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New Schedule

Toiletry Drive

Juinior Class Fundraiser

Bike Donations


Attendance Procedures


Connecting Classrooms to Careers

Returning Grad Panel


January SOL Testing

Junior Post-Secondary Planning

Academic Advising

Tutoring - TGFT /EXCEL

SAT Prep

Holiday SAT Practice - C2 Education


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 and click on FCPS Cares to share with everyone. FCPS Cares Cards are also available in the main office.

New Schedule

We are adopting a new bell schedule that will begin on January 5, 2015.  This schedule will incorporate a double stinger rotation into our Black Day bell schedule.  This schedule will remain in place for the remainder of the school year.  Attached you will find a copy of both the bell schedule and the calendar of stinger days for the remainder of 2015. 
We hope this change will benefit the academic success of our students. 

Junior Class Fundraiser

The junior class council has worked very hard to come up with a fundraiser for an item that they think teachers, parents, and students alike will enjoy. The final decision was this awesome Herndon High School Scarf! Each scarf is $15 and the order form is attached. All orders are due by the end of the week (December 19th) so that you can be sporting this fab scarf as soon as possible. 

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Toiletry Drive


The Leadership Class has organized a toiletry drive competition with South Lakes High School the week of the South Lakes/Herndon Basketball Game.
Toiletry donations will be collected at both schools the week of December 15-19, including at the game.
Each item a school collects, regardless of size, will count as one “point” towards the school’s total.
The winner will be the high school with the most “points” by tip off of the Varsity Boys Basketball Game at SLHS on 12/19 at 7:30 p.m.  The principal of the losing school must wear the opposing school’s spirit wear (colors, letters, jersey, etc.) to school on the following school day (Monday 1/5).
Toiletries must be unused and unopened.  Suggested items include deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, shampoo, disposable razors, socks, underwear, tissues, baby wipes, etc.
All donations will be given to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, which serves both communities. 
Thank you in advance for your participation and generosity!

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Bike Donations

For the Annual HMS Bike Shop
Bikes 4 Kids for the Holidays
*Need Kids Bikes, ages 5 - 12
*Drop-off Bikes at Herndon MS
*Contact: or


PSAT/ReadiStep Information

Scores will be distributed through 4th period TA on Thursday, December 18.  Only juniors who paid for their PSAT scores will receive a score report.  As a reminder all sophomores were paid for by FCPS and should receive score reports.  All freshmen took the ReadiStep, which was also paid for by FCPS, and should receive score reports.  Students who do not have a 4th period TA, should see Ms. Gadd in Student Services for their score report. 

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Attendance Procedures Reminders/Protocols


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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

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Connecting Classrooms to Careers - Sophomore Career Unit

Our student's high school careers may have just begun, but it’s important for them to start thinking now about their future, exploring career options and investigating which they find most interesting.  A little planning and work now can go a long way to preparing them for life after high school.  To that end, beginning December 2nd all sophomores will be working with their school counselors during Teacher Advisory and Stinger on career interests and college exploration. 


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Returning Grad Panel

December 18, 2014 during Teacher Advisory and Stinger alumni will return to Herndon HS to discuss challenges, surprises, roommates, problems, academics and the uniqueness of their college etc.  Seniors and juniors have been invited to attend this event.



The yearbook is only $75 until December 31st! After the new year, the price will increase. Don’t wait! Order your yearbook now!
You can purchase your book online at with school code 8967 OR pick up a form in room 229.
Since we still have space available for more senior ads, the yearbook staff is accepting ad submissions on a rolling basis until we sell out. We will still accept ad submissions after winter break (space permitting), but we request that you send them in before break (since we work on deadlines!). Ad forms are available in the main office, black office, and room 229. We regret that we cannot email you a copy/attachment of the form due to format incompatibilities. Please send inquiries to or

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January SOL Testing

Students who need to pass an SOL for graduation requirements (including transfer students) have the opportunity to test/retest in January.  Counselors and teachers have identified student needs for this testing window.  Letters were mailed home the week of Dec. 8th  to families of students who are scheduled to test in this window.  Teachers have been meeting with students during Stinger periods in December to provide them with study materials.  This testing window will take place Jan. 9-15.  Students will receive passes to their testing locations the first week in January. If you have questions about a test your student is scheduled to take, please contact his/her counselor or Ms. Gadd, Assessment Coach, (703-810-2473). 


Junior Post-Secondary Planning Meetings

On January 7 and 9, 2015, during Stinger, all Juniors will meet with their counselors to discuss post-secondary plans (life after high school).  In this meeting, we will discuss college admissions requirements, and a timeline for preparing for college applications.  Students will hear about admission profiles of Virginia public universities, and will be given an opportunity to look at samples of student admission packets.

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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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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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Tutoring/Online SAT, ACT Practice Tests


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


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  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


Holiday Practice Test - C2 Education Sterling

C2 Education Sterling will be hosting free testing events to celebrate the Holidays. Students will have the opportunity to take practice tests for the New SAT, current SAT, or ACT.


12/20/2014 @ 9:00AM


C2 Education Sterling, 21800 Town Center Plaza #263, Sterling, VA 20164


Call 703-421-4300 or email

Things to bring:

Calculator and a no. 2 pencil and a snack

Please share this great opportunity with your students. The events are free with absolutely no cost or commitment. If you would like more information on the new, harder SAT, please click on the following link:


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Ongoing Announcements

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):


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: