This Week in Stallion Sports

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This Week in Stallion Sports:

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Week of September 27

 

 September 28 – Volleyball v Lake Braddock – 5:45/7:15pm

                            Field Hockey v Woodson (Senior Night) – 6:15/7:30pm

                            Football @ Woodbridge – 7pm

September 29 –   Patriot District Golf Conference Final @ Laurel Hill – 10am

                            Cross Country @ Wakefield – 5pm

September 30 –   Freshmen / JV Football v Mt Vernon – 5:30/7:15pm        

                            Volleyball v Alexandria City – 5:45/7:15pm

                             Field Hockey v Robinson – 6:15/7:30pm

October 2 -         Cross Country Octoberfest Invitational

                               @ Great Meadow Park – 10am

                           Football @ Mt Vernon – 4pm

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Schoology
  • FLE Opt-Out
  • Yearbook News
  • TAG Day
  • PSAT/NMSQT Testing
  • Activity Office News
  • SOCO Gold Out
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • From The PTSO
  • FCPS Cares
From the Principal

Family,

We have made it through another week and we are still settling in.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to get our feet firmly planted.  Students and staff are truly reconnecting and we are fully engaged in our Family culture.  Thank you for sending your students to work with us.

This week we will begin running late busses for students to be able to stay after school to work with teachers or to attend club meetings.  Late bus days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  In order for students to work with teachers, they must first arrange a time with that teacher ahead of time.  Students will be given a pass by their teacher and will then be released to busses which will depart from school at approximately 4:30pm.  I hope that students will take advantage of these opportunities. 

I wanted to thank the parents who helped to put together the Senior Night for our Golf Team this past week.  It was very nice to congratulate our 5 Seniors and to thank them for representing our school so well. 

I want to also thank all of our Families and friends who have come out to support our school and our students.  Our athletic events continue to be well attended both at home and away, the PTSO’s Fall Craft Fair, and just your support of our teachers through notes and messages.  Your impact on our school is without a doubt felt on so many levels. 

On behalf of the office of transportation, I want to apologize for any issues that have been created due to a shortage of bus drivers. Transportation is working diligently to ensure every student has a reliable means to arrive to and get home from school.  In some instances, this has not been possible.  We are continuing to work with transportation to fill any gaps and look forward to no longer having any issues.  If you happen to know of anyone who is willing to drive school busses and assist in the South County pyramid, please share this link with them.  Bus drivers are being paid $22.91 hourly in FCPS!

The PSAT is quickly approaching and here is some very important information from our Assessment Coach Mr. Chris Bird about the assessment:

The PSAT and SAT School Day will be taking place on Wednesday, October 13. South County will operate on a two-hour early release schedule.

  • 12th Grade students who completed the SAT Intent to Test form by September 8 will be taking the SAT School Day and will be dismissed at approximately 12:50 PM
  • 12th grade students who will not be testing are encouraged to use this day to participate in civic engagement activities or other prearranged activities off site.
  • 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT/ NMSQT. They do not need to pre-register – there is a test available for every 10th and 11th grade student. They will be dismissed at approximately 12:50 PM.
  • 9th grade students will receive an asynchronous virtual assignment at home. This asynchronous high school activity will focus on the Academic and Career Plan(ACP), which supports students in planning towards graduation and their postsecondary goals. More information will be sent to 9th grade families in the weeks ahead.
  • Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B services) will continue to receive in-person instruction with a 2-hour early release on October 13.

If you have questions regarding the SAT School Day or PSAT, please contact Chris Bird, School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

Well that is all that I have for this week.  I look forward to another great week with your students. Please enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  Take care and continue to be safe.  #OneStallion

Gary

Schoology

All students have a Schoology account where they will access classroom materials, assignments, class/school-based announcements, and much more. All parents/guardians must have a Parentvue account set up first  and then the same username and password can be used to access their Schoology Account. Visit the Schoology Parent/Guardian Resource Kit , to learn how to log into your Schoology account and to access basic navigation features.

Below are some additional video resources to demonstrate what parents/guardians can see and do in Schoology – if you are able, please take a moment to view them:

Parents/Families Video: Welcome to Schoology

Schoology Support Video: What do Parents/Guardians See in Schoology

  

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt-Out Forms

If you wish to opt your student out of FLE, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to the subschool 1/2 at South County High School. 

  

From the Yearbook Staff Senior Quotes

Senior quotes are due NO LATER than November 23.  Once submitted, they will be looked over by editors.  We will not accept links, time stamps, or any questionable material that is not school appropriate.  Students can only submit ONE time and cannot change their quotes once submitted. To submit your quote, use the google link below:

https://forms.gle/TgJwBSmRjeLnpso49

Senior Portraits- New Dates

We would like to apologize for the confusion regarding senior portraits.  Lifetouch has added more dates for portraits over the next three months.  The new dates to get portraits taken (for the yearbook and to buy) are as follows:

October 16, 23,30 - Multipurpose Room - Door #13

November 6, 13, - Multipurpose Room - Door #13

December 1, 2, 3, 11- Multipurpose Room- Door #13

To register, visit https://prestigeportraits.com.

Students will need an eight digit code they received in the mail to register (if you do not have your code, please email jldelinski@fcps.edu).

Students who have previously taken a photo and want to schedule a retake, should email crocca@lifetouch.com

Purchasing Senior Ads and/or Yearbooks for 2021-2022

Yearbooks and senior ads can be purchased online at https://yearbookforever.com/

Yearbooks for 2020-2021

If you would like to buy a yearbook for the 2020-2021 year, you may bring $85 to Jennifer Delinski in room D108 to purchase a book.

If you pre-ordered a book last year but did not pick it up, please see Jennifer Delinski in room D108.

Summer Pics

The yearbook is looking for pictures for the summer section.  Specifically, we need pictures of students working summer jobs, going on summer trips, participating in summer camps or summer sports activities.  Please email any pictures you may have to Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu

Picture Retakes

Underclassmen-- Picture retakes will be on October 28 during advisory.

   

TAG Day You’ve been Tagged!

Saturday, September 18th  was Tag Day … the biggest fundraiser for the year for the South County Performing Arts Department.  It takes thousands of dollars more than the fees that are charged for each group to run a complete band, orchestra, choir or theater program.  To keep our fees low and keep the arts in our schools we depend on contributions from our incredible community.

Student teams came to your door asking for tax-deductible contributions to “Support the Music.”  Thank you to everyone who donated to our Performing Arts department!  But … if you weren’t home, you were tagged, or a self-addressed envelope was left on your door. There's still time if you would like the opportunity to donate to our Performing Arts programs, please include a donation in the envelope and drop it off at the school or mail the it to us.  Either way, don’t forget to keep the tag as the receipt for your tax deductible donation.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at all of our music and theater productions here at SCHS.

    

Testing Corner

From:              South County High School

Sent to:          All Parents of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students

Subject:          PSAT/NMSQT Testing

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 this fall. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and will be free of charge to enrolled FCPS students. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online. The purpose of this letter is to provide general information about the PSAT/NMSQT School Day opportunity.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment. 

  • Students will NOT need to register for the test in advance – a test will be available to every 10th and 11th grader at South County High School on October 13.
  • Information on activities for 9th graders for October 13th will be forthcoming.
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 13; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are cancelled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students who regularly use FCPS bus transportation.

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SCHS School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

 

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eleven-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

 

Senior Ads in Fall Sports Program

Celebrate your Senior participating in Football, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf, Cheer, Dance, or Marching Band with a Senior Ad in the Fall Sports Program! The deadline has been extended to September 27!  Please contact Elena Jordon at 703-302-0197 for more information.

   

  Gold Out Events SOCO Field Hockey Gold Out

South County vs. Alexandria City

Thursday- September 30, 2021

Freshman & JV @5:45; Varsity @7:15 P.M.

South County High School Gym

Adults: $6.00 Students: $5.00

Sponsored by: Krafft Service Corporation

  SOCO Volleyball Gold Out

South County vs. Woodson

Senior Night

Tuesday- September 28, 2021

JV @ 6:15; Varsity @7:30 P.M.

South County High School Stadium

Adults: $6.00 Students: $5.00

 

Childhood cancer FACTS: did you know …

  • Childhood Cancer is the #1 killer of American children by disease under the age of 19- more than all other childhood diseases combined.
  • Every day 43 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer- over 15,000 per year.
  • 1 in every 285 U.S. children will develop cancer before their 20th birthday; 1 in every 5 of these children will die at the average age of 8 years old.
  • Childhood cancer rates have increased by 24% over the past 40 years.
  • There are more than 12 major types of childhood cancer and over 100 subtypes.
  • Only 4% of all Federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer- childhood cancer non-profit organizations are critical.
  • 96% of all Federal funding for cancer research goes to adults yet children makeup 20% of our population
  • In the last 20 years, only 4 cancer treatments have been specifically developed and approved for children.
  • Childhood treatments require very different drugs than adult protocols, yet most use a variation of adult drugs due to a lack of research and trials.
  • Because of the treatments they had as children, more than 99% of childhood cancer survivors with have a chronic health problem and 96% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.

Awareness + Funding + Clinical Research +

New Drug Development + Trials =

Our Children’s Lives Saved

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

From the PTSO

It was wonderful meeting new parents and guardians at the Parent Principal Chat last week. If you missed it, no worries as we have another one for all parents and guardians next month (details to follow in a later email).

To learn more about the PTSO and get connected, please click here to visit our website.

Other ways to connect:

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out plus their calendar of events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

15th Annual South County Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters and PTSO are hosting our 15th annual South County Golf Classic fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on October 4th at Laurel Hill Golf Club. There are many ways to be a part of this community event and have fun while supporting South County High School. We are looking for sponsors, golfers, and volunteers!

Please click here to be a sponsor and/or register to golf.

Please click here to volunteer and/or donate a gift basket.

We appreciate your support!

 

All Night Grad Party (ANGP)

The ANGP planning has begun and we have several volunteer opportunities available. If you would like to get involved with ANGP or have any questions about the ANGP or a committee position please email the chairs at angp@southcountyptso.org. Click here to sign up for ANGP Committee.

Want to support an ANGP fundraiser? Go to SCHS PTSO MembershipToolkit here and scroll down for our store. We currently have 2021 White House Ornaments, class and student driver magnets, graduation lawn signs, and Flock a Friend available to purchase. You can also make an ANGP donation.

Join the SCHS Class of 2022 Facebook group to get information on upcoming events. This group is for parents of SOCO 2022 parents only.

 

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

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This Week in Stallion Sports

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This Week in Stallion Sports: PRESENTED BY: A Z Razo Construction

Schedule:

Week of September 20

 

September 20 – Field Hockey @ Alexandria City Schools – 6:15/7:30pm

 

September 21 - Golf v West Potomac @ Bell Haven CC – 4:00pm

                         Volleyball @ West Springfield – 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

 

September 22 – Cross Country v LB, WP, WS @ Franconia – 5pm

                        Field Hockey @ West Potomac – 6:15/7:30pm

 

September 23 – Volleyball @ Fairfax – 5:45/5:45/7:15pm

                         Fresh JV Football @ Justice – 5:30/7:00pm

 

September 24 – Football v Justice – 7pm

 

September 25 – Band Competition @ Herndon – 2pm

             RVA Relays @ Pole Green Park – 4pm

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • FLE Opt-Out
  • Schoology
  • Senior Pictures Announcement & Yearbooks
  • Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Fair
  • TAG Day
  • Select Digital Resources
  • PSAT/NMSQT Testing
  • Activity Office News
  • From The PTSO
  • SOCO Gold Out
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Emergency Care Information
  • FCPS Cares
From the Principal

Family,

 

I want to open with a huge thanks to everyone for helping us to keep a very safe and healthy school over the past two weeks. The challenges that COVID has manifested as a huge distraction and had not allowed us to focus on the things we really want to as it relates to instruction. But I am happy to report that we experienced a week free of new COVID cases. On top of that, the Health Department has closed out all of our previous cases. You are a big part of this success through your conversations with your children about what might be the most appropriate actions your child can take while out and about, as well as making sure that the vast majority of our students have been vaccinated. Thank you.

Building off of this, you may have already received information from our district offices informing you that beginning on September 25th, students who have been paused for an extended period of time, on or before the 3rd consecutive day out of school, that child’s teacher will either allow for live streaming into their classroom during whole class instruction, or will record and post any whole class instruction. Please know this is only for students who have been paused for COVID-related reasons at this time.

I would like to thank parents of our 9th graders who were able to come into the building on Friday for the Freshmen Parent’s Principal Chat. It was a great time to have some time to speak with them and to answer questions they had. I am looking forward to our next chat which will be open to all parents. Please be on the lookout for information concerning upcoming opportunities to pepper your favorite high school principal with questions in the near future from me or Ms. Ann Wilikie, our PTSO president.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have come together to work on the upcoming Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show. The PTSO has been joined by the South County Crew Team and Swim & Dive Team to put together a fantastic day of events. And the local community has gotten involved too! The South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce is holding a donation drive to re-stock the pantry at LCAC and the Emma Jordon Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation will host a Gold Out booth. Even Santa couldn't miss this great community event! He's making an early appearance this year since he couldn't visit last year. The Lorton Fire Volunteer Fire Department is sure to catch your attention when they deliver Santa with lights and sirens blaring. I hope everyone comes out to support this great fundraiser and community event!

Thank all of you for your cooperation and flexibility during the crisis we had involving the unfortunate image that had been posted on social media last week. I received some very good feedback about how I could have communicated better with our community and believe me I take it all to heart and will apply it should we be faced with anything like this in the future. As I have shared in the past, your voice is critical in the development of our culture and the direction our school travels. I also wanted to state that we had a number of students who did exactly what we needed them to do along the lines of reporting the matter to a trusted adult. Thank you for your support of your children.

I am going to need some additional conversations had with your children around this Tik Tok “mess” that is happening. For those of you who aren’t among the cool kids, there has been a challenge put out to students to steal school items from school and to then post their bounty online. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, we have experienced vandalism mostly in our bathrooms where soap dispensers have been pulled from the walls, or toilet paper has been taken from the bathroom stall. All of this creates a very unhealthy environment for our students and staff. If you find that your home is the new home for something that looks like school property, please return that item to school. We cannot afford to have our students’ health be at risk due to a prank. Any assistance you can provide to help us keep our building safe is appreciated.

I am going to wrap things up there and ask that you take a moment to smile at your child today and walk away. The curiosity will only make them ask why, and then you can get close to them and sneak in a hug. We all need one these days. Thanks again for all you do. I will chat with you again next week!

 

#OneStallion

Gary

Schoology

All students have a Schoology account where they will access classroom materials, assignments, class/school-based announcements, and much more. All parents/guardians must have a Parentvue account set up first  and then the same username and password can be used to access their Schoology Account. Visit the Schoology Parent/Guardian Resource Kit , to learn how to log into your Schoology account and to access basic navigation features.

Below are some additional video resources to demonstrate what parents/guardians can see and do in Schoology – if you are able, please take a moment to view them:

Parents/Families Video: Welcome to Schoology

Schoology Support Video: What do Parents/Guardians See in Schoology

  

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt-Out Forms

If you wish to opt your student out of FLE, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to the subschool 1/2 at South County High School. 

  

Senior Announcements and Yearbooks

Senior Quotes

Senior quotes are due NO LATER than November 23.  Once submitted, they will be looked over by editors.  We will not accept links, time stamps, or any questionable material that is not school appropriate.  Students can only submit ONE time and cannot change their quotes once submitted. To submit your quote, use the google link below:

https://forms.gle/TgJwBSmRjeLnpso49

Senior Portraits- New Dates

We would like to apologize for the confusion regarding senior portraits.  Lifetouch has added more dates for portraits over the next three months.  The new dates to get portraits taken (for the yearbook and to buy) are as follows:

October 16, 23,30 - Multipurpose Room - Door #13

November 6, 13, - Multipurpose Room - Door #13

December 1, 2, 3, 11- Multipurpose Room- Door #13

To register, visit https://prestigeportraits.com.

Students will need an eight digit code they received in the mail to register (if you do not have your code, please email jldelinski@fcps.edu).

Students who have previously taken a photo and want to schedule a retake, should email crocca@lifetouch.com

 

Purchasing Senior Ads and/or Yearbooks for 2021-2022

Yearbooks and senior ads can be purchased online at https://yearbookforever.com/

 

Yearbooks for 2020-2021

If you would like to buy a yearbook for the 2020-2021 year, you may bring $85 to Jennifer Delinski in room D108 to purchase a book.

If you pre-ordered a book last year but did not pick it up, please see Jennifer Delinski in room D108.

  Picture Retakes

Underclassmen-- Picture retakes will be on October 28 during advisory.

   

  Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show Get An Early Start to Your Holiday Shopping While Supporting the Class of 2022!

More than 50 craft vendors and artisans will offer their one-of-a-kind handcrafted items for sale at the Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show, an outdoor market in the bus parking lot at South County High School on Saturday, September 25.

Santa will be making an early visit to Lorton this year! The Lorton Volunteer Fire Department will bring Santa to the Festival on a fire truck at 9:20a! He will hang out for the Candy Cane Kids Fun Run at 9:30a, a run sponsored by the South County Swim & Dive Team - register for the Run here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167483600959

Following the run, Santa will be available for socially distanced photos with children from 10a-12n. My Yard Greetings has graciously donated a beautiful sign so parents can take their kids’ photos with Santa!

 

We have many opportunities to volunteer including students to earn service hours. Please go to the signup genius link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0949acaf2baafd0-lorton

We also need gift baskets for our raffle. Please go to the signup genius link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4EABAB2D6-fall

 

Additional Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show Events 9a-2p

    • Santa's Book Emporium -featuring gift baskets and bundle of used books, benefitting the South County Crew Team
  • Greetings for the Troops - write and color a greeting to be sent to deployed US Military troops. Hosted by the SCHS Military Connected Youth
  • Decorate a pumpkin (for donation) at the Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation booth.
  • The South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce will host a booth to collect much needed pantry items for the Lorton Community Action Center. Donations of:
  • Baby wipes
  • Canned fruit
  • Dried beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Snacks – individual, kid-friendly
  • Proceeds from the Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show will help to fund the Class of 2022 Final Stampede. For more information, go to the PTSO website www.southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com or the event Facebook page: @LortonHolidayExtravaganza.
TAG Day You’ve been Tagged!

 

Saturday was Tag Day … the biggest fundraiser for the year for the South County Performing Arts Department.  It takes thousands of dollars more than the fees that are charged for each group to run a complete band, orchestra, choir or theater program.  To keep our fees low and keep the arts in our schools we depend on contributions from our incredible community.

 

Student teams came to your door Saturday asking for tax-deductible contributions to “Support the Music.”  Thank you to everyone who donated to our Performing Arts department!  But … if you weren’t home, you were tagged, or a self-addressed envelope was left on your door.  If you would still like the opportunity to donate to our Performing Arts programs, please include a donation in the envelope and drop it off at the school or mail the it to us.  Either way, don’t forget to keep the tag as the receipt for your tax deductible donation.

 

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at all of our music and theater productions here at SCHS.

 

    

Consent for Select Digital Resources

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.


Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

 

Testing Corner

From:              South County High School

Sent to:          All Parents of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students

Subject:          PSAT/NMSQT Testing

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 this fall. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and will be free of charge to enrolled FCPS students. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online. The purpose of this letter is to provide general information about the PSAT/NMSQT School Day opportunity.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment. 

  • Students will NOT need to register for the test in advance – a test will be available to every 10th and 11th grader at South County High School on October 13.
  • Information on activities for 9th graders for October 13th will be forthcoming.
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 13; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are cancelled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students who regularly use FCPS bus transportation.

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SCHS School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

 

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

 

Senior Ads in Fall Sports Program

Celebrate your Senior participating in Football, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf, Cheer, Dance, or Marching Band with a Senior Ad in the Fall Sports Program! The deadline has been extended to September 13th!  Please contact Elena Jordon at 703-302-0197 or elenajordon@gmail.com for more information.

   

From the PTSO

Hello Stallion Family! We had our first General Membership meeting Monday night and it was wonderful seeing people and making connections. I shared how the past year and a half have been really hard dealing with COVID and the isolation that comes with it and that we would love the PTSO to be a place to reconnect with each other and build relationships. We would also love to hear more voices from staff, parents, guardians, and students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions, concerns, or ideas on how we may serve you by emailing pres@southcountyptso.org.

 

To view the minutes from this General Membership meeting, please click here.

Speaking of connecting, we have several ways to keep in touch; please follow us or sign up with at least one of the following.

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out plus their calendar of events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

 

All Night Grad Party (ANGP)

 

The ANGP planning has begun and we have several volunteer opportunities available. If you would like to get involved with ANGP or have any questions about the ANGP or a committee position please email the chairs at angp@southcountyptso.org. Click here to sign up for ANGP Committee.

 

Want to support an ANGP fundraiser? Go to SCHS PTSO MembershipToolkit here and scroll down for our store. We currently have 2021 White House Ornaments, class and student driver magnets, graduation lawn signs, graduation seat raffle, and Flock a Friend available to purchase. You can also make an ANGP donation.

 

Join the SCHS Class of 2022 Facebook group to get information on upcoming events. This group is for parents of SOCO 2022 parents only.

15th Annual South County Golf Classic

 

The South County High School Athletic Boosters and PTSO are hosting our 15th annual South County Golf Classic fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on October 4th at Laurel Hill Golf Club. There are many ways to be a part of this community event and have fun while supporting South County High School. We are looking for sponsors, golfers, and volunteers!

 

Please click here to be a sponsor and/or register to golf.

 

Please click here to volunteer and/or donate a gift basket.  

We appreciate your support!

 

SOCO Gold Out

More info coming soon about planned Gold Out Events

 in support of Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation.

    

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

Update Your Emergency Care Information Through weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, telephone, and text messages.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

  

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • FLE Opt-Out
  • School Photo Updates
  • TAG Day
  •  Post-Secondary Planning Q&A
  • Select Digital Resources
  • Schoology
  • PSAT/NMSQT Testing
  • Activity Office News
  • From The PTSO
  • SOCO Gold Out
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Emergency Care Information
  • FCPS Cares
From the Principal

Family,

As I told the staff, finally a short week that had the semblance of a short week. Take away the mask wearing, the attempts at social distancing, and the pandemic, it was pretty much normal!  While I am being a bit silly, it actually was a pretty decent week of work from our learning community stakeholders.  

As the administrative team continues to wrap our heads around logistics as they relate to having our entire student body back in the building full time in the midst of the COVID environment, I am pleased to say that our teaching, counseling, and support staff have been leading the way in every other area ensuring that our student needs are being met.  I hope that everyone can appreciate the amount of collaboration and work that is going on every day. Our students and staff are creating pathways to success and I am honored to be a part of their efforts. 

Yesterday, Mr. Warren Carrington and Mrs. Kat Ohlmeyer worked along with students and parents to help beautify our school grounds as a Military Connected Youth project and Patriot Day!  Together, this group of awesome volunteers worked to make South County HS a great place to call a second home!

Speaking of our second home, I had to send a message to students yesterday discouraging some poor behavior because we have had some instances of vandalism in our building.  Some preliminary research and investigation has led us to believe it is tied to a new Tik Tok challenge.  Most recently they have involved the removal of soap dispensers in our student bathrooms.  This is particularly concerning due to the need for our students to be able to wash and sanitize their hands on a regular basis.  I am bringing this to you to ask for your support in having conversations about the importance of us maintaining a safe and healthy learning space. I thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.  

This year we will continue to have our safety protocols monitored by visiting school safety teams.  Last year we were commended for our efforts and this work has continued into this year.  This past week we again received high marks for our efforts to support the mitigation strategies to keep our building clean and safe.  Huge kudos to our phenomenal custodial team who lead this charge with continual sanitizing of the building throughout the day.  If you happen to come across one of these dedicated staff members in your travels, please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

Keeping on the health and safety line, I would like to also report that we have begun to see a trend of fewer students having to go to the Cares Room as well as the number of cases that we have seen leading toward the end of the week. Please continue to monitor the health of your students prior to sending them to school as well as having those important conversations around safe practices. Kudos to you all!

This week we have our first PTSO General Meeting. You can find more details on the meeting further down in this week’s newsletter.  We are looking for more quality members to serve in various capacities.  I have asked our staff to also be engaged in the PTSO this year and many have already stepped up to take on that challenge. Your voice is an important one and I hope that you will use the PTSO as a method of sharing your voice.

At the end of the week I will be hosting our Freshman Parent Principal’s Coffee on this Friday at 9:00am.  I look forward to our conversation as these talks always open my eyes to some things that I may not have had my attention on. As I have stated earlier, your voice is very important to the development of our building culture. 

 Well that is all I have for this edition. I hope that you enjoy the remainder of this weekend.  Please take care and continue to be safe.  #OneStallion

Gary

Family Life Education (FLE) Opt-Out Forms

If you wish to opt your student out of FLE, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to the subschool 1/2 at South County High School. 

  

School Photo Updates

Seniors- the yearbook is aware of the scheduling issues for senior photos and is currently working with Lifetouch to secure more dates and make the process less frustrating.  We apologize for issues so far.  We will put out an announcement on Monday with updated information.

Underclassmen-- Picture retakes will be on October 28 during advisory.

   

TAG Day

Next Saturday, September 18th, the SOCO Fine and Performing Arts Department will be hosting their annual tag day event!  Students will canvas the community asking for donations to help support our programs.  Money donated goes towards equipment, uniforms, instruction, music, and supporting students with financial needs in our programs.

Last year we did not have the ability to fundraise due to COVID-19, so our programs will be working hard to raise funds, and your support would be greatly appreciated.  All donations are tax deductible, and if you are not home when the students come knocking, you can mail in your check.  Please consider donating to help support our programs and our hard-working students.

    

 Post-Secondary Planning Q&A Session

Reminder: Senior Parent/Guardian Q&A coming up 9/15/21

Student Services will be hosting a post-secondary planning Q&A session on Wednesday, 9/15/21 at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria for senior parents or guardians. This is an informal event meant to address follow-up questions you may have after participating in our Class of 2022 post-secondary planning information program held on 9/9/21. If you missed it, a recording is available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re8DOMLVCCcThis  Please note the Q&A session is intended to address general questions, while specific questions regarding an individual student should be directed to their school counselor. 

   

Consent for Select Digital Resources

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.


Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

 

Schoology

We have distributed the majority of laptops to our students, many students are now beginning to access their Schoology accounts. Schoology is FCPS’ newly adopted learning management system which serves as a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.

All students have a Schoology account where they will access classroom materials, assignments, class/school-based announcements, and much more. All parents/guardians must have a Parentvue account set up first  and then the same username and password can be used to access their Schoology Account. Visit the Schoology Parent/Guardian Resource Kit , to learn how to log into your Schoology account and to access basic navigation features.

Below are some additional video resources to demonstrate what parents/guardians can see and do in Schoology – if you are able, please take a moment to view them:

Parents/Families Video: Welcome to Schoology

Schoology Support Video: What do Parents/Guardians See in Schoology

     

Testing Corner

From:              South County High School

Sent to:          All Parents of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students

Subject:          PSAT/NMSQT Testing

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 this fall. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and will be free of charge to enrolled FCPS students. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online. The purpose of this letter is to provide general information about the PSAT/NMSQT School Day opportunity.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment. 

  • Students will NOT need to register for the test in advance – a test will be available to every 10th and 11th grader at South County High School on October 13.
  • Information on activities for 9th graders for October 13th will be forthcoming.
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 13; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are cancelled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students who regularly use FCPS bus transportation.

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SCHS School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

 

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

 

Senior Ads in Fall Sports Program

Celebrate your Senior participating in Football, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf, Cheer, Dance, or Marching Band with a Senior Ad in the Fall Sports Program! The deadline has been extended to September 13th!  Please contact Elena Jordon at 703-302-0197 or elenajordon@gmail.com for more information.

   

From the PTSO

We hope you are all healthy and well. We have a lot going on this week and would love to see you!

General membership meeting Monday, September 13 at 7pm in the school library.

All Night Grad Party (ANGP) meeting Wednesday, September 15 at 7 pm in the school library.

Parent Principal Chat (for freshmen parents & new parents) Friday, September 17 at 9 am in the Cafeteria.

*Per FCPS guidelines, masks are required for meetings.

If you would like to join the PTSO, please click here. Please email pres@southcountyptso.org for any questions.

Finally, we use several methods to keep in touch; please follow us or sign up with at least one of the following.

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out plus their calendar of events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

 

All Night Grad Party (ANGP)

The ANGP planning has begun. We have several volunteer opportunities available. If you would like to get involved with ANGP or have any questions about the ANGP or a committee position please email the chairs at angp@southcountyptso.org. Click here to sign up for ANGP Committee or attend the ANGP meeting September 15 at 7 pm in the library.

Want to support ANGP fundraiser? Go to SCHS PTSO MembershipToolkit here and scroll down for our store. We currently have 2021 White House Ornaments, class and student driver magnets, graduation lawn signs, graduation seat raffle, and Flock a Friend available to purchase. You can also make an ANGP donation.

 

Join the SCHS Class of 2022 Facebook group to get information on upcoming events. This group is for parents of SOCO 2022 parents only.

 

LORTON FALL FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW

The PTSO hosted LORTON FALL FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 25th. Want to volunteer at the event?   Watch for our Sign-Up Genius coming soon!

We will have something for everyone!

50+ vendors

Candy Cane Kids Fun Run-Hosted by the Swim & Dive Team-register kids here.

Santa’s Book Emporium-Hosted by the Crew Team

Photo op with Santa (Holiday Display Donated by My Yard Greetings)

Pumpkin Decorating

Military Connected Youth will have supplies to Create Greetings for our Troops

Food Trucks and more!!!!

We are still accepting vendors, school clubs, groups and teams. Send inquiries to SCHSCraftShow@gmail.com

RESERVE your table today at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/forms

Help us spread the word by following, liking and sharing us on Facebook, Twitter @LortonSCHScraftor @SCHSCraftshow !

 

15th Annual South County Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters and PTSO are hosting our 15th annual South County Golf Classic fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on October 4th at Laurel Hill Golf Club. There are many ways to be a part of this community event and have fun while supporting South County High School. We are looking for sponsors, golfers, and volunteers!

Please click here to be a sponsor and/or register to golf.

Please click here to volunteer.  

We appreciate your support!

 

SOCO GOLD OUT

In support of Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation www.kidzfightingcancer.org

                                    

South County vs. Westfield

Friday- September 17, 2021

7:00 P.M.

South County High School Stadium

Adults: $6.00 Students: $5.00

SCAA Youth wearing their football jersey or cheer uniform are free with an adult paid admission!

 

DISCLAIMER: These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

 

Childhood cancer FACTS: did you know …

  • Childhood Cancer is the #1 killer of American children by disease under the age of 19- more than all other childhood diseases combined.
  • Every day 43 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer- over 15,000 per year.
  • 1 in every 285 U.S. children will develop cancer before their 20th birthday; 1 in every 5 of these children will die at the average age of 8 years old.
  • Childhood cancer rates have increased by 24% over the past 40 years.
  • There are more than 12 major types of childhood cancer and over 100 subtypes.
  • Only 4% of all Federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer- childhood cancer non-profit organizations are critical.
  • 96% of all Federal funding for cancer research goes to adults yet children makeup 20% of our population
  • In the last 20 years, only 4 cancer treatments have been specifically developed and approved for children.
  • Childhood treatments require very different drugs than adult protocols, yet most use a variation of adult drugs due to a lack of research and trials.
  • Because of the treatments they had as children, more than 99% of childhood cancer survivors with have a chronic health problem and 96% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.

Awareness + Funding + Clinical Research +

New Drug Development + Trials =

Our Children’s Lives Saved

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

Update Your Emergency Care Information Through weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, telephone, and text messages.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

  

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

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Military Connections/MCY Event

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Military Connections/ MCY Event

 

Active, Reserve, and Retired Military Families are invited to join us for our first Military Connections/ MCY event of the year!

SCHS Military Connections/ MCY Patriot Day Event, Saturday, September 11th, 4-6pm in the South County HS parking lot for a time of community service, remembrance, and activities! We will be weeding/ mulching the SCHS gardens including the Memorial Garden (near door 13) and remembering those who died on September 11, 2001. Food and drinks will be provided.

Questions: Email Elena Jordon and Laura Gedra schsmilitaryconnections@gmail.com

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 9th https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showRSVPSignUp/60b0548afa82da6fe3-schs

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Select Digital Resources
  • Schoology
  • PSAT/NMSQT Testing
  • Activity Office News
  • From The PTSO
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Emergency Care Information
  • Stuff the Bus
  • FCPS Cares
From the Principal

Family,

I hope this message finds each of you safe and well.  I have to admit that this holiday weekend arrived just in the nick of time!  While we have truly enjoyed having our students back in the building, getting this plane built as it taxies down the runway has been a bit of a task.  Unfortunately, we are still working out some of the kinks as we continue to find better ways of doing some things in this COVID environment.  But what has been in our favor has been the patience and flexibility from all our stakeholders in this Family and I want to thank you all for that.  We have received feedback from parents, students, and staff on how we can make each day a little bit better.  We have also received feedback on many of the things we have put in place that have gone very well.  Thank you for all that you have shared with us, and please know that all of it is welcome  and valued as we stand by our commitment of giving everyone a voice in our space!

Students are now knee deep in instruction after a week and a half of relationship building with their teachers, and I have heard that they are ready for it.  As I have walked the halls and either had conversations with students in passing or inside classrooms, I have seen and felt the excitement of being back in school from them. They have shared with me their expectations for the year and I have been taking notes and have shared that information with our staff.  I hope that you will continue to encourage them to let us know how things are going.  We are here to listen and make adjustments where we can.  It is after all their school and their experience.  

I would like to thank all of our Families who have been able to make it out to our athletic events over the past couple of weeks.  It has been nice to see you all out cheering our student athletes and participants and enjoying a sense of normalcy through their extracurriculars.  We had a good crowd at the South County - Hayfield football game.  The band came out and played the National Anthem alongside the Hayfield band.  That was an awesome way to open up the year for the two groups!  Don’t tell Hayfield, but I think we were just a tad bit better!

The Cheer Team looked and sounded awesome as well.  We have a very talented group of young ladies who have put in a great deal of effort to represent and lead us in supporting our football team as the 13th man on the field!  And I dare not forget the always impressive Student Section who showed out in their Hawaiian-Out garb!  It was inspirational to see so many students participating and being so involved in the banter back and forth across the field with the spirited Hayfield fans. 

And lets not forget the work put in by the Stallion Football Team.  It was a great feeling being able to walk away from another school with a great win!  The team knocked off some of that rust in a 22-0 victory Thursday night.  They played well all over the field and it was truly a full team victory.  As Coach Rolander stated at the end of the game to his players, there is still much more work to do, but what a great start!

Back inside the building, we are continually making adjustments to our practices to ensure the safest environment we can for our staff and students.  I wanted to give a huge shout out to Coach Tynan Rolander for his efforts along these lines as he has put together a plan to pull his athletes out of the cafeteria during lunch to make more space for all students.  The absence of these students in the cafeteria is truly noticeable and appreciated.  As we continue along this year, we will work to find even more ways to accommodate students alternatively so that we can ensure safe and comfortable spaces for our students in the building.  

In an effort to limit the number of messages you are receiving about COVID cases, the district leadership has asked us to limit the number of notifications we send out and send one per week.  Parents may still go to the dashboard to see how South County is impacted by COVID cases in real time as the dashboard will still receive that information as cases are reported to the Health Department.  

On the heels of that, you should have received communication from the district informing you that there is now an expedited process to have your child who is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic returned to school when they are paused due to a possible exposure to an individual who has reported testing positive for COVID-19.  

FCPS is collaborating with the Fairfax County Health Department to adjust the investigation process and speed up the return to the classroom for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students. 

Our goal is to ensure our students are in the classroom as much as possible, while also keeping our schools safe and healthy for everyone - staff, students, and visitors.

Starting September 7, fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students will be able to return to in-person learning and activities following a simple process that will reduce the time needed to process potential close contacts. That process is outlined in the messaging a student receives when they are paused due to a possible exposure.

So in the end, the goal is to have as many of our students to be fully vaccinated as possible so that we can keep our students in the building as much as possible.  As I have stated previously, we all do have a part to do in this fight.  I thank you in advance for your willingness to be a part of this fight against the virus and Stopping The Spread!  Finally along these lines, it is so very important that we are continually assessing our children’s health and ensuring that we are not sending our children to school if they are in any way exhibiting symptoms of being sick.  

Lastly, I want to share that I have heard your concerns about students who have been paused and what access to learning they do/don’t have while out for a number of days. Please know that I, along with the other principals throughout the district, are working to find better ways to keep the continuity of learning going for those students until they are able to return to us.  As easy as it may seem to stream students into the building, there are a number of barriers that make this task tougher than it appears to be.  I will share whatever gains are made to you as soon as I am able to.  I fully understand the amount of stress students can find themselves under when they are forced to miss school due to events beyond their control.  Until that time, please continue to have your child visit their Schoology class pages to stay up to date with what is going on in classes.  Teachers have been made aware of just how important it is for our students to be able to have as much information as possible when out.  Yet again, I thank you for your patience and understanding.  Seems to be a theme here. 

Well that is all I have for you this week.  Please continue to enjoy the holiday weekend and do me a favor and hug your child for me.  I can’t do it without having to go back to my office and disinfect myself!  Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing more good news next week with you.  Take care and continue to be safe!  #OneStallion

Gary

Consent for Select Digital Resources

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.


Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

 

Schoology

We have distributed the majority of laptops to our students, many students are now beginning to access their Schoology accounts. Schoology is FCPS’ newly adopted learning management system which serves as a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.

All students have a Schoology account where they will access classroom materials, assignments, class/school-based announcements, and much more. All parents/guardians must have a Parentvue account set up first  and then the same username and password can be used to access their Schoology Account. Visit the Schoology Parent/Guardian Resource Kit , to learn how to log into your Schoology account and to access basic navigation features.

Below are some additional video resources to demonstrate what parents/guardians can see and do in Schoology – if you are able, please take a moment to view them:

Parents/Families Video: Welcome to Schoology

Schoology Support Video: What do Parents/Guardians See in Schoology

     

Testing Corner

From:              South County High School

Sent to:          All Parents of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students

Subject:          PSAT/NMSQT Testing

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 this fall. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and will be free of charge to enrolled FCPS students. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online. The purpose of this letter is to provide general information about the PSAT/NMSQT School Day opportunity.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment. 

  • Students will NOT need to register for the test in advance – a test will be available to every 10th and 11th grader at South County High School on October 13.
  • Information on activities for 9th graders for October 13th will be forthcoming.
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 13; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are cancelled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students who regularly use FCPS bus transportation.

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SCHS School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

 

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

From the PTSO

Hello Stallion Family! We have a new mission statement and would love to share it with you all! Please click here to check it out!

We also have some upcoming meetings and events and would love for you to join us:

PTSO General membership meeting Monday, September 13 at 7 pm in the school library.

All Night Grad Party (ANGP) meeting Wednesday, September 15 at 7 pm in the school library.

Parent Principal Chat (for freshmen parents & new parents) Friday, September 17 at 9 am in the Cafeteria.

Parent Principal Chat (All parents) Friday, October 1 at 9 am in the Cafeteria.

Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday, September 25 between 9-2, school parking lot.

 

Is your student club, group or team looking to fundraise?

The PTSO hosted Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show on Saturday, Sept 25 offers all student entrepreneurs, SCHS student clubs, groups or teams a special discounted rate of $40. Reserve your booth today! Email SCHSCraftShow@gmail.com for more info or send in your vendor application today:

https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/152281

Please help spread the word! The SCHS Swim & Dive Team is hosting the 5th Annual Candy Cane Fun Run during the Lorton Fall Festival on Sept 25! Yea, we know it’s only September, but Santa wanted to visit early since he had to skip in-person visits last year. Please let anyone with kids under 12 know they have the opportunity to participate in the Fun Run and then have a photo taken with Santa. My Yard Greetings has graciously donated a sign set up – Santa will be there and now all we need are kids! Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/167483600959

Follow us on FacebookTwitter @LortonSCHSCraft or @SCHSCraftShow and Instagram

 

15th Annual South County Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters and PTSO are hosting our 15th annual South County Golf Classic fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on October 4th at Laurel Hill Golf Club. There are many ways to be a part of this community event and have fun while supporting South County High School. We are looking for sponsors, golfers, and volunteers!

 

Please use this link to be a sponsor and/or register to golf: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic.

 

To volunteer, please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0548afa82da6fe3-14th

 

We appreciate your support! Please contact pres@southcountyptso.org for questions.

 

 

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

Update Your Emergency Care Information Through weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, telephone, and text messages.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

  

 

Most Requested Items

If you plan to donate to the Stuff the Bus food drive on September 11 and October 9, please consider giving items from this list. Because the average size of a family seeking food assistance is four people, the sizes indicated are preferred to reduce food spoilage. Additionally, donating items that are high fiber, low sugar and low sodium not only feed hungry people but also contribute to their overall health and wellness.

  • Cooking oil
  • Corn Flour Maseca
  • Bag (dry) beans, peas or lentils (16 oz.)
  • Rice - brown or white (5 lbs. or smaller)
  • Canned fruit in light syrup or juice (20 oz. or smaller)
  • Healthy hot and cold cereal (42 oz. or smaller)
  • Healthy snacks (e.g. raisins, granola bars)
  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken (15 oz. or smaller)
  • Canned tomatoes - low sodium, no salt added (29 oz. or smaller)
  • Soup - lower sodium (19 oz. or smaller)
  • Canned pasta (16 oz. or smaller)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Peanut butter (40 oz. or smaller)
  • Fruit jam (32 oz. or smaller)
  • Instant potatoes (16 oz. or smaller)
  • Pancake mix (32 oz. or smaller) and syrup
  • Canned vegetables - low sodium, no salt added (29 oz. or smaller)

 

Stuff the Bus Donation Locations

Donate to Stuff the Bus at any of these locations on

Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Braddock | Benefitting ECHO

Braddock District Supervisor’s Office 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015

Oaks Community Center 5708 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, VA 22015

Dranesville | Benefitting LINK

McLean Government Center 1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Great Falls Grange 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066

Fairfax City | Benefitting Food for Others

Providence Elementary School 3616 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Van Dyck Park 3720 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Fairfax County | Benefitting Food for Others

Fairfax County Government Center 12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035

Hunter Mill | Benefitting CHO

Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190

Patrick Henry Library 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180

Lee | Benefitting United Community

Island Creek Elementary School 7855 Morning View Lane Alexandria, VA 22315

Mason | Benefitting ACCA

George Mason Regional Library 7001 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

Belvedere Elementary School 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

Mount Vernon | Benefitting LCAC

Laurel Hill Elementary School 8390 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Providence | Benefitting Food for Others and Falls Church Community Services Council

Providence Community Center 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031

James Lee Community Center 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

Springfield | Benefitting Koinonia

West Springfield Governmental Center 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA 22015

Sully | Benefitting WFCM

Sully Government Center 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard Chantilly, VA 20151

Centreville Regional Library 14200 Saint Germain Drive Centreville, VA 20121 • Canned beans or peas (29 oz. or smaller)

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Select Digital Resources
  • Schoology
  • PSAT/NMSQT Testing
  • Masking
  • Class of 2022 Parent Information Session
  • Activity Office News
  • From The PTSO
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Emergency Care Information
  • FCPS Cares
From The Principal

Family,

Week one is in the books and as a staff we are looking at how things have gone inside the building.  Next week, I will be sharing a survey with you all to let us know your perspective on how things have gone. I want to thank you all for the support we have received so far.  Each of you are very much appreciated. 

It has come to our attention that we are handing out a number of masks to students as they enter the building.  While I don’t mind and will provide students with masks if they need them for the protection of our students and staff, we cannot continue to do this at the rate that we are doing so.  Another issue related to this is that if they are not wearing masks when they arrive, they are in many cases in cars and possibly on busses without a mask which puts others at risk.  

Please strongly encourage your child to keep their masks on them.  If we are in the position where we were out of masks, we could not allow your child to be in school.  I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The first week is the first week and with that comes the first week issues.  The issue that I need to address with you all is that we truly need your support in following the appropriate traffic patterns in our parking lot.  I understand that many of you are dropping your child off in an attempt to have them in a “safer environment” than being on the bus.  Or that you really need to give them that hug and kiss before going on your way each morning.  In any instance, it is imperative that we obey the traffic patterns and abide by the appropriate areas to drop your child off.  

We have an official “Kiss-N-Ride” area for Families to drop off their students.  Please use this.  I truly understand that at times it can be a wait, but having the additional cars in the parking lot many new and along with many inexperienced teen drivers can create problems.  Please do not park in student parking spaces.  Students and Families have paid for these parking spaces and it can be frustrating to arrive at school and not have their parking spaces available to them.  

I had a conversation with our department chairs and we have determined that on September 9th, we will have Schoology sites up and ready for parent purposes.  Students will of course be able to navigate the Schoology sites immediately. 

Along the lines of Schoology, if your child is in the unfortunate situation where they cannot be in school, they would be able to see what has gone on in class through their Schoology sites.  This will allow them to keep up on content that is being covered daily.  Teachers will also have either a calendar of upcoming activities or information to be covered, or some form of a pacing guide that will provide the same information.

Family, one of the battles we have annually, twice a year is around the dress code.  It usually happens in the beginning of the year and at the end of the year.  The matter revolves around the portion of the SR&R that states:

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 private parts or show an excessive amount of bare skin (see-through clothing) 

The latter bullet point is the one we are having to deal with most at the present time.  We have addressed this matter with the student body, and I wanted to ensure I reached out to you all as well.  Please encourage your child to abide by this policy so that all of our focus can remain on instruction and our culture of Family in our building.

We have received a number of calls to the attendance office or to the assistant principals from Families who have a student who has been required to remain home due to a possible COVID exposure asking when their child may return.  Unfortunately (and actually thankfully) that is not our call here at the school level.  Only the Health Department can verify your child’s vaccination status or to release them to be able to come back to school.

We are looking for monitors again this year to assist around the building in a variety of ways.  If you are interested in serving as a monitor, please contact me.  

Thank you once again for sending your children to us and entrusting us to care for and educate them.  We are back at it tomorrow and we look forward to the task.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and please continue to take care and be safe!  #OneStallion

Gary  

    

Consent for Select Digital Resources

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.


Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

 

Schoology

We have distributed the majority of laptops to our students, many students are now beginning to access their Schoology accounts. Schoology is FCPS’ newly adopted learning management system which serves as a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.

All students have a Schoology account where they will access classroom materials, assignments, class/school-based announcements, and much more. All parents/guardians must have a Parentvue account set up first  and then the same username and password can be used to access their Schoology Account. Visit the Schoology Parent/Guardian Resource Kit , to learn how to log into your Schoology account and to access basic navigation features.

Below are some additional video resources to demonstrate what parents/guardians can see and do in Schoology – if you are able, please take a moment to view them:

Parents/Families Video: Welcome to Schoology

Schoology Support Video: What do Parents/Guardians See in Schoology

     

Testing Corner

From:              South County High School

Sent to:          All Parents of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students

Subject:          PSAT/NMSQT Testing

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 this fall. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and will be free of charge to enrolled FCPS students. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online. The purpose of this letter is to provide general information about the PSAT/NMSQT School Day opportunity.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment. 

  • Students will NOT need to register for the test in advance – a test will be available to every 10th and 11th grader at South County High School on October 13.
  • Information on activities for 9th graders for October 13th will be forthcoming.
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 13; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are cancelled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students who regularly use FCPS bus transportation.

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SCHS School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

 

Masking

We begin the new school year with a mask requirement in place for everyone indoors on school properties and buses. Any student who does not comply with the mask requirement, and is not exempt from the requirement as outlined in Regulation 2109.1, will not be allowed to participate in face-to-face learning. Students who refuse to attend school due to a refusal to wear a mask, will receive an unexcused absence. Intentional removal of or refusal to wear a face covering will be treated as a violation of the FCPS dress code policy (Regulation 2613).

Please talk with your child before school begins about the importance of wearing masks at school to protect each other against the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and the consequences of refusing to wear a mask. I appreciate your help in encouraging students to do their part to contribute to a safe school environment.

Class of 2022 Parent Information Session

Senior parents, mark your calendars! Wednesday, September 1st, at 7 p.m. Student Services will be hosting a Class of 2022 parent information session. The program will be virtual over Zoom. The link and more details will be provided in the near future. This program covers much of the same information that counselors will be going over with our 12th grade students during Advisory that same week. We will discuss the various components of the college application process and other post-secondary planning topics. We look forward to working with your seniors throughout this year as their plans come into focus.

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

From the PTSO

Hello Stallion Family! We hope you all had a wonderful first week of school! We are excited to connect with you and have some fun this year! Would you please join us?  

 

Please click here to learn more about us.

Please click here to join the PTSO.

We also have several volunteer opportunities available. If you have any questions, please email pres@southcountyptso.org.

Please click here to sign up for a PTSO Committee.

Please click here to sign up for The All Night Grad Party (ANGP) Committee.

Finally, we use several methods to keep in touch; please follow us or sign up with at least one of the following.

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out plus their calendar of events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

 

Save the dates:

General membership meeting Monday, September 13 at 7 pm in the school library.

All Night Grad Party (ANGP) meeting Wednesday, September 15 at 7 pm in the school library.

Parent Principal Chat (for freshmen parents & new parents) Friday, September 17 at 9 am in the Cafeteria.

Parent Principal Chat (All parents) Friday, October 1 at 9 am in the Cafeteria.

Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday, September 25 between 9-2, school parking lot

 

Announcements:

The Lorton Fall Festival & Craft Show presented by the South County PTSO is open for vendor applications. The event will be held outside in the Bus Parking area on Sept. 25, 9a-2p. Rain date is Sept 26. Direct marketers and those who DO NOT make handcrafted items are asked to email craft@southcountyptso.org BEFORE registering. We are filling up fast so DO NOT DELAY!

The registration link: https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/152281

 

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, "Stallion Supporter" sponsorships are available to local businesses for $300. For more info, email SCHSCraftShow@gmail.com

 

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

Update Your Emergency Care Information Through weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, telephone, and text messages.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

  

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, VA 22079 | Main Office: 703.446.1600
Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Finance Office News
  • Select Digital Resources
  • Masking
  • Class of 2022 Parent Information Session
  • Activity Office News
  • From The PTSO
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Emergency Care Information
  • FCPS Cares
From The Principal

Family,

I hope this message finds each of you well.  I have to tell you that this was quite a week!  We went from a ghost town within our building to a full house on Thursday.  And even through all the messaging around team pauses and teams being able to come back, I want to thank each of you for your patience and understanding.  I have received a number of messages about Families being so ready to come back to school.  I am proud to say that we are truly ready and excited to have our students back!

The faculty spent this past week preparing classrooms and lessons for when students return, but the highlight of the week with them was our day of staff development.  We spent an entire day together with our guest speaker Mr. Phil Boyte who helped us engage in affirming the greatness that we have within ourselves and how we can bring that same greatness out of our students.  I believe that our time together will lay the groundwork with our students over the coming weeks which will pay huge dividends throughout the year.  

It was so nice to see our halls filled with people other than staff on Thursday.  There were so many smiling eyes and warm greetings that I was able to see.  It almost brought me to tears.  I was very happy that we were able to invite the entire 9th and 10th grade classes into the building earlier in the day to afford them the opportunity to experience our building for the first time as Stallions.  I could see and hear the nervousness at times, but they were game to figure it out.  What was even more exciting was being able to see some of our new arrivals being led by our students which adds to the foundation of Family we are continually working to expand. 

I am writing this message from the office today and had the opportunity to walk down to the "bubble" on campus (our exterior auxillary gym) to spend a few moments with our Leadership students while they were planning during their retreat. First, I can't believe they gave up their last Sunday before school to be here.  Second, I was blown away by the amount of energy they are showing.  It is experiences like that make us work so hard for them!  

In some areas of the county it has been reported that the school bus driver shortage might impact arrival times at schools because bus drivers may need to drop students off and then go and make another run because all of the routes are not covered.  I am happy to share that this isn't an issue for any of the schools in our region, let alone our South County pyramid.  Every South County student should feel confident about arriving to school in more than enough time to get breakfast (if they so desire) and have adequate time to have themselves ready to be available for learning for the first period of the day.  

Speaking of breakfast, did you know that FCPS is again funding free meals this year?  That is right.  All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this year.  I hope that students take advantage of this opportunity to have the nourishment they need to be able to focus in class and participate in the best experience possible here at South County HS.  

 Please know that even though the county is providing free meals for all students, if there is a financial need for assistance to help pay for your student’s class fees, Families will still need to apply through the Food and Nutrition Services, Free and Reduced lunch application process and fill out “the Consent to Share” form.  The County will determine your eligibility and will send you an approval letter if you qualify.  Once you receive that letter you need to bring a copy to the finance office to receive additional assistance with your fees.  

As I have often shared with students, staff and parents, I need everyone to allow yourselves to be a little vulnerable to learning about new people, things, and ideas.  We will continue to see that we have so many things in common and that we are all trying to move in the same direction.  Our staff will be sharing more about themselves in an attempt to open pathways for learning with your children.  I have challenged our staff to be the trusted adult for a number of students in our building so that every student has an adult advocate who they know will not just tell them what they want to hear, but will tell them what they need to hear.  This allows us to be able to further learn from one another in terms of how we can assist every student as we return to school this year.  

I also need our parents to be vulnerable and create those opportunities for conversations at home that my be beneficial to the success of your child in school.  Your insights combined with what you learn from your child could be the difference between the “aha moment” coming in the first quarter, or the fourth quarter.  I am thanking you in advance for your time you take with your child to have those listening moments with them.  

In order to have a productive year, we are  highly relying on everyone to do their part.  Inside the building we are ensuring we have created a safe and healthy learning space for all staff and students by adhereing to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies .  At home I am asking that you continue to strongly encourage your children to socially distance and "mask up" whenever possible.  Lastly, please be sure to assess the health of your children on a consistent basis and keep them home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.  We can't do this alone, so please be a part of this solution to keep us in school and healthy.

Well that is all that I have for you at this time. As you push the children out of the door on Monday (and you know what I mean by that), be sure to hug them before they go.  They won’t know why you are doing it, but by Friday, they will appreciate it.  Have a safe and relaxing rest of the weekend, and please continue to take good care of yourselves. #OneStallion

Gary

  

Finance Office News

The Finance Office will be receiving textbooks and fines during all lunch periods this week.

    

Consent for Select Digital Resources

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible (recommendation before Friday, August 27), as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Leslie Lewis, SCHS Technology Specialist, if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

Note: Laptops will be distributed to all students during the first week of school via English classes.  

Masking

We begin the new school year with a mask requirement in place for everyone indoors on school properties and buses. Any student who does not comply with the mask requirement, and is not exempt from the requirement as outlined in Regulation 2109.1, will not be allowed to participate in face-to-face learning. Students who refuse to attend school due to a refusal to wear a mask, will receive an unexcused absence. Intentional removal of or refusal to wear a face covering will be treated as a violation of the FCPS dress code policy (Regulation 2613).

Please talk with your child before school begins about the importance of wearing masks at school to protect each other against the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and the consequences of refusing to wear a mask. I appreciate your help in encouraging students to do their part to contribute to a safe school environment.

Class of 2022 Parent Information Session

Senior parents, mark your calendars! Wednesday, September 1st, at 7 p.m. Student Services will be hosting a Class of 2022 parent information session. The program will be virtual over Zoom. The link and more details will be provided in the near future. This program covers much of the same information that counselors will be going over with our 12th grade students during Advisory that same week. We will discuss the various components of the college application process and other post-secondary planning topics. We look forward to working with your seniors throughout this year as their plans come into focus.

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

From the PTSO

It was wonderful seeing so many students, parents and staff at the Stallion Stampede! Thank you for visiting the PTSO table! It really made our day!

One of the questions we were asked was, “what do my membership dues pay for?”

Membership dues, our biggest source of financial support, are used to support a wide variety of South County High School programs such as the Welcome Back Breakfast for teachers and staff. We also help fund classroom libraries, club competitions, and materials for community service projects.

Would you please consider joining and being part of a team that supports our Stallion family?

Please click here to join the PTSO.

We also have several volunteer opportunities available for this year. We promise you will meet great people and have tons of fun!

If you have any questions, please email pres@southcountyptso.org

Please click here to sign up for a PTSO Committee.

Please click here to sign up for The Final Stampede ANGP Committee.

Finally, we use several methods to keep in touch; please follow us or sign up with at least one of the following.

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out plus their calendar of events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

    

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

Update Your Emergency Care Information Through weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, telephone, and text messages.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

  

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

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Early Medication Drop-Off

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From the Clinic: Early Medication Drop-Off

Early medication drop-off is happening this week. Freshman may bring medications in Thursday from 1-2pm and other new students can come in Thursday from 2-3pm. All others please come to the SCHS Health Room between the hours of 9am and 2pm this Friday, August 20. Please see the school’s clinic page for more information and a link to necessary authorization forms:  

https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/resources/clinic

Medications may also be brought in any time during school hours.

Please call the clinic at 703-446-1610 with any questions. 

   

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Select Digital Resources
  • Activity Office News
  • From The PTSO
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • From The Testing Office
  • Dr. Brabrand Town Hall Meetings
  • Emergency Care Information
  • FCPS Cares
From The Principal

 

Family,

We are one week away from welcoming our students back into our building and this is very exciting!  This week our teachers will return and together we will set our vision and mission for the year.  A long summer of planning will finally be put into action and we will have one of the best openings in school history just based on the momentum alone.  I have had a number of conversations with our student body and they have all expressed that they are ready to return to school.  This also lends to the excitement in the air. 

We had a wonderful community outreach as we invited our Families to come out to the South County Little League Baseball Complex to meet up with us.  We had a great turnout of students and parents and although the temperatures were high, they couldn’t reach higher levels of energy that were on display from our community.  I want to thank all of those who were able to make it out.  Your presence only added to our enthusiasm to serve your children. 

I want to also thank those Families who came out to the Meet The Coaches Night last week. I had the opportunity to set the tone for the night with a message about just how important it will be to have you all as participating members of our sports and activities initiatives  You do not have to have a child in a sport to lend a hand.  I am looking forward to seeing many of you out and about this year cheering our students on!

Here is a quick reminder of this week’s Stallion Stampede as well as the other information that I shared with you in my welcome back message.

The last thing I want to talk about is making sure we all do our part to help our students to remain safe and healthy.  We have experienced a few COVID cases over the course of last week and because we all are working diligently to return all of our students back , we all have to ensure that we are abiding by those recommended strategies from the CDC.  So please make sure you and your children are masking up and socially distancing whenever you can so that we all can remain safe. 

Gary

Consent for Select Digital Resources

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible (recommendation before Friday, August 27), as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Leslie Lewis, SCHS Technology Specialist, if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

Note: Laptops will be distributed to all students during the first week of school via English classes.

  

Activity Office News All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

From the PTSO PTSO Membership

Would you please consider becoming a PTSO member? Our biggest source of financial support is from membership dues which are used to support a wide variety of South County programs, such as academic awards, honor societies, club support, science fair, PTSO Scholarships, academic enrichment programs, staff development programs, Career Center, and much more; all of which benefit our students, faculty and staff.   We appreciate your consideration.

Please click here to join the PTSO.

We also have several volunteer opportunities available for this year. We promise you will meet great people and have tons of fun!

If you have any questions, please email pres@southcountyptso.org

Please click here to sign up for a PTSO Committee.

Please click here to sign up for an ANGP Committee.

 

Finally, we use several methods to keep in touch; please follow us or sign up with at least one of the following.

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out plus their calendar of events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

    

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine!

South County’s Stallion Spirit Store has a variety or ways you can purchase items for the school year. We have a website where you can browse our spirit wear and find a PDF Order Form for download; invoicing for payment on MySchoolBucks will be sent after your order is fulfilled.  You can also find our kiosk in the cafeteria during lunches on odd days (5th period) as well as in the gym lobby by way of a retail vending machine! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Entrepreneurship & Marketing program as well as the Work and Transition program here at South County. The students from these programs typically work the Spirit Kiosk at lunches to build customer service skills as well as count inventory, review financial records and create promotional plans. These work-based learning opportunities allow students to connect classroom lessons to actual scenarios.

   

From The Testing Office Families of Twelfth Grade Students

Subject:          SAT School Day Intent to Participate 

On Wednesday, October 13, South County High School twelfth graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. The essay option and subject area tests are not available during SAT School Day. 

To reserve a seat for your twelfth grader to take this exam and ensure appropriate test materials are available for your student, families are asked to complete the form below by Wednesday, September 8. 

South County High School: 2021 SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form 

https://forms.gle/2dmEZy2w9N28aZyPA

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form. 

A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent Form webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43896). FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/sat-in-school). 

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SCHS School Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu or at 703-446-1643.

 

Join Superintendent Brabrand at Two Return to School Town Halls

Superintendent Brabrand will be hosting two virtual community Town Halls:

Monday, August 16, from 6-7 p.m. (In English) where he will be joined by Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, director of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Fairfax County Health Department. The Town Hall will focus on returning to five full days of in-person instruction for the new school year and layered prevention strategies that will be implemented to help keep students and staff safe. Watch the Town Hall on FCPS’ website or on Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11). Please send your questions in advance to returntoschool@fcps.edu or ask your question live during the event by calling 1-800-231-6359.

Tuesday, August 17, from 6-7 p.m. (In Spanish) 

The superintendent will answer questions about returning to five full days of in-person learning and measures to help keep everyone safe for a strong return to school. The Town Hall will be streamed live on FCPS Facebook en Español. Please email your questions to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu. You may also send us a message on our Facebook page or leave it in the “Comment” section during the Town Hall.

  

Update Your Emergency Care Information Through weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

weCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, telephone, and text messages.

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

  

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. See how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond.

  

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Select Digital Resources Consent

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SCHS Families,

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.


Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible (recommendation before Friday, August 27), as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Leslie Lewis, SCHS Technology Specialist, if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

 

If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

 

Note: Laptops will be distributed to all students during the first week of school via English classes.

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A Message From The Principal

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From The Principal

Family,

Well I guess we are back at it!  As I shared in my official welcome back letter, I am really excited about this year.  While there are some looming uncertainties out there around how the year may ultimately shake out, my focus is making this the best year we have every had as a Family!  I have told many staff members I have hired over the years that it doesn’t matter how long you are with me before you move on.  What matters is that you give me all you have while you are here and that is how I will look at this year. So let’s make this an awesome year together for as long as we can!

I want to begin this message with some news around the Olympics.  Did you know that South County can now claim an Olympic Medalist?  Well if you didn’t, now you do!  Mr. Trevor Stewart from the graduating class of 2016 is a member of the Bronze Medal winning Mixed 4x400 Relay Team!  Read more about this phenomenal accomplishment here and watch the medal winning race here

Now down to business. I wanted to share that for our upper classmen students, that our parking pass process ran into a few road blocks the first couple of days due to an issue with our vendor application which handled the processing. But I am happy to report that we are up and running and students should have no problem getting in now and paying for a parking permit. 

For our Senior students, we have closed the process for paying Senior dues at this time. This is where the uncertainty of the year comes into play.  Because we aren’t sure how the year will progress, we are trying to ensure that students don’t pay for things they won’t be able to get out of their Senior experience.  So I am asking that students hold on to their monies at this time (put it in the mattress and don’t spend it) and we will share when we are able to accept monies again. For those Families who have already paid, we will place your money in our mattress for you for the time being. 

Folks who may still have fines, books that need to be returned from a previous year, or laptops still out, we will be providing opportunities for students to clear their obligations beginning on August 17th from 9am – 1pm in the main office and on August 19th from 1pm – 3pm in front of Entrance 1.  Students will also have opportunities to return or pay for items during the first week of school during lunches in the main office.  If you have a student who needs to take care of obligations, please be sure to take advantage of this sooner than later because the last thing you want to have to deal with is a bill at the time of graduation.

Every school year we find that a small number of students have signed up for classes because they have wanted to stretch themselves, because they think the class will look good on a transcript, because their best friend enrolled in the class, or well you get what I mean.  These class choices impact our staffing, so we have to be very rigid about making changes.  So now is the time to do so, not a week into the class.  If a student wishes to make a change later in the year, there are three acceptable reasons we will allow this to happen:

  • The student has too many or too few classes
  • Class choice will impact student’s ability to graduate
  • Student was placed in the wrong class by school

Please review your child’s schedule with them and be sure they are where they need to be.  If something doesn’t look right, please reach out to their counselor and have a discussion.  They are more than happy to work with you.

South County High School will host the 2021 Community Connection Event on Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the South County Little League facility located at 9519 Richmond Highway in Lorton.  Administration, school counselors, new staff members, athletic coaches, performing arts directors, a host of other staff members, and our PTSO will be in attendance. During the informal gathering, we will share important information about the resources and various opportunities available to students at South County High School.  We look forward to seeing you on August 12th, and the first 100 guests will receive a free South County High School t-shirt.  Snacks will be provided.

Well, that is all that I have for you until next week, but before I go I feel compelled to say that as we gear up for the return to school, let’s all do our part to help keep our Family safe.  Please take care of yourselves, mask up where you can, and distance when you can.  A school year in person is ours to make and is very much in our control.  I look forward to seeing you all soon in one way or another.  Have a wonderful, restful, and safe weekend!  #OneStallion

Gary

    

Activity Office News

 

Fall Sports Open House Tuesday, August 10 - 7:00pm Location: South County Gymnasium

Please join us in meeting the Activities Staff, Athletic Trainers, Coaches, and learn how to get involved & join the Athletic Boosters

  All Access Pass

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

From the PTSO PTSO Board SY 2021-2022

President, Ann Wilkie

1st VP, Francis Fick

2nd VP, Patty Klunder

Treasurer, Kidada Bivins

Recording Secretary, Melinda Fortunado

Corresponding Secretary, Renee Flynn

  PTSO Committee/ALL Night Grad Positions OPEN for SY 2021-2022

We have several volunteer opportunities available for next year. If you have any questions, email pres@southcountyptso.org

Click here to sign up for PTSO Committee!

Click here to sign up for ANGP Committee!

 

PTSO Membership

Please become a PTSO member!  Our biggest source of financial support is membership dues.  You can join online here:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/home   (This same site has a calendar of PTSO/school events to which you can subscribe, lists volunteer opportunities, and lets you buy other things from us as well, like White House Christmas ornaments and car magnets.)

 

Finally, we use several methods to keep in touch; please follow us or sign up with at least one of the following.

Our app: Look for "Membership Toolkit" in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. This is an amazing app that allows you to look at any email the PTSO sends out as well of pull up calendar events.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO Military Connections on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

      

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Yearbook Distribution - Day 2

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 Yearbook Distribution - Day 2 Saturday, July 17 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entrance 12

 

Over 400 books were distributed Thursday during the first day of Yearbook Distribution.

The second day of yearbook distribution will be Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the athletic hallway at South County (entrance 12). After this date, books can be picked up at the beginning of next school year.  If you are out of town and unable to make either date this week, please contact Jennifer Delinski to set up a time this summer to get your book.

Students who did not pre-order a yearbook can still purchase one Saturday for $85 cash only. These books will be sold first-come, first-served.  There are about 80 books left. 

The publication will also be selling a small number of books from previous years until they run out: 2020 ($50); 2019 ($40); 2018 ($30) cash only.

If you have moved and need your book mailed to you, please send a $10 check made out to South County Yearbook c/o Jennifer Delinski, and we will mail your book out as soon as possible. 

Question or concerns?  E-mail Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.

 

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Mr. Garner Is Moving On

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From The Principal

Family,

It is with very mixed emotions that I formally announce that Mr. Brett Garner, our Director of Student Activities, will be moving on to West Potomac to serve in another administrative capacity.  Mr. Garner has been a pivotal piece to the success of South County HS over the last three years and his impact will surely be missed.  Please join me in thanking him for his outstanding service, as well as congratulating him on his new opportunity as Academy Administrator at West Potomac HS.  He will undoubtedly be as successful there as he has been here with us. 

We are actively in the process of beginning the search for his replacement.  I hope to have a new Director of Student Activities named and in place by the second week in August.  In the meantime, Ms. Angela Bashore will be our contact person in the Activities Office once Mr. Garner makes his official transition over to West Potomac effective August 1. #OneStallion

Gary

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Summer News Update

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South County High School Summer News Update   UPDATE: Yearbook Distribution Rescheduled

Due to an issue with delivery from FedEx, we have had to change the distribution date for yearbooks. We are sorry for this change.  Additionally distribution is moving to the athletic hallway.

Here are the new details:

Yearbooks will be distributed on July 15 at entrance 12  at South County.

Seniors can begin to pick up books at 10 a.m., followed by any underclassmen at 11 a.m.  Distribution will be open until 2 pm on July 15.  There will be an additional distribution date on Saturday, July 17 from 10-2 as well.  Additional distribution days will be announced after July 17 if needed.  Please pay attention to the school website and KIT for more information at that time. 

Online sales are closed, but there will be a limited number of books for sale at distribution. They will be sold first-come, first-served.  Books will be $85 cash only.  We will also be selling a small number of books from previous years for cash: 2020 ($50); 2019 ($40); 2018 ($30) until they run out.

If you have moved and need your book mailed to you, please send a $10 check made out to South County Yearbook c/o Jennifer Delinski, and we will mail your book out as soon as possible. 

 

Library Curbside Checkout of Books

The library is offering curbside checkout of library books during the summer from 8am-1pm Monday-Friday! If your student(s) would like to checkout library books during the summer, they can email the librarians the books that they would like. Students can also place holds on books online directly through the Destiny library catalog linked on the school’s website. The librarians will then email to schedule a specific time for the books to be picked up.

Ms. Strong (from July 6th-16th and August 9th-20th) erstrong@fcps.edu

Ms. Romney (from July 19th-August 6th) rromney@fcps.edu

Please contact Ms. Strong or Ms. Romney with any questions.

  

Textbooks/Novels/Student Debts

Students and families can return textbooks and novels at the main office to be checked in any time the main office is open. They can also leave checks to pay for student debts, in an envelope with the student’s name on the envelope along with “Attention: Finance.” If families want to pay cash for student debts, the Finance Office will be available Tuesdays in July (13, 20, 27) from 10 am to 1 pm. The Finance Office will be able to make change and give receipts for cash payments.

  

Senior Portraits

The first round of senior portraits will be held in the auditorium on July 9, 15 and 16.  These appointment times are completely filled.  The next set of dates is scheduled for September 22, 23 and 24.  Seniors will be able to schedule online for the September dates starting around September 1st.  The online window to schedule typically opens 3 weeks prior to the next set of dates. We will keep seniors updated on the process through KIT and the school website.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu

  

2021-2022 All-Access Passes

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

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Yearbook Distribution Date Change

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YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION UPDATED DATES CHANGED

 

Due to an issue with delivery from FedEx, we have had to change the distribution date for yearbooks. We are sorry for this change.  Additionally, the air conditioning in the Bubble is out, so distribution is moving to the athletic hallway.

Here are the new details:

Yearbooks will be distributed on July 15 at entrance ___ at South County.

Seniors can begin to pick up books at 10 a.m., followed by any underclassmen at 11 a.m.  Distribution will be open until 2 pm on July 15.  There will be an additional distribution date on Saturday, July 17 from 10-2 as well.  Additional distribution days will be announced after July 17 if needed.  Please pay attention to the school website and KIT for more information at that time. 

Online sales are closed, but there will be a limited number of books for sale at distribution. They will be sold first-come, first-served.  Books will be $85 cash only.  We will also be selling a small number of books from previous years for cash: 2020 ($50); 2019 ($40); 2018 ($30) until they run out.

If you have moved and need your book mailed to you, please send a $10 check made out to South County Yearbook c/o Jennifer Delinski, and we will mail your book out as soon as possible. 

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu

 

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Summer News Update

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South County High School Summer News Update   Library Curbside Checkout of Books

The library is offering curbside checkout of library books during the summer from 8am-1pm Monday-Friday! If your student(s) would like to checkout library books during the summer, they can email the librarians the books that they would like. Students can also place holds on books online directly through the Destiny library catalog linked on the school’s website. The librarians will then email to schedule a specific time for the books to be picked up.

Ms. Strong (from July 6th-16th and August 9th-20th) erstrong@fcps.edu

Ms. Romney (from July 19th-August 6th) rromney@fcps.edu

Please contact Ms. Strong or Ms. Romney with any questions.

  

Textbooks/Novels/Student Debts

Students and families can return textbooks and novels at the main office to be checked in any time the main office is open. They can also leave checks to pay for student debts, in an envelope with the student’s name on the envelope along with “Attention: Finance.” If families want to pay cash for student debts, the Finance Office will be available Tuesdays in July (13, 20, 27) from 10 am to 1 pm. The Finance Office will be able to make change and give receipts for cash payments.

  

Senior Portraits

The first round of senior portraits will be held in the auditorium on July 9, 15 and 16.  These appointment times are completely filled.  The next set of dates is scheduled for September 22, 23 and 24.  Seniors will be able to schedule online for the September dates starting around September 1st.  The online window to schedule typically opens 3 weeks prior to the next set of dates. We will keep seniors updated on the process through KIT and the school website.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu

  

Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed on July 12 in the Bubble at South County.

Seniors can begin to pick up books at 10 a.m., followed by any underclassmen at 11 a.m.  Distribution will be open until 2 pm on July 12.  

Online sales are closed, but there will be a limited number of books for sale at distribution. They will be sold first-come, first-served.  Books will be $85 cash only. 

If you have moved and need your book mailed to you, please send a $10 check made out to South County Yearbook c/o Jennifer Delinski, and we will mail your book out as soon as possible. 

Additional distribution days will be announced after July 12.  Please pay attention to the school website and KIT for more information at that time. 

If you are not sure if you bought a book, please look for a receipt in your email from Walsworth yearbook for this school year.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu

  

2021-2022 All-Access Passes

The South County Athletic Booster Club (SCABC) is excited to share with you that we have merged what we formally called "Booster Passes" with the new digital ticketing system, E-Tickets. Now available online is our 2021 - 2022 All-Access passes for the upcoming school year! This pass(es) purchase will give you admission to ALL home regular season athletic events. Please click the link below to check out which package is right for you, your student(s), and family.

All-Access Passes: https://www.etix.com/ticket/m/5817/south-county-athletics

Once you purchase your pass(es), you will receive an eight-digit personalized code to redeem the number of purchased tickets to any scheduled home regular-season event for the upcoming school year. You may redeem your tickets by visiting South County's home E-tickets page - https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/18639/south-county-high-school-athletics

All this information and more is located on South County's Athletic Home Page - www.stallionnation.com.

   

From the Testing Office   All Parents of Rising Twelfth Grade Students

SAT School Day Testing, Accommodations, and EL Supports

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce tentative plans to offer the SAT School Day to students in grade 12 on October 13, 2021, pending confirmation of division funds. A SAT School Day Testing Notification letter is posted online.

Students with disabilities and English learners may be eligible for testing accommodations and/or supports for the SAT School Day; however, the College Board requires schools to submit formal requests in advance.

  • Students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) may be eligible for testing accommodations on the SAT School Day. The College Board must approve a formal request for each student. If the student already has College Board accommodations approved from a previous PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, or AP test, then no further action is needed. Once instated, accommodations remain in place for all College Board testing. The Accommodations Process for College Board Testing webpage provides instructions on how to request College Board testing accommodations, including the required input and consent forms (Enclosures 2-3).
  • English learners (ELs), as defined by state and federal policy, are eligible for testing supports on the SAT School Day. EL supports are temporary and can only be used on the test date for which they have been requested. The EL Supports Process for College Board Testing webpage provides instructions on how to request College Board EL supports, including the required input and consent forms (Enclosures 5-6).

To request new or amended College Board testing accommodations and/or to request SAT School Day EL supports, return the related input and consent forms to the school by August 10, 2021. When returning forms, deliver to:

ATTN: Telia Johnson, SSD Coordinator

8501 Silverbrook Road

Lorton, VA 22079

OR tmjohnson2@fcps.edu

If you have questions about College Board testing accommodations or EL supports for the SAT School Day, contact us at tmjohnson2@fcps.edu . When division funding is confirmed, we will share more specifics about the SAT School Day testing opportunity at the beginning of the school year. 

 

All Parents of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students

PSAT/NMSQT Testing and Accommodations

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 on October 13, 2021. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online.

Students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT. The College Board must approve a formal request for each student. If the student already has College Board accommodations approved from a previous PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, or AP test, then no further action is needed. Once instated, accommodations remain in place for all College Board testing. The Accommodations Process for College Board Testing webpage provides instructions on how to request College Board testing accommodations, including the required input and consent forms (Enclosures 2-3). To request new or amended College Board accommodations for the October PSAT/NMSQT, return the input and consent forms to the school by August 10, 2021. When returning forms, deliver to:

 

ATTN: Telia Johnson, SSD Coordinator

South County High School

8501 Silverbrook Road

Lorton, VA 22079

OR tmjohnson2@fcps.edu

If you have questions about College Board testing accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Telia Johnson at tmjohnson2@fcps.edu . We will share more specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity at the beginning of the school year.

  

 

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Senior Portraits

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SENIOR PORTRAITS

Rising seniors- Senior Portraits will be taking place on select days between July 9 – July 16 from 8:30 AM - 3 PM in the school Auditorium. The website is open for scheduling and you are welcome to start that process. Book appointments on https://prestigeportraits.com.  Find your name by utilizing the "Search by City & State" feature. You don't need to wait to receive an appointment card before you book an appointment. 

Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours priors. We are not able to accommodate walk-in appointments.

Students are allowed to use the clothing provided by Lifetouch for senior portraits

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Culmination of Another Outstanding Season

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From the Principal

Family,

As I drove up to school on Saturday for our Gilr's Soocer Region Finals game, I noticed a huge charter bus leaving the school and the parking lot packed.  It was only later that I found out that these visitors were coming to catch the shuttle bus down to Sandy Run to watch a number of our Crew athletes compete!  Here is how the day panned out for our Crew Team:

Women’s Novice 4: Didn’t make finals at States but posted their best overall time for the season and taking 3rd in their heat. Consistent improvement and hard work helped them continue to get better.  We are proud of this group of awesome competitors!

Men’s Novice 8: Ranked 9th going into the State Championship, and the boys pulled off a surprise upset of McLean to take a spot in the Finals. In the Final the field was even across the course until the 500m left mark where they battled with Fairfax HS to see who took 3rd. In the end they got 4th place in the state.  Again, we are so proud of these young men who came out to compete and gave it their all!

Women’s First Varsity 4: One of the few V4 crews on the water that had novices (two freshman) in their boat; the girls made it to Finals and took 5th overall with one of their best races to date. Congratulations to this team and for all of their hard work!

Men’s First Varsity 4: Over the course of the season the Men’s 4 was ranked 1st for the majority of their races. Having missed 3 races they were bumped down to 2nd for States. The guys fought through a rough start in their heat to take first and secure their spot in the final next to their chief competition in Oakton HS. In the final Oakton had a clear lead but the boys battled with a massive sprint that almost brought them to gold. They finished 0:00:9 seconds behind Oakton to take the silver medal at states.

All said and done, for such a small team this year, the athletes really performed above and beyond. Each of these athletes chose to dig deep and show the other schools what we can do.  Please join me in congratulating our Crew Team and what has been a very exciting season!  #OneStallion

Gary

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