Weekly News From South County High School

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • Feb 1 - Feb 28: 99 Pledges Online Fundraiser Band
  • Feb 6 - 10: National School Counseling Week
  • Feb 7 at 6:30pm-Cafeteria:  SCHS Community Forums 
  • Feb 7 5:00-9:00pm: SCHS Band Boosters Chipotle Fundraiser
  • Feb 8: Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
  • Feb 16- May 4- 3:00pm-4:15pm: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL
  • Feb 20: Presidents' Day/Student /Teacher Holiday-Schools closed
  • March : 2-Hour Early Release
  • March 3: Student Holiday/School Planning Day
  • April 3-April 7: Spring Break
  • April 13: End of 3rd Quarter-2 Hour Early Release 
  • April 14: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday/Orthodox Good Friday
  • April 21: Eid al Fitr/Student/Teacher Holiday-Schools closed
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Greetings, SoCo family!

Welcome to February! It’s hard to believe that we’ve already spent one month in 2023. It seems like only yesterday that I found the thought of a new millennium as “too far in the future,” and now we’re almost a quarter century into it. Amazing!

We’ve had a great week of school. First, I want to spotlight our students who participated in the Science Fair. We haven’t had an in-person event since 2019, so this year’s fair was a return to more normalcy. What wasn’t normal was the high quality of content and presentations that our students exhibited at the fair. We have a dozen pictures that are being featured on our website and cafeteria tv’s, but here is a small sample of them. Way to go, Stallions!

I also had the chance to meet with our Student Advisory Council this past Wednesday. We had 36 students attend, representing all four grade levels. In summary, they identified several strengths of SCHS that they enjoy, including the diverse offerings of clubs, the positive teachers who support them, and the diversity of our student body. Areas that our students want to see our school improve is with the participation of students and staff in Spirit Weeks and at after-school events, as well as increasing awareness of and improvement in their stress levels. Finally, when asked what they wished parents knew about high school and high school students, they replied with these themes:

  1. Please don’t compare us to our older siblings. We’re different people.
  2. We have a lot of stress when we go to school and participate in sports afterward.
  3. High school today is different than when our parents attended. Ninety-minute classes are hard to stay engaged with, and AP classes are especially challenging.

Overall, this was a positive session, and I was thrilled to learn so much about their thoughts and what was on their hearts.

By pure coincidence, the Social Studies department had already scheduled their own Pajama Day, and I was tickled to see them having such a great time with it! Cheers to Theme Days!

 

We also had a great Parent Advisory Council meeting this past Thursday. Our parents showed great appreciation for the South County teachers who support our students every day. They also appreciated the way all voices are encouraged and welcomed to be heard. Areas for improvement included establishing a standard expectation for how often grades are updated, creating one calendar that lists all activities at our school, and establishing an Advocacy Week (to empower students to ask for help).

As we continue to celebrate successes, we continually self-reflect to see how we can be better tomorrow than we were today. One of the most recent topics has been the need to revisit our traffic patterns. There are two main issues. First, we need to decrease traffic near door 1 (the main entrance) for pedestrian safety. Second, we need to reduce congestion at both entrances by having a smoother traffic flow. Note that we only have two entrances. The entrance for the buses off Laurel Crest is for buses only, so cars should not enter our campus via that area. In the coming weeks, I will share a new plan to address both of these issues. The plan will be sensitive to students who have special needs.

 

Stay warm!

Kambar

#OneStallion

EARLY RELEASE PROCEDURES
  • Report early dismissal by contacting our attendance line at 703-446-1625 OPTION 3 or email us at [email protected]. By doing this allows our attendance personnel to ensure your child is ready for pickup when you pull up to the curb. Your student will meet you outside.
  • Prior to 8:10 AM, the student must present a note from the parent or guardian to the Attendance Office to obtain a check-out pass. The note must include the reason for leaving school and a contact number for the person writing the note.  This procedure allows your child to be ready and waiting for you at the designated time and minimizes interruptions during instructional time.

  • If the student does not have a note, then the parent or guardian must call the attendance office prior to 8:10 AM. Please give as much notice as possible. Unscheduled early releases may take up to 15 minutes to have the student dismissed. 
  • Only a parent/guardian is authorized to sign a student out during the school day. An adult listed on the Emergency Contact List may check a student out as long as we have a note or phone call from the parent/guardian authorizing that person to sign out the student in that particular instance. In all cases the authorized adult must appear in person to sign out the student and present a photo ID.
  • Students must check out at the Attendance Office when leaving school and must check back in at the Attendance Office upon their return.  
  • Students who leave school without checking out properly will be marked unexcused and may face disciplinary action.  
  • Students must contact all teachers for any classes to be missed.
Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. The one here at SCHS is on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30pm. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.  Learn more about Black History month.

February 6-10 is National School

Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day- Feb 8

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day (CGAD) is a statewide event devoted to saying thank you to those who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school. Learn more from VDOT

 

99 Pledges Fundraiser

South County High School Band Program is hosting a fundraiser 100% online-there are no products to buy, so every dollar you give is put right back into our program. Please consider donating and sharing this to support your favorite band!

To donate, click this link https://app.99pledges.com/fund/southcount8

Donors can either search for an individual band student in the search box or click on the “donate to main fundraiser page” link just under it.  

 

Don’t feel like cooking? Great!

Plan on Chipotle in Lorton on Tuesday, Feb 7th. Show this flyer when ordering or enter the promo code G3ERP8M when ordering pickup. Orders must be placed from 5-9PM. 

 

Class of 2024 Information

 

The class of 2024 is selling carnations for Valentine’s Day.  

The flowers are $2 a piece or 3 for $5.  Orders can be placed February 6-10 during all lunches and will be delivered on February 14.  

The South County High School Math in Action Team will be hosting: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL: Thursday After School Program from 3:00 to 4:15. All Algebra 1 Students will be taking their End of Course SOL Exam on May 10, 2023. Teachers will work with small groups of students reviewing skills and concepts to help prepare students for the SOL Exam. This is a great opportunity for Students to reinforce their Algebra 1 Skills. Late busses are available on Thursdays and leave the school at 4:30.

Dates: Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Thursday, May 4, 2023.

Please note, there will not be classes on Thursday, March 2 (early release day), Thursday, April 6 (spring break), and Thursday, April 13 (early release day).

Registration Dates: Friday, January 20 to Friday, February 2


Questions: Please contact Tracy Birrell, [email protected], or 703-446-1853 for questions.

Registration Link: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL 

 

See attached flyer

The SCHS Theatre Arts Department is proud to announce that auditions for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical are coming up soon! Go to schstheatre.com and click “auditions” to learn more!

 

FAFSA Help

2023-24 College Financial Aid Forms Are Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

It’s time for high school seniors and their families to complete college financial aid forms. Most colleges require that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be completed by Wednesday, March 1, to receive the maximum financial aid possible in fall 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. To begin the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID

A funding opportunity is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA; the Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) program. Visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website for help in determining which aid option is right for you.

There are several College Access Fairfax recordings, virtual workshops, and resources available for viewing College Access Fairfax website. College Access Fairfax’s Financial Aid Champions also provide help completing the financial aid forms. To request a one-on-one appointment, please email [email protected].

Families can also contact their high school's college and career specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.  

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety


Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child? Although difficult, conversations about responsible alcohol consumption and safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the message(s) you would like for them to receive. Without noticing you may find yourself saying any of the following: “ I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for other healthy coping strategies.


It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. According to SAMHSA, about 10% of children have indicated they have tried alcohol before and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 years old. Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend are more effective than having “the talk” once. Avoiding the conversation with your child as a parent decreases the opportunity to ensure your position is understood. Our youth will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates just as loudly as a verbal conversation. It’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared.


For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

 

Sources & Resources
Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and
Other Drugs
Talk, They Hear You
FCPS SAPS Program


For further Information & support:
Catric Marshall, MSMHC., LRIC., CCC
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
[email protected]

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School?

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. Read how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies

SAVE THE DATE

The Junior/Senior Prom will be held on May 20 from 8-11 pm at Westwood Country Club.  

There will be more information coming shortly!    

 PTSO 

Achievement Based Scholarships

The South County High School PTSO is pleased to offer achievement-based scholarships to well-rounded graduating seniors pursuing full-time higher education at a two- or four-year college or university or technical/vocational institute. Award amounts will be $500 each.

All applications are reviewed anonymously by an impartial selection committee and are evaluated on the following criteria: academic and other achievement, extra-curricular activities, letter of recommendation, essay submission, community involvement, leadership, and overall quality of application.

To apply and see eligibility requirements:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13PXBilYuk-_fmKHSLgu5rcRi-c3D5TQ0/edit?usp=share_link&ouid=114760438917808724109&rtpof=true&sd=true 

 

Any questions, please reach out to Simmy Yau at [email protected].

 

Congratulate your South County Class of 2023 Grad with a LAWN SIGN!!! 

All proceeds benefit the Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party AKA The Final Stampede.

Order must be placed (ONLINE ONLY) by May 1, 2023.

Signs will be available for pickup at South County High School the week of May 15, 2023 (info will be sent out to those who purchased in May)

 

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • Feb 2  6:00pm: PAC Meeting- Library
  • Feb 2, 3 & 4  7:00pm: Student-Directed One-Act
  • Feb 7 at 6:30pm-Cafeteria:  SCHS Community Forums 
  • Feb 16- May 4- 3:00pm-4:15pm: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL
  • Feb 20-Presidents' Day/Student /Teacher Holiday-Schools closed
  • March 2- 2-Hour Early Release
  • March 3-Student Holiday/School Planning Day
  • April 3-April 7-Spring Break
  • April 13-End of 3rd Quarter-2 Hour Early Release 
  • April 14-Teacher Workday/Student Holiday/Orthodox Good Friday
  • April 21-Eid al Fitr/Student/Teacher Holiday-Schools closed
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Happy Weekend, SoCo family!

 

I have several positive things to share with you, so let’s dive into this week’s newsletter.

We’ve had several murals updated around our school. These updates to our school are important, as they display of Stallion pride for this year’s students, as well as for classes of students in the future. I believe that artwork not only helps us better understand ourselves, but it also helps to motivate and inspire others who see it. I hope you enjoy these pictures, and I’ll have more to share in the coming weeks.

 

 

Students are in the process of signing up for classes for the 2023-24 school year. If you haven’t already done so, please talk with your student about their interests, and please keep the following in mind:

  1. The student’s interest level. Avoid signing up for classes you aren’t interested in, even if they have added weight for the GPA.
  2. The amount of homework (HW). Honors has 30 minutes of HW per night, AP may have 45-60 minutes per night. If you take five AP classes, that’s a lot of HW, especially if you are involved with music or sports
  3. Consider other things you want to do (hobbies, times with family). Students need to budget their time so they can enjoy all aspects of their lives.

We had our annual Curriculum Fair this past Tuesday night for rising freshmen. It was so nice to see the families enjoy the information shared in the auditorium, followed by conversations with the staff in the cafeteria. When the panel of teachers spoke to the audience in the auditorium, two themes developed for how students can be successful in high school: stay organized and students need to communicate their needs with their teachers. I certainly agree with both concepts. A special shout out goes to ALL of the staff in attendance that night, both in the auditorium and the cafeteria.  These Stallions gave up time with their families to help future Stallions feel more comfortable. The spirit of generosity and compassion continues to be on full display in Stallion Country! 

 

This past Wednesday, the Gymnastics team had their senior night, and it was another evening filled with great memories. I was so impressed with the athleticism of our students. The rotations, flexibility, and strength of these athletes was second to none!

 

Lastly, this is a friendly reminder that we start Marking Period 3 this Monday, January 30.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Kambar

#OneStallion

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. The one here at SCHS is on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30pm. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board.

Hispanic Leadership Association scholarship fundraising week

Monday kicked off our Hispanic Leadership Association scholarship fundraising week. Help us help a South County High School HSA senior . 

Visit our Double Good Popcorn page to purchase gourmet popcorn to assist us with this endeavor:

https://popup.doublegood.com/s/7e0gp93w

 

Unexcused Tardy Policy Reminders
  • As we approach the beginning of third quarter, we wanted to remind you of the school’s tardy policy.
  • Students are expected to be in class by the time the bell rings for the start of class.
  • Tardies do reset at the beginning of each quarter so all students will start at 0 on January 30th (the first day of the third quarter)
  • Students who have five or more unexcused tardies in that quarter will have a conference with the Dean of Students and consequences are as follows. Parents will be contacted via email regarding the conference.
    • Conference #1: Warning
    • Conference #2: Afterschool Detention (3-4:30pm)
    • Conference #3: Saturday School (8am-12pm)
    • Conference #4: AIA (Partial Day In School Suspension)
    • Conference #5: Discipline Referral to Administrator.
      • Consequences from there could include: Full day in school suspension, Parent/Student Meeting, loss of school privilege (could include parking privileges, Stallions in Good Standing cafeteria privileges, activities/events, etc.)

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Dean of Students, Kaitlyn Price ([email protected]).

SEL Screener Spring Notification and Opt-Out

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional
learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas.
FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.


SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.


All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window in SIS ParentVUE. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.


Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form below to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.


More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator with questions.

Fairfax County Social Emotional Learning Screener- OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM

If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please complete this form and return it to your child’s
teacher by 02/17/2023.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you do not want your child to participate in the SEL screener this year.


CHILD’S NAME____________________TEACHER____________________


Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________ Date_____________

 

SEE ATTACHED FORM

The SCHS Theatre Arts Department is proud to present the annual student-directed one-acts! This year’s performances feature over ten short plays all directed by junior and senior theatre students. We have over 100 students participating in these performances and you don’t want to miss out! Performances are on February 2, 3, and 4 at 7 pm! But remember there will be different plays on each night so you’ll want to catch all three evenings! Tickets are $8 per night and can be purchased at schstheatre.com, directly at this link, or at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Rumberger at [email protected].

 

The South County High School Math in Action Team will be hosting: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL: Thursday After School Program from 3:00 to 4:15. All Algebra 1 Students will be taking their End of Course SOL Exam on May 10, 2023. Teachers will work with small groups of students reviewing skills and concepts to help prepare students for the SOL Exam. This is a great opportunity for Students to reinforce their Algebra 1 Skills. Late busses are available on Thursdays and leave the school at 4:30.

Dates: Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Thursday, May 4, 2023.

Please note, there will not be classes on Thursday, March 2 (early release day), Thursday, April 6 (spring break), and Thursday, April 13 (early release day).

Registration Dates: Friday, January 20 to Friday, February 2


Questions: Please contact Tracy Birrell, [email protected], or 703-446-1853 for questions.

Registration Link: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL 

 

See attached flyer

FAFSA Help

2023-24 College Financial Aid Forms Are Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

It’s time for high school seniors and their families to complete college financial aid forms. Most colleges require that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be completed by Wednesday, March 1, to receive the maximum financial aid possible in fall 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. To begin the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID

A funding opportunity is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA; the Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) program. Visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website for help in determining which aid option is right for you.

There are several College Access Fairfax recordings, virtual workshops, and resources available for viewing College Access Fairfax website. College Access Fairfax’s Financial Aid Champions also provide help completing the financial aid forms. To request a one-on-one appointment, please email [email protected].

Families can also contact their high school's college and career specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.  

Have Your Say in Our Future!

Strategic planning Community Forums kick off on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Stone Middle School. Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for one that is convenient for you. There will be one in-person event in each magisterial district and several virtual events. 

Participating in a strategic planning Community Forum will give employees, parents/caregivers, students, and community members a chance to help shape the school division’s future. At each event, participants will review student achievement, access, and perception data, and identify both strengths and challenges within the data. Input from the forums will be analyzed by our consultant, Performance Fact, Inc., and shared with the Core Planning Team for potential inclusion in FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. 

Childcare will be provided at in-person forums. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, at all events. Please register today. 

We Want Your Feedback! Draft 2023-24 School Year Calendar Options

Your feedback is important! FCPS is seeking community feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts by filling out this form. The form will be open through Tuesday, January 31, 1 p.m. 

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety


Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child? Although difficult, conversations about responsible alcohol consumption and safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the message(s) you would like for them to receive. Without noticing you may find yourself saying any of the following: “ I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for other healthy coping strategies.


It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. According to SAMHSA, about 10% of children have indicated they have tried alcohol before and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 years old. Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend are more effective than having “the talk” once. Avoiding the conversation with your child as a parent decreases the opportunity to ensure your position is understood. Our youth will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates just as loudly as a verbal conversation. It’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared.


For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

 

Sources & Resources
Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and
Other Drugs
Talk, They Hear You
FCPS SAPS Program


For further Information & support:
Catric Marshall, MSMHC., LRIC., CCC
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
[email protected]

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School?

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. Read how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (snow date is Saturday, February 11).  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on February 4th.

See Attached Flyer

FCPS Academy Videos/Open Houses
  • West Potomac Academy 
  • Chantilly Academy
  • Marshall Academy 
    • Open House January 25, 1:30 to 3 p.m
  • Falls Church Academy 
    • Open house: Virtual January 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Edison Academy 
    • Open house: February 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fairfax Academy 
    • Open House: February 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

South County HS Athletics

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please visit our website.

Athletics & Activities Website: 

https://stallionnation.org/

 

Important Dates

 

Feb 20th - Spring Sports Tryouts

Feb 28th - Spring Sports Parent Meeting - Main Gym, 6:30pm

May 24th - "Next Level" Collegiate Signing - Main Gym, 3:30pm

June 4th - Varsity Letterman Night - Main Gym, 6:30pm 

 

This Week in Stallion Sports

 

January 23 - JV Wrestling Jamboree - 6:00pm

                             

January 24 - Girls Basketball v West Potomac - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                      Boys Basketball @ West Potomac - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                      Track Polar Bear @ Lake Braddock - 5:30pm

 

January 25 - Gymnastics v AC, Edi, Mt V - 6:00pm (Sr night)

         Wrestling Quad @ Fairfax - 6pm

 

January 27 - Boys Basketball v Woodson  - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

         Girls Basketball @ Woodson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

         District Dive - Boys 10:15am/Girls 1:30pm; Swim 5:30pm @ Oak Marr

         Track @ Liberty University - TBD

 

January 28 - JV Wrestling @ Westfield - 9am

         District Swim/Dive @ Oak Marr Rec Ctr - 5:30pm

         Track @ Liberty University - TBD

 

 

 

 

Click Here for Tryout Information SCHS Dance Offers a One Day Dance Camp!  

 

South County Dance Team invites all K-6 children to attend a dance camp on February 20th, 2023 from 9am-3pm. Campers will enjoy learning basic dance technique, pizza lunch, movie break with a snack, and a commemorative t-shirt! Dancers will show off what they learned with a Parent/Guardian showcase at the end of the camp. 

 

Click on the link below and register today! 

Dance Camp Registration

 

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Kristin at [email protected]

Winter Concession Signup

 

Winter Sports are coming to a close but we still need your support! Please consider volunteering to work a night or two in our concession stand! Concessions serve as the Athletic Boosters primary source of income and the money generated goes directly to our athletic programs. Click on the link below to signup. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48abab22a5fd0-20221/7091410#/

 

 

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • January 24th 6:00-7:30pm : Curriculum Night 
  • Jan 25: End of the Quarter 2 hour Early release
  • Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday
  • Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday
  • Feb 2  6:00pm: PAC Meeting- Library
  • Feb 2, 3 & 4  7:00pm: Student-Directed One-Acts
  • Feb 16- May 4- 3:00pm-4:15pm: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Dear SoCo family,

I have a lot of information to share with you this month, so let’s jump right into it.

We have a student organization, the Laurel Hill Glass Recycling Club, that is looking to see who needs glass to be picked up for recycling, as well as volunteers to assist them. I'm very proud of these students for caring so much about the environment. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

We have our Student Advisory and Parent Advisory meetings coming up in February. These meetings are designed to allow each stakeholder group to share areas of praise and needs for improvement. The Student Advisory Council meets on February 1 during Advisory class (10:15-11:15), while the Parent Advisory Council meets February 2 at 6:00pm in the library. To rsvp, please email Connie Gibson at [email protected].

We had two FANTASTIC senior nights in sports recently. On January 13, we celebrated 26 swimmers and on January 18, we recognized three wrestlers who are seniors. Both events were very special, as families were invited to not only attend but participate with their sons and daughters. These were two special events that left me smiling as I left.

I want to give a special shout out to the wrestling team for their participation in the multi-day team tournament last weekend. I was able to watch our team wrestle against Forest Park, and all of our wrestlers did a super job with competing. In all, they had nine matches in just a few days, which is unbelievable wear and tear on the body. It’s a great reflection of the type of athletes that comprise this year’s team.

I’d like to recognize our Government classes that facilitated a mock Senate and Congress bill writing activity. Students from three different classes came together as they heard each other present bills that they wrote. I played the part of President, and I was impressed with the maturity of topics and rationale that each student presented.

Last but not least, I want to thank each of you for your support of our school community this past week. We are all doing the best we can to handle the circumstances thrown our way, and I couldn’t be any prouder of the strong community feel and connections that reside in SoCo. I’m honored to be part of this family.

 

Take care,

 

Kambar

#OneStallion

Unexcused Tardy Policy Reminders
  • As we approach the beginning of third quarter, we wanted to remind you of the school’s tardy policy.
  • Students are expected to be in class by the time the bell rings for the start of class.
  • Tardies do reset at the beginning of each quarter so all students will start at 0 on January 30th (the first day of the third quarter)
  • Students who have five or more unexcused tardies in that quarter will have a conference with the Dean of Students and consequences are as follows. Parents will be contacted via email regarding the conference.
    • Conference #1: Warning
    • Conference #2: Afterschool Detention (3-4:30pm)
    • Conference #3: Saturday School (8am-12pm)
    • Conference #4: AIA (Partial Day In School Suspension)
    • Conference #5: Discipline Referral to Administrator.
      • Consequences from there could include: Full day in school suspension, Parent/Student Meeting, loss of school privilege (could include parking privileges, Stallions in Good Standing cafeteria privileges, activities/events, etc.)

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Dean of Students, Kaitlyn Price ([email protected]).

Quick reminder about our upcoming curriculum programs

January 24th — Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

Informational session for rising 9th grade families in the auditorium.  Content area teachers will be available in the cafeteria to discuss core class and elective course offerings. 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientations — Recent modifications below

School counselors will meet with students in large groups to present information about course offerings, sequencing, prerequisites for specific courses, and graduation requirements.  

  • Rising 11th grade on January 20th Student last names A-K @ 9:50; Student last names L-Z @ 10:40 in the Auditorium
  • Rising 9th grade @ South County Middle School on January 31st  @ 9:15am
  • Rising 12th grade on February 3rd Student last names A-K @ 9:50; Student last names L-Z @ 10:40
  • Rising 10th grade on February 16th & 17th during PE Classes

Academic Advising ConferencesRecent modifications below

School counselors meet individually with their students to assist them in exploring their academic and postsecondary/career goals.  Students will review their transcripts and select their courses for next school year.

  • January 23rd through February 2nd - Rising 11th grade through PE classes
  • February 6th through February 15th - Rising 12th grade through USVA History classes
  • February 21st through February 27th - Rising 10th grade through PE classes

Students with an FCPS login can access our electives information here.

South County Student Services

SEL Screener Spring Notification and Opt-Out

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional
learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas.
FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.


SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.


All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window in SIS ParentVUE. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.


Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form below to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.


More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator with questions.

Fairfax County Social Emotional Learning Screener- OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM

If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please complete this form and return it to your child’s
teacher by 02/17/2023.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you do not want your child to participate in the SEL screener this year.


CHILD’S NAME____________________TEACHER____________________


Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________ Date_____________

 

SEE ATTACHED FORM

The SCHS Theatre Arts Department is proud to present the annual student-directed one-acts! This year’s performances feature over ten short plays all directed by junior and senior theatre students. We have over 100 students participating in these performances and you don’t want to miss out! Performances are on February 2, 3, and 4 at 7 pm! But remember there will be different plays on each night so you’ll want to catch all three evenings! Tickets are $8 per night and can be purchased at schstheatre.com, directly at this link, or at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Rumberger at [email protected].

 

The South County High School Math in Action Team will be hosting: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL: Thursday After School Program from 3:00 to 4:15. All Algebra 1 Students will be taking their End of Course SOL Exam on May 10, 2023. Teachers will work with small groups of students reviewing skills and concepts to help prepare students for the SOL Exam. This is a great opportunity for Students to reinforce their Algebra 1 Skills. Late busses are available on Thursdays and leave the school at 4:30.

Dates: Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Thursday, May 4, 2023.

Please note, there will not be classes on Thursday, March 2 (early release day), Thursday, April 6 (spring break), and Thursday, April 13 (early release day).

Registration Dates: Friday, January 20 to Friday, February 2


Questions: Please contact Tracy Birrell, [email protected], or 703-446-1853 for questions.

Registration Link: Mastering the Algebra 1 SOL 

 

See attached flyer

FAFSA Help

2023-24 College Financial Aid Forms Are Available; College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

It’s time for high school seniors and their families to complete college financial aid forms. Most colleges require that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be completed by Wednesday, March 1, to receive the maximum financial aid possible in fall 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. To begin the FAFSA, you will need to create a FSA ID

A funding opportunity is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA; the Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) program. Visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website for help in determining which aid option is right for you.

There are several College Access Fairfax recordings, virtual workshops, and resources available for viewing College Access Fairfax website. College Access Fairfax’s Financial Aid Champions also provide help completing the financial aid forms. To request a one-on-one appointment, please email [email protected].

Families can also contact their high school's college and career specialist or school counselor if they need additional help.  

Lunar New Year -Jan 22

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. until Monday, February 6, at 6 a.m.

National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month

#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMonth

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

Tutor.com Testimonials

 

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent
  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety


Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child? Although difficult, conversations about responsible alcohol consumption and safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the message(s) you would like for them to receive. Without noticing you may find yourself saying any of the following: “ I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for other healthy coping strategies.


It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. According to SAMHSA, about 10% of children have indicated they have tried alcohol before and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 years old. Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend are more effective than having “the talk” once. Avoiding the conversation with your child as a parent decreases the opportunity to ensure your position is understood. Our youth will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates just as loudly as a verbal conversation. It’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared.


For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

 

Sources & Resources
Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and
Other Drugs
Talk, They Hear You
FCPS SAPS Program


For further Information & support:
Catric Marshall, MSMHC., LRIC., CCC
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
[email protected]

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School?

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. Read how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies

 

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (snow date is Saturday, February 11).  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on February 4th.

See Attached Flyer

 

FCPS Academy Videos/Open Houses
  • West Potomac Academy 
  • Chantilly Academy
  • Marshall Academy 
    • Open House January 25, 1:30 to 3 p.m
  • Falls Church Academy 
    • Open house: Virtual January 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Edison Academy 
    • Open house: February 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Fairfax Academy 
    • Open House: February 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • Jan 15-21: Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week
  • Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday
  • Jan 19 6:00pm: Marijuana Awareness- Library
  • Jan 19: Orthodox Epiphany (O-Day)
  • Jan 25: End of the Quarter 2 hour Early release
  • Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday
  • Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday
  • Feb 2  6:00pm: PAC Meeting- Library
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Dear SoCo family, 

 

This week has been one of the most devastating that I’ve ever experienced in my life. Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of the students who were involved in the car accident this past week. Please continue to be mindful and respectful of the families’ needs. So many of our staff and students are pulling together to process their feelings, express their sentiments, and figure out what’s next. Parents, many of you have reached out to teachers, staff, or myself. I encourage you to talk with your students about their feelings and how they can continue to deal with those feelings. We never know what hurdles tomorrow will bring, but I know we will be better off meeting those challenges if we do so together.  

 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Quick reminder about our upcoming curriculum programs

January 24th — Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

There will be an informational session for rising 9th grade families in the auditorium.  Content area teachers will be available in the cafeteria to discuss core class and elective course offerings. 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientations — Recent modifications below

School counselors will meet with students in large groups to present information about course offerings, sequencing, prerequisites for specific courses, and graduation requirements.  

  • January 20th Student last names A-K @ 9:50; Student last names L-Z @ 10:40 in the Auditorium

Rising 11th grade

  • January 25th @ 9:15am

Rising 9th grade (Middle School)

  • February 3rd Student last names A-K @ 9:50; Student last names L-Z @ 10:40

Rising 12th grade

  • February 16th & 17th during PE Classes

Rising 10thgrade

Academic Advising ConferencesRecent modifications below

School counselors meet individually with their students to assist them in exploring their academic and postsecondary/career goals.  Students will review their transcripts and select their courses for next school year.

  • January 23rd through February 2nd

Rising 11th grade through PE classes

  • February 6th through February 14th

Rising 12th grade through USVA History classes

  • February 21st through February 27th 

Rising 10th grade through PE classes

Students with an FCPS login can access our electives information here.

South County Student Services

Parent Advisory Council 

This is a friendly reminder that our third (of four) PAC meetings will be on 02/02/2023. This meeting will provide me with your perspective about what is going well and what needs to be improved at SoCo. If you are interested in attending, please register here.  If you have questions that you would like addressed, please post them here so we can do our best to have a response at the meeting: https://forms.gle/oPstQ8dj8YMWSZcM6.

The council will meet in person from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Library.

  • 02/02/2023
  • 05/25/2023

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and celebrates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. This observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan, beginning of Christ's ministry on earth and revealing the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Lunar New Year -Jan 22

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month

#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMonth

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

High School Academy Open Houses

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. 

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses

Tutor.com Testimonials

 

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent

 

  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday
  • Jan 19 6:00pm: Marijuana Awareness- Library
  • Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday
  • Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday
  • Feb 2  6:00pm: PAC Meeting- Library
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Happy New Year, SoCo family!

I hope all of you had an enjoyable Winter Break. I spent a lot of time with my family. One of the most memorable experiences was our time in Mexico. We saw beautiful sanctuaries for various wildlife, depicted here:

The best part was the food and fellowship with family. I came away with a greater appreciation for the gifts in my life.

Now, onto business!

Congrats to Boys and Girls Basketball teams! I saw the boys play this week at Woodson and the girls at home vs. Robinson. Both had fantastic play on the court! I also enjoyed my talks with several parents, especially my brother in name, Samuel.

In addition to the regular seasons games, congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team also for winning the George Long tournament over the Winter Break. Here’s the news article for more details. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/12/29/south-county-boys-hold-off-washington-liberty-win-george-long-tourney/

We have a new mural posted in our school that went up Wednesday night. It’s located around the corner from the Attendance Office, and it screams Stallion pride!

We are continuing to be proactive in our fight against drugs, so we’re hosting another workshop for parents on Jan. 19 at 6pm. The learning targets for that night will be:

  • Recognize risk factors for substance use to increase focus on prevention in households.
  • Increase ability to converse with adolescents and teenagers about substances with relative ease.
  • Identify different types of THC (marijuana) and its related paraphernalia.

To end my message on a positive note, like many of you I’ve been identifying some resolutions I’d like to make for this new year. My goal is to appreciate the people in my life more. Here’s an uplifting message about how special people in our lives can impact us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cZb3bpfMP4.

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Parent Advisory Council 

This is a friendly reminder that our third (of four) PAC meetings will be on 02/02/2023. This meeting will provide me with your perspective about what is going well and what needs to be improved at SoCo. If you are interested in attending, please register here.  If you have questions that you would like addressed, please post them here so we can do our best to have a response at the meeting: https://forms.gle/oPstQ8dj8YMWSZcM6.

The council will meet in person from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Library.

  • 02/02/2023
  • 05/25/2023
National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month

#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMonth

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

High School Academy Open Houses

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. 

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Tutor.com Testimonials

 

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent

 

  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

New Year’s Resolutions

 

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

 

For further Information & support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LRIC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • Dec 19 - Jan 2: Winter Break (School and Offices will be closed)
  • Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday
  • Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday
  • Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Greetings SoCo family,

As the holiday season is upon us, I hope all of you have the chance to spend time with your loved ones. It's been a true pleasure meeting and getting to know so many of you, and I look forward to continuing to do so in 2023. 

On behalf of our school family, we wish you a very safe and enjoyable Winter Break.

 

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Outstanding Employee award winners 2022-2023

It's a great pleasure to announce South County High School's Outstanding Employees award winners for 2022-2023.

Each of these marvelous staff members were recognized for positive impact as collaborative team members and ensuring students progress, among other great things they do here every day.

  • Outstanding Teacher: Susan Baker
  • Outstanding New Teacher: Lucy Blesi
  • Outstanding School Leader: Claudia Pirouzan-Jones
  • Outstanding Professional Employee: Michelle Gunderman
  • Outstanding Operational Staff: Brandon Cameron

We are so grateful for each and every staff member here at South County! Thanks to everyone who summitted nomination in support of the outstanding work taking place this year. 

Yearbook discount

Don't wait! Order your copy of 2022-2023 Yearbook here

We have the following discounts starting 12/16/2022 through 12/31.  

WINTER22 - $10 off the yearbook  

SENIOR22 - 10% off any size ad 

YEARBOOK DISCOUNT

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. The school and offices will be closed during this break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.

🕎 Happy Chanukah to all in our community who celebrate! This Festival of Lights is an 8-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple, and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple's menorah for 8 days. #OurFCPS

🎄 A very Merry Christmas to those in our community who celebrate! Christmas is an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world. #OurFCPS

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

High School Academy Open Houses

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. 

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Tutor.com Testimonials

 

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent

 

  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Give Your Student the Gift of Education

We recognize that holidays are an important time to reconnect with family and expose children to their heritage and culture, whether they grew up in another part of the United States or a different country. If your family’s holiday plans include extended travel, please remember the impact to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Visit our website for more attendance resources

Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

Speed Cameras Target School Zone Safety

On December 6, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to launch a pilot program that will have 10 speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed throughout the county. These cameras will be in nine school zones and one construction zone. Thanks to our county partners for helping to improve the safety of our students and staff.

Studies show that speed camera enforcement is effective in improving safety by reducing speeding, accidents, and injuries. Read more about the school zone speed camera pilot program.

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For Additional Information & Support:

Catric Marshall, MS., LRIC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Students in Need of Coats?

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

  • Dec 13 (6:00pm): Tiny Tots concert (Auditorium)
  • Dec 19 - Jan 2: Winter Break 
  • Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday
  • Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday
  • Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday
Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Greetings SoCo family,

 

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. There are times when we get so busy preparing for the holidays that we forget to actually ENJOY the holiday itself, so I hope all of you are able to stop, take a breath, and enjoy the gifts in your life. 

Speaking of gifts, we have a TON of celebrations to recognize. Last Saturday I enjoyed attending the largest Craft Show that I've ever seen! Our PTSO put on a Show like none other! The gym, cafeteria, and hallways were packed with great crafts and gift ideas for the holiday season. Way to go, Stallions! It was a blast!

 

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of traveling to George Mason University to watch our Stallions from the Guitar program play on center stage. Not only did they perform beautifully, but they also had the opportunity to play alongside the GMU students as well! What an honor!

 

I want to give a big shout out to our Marketing students, who did a wonderful job with marketing and selling holiday items. Gifts like hot cocoa, mini winter trees, and fuzzy socks were on full display. Our Marketing program is second to none, so if your student has a chance to sign up for classes in that program next year, you won't be disappointed!

 

The National Honor Society, under the leadership of Mrs. Ohlmeyer and Mrs. Smith, had an incredible induction ceremony Tuesday night. More than 200 students joined our chapter that evening, which was as impressive as these students' transcripts! What I most enjoyed was reading the "interesting facts" that students wanted to share about themselves, which were displayed on the screen as each student entered the stage to receive their certificate and pin. What a great way to personalize this ceremony! After the event, I was honored when students asked me to take pictures with them. I couldn't be any prouder of our Stallions! 

I'm hoping that everyone in our community has a chance to celebrate the holidays in whatever way you enjoy. For me, music always gets me in the right mood. With that in mind, I was looking forward to this past Thursday's Orchestra concert. What I wasn't prepared for was how entertaining the concert would be! Not only were our orchestra students phenomenal with their musical talent, but Mrs. Swift was able to coordinate songs being played with the current 8th grade Orchestra students, as well as featuring songs with our Chorus and Band programs. It was truly a special night, and my hat goes off to all of the students, parents, and staff who worked together to make this night happen. Bravo!

 

Lastly, from our Family Liaison, Mrs. Kanamori, if you need any holiday assistance, please reach out to her at 703-446-1640 or by email at [email protected] by December 12th 2022.

Si Usted necesita algún tipo de asistencia en estas Navidades. Por favor contáctese con nuestro Enlace de Familias la Sra. Erika Kanamori al 703-446-1640 o por email al [email protected]  hasta el 12 de Diciembre del 2022.

 

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Attendance

Due to our high volume of absences during the holiday season, we would like to encourage our families to submit any absence, early dismissal, and/or late arrival no later than Wednesday Dec 21, 2022 by 2:00pm. 

Requests submitted after Wednesday Dec 21, 2022 may delay early dismissal.

We highly encourage our families to submit these requests as soon as possible.

You may report attendance by:

Calling our attendance line: 703-446-1625

Option 1- All Day Absence

Option 2- Late Arrival

Option 3- Early Release

or  Email: [email protected]

Note: Messages are checked constantly throughout the day. Please know that our phone lines/emails will be extremely backed up and you may get the automatic robo call since we will not be able to get everything put in before 9am when that call goes out.  However, be assured, we will get them put in the system as fast as we possibly can.  Please DO NOT call/email again if you know you have already done so.

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.

 

Come watch band, orchestra, theatre, and guitar perform in the annual Tiny Tots concert! This concert features several holiday and Disney classics that both children and adults will enjoy! The concert is on Tuesday, December 13th at 6 pm in the auditorium and doors will open at 5:50 pm. Tickets are $5 and will only be available for purchase at the door. If you have any questions, please reach out to Marci Swift, the Performing Arts Chair; [email protected].

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Tutor.com 

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

    • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
    • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! 

Every year, absences increase in the weeks before and after winter break. Give your child the gift of education and help build a habit of attendance. Visit our website for more attendance resources.

 

A Community Conversation on ESSER will be hosted on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be hybrid, offered both on Zoom or in-person at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the café. All are welcome. Please register to attend. 

Watch the video above to see how Poe Middle School used funds to support positive behavior interventions, and how fun and games support values of respect, accountability, and positivity. 

Learn more about the ESSER III grant.

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For Additional Information & Support:

Catric Marshall, MS., LRIC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Students in Need of Coats?

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Athletics & Activities Website: 

https://stallionnation.org/

 

Important Dates

 

Feb 20th, 2023   - Spring Sports Tryouts

May 24th, 2023  - "Next Level" Collegiate Signing Event - Gym 3:30pm

June 4th, 2023   - Varsity Letterman Night - Gym 6:30pm 

 

This Week in Stallion Sports

 

December 7 - Girls Bball v Washington Liberty - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                        Boys Bball @ Washington Liberty - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                        Polar Bear Track @ Fairfax - 5:30pm

 

December 9 - NOVA Wrestling Classic @ Fairfax - 10am

                       Boys BBall v Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                       Girls Bball @ Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                       Swim/Dive v Woodson @ Lee District Rec Ctr - 6pm

 

December 10 - NOVA Wrestling Classic @ Fairfax - 9:30am

                         Swim/Dive v Robinson @ South Run Rec - 6:30pm

                         Dance @ Bishop O'Connell - 1:18pm Performance Start

 

 

Good Luck to our Dance Team as they compete at Bishop O'Connell HS this Saturday!!!

Click here for Ticket Information

Congratulations to our Varsity Football team on a great season. Patriot District Champions!!! Winter Concession Stand Signup

Winter Sports are up and running and we need your support! Please consider volunteering to work a night or two in our concession stand! Concessions serve as the Athletic Boosters primary source of income and the money generated goes directly to our athletic programs. Click on the link below to signup. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Concessions Signup  

Click Here for Tryout Information

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

 

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2022-2023 School Year

Dec 6: Last Date Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits

Dec 8 & : Theatre Arts Department Auditions 

Dec 9: Deadline Senior Ads in Winter Sports Program

Dec 10: Chorus Department’s First Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Dec 13 6:00pm: Tiny Tots concert (Auditorium)

Dec 19 - Jan 2: Winter Break 

Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday

Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday

We need YOUR help to VOTE! 😊

The South County Singers are FINALISTS on the 97.1 Washington FM Christmas Choir Competition!

The Chorus sang Carol of the Bells in its original language, Ukrainian.

They are singing on the radio station during the following dates & times:

  1. Monday, December 5th, 2022, at 8:00am & 4:00pm 
  2. Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 10:00am & 6:00pm

If we win, the Choral Department will receive a prize of $5000.00 and will be featured at the Washington Ballet at the Performance of the Nutcracker on Saturday, December 17th, 2022.

HELP US WIN AND VOTE! AND SPREAD THIS LINK EVERYWHERE 😊

Instructions to vote:

  1. Click on the following link:

https://washfm.iheart.com/promotions/2022-christmas-choir-competition-division-1-high-school-1354090/?apt_id=1354090&apt_type=gallery&apt_entry_id=&apt_share_type=

     2. Scroll all the way down to the audio files, click the thumbs up for South County High School, then scroll up and you will be asked for a first name and last name and an email address.

     3.Once you complete this, it will ask for a verification code.

     4.Once you get the code, click submit and click again and the code should work.

Direct link to vote for South County Singers: https://ul.ink/19ABA-Y188

You may vote ONCE A DAY EVERY DAY (per each individual email address/Facebook Profile) until the voting window ends!

Voting ends Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 11:59PM

Winners are announced during the 97.1 Toby+ Chilli Mornings show between 8:00AM and 9:00AM on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022!

 

Ever envision yourself on the stage? Do you consider yourself dramatic? Then consider auditioning for the student-directed one-acts! The one-acts are a series of short plays directed by our upper level Theatre Arts students and are one of our favorite traditions! Auditions are open to all SCHS students and will take place on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 from 3:00-5:45 pm in Room G139, the Black Box Theatre. You only need to attend one audition date, but must stay the entire time! There will also be an audition information meeting on Thursday, December 1 from 3:10-3:45 in Room G139, the Black Box Theatre. You do not need to attend this meeting in order to audition, but it will give you an opportunity to meet the directors and ask questions! For all audition information, please visit this link! You can also e-mail Mrs. Rumberger at [email protected] should you have any questions!

Support the Chorus Department’s First Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

 

Saturday, December 10, 2022

South High School Cafeteria

Enjoy a fantastic pancake and eggs breakfast with holiday music provided by Choral students.  What better way to start your day with breakfast and a show!

$8.00 per person, proceeds to support the Chorus department’s Spring Trip to Orlando.

Senior Ads in Winter Sports Program

Celebrate your Senior participating in Basketball, Dance, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swim & Dive, and Wrestling with a Senior Ad in the Winter Sports Program! The deadline is December 9, 2022!  Please contact Elena Jordon at [email protected] or 703-302-0197 for more information.

 

Senior Ad Form Winter 2022

 

Come watch band, orchestra, theatre, and guitar perform in the annual Tiny Tots concert! This concert features several holiday and Disney classics that both children and adults will enjoy! The concert is on Tuesday, December 13th at 6 pm in the auditorium and doors will open at 5:50 pm. Tickets are $5 and will only be available for purchase at the door. If you have any questions, please reach out to Marci Swift, the Performing Arts Chair; [email protected].

Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:

Victor O’Neill Studios is our official school photographer, they are excited to see you on  December 6th, 2022  for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits.

**This is the final date for senior portraits at the school**

The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.

https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/SouthCounty2023

If you have any questions please email : [email protected]

(please reference school name)

Thank you!

Calling all SOCO Junior & Sophomore Parents!

For: Help with the 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP)

When: Monthly meeting - December 7th (in-person at SCHS library)

Why: Come to the meeting to learn about the ANGP, help our senior class, and get a head start for your senior year!

Let’s do this for our kids!

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

 

Lawn Signs, Graduation Seating Raffle Tickets, ANGP Tickets are available on the website.  We are also welcoming donations to support.

Here is the website: South County PTSO

Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”

The Office of Special Education Instruction provides schools with ideas regarding ways that they can celebrate Inclusive Schools Week by sharing ideas and resources provided by the Inclusive Schools Network which include ideas for students and staff. While the celebratory ideas from the Inclusive Schools Network are provided to schools, schools are certainly able to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week in other innovative ways. 

VDOE Guide to planning an inclusion project

Bodhi Day, Thursday, Dec. 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Tutor.com 

For students who want extra help with their classes, please remember this resource: 

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.  

Students in Need of Coats?

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Athletics & Activities Website: 

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Important Dates

November 28th - Winter Sports Team Pictures

Feb 20th, 2023   - Spring Sports Tryouts

May 24th, 2023  - "Next Level" Ceremony (Collegiate Signing) Main Gym 3:30pm

June 4th, 2023   - Varsity Letterman Night (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

 

This Week in Stallion Sports

 

November 26th - Football @ Fairfax - 1pm (Region Final) 

 

Varsity Football will travel to Fairfax HS  this Saturday, November 26th @ 1:00pm Region 6C Championship

 

Backpacks, Bags & Other Outside Items

  • Purses, diaper bags, and reasonably sized bags are permitted inside the stadium with adults. However, all bags may be subject to search and inspection.
  • Students are not permitted to bring bags or backpacks into the stadium. 

Beverage Policy

  • No outside food or drinks are permitted inside the stadium.

Smoking & Tobacco Use

  • Smoking and the use of all tobacco products on any Fairfax County Public School campus is prohibited. This prohibition applies to all individuals while on any FCPS campus, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, contractors, and visitors. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, pipes, and chewing tobacco are not permitted.

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

 

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2022-2023 School Year

 

Nov 21-22- 5:30-8:45pm- Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Silverbox Theatre

Nov 22- Fairfax County Youth Survey for 10th & 12th grade students

Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

Dec 6- Last Date Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits

Dec 9 - Deadline Senior Ads in Winter Sports Program

Dec 19- Jan 2: Winter Break 

Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday

Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

I had an ultra-positive time with our leadership class students at the Illuminate conference in DC this past weekend (Nov. 12 and 13). All of these very talented young leaders were active contributors to setting goals for improvement our school’s culture. Their focus was on improving the inclusivity of activities for all students, as well as address the mental health status of students. More information will be coming soon, but I just want to give a special shout-out to Kathy, Sarya, Sharli, Melisa, and Billie.

 

For student drop-offs, we have significantly less traffic before 7:55. Our heaviest traffic is from 7:55-8:05. To avoid the congestion, please try to arrive before 7:55.   

Congratulations to our Orchestra for having a great concert on Tuesday, followed by their VMEA performance on Thursday. We’re super proud of your talents! 

FCPS is encouraging all schools to facilitate classroom lessons that align with the Portrait of a Graduate model. Many of our teachers are facilitating fantastic lessons in their classes that address this model, and I had the pleasure of seeing one conducted first-hand this week. Mr. Haynes’ students worked in groups to illustrate the many details of ancient civilizations. All of the presentations were professionally delivered, had a wealth of details, and used creativity with the graphs and pictures that were embedded. I’m very proud of their efforts and outcomes! 

She Kills Monsters theater production was outstanding! I attended Thursday night and was most impressed with our Stallions' acting abilities, stage decor, and volunteerism of the families who assisted. Big Kudos go out to Mrs. Rumberger and her cast for one of the most timely and enjoyable productions I've seen in recent memory! 

Thank you to Coach Anderson and the wrestling team for allowing me to join them for a practice on Thursday after school. We have a great team of athletes, and having the chance to lace up wrestling shoes again brings back great memories of my own matches and coaching career. I'm looking forward to joining the team in the coming weeks and months. I was especially impressed with how athletically talented our wrestlers are. While they have unique gifts, they equally worked hard, were respectful of their coaches, and were supportive of each other. Teamwork makes the dream work! 

Finally, on Nov. 21 Hidden in Plain Sight we are pleased to host the Fairfax County Police Department to present Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) to our families.  This event will take place in the Silverbox Theatre and will run approximately from 5:30pm - 8:45pm.   

The purpose of the program is to educate parents on current trends and signs of risky behavior.  The following behaviors will be included:  

  • Alcohol Use 
  • Marijuana 
  • Prescription Drugs 
  • Over the Counter Drugs 
  • Illicit Drugs 
  • Mental Health Concerns  
  • Sexual Behavior 
  • Other Risky Behaviors 

An interactive exhibit will be set up for families to peruse, followed by a presentation and discussion.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  This presentation is for adults only.   

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

SCHS Outstanding Employee Nominations

Nominations will be/are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a South County High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. Please submit your nominations by 12/2/22! 

Tutor.com 

For students who want extra help with their classes, please remember this resource: 

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.  

 

We are mailing home a pre-printed copy of your student’s emergency care card with the information we currently have in SIS.  It is of the utmost importance to the safety of your student that this information is as up to date as possible.  Please carefully review the information as it appears on the pre-printed form to see if any corrections need to be made.

Corrections can be made through your SIS ParentVue account using the [email protected] link.  You can visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool for further information on how to update your student’s emergency care information electronically.

If you do not have a SIS ParentVue account, you can make changes directly on the pre-printed form and return it to the South County High School main office.

Please make any necessary corrections by December 1st, 2022.

If you would like to set up a SIS ParentVue account, please visit https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ and fill out the parent support request form.  Once your request is received, someone from the school will reach out to you with the information you will need to set up your account. 

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be given to all 10th & 12th grade students during Advisory on November 22, 2022. See the attached letter for more information. Use the link to access the letter in another language. A paper copy is available upon request.

If you wish to opt your child(ren) out of the survey, please complete the form and return it to Ms. Turner at [email protected].

 

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

FCPS Strategic Planning 

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28.

Students in Need of Coats?

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

Calling all SOCO Junior & Sophomore Parents!

For: Help with the 2023 All Night Grad Party (ANGP)

When: Monthly meeting - next meeting is November 28th (virtual meeting) and December 7th (in-person at SCHS library)

Why: Come to the meeting to learn about the ANGP, help our senior class, and get a head start for your senior year!

Let’s do this for our kids!

Senior Ads in Winter Sports Program

Celebrate your Senior participating in Basketball, Dance, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swim & Dive, and Wrestling with a Senior Ad in the Winter Sports Program! The deadline is December 9, 2022!  Please contact Elena Jordon at [email protected] or 703-302-0197 for more information.

 

Senior Ad Form Winter 2022

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

 

Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:

Victor O’Neill Studios is our official school photographer, they are excited to see you on  December 6th, 2022  for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits.

**This is the final date for senior portraits at the school**

The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.

https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/SouthCounty2023

If you have any questions please email : [email protected]

(please reference school name)

Thank you!

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

Presented by: PFC Meg Hawkins

Nov 21 & 22

5:30 PM Review Teenage Bedroom

6:30 PM Presentation

South County HS- Silverbox Theatre

Please Register for Free using these links:

Link for November 21 -

https://bit.ly/hipsoco1121

Link for November 22 - https://bit.ly/hipsoco1122

 

See Attached Flyer

 

See Attached Flyer 

Hello!  We hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather this week!

As a Parent Teacher (Staff) Student Organization (PTSO), one of the questions we are asked is, “what do my membership dues pay for?”   Membership dues, one of our biggest sources of financial support, are used to support a wide variety of South County High School programs to include the Welcome Back Breakfast and Staff Appreciation lunch for teachers and staff, the Honor Roll program, Classroom and Club Support, Scholarships, Science Fair and so much more! Would you please consider joining and being part of a team that supports our Stallion family?  

We are also looking for committee chairs.  Please click on the links below.  We appreciate your support.

PTSO Membership:

Committee Chair Sign Up:

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Family Liaisons

Did you know that every school has a family liaison? Family liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, ask your school office to connect you with your family liaison or visit the Family Liaison webpage for a list of region representatives. 

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Important Dates

November 15th - Winter Sports Parent Meeting (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

November 28th - Winter Sports Team Pictures

Feb 20th, 2023   - Spring Sports Tryouts

May 24th, 2023  - "Next Level" Ceremony (Collegiate Signing) Main Gym 3:30pm

June 4th, 2023   - Varsity Letterman Night (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

 

This Week in Stallion Sports

 

November 15 - Winter Sports Parent Meeting - 6:30pm Main Gym

 

November 18 - Football v West Springfield - 7pm (Region Semifinal) (Home)

Congratulations to Isaac Garcia, Nayan Kasperowski, and Kian Khorashadi for a spectacular performance at the Virginia Class 6 Cross Country State Championship! 

 

Isaac Garcia finished 2nd place while Nayan Kasperowski and Kian Khorashadi finished 3rd and 84th respectively. 

Varsity Football will host West Springfield HS  this Friday, November 18th @ 7:00pm

 

Tickets

Seating and Entry

  • Gates will open at 6:00pm.
  • Middle & Elementary School students will not be permitted entry without an adult. 
  • Fans can enter through the main gate near the concession stand
  • Parents are reminded that the stadium is an inviting place for children to play.  However, it can be very dangerous, so, please always supervise children.

Backpacks, Bags & Other Outside Items

  • Purses, diaper bags, and reasonably sized bags are permitted inside the stadium with adults. However, all bags may be subject to search and inspection.
  • Students are not permitted to bring bags or backpacks into the stadium. 

Beverage Policy

  • No outside food or drinks are permitted inside the stadium.
  •  

Smoking & Tobacco Use

  • Smoking and the use of all tobacco products on any Fairfax County Public School campus is prohibited. This prohibition applies to all individuals while on any FCPS campus, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, contractors, and visitors. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, pipes, and chewing tobacco are not permitted.

 

We are in need of concession volunteers this Friday for the Varsity Football Game Vs. West Springfield. If you are available and willing to help out please visit the link below and sign up. We appreciate your support!

Click Here to Sign Up!

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

 

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2022-2023 School Year

Nov 14 4:00-8:00pm:  Chorus Fundraiser- Chipotle Lorton

Nov 14 & 15 3:00-8:00pm: Senior Make Up Picture (Multipurpose Room) 

Nov 16th 5:00 -7:00pm:  FAFSA Completion Workshop

Nov 17, 18 & 19 7:00pm: SCHS Theatre Arts First Show "She Kills Monsters"

Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

Dec 19- Jan 2: Winter Break 

Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday- Student/Teacher Holiday

Jan 26: Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

Jan 27: Teacher Workday- Student Holiday

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

 

Greetings, SoCo family!

I want to begin by wishing everyone a happy Veteran's Day weekend. We’re so proud of our military families for their service to our country.

This week, under the leadership of Mrs. Kat Ohlmeyer, we have celebrated our military in many ways. One of my personal favorites is the Military Wall, which has the pictures of our Stallion military families, their rank and military branch, and their child’s name (if applicable). We also hosted our annual Flag Raising ceremony on Thursday, November 10. These are just a few ways we recognize and honor the service of our military families.  

 

Next week is going to be really special, as our Theater Department host the “She Kills Monsters” production. Mrs. Rumberger and her team have been hard at work for several weeks in preparation for this event, and here are a few pics to help preview the show. As a reminder, the production will occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday inside our auditorium at 7:00pm each day. Tickets are only $12 per person, so I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible! 

TUTORS

For students in need of academic assistance, our students have unlimited access to live, on-demand, 1-to-1 online tutoring support from Tutor.com through Schoology at no cost to families. Sessions are safe and anonymous with over 200+ subjects covered. Tutors are available 24/7 and tutoring is also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, and French. Detailed information including FAQs and opt-out instructions are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.  

Learn how students can log in and access a tutor by watching a video:  

Tutor.com in FCPS: How it Works in English 

Tutor.com in FCPS: How it Works in Spanish  

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

On Nov. 21 Hidden in Plain Sight we are pleased to host the Fairfax County Police Department to present Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) to our families.  This event will take place in the Oakton High School cafeteria and will run approximately from 6:30pm - 8:45pm.   

The purpose of the program is to educate parents on current trends and signs of risky behavior.  The following behaviors will be included:  

  • Alcohol Use 
  • Marijuana 
  • Prescription Drugs 
  • Over the Counter Drugs 
  • Illicit Drugs 
  • Mental Health Concerns  
  • Sexual Behavior 
  • Other Risky Behaviors 

An interactive exhibit will be set up for families to peruse, followed by a presentation and discussion.  Please see the flyer below for more information.  This presentation is for adults only.  

BUY SENIOR ADS!  

The opportunity for families to purchase a Senior Ad is still available! The deadline to buy Senior Ads is March 3rd and spots are filling very quickly! There are multiple packages available for purchase, including a full page dedicated to your student! For more information on Senior Ads, please click the link below to visit our Senior Ads website.  

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/south_county_high_school_buy_yearbook_10180/5fDWqbvmZI74pMewjabsEAoI 

 

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Due to our high volume of absences during the holiday season, we would like to encourage our families to submit any absence, early dismissal, and/or late arrival no later than Friday Nov 18, 2022 by 2:00pm. 

Requests submitted after Friday Nov 18, 2022 may delay early dismissal.

We highly encourage our families to submit these requests as soon as possible.

You may report attendance by:

Calling our attendance line: 703-446-1625

Option 1- All Day Absence

Option 2- Late Arrival

Option 3- Early Release

or  Email: [email protected]

Note: Messages are checked constantly throughout the day. If you report your students absence ON that Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving, please know that our phone lines/emails will be extremely backed up and you may get the automatic robo call since we will not be able to get everything put in before 9am when that call goes out.  However, be assured, we will get them put in the system as fast as we possibly can.  Please DO NOT call/email again if you know you have already done so.

 

 

We are mailing home a pre-printed copy of your student’s emergency care card with the information we currently have in SIS.  It is of the utmost importance to the safety of your student that this information is as up to date as possible.  Please carefully review the information as it appears on the pre-printed form to see if any corrections need to be made.

Corrections can be made through your SIS ParentVue account using the [email protected] link.  You can visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool for further information on how to update your student’s emergency care information electronically.

If you do not have a SIS ParentVue account, you can make changes directly on the pre-printed form and return it to the South County High School main office.

Please make any necessary corrections by December 1st, 2022.

If you would like to set up a SIS ParentVue account, please visit https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ and fill out the parent support request form.  Once your request is received, someone from the school will reach out to you with the information you will need to set up your account. 

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home with students a few weeks ago. We would like to thank you everyone who completed and returned the form. 

If you have not had the chance to do so, please complete the form and have your student return it to Subschool 3/4 over the course of next week. 

 

Strategic Planning

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information.

Families who do not want their child to participate in the survey can opt their child out electronically through SIS ParentVUE or by returning a paper opt-out form to our school.

 

FCPS Strategic Planning that Reaches All

The strategic planning process is a community-wide effort. There will be many opportunities to share feedback or participate in a community meeting. We want our community to stay informed and be involved. You can help! 

If you are an active member of a community organization or group who people look to for information, please consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators should have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. Key communicators will:

  • Receive regular updates including news, information, future events, and engagement opportunities. 
  • Share the information they receive with their group in a timely manner.
  • Encourage group participation in engagement and feedback opportunities where appropriate and possible. 

If you or someone from your organization would like to serve as an FCPS key communicator during the strategic planning process, please submit this form by Monday, November 28

Congratulations to the South County Marching Stallions on two great performances at the state championship event this Saturday!  The Marching Stallions placed first in group Group 3, with a clean sweep of all captions (Best music, visual, general effect, colorguard, and percussion).  In finals competition, the Stallions placed 6th out of 34 bands on the day, with a score of 90.7.  Way to go marching Stallions!”

Students in Need of Coats?

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

FAFSA Completion Workshop at South County  November 16th 5-7pm

Senior Families – College Access Fairfax will be at South County to offer support in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, November 17th from 5-7pm in the library.  Registration is not required.  Parents and students who bring the required documents to the workshop will receive one-on-one assistance completing and submitting the FAFSA online. 

FAFSA Completion Workshops are offered from October through February at high schools throughout Fairfax County. Dates and locations for more FAFSA Completion Workshops are available at https://bit.ly/3DIM47V.   For those unable to attend any of these opportunities, recorded presentations are available at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/resources/ under the CAF Virtual Library.

Additional resources to support the financial aid process, including step-by-step instructions available in multiple languages, are available on the SCHS website at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/financial-aid. 

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be given to all 10th & 12th grade students during Advisory on November 22, 2022. See the attached letter for more information. Use the link to access the letter in another language. A paper copy is available upon request.

If you wish to opt your child(ren) out of the survey, please complete the form and return it to Ms. Turner at [email protected].

 

CHORUS FUNDRAISER  

Join Chorus for Dinner on Monday, November 14th at Chipotle Lorton

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Order Online and Pick Up in the Store with Order Code: D6N98P2

 

Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) are on sale!  

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

 

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

$50 per child – prices go up next month

 

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

The ANGP is needs volunteers to make this a successful event for the students.  Please use the link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-2023

 

Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:


Victor O’Neill Studios is our official school photographer, they are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits at the school:
November 14 & 15 for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session C & D


**These are the final dates for senior portraits at the school**


The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.

Appointments are open for booking one session at a time, future sessions are not yet available to book.


https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/SouthCounty2023


If you have any questions please email : [email protected]

(please reference school name)


Thank you!

See Attached Flyer

 

The SCHS Theatre Arts department’s first show of the year, She Kills Monsters¸ will be performed on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7 pm. This show is definitely worth seeing! This show consists of Dungeons and Dragons, fantasy, monsters, and more! Please note the show is rated PG-13 due to language, content, and choreographed violence. However, younger audience members might be able to handle the content of the show. Please reach out to Molly Rumberger at [email protected] should you wish to learn more about the subject matter. Tickets are $12 and are now on sale! You can purchase tickets at schstheatre.com or directly at this link. A full synopsis of the show is included on our ticket links so you can learn more!

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

Presented by: PFC Meg Hawkins

Nov 21 & 22

5:30 PM Review Teenage Bedroom

6:30 PM Presentation

South County HS- Silverbox Theatre

Please Register for Free using these links:

Link for November 21 -

https://bit.ly/hipsoco1121

Link for November 22 - https://bit.ly/hipsoco1122

 

See Attached Flyer

 

See Attached Flyer 

Holiday meals are a special time when families come together.

Can you help make the holidays special for a local family struggling with food insecurity? Since 2016, Food For Neighbors has been providing holiday meals to students in middle and high schools throughout Fairfax and Loudoun counties. For every $50 donated to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program, they will provide a $50 grocery store gift card for a local family to purchase a nutritious and delicious meal this season. To donate, visit FFN Holiday Meals Program.

Hunger is an unwelcome guest during the holidays and with your generosity, families throughout our community will experience the joy of gathering around a table together to enjoy a nice meal. Thank you for your generosity!

Hello!  We hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather this week!

As a Parent Teacher (Staff) Student Organization (PTSO), one of the questions we are asked is, “what do my membership dues pay for?”   Membership dues, one of our biggest sources of financial support, are used to support a wide variety of South County High School programs to include the Welcome Back Breakfast and Staff Appreciation lunch for teachers and staff, the Honor Roll program, Classroom and Club Support, Scholarships, Science Fair and so much more! Would you please consider joining and being part of a team that supports our Stallion family?  

We are also looking for committee chairs.  Please click on the links below.  We appreciate your support.

PTSO Membership:

Committee Chair Sign Up:

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our South County High School community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association. Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Family Liaisons

Did you know that every school has a family liaison? Family liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, ask your school office to connect you with your family liaison or visit the Family Liaison webpage for a list of region representatives. 

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

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Athletics & Activities Website: 

https://stallionnation.org/

 

Varsity Football will host Edison High School this Friday, November 11th @ 7:00pm

 

In an effort to provide an optimal game day experience for our fans and guests, below is information on tickets, entry, and general stadium guidelines. 

Tickets

Seating and Entry

  • Gates will open at 6:00pm.
  • Middle & Elementary School students will not be permitted entry without an adult. 
  • Fans can enter through the main gate near the concession stand
  • Parents are reminded that the stadium is an inviting place for children to play.  However, it can be very dangerous, so, please always supervise children.

Backpacks, Bags & Other Outside Items

  • Purses, diaper bags, and reasonably sized bags are permitted inside the stadium with adults. However, all bags may be subject to search and inspection.
  • Students are not permitted to bring bags or backpacks into the stadium. 

Beverage Policy

  • No outside food or drinks are permitted inside the stadium.

Starting Times

  • All home football games are scheduled to begin at 7:00pm

Smoking & Tobacco Use

  • Smoking and the use of all tobacco products on any Fairfax County Public School campus is prohibited. This prohibition applies to all individuals while on any FCPS campus, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, contractors, and visitors. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, pipes, and chewing tobacco are not permitted.

As we approach the end of the Fall Sports season, we are asking for parent volunteers to assist with our final few events. If you are able to assist with any of these dates, we will greatly appreciate it. All families are welcome to signup! you do not have to be in season. 

To sign up to work an event, please click on the link below. Thanks again for your support!

Click Here to Sign Up!

 

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Important Dates

November 7th   - Winter Sports Tryouts

November 15th - Winter Sports Parent Meeting (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

November 28th - Winter Sports Team Pictures

Feb 20th, 2023   - Spring Sports Tryouts

May 24th, 2023  - "Next Level" Ceremony (Collegiate Signing) Main Gym 3:30pm

June 4th, 2023   - Varsity Letterman Night (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

 

This Week in Stallion Sports

 

November 11 - Football v Edison - 7pm (Region Quarterfinal)

 

November 12 - Cross Country State Final - 11am @ Outlands (Leesburg VA)

 

 

 

Winter Sports Tryouts

 

Winter Sports begin on Monday, November 7th. In order to participate, each student must have a VHSL Physical on file and they must register through our Athletic Registration. For more information, please click on the links below.

Sports Tryout Information

Coaches Email Directory

Tryout Locations & Times

 

Monday, November 7th

Boys Basketball, Main Gym 3:30pm

Wrestling, Wrestling Room 3:30pm

Indoor Track, Track Stadium 3:30pm

Gymnastics, The Bubble 3:45pm

Girls Basketball, Main Gym 5:30pm

*No Swim & Dive on Monday

 

Tuesday, November 8th

Boys Basketball, Main Gym 3:30pm

Wrestling, Wrestling Room 3:30pm

Indoor Track, Track Stadium 3:30pm

Swim & Dive, South Run Rec Center 3:30pm

Gymnastics, The Bubble 3:45pm

Girls Basketball, Main Gym 5:30pm

 

Wednesday, November 9th

Boys Basketball, Main Gym 3:30pm

Wrestling, Wrestling Room 3:30pm

Indoor Track, Track Stadium 3:30pm

Swim & Dive, South Run Rec Center 3:30pm

Gymnastics, The Bubble 3:45pm

Girls Basketball, Main Gym 5:30pm

Football Fruit Fundraiser

 

Looking for a unique and delicious gift for the holidays?  

Something to say "Happy Holidays" to family, friends, coworkers, teachers, neighbors, employees?

 

Please consider ordering some guaranteed fresh fruit from Florida Indian River Groves.

Items ordered as "Ship to Organization" will arrive (free shipping) by overnight truck to SCHS in early December.

You may also ship to anyone in the continental U.S. for a flat shipping fee.

Use one of the links below to place your order now!

Don't miss out on free shipping to SCHS - those orders end November 7th

https://shop.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1029794

Fruit Fundraiser for South County Stallion's Football - Florida Indian River Groves

https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/order-now/ 

(Campain ID: 1029794)

Thank you for your support!

South County Football Team

As we approach the end of the Fall Sports season, we are asking for parent volunteers to assist with our final few events. If you are able to assist with any of these dates, we will greatly appreciate it. All families are welcome to signup! you do not have to be in season. 

To sign up to work an event, please click on the link below. Thanks again for your support!

Click Here to Sign Up!

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

2022-2023 School Year

Nov 7-11- School Psychologist Week  

Nov 7- Class of 2024 Fundraiser at Glory Days 

Nov 10- Annual Veterans Day Ceremony 

Nov 14 & 15 3:00-8:00pm- Senior Make Up Picture (Multipurpose Room) 

Nov 16th 5:00 -7:00 pm- FAFSA Completion Workshop

Nov 17, 18 & 19 7:00pm- SCHS Theatre Arts First Show "She Kills Monsters"

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

 

Dear SoCo family,

 

Can you believe we're already in November? Time is flying by, which is why it's important to stop and celebrate so many of the wonderful things happening in Stallion Country. 

First, our NJS and SGA students are featured on the national website for secondary school administrators, under the "National Council of Excellence" section. Check it out here.

We would like to congratulate those students who joined the Science National Honor Society these past week.

Second, we had a great week of championships being crowned in SoCo! Congratulations go out to Isaac Garcia, who won the Patriot District Cross Country championship, and our football team won the Patriot district as well! Way to go, Isaac and the football team!

We also celebrated Dia de los Muertos, and here is just a sampling of the beautiful decorations and our staff who participated. (Click here to see our pictures of  Dia de los Muertos)

Finally, I want to thank one of our Assistant Principals, Sam Tolan, who facilitated our Sources of Strength training for 45 student leaders. This all-day training helped students learn the value of leadership, as well as develop strategies to help their classmates feel connected at school. Mrs. Tolan and her team presented one of the most engaging training sessions that I've EVER experienced!

 

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Strategic Planning

Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information.

Families who do not want their child to participate in the survey can opt their child out electronically through SIS ParentVUE or by returning a paper opt-out form to our school.

 

Students in Need of Coats?

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

Looking for a unique and delicious gift for the holidays?  

Something to say "Happy Holidays" to family, friends, coworkers, teachers, neighbors, employees?

Please consider ordering some guaranteed fresh fruit from Florida Indian River Groves.

Items ordered as "Ship to Organization" will arrive (free shipping) by overnight truck to SCHS in early December.

You may also ship to anyone in the continental U.S. for a flat shipping fee.

Use one of the links below to place your order now!

Don't miss out on free shipping to SCHS - those orders end November 7th

https://shop.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1029794

Fruit Fundraiser for South County Stallion's Football - Florida Indian River Groves

https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/order-now/ 

(Campain ID: 1029794)

Thank you for your support!

South County Football Team

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FAFSA Completion Workshop at South County  November 16th 5-7pm

Senior Families – College Access Fairfax will be at South County to offer support in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, November 17th from 5-7pm in the library.  Registration is not required.  Parents and students who bring the required documents to the workshop will receive one-on-one assistance completing and submitting the FAFSA online. 

FAFSA Completion Workshops are offered from October through February at high schools throughout Fairfax County. Dates and locations for more FAFSA Completion Workshops are available at https://bit.ly/3DIM47V.   For those unable to attend any of these opportunities, recorded presentations are available at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/resources/ under the CAF Virtual Library.

Additional resources to support the financial aid process, including step-by-step instructions available in multiple languages, are available on the SCHS website at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/financial-aid. 

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be given to all 10th & 12th grade students during Advisory on November 22, 2022. See the attached letter for more information. Use the link to access the letter in another language. A paper copy is available upon request.

If you wish to opt your child(ren) out of the survey, please complete the form and return it to Ms. Turner at [email protected].

 

SAT School Day and PSAT Scores

SAT School Day scores should be available in your student’s College Board account after November 2. Students should receive an email from College Board at the email address they have registered with College Board with details to access the scores.

PSAT scores will be available in your student’s College Board account on December 6.  Students will receive an email from College Board at the email they gave to College Board on their answer sheets with details to access their scores.

 

The class of 2024 is hosting a fundraiser at Glory Days in Lorton until November 7. Glory Days will donate 10% of the proceeds to the class which will go towards prom, graduation, and other activities throughout the year. Please keep your receipts, and turn them into our drop off box in the main office.  We hope to see you there!

We also have our class of 2024 t-shirts for sale for $15.  Please send your students to room A125 if they are interested in buying one.   

 

Holiday meals are a special time when families come together.

Can you help make the holidays special for a local family struggling with food insecurity? Since 2016, Food For Neighbors has been providing holiday meals to students in middle and high schools throughout Fairfax and Loudoun counties. For every $50 donated to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program, they will provide a $50 grocery store gift card for a local family to purchase a nutritious and delicious meal this season. To donate, visit FFN Holiday Meals Program.

Hunger is an unwelcome guest during the holidays and with your generosity, families throughout our community will experience the joy of gathering around a table together to enjoy a nice meal. Thank you for your generosity!

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

  Romeo & Winifred - A Tragical Comedy in Two and a Half Acts Dates: November 9-12 at 7:00pm Location: South County Middle School  Tickets $6/each 

 

It is modern-day New York City, where the high-end Montague's Department store and the cheapo Capulet's Discount Mart — rival clothing stores — meet in the street to trade vicious insults. Words are their daggers, wielded with such finesse and skill that you could die laughing!

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15617/ or by going to www.etix.com & entering South County Middle School as the venue.

 

SEE ATTACHED FLYER

JOIN US FOR VETERANS DAY

All are invited to join us on Thursday, Nov 10th at 7:30 for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony by the main flagpole. We will recognize veterans in our South County community for their service as well as honor ALL who have served our great nation.  Our own South County Singers and JROTC students will be participating in the event.  No RSVP is required.

Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:


Victor O’Neill Studios is our official school photographer, they are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits at the school:
November 14 & 15 for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session C & D


**These are the final dates for senior portraits at the school**


The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.

Appointments are open for booking one session at a time, future sessions are not yet available to book.


https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/SouthCounty2023


If you have any questions please email : [email protected]

(please reference school name)


Thank you!

See Attached Flyer

 

The SCHS Theatre Arts department’s first show of the year, She Kills Monsters¸ will be performed on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7 pm. This show is definitely worth seeing! This show consists of Dungeons and Dragons, fantasy, monsters, and more! Please note the show is rated PG-13 due to language, content, and choreographed violence. However, younger audience members might be able to handle the content of the show. Please reach out to Molly Rumberger at [email protected] should you wish to learn more about the subject matter. Tickets are $12 and are now on sale! You can purchase tickets at schstheatre.com or directly at this link. A full synopsis of the show is included on our ticket links so you can learn more!

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

Presented by: PFC Meg Hawkins

Nov 21 & 22

5:30 PM Review Teenage Bedroom

6:30 PM Presentation

South County HS- Silverbox Theatre

Please Register for Free using these links:

Link for November 21 -

https://bit.ly/hipsoco1121

Link for November 22 - https://bit.ly/hipsoco1122

 

See Attached Flyer

 

See Attached Flyer 

Hello!  We hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather this week!

As a Parent Teacher (Staff) Student Organization (PTSO), one of the questions we are asked is, “what do my membership dues pay for?”   Membership dues, one of our biggest sources of financial support, are used to support a wide variety of South County High School programs to include the Welcome Back Breakfast and Staff Appreciation lunch for teachers and staff, the Honor Roll program, Classroom and Club Support, Scholarships, Science Fair and so much more! Would you please consider joining and being part of a team that supports our Stallion family?  

We are also looking for committee chairs.  Please click on the links below.  We appreciate your support.

PTSO Membership:

Committee Chair Sign Up:

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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

South County HS Athletics

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https://stallionnation.org/

 

Important Dates

November 7th   - Winter Sports Tryouts

November 15th - Winter Sports Parent Meeting (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

November 28th - Winter Sports Team Pictures

Feb 20th, 2023   - Spring Sports Tryouts

May 24th, 2023  - "Next Level" Ceremony (Collegiate Signing) Main Gym 3:30pm

June 4th, 2023   - Varsity Letterman Night (Main Gym, 6:30pm)

 

This Week in Stallion Sports

 

November 1 - Region Volleyball 1st Round  @ West Potomac - 6:30pm

 

November 3 - Region Finals Cross Country @ Burke Lake: B/G 12:30/1:15pm

                         Region Volleyball Qtrs @ TBD - 6:30pm

                          Fresh/JV Football @ Lake Braddock - 5:30/7:15pm

 

November 4 - Football v Lake Braddock - 7pm (Senior Night)

 

 

 

Winter Sports Tryouts

 

Winter Sports begin on Monday, November 7th. In order to participate, each student must have a VHSL Physical on file and they must register through our Athletic Registration. For more information, please click on the links below.

Sports Tryout Information

Coaches Email Directory

Football Fruit Fundraiser

 

Looking for a unique and delicious gift for the holidays?  

Something to say "Happy Holidays" to family, friends, coworkers, teachers, neighbors, employees?

 

Please consider ordering some guaranteed fresh fruit from Florida Indian River Groves.

Items ordered as "Ship to Organization" will arrive (free shipping) by overnight truck to SCHS in early December.

You may also ship to anyone in the continental U.S. for a flat shipping fee.

Use one of the links below to place your order now!

Don't miss out on free shipping to SCHS - those orders end November 7th

https://shop.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1029794

Fruit Fundraiser for South County Stallion's Football - Florida Indian River Groves

https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/order-now/ 

(Campain ID: 1029794)

Thank you for your support!

South County Football Team

As we approach the end of the Fall Sports season, we are asking for parent volunteers to assist with our final few events. If you are able to assist with any of these dates, we will greatly appreciate it. All families are welcome to signup! you do not have to be in season. 

To sign up to work an event, please click on the link below. Thanks again for your support!

Click Here to Sign Up!

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

2022-2023 School Year

Oct 31-8 am-3 pm. Senior Picture Make up (Cafeteria)

Oct 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Nov 4- Last day to return Impact Aid Survey

Nov 4- Military Tailgate

Nov 6-  Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov 7-11- School Psychologist Week  

Nov 10- Annual Veterans Day Ceremony 

Nov 14 & 15 3:00-8:00pm- Senior Make Up Picture (Multipurpose Room) 

Nov 16th 5:00 -7:00 pm- FAFSA Completion Workshop

Nov 17, 18 & 19 7:00pm- SCHS Theatre Arts First Show "She Kills Monsters"

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Good afternoon, SoCo Family! 

It’s hard to believe that October is coming to a close! I hope you all have a Spook-tacular and safe weekend!  

This past week has been one of our busiest but joyful experiences at SoCo.

On Tuesday, I had a great time playing VB in the students vs. parents game. Special shout out to Gabby for coaching me through the warm-ups and technical skills to play. The parents clearly enjoyed playing in the game and the students displayed great sportsmanship in their journey beating us in two straight games. 

I’ve heard wonderful reviews of our Masquerade concert with the Orchestra this week as well. These students and Mrs. Swift are putting in numerous hours to work toward this and future concerts. I’m very proud of these Stallions.  

As a reminder, we have new expectations for fans to follow at our next (and last) home football game (next Friday, Nov. 4). Here they are: 

 

Lastly, this is a quick reminder that Monday is a Teacher Workday, so students do not come to school. 

Have a great weekend. 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

Upcoming Parent Training Opportunity

We have a training session for parents about opioids and fentanyl on November 1 at 6:30 here at SoCo (in the library). This is a “must see” presentation for parents. Unfortunately, we’re having too many cases of students experimenting with this type of drug, so I encourage you to attend if you are able. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer

Students in Need of Coats?

 

Mrs. Kanamori, our Family Liaison, has winter coats in all sizes from S- XL for our students. If you know of a student in need, please send them to Student Services or contact Mrs. Kanamori at 703-446-1640.

 

Looking for a unique and delicious gift for the holidays?  

Something to say "Happy Holidays" to family, friends, coworkers, teachers, neighbors, employees?

Please consider ordering some guaranteed fresh fruit from Florida Indian River Groves.

Items ordered as "Ship to Organization" will arrive (free shipping) by overnight truck to SCHS in early December.

You may also ship to anyone in the continental U.S. for a flat shipping fee.

Use one of the links below to place your order now!

Don't miss out on free shipping to SCHS - those orders end November 7th

https://shop.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/1029794

Fruit Fundraiser for South County Stallion's Football - Florida Indian River Groves

https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/order-now/ 

(Campain ID: 1029794)

Thank you for your support!

South County Football Team

See attached Flyer

 

Federal Impact Aid Reminder

This is a reminder to all parents who have not yet signed and returned the Federal Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey form.  If you have not yet done so, please complete the form, sign it, and have your child return it to their 4th period teacher with a final due date of Friday, November 4th. We must submit one form for each student to the county.  Due to our strict deadlines, those who do not turn in this form will be called and a request will be made for them to come to the school to drop off or sign/complete the form.

If you need another form, or if you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Jeremiah Caven, Assistant Principal, at 703-446-1802 or by email at [email protected].

Federal Impact Aid Video 

 

FAFSA Completion Workshop at South County  November 16th 5-7pm

Senior Families – College Access Fairfax will be at South County to offer support in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, November 17th from 5-7pm in the library.  Registration is not required.  Parents and students who bring the required documents to the workshop will receive one-on-one assistance completing and submitting the FAFSA online. 

FAFSA Completion Workshops are offered from October through February at high schools throughout Fairfax County. Dates and locations for more FAFSA Completion Workshops are available at https://bit.ly/3DIM47V.   For those unable to attend any of these opportunities, recorded presentations are available at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/resources/ under the CAF Virtual Library.

Additional resources to support the financial aid process, including step-by-step instructions available in multiple languages, are available on the SCHS website at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/financial-aid. 

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be given to all 10th & 12th grade students during Advisory on November 22, 2022. See the attached letter for more information. Use the link to access the letter in another language. A paper copy is available upon request.

If you wish to opt your child(ren) out of the survey, please complete the form and return it to Ms. Turner at [email protected].

 

Holiday meals are a special time when families come together.

Can you help make the holidays special for a local family struggling with food insecurity? Since 2016, Food For Neighbors has been providing holiday meals to students in middle and high schools throughout Fairfax and Loudoun counties. For every $50 donated to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program, they will provide a $50 grocery store gift card for a local family to purchase a nutritious and delicious meal this season. To donate, visit FFN Holiday Meals Program.

Hunger is an unwelcome guest during the holidays and with your generosity, families throughout our community will experience the joy of gathering around a table together to enjoy a nice meal. Thank you for your generosity!

Calling All Veterans!!

We want to recognize all our South County veterans and their families this Veterans Day.  If you are a parent, teacher, coach, volunteer, etc. at South County and have served, please complete the information form linked below.

https://forms.gle/wPLrHmoorYgdowco9

We ask that you submit your information as soon as possible but no later than November 2nd.  Veterans will be recognized in a display in our main hallway from November 4th – November 18th.

More For Our Military Families

Our military families are also invited to attend our rescheduled Military Tailgate on November 4th before our home football game versus Lake Braddock.  We ask that anyone planning to attend RSVP at the link below for planning purposes.  We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and water.  If you would like to contribute something to the meal, please sign up when placing your RSVP.  We look forward to an evening of fun and fellowship and hope to see many of you there!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4FA8AD2FA6FB6-soco

This Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour! 

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

JOIN US FOR VETERANS DAY

All are invited to join us on Thursday, Nov 10th at 7:30 for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony by the main flagpole. We will recognize veterans in our South County community for their service as well as honor ALL who have served our great nation.  Our own South County Singers and JROTC students will be participating in the event.  No RSVP is required.

Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:


Victor O’Neill Studios is our official school photographer, they are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits at the school:
October 31 and November 14 & 15 for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session C & D


**These are the final dates for senior portraits at the school**


The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.

Appointments are open for booking one session at a time, future sessions are not yet available to book.


https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/SouthCounty2023


If you have any questions please email : [email protected]

(please reference school name)


Thank you!

See Attached Flyer

 

The SCHS Theatre Arts department’s first show of the year, She Kills Monsters¸ will be performed on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7 pm. This show is definitely worth seeing! This show consists of Dungeons and Dragons, fantasy, monsters, and more! Please note the show is rated PG-13 due to language, content, and choreographed violence. However, younger audience members might be able to handle the content of the show. Please reach out to Molly Rumberger at [email protected] should you wish to learn more about the subject matter. Tickets are $12 and are now on sale! You can purchase tickets at schstheatre.com or directly at this link. A full synopsis of the show is included on our ticket links so you can learn more!

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

Presented by: PFC Meg Hawkins

Nov 21 & 22

5:30 PM Review Teenage Bedroom

6:30 PM Presentation

South County HS- Silverbox Theatre

Please Register for Free using these links:

Link for November 21 -

https://bit.ly/hipsoco1121

Link for November 22 - https://bit.ly/hipsoco1122

 

See Attached Flyer

 

See Attached Flyer 

Hello!  We hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather this week!

As a Parent Teacher (Staff) Student Organization (PTSO), one of the questions we are asked is, “what do my membership dues pay for?”   Membership dues, one of our biggest sources of financial support, are used to support a wide variety of South County High School programs to include the Welcome Back Breakfast and Staff Appreciation lunch for teachers and staff, the Honor Roll program, Classroom and Club Support, Scholarships, Science Fair and so much more! Would you please consider joining and being part of a team that supports our Stallion family?  

We are also looking for committee chairs.  Please click on the links below.  We appreciate your support.

PTSO Membership:

Committee Chair Sign Up:

Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days this year. To learn more about Día de los Muertos, watch this video. While Día de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day). The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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