Varsity Football Time Change and Updated Event Policies

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Tomorrow's Varsity Football Game Vs. Mount Vernon HS Will Now Start at 6PM Updated Football Attendance Policies
  •  Ticket gates open 1 hour before the start of the game. Cost of tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time through this E-tix link.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc. 
  • Backpacks are not allowed.  Everyone entering the stadium is subject to search.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with outside food or containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, etc. 
  • We welcome all members of the community to attend our games, but parents are needed to attend and monitor middle and elementary aged students.  All attendees, regardless of age, are expected to behave responsibly.  
  • South County High School (including the parking lots) is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone.  
  • Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department, the South County HS Administration, and the South County HS Security Staff will continue to monitor the activities of our patrons in the parking lot, at the ticket gate, and inside the stadium to promote a safe and secure environment for South County HS fans, our visitors, and guests.
  • For varsity football games, once you pay and enter the stadium you may not leave and reenter. Please plan accordingly. 
  • South County HS students and parents are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and spirited sportsmanship to our opponents and their fans.  Any clothing that includes negative references to opposing teams/schools will not be tolerated.

 Let's show everyone what Stallion Nation is all about!

 

Thank you in advance for making our events fun and safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

The South County HS Administration

The South County HS Athletic Booster Club is looking for members to serve on the Executive Board & Committee. If you are interested in serving this great community, please reach out to Tony Devore at  [email protected]

The South County HS Athletic Booster Club is  looking for volunteers to assist with concessions. If you are willing and able to volunteer your services, please click on the link below 

Thank you!

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Weekly News From South County High School

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

2022-2023 School Year

September 26- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday/Rosh Hashanah 

September 30- Sign & Return SR&R

September 30- Military Connected Youth Tailgate

October 3- Underclassman Picture Make up Date

October 5- No school, Yum Kippur 

October 6- Senior Panoramic Picture

October 10- Student Holiday/Staff Development Day-Indigenous People’s Day

October 12-  PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th grades) 

October 12 6:00pm- PAC Meeting- Library

October 13 7:00pm- PTSO Meeting- Library

October 13- Homecoming Parade 

October 14-  Homecoming Football Game (vs. West Springfield) 

October 15- Homecoming Dance 

October 24- No school, Diwali 

October 28- End of 1st Quarter, 2-hour Early Release

October 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 14 and 15- Senior Make Up Picture Dates

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

 

Greetings, SoCo Family,

This past week has been very busy. I’ve had the pleasure of observing incredibly gifted teachers (like Mrs. Blesi and Mr. Chiprut), watch outstanding athletic events (like Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Football), meet with parents at our first community meeting with our Superintendent, Dr. Reid, and connect with colleagues at several meeting this week.

While I’m feeling like I’m always on the go, my enthusiasm and school spirit remain high! Go Stallions!

Things to Keep in Mind
  1. This Monday, Sept. 26 is a holiday (Rosh Hashanah) for students and a Teacher Workday for staff.
  2. Student drop-offs and -pick ups remain an area that needs improvement, so let’s try to do our best to improve this process for everyone. Please keep these thoughts in mind.
    • Slow down. We’ve had a few cases where students are nearly hit by parents speeding out of the lot.
    • Please refrain from parking in the students’ assigned spaces in the morning. When their spots are taken, they park in someone else’s spot, and the ripple effect is mind-boggling.
    • We’ll have less congestion in the lot if the Kiss and Ride is used more. Please use that area if at all possible.
  3. DECA is selling Chick fil-A sandwiches after school on Green-day Fridays. Here’s a flyer that you can enlarge for more information.
  4. Unfortunately, we are dealing with cases of students handling and using illegal drugs. It’s becoming a huge concern in our community, state, and country. To combat this, we need to pull together. We’re hosting a presentation for parents entitled, “Opioids, Tentanyl, and the Teenage Brain” on Nov. 1 here at SCHS. More information can be found here.
  5. We’re monitoring grades, attendance, and discipline records closely. You can expect an instructional section from me in future letters. In the meantime, continue to engage your student with questions about the workload of their classes, the grading practices as they understand them, and their organization of studying for tests and completing projects.
  6. Your student’s picture will soon be available to you online. Please be on the lookout for an email from Victor O'Neill Studios. If you do not see it in your inbox, check the spam/junk folder.

