Please click the links provided to review the announcements for this week.
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 www.fcps.edu and click on FCPS Cares to share with everyone. FCPS Cares Cards are also available in the main office.
Share Your Graduation Ceremony Photos on Twitter and Facebook
FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures from this year's graduation or promotion ceremonies on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #fcpsgrad15. We will retweet some of the photos on the FCPS Twitter page, found at www.twitter.com/fcpsnews, and share some of the photos on the FCPS Facebook page, found at www.facebook.com/fcpsva. #fcpsgrad15
If your son/daughter will not be returning to Herndon High School next year, please let us know. By filling out the form at this link http://www.fcps.edu/it/forms/it110.pdf, we can be prepared to get academic records to the right school for you and we can better plan for school here for next year. Please return completed forms to Herndon’s Student Services office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today or to share your activity ideas you’d like to conduct. I look forward to hearing from you.
- 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 (email@example.com) or Noreen McCann, Visitors Services Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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!
Service Learning Opportunity
SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Service learning is a teaching method that involves students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Connecting classrooms with the community provides a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact on the community and their roles as active contributors to society. Throughout the year students can visit the Volunteer Fairfax Just for Youth webpage.
Youth Service Opportunities Directory:
Volunteer Fairfax’s 2014-2015 Youth Service Opportunities Directory provides an easy and accessible resource for students to find service opportunities. There are two editions: under 18 and under 12, which are both sorted by mission area, geographic location, and required minimum age.
Service Learning Verification
Once students have completed their service learning they should complete the verification form attached. The completed form along with the reflection should be turned into their school counselor. Students may also keep track of their own service learning experiences by using the Family Connection program on their 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) page. In the Family Connection program, students should click on “about me” and then “resume.” They can then add a “Volunteer Service” entry with the details of the service learning experience.
Red Shoe 5k Run and Walk
Come out on May 17, 2015 to help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC for our Fifth Annual Red Shoe 5K Run & Walk. This family friendly race helps support the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Sign up today to participate!www.redshoe5k.org
Literacy Grant due May 21
Dollar General is awarding $4000 grants to implement literacy programs and/or purchase technology, books, and other materials to support literacy programs. For information and to apply, visit the website. Check out the "Literacy" folder under the Other Projects tab for service project ideas related to literacy, like Glasgow MS's use of smart pens to create a reading partnership with elementary school students.
In just 2 hours, you can make a difference for hungry children in Herndon! 1 in 3 Chilfren in Herndon struggle with hunger. Let’s work together to change the math. Help package 10,000 meals to be shared locally. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:00 am at Herndon Middle School located at 901 Locust Street, Herndon, VA. To volunteer go to www.herndonhungerendshere.com.
Fairfax County Health Department - Herndon-Reston District Office
This Administrative Volunteer will provide assistance to the district office staff by preparing charts and helping with registration of clients during STD clinic. This volunteer position is ideal for individuals who enjoy interacting with people, is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference and get involved with their community. Purpose: Provide assistance to the district office staff Duties: Preparing charts and helping with registration of clients Benefits: Free Hepatitis and Flu vaccine for volunteers Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Nicole Murray, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100, Reston, VA
Fairfax County Health Department - Herndon-Reston District Office
The Greeter will be the first contact clients have when arriving at the Health Department and will set the stage for our great customer service and ability to meet our client's needs. The Greeter will assist clients with necessary paperwork for clinics and guide them through our process for services they've come to receive. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference and help members of the community. Purpose: Provide assistance to the district office staff Duties: Preparing charts and helping with registration of clients Benefits: Free Hepatitis, Flu vaccine and TB screening for volunteers Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Nicole Murray, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100, Reston, VA
Hexagon Art Project
The Hexagon Project invites students in grades PreK-12 to create hexagons as a symbol of interconnectedness and global citizenship. The 2015 theme is "Solutions." Students have the option of creating art that represents solutions to global issues such as homelessness and global warming. Students are also encouraged to develop their collaboration skills by working together on the project. It's a perfect project to teach those “Portrait of a Graduate” skills! There are awards but the organizers make an effort to display all submitted artwork. Students may submit between May 1 and June 30. For details visit the website: http://hexagonproject.org/.
Volunteer Assistant Coaches Needed!
The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC is looking for Volunteers at all of our Northern, Virginia and DC area locations. We begin our season shortly and expect over 1000 kids to participate this year. We do programs at Sterling Golf Club, Leesburg Golf Club, Woody's Golf Range, Hilltop Golf Club, Ft. Belvoir Golf Club, East Potomac Park Golf Course, and Langston Golf Club. We have needs on weeknights and weekends. Please help us spread the word of this great program and help us positively influence the lives of the young people around us!
Summer Reading Program Volunteer (Herndon Fortnightly Library)
Description: Helps to ensure a successful Summer Reading Program by assisting with registration, programs and other related tasks.
Agency/Organization Name: Herndon Fortnightly Library
Minimum Age: 12
Location: 768 Center St., Herndon, VA 20170
Youth Volunteer (Herndon Fortnightly Library)
Description: Provides general assistance as needed to library staff.
Agency/Organization Name: Herndon Fortnightly Library
Minimum Age: 12
Location: 768 Center St., Herndon, VA 20170
Youth Historical Interpreter (Sully Historic Site)
Description: Do you like history? Do you like to learn? Volunteer at Sully Historic Site teaching a wide range of audiences about Sully's history as the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee. If you like history and have a desire to share your knowledge with others than Sully might be right for you!
Agency/Organization Name: FCP: Sully Historic Site
Minimum Age: 12
Location: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151
Description: Serve Your Community, Serve as an Election Officer!! Work At the Polls on Election Day! Fairfax County needs dedicated individuals who take pride in their work, are patient and enjoy working with people, who follow directions, and are detail-oriented.
Bilingual citizens are encouraged! Qualified citizens must:
- be a registered Virginia voter
- be fluent in English
- fulfill Federal I-9 employment requirements
- attend a training class
- have basic computer skills
Agency/Organization Name: Office of Elections
Minimum Age: 17
Reston Front/Backyard Landscaping Help
Pathway Homes, Inc. residents living in houses in North County (Reston)) need your help raking and bagging leaves, trimming bushes. Teams of 3-4 volunteers could make all the difference for these residents and Pathway Homes. This is a great opportunity for a small team of volunteers to come on out and get some exercise while enjoying the company of friends/family and making a difference. http://pathwayhomes.org.
Northern Virginia Tour de Cure
What: Tour de Cure is a challenging cycling event that allows both the avid and recreational cyclist to raise money for diabetes research, advocacy, and information programs. 1,800 cyclists in the Northern Virginia Area participate as part of a team individually. All funds raised support the American Diabetes Association in our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lived of all people affected by diabetes.
Why Volunteer: Make a personal impact on the community, especially on those living with diabetes. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. As a Tour de Cure volunteer, you are guaranteed to make new friends, expand your professional network, and boost your social skills. Not to mention the event is a lot of fun with giveaways from vendors, free lunch, free breakfast, etc.
When: Volunteer any time Sunday, June 7th from 2:30am-5:00pm
What Volunteers Will Do: Tasks vary on what time of day you arrive. Volunteer duties range from set up, clean up, greeters, registration, food servers, bike marshals, SAG drivers, cheerleaders, crossing guards, rest stop/water stop supervisors, first aid and more.
Where Ride Starts: Reston Town Center, 1818 Discovery St, Reston VA 20190. The rides goes along the W&OD trail through Purcellville VA to Marshal VA. We need volunteers to cover the geographical spectrum of the ride.
Cat Care Giver - Cleaner/Feeder
Fancy Cats Rescue Team is looking for volunteers to provide cat care at our Fair Lakes adoption center location. Cat care includes: providing fresh food and water, cleaning cages, and most importantly paying special attention to the cats. Yes, you get to play with the cats...they love the attention and you will love the fun of being with them. Volunteers are needed for morning and evening shifts (a shift is approximately one hour long). We are looking for someone to volunteer on a regular basis. Please complete a Volunteer Application at www.fancycats.org. Pull down the How You Can Help tab and fill out the appropriate application. We need your help now!!! Bonnie Paul - Please send an email to email@example.com for more information. I'm glad to help!
Attendance Procedures Reminders/Protocols
IF A STUDENT WILL BE ABSENT:
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.
IF A STUDENT ARRIVES LATE TO SCHOOL:
- 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
IF A STUDENT NEEDS TO CHECK OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY, YOU SHOULD:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
PARKING AT HUMC
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.
- Emergency Care Information Form or Update Emergency Care Information Online
- Health Information
- Students Rights & Responsibilities - Parent Guardian Signature Sheet - page 3
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):
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: http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/9RX4N8700B88/$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.
- Tsehay Elias-Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®-703-324-7459 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Krissa Slone- Volunteer & Partnership Services - 703-324-7745- email@example.com
- Natalie Bailey- African-American Cultural Focus- 703-324-3617- Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: 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: email@example.com.