Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.In this issue:
- From the Principal
- South County Theatre
- Math In Action
- From the Library
- From the PTSO
- Boys Summer Basketball Camp
- Important Upcoming Dates
Well, we finally arrived at the end of the school year. I am not supposed to say that I have been counting down the days…. So I won’t. Feel free to think what you want however. 😊 Even with all of the twists, turns, and curveballs the year threw at us, we still made it through successfully. And through it all we stuck together and found a way to provide our students with a great experience. Your children are quite resilient and their grit truly touched and motivated me.
But before I get into my final message of the year and my tenure at South County, I would like to acknowledge two groups who finished up the year on a very high note.
First, I want to give the band a huge shout out to our band who performed amazingly on June 1st. I would like to specifically congratulate our Senior band students for providing he community with an awesome show! I would Also like to congratulate the rest of our band performers for their commitment to the band program and for where you will take it. We are expecting great things from you all next year!
I would also like to share congratulations with Ms. Kailyn Nguyen and Ms. Maya Wilson for winning the Virginia State Women's Tennis Doubles Championship! They performed at a very high level all year and showed just how much they deserved the title with an impressive win in the state finals.
For those of you who weren't able to make it to Eagle Bank Arena for graduation or able to watch the live streaming, I wanted to say that the ceremony was fantastic and moving. Dare I say that I was nearly brought to tears myself? Dare I say that it happens almost every time I am around our students in that type of environment? I admit it. I am a 6’3” 2XX lb. softy. 578 Stallion students were untethered and released upon the world. Watch over my babies will you? They are indeed a very special bunch to me.
It is with very mixed emotions that I share with you that one of our beloved assistant principals, Mr. Warren Carrington, will be moving on to work in another school district for the 22-23 school year. You might ask why I care so much. I hope that you wouldn't, but you might! 😊 Well I of course want to ensure that as I move on, I leave South County in the best possible shape that I can. Warren will be a huge loss for the South Cunty community and his impact on the building will be sorely missed. So that is the bitter side of that news. The sweet side is that he will be going with yours truly to Metz Middle School where he will be given the opportunity to delve deeply back into his middle school roots and continue his path toward his own principalship in the future. If you happen to run into Mr. Carrington, please give him a huge hug and congratulations, as well as thanking him for all the work he put into making South County such a great place to be a part of.
I would like to take a quick moment and share my most sincere thanks to every parent and guardian I have been able to work with throughout my time at South County. While the vast majority of the interactions I have had with Families have been absolutely awesome, there have been one or two that would fall into a different category. Regardless, I have appreciated every interaction because they have helped to shape me and allow me to grow as a principal. I have been able to reflect as a result of every conversation, and I believe that I am better because of the lessons learned.
Thank you for all of the support you have provided me and the rest of the staff, and all of the flexibility you have shown me. I have always stated that I don't ddo this job alone. I hope that you realize all the the assistance you have provided to allow me to do the job that I love with all of my heart.
Your notes and words of encouragement have motivated me throughout my time here and I am thankful for the fact that so many of you have taken time out t share your words with me. I have appreciated the drop-ins at the school and run-ins in the community from time to time. Every handshake, hug, and kind smile was very well received and felt to my core. I don't know what any other principal has gone through, but I wouldn't trade my experiences with you for anyone else's in the world.
Working with your children is a blessing. Thank you for trusting that I would take care of them, keep them safe, and provide them with an experience that would allow them to feel like South County was a great place to go to school. I can only hope that I wa able to provide the type of environment that I set out to provide which would be no less than that I would expect to exist for my own children. If i could do that for you, I will be able to sleep well the night of my last day.
Finally, I want to wish each of you a very safe and restful summer. Please take the time to relax, put your feet up when you can, and enjoy your respective Families. Give a hug to "My Babies"... (all of them 9 - 12). Please let them know that I will miss them dearly and that I send my very best! I will be around until the 30th for the most part if you need to reach me. Know that you have truly helped to create a great community. I love you all. #OneStallion
GarySouth County Theatre At The Kennedy Center for the CAPPIES Awards!
Monday night June 6th was the “CAPPIES” Gala at the Kennedy Center! This awards ceremony is the culmination of a year-long viewing and evaluation of the fall plays and spring musicals produced by the theatre departments at over 80 public and private high-schools in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. South County’s exceptional cast and crew from our fall play “Puffs” were nominated in six different categories, and also participated as performers on-stage during the gala’s ceremonies. Congrats to all of our amazing nominees, our 2 CAPPIES winners, and our performers as recognized below!
SCHS Cappies Nominees were:
• Dominique Monette - Stage Management - WON!
• Anna Rae Eppard - Best Supporting Actor in a Play - WON!
• Emma Skog - Props
• Philip Gigrich, Steven Gigrich & Sarah Khalil - Sound
• Zach Smith - Featured Actor in a Play
• Noah Pflugrath - Lead Actor in a Play
• Emmie Caplan was SCHS’s Spotlight Performer who performed in the opening song/dance number and acted as an extra in a scene later in the ceremony.
• Kaitlyn Beasley was a Singer who performed in the opening and closing song/dance numbers.
• Zibby English was on-stage to escort nominees, speakers, and present awards.
South County Math In Action
SOUTH COUNTY MATH IN ACTION is excited to announce Math Boot Camps for students entering Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry in the 2022-2023 School Year.
Dates: Tuesday August 9, 2022 to Friday August 12, 2022 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Transportation is NOT provided.
Please direct all questions to Tracy Birrell, [email protected].
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3wQiRV0 (Registration Closes Friday July 15, 2022 @ 3:00 pm.
From the Library
Looking for summer reading recommendations?
The Fairfax County Public Library has great reading recommendations and activities for summer reading. Please check out the FCPL Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program that is from June 10th-August 12th.
The Virginia State Literacy Association creates book lists of recommendations each year for their Virginia Readers’ Choice lists each year. Check out their fantastic titles on this upcoming year’s lists.
Students To Continue Glass Recycling
Two South County HS sophomore students have started a glass recycling program within the Laurel Hill Community. Because of the changes made by Fairfax County, glass is no longer picked up in regular recycling bins. Residents are advised to deposit their glass at recycling facilities. Their program picks up glass and takes it to the facilities as a means of making the process more convenient for our community. Varun and Eshaan have been able to collect glass and spread the word about how it is important to recycle your glass the right way. They have been able to learn throughout the development of their program the importance of recycling and how it saves our environment if everyone makes a collective effort. Over the course of five pickups, these two have been able to collect 1,677 lb of glass. That is about 2,236 12 oz glass bottles. This is an awesome effort and we want to not only applaud their work, but also spread the word to allow others to be a part of making this world a better place for us all. You can find more information about their campaign here.From the PTSO
Thank you parents and guardians for your never ending support. The many volunteer hours, gift cards, food and gift donations for our staff and students were greatly appreciated.
Thank you and goodbye to Deb Boullianne who is retiring this summer after many years of dedication to our school. We are truly grateful for your support and all you did to help us (many which went unseen). Thank you to Mary deKanter who helped and guided us this year with our many events at the school (and last minute room changes).
Thank you Principal Morris and our amazing SCHS staff for supporting our students during a time with so much change.
Thank you to our 2021-22 PTSO board members - Kidada Bivens, Francis Fick, Renee Flynn, Melinda Fortunato and Patty Klunder. Your dedication is inspiring.
Thank you and welcome to incoming board members Ellen Ardrey, Kitty Greenstein and Katie O’Donnell who will join returning board members Renee Flynn and Melinda Fortunato for our 2022-23 school year. We wish you all the best.
2022 BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP June 20th-24th & June 27th-July 1st
Who | Basketball Enthusiasts Ages 7 - 15 Time | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost | $190 Save $15 if you sign up for both sessions Sibling Discount - $15 off first sibling Location | South County HS Gym (Entrance #11)
- Daily Skill Instruction from SC Coaches & Players
- 5 on 5 League Play & Championship Tournament
- 1 on 1 Tournament
- Hot Shot Contest
- Free Throw Contest
- Individual & Team Awards
- Free Camp T-Shirt
What to bring
- Basketball shoes
- Athletic shorts & t-shirt
- Water bottle
- Campers may bring a lunch or purchase one from the CONCESSION STAND