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Class of 2015 Information

Pretty in Pink - Prom Dress Drive

May/June SOL Dates

Academic Advising

April College Stinger Series

AP Testing


Soccer Program

Opportunities/ Contest

All Night Grad

Paige's Closet/HPTSA

Drivers Education

Tutoring/SAT Practice


Ongoing Announcements


Class of 2015 Information

Class of 2015 t-shirts are now available for pre-order!  We encourage students and their parents to order a shirt and support our Class through this fundraiser!  Show your Class of 2015 spirit!  See attached order form.  Order forms are also available in the Black office.  All orders are due in the Black office by April 22, 2014.

Prom.  We encourage all juniors and seniors to attend prom on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (7:00pm) at the Reston Sheraton Hotel.  This is a junior-senior prom and will be a fantastic night for all!  Tickets will go on sale in April…more information will be forthcoming!  We do need parents to help set up and clean up – if you are interested, please contact our Class sponsors, Ms. Bodholdt and Mrs. Cristancho, at and

Pretty in Pink " Prom Dress Drive"

The Omicron Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at George Mason University is conducting its annual prom dress drive titled “Pretty in Pink.” This is an event in which they offer an application to high school juniors/seniors to fill out to have the opportunity to be sponsored by the sorority for Prom (they are providing a dress and other accessories). The girls who are accepted to participate are invited to the event held on May 3rd at George Mason University. The event consists of a fashion show to display the Prom dresses as well as choosing accessories and a reception. The application to apply is online at the following link  The deadline to apply is April 18th

May/June SOL Dates

All students who are in an SOL course must take the associated SOL test.  Herndon High School students will take SOL exams on the dates listed below.  Specific test dates for students will be forthcoming in early May. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Gadd, Assessment Coach ( or 703-810-2473).
Test Dates: May 29, May 30, June 2, June 3, June 4
Expedited Retakes (for those students who qualify): June 5-10

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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. 

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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April College Stinger Series

In an effort to provide JUNIORS with important post-secondary information, Student Services will be offering five college planning information sessions during Stinger periods beginning APRIL 3. Please note that college representatives from VA Tech, University of Mary Washington, George Mason University, and NOVA have agreed to share their insight and college knowledge for some of these important topics.
To attend an information session students should sign up at  If students plan to attend a presentation, they must get permission from your Stinger teacher first.  When you arrive at the session, sign in so that your absence is excused.




Thursday, April 3

Criteria Used to Admit Students

Lecture Hall

Thursday, April 10

Narrowing Your Choices

Lecture Hall

Monday, April 21

Senior Panel

Lecture Hall

Friday, April 25

Financial Aid

Career Center

Tuesday, April 29

NOVA Presentation

Lecture Hall


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AP Testing 2014


Proctors Needed
We are in need of quite a few volunteers to help with our AP testing.  We are required by CollegeBoard to have a certain number of adult proctors in a testing room.  These volunteers work under a “Proctor in Charge” and help monitor the testing and count the booklets.  AP testing will be from May 5th through May 16th.  Please call Betsy Knoizen at 703-810-2302 or e-mail to volunteer.  

Exam Information
The AP exam dates for 2014 have been released by College Board at the following website:
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Herndon High School have no control over the exam dates and times. They are set annually by College Board and cannot be changed. Late testing is not permitted unless approved by College Board. Please visit the following website for College Board-approved late testing policies:
Therefore, we ask that you plan accordingly around the AP exam dates. Please do not schedule family vacations or other important events or appointments during AP testing. Your child must take the exam on the date set by College Board, and Herndon High School orders exams based on your child’s enrollment in the AP course.  Please review the attachment for more detailed information. 

If you have a homeschooled student, or a student who would like to take an AP exam that is not enrolled in the course, the deadline to notify Herndon High School is Monday, March 17th, 2014. The exam fee is $100 per exam made payable by cash or check made out to Herndon High School.

Please contact the following AP Exam Coordinators for further information:

  • Betsy Knoizen-Bosworth 703-810-2302
  • Melody Cariello 703-810-2307



2014 Yearbooks are on sale!  Please visit and use order number 8967 to purchase a book. Pre-order by April 4th for only $75 before the price goes up!


Free Soccer Program at the Reston Teen Center

Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is hosting a soccer program at the Reston Teen Center for high school aged students.  Bus transportation to the Teen Center is provided Monday-Friday at Herndon High School at 2:15pm via the Community Recreation bus.  Students can participate in a variety of activities, including homework club, sports, computer time, cooking, and more at the Teen Center.  The soccer program will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm.  For more information, please see the attached flyer or contact the program manager, Anthony Fuller, at




Herndon Drama Booster Poster Contest

Our next production is Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward on May 1 - 3 at 7:30 PM.  Our poster design contest is open to all HHS students.  We want to encourage the parents of students who are artists and/or graphic designers to enter our contest.  The deadline is next Monday, March 24.  Please see attached for details.


Fairfax Country Parks Authority Employment Application

Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship Application

If you have any questions regarding the application, please direct them to Ms. McCann (

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All Night Grad

All Night Grad
Congratulations to the following winners:

  • September:  Langtry – Free ANG ticket (they donated it!)
  • October:  Bagby –(5) raffle tickets for reserved graduation seating raffle
  • November:  Keonig --$20 Starbucks gift card
  • December:  ??? Could be you!  Buy your ticket today!

All student winners receive extra casino cash for the ANG party!
Check out all of the students who have already purchased tickets—go to the ANG website:
Get Tickets  Today!
Please get your student's All Night Grad ticket today!  We are trying to plan an awesome party but we need to know how many students are attending.  You can pay on line through PayPal @ or fill out and send in the attached form.
Questions?  Contact Laura Medvene,


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HPTSA and Paige's Closet

Hispanic Parent-Teacher-Student Association are informal meetings where school personnel speak with parents on school initiatives and programs, celebrations our students and staff have experienced, trends among students, etc., as well as question/answer opportunities.  The HPTSA is sponsored by the HHS Parent Liaison, Andrea Munoz; Maria Sneed 10th grade Assistant Principal; and Ana Mack, 10th grade Administrative Assistant.  All Spanish-speaking parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings (meetings will be conducted in Spanish).  The HPTSA meeting topics will be similar to those of the Parent Coffees and the dates are 9/11/13 (Lecture Hall), 10/9/13 (Lecture Hall), 11/19/13 (cafeteria), 12/4/13 (cafeteria), 1/8/14 (Lecture Hall), 2/5/14 (Drama Room), 3/5/14 (Drama Room), 4/2/14 (cafeteria), 5/7/14 (cafeteria).  Meetings will take place from 6:30pm – 9:00pm.  Paige’s Closet will be open from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. 

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Driver Ed Information 2013 - 2014

Important Information: Please click on the link below to review the new laws imposed by Virginia State

Attention 10th grade students and parents:
The state of Virginia requires all 10th grade students and their parent/guardian to attend a 90-minute traffic safety program as part of the classroom driver education instruction. This requirement began in the 2010-2011 school year and must be met before a student will receive a Driver Education Certificate of Completion (DEC-1 card).

The dates for the program offered at Herndon HS are:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

All programs will be in the HHS auditorium starting at 7:00pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the doors will close promptly at 7:00 pm. Once the doors are shut, no one will be admitted. If you are unable to attend at this time, additional program dates and locations can be found on the Fairfax County Public Schools website. Please click here for additional information.

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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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Excel Tutoring

Excel Tutoring begins on November 16th. This is a great way to get service hours!!   Our high school students help tutor Herndon Elementary students on Saturday mornings from 9 – 10:30.  You do not need to sign up ahead of time.  Just come the first Saturday at 8:45 am and sign up that day.    The dates before winter break are:

  • November 16th
  • November 23rd
  • December 7th
  • December 14th

This program has been going on for almost 20 years and is a partnership between Herndon High School and Herndon Elementary.  Come see how much fun working with the younger students can be!

TGFT - Tutoring

If you are in need of tutoring in Algebra, Physics, Calculus and Geometry, please consider TGFT for tutoring. The tutoring service is provided by the United Methodist Church every Wednesday, beginning October 2nd, from 7:00 - 8:00. Tutoring is provided to all HHS students for free. For additional information, please click on here.

Scholars for Scholars Free Tutoring Program

A note from Yousef Fazel, Scholars for Scholars:  Scholars for Scholars is a local charity-based organization that we started in July 2013. Since then we have been tutoring students from Langston Hughes, South Lakes High School, and Herndon High School every Thursday evening starting at 4pm at the Reston Teen Center. Our services and access to the Teen Center are FREE.  For more information, please go to or contact Mr. Fazel at

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Herndon Writing Center

The Herndon Writing Center will be opened on October 7!  Students can come and get help with any writing assignment.  Our wonderful group of peer tutors is ready to help your student.  We are in room 203 and are open during all lunches, Monday through Thursday, and Thursdays after school.  Sign up sheets are outside room 203.  Please encourage your student to take advantage of this academic support.


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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).



Library Volunteers Needed!
Please consider volunteering in the Herndon High School Library. Time commitment is minimal. Possible tasks include checking passes, greeting students, answering the phone, shelving, doing inventory, filing, and processing books.  For more details, please visit our SignUpGenius page ( or email
Library Information
The HHS Library would like to encourage the use of our Kindles.  The library currently has popular titles such as The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent installed on our Kindles.  However, in order to check out a Kindle, students need to have parental permission.  Please talk with your student about using the library Kindles and have him/her return a signed permission form as soon as possible.  Thanks again to the PTSA and to parents for the kind donations that made this possible.

Have you checked out the Gale Testing & Education Reference Center?  It contains online practice books and timed, full-length practice tests for Advanced Placement (AP) exams, as well as SAT, PSAT, ACT, and other tests.  It also has college, career, and scholarship information!  
Access the Testing & Education Reference Center at  The password is available in the HHS Media Center Blackboard course.

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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.

Important Forms

The required and optional forms are available on our website at and will help Herndon High School serve you and your family.  Please remember each form must be filled out for each individual child who is attending Herndon HS for the 2013-14 school year.  Please stop by the school if you need a hard copy.
Required Forms:   


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:  



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.


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.

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 staff on hand to ensure that all students know where their bus is located.

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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.

VHSL Pre-Participation Physical

Just a Reminder: A new VHSL Pre-Participation Physical is needed for all athletes participating in any VHSL sponsored sporting activity for 2013-14. This rule includes participation in any/all summer workouts. Students without the proper form will NOT be allowed to participate in any sport activity until an updated form is turned in. Physicals must have been completed after May 1, 2013. Anyone who attended Sports Physicals at any FCPS high school is cleared and ready to go unless otherwise noted at the time of your physical. If you saw your own physician and have had the physical completed, we highly recommend turning your paperwork in now. Paperwork can be turned in to an athletic trainer anytime between now and the end of school. If you are getting a physical over the summer, they must be given to a coach prior to any participation. We recommend handing your  paperwork to Lisa Petruzzi or Katelyn Bishop, so forms can double checked for completion as required by the VHSL while the student is present.  Valid physicals include a student signature on page 1, parent and student signatures on page 2, a completed doctors clearance on page 3, health insurance information and 2 parent signatures on page 4. Blank physical forms can be found at under “Forms.” Please contact with any questions.

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