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Writing Center

Family Fun Night

Alcanza College Fair


SAT & ACT Mock Test

College Fair/Night

Homecoming Dance


Academic Advising

Tutoring/SAT Practice


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.

Herndon Writing Center Workshops

Attention all students applying to college! The Herndon Writing Center is hosting a College Essay Workshop Series this Fall in room 230. All students are welcome!
Thursday, September 25 at 2:15 pm in room 230: Choosing a Topic
Our first workshop will focus on choosing an essay topic, which is often the most daunting task for many students. Students will engage in exercises to help them narrow down and feel confident about their potential essay topic. Students can sign-up for this workshop on the HWC bulletin board at the top of the stairs closest to Door 5 or here:
Thursday, October 2 at 2:15 pm in room 230: Revising and Refining
Our second workshop will focus on revising and refining students’ essays. Students are welcome to this workshop regardless of where they are in the writing process; they can bring notes, outlines, drafts, or nearly-finished pieces. Students will have the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from HHS English teachers during this workshop. Students can sign-up for this workshop on the HWC bulletin board at the top of the stairs closest to Door 5 or here:
Questions? Contact Ms. Gillen ( or Ms. Jewell ( We hope to see you there!

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night at the Herndon Community Center Attached is the flyer for the Kids at Hope Fall Family Fun Night at the Herndon Community Center! It will take place Friday, September 26th from 7- 9:30 pm and the cost is only $2 per person. There will be swimming, a showing of the Lego movie and popcorn and refreshments.  All hornet families are welcome!

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Alcanza College Fair 

George Mason University will be hosting the 14th Annual Alcanza College Fair on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, from 9 am – 1:30 pm. This free college fair informs Latino high school students about their opportunities in higher education, and over 150 colleges from all over the nation will be in attendance.  This field trip will be open to all 11th and 12th grade Hispanic students with aspirations of attending college.  Transportation is provided.  Field trip forms permission forms are available from your school counselor.  There will be an informational meeting for students interested in attending this trip on Tuesday, September 23, during Stinger. 
For more info:


PSAT INFORMATION (10th & 11th grades)
On October 15, 2014, students in grades ten, and eleven will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).   While only students in grade eleven are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, we know that taking the test in earlier grades provides excellent practice for taking the PSAT in grade eleven and for taking the SAT.   The registration form is available here and also available in the Black Office or through 4th period teachers.  Please return all registrations and payments to the Black Office by October 1st. Students 11th grade must register and pay for the PSAT in order to receive a score report and be entered into the NMSQT (juniors only).    Registration is automatic and paid for by the county for all 10th grade students.  The cost is $17 until Oct. 1, and $22 after that date. Students may prepare for the test by visiting and reviewing the PSAT Student Bulletin (to be distributed to students during the week of September 22rd). 
On October 15, 2014, students in ninth grade will take the ReadiStep test instead of the PSAT.  Registration for students is automatic and paid for by the county.  All students who take this test will receive a detailed score report.  ReadiStep is a college readiness assessment aligned with the PSAT and developed for ninth grade students.  Additional information about the assessment can be found at:
We encourage you to discuss these testing opportunities with your student.  Please contact Lindsay Gadd (703-810-2473) with any questions.

SAT & ACT Mock Test

The Herndon HS PTSA & Applerouth Tutoring are partnering to offer an SAT & ACT Mock Test Event
Date:    October 18th
Time:    9:00 am – 1:30 pm, Registration begins at 8:30
Location: Herndon High School
COST: $20 (Proceeds benefit the Herndon High School PTSA)
Register at:  - SAT: M130117  -  ACT: M130118
Students can receive their score reports during the presentation on October 22 at 7 pm at Herndon HS
Complimentary admission to the exams is available to students in the free and reduced lunch program. Please e-mail Melvin Jones ( for more information.


College Fair and College Night

The FCPS College Fair will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Fair Oaks Mall from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.  The following evening, Monday, October 20, 2014, the FCPS College Night Program will be held at Hayfield Secondary School from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
The FCPS College Fair and College Night events offer a venue for high school students/parents to meet with colleges/universities to share information and answer questions about their institutions.  Approximately 350-400 colleges annually attend these events.  The College Fair traditionally draws approximately 10,000 students and parents.  College Night, held the following evening, attracts between 4,000 and 5,000 attendees.  In addition to the open-fair setting, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process. 
Students are highly encouraged to register for these events at:
The 2014 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered on November 11, 12, and 13. Twenty-four languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinia, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. School counselors will register students at their individual schools.
Registration opens on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8 a.m. and closes on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Credit exam information can be accessed at:
Three regional ESOL Parent Meetings are being held this fall: October 21 at Stuart High School, November 5 at Chantilly HS, and November 12 at Mount Vernon High School.   All three events are from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  The intended audience is parents/guardians of all FCPS students receiving ESOL services, (WIDA English language proficiency (ELP) levels 1-4).  These events will provide parents with information about ESOL services, advanced academic in FCPS, preparing children for college and career, and ways in which they can support their children’s education.  Exhibits will feature resources available from FCPS and community organizations.
Information regarding the ESOL Parent Meetings will be disseminated through multiple media outlets by the Office of ESOL Services, ISD and Department of  Communications and Community Outreach (DCCO).  To encourage attendance at these events, schools are asked to help reinforce notification about the ESOL parent meetings in the following way.  Two weeks prior to the event closest to your school, ESOL teachers and parent liaisons are being asked to distribute the same flyer to ESOL students/families in your school as a reminder.   Flyers in English and translated flyers in Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese are being electronically distributed to ESOL teachers and parent liaisons.  Please include information about these events in your school newsletters and announcements.  Local media, including local foreign language press, are also publicizing these events. Thank you for your support and cooperation in making these parent outreach events successful. For further information, contact PreK-12 ESOL Services at (571) 423-4660.
Information about these events is available at the following link:


Homecoming Dance

Theme: Carnival
Date: October 11th
Time: 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Locatio: HHS Main Gym
Tickets: $20 sold in the cafeteria

Students need their permission slip to  buy tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door. Please bring your Student
ID to the dance


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Order Information

2015 yearbooks are already on sale! Order online at and use our school code 8967.

Yearbooks are only $75 until January 1st. Don’t wait for the price increase--ORDER NOW!

Questions? Contact

Senior Portraits

The cut-off date to have your portrait included in the yearbook is October 18th. Lifetouch is holding their last make-up sessions at HHS on Wednesday, October 1st and Thursday, October 2nd in the cafeteria. Students must have an appointment time to get their portrait taken.

Students must have an appointment time to get their portrait taken. After the 2nd, students have until October 18th to get their portrait taken by Lifetouch in Baltimore. Parents and seniors with questions or who are looking to make adjustments to appointment times should contact Lifetouch directly through their Customer Call Center at 800-445-1189 or

**Please note that the yearbook staff DOES NOT accept portrait submissions from 3rd party photographers. If your student wants to be included in the headshot/people pages, then they must have their portrait taken with Lifetouch.

Additional Information on Portraits

Underclassmen Picture Day(s) are Tuesday, 9/9 and Wednesday, 9/10. Your student will have their picture taken during their English or ESOL on one of these two days. In order to purchase the pictures, students must come with their cash/check and form already filled out. You should have received your form from Lifetouch in the mail; if you need an extra form, they are available in the main office.
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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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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


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

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):


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.


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: