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TJHSST Student Services News

By the Student Services Team
Student Services
May 01, 2020

Welcome to our virtual Suite weekly newsletter! 

A Message from Student Services to our students:    

Distance Learning is hard.

It’s hard enough for many of us to get motivated, but it’s especially hard to get motivated to do things under the current circumstances. School is fun, but part of the enjoyment of going to school is being able to spend time with friends and learning with and from your peers. Not being able to see and collaborate with peers may seem to drain the enjoyment from the whole school experience.

So what are you going to do about it?

Get in the right mindset. You can do anything, you just have to think about it differently. Don’t look at this Distance Learning experience as a loss. It’s an opportunity to see what you’re made of and to show the world that staying home and being unable to go to school won’t stop you from making this experience an impactful one.

Set a schedule. Sure, you don’t have to wake up to catch the school bus so you can sleep a bit later than usual.  Try setting an alarm, making a plan for your day and following the plan.  You'll be more productive.

Sleep. OK, stay up a little later, but go to bed at a reasonable hour. Sleep is important for your physical and mental well being.

Eat healthy foods.  Remember you get out of your body what you put into it. Junk in = junk out.  Make good decisions about the foods you choose while never forgetting that snacks and treats help keep us happy too!

Prioritize. There’s a time to work and a time for play. Chores, Distance Learning assignments, and taking care of yourself and your family are the priorities right now.  Get those priorities taken care of and you'll enjoy yourself more when socializing with friends and playing games.  

Do things for others.  Studies show when you do something for others you get a little boost of dopamine yourself.  Consider leaving notes for neighbors, helping with yardwork or chalking a sidewalk with a fun message!

Give yourself permission to be less than perfect. Chances are, you don’t have everything you want or need right now.  That’s OK. We’re all in this together. We weren't able to complete projects or attend special events that had been planned prior to the closure.   There will be time later, when this passes--and it will pass. Your focus, for now, needs to be on making the most of this time we have, staying safe and healthy, and reminding ourselves:

“We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”  -Charles R. Swindoll

Stay safe and if you need anything, our Student Services team is here for you, so please reach out to us.  

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What's making life sweet this week in Student Services?

Ms. Ketchem:   Baking can be a great hobby or new learning to attempt!  She highly recommends this Zucchini Bread recipe which is also gluten free!

Ms. Ketchem and her daughter recommend taking short breaks between Distance Learning classes and assignments.  They highlight Cosmic Kids Yoga as a resource that can be done with siblings and family members.  

Ms. Hamblin:   Loved the Some Good News "Zoom where it happened" where the cast of Hamilton, The Musical performed.  Enjoy the performance here.  

Ms. Phelps: Laughing with friends and family virtually.  Getting outside and talking socially distanced walks with friends! 

Ms. McAleer:   Admiring with her children the different types of birds popping by to say hello at their window.  

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9th and 10th Grade Info

Sophomores and Freshmen, this would be a great time to explore your Naviance Student and its tools. This week's Naviance tool is the Journal.  

Find it by logging into FCPS 24/7→ Naviance→About Me→My Stuff→Journal.

Write an entry in the Journal about your plan.  Think about your life goals, both personal and postsecondary (after high school).

  • What steps would you like to take to achieve these goals?  
  • Are there some different paths to consider to meet these goals?

Bonus:  Find your way to the Enrichment Opportunities list!  This list is updated each week by FCPS.  

Naviance→Colleges→Research Colleges→Enrichment Programs

11th Grade Info

Juniors!  This is an interesting time to be finding your Academic, Social, Financial FIT for college as colleges and universities are adding resources daily to their websites for you to be able to explore.  Admissions officers are ready to answer your questions by email, phone or video conferencing so reach out to them.  


Ongoing events until Friday, May 8, 2020

Virtual presentations for juniors to explore college opportunities | Hear from Admissions Representatives from 450 colleges in 47 states & 13 countries | Free for students

FCPS College and Career planning website with many resources | Class of 2021 Google Site (GSuite Log-in required).

12th Grade Info

Congratulations Seniors!

Many of you began with FCPS when you entered kindergarten and now you are graduating! See some reflections of these journeys in FCPS for the Class of 2020 here.  No matter the circumstances, senior year is a time to reflect on how far you have come, to celebrate your accomplishments, and prepare for your journey after high school.   

To the Class of 2020, we want you to know that we are here for you and we are all so proud of you!

In this virtual space, we are here to help as you transition from high school graduates to global citizens. This site was created to help you finish with FCPS and #celebrateyourplan! 

Class of 2020 Google Site (GSuite Log-in required).  

**Next week the TJHSST Class of 2020 will receive information about the FCPS Senior Survey completion.  The survey is the method by which you request your final transcript be sent to your attending college.  

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Spring 2020 Transcript Requests during school closure

Current Students: please submit the GoogleForm that you can find in Naviance Student Document Resources | All Grade Transcript Forms Folder | Instructions for Transcript Requests for both official and unofficial requests.  

Please note:

  • All transcripts will be sent electronically during this period as we are unable to mail them during the school closure.  
  • If you already have a copy of your unofficial transcript, it has not changed since the school closure began.  Seniors, your 7th Semester transcript copy that you collected from the Transcript Office in February is your current transcript.

AP Testing Reminders

The College Board website has the schedule of AP Exams that begin on May 11, 2020.  

Testing resources available to all AP exam takers:  YouTube review

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The FCPS curated list can be found in Naviance Student.  Naviance Summer Enrichment and Scholarship List is still being updated by FCPS however, students and families will have to confirm on their own that programs are continuing as information changes daily.  We recommend reaching out to those programs that students had applied to previously to see if the programs will offer remote or virtual opportunities.  Weekly updates to the Naviance Enrichment List are posted in Google Classroom for students each week.  


Students should research all Merit Scholarship opportunities that are offered by the colleges to which they plan on applying and follow the college's application timelines for these specific opportunities.  

Scholar Snapp  | Common Application partner 

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

RaiseMe | Earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on achievements in school and life.

Scholarship Sharing Database


College Access Fairfax | Financial Aid workshops

Parent Information | Distance Learning Support

FCPS provides family resources on its website here:  Learning at Home: Support for Families 

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. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online.

  • In addition, Dr. Esther Barkat, TJHSST School Psychologist will be available for consultation from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each weekday.  Schedule a meeting by contacting her at: @email.

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: The CDC shares ways to manage stress and anxiety during the outbreak of COVID-19

Questions?  Reach out to us in the Suite.

This newsletter contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither FCPS nor TJHSST controls the content or relevancy of these outside pages.

aAdvertisement of these opportuniies does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school. Many opportunities utilize Zoom, an online technology video and web conferencing tool that has not been approved for use in FCPS by the FCPS Department of Information Technology. Numerous outside organizations are utilizing Zoom to provide services and resources to students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for Zoom before participating.