Second Semester Message from Principal William Bates
Beginning this week, the halls of Herndon High School will be free of students. However, our hallways will still be buzzing with the energy of another successful year with our Young Hornets. On Thursday, June 16, 2016, 500 seniors graduated from Herndon High School, eager for the next phase of their lives. The class of 2014 took with it an overabundance of honors and awards and was granted nearly $3,000,000 in college scholarships. The Class of 2014 is an amazing class and I am proud to say I had the opportunity to serve as their principal for the past four years. In the days leading up to their graduation, Mrs. Sneed and I laughed about how the students of the Class of 2014 came into Herndon High School with a lack of understanding about the challenges of being a successful high school student. Some students were shy whereas others were immature. And although some of them directly challenged their teachers, administrators and their parents; I can say that their growth and maturity over the past four years has been amazing and I am confident that this particular group of Young Hornets will change the world with their spirit, passion, intelligence and boldness! Their Class Council video displayed at the graduation was the perfect demonstration of their leadership, closeness with each other and their love and level of commitment to Herndon High School!
At the end of the year staff luncheon we said goodbye to colleagues who left us to retire, transfer to other schools or seek other opportunities. I want to congratulate all of our Hornet family members on their professional and personal achievements during the past year. There are too many milestones to name but some of the celebrations this year included nominations for Support Employee of the Year, Teacher of the Year and First Year Teacher of the Year along with community and national recognitions. We also had many personal accomplishments including staff members earning advanced degrees, marriages and welcoming new additions to our own families.
Although the end of the school year can be a stressful time for students and school employees it is also a time when we can be proud of our student’s accomplishments and the positive difference we made and will continue to make in the lives of our Young Hornets. This is also a time when Herndon High School and the Herndon community should be proud of the high-quality faculty and staff we have. As I’ve stated many times before, Herndon is the number one school in all of Fairfax County because of the people. Herndon is the best because of YOU!
Thank you for a great school year and have an enjoyable summer break!
William L. Bates Jr. Principal
Herndon High School
All Hornets Are Capable Of Success, No Exceptions