After Hours Website is updated

The main source of up-to-date information about the schedule of clubs and activities, as well as contact information for club sponsors, and links for the signup form and attendance form can ALL be found on the LJ After Hours WebsiteYou'll need to be logged in to an FCPS google account in order to see the site. (internal google sites can't be viewed by external accounts)

 

Sept 27-30 is Academics Only, except for a few Interest Meetings

The first week of after-school is only for students to meet with teachers by appointment, and to attend one of a couple of interest meetings and/or play auditions that are available.  The full schedule of clubs and activities will start on Monday, October 3rd.

Interest Meetings/Auditions Schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 27- A Session

Student Council- Room 608

Asian American LEAD- Room 406

Tuesday, Sept. 27- B Session:

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28- A Session

Science Olympiad- Room 623

Jackson Journal- Room 418B

Fall Play Auditions- Room 419

Wednesday, Sept. 28- B Session

MathCounts- Room 612

Fall Play Auditions- Room 419

Thursday, Sept. 29- A Session

Yearbook- Room 622

Fall Play Auditions- Room 419

Thursday, Sept. 29- B Session

Fall Play Auditions- Room 419

      Remember... any students planning to stay with a teacher next week MUST make an appointment with that teacher.  Don't just sign up on the after school form!

 

Sign-up and Sign In

Students wising to participate in LJ After Hours are required to sign up using a google form that gets posted weekly.  Each Friday, the form is updated for the next week, and I send out a reminder to all students via the "All School" schoology course.  Once students are here each day, we require them to submit an attendance form that can be found on the after school website.  It takes about 45 seconds to submit the form, and this is the system we use to keep track of which students are in the building.  Instructional videos showing how to access and submit both of these forms can be found on the main page of the LJ After Hours website.

  LJ After Hours Daily Schedule

2:15pm- Regular School Day Dismissal

2:20pm- Super Snacks (in cafeteria)

2:35pm- A Session Begins

3:40pm- B Session Begins

4:45pm- Late Bus Dismissal

 

Dismissal from After-School

Please remember, all clubs and activities end at 4:40pm, and students should be picked up by 4:45pm.  Any students remaining out front at Kiss N Ride at 4:45pm may be asked to take their late bus home!

 

Quarter 1 Schedule of Clubs and Activities Introducing... Competitive Sports!

New this year... middle schools around FCPS are able to field competitive co-ed athletics teams to compete against other middle schools in weekend tournaments.  The specific schedule for each sport is being developed now, but we will offer the following opportunities this year:

1st Quarter- Flag Football 

2nd Quarter- Basketball (3v3 teams)

3rd Quarter- Futsal (small sided soccer)

4th Quarter- Volleyball

The commitment for students involved will include 2 after school practices a week, as well as one or two Saturday tournaments.  More details are forthcoming as the schedules are developed.

Fall Play Auditions Next Week!

Auditions for our fall play, "A Grimm Spectaculathon," are coming up Wednesday, Sept 28th & Thursday, Sept. 29th !  This is a super funny show & we need you! No acting or previous experience needed- you do NOT have to be in theatre classes to auditions. All you need in a 1-minute monologue memorized.

 

Audition information, tips and sign- up form on our Group Schoology

Use code– R5GG-4486-2VXM3 to join!

Those interested in working backstage, there will be a meeting in Mid-October- time TBD

Questions? See Ms. Stacey Room 419

Don't Sleep on the Yearbook!

Don't forget to pre-purchase your copy of the 2022-2023 yearbook... available online now for $30.  The price goes up to $35 in February, so act fast!  Click the image to the left to access the Walsworth Yearbooks online store!

Voices of Now What is Voices of Now?

