Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Masks
  • Attendance Office
  • Testing Corner
  • Senior News
  • From the Yearbook Staff
  • Edison Academy Open House RESCHEDULED
  • Stallion Spirit Store 
  • Learner's Permit Testing
From the Principal

Family,

I truly hope that each of you are safe and warm over this weekend.  I want to continue to thank you for the patience and flexibility that you have displayed as we all are working through the minefield of changes that continue to come our way.  Please know that I understand the frustrations that can arise as I and others continue to send changes about policies and protocols, so feel free to share those frustrations with me (you don't have to if you don't want to however) so that we may come to an understanding sooner than later and continue to move forward toward success in this school year.  

I have just a few items for you this weekend, so let's get right to it.  First the great stuff.  I am excited about the opportunity that I will have in the near future to congratulate a large number of students who have earned entry into the South County Chapter of the National Honor Society.  This is a wonderful accomplishment for our students as I am sure you know, and I am proud to be able to welcome this group of young adults into this next level of academic success! The ceremony is scheduled for this coming Tuesday the 18th, however, we may have some difficulty carrying this out if Mother Nature has her way as it is anticipated.  Should the date have to change again, we will get that word out as soon as possible. 

I hope that you were able to tune in to see the success of our Quiz Bowl Team as they competed on It's Academic which aired on Saturday.  The Stallions earned a fantastic win over Herndon High School and Whitman High School out of Maryland.  Congratulations to Claire Gribschaw, Elliot Evans, and Mackenzie Williams on their performance, as well as the rest of the team who helped to prepare them for the competition!  Also, let's not forget our outstanding coaches, Mr. Eric Greiling (Mathematics Teacher) and Mr. Chris Bird (Assessment Coach) who continue to share their time with this awesome group of students!

We have been experiencing an uptick in students who are leaving school grounds during the day unauthorized.  We have noticed that this occurs mostly during our lunch periods.  I do understand that students may be concerned about the health conditions that exist in the cafeteria related to masking protocols in that area.  However, we have just as much of a concern with the accountability and safety issues that are presented in the unfortunate event of an accident that could occur while they are on our watch.  Please help us to maintain a safe environment by having the conversation with your child about remaining on campus at all times during the school day.  Students who have paid for a parking pass are subject to have that pass suspended or revoked when they elect to not abide by this policy.

As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 17, we are also watching for the potential of winter weather early in the week. We used all of our traditional snow days during last week’s snowstorm. Any future inclement weather days will include virtual learning whenever possible. 

We all need to prepare in order to have a successful inclement weather virtual learning day. South County HS teachers and staff are working hard to ensure students have the devices and accessories they need and have worked with students to make sure they know how to access their assignments in Schoology and log into Zoom.  

At home, we ask that you do a few simple things that will make an inclement weather virtual learning day run smoothly:

  • Make sure students charge their devices.
  • Remind your child that the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule includes a two-hour delay so they can check their devices and make sure they are able to log in properly. (See schedule below)
  • Remind your child that attendance will be taken on inclement weather virtual learning days.
  • Please also complete the Technology Readiness Steps for Students with your child:
  1. Log onto your laptop with your student ID and password.
  2. Connect your laptop to your internet connection.
  3. Login to Google account.  In the Chrome browser, go to fcpsschools.net, sign in with your fcpsschools.net account.
  4. Log into Schoology. Make sure you can access your courses.
  5. If you have any issues with these steps from home, go to the Tech Support for Families page, to submit a ticket for support.

SCHS Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Bell Schedule 

Period

Start

End

Class Time

1st Block

10:10am

11:05am

55 Minutes

2nd Block

11:15am

12:10pm

55 Minutes

Lunch

12:10pm

12:55pm

45 Minutes

3rd Block

12:55pm

1:50pm

55 Minutes

4th Block

2:00pm

2:55pm

55 Minutes

 

Well that is all that I have for you this week. Thank you once again for all of your support.  You really do matter to me and the rest fo the facutly and staff here at South County HS.  Take care and continue to be safe!  #OneStallion

Gar

MASKS, MASKS, MASKS

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

Gary

  

From the Attendance Office

Thank you for your patience! Please know we are working hard to answer all the calls as they come in. However, if you do receive an answering machine, please leave a message and it will be taken care of in the order it was received.  To avoid delays in having your student check out, please plan ahead and send a note with your student first thing in the morning, or email ,or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals. We try very hard not to interrupt instructional time to deliver messages.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb at your requested time.

 

Testing Corner

Testing Accommodations for Advanced Placement Exams in May

Students with IEPs or 504 plans are not automatically granted their testing accommodation on College Board exams such as Advanced Placement exams. If your student requires accommodations in the testing environment, they must to apply to College Board by January 18th. . Please contact Telia Johnson, our Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, at 703-446-1911 or [email protected]  for more information on the accommodation application process.  More information can also be found on the College Board website at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/getting-accommodations/request-exam-accommodations

  

Senior News

Attention Class of 2022 Parents/Guardians!

Senior Dues have been approved by the county. They are $75 and can be paid using MySchoolBucks. Senior Dues are used to pay for the graduation venue, caps and gowns, diploma covers, and other senior class expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlyn Price at [email protected].

    

From The Yearbook Staff

Students who have not had their senior photos taken, have three more dates in which to do so at the Lifetouch studio in Annandale (studio is located at 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003)

To schedule an appointment (you no longer need a code):

 

  • Go online to prestigeportraits.com/studio or click here
  • Click the blue 'Book Appointment' button to get started (you do not need to log in). 
  • Select the Virginia – Northern Virginia location.
  • Search for South County in the search bar. 
  • Select South County High School when it comes up
  • Select the sitting level and appointment date and time from there.  You can skip the sitting level if you are not sure.  
  • You do not have to buy photos or pay for a session if you just want them taken for the yearbook.  Just choose the no charge sitting level.

 

***DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  NO PHOTOS TAKEN AFTER THE FEBRUARY 5 DATE WILL BE IN THE YEARBOOK.***

  

Edison Academy Open House RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 29 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 29th.

 

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

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

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

Learners Permit Testing at South County

Dates: 2/17/22 and 3/9/22

Time:   3:15 p.m.

Location- SCHS- room F107

POC:  Ms. Saale      [email protected]

How do I register:

Please register at both the DMV and ACE sites below.  YOU MUST REGISTER AT BOTH.   If you are having trouble with the ACE site it is recommended to call them at the number on the web site.

Registration links….

ACE: https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/SubjectListing.aspx?CategoryID=10643&ProgramID=28&ProgCatgName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)&IsCourse=1&SubjectID=11088&AreaName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)

DMV: https://vadmvexam.com/AT_Remote/ApplicantPortal/ApplicantPortal.aspx

You must register at BOTH sites. ( You may have to copy and paste the first link) 

Please bring parental consent form with you on the day of testing AND your school issued laptop.

Parental Consent form: 

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dts41.pdf

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Saale

 

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

It's Academic

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  NBC 4 at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday, January 15

 

Tune into NBC 4 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 15 to see the

South County Quiz Bowl team compete on

It’s Academic!

Watch Claire Gribschaw, Elliot Evans, and Mackenzie Williams

battle against Herndon and Whitman High Schools.

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Masks
  • Attendance Office
  • Academic Advising
  • Senior News
  • From the Yearbook Staff
  • Edison Academy Open House RESCHEDULED
  • Stallion Spirit Store 
  • Learner's Permit Testing
From the Principal

Family,

It seems like it has been an eternity since we have been in the school and with all that has been going on in the world of COVID, it is likely a good thing.  I will tell you that while this is an unsettling time for most of us, I am confident that as long as we are following the protocols designed to keep us safe (proper masking, distancing, and hand washing) we are pretty safe while in school.  So having your children and our staff in a space where there are consistent rules about the implementation of these protocols makes me feel good about returning following our brief hiatus from school. 

