Update - April 6 @ LJMS

GovDelivery 2 days 9 hours ago

Message from Principal Magliola 

Dear Jackson Students and Families,

There are 2 updates to my message from 4/5. Please see below.

New Schedule for Distance Learning

Below is the Distance Learning schedule that our school will implement. It includes  a schedule on Wednesday and Friday for when each class period will meet in an online synchronous session. Currently at the middle school level, synchronous sessions will occur once a week in your student’s Math, English, Science, History, and HS credit World Language classes, beginning on 4/15. 

FCPS has not yet required synchronous learning for Electives or PE, but we are making these non-required classes available to our students as another support in their learning. Our staff believes in making all learning opportunities available in a synchronous environment for students to access weekly. These synchronous sessions will occur in the same period a student previously had their Elective or PE classes. 

Beginning on 4/28, Electives and PE classes will provide activities for students to complete in the asynchronous (non- face to face) environment. Your student will be expected to complete teacher-directed assignments and activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 

Parent/Student session in Blackboard Collaborate (updated link)

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/bc4e0bbe790547eb80eda4d7d102c3f9

    Community Resources VA Department of Education: COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

FCPS 2020 Mental Wellness Consultation Service

With the governor’s order that Virginia schools remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FCPS has resources available to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students.   

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

COVID-19 Updates @ FCPS

Health Updates

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

 

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PLEASE READ - April 5 @ LJMS

GovDelivery 2 days 22 hours ago

Message from Principal Magliola 

Dear Jackson Students and Families,

I hope this letter finds you well.  You all have been in my thoughts daily and I wish we could be together in person. Despite our distance from one another, I am eager to share how we intend to stay connected with our students, staff, and community through Distance Learning. LJMS staff is looking forward to resuming instruction through virtual learning on Wednesday, April 15th. We have worked collaboratively with our staff to plan digital lessons to support the continuity of instruction as best we can!

During the remainder of the school year, each of us will be engaged in distance learning. What is distance learning? A learning experience where teachers and students are separated by place. They communicate synchronously (through live face to face classes using virtual meeting technology) and asynchronously (through print or electronic media). 

Face to face virtual meetings will be held primarily on a tool called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. All classes will be recorded and posted to your teacher’s Blackboard site for your reference. All class materials will be posted in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard) for distance learning. This may be a bit different than the regular school year. Teachers can still use Google Docs/Google Classroom to communicate with students and collect work, but it will not be the primary communication tool for parents. 

Each week your student will be mailed a distance learning packet (the first packet should be at your house later this week), have access to materials in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard) and will be expected to participate in synchronous online classes on Wednesday and Friday to review concepts, review the packet, and learn and practice new concepts as instructed by your classroom teachers. The fourth quarter of the remainder of the school year will begin the week of April 13th with classes beginning Wednesday, April 15th. Your classroom teachers will be in contact with you with their schedule and expectations within the next week. The end of the fourth quarter will be June 12, 2020. 

New Schedule for Distance Learning

Below is the Distance Learning schedule that our school will implement. It includes  a schedule on Wednesday and Friday for when each class period will meet in an online synchronous session. Currently at the middle school level, synchronous sessions will occur once a week in your student’s Math, English, Science, History, and HS credit World Language classes. Electives and PE classes will provide activities for students to complete in the asynchronous (non- face to face) environment. Your student will be expected to complete teacher-directed assignments and activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 

In addition, your teachers will have office hours on Tuesday and Thursday. These office hours will be communicated with you by each teacher soon. Office hours are a time when you can sign on to Blackboard Collaborate or email with your teachers to consult with them regarding your assignments, questions, and concerns.

On Wednesday and Friday during class periods where your student has an elective class or PE, this time can be utilized to complete the asynchronous activities assigned by the teacher or to complete assignments for other subjects.  Our elective and PE teachers will be reaching out to their students with additional details.

Expectations for Distance Learning

Your student’s Math, Science, English, Social Studies and HS Credit World Language class will have 45 minute synchronous, face-to-face online sessions every Wednesday or Friday. Outside of the scheduled class times for 45 minutes/week, students  will be expected to work independently on assignments, activities, and coursework. The work assigned may be independent or collaborative and can include watching pre-recorded video lessons, reading for a purpose, participating in an online discussion, and completing assignments posted on Blackboard or Google Classroom. 

Distance Learning Attendance

All students are expected to participate in the virtual face to face classes. Teachers and our counselors will follow up with families of those students who do not attend class each week. Attendance is important for students to maintain a continuity of learning and to acquire new content form the 4th quarter, to develop ongoing connections between teachers and peers, and to establish a sense of normalcy and routine during a stressful time. Please feel free to reach out to a member of the Administrative or Department of Student Services staff at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s ability to engage with this distance learning model. 

Grading 

The 3rd Quarter closed on March 13. Student work that was due after March 13 will not be graded or required to be submitted. Work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Teachers will not be assigning any new work for the 3rd quarter. 

Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. To that end, middle school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript

Student Supports

The Department of Student Services staff is working hard to prepare distance learning materials to ensure that all students have access to educational materials and activities, including our English learners and students with Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans. Numerous supports, modifications, and services may be effectively provided online and our team will be contacting students and families with additional details and resources. 

Counselors and Student Services

As we transition to this Distance Learning model of instruction, we are also focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Student Services team will be collaborating with our teachers during this transition, but please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s counselor if you need any assistance. 

What To Do Between Now and April 15

Before we get started on April 15th, there are a few things you will need:

✓    Your computer

✓    Access to the internet

✓    A place where you can listen and learn

✓    If you have a headset or earphones, that would be helpful

This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with Blackboard and to have your student show you the Google Classrooms that they have been working with this year.  Before the end of this week, all of your student’s teachers should be sending a message or doing a class activity where each student needs to respond. If your student hasn’t heard from their teachers, please feel free to contact them. 

Distance Learning Classes Begin on April 15

We are all excited to begin this new learning experience with you and to “get back to school.”  I look forward to hearing about your first week back. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please email me. 

  • Students will follow ODD/EVEN day schedule throughout the week.
  • Also, students will use an online video-conference service called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and their teachers will send them a link for them to connect to the video-conference of the classes.
  • Students should be checking the FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net) and their grade-level Google classrooms regularly.
  • At this time, we have disabled the video display feature for students. Teachers will be visible, but students will only have audio capability.
  • As courses begin, teachers will share with students specific applications to be used to share interactive activities.

We have also asked teachers to post announcements on Blackboard, and connect their Google classrooms to their Blackboard sites so that parents can view them.  (In order to see the teachers' Google classrooms, please ask your child to log into Google with the their fcpsschools.net account.)  Teachers will also hold office hours for students during the week, and they will publish those office hours.

Sincerely,

Mike 

 

Es bueno conectarse de nuevo con todos ustedes y espero que estén tan entusiasmados como yo para comenzar el aprendizaje a distancia en LJMS. A partir de esta semana, ha recibido un paquete de nivel de grado por correo de. Del Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción (ISD) de FCPS para cualquier estudiante que se haya matriculado en un aula de K-8. Este paquete es una introducción y preparación para el aprendizaje en línea desde el hogar, además de la revisión del contenido de nivel de grado. Recibirá un paquete como este (desarrollado por ISD) cada semana hasta el final del año escolar. Nuestros maestros probablemente se referirán a estos paquetes con los estudiantes en su planificación.

Los maestros han informado esta semana y están ansiosos por comenzar a trabajar con sus estudiantes. Tenga en cuenta que este es un cambio completo en la forma en que trabajamos como educadores y en la forma en que sus estudiantes trabajan como estudiantes, por lo que queremos asegurarnos de que seamos reflexivos en nuestra planificación para que la experiencia de aprendizaje en línea de su estudiante sea clara y accesible. También es de vital importancia que todos seamos flexibles en nuestra forma de pensar: así como muchos de nosotros estamos aprendiendo a trabajar desde casa mientras nuestros hijos están en nuestro hogar con nosotros en este momento, lo mismo es cierto para nuestros maestros.

