Let's Celebrate World Kindness Week
February  14th - 20th

Although we should be showing kindness year round it is important to bring awareness to how Kindness effects our world and all of the people in it.

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Update (1/7/21) on Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Calendar for 2020 - 2021 Freshman Round (Updated 1/07/21)     

Monday, February 1 - Application Available Online - 8:00 am

Friday, February 26 - Application Deadline - 4:00 pm  


Steps to Complete the Application

1.  The applicant must access the Log-In Screen prior to the parent and complete the initial log-in process that includes entry of a parent name and email address.

2.  Parent receives an auto-generated email containing the "link" for them to log-in and create the parent account. This link does expire so parents are encouraged to log in as soon as possible.

3.  TJ Liaison Counselor from the applicant's school verifies math course. (Allow 24 hours, minimum, for this verification to be completed.) Auto-generated email is sent to applicant and parent after verification advising them they may complete the application.

4.  Applicant and parent must both electronically sign

5.  Submit the application. 

6.  An auto-generated email will be sent to the applicant and parent advising them that the application has been submitted. 


Please visit
for important information regarding the application process.


Enjoy your Winter Break!

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This Thursday 12.10.20 is Human Rights Day!

Lets Celebrate how far we have come, but not forget there is still so much work to do.

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Human Rights Day | U.S. Embassy &  Consulates in Brazil

❤Kindness Challenge

Day 1, 12/3: Say “Good Morning,” “Good afternoon,” or maybe even “have a great day,” to as many people as you can.

Day 2, 12/4: Introduce yourself to someone new

Day 3, 12/7: Encourage others. “Way to go…,” “You have been doing a good job,” ect.

Day 4, 12/8: Say “Thank you.” Take time to thank others, especially those that don’t hear it often.

Day 5, 12/9: Learn something new about someone

Day6. 12/10: Give as many compliments as you can

Day 7, 12/11: Share a smile. Tell a joke. Make someone else laugh.

Day 8, 11/14: “Manners Monday” Be extra polite and use your manners (Please, Thank you, Excuse me….)

Day 9, 12/15: Share a story about someone who was kind to you with a friend

Day 10, 12/16: Write a Thank You note, email, or post

Day 11, 12/17: Write three things you are grateful for and share with a friend

Day 12, 12/18: Spread Kindness. Reflect on the previous 11 challenges, how many can you meet in one day?



World Kindness Day 2019 - National Awareness Days Calendar 2020 & 2021

We celebrate World Kindness Week ...well...by being Kind.

Although this concept should not be new and should be something we try to be everyday, this week we highlight it!!! November 9-13 is National Kindness Week. Can you share different ways to be kind?

Please think about all of the opportunities that you have to show kindness and maybe share them with others as well on this padlet.



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Useful Links to the left... to get amazing information on High School Specialty Program Opportunities



First Ever LRMS Virtual Spirit Week 


Red Ribbon Week: 10.27-10.30  

Wear Red to show support of a Drug and Alcohol- Free life 

Wednesday: Wear your favorite team gear to support being a part of Lake Ridge's Drug Free Team 

Thursday: Wear a hat to put a cap on Drug and Alcohol use 

Friday: Wear workout clothes to support a healthy lifestyle instead of using Drugs and Alcohol or Wear Tye dye or Peace signs to say Peace out to drugs.


Themes & Posters | National Council of Hispanic Employent Program Managers

We need to continue to celebrate and acknowledge all the contributors and contributions that make America Awesome!

Here is an article with great tips on starting a Virtual School Year


Interested in applying for
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology?

TJHSST Admissions 

Updated (12/10/20)

FCPS School Board focused the discussion on the admissions process at their December 7 work session. The school board has the admissions process on the agenda on December 17 for an expected final decision vote.


Updated (11/17/20)

FCPS School Board postponed the work session focused on the admissions process. The board transitioned its focus to the delay in "Return to School" due to the recent increase in COVID positive cases. A new date has not been scheduled for a work session on the admissions process. 

Important update (10.8.20)
Based upon the School Board Work Session discussion on October 6, the school board concensus was that testing (Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science) will be eliminated for this year, the application fee will be eliminated and there will be an increase in student enrollment at TJHSST. We do not have a window for the application process as this time. The next scheduled School Board Work Session to discuss additional changes is currently set for November 17.”

Visit www.tjadmissions.org for more information

Important Update (9/16/20)

The application window for current eighth-grade students is not yet available. Pleasse vist https://www.fcps.edu/registration/thomas-jefferson-admissions to get more information and view the News Release which has the most recent information that was discussed  by the FCPS School Board.


Canvas for the Parent

A recording of a live webinar offered to PWCS parents. Discover how to set up your parent account in Canvas, learn how to navigate Canvas,  see what a course looks with when observing a student, and compare the mobile app experience.


Dealing with our new normal and the feelings it may cause

The pandemic of 2020 has caused huge disruptions to our normal way of living. Some of us are feeling these changes deeply. The return to school will be welcomed and exciting for many students, but there may be others who will be feeling anxious or nervous. There are many reasons why it could be difficult for everyone to think about returning to school :

  • Feelings over changes in lifestyle
  • 'Normal’ won’t be the same as before COVID-19
  • Going Back to stresses, we had Pre COVID-19 such as peer relationships
  • Enjoying life  better in isolation, e.g. more time with family
  • Feeling safe at home and unsafe/out-of-control in public
  • Fear of COVID-19 having a second-wave

Here are tips to help young people navigate the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school:

  • Get back into routine. Routines are safe and familiar which can help reduce anxiety. 

  • Focus on what you can control. It’s hard getting caught up in the unknown and ‘what-if’s'? Helping your child identify what they can control and practical things they can do can help them be more in the present moment and reduce anxiety. Practical strategies can include getting organized, making plans for the weekend, preparing their school bag, etc.

  • Revisit social distancing rules and good hygiene practices. Reviewing these can help your child feel more at ease about their safety when in public spaces.

  • Provide reassurance. Sometimes we can’t solve all our children’s problems, but they don’t always need solutions – just to feel understood and supported.

  • Explore the positives. Even if they are worried about returning to school, there may be some things they are looking forward to. It can be helpful to chat through these together    

  • Be curious. Ask open questions and actively listen to understand more about your child’s thoughts and feelings.

  • Normalize and validate their feelings. Let them know that what they are feeling is normal, other people feel the same way and that there is nothing wrong with their feelings. For example, “It must be hard to have so many worries, but it’s normal to worry about getting sick when you go back to school.” 

  • Help them limit exposure to the media. If they are younger, this might include reducing their exposure to the news. If they are older, it might be helping them to critically think about media messages they are exposed to or ensuring they are accessing reputable sources.

  • Create a plan around transitioning. Planning can help alleviate some anxiety, especially fear of the unknown. Having a plan for the first day of school can help.

  • Remember, it’s ok to not have all the answers. If your child asks a question you can’t answer, or needs help with something you don’t know how to solve, be honest. It’s a great opportunity to do some research and learn something new together.   

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During these times of uncertainty and unknowns it may be a good idea to do some soul searching or inner work.

By doing this it may remind you of all of positives in your life instead of focusing your energy on things out of your control that may be bringing you down.


Making a catalog of good things:

Daydreams about your future

A funny memory of your childhood

A scene from that TV show or movie that always makes you laugh

Your favorite article of clothing

The person that can always make you smile

The drink that can make you feel at ease

Your favorite song to hear when you are happy

What you like most about yourself

Your favorite activity

Now that you have written them in your catalog...why are these things good to you?


Quotes about Diversity of thought (35 quotes)

“All Lives Matter.”  In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, people including politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Mark O’Malley and Jeb Bush, have responded by stating “All Lives Matter” and in some cases, were booed at public events and later apologized. 


Take a few minutes to read the following quotes. Then take more time to reflect on what each quote says. Pick a quote that you feel strongly about and answer the questions below. 


1. What does the quote mean to you?   

2. What is the perspective of the person who said it?    

3. Do you agree or disagree with the quote and why?    

4. If you don’t agree, how would you change the quote to reflect your point of view?  


 Quotes about “All Lives Matter”


Of course all lives matter. But there is no serious question about the value of the life of a young white girl or boy. Sadly, there is a serious question—between gang violence and this police violence—about the value of the life of a young black girl or boy. So those who are experiencing the pain and trauma of the black experience in this country don’t want their rallying cry to be watered down with a generic feel-good catchphrase.” —Donna Brazile, CNN Political Commentator and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee 


“Black Lives Matter activists say replacing ‘Black’ with ‘All’ minimizes a movement that is meant to bring attention to the deaths of black men, women and children who have died as a result of alleged police brutality. They say it's also supposed to bring attention to the scourge of systemic racism. For activists, the term “Black Lives Matter” is not a call for special treatment. It’s a means for black people to reclaim their humanity and personhood in the midst of seemingly unending attacks on their right to simply be humans with dignity.”  —Bryan Logan, Business Insider  




“When I say ‘Black lives matter,’ it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not. A black person is killed extrajudicially every 28 hrs, and Black men between ages 19 and 25 are the group most at risk to be gunned down by police. Based on data from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, young Blacks are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by police than any other age or racial group.” —Julie Craven, The Huffington Post  


“To say that Black lives matter is not to say that other lives do not; indeed, it is quite the reverse—it is to recognize that all lives do matter, and to acknowledge that African Americans are often targeted unfairly (witness the number of African Americans accosted daily for no reason other than walking through a White neighborhood—including some, like young Trayvon Martin, who lost their lives) and that our society is not yet so advanced as to have become truly color blind. This means that many people of goodwill face the hard task of recognizing that these societal ills continue to exist, and that White privilege continues to exist, even though we wish it didn't and would not have asked for it. I certainly agree that no loving God would judge anyone by skin color.”  —Reverend Dan Schatz, Unitarian Universalist   


“Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.”  —The New York Times Editorial Board  



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Goal Setting

The importance of setting goals is something that all successful middle school students understand.

Setting Goals:
*gives you purpose and keeps you moving in the right direction 
*keeps you focused on what you are dreaming of or striving for
*helps you come up with a plan of action 
*helps you figure out how to deal with distractions and obstacles

There are short term goals. Ex. Get all of my chores done before bedtime. 

There are long term goals. Ex. Make all A's and B's on my first report card in middle school.

When making goals think of making them specific, measurable and realistic. 

Specific- I will get a B on this next test.

Measurable- I will make 3 goals in my next soccer game.

Realistic- My mom usually reminds me everyday to do my chores, but this week I will do my chores before my mom reminds me at least twice. 

Next school year you will hear your school counselor talk about the importance of goals throughout the school year. 


These days all you hear about is COVID-19. 

Here area few ways that you can help take advantage of your time at home.

Take care of your own education:
Keep up with teacher expectations
Complete activities and assignments that are available
Use all of your resources to keep up with assignments and to understand class materials
You will need to be as up to date as possible when this is all over and you return to school

Keep yourself busy:
Find activities that you can do at home by yourself or with your family: take walks, play games, color, paint, help with home improvements, learn a new language or how to play an instrument.

Stay connected with friends:

Use social media, phones and technology to help stay connected with friends and family. Make-up a Tik-Tok challenge and ask people to participate. Use social apps to connect and see their faces

Acknowledge your feelings:
Talk about how you are feeling. We are all in a situation that is causing a lot of anxiety, scary feelings as well as uncertainty. It is ok to have a large range of feelings, but you have to cope with them or they can cause you to drown in negativity. 

You should talk about your concerns, get real up to date information and find an outlet. Outlets could be exercising, reading, writing a journal, singing, playing with your siblings or even telling jokes. 

One day social distancing will be over and things will be better. Keep hope that you will be able to hang out with your friends and family again in large groups sooner than we know. Stay Positive and find Positive things to keep your focus on.

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