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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Weekly News From South County High School

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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.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0949acaf2baafd0-publicity

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.

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

Weekly News From South County High School

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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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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

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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Veterans Day

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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.

  Pictures of our Veterans

SCHS would like to invite you to be a part of an activity we have planned to salute our Veterans. We will be compiling pictures of our South County Family Veterans in uniform and these photos will be shared outside at our Flag Raising Ceremony for Veterans on Friday, November 8th at 7:30 a.m. 

The pictures may be of immediate family members, grandparents or any other relatives or family friends that have served. The picture of the Veteran can be a group, family, action or portrait shot. Please scan the picture or send via email to DBoullianne@fcps.edu. If you are unable to scan it, please drop it off at the main office at South County HS and we will scan it and get it right back to you.

It is our goal to honor our Veterans and their families each and every day and especially on Veterans Day!

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 6th, 3pm.

   

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

 

Family,

Let me open with this.  There will be no further dance episodes by Mr. Morris for the duration of the year. That is all.

What a great Homecoming week!  The amount of student participation was awesome and that is a testament to the feeling of students feeling that they belong.  I also appreciate the support from the parent community to help students find their way.  Congratulations to the sophomore class for winning the Sprit Competitions! It was fun to watch all the students compete in the friendly games, and to see their peers cheer them on.  We also had a great time at homecoming with so many students coming out in the Black-Out! The Hype Squad was amazing!  The dance team took the field with 51 young Dancing Stallions and together they put on quite a show!  The halftime show featured the award-winning South County Marching Band and the crowning of the Homecoming Court.  And then to cap things off, we got a great win over Fairfax in the Homecoming Game.

Also, during the week on Wednesday, we had a great Fall Orchestra Concert.  Unfortunately, I had to miss this due to being under the weather, but I heard that the students once again under the direction of Mrs. Marci Swift, showed their stuff!  Earlier in the day, we celebrated together our classes at the Fall Pep Rally.  All in all, this was a very exciting week, and another reason I am so proud to serve the South County community.

Now for a little business.  We have been experiencing an uptick in students ordering food and having it delivered to school via Uber Eats and other delivery means.  We do not allow this as a part of our safety and security measures because we want to ensure we know who is coming to our building, and because students have been opening unauthorized doors to receive their deliveries.  Please be sure to have the conversation with your student about this violation.  With minimal numbers to secure our building as is, we really can’t afford to have access being granted to strangers by the student body.  Please know that if students are found having food delivered, that food is confiscated until the end of the day and returned to the student at that time. 

The end of the quarter is here. Please review your students grades with them and have conversations about where they think they are academically.   Let’s work together to remind our students to continue their great momentum, and if there is work to do, to seek out the resources we have available to them. There is something for every student.  We are available to work with them to ensure they get, or stay on the right track.  Thank you once again for another great week!  Have an awesome 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.

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays in all core subjects and Spanish. Our next sessions are November 9th and 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.

 

From The PTSO

Evening Coffee with the Principal

Join us for coffee/refreshments and informal conversation with Principal Gary Morris on Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.

Vote on Tuesday!

There are School Board elections and a bond referendum on the ballot for Tuesday. Please do your research and make an informed choice when you go to the polls. Your choices make a difference!

Teacher of the Year

Every year the PTSO participates in a process to recognize outstanding school employees, and especially the teacher of the year. The nomination process is now open, and it is easier than ever this year. You can nominate someone here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hblQWfSLb78r7T6JwD7sO-OM4BC0ycjI_-gAjVrowXc/viewform?edit_requested=true All that is required is a couple of sentences explaining why you believe this teacher should be recognized.   Please help us honor our hardworking teachers!

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

Get an early start on your service hours by volunteering to help publicize the Holiday Extravaganza. We are distributing flyers beginning this weekend! Parents, we can use your help to put up road signs. Please consider chipping in to help with this community event.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0949acaf2baafd0-publicity

Candy Cane Fun Run

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Candy Cane Kids' Fun Run! This is open to kids 12 and under; please pass the word to your neighbors! Register before November 15 to receive a Stallion Santa hat!  

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

  

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards kicks off its search for America's top youth volunteers of the year.  This unique youth recognition program, founded 25 years ago by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  The program gives schools an opportunity to reward and shine a spotlight on students who have distinguished themselves through volunteer activities - and an opportunity to call attention to the role that schools play in promoting community service. 

Applications for 2020 awards are now open to students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year

If you would like more information about the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or email spirit@nassp.org.

KEY DATES

November 5, 2019:  The deadline for students to submit applications (available at spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit)

  

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 1       1st Qtr. Ended

November 2       Homecoming Dance               8pm-11pm

November 4-5    Student Holiday                      No School

November 4-5    School Offices Closed for Professional Development

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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Homecoming Football and Feed Our Neighbors!

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ABC7's Game of the Week! SOUTH COUNTY vs FAIRFAX HIGH in our homecoming matchup tonight! 7pm

Come on out and root for your Stallion Football Team!

 

On your way here...........

Help feed our neighbors!

Help feed our neighbors served by the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) by bringing in donations of food to the game!

Let's fill the big yellow truck!

Most needed items are:

Breakfast cereal, canned soup,

kids snack items, and canned tuna or chicken

 

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Federal Impact Aid Deadline Approaching

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Federal Impact Aid

 

This is a reminder to all parents who have not yet signed and returned the Federal Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey form.  If you have not yet done so, please complete the form, sign it, and have your child return it to their Advisory teacher as soon as possible. We are nearing the deadline to have all forms submitted to the county.  Due to this strict deadline, those who do not turn in this form by Thursday, October 31st will be called and a request will be made for them to come by the school that day to drop off or come by to sign and complete the form. If you need another form, or if you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Jeremiah Caven, Assistant Principal, at 703-446-1802 or by email at jmcaven@fcps.edu.

   

  

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

 

Family,

Let’s start with the end in mind... end of the week that is.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and be apart of the 2019-20 Academic Letters Award Ceremony Friday morning.  We celebrated a large group of students; all sophomores and juniors who achieved a grade point average of 3.8 or higher in the previous year.  Not only was it awesome to celebrate them for their academic achievements, but also to see how they supported each other in the ceremony with applause.  It warmed my heart to see this and I know that this Family feeling is spreading in the building. Thank you to all of you who were able to take time out of your busy day to attend and celebrate with us.

If your student comes home and says that he is seeing other teachers in his classrooms “where they don’t belong”, it is because we are engaging in Learning Walks with our staff.  Staff members have been asked to visit other classrooms so that they can not only see what other teachers in the building are doing, but also so that that they can provide feedback to those teachers about what they observed.  They are encouraged to ask questions about how and why certain instructional strategies are being used in classrooms so that each teacher is learning from one another.  This information is kept in a database and teachers can refer back to it at some point to see change over time, as well as to be able to pull strategies from later in the year.  Finally, teachers are encouraged to see their students in different environments and see how they respond to instruction from another teacher.  All of these efforts are designed to build the capacity of instructional expertise in the building, and to again strengthen the Family.  They say, "Iron sharpens iron."

We are also asking teachers to engage in the use of Learning Targets this year.  “What is a Learning Target Mr. Morris?  And why is it important?”, you ask (yes, I heard you).  Students must understand what they are to know, understand, and be able to do BEFORE learning takes place! It is part of setting the purpose for learning and helps students focus on what is important in the reading/or lesson.  The Learning Target helps the student to understand what they will be accomplishing that day, and what they will be able to do with that learning after they have learned it.  Learning Targets are more concrete that the Objectives we were presented with when we were in school (a long, long time ago), and they can help a student refocus on the learning at any time during the class period because they are displayed throughout the lesson, and teachers should be referencing them throughout the class period.  We are in the beginning stages of using them, but we have many teachers who are already experts in using them across all curriculum.  So ask your child sometime, “What was your Learning Target in X class today?” 

It has been fun over the past couple of weeks to see the support from you for all students at the Senior Nights.  I have been very proud to represent the our school as I have shaken the hands of you and your children, but also proud of the pride that has been displayed reflected in their Senior Shrines.  And beyond that, it has been heartwarming to see the excitement that has been generated by the underclassmen who have been a part of these teams, as well as of those who have been in the stands as spectators.  Thank you for ALL THAT!

Finally, we have been featuring two staff members each week randomly and awarding them with some preferred parking in the staff parking lot.  We do a short interview with them to learn some personal things about them, and try to provide them with some sort of treat to really make it worth their while. This is another way for us to get to know one another a little better as we build this Family up. Because the featured staff member is randomly selected, I don’t know if a certain particular person will be selected at all this year.  So I am going to do a mini-feature of my partner in crime and Administrative Assistant Mrs. Deb Boullianne.  If you haven’t noticed, we have had to deal with some irregular staffing issues in the attendance and front office over the past few weeks due to one of our awesome front office staff members having to handle some personal issues.  Deb has had to juggle all that she does to keep me in line, as well as manage the rotation of front office staff to ensure that all areas of the attendance and front office are effectively covered.  Again, if you haven’t noticed, then that means she has done an exceptional job!  If you have noticed, then please bear with us as we work through this time.  But give Deb a complimentary hug or nod for the professionalism and work that she is so committed to every day!  (Note: If you are reading this, know that I have had to twist her arm to allow me to put this in here, because she is the last set of eyes to see this before the message goes out!)

Thank you once again for allowing me to do the job I love and to work with your children every day.  It continues to be a pleasure and an honor!  #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.

  

Federal Impact Aid Forms

This is a reminder to all parents who have not yet signed and returned the Federal Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey form.  If you have not yet done so, please complete the form, sign it, and have your child return it to their Advisory teacher as soon as possible. We are nearing the deadline to have all forms submitted to the county.  Due to this strict deadline, those who do not turn in this form by Thursday, October 31st will be called and a request will be made for them to come by the school that day to drop off or come by to sign and complete the form. If you need another form, or if you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Jeremiah Caven, Assistant Principal, at 703-446-1802 or by email at jmcaven@fcps.edu.

  

South County Pyramid Orchestras

The SoCo Pyramid Orchestras will perform in their annual Masquerade Concert on Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm at South County HS.  Students from South County HS, South County MS as well as Halley, Laurel Hill, Lorton Station and Silverbrook Elementary Schools will perform. Come out for a night of spooky music and fun costumes!

  

Help feed our neighbors!

Calling all Stallions! Help to feed our neighbors served by the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) by bringing in food this coming week. Most needed items are: Breakfast cereal, canned soup, kids snack items, and canned tuna or chicken. LCAC’s truck will in the Homecoming Parade Thursday and onsite for Friday night’s football game. Donations can also be dropped off outside the office (freshman); at sub school ¾ (sophomores); in B227 (juniors) and A238 (seniors). Thanks for helping others!

Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Our new Connector Bus Passes have arrived!

Please come by the front office to get your new card. 

  • You MUST bring in your old card before you will be issued a new one. 
  • If you have had a card before and have lost it, PLEASE just let us know. A new form may not be needed. 
  • If you bring in your old card first thing in the morning, we will try to have the new card ready by the end of the day.
  • The above also applies to those that are receiving bus passes for the first time. Please drop off the form in the front office first thing in the morning.

Thank-you for your patience as we distribute the new cards.

  

From The PTSO

Teacher of the Year

Every year the PTSO participates in a process to recognize outstanding school employees, and especially the teacher of the year. The nomination process is now open, and it is easier than ever this year. You can nominate someone here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hblQWfSLb78r7T6JwD7sO-OM4BC0ycjI_-gAjVrowXc/viewform?edit_requested=true All that is required is a couple of sentences explaining why you believe this teacher should be recognized.   Please help us honor our hardworking teachers!

Volunteer hours for students (and adults)

Get an early start on your service hours by volunteering to help publicize the Holiday Extravaganza. We are distributing flyers beginning this weekend! Parents, we can use your help to put up road signs. Please consider chipping in to help with this community event.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0949acaf2baafd0-publicity

Candy Cane Fun Run

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Candy Cane Kids' Fun Run! This is open to kids 12 and under; please pass the word to your neighbors! Register before November 15 to receive a Stallion Santa hat!  

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

Call for Gently Used Books for Santa’s Book Emporium at the Craft Show!

We are starting to collect gently used books of all genres, ribbons, tissue paper, and baskets for this year's Santa's Book Emporium—see the attached flier for more details. A collection box has been placed at the Main office door. To arrange for an alternate pickup or drop-off contact Terry Dover at sococrewbookemporium@gmail.com

Have you installed the PTSO app yet?

Look for “Membership Toolkit” in the Apple Store or Google Play and download it today! This is the best way to keep on top of all PTSO activities and buy things from us.

PTSO Board Meeting

There is a PTSO Board meeting on Monday, October 28 at 7:00pm in the library. This is a working meeting where we review all the PTSO activities/work plans. All are welcome; it’s a good opportunity to see all the services the PTSO provides.

Homecoming Information

Homecoming Parade:

  • The Homecoming Parade will be held on Thursday, October 31st at 4:30pm.
  • It will go from South County High School through the Laurel Hill neighborhood.
  • We are in need of convertibles or other open topped cars (ie: Jeeps etc). If you are able to help out by driving in the parade, please send Kaitlyn Price an email at kaprice1@fcps.edu.

Homecoming Dance:

  • The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, November 2nd from 8-11pm.
  • Homecoming Tickets are currently being sold through Friday, November 1st.
    • The week of Homecoming they will be sold every day during lunches and the cost will be $20 a ticket, 2 tickets for $30.
    • Tickets can be purchased using cash or check (made out to SCHS)
  • We are in need of parent volunteers to help with the shoe check at the dance. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4eaba62aa2f94-homecoming1 
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards kicks off its search for America's top youth volunteers of the year.  This unique youth recognition program, founded 25 years ago by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  The program gives schools an opportunity to reward and shine a spotlight on students who have distinguished themselves through volunteer activities - and an opportunity to call attention to the role that schools play in promoting community service. 

Applications for 2020 awards are now open to students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year

If you would like more information about the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or email spirit@nassp.org.

KEY DATES

November 5, 2019:  The deadline for students to submit applications (available at spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit)

  

South County Crew News

SoCo Crew Fall Kick Off Meeting This Wednesday!

Come out and row with South County! Our Fall Kick off meeting will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday Oct. 30 in the South County Library. This is an important meeting for returning/new rowers and their families to attend. For more information email southcountycrew@gmail.com.

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!

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!

 

SoCo Choral Boosters Important Upcoming Dates:

October 28      Homecoming Week

October 28      PTSO Meeting                        7:00pm

October 31      Homecoming Parade              4:30pm

November 1    1st Qtr. Ends

November 2    Homecoming Dance               8pm-11pm

November 4    Student Holiday                      No School

November 5    Student Holiday                      No School

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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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

Federal Impact Aid Forms

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Federal Impact Aid Forms

 

On Wednesday, October 23rd, your child received the annual Federal Impact Aid Form from their Advisory teacher.  Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned as soon as possible to your child’s Advisory teacher. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link -https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

Thank you for your prompt return of Federal Impact Aid forms as the county requests a 100% participation rate and the deadlines are nearing.

  

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Digital Citizenship Week/Day 5

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Digital Citizenship Week Day 5

 

Friday’s Conversation Focus: Practice Media Balance by Taking a Break from Screens, instead Engage Directly in the World Around You

 

Today is the last day for Digital Citizenship Week, thanks for taking time to refocus on this important topic. Things change quickly in the digital world, so please keep the support going with your children throughout this year.

Students and families are encouraged to practice media balance by taking a break from screens to engage in real-world experiences and quality time with their friends and family. Try some of these ideas:

  • Have a device-free dinner and focus on connecting as a family.
  • Take on a Phone-Free Day challenge as a family and commit to leaving the phone at home when family members go to school or work.  Notice how your day changes and discuss the benefits and challenges together.
  • Have a family board game night instead of playing video games or watching TV.
  • Make a phone call or write a letter to a family member or friend instead of sending a text or email.
  • Spend time outside as a family and leave the phone behind. Thank you for participating in Digital Citizenship Week!  Take good care of your body, mind and your relationships and enjoy the benefits of using technology in a healthy and balanced way. 

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Digital Citzenship Week/Day 4

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Digital Citizenship Week Day 4

 

Thursday’s Conversation Focus:  Focus on Using High Quality Media

 

Students and families are encouraged to think critically about the media they consume and actively evaluate and select high quality, age-appropriate media. Try some of these ideas:

  • Help your child become a critical consumer of media by discussing these 5 questions with them when you consume media together such as books, movies, and news articles.
  • Consider Common Sense Media’s reviews of movies, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music for information that can help you decide if the media your child is consuming is appropriate for them.
  • Check out this tip sheet with your child and emphasize the importance of choosing quality resources.
  • Try these additional tips on how to establish expectations at home around media use.

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Federal Impact Aid Forms

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Federal Impact Aid Forms

 

Today your child received the annual Federal Impact Aid Form from their Advisory teacher.  Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned as soon as possible to your child’s Advisory teacher. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link -https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

Thank you for your prompt return of Federal Impact Aid forms as the county requests a 100% participation rate.

   

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