  • Los estudiantes seguirán el horario del día ODD / EVEN durante toda la semana.
  • Además, los estudiantes utilizarán un servicio de videoconferencia en línea llamado Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, y sus maestros les enviarán un enlace para que se conecten a la videoconferencia de las clases. Los estudiantes deben verificar la cuenta de Gmail de FCPS (que termina en @ fcpsschools.net) y sus aulas de Google de nivel de grado regularmente.
  • En este momento, hemos deshabilitado la función de visualización de video para los estudiantes.
  • Los maestros serán visibles, pero los estudiantes solo tendrán capacidad de audio.
  • Cuando comiencen los cursos, los maestros compartirán con los estudiantes aplicaciones específicas que se utilizarán para compartir actividades interactivas.

También les hemos pedido a los maestros que publiquen anuncios en Blackboard y conecten sus aulas de Google a sus sitios de Blackboard para que los padres puedan verlos. (Para ver las aulas de Google de los maestros, solicite a su hijo que inicie sesión en Google con su cuenta de fcpsschools.net). Los maestros también tendrán horarios de oficina para los estudiantes durante la semana y publicarán esos horarios de oficina.

Grading @ LJMS during Distance Learning:
  • 3rd quarter is still open, but no new work for 3rd quarter can be assigned by teachers after March 13th.  However, students will have until April 24th to complete missing work that will help them to improve their 3rd quarter grade. More information will be provided.
  • Learning activities will be assigned to students for 4th quarter, and teachers will provide students with feedback on this work.  All students will receive a "No Mark" for 4th quarter, due to the unique nature of these circumstances. 
  • El tercer trimestre aún está abierto, pero los maestros no pueden asignar nuevos trabajos para el tercer trimestre después del 13 de marzo. Sin embargo, los estudiantes tendrán hasta el 24 de abril para completar el trabajo perdido que les ayudará a mejorar su grado del tercer trimestre. Se proporcionará más información.

  • Las actividades de aprendizaje se asignarán a los estudiantes para el cuarto trimestre, y los maestros proporcionarán a los estudiantes comentarios sobre este trabajo. Todos los estudiantes recibirán un "No Mark" para el cuarto trimestre, debido a la naturaleza única de estas circunstancias.

Parent/Student session in Blackboard Collaborate 

https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/playback

 

DISTANCE LEARNING @ LJMS

Distance learning for students begins on April 14.  Students should check their Blackboard accounts for messages and updates from their teachers.  Each teacher will provide the following information prior to April 14.

  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link
  • At the start of each class, students just need to click on the link
  • This link will automatically connect them to the classroom
  • Office hours times and days
  • Classes are Wednesday and Friday

El aprendizaje a distancia para estudiantes comienza el 14 de abril. Los estudiantes deben revisar sus cuentas de Blackboard para ver los mensajes y actualizaciones de sus maestros. Cada maestro proporcionará la siguiente información antes del 14 de abril.

  • Enlace de Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Al comienzo de cada clase, los estudiantes solo necesitan hacer clic en el enlace
  • Este enlace los conectará automáticamente al aula.
  • Horario de atención horarios y días
  • Las clases son miercoles y viernes
When will online learning begin with teachers and what will it look like?

Online (or distance) learning classes will begin with teachers the week of April 13th.  The schedule for middle school is pictured below. Our model will include "synchronous" and "asynchronous" learning throughout the week. 

Las clases de aprendizaje en línea (o a distancia) comenzarán con los maestros la semana del 13 de abril. El horario para la escuela intermedia se muestra a continuación. Nuestro modelo incluirá aprendizaje "sincrónico" y "asincrónico" durante toda la semana.

    Community Resources VA Department of Education: COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

FCPS 2020 Mental Wellness Consultation Service

With the governor’s order that Virginia schools remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FCPS has resources available to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students.   

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

COVID-19 Updates @ FCPS

Health Updates

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

 

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PLEASE READ - April 1 @ LJMS

GovDelivery 6 days 7 hours ago

Message from Principal Magliola 

Good Afternoon Jackson Families,

​​​​​​​It's good be connecting back with all of you and I hope you are as excited as I am to begin Distance Learning at LJMS. Beginning this week, you have received a grade-level packet by US mail from FCPS' Instructional Services Department (ISD) for any students you have enrolled in a K-8 classroom. This packet is an introduction and preparation to online learning from home in addition to review of grade-level content. You will receive a packet like this (developed by ISD) each week through the end of the school year. Our teachers will likely refer to these packets with students in their planning.

Teachers have reported back this week and are eager to begin working with their students. Please note that this is a complete shift in the way that we work as educators and the way your students work as learners, so we want to ensure that we are thoughtful in our planning so that your student's online learning experience is clear and accessible.  It is also critically important that we all remain flexible in our thinking: Just as many of us are learning how to work from home while our children our home with us right now, the same is true for our teachers.  

Students will follow ODD/EVEN day schedule throughout the week. Also, students will use an online video-conference service called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and their teachers will send them a link for them to connect to the video-conference of the classes. Students should be checking the FCPS Gmail account (that ends in @fcpsschools.net) and their grade-level Google classrooms regularly. At this time, we have disabled the video display feature for students. Teachers will be visible, but students will only have audio capability. As courses begin, teachers will share with students specific applications to be used to share interactive activities.

We have also asked teachers to post announcements on Blackboard, and connect their Google classrooms to their Blackboard sites so that parents can view them.  (In order to see the teachers' Google classrooms, please ask your child to log into Google with the their fcpsschools.net account.)  Teachers will also hold office hours for students during the week, and they will publish those office hours.

 Es bueno conectarse de nuevo con todos ustedes y espero que estén tan entusiasmados como yo para comenzar el aprendizaje a distancia en LJMS. A partir de esta semana, ha recibido un paquete de nivel de grado por correo de. Del Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción (ISD) de FCPS para cualquier estudiante que se haya matriculado en un aula de K-8. Este paquete es una introducción y preparación para el aprendizaje en línea desde el hogar, además de la revisión del contenido de nivel de grado. Recibirá un paquete como este (desarrollado por ISD) cada semana hasta el final del año escolar. Nuestros maestros probablemente se referirán a estos paquetes con los estudiantes en su planificación.

Los maestros han informado esta semana y están ansiosos por comenzar a trabajar con sus estudiantes. Tenga en cuenta que este es un cambio completo en la forma en que trabajamos como educadores y en la forma en que sus estudiantes trabajan como estudiantes, por lo que queremos asegurarnos de que seamos reflexivos en nuestra planificación para que la experiencia de aprendizaje en línea de su estudiante sea clara y accesible. También es de vital importancia que todos seamos flexibles en nuestra forma de pensar: así como muchos de nosotros estamos aprendiendo a trabajar desde casa mientras nuestros hijos están en nuestro hogar con nosotros en este momento, lo mismo es cierto para nuestros maestros.

Los estudiantes seguirán el horario del día ODD / EVEN durante toda la semana. Además, los estudiantes utilizarán un servicio de videoconferencia en línea llamado Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, y sus maestros les enviarán un enlace para que se conecten a la videoconferencia de las clases. Los estudiantes deben verificar la cuenta de Gmail de FCPS (que termina en @ fcpsschools.net) y sus aulas de Google de nivel de grado regularmente. En este momento, hemos deshabilitado la función de visualización de video para los estudiantes. Los maestros serán visibles, pero los estudiantes solo tendrán capacidad de audio. Cuando comiencen los cursos, los maestros compartirán con los estudiantes aplicaciones específicas que se utilizarán para compartir actividades interactivas.

También les hemos pedido a los maestros que publiquen anuncios en Blackboard y conecten sus aulas de Google a sus sitios de Blackboard para que los padres puedan verlos. (Para ver las aulas de Google de los maestros, solicite a su hijo que inicie sesión en Google con su cuenta de fcpsschools.net). Los maestros también tendrán horarios de oficina para los estudiantes durante la semana y publicarán esos horarios de oficina.

Grading @ LJMS during Distance Learning:
  • 3rd quarter is still open, but no new work for 3rd quarter can be assigned by teachers after March 13th.  However, students will have until April 24th to complete missing work that will help them to improve their 3rd quarter grade. More information will be provided.
  • Learning activities will be assigned to students for 4th quarter, and teachers will provide students with feedback on this work.  All students will receive a "No Mark" for 4th quarter, due to the unique nature of these circumstances. 
  • El tercer trimestre aún está abierto, pero los maestros no pueden asignar nuevos trabajos para el tercer trimestre después del 13 de marzo. Sin embargo, los estudiantes tendrán hasta el 24 de abril para completar el trabajo perdido que les ayudará a mejorar su grado del tercer trimestre. Se proporcionará más información.

  • Las actividades de aprendizaje se asignarán a los estudiantes para el cuarto trimestre, y los maestros proporcionarán a los estudiantes comentarios sobre este trabajo. Todos los estudiantes recibirán un "No Mark" para el cuarto trimestre, debido a la naturaleza única de estas circunstancias.

Parent/Student session in Blackboard Collaborate 4/3 @ 9 am

On Friday, April 3rd, LJMS will host a virtual BB training session for parents and students. Please use this link to access the session beginning at 9 am. Please enter your name at the prompt as you join. We will cover many important aspects of our new virtual classrooms and provide answers to your questions. 

El viernes 3 de abril, LJMS organizará una sesión virtual de capacitación BB para padres y estudiantes. Utilice este link para acceder a la sesión que comienza a las 9 a.m. Ingrese su nombre en el mensaje cuando se una. Cubriremos muchos aspectos importantes de nuestras nuevas aulas virtuales y brindaremos respuestas a sus preguntas.

DISTANCE LEARNING @ LJMS

Distance learning for students begins on April 14.  Students should check their Blackboard accounts for messages and updates from their teachers.  Each teacher will provide the following information prior to April 14.

  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link
  • At the start of each class, students just need to click on the link
  • This link will automatically connect them to the classroom
  • Office hours times and days
  • Classes are Wednesday and Friday

El aprendizaje a distancia para estudiantes comienza el 14 de abril. Los estudiantes deben revisar sus cuentas de Blackboard para ver los mensajes y actualizaciones de sus maestros. Cada maestro proporcionará la siguiente información antes del 14 de abril.

  • Enlace de Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Al comienzo de cada clase, los estudiantes solo necesitan hacer clic en el enlace
  • Este enlace los conectará automáticamente al aula.
  • Horario de atención horarios y días
  • Las clases son miercoles y viernes
When will online learning begin with teachers and what will it look like?

Online (or distance) learning classes will begin with teachers the week of April 13th.  The schedule for middle school is pictured below. Our model will include "synchronous" and "asynchronous" learning throughout the week. 

Las clases de aprendizaje en línea (o a distancia) comenzarán con los maestros la semana del 13 de abril. El horario para la escuela intermedia se muestra a continuación. Nuestro modelo incluirá aprendizaje "sincrónico" y "asincrónico" durante toda la semana.

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UPDATED VERSION-- Yearbook update (access code added)

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Yearbooks may still be purchased online; photo submissions needed

The 2019-2020 edition of the LJMS Yearbook WILL STILL BE PUBLISHED!  While we can no longer accept paper checks and forms, we are still taking orders online... so it's not too late to reserve your copy.  Since the physical school building is shut down, we are currently exploring "ship to home" options.  The school year ended abruptly, so this is a great way to remember all of the good times we had!  Ten years from now, you'll be able to look back and say, "whoa... I remember what it was like when school was shut down in March and we all had to hang out at home watching Netflix!"

Speaking of yearbook content... WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Now, more than ever, we need you -- students, parents, and faculty-- to help out by uploading pictures that we can use in the yearbook.  This year definitely isn't going to finish the way we all expected, so why not document that?  Here are a few ideas:

- Coping Strategies... what are students doing at home, isolation? (ex: TikTok, memes, meditation, yoga videos, video chats, google hangouts, etc...)

- Remote Learning... what does it look like at your house with remote workers (parents) and learners (students) sharing space and bandwidth?

- Candid shots from the school year... if you have any photos from events that happened at LJMS from August 2019-March 2020, please share them!

When you click the link to submit, you will be asked for an "access code"... our code is: tigers

Our yearbook staff will still be working hard to edit, crop, caption, and categorize all of the photos you submit, and we're confident they'll be able to produce a quality product you'll enjoy looking through for years to come... don't miss out!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions:

                                                 Matt Hoffert, mdhoffert@fcps.edu

                                                 Pelin Belendir, pebelendir@fcps.edu

                                                 LJMS Yearbook Sponsors

 

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Yearbook update

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Yearbooks may still be purchased online; photo submissions needed

The 2019-2020 edition of the LJMS Yearbook WILL STILL BE PUBLISHED!  While we can no longer accept paper checks and forms, we are still taking orders online... so it's not too late to reserve your copy.  Since the physical school building is shut down, we are currently exploring "ship to home" options.  The school year ended abruptly, so this is a great way to remember all of the good times we had!  Ten years from now, you'll be able to look back and say, "whoa... I remember what it was like when school was shut down in March and we all had to hang out at home watching Netflix!"

Speaking of yearbook content... WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Now, more than ever, we need you -- students, parents, and faculty-- to help out by uploading pictures that we can use in the yearbook.  This year definitely isn't going to finish the way we all expected, so why not document that?  Here are a few ideas:

- Coping Strategies... what are students doing at home, isolation? (ex: TikTok, memes, meditation, yoga videos, video chats, google hangouts, etc...)

- Remote Learning... what does it look like at your house with remote workers (parents) and learners (students) sharing space and bandwidth?

- Candid shots from the school year... if you have any photos from events that happened at LJMS from August 2019-March 2020, please share them!

 

Our yearbook staff will still be working hard to edit, crop, caption, and categorize all of the photos you submit, and we're confident they'll be able to produce a quality product you'll enjoy looking through for years to come... don't miss out!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions:

                                                 Matt Hoffert, mdhoffert@fcps.edu

                                                 Pelin Belendir, pebelendir@fcps.edu

                                                 LJMS Yearbook Sponsors

 

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Jackson Journal 3/29

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Message from Principal Magliola 

Dear Jackson Families,

What we’ve all experienced over the past two weeks has unfolded with significant challenges in many ways. To be completely honest and somewhat obvious, this is not the way any of us envisioned our year at LJMS unfolding. We had momentum and excitement in our building as our students were preparing themselves for meaningful challenges and robust opportunities in their learning. But in the face of adversity, I could not think of a more caring and dedicated community to go through this with than all of you. I am inspired by your unrelenting offering of support for our kids, your desire to improve outcomes for each other, and what you are all willing to do to make a difference. There is no playbook for what we are about to embark upon and while I am saddened by the sudden reality, I am confident that not all is lost at this time and that we will figure this out together!

I am honored to serve as Principal at LJMS and will continue to do my very best as we establish our Distance Learning Plan for our students. I know you also will give your absolute best. We will need to find peace with not having a perfect plan and uphold confidence as we try new approaches in our instructional delivery. Our students are ready to resume their learning and their teachers are ready to deliver virtual instruction. Tomorrow we will meet as a whole staff (virtually) to connect, hear messaging around DLP at LJMS, attend differentiated professional learning sessions, and work with collaborative teams to plan/prepare instruction. At LJMS, Distance Learning embodies the following philosophies:

  • Provides meaningful learning opportunities for our students.
  • Ensures access to lessons that are clear, purposeful and aligned.
  • Preserves a level of connection and continuity for students during a time of uncertainty.
  • Fosters confidence in our ability to continue to meet students’ needs in unexpected circumstances.

We know this will be a new process for us to learn and we are committed to meeting and supporting your needs. I will continue to send two weekly communications in order to share the most updated information from LJMS. You can expect these from me on Wednesdays and Sundays during our Distance Learning calendar. Enjoy your evening and please let me know if you have any further questions. 

Mike

mjmagliola@fcps.edu

 

  Important Dates 

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 14th - Distance Learning Begins!

 

Important Information from LJMS Tigers Staying Connected

Staying Connected Photo Album - LJ  would love to hear how you are spending your time and maybe even post some pictures in an upcoming newsletters. I have created a Google Photos album titled “LJMS Community - Staying Connected Photo Album” to share pictures of how you are spending your time while social distancing.

Middle School Grading Update 

 

3rd Quarter Grading Update - The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. 

 

4th Quarter Grading Update - Middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript.

 

FCPS Continuity of Learning Resources 

The LJMS website has been updated to have the link to the Continuity of Learning Resources linked directly on our home page https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/. You may also access the learning activities on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). We will be given further direction before March 27, if additional school based distance learning will be created. Stay tuned for more updates about distance learning.

 

FCPS Cable Channels

Learning activities are now available on FCPS cable channels. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

 

Free Internet Access 

Comcast and Cox are providing free or low cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:Comcast free internet and Cox free internet.

  Food Services Meal Distribution Sites

FCPS will continue to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches at no cost for students at multiple sites to students, with breakfast from 8:00-10:30am and lunch from 10:30am to 2:00pm. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the nearest sites listed below to pick up a lunch during that time period. Other sites are also available on the FCPS homepage. All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

  • Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church (11:00 to 11:30 M-F)
  • Annandale Terrace, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
  • Braddock Elementary,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
  • Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
  • Glen Forest ES, 5829 Glen Forest Dr., Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, 4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria
  • Bailey’s Community Center, 10-10:30 a.m., 5920 Summers Ln, Falls Church
  • Graham Road Community Center
Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports

All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. 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 first 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 confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for middle and high school students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.

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PLEASE READ - March 27th @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Laptop Pickup 3/27 ***AFTERNOON SESSION @ 1 pm to 3 pm IS CANCELLED*** *** LA SESIÓN DE LA TARDE DE 1 p.m. a 3 p.m. SE CANCELA *** Families - We have given out all of our available devices at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we will not be able to offer our afternoon drop-in pick-up session from 1 pm to 3 pm. We are committed to providing the resources needed for distance learning and will message to the community when additional devices are available.  Familias: hemos entregado todos nuestros dispositivos disponibles en este momento. Pedimos disculpas por las molestias, pero no podremos ofrecer nuestra sesión de recogida por la tarde de 1 p.m. a 3 p.m. Estamos comprometidos a proporcionar los recursos necesarios para el aprendizaje a distancia y enviaremos mensajes a la comunidad cuando haya dispositivos adicionales disponibles.

 

 

 

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PLEASE READ - March 26th UPDATE @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

PLEASE READ  CANCELLED***CANCELLED   PE Locker Access is CANCELLED   3/27: Acceso al casillero de educación física de NO PERMISO.

 

Please note there will not be any PE Locker access at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide updates around locker access in the future.  Tenga en cuenta que no habrá acceso a PE Locker en este momento. Pedimos disculpas por las molestias y le proporcionaremos actualizaciones sobre el acceso al casillero en el futuro.  

 

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PLEASE READ - March 26th UPDATE @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Laptop Pickup 3/26, 3/27 Distribution of laptops : Front of LJMS in the parking lot. School staff will help once you arrive  FCPS continues to plan to distribute laptops to students who are in need of a laptop as we transition to distance learning in April. **Student login information is needed**

 

Distribución de computadoras: Frente de LJMS en el estacionamiento. El personal de la escuela lo ayu. FCPS continúa planeando distribuir computadoras portátiles a los estudiantes que necesitan una computadora portátil mientras hacemos la transición al aprendizaje a distancia en abril. ** se necesita información de inicio de sesión del estudiante** 3/26: All 8th Grade (Last Name A-M will arrive between 9 am and 11 am) (Last Name N-Z will arrive between 2 pm and 5 pm)
  3/27: Make-Up/Drop-In (9 to 11 am) (1 to 3 pm)   3/26: Todo el 8º grado (A-M llegará entre las 9 a.m. y las 11 a.m.) (N-Z llegará entre las 2 p.m. y las 5 p.m.)   3/27: Maquillaje / Drop-In (9 a 11 am) (1 a 3 pm)

 

Instrument Pickup: If you have an instrument at LJMS, you can pick it up on 3/27 between 9 am - 11 am  
Recolección de instrumentos: si tiene un instrumento en LJMS, puede retirarlo el 3/27 entre el 9 am - 11 am   PE Locker Access 3/27 1 pm to 3 pm   3/27: Acceso al casillero de educación física de 1 p.m. a 3 p.m. Continuity of Learning Resources

FCPS has developed a plan for continuity of learning while school is closed.  The first two weeks of school closure (Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities posted on the FCPS Elementary School Continuity of Learning Resources websiteFCPS 24-7 Blackboard website and the LJMS Website. Student work will be neither required nor graded. These activities will be across the content areas so children can choose activities that interest them.

Finally, our FCPS cable television channels are broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and added regularly. 

Continuidad de Recursos de aprendizaje

FCPS ha desarrollado un plan para la continuidad del aprendizaje mientras la escuela está cerrada. Las primeras dos semanas de cierre de la escuela (lunes 16 de marzo a viernes 27 de marzo) no incluirán ninguna instrucción dirigida por el maestro. Los estudiantes pueden participar en actividades opcionales de aprendizaje autodirigido publicadas en el FCPS Elementary School Continuity of Learning Resources websiteFCPS 24-7 Blackboard website y el LJMS Website. El trabajo del estudiante no será requerido ni calificado. Estas actividades se realizarán en las áreas de contenido para que los niños puedan elegir actividades que les interesen.

Finalmente, nuestros canales de televisión por cable de FCPS transmiten actividades de aprendizaje. Se graban nuevos videos instructivos y se agregan regularmente.

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m.   Lunch 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Graham Road Community Center

 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA

Corner of Route 50 and Graham Road

Luther Jackson Middle School (M-F 11 to 11:30)

3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church

For all locationshttps://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

Desayuno y almuerzo para llevar

Desayuno 8-10: 30 a.m. Almuerzo 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Graham Road Community Center

 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA

Corner of Route 50 and Graham Road

Luther Jackson Middle School (M-F 11 to 11:30)

3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church

For all locationshttps://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

From Dr. Brabrand: "We have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded.

We are all in this together.   We encourage you to practice social distancing and healthy habits.   Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, and if you feel sick – stay home.  Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation." 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

 

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Health Updates

 

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PLEASE READ - March 22nd @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Laptop Pickup 3/25, 3/26, 3/27 Distribution of laptops : Front of LJMS in the parking lot. School staff will help once you arrive  FCPS continues to plan to distribute laptops to students who are in need of a laptop as we transition to distance learning in April.

Our LJMS distribution process will follow the Health Department guidelines for safe distribution of technology devices. Distribution at Luther Jackson MS will take place on the dates and times below. We understand this is a quick turnaround, but with the decision to close schools for the remainder of the academic year, we want to support our community as quickly as possible. Please understand will be adhering to the below schedule and will only be able to help families who are scheduled for pick-up based on the grade/last name of their LJMS student. Drop in on Friday is a make-up for 

Distribución de computadoras: Frente de LJMS en el estacionamiento. El personal de la escuela lo ayu. FCPS continúa planeando distribuir computadoras portátiles a los estudiantes que necesitan una computadora portátil mientras hacemos la transición al aprendizaje a distancia en abril.

Nuestro proceso de distribución de LJMS seguirá las pautas del Departamento de Salud para la distribución segura de dispositivos tecnológicos. La distribución en Luther Jackson MS se llevará a cabo en las fechas y horarios a continuación. Entendemos que este es un cambio rápido, pero con la decisión de cerrar las escuelas por el resto del año académico, queremos apoyar a nuestra comunidad lo más rápido posible. Por favor, comprenda que se adherirá al siguiente horario y solo podrá ayudar a las familias que están programadas para ser recogidas en función del grado / apellido de su estudiante de LJMS. (tranlated by Google Translate)

 

3/25: All 7th Grade (Last Name A-M will arrive between 9 am and 11 am) (Last Name N-Z will arrive between 2 pm and 5 pm)   3/26: All 8th Grade (Last Name A-M will arrive between 9 am and 11 am) (Last Name N-Z will arrive between 2 pm and 5 pm)
  3/27: Make-Up/Drop-In (9 to 11 am) (1 to 3 pm)

 

3/25: Todos los alumnos de 7º grado (A-M llegará entre las 9 a.m. y las 11 a.m.) (N-Z llegará entre las 2 p.m. y las 5 p.m.)   3/26: Todo el 8º grado (A-M llegará entre las 9 a.m. y las 11 a.m.) (N-Z llegará entre las 2 p.m. y las 5 p.m.)   3/27: Maquillaje / Drop-In (9 a 11 am) (1 a 3 pm)

 

Continuity of Learning Resources

FCPS has developed a plan for continuity of learning while school is closed.  The first two weeks of school closure (Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities posted on the FCPS Elementary School Continuity of Learning Resources websiteFCPS 24-7 Blackboard website and the LJMS Website. Student work will be neither required nor graded. These activities will be across the content areas so children can choose activities that interest them.

Finally, our FCPS cable television channels are broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and added regularly. 

Continuidad de Recursos de aprendizaje

FCPS ha desarrollado un plan para la continuidad del aprendizaje mientras la escuela está cerrada. Las primeras dos semanas de cierre de la escuela (lunes 16 de marzo a viernes 27 de marzo) no incluirán ninguna instrucción dirigida por el maestro. Los estudiantes pueden participar en actividades opcionales de aprendizaje autodirigido publicadas en el FCPS Elementary School Continuity of Learning Resources websiteFCPS 24-7 Blackboard website y el LJMS Website. El trabajo del estudiante no será requerido ni calificado. Estas actividades se realizarán en las áreas de contenido para que los niños puedan elegir actividades que les interesen.

Finalmente, nuestros canales de televisión por cable de FCPS transmiten actividades de aprendizaje. Se graban nuevos videos instructivos y se agregan regularmente.

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m.   Lunch 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Graham Road Community Center

 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA

Corner of Route 50 and Graham Road

Luther Jackson Middle School (M-F 11 to 11:30)

3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church

For all locationshttps://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

Desayuno y almuerzo para llevar

Desayuno 8-10: 30 a.m. Almuerzo 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Graham Road Community Center

 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA

Corner of Route 50 and Graham Road

Luther Jackson Middle School (M-F 11 to 11:30)

3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church

For all locationshttps://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

From Dr. Brabrand: "We have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded.

We are all in this together.   We encourage you to practice social distancing and healthy habits.   Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, and if you feel sick – stay home.  Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation." 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

 

Community Resources Health Updates @ FCPS

Health Updates

 

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PLEASE READ - March 22nd @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Update March 22nd

Good Evening Jackson Families,

I hope you have all been able to find comfort in being together with loved ones during this significantly challenging time. I am so proud and grateful to be part of our Luther Jackson MS community and have seen numerous efforts by many to care for and support those in need throughout these last weeks. While these are certainly difficult times we are experiencing, its moments such as these that bring us together in strength. We will learn from this, we will grow, and we will return even stronger than before.

Learning opportunities have changed momentarily, but are still all around us in our temporary environment. While we know GREAT things happen at LJMS everyday, we also know outstanding learning is currently happening in our homes in new and exciting ways. I look forward to continuing our learning and further providing meaningful and rich resources in these coming weeks during out Continuation of Learning model. Please make sure to access the provided link in this newsletter for MS resources for your student. 

FCPS is currently planning the next steps, should we not be able to return to school by March 31st. I assure you that I will continue to keep you posted once those plans are finalized. I encourage you to keep informed through my daily announcements weekly newsletter, Twitter and Dr. Brabrand's communication.

 

Buenas tardes y espero que todos hayan podido encontrar consuelo en estar juntos como familias durante este momento difícil. Estoy muy orgulloso y agradecido de ser parte de nuestra comunidad de Luther Jackson MS y he visto numerosos esfuerzos de muchos para cuidar y apoyar a los necesitados. Si bien estos son ciertamente tiempos difíciles, sus momentos como estos nos unen en fuerza. Aprenderemos de esto, creceremos y volveremos aún más fuertes que antes. Las oportunidades de aprendizaje han cambiado momentáneamente, pero todavía están a nuestro alrededor en nuestro entorno temporal.

Si bien sabemos que en LJMS suceden GRANDES cosas todos los días, también sabemos que en nuestros hogares hay un aprendizaje excepcional en formas nuevas y emocionantes. Espero continuar nuestro aprendizaje y proporcionar recursos significativos y ricos en las próximas semanas durante nuestro modelo de Continuación del aprendizaje.

FCPS está actualmente planificando los próximos pasos, en caso de que no podamos regresar a la escuela antes del 31 de marzo. Le aseguro que continuaré manteniéndolo informado una vez que se finalicen esos planes. Le animo a mantenerse informado a través de mi boletín semanal de anuncios diarios, Twitter y la comunicación del Dr. Brabrand (translated by Google Translate).

**Please know our teachers care and want to support their students, but at this time we are following the FCPS directive of refraining from planning or delivering instruction until further plans are shared. Discussions around grades are valid and extremely important. However, as we have yet had guidance from FCPS regarding grades, we ask for continued patience as more details are provided.** 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions and know that we will get through this. 

SELF-GUIDED RESOURCES:

FCPS Continuation of Learning Resources

LJMS Library Page

 

Mike

 

Distribution of laptops to students - More details to follow this week 

FCPS continues to plan to distribute laptops to students who need a technology device. Thank you for your patience. The FCPS Information Technology Department is developing the plan. The distribution process will follow the Health Department guidelines for safe distribution of technology devices.

To be ready for the distribution at Luther Jackson MS, we want to help families and are collecting information on digital access for our students at home. If your child does not have a technology device such as a computer, tablet, or laptop at home to use for distance learning, please complete this survey. Here is a link to our LJMS Tech Survey This will help us to be prepared. 

Distribución de computadoras portátiles a estudiantes - Más detalles a seguir esta semana

FCPS continúa planeando distribuir computadoras portátiles a los estudiantes que necesitan un dispositivo tecnológico. Gracias por su paciencia. El Departamento de Tecnología de la Información de FCPS está desarrollando el plan. El proceso de distribución seguirá las pautas del Departamento de Salud para la distribución segura de dispositivos tecnológicos.

Para estar listos para la distribución en Luther Jackson MS, queremos ayudar a las familias y estamos recopilando información sobre acceso digital para nuestros estudiantes en el hogar. Si su hijo no tiene un dispositivo de tecnología como una computadora, tableta o computadora portátil en casa para usar para la educación a distancia, complete esta encuesta. Aquí hay un enlace a una encuesta ACCESO A LA ENCUESTA TECNOLÓGICA. Esto nos ayudará a estar preparados. 

Continuity of Learning Resources

FCPS has developed a plan for continuity of learning while school is closed.  The first two weeks of school closure (Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities posted on the FCPS Elementary School Continuity of Learning Resources websiteFCPS 24-7 Blackboard website and the LJMS Website. Student work will be neither required nor graded. These activities will be across the content areas so children can choose activities that interest them.

Finally, our FCPS cable television channels are broadcasting learning activities. New instructional videos are being recorded and added regularly. 

Continuidad de Recursos de aprendizaje

FCPS ha desarrollado un plan para la continuidad del aprendizaje mientras la escuela está cerrada. Las primeras dos semanas de cierre de la escuela (lunes 16 de marzo a viernes 27 de marzo) no incluirán ninguna instrucción dirigida por el maestro. Los estudiantes pueden participar en actividades opcionales de aprendizaje autodirigido publicadas en el FCPS Elementary School Continuity of Learning Resources websiteFCPS 24-7 Blackboard website y el LJMS Website. El trabajo del estudiante no será requerido ni calificado. Estas actividades se realizarán en las áreas de contenido para que los niños puedan elegir actividades que les interesen.

Finalmente, nuestros canales de televisión por cable de FCPS transmiten actividades de aprendizaje. Se graban nuevos videos instructivos y se agregan regularmente.

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m.   Lunch 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Graham Road Community Center

 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA

Corner of Route 50 and Graham Road

Luther Jackson Middle School (M-F 11 to 11:30)

3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church

For all locationshttps://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

Desayuno y almuerzo para llevar

Desayuno 8-10: 30 a.m. Almuerzo 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Graham Road Community Center

 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church, VA

Corner of Route 50 and Graham Road

Luther Jackson Middle School (M-F 11 to 11:30)

3020 Gallows Rd. Falls Church

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church

For all locationshttps://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

From Dr. Brabrand: "We have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded.

We are all in this together.   We encourage you to practice social distancing and healthy habits.   Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, and if you feel sick – stay home.  Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation." 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

 

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Pop-Up Food Site @ Jackson MS on March 20th

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Message from Principal Magliola 

 

Pop-Up Food Site @ Jackson MS on March 20th...see below

Jackson Families,

The new pop-up locations will serve both breakfast and lunch during the designated times beginning tomorrow:

  • Mason Crest Elementary School, 3705 Crest Drive, Annandale, from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School, 9819 Five Oaks Road, Fairfax, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School, 2401 Colts Neck Road, Reston, from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Continuation of Learning: SELF-GUIDED RESOURCES:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/continuity-learning-plan/middle-school-continuity-learning-resources

https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/lutherjacksonmslibrary/home

(student login required)

 

Mike

 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

 

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PLEASE READ - March 18th @ LJMS

GovDelivery 3 weeks ago

Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Update for Wed. March 18th

Jackson Families,

In providing you with the most updated information and resources, please take a moment to read this message. At Luther Jackson MS, we know this is a challenging time and many questions do not yet have clear answers. Continue to check the FCPS and LJMS websites for links and specific details regarding school closure. I also have included a couple of self-directed learning links available to support your student in their "Continuation of Learning." As you may recall, FCPS has implemented independent learning activities for all students that are self-directed and self-guided. I encourage all families and students to access these activities as a way to stay connected to their learning.

**Please know our teachers care and want to support their students, but at this time we are following the FCPS directive of refraining from planning or delivering instruction. Discussions around grades are valid and extremely important. However, as we have yet had guidance from FCPS regarding grades, we ask for continued patience as more details are provided.** 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions and know that we will get through this. 

SELF-GUIDED RESOURCES:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/continuity-learning-plan/middle-school-continuity-learning-resources

https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/lutherjacksonmslibrary/home

 

Mike

 

As of 3/18 - FCPS sites serving food today are:

Annandale Terrace ES, Bailey's Primary ES, Braddock ES, Bren Mar Park ES, Brookfield ES, Burke School, Cameron ES, Centre Ridge ES, Coates ES, Crestwood ES, Cunningham Park ES, Dogwood ES, Forest Edge ES, Garfield ES, Glen Forest ES, Graham Road Community Center, Fort Belvoir Upper ES, Herndon ES, Hollin Meadows ES, Hutchison ES, Hybla Valley ES, Irving MS, London Towne ES, Mount Vernon Woods ES, Parklawn ES, Pine Spring ES, Providence ES, South County HS, Weyanoke ES, Bucknell ES, FCPS Energy Zone Office/FNS, Falls Church HS, Lorton Station ES,

 

Pop-Up Sites – 3/18/2020

Audubon Park Neighborhood - 10:00-10:30 am

Bailey’s CC - 10:00-10:30 am

Gum Springs CC - 11:00-11:30 am

Willston Multicultural Center - 11:00-11:30 am

James Lee CC - 12:00-12:30 pm

 

From Dr. Brabrand: "We have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded.

We are all in this together.   We encourage you to practice social distancing and healthy habits.   Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, and if you feel sick – stay home.  Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation." 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

 

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URGENT: PLEASE READ - Monday, March 16th @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Update for Monday, March 16th

Jackson Families,

FCPS has changed status.  Please see the Superintendent's message below.

LJMS will be closed on Monday, March 16. Our previously shared plans for students to retrieve their learning materials/belongings has been postponed. Student and staff well-being is the most imperative focus, and we will find ways to grant access to the building as soon as we are able.

Currently, your child has access to optional learning activities available on the FCPS cable channels and by course and subject area on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard)Note: these learning activities are not required or graded. I will share more information with our community as it is shared with me. Thank you and we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Mike

Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

COVID-19 continues to be a fast-moving event.  This weekend, we have been continuing to evaluate our options going forward with the health and well-being of our students, employees, and community remaining the top priority.   In consideration of these developments, FCPS is announcing the following actions:

  • All FCPS school buildings are closed until further notice.  Food distribution at FCPS sites will continue as scheduled.  More details about the food program are below.  
  • With the school buildings closed, the laptop distribution scheduled for tomorrow is postponed.  
  • All FCPS administrative offices are closed until further notice.
  • Only essential personnel as defined by FCPS program managers and supervisors will be asked to report to work until further notice.  All other employees will work remotely.  It is expected that all FCPS personnel reporting to work will practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

Beginning tomorrow, March 16, we are expanding the grab and go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.   Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the locations listed below:


Annandale Terrace ES,  7604 Herald St., Annandale
Bailey's Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
Braddock ES,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly
Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke
Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd., Centreville
Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna
Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston
Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield  
Graham Road  Community Center,  3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church
Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir
Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon
Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria  
London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville 
Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria 
Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax 
Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria


We have also been flooded with generous offers from employees and community members to volunteer at our food distribution sites.  Due to state training requirements for food distribution, we are encouraging those interested in helping to contact one of our community partners.    These partners are in continuous support of our FCPS families and are connected with the larger effort of Fairfax County,  Their contact information is available.

As explained in Friday's letter, we have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded. 

We are all in this together.   We encourage you to practice social distancing and healthy habits.   Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, and if you feel sick – stay home.  Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.   

Sincerely,
Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools

 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

 

  Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

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Importantes Actualizaciones para Luther Jackson MS de el Director Magliola

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Message from Principal Magliola 

Queridas familias,

Como leyó en la comunicación del Dr. Brabrand, todas las escuelas de FCPS estarán cerradas hasta nuevo aviso. Se suspendió la distribución de computadoras portátiles, libros y otros materiales. Tenga en cuenta que esta decisión no se tomó a la ligera y que protegerá a toda nuestra comunidad. Desde mi casa hasta la tuya, te animo a que te quedes en casa y practiques el distanciamiento social tanto como sea posible. Tómese el tiempo para conectarse con sus seres queridos y sepa que al quedarse en casa, está ayudando.

Si su hijo tiene acceso a Internet, puede participar en actividades opcionales de aprendizaje autodirigido que se publicaron en FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) y están disponibles en www.fcps.edu. Una vez más, estas actividades no son obligatorias ni calificadas. Si su hijo no tiene acceso a Internet, es posible que desee participar en algunas de las siguientes actividades: leer 20 minutos por día, escribir en un diario, participar en juegos que incluyan movimiento, ayudar con la cocina y crear obras de arte . También lo aliento a explorar Internet Essentials de Comcast: ofrecen 60 días de Internet gratis.

A partir de mañana, 16 de marzo, FCPS está expandiendo los sitios de distribución de comida para llevar a un total de 18 ubicaciones, incluido el Centro Comunitario de Graham Road. La distribución de alimentos se establece fuera del edificio. El desayuno se servirá de 8-10: 30 a.m. y el almuerzo de 10:30 a.m. a 2 p.m.

La narrativa de nuestra situación actual se está moviendo rápidamente. Les recomiendo a que se mantengan informados leyendo mis mensajes en e-Notify y en News-You-Choose, leyendo los correos electrónicos del Dr. Brabrand y siguiéndonos en Twitter @MagliolaMinutes y @LJMS_FCPS. Ustedes también pueden revisar información importante mediante Fairfax County’s COVID-19 updates así como recomendaciones desde los Centers for Disease Control y el Virginia Department of Health. Estaré aquí para ayudarlos en todo lo que pueda. Como siempre, no duden en comunicarse conmigo vía correo electrónico mjmagliola@fcps.edu para cualquier pregunta o sugerencia.

En momentos de desafío e incertidumbre, recuerdo una cosa que siempre es segura - ¡nuestra comunidad es fuerte y juntos podemos superar cualquier cosa! ¡Gracias por su apoyo, ánimo y disposición para ayudarnos unos a otros! ¡Espero verlos a todos pronto!

 

Mike

 

Hablando con los alumnos sobre COVID-19

Es importante que tengan conversaciones con sus hijos sobre por qué están fuera de la escuela y que todos estén haciendo todo lo posible para asegurarse de que estén seguros y saludables. Cuando comiencen a planificar estas conversaciones, consideren leer

Talking to Children about COVID-19

Cuentas ParentVue

Este fin de semana deben recibir un correo electrónico de FCPS si aún no tienen una cuenta Parent Vue. Les rogamos que por favor se registren aquí para una cuenta sign-up for an account.

Una cuenta ParentVue hace posible que los padres accedan al portal FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Si ya tienen una cuenta inicien sesión aquí.

Aquí es donde se ubicarán varios de los recursos para los alumnos en las próximas semanas. Si necesitan ayuda para configurar su cuenta, por favor llamen. Estaremos encantados de guiarlos a traves del proceso.

Canales de Cable - Continuidad del Aprendizaje

Actualmente, FCPS está creando programas de aprendizaje instructivo que se transmitirán en su canal de cable local. Finalmente, ¡este es un momento en que les sugerimos que dejen que sus hijos vean la televisión! Se están desarrollando/grabando videos instructivos adicionales y se agregarán a la alineación a medida que estén disponibles. Verifiquen esta semana los programas que beneficiarán a sus hijos en casa.

COX

El canal 21/1021 (HD) es programación para primaria

El canal 25/1025 (HD) es la programación para escuela intermedia

El canal 99/1099 (HD) es la programación para escuela secundaria

Recursos para Asistencia de Comida

Ademas de las ubicaciones de comida Grab-N-Go patrocinadas por Servicios de Comida de FCPS, por favor vean los recursos adicionales en nuestra comunidad.

Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) – llamen al 703-222-0880 para recibir una referencia para asistencia de emergencia.

Food for Others (2938 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031) – llamen al (703) 207-9173, se necesita una referencia de un proveedor de servicios sociales o agencia para alimentos de emergencia.

Knox Presbyterian Church, 7416 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplements Program Food Distribution Sites

Cualquier persona que necesite alimentos puede venir a uno de los siguientes sitios del Condado de Fairfax en los horarios especificados. Se pregunta a las familias por el número de personas en su hogar. Las familias deben traer sus propias bolsas de supermercado.

Falls Church: miércoles y viernes

  • Ellison: Esquina de las calles Ellison e Irving, en West Street, Falls Church. 5:45pm
  • Hollywood (Condado de Fairfax): 2802 Hollywood Road, lote de parqueos de los Apartamentos Wexford Manor, al sur de la calle Savannah, Falls Church. 6:15pm   

Annandale: Jueves de 5:00 – 7:00 pm en la Iglesia Metodista Immanuel, 7901 Heritage Drive

Bailey’s Crossroads/Culmore: 1er, 3er and 5to Lunes y cada miercoles 

  • Bailey’s Crossroads: Estacionamiento del Refugio Bailey’s en el 3525 Avenida Moncure, 6 p.m. 
  • Culmore: 6053 Glen Carlyn Dr., detras del Centro de Compras de Culmore, una cuadra al oeste de la Ruta 7, 6:30 p.m.

Seven Corners: 1er. martes, 2do y 5to jueves

  • Willston: IEn frente del Edificio #6134, Willston Garden Apartments, en Willston Drive y el oeste de John Marshall Drive, 6 p.m.
  • Patrick Henry: Greenwood Drive, oeste de Patrick Henry Drive cerca al Edificio #6195, 6:30 p.m.

Primer viernes – Programa Green Groceries (productos frescos)

St. Stephens UMC, Distribucion es desde las 5:00pm – 6:00pm, 9203 Braddock Road, Burke, VA 22015, (703) 978-8724, contacto: Michele DeMocker (michelesmaids@verizon.net)

  Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

  Important Dates 

March 11th,12th, & 13th - Writing SOL (8th only)

March 31 (new) – Advocacy Night at Fairfax County Government Center

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 25th - FCHS Jaguar 5K

May 13  - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

June 10 - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

 

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Monday, March 16th @ LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

LJMS Update for Monday, March 16th

Jackson Families,

Yesterday, we received notice from Dr. Brabrand that schools will be closed until April 10th. Dr. Brabrand’s message followed the directive by Governor Northam to close all Virginia Public Schools for at least two weeks. We will continue to share information about next steps, as it becomes available.

The narrative of our current situation is moving quickly. I urge you to please stay informed by reading my News-You-Choose e-mails, reading the e-mails from Dr. Brabrand, and following us on Twitter at @LJMS_FCPS This will be the best way to get information out to you as quickly as possible. I will be here to help support in any way I can. As always, please feel to reach out via e-mail at mjmagliola@fcps.edu

As we navigate the uncertainty together, I am grateful to be part of such a dedicated school community. As always, please continue to reach out with questions you may have and/or support you may need. Rest, enjoy your loved ones, and know we will get through this time together.

Ayer recibimos un aviso del Dr. Brabrand de que las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el 10 de abril. El mensaje del Dr. Brabrand siguió las recomendaciones del Gobernador Northam de cerrar todas las Escuelas Públicas de Virginia durante al menos dos semanas. Continuaremos compartiendo información sobre los pasos a seguir, a medida que esté disponible.

La narrativa de nuestra situación actual se está moviendo rápidamente. Les insto a que se mantenga informado leyendo mis correos electrónicos de News-You-Choose, leyendo los correos electrónicos del Dr. Brabrand y siguiéndonos en Twitter en @LJMS_FCPS. Esta será la mejor manera de compartir información con ustedes de manera más rápida he eficaz. Estaré aquí para ayudar en todo lo que pueda. Como siempre, no dude en comunicarse por correo electrónico a mjmagliola@fcps.edu

 

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19

Es importante mantener una conversación con sus hijos sobre el motivo por el cual están fuera de la escuela y explicarles que todos están haciendo todo lo posible para asegurarse de que estén seguros y saludables. Cuando comience a planificar estas conversaciones, considere leer Talking to Children sobre COVID-19.

Technology Distribution

We will be open from 12 PM-5 PM on Monday, March 16th. During this time students who do not have access to a device at home can come to LJMS to check out a laptop. In order to check out a device you must attend with your student to sign our parent consent form that allows us to assign them a device. We will also work with your student while on-site to make sure that they can log into the device before you leave.More details below. 

A few things to understand about the process on Monday:

  • Please enter the building from Door 1 (Our Main Entrance)
  • There are a limited number of laptops available to our students and they are intended only for those students who have no other means to access learning resources from home. Please do not take a laptop if your student already has access to a computer at home.
  • The laptop is a temporary loan and will need to be returned to the school as soon as school resumes.
  • If you do not have internet access at home, while you are picking up a laptop, we will support you in getting free temporary internet access.:

El lunes estaremos distribuyendo un número limitado de computadoras portátiles a los alumnos de FCPS de 3.er a 8.o grado que no tengan acceso a computadoras en la casa. Nuestra escuela estará distribuyendo las computadoras entre [insert your timeslot]. Ustedes pueden venir en cualquier momento durante ese tiempo. Tomen en cuenta que ustedes tienen que presentarse con su hijo para firmar el formulario de consentimiento de padres a fin de que podamos asignarle una computadora a su hijo. También trabajaremos con su hijo mientras está en la escuela para asegurarnos de que pueda ingresar a la computadora antes de llevársela. Hay ciertas cosas que deben entender sobre el proceso del lunes:

o Hay un número limitado de computadoras portátiles para nuestros alumnos, y la idea es que estas computadoras sean distribuidas entre aquellos alumnos que no tienen ningún medio que les permita tener acceso desde la casa a recursos relacionados con la enseñanza. Por favor, no recojan una computadora portátil si su hijo ya tiene acceso a alguna computadora o tableta en la casa.

o La computadora portátil se les presta temporalmente y deberá ser devuelta a la escuela tan pronto se reanuden las clases.

o Si ustedes no tienen internet en la casa, cuando recojan la computadora, pueden llenar un formulario de autorización de padres para obtener un dispositivo MiFi. El lunes no tendremos dispositivos MiFi que puedan llevarse; sin embargo, estaremos aceptando solicitudes, y les notificaremos si hay algún dispositivo disponible que puedan recoger otro día.

Gracias por su paciencia y por apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para proporcionarles a nuestros alumnos la oportunidad de disfrutar de esta experiencia de una manera equitativa.

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, you should receive an email from FCPS if you do not already have a ParentVue account. We implore you to please sign-up for an account. A ParentVue account makes it possible for parents to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) portal. If you already have an account, you can log-in here. This is where several of the resources for students will be located in the coming weeks. If you need help setting up your account, please call. We will happily walk you through the process.

Este fin de semana, debe recibir un correo electrónico de FCPS si aún no tiene una cuenta ParentVue. Le rogamos que se registre para obtener una cuenta. Una cuenta ParentVue hace posible que los padres accedan al portal FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Si ya tiene una cuenta, puede iniciar sesión aquí. Aquí es donde podrá encontrar varios de los recursos que los estudiantes necesitaran para las próximas semanas. Si necesita ayuda para configurar su cuenta, por favor comuníquese con la escuela. Estaremos encantados de guiales a través del proceso.

Food Pickup for LJMS Families

Parents can come to LJMS to pick-up food bags from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday, March 16th.

Los padres pueden venir a LJMS para recoger bolsas de comida de 12:00 a 5:00 pm el lunes 16 de marzo.

Cable Channels – Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. Finally, a time when we suggest you let your kids watch TV!

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

 

Actualmente, FCPS está creando programas de aprendizaje instructivo que se transmitirán en su canal de cable local. Finalmente, ¡Un momento en que le sugerimos que deje que sus hijos vean la televisión!

Se están desarrollando / grabando videos instructivos adicionales y se agregarán a la programación a medida que estén disponibles. Verifique esta semana los programas que beneficiarán a sus hijos en casa.

COX

El canal 21/1021 (HD) programación para escuela elemental

El canal 25/1025 (HD) programación de la escuela intermedia (Middle School)

El canal 99/1099 (HD) programación de la escuela secundaria (High School)

Library Checkout

If you need additional books, we will also be opening the library on Monday, March 16th from 12 PM - 3 PM for book checkout. Your LJMS student(s) may select up to 2 additional books. Depending on the length of the learning pause, we will consider doing additional checkout days.

Si necesitan libros adicionales, la biblioteca de LJMS estar abierta el lunes 16 de marzo de 12 pm a 3 pm. Los estudiantes de LJMS podrán seleccionar hasta 2 libros adicionales. Dependiendo de la duración del cierres de las escuelas, consideraremos en abrir la biblioteca en días adicionales.

Food Donations

Many members of our community depend on meals provided at school to help feed their families. Some of you have reached out and asked how you can help? 

LJMS will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards on Monday, March 16th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the main office.  

Examples of items - cereal, macaroni & cheese, soups, granola bars, fruit snacks, pudding, jello, horizon milk (unrefrigerated please), peanut butter, jelly, bread, pasta, pasta sauce, and canned tuna.

In addition to food items, we would also appreciate donations of any plastic grocery bags for packing and distributing items.  

The school administration will assemble food bags that will be distributed to families on Monday afternoon. 

We are grateful for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our students, staff, families, and community.

We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

Fairfax County Public Schools will be providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites today and Monday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. 

School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites to pick up a lunch during that time period.

Grab and go lunches will be served at the following sites today at 11:30 a.m.:

Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church

Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon

Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria

London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville

Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under.

Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

 

Sincerely,

Mike

    Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

  Important Dates 

March 11th,12th, & 13th - Writing SOL (8th only)

March 31 (new) – Advocacy Night at Fairfax County Government Center

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 25th - FCHS Jaguar 5K

May 13  - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

June 10 - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

 

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COVID-19 FCPS Update

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Message from Principal Magliola 

COVID-19 Update from FCPS

Dear FCPS Parents, Staff and Community,

In support of the governor’s announcement today, and in response to the ongoing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our region, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will close schools through April 10, 2020.

Schools will be closed for students for four weeks, including spring break. For staff who work less than 12 months, schools will be closed for at least two weeks. We will reassess schools reopening for those staff members after two weeks and we will make that decision no later than Friday, March 27. The operating status of SACC has not been determined at this time.

The staff development day scheduled for Monday, March 16, is postponed. School offices and central offices will be open on Monday, March 16.

FCPS schools will be open Monday, March 16, for students and staff to access their belongings as well as providing laptops or other digital devices for students in grades 3-8 who do not have access at home.

We have been working with our staff to prepare for school closures and have been developing numerous resources for families. Resources and updates to our current operating status will continue to be posted on the FCPS website and shared on social media and other outlets.

The Virginia Department of Education has recommended that all public school systems provide continuity of learning programming for the next three weeks. We will promote digital and online resources to FCPS students that will help student learning continue. This work will not be required nor graded.

Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Food distribution will continue throughout the closures. Meals were served at five schools today, with plans to expand to additional schools next week. We are coordinating with community partners to ensure the locations and timing of food centers and pantries are being communicated with FCPS families. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
  • Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria
  • London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville
  • Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

We are grateful for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our students, staff, families, and community.

We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent Fairfax County Public Schools

    Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

  Important Dates 

March 11th,12th, & 13th - Writing SOL (8th only)

March 31 (new) – Advocacy Night at Fairfax County Government Center

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 25th - FCHS Jaguar 5K

May 13  - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

June 10 - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

 

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Food Distribution FCPS 3/16

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Message from Principal Magliola 

Food Distribution 3/16

Fairfax County Public Schools will be providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites today and Monday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. 

School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites to pick up a lunch during that time period.

Grab and go lunches will be served at the following sites today at 11:30 a.m.:

Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church

Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon

Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria

London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville

Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

 

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under.

Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

 

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax proporcionarán almuerzos para llevar de emergencia sin costo para los estudiantes en cinco sitios hoy y el lunes 16 de marzo, de 11:30 a.m. a 2 p.m.

 

Los estudiantes en edad escolar pueden venir a cualquiera de los cinco sitios para recoger un almuerzo durante ese período de tiempo.

 

Los almuerzos para llevar se servirán en los siguientes sitios hoy a las 11:30 a.m .:

 

Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church

Escuela primaria Hutchison, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon

Escuela Primaria Hybla Valley, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria

Escuela primaria London Towne, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville

Centro Burke, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

 

Todas las comidas están disponibles sin costo para niños menores de 18 años.

Los almuerzos para adultos están disponibles para su compra por $ 2.

  Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

  Important Dates 

March 11th,12th, & 13th - Writing SOL (8th only)

March 31 (new) – Advocacy Night at Fairfax County Government Center

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 25th - FCHS Jaguar 5K

May 13  - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

June 10 - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

 

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Updates for 3/12 from LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

Friday, March 13th - Update

Dear Jackson Families,

Please see the the message below from Dr. Brabrand and FCPS regarding school closure for March 13th and March 16th. 

Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

During the past several hours we continue to hear genuine concerns from parents about keeping our schools open while the coronavirus response escalates around the country. Schools are closing in Maryland and several other states and a state of emergency was declared in Virginia. As a result, and in an abundance of caution, I believe it is prudent for FCPS to cancel school tomorrow to help ease parent, staff, and student anxiety. 

Therefore, all FCPS schools will be closed Friday, March 13, 2020. 

School offices and central offices will open on time with an unscheduled leave policy in effect for 12-month employees. (Condition 2). The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:
•    extracurricular activities
•    interscholastic contests
•    team practices
•    field trips
•    middle school after-school programs
•    professional learning and training courses
•    adult and community education classes
•    recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated           with FCPS

School age child care (SACC) centers are closed.

Monday, March 16, will remain a student holiday/staff development day to allow our classroom teachers to prepare for the possibility of distance learning. 

This remains a very fast moving narrative and the situation Monday is likely to be very different than today. We will determine Monday how we will proceed long term with FCPS operations. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools

 

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

  Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

  Important Dates 

March 11th,12th, & 13th - Writing SOL (8th only)

March 31 (new) – Advocacy Night at Fairfax County Government Center

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 25th - FCHS Jaguar 5K

May 13  - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

June 10 - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

 

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Updates for 3/12 from LJMS

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Message from Principal Magliola 

Monday, March 16th - Update

Dear Jackson Families,

COVID-19 is something we are all very concerned about and Luther Jackson MS is continuing to follow the guidelines put in place by FCPS in conjunction with the Health Department and CDC.I encourage you to stay informed by reading the regular communication from Dr. Brabrand. In an effort to keep the information up to date and streamlined, we will not duplicate the information. Here is a link to the FCPS web page dedicated to COVID-19 that is constantly being updated. 

Monday, March 16, is a designated a student holiday. This student holiday will provide an opportunity for our staff to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure relating to COVID-19. SACC centers will be open. At this time, recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS will proceed as scheduled. Our LJMS after-school activities will however, be canceled for Monday. 

This fluid situation is developing and updated information is routinely added to the FCPS web page. Thank you.

 

Mike

  Michael Magliola, Principal

Twitter: @MagliolaMinutes    

Email: mjmagliola@fcps.edu                   

Website: https://jacksonms.fcps.edu/  

  Important Dates 

March 11th,12th, & 13th - Writing SOL (8th only)

March 31 (new) – Advocacy Night at Fairfax County Government Center

April 6th-10th - SPRING BREAK

April 13th - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday

April 25th - FCHS Jaguar 5K

May 13  - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

June 10 - 7 pm - PTA Meeting at LJMS

 

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