Greetings From Principal William Bates
Hello Herndon Parents:
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new PTSA president, Mr. Melvin Jones! We welcome Mr. Jones with open arms, and look forward to his leadership of the wonderful Herndon Parents. I would also like to thank Mrs. Stephanie McClellan for being such an awesome president for the past two years. Although seeing her step down is bittersweet, I am happy to know that she will remain as an active member of our PTSA!
Herndon High School is buzzing with activity. We have reached the end of the first quarter and the school year is well underway. Many of our students are off to an excellent start and are looking forward to their first report card of the year! These will be handed out to parents from 7:00 am – 7:30 am on Monday, November 11th prior to Touching Bases. All unclaimed report cards will be mailed home at the close of business on November 11th. If you are a parent of a senior student, guidance counselors expect the counselor recommendation packets by December 2, 2013. Finally, Financial Aid Night for parents and students will be held in the in the lecture hall on December 11th, 2013.
We understand the importance of constant and open communication between parents and faculty, and will host Touching Bases on Monday, November 11, 2013. Touching Bases allows parents and teachers to engage in three minute mini conferences. Our hope is that these mini conferences will help parents get a clearer understanding of their child’s performance. Please know that our teachers are working hard to help your student be successful at Herndon High School. Although we are focusing intently on closing the student achievement gap, we are also looking at creative ways to enhance the learning of our highest achieving students.
There are too many dates to list in this letter. All of them are important so I encourage you to review our weekly KIT messages and our school’s website to make sure you are not missing a special meeting or activity. In wrapping up the fall season we celebrated a number of accomplishments at Herndon. In October we celebrated our National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars. These honor students scored in the top 5% and 1% nationally on the PSAT. In November, we will continue to honor our best and brightest academic achievers by inducting them into the National Honor Society!
As usual, Homecoming week was a major success. It was a fun filled week full of spirited activities ending with 600 plus students dancing the night away. In the sports arena many of our student athletes are being recognized as district and state level qualifiers for their respective sports. Finally, our Fine and Performing Arts department is gearing up for concerts, plays, and shows that are sure to be enjoyed by many.
On a final note, I would like to solicit every Herndon parent and community member to continue providing support and encouragement to the students and faculty at Herndon High School. This can be best accomplished by joining our wonderful PTSA. As the year progresses we look forward to working with you and helping your student be the best Hornet they can be!
William L. Bates Jr.