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March SOL Writing

Chantilly Academy Spaghetti Dinner

NOVA Biotech Open House

KIds At Hope Presentation

Partners for Safe Teen DrivingMeeting

College Admissions 101

College Partnership Program

Applying to TJ

Attendance Procedures


Academic Advising

All Night Grad Fundraisers

Tutoring - TGFT /EXCEL

SAT Prep

Volunteer/Internship/Summer Employment Information


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.


March SOL Writing

Students who are in English 11, English 11 Honors, and AP Language and Composition will be taking the Writing SOL in March.  The test has two components: multiple choice and a short paper. In order to obtain a score students must complete both components. The English Writing test will be administered March 4-6 (Multiple Choice) and March 11-13 (Short Paper).  Seniors who are in these classes but have previously passed the Writing SOL do not need to test again.  Seniors who still need to pass the Writing SOL will also test on these dates.  Students will receive passes through their English classes notifying them of their date and time to test.  Students should not bring backpacks or electronic devices (including cell phones) into the testing room.  If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Gadd, Assessment Coach ( or 703-810-2473).

Chantilly Academy's Spaghetti Dinner & Open House

Chantilly Academy - A Governor’s STEM Academy offers advanced Career & Technical Education  courses for high school juniors & seniors. Meet our instructors, tour state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, and learn more about our exciting programs!  Wednesday, March 4th - 6:00-8:00 pm - Chantilly Academy, 4201 Stringfellow Road- Chantilly, Virginia 20151

  • Free Spaghetti Dinner, 6:00-6:30
  • Tour classrooms
  • Dual Enrollment Info Session
  • Early Preparation: Guide for attending the Academy & CTE(Career and Technical Education) classes

For more information, call 703.22.74600 or Visit

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NOVA Biotech Open House

NOVA is hosting the 3rd annual Biotechnology Open House on Thursday, March 12, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. This event is open to students in 9th – 12th grades who are considering a career in science. An RSVP is required to Cathy Hall at Parents are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to speak with me and Jack Zegeer, our Financial Aid Manager, about planning for college. Representatives from NOVA SySTEMic Solutions and George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences presenting and students will participate in a lab activity.  Additional information is attached.


Kids At Hope Presentation

The Principals of the Herndon Pyramid are thrilled to bring The Soul, Science & Culture of Hope Symposium to Herndon High School on Wednesday, March 25, 2015! Mr. Antwone Fisher, nationally recognized author, poet and screen writer and Mr. Rick Miller, Kids At Hope founder will spend an evening sharing about what can be accomplished when adults refuse to give up on kids! You may be familiar with the movie Antwone Fisher (2002), a biographical drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington. The drama depicts the life of Antwone Fisher who is serving in the Navy but is an angry teen who was born in prison, abandoned and abused and how his life changed when Denzel Washington, a caring adult came into his life and refused to give up on him. Please mark your calendars and join the Herndon community for what stands to be a wonderful and inspirational evening. Click here for flyer.


Partner's for Safe Teen Driving - Parent/Teen Driving Program

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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


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Full Day Schedule Requirements

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:$file/R2412.pdf


College Admission 101

Special  Program for Sophomores and their Parents:   Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 PM in Lecture Hall

The Student Services Department is extremely pleased to announce that Mr. Andrew Strickler, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Guilford College, has agreed to do his “College Admissions 101" workshop for 10th grade students and their parents on  March 4 at 7p.m in the Lecture Hall.  Mr.  Strickler is recognized as one of the leading college admission professionals and has  shared his wisdom and insight about the college process with sophomores at high schools throughout Fairfax County.  Via a fun and interactive night talking about the college admissions process, Mr. Strickler will help students and families understand the college admissions process better as well as help reduce the stress and anxiety this process presents to them.  We hope to see you at this important presentation. 

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College Partnership Program

We are currently accepting applications for new College Partnership Program members.  CPP is open to 9th through 12th graders.  The primary goal of CPP is to increase the number of students, particularly first generation and minority students, that enroll in and succeed in college.   Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, and demonstrate leadership in school or community activities.  Services provided by the College Partnership Program include: academic counseling, college visits, workshops, SAT prep classes, fee waivers, FAFSA completion assistance, and more!  See your counselor for an application.  They are due to Dr. Morris (in the Career Center) or Ms. Sotirchos (in Student Services).

Applying to TJ

Applications will be available online beginning February 23, for students to apply as Sophomores or Juniors, to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

This is a highly competitive process and only a few spots are available each year.  Be sure to review the eligibility requirements (regarding course history and testing) before you start the application process.  Please let your counselor know if you plan to apply.  See Ms. Sotirchos in HHS Student Services for further questions, or contact the TJ Admissions Office Specialists directly at 571-423-3770 or

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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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BUY YOUR YEARBOOK! - The yearbook is only $80 until March 30th! After that the final price increase to $85 will be in effect. 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.

