Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

It has been a great week while still being a short week and who could ask for more than that? But before I get into this week, I wanted to share something from last week where our Student Council held it’s first Town Hall meeting where representatives from every classroom got together to discuss concerns, ideas, and solutions with the administration. These opportunities for students to have a voice in the direction we take as a school are so valuable to us and rewarding for them. We really do want to hear from our students and this opportunity presents us with the feedback to help us make South County a better school together.

On to this week! On Wednesday, I, along with a few of the administrative team members were invited to meet with our Leadership students as they presented their thoughts and ideas based on their project called “Be The Change” where students came up with areas in the school where they thought they would like to see some change. The topics we heard were around proposed changes to advisory, expanding recycling in the building, increasing student support for one another, etc. The presentations were very well done. And above all, the students were authentic. I truly appreciated the depth of the research they did before making proposals, and the level of details they went to in the design of their plans. We have some outstanding students in our building, and you should be proud of what they bring to us every day. They talked a lot, but I like them.

Thursday, we had a number of students to go over to Edison High School for the HBCU College Fair. According to those I was able to communicate with about the trip, it was a very positive experience. Mr. Mims, our Systems of Support Advisor, said, “Oh, it was dope!” For all of us out of the loop with the “hip talk” folks reading this, that means it was an outstanding experience. I appreciated the fact that the students were excited leaving and returning with new knowledge.

I am hoping that all of you take the opportunity to come out to see the theatrical production that our students are putting on, “21 Chump Street”. This is a 14-minute powerful yet entertaining production that our students and teacher, Mrs. Rumberger, are very excited about. I am looking forward to seeing the show with our students next week, so please no spoiler emails!

We had a number of students who have won a Scholastic Art Award this year. The list of students is rather long, so I won’t be able to list them. But I just wanted to say that I am so proud of these students. We have these talents that are on display throughout the building. When you come into the building and you see the evidence of these talents, don’t be afraid to compliment the artist even if they aren’t around. The smile on your face as you admire the work will be worth millions to that artist if they happen to see you admiring their work.

Lastly, I wanted to remind everyone that the end of the semester is upon us. For a few of our students it is a time to take advantage of the opportunity to refocus. For the vast majority, it is a time to recharge and dial in on the finish line for the year. I want you to know… not understand but know that we are committed to every student in our building every single day. One of my favorite quotes is, “We will find a way. Or we will make one.” I believe in this quote and I am determined to build this into all our young people we work with. This is a great deal of work, and I am asking that none of US, shy away from this work. I also need to ask that you don’t allow your child to shy away from this work. In order to do this work, I need you; all of you. We are a team, and more importantly a Family. Let’s all be committed to work together so that we can all eat together. Admittedly, I am not a Dallas Cowboy fan. But that image of Ezekiel Elliott spooning more food into his mouth after a great run is one that comes to mind as I think about giving our all to our students and seeing them thrive from that and wanting more and more. We can do this. Let’s do this. #OneStallion

Gary

  

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

As a part of classroom driver education instruction, students and their parent/guardian are required to attend a 90-minute traffic safety program. This requirement must be met before a student will receive a Classroom Driver Education Certificate of Completion (DEC-District 8).

These programs will be held at South County High School four (4) times during this school year. Parents and students should attend the program during the quarter in which they are enrolled in driver’s education, but may attend other programs. Please be aware that you and your student only need to attend this program one time.

Programs will take place on the following dates: October 16th, November 11th, February 13th, and April 21st. The doors will open at 6:45PM with the programs beginning promptly at 7:00PM in the Auditorium. No registration is required for SCHS students currently enrolled in 10th grade Health & Physical Education (H&PE).

The legislative requirement is for a 90-minute program; therefore, doors will be shut at 7:00PM. No one will be admitted after the doors have been closed. If you are unable to attend any of these programs, additional program dates and locations can be found on the Fairfax County Public Schools website at www.fcps.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Erich Gunderman, H&PE Department Chair, via email at Erich.Gunderman@fcps.edu. Thank you for your attention to this important requirement.

   

 

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays for all core subjects. Our next session is February 8th from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. During the session, MAC will have a Career & College Prep Workshop from 11: 30-12:30. Valarie Austin, LTC (Ret.) and author of "The Student's Comprehensive Guide For College & Other Life Lessons" will detail a framework of the knowledge, discipline, and financial goals needed to begin and graduate on time from college into a fulfilling career. The workshop is open to all South County 7th through 12th grade students and parents.

South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

   

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal that time. Phones calls and should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Thank-you for your assistance!

 

Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        
Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Support SOCO Crew when you dine at Glory Days!

Save your itemized receipts and support your crew team until January 27th! 

When you dine at any Glory Days Grill before January 27th, ask your server for the itemized copy of your guest check (not the charge card receipt) and give them to parents of rowers or rowers themselves.

Questions? Contact Terry Dover: 931-624-1388

SOCOCrewfundraising@gmail.com

 

Important Upcoming Dates

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

Submission Deadline for February 1st News You Choose will be January 30th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal:

Family,

We are wrapping up a great week and heading into a short week.  You can’t beat that with a bat!  It has indeed been a great week here at South County as we have continued to build the culture of Family this week.  Our students have been by-in-large very focused and that always makes for a great week of instruction. 

Last weekend, I stopped through on Saturday and dropped into the MAC Program.  It was such a delight to see so many students working together or with teachers and volunteers getting assistance with school work.  The MAC parents continue to provide a wonderful structure for our students to be able to come in and receive additional help in so many different areas of curriculum.  Remember they meet every other Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  It is one of the best kept secrets at South County that we no longer want to be a secret.  Invite a friend (even if they are from another school), come on out, have breakfast, and connect with a peer who is willing to help you work toward success!

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Catric Marshall to the South County High School community. Catric Marshall is our new Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS). Starting this week, she is at South County three to four days per week. Her office is located in Room A205 across from Sub Schools 3 & 4. Catric is a Resident in Counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She will meet with students who are believed to be at risk of abusing substances. Initially, Catric is available to provide on-site psycho education to identified students to determine the student’s level of involvement with substances, provide targeted education as well as additional school based supports. In the event a student’s needs exceed school based supports Mrs. Marshall is able to link the student and family with services provided by Fairfax - Falls Church Community Services Board. Catric will also collaborate with our clinical and administrative teams to support any intervention efforts of keeping our campus alcohol and drug free. 

She has four years of experience working within public school systems and has held the roles of attendance officer and testing coordinator. She has worked with students in the areas of truancy, SOL, WIDA, PSAT, and SAT testing, substance abuse, and mental health treatment. Her experience ranges from working with those who have depression and trauma-related disorders to personality disorders. Prior to that, she served as an office services supervisor at the health department and as a career and education advisor for military spouses. 

As she settles in, we will communicate out how to obtain the referral form to refer students for her assistance.  If you have a concern about substance abuse now, please contact the student’s school counselor or administrator until the referral process is established and communicated.  Welcome, Catric!

This week we continued preparing for the welcoming of our rising 9th graders by having our counselors go over to the middle school to share course selection information with them.  We wrapped up that work with curriculum night and our Rising 9th Grade Orientation on Thursday evening.  It was a great turnout.  Students got to meet me.  That was all that was needed! Actually, I was kibbles compared to the wealth of information the families received about the many wonderful opportunities we have here at South County.  I appreciated the efforts of our Student Services staff and our student volunteers who led our families on tours of the building.  We are excited about the next wave of Family members coming to us next year. 