Voices of Now is a performance, writing, and devising theater program for young artists provided by Arena Stage, D.C.’s oldest, largest producing theater. Voices of Now artists learn the tools of theater performance, such as movement, vocal expression, and collaboration, by taking a series of four
workshops in the Fall. Participants who attend all four workshops are eligible to audition for the prestigious Voices of Now Luther Jackson Middle School Ensemble, which meets from February through May at Arena Stage in SW, DC. Ensemble members work with professional actors and directors to study
performance and to write an original play performed at Arena Stage at the Voices of Now Festival 2023.


When is Voices of Now?
  • Each Voices of Now Workshop Series is four after-school workshops at Luther Jackson Middle School.
  • The Voices of Now Luther Jackson Middle School Ensemble will meet twice a week after-school (schedule TBA) from February – May, 2023 at Luther Jackson MS.
How Do I Apply?

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VOICES OF NOW APPLICATION

Questions about LJ After Hours? 

     Contact:

     Mr. Matt Hoffert, After School Program Specialist:                     [email protected] | 703-204-8218

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Weekly Update September 16, 2022

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Weekly Update

It is hard to believe that we have already finished our 4th week of school this year. The administrative team at Luther Jackson Middle School would like to thank all of the families that made it out to our annual Back to School Night this week. We are also excited for Ms. Raven Jones to be joining us on Monday as her official first day as principal. Please stay tuned for opportunities to engage with the administrative team.

Pre-Lockdown Drill Announcement

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

Sincerely, 

Rob Plunkett

Assistant Principal

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Online Application

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology online application portal will open Monday, October 24th, at 4:00PM.  Representatives from TJHSST will be giving an information presentation on Monday, October 3rd, at 2:30PM in the LJMS auditorium.  The presentation is approximately 30 minutes with additional time for questions and answers.  Both students and parents are invited to attend.  No registration is necessary.  Please note that students attending this information session will need to sign up for a second after school session if they are not leaving school with a parent after the presentation.  Please contact Mr. Tickle at [email protected] or 703 204 8124 for questions or for help with the application process.  For more information, please go to the TJ Admissions webpage at https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions.

Action Item for Parents Digital Resources at Jackson MS

Our teachers are busy creating engaging lessons for students.  Many teachers are hoping to use some powerful digital applications that require your consent.  Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether.

This link will take you to the consent form:

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

Upcoming Dates:

September 26th - Teacher Workday - No School for students

October 5th - Holiday - No School

October 10th - Staff Development Day - No School for students

October 24th - Holiday - No School

October 28th - End of 1st Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

October 31st - Teacher Workday - No School for students

PTA Corner
  1.  Join the PTA: Your membership dues and generous donations are what fund the support we give back to our fabulous school! Join and donate online https://jacksonmspta.org/ or in person at back-to-school night.

 

  1.  Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Mark your calendars to support our first fundraiser. Wendy’s located at 3040 Gate House Plaza will donate funds to our school from all sales that mention our school all day on Wednesday Sept 21, 6:30am-9:00pm.

 

  1.  Reflections (ART program) call for entries: Reflections is a National PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to express themselves through the arts. This year’s theme is “Show your Voice!”. Deadline for submissions: Friday October 21, 2022. Check their website to learn more or email the program chair, Meredith Caldwell [email protected] .

 

  1.  Spirit Wear:  Wow, we sure sold a lot of spirit wear at Back to School Night!  There are a few MAGNETS ($5) and ADULT SMALL SWEATSHIRTS ($35) still available.  If you would like to purchase something, please email Lynn Collins at [email protected]  Supplies are limited!

In appreciation,

LJMS PTA 

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Reminder: Back to School Night & PTA Meeting

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Reminder: Back to School Night Tonight

Wednesday, Sept 14

Schedule for In-Person evening event

PTA Corner
  1. First PTA Meeting: Don’t miss the opportunity to meet our new principal, Ms. Raven Jones; you will also meet the administrative team and learn about the PTA goals for the year. Join us onWednesday, September 14, 5:30pm-5:55pm (before Back-to-School Night). Location: LJMS auditorium.

 

  1. Join the PTA: Your membership dues and generous donations are what fund the support we give back to our fabulous school! Join and donate online https://jacksonmspta.org/ or in person at back-to-school night.

 

  1. Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Mark your calendars to support our first fundraiser. Wendy’s located at 3040 Gate House Plaza will donate funds to our school from all sales that mention our school all day on Wednesday Sept 21, 6:30am-9:00pm.

 

  1. Reflections (ART program) call for entries: Reflections is a National PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to express themselves through the arts. This year’s theme is “Show your Voice!”. Deadline for submissions: Friday October 21, 2022. Check their website to learn more or email the program chair, Meredith Caldwell [email protected] .

 

  1. Spirit Wear: We have a limited number of recently-ordered LJMS sweatshirts ($35) available for purchase at Back-to-School Night from 5-6pm and 8:30-9pm.  Bring cash or check and make sure you know your student's preferred size.  Magnets ($5) will also be on sale.  Questions?  email Lynn Collins at [email protected]

In appreciation,

LJMS PTA

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Back to School Night & LJMS PTA

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Back To School Night Reminder

Luther Jackson Middle School

2022 BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022

BTSN in-Person schedule

PTA Corner

PTA Corner

  1. PTA Meeting: Join us onWednesday, September 14, 5:30pm-5:55pm (before back to school night) for our first PTA meeting. Location: LJMS auditorium.

 

  1. Join the PTA: Your membership dues and generous donations are what fund the support we give back to our fabulous school! Join and donate online https://jacksonmspta.org/ or in person at back-to-school night.

 

  1. Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Mark your calendars to support our first fundraiser. Wendy’s located at 3040 Gate House Plaza will donate funds to our school from all sales that mention our school all day on Wednesday Sept 21, 6:30am-9:00pm.

 

  1. Reflections (ART program) call for entries: Reflections is a National PTA-sponsored program that encourages students to express themselves through the arts. This year’s theme is “Show your Voice!”. Deadline for submissions: Friday October 21, 2022. Check their website to learn more or email the program chair, Meredith Caldwell [email protected]ta.org .

 

  1. Spiritwear: Spirit Wear: Don't miss this opportunity!  We have a limited number of recently-ordered LJMS sweatshirts ($35) available for purchase at Back-to-School Night from 5-6pm and 8:30-9pm.  Bring cash or check and make sure you know your student's preferred size.  Magnets ($5) will also be on sale.  Questions?  email Lynn Collins at [email protected]

In appreciation, 

LJMS PTA

3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042  | Main Office: 703-204-8100
Attendance: 703.204.8282 | Web | Twitter | Instagram

LJMS Updates September 7, 2022

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you were able to enjoy the Labor Day weekend with family and friends.  Overall, we have had a great start to the school year.  Students have transitioned well back to school after their summer break and the teachers are working hard to ensure that all students receive an A+ education each day.  I appreciate all the support you provide to the staff by keeping your students focused on education.  That makes a big difference in how the students relate to one another and to the Luther Jackson staff.

Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th and the teachers look forward to meeting you and speaking about the wonderful activities they are doing this school year.  For our BTSN event, we are offering an in-person event AND an asynchronous option that will be available on our website on that Wednesday, September 14.  Parents/guardians will follow the traditional in-person model of attending a student’s schedule for all classes and asynchronous information will be available on our website. 

Here is the 9/14  BTSN in – person schedule:

 

We hope everybody will have the opportunity to meet the student’s teachers either in person or asynchronous from the school’s website.

The selection process of Luther Jackson Middle School’s new principal is moving forward, and an announcement will be made when the nomination is finalized.  There will be opportunities for staff and parents to meet the new principal after the announcement has been made.

Kiss and Ride

Please do not drop or pick up students not designated as Kiss and Ride locations (school front sidewalk).  Luther Jackson is located in a metro area and the roads are busy.  Having students cross Gallows Road and other streets surrounding the school is extremely dangerous and we want to keep our students safe.  Thank you for your adherence to this policy.

Thank you again for your continued support and we will see you at Back-to-School Night on

September 14th.

August Frattali

Interim Principal

Thomas Jefferson HSST Application Information

 

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology online application portal will open Monday, October 24th, at 4:00PM.  Representatives from TJHSST will be giving an information presentation on Monday, October 3rd, at 2:30PM in the LJMS auditorium.  The presentation is approximately 30 minutes with additional time for questions and answers.  Both students and parents are invited to attend.  No registration is necessary.  Please note that students attending this information session will need to sign up for a second after school session if they are not leaving school with a parent after the presentation.  Please contact Mr. Tickle at [email protected] or 703 204 8124 for questions or for help with the application process.  For more information, please go to the TJ Admissions webpage at https://www.fcps.edu/tjadmissions.

 

Community Conversation for the Falls Church Pyramid

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Luther Jackson MS on September 13th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

Apply for Free & Reduced Meals

All students will have to pay for breakfast and lunch this 22-23 school year unless they qualify for free and reduced meals.

Families will need to apply for free and reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

  • Online applications are now available.
  • If you applied and were found eligible to receive FRM last school year, your eligibility will expire on Oct. 9, 2022.  Please reapply for this school year!
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits.
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

When applying for FRM, don't forget to complete the "Consent to Share"

The Consent to Share Information Letter informs parents that their children may be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs (art, music, Family & Consumer Sciences, etc.) at either no cost or a reduced cost, if they participate in the Free and Reduced-price meals program, and provide a consent to share information form.

Some students are directly certified (i.e. Medicaid recipients) as receiving Free and Reduced-Price Meals. Even though they do not need to submit a Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, they will need to submit the Consent to Share Information form to be eligible for additional benefits.

The FRM application also includes a section with the Consent to Share information for other programs. If section four of the application is completed, the Consent to Share Information form does not need to be filled out.

Students Rights and Responsibility Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

 

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

PTA Corner

Our first PTA meeting will be Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30pm in the LJMS auditorium. join us and beat the parking rush before other parents arrive for Back-to-School Night.

At Back-to-School Night we will be selling awesome black LJMS hoodies and car magnets. CASH OR CHECK ONLY accepted.

Please join the PTA today! Did you know the LJ PTA does not do traditional fundraisers? Your membership dues and generous donations are what fund the support we give back to our fabulous school! You can join in person at back-to-school night or online at Luther Jackson Middle School PTA – Great expectations, infinite possibilities (jacksonmspta.org)

Did you know the PTA coordinates a food pantry at LJ?  We are in need of volunteers to help with this meaningful and very robust effort that directly helps families at LJ. Please contact Jenna Von Elling at [email protected] for more information on areas where the most help is needed.

Thanks for your support and we're looking forward to a great school year!

Luther Jackson PTA

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Digital Resource Consent Form

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Action Item for Parents Digital Resources at Jackson MS

Our teachers are busy creating engaging lessons for students.  Many teachers are hoping to use some powerful digital applications that require your consent.  Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether.

This link will take you to the consent form:

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

Recursos digitales en Jackson MS

Nuestros maestros están ocupados creando lecciones atractivas para los estudiantes. Muchos profesores esperan utilizar algunas aplicaciones digitales po!derosas que requieren su consentimiento. Sin consentimiento, los maestros deberán planificar lecciones adicionales o desviarse por completo de una aplicación útil.

Este enlace lo llevará al formulario de consentimiento:

¡Gracias por su atención a este importante componente del aprendizaje combinado y el apoyo de nuestros maestros

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Picture Day is coming, THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!

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Student Picture Day is Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26

Student portraits will be taken on Thursday and Friday this week, during Phys Ed. classes.  If your student has Phys Ed on an EVEN DAY (2nd, 6th, 8th) their pictures will be on Thursday, August 25th.  If your student has Phys Ed on an ODD DAY (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) their pictures will be on Friday, August 26th.