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late! Just visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your student’s ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Kambar

#OneStallion

Military Connected Youth Tailgate

SoCo Military Connected Youth invites all our Stallion military families to join us for a tailgate prior to our home game against Mt. Vernon on Friday, Sept 30th which is our "American Out" themed game. We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, water, games and music for the event.  Please RSVP by Sept 28th and if you would like to contribute items to add to our meal, please sign up!  We look forward to an evening of fun and community.  **PLEASE INCLUDE TOTAL GUEST COUNT OF YOUR FAMILY IN THE COMMENT OF YOUR RSVP**

 

RSVP link:  bit.ly/MCYTailgateRSVP

 

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

 

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Digital Resources at South County High School - Parent Consent

This has been a busy week of getting technology to our students, laptops have now been distributed to the majority of our students at this time. As students begin using their laptops in classes and accessing various digital tools, it is important that we share that some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. We now need every family to complete and submit the Digital Resource Parental Consent Form.

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

FCPS will be running the PSAT/ NMSQT and the SAT School Day test on Wednesday, October 12.  October 12 is a 2-hour early release day for high schools and secondary schools.

  • Students receiving Category B special education services receive a normal instructional program. 
  • Grade 9 students do not attend school this day
  • The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered  to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost. No additional registration is necessary. The PSAT/NMSQT provides an opportunity to measure student readiness for college and provides practice for the SAT college entrance exam.
  • Grade 12 students interested in taking the SAT School Day were required to fill out the Intent to Participate Google form sent to families in August and September. Students who completed the form received a confirmation email the week of September 12th.
  • Grade 12 students choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day or PSAT/ NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SAT School Day Coordinator, at [email protected]

Transportation

FCPS transportation is available for all students participating in SAT School Day and PSAT. Regular bus routes will be provided in the morning and after the early release. Families of students requiring alternate transportation arrangements due to accommodated testing will be contacted directly by the SAT School Day Coordinator. If you know your student will need alternate transportation requirements due to accommodated testing, please reach out to Chris Bird, SAT School Day Coordinator, as soon as possible.

SAT School Day and PSAT  Pre-Survey

At the beginning of the exam session, students see a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. You may opt out of this pre-survey for your student. You may view the pre-survey questions and access further information about this option on the SAT and PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy webpage at https://www.fcps.edu/node/36639.  

If you choose to opt your student out of the pre-survey, please notify Chris Bird, SCHS SAT School day Coordinator, by Friday, October 7, 2022, and include your student’s full legal name and FCPS ID number in the email.

Please be sure your student knows they should not answer the pre-survey questions at the beginning of the test.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window in SIS ParentVUE. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.

Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form below to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892).

Click Here to view form.

Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator with questions.

Fairfax County Social Emotional Learning Screener- OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM

If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please complete this form and return it to your child’s teacher by ______________.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you do not want your child to participate in the SEL screener this year.

CHILD’S NAME__________________________________TEACHER____________________

Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________ Date_____________

 

FCPS Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, la FCPS reconoce y celebra las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los miembros de nuestra comunidad cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

Graduation Date!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

Important SoCo and FCPS Resources How to Stay In Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Quick Links South County High School

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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

Weekly News From South County High School

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

2022-2023 School Year

September 21 6:30-7:30pm- Dr. Reid visiting SCHS

September 21 5:00-9:00pm- Chipotle Fundraiser SCHS Seniors

September 26- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday/Rosh Hashanah 

September 30- Sign & Return SR&R

October 3- Underclassman Picture Make up Date

October 5- No school, Yum Kippur 

October 6- Senior Panoramic Picture

October 10- Student Holiday/Staff Development Day-Indigenous People’s Day

October 12-  PSAT/SAT Day (10th-12th grades) 

October 12 6:00pm- PAC Meeting- Library

October 13 7:00pm- PTSO Meeting- Library

October 13- Homecoming Parade 

October 14-  Homecoming Football Game (vs. West Springfield) 

October 15- Homecoming Dance 

October 24- No school, Diwali 

October 28- End of 1st Quarter, 2-hour Early Release

October 31- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 14 and 15- Senior Make Up Picture Dates

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

 

SoCo family, 

I have lots to share with you this week, so let’s get to it. 

Feedback from BTSN

Our Back to School Night was a HUGE hit! I want to thank EVERY parent who was able to attend. As a parent, I know our schedules can become very hectic, so we're not able to make every event at our children's schools.  That's what made this night so special. The halls were packed with smiling parents. I especially want to thank our staff who stayed late to host this evening. Teachers had a full day of work, rushed home to take care of their families, and returned for two-hour event. Do we have the very best teachers at SoCo? ABSOLUTELY YES!

Safety Request

I know many parents are dropping students off on their way to work, so finding the most efficient way to do so is important; however, we're finding a problem on Laurel Crest that is becoming a significant concern. Please refrain from dropping your student at the street, as it's causing a significant traffic back-up and putting students at risk for getting hit by traffic. For everyone's safety, please use our designated drop offs at the Kiss and Ride or the front of the building.  There will be a police presence starting this week to ensure the safety of all students. 

Calendar Adjustment 

The standard-school-year-calendar has been slightly updated for this school year.  April 13, the last day of Passover, should have been marked as a Religious and Cultural Observance day from the beginning of the year.  This remains a school day for students, however we will follow protocols for religious and cultural observance days.   

Caught Being Creative 

Here’s a shout out to one of our most creative teachers, Mrs. Tracy Birrell. Feeling that her Smartboard was large enough for all students to see, Mrs. Birrell took it upon herself to find a solution. The answer? She purchased a HUGE screen to hang on a connecting wall, which enlarged her viewing space three times over! Way to go, Mrs. Birrell! Now her students can “see” her creativity every day! 

Proud of Our Stallions 

I’ve been thrilled to see how well our students have responded to the Tardy Stations. Each class period, it’s difficult to find a student in the hallways, as they are getting to classes on time and prepared to learn. Of course, we have a half dozen to a dozen students that need to access a Station each bell, but that’s a very small percent based on our overall enrollment of 2325 students. As the days progress, I’m confident that the number will decrease even more. 

SoCo Partners with NASSP 

Students from the Leadership class and SGA partnered with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to have school backpacks stuffed with school supplies and delivered to SoCo students in need. NASSP is a wonderful business partner, and we are grateful to be the recipients of their generosity.  

Parent Advisory Council 

This is a friendly reminder that our first (of four) PAC meetings will be on 10/12/2022. This meeting will provide me with your perspective about what is going well and what needs to be improved at SoCo. If you are interested in attending, please register here.  If you have questions that you would like addressed, please post them here so we can do our best to have a response at the meeting: https://forms.gle/oPstQ8dj8YMWSZcM6.

The council will meet in person four times during the school year from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

  • 10/12/2022
  • 11/22/2022
  • 02/02/2023
  • 05/25/2023

Hoods in School

We have been fairly lenient with our dress code policy at SoCo, but I do need all of your help with one aspect we need to address. Sweatshirt hoods are not allowed to be worn in school. It's a safety issue because we want to be able to see the faces of every student to ensure they are our students. Please talk with your student to ensure they understand this.  As always, if they have any questions, we're happy to have conversations with them.

A Special Meeting 

I met with the first SoCo Principal, Mr. Rumberger, last Friday and had a fantastic conversation with him. Mr. Rumberger is as funny as he is enlightening! I enjoyed hearing his perspective on the history of SoCo, and his humor left me in stitches!  

In closing, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SoCohs) and Instagram (@Southcountyhs) to stay informed and see our SoCo spirit at various events. 

Have a great week! 

Kambar 

#OneStallion 

 

Dr. Reid visiting SCHS 09/21/2022

 

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at South County High School on 09/21/2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. https://forms.gle/dcesq3A4eke3pSAq6

 

SOUTH COUNTY HS SENIORS Chipotle Fundraiser 09/21/2022  5-9:00pm

 

 

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Ever imagine yourself helping out behind the scenes in theatre? Want to know more about props, costumes, lights, sound, and more? Then come to the Tech Crew Interest Meeting for SCHS Theatre Department’s production of She Kills Monsters. You don’t need to sign up to attend and no experience is required. The meeting will be from 3:05-4 pm on Wednesday, September 21 in the Black Box Theatre (room G139). Questions? Please contact Mrs. Rumberger at[email protected].

Love to think on your feet? Are you a natural comedian? Then consider auditioning for the Theatre Sports team! This is a student-driven improvisation team that competes in tournaments throughout the year. Auditions are on Friday, September 23 from 3:05-5 pm in the Black Box Theatre (room G139). Please fill out an audition form at this link before attending auditions: https://bit.ly/3wY4M7C. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Rumberger at[email protected].

You've been Tagged!

Saturday was 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 performing arts in our schools, we depend on contributions from our incredible community.

Student teams came to your door this Saturday asking for tax-deductible contributions to “Support the Arts.”  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 either include a donation in the envelope and drop it off at the school or mail the it to us, or if you prefer PayPal, visit www.schsbands.org, scroll down and click DONATE in the left menu (please include a note that the donation is for Tag Day).  Either way, don’t forget to keep the tag as the receipt for your tax deductible donation.

Thank you again for your support of our Performing Arts Department and we look forward to seeing you at our music and theater productions here at SCHS.

Athletic All-Access Pass

If you are interested in purchasing a South County Athletics All-Access Pass please click on the link below.

SoCo Athletics All-Access Pass

If you have questions, reach out to our Marvin Wooten at [email protected]

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

 

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Digital Resources at South County High School - Parent Consent

This has been a busy week of getting technology to our students, laptops have now been distributed to the majority of our students at this time. As students begin using their laptops in classes and accessing various digital tools, it is important that we share that some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. We now need every family to complete and submit the Digital Resource Parental Consent Form.

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

FCPS will be running the PSAT/ NMSQT and the SAT School Day test on Wednesday, October 12.  October 12 is a 2-hour early release day for high schools and secondary schools.

 

  • Students receiving Category B special education services receive a normal instructional program. 
  • Grade 9 students do not attend school this day
  • The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered  to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost. No additional registration is necessary. The PSAT/NMSQT provides an opportunity to measure student readiness for college and provides practice for the SAT college entrance exam.
  • Grade 12 students interested in taking the SAT School Day were required to fill out the Intent to Participate Google form sent to families in August and September. Students who completed the form will receive a confirmation email the week of September 12th.
  • Grade 12 students choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.
  • The administration of both exams begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 12; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are canceled on this date.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day or PSAT/ NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SAT School Day Coordinator, at [email protected]

FCPS will be running the PSAT/ NMSQT and the SAT School Day test on Wednesday, October 12.  October 12 is a 2-hour early release day for high schools and secondary schools.

