Greetings From Principal William Bates
Herndon Hornet Community,
It’s hard to believe that the 2014 calendar year is almost over, and we have nearly completed one-half of the school year. We experienced a very successful first quarter. Some of our first quarter highlights included having more than 650 students make the A/B honor roll and close to 100 students inducted into the National Honor Society. During October we recognized our National Merit Scholars and in November we had numerous students honored at the district, region, and state levels for their outstanding performances in Career and Technical Education, Fine and Performing Arts and Athletics. Thus far, the second quarter has been exciting too. Our winter sport’s season is well under way, and our Fine and Performing Arts department is doing a marvelous job entertaining the school and community. At the beginning of December Ms. Zoe Dillard led the student directed Peter Pan stage play that was simply amazing. Our Madrigals are also busy performing throughout the Herndon community during this month.
When our students return from Winter Break on January 5th, 2015 they will experience a few changes to the class schedule including a new double Stinger that will occur on Black days. In an effort to create more time for academic intervention and enrichment, our Teacher Advisory period will occur less frequently for the remainder of the school year although we recognize the importance of keeping the TA period as it supports our school’s mission and vision. Students were provided with a detailed explanation of the new schedule during the December 16th and 18th TA lesson. Details of the new schedule will also be sent out to the Herndon community via KIT message and can also be found on our website. Lastly, I sent a message to our faculty detailing my expectations for not assigning homework over the winter break and not scheduling exams for January 5th and 6th when our students return. As much as we can, we would like to create a short period of time that is free of stress where everyone can decompress and enjoy time with their families.
For many of us, the Winter Break is used to spend quality time with our families and friends. Families celebrate the holiday season in different ways and, in whatever way you may celebrate this time of year, be safe and have a Happy New Year!
William L. Bates, Principal & “Treasure Hunter”
Herndon High School