BABY AD SPACE (LIMITED)! - Since we still have about a page and a half left for baby ads, the yearbook staff is accepting ad submissions on a rolling basis until we sell out. These ads will be sold on a first come, first served basis. 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 file format incompatibilities. Please send inquiries to or


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PTSA Meeting

The PTSA meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 pm in the Cafeteria.  Please plan to attend!


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Academic Advising & Course Selection for 2015 - 2016 School Year

2015-16 ACADEMIC ADVISING AND COURSE SELECTION: Details for Rising Juniors and their Parents - On Tuesday, February 24th school counselors will be meeting with their rising juniors in a large group academic advising session. The purpose of this session is to inform students of the upcoming course registration process. At this academic advising session students will receive 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 then be meeting with their counselors individually sometime between February 27th – March 6th through their English 10 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!
Academic Advising and Course Selection Timeline

  • March 2-6, 2015 - Rising Junior Course Selection in Student Services
  • March 10, 2015 - Rising Sophomore Academic Advising, Stinger 5
  • March 13-23, 2015 - Rising Sophomore Course Selection in Student Services
  • March 24-27, 2015 - Make-up Academic Advising & Course Selection
  • Before March 27, 2015 - Requests for course changes will be honored if space in class permits.
  • March 30-May 31, 2015 - No course request changes will be permitted.
  • June 1-5, 2015 - A copy of the requested course offerings will be mailed home. If space permits, course request changes can be made.
  • June 8-19, 2015 - 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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All Night Grad Fundraisers

Tupperware Fundraiser - This fundraiser needs to be closed out by February 15th or so. - 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  Please share this link with out of town family, friends and co-workers.  

  • All Night Grad GIFT Dinner at Herndon United Methodist Church on Mar. 11 from 6-7PM.  Please help support the class in their fundraising efforts. 
  • HoneyBaked of RestonThink about getting your Easter meals for this fundraiser and help support the class of 2015 at the same time.  Welcome to HoneyBaked's Employee Purchase/Fundraiser Program!  Thank you for participating in our unique discount program/fundraiser customized just for your organization. It has always been our pleasure to serve you and your employees/friends great tasting HoneyBaked products for the Holidays. This employee discount program/fundraiser includes preferred customer pricing, as well as free delivery to your company/school on a designated date prior to the Holidays. In addition to the delicious options outlined on your company's HoneyBaked purchase site, we have an hundreds of amazing product offerings in our store as well. We can't wait to see you for lunch or catering!  To login the EPP site:
    1. Go to
    2. Scroll down to the bottom and click EPP(fundraiser)
    3. Enter your employer code:  6BBHEB  (Pick up is at the HoneyBaked Ham on Thursday, April 2nd. between 5-8pm).

Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers. Only credit or debit cards are accepted on the EPP site. If you wish to pay by check, HoneyBaked Gift Card, or Gift Certificate please call the store to place your order.  Don't forget to forward this email to others so they may shop, order and select items for their Easter Meal.  Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to serving you this holiday season.


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:           

  • 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.

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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

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Volunteer/Internships/Summer Employment Information

Volunteer Information

  • 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 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 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 to get involved.

Internship Information

  • 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 ( or Noreen McCann, Visitors Services Manager ( 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!

Positions are limited!  Apply now while they are still available.  Apply online at  Email us at with your resume.  Contact us at: (301) 850-0143, extension 4.

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Service Learning Opportunity

Annual Fun Fair at Forest Edge Elementary School - The Fun Fair will be on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00am - 1:00pm and we are in need of help once again from your students.  We need 20 more student volunteers in less than three weeks.  We would appreciate you sharing this volunteer opportunity with your students who may still need volunteer service hours.  We have benefited from the youth's help in the past, and we are sure they have fun helping out too.  Our school is located on Becontree Lane (off of North Shore) in Reston.
Attached is a schedule of volunteer hours.  Students may work the entire day from 9:15 - 2:00 or choose any of the shifts below.  Students who work the entire day are given some tickets to purchase lunch (the tickets cover the cost of 2 slices of pizza and a soda).

We appreciate all of our youthful help but ask that each student contact April Brabant, the Volunteer Coordinator,  at with his or her name, phone number and e-mail address.  We do not want students to just show up to help as this creates much havoc on the day of the Fun Fair. A number of students walk in the day of the Fair and tell me they told their teacher and assume the information has reached us.  Please make sure they submit their information directly to April Brabant me at

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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):

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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.

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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:  

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