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Message from Principal Magliola
Dear Jackson Families,
Seeing you at Back To School Night this year has been a memorable highlight to the great start of this school year. I hope you had many opportunities to speak and connect with your child's teachers throughout the course of the evening. Our teachers took tremendous pride in making our phone call invitations, and having you in the building on Tuesday was an affirmation that we all have the same vision; to ensure our students have every support they possibly need to have success. Thank you to our volunteer translators and we look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year.
I apologize this Jackson Journal is getting to you a little later than in my previous editions. Beginning this evening, you can expect the Jackson Journal to be delivered on Sunday evenings between 8 to 8:30 pm in preparation for the coming events each week. Our goal is to keep you up to date with as relevant as possible information regarding academic and social events taking place at Jackson MS. Please make sure you read our full edition and see all of the wonderful events coming up. You will begin receiving updates from Mr. Hoffert regarding our LJMS After Hours program beginning at the end of September. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
Finally, you may have heard our teachers share their "why" with you this week during your time in the building. In reflecting this week on my "why," the connections I have made with our students during classroom visits remind me that our commitment to building strong relationships is the key driver in our work and will lead to greater outcomes for our school. Our students present us with an incredible opportunity to ignite a lifetime of learning for each of them as they spend over 1000 hours with us each year. Now that we have taken our next steps in further establishing a culture of belonging at Jackson, we will guide our students in embracing that vision for themselves.
Michael Magliola, Principal
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Important News & Information
Tiger Time Packet Forms - Due September 16: It’s not too late! Please return Tiger Time packet forms to the Main Office. The forms below are due as soon as possible. Students will not be allowed to request a locker or go on field trips with the these forms.
- Emergency Care Card
- Health Information Form
- After-School Form
- SOL Retake Form
- Digital Citizenship Form
For the emergency care card, please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.
Science Olympiad Meeting 9/16 @ 7 pm
Science Olympiad is a national academic competition in multiple areas relating to Science. Teams of 15 students’ practice and learn with their partners for their 2 or 3 events they will compete in at regional and possibly state competition.
For Luther Jackson’s Science Olympiad team, we are looking for 7th or 8th graders who:
- enjoy science
- work well with partners and teammates
- are responsible
- manage time well (schoolwork and extra curriculars)
- have time to add 2 to 3 hours of Science Olympiad work per week to his/her schedule
- are available on Friday afternoons for practice
- could use a little extra challenge above and beyond what they are learning in the classroom
If you think your child would do well in a Science Olympiad setting, and would like more information about the team, please join us Monday, September 16th from 7-8pm in the Luther Jackson Cafeteria.
CogAT Testing Window Opening
The CogAT is a group-administered test that measures general intellectual ability. In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the CogAT is used in grades 2-7 as a part of the screening process for Advanced Academic Program (AAP) services. Information from the assessment also may be considered when making instructional decisions for student differentiation needs, such as access to advanced mathematics coursework in elementary school and middle school.
In Grades 3-7, the CogAT can be administered to:
o Students who have no abilities test score on file
o Students whose parents/guardians elect to use their one-time retest option
If you are interested in your student taking the CogAT, please contact your student’s school counselor by September 23.
Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) - Signature Sheet Required
All students received a copy of the Fairfax County Public Schools Student Rights & Responsibilities booklet on Tuesday, 9/3, during their 5th period. Please complete the signature sheet at the front of the booklet and have your student return it to their 5th period teacher next week.
LJMS is going to SPAIN! Want to Come?
Please come join us on 9/19 at 5:30 in our library to get information about our upcoming trip to Spain. LJ has traveled with EF Tours to Ireland and Costa Rica and are super excited about our next adventure.
Free and Reduced Price Meals Application
Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.
Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up
FCPS is looking forward to a great school year! Regular attendance is essential for students to form positive peer and adult relationships and to learn. In fact, when students miss significant amounts of instructional time, they tend to lose momentum academically.
We do monitor each child’s attendance daily and will contact a parent if a child does not arrive at school or class as expected. Of course, there are times that students may have health or other concerns that may prevent them from being present. Please call the attendance line at 703-204-8282, for Spanish press 2. You can also report an absence by using this online form or emailing the attendance office at LutherJacksonMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
More information about FCPS’ attendance expectations is available online.
September 16th - Science Olympiad Parent Meeting
September 19th - EF Spain Trip Info Meeting
September 23rd - After School Programs Begin
PTA News and Updates
Thanks so much to parents who were able to attend our first PTA meeting of the year! We’re excited to be able to continue to support our LJ Tigers and the teachers who give so much of their time and talents to make our school a success! If you’d like to join PTA or if you’d like to make a Top Tiger donation to help support our many programs, you still can. Please visit https://ljmspta.org. Questions, ideas or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CORRECTION: The FREE fall shipping period for the new Luther Jackson spirit wear runs until September 23. You may purchase spirit wear online throughout the year, but the special free shipping period ends Monday, September 23. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Enter the 2019-2020 Reflections Art Competition
Calling all Artists - explore the arts and express your creativity through literature, film, music, dance, photography, or visual arts. Pick up an official rules guide and entry form in the library. The theme for this year is LOOK WITHIN. Submissions are due by Monday, October 21, and there will be a celebration for all participants on Monday, November 18.
See the GREAT @ Jackson!
We have some awesome images from Padres en Accion, Learning Innovation Team Training, BTSN, PTA, Heritage Advisory Activity, and other photo ops. Take a look!
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