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.
We encourage all parents of rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to attend our Curriculum Night & Electives Fair on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00 pm (Snow Date - February 3rd). This event is designed to help parents partner with Herndon High School staff to assist our students in making informed choices for course selection. All students and parents are invited to a fair in the Cafeteria from 7:00 - 830 pm, to learn about the various courses and electives available for the 2015-16 school year. Our teachers and school counselors will be available to answer questions and provide guidance on our course offerings. Additionally, there will be two special-interest meetings held from 6:30-7:00 pm. AP and Honors Courses will be discussed in the Auditorium and details of the ESOL Program shared in the Lecture Hall. Please plan to attend!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.
Cabaret 2015 Promo
The AP & Electives Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 28th during 4th period. The AP & Electives Fair is an opportunity for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to visit three different Advanced Placement and elective classes and hear presentations to help them with their course selections for next year. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the teachers. This event will give students a chance to explore the entire range of advanced academic and elective courses that will be offered at Herndon next year.
Would you be willing to be a judge at the Herndon High School Science Fair? It will be on February 4th from 3:15 to 7:00 pm. We will provide training on how to judge the projects during this time, and you do not need to have a science background to participate. If you are willing to participate then please complete the form at this link: http://tinyurl.com/hhs-1415-scifair. Thank you for your consideration!
For the 2015-16 school year, the FCPS School Board has adopted later start times for high schools. Students with personal, family, or economic needs may still request a waiver of full day schedule requirements by speaking with their school counselor. For additional information about full day schedule requirements, visit: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/9RX4N8700B88/$file/R2412.pdf
Guest Bartender Night at Jimmy’s Tavern is Thursday, Jan. 22 from 6-10PM. There will be laughs, raffles and lots of fun!!! Mark your calendars. So far we have field hockey parents, swim team coach and other awesome parents to help.
Parent Casino Night Party - Saturday, February 7, 2015 - This is All Night Grad’s main fundraiser for the party for the kids. Your support is needed to make this event successful. Tell your friends and come to support the ANG effort.
Tickets are now available on-line at www.herndonang.org for the Casino Party to raise funds for this year’s All Night Grad celebration. The party will be at the Breeze in Herndon on Saturday, 7 February 2015 from 7-12 midnight. All parents are welcome but tickets are limited to 200. There will be casino games and a silent auction with many great items – such as Maude, restaurants and much more. Your $35.00 ticket includes free casino cash, a drink ticket and hor d’oeuvres.
Below is our signup genius for the Parent Casino Night at the Breeze in Herndon on Sat. Feb. 7 from 7-12AM. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Your will have time to socialize and help the All Night Grad event at the same time.
Tupperware Fundraiser - This fundraiser needs to be closed out by February 15th or so. http://tiny.cc/HHS_ANG_2015. This is the link if for the Tupperware fundraiser ( It should be entered as shown and IS case sensitive)
Please support Herndon High's All Night Grad TUPPERWARE fundraiser!!! 40% PROFIT TO ANG PARTY!!!! Tupperware's fundraiser line will earn ANG a 40% profit!!! There are UNIQUE products in the fundraiser line that you will not find in the regular Tupperware catalog!!! Place your order online at http://tiny.cc/HHS_ANG_2015
Please share this link with out of town family, friends and co-workers. Visit a Tupperware display on Thursday, February 5th from 5-8PM in the cafeteria! Orders placed that night will have ZERO shipping/handling charge!!!
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.
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.
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 www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 8967 OR pick up a form in room 229.
BABY AD EXTENSION!
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com (703-810-2473).
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
Rising Junior Academic Advising, Teacher Advisory &
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.
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
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
beginning September 24 2014, for the Academic year 2014/15
For more info: 703-707-6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- 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 email@example.com or in Student Services.
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.
1. Logon to Blackboard
2. Click on Family Connection
3. On your Family Connection homepage, click on Method Test Prep
- Tall Oaks Assisted Living (12052 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190) is looking for volunteers to help with our activity program. As a volunteer, you can help with pre-existing activities or create your own (which is what we like best). We are looking for anything and everything so put on your thinking caps and get your creative juices flowing. The possibilities are endless. Some ideas: Band/Choir Clubs, Cheerleading Squads, Dance Team, Debate Team, Discussions & Lectures, Drama Clubs, English Class for Lectures, History Class for Lectures, Pet Visits, Science Clubs, Special Socials, Trips
Please contact Activity Director, Jocelyn Jackson at 703 834-3630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today or to share your activity ideas you’d like to conduct. I look forward to hearing from you.
- Herndon Middle School (Herndon): Coach needed for VEX IQ robotics on Tues (5-7pm) and/or Wed (6:00-7:30) evenings until the January 31 competition. Location is the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center in the Dulles Park Shopping Center. Contact email@example.com to get involved.
- Nysmith (Herndon): Serve as a volunteer or run a table activity for younger students at the STEM Symposium on March 7 from 9am-3pm (whenever you can help). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
- New Paid Internship Opportunity for Juniors at Three Fairfax County High Schools
Sully Historic Site announces the newly established Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program, sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. Juniors at Herndon, Chantilly and Westfield high schools who are in good standing and have an interest in history are encouraged to apply for this paid nine-month internship that runs April through November 2015. Up to three interns will be hired. Youth will gain experience in museum operations, public speaking, historic object collections, event programming, and museum store and visitor center operations.
Sully Historic Site, part of the Fairfax County Park Authority, will begin accepting applications for this internship program in December of 2014. Candidates will be asked to provide a completed application, written essay, and teacher recommendations by February 20, 2015 for panel review. Candidates will be selected by mid-March 2015.
The internship is named in honor of former Sully Historic Site administrator and Sully Foundation member, Margaret C. Peck. Mrs. Peck is a longtime resident of the Herndon area, and a former educator with the Fairfax County Public School system. This internship honors her community service, dedication to educating young adults, and historic preservation efforts in the surrounding community. For further information email either Carol McDonnell, site Manager at Sully Historic Site (email@example.com) or Noreen McCann, Visitors Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). Phone 703-437-1794.
Summer Employment Information
- AquaSafe Pool Management, Inc. is looking for someone to join their Lifeguard Team! Why should YOU be a Lifeguard???
- Learn responsibility and leadership—two of the main qualities future employers are looking for!
- Learn life-saving skills that will last a lifetime!
- Sets you on a great path for personal development!
- Work with a diverse group of people and coworkers and make new friends!
- Gain respect from others!
- Enjoy your summer by the pool, get a tan and get paid for it!
- Weekly, Monthly and End of Season bonuses available!
- There is no greater gift than gaining satisfaction out of helping others and saving lives!
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.
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.
- Emergency Care Information Form or Update Emergency Care Information Online
- Health Information
- Students Rights & Responsibilities - Parent Guardian Signature Sheet - page 3
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.
- Tsehay Elias-Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®-703-324-7459 – email@example.com
- Krissa Slone- Volunteer & Partnership Services - 703-324-7745- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Natalie Bailey- African-American Cultural Focus- 703-324-3617- Natalie.email@example.com
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
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: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.