I shared a short but deliberate message with your children about the importance of keeping themselves and one another safe when we return to school. That along with our staff assisting our phenomenal custodial staff in maintaining a clean and healthy environment, I am hoping to return to school so that we are able to continue the great academic success we experienced during the first quarter.  With a week of school lost due to the weather, and the 2nd quarter coming to an end, we are telling both staff and Families not to panic.  With the rolling gradebook, we don’t have to necessarily be concerned about whether or not we get that quarter/unit assessment in prior to the end of the quarter.  

This latest iteration of the COVID virus has impacted us all. Students and staff are both feeling the impacts and we are doing our best to work through this.  Students may notice an uptick in absences among teachers due to either staff having tested positive, or an immediate Family member having tested positive causing them to have to stay at home.  Teachers who are impacted in this way will continue to work from home to ensure that the content is still being delivered.   Our teachers have been, and will continue to do a phenomenal job of covering classes when the teacher of record is out to ensure students have qualified professionals in front of them as much as possible. 

I received an email from one of our parents asking about the possibility of the school system moving toward going virtual due to the recent spikes in COVID cases.  I would like to share my response with you. 

At this time, there are no current discussions being had that have been shared with principals about going to a virtual format. Based on the data that we have been able to collect across the school division, while there has been an increase in the spread of COVID across the Fairfax County communities, the transmission has not been found to exist in schools when the proper mitigation protocols are being followed. 

I know that my response sounds like one that might come from a script, but to be totally honest, we have not had a single incident of transmission within South County HS outside of our student athletes who may have been unmasked during their activity.  

Parents do have the right to keep their children home due to concerns related to COVID, but we have been advised to share with parents that due to the fact that school is currently in an "in-person" status, children who do not come to school due to concerns around COVID are to be marked unexcused and after 15 consecutive days of absences, they would be automatically withdrawn from school and would have to be re-enrolled.  

I fully understand your concern and want you to know that if we (principals, and me personally) were to see an uptick in transmission in schools ,we would immediately take our concerns to the superintendent and the school board for immediate action.  I also carry a high degree of concern for transmitting the virus at my home so please know that I am watching and taking note of changes in the data daily and as I stated will advocate for change if I believe it is warranted. 

I would also like to refer you to the message Dr. Brabrand shared with the community around how we will be dealing with the surge.

Before I go, I have a huge favor to ask of you.  If  your child is showing any symptoms that could be associated with COVID, please keep them at home.  If we observe a student displaying symptoms, we will have to have them return home. This process can be very time consuming which takes resources away from other responsibilities.  We can save a great deal of time if you can catch these matters as you assess your children daily prior to them leaving home in the mornings.

That is all that I have to share at this time.  I am looking forward to the return of our students to the building. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  Take care and continue to be safe!  #OneStallion

Gary

MASKS, MASKS, MASKS

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

  

From the Attendance Office

Thank you for your patience! Please know we are working hard to answer all the calls as they come in. However, if you do receive an answering machine, please leave a message and it will be taken care of in the order it was received.  To avoid delays in having your student check out, please plan ahead and send a note with your student first thing in the morning, or email ,or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals. We try very hard not to interrupt instructional time to deliver messages.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb at your requested time.

 

From Student Services Academic Advising

 

South County Families,

Planning is well underway for the 2022-2023 school year!  Academic Advising season begins upon our return in January.

Schoolwide programming will include the following:

 

Upon Return To School — Academic Days of Emphasis

Teachers will meet individually with students during each class to discuss course level options.

 

January 27th— Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

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

 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientations

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

  • January 11th Student last names A-K during Advisory

Rising 12th grade

January 13th Student last names L-Z during Advisory

Rising 12th grade

 

  • January 25th @ 9:15am

Rising 9th grade (Middle School)

 

  • February 3rd during PE Classes

Rising 11th grade

 

  • February 17th during PE Classes

Rising 10thgrade

 

Academic Advising Conferences

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

  • Friday, January 14th through Friday, January 28th

Rising 12th grade through USVA History classes

  • Monday, February 7th through Wednesday, February 24th

Rising 11th grade through PE classes

  • Thursday, February 24th through Thursday, March 3rd

Rising 10th grade through PE classes

 

South County Student Services

 

Senior News

Attention Class of 2022 Parents/Guardians!

Senior Dues have been approved by the county. They are $75 and can be paid using MySchoolBucks. Senior Dues are used to pay for the graduation venue, caps and gowns, diploma covers, and other senior class expenses. If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlyn Price at [email protected].

    

From The Yearbook Staff

Students who have not had their senior photos taken, have three more dates in which to do so at the Lifetouch studio in Annandale (studio is located at 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003)

To schedule an appointment (you no longer need a code):

 

  • Go online to prestigeportraits.com/studio or click here
  • Click the blue 'Book Appointment' button to get started (you do not need to log in). 
  • Select the Virginia – Northern Virginia location.
  • Search for South County in the search bar. 
  • Select South County High School when it comes up
  • Select the sitting level and appointment date and time from there.  You can skip the sitting level if you are not sure.  
  • You do not have to buy photos or pay for a session if you just want them taken for the yearbook.  Just choose the no charge sitting level.

 

***DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  NO PHOTOS TAKEN AFTER THE FEBRUARY 5 DATE WILL BE IN THE YEARBOOK.***

  

Edison Academy Open House RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 29 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 8th.

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

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

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

Learners Permit Testing at South County

Dates:  January 13th, 2022, 2/17/22 and 3/9/22

Time:   3:15 p.m.

Location- SCHS- room F107

POC:  Ms. Saale      [email protected]

How do I register:

Please register at both the DMV and ACE sites below.  YOU MUST REGISTER AT BOTH.   If you are having trouble with the ACE site it is recommended to call them at the number on the web site.

Registration links….

ACE: https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/SubjectListing.aspx?CategoryID=10643&ProgramID=28&ProgCatgName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)&IsCourse=1&SubjectID=11088&AreaName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)

DMV: https://vadmvexam.com/AT_Remote/ApplicantPortal/ApplicantPortal.aspx

You must register at BOTH sites. ( You may have to copy and paste the first link) 

Please bring parental consent form with you on the day of testing AND your school issued laptop.

Parental Consent form: 

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dts41.pdf

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Saale

 

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

Edison Academy Open House Rescheduled

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Edison Academy Open House RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 29 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 29th.

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

Returning To South County HS in 2022

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From The Principal

Happy New Year Family!

I hope this message finds each of you safe and well.  As we prepare for our return to school, I wanted to reach out to you to share a few words with you, as well as to ask for your help. 

I am aware that a number of students and Families have reached out to express their concerns around returning to school amid the recent rise in positive cases in Fairfax County.  I want you to know that those voices have been heard, and we will continue to do everything we can do to maintain a healthy environment for all students and staff at South County HS.  We have been fortunate that the vast majority of our students continue to be very vigilant about adhering to the mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We must not only continue to have that compliance, but it also needs to grow to 100% at all times.

As we return, the teachers and staff will be hyper vigilant about students and adults following the mitigation protocols to include having conversations in classes about how serious these matters are so that we can have a safe and healthy school.  We will also be discussing how not being vigilant could impact our respective Families at home. I am asking that you all take a brief moment to remind your children about the importance of not just being mindful of their adherence to these protocols, but also how their positive actions can indirectly provide comfort to our extended Families as well.  A safe environment really leads to an environment where our teachers and students can be at their best and return to work each day knowing they are safe in our spaces with one another.

I thank you in advance for your time and willingness to assist me through having these conversations.  Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and welcome to 2022!  #OneStallion

Gary

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

Honor Roll

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From The Principal

Greetings Family,

I truly hope that each of you has had a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable winter break so far.  I am writing to share with you the 1st Quarter Honor Roll Presentation.  I apologize for getting this out so late, however, I am excited about what our students have been able to do up to this point in classes.  I hope you enjoy this presentation, and I look forward to following this one up with even more names at the end the second quarter!  Enjoy!  

Until we chat again, please take care and above all, continue to be safe!  #OneStallion

Gary

8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, VA 22079 | Main Office: 703.446.1600
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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Offices closed during winter break
  • Academic Advising
  • Attendance Office
  • From the Yearbook Staff
  • From the PTSO
  • Winter Sports Program Ads
  • Edison Academy Open House
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Masks
  • Food Deliveries   
  • Learner's Permit Testing
From the Principal

Family,

Well, it is officially the Winter Holiday Break and as long as it took for it to get here, time has flown at the same time.  I am so happy to say that we have had minimal issues to this point, but we do still have some work to do.  I am going to speak about a couple of them in hopes that during the break, we can al reflect, have some short but deliberate conversations to ensure that when we return, we are on the same page. 

I would like to thank the parents who were able to make it out to the Principal’s Chat (Coffee) on Thursday evening. We had some very good conversations, and I was appreciative of the perspectives that were shared.  The numbers were up for this chat and that was great, but I would still like to see more of your out if possible.  They say I am pretty funny, so you don’t want to miss out on that part at least!  So, hopefully more of us will be able to get together next time and we can all learn from one another. 

Here are a few items I want to share with you as we get ready to return in 2022!

Please be mindful of your children’s activities.  This includes social groups, social media, use of substances, etc.  We have seen an uptick in the use of substances inside the building.  I am asking for your help at home to just have that, “Tell me a little about your day today.” Conversation every now and then.  While our children don’t want us in their business, they want to know we care.  And besides, until they actually decide to no longer sleep under our roofs, their business IS our business!  There were a number of minor threats made across numerous schools last week as we headed into break, and due to the recent issues in Michigan, we can’t take anything for granted in terms of the seriousness of these matters.  So continual conversations really do help. 

Our COVID cases really jumped last week.  Luckily, there still have not been any reports of spread within the building.  So it is imperative that while we are away for break, we stay vigilant about masking and hygiene.  We want our students to be able to be in the building and this COVID stuff does not appear to be going away anytime soon.  Therefore, we have to stay on top of this and ensure that we don’t let up on our deliberate efforts to apply any and all mitigation strategies. 

I want everyone to know that we are all very aware of the struggle that school has been for all students for the most part.  Teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff are very aware of the adjustment that even almost halfway through the year, students are still making. Trust me, because we are still adjusting too.  But the reason for bringing this up is to remind you to continue to have those conversations with your children so they can be heard both at home and at school about what might be getting in the way of their academic progress.  The more we all know, the better we are to be able to address issues more proactively.  

I know that we have some very diligent students among our student body, but I am hoping that they all take time to put the books down and to focus on Family over the holiday break.  I have instructed teachers that they are not to assign any homework over the course of the break.  Also, there should not be any projects that are due the first two days returning from break.  As I stated earlier, we all need this time away from school to breathe and relax.  That being said, I only have one more item.

NOVA will offer select college courses this Spring 2022 with free tuition to Fairfax County high school juniors and seniors. Courses are twelve weeks, virtual, asynchronous classes and will begin February 1, 2022. Students must meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbooks or other material fees associated with courses. Students will need access to a computer and the internet. The online courses are not intended to replace any 2021-22 classes for which students are already registered at their high school. The program provides an accelerated opportunity to earn transferable college only credits. Details about the Online Early College Program can be found here.

Additionally, NOVA will be offering Early Online College courses for juniors and seniors during the 2022-23 school year. We will be advertising these opportunities during our academic advising period which you have received some preliminary information about recently.

Family, I wish each of you a very safe, warm, and enjoyable holiday break.  If you are traveling, please be safe, patient, and please use all five fingers to wave to others while driving.  As you spend time with your Families, please be thoughtful of those who may not be as fortunate as you, and to be thankful for all that we have.  I am thankful that I have you and your support.  Happy Holidays to you.  #OneStallion

Gary

School Offices Closed For Winter Break Offices will re-open on Monday, January 3rd Have a safe and relaxing Winter Break!

  

From the Attendance Office

Thank you for your patience these last few weeks! Please know we are working hard to answer all the calls as they come in. However, If you do receive an answering machine, please leave a message and it will be taken care of in the order it was received.  To avoid delays in having your student check out, please plan ahead and send a note with your student first thing in the morning, email or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals. We try very hard not to interrupt instructional time to deliver messages.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb at your requested time.

 

From Student Services Academic Advising

 

South County Families,

Planning is well underway for the 2022-2023 school year!  Academic Advising season begins upon our return in January.

Schoolwide programming will include the following:

 

January 6th and 7th — Academic Days of Emphasis

Teachers will meet individually with students during each class to discuss course level options.

 

January 27th — Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

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

 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientations

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

  • January 11th Student last names A-K during Advisory

Rising 12th grade

January 13th Student last names L-Z during Advisory

Rising 12th grade

 

  • January 25th @ 9:15am

Rising 9th grade (Middle School)

 

  • February 3rd during PE Classes

Rising 11th grade

 

  • February 17th during PE Classes

Rising 10thgrade

 

Academic Advising Conferences

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

  • Friday, January 14th through Friday, January 28th

Rising 12th grade through USVA History classes

  • Monday, February 7th through Wednesday, February 24th

Rising 11th grade through PE classes

  • Thursday, February 24th through Thursday, March 3rd

Rising 10th grade through PE classes

 

We hope you enjoy a restful winter break!

 

South County Student Services

 

From The Yearbook Staff

Students who have not had their senior photos taken, have three more dates in which to do so at the Lifetouch studio in Annandale (studio is located at 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003)

To schedule an appointment (you no longer need a code):

 

  • Go online to prestigeportraits.com/studio or click here
  • Click the blue 'Book Appointment' button to get started (you do not need to log in). 
  • Select the Virginia – Northern Virginia location.
  • Search for South County in the search bar. 
  • Select South County High School when it comes up
  • Select the sitting level and appointment date and time from there.  You can skip the sitting level if you are not sure.  
  • You do not have to buy photos or pay for a session if you just want them taken for the yearbook.  Just choose the no charge sitting level.

 

***DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  NO PHOTOS TAKEN AFTER THE FEBRUARY 5 DATE WILL BE IN THE YEARBOOK.***

  

From the PTSO

All Night Grad Party Ticket Sale - $50/person Buy Your Ticket Here

Get your ticket by Dec. 31, 2021 and your student will receive 20 extra raffle tickets at the All Night Grad Party to win prizes!

The perfect gift for your Senior!  Questions? Email [email protected]

 

Senior Ads in Winter Sports Program

Celebrate your Senior participating in Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swim & Dive, and Wrestling with a Senior Ad in the Winter Sports Program! The deadline is December 31, 2021!  Please contact Elena Jordon at [email protected] or 703-302-0197 for more information.

  

Edison Academy Open House

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 8th.

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

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

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

 MASKS, MASKS, MASKS

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

   

Outside Food Deliveries

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.

 

Learners Permit Testing at South County

Dates:  January 13th, 2022, 2/17/22 and 3/9/22

Time:   3:15 p.m.

Location- SCHS- room F107

POC:  Ms. Saale      [email protected]

How do I register:

Please register at both the DMV and ACE sites below.  YOU MUST REGISTER AT BOTH.   If you are having trouble with the ACE site it is recommended to call them at the number on the web site.

Registration links….

ACE: https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/SubjectListing.aspx?CategoryID=10643&ProgramID=28&ProgCatgName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)&IsCourse=1&SubjectID=11088&AreaName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)

DMV: https://vadmvexam.com/AT_Remote/ApplicantPortal/ApplicantPortal.aspx

You must register at BOTH sites. ( You may have to copy and paste the first link) 

Please bring parental consent form with you on the day of testing AND your school issued laptop.

Parental Consent form: 

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dts41.pdf

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Saale

 

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Academic Advising

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From Student Services Academic Advising

 

South County Families,

Planning is well underway for the 2022-2023 school year!  Academic Advising season begins upon our return in January.

Schoolwide programming will include the following:

 

January 6th and 7th — Academic Days of Emphasis

Teachers will meet individually with students during each class to discuss course level options.

 

January 27th — Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30pm

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

 

Grade Level Curriculum Orientations

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

·         January 11th Student last names A-K during Advisory

Rising 12th grade

January 13th Student last names L-Z during Advisory

Rising 12th grade

 

·         January 25th @ 9:15am

Rising 9th grade (Middle School)

 

·         February 3rd during PE Classes

Rising 11th grade

 

·         February 17th during PE Classes

Rising 10thgrade

 

Academic Advising Conferences

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

·         Friday, January 14th through Friday, January 28th

Rising 12th grade through USVA History classes

·         Monday, February 7th through Wednesday, February 24th

Rising 11th grade through PE classes

·         Thursday, February 24th through Thursday, March 3rd

Rising 10th grade through PE classes

 

We hope you enjoy a restful winter break!

 

South County Student Services

 

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Reminder: Parent/Principal Chat Tonight

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CORRECTED REMINDER

 

Parent/Principal Chat

Thursday, December 16th, 7pm

 

Please join us for an informal chat with Principal Morris tomorrow night at 7pm in the high school cafeteria.  This chat is for all parents and guardians to learn what is going on at school and ask questions. If you have any questions you'd like me to pass on before our chat, please email me at [email protected]  No RSVP is necessary.

   

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REMINDER

 

Parent/Principal Chat

 

Please join us for an informal chat with Principal Morris tonight at 7pm in the high school cafeteria.  This chat is for all parents and guardians to learn what is going on at school and ask questions. If you have any questions you'd like me to pass on before our chat, please email me at [email protected]  No RSVP is necessary.

   

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This Week in Stallion Sports

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This Week in Stallion Sports: PRESENTED BY: MARCO’S PIZZA

 

Week of December 13

 

December 13 - JV Wrestling Jamboree v Hayfield, Lewis, Mt Vernon - 6pm

 

December 14 - Girls Basketball v Alexandria City - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

                        Boys Basketball @ Alexandria City - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

 

December 15 - Gymnastics v Ann, Lake Brad, Mt Vern, WPo - 6pm

                      Wrestling @ West Potomac - 6pm

                        Indoor Track @ Robinson - 3:30pm

                        JV Wrestling @ Meridian - 6pm

 

December 17 - Girls Basketball v West Potomac - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

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

                        Track @ TJ MS - 4pm

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

 

December 18 - Wrestling @ Univ Delaware - 8:30am

                        Track @ Va Beach - TBD                

 

Visit www.stallionnation.com for the latest athletic information 

 

About Our Sponsor:

Marco’s Pizza is locally owned and makes pizza the authentic Italian way, with dough made fresh in our store every day! We use a special three cheese blend and a sauce recipe that hasn't changed since its founding in 1978. Call your Silverbrook Rd. Marco’s Pizza at 703-690-7000 and order a delicious pizza bowl or pizza today! We offer dine in/outside, contact-free delivery, and curbside pickup.

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • From the PTSO
  • Edison Academy Open House
  • SCHS DECA District Champions
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Masks
  • Attendance Office
  • Food Deliveries   
  • Learner's Permit Testing
From the Principal

Family,


As we inch toward the winter break, I want to share that we are still in the grind every day. We all need the break from that grind but I also need to ensure that every student stays vigilant with respect to arriving to school and classes on time, as well as staying up on the work they have. The return to in-person learning has been a bit of a struggle, but it is one we must endure and overcome if we want to reach our goals. So I am going to thank you in advance for the quick reminders and conversations with your children about the importance of keeping their heads down and pushing forward.


Our teaching staff is forever ready to work with your students during the advisory periods and after school provided they have made connections with them in advance to stay after. Please ensure your students are taking advantage of the opportunities to check in and connect with their teachers regularly.


This past week, I had to be away from the building so I was unable to make the holiday concerts put on by guitar, the band, and orchestra. I was really upset because I had been invited to be the guest conductor for one of the numbers and did I ever have a treat planned for you all! But hey, there is always next year right? We will make it happen. I hope that you were able to make it out to the concerts to take in the talents of our phenomenal students. I know that they put on a great showing because I was able to observe some of the practice and rehearsal sessions, not to mention the many times you walk anywhere near the classrooms or auditorium leading up to the concerts. Nothing but fantastic sounds in the air.


I want to thank all of you who took time to nominate some of our staff for educator awards at the school level. We will be sharing that information with our students and the community next week. These teachers who have been nominated are so deserving of the recognition. I again thank you for your efforts to let them know.


I would like to go back in time if I could, but that isn't quite possible. So I ask that you just think back to about 3 weeks ago when our cross country athletes who qualified participated in states. Well, one of our athletes did an amazing job of representing our South County HS program by finishing as the State Runner-Up this year. Mr. Issac Garcia not only finished 2nd out of 104 runners in the class 6 competition, he also broke the 10 year old cross country record this year. His finish is the highest in South County's history as well as being the only South County district champion. So if you happen to be walking or jogging somewhere in Lorton and see a blur pass you, it very well may be Issac on a quick run! Congratulations Issac!


Well, that is all I have for you this weekend. Thank you once again for helping me get to this point of the year. I definitely cannot do this alone and your assistance is most definitely appreciated. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend and please continue to be safe. #OneStallion


Gary

 

From the PTSO

Our Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show was a huge success! Thank you to Carla Olivo, Renee Flynn, and Elena Jordon for taking the lead. Thank you to Principal Morris, Administration, and the many volunteers, vendors, shoppers and participants. We are truly grateful.

Our Holiday Extravaganza not only brings the community together but also supports many activities at SCHS including our All Night Grad Party (ANGP), PTSO Scholarships, classroom funding, Band Boosters, Choral Boosters and the Athletic Boosters. ANGP will be held at The St. James Sports Complex again this year for all seniors to have a safe and fun way to celebrate graduation.

If you’d like more information on all that the PTSO supports, please join us at our next Parent Principal Chat this Thursday, December 16 at 7pm in the high school cafeteria, visit our website at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/ or email us at [email protected]

All Night Grad Party Ticket Sale - $50/person Buy Your Ticket Here

The perfect stocking gift for your senior! Order by December 18 and receive a SOCO All Night Grad Party Gift Certificate to use for a gift and have your name entered to win a gift card! Questions? Email [email protected]

 

Edison Academy Open House

Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.  Thank you and we’ll look forward to meeting you on January 8th.

South County DECA District Champions!

On December 1, 2021, 44 members of South County DECA competed in the 2021 FCPS DECA Virtual District Leadership Conference. These students competed in a situation role play for the event they chose and most also had a comprehensive exam covering business, marketing, hospitality and finance exam.

South County had 26 members qualify for State competition to join the 20 students who are writing business plans for state competition! Please see the attached list of students recognized from South County as Overall District Winners in their categories as well as a few who earned honors in one of their event areas; we look forward to these young professionals representing our chapter at the State competition in Virginia Beach, VA this coming March!

Name

Event

Overall

Place

Test Place

Role Play Place

Brooke Birrell

Automotive Services Marketing Series

1st

1st

1st

John Claude Shaffer

Personal Financial Literacy Event

1st

3rd

1st

Sadie Castleman

Principles of Marketing

1st

1st

2nd

Matt Jones

Restaurant and Food Service Management

1st

1st

2nd

Eden Fikru

Retail Merchandising

1st

2nd

2nd

Bella Sophie Chaitovitz

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series

1st

1st

1st

Khushdeep Kaur

Business Finance Series

2nd

 

2nd

Kari Hessabian

Business Services Marketing

2nd

 

1st

Cassandra Lane

Human Resource Management

2nd

2nd

 

Ethan Apergis

Job Interview

2nd

   

Brady Degener

Personal Financial Literacy Event

2nd

1st

2nd

Tiffany Ling

Principles of Finance

2nd

1st

2nd

Ariel Vargas

Apparel & Accessories Marketing Series

3rd

 

3rd

Connor Matier

Entrepreneurship

3rd

1st

 

Dinah Addisalem

Hotel and Lodging Management Series

3rd

 

1st

Maya Martinos

Human Resource Management

3rd

 

1st

Yasmeen Galle

Personal Financial Literacy Event

3rd

2nd

3rd

Riad Khoury

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

3rd

2nd

 

Bridget LeMay

Food Marketing Series

4th

   

Nedaa Azami

Marketing Communications

4th

 

3rd

Jason Stewart

Principles of Business Management and Administration

4th

 

2nd

Emmie Caplan

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

4th

 

3rd

Cyairra Jackson

Principles of Marketing

4th

2nd

 

Habibah Zafar

Quick Service Restaurant Management

4th

   

Gabriella Espinola

Social Media

4th

   

John Megan

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series

4th

   

Aabru Chaudri

Apparel & Accessories Marketing Series

 

3rd

 

Anderson Bonanno

Principles of Business Management and Administration

 

 

3rd

Sarah Rivera Rivera

Apparel & Accessories Marketing Series

 

2nd

 

Trevor Coakley

Retail Merchandising

 

3rd

 

Ryan Birrell

Food Marketing Series

 

 

3rd

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine! Great Holiday Gift Ideas

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

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

 MASKS, MASKS, MASKS

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

   

From the Attendance Office

Will your student be out or leaving early? Please plan ahead and send a note with your student first thing in the morning, email or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb at your requested time.

  

Outside Food Deliveries

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.

 

Learners Permit Testing at South County

Dates:  January 13th, 2022, 2/17/22 and 3/9/22

Time:   3:15 p.m.

Location- SCHS- room F107

POC:  Ms. Saale      [email protected]

How do I register:

Please register at both the DMV and ACE sites below.  YOU MUST REGISTER AT BOTH.   If you are having trouble with the ACE site it is recommended to call them at the number on the web site.

Registration links….

ACE: https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/SubjectListing.aspx?CategoryID=10643&ProgramID=28&ProgCatgName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)&IsCourse=1&SubjectID=11088&AreaName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)

DMV: https://vadmvexam.com/AT_Remote/ApplicantPortal/ApplicantPortal.aspx

You must register at BOTH sites. ( You may have to copy and paste the first link) 

Please bring parental consent form with you on the day of testing AND your school issued laptop.

Parental Consent form: 

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dts41.pdf

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Saale

 

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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

Student Leader Conversation

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  Student Leader Conversation with School Board Member Karen Keys-Gamarra

Attention High School Student Leaders!

  • Share your thoughts and concerns with a member of the                  FCPS School Board

  • Connect with other student leaders from around Fairfax County
  • Learn more about plans to establish a Leadership Academy at John R. Lewis High School, what it may mean for you and how to get involved 
Who: Student Leaders Attending FCPS When: Sunday, December 12, 2021 Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Register for this event by 12/11/2021: https://bit.ly/3GjqTaV

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and

Zoom log-in instructions. 

 

 

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Link Revision for Chorus News

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REVISED LINKS Exciting News from the South County Chorus Department

 

The South County Singers under direction of Choral Director AJ Rodriguez, gave an outstanding performance on November 19, 2021, at the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.  Congratulations to A.J. and the Singers Choir for excellent work at this prestigious event.  See the full concert performance video, photos, and the concert program at: https://southcountychorus.org/

The Choral Department has a new website.  Check regularly to stay up to date on concert performances and special Chorus events. https://southcountychorus.org/ 

Support Chorus this weekend at Glory Days Grill Lorton.  10% of your check will go towards the Choral Boosters.  See below flyer.  Receipts can be left in the Chorus Room in a box for receipts.

 The Chorus Department had a fantastic showing at District Chorus in October 2021.  52 choir students and 5 alternates earned a spot.  See the full list of students below and on the Chorus website: https://southcountychorus.org/h-s-district-chorus-

2021-2022 District Chorus Students and Alternates

Congratulations to all 52 South County High School Choir Students and 5 alternates who earned a spot in District 10 Chorus.

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Soprano 1s

Caelan Wommack (highest score in the District)

Natalie Beasley

Lea Ahrens

Cassandra DellaVedova

Lina Gebril

Kristin Gyamfi

Sophia O’Grady Marcelina Abenes

 

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Soprano 2s

Sarah Peckham (highest score in the District)

Aeryn Dahm

Zoe Patterson

Madelyn Mericle

Danielle Edwards

Sienna Mersinger

Mia Mason

 

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Alto 1s

Abby Sparks

Lilly VanDyke

Meklit Samuel

Alternate 2: Yenifer Alvarenga-Mejia

 

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Alto 2s

Caprice Aspland (highest score in the District)

Kaitlyn Beasley (highest score in the District)

Olivia Marlowe (highest score in the District)

Maureen Oppong

Aannali De Franco

Amana Haque

Samantha Stephan

Leo Powell

Alternate 1: Leila Slye

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Soprano 1s

Olivia Smith

Josie Springer

Breona Brogan

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Soprano 2s

Emily Lehrer

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Alto 1s

Eva Jaghori (highest score in the District)

Alexis Borbidge

Marjon Jaghory

Hannah Doyal

Alexa Smith

Hannah Griffin

Sonya Lee

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Alto 2s

Jordyn Packer

Laurie Evans

Cortney Alvarado

Michaela O’Neal

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Tenor 1s

Gavin Flynn

David Ransom

Alternate 1: Adrian Licona

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Tenor 2s

Ranen Larsen

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Bass 1s/Baritones

Robert Powell

Samuel Hanrahan

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Bass 2s

Eric Bach

Connor Walsh

Trey Jones

Landon Leavette

Nathan Bach

Beau Bornmann

Alternate 1: Joseph Thibodeau

Alternate 2: Christopher Ramirez  

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • From the PTSO
  • Masks
  • Attendance Office
  • Food Deliveries
  • Parent/Principal Chat
  • Vision & Hearing Screening
  • Chorus News

   

From the Principal

Family,

 Let me apologize from the beginning for the long message this week.  But I have a bit to share.  Can you believe that we are already in December?  The time has truly just flown by.  But even with that, I wanted to slow things down a bit, and inform you about the many opportunities that we have available for our student is so that you can assist us in encouraging your children to capitalize on these opportunities.

This week we kicked off our After School Program where staff opened their doors to many different activities for our students.  Students have the opportunity to participate in video gaming, board games, ping pong, yoga, and even a study hall.  These activities are on top of the current list of many different clubs.  I was able to walk around on Thursday to see our students in a different light as they enjoyed time with different students from across the building.  The After School Program activities are up and running on our late bus days (Wednesday and Thursday) every week from now until the end of April.  I hope to see your child being involved.

A few weeks ago, I shared with you all that we kicked off our Sources Of Strength campaign where we trained nearly 40 student Peer Leaders and staff to lead this endeavor of strengthening our school community.  Before we depart for the winter break, we will be engaging the entire student body and sharing with them the mission, vision, and core values for this campaign.  The empowering words associated with the mission, vision, and core values will become a regular part of our community vocabulary uniting our students to an even higher extent!

On Thursday we had our Winter Chorus Concert.  I am going to get right to the point on this and just say PHENOMENAL!  The sounds coming out of the mouths of our students was amazing!  It is SOOO different than the sounds they make in the cafeteria if you can imagine.  I think I am going to begin to ask all students to sing to me when I see them in the halls…. Okay, maybe not!  It was also a treat to hear the up and coming voices from the middle schoolers!  The choral department has a very bright future. 

Winter sports have kicked off and we are all excited about what is in store for our athletes who have been working so hard to get to the point of competing this season. I hope that you will take a moment to come and see our Family members passionately engaging in their sport of choice. 

The administrative team went around to advisory classes on Thursday to deliver PTSO sponsored (are you a PTSO member?) gift cards to those students who were randomly selected to receive them for earning 1st Quarter Honor Roll.  We had a whopping 1138 students to achieve either All – A or A/B Honor Roll which is a South County High School record according to our awesome Director of Student Services, Ms. Marci Norem!  It must have something to do with the principal,…. has to be that guy!  I wish that we could have given every student a gift card, but of course we could not (are you a PTSO member?).  But I do hope that that number continues to climb.  Congratulations to those students. 

On the heels of that, I will be sending out our 1st Quarter Virtual Honor Roll Ceremony by the end of next week.  This presentation will highlight each of our Honor Roll awardees.  If your child earned Honor Roll status for the first quarter and you would rather not have their name displayed in our presentation, please fill out this form by Wednesday, December 8th of this week so that I can ensure their name is removed from the program.

The 16th Annual South County Holiday Extravaganza and Craft Fair took place this Saturday.  What started off in the beginning of the year as a “I wonder if this thing will happen” due to COVID-19, turned out to be an amazing success.  I was only able to be in attendance for a short while, but I was so excited to see the 87+ vendors and all the wonderful items they were selling.  We had great weather (not so much winter holiday weather, but great nonetheless) and lots of smiling faces.  I want to give another huge shout out to the PTSO (are you a PTSO member?) and the Craft Fair planning committee for the tireless work they put in to pull this thing off! 

On a very different note, I have to ask you to have conversations with your children about the wearing of their masks.  I will be honest, putting on and wearing my mask is far from the highlight of my day.  It fogs up my glasses, many days it doesn’t match my clothes, and don’t let me eat something for breakfast that I am forced to relive for the rest of the day!  But it is what I am committed to do for the safety of your children and mine at home. That being said, I am going to continue to require that EVERY student wear them and do so appropriately. If we get to the point where we are spending too much time having conversations with students, consequences will follow.  The good thing about this is that the students are totally in control of this and can make decisions to keep them out of trouble.  Please help me to help them and to keep us all safe.  Have the conversation about the “why” and also about being respectful to those teachers who are also addressing students who are not following protocol.

Piggybacking on safety, we received notice that the county has once again dropped the quarantine period for exposed students from 14 to 10 and now down to 7 days in conjunction with a negative Rapid Test or PCR Test taken on day 5 of quarantine (home tests do not apply) a student would be quarantined due to COVID exposure based on CDC guidance.  We are continuing to do our very best to keep our students in school and this measure surely assists with that effort.  This new protocol will go into effect beginning on December 6th.  Please know that the Health Department still recommends a 14-day quarantine period, and they will still provide this guidance when they contact Families.  It is imperative that Families contact the school as soon as possible so that we can begin the timeline accurately. 

I was stopped by a parent on Tuesday evening at school and he told me that his child is truly enjoying her time here at South County.  He also thanked me for my work.  Hearing those sentiments meant the absolute world to me to hear.  It isn’t that I get a huge number of complaints about what we do here, but receiving those words actually brought about a pretty big grin and a tear or two later (don’t tell anyone) as I reflected on the conversation.  So I ask that if you could, to reach out to a teacher sometime during this very difficult year, and let them know that you appreciate the work they do.  I am sure that your words will have a very similar impact on them as this parent’s words did for me. Thank you so very much once again for allowing me to live this dream.  I mean that, and I am so very grateful.  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and please continue to be safe.  #OneStallion

Gary

From the PTSO

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS!

All orders must be received and paid by December 6, 2021!

  ANGP TICKETS $50

GET YOUR TICKET BY DECEMBER 10TH AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN A GIFT CARD!

Everyone who has purchased an ANGP ticket since August will be entered in the drawing!

GIFT CARDS WILL BE DRAWN DECEMBER 13TH-17TH!

 

 MASKS, MASKS, MASKS

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

   

From the Attendance Office

Will your student be out or leaving early? Please plan ahead and send a note with your student first thing in the morning, email or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb at your requested time.

  

Outside Food Deliveries

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.

 

Parent/Principal Chat Rescheduled

The Parent/Principal Chat originally scheduled for last Thursday night has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 16th.

   

Vision & Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screening will be held next week on Dec. 8 and 9 during Social Studies for all 11th graders. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they are brought to school on screening day. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation. Normally, we screen students in 10th grade, but were unable to screen most 10th graders last year due to Covid. We appreciate your assistance.

   

Exciting News from the South County Chorus Department

 The South County Singers under direction of Choral Director AJ Rodriguez, gave an outstanding performance on November 19, 2021, at the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.  Congratulations to A.J. and the Singers Choir for excellent work at this prestigious event.  See the full concert performance video, photos, and the concert program at: Home - South County Chorus

The Choral Department has a new website.  Check regularly to stay up to date on concert performances and special Chorus events. Home - South County Chorus .

Support Chorus this weekend at Glory Days Grill Lorton.  10% of your check will go towards the Choral Boosters.  See below flyer.  Receipts can be left in the Chorus Room in a box for receipts.

The Chorus Department had a fantastic showing at District Chorus in October 2021.  52 choir students and 5 alternates earned a spot.  See the full list of students below and on the Chorus website: H.S. District Chorus - South County Chorus

2021-2022 District Chorus Students and Alternates

Congratulations to all 52 South County High School Choir Students and 5 alternates who earned a spot in District 10 Chorus.

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Soprano 1s

Caelan Wommack (highest score in the District)

Natalie Beasley

Lea Ahrens

Cassandra DellaVedova

Lina Gebril

Kristin Gyamfi

Sophia O’Grady Marcelina Abenes

 

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Soprano 2s

Sarah Peckham (highest score in the District)

Aeryn Dahm

Zoe Patterson

Madelyn Mericle

Danielle Edwards

Sienna Mersinger

Mia Mason

 

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Alto 1s

Abby Sparks

Lilly VanDyke

Meklit Samuel

Alternate 2: Yenifer Alvarenga-Mejia

 

Treble Choir (9th & 10th Grade) Alto 2s

Caprice Aspland (highest score in the District)

Kaitlyn Beasley (highest score in the District)

Olivia Marlowe (highest score in the District)

Maureen Oppong

Aannali De Franco

Amana Haque

Samantha Stephan

Leo Powell

Alternate 1: Leila Slye

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Soprano 1s

Olivia Smith

Josie Springer

Breona Brogan

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Soprano 2s

Emily Lehrer

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Alto 1s

Eva Jaghori (highest score in the District)

Alexis Borbidge

Marjon Jaghory

Hannah Doyal

Alexa Smith

Hannah Griffin

Sonya Lee

 

Mixed Choir (11th & 12th Grade) Alto 2s

Jordyn Packer

Laurie Evans

Cortney Alvarado

Michaela O’Neal

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Tenor 1s

Gavin Flynn

David Ransom

Alternate 1: Adrian Licona

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Tenor 2s

Ranen Larsen

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Bass 1s/Baritones

Robert Powell

Samuel Hanrahan

 

Mixed Choir (9th-12th Grade) Bass 2s

Eric Bach

Connor Walsh

Trey Jones

Landon Leavette

Nathan Bach

Beau Bornmann

Alternate 1: Joseph Thibodeau

Alternate 2: Christopher Ramirez  

 

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Mid-Week Updates

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Mid-Week Updates
  • Employee Awards
  • Holiday Extravaganza
  • Football State Semi-Final
  • Masks
  • Attendance Office
  • Food Deliveries
  • Parent/Principal Chat
  • Vision & Hearing Screening

   

Nominations for Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the South County High School Outstanding Employee Awards! These nominations are the beginning of a process that could end in the recognition of an employee being recognized in June as a Fairfax County Outstanding Employee. We certainly would like one or more of our staff members to be amongst the finalist.

