Digital Citizenship Week!

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Today kicks off the first day of Digital Citizenship Week!

 

We encourage families to take a moment to read and discuss some or all of the suggested items with their children. Most resources are valuable for children of all ages, however, there will be some that are targeted to a teenage audience. Remember to visit and favorite/bookmark the FCPS Digital Citizenship Website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/technology-literacy/digital-citizenship .

Monday’s Conversation Focus: Reflect on your  relationship with technology, your media habits, and begin to think of ways to make some healthy adjustments.

Today, we encourage you  to reflect on your  relationship with technology, your  media habits, and begin to think of ways to make some healthy adjustments. Consider trying at least one (or more) of the activities below which are the following:

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

Family,

I would like to express my sincere thanks to every one of you for the support that you have provided this school.  I appreciate the praises, the perspective and even the criticism.  I was told once, “If you are making everyone happy, you aren’t doing enough to improve.”  I hope that while we know that everything is not always perfect, that you feel as though you are being heard as a community.  I am committed to this work, and ensuring that the teachers who are before your children every day, are committed to this work.  And finally, I am committed working in concert to build strong, competitive, and motivated young people.  I appreciate you being a part of this Family; regardless of whether or not you are here in the building once a week, or if you are not able to make it at all and are just reading the weekly messages. Continue to do your part, and I will be happy to do mine.

This week has been a short week, but a busy one.  With PSAT’s, the Senior meeting, and the work being done with the Freshmen group on Wednesday, we had a run for our money.  Our staff banned together to see through a plan to ensure everyone received what they needed that day.  And for that I ask that you thank them when you see them. 

We got a big win in overtime from our ladies in Field Hockey to open the post season!  To those of you who were able to come out and cheer the ladies on to victory, I wanted to say thank you.  And then we had another great showing of support at the District Cheer Competition at Lake Braddock the night before.  We didn’t finish where we wanted to, but those young ladies rocked!  And last weekend, we had three young men to compete on the It’s Academic Show.  They competed well, and they shared that the experience was fantastic! 

Our students are doing a great job in classes, and are using our many resources to seek out help when needed.  Please let your child know that we will always work with them to get to the point of mastery of their content.  We have put in place additional resources like the Writing Lab and the Math Lab to assist students on any level to become more confident in the content.  If your student is looking for these or other resources, please have him/her contact his content teacher, or counselor for more information. 

Lastly, as the weather begins to turn, please ensure that your children are leaving the house dressed for the weather.  I know that they believe they are invincible to the “common cold” and any other ailments for that matter, but those germs can truly impact the building and the learning that takes place here.  I know how difficult it can be to monitor these types of things, but I just ask that you try.  My teenager still hates the mittens I have tied to her jacket, so we are in this one together. 

Take care Family and do your best to stay warm, and thank you once again for sharing your children with us.  #OneStallion

Gary

   

Federal Impact Aid Forms

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

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

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

  

Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Forms

Parents will receive an Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Form in the mail this week listing the number of AP tests for which their student is currently registered, as well as the total number of tests their student has taken. Students have the opportunity to opt out of any test(s) using this opt out form. These opt out forms must be returned to Kelli Watkins in Student Services by October 25th. After this date students will be expected to sit for any test for which they are registered and will be responsible for paying any fees owed. Please contact Chris Bird, AP Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu with any questions.

   

Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Our new Connector Bus Passes have arrived!

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

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

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

  

Science Olympiad

Students who want to participate in Science Olympiad this year are asked to attend a second information meeting after school Thursday, Oct. 24. Sponsors ask that students pay the $50 dues by this date. Only students who have paid the dues by this date will be officially placed on event teams. Please consult the Google Classroom (participants have access to this) or email the club sponsors with questions: Maerna Kauffman: mckauffman@fcps.edu or Kristina Brody: kbbrody@fcps.edu

  

VA Governor’s School Opportunities Attention Sophomores and Juniors:

Governor’s School is a Virginia summer enrichment program designed for highly motivated 10th and 11th grade students who are seeking a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Visual Art), Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. The selection process is extremely competitive. For the academic programs, most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests. Visual and Performing Arts candidates must compete in a regional adjudication where they are evaluated on their performance or portfolio. These residential programs are located at various universities around the state and run from late June to late July, so students need to be available during this time.

Interested students should plan to attend one of the two information sessions offered during Advisory on the following dates:

Monday, 10/21 in the Cafeteria

Friday, 10/25 in the Choral Room (G131)

Students should obtain an advisory pass from any of the school counselors prior to the information session they want to attend.

If a student is unable to attend one of the above sessions, they should contact Erica Mack (edmack@fcps.edu) or Becky Freeman (bkfreeman@fcps.edu) for more information.

   

From the PTSO

 

Parent Social

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23! We will be hosting our first ever South County Parent Social from 7p-9p at Casa Tequila Bar & Grill in Lorton. The PTSO is providing appetizers. Please RSVP so we can plan for enough food at http://evite.me/J7b6Y1XUy6

 

Volunteer Opportunities

We have several volunteer opportunities coming up, including for the homecoming dance, hearing/vision screenings, and publicity for the annual craft show. The craft show is offering many opportunities for student service hours, but we also do need adult help. Please check our website at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/ (or the Membership Toolkit app) to take a look and sign up. If you don’t have an active account set up on that site, it is very easy to get it going.

 

Holiday Extravaganza and Craft Show Meeting next week

We are still looking for a few helping hands on the Extravaganza Committee. Our next meeting is this Monday, Oct 21 at 7pm in the Library.

 

Teen Driver Safety Week

Next week (October 20-26) is National Teen Driver Safety Week. This week - and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Do you have a new driver? The PTSO is now selling “Student Driver” magnets for cars. The magnets are bright yellow, 3” x 12” rectangles, and are only $6 each (delivered). Order now at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/dashboard/form_edit/92900.   Class magnets are available at the same website.

 

Become a part of the Stallion Brick Wall of Fame!—Last chance for fall installation

This is a great opportunity to honor and celebrate your child’s SCHS experience—especially if you have a graduating senior!  Engraved bricks make up the "Walk of Fame," located inside the SCHS Football Stadium, surrounding the Stallion statues by the concession stand. Funds raised from the brick sales support the PTSO.  

Bricks can be engraved with up to three lines of text and two emblems. For information on how to order bricks, go to https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/92901. We will accept orders for a fall installation until October 25. Questions? Email walkoffame@southcountyptso.org.

 

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

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

 

Have you installed the PTSO app yet?

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

South County High School Marching Band

South County High School Marching Band with host its first Marching Band Invitational on October 26th, 2019 from 3pm-11pm. Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of several area marching bands to include West Springfield, Hayfield, Westfield and many more! We hope to see you there!

   

South County Minority Achievement Committee

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for FREE one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The next South County MAC Scholar session is October 26th from 10 am to 1 pm in the SCHS Library.  We will have a representative from NOVA Community College to discuss the NOVA Pathways Program. We welcome all students and parents to attend these sessions. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. For additional information regarding MAC or the MAC Scholars Program please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

  

Homecoming Information

Homecoming Parade:

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

Homecoming Dance:

  • The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, November 2nd from 8-11pm.
  • Homecoming Tickets are currently being sold through Friday, November 1st.
    • Prior to the week of homecoming, they will be sold during green day lunches only and the cost is $15 a ticket.
    • The week of Homecoming they will be sold every day during lunches and the cost will be $20 a ticket, 2 tickets for $30.
    • Tickets can be purchased using cash or check (made out to SCHS)
  • We are in need of parent volunteers to help with the shoe check at the dance. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4eaba62aa2f94-homecoming1 
2019 FCPS College Fair and College Night Events

The 44th annual FCPS College Fair will be held on Sunday, October 20, at Fair Oaks Mall from 7:30-9:30 p.m.  The following evening, Monday, October 21, College Night will be held at Hayfield Secondary School from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  

These two events provide FCPS students and families with an opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 300 colleges and universities.  Students and parents have found the College Fair and College Night events beneficial for obtaining information about college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and college life.

For more information, visit:  College Fair and College Night

  

South County Crew News

Come out and row for South County!  Thinking about trying a new sport? Cool fall mornings are the perfect time to try rowing! It's not too late to join us for Fall on the Water. Meet us at the boathouse at Sandy Run on Saturday mornings & see what we're all about. Email southcountycrew@gmail.com for more details and a registration packet. 

Save the Date for Fall Kick Off!

South County Crew's Fall Kick off meeting will be at 6:30pm on Oct. 30 in the South County Media Center. Whether you are a returning crew family or thinking about joining our team, you'll want to put the meeting on your calendar. 

Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

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

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

Santa's Book Emporium

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

Thank you for your support! 

 

SoCo Choral Boosters From Student Activities

Interested in keeping up with Patriot District Playoff Brackets. You can access live brackets through the *NEW* Patriot District Website. Please use the following link: https://www.district4va.org/

   

Important Upcoming Dates:

October 23      PTSO Parent Social                7:00pm 

October 25      Academic Letter Awards         8:20am

October 28      Homecoming Week

October 28      PTSO Meeting                        7:00pm

October 31      Homecoming Parade              4:30pm

November 1    1st Qtr. Ends

November 2    Homecoming Dance               8pm-11pm

November 4    Student Holiday                      No School

November 5    Student Holiday                      No School

November 27-December 1  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23-January 5      Winter Break

   

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

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

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PSAT/NMSQT

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PSAT/ NMSQT

The PSAT NMSQT will be given on Wednesday, October 16th to all 10th and 11th graders. Students should report directly to their testing rooms -  we have asked Advisory teachers to share these locations with the students.

October 16th will be an early release day with a dismissal time of 12:55 PM. A grab’n’go lunch will be available for purchase in the cafeteria prior to departure. Students receiving College Board Approved Accommodations will finish after the dismissal and will need to ensure their own transportation home. If students wish to waive their accommodations, a letter signed by parent/guardian must be received in Student Services by Tuesday October 15th.

For the Day of the Test

  • Please ensure that students get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast the day of the test.
  • Students will need to bring their own pencils and calculators. These will NOT be provided on the day of the test. Students will NOT be able to get one from their math teacher that day. It is recommended that students check their calculator batteries and bring extras.
  • Students will have to make sure that their cell phone is off and put away in their backpacks, not in a pocket.
  • There will be breaks throughout the test during which students may eat snacks if they bring them, but they will not be provided.

If you have any questions please call Chris Bird, PSAT Supervisor in Student Services at 703-446-1643.

   

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

Family,

I hope that this message finds all of you well and ready for the, “Used to be a holiday for everyone” weekend! If you sense a little "tude" in that statement, well give yourself a gold star.  The staff and I will be here at school hard at work planning and preparing to make this world a better place.  Actually, we will be working and learning together about how we can continue to teach and learn with an equity lens, and bring in more student voice into our instructional practices.  It should and will be a really great day of adult learning.

Thank you for those of you who were able to come out to the parent coffee on Friday.  I always enjoy spending time with you and hearing your perspectives about how things are going in the building.  This is a team effort and your voice counts.  For those of you who weren't able to make it, you missed my "Soapbox moment".  You'll have to ask around for the synopsis of the event.  I hope to see you next time though. 

Wanna help out the PTSO?  Well the PTSO can win $1000 if we get the most number of parents to sign up for MySchoolBucks (MSB) before October 15th.  We use MSB to help easily monitor and make payments for student meals, paying fees, dues, PE uniforms, etc.  If you do not already have an account, please create one at https://www.myschoolbucks.com. Please know that the South County PTSO does so many things to support the students and teachers in the school, so this would be another way to not only support the school, but also to provide you the best way to keep an eye on and manage financial transactions for your student.  Oh yeah, and become a PTSO member! Remember, all the cool kids are doing it!

Looking for something to do the evening of Wednesday, October 23rd?  Well come and join me and many of your Lorton community Family at the Casa T. Bar & Grill in Lorton.  We will be in the place from 7pm – 9pm for a parent social.  It will be a great time to get to know one another better and re-enforce the Family theme that we have going on in the school.  This is not about business, just an opportunity to relax and enjoy one another’s company.    

Now for a little school news.  I am so happy to announce that the communication in the school among our teaching staff has increased many times over compared to last year.  This increased communication has allowed teachers to work much better with students because we have so much more information about our students versus going at it alone within our own silos.  It seems like common sense to talk to one another, but sometimes this doesn’t happen, and we are working hard to break down the barriers of classroom doors and walls to share our successes and struggles in an effort to provide each student with the best learning opportunity possible. 

 I have been able to witness the awesome implementation of FCPSOn and the use of the student laptops in classrooms since the beginning of the year. Teachers are using the laptops as a tool to allow students to research, collaborate, and be leaders in their own learning.  It has been impressive to observe our students and teachers learn together, as students share their expertise with teachers and one another, as well as the doors of creativity and learning open up every day.  Ask your students about how they are using technology in some of their classes and have them show you a thing or two.  They have been willing to share with me!

I shared at the parent coffee that on Friday that I had a close call with a vehicle coming in contact with my vehicle in the parking lot.  I am asking again that we all be very careful and mindful of the signage and traffic rules in the parking lot as we come and go.  I will also ask that you speak with your students about finding safe areas to walk in the parking lot.  I haven’t bumped into any of them to test their structural integrity and I don't want to.  In all seriousness, I want them to be safe and allow for traffic to be able to move about orderly and continually. 

On Friday, we had our school PINK -OUT as Stallions supported “More P.I.N.K” (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, and Knowledge) sponsored by DECA!  This is an effort to support fighting breast cancer.  It is always nice to see our students engaged in efforts together, and even more exciting when they rally behind causes like this one.  The DECA students are using their passion for the cause and their marketing skills to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.  Even though our official PINK-OUT day is over, you can still participate and support the cause and our students by following the link to the donation page https://give.bcrf.org.fundraiser/2420670.

Well Family, that is all that I have for you this week.  I am very happy in this place, and this is due in part to you and your support, and the wonderful children you share with us.  Have a great weekend! #OneStallion

Gary

PSAT/ NMSQT

The PSAT NMSQT will be given on Wednesday October 16 to all 10th and 11th graders. Students should report directly to their testing rooms -  we have asked Advisory teachers to share these locations with the students.

October 16th will be an early release day with a dismissal time of 12:55 PM. A grab’n’go lunch will be available for purchase in the cafeteria prior to departure. Students receiving College Board Approved Accommodations will finish after the dismissal and will need to ensure their own transportation home. If students wish to waive their accommodations, a letter signed by parent/guardian must be received in Student Services by Tuesday October 15th.

For the Day of the Test

  • Please ensure that students get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast the day of the test.
  • Students will need to bring their own pencils and calculators. These will NOT be provided on the day of the test. Students will NOT be able to get one from their math teacher that day. It is recommended that students check their calculator batteries and bring extras.
  • Students will have to make sure that their cell phone is off and put away in their backpacks, not in a pocket.
  • There will be breaks throughout the test during which students may eat snacks if they bring them, but they will not be provided.

If you have any questions please call Chris Bird, PSAT Supervisor in Student Services at 703-446-1643.

   

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

October 16th (Wednesday)

November 11th (Monday) 

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

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

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

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

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

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

 

Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Forms

Parents will receive an Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Form in the mail this week listing the number of AP tests for which their student is currently registered, as well as the total number of tests their student has taken. Students have the opportunity to opt out of any test(s) using this opt out form. These opt out forms must be returned to Kelli Watkins in Student Services by October 25th. After this date students will be expected to sit for any test for which they are registered and will be responsible for paying any fees owed. Please contact Chris Bird, AP Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu with any questions.

   

VA Governor’s School Opportunities Attention Sophomores and Juniors:

Governor’s School is a Virginia summer enrichment program designed for highly motivated 10th and 11th grade students who are seeking a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Visual Art), Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. The selection process is extremely competitive. For the academic programs, most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests. Visual and Performing Arts candidates must compete in a regional adjudication where they are evaluated on their performance or portfolio. These residential programs are located at various universities around the state and run from late June to late July, so students need to be available during this time.

Interested students should plan to attend one of the four information sessions offered during Advisory on the following dates:

Monday, 10/21 in the Cafeteria

Friday, 10/25 in the Choral Room (G131)

Students should obtain an advisory pass from any of the school counselors prior to the information session they want to attend.

If a student is unable to attend one of the above sessions, they should contact Erica Mack (edmack@fcps.edu) or Becky Freeman (bkfreeman@fcps.edu) for more information.

   

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Sophomores, juniors and seniors eligible to join or continue membership in the South County HS chapter of NHS will receive invitation letters during their Advisory classes next week (Oct. 8 and 10). Students new to NHS who want to be inducted should plan to attend the induction ceremony November 14, 2019, at 7 pm in the auditorium. More details will be included in the letters that eligible students receive. Aside from freshmen, students who maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the end of the 2018-2019 academic year will receive a letter. Faculty Sponsor: Kristina Brody, kbbrody@fcps.edu

  

From the PTSO

Volunteer Opportunities

We have several volunteer opportunities coming up, including for the homecoming dance. Please check our website at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/ to take a look and sign up. If you don’t have an active account set up on that site, it is very easy to get it going.

Car magnets

Do you have a new driver? The PTSO is now selling “Student Driver” magnets for cars. The magnets are bright yellow, 3” x 12” rectangles, and are only $6 each (delivered). Order now at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/dashboard/form_edit/92900.   Class magnets are available at the same website.

Become a part of the Stallion Brick Wall of Fame!

This is a great opportunity to honor and celebrate your child’s SCHS experience—especially if you have a graduating senior!  Engraved bricks make up the "Walk of Fame," located inside the SCHS Football Stadium, surrounding the Stallion statues by the concession stand. Funds raised from the brick sales support the PTSO.  

Bricks can be engraved with up to three lines of text and two emblems. For information on how to order bricks, go to https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/92901. We will accept orders for a fall installation until October 25. Questions? Email walkoffame@southcountyptso.org.

Parent Social

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23! We will be hosing our first ever South County Parent Social from 7p-9p at Casa Tequila Bar & Grill in Lorton. The PTSO is providing appetizers. Please RSVP so we can plan for enough food at http://evite.me/J7b6Y1XUy6

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

We are starting to collect gently used books of all genres, ribbons, tissue paper, and baskets for this year's Santa's Book Emporium—see the attached flier for more details. A collection box has been placed at the Main office door.

Lunch with Military Connected Parents

The Military Connections Group will be holding their monthly lunch get together on October 17 at Alli’s restaurant in Lorton.   If you are not already part of the Military Connections Facebook page, please join it to RSVP. (The group is called PTSO SCHS Military Connections.)

   

South County High School Marching Band

South County High School Marching Band with host its first Marching Band Invitational on October 26th, 2019 from 3pm-11pm. Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of several area marching bands to include West Springfield, Hayfield, Westfield and many more! We hope to see you there!

   

South County Minority Achievement Committee

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for FREE one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The next South County MAC Scholar session is October 26th from 10 am to 1 pm in the SCHS Library.  We will have a representative from NOVA Community College to discuss the NOVA Pathways Program. We welcome all students and parents to attend these sessions. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. For additional information regarding MAC or the MAC Scholars Program please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

  

Volleyball Fundraiser

CHRISTMAS/BIRTHDAY GIFT ALERT! Show your Stallion spirit while also avoiding a 5% battery with a custom engraved portable power charger! First round of orders are in and people are loving their SoCo portable chargers.  Take advantage of our second round of orders - we will be accepting orders until October 18th. $15 Stallion logo only $20 Stallion logo and personalized with your text

Please go to https://forms.gle/icyG2GxP2K9xNcck8 to order.

Thank you so much for your support of our program.  Go Stallions!

 

Homecoming Information

Homecoming Parade:

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

Homecoming Dance:

  • The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, November 2nd from 8-11pm.
  • Homecoming Tickets are currently being sold through Friday, November 1st.
    • Prior to the week of homecoming, they will be sold during green day lunches only and the cost is $15 a ticket.
    • The week of Homecoming they will be sold every day during lunches and the cost will be $20 a ticket, 2 tickets for $30.
    • Tickets can be purchased using cash or check (made out to SCHS)
  • We are in need of parent volunteers to help with the shoe check at the dance. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4eaba62aa2f94-homecoming1
South County Crew News

Come out and row for South County!  Thinking about trying a new sport? Cool fall mornings are the perfect time to try rowing! It's not too late to join us for Fall on the Water. Meet us at the boathouse at Sandy Run on Saturday mornings & see what we're all about. Email southcountycrew@gmail.com for more details and a registration packet. 

CAR WASH! Got a dirty car? South County Crew will get it sparkly clean! Saturday Oct. 12  9am - 3pm at the Sonoco in the Shoppes of Lorton Valley off Ox Road.  Donations appreciated!

Save the Date for Fall Kick Off!

South County Crew's Fall Kick off meeting will be at 6:30pm on Oct. 30 in the South County Media Center. Whether you are a returning crew family or thinking about joining our team, you'll want to put the meeting on the calendar. 

Santa's Book Emporium

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

sococrewbookemporium@gmail.com. Thank you for your support! 

  

South County Theatre Boosters SoCo Choral Boosters

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

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

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South County High School Late Edition

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From The Principal

Family,

I figure that you probably are thinking that I forgot about you since there was nothing from me in the 6:30pm New You Choose.  But the truth of the matter is that I was just testing you to see if you missed me. Some of you will find that funny, and that is good enough for me.

Well we are through the month of September and we are still plugging along. I have seen noteworthy growth in our students and the unity that they present; not only as friends, but also as learning colleagues in the classroom. The visits that the administrators are making have born out conversations around increased collaboration, and a display of more student voice. That increase in student voice is only a sign that we are bringing more experiences into the learning, and also students finding the lessons being more relevant to them, which results in more student engagement.

We are also through another class orientation. Our Junior class received their presentation from the professional school counseling staff, and are now better prepared as they become ever closer to graduation and the next steps beyond that awesome day.  If your Junior child has come home with any questions he/she has not been able to get answers to concerning the tasks he/she should be focused on heading toward their 2021 commencement date, please have them have a personal conversation with their counselor, or reach out to them yourself.  But I strongly encourage having them advocate for themselves first.  This is really all about them growing up a little. 

South County High School experienced our first fender bender of the school year involving a student and an adult during arrival time. I am sharing this with you because it is so very important that not only are we all driving carefully at all times, but also that we are modeling good driving habits in their presence. We have some established traffic patterns for dropping off students in the morning, specifically when leaving the campus. We ask that at all exits, that no car make a left-hand turn when leaving campus. Not only does it create a traffic jam, it requires that the car cross lanes of traffic; traffic involving our young not so experienced drivers. Please take care of yourselves and each other.  

Unfortunately, we are not staffed with enough safety and security personnel to supervise all of the areas.  I have gotten offers from a couple of you to assist with supervision of  our Kiss and Ride and exits.  I am getting to the point where I am ready to take you up on  your offers.  If you are still interested, pleae reach out to me and I will put you in contact with Mr. Gamble, our Safety and Security specialist to work out a plan to incorporate you into our safety plans.  

I had the pleasure of hanging out with a great group of young ladies on Wednesday evening at the South County Field Hockey Senior Night. It was great to see and hear about their experiences through high school and how much they care for the sport and one another. I was so very proud of them as they represented themselves, their team, and their families, and then went on to blank West Springfield HS 3 – nil. Keep it up ladies!

I wanted to give a huge shout out to our PTSO parents for successfully putting on our annual Club Day this week. Students from a few of our signature student clubs got to put on display what their clubs are all about. What was just as astounding, were the numbers of students that signed up to be a part of their great work. The activities department will follow up with another Club Day that will feature every club we have approved in the school. This is in support of our third school improvement plan goal to ensure that every student is involved in some sort of activity to have them connected to the school in a way that is outside of their every-day class schedule.

Well that is all that I have for you this week. Please take time to check in with your students to find out what they are learning in school. Not only does this help to keep you informed, it also provides them with an opportunity (although they might not call it an opportunity) to reflect on their school day/week. It is also can serve as a form of “quick study” as they recall facts and activities they were a part of. And finally, if something comes up in the conversation that just doesn’t sound right, reach out to an administrator and share that with us. We do appreciate you being a part of this team and Family. Have a great rest of the weekend. #OneStallion

Gary

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Madeline Schneider for being chosen to join the "Best of the Best" for the National Association for Music Education's 2019 All National Honor Ensembles. This is Madeline's second time to be selected to the All National Honors Choir as she was selected to perform in 2018. Your Stallion Family wishes you the best as you travel to Florida in November to perform!

   

Fairfax County Youth Survey Parents of 10th and 12th Graders Only

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities.

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be administered at South County High School between November 6-15, 2019 through your students’ English class.  While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child.

You can find the letter and opt out form by clicking on the link below: 

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/YouthSurveyOptOutMSHS-english.pdf

A copy of this letter and opt out form will also be sent home with your student.

   

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

October 16th (Wednesday)

November 11th (Monday) 

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

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

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

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

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

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

 

Message from the Finance Office

On Monday, October 7th debt notices will be distributed during 1st period for students Grades 9-12 who have outstanding fines and/or textbooks.  Please ask your student if they received a notice.  All debts need to be handled before they can buy a homecoming ticket. 

  

Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Forms

Parents will receive an Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Form in the mail this week listing the number of AP tests for which their student is currently registered, as well as the total number of tests their student has taken. Students have the opportunity to opt out of any test(s) using this opt out form. These opt out forms must be returned to Kelli Watkins in Student Services by October 25th. After this date students will be expected to sit for any test for which they are registered and will be responsible for paying any fees owed. Please contact Chris Bird, AP Test Coordinator, at cwbird@fcps.edu with any questions.

   

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Sophomores, juniors and seniors eligible to join or continue membership in the South County HS chapter of NHS will receive invitation letters during their Advisory classes next week (Oct. 8 and 10). Students new to NHS who want to be inducted should plan to attend the induction ceremony November 14, 2019, at 7 pm in the auditorium. More details will be included in the letters that eligible students receive. Aside from freshmen, students who maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the end of the 2018-2019 academic year will receive a letter. Faculty Sponsor: Kristina Brody, kbbrody@fcps.edu

  

South County Minority Achievement Committee

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for FREE one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

The next South County MAC Scholar sessions are October 12 and 26th from 10 am to 1 pm in the SCHS Library.  The October 12th session will include a presentation on Learning Styles for all students. We will have a representative from NOVA Community College to discuss the NOVA Pathways Program at the October 26th session. We welcome all students and parents to attend these sessions. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate by completing the registration form. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

South County MAC events are open to ALL SCHS and SCMS students and parents. We welcome all to attend. For additional information regarding MAC or the MAC Scholars Program please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

  

From the PTSO

Parent Coffee with the Principal

Join us on Friday morning, October 11, at 9:00am in the cafeteria for an informal discussion with Mr. Morris over coffee and refreshments. All parents are welcome.

Parent Social

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23! We will be hosing our first ever South County Parent Social from 7p-9p at Casa Tequila Bar & Grill in Lorton. The PTSO is providing appetizers. Please RSVP so we can plan for enough food at http://evite.me/J7b6Y1XUy6

Lunch with Military Connected Parents

The Military Connections Group will be holding their monthly lunch get together on October 17 at Alli’s restaurant in Lorton.   If you are not already part of the Military Connections Facebook page, please join it to RSVP. (The group is called PTSO SCHS Military Connections.)

Volunteer Opportunities

We have several volunteer opportunities coming up. Please check our website at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/ to take a look and sign up. If you don’t have an active account set up on that site, it is very easy to get it going.

   

South County High School Marching Band

South County High School Marching Band with host its first Marching Band Invitational on October 26th, 2019 from 3pm-11pm. Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of several area marching bands to include West Springfield, Hayfield, Westfield and many more! We hope to see you there!

   

Volleyball Fundraiser

 

Show your Stallion spirit while also avoiding a 5% battery with a custom engraved portable power charger! First round of orders are in and available for pick up in the cafeteria during Monday lunches. A second round of orders will be accepted until October 18th. 

$15 Stallion logo only
$20 Stallion logo and personalized with your text

Please go to https://forms.gle/icyG2GxP2K9xNcck8 to order. 

Thank you so much for your support of our program.  Go Stallions!

 

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

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

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal   

Family,

This has been another week we can log as a success. I along with the teachers and staff have been able to observe some pretty cool “stuff” this week. Classroom visits have been fruitful. We are still making some adjustments here and there, but the truth of the matter is that we could be doing that all year long. We are in full swing and always looking to get better at what we do. That pertains to policies and procedures, instruction, relationship building, etc. I have appreciated that you all have been “active” (yes there is an eye roll that went along with that) in letting us know where we can improve from your perspective. It is what I asked for, so I am thankful for your participation.

We had our annual Meet The Candidates Day sponsored by the Government classes this week. It was a great event where students had the opportunity to dialogue with politicians about issues that are important to our young adults. Students did a great job with researching and coming up with excellent questions to present to the candidates. The experience was powerful for our students, and I am looking forward to the next one.

We had a great Gold Out at this week’s volleyball match against Fairfax HS. It was awesome to see students and families from both schools to participate in support of finding a cure for childhood cancer. The SoCo volleyball team raised in excess of $4,000.00 for the Journey 4 A Cure Foundation. I could not have been more proud to watch them turn over the check before the varsity game! This was #OneStallion in full form!

If you happen to misplace your child, and can’t happen to find them in the school, they likely can be found in the school library. The library has become a true magnet for student learning and engagement on many levels. If the librarians aren’t teaching classes about book selection, research strategies, or free reading choices, they are entertaining them in our Maker Space or the with community service opportunities. The library stays packed and is a high-energy space in our building. If you happen to drop by the building, peek your head into the library and thank Emily Strong or Lisa Muir for all they have done to make our library the place where all the “cool kids” go.

We are beginning our anti-vaping campaign. Students will begin seeing educational tidbits on the announcements and literature/images in the bathrooms. We will continue to ask you to have conversations at home about the dangers of nicotine products and other illegal substances. Finally on this note, I had a student come and share “time and place” where he witnessed another student engaging in vaping. We were able to identify and deal with the student involved without a student having to give a name. We are finding ways for our students to take a stance and empower their voices in their school.

If you didn’t get a chance to come out Friday night to watch the South County MS and HS staff battle it out on the basketball court, you truly missed out on a great event. You also missed an opportunity to see your principal, yours truly, work his magic with the round ball! You then would have missed me sucking oxygen when I came off the court. The high school squad was victorious in the game… of course! But it was a spirited effort by both teams, and just another opportunity to build relationships within the SoCo Family.

Thank you once again for your continued support of our work in school. Your efforts are truly appreciated. Have a great rest of the weekend. #OneStallion

Gary

  Library News

The South County Library has Community Service opportunities for YOUR student. Does your student need hours towards their Government class? Church or Youth group? The Librarians at South County HS can help you!

Your student can earn Community Service hours by making a Hat for a homeless person, a blanket for a dog or cat at an animal shelter or sewing a pillow case for a child in need. The Librarians have partnered with Local shelters and hospitals to accept the student’s hats, animal blankets or pillowcases.

The Librarians at SCHS instruct students on how to loom, measure, and sew to complete these activities. Students can earn hours towards their Community Service credit during the school day. Students pick up passes for Advisory and knock out their hours. If students cannot get to advisory, they can schedule time with the librarian during lunch or after school. More information can be found on South County Library Blackboard page or the South County Library Google site. Students will need to login into their FCPS Google account. Look under MORE for Community Service.

The Librarians need donations of the following:

  • RED HEART YARN, weight 4 in burgundy, gold, blue, green and brown. Please NO WHITE.
  • Any Fleece fabric for pet blankets that is at least two feet.
  • Woven fabric for pillow cases at least 40 inches wide.

If you would like to see the students in action or learn more about these opportunities, please email Lisa Muir at lkmuir@fcps.edu or Emily Strong at erstrong@fcps.edu

Congratulations to the Marching Stallions!

Congratulations to the Marching Stallions who took First Place in their category and brought home All the Caption Awards at the VMBC NOVA Regional Competition at Herndon HS today.

Caption Awards included:

  • Best Color Guard
  • Best Percussion
  • Best Music
  • Best Visual
  • Best Overall Effect   

     

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

October 16th (Wednesday)

November 11th (Monday) 

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

From the PTSO Parent Coffee with the Principal

Join us on Friday morning, October 4, at 9:00am in the cafeteria for an informal discussion with Mr. Morris over coffee and refreshments. All parents are welcome.

Car magnets

Do you have a new driver? The PTSO is now selling “Student Driver” magnets for cars. The magnets are bright yellow, 3” x 12” rectangles, and are only $6 each (delivered). Order now at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/dashboard/form_edit/92900.   Class magnets are available at the same website.