But we still have a way to go in this one.  And a part of that is ensuring that students are here every day to be able to move through their courses effectively and efficiently.  In order to do that they must be healthy.  Friday, we got a true taste of winter (buurrrrrr!!!).  And yet, I still observed students arriving and leaving school in less than optimal attire.  Please remind your children to wrap up prior to leaving home.   The sudden change in temperature is a breeding ground for the ills of winter, and the halls of a school house is a petri dish for germs when many students become ill.  We want your students here every day (no really, we do) and the best way to have that happen is for them to get plenty of rest and to dress for the weather.

Lastly, I wanted to share that our outstanding Leadership students put on a great week of activities for our Kindness Week and wrapped up the week with a unity effort by encouraging the entire school to sport their “Kindness Is Dope” shirt!  It was cool to see so many of the school community participate.  I kind of love this place.

Enjoy the long weekend, hug your child, and breathe.  Principal’s orders.  Thank you again for all your continued support, and we will see you next week.  #OneStallion

   

Yearbooks

All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.  

   

The South County Science Fair

The South County Science Fair is in need of judges again for this year’s fair.  The Science Fair will take place this year at 3 PM on Friday, January 24, 2020 (snow date January 31, 2020) in the cafeteria.  Judging will likely finish around 6:00 to 6:30  PM and refreshments will be provided.  Although a hard science background is ideal, it is not a requirement to be a judge.  You may also judge if your child is participating in the fair; we will just ensure that you are not judging the category in which your child is competing.    

If you are able to judge this year, please contact the Science Fair Judging Chair, Mrs. Shanna Mayorov at smayorov@fcps.edu.

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal that time. Phones calls and should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Thank-you for your assistance!

 

Library News Overdue Library Books

With winter break being two weeks long, most library books that are currently checked out were due on January 6th. Please remind your student(s) to return any overdue library books so that the books are available for the next students who need them. Students receive weekly reminder emails send to their FCPS Google email of library books that they have out that are overdue. If your student has any questions about library books on their account, please ask them to stop by the library and we can check their account. Thank you!

  

Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        
Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Support SOCO Crew when you dine at Glory Days!

Save your itemized receipts and support your crew team until January 27th! 

Important Upcoming Dates:

January 20                           Holiday/Martin Luther King Holiday

January 24                           End of 2nd Quarter

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

Submission Deadline for January 18th News You Choose will be January 16th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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

South County Curriculum Night Tonight!!!

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REMINDER FOR TONIGHT:

Family,

Our curriculum night and rising 9th grade program has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 16th!

The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

5:30pm-6:30pm

  • Rising 9th Grade Student/Parent Orientation (Auditorium)

Student Services staff will present information to help students transition to high school.  A panel of current students and teachers will provide specific information.  Tours of the school will be available.

  • Introduction to AP Courses (Silver Box)

Our AP Coordinator, Shanna Mayorov, will present an overview of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  This presentation will include expectations, time commitments, and progression of AP courses.

6:30pm-7:45pm

  • Curriculum Evening Program (Main Halls on 1st Floor)

Students and parents will review materials and talk with teachers and department chairs about course offerings. 

 

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal:

Family,

Welcome back!  It is exciting to begin the New Year!  I hope that everyone had a warm, safe, and enjoyable Holiday break.  It was just enough time to kick your feet up and relax, but not enough time to lose track of the work that we love to do. It was also enough time for me to reflect on my “why” with respect to my position here at South County and I can definitely say that I am back rejuvenated to finish the school year strong!

On the first day back I spent the day dropping into and peeking in on classes because I wanted to make sure that the staff and students were all on the same page and starting the first day back engaged and focused on instruction. I was pleased to see that classes began very well.  The students and the staff looked like they used the break to get away and come back to work.  I know that a few conversations I had with both students and staff began with, “It was so hard to get out of the bed this morning!”  But the vast majority of them ended with, “I am glad to be back and ready to put the work in.”  

The weather surprise was just that, as we had an interruption mid week.  But we survived.  The rest of the week the admin team has been focusing on  curriculum planning which will determine what courses are offered in the upcoming school year.  This will help the counseling staff to better aid the students during academic advising as the students select their classes for SY 20-21.  As I began discussing at the end of last year, please continue having conversation with your children about what their interests are.  Ask them questions about why they are making some of the elective choices they are considering.  And also know that it is just as important for them to get a taste in some cases of what they may not actually end up liking as much as what they will love.  I say that to say, please let them explore and get exposed to course work in the elective ares that sometimes may not be as traditional as what we my expect them to take part in.  This has proven to make the best well-rounded students more prepared for the world beyond high school.

I am looking forward to working with all of you throughout the remainder of the year.  Know that you are most certainly a part of this Family here at South County and we NEED you to be a participating partner.  The job of the educator is ever evolving, more demanding, and expanding.  We will need you to be a part of this transformation as we continue to guide students toward a successful academic experience.  Thank you once again for this opportunity to serve in my capacity as your principal.  Have a wonderful weekend and take care of yourselves and one another.  #OneStallion

 

Gary

 

 

Yearbooks

All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.  

   

The South County Science Fair

The South County Science Fair is in need of judges again for this year’s fair.  The Science Fair will take place this year at 3 PM on Friday, January 24, 2020 (snow date January 31, 2020) in the cafeteria.  Judging will likely finish around 6:00 to 6:30  PM and refreshments will be provided.  Although a hard science background is ideal, it is not a requirement to be a judge.  You may also judge if your child is participating in the fair; we will just ensure that you are not judging the category in which your child is competing.    

If you are able to judge this year, please contact the Science Fair Judging Chair, Mrs. Shanna Mayorov at smayorov@fcps.edu.

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal that time. Phones calls and should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Thank-you for your assistance!

 

Library News Overdue Library Books

With winter break being two weeks long, most library books that are currently checked out were due on January 6th. Please remind your student(s) to return any overdue library books so that the books are available for the next students who need them. Students receive weekly reminder emails send to their FCPS Google email of library books that they have out that are overdue. If your student has any questions about library books on their account, please ask them to stop by the library and we can check their account. Thank you!

  

From the PTSO Looking for Volunteers

The PTSO is still looking for someone to head up its Scholarship Committee as well as the program that offers test prep services. At this point, both programs are in danger of being discontinued if we cannot find anyone to run them. Please contact Nannette Henderson at pres@southcountyptso.org for more information if interested.

PTSO Board meeting

There is a PTSO Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 15 in the library/media center at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

  

Support SOCO Crew when you dine at Glory Days!

Save your itemized receipts and support your crew team until January 27th! 

Important Upcoming Dates:

January 20                           Holiday/Martin Luther King Holiday

January 24                           End of 2nd Quarter

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

Submission Deadline for January 18th News You Choose will be January 16th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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

South County Curriculum Night Rescheduled!!!

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Family,

Our curriculum night and rising 9th grade program have been rescheduled for Thursday, January 16th!

The schedule for the evening will be as follows:

5:30pm-6:30pm

  • Rising 9th Grade Student/Parent Orientation (Auditorium)

Student Services staff will present information to help students transition to high school.  A panel of current students and teachers will provide specific information.  Tours of the school will be available.

  • Introduction to AP Courses (Silver Box)

Our AP Coordinator, Shanna Mayorov, will present an overview of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  This presentation will include expectations, time commitments, and progression of AP courses.

6:30pm-7:45pm

  • Curriculum Evening Program (Main Halls on 1st Floor)

Students and parents will review materials and talk with teachers and department chairs about course offerings. 

 

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

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

Curriculum Night

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We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday Evening for Curriculum Night!

 

Wednesday, January 8­ — Parent Evening Program: 

(Snow Date: Thursday, January 16) 

 

5:30pm-6:30pm

               Rising 9th Grade Student/Parent Orientation (Auditorium)

               Student Services staff will present information to help students

               Transition to High School. A panel of current students and teachers

               Will provide specific information. Tours of the school will be

               available.

 

               Introduction to AP Courses (Silver Box)

               Our AP Coordinator, Shanna Mayorov, will present an overview of

               Advanced Placement (AP) courses. This presentation will include

               expectations, time commitments, and progression of AP courses.

 

6:30pm-7:45pm

               Curriculum Evening Program (Main Halls on 1st Floor)

               Students and parents will review materials and talk with teachers

               and department chairs about course offerings. 

 

We are excited to work with you as we prepare for next year!

 

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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal:

 

Family,

 

I hope this message finds each of you and your Families doing well.  I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very safe and relaxing holiday break.  As many of you will surround yourselves with family and friends to celebrate the season, I ask that you also take a moment to think about those a little less fortunate than you, if for no other reason than to put your situation into perspective.  Enjoy the time and opportunity that you have to laugh, relax, sing, and recover as we close out another calendar year and head into 2020. 

Remember that cousin Charles and nephew Pookie (we all have one of them in the family tree), have something positive to add to the gathering, and it just wouldn’t be the same (except for it being quieter) without them around for the holidays.  Embrace your children a little tighter over the break and make them wonder what it is that you might know, when you are actually just taking a time to show them how much you really love them. 

I look forward to the students returning in the new year, but trust me when I say that the clock needs to slow down just a bit  over these next two weeks so that I too can get a few extra Z’s in.  Thank you for an awesome closing of 2019.  We have big things yet to do in 2020, and I will be excited to finishing this school year strong!  Take care of yourselves and one another. Happy Holidays Family.  #OneStallion

 

Gary

 

Yearbooks

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? 

Give your student the gift of Memories!

 

Have you bought your yearbook yet?  Buy before the end of the year and save $10.  All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.  

   

PSAT/NMSQT Scores will be in your College Board account by Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Scores for the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT will be available online to students by Wednesday, December 11, 2019 through their free College Board accounts. Students can view scores via College Board at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home  Those students who do not currently have a College Board account will need to create one to view scores.

Helping Students Who Can't Access Their Accounts

After students log in to their College Board account, using the email they recorded on their answer document on test day (or login using their information from a previously created account), they should click “Add Scores.”  In the Matching Tool, it is essential that the information in their account matches what they entered on their answer sheet. For example, if they put "Elizabeth" on their answer sheet and "Beth" in their account, their scores will not load. If students need to change their name, they must call College Board Customer Service at 1 (866) 630-9305. All other changes can be corrected in their account. If that still doesn't populate the scores, the student will be prompted to indicate which test they're missing and put in the access code (available from counselors) to assist the match. It is also important that students choose the correct test name and test year. Tenth and eleventh grade students should choose the "PSAT/NMSQT" exam. All students should choose the 2019 as the test year (they took the exam in October 2019).

Trying and failing to login to a student account multiple times could result in a lock out…students must call College Board Customer Service at 1 (866) 630-9305 to reinstate the account.

Students may contact individual counselors for scores/access codes, or email Chris Bird Assessment Coach, cwbird@fcps.edu.

Don’t forget to take advantage of free prep available with your College Board account.

   

Edison Academy Open House Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

 

Edison Academy’s Open House for prospective students for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Fairfax County Public Schools students and parents/guardians are invited to come out for a visit to explore our Career and Technical Education programs, meet our teachers and staff, observe student demonstrations and projects, and tour our classrooms and labs.  Snow date:  January 25, 2020

  

The South County Science Fair

The South County Science Fair is in need of judges again for this year’s fair.  The Science Fair will take place this year at 3 PM on Friday, January 24, 2020 (snow date January 31, 2020) in the cafeteria.  Judging will likely finish around 6:00 to 6:30  PM and refreshments will be provided.  Although a hard science background is ideal, it is not a requirement to be a judge.  You may also judge if your child is participating in the fair; we will just ensure that you are not judging the category in which your child is competing.    

If you are able to judge this year, please contact the Science Fair Judging Chair, Mrs. Shanna Mayorov at smayorov@fcps.edu.

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

 

Support SOCO Crew when you dine at Glory Days!

Save your itemized receipts and support your crew team until January 27th! 

Important Upcoming Dates:

December 23-January 5      Winter Break/Offices Closed

January 20                           Holiday/Martin Luther King Holiday

January 24                           End of 2nd Quarter

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

The next edition of the News You Choose will be January 11th. Submission Deadline for January 11th News You Choose will be January 9th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal:

Family,

This has truly been a bittersweet week at South County.  But I will say that the true colors of our students have shined through brighter than I have every seen.  The outpouring of support for one another has been amazing to watch, and even better still to be a part of.  I had the opportunity to sit in on a couple of the conversations with the students, and they were impactful and inspiring.  I say this all to say that you should be proud of who you are sending to us to work with because this week they represented the very best there is to offer from their peer group.  So, thank you. 

On Tuesday at our faculty meeting, we allowed students representing teams for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to come in and share information about the outstanding effort to raise awareness about this debilitating, yet curable diseases to us.  The message they shared was so very well received by the staff and I am quite sure that it was mostly due to the passion the students displayed during their short presentation.  I was very proud of their efforts and we will be supporting them wholeheartedly as they work throughout the school year to raise money for this worthy cause.

Just as a reminder, please continue or begin to have conversations with your students about their thoughts on their next courses for the 2020 – 2021 school year.  I know that it may feel as though we have lots of time before we have to think about next year, but in terms of planning, we are gearing up for next year right now.  Course selections impact the staffing of the school, the number of sections we can offer and so many other areas.  So it is imperative that we get as much of this correct as possible so that we are prepared to offer high quality instruction to your students on day one in the classes they not only want o be in, but are also prepared to be in.  So chat it up with your child and have the honest conversations with them so they can be in the optimal position to be successful.

We are continuing to see increases in the number of students who are being requested by teachers to come see them during advisory.  This means that there are conversations that are being had between students and teachers and hopefully even better relationships being built as the teachers are becoming even more comfortable with working with students 1:1 or in small groups.  We are excited by this buy-in to this new method of reaching students and I am looking forward to seeing the impact this has on student outcomes.

We had another outstanding display of talent and dedication on Thursday evening as our South County Orchestra put on an amazing winter concert.  The orchestra students already sound incredible, but Mrs. Marci Swift added a twist by including some pieces from the South County Band and you would have thought they play together every day.  And to top things off, she even allowed Mr. Garner to conduct the final piece of the show!  I have to say, from my perspective looking on from a seat in the audience, he was a little off beat.  But that is also likely why I was sitting in the audience and not on stage.  Mrs. Swift did offer me a shot next year.  Stay tuned!

On Friday, we had the pleasure of sending off our undefeated varsity football team on to Hampton, VA for the state championship.  We had virtually every student in the school lining the halls cheering them on as they departed the building!  It was an exciting experience to say the least as they had to felt like they were on top of the world and had the entire school behind them.  In fact, they did! 

Well, we are one week away from the holiday break and I am sure that you are so excited about having your darlings at home for two weeks eating you out of house and home!  I have to say that they will be missed in the halls of South County.  Okay, I am kidding.  They will be absent from the halls of South County.  That’s almost the same thing, right?  Anyway, as we approach, this last week, please remind your children to turn in those last assignments before break, and to not dump out all of their knowledge in favor of holiday treats!  We will need that knowledge in place and ready to go when we all return. 

I wish each one of you a safe and relaxing weekend.  Hug your child today, and act like you like it.  It will confuse many of them!  Take care.  #OneStallion & Beat Oscar Smith!!!!

Gary

 

Yearbooks

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? 

Give your student the gift of Memories!

 

Have you bought your yearbook yet?  Buy before the end of the year and save $10.  All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.  

   

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

 

It's never to early to let us know about absences or early dismissals

for the fast approaching Winter Break!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

December 20                       FULL SCHOOL DAY

December 23-January 5      Winter Break/Offices Closed

January 20                           Holiday/Martin Luther King Holiday

January 24                           End of 2nd Quarter

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

News You Choose Submission Deadline next week will be Thursday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Class 6 VHSL State Football Championship

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South County Community!

Your Stallion Football Team will be playing in the Class 6 VHSL State Championship this weekend, December 14, 2019, in Hampton, Virginia. The game will be played at Armstrong Stadium at 4:30pm. Details are below! Come cheer our boys on as they attempt to win the first football state championship in school history!

Armstrong Stadium – Hampton University

100 E QUEEN ST

Hampton, Virginia

23669

Interested in pre-purchasing a ticket online? Tickets are available for purchase online through GoFan.com. Please use the following link:

  https://gofan.co/app/events/78112

We hope to see you down there! GO Stallions!

 

**We are in need of chaperones for our Spirit buses. If you are interested please email Brett Garner at BMGarner@fcps.edu . You will receive paid entrance into the game. Thanks!

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Loss Of A Stallion Family Member

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Family,

It is with a very heavy heart and deep sadness that I share with you the tragic news that senior class member Dean Spears died Friday night in an automobile accident.  Dean was well liked by all that knew him, and his contagious smile that we have seen so often in the halls and classrooms will be greatly missed.

I have been in contact with Dean’s family to offer our condolences and support. The family has allowed me to share the news of his death with you so that you may be prepared to support your children. 

Understanding death, especially the death of a peer, can be a difficult experience.  Should you sense that your child is in need of emotional support, please contact your student’s counselor, psychologist, or social worker.   Beginning tomorrow, our counselors and a crisis response team will be available to meet with any students and staff members who need support in dealing with this sad news.  Our primary focus remains the safety and well-being of our students.

On behalf of all members of the South County High School community,  our deepest condolences are with the Spears family during this difficult time.  If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact the school office. 

Respectfully,

Gary Morris, Principal

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal:

Family,

Thanks to everyone who attended the Vaping and Other Drugs presentation put on by the PTSO on Wednesday evening. There was a great deal of information that was shared and I am sure that so many walked out of the presentation with tons of knowledge. Our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist along with our School Resource Officer were on hand to share some of the latest information about vaping and other drugs. We had a special guest to join us as well. The Demand Reduction Outreach Coordinator from the office of the DEA also shared information with us. I want to thank those parents who were willing to share their experiences and their questions about their concerns. We are all much smarter about this increasingly dangerous topic and are better armed to protect our students. The plan is to replicate the presentation some time in the spring, so be on the lookout for that information.

Here is something that I could really use your assistance on. For the purposes of safety and security, we are a no head gear school which includes hats, hoodies, doo rags, etc. unless for religious or medical reasons. We have been experiencing an uptick in students disregarding this policy. This can at times result in a power struggle between students and staff which then can disallow a relationship to be built later. While we understand that this can be seen as a very petty rule by some of our students, it is a policy that we have to enforce so that we are able to identify students on the fly when necessary. So, if you wouldn’t mind, please have the conversation with your child about the necessity of this rule and please ask them not to wear their head gear inside the school building.

We had another good conversation at the parent coffee on Friday. Our numbers were up/down from previous coffees. I hope that you all are at the very least feeling welcomed to come out and speak with us. The time that we hold them surely isn’t ideal for those of us with bills and children to feed, but I want to make sure that you at least feel as though you are welcome to attend and be a part of some of these conversations. If it is that you can’t take the morning off, then please try to make it out to the next evening coffee which will be some time in the spring. Please look for this in the PTSO parent letter and my communications prior to the event.

We had another week of our students showing off their talents as the band, chorus, and guitar ensembles all put on winter concerts on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I can say for sure that the work our students put in to prepare to perform must be endless because they sounded absolutely amazing. A huge thanks to those who were able to come out and support these students as well as the teachers. And thanks to the teachers and boosters who give their time to ensure the students have everything they need to put on incredible shows.

As I shared at the parent coffee, days of academic emphasis where teachers have conversations with their students to discuss what their next course could be, is right around the corner. Please begin to have these conversations with your children. Please create a safe space during that conversation so that they can be comfortable about being honest about limits, fears, or even aspirations they may have as it pertains to what they feel they can or cannot do. We want to expose our students to rigorous content so that they are prepared, but we definitely don’t want them to over extend themselves and find themselves having to pull out of courses next year that were completely over their heads. Know that we will be encouraging them to expand their learning no matter where they are.

Finally, I would like to thank the PTSO for their tireless efforts in putting together the Craft Fair this weekend. These folks have been in school preparing for this event almost as much as the students have been. I think I may have asked a few of them if they were in the halls without a pass mistakenly a few times. Seriously, this is always a great event and they ensured that there was something for everyone and the energy in which they expended to put this together this year is truly worth noting. Thank you all for another week of me living the dream. It's never all perfect, but it's always “all good”. Have a great rest of your weekend, and stay warm! #OneStallion

Gary   

 

Yearbooks

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? 

Give your student the gift of Memories!

 

Have you bought your yearbook yet?  Buy before the end of the year and save $10.  All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.  

   

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

 

It's never to early to let us know about absences or early dismissals

for the fast approaching Winter Break!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

December 20                       FULL SCHOOL DAY

December 23-January 5      Winter Break/Offices Closed

January 20                           Holiday/Martin Luther King Holiday

January 24                           End of 2nd Quarter

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

News You Choose Submission Deadline next week will be Thursday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Early Addition of Weekly News From South County High School

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Come out and support the Stallion Football Team

If you haven’t’ heard, CONGRATULATIONS to our Football Team for winning the Occoquan Regional Championship this past Saturday over cross-town rival Lake Braddock. The boys will continue their pursuit of the State Championship this Saturday, December 7, 3:30pm at Westfield HS.

The activities office would like to  arrange for a spirit bus to bring students to the game. However, we would need chaperones to accompany the kids on the bus. If we can get four adults, the bus would depart around 2:00pm.

If interested, please contact Brett Garner (bmgarner@fcps.edu) or Nina Pannoni (nspannoni@fcps.edu).

Either way, we hope to see you there. Tickets cost $10.

 

PEP BUS Procedures for SCHS Students Only

PEP BUS tickets for SEMI -Final STATE FOOTBALL WILL BE SOLD ON FRIDAY MORNING BEFORE SCHOOL BY THE ACTIVITIES OFFCE AND AT ALL LUNCHES.

You must have a signed permission slip and $15.00 CASH to purchase your ticket. ($10 for the game ticket and $5 for the bus) Permission slips are available here at the front table as well as the Student Activities office.

This is for SCHS students only.

 

From the PTSO

Vaping Information Night—December 4

Save the date—the PTSO is hosting a vaping information night on December 4, at 7pm in the library. See the attached flyer for details.

Parent Coffee with the Principal—December 6

There will be an informal coffee for parents with Principal Gary Morris on Friday, December 6 at 9am in the cafeteria. Coffees usually run for about an hour.

Craft Show and Holiday Extravaganza—December 7

Our annual craft is Saturday, and it’s a great place to do holiday shopping!  Please come by to look around as well as let your friends and neighbors know about the show. We also need volunteers to help with set up the night before the show, and during the day of the show.  Some slots are suitable for high school volunteers.  Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca5ab29aafb6-ptso1   Thanks!

White House ornaments

We sell White House ornaments for less than you will find in most places—only $20. You can order now and pick up at the Craft Show on December 7, or they can be delivered earlier in the immediate area. These make great gifts! Ornaments can be ordered here: Http://bit.ly/WHO19

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

December 4                         Vaping Information Night, 7pm    

December  5                        Choral Concert, 7pm

December 6                         Parent Coffee with the Principal 

December 7                         Craft Show & Holiday Extravaganza

December 7                         South County vs. Westfield Football 3:30pm

December 20                       FULL SCHOOL DAY

December 23-January 5      Winter Break

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

 

It's never to early to let us know about absences or early dismissals

for the fast approaching Winter Break!

   

Yearbooks

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? 

Give your student the gift of Memories!

 

Have you bought your yearbook yet?  Buy before the end of the year and save $10.  All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.  

  

News You Choose Submission Deadline next week will be Thursday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Stallion Football

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  SOUTH COUNTY FOOTBALL

South County Community!

Come out and support your Stallion Football Team as they take on Westfield High School on Saturday, December 7, 2019, 3:30pm @ Westfield HS!

Interested in pre-purchasing a ticket online? Tickets are available for purchase online through GoFan, beginning Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Please use the following link: (https://gofan.co/app/school/VHSL).

We hope to see you out there! GO Stallions!

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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Come out and support the Stallion Football Team at home as they play Lake Braddock in the  Occoquan Region Championship on Friday, November 29th, at 2pm!

  

Yearbooks

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? 

Give your student the gift of Memories!

 

Have you bought your yearbook yet?  Buy before the end of the year and save $10.  All pre-sale books must be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Presales end in March. Type in South County High School and follow the prompts.

SENIOR PARENTS- Senior ads must be bought by March.  Get yours today before space runs out.  Remember, ads can be bought for individual seniors or for friends/groups.  Ads should be bought online at www.yearbookforever.com.

Questions? Contact Ms. Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

Thank you to all those that sent notes or let the Attendance office know in advance that your students would be out or dismissing early for the Thanksgiving break.

It's never to early to let us know about absences or early dismissals

for the fast approaching Winter Break!

   

From the PTSO

Vaping Information Night—December 4

Save the date—the PTSO is hosting a vaping information night on December 4, at 7pm in the library. See the attached flyer for details.

Parent Coffee with the Principal—December 6

There will be an informal coffee for parents with Principal Gary Morris on Friday, December 6 at 9am in the cafeteria. Coffees usually run for about an hour.

Craft Show and Holiday Extravaganza—December 7

Our annual craft is next Saturday, and it’s a great place to do holiday shopping!  Please come by to look around as well as let your friends and neighbors know about the show. We also need volunteers to help with set up the night before the show, and during the day of the show.  Some slots are suitable for high school volunteers.  Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca5ab29aafb6-ptso1   Thanks!

White House ornaments

We sell White House ornaments for less than you will find in most places—only $20. You can order now and pick up at the Craft Show on December 7, or they can be delivered earlier in the immediate area. These make great gifts! Ornaments can be ordered here: Http://bit.ly/WHO19

 

South County Crew

SOCO Crew Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Who couldn't use a jump start on holiday shopping and gift giving? South County Crew Club is making it easy for you this year! All you have to do is go to: https://ThreeRiversFundraising.com/fund/sccrew-wreath2019

Support your crew team & have wreaths, garland, swags and more delivered to your door! These also make beautiful gifts to send to your friends, neighbors, and family too! It really doesn't get any easier than this! Be sure to submit your order by November 30!

Santa's Book Emporium

South County Crew is collecting all genre of new and like new books for Santa's Book Emporium at the Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show at South County High School. It's so easy to donate! Simply bring it to the Santa's Emporium drop off boxes located outside the main office at the high school.  We are also accepting donations of baskets and ribbon to use as packaging as well as coffee mugs, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, bookmarks etc. If you need to arrange for an alternate donation pick up, or have any other questions, please send an email to:  sococrewbookemporium@gmail.com.

Follow South County Crew on social media! @rowsocorow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter  

Thank you for your support!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

November 27-December 1  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23-January 5      Winter Break

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

News You Choose Submission Deadline this next week will be Wednesday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

Family,

Well it is only a few more days until we reach the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. The South County staff has been working diligently to make sure that students are in a good place as we head into the stretch of disrupted days of school. We hope that you and your family are able to enjoy time with family and friends over the next week.

Wednesday afternoon I accepted an invitation from one of our Key Club advisors to come in and see the work being done by the club members. Despite the middle school students not coming on this day, we had 100+ students in the cafeteria creating, painting, and sorting winter holiday decorations that will be donated to families in need. It warmed my heart to see our students working together happily for others. If your student is looking for a way to give back to others, this club is an excellent place to start. I want to thank those students already involved for their spirited efforts on Wednesday afternoon, and for living out what it means to be a South County Stallion.

To add on to the “club” topic, I was also excited to hear from our FCA sponsor that we had 39 students to show up at the flag pole on Tuesday. The InterFaith club reported that they had to move their meeting out of a classroom and into the cafeteria because of the number of students who attended the meeting. These are signs that our students are finding awesome ways to interact and share their voices.

I hope that you had time this week to come up to the school to see our talented students perform in our fall play, Radium Girls! Mrs. Rumberger and the students have been working extra hard to put on fine performances. Mrs. Rumberger shared with us that:

  • Cast members/stage management has been in rehearsals 3 times a week since the third week of September.
  • Since last week, students have put in about 40 hours of work outside of the regular school day so they’re essentially working a full-time job while also balancing being a student.
  • In addition to 20 cast members, roughly 30 students are helping out behind the scenes on run or sound crew, hair and makeup, etc.

This is an incredible effort and I know that they are so proud of their work. I had the pleasure of attending the 2:00pm show on Saturday, and I was blown away with the show! If you happen to see a cast or stage management member, please be sure to congratulate them on their impressive work!

Just a little bit of business here. In an attempt to arm you with some facts, the South County Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) and our School Resource Officer (SRO) in concert with our PTSO, will be presenting information on Vaping and Other Drugs on December 4th here at South County High School in the Library at 7:00pm. This presentation is open to parents only, but also to adults in our pyramid. I hope to see you there.

I don’t write this to say that everything is always moving in the right direction at South County every day, because I get my fair share of “concerns” to come across my desk. But I can say that the efforts put forth every day by our staff and students are done so with the proper intentions in mind. And because we do believe in the work we are doing, and our students, your children, are by in large buying in, I am THANKFUL for what is happening within these walls.

I will not be sending a message out next week. So take care of yourselves, and each other and know that we are THANKFUL for this opportunity to work alongside you and your children. Have an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday break. #OneStallion

  

Attendance Office THANKSGIVING Attendance

If you already know your student will not be here in the days leading up to or after Thanksgiving or even an early dismissal during those days, please don't wait. Send those notes in now. This will alleviate the strain on our attendance office and will assist you in making sure your child's attendance is marked correctly and expediently. Thank-you for your assistance!

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

   

From the PTSO

Vaping Information Night—December 4

Save the date—the PTSO is hosting a vaping information night on December 4, at 7pm in the library. See the attached flyer for details.

White House ornaments

We sell White House ornaments for less than you will find in most places—only $20. You can order now and pick up at the Craft Show on December 7, or they can be delivered earlier in the immediate area. These make great gifts! Ornaments can be ordered here: Http://bit.ly/WHO19

Parent Coffee with the Principal—December 6

There will be an informal coffee for parents with Principal Gary Morris on Friday, December 6 at 9am in the cafeteria. Coffees usually run for about an hour.

Volunteer hours for students (and adults)—on the weekends

Service hours are available to high school and middle school students. The Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show at South County needs help with distributing flyers at local craft events. Hour-long slots are available almost every weekend.

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Craft Show Volunteers Needed on Day of Show

Our annual craft show is just 2 weeks away!  We need help with set up the night before the show, as well as help during the day of the show.  Some slots are suitable for high school volunteers.  Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca5ab29aafb6-ptso1   Thanks!

PTSO Academic Award Winners 

Congratulations to all of the South County students who received a PTSO Academic Award at the ceremony in October! The awards recognize those students who achieved an annual GPA of 3.8 or more during the 2018-19 academic year.  If you are a Sophomore or Junior and were not able to attend the ceremony, please pick up your award from Holly Biehl in the College & Career Services Center as soon as possible.  If you are a Senior, awards will be presented at the Senior Awards ceremony in June.  The PTSO thanks the Administration and the volunteers for their help with this event. 

4th Annual Candy Cane Fun Run

Registration is open for the 4th Annual Candy Cane Fun Run. Kids are invited to join Santa on the football field on Dec. 7. The Lorton VFD will bring Santa in on one of their fire trucks to kick off the race. Registration includes free admission to the Holiday Extravaganza for each a runner and an adult. Spread the word about the Fun Run to all your friends and neighbors with kids 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the South County Swim and Dive team. Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candy-cane-kids-fun-run-2019-tickets-75843192029

South County Crew

SOCO Crew Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Who couldn't use a jump start on holiday shopping and gift giving? South County Crew Club is making it easy for you this year! All you have to do is go to: https://ThreeRiversFundraising.com/fund/sccrew-wreath2019

Support your crew team & have wreaths, garland, swags and more delivered to your door! These also make beautiful gifts to send to your friends, neighbors, and family too! It really doesn't get any easier than this! Be sure to submit your order by November 30!

Santa's Book Emporium

South County Crew is collecting all genre of new and like new books for Santa's Book Emporium at the Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show at South County High School. It's so easy to donate! Simply bring it to the Santa's Emporium drop off boxes located outside the main office at the high school.  We are also accepting donations of baskets and ribbon to use as packaging as well as coffee mugs, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, bookmarks etc. If you need to arrange for an alternate donation pick up, or have any other questions, please send an email to:  sococrewbookemporium@gmail.com.

Follow South County Crew on social media! @rowsocorow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter  

Thank you for your support!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

November 27-December 1  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23-January 5      Winter Break

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

News You Choose Submission Deadline this next week will be Tuesday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

Family,

This week was an awesome week for celebrating our students and their efforts here at South County.  The week reminded me of the amount of talent and dedication that lives within our walls.  Students worked in teams and independently to achieve successes, but what was most important, we celebrated as a Family!

We had a host of DECA students to compete in District competition last week and we had 26 students to place as overall winners in competition.  This was an amazing showing by our students!  As these and other students will move on to compete in tougher competitions, I am excited to see them prepare and challenge themselves to become even better. 

In orchestra, we had a host of students to audition and be selected to become members of the District X Honor Orchestra!  The auditions according to Mrs. Marci Swift were rigorous and to be selected is truly an honor.  So, let’s continue to wish them the best as they do what many of us truly wish we could; do the thing we love to do the most in the world.

Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of being invited to the college signing event for three of our women’s track team members.  Lauren Jones, Katherine Bradsher, and Zoey Goldstein will be continuing their track and field experiences at Cornell, Windgate, and Penn State respectively.  It was great to see the excitement of the young ladies, and their families and friends as they signed their letters of intent.  Best of luck ladies.  We are proud of you!

On Thursday, we held our Club and Activities Fair where the vast majority of clubs and activities were on on display for students to see and sign up for.  The energy and conversation were on a level I have never witnessed before.  We received very encouraging feedback from teachers and students about the event.  Some 42 different groups had representatives and most groups boasted record sign-ups.  The Book Club for example, had 50 students to sign up.  This was a great experience for everyone involved.  If your child did not sign up to participate in a club, there are still opportunities to do so.  Have them stop by the Activities Office for more information.  

Thursday night we celebrated the accomplishments of many of our students who have earned the distinction of becoming members of the National Honor Society.  I was proud to be able to shake the hands of so many students who have committed to the pillars of NHS: Character, Scholarship, Citizenship, Leadership, and Service.  As I shared with them, I look forward to them using that celebration as a springboard to rise up and lead their peers going forward on to bigger and better adventures.

On Friday night, our Football team continued their undefeated season and blanked a decent Falls Church HS team.  Our young men, our dance team, cheerleaders, band, choral group, and awesome fans braved the temperatures to add on to our victory streak.  It was fun shivering with all of you!  Next week we invite T.C. Williams back for round 2 of the regional playoffs.  I look forward to another great showing of support for our football teams, and the other groups that come out to support the team as well.  Dress warmer that this week!

We received our Family Engagement Survey results back and we have posted them on our website on our home page.  While we have a respectable percentage of parents who feel as though we are welcoming our parent community (88%), from the accompanying data, we have learned that there are things we can surely work on to be better.  I thank each of you who participated in the survey so that we could be provided with feedback on our performance.  This information will be shared with our staff as well so that we can identify those areas we can celebrate, as well as those areas where we can improve in all areas of our school. 

Well that is my spiel for this week. I thank you once again for sharing your students with us, for sharing your time in support of our mission, and for allowing us to do the work we love to do with students day in and day out.  Have a great rest of the weekend!  #OneStallion

Gary

Attendance Office Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

THANKSGIVING Attendance

If you already know your student will not be here in the days leading up to or after Thanksgiving or even an early dismissal during those days, please don't wait. Send those notes in now. This will alleviate the strain on our attendance office and will assist you in making sure your child's attendance is marked correctly and expediently. Thank-you for your assistance!

  

Outstanding Employee Awards!

Nominations are now open (10/28-11/17) for the Outstanding Employee Awards! These awards are based on a legacy of excellence and not tied directly to one particular act. To submit a nomination for South County High School Outstanding Employee in a category (listed below) use this google form,

https://forms.gle/BF1WnNnfQBT76GoZ7  

You can nominate any employee in one or multiple categories. We want students, parents and community members to nominate also. All that is required for an initial nomination is a quick paragraph about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. There is a description of each category on the google form. If you want to nominate someone and are unsure of the category, no problem at all. Select the unsure drop-down option on the form and our selection committee will place them appropriately.

Categories include-

Outstanding Teacher- [Life Time Legacy] (at least 3 years of experience as a teacher)

Outstanding New Teacher- (within their first 3 years as a teacher)

Outstanding Principal- (Only Mr. Morris is eligible for this category)

Outstanding Leader- (At least one year experience (examples- Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services)

Outstanding Professional Employee- (At least 1 year experience (examples- Academic and school culture support)

Outstanding Operational Employee- (1 year experience (examples- Administrative and Office staff, Security, Custodial staff, Food service staff, Instructional assistant)

PTSO South County Teacher of the Year- (celebrating a teacher from the current school year)

NOTE- The deadline to submit a nomination is November 17th. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Bennett at dfbennett@fcps.edu  

  

From the Library

Did you know the South County Library had the highest book check out for last year? We are on the way to being number one again BUT we need your help.

Please asked YOUR child to return their overdue Library book ASAP. Overdue notices are emailed to your child’s fcpsschools.net account EVERY MONDAY.

Books not returned will be charged to your student’ account. Let’s avoid the bills and get the books back for ALL our students to enjoy.

Any questions, please come in and see us in the Library!

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays in all core subjects and Spanish. Our next session is November 23rd from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. We encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

     

The Holiday Extravaganza and Craft Show

The Holiday Extravaganza and Craft Show is officially sold out and we are in the home stretch of planning and prepping but WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need students and parents to help with distributing flyers and placing road signs. Middle school and high school students can earn service hours. Sign up at this link.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0949acaf2baafd0-publicity

   

SCHS Theatre Department

The SCHS Theatre Department is proud to present Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory. Based on a true story, Radium Girls follows the women who began to mysteriously grow ill after working for the US Radium Corporation in the 1920’s. During this time period, radium was viewed as a miracle cure and workers were exposed to toxic levels of radiation without knowing the side effects. Come watch our talented cast and crew tell this important story! This play is rated PG due to the serious subject matter and special effects makeup. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at southcountydrama.org or at the door. Performances are on November 21, 22 at 7 pm and November 23 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Please e-mail Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu with any questions.

South County Crew

SOCO Crew Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Who couldn't use a jump start on holiday shopping and gift giving? South County Crew Club is making it easy for you this year! All you have to do is go to: https://ThreeRiversFundraising.com/fund/sccrew-wreath2019

Support your crew team & have wreaths, garland, swags and more delivered to your door! These also make beautiful gifts to send to your friends, neighbors, and family too! It really doesn't get any easier than this! Be sure to submit your order by November 30!

Santa's Book Emporium

South County Crew is collecting all genre of new and like new books for Santa's Book Emporium at the Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show at South County High School. It's so easy to donate! Simply bring it to the Santa's Emporium drop off boxes located outside the main office at the high school.  We are also accepting donations of baskets and ribbon to use as packaging as well as coffee mugs, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, bookmarks etc. If you need to arrange for an alternate donation pick up, or have any other questions, please send an email to:  sococrewbookemporium@gmail.com.

Follow South County Crew on social media! @rowsocorow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter  

Thank you for your support!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

November 27-December 1  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23-January 5      Winter Break

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

News You Choose Submission Deadline this next week will be Thursday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

Family,

With a short week, comes a short message from yours truly.  I want to send a huge thank you to the Military Connected Youth students and families who allowed us to assist in celebrating our military families on Friday at our Flag Raising Ceremony.  It was a chilly morning, but the event no doubt warmed the hearts of all of those who were in attendance.  I would like to thank Mr. Kevin Engdahl, our outstanding band director, for not only putting together a group of musicians to play at the event, but for also playing as well with the student group, which goes far in the realm of modeling to our students and others what it means to be dedicated to a cause.  I would also like to give another shout out to Deb Boullianne who once again put together a beautiful display of pictures representing the many families who have sacrificed and served in one of the branches of the Armed Forces.

Wednesday, I opened the doors to the school in the evening for a Principal’s Coffee.  The goal was to provide an opportunity for parents and guardians who could not make coffees in the morning hours to be able to come in the evening.  I want to thank those who were in attendance.  I appreciated the conversations and the feedback.  I am planning to do another in the spring, and I hope that we can triple the attendance at that time.  In the meantime, if you have ideas as to how we can get more participation, or if you are still one of the parents that doesn’t have the time to make it in for a coffee based on the structures we have put in place thus far, please feel free to reach out and share your ideas on how we can up our attendance numbers.  I would be more than happy to hear from you.

I am again sending this reminder to you all to please ensure that your children are dressing appropriately for the weather.  While we aren’t experiencing frigid temperatures yet, it is still chilly out.  On Friday we had our monthly fire drill.  In an attempt to create more realistic drill scenarios, we do not announce the drills before they happen.  I was slightly concerned with some of the attire students had on.  Considering that many of our students choose not to use their lockers, I wondered how they were dressed when they arrived to school.  The good news however, was that we dumped the building very quickly and were able to get our teeth-chattering children back inside to the warmth.  So again, I ask that you have the conversation with them about ensuring they are properly dressed.  We need their voices in the building every day.

A quick congratulations to our athletes who competed this week!  Sarah Cole finished 12th in this week’s Cross Country meet which was good enough to qualify her for states!  Way to go Sarah!  Volleyball beat a feisty Edison team this week to keep them on the court for another match!  And football continued their unbeaten season with a District Championship win over rival Lake Braddock Friday night!  Outstanding efforts by all our athletes.  I look forward to continued success in the upcoming week!

Well this week also kicked off the beginning of the 2nd quarter.  Students have had an extended taste of what the year has in store for them with respect to their classes.  Teachers are beyond in their grooves and students should now understand and be comfortable with classroom routines.  Ensure that your child is taking advantage of every opportunity we have available with respect to resources in the building.  Know that our core content areas have an average of about 15 -17 members in each of them.  So there is always help available, even if for whatever reason, it can’t be their own specific classroom teacher. The Writing Lab and the Math Lab are up and running and they offer both adult and peer assistance for students.  The MAC program is meeting every other Saturday and is open to any student in the South County Pyramid from 9am to 12pm.  Counselors, administrators, and a host of other staff are also available to listen when needed if your student needs an ear.  Please continue to talk to your child about what they are learning, and how they are doing both academically, and socially in school.  The more they talk, the more comfortable they are talking.  And the more we know, the better we can become. 

Okay, so it wasn’t as short of a note as I initially thought.  But I like talking to you all!

Thank you once again for this opportunity to work with you and your children.  I look forward to another great week!  #One Stallion

Gary

 

Attendance Office/Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office, first thing upon arrival, so that they can receive a pass for an early dismissal. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Please be considerate of all students.

  

Outstanding Employee Awards!

Nominations are now open (10/28-11/15) for the Outstanding Employee Awards! These awards are based on a legacy of excellence and not tied directly to one particular act. To submit a nomination for South County High School Outstanding Employee in a category (listed below) use this google form,

https://forms.gle/BF1WnNnfQBT76GoZ7  

You can nominate any employee in one or multiple categories. We want students, parents and community members to nominate also. All that is required for an initial nomination is a quick paragraph about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. There is a description of each category on the google form. If you want to nominate someone and are unsure of the category, no problem at all. Select the unsure drop-down option on the form and our selection committee will place them appropriately.

Categories include-

Outstanding Teacher- [Life Time Legacy] (at least 3 years of experience as a teacher)

Outstanding New Teacher- (within their first 3 years as a teacher)

Outstanding Principal- (Only Mr. Morris is eligible for this category)

Outstanding Leader- (At least one year experience (examples- Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services)

Outstanding Professional Employee- (At least 1 year experience (examples- Academic and school culture support)

Outstanding Operational Employee- (1 year experience (examples- Administrative and Office staff, Security, Custodial staff, Food service staff, Instructional assistant)

PTSO South County Teacher of the Year- (celebrating a teacher from the current school year)

NOTE- The deadline to submit a nomination is November 15th. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Bennett at dfbennett@fcps.edu  

  

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

November 11th (Monday) 

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

As a part of classroom driver education instruction, students and their parent/guardian are required to attend a 90-minute traffic safety program. This requirement must be met before a student will receive a Classroom Driver Education Certificate of Completion (DEC-District 8).

These programs will be held at South County High School four (4) times during this school year. Parents and students should attend the program during the quarter in which they are enrolled in driver’s education, but may attend other programs. Please be aware that you and your student only need to attend this program one time.

Programs will take place on the following dates: October 16th, November 11th, February 13th, and April 21st. The doors will open at 6:45PM with the programs beginning promptly at 7:00PM in the Auditorium. No registration is required for SCHS students currently enrolled in 10th grade Health & Physical Education (H&PE).

The legislative requirement is for a 90-minute program; therefore, doors will be shut at 7:00PM. No one will be admitted after the doors have been closed. If you are unable to attend any of these programs, additional program dates and locations can be found on the Fairfax County Public Schools website at www.fcps.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Erich Gunderman, H&PE Department Chair, via email at Erich.Gunderman@fcps.edu. Thank you for your attention to this important requirement.

 

National Honor Society

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors eligible for membership in the South County HS chapter of NHS should have received letters by now through their Advisory classes inviting them to join. NEW STUDENTS OR STUDENTS IN ACADEMY may not have received letters. If you know your child had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the end of last year but they did not receive a letter, please ask your student to come by room B231. THE INDUCTION CEREMONY for new members of the SCHS chapter is Nov. 14, 2019, at 7 pm. The list of students who will be inducted will be posted outside of room B231 on Monday, Nov. 11. Students new to South County can still be added to this list if eligible.

  

From the Library

Did you know the South County Library had the highest book check out for last year? We are on the way to being number one again BUT we need your help.

Please asked YOUR child to return their overdue Library book ASAP. Overdue notices are emailed to your child’s fcpsschools.net account EVERY MONDAY.

Books not returned will be charged to your student’ account. Let’s avoid the bills and get the books back for ALL our students to enjoy.

Any questions, please come in and see us in the Library!

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays in all core subjects and Spanish. Our next session is November 23rd from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. We encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

     

Fee to Support FCPSOn

As part of FCPSOn, an annual technology support fee of $50 will be charged to high school students. This fee will help ensure students have access to the technology they need by defraying the cost to repair and replace equipment, ensuring all students have the necessary laptops for testing, and providing back-up laptops as a substitute as needed. All students will need access to the same software, which might not be compatible with self-provided laptops. The technology support fee is included in the FY 2020 Approved Budget.

Billing

The technology support fee will be billed centrally using FCPS’ e-commerce platform, My School Bucks (MSB), which retrieves information from the Student Information System (SIS). Students who have Free and Reduced status and have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged $25 for Reduced status; the fee will be waived for Free status.

The technology support fee will be billed on Monday after the end of first quarter of each school year for all eligible students who are enrolled at that time. Subsequent bills for students who are transferring into the school district will be issued on the first Monday after the end of the second and third quarters. There will be no proration of the fee.

Parents/guardians and students who do not have an MSB account will receive a bill from MSB to the primary email address recorded in SIS. They need to enroll in My School Bucks.

Student Obligations

Students who have not paid the fee will incur a student obligation.

Lost and Damaged Laptops

There will not be additional fees for incidental damage. However, schools will treat repeated instances of damage from negligence the same way they would treat negligent damage to any school property. Students may be financially liable for lost/stolen computers. If you need to purchase a replacement computer or power adapter they are available through MSB School Store.

 

Field Hockey State Semifinals and State Finals

South County is proud to host the Field Hockey State Semifinals and State Finals this year for class 1-3, Class 4, Class 5, and Class 6 on Nov 15-16, 2019.  What a great way to show off our school and amazing athletic complex!

November 15 - Field Hockey State Semifinals (Stadium and Track Field)

9:30am – Class 5 – FH State Semifinals

11:30am -Class 6 – FH State Semifinals

1:30pm – Class 1-3 – FH State Semifinals

3:30 – Class 4 ­– FH State Semifinals

November 16 - Field Hockey State Finals (Stadium)

10:00am – Class 5 - FH State Final

12:00pm – Class 6 -  FH State Final

2:00pm – Class 1-3 – FH State Final

4:00pm – Class 4 – FH state Final

-Entry is $10

-Fans are expected to park in the SCHS parking lot in the corner of the varsity baseball field and Silverbrook Road. 

-There will be no parking for fans at the middle school either day.

- All fans are expected to enter through the main gate at the Stadium entrance.  

-Game Officials will park in the Kiss and Ride parking spaces both days

-A hospitality room will be available for officials, volunteers, and workers both days

-Fans MAY NOT enter the playing areas at any time - Fans may meet teams after games for pictures / celebrations (Stadium – in the area at the score board end) or (Track Field – Silverbrook grass field)

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

November 27-December 1  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23-January 5      Winter Break

   

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.

News You Choose Submission Deadline this next week will be Thursday at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Veterans Day

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FLAG RAISING CEREMONY TOMORROW 7:30am   Veterans Day Ceremony

 

Please join us as we celebrate our Veterans in a Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, November 8th at 7:30am. All Veterans both Active Duty and Retired are welcome and encouraged to attend. Uniform of the day is appropriate if heading into work. Light refreshments will be served and entertainment provided by the South County Band and Chorus. Flag Detail provided by South County JROTC Cadets from the Edison Unit.

 

The Ceremony will take place outside Door #1 by the Flag pole.

 

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Fairfax County Youth Survey

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November 2019

  

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Each year students in grades 8, 10, and 12 participate in the Fairfax County Youth Survey – Healthy Behaviors Survey. This comprehensive survey examines behaviors, experiences, and other factors that influence the health and well-being of our county’s youth.  Data from the 2018-2019 survey indicates that 28.3% of students reported feeling sad or hopeless, including 35.8% of female students and 20.3% of male students.  Rates of feeling sad or hopeless increased with grade level, ranging from 23.8% of eighth-grade students to 33.0% of twelfth-grade students. The survey report can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey/. South County High School continues to provide students education and resources to address mental health needs. Our staff will be working with students in the following ways:

Mental Wellness Screenings

The student services team will be administering a written, confidential wellness screening to the 9th and 11th grade student population. Below is the schedule:

November 12th: 9th grade students with last names A-K

November 14th: 9th grade students with last names L-Z

December 5th: 11th grade students with last names A-K

December 9th: 11th grade students with last names L-Z

Should you not want your child to participate in this screening, please click HERE to complete the opt-out form and return it to your student’s school counselor by November 8th.

Please note:

Students in grades 10 and 12 can also participate in the Mental Wellness Screening by contacting a member of our Student Services team (school psychologists, school social worker, school counselors).  If you have questions regarding the screening or would like more information about the process, please contact Tonya Blanchard, School Psychologist, at tlblanchard@fcps.edu or Heather Frost, School Social Worker, at hlfrost1@fcps.edu, as always, if we have concerns about your student, we will be in communication with you immediately.

Grade Level Presentations

On January 16th all 10th grade students will attend (while the rest of school will watch it via streaming services) an assembly led by Lauren Anderson, the executive director of Our Minds Matter. Our Minds Matter is a program that creates a school environment that encourages open discussion of mental health, individual empowerment, use of appropriate mental health resources, and positive coping strategies. Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions about the presentations.

Online Resources Addressing Teen Depression

A list of mental health resources can be found on the FCPS website at FCPS Mental Health Resources. We believe it is critical that our staff works in partnership with families to provide these services and resources to our students. Thank you for working with us.

 

Sincerely,

South County High School Student Services Team

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