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Poetry Cafe

May/June SOL Dates

Hosting an Exchange Student

Community Conversation on Teen Stress

College Stinger Series

College Partnership Program

AP Testing Volunteers Needed

Partners for Safe Teen DrivingMeeting


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.

Poetry Cafe

POETRY CAFE is coming to the Herndon library on Thursday, April 30 from 2:30 – 3:30.  Students are invited to register as a participant or an audience member for a fun afternoon including refreshments and door prizes.  Advance tickets (no charge) are required and available in the library.

May/June SOL Dates

All students who are in an SOL course must take the associated SOL test.  Herndon High School students will take SOL exams on the dates listed below.  It would be helpful if you could avoid any appointments or time out of school on these dates. Specific test schedules for individual students will be forthcoming in May. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Gadd, Assessment Coach ( or 703-810-2473).
Test Dates: May 21-22; May 26-29 and June 1-2

Expedited Retakes:  June 4-5 & June 8-9

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Hosting an Exchange Student

Dear HHS family, including students, parents and staff,

In the French Department, we are very excited to be hosting a group of fourteen exchange students from the Marseille region in France this spring.  Short of going to another country oneself, hosting a peer is the most wonderful way to make cross-cultural connections. Sometimes, students and families even form life-long friendships as a result of such exchanges! Your child does NOT have to be a French student to take advantage of this opportunity!

We need 14 families for the students and 1 or 2 families for the 2 teachers for the week. Most students are 15-16 years old, but two students are in a post-high school computer science program and are 19 years old. The students will be arriving early Wednesday evening, April 22nd, and departing Wednesday, April 29, when they will leave to spend a day in NYC before returning to France. If you are interested, PLEASE contact (Madame) Pai Rosenthal as soon as possible, at; please put “Hosting” in the subject field.  

In addition, HHS will be hosting 2 teacher interns from France from May 18 – June 5 who will be working with our French students! We are seeking 1 to 2 families to host these two young adults during that time. It promises to be a rewarding experience! This might be an especially nice opportunity for any families with emptying nests. If you have neighbors in the community who do not have children in the school, but who may be interested in hosting, please pass this information on. If interested, PLEASE contact  (Madame) Pai Rosenthal, at; please put “Hosting Interns” in the subject field.  

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Community Conversation on Teen Stress; Fostering Wellness and Resiliency

The second annual Community Conversation on Teen Stress: Fostering Wellness and Resiliency will be held on May 9, 2015, at Hayfield Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Marc Brackett, Ph.D. (the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) will be the keynote speaker. Tracy Cross, Ph.D. (Professor at The College of William and Mary and Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development), will speak in the afternoon about perfectionism and adolescent suicidality. In addition, breakout sessions led by FCPS staff members and guest presenters will be offered and a variety of exhibitors will be present.


College Stinger Series

In an effort to provide students with important post-secondary information, Student Services will be offering five college planning information sessions during Stinger periods during the month of April. We are lucky to have representatives from the University of Mary Washington, George Mason University, and NOVA coming to share their insight and college knowledge for some of these important topics. To attend a presentation, students must get permission from their Stinger teacher first. Be sure to sign in when you arrive.


April 10/Stinger 5             Criteria Used to Admit Students, Lecture Hall
April 14/Stinger 7             Senior Panel, Library
April 23/Stinger 3             Narrowing Your Choices, Lecture Hall
April 27/Stinger 5             Financial Aid, Lecture Hall
April 29/Stinger 7             NOVA Presentation, Lecture Hall


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).

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AP Testing Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to help proctor the AP exams May 4 – 15.  To give the AP exams, we have to have a certain number of proctors in the room.  You will be helping the head proctor and each exam lasts about 31/2 hours.  They are given both in the morning and afternoon.   We have had wonderful help from parents in the past and you do not have to have a student taking an AP class to volunteer.  If you are interested, please contact Melody Cariello at 703-810-2307 or Betsy Knoizen Bosworth at 703-810-2302 and we can work with your schedule.


AP- Pre-Adminstration Sessions

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. 



Grade Level



April 8


Stinger 3 & Teacher Advisory


April 14


Stinger 7 & 8


April 21


Stinger 1 & 2



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.


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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.

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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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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YEARBOOK PRE-ORDER UPDATE! - The deadline to pre-order your yearbook online is May 9th! Pre-order your book online at with school code 8967. After May 9th, students will be able to pre-order with a completed form and check made out to the school until we sell out.  The form is attached to this email and they are available in room 229 and the main office. Our final price increase for the year to $85 is in effect.


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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

The Senior Class Trip to Kings Dominion is now on June 12th. Please turn in all forms and payment to the black office no later than May 8th. The updated permission form is attached.

Guys get ready for Prom! - Metropolitan Formalwear inside Sears in Fair Oaks Mall is offering a 2015 Prom Special and also donating to the Herndon All Night Grad Party: $40 off your Prom Tux!  Also, for each order from a Herndon student, $5 will be donated to the Herndon ANGP! Visit

Jimmy’s Guest Bartending Fundraiser – Thursday, April 30 from 6-10PM.  There will be lots of raffles and lots of FUN! Spread the word!

ANG Tickets:   Don’t forget to purchase your All Night Grad Ticket for $60 and $62 on paypal.  This year is flying by and ticket prices increase to $70/$72 on paypal on May 1.  So buy your ANG ticket now.  Forms and paypal options are available on our website   Checks can be made out to HHS PTSA DAFA.   There will be forms available for student’s pickup in the black office or on-line.  We really encourage all students to attend this fun event.  Forms are available in the counselors office for reduced fee forms.

Parent Sign-up Genius for Volunteers for the All Night Grad Party - Parents from grades 9, 10, 11 are needed to help set up for the event in the evening.  Underclass parents are not required to work the late shifts but to help for set-up.  We need at least 10 parents from each of these grades to sign-up.  This is so the senior parents can spend time with the seniors and families before the party. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.  Below is the sign-up genius

Senior graduation slide show – Pictures needed.  Email the pictures to  Please send up to 8 pictures of your student.  Any question please ask Katie.

Herndon Spirit Items -   Directories are $1, Rally Towels are $2, Graduation Yard Signs are $20 (order forms on,  Flags are $30 (order forms on  If you would like any of these items please email Kathy Blystone 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

Coates Elementary School: Students needed for Science Fair judging on April 16th between 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  Please contact to get involved.

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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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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


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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