Please click the links provided to review the announcements for this week.
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.
Please take a moment to view the welcome back message from Principal Bates.
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has elected to participate in the Gallup Student Poll. The poll is designed to be given to students in grades 5-12 and Herndon High School will administer it to grades 9-12. The survey focuses on measuring hope, engagement, entrepreneurial aspirations, and career/financial literacy. The Gallup Student Poll consists of a 10-minute web-based poll to be conducted during the school day on October 15, 2015.If you would like more information on the Gallup Student Poll, please visit their web site at www.gallupstudentpoll.com.
The application period for NHS membership is now open. Eligible seniors and juniors (GPA 3.50 and above) will see a “National Honor Society Link” on their Blackboard page. Students are to follow that link for application instructions. Applications are due on or before October 16 in Rm.140.
STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM - Parent Account Set-Up
This year FCPS is providing SIS Parent Account to Herndon High School families. This will enable access to view attendance, grades, and personal information, establishing another form of communication among student and parents and student and teacher. Also starting September 8, 2015, you must have an active SIS Parent Account to be able to login to FCPS 24-7 Learning. The same login will be used to access both the SIS and FCPS 24-7 systems on this date.
FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View will provide access to view all of your child's available courses, Family Connection to view Academic and Career Planning and Bus Stop Information. You can also update your child’s Emergency Care Information through weCare@school.
SIS Parent Account will provide access to view your child’s student information, including attendance, report cards, class schedules, gradebook, course history, discipline, health, and school information, establishing another form of communication between home and school.
Please note that the calendar on the SIS Parent Account does not reflect the teacher’s calendar for the class. Continue to consult FCPS 24/7 Blackboard to view the class calendars, announcements, current assignments, and the teachers’ grading policies found in the syllabi. The SIS Parent Account also allows students and parents to view student’s grades. Once teachers have recorded the grades they will be visible. If there are questions, the parents should discuss the grades with their children for clarification. The expectation is that the student will communicate with both parent and teacher and provide a communication pathway between both.
If you had an active FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View account by June 18, 2015, you will be able to continue using this account until the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Each parent has or will receive a letter in the mail providing a web address, activation key, and directions on registering for an SIS Parent account. If you received a letter, but did not act within the allotted 45 days, you can contact our Student Services Department to schedule a time with our Registrar or Student Information Assistant to request a new activation code. We will be available to print new activation codes on Tuesday, September 16th from 6:30-7:00 pm and on Back to School Night, September 29th from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Once you set-up your account here is the link you can use to log in to access your account: https://sisparent.fcps.edu. You will need a registration code to access your account. To learn how you can register your SIS Parent Account (once you have your registration code) please watch this easy to follow video tutorial: http://youtu.be/CUAOZjFvaa0. Additional information is also available here: http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.
T.G.F.T. - Thank God For Tutors is a free tutoring service provided to Herndon High School students. All are welcome, whether you are new to a subject or just need help with an old one! We have a group of volunteer tutors who are available each Wednesday on a first come, first served basis. Come to Herndon United Methodist Church, 701 Bennett St., Herndon, VA 20170, right across the street from HHS.
Homecoming tickets are now on sale during all lunches for $15 this week. The price will increase starting next week, so please purchase early! Students must have an ID and permission slip to purchase a ticket – permission forms are available online and in each of the grade level offices.
Fourth week of school and beyond (From September 28 on) - There are different steps to follow for students who are requesting to move up a level, students requesting to move down a level who have a grade of C or higher in the current class and for students requesting to move down a level who have a D or F in the current class. Along with stakeholdercontact, students requesting a change will be required to complete a Schedule Change Request Form which, must be completed before the schedule change is made. Students and parents should confer with the teacher and school counselors for details on the process.
ALCANZA COLLEGE FAIR - George Mason University will be hosting the 14th Annual Alcanza College Fair on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 9 am – 2:00 pm. This free college fair informs Latino high school students about their opportunities in higher education, and over 150 colleges from all over the nation will be in attendance. This field trip opportunity is open 10th, 11th and 12th grade Hispanic students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Transportation is provided. Field trip permission forms are available from Ms. Sotirchos in Student Services. Permission slips are due to Ms. Sotirchos by October 8. More information is available here: https://admissions.gmu.edu/event.asp?mode=intro&eventName=alcanzaHighSchools
2015 COLLEGE FAIR AND NIGHT
Make the College Connection at the 40th Annual College Fair and College Night Programs
Fairfax County Public Schools will be hosting its 40th annual College Fair and College Night events for high school students and their families to explore post-graduation educational opportunities.
The events will be held:
- 2015 College Fair, Sunday, October 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall.
- 2015 College Night, Monday, October 19, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School.
Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. Approximately 400 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges and military academies.
Students are highly encouraged to register for these events at www.fcpscollegefairs.com. Upon registration, each student will receive an admittance pass which will allow the colleges to electronically scan the students’ information, and will eliminate the need for students to complete information cards during the events. Registering before the events will allow for more discussion time between representatives and students.
Workshops will be held during College Night on the following topics:
- The SAT and ACT: Their Role in the College Application Process.
- Financial Aid.
- Considerations for Students with Disabilities in the College Search Process and Beyond.
- Writing the College Application Essay.
- NCAA Division I, II, and III: The Student-Athlete’s Experience.
- Family Connection: Student and Parent Access to College Planning Tools.
- The First Step to College Readiness: Career Planning.
- The United Kingdom: For Students Interested in Opportunities Abroad.
For more information, go to www.fcps.edu/is/schoolcounseling/collegefair.
Additional information about both of these events is also available from the Career Center at your local high school.
Registration opens on September 21 for the World Language Credit Exam. FCPS designs these exams to assess students’ native language proficiency (reading and writing) and enable them to potentially earn one or two credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma. This year the exam is given at three different locations, during the month of November. Heritage speakers may test in the following languages: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, and Twi. Registration closes on October 20. No late registrations are allowed. See your school counselor to sign up for this exam. More information is available here:
2016 Virginia Summer Governor’s School Interest meeting - Dear Student and parents/guardians of current 10th and 11th graders at Herndon High School, Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. The selection process is extremely competitive. Most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests. These residential programs run from late June to late July. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply.
There will be an interest and informational meeting at 3:00pm, October 15 in the lecture hall to learn about the process. If you have questions about any of this information please contact:
Colton Walker, School Counselor Kelly Cosgrove, School Counselor
ANG TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Herndon Community Center will be hosting the Class of 2016 ANG party 10:30PM-4AM on June 16-17, 2016.
Buy your tickets today at the discounted price of $50! This also includes 2 Premium Seating for Graduation raffle tickets as well as $3000 in casino cash for your student for the ANG party. All forms can be found in the BLACK OFFICE, here, as well as on our website www.herndonang.org. We also accept credit card payment through PayPal online. Free/reduced ticket prices reservation forms are also available here. The ticket reservation form is available in Spanish here and the Free/reduced ticket prices reservation form is available in Spanish here.
All proceeds benefit the Class of 2016 ANG party.
Send a fun surprise to your student, their friends, teachers, coaches, staff, and administrators.
Halloween Candy Grams are a fun surprise for students, their friends, coaches, teachers and administrators!
Order your candy gram today and it will be delivered during 4th period on Thursday October 29.
Only $1 per candy bar!
Forms/payment can be mailed to the address on the form or dropped off in the main office. Candy Grams will also be available for purchase during lunch in the cafeteria October 19-22. DON’T DELAY - deadline to order is OCTOBER 22.
Order your flag today and proudly display your school spirit! $30 per flag, quantities are limited. Flags are 24" x 36". Order forms can be found in the BLACK OFFICE, here, and at www.herndonang.org.
Tervis Tumblers with Herndon Logo
These are genuine, high-quality Tervis tumblers great for hot and cold beverages. LIFETIME GUARANTEE. All prices less than Tervis retail prices ranging between $18-23.
Tervis tumblers make excellent holiday gifts for teachers, students, Herndon alum and soon-to-be HHS grads!
- 16 oz. and 24 oz. tumblers and 24 oz. water bottles fit in most cup holders.
- These are genuine, high-quality Tervis tumblers, made in the USA.
- Great for both hot & cold beverages.
- Microwave, freezer & dishwasher safe.
- LIFETIME GUARANTEE!
- Includes your choice of RED or BLACK lid (on the cups). Flip top lid included on water bottles.
- Tumblers and water bottles are priced below Tervis retail prices.
DON’T DELAY! Tervis tumblers and water bottles are only on sale until OCTOBER 15. Click here for an order form. Questions? Contact email@example.com. Order forms can also be found in the BLACK OFFICEand at www.herndonang.org.
There is still time to volunteer! Our first ANG meeting is Monday 10/5/15 @ The Breeze 781 Station Street, Herndon 6:30-8p. Everyone is welcome!
The HHS ANG website is up and running. CHECK IT OUT!! www.herndonang.org
THE GERMANS ARE COMING! - We are still looking for host families.
16 German high school students (12 girls + 4 boys) will be visiting Herndon from October 16-30. They come from our partner school of 22 years in Freiberg near Dresden.
We are urgently looking for host families in our HHS community. You do not need to speak German!
The students arrive with two teachers and will go on DC field trips with their teachers every other day. Otherwise, they will spend the regular school day at Herndon HS.
End Teen Sex Trafficking Event – Sunday, October 18, 2015, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd, Herndon, VA 20171. The distinguished panel will present the startling facts of teen sex trafficking in Northern Virginia. Additional information on this event is available here.
Junior Registration - On October 14, 2015, students in grades nine, ten, and eleven in Fairfax County Public Schools and across the United States will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). While only students in grade eleven are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, we know that taking the test in earlier grades provides excellent practice for taking the PSAT in grade eleven and for taking the SAT. FCPS has arranged to administer the PSAT to ninth and tenth graders without cost. Juniors must register in order to receive a score report. The cost is $17. The registration form is attached and should be returned to Student Services by September 30th. Additional information about the registration process can be found on the HHS website. Students may prepare for the test by visiting www.collegeboard.com, reviewing the PSAT Student Bulletin distributed to students in their Teacher Advisory period on September 25th, getting a good night’s sleep prior to the test, and eating breakfast the morning of the test.
Please note that October 16th is an early release day for students. School will dismiss at 12:55.
My School Bucks
- Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is converting MyLunchMoney to MySchoolBucks for school year 2015-2016. No convenience fee will be charged.
- After the conversion:
- Your MyLunchMoney e-mail address will become your username
- Your password will stay the same
- Balances on meal accounts will transfer over to MySchoolBucks
- MyLunchMoney settings (Smart Pay) and profile details will transfer over to MySchoolBucks
During the summer, you will receive a welcome e-mail message from MySchoolBucks informing you that your account is ready to use.
Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. weCare@school helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience.
Information on how to access FCPS 24-7 can be found at this link: FCPS 24-7:Parent View. Also helpdesk support is accessible by contacting FCPS 24-7 Learning Support Center. It is important to note that parents must first validate their identity using the SIS Parent online registration process. If the parent’s activation key, that was received by US Mail, has expired, they must contact the school for a new activation key. Once the account is registered, parents can log on to FCPS 24-7 Learning and update their children’s medical information, contact information, and physician information at their convenience.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Free and reduced price meal applications are mailed to all households each August. If you do not receive an application in the mail or if you experience an income or household size change, an application is available at your local school or contact Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800 or 703-813-4844.
Free and reduced-price lunches are available to students unable to pay the full price of meals according to criteria based on household size and income. Applications are available in Arabic,Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Families who earn less than 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals and those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of poverty level qualify for reduced price meals. Today, approximately 24 percent of the student enrollment qualify for free and reduced price meals. The prices for paid breakfast and lunch are determined by the School Board and the price of reduced price meals are established by the federal government.
- 2015-16 Confidential Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals
Translations: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese
- 2015-16 Fairfax County Public Schools Consent to Share Information for Benefits for Other Programs
Translations: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese
Once, the application is reviewed by the Food and Nutrition you will receive a letter in the mail detailing your free or reduced lunch status. PLEASE KEEP THE LETTER! It is the only copy that is printed and if lost, it cannot be reproduced. Again, PLEASE KEEP THE LETTER!