Club Day

On Monday, September 30th, PTSO will be sponsoring the 5th annual club day during student lunches!  Please encourage your Stallions to sign up or check out SoCo Clubs during their lunch on Monday.

    

South County Minority Achievement Committee

Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for free one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

 

Yearbook information

Senior Quotes

All senior quotes must be submitted by October 1 to be included in the yearbook.  Editors will make final decisions on quotes and will not include anything that is not school appropriate.

To submit your quote, use the following form:  https://forms.gle/grmnNEQDyKLWK6h18

 

XC Team Fundraiser

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

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

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

This was another week we can surely call a success.  We are continuing our positive momentum we have established and are looking forward to more of the same going forward.  Students and teachers are continuing to work on those positive relationships, and what is even better, I am seeing so much more student to student great interactions. 

I want to give a shout out to our Black Student Alliance and Minority Achievement Committee parents for hosting an ice cream social last weekend to kick off the MAC Scholars program which is a free tutoring opportunity for any high school or middle school student that runs two weekends a month.  It was an awesome event, and I was proud to have been able to spend time with some dedicated students who have obviously identified a strategy to help them when they find themselves needing a little instructional assistance.  If you have students who are in need of some weekend help, please encourage your student to come up to the school and be a part of this outstanding resource. 

I would like to thank all of our parents and students who have been able to come out and cheer for all of our athletes and participants.  Our fans have been just outstanding this year and it has been fun interacting with you all.  The energy has been off the charts.  After the end of a long night on Tuesday at the volleyball game against Woodson, there were about 100 folks in the stands.  Half were Woodson fans, and half South County.  What was great, heading into the 5 and final varsity game, one of our super students got everyone; both South County and Woodson fans in a spirited cheering match!  It was clean, fun, and most of all, we won it!  Please continue to come out and support.  We are the best thing in town going, and I could not be more proud of the work we are doing together for every student in our building. 

Well enjoy our weekend and I will check back with you next week.  #OneStallion

 

   

Yearbook information

Senior Quotes

All senior quotes must be submitted by October 1 to be included in the yearbook.  Editors will make final decisions on quotes and will not include anything that is not school appropriate.

To submit your quote, use the following form:  https://forms.gle/grmnNEQDyKLWK6h18

   

From the PTSO

For Junior/Senior Parents

Learn the Playbook will be holding an SAT Bootcamp online on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, from 12pm-4pm. Tuition is just $195 for both days; the PTSO receives a portion of the proceeds. For more information or to enroll, go to learntheplaybook.com.

Don’t delay--the registration deadline is September 26.

 

Help Wanted

We are looking for someone to be the coordinator for our ACT/SAT prep programming. This involves researching available options and negotiating a contract, then ongoing coordination (which is not expected to be very time consuming—it’s the research and negotiation that takes the most time). Please email pres@southcountyptso.org if interested in learning more.

 

Freshman Parents and Parents New to South County

If you have not already set up an account with the PTSO, please go to https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/   and set yours up today. The school does not provide us with email addresses until November, so we will be unable to communicate with you until then if you don’t set up your account. You can also set up an account through the “Membership Toolkit” app available in Google Play or the Apple store.

 

Please follow these PTSO pages on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO craft fair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LortonHolidayExtravaganza/

PTSO Military Connections: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

 

    

South County Minority Achievement Committee

Start strong and finish strong! Accelerate your academic success this year by becoming a MAC Scholar. Join fellow SoCo MS and HS students for free one-on-one and group tutoring on select Saturdays in the South County High School library from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. MAC Scholars promotes academic enrichment by offering workshops on study habits, time management, learning styles, self-advocacy, college application prep, financial aid awareness, and other life skills to help your student succeed.

Our next session is September 28th and will have FREE tutoring for all core subjects and a presentation on Writing to Influence by Colonel Carla D. Bass, USAF, Retired and author of award-winning book "Write to Influence!". South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We want to encourage you to register your student to participate now by completing the registration form. We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

   

Please use this link to print the registration form.

https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/event/deca-community-yard-sale

 

Fall for LCAC A Family or Teen Volunteering Opportunity

Help your neighbors and volunteer as a family (or teens can volunteer alone) at LCAC's annual Fall for LCAC event. This food-raiser is a way to ensure that our neighbors have food throughout the winter and you can help! Bring a bag of non-perishable grocery items (kid-friendly food is most needed) and come to LCAC on Sunday, September 29th from 1-3pm. LCAC is hoping to bring in 10,000 pounds of food and have more than 100 volunteers onsite helping. Kids as young as 4 can volunteer! Pumpkin painting, food and music by the Magnetic Toxins + helping our neighbors will make for a fun afternoon. Learn more at: https://lortonaction.org/fall-for-lcac/

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

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

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From the Principal

Family,

We had a pretty good week of work.  Not only did I get to hang out with a small group of you at the PTSO meeting, but I also got to see you all trek the hallways like your children at Back To School Night.  To be honest, that was kind of funny seeing you all hustling to get to class before the late bell.  And a couple of you would have been stuck in Saturday School due to too much talking, and not enough walking!  😊 So I expect that the next PTSO meeting will be forced to be in the auditorium because I now know you can make it out. 

All kidding aside, I hope that you had good conversations with your children’s teachers and that you gained some valuable information about what is going on in classes.  I have been very happy with what I have been seeing in classrooms and with what teachers and students have been saying about their individual class periods.  Students have been upbeat, and teachers have been using that momentum to set the tone with instruction.

I have been asked to share with our teachers that teachers who are making social media posts with pictures ensure that students in those pictures are not those who have opted out of being photographed.  If your child has a teacher who is using social media as a part of their class, you will soon receive a letter informing you of that. 

I am sure that you have heard in the recent news about the increasing concerns about the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices.  Due to this rising issue for our youth, the Fairfax County Health Department has posted a health advisory.  The advisory can be found here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/severe-lung-illness-associated-vaping-what-you-need-know.  South County will be in contact with our substance abuse prevention specialist as we consider arranging for more educational opportunities for our students around this topic.  If you are looking for additional information, please click on the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/vaping/parents.

Some of you may have gotten information about a brief power outage that occurred at school on Friday.  We were able to quickly assess the situation and found that the issue was not related to any internal concern with our building.  In fact, the neighboring middle school, also lost power for a brief moment.  I was in the cafeteria on lunch duty at the time the power went out, and I am pleased to say that our students, both in the cafeteria and around the rest of the building, handled the issue incredibly well.  I guess you all turning the lights out on the kids at night to scare them when they were younger really served as preparation for today.  For that, I say thank you very much!

Well that is all that I have for you this week.  Thank you so much for all that you have done to support our school.  You all are pretty awesome to work for. 

Have a great weekend!

 

   

Yearbook information

 Yearbooks and Senior Ads on sale at www.yearbookforever.com.

 *YEARBOOK SALE *

Until September 15

Use code SOCO2020 online and save $10 on a yearbook.

Use code Seniors online and save 10% on a senior ad.

 

Senior Quotes

All senior quotes must be submitted by October 1 to be included in the yearbook.  Editors will make final decisions on quotes and will not include anything that is not school appropriate.

To submit your quote, use the following form:  https://forms.gle/grmnNEQDyKLWK6h18

   

From the PTSO

Craft Show Brainstorming Session

Did you know that the PTSO puts on a huge vendor craft show at the beginning of December each year? There is a planning meeting to discuss this year’s show on Monday, September 16 in the library at 7:00pm. Please stop by to learn what it is all about, brainstorm ideas to promote this year’s show, and find out how you can help. This is a very large fundraiser for the PTSO—because we do this, we don’t have you out there selling wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions, or anything like that to your neighbors and co-workers.

 

Freshman Parents

If you have not already set up an account with the PTSO, please go to https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/   and set yours up today. The school does not provide us with email addresses until November, so we will be unable to communicate with you until then if you don’t set up your account. You can also set up an account through the “Membership Toolkit” app available in Google Play or the Apple store.

  

Please follow these PTSO pages on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO craft fair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LortonHolidayExtravaganza/

PTSO Military Connections: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

       

You’ve been Tagged!

 

Today is Tag Day … the biggest fundraiser for the year for the South County Performing Arts Department.  It takes thousands of dollars more than the fees that are charged for each group to run a complete band, orchestra, choir or theater program.  To keep our fees low and keep the arts in our schools we depend on contributions from our incredible community.

Student teams came to your door today asking for tax-deductible contributions to “Support the Music.”  Thank you to everyone who donated to our Performing Arts department!  But … if you weren’t home, you were tagged, or a self-addressed envelope was left on your door.  If you would still like the opportunity to donate to our Performing Arts programs, please include a donation in the envelope and drop it off at the school or mail the it to us.  Either way, don’t forget to keep the tag as the receipt for your tax deductible donation.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at all of our music and theater productions here at SCHS.   

  

South County Minority Achievement Committee

The MAC Scholars Program will be on select Saturday's from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The goal of the program is to create well rounded and balanced students through a variety of engaging extracurricular academic activities. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate now by completing the registration form. Our first tutoring session will be September 28th. We also want to invite all parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join the MAC. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

   

From the Activities Office

Attention ALL Community Members! The final stages of resurfacing our track is scheduled to begin on September 3 – September 20. Please do not enter the track field area until further notice. Entering on to the surface during this time period will cause major delays and damage. We thank you in advance!  

  

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

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

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Friday Night Football Games

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South County Community!

It is your proud Director of Student Activities here, Mr. Garner, reaching out for a bit of family support and some friendly reminders for Friday night football games this season. Last week’s Gold Out for Pediatric Cancer game was such a huge success and it was great to see such a large number of our South County Family in attendance! We ask that you please help us continue to maintain a safe and secure environment for all in attendance by reminding your loved ones and children of the following event procedures:

  • Back packs, drinks or food will not be permitted through the ticket gate.
  • Only paid re-entry will be permitted.
  • Tossing powder and/or objects is prohibited.
  • Students under the age of 15 should be accompanied by adults at all times.

Last but certainly not least, cheer hard for the Stallions!

We thank you in advance for your support and we are looking forward to a great fall activities season!

 

Mr. Garner and the Activities Office Staff

 

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

 

Family,

I wanted to say thank you for sending your children to us for another awesome week of school. This week we got a little closer to every student as we got to engage with them in their individual class meetings. I was able to share my vision for our journey together, as well as to share some important information with them. It was nice to see them in this forum because I could see the classes as individuals; and do their personalities really differ. But more importantly, the administrative staff was able to present our collective human face to our positions. And, now those who didn’t know, realize that I am not the fairly well-dressed security guard they thought I was!

I also want to say that my classroom visits have been very insightful. Students are engaged in learning, and teachers have been truly homing in on the learning of their students rather than their teaching. It seems like common sense, but we educators put a lot of work into planning lessons for students and sometimes the focus of those efforts can be the delivery of that work. Admittedly, I have been the culprit of this as well. So I have asked that learning be the focus this year because when the students’ outcomes are the focus, the student knows that they are being cared for and valued; thus more learning takes place.

Now for a little bit of business that may impact you. As we round out the second week of school, we are still dealing with some scheduling issues. I ask that you all be patient with us as we try our very best to provide the most beneficial and fair experience for all of our students. Please know that there are many moving parts behind the scheduling machine, and even when it looks like there is a clear path for a change, that may not be the case. The ultimate goal is to ensure that your student receives the best possible learning experience that can be delivered. Further, I ask that we all give time for students to learn their teachers and one another. These new relationships will add to the awesome time your students spend with us!

Here is a bit of what I call, “Not It News”, which simply means that it isn’t our fault this time. Unfortunately, the payment system, My School Bucks, did not roll out and become live until later than expected this year. This is a system that is controlled centrally. So some of our parents have elected to pay for class fees and such via cash or check because the system was unavailable. We really do appreciate you doing this. When the system went live, those parents may have seen a fee still owed through My School Bucks and chose to pay that fee as well. If you have already paid either cash or check to a teacher, you do not need to pay again through My School Bucks. If you have paid already, you will be refunded back through My School Bucks by our finance tech. Once again, pleases be patient with us as we work through this.

Finally, I would like to thank those parents who were able to make it out to the Parent Coffee on Friday. I really appreciate the opportunity to interact with all of you. No, really, I do! This year, we, Nannette Henderson and I have decided to hold these coffees both in the mornings and the evenings to give you all the opportunity to have some choice. I am looking forward to my conversations with you and working on building our relationships in the effort to make South County the best school in the district.

Thank you once again for your time. I am excited about the year, and excited to be working with all of you. Have a great weekend and take care of yourselves. #OneStallion

Gary

   

Yearbook information

 Yearbooks and Senior Ads on sale at www.yearbookforever.com.

 *YEARBOOK SALE *

Until September 15

Use code SOCO2020 online and save $10 on a yearbook.

Use code Seniors online and save 10% on a senior ad.

 

Senior Quotes

All senior quotes must be submitted by October 1 to be included in the yearbook.  Editors will make final decisions on quotes and will not include anything that is not school appropriate.

To submit your quote, use the following form:  https://forms.gle/grmnNEQDyKLWK6h18

   

From the PTSO   First PTSO meeting of the year

On Monday night, September 9, we will have the first PTSO meeting of the year at 7:00pm in the library/media center. All are welcome. At this meeting, the PTSO will be presenting its budget for the year, so come and learn how the PTSO supports the school community! All PTSO meetings include a report from the Principal, plus, we will have a guest speaker for this meeting: Mr. Gamble, our school security specialist, will be talking about security issues at the school.

 

For Military Connected Parents

The PTSO has an active Military Connections group. Once a month, the group meets for breakfast/lunch at local restaurants. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and socialize with other South County Parents outside of the school. Hope you can join us! This month we will meet at: Brickmakers Café (9751 Ox Rd. Lorton, VA—in Occoquan Regional Park) Sept 12 @ 11:30 Casual Attire  

 

Follow the PTSO on Facebook and Twitter

Please follow these PTSO pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoCoPTSO

PTSO general page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthCountyHighSchoolPTSO/

PTSO craft fair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LortonHolidayExtravaganza/

PTSO Military Connections: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2103122980014708/

 

For Senior Parents

The price of tickets to All Night Grad Party goes up after Back to School Night. Don’t delay; order your graduating senior’s ticket today: https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/home    

Look for the ANGP tables at Back to School Night for ANGP information.    

              

 

September 14th is Tag Day!!

Tag Day is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the South County Performing Arts Department.  It takes thousands of dollars more than the fees that are charged for each group to run a complete band, orchestra, choir or theater program.  To keep our fees low and keep music in our schools we depend on contributions from our incredible community.

Student teams will be coming to your door next Saturday asking for tax-deductible contributions to “Support the Music.”  Thank you in advance to everyone who donates to our Performing Arts department and we look forward to seeing you at all of our music productions here at SCHS.

   

South County Minority Achievement Committee

South County Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) is excited to kick off our fifth year. We will have our annual kickoff September 14th from 10-12 in the SCHS library. This year’s kickoff will be a session on Time Management followed by an Ice Cream and Donut Social.  Please come out to learn more about MAC and the MAC Scholars Program and all the exciting event we have planned for this school year. 

We will continue the MAC Scholars Program on select Saturday's from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The goal of the program is to create well rounded and balanced students through a variety of engaging extracurricular academic activities. We want to encourage you to register your student to participate now by completing the registration form. Our first tutoring session will be September 28th. We also want to invite all parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join the MAC. For additional information regarding the MAC or the MAC Scholars Program, please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

   

From the Activities Office

Attention ALL Community Members! The final stages of resurfacing our track is scheduled to begin on September 3 – September 20. Please do not enter the track field area until further notice. Entering on to the surface during this time period will cause major delays and damage. We thank you in advance!  

  

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT INFORMATION

We invite you to join us for our 2019-2020 Back to School Night next Wednesday, September 11th.  This program provides an opportunity for you to meet your student's teachers and learn more about specific course curriculum, class expectations, and procedures.  Please access your student's class schedule from your SIS Parent Account or your student’s SIS account and bring their schedule with you.  First period will begin promptly at 6:10 PM!

