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On September 2, 2014 Herndon High School will open our doors to more than 2,200 students for the 2014-2015 school year.  Our faculty is eager for the year to begin and we look forward to getting to know our students.  While Tuesday will be an exciting day for many, there are just a few items you need to be aware of regarding students’ schedules.
On Tuesday, all students will receive a new copy of their schedule printed on red paper during their 1st period class.  The red copy of student’s schedules will supersede all previous printed versions.  On Tuesday staff members will be posted around the school with a list of all first period classes to assist students in finding the appropriate room.  Students without schedules can also go to the Main Office, Red Office, Black Office, Activities Office, or Student Services for their first period class location. 

  • Once students are in the classroom, their first period teacher will give each student a new schedule on red paper.
  • This is the schedule students should follow.
  • It is important that students carry their red schedules for every period of every day until Friday, September 5th.
  • Students will need to show all of their teachers their red schedule before they enter the classroom. 
  • If a student arrives to school after first period, s/he should report to the Career Center to receive a schedule.
  • If a student loses their red schedule, they will be directed to Student Services for assistance. 

Herndon High school counselors spend considerable time assisting students with their selection of appropriate courses.  Since all decisions regarding staffing, instructional supplies, etc. are made based on those selections, change requests will be accommodated if space is available and during the timeline listed below. 
Schedule Change Timeline


September 2-5, 2014


No schedule changes due to membership count.

September 8-19, 2014

Schedule changes are permitted if space is available.

After September 22, 2014

No schedule changes are permitted.

During the first week of school, faculty will be out in the hallways to make sure that all students find their classrooms.  Teachers also realize that a little extra time may be needed during this transition time in order for students to arrive. 
As you prepare for the first day of school by organizing your supplies and clothes, please keep in mind the guidelines for appropriate school clothing.  FCPS respects students’ right to express themselves in the way they dress. It is important, however, that their appearance is tasteful and appropriate for a K‐12 school setting.  Clothing and accessories should not:

  • Display vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images
  • Promote illegal or violent conduct
  • Contain threats or gang symbols
  • Promote the unlawful use of weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • Expose cleavage, private parts, the midriff, or undergarments, and in the case of pants the waistband should not fall below the hips
  • Contain studs
  • Be see‐through or sexually provocative
  • Include caps or other head coverings unless required for religious or medical reasons.

Please pay close attention to the bus schedule for the locations and times of morning/afternoon stops.  Plan to arrive on time for your morning pickup.  Buses typically will not arrive early, but the first couple of weeks late morning pickups are not uncommon. Don't worry ... they will get to your stop. Traffic and new route patterns also may result in some delays.  Afternoon buses will be held longer at Herndon this week in order for students to become familiar with catching their bus ride. There will be plenty of faculty/staff on hand to ensure that all students know where their bus is located.

The Herndon HS school buses start rolling at the crack of dawn Tuesday.  We encourage everyone to use this form of transportation, especially the first few weeks of school.  If you absolutely need to drive, plan to leave an extra 15-30 minutes earlier than your normal routine. The traffic volume, coupled with new parents and students unfamiliar with our drop-off and parking procedures, can create a very unpleasant start for the school year.  It is very important for students to remember their bus route number.
Students are asked not to cut through home owner’s yards that live along perimeter of school property.   Please be mindful of other people’s property.   Parents, please refrain from dropping students off on streets along the school’s perimeter.  The Kiss and Ride is a much safer alternative.
Parking at Herndon United Methodist Church is for members only.  Those members have been issued a parking permit that must be displayed.  If you are not a member of the church and do not have your permit properly displayed your vehicle will be towed.  Please know, due to the number of non-members parking on church property towing will be strictly enforced.

Required Forms:


Optional Forms:
In addition to the required forms listed above, you may complete the optional forms listed below depending on your choices for your student.

  • Medication Authorization
  • Opt-Out Booklet: Please note that parents who wish to opt-out students should complete the appropriate forms and return them on schedule pick–up day with the Emergency Care Form, Health Information form, and the Students Rights & Responsibilities Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet or students can turn in all documentation during Teacher Advisory by September 6th.

Listed are the categories in which students may be opted-out of (One copy for each child):

The school counselors will meet with the Senior Class on Tuesday, September  9, 2014 and Thursday, September 11, 2014 during Teacher Advisory and Stinger.  The senior presentations will focus on preparing students for graduation and post-secondary life.  School counselors will meet individually with their seniors in the fall as they are completing college applications and/or with questions on other post high school options.  Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their school counselor and stop by the office with any questions they may have during this important time.
The Student Services Department will be holding a very important meeting for Senior Parents on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  We will begin the program with a very brief session in the auditorium to go over general information pertinent to you and your students.   After this session, parents will meet with their students’ assigned school counselor to discuss post-secondary options as well as the college application process.




*Please note that if you have not had your portrait taken already, Lifetouch assigned you a time slot on one of these make-up days at the school in the cafeteria. You must contact Lifetouch directly if you want to re-confirm or alter your appointment time. You can reach Lifetouch at their Customer Call Center at 800-445-1189 or

**The HHS yearbook staff will not accept senior portraits from a 3rd party photographer- NO EXCEPTIONS! If you want your portrait to appear in the yearbook it must be taken at a make-up appointment with Lifetouch.

- Tuesday 9/9
- Wednesday 9/10

There are still a few 2014 yearbooks left! Pick up a copy for just $50 in the main office. Cash or check made out to Herndon High School.

Stay tuned- early bird order special pricing and order information coming in August!!

Academic Advising & Course Selection for 2014 - 2015 School Year

During February and March all school counselors will meet with each of their rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders individually to selection courses for the 2014-15 school year.  During this time, your child will bring home their course selection materials.  It is imperative that you review this information with your student as course offerings are dependent upon enrollment and school staffing decisions are based on the course selections students make.  Please know, to ensure appropriate placement, all course selections will be discussed with and reviewed by the school counselor. 

On Wednesday, February 26th school counselors met with their rising juniors in a large group informational session. The purpose of this session was to inform students of the upcoming course registration process. At this information session students received a LAVENDER course selection sheet. PARENTS: please be on the lookout for this sheet from your students, as the students will be instructed to take it home and fill it out with their parents and obtain a parent’s signature. Students will meet with their counselors individually sometime between February 28th – March 7th through their World History 2 class. Students should come prepared for this meeting with their lavender, signed course selection sheet to review with their counselor. Upon completion of the individual meeting, your student will be given a receipt of the courses they have selected, and that were agreed upon between the student and the counselor. If any changes are made to the original course selection sheet, they will be noted on the receipt and the student will be instructed to return it with their parent’s signature, acknowledging the changes. Thank you for your support and participation in this very important process for your students!
Course Registration Timeline

February 26, 2014

Rising Junior Academic Advising, Teacher Advisory &
Stinger 6

February 28 - March 7, 2014

Rising Junior Course Selection in Student Services

March 24-28, 2014

Make-up Academic Advising & Course Selection

Before March 28, 2014

Requests for course changes will be honored if space in class permits.

March 31-May 30, 2014

No course request changes will be permitted.

June 2-6, 2014

A copy of the requested course offerings will be mailed home.If space permits, course request changes can be made.

June 9-27, 2014

Course request changes will be made only to resolve conflicts, to accommodate credit requirements, and/or because student has failed to meet prerequisite(s).

August 18-29, 2014

Schedule changes are permitted if space is available.

September 2-5, 2014

No schedule changes due to membership count.

September 8-19, 2014

Schedule changes are permitted if space is available.

After September 22, 2014

No schedule changes are permitted.


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Teen Driving Restrictions

Virginia's driving restrictions are not meant to penalize teen drivers, but to help them stay safe while they gain valuable driving experience. Studies have found that the following restrictions work to reduce the number of car crashes among young drivers.
- Curfew Restrictions
- Restrictions on the Number of Passengers
- Cellular Telephone/Wireless Telecommunications Device Restrictions
Detailed information is available at


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Online SAT, ACT Practice Tests

Herndon High School is proud to offer ALL STUDENTS FREE customized SAT prep easily accessible through Blackboard.  The program is available NOW and can be accessible 24-7.  This program is proven to be effective and involves personalized pacing and lessons as well as two full-length practice, timed SAT tests.   SAT scores are very important for college admission.  This is a valuable opportunity for our juniors and seniors to prepare for the SAT test and for our underclassman to prepare for the PSAT. 
To access: 
1.       Logon to Blackboard
2.       Click on  Family Connection
3.       On your Family Connection homepage, click on Method Test Prep

SAT Practice Test

DECA, along with C2 Education, will be offering students the opportunity to participate in a practice SAT test.  We have the test planned for April 26th 8:30 AM – 1:00PM in the cafeteria.  We are hoping to have at least 100 students participate.  The cost is $10 per student.  Representatives from C2 will be on location and will provide students with a break out session designed to teach students strategies for improving their scores.  Students can sign up in the red or black office.  They will need to complete an information sheet and pay their fee prior to the test by April 11.  If any students come to you with questions, please encourage them to talk with Mr. Petruzzi (Room 190) or any of our DECA officers (Jack Morris, Deep Multani, Katie Pease).


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Ongoing Announcements

Parenting Education Program

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Parenting Education Program is enrolling families for several upcoming parenting classes. These programs are special in that both parents and children attend the classes although children are taught in different classrooms than parents. Classes are for Fairfax County residents; meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; are free; and include dinner and child care. Classes meet once a week for 12, 13, or 21 weeks depending on the curriculum.  
For more information about a class and to enroll a family, please contact the designated Parenting Education Programs staff.


Free and Reduced Lunch  

Students who were approved for free or reduced priced meals last school year can continue to receive that benefit through Tuesday, October 15, 2013 OR until a new application is processed, whichever comes first. All students must reapply to continue to receive benefits after this date. If a student is not approved for the new school year by the end of the day on October 15, the student will not receive free or reduced priced meals on Wednesday, October 16. Please allow up to 10 days to get an application processed once it is received at the Food Service Office. Applications are available on line at

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Career Center Hosting College Visits

The Career Center will be hosting over 100 colleges and universities in the Career Center this fall.  All juniors and seniors are eligible to attend these visits by signing up on Blackboard - click on Family Connections, go to the COLLEGE TAB, look to the right and you will see "View upcoming college visits."  Students should indicate the colleges they are interested in hearing more about by clicking on the "Sign-Up" button.  As soon as you click "Sign Me Up," print the page you get after clicking on the button.  Please bring this page to your teacher and use it as the pass to come to the college visit.  If a student is having a problem signing up, please have them see Dr. Morris in the Career Center, Room 148.


It's never too early to apply for scholarships. Did you know you can apply for scholarships before you even apply to a college? Log into your Blackboard Account, click on Family Connections, click on College, then scroll down to the Scholarship List. There are many scholarships just waiting for students to apply.

Family Life Education

Parents and Guardians: English and translated versions (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese) of the FLE materials are available at: The preview night for the materials will be scheduled and publicized as soon as it is known.  FLE instruction includes the K-9 emotional and social health, and the 4-6 Human Growth and Development Units. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Waterman: