Please click the links provided to review the announcements for this week.
Purchase your 2013-2014 yearbook at www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 8967. Order before December 31st for only $70!
Forms also available in Room 229. Contact Ms. Brown for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our student's high school careers may have just begun, but it’s important for them to start thinking now about their future, exploring career options and investigating which they find most interesting. A little planning and work now can go a long way to preparing them for life after high school. To that end, beginning December 2nd all sophomores will be working with their school counselors during Teacher Advisory and Stinger on career interests and college exploration. This program will culminate on December 18 with a Mini-Career Fair
Winter Sports Tryouts
Begin today. Visit www.herndonathletics.org for locations, times and required forms.
The Fall Sports Banquets will be held November 20 (Golf, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country) and 21(Football and Cheer) in the HHS Cafeteria starting at 6:30pm. This year's vendor is Mamma Lucia's of Reston. Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 12) is the last day to purchase tickets.
Show your HHS spirit by joining us for a fundraiser at the Reston Chipotle. Present the attached flyer or the image on your smart phone, or just tell the cashier you’re supporting HHS and 50% of the proceeds will benefit HHS athletics.
When: November 21 from 5-9 pm.
Where: 12152 Sunset Hills Road (next to the YMCA)
Sports Schedule for the week of November 11
Girls Volleyball @ South County / Region 6A North Tournament Game – Monday, Nov. 11 @ 7 pm. Follow us on twitter - @herndonsports
The AP exam dates for 2014 have been released by College Board at the following website: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/about/dates
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Herndon High School have no control over the exam dates and times. They are set annually by College Board and cannot be changed. Late testing is not permitted unless approved by College Board. Please visit the following website for College Board-approved late testing policies: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/coordinate/late
Therefore, we ask that you plan accordingly around the AP exam dates. Please do not schedule family vacations or other important events or appointments during AP testing. Your child must take the exam on the date set by College Board, and Herndon High School orders exams based on your child’s enrollment in the AP course. Please review the attachment for more detailed information.
Every year the Herndon High School FBLA chapter fundraises to support ASK, a childhood cancer foundation based in Richmond, VA. ASK provides direct support to 1,000 children with cancer and their families in Central Virginia on an annual basis. More information about ASK can be found online at www.askweb.org.
In August, our business teachers had the opportunity to hear one of the ASK board members, Victoria, speak about the hardship families go through while getting treatment for their child and how much our support means to their community. Victoria shared that her daughter, who suffered from pediatric cancer, had medical bills for one year of treatment totaling over $3,000,000. Some families do not have medical coverage and for many families whose insurance covers only 50% of these bills, the treatment to save their child’s life is a financial hardship on the family. In addition to the medical costs many of these families incur travel expenses as well. Families from all over the state travel to Richmond as VCU is the only hospital in the state that performs bone marrow transplants for pediatric patients.
Students and parents can help support these families by donating gift cards. These gift cards will be used in a variety of ways – to help families purchase gas, food, and prescriptions; as prize box items to go to pre-teen and teen patients after receiving treatments; and as holiday gift items for the patients. As the families live throughout the state, ASK encourages donations to stores that are major chains such as Target, Wal-Mart, Exxon, and Shell. Any gift card amount of $5 and up would be greatly appreciated!
Donations may be dropped off in the main office or given to one of the FBLA advisers: Mr. Bedford, Ms. Eckert, or Mrs. Thomas. We will be collecting donations until December 2.
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
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.
Hispanic Parent-Teacher-Student Association are informal meetings where school personnel speak with parents on school initiatives and programs, celebrations our students and staff have experienced, trends among students, etc., as well as question/answer opportunities. The HPTSA is sponsored by the HHS Parent Liaison, Andrea Munoz; Maria Sneed 10th grade Assistant Principal; and Ana Mack, 10th grade Administrative Assistant. All Spanish-speaking parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings (meetings will be conducted in Spanish). The HPTSA meeting topics will be similar to those of the Parent Coffees and the dates are 9/11/13 (Lecture Hall), 10/9/13 (Lecture Hall), 11/19/13 (cafeteria), 12/4/13 (cafeteria), 1/8/14 (Lecture Hall), 2/5/14 (Drama Room), 3/5/14 (Drama Room), 4/2/14 (cafeteria), 5/7/14 (cafeteria). Meetings will take place from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Paige’s Closet will be open from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.
Important Information: Please click on the link below to review the new laws imposed by Virginia State
Attention 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, October 2, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
All programs will be in the HHS auditorium 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. Please click here for additional information.
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
Excel Tutoring begins on November 16th. This is a great way to get service hours!! Our high school students help tutor Herndon Elementary students on Saturday mornings from 9 – 10:30. You do not need to sign up ahead of time. Just come the first Saturday at 8:45 am and sign up that day. The dates before winter break are:
- November 16th
- November 23rd
- December 7th
- December 14th
This program has been going on for almost 20 years and is a partnership between Herndon High School and Herndon Elementary. Come see how much fun working with the younger students can be!
TGFT - Tutoring
If you are in need of tutoring in Algebra, Physics, Calculus and Geometry, please consider TGFT for tutoring. The tutoring service is provided by the United Methodist Church every Wednesday, beginning October 2nd, from 7:00 - 8:00. Tutoring is provided to all HHS students for free. For additional information, please click on here.
The Herndon Writing Center will be opened on October 7! Students can come and get help with any writing assignment. Our wonderful group of peer tutors is ready to help your student. We are in room 203 and are open during all lunches, Monday through Thursday, and Thursdays after school. Sign up sheets are outside room 203. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this academic support.
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.
1. Logon to Blackboard
2. Click on Family Connection
3. On your Family Connection homepage, click on Method Test Prep
Have you checked out the Gale Testing & Education Reference Center? It contains online practice books and timed, full-length practice tests for Advanced Placement (AP) exams, as well as SAT, PSAT, ACT, and other tests. It also has college, career, and scholarship information!
Access the Testing & Education Reference Center at http://find.galegroup.com/menu/start?authScheme=BLTI&userGroupName=hern99514&prodPlatform=3P&prod=TERC. The password is available in the HHS Media Center Blackboard course.
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.
HHS MARCHING BAND INFORMATION
The following fundraising event to benefit the HHS Marching Band Hawaii Trip
- Nov 26 - 5-9 pm Potbelly (Herndon
Upcoming HHS Band Performances
- Nov 29 - HHS Marching Band to participate in Reston Parade at the Reston Town Center
- Dec 18 - HHS Bands Winter Concert at 7:00 pm in the HHS Auditorium.
The required and optional forms are available on our website at http://www.fcps.edu/HerndonHS/highlights/virtualopening.html 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.
- Completed and Signed Emergency Care Information Form or Update Emergency Care Information Online
- Completed and Signed Health Information
- Completed and Signed SR&R Parent Guardian Signature Sheet - Students Rights & Responsibilities
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
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.
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.
VHSL Pre-Participation Physical
Just a Reminder: A new VHSL Pre-Participation Physical is needed for all athletes participating in any VHSL sponsored sporting activity for 2013-14. This rule includes participation in any/all summer workouts. Students without the proper form will NOT be allowed to participate in any sport activity until an updated form is turned in. Physicals must have been completed after May 1, 2013. Anyone who attended Sports Physicals at any FCPS high school is cleared and ready to go unless otherwise noted at the time of your physical. If you saw your own physician and have had the physical completed, we highly recommend turning your paperwork in now. Paperwork can be turned in to an athletic trainer anytime between now and the end of school. If you are getting a physical over the summer, they must be given to a coach prior to any participation. We recommend handing your paperwork to Lisa Petruzzi or Katelyn Bishop, so forms can double checked for completion as required by the VHSL while the student is present. Valid physicals include a student signature on page 1, parent and student signatures on page 2, a completed doctors clearance on page 3, health insurance information and 2 parent signatures on page 4. Blank physical forms can be found at www.fcps.edu/sports under “Forms.” Please contact email@example.com with any questions.