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Daily Announcements


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Interior Security Cameras/PTSA Meeting

AP Testing Volunteers Needed

No-Fuss Fundraiser

Reading Challenge

Yearbook/Class Rings/Prom/Free Prom Dress

All Night Grad - Fundraisers

Applications for TJ

International Week

What is Normal Teen Behavior

Student Services - Pre-AP Administration Sessions

Senior Survey

Tutoring Services


Community Service - x2Vol


On Going Announcements





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.

Interior Security Camera

Herndon HS has begun the process of considering installing interior security cameras. The plan is to install cameras over a two year period.  As per county regulation for installation, Herndon will hold a community night, on April 14, 2016 at 7:30pm in the HHS cafeteria. This meeting is designed to answer questions about the use, installation, and purpose for cameras inside Herndon.  New cameras would not be installed and activated until September, 2016 for the start of school. These are not monitored 24-7. They are useful only when we need to conduct an investigation.  The primary reason for installation of interior security cameras is for greater security for staff and students. If you are unable to attend the community night/PTSA meeting on April 14, 2016, submit any additional input here.

Please click here for Frequent Answered Questions (FAQ's) regarding Security Cameras. 


PTSA Diversity Panel and Forum

The PTSA is hosting a panel and group discussion “Exploring the Cultures of Families in Our Community” this Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the cafeteria.  This will be an opportunity for parents and families to hear first-hand the experiences of people of different cultures at HHS and in the community.  The program will be in English but simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available for attendees.  For more information send an email to and on the flyer (English and Spanish).  See you Wednesday evening!


AP Testing Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to help with administering AP exams at Herndon High School.  To be able to give an exam, we have to have a certain number of proctors in the room.  Our testing dates are May 2 – 13.  Please consider volunteering for one or more exam.  The exams run about 4 hours and you cannot proctor an exam that your student is taking.  Exam times will be 7:45 - @ 11:45 and 11:45 - @ 3:45.  You will be working with a head proctor.  If you can help, please e-mail Betsy Bosworth at  Thank you very much.The Class of 2017 would like to invite to an wonderful evening of singing and musical acts at Herndon Idol on March 30th, 7 pm in the auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.


No-Fuss Fundraiser

No Fuss FundraiserNO FUSS FUNDRAISER - By now your child should have brought home a blue flyer regarding HHS’s first school-wide “no-fuss” fundraiser; attached are the electronic copies of the letter in English and Spanish.   This is your opportunity to directly contribute to the needs of our school, nothing to purchase!  Monies raised through the No-Fuss Fundraiser will go directly to support instructional initiatives at HHS, including technology (computers, projectors, iPads, Smartboards), technology infrastructure, and materials for instructional programs.    Reliable access to and regular usage of technology is a large component of supporting a 21st Century skills-centered learning throughout the school, as well as supports the FCPS Strategic Plan and Portrait of a Graduate. 
Your support is greatly appreciated and vital to helping us maintain an innovative learning environment.  No amount is too small, and 100% of your donation will support both instructional and technology initiatives.   Donations are tax deductible.  We are asking for donations to be submitted by May 13, 2016.  Additional information is available here.   Please send your donation to:
Herndon High School
Attention:  No-Fuss Fundraiser (Black Office)
700 Bennett Street
Herndon, VA  20170

Please be sure to indicate your students name when donating.  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Amanda Hudson, Assistant Principal.


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Reading Challenge

Herndon High School’s Spring Reading Challenge is now underway! We invite students and teachers to participate by reading 6 different books by the end of the school year. We give you six categories to pull from: a book published in 2015/2016; a book you can finish in a day; a book your teacher or librarian suggested; a nonfiction book; a book chosen by a family member or friend; and a book that has appeared on a challenged or banned book list. To join, students can log into their FCPS Google Apps for Education Account, go to, and join the Herndon HS Reading Challenge Classroom using the code y3bs9o. From the Google Classroom, students can access our announcements, share their reading successes, and connect with other readers. Prizes will be awarded and we’ll have lots of fun along the way!


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Yearbook/Class Ring Orders

Buy a yearbook before May 7 for $75!  On May 8 the price will increase to $85.  To check to see if you’ve already purchased a yearbook, click here

Order Form- English/Spanish

Alternatively, if you would like to buy the book online, please use the link below


Class Ring Orders

Juniors received class ring packets today during TA classes.  Chuck McCann, our Herff Jones representative for graduation products, will be at Herndon High School during all lunches on Thursday, April 21 to collect orders.  When ordering a class ring, students only need to leave a down payment of $60 and can make payments – you do not need to pay in full next week!  If your student did not receive a packet they can pick one up from the red or black office.  Seniors who did not order a ring last year are welcome to do so at this time as well. 


Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:00 pm- 12:00 am
Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
45020 Aviation Drive
Dulles, VA 20166

Tickets** will be sold:

$60 April 25-29 before and after school in room 188*
$65 May 2-13 during all lunches in the cafeteria
$70 May 16-20 during all lunches in the cafeteria
*Early bird tickets will be sold from 7:50am-8:05am and after school 2:55pm-3:15pm
No tickets will be sold at the door

**Signed parent permission slip necessary to purchase ticket (2016 Prom Permission Form)
**Separate guests form must be filled for students not enrolled at HHS; guests must be under 21 (2016 Prom Guest Permission Form)


Free Prom Dress

Prom 2016Get a FREE PROM Dress!  Channel your inner Cinderella!
Princess for A Night (PFAN) is a project in which beautiful prom dresses, shoes, handbags, and jewelry are collected from women in the community and given to high school students for free. Last year over 350 young ladies received dresses! We have dresses in all styles, colors, and sizes. Attend any shopping event!
Shopping Events
T.C. Williams High School Friday, April 29th from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 (Enter through the Chinquapin Drive entrance and follow the signs to the dance studio.) Coordinator: Eleanor Muse | (703) 824-6768
Mount Vernon High School Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and on Monday, May 9th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA 22309 (Come through the main entrance of the school and follow the signs to H208). Coordinator: Katie Basinski | (703) 619-3304
Edison High School Thursday, May 12th from 3:00 -5:00 p.m., Friday, May 13th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310 (Enter through entrance 13, the Edison Academy, and follow signs to H112). Coordinator: Ginger White Robertson | (703) 924-8100

West Potomac High School Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and Monday, May 23rd from 2:50 - 5:00 p.m. 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22307 (Come to entrance #13 and follow the signs) Coordinator: Amy Bowman | (703) 606-6917.


Senior Survey

Senior SurveySENIOR SURVEY - On April 28th and 29th seniors will be completing the annual Senior Survey through their English classes.  To ensure the most accurate data, please be sure your senior student is prepared with:

  1.  Decision information for each of the colleges applied to.
  2. Scholarship awards your senior received, either from a college or from an outside source.  Please bring the full name of the scholarship and the dollar amount awarded.

Students in AP English 12 will complete their senior survey on May 16th and 17th.  Any questions should be directed to Candace Morris at (703) 810-2310 or  


Applications for TJ

Applications for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are now available.  The application season for rising sophomores and juniors opens on February 22 and goes through April 29.

Information is available here:  The application process is self-directed, and includes these components:

  • Application – Part 1
  • Application – Part 2
  • Transcript
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • PSAT or SAT scores
  • Proof of Residency

See Ms. Sotirchos in Student Services for more info.  Additional details are available directly from the TJ Admissions Office, at 571-423-3770.


International Week - April 25 - 29, 2016

Monday - Sports Jersey Day
Wear a Jersey that represents your team – international or national!
Tuesday - Flag Day
Wear the colors of your country’s flag or pin a flag on your clothes.
Wednesday - National Heritage Day
Wear clothing that represents your country.
Thursday - Pop Culture Day
Wear merchandise of your favorite band/show from your country.
Friday - International Night and Talent Show, 6:30 pm, Auditorium
Bring your friends and family for an exciting evening of fun and exotic food!Ticket- $5.00, Free admission for children 6 and under

What is Normal Teen Behavior

What is Normal Teen Behavior Vs. Warning Signs of a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Problem?   Will you recognize the difference or know what to do next?
Apr 26 (Tues) 7:30 - 9 pm, Cavalier Hall –Woodson High School 
Fewer than half of teens with major depression and even fewer with substance abuse problems actually receive treatment.

It can be difficult to differentiate between typical teenage behavior and problems and the symptoms of unhealthy levels of stress, drug or alcohol abuse, or serious emotional difficulties. Come improve your understanding of when your teen/soon-to-be teen might require professional help and learn what to do next.  Come hear and ask questions of child and adolescent experts: local psychologist, Dr. Claudette Pilger, andDominion Hospital (a mental health care facility) psychiatrist, Dr. Temitope Oyegbile.  Additional information is available at the following link and attached.
Sponsored by the WT Woodson High School PTSO and Community of Solutions 

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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.

Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm
For more info: 703-707-6271 or or here

Excel Tutoring - begins November 7th

Excel Tutoring will be at Herndon Elementary School Saturday mornings (no 3 day weekends or holidays) from 8:50 – 10:30 am.   This program has been going on over 25 years and is a partnership between Herndon High School and Herndon Elementary. This is a wonderful way to earn service hours and have fun tutoring elementary students!!

Dates through December:
November 7, 14, 21
December 5 & 12.

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Student Services

AP PRE-ADMINISTRATION SESSIONS - All sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are currently enrolled in an AP course are required to attend a mandatory Pre Administration Session in April.  Please see the schedule below. 

·         April 14 - AP Pre-administration for Sophomores, TA & Stinger 3, Café
·         April 20 - AP Pre-administration for Seniors, Stinger 7 & 8, Café’

The process will take about 45-50 minutes for students to complete the required information, including time for activities such as seating students, handing out materials and giving instructions

During January, February and March all school counselors will meet with each of their rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders individually to selection courses for the 2016-17 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.

Academic Advising and Course Selection Timeline

February 18, 2016

Rising Sophomore Academic Advising, 4th period

February 23 - March 1, 2016

Rising Sophomore Course Selection in Student Services

March 7 - 11, 2016

Make-up Academic Advising & Course Selection

Before March 11, 2016

Requests for course changes will be honored if space in class permits.

March 12 - May 27, 2016

No course request changes will be permitted.

May 30 - June 3, 2016

A copy of the requested course offerings will be mailed home. If space permits, course request changes can be made.

June 6 - 24, 2016

Course request changes will be made only to resolve conflicts, to accommodate credit requirements, and/or because student has failed to meet prerequisite(s).


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Herndon HS has a new service learning tool for students!  x2VOL by intelliVOL is an award-winning tracking and reporting platform for student service learning hours that is used to customize service goals, centralize service hours and provide diverse service opportunities.  x2VOL  is available via Family Connection (accessed through BlackBoard) for each student where they can record service hours to be included in their college applications, scholarship applications, or resumes.   


Serve. Reflect. Repeat.

Time is on your side with x2VOL. We make it easy to manage your volunteer activities; fast, easy, online. Tracking is easy, and logging hours to meet your school or student organization service requirements is quick. You can find service opportunities, too and write about your experience via Reflections. And we match service opportunities to the things you care about the most, so every hour matters even more.

This is pretty huge: 80% of colleges and universities surveyed by x2VOL  agree that service learning history details impact the final decision of admittance.

Volunteering. The more you give the more you get.

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Prepare for your chosen career
  • Meet or exceed your service goals
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Find out some new things about yourself


For a look at x2VOL and all of its benefits, see the attached flyer and check out this linked video “Fairfax County Public Schools & x2VOL.”  Please contact Krisna Taylor (, HHS Director of Student Services or Mallory Joiner (, FCPS Service Learning Resource Teacher with any questions.  Thank you!


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New online Student Information System

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:  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:  Additional information is also available here:


All Night Grad - Class of 2016

FUNDRAISERS All proceeds benefit the Class of 2016 ANG party. Order forms are available in the BLACK office, on the website, and attached.

Premium Reserved Seating at Graduation
Capture the moment you graduate receives his/her diploma and walks across the stage with premium seats for your family! 1 ticket for $5, 5 tickets for $20.

Herndon Flags
Order your flag today and proudly display your school spirit! Cost is $20 per flag. Quantities are limited. Flags are 24” x 36”.

Senior Yard Signs
Celebrate this important milestone and show your graduation pride! Cost is $25 per sign.

Tervis Tumblers
Tervis tumblers (16 oz, 24 oz cups with black or red lid) - Get your Tervis tumbler with the Herndon logo while they last.  ONLY 2 cups left. Email if interested.

Rally Towels
(14.5 inches x 17.5 inches) $1 each and will be on site at many of our sporting events. Quantities are limited so buy one when you have the chance!

TICKETS FOR ANG PARTY  Have you purchased your All Night Grad ticket yet? If not, don’t wait! Ticket price is now $60 and will increase May 1. Forms are available in the BLACK office, on the website, and attached. Credit card payment is accepted through PayPal online. Free/reduced ticket prices are also available.

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Ongoing Announcements

Welcome Back Message Prinicpal Bates

Please take a moment to view the welcome back message from Principal Bates.


Connector Bus Passes

FCPS and Fairfax Connector Bus Passes - There is a new partnership between FCPS and Fairfax Connector that will allow students to ride for free during designated times. There is an ID pass that will be issued to students after they and their parent/guardian sign an agreement/permission form.  The ID cards will allow students to ride the Fairfax Connector (not METRO) buses for free from 6AM – 8PM Monday through Friday.

Students and parents must sign the agreement form here. Only, currently enrolled HHS students are eligible. Once school begins, bus passes will be available from Mrs. Brinckmeyer in the main office before or after school only.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Herndon High School encourages parents to communicate with teachers in a variety of ways. All parents should use ParentVue and Blackboard to monitor grades and stay updated on instruction, assignments, and upcoming events in each of their child’s classes. Parents may also request to receive a progress report from a teacher via e-mail. 

If a parent/guardian has a question about their child’s progress, we ask that they follow the protocols below prior to requesting a parent-teacher conference:

  1. Check ParentVue and Blackboard for grades/progress that may answer your question(s).
  2. If your question(s) is not answered through ParentVue and Blackboard, call/email (703-810-2200) the teacher(s) with whom you would like to speak or from whom you would like to receive information. Contact information is included on the staff directory or on the teacher’s webpage.
  3. If, after a period of ongoing phone or e-mail contact, you feel it is necessary to schedule a face-to-face meeting, you should contact the teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.

If three or more teachers will be involved in the conference you are requesting, please contact your child’s school counselor to arrange a meeting time.

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.

We Care

 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.  


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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.

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!