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Peter Pan

Holiday Craft & Vendor Sale

Attendance Procedures

Holiday Assistance

Yearbook

Academic Advising

Tutoring - TGFT /EXCEL

SAT Prep

Career Center College Visits

 

Do you know a Herndon High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? Then, visit www.fcps.edu and click on FCPS Cares to share with everyone. FCPS Cares Cards are also available in the main office.

Peter Pan

Come join us as we make local history on the Herndon High School stage—Flying By Foy brings their magic to Peter Pan-or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.  Watch our HHS student actors fly above the stage in this classic childhood adventure by J. M. Barrie, in a new version by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.  Tickets $10 at the HHS auditorium door(#6) one hour prior to performance or online at www.herndondrama.org.


Performances:
Thursday, Dec. 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6th at 2:00 p.m.

 

Holiday Craft & Vendor Sale

Saturday, December 13, 2014
8:00 am – 12:30 pm

 
As you prepare for the Holidays, please add Herndon High School’s Craft & Vendor Sale to your list.  Come join us Saturday, December 13th for a morning of shopping, fun and prizes.  As you stroll through the sale, be certain to stop by the silent auction to place your bid, get your gifts wrapped and create a holiday craft.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow and Education for Employment – SkillsUSA student organizations.  
 
If you are a crafter and vendor interested in reserving a spot at the holiday sale please contact, S. Stewart (smstewart1@fcps.edu), L. Waterman (lkwaterman@fcps.edu), or call 703-810-2389. Vendor Flyer/Vendor Contract


Herndon Writing Center Workshops

HERNDON WRITING CENTER COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP SERIES
Attention all students applying to college! The Herndon Writing Center is hosting a College Essay Workshop Series this Fall in room 230. All students are welcome!
  
Questions? Contact Ms. Gillen (kkgillen@fcps.edu) or Ms. Jewell (jwjewell@fcps.edu). We hope to see you there!

 

Attendance Procedures Reminders/Protocols

Reminders:


IF A STUDENT WILL BE ABSENT:
Parent/Guardian must call the attendance line at 703.810.2282 to report an ALL DAY excused absence (illness, death in family, college visit, religious holiday, etc.)
“1” for the Freshman class line.
“2” for the Sophomore class line.
“3” for the Junior class line.
“4” for the Senior class line.

IF A STUDENT ARRIVES LATE TO SCHOOL:

  • We do not accept phone messages for late arrivals.
  • Parent/Guardian or Medical office must send in note with late arriving student
  • Student must check in at the grade level office to receive pass to class

IF A STUDENT NEEDS TO CHECK OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY, YOU SHOULD:

  • Bring a note from parent/guardian to the grade level office prior to 7:15am.
  • Valid reasons include: college visits, religious holidays, planned hospitalization and required family trips (maximum of three days per year).
  • Family trips lasting more than three days must be approved by the grade level administrator at least five days prior to the absences. These absences may result in unexcused absences

Because of the number of calls we handle throughout the day, we cannot accept phone calls to dismiss your child early for appointments. Exceptions for urgent medical appointments.

Protocol


As we begin the 2nd quarter and approach the holiday season, please remember the following:

  • To arrive on time, every day.
  • To maintain a Herndon High School student agenda/planner.
  • Students arriving between 7:20 am and 7:35 am will report directly to class (unless you have an excused note from parent/guardian – go to grade level office for an excused pass).
  • All students arriving after 7:35 am must report to the grade level office to receive a blue pass (marked excused or unexcused).
  • Bring a parent/guardian note to the grade level office prior to 7:15 am if checking out early.
  • Students must have a note from parent/guardian in order to receive a pre-arranged absence form. Forms are located in the grade level offices and must be completed and turned back in to the grade level office 3 days prior to the absence. (This is a mandatory procedure)
  • If absent, bring a written note to the grade level office or have a parent/guardian call the attendance line (703-810-2200) within 48 hours.
  • Check in with teachers/Blackboard to complete make-up work in a timely fashion for excused absences.


Holiday Assistance


Due the needs within our community, Herndon High School is not able to provide holiday baskets and gifts to families directly, but we have partnered with a great organization that would like to assist for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
 
The deadline for Christmas is November 21, 2014.  This organization can only sponsor up to 2,700 families, so please act quickly if you are a family in need of services over the holidays.   Please contact Heather Coleman at 703-810-2273 or hacoleman@fcps.edu

     

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Yearbook

Order Information

Baby Ads

Baby ad forms were mailed home Thursday. The deadline to submit is December 1st, although ad space is sold on a first come first served basis and we cannot guarantee space all the way to December 1st. There are also extra forms in the main office and the black office and room 229. Questions? labrown@fcps.edu


Order your yearbook now for just $75! The price will increase gradually beginning on December 31st. visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code 8967.

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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. 

COURSE REGISTRATION 2014-2015: DETAILS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF RISING JUNIORS
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 http://www.dmv.state.va.us/drivers/#restrictions.html

 

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Tutoring/Online SAT, ACT Practice Tests

TGFT

Thank God For Tutors is a free tutoring service provided to Herndon High School students. Our volunteers are available every Wednesday evening that Fairfax County Public Schools are in session. Bring your textbooks and assignments with you to Herndon United Methodist Church, across the street from HHS. More information here

Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm, beginning September 24 2014, for the Academic year 2014/15
For more info: 703-707-6271 or office@herndonumc.org

 

Excel Tutoring

Excel Tutoring starts November 15th!! Tutoring will take place at Herndon Elementary in the cafeteria from 8:50 am – 10:30 am.         

Dates for this year:

  • November 15, 22 
  • December 6, 13               
  • January  10, 24
  • February 7, 21, 28
  • March 7, 14, 21                                                    

This is an excellent way for students to get community service hours.  For more information, please contact Betsy Knoizen Bosworth at ekbosworth@fcps.edu  or in Student Services.

 

Free SAT Prep


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).

Career Center 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.  Visiting colleges and universities are listed below.


College/University

Date

Time

West Point Cadet

Tue November 25, 2014

10:30 AM

Radford University (On-Site Admissions)

Mon December 1, 2014

10:30 AM

 

 


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Ongoing Announcements

DRESS FOR SUCCESS
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.

 
BUS STOP
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.

GETTING TO SCHOOL
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 HUMC
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):

 

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 http://www.fcps.edu/fs/food/serve/free-reduced.shtml

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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.

Scholarships


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: http://www.fcps.edu/is/hpe/fle.shtml. 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: lkwaterman@fcps.edu.