Letter from the Principal

Dear Students and Parents:

I would like to proudly welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at Luther Jackson Middle School which will surely be an exciting journey for us all as we return to in-person learning for our students! Let’s ROAR together and celebrate the many incredible learning opportunities our students will have when school resumes in August. 

As we are now preparing and looking ahead to the return of our new 7th graders and rising 8th graders, I eagerly await the arrival of our staff and students in a few weeks! Throughout my 18 years in education, and entering my 3rd as principal at LJMS, I personally believe all students can and will achieve at their highest levels when they feel a sense of belonging at school; this year is no exception! We know the last two years have presented great challenges for all of our students and we are ready to serve and support our Jackson community each step of the way. Furthermore, we are pleased to share that all LJMS students will receive a school provided laptop to use for the year and will be able to pick them up when they arrive during the week of August 23rd. 

Our learning model at Luther Jackson Middle School will continue to incorporate high-quality instructional practices as we encourage and support our students’ active participation in their educational outcomes. We know our students will connect at a higher level to their learning when they are able to demonstrate mastery, establish identity, and creatively share or show what they have learned. As outlined in our school mission and foundational vision, “LJMS welcomes our diverse community into a safe learning environment that fosters student growth and success through high-quality instruction for all.” This will remain a critical focus as we provide every student with meaningful opportunities to sustain their inquiry. 

This year, approximately 1100 students will be attending Luther Jackson Middle School. The first day of school is Monday, August 23rd and our instructional hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. We are finalizing our daily bell schedule and will share that during our Open House on August 17th and August 19th. Please visit our school website and sign up for News You Can Choose, where you can also find other helpful information regarding our school updates and calendar.

We recognize that families have questions regarding the details for return to school, and we want to be sure that you and your children are well informed, to ensure a safe and successful start to the year. We will provide you with the most updated information through our regular News You Choose message, virtual events, and an in-person Open House/Back to School Night.

If you have any questions or feedback, please always feel free to reach out to me via email at mjmagliola@fcps.edu or call me at (703) 204-8100. I am eager to support you in any way possible. 

Our next News You Can Choose message will be sent on Monday, August 2nd. 

Mike Magliola, Principal

Tanya Shuford, Director of Student Services

Rohini Tohan, Assistant Principal

Rob Plunkett, Assistant Principal