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Summer Opportunities

Academic Advising

SAT Practice




- Tuesday 8/19
- Wednesday 8/20
- Thursday 8/21
- Friday 8/22

*Please note that if you have not had your portrait taken already, Lifetouch assigned you a time slot on one of these make-up days at the school in the cafeteria. You must contact Lifetouch directly if you want to re-confirm or alter your appointment time. You can reach Lifetouch at their Customer Call Center at 800-445-1189 or

**The HHS yearbook staff will not accept senior portraits from a 3rd party photographer- NO EXCEPTIONS! If you want your portrait to appear in the yearbook it must be taken at a make-up appointment with Lifetouch.

- Tuesday 9/9
- Wednesday 9/10

There are still a few 2014 yearbooks left! Pick up a copy for just $50 in the main office. Cash or check made out to Herndon High School.

Stay tuned- early bird order special pricing and order information coming in August!!

Summer Opportunities

To succeed in school and life, young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.  Please  encourage your students to take advantage of enriching experiences such as summer programs, volunteering, time with family, and trips to museums, parks, and libraries.  Below is information that might be helpful.  Have a great summer!
Summer Enrichment
information is available in Family Connection.  Students can get their through their BlackBoard account and click on “Family Connection.”   Select the "Enrichment" option found in the "College" tab.

For the counselors help to prepare our rising seniors for the college application process in September, we are asking that they complete the college recommendation packet (here) before the end of the school year.  This packet is essential to help us write the best recommendation possible to accompany their college applications.  Students are welcome to turn in their packet to me via email or paper copy as soon as possible but the deadline is June 20, 2014.  Below is the link to access the counselor recommendation packet.  If your child plans to attend NOVA or work right after high school, the counselor recommendation packet does not need to be completed. Please contact your child's school counselor with any questions or concerns.

HHS Summer 2014 Jumpstart Program
Our goal is to provide rising 9th grade students with the opportunity to increase their skills in mathematics and language arts in order to get a “jump start” on success for the coming school year.
We follow the Kids at Hope cultural framework at Herndon High School to support student success.  We believe that:  All Hornets are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Herndon Jump Start is FREE to all accepted into the program. Spaces are limited, so be sure to get your application and emergency care card in as soon as possible. 
Program Dates: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 1, 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Required Paperwork

  • Summer Jump Start Application – both sides -Application

Further Questions?  Phyllis Pearce, M.Ed., NBCT, at Herndon High School will serve as our Summer Jump Start Director if you have further questions you can reach her by phone 703-338-8079 or you can email her at
Herndon STEM Academy
Improve your Science and Math Skills this summer!  Learn Biology, Chemistry, and Math from college students at top universities!  Tour laboratories at the National Institutes of Health!
Explore Washington D.C.! Learn about the college application process!
When:    July 7 to 31, 2014
Mondays to Thursdays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where:    1141 Elden Street, Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170
For more information email or call:  Gustavo Pacheco: 301-7923096;, Gustavo G. Pacheco: 301-768-3390;

Service Learning
Lunch Plans? -The Herndon Harbor Adult Day Health Care Center, located at 875 Grace St. in Herndon, (Phone: (703) 435-8729) needs two volunteer lunch assistants to set up, serve and clean up lunch for 20 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
RSVP 55+ Volunteer Opportunities - RSVP- Northern Virginia is a new program in our region that engages persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs while providing a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers.  RSVP recruits volunteers, assesses their availability and skills, and then matches their interests, skills and experience with the best volunteer placement. RSVP- Northern Virginia is sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax in partnership with Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington. If you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer, please visit the website to sign up for an upcoming volunteer orientation:

Pathway Homes offers Volunteer Opportunities in the following areas:

Arts and Crafts Teacher
Beauty Aid
Bridge Teacher
Computer Basics
Cooking Lessons
A Friend To Talk To


Game Nights
Knitting Instruction
Literary Friend
Music Appreciation
Painting (Interior)


Pet Therapy
Pet Therapy/Exercise Buddy
Piano Teacher
Piano Tuner
Refinishing Cabinets

To ensure that volunteering at Pathway Homes is the best possible experience for each individual, there are several steps each volunteer is asked to take:

  • Submit results of a current TB test documenting your negative status. (Call the Virginia Health Department at 703/246-7100 for a TB testing location near you.)
  • Have an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss volunteer options.
  • Meet with the Pathways staff member who will supervise your volunteer work.
  • Be formally oriented to Pathway Homes, including a criminal background check.

