LJMS Community News
ESOL Online Summer School
For current English learner middle and high school students who are currently making progress in English language development, the online summer school program is offered through Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate and intended for summer English language practice in reading and writing. Classes will run Monday through Friday, July 8–26, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Students must have Internet access. Headphones with microphones are available for loan. There is no cost. A registration form may be downloaded here.
The form may be faxed directly to the ESOL office at 571.423.4657 or may be brought to school and we will fax it for you. For more information please view the attached informational flyer (también en Español) or contact Jennifer Kuchno, JLKuchno@fcps.edu or room 506.
The Summer Encore Catalog, as well as Form C, are available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.
LJMS students (rising 7th and 8th graders), are you looking for fun and exciting activities for this summer? Low Cost! Big fun! Get your friends together and enjoy time together at Jackson. Sports! Science! Art! Even Leadership Opportunities! Have questions? Contact Ms. Lyons, 703.204.8218, or CLLyons@fcps.edu. A registration form including schedule and transportation options may be downloaded here.
The current issue of Parent Notes and News, including important dates for the month, may now be viewed online or downloaded from the website. Please take a moment to see what's happening at LJMS. In addition, previous newsletters are available on the Newsletter Archive page.
Spring Testing Schedule
SOLs are coming soon. Please try not to make appointments for students to be out of school during these times. Students need to come to school well rested and had a healthy breakfast so they can be prepared to do their best.
7th grade SOLs:
- Thursday, May 23 – Math SOLs (Math 7, Math 8, Algebra) in the morning
- Tuesday, May 28 – Reading SOL in the morning
- Wednesday, May 29 – History SOL in the afternoon
8th grade SOLs:
- Wednesday, May 22 – Geometry and Algebra 2 SOLs in the morning
- Thursday, May 23 – Science SOL in the afternoon
- Friday, May 24 – Math 8 and Algebra 1 SOLs in the morning
- Tuesday, May 28 – Civics SOL in the afternoon
- Wednesday, May 29 – Reading SOL in the morning
Advanced High School Programs
We were happy to see so many of our 7th grade parents and students at the High School Options presentation on Tuesday, April 23. The presentation slides from each high school are linked here for your information, as well as program overviews. Please contact Linda Washco at 703.204.8122, LOWashco@fcps.edu, or your student’s counselor for more information.
Parents, as we move into warmer weather, we ask you to remember that some items of clothing are inappropriate for school, including, for girls, see-through blouses, tank tops with spaghetti straps and tight, short skirts and dresses, and for boys, mesh tops, see-through tops, sleeveless tank tops with large arm openings, and short shorts. Students arriving at school dressed inappropriately will be asked to change into a PE uniform or something else. Please take a moment and read the attached letter from Principal Louise Porter, which details the dress code rules and their justification.
LJMS Summer Institutes 2013
Exclusively for LJMS rising 7th graders: How to Survive Middle School. Learn to use lockers, meet new friends and staff, learn where everything is, get tips and hints on success, see the differences between elementary and middle schools, understand the buses, HAVE FUN!!! We'll also have soccer, volleyball, Future City, and more. Mark your calendars: August 12-16. The registration form is now available here on the LJMS website and through your local elementary school. Registration closes July 26 or when FULL.
Oakton HS Athletic Physicals
If your student will attend Oakton High School next year and plans to play any sport, he or she will have to complete an approved physical examination after May 1. Oakton is offering pre-participation physicals at the school on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:30-8 p.m. To pre-register, please visit the FCPS Athletic Training site and follow the links to physicals. A $50 donation is requested. For more information, please view the attached letter from the Oakton Athletic Training Program.
Monday After School Program
Luther Jackson Middle School After School Program offers several activities on Mondays after school from 2:50-4:25, beginning Feb. 4. There are two Service Learning opportunities: Emerging Leaders (Lead2Feed)and our Multicultural Art project. Additionally, the Library will be open for students to do homework and use LJMS resources. We also have a new computer-based club where the students design a city through a SIMS type program then build a 3D model of their city, called FUTURECITY, competing against other students from all over the world.
The James Lee Center will provide a bus at 4:30 on Mondays but it only holds 14. The students can ride to the James Lee Center at 2855 Annandale Rd (703.534.3387) and then are able to stay at the center until 8 p.m. for parent pick up. Student selection will be on a first come first served basis. Students will need to pick up a James Lee form from Ms. Lyons. All other students will need to be picked up by their parents at Luther Jackson by 4:30.
Fairfax County Public Schools will offer a number of enrichment opportunities for middle school students, including Effective Study Skills for Teens, Young Writers Workshop, and 7th Grade Jumpstart: TJ Test Prep. The classes will be offered this winter and spring at various schools and FCPS facilities. For more information, including specific dates and tuition fees, as well as instructions for registration, please view the attached flyer or contact Lynn Killiany at 703.658.1289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Computing Devices for Students
Parents, as the holiday season nears, you may be planning to purchase a computing device for your child. If you are considering a device that your child could use during the school day or at home, please take a moment to review the attached letter from Principal Louise Porter, which addresses recommended specifications and features. Thank you.
School Improvement Plan
The current LJMS School Improvement Plan is now available for viewing or download. Please take a few moments to learn about our objectives and strategies for this year.
Google Apps in Education
Parents and guardians, this year students will have the opportunity to use Google Apps in Education in support of classroom instruction. Please take a moment to read over the attached letter from Principal Louise Porter explaining some of the features and safety considerations.