Click the flyer below to order online ahead of time.  Students will also receive a school picture order form in PE classes this week.

Student Picture Day es el jueves 25 de agosto y el viernes 26 de agosto

Los retratos de los estudiantes se tomarán el jueves y el viernes de esta semana, durante Phys Ed. clases Si su estudiante tiene Phys Ed en un DÍA PAR (2, 6, 8), sus fotos serán el jueves 25 de agosto. Si su estudiante tiene Phys Ed en un DÍA IMPAR (1, 3, 5, 7) sus fotos serán el viernes 26 de agosto.

Haga clic en el volante a continuación para ordenar en línea con anticipación. Los estudiantes también recibirán un formulario de pedido de fotografías escolares en las clases de educación física esta semana.

Yearbook Discount Ends Today!

Don't forget, the Early Bird discount ($5 off) for pre-ordering the yearbook ends today... use coupon code "EarlyTiger" to get a discount before the end of the day today!  Click the image below to navigate to the online yearbook store!

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A few important notes for the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

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From the (Interim) Principal's Desk:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was so nice to see the wonderful turnout for Open House and Tiger Time.  The teachers spent a great deal of time preparing for the event to provide you with information and give you an idea of what the students would be learning for the coming year. 

Monday is our first day back for all students.  Please be patient with transportation to and from school.  Our bus fleet will all be driving new routes, and it usually takes a few weeks to work out the kinks.  If you are driving to school, please obey all the traffic patterns and do not drop your child off anywhere but in the Kiss and Ride loop for their safety.  Our school is in a high traffic location.  It is not safe for students to be crossing roads.

A reminder that cell phones that are brought to school need to remain off and in their backpack throughout the entire school day.  If you need to contact your student, please call the office and the message will be processed.  Please reinforce this new School Board policy outlined in the SR&R.

We all want to be involved in our children’s lives and schooling.  What type of involvement pays the most dividends?  The research article that follows explores different types of involvement and the impact they have on students.

What Kinds of Parent Involvement Really Make a Difference?

In this article in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Angel Harris (Duke University) and Keith Robinson (formerly at University of Texas) affirm the importance of parents to their children’s academic success. But Harris and Robinson note that researchers disagree on the type of parent involvement that is most helpful. Is it helping with homework? Reading to children? Engaging children in home learning activities? Teaching social skills? Communicating with teachers? Attending meetings and events at the school? Being involved in school decision-making?

None of these are what really make a difference, say Harris and Robinson: “We argue that traditional measures of parental involvement fail to capture the fundamental ways in which parents actually help their children academically… [T]he mixed results observed in previous studies indicate that parental involvement does not operate through the typical channels posited by researchers, educators, and policymakers.”

So what does boost student achievement? According to the authors’ research, it’s stage-setting. The analogy is to what a theater’s behind-the-scenes workers do so actors can perform successfully in the show. “Thus,” say Harris and Robinson, “a good performance can be characterized as a partnership between two critical components: (1) the actor embodying his or her role, and (2) the stage-setter creating and maintaining an environment that reinforces (or does not compromise) the actor’s embodiment of the role. Likewise, many parents construct and manage the social environment around their children in a manner that creates the conditions in which academic success is possible.”

The most effective parents, say the authors, set the stage for their children’s academic success by the life space and messages they orchestrate:

  • They provide a secure home and neighborhood environment so children don’t have to worry about food and shelter and getting to and from school safely.
  • They make strenuous efforts to get their children into good schools.
  • They are supportive of academics, but also of non-school activities like ballet or piano lessons.
  • Their support comes across as caring about children’s overall success, not pressure and micromanaging to get an A in math. This can be conveyed indirectly, for example, by a desk rather than a TV in a child’s bedroom, and lots of books and magazines in the home.
  • They convey the critical importance of academic achievement to future options and life success.
  • They show confidence in the child’s intelligence and ability to do well in school, fostering a positive academic identity and a sense of responsibility to not let the family down.

All this produces a strong academic self-concept in young people. Harris and Robinson note that it’s possible to have that, but not a positive overall self-concept – and vice-versa. The best outcome is both – a strong academic and general self-concept.

Harris and Robinson’s big point is that it’s parents’ stage-setting, not being super involved in school activities, that makes the difference. “Whereas traditional forms of involvement comprise any number of parental activities,” they say, “stage-setting requires that parents focus on only two factors: messages and life space. Certainly, parents can be traditionally involved in their children’s schooling in some ways to accomplish each of these factors. However, stage-setting aims can also be achieved without employing any traditional forms of involvement. Thus, a busy parent with a demanding career can be a successful stage-setter with minimal direct involvement in his or her child’s schooling.” This hypothetical parent’s influence is at work under the surface, subtly shaping the children’s self-concept, aspirations, and future possibilities. By not micromanaging students’ homework and school activities, parents may produce more autonomous children who are better equipped to make their own way through the challenges of middle and high school.

Studies show that parents of all socio-economic levels have high hopes for their children’s school success. What matters is how those hopes play out day to day. Harris and Robinson suggest four possibilities:

  • Parents don’t convey the importance of education and don’t provide an educationally supportive home environment – This usually produces low achievers.
  • Parents convey the importance of education but don’t create an educationally supportive home environment – This usually produces mediocre or average achievers.
  • Parents don’t convey the importance of education, but there is an educationally supportive home environment – This usually produces average achieving students.
  • Parents convey the importance of education and create an educationally supportive home environment – This usually produces solid high achievers.

Clearly some parents succeed in making these messages more central to their children’s frame of reference and creating a positive life space, thereby broadening children’s horizons, enriching their psyches, and setting them up for academic success.

The major conclusion Harris and Robinson draw from their research is that “stage-setting explains a greater share of the link between social class and achievement than traditional forms of parental involvement.” They believe that conventional home-school activities are not the most-effective drivers of students’ academic achievement, while the underlying stage setting – messages and life space – are what really makes a difference. It’s only because stage setting is so closely correlated with social class that it appears that SES is determining student achievement.

 

“A New Framework for Understanding Parental Involvement: Setting the Stage for Academic Success” by Angel Harris and Keith Robinson

From our Assistant Principals/ Deans

The assistant principals and deans are excited to start the new year! There are a few changes and we wanted to introduce ourselves. Here is the break down of how we will be supporting students and families this year:

 

Name

Email Address

Student Teams

Rose Moore, Assistant Principal

Kelsey Toure, Dean of Students

[email protected]

[email protected]

Explorers (7th grade)

Phoenix (7th grade)

Seekers (7th grade)

Titans (7th grade

Rob Plunkett, Assistant Principal

Kerri Kirk, Dean of Students

[email protected]

[email protected]

Griffins (8th grade)

Innovators (8th grade)

LJ United (7th and 8th grades)

Odyssey (8th grade)

Quasars (8th grade)

 

We wanted remind students that hats should not be worn in the building at school. If students are wearing hoodies, their hoods should be down and not on their heads while at school too. Please feel free to contact us with questions that you may have.

Pre-order your Yearbook now, for Early Bird Savings!

Yearbooks can be purchased at a $5 discount up through the first day of school!  CLICK THIS LINK and use the coupon code "EarlyTiger" to save $5!  

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Open House/ Tiger Time information

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LJMS Open House/Tiger Time is tomorrow August 18, 2022!

Our Open House program is an opportunity to follow your student’s schedule and meet teachers before school starts.

During Tiger Time, families will have the opportunity to turn in completed mandatory forms that were recently mailed to you, buy PE uniform, submit medication, sign up for ParentVue, join the PTA, purchase yearbook and more.

 

Our Luther Jackson Clinic Health Aide, Lina Ezzeddine, will be present during Tiger Time to accept forms and medications for those who will need these administered during the school day.  Necessary forms for student medications can also be found on the FCPS website (www.fcps.edu).

 

Open House Schedule for August 18

7th grade                                 8th grade 

1st pd: 12:00-12:10pm             1st pd: 2-2:10pm 

3rd pd: 12:15-12:25pm             3rd pd: 2:15-2:25pm 

5th pd: 12:30-12:40pm             5th pd: 2:30-2:40pm

7th pd: 12:45-12:55pm             7th pd: 2:45-2:55pm 

2nd pd: 1-1:10pm                      2nd pd: 3:00-3:10pm 

4th pd 1:15-1:25pm                   4th pd: 3:15-3:25pm

6th pd: 1:30-1:40pm                  6th pd: 3:30-3:40pm 

8th pd: 1:45-1:55pm                  8th pd 3:45-3:55pm 

 

Tiger Time 2-5pm                     Tiger Time 4-6pm

 

 

¡LJMS Open House/Tiger Time es mañana el 18 de agosto de 2022!

Nuestro programa de Casa Abierta es una oportunidad para seguir el horario de su estudiante y conocer a los maestros antes de que comiencen las clases.

 

Durante Tiger Time, las familias tendrán la oportunidad de entregar los formularios obligatorios completos que se les enviaron recientemente, comprar el uniforme de educación física, enviar medicamentos, inscribirse en ParentVue, unirse a la PTA, comprar el anuario y más.

 

Nuestra asistente de salud de la Clínica Luther Jackson, Lina Ezzeddine, estará presente durante Tiger Time para aceptar formularios y medicamentos para aquellos que los necesitarán durante el día escolar. Los formularios necesarios para los medicamentos de los estudiantes también se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de FCPS (www.fcps.edu) .

 

Calendario de puertas abiertas para el 18 de agosto:

 

7mo grado                               8vo grado

1er pd: 12:00-12:10 p.m.          1er pd: 2-2:10 p.m.

3er PD: 12:15-12:25                 3er PD: 14:15-14:25

5º PD: 12:30-12:40                   5º PD: 14:30-14:40

7.º distrito: 12:45-12:55 p. m.    7. ° distrito: 2:45-2:55 p. m.

2.º día: 13:00-13:10 h                2º día: 15:00-15:10 h

4.º distrito escolar 13:15-13:25  4.° departamento: 15:15-15:25

6.º distrito: 13:30-13:40              6.° lugar: 15:30-15:40

8vo distrito: 1:45-1:55pm           8vo distrito 3:45-3:55pm

 

Hora del Tigre 2-5pm               Hora del Tigre 4-6pm

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Announcement

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Luther Jackson Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that after 25 years of dedicated service to FCPS, I am leaving the division.  I have been selected to serve as the next principal of Stone Hill Middle School in Loudoun County.  This is an incredible professional and personal opportunity for me at this point in my career.  It goes without saying that my departure from Luther Jackson is truly bittersweet.  I love LJMS, and I will remain forever grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this awesome community over the past eight years.  The decision to leave LJMS was difficult for me, and while I am eager and excited to take my next step as a middle school principal, I know that I will miss everything about this school and the people who make it great.

Jackson Tigers thrive because of the many ways we collectively support them.  I am so proud of the growth our students make during their time with us and the dedication and commitment of our teachers and parents towards their overall success. We have worked in partnership to support our students and overcome challenges not to mention navigating a global pandemic!  And we have done this work together while keeping our students’ academic and social-emotional wellbeing as the focus.

I am most excited for Luther Jackson’s next chapter to begin with the selection of a new principal.  The Region 2 Office working with our wonderful Jackson community will take great care to select a principal who will maintain high academic standards and continue to foster the strong school-community involvement which makes our school a very special place for students and families.

 

With heartfelt appreciation and humility,

Rohini Tohan

 

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June 7th Announcement

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Message from Principal Frattali

Good Morning Jackson MS Parents and Families:

 

Please join us as we select a new leader for our school community!

 

Sincerely,

 

Augie Frattali

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