Groups planning a single day of work at one of Pathways’ homes, should fill out a Volunteer Application and contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Abigail Denecke, to make special arrangements.
Completed forms may be faxed to 703/876-0394 or mailed to: Pathway Homes, Inc., 10201 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030  *All the forms referenced on this page can be downloaded using Acrobat Reader which is available for no cost at:

Storm Drain Marking

NVSWCD is currently recruiting volunteers to conduct storm drain labeling projects.  Volunteering to lead a storm drain labeling project is a fun way to give back to the community and help protect our natural world. Volunteers provide the legwork needed to educate residents and label the storm drains; NVSWCD provides all the supplies and materials. Groups that may wish to participate include homeowner and civic associations, scout and youth groups, school groups or conservation/environmental groups. Individuals and families are also welcome to volunteer.  For more information, see

Library Volunteer Program
Teens! Interested in volunteering at the library? Watch this orientation.
Annually, individual and corporate volunteers donate over 150,000 hours of work to the library.
You too can join our elite corps of dedicated volunteers! You can make a big difference in the quality of library service in your community by sharing your time and talent.
You will be able to…

  • acquire new skills and gain recognized work experience
  • expand your social horizons
  • serve in your own neighborhood
  • keep up with the latest books
  • help, and be appreciated for it
  • brag that you volunteer for the largest, busiest public library system in Virginia!

Additional volunteering information available below:
Volunteer Fairfax -
Fairfax County Government Volunteering Opportunities -
Volunteer Solutions Fairfax -
Summer Jobs/Internship
The Town of Herndon: Part Time/Seasonal (no benefits) 


Assistant Swim Coach
Gymnastics Instructors
Head Lifeguards

Personal Trainer
Recreation Assistant

Recreation Class Instructors
Water Exercise Instructor
Water Safety Instructors (WSI)

TO APPLY: A Town of Herndon employment application is required for all open positions. Resumes may be submitted as supplemental information only. Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office by 5:00 p.m. of the closing date. Positions are open until filled if no closing date is listed.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation during the selection process. This may include, but not be limited to, submitting an employment application in an alternative format, requiring a qualified interpreter or reader to take an oral or written examination, or other reasonable accommodation at the mutual agreement of the Department of Human Resources and the applicant. A request for reasonable accommodation during the selection process should be directed to the Department of Human Resources.
The Time Warner Cable Corporate office currently seeks a High School student as a NOC Intern for our Network Operations Department. Below please find a brief description of the essential duties and responsibilities required to function successfully in this position
High School Intern, NOC Job
Essential Job Functions: 

  • Responsible for monitoring all inbound e-mail and takes appropriate action
  • Assist technicians to ensure that all TWC NOC tickets are kept within QA standards
  • Assist with ticket creations, escalations, ticket audits, and ticket management
  • Assist with alarm cleanup efforts to minimize Netcool alarm noises
  • Assist the NOC in maintaining and updating TWC NOC documentation including, contact and escalation lists, notification and mailing lists, scheduled reports and written procedures.
  • Various administrative tasks and duties as assigned

Job Requirements: Required Technical Skills: Knowledge of basic computer keys is required. Knowledge of MS Word, notepad, and Excel is preferred. Customer service experience (retail, fast food, office
environment) is a plus. 

Preferred Qualifications:
  Excellent organizational capability; strong writing and interpersonal communication skills; ability to take initiative to investigate issues and make sound judgments; comfortable working in constantly changing environment while meeting deadlines; flexibility to work with changing priorities and adapt to new processes; ability to work effectively and act professionally with all staff levels; ability to work with minimal/moderate supervision. 

Education and Experience:
 Currently attending high school and/or zero to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


FCPS Summer School registration began on Monday, May 5th. Classes may fill before the end of the registration period so students are encouraged to register early. Contact your student’s school counselor for more information.
The Economics and Personal Finance (EPF) self-paced online option is now available on a limited basis.  Students wishing to complete this course to meet the EPF graduation requirement should see the summer programs website for more information at .   This course is self-paced and self-directed.  All material is available on FCPS 24/7.  The student must be self-motivated and able to fulfill the requirements without a teacher to direct and assist with studies.  The student must fulfill the stated schedule.  A teacher will not be available to explain the material.  The student must have the ability to follow the schedule and take the tests when due on his/her own.  No reminders will be sent to inform the student of due dates.  Progress reports will be sent to students, parents, and counselors.  All grades are available in FCPS 24/7 and it is the student’s responsibility to check those and stay on target.   Student must have a working computer, access to the internet along with access to FCPS 24/7, and valid email addresses for himself/herself and parent/guardian.  All communication will be via email and FCPS 24/7. 
Students currently registered for the online campus EPF course this summer who wish to switch to this option may do so through the Adult and Community Education registration office 703-658-1201. 


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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

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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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).


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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.