During the evening you will also be able to:

  • Attend the Senior Postsecondary Planning Program (Auditorium:  5:00-5:55) for SENIOR PARENTS
  • Receive a new activation code for your SIS Parent Account. (Library: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM)
  • Review the FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) Program.  (Library: 5:30 PM-6:00 PM) *See below for details.
  • Learn about valuable information and resources that can be accessed electronically. (Library: 5:30 PM-6:00 PM)
  • Join the PTSO and other school-related organizations. (Main Lobby: 5:00 PM-8:15 PM) 
  • Purchase grade level spirit wear and learn about school-related activities. (Auditorium Hallway: 5:00 PM-8:15 PM)

     

    Please keep in mind that this is not an opportunity to discuss individual student progress.  All staff contact information is available on our website at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/staff-directory if you wish to have a focused conversation regarding your student.

       

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

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

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Principal Coffee

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Just a reminder:

 

On Friday, September 6, there will be a Principal Coffee at 9:00am in the cafeteria tailored especially for freshman parents and those parents new to Fairfax County Public Schools.  This is an informal opportunity for you to meet other parents and chat with Principal Morris about your South County experience so far.  

 

Then on Monday, September 9, we have our first PTSO meeting of the year at 7:00pm in the library.   All are welcome.  Following a brief business meeting, RC Gamble, School Security Specialist, will be our guest speaker, talking about school security issues.  PTSO memberships are available at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/

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SOCO GOLD OUT

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  SOCO GOLD OUT in support of

 

www.kidzfightingcancer.org

                                                          

South County vs. Hayfield

Friday- September 6, 2019

7:00 P.M.

South County High School Stadium

Adults: $6.00 Students: $5.00

SCAA Youth wearing their football jersey are free with an adult paid admission!

DISCLAIMER: These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

 

 

Childhood cancer FACTS: did you know …

  • Childhood Cancer is the #1 killer of American children by disease under the age of 19- more than all other childhood diseases combined.
  • Every day 43 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer- over 15,000 per year.
  • 1 in every 285 U.S. children will develop cancer before their 20th birthday; 1 in every 5 of these children will die at the average age of 8 years old.
  • Childhood cancer rates have increased by 24% over the past 40 years.
  • There are more than 12 major types of childhood cancer and over 100 subtypes.
  • Only 4% of all Federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer- childhood cancer non-profit organizations are critical.
  • 96% of all Federal funding for cancer research goes to adults yet children makeup 20% of our population
  • In the last 20 years, only 4 cancer treatments have been specifically developed and approved for children.
  • Childhood treatments require very different drugs than adult protocols yet most use a variation of adult drugs due to a lack of research and trials.
  • Because of the treatments they had as children, more than 99% of childhood cancer survivors with have a chronic health problem and 96% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.

 

Awareness + Funding + Clinical Research +

New Drug Development + Trials =

Our Children’s Lives Saved

 

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Weekly News From South County HS

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As you can see we are crazy about your children!

Family,

Well Week 1 is in the books! Let me start the conversation off with your students have been absolutely phenomenal! We have put them through some changes this week (new students being totally lost, changes in bell schedules, new lessons, crisis management drills, laptop distribution, etc.) and they have not even flinched! If something wasn’t right with a schedule, they were able to find an adult to work through problem. When we had to change suddenly due to an unforeseen circumstance, they went with the flow. Our students have just been outstanding to work with this week.

Teachers opened the week with community building activities and getting to know their students. Some students were learning about new teachers, and others were getting reacquainted with a teacher they have had in the past. I was able to get into classes to hear a positive tone being set. And trust me, this isn’t an easy sell after students have spent over a month getting up at 10:30 in the morning. But it was like the students actually liked their teachers! I know, it’s crazy right?!

It was great to see the students interacting with one another too. We had an awesome pep rally, where the students supported one another in a #OneStallion way. Students shared their summer experiences with one another, and helped each other find their way around the building. It has just been a fantastic week.

I always wonder how the opening of school will go because somewhere in the county, that nightmare week has happened. Well, this one may have been the best one yet, and I need to thank some awesome folks for all they do.

I would like to give a huge shout out to our custodial staff and our support staff. Our custodial staff has maintained a beautiful building this entire summer, even though we have been packed with people all summer. And our front office and support staff have been the bright smiling faces that our students and parents have seen and gotten their vibes from every day, as the faces of the building. I would also like to thank the security staff for keeping us safe, and being those extra pairs of hands when we needed a few. And last, but not least, our cafeteria staff who always provide our students with a warm smile and a kind word. If you happen to come up to the building and see any of these people, please know that they have as much of an impact on our success with your students as anyone else in this building. Tell them how much you appreciate their hard work. They deserve all the praise we can give them.

I know many of you have heard me say this a number of times last year, but I truly mean it every time I tell you. Thank you for allowing me to do this job I love. It is what keeps me moving in a positive direction daily. Continue to be the supportive parents and friends of South County you have been, and get ready for another awesome year of working together.  Have a great weekend Family. #OneStallion

Gary

From the Yearbook Staff

Yearbook information

Yearbooks and Senior Ads on sale at www.yearbookforever.com.

*YEARBOOK SALE *

Until September 15

Use code SOCO2020 online and save $10 on a yearbook.

Use code Seniors online and save 10% on a senior ad.

 

School Pictures Next Week

School Pictures will take place during English classes on September 3 and 6.

Make up Senior Portraits are scheduled for Saturdays in September.  Seniors should have received a postcard in the mail about this.  If you did not, ask your English teacher or Ms. Delinski (jldelinski@fcps.edu) when you are scheduled. 

 

From the Activities Office

Attention ALL Community Members! The final stages of resurfacing of our track is scheduled to begin on September 3 – September 20. Please do not enter the track field area until further notice. Entering on to the surface during this time period will cause major delays and damage. We thank you in advance!     

    

FCPSOn SCHS Laptop Distribution Update:

Our first week of school has been an exciting one, we have now distributed over 2000 laptops which is the majority of our student population, we have a little over 200 to go. Below you will find some helpful guidelines regarding appropriate device and internet use.  

Important Reminders:

  1. Students should charge their laptops every evening so that they arrive to school with a fully charged laptop
  2. Students are expected to bring their laptops every day. Loaner laptops are not available.
  3. Any technical issues should be reported to one of the student’s teachers so the student can be referred to the Tech Support Office.

When you talk with your children about their first week of school, this would be a great time to discuss expectations and guidelines about their technology use at school and at home. Now that your child has received a laptop, both parents and students are required to review The Student Device Responsible Use Guidelines provided by FCPS. Improper use of the device and/or technology may result in disciplinary actions as determined by the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Parents and students are required to read and accept the Acceptable Use Policy for Student Network Access within the SR&R document.  For support at home, parents/caregivers might consider a Customizable Device Contract and Family Media Agreement that will support them as they talk with their children about internet use and set rules that are right for their family. Common Sense Media is a reputable resource for parents. The Virginia Department of Education has developed guidelines and resources for internet safety too. Parents can find additional support about device/internet use by completing the Digital Citizenship for Families with Teens Online Course , a four module online course developed by FCPS for parents/guardians and their teen in grades 7 and up.

Resources:

 

South County Crew Team

Want to know more about the South County Crew team? Join us for New Rower and Parent Day! When: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:30 to 12:00

Where: Sandy Run Regional Park

10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Look for the South County flag - Boathouse 3

Who: Any students and parents interested in learning more about rowing and South County Crew. We will discuss the sport of rowing, tour the boathouse, and get hands on with the equipment.  Parents will learn how SoCo Crew operates as a club team and what that means to students/families who participate. There is no cost and no obligation to attend this event. 

Email SouthCountyCrew@gmail.com for more information! See you at the Boathouse!

 

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

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9th – 12th Grade Start of School Instructions

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Just a few reminders:

Emergency Care Information must be updated through your Parent View account. If you do not have a Parent View account please follow this link to sign up. Parent View

Should you need any further assistance, please contact Kelli Watkins, Student Information Assistant, at kfwatkins@fcps.edu.

 

Health Information Form: This is a required form and will be collected during Advisory Period on August 27th & 29th. You may fill this form online, print, and send with your student tomorrow.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities The 2019-20 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families (SR&R) has been posted at this link. Students will be viewing the SR&R video this Thursday in school. You may preview the video at this link. Parents and students must sign the Signature Sheet and return it no later than October 25, 2019.

 

Military Connected Form This form should be returned by only those students that have a parent that is in the military. This form will be collected during the Advisory Period on August 27th & 29th.

