LJMS Community News
Reflections Arts Contest Winners
Congratulations to our winners in the Reflections Arts contest! This nationwide PTA contest asks students to create an original work of art on this year’s assigned theme: "The world would be a better place if..." Luther Jackson had twenty-three entries in four arts categories. Below are this year’s results. We are proud to note that all four of our school’s first place winners also went on to win either first or second place awards at the county level, competing against other schools’ entries. Literature: Lyka Cunanan, Valerie Willham, Elizabeth Chapin. Visual Art: Christina Choi, Adele Peng, Katherine Parker, Namchi Dao. Photography: Kathryn Webb, Adora Jacob. Film Production: Brigid Rawdon.
Rising 7th Grade Orientation
Thank you to all the parents who came out recently for our orientation session for families of students who will be joining us as 7th graders next year. For those who were unable to attend, the presentation slides are attached here:
The Human Relations Committee will be conducting a food drive to benefit Food For Others, a non-profit food bank located here in our community, to help those families less fortunate. The drive will run from Monday, Feb. 23, through Tuesday, Mar. 24. This is a great opportunity to help feed the hungry in our community and we encourage you to join in our efforts. You can help by sending in non-perishable food items through your student. Food items will be collected through first and second period classes. Items may include canned meat, vegetables, soup, or fruit, peanut butter, cereal, beans, pasta, or rice. The Human Relations Committee thanks you for your support!
Summer Programs at LJMS
Starting to plan your child’s summer? Look no further! From Jun. 29-Jul. 31 free to low-cost programs are available for Luther Jackson students. Programs include MathCounts, VEX robotics, cooking, art, sports and more. Just for our rising 7th graders, How to Survive Middle School will be offered Aug. 10-14 with a parents' night Aug. 13. Sign-up forms will be available here beginning Mar. 16.
College Preperatory Program
LJMS is taking nominations for the Early Identification Program (EIP). EIP is a multi-year college preparatory program for students who will be the first in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States. EIP is a collaborative effort between Fairfax County Public Schools and George Mason University. Nominated students apply to the program at the end of the seventh grade and enter the program in the eighth grade. Please contact Brian Tickle in Student Services at 703.204.8124 or BRtickle@fcps.edu if you have questions or would like to nominate a student. The deadline is Mar. 6. More information can be found in the attached flyer.
New Issue of Jackson Journal
Please take a moment to review the fine work of our Jackson Journal newspaper staff. The second quarter issue is now available online.
SOL Writing Test
Mark your calendars now for the first round of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.
- 8th graders will take the English SOL writing test Mar. 11-12.
- There will be two tests administered: Multiple choice and written composition.
- 7th graders will take a practice test during the same time, simulating the SOL test to prepare them for next year.
It is critical that your student be here for testing. We appreciate parents not making appointments for students that would take them out of school during these weeks. Thank you.
New WiFi Instructions
Students, beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 25, please follow the directions below to connect personal devices to the FCPS network. Students should look for FCPSonboard in your available WiFi list. Short instructional videos for particular devices are linked below:
For more detailed information on how to configure your device, including printed instructions, please visit the LJMS Bring Your Own Devices page.
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LJ is putting a STOP to bullying! If you or someone you know is being bullied you can do something about it! By filling out our LJMS Bullying Report form you can be a part of the upstanders who are taking a stand against bullying!