To submit a nomination for an Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination at the following link-https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLSkppUd_EMv-7SzwcHblRdo1q8QdO15F7rPjKRHRzNT4mOQ/viewform

You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is to complete the form by explaining how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria noted. The link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.  

Outstanding Teacher/Librarian: At least (3) three years’ experience.  This section includes school department chairs.

Outstanding New Teacher/Librarian: less than (3) three years’ experience

Outstanding Leader: At least one year in position. Example of positions eligible - Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services. This category does not include department chairs, he or she would be nominated as an Outstanding New Teacher.

Outstanding Professional Employee: At least one year in position. Example of positions eligible - Safety and Security Specialist, Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.

Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year in position. Example of positions eligible - Administrative Assistant/Office Assistant, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.

Nominations for South County High School Teachers & Staff are due by this Sunday.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member to move forward in the county nomination process. 

 

LORTON HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA & CRAFT SHOW THIS SATURDAY 

 

Tell all your friends and neighbors that the largest holiday event in Lorton happens this Saturday Dec 4 at SCHS. Get your holiday shopping done with 80+ handcrafted vendors. The South County Choral Boosters are hosting Santa’s Book Emporium featuring gifts for the book lover on your list. SoCo Band is back with a great Silent Auction and Photos with Santa happen from 10a-12p. The Lorton Volunteer Fire Department will also host a booth. Special thanks to our sponsor Casey Whitmarsh, State Farm Agent and My Yard Greetings for the holiday sign for Santa. We still need volunteers, but more importantly we need shoppers to support our generous vendors. Come on out between 9a-3p next Saturday, Dec 4 – Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show.

STUDENT AND ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

 Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4CA5AB29AAFB6-ptso1

 

Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show Committee

Follow us on FacebookTwitter @LortonSCHSCraft or @SCHSCraftShow and Instagram

 

VHSL State Football Semi Final Game

Join us at Madison HS at 1pm on December 4th, 

as we cheer on our South County High School Stallions!

  

 MASKS, MASKS, MASKS

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

   

From the Attendance Office

Will your student be out or leaving early? Please plan ahead and send a note with your student first thing in the morning, email or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb at your requested time.

  

Outside Food Deliveries

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.

 

Parent/Principal Chat Rescheduled

The Parent/Principal Chat originally scheduled for this Thursday night has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 16th.

   

Vision & Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screening will be held next week on Dec. 8 and 9 during Social Studies for all 11th graders. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they are brought to school on screening day. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation. Normally, we screen students in 10th grade, but were unable to screen most 10th graders last year due to Covid. We appreciate your assistance.

   

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Next Saturday!!!!

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LORTON HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA & CRAFT SHOW NEXT SATURDAY 

 

 Tell all your friends and neighbors that the largest holiday event in Lorton happens next Saturday Dec 4 at SCHS. Get your holiday shopping done with 80+ handcrafted vendors. The South County Choral Boosters are hosting Santa’s Book Emporium featuring gifts for the book lover on your list. SoCo Band is back with a great Silent Auction and Photos with Santa happen from 10a-12p. The Lorton Volunteer Fire Department will also host a booth. Special thanks to our sponsor Casey Whitmarsh, State Farm Agent and My Yard Greetings for the holiday sign for Santa. We still need volunteers, but more importantly we need shoppers to support our generous vendors. Come on out between 9a-3p next Saturday, Dec 4 – Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show.

STUDENT AND ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

 Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4CA5AB29AAFB6-ptso1

 

Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show Committee

Follow us on FacebookTwitter @LortonSCHSCraft or @SCHSCraftShow and Instagram

 

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Weekly News From South County

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Family,

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to just once again thank you for giving me this opportunity to share in the lives of your children and their passions. Every day I learn a little more about the wonderful talents and gifts your children have and it makes the grind of everything else “principal-ly” so worth it. Speaking of talents and gifts, here is a list of students from Northern Virginia who have been recognized as Potomac Valley Scholar Athletes. We have 6 individuals on this list from South County HS who are a part of this outstanding list of athletes who are either getting up way too early for me or putting in the work after school to practice while still getting it done in the books….. and still being teenagers! Congratulations to Elena Booher (‘22), Katherine Helms (‘22), Hope Van Beek (‘22), Skye Van Beek (‘22), Ricky Speidell (‘23) Caitlin Gross (‘24). Again, this is why I am thankful for you allowing me to work with your children.

I hope that each of you has the opportunity to find a moment to reflect on what you have to be thankful for and that you can share those reflections with those close to you. I look forward to the return of the students, but not before we put our feet up for a couple of days. For those of you who are traveling, please be careful on the highways and byways, and give grace as we all want to arrive at our destinations safely. Mask up when you need to and have a great break.

I am closing this message with a link to the phenomenal performance put on by our South County Singers from their experience at this years VMEA’s this past Friday! Take care and I will see you all on the other side of the break!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gary

  

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Outstanding Nominations Needed

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Nominations for Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the South County High School Outstanding Employee Awards! These nominations are the beginning of a process that could end in the recognition an employee being recognized in June as a Fairfax County Outstanding Employee. We certainly would like one or more of our staff members to be amongst the finalist.

To submit a nomination for an Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination at the following link-https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLSkppUd_EMv-7SzwcHblRdo1q8QdO15F7rPjKRHRzNT4mOQ/viewform

You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is to complete the form by explaining how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria noted. The link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.  

1. Outstanding Teacher/Librarian: At least (3) three years’ experience.  This section includes school department chairs.     2. Outstanding New Teacher/Librarian: less than (3) three years’ experience.      3. Outstanding Leader: At least one year in position. Example of positions eligible - Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services. This category does not include department chairs, he or she would be nominated as an Outstanding New Teacher.      4. Outstanding Professional Employee: At least one year in position. Example of positions eligible - Safety and Security Specialist, Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.     5. Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year in position. Example of positions eligible - Administrative Assistant/Office Assistant, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.    

Nominations for South County High School Teachers & Staff are due by Wednesday, December 1st.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member to move forward in the county nomination process. 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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In this issue:
  • From The Principal
  • Masks
  • From the Attendance Office
  • Stallion Spirit Store
  • Learners Permit Testing
  • From the PTSO
  • Activity Office News
  • Yearbook News
  • From the Library
  • Choral Department
  • FCPS Cares
  • Lorton Community Action Center
From the Principal

Family,

We started off the week with a very successful Club Fair.  There were so many opportunities available for our students, and a quick assessment of the sign-up sheets at the many different tables told me that many students took advantage of the opportunities to become involved in something.  What really impressed me the most was the work of the students who were promoting their clubs.  They created activities for students to engage in, great conversations took place and dsplayed a true desire to pull in more students. I think that we will have a very active year and good outcomes from our club participants, and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing about the experiences our students have in the end.

I hope many of you took advantage of the opportunity to come up to school on either Thursday or Saturday to see South County’s production of the play "Puffs".  On Thursday I was able to watch an outstanding cast of students dive into their roles and I have to say they did a fantastic job. But I don’t want to stop at the thespians who were on stage, the entire production was amazing. The effects, stage design, and set management were also really on point!  Everyone involved in this production put in a phenomenal effort and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. And let me go one step further to say that I am also proud of our students who have worked through all of the obstacles the pandemic has put before them to still put on 3 great shows. Kudos to all of our participants as well as our incredible teachers, Mrs. Molly Rumberger and Mrs. Kathy McCormally for their direction and guidance!

I would also like to share that on this past Friday Mx. AJ Rodriguez, our choral director, accompanied our singers to the VMEA’s which is the Virginia Music Educators Association competition.  I have not heard the news just yet as to how we performed, but if you have heard them sing in the past, there is no reason to doubt that we were well represented. 

South County HS had a huge showing at the District Honors Orchestra auditions on Tuesday and had 21 students accepted! This is a fantastic showing and according to Mrs. Swift, our orchestra teacher, our 21 students will be roughly ¼ of the total participants!  We are so proud of our musicians!

In academic news, please remember that the rolling gradebook allows families to see submissions of work from previous grading periods in the gradebook.  These changes do not translate automatically to the SIS report, or a transcript/report card.  Quarter grades are also not reported to post-secondary institutions. A student/family need to request a formal grade change only when it impacts the honor roll (within a week of the closing of the quarter) or if a student is changing schools so that the receiving school will have the correct grades since the gradebook does not follow the student.

As we move further into the 2nd quarter, we are working to acknowledge the achievements of those students who have made the 1st Quarter Honor Roll.  We will be producing another virtual presentation of those who have achieved either All-A, or A/B Honor Roll status.  This presentation will be shared with families following the Thanksgiving holiday break.  And thanks to the PTSO, we will also be drawing student names form the list of these high achievers and 50 of those students will receive gift cards donated by our awesome parent support group!  Students will receive their certificates in their advisory classes after the holiday break as well. 

A short week is coming, and a much-needed break will follow.  But as much as I/we are in need of some down time, I am truly thankful for each of you and for your continued support.  I am also thankful for the outstanding cast of teachers, operational staff, counselors, and administrators who come to work every day to ensure that your children have what they need to be able to be successful tomorrow.  As I have shared before, if you have a moment, please take time to acknowledge your thanks for the work they do via some sort of correspondence with them.  Even though we are a quarter of the way done with this school year, the transition of returning to school continues. Even when things don’t go as planned, I can always feel comfortable that the drawing board begins with the heart of a staff who cares dearly about the young adults they serve.  As long as I know that that is where we start our new plans from, I am good with that, and I hope that you are too. 

Please give my best to your Families; my Family and share a hug from the boss.  If I don’t chat with you before the break, please have a safe, warm, and restful Thanksgiving break!  #OneStallion

Gary

Masks! Masks! Masks!

Please help your student adhere to our mask policy. Masks are still worn at all times by both staff and students indoors and on school buses, but are not required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, or other activities.

Students should be sure to leave home with a mask as they head out to school

and a spare back-up in their backpack would be a great idea.

Please help us keep all students and staff safe!

    

From the Attendance Office

Will your student be out or leaving early during Thanksgiving week? Please plan ahead and send a note, email or call the attendance line at 703-446-1625 as soon as possible so we can insure timely attendance and dismissals.

Also as a reminder, if you send a note, email or call, you do not need to come into the building. Your student will meet you at the curb.

  

SoCo Merchandise Available at the Stallion Spirit Store Website, Kiosk and Vending Machine! Great Holiday Gift Ideas

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

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

Learners Permit Testing at South County

 

Dec 7  ( 2022 dates will be announced at a later date)

Time:   3:15 p.m.

Location- SCHS- room F107

POC:  Ms. Saale      [email protected]

How do I register:

Please register at both the DMV and ACE sites below.  YOU MUST REGISTER AT BOTH.   If you are having trouble with the ACE site it is recommended to call them at the number on the web site.

 

Registration links….

ACE: https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/SubjectListing.aspx?CategoryID=10643&ProgramID=28&ProgCatgName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)&IsCourse=1&SubjectID=11088&AreaName=DMV+Learner%27s+Permit+Test+(HS+students+only)

 

DMV: https://vadmvexam.com/AT_Remote/ApplicantPortal/ApplicantPortal.aspx

You must register at BOTH sites. ( You may have to copy and paste the first link) 

Please bring parental consent form with you on the day of testing AND your school issued laptop.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Saale

 

From the PTSO

We are two weeks away from the 16th Annual Lorton Holiday Extravaganza, a major fundraiser for the PTSO, Class of 2022, SoCo Band, SCHS Athletic Boosters, and SoCo Chorus. We need everyone’s help promoting the event. Support us by following, liking, and sharing on social media. We are running vendor spotlights across all of our social media, and we need YOUR support!

Facebook: @LortonHolidayExtravaganza and @SCHSCraftShow

Twitter: @LortonSCHSCraft and @SCHSCraftShow

Instagram: lorton_holiday_extravaganza

 

Special thanks to our sponsor Casey Whitmarsh, State Farm Agent. We also need volunteers to help with the event. Look for the sign-up next week on the PTSO website.

Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show

Great Holiday Shopping!

70+ Vendors ~ Handcrafted Items

Photos with Santa 10a-12p

Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes!

Santa's Book Emporium

 

Saturday, Dec. 4 9a-3p South County High School

 

Thank you to our Extravaganza Sponsor!

Casey Whitmarsh, State Farm Agent

Lorton, VA   703-372-1964

State Farm

 

$3 General Admission  $2 Senior Citizens/Students

FREE Admission Military/Veterans,

FCPS Teachers & Staff, Kids under 12

 

Follow Us! 

@LortonHolidayExtravaganza

[email protected]

 

Proceeds benefit the

SCHS PTSO/2022 Final Stampede/All Night Grad Party.

Activity Office News All Access Pass

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

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

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

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

 

Yearbook News Senior Quotes

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

https://forms.gle/TgJwBSmRjeLnpso49

Senior Portraits- New Dates

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

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

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

Students will need an eight digit code they received in the mail to register (if you do not have your code, please email [email protected]).

Students who have previously taken a photo and want to schedule a retake, should email [email protected]

Purchasing Senior Ads and/or Yearbooks for 2021-2022

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

Yearbooks for 2020-2021

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

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

Summer Pics

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

 

   

From the Library

In addition to our school’s library, all Fairfax County Public School students have accounts(LEAP accounts) with Fairfax County Public Library(FCPL) to checkout materials from their libraries also! A student only needs their name, not a physical library card, to check out materials at any of the Fairfax County Public Library branches. Just as our school doesn’t charge fines or fees, students will not be charged when checking out materials using their FCPL Leap account. These accounts are only for print books, and students would still need to register for a standard FCPL library card to access the public libraries’ databases.  Please see this LINK for more information and contact Ms. Strong [email protected] or Ms. Romney [email protected] for more information.

  

From the Choral Department Donations Needed for the Book Emporium at the Holiday Craft Fair

Are you looking to clean out your closet? The South County High School Chorus Department is thrilled to be hosting the Book Emporium at the PTSO Craft Fair on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at South County High School and need several donations for this annual Holiday Book Sale.

Items sought include books on all subjects: cooking, baking, historical, military, political, self-help, exercise, teen, young adult, mystery, romance, children’s books, DVDs and Blu-Rays; board and video games; and puzzles. Donations can be dropped off at the Chorus donation box at Door 1 at SCHS during school hours.

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

  

Lorton Community Action Center

 

Please see LCAC’s website for updates (ever changing information) regarding COVID-19 and our current donation needs.

Client Services

Have you heard Samira’s story? Samira needed help with two months’ rent after domestic violence & job loss left her family reeling. LCAC was able to help with rent, food, and other needs. Samira also participated in our computer class and was given a computer to practice her new skills and to aid in her job search. The ability to meet a large need like Samira’s is possible because of support like yours. Please consider giving to the fall appeal to ensure that families, children, and seniors in our community can continue to receive assistance. All donations will be matched by Suzanne and Bob Klein up to $7,000.

 

Upcoming Events

Lorton’s Attic

Lorton’s Attic hours:

Shop The Attic and support local families Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Donation drop-off hours are Mondays (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Wednesdays (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We are in need of volunteers! Volunteers will be working modified hours and the store has been prepared, in accordance with CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of all volunteers and shoppers. If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity with us, learn more here.

   

November  24-26     Thanksgiving Holiday 

December 20-31     Holiday (Winter Break)

Classes resume 1/3/2022

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