 

2019-20 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) wants all parents to understand its policies regarding:

  • Parents’ rights to inspect, and to consent or opt out, before their child participates in certain surveys administered to students.
  • Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.
  • FCPS’ maintenance, retention, and disclosure rules regarding student scholastic records including parents and eligible students’ rights to inspect such records, to request amendment to such records and to opt out of disclosure of directory information about the student.
  • FCPS’ disclosure of student information for graduation photographs or other commercial purposes and the right of parents and eligible students to opt out of this disclosure.
  • FCPS’ disclosure of secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers to military recruiters and the right of parents and students to opt out of this disclosure.
  • Parents’ right to opt out of any physical examination of their child not required by state law.
  • The FCPS school counseling program and parents’ right to opt out their child from participation in academic, career, and/or social or emotional counseling.
  • The process by which parents and students may file complaints if they believe their rights as referenced above have been violated. In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level. To access the complete Annual Notice opt-out booklets online (requires use of Adobe Acrobat),
  • Click Opt-Out Forms.
  • Choose either the K-8 or 9-12 version. Parents may also request a paper copy from the principal’s office at their child’s school. If you wish to opt your child out of any of the activities mentioned above, you must complete and return the appropriate forms to your child’s school.

No action is needed if you do not wish to Opt-Out your student.

 

 

Tuesday's Pep Rally Schedule

Warning Bell              8:05 AM

Period            2          8:10 - 9:41   

Period            8          9:47 - 11:17

Period            6          11:23 - 1:23                                    

                                   A Lunch 11:23 - 11:53                 

                                   B Lunch 11:53 - 12:23                                    

                                   C Lunch 12:23 - 12:53                                    

                                   D Lunch 12:53 - 1:23

Advisory                    1:29 – 2:13

Pep Dismissal           2:07 – Seniors to gym

                                   2:09 – Juniors to gym

                                   2:11 – Sophomores to gym

                                   2:13 – Freshman to gym

Pep Rally                   2:15 - 2:45

Return to Advisory   2:45 - 2:55

Dismissal                   2:55

 

 

 

 

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Here We Go!!!

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Family,

 

I would like to open my first correspondence of the year with an original piece entitled, "Hurry Home".

 

The building’s been cleaned,

Lessons have been planned,

Schedules have been made,

And the doors secured and manned. 

The pencils are sharpened,

And technology’s new,

Presentations prepared for students to view. 

But it doesn’t mean anything,

It’s like Coke without fizz,

Our home is so empty,

Without all the kids! 

 

I can’t express in words how excited the faculty and staff are about the return of your students and the beginning of the new school year.  We had an outstanding time with the students Thursday.  We greeted new families to the area, new ninth graders, and our returning upper classmen.  And as much as they shared that summer was too short, they all displayed the same excitement as we did when we encountered one another.  It was also great to see the parents and the community volunteers in the building.  The spirit of the day was outstanding, and it was a great way to kick off the year.  Thank you to everyone who attended, and to those who could not attend, I know you were with us in spirit.

As we head into the next week, I want to share a few tidbits with you.  The first day of school has been known to be a little chaotic due to all the excitement.  Even with all of the planning and preparing that we have been doing for the first day, somethings are still bound to go wrong.  But we have been through this process for many years, and so we will have plans to fix whatever goes awry.  If however, your child is still experiencing issues, please encourage them to communicate with his or her teachers, counselor, or administrator in an effort to advocate for themselves.  We want to resolve all issues as soon as possible, and get students into classes so the learning can take place.  This happens much faster when we are able to hear from the students who have first hand knowledge about their concerns.

Another piece of information I would like to share with you is that we are continuing to focus on relationships again this year.  We are going to engage students on many different levels and will be working to ensure that every student has a trusted adult in the building.  We will be in the hallways getting to know every student, and each staff member will own every student.  We hope that you will encourage your child to engage with our staff as well so that we can build those relationships that will ultimately result in more relevant learning opportunities for all students.

Just as I am sharing my welcome back message, our Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand, has one for you as well.  His message can be found on these links.

Spanish: https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8

English: https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

As I stated, we are very excited about the school year and are looking forward to working with each of you throughout the year.  I look forward to seeing you at some of the events and activities at school and around the county supporting our students.  I also hope to see you as a member of the PTSO.  Enjoy this weekend with your children, and know that we will be taking care of them come Monday morning.  I thank you in advance for your continued support, and thank you for the opportunity to be trusted with your most valuable assets.  #OneStallion

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Welcome Back Stallion Families!!!

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Family,

 

Well, we are back! Today we had teachers in the building officially for their first day of work and meetings. The energy was outstanding, and the conversations about how we would be working with your students was truly focused and deliberate. I was excited to be a part of these conversations, and I am sure that your students will enjoy their time back in school a week from now. (I am supposed to say that, but I really mean it too!)

I hope that each of you had a great summer with your children, and by now you are ready for them to come back to us…. to learn of course! Well we are just about ready for them too. But before they return to classes, we want to invite all of you out to see us Thursday at the New Student Orientation, the Ninth Grade Orientation, and the Stallion Stampede!

The New Student Orientation is designed for our families of students in the 9th – 12th grade who have relocated to the South County community for the 2019-20 school year. This program begins at 9:00am in the auditorium and runs through 11:00am.

The Ninth Grade Orientation will begin at 4:00pm and will run through 6:00pm to allow our rising freshman the opportunity to navigate the building in a calm environment. Students will be welcomed by our School Leadership Ambassadors in the gymnasium, and they will also receive their schedules.

The Stallion Stampede is for all other students in grades 10 through 12. These students will also receive their schedules, be able to purchase parking permits, parents will have the opportunity to drop off medication, join the PTSO, sign up for SIS access, etc.

We hope to see you at one or more of these events this coming Thursday. I look forward to meeting you, and beginning the year running. Take care!          #OneStallion

9th – 12th Grade Start of School Instructions:

Emergency Care Information must be updated through your Parent View account. If you do not have a Parent View account please follow this link to sign up. Parent View

Should you need any further assistance, please contact Kelli Watkins, Student Information Assistant, at kfwatkins@fcps.edu.

 

Health Information Form: This is a required form and will be collected during Advisory Period on August 27th & 29th.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities The 2019-20 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families (SR&R) has been posted at this link. Parents and students must sign the Signature Sheet and return it no later than October 25, 2019.

 

Military Connected Form This form should be returned by only those students that have a parent that is in the military. This form will be collected during the Advisory Period on August 27th & 29th.

 

2019-20 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) wants all parents to understand its policies regarding:

  • Parents’ rights to inspect, and to consent or opt out, before their child participates in certain surveys administered to students.
  • Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.
  • FCPS’ maintenance, retention, and disclosure rules regarding student scholastic records including parents and eligible students’ rights to inspect such records, to request amendment to such records and to opt out of disclosure of directory information about the student.
  • FCPS’ disclosure of student information for graduation photographs or other commercial purposes and the right of parents and eligible students to opt out of this disclosure.
  • FCPS’ disclosure of secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers to military recruiters and the right of parents and students to opt out of this disclosure.
  • Parents’ right to opt out of any physical examination of their child not required by state law.
  • The FCPS school counseling program and parents’ right to opt out their child from participation in academic, career, and/or social or emotional counseling.
  • The process by which parents and students may file complaints if they believe their rights as referenced above have been violated. In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level. To access the complete Annual Notice opt-out booklets online (requires use of Adobe Acrobat),
  • Click Opt-Out Forms.
  • Choose either the K-8 or 9-12 version. Parents may also request a paper copy from the principal’s office at their child’s school. If you wish to opt your child out of any of the activities mentioned above, you must complete and return the appropriate forms to your child’s school.

No action is needed if you do not wish to Opt-Out your student.

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Student Obligations/Fines

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STUDENT OBLIGATIONS/FINES

 

The finance office will be open Monday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 21 from 10:00-1:00 to clear student debts, return textbooks and library books before the Stallion Stampede.  The finance office will not be open on August 22 and 23rd. 

Payments can be made via cash, check or money order only.  There is a student debt list posted in the lobby outside the main office which is listed by grade in alpha order using student ID numbers only.  Your student is more than welcome to stop by and check the list. 

8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, VA 22079 | Main Office: 703.446.1600
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