  • Students receiving Category B special education services receive a normal instructional program. 
  • Grade 9 students do not attend school this day
  • The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered  to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost. No additional registration is necessary. The PSAT/NMSQT provides an opportunity to measure student readiness for college and provides practice for the SAT college entrance exam.
  • Grade 12 students interested in taking the SAT School Day were required to fill out the Intent to Participate Google form sent to families in August and September. Students who completed the form will receive a confirmation email the week of September 12th.
  • Grade 12 students choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.
  • The administration of both exams begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 12; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are canceled on this date.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day or PSAT/ NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SAT School Day Coordinator, at [email protected]

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window in SIS ParentVUE. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.

Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form below to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892).

Click Here to view form.

Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator with questions.

Fairfax County Social Emotional Learning Screener- OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM

If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please complete this form and return it to your child’s teacher by ______________.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you do not want your child to participate in the SEL screener this year.

CHILD’S NAME__________________________________TEACHER____________________

Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________ Date_____________

 

FCPS Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, la FCPS reconoce y celebra las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los miembros de nuestra comunidad cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR FALL SPORTS PROGRAM SENIOR AD! 

The deadline has been extended to Monday, September 19th!

Contact Elena Jordon today! 

Email: [email protected] 

If you have questions, please call 703-302-0197.

Senior Ad Form

Graduation Date Announced!

Class of 2023, please save the date for graduation!  We are excited to celebrate our senior class on Friday, June 9, 9:30am at Eagle Bank Arena.  At various times throughout the year, we will send out senior newsletters with a great deal of information.  The first one will come out in October.     

The DEA has issued a public warning educating the community about rainbow fentanyl. These particular pills are targeted to youth and young adults by its colorful candy-like appearance making them look harmless. Rainbow Fentanyl resembles playground chalk before it is pressed into pills and has been found in 18 states including West Virginia and New York and are sold as low as $17 (Hawaii) per pill making them affordable. In August of 2022 47,000 pills were confiscated at the Arizona border as well as 186,000 “Perc 30’s” or “Blues”, another popular synthetic opioid found in our county. 

The trend, as reported by users, is to crush the pills, smoke it off of a piece of aluminum foil, with the theory that it is “safer” than snorting. When burned, it often gives off a distinct odor of burned rubber. While we have not seen Rainbow Fentynal yet, Perc 30’s or Blues are popular among adolescents and young adults in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Fentanyl is also found in counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, Xanax, and other licit and illicit drugs.

The Medical Examiner from the Virginia Department of Health recently released its 1st quarter data for 2022 stating 483 people have died from fatal fentanyl overdoses in the state. For Fairfax County data and additional information on youth substance use, please see the Fairfax County Youth Substance Trends webinar linked below.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) provide Tier 1 support throughout FCPS. Each high school pyramid is assigned a SAPS who conducts brief interventions, psychoeducation, and presentations to students, staff, families, and community members. Topics of discussion include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as current trends on substances. For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LRIC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

Sources & Resources:

DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Press Release

DEA Fentanyl Gallery

Narcan Training (English & Spanish)

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends

International Overdose Day

 

Did you know that we are still in an opioid epidemic? Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others (NIH).

The opioid epidemic began with an increase of prescribing these highly addictive medications in the early 1990s.The increase of these medications in society created the issues of overuse and misuse that contributed to the ongoing opioid crisis. In 2010, there was a similar influx of continual problematic opioid use. As a result of the rising opioid overdoses in the community, Fairfax County developed the Opioid Task Force in 2017. Fairfax County created the Substance Abuse Prevention Program in response to the need for prevention education in the schools in 2018. This effort placed Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists in each pyramid.

Opioid abuse is now the leading cause of unnatural death in Fairfax County according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  It is in our community and often goes unnoticed. In 2017, over 100 deaths were attributed to opioid overdose in Fairfax County.  Over 1,200 opioid overdose deaths were reported in the State of Virginia. The 2021 data from the first and second quarters indicate there has been a slight decline since the COVID-19 pandemic. How does this affect our families?

Prescriptions in the home are one of the primary ways children gain access to opioids (i.e. OxyContin), and other addictive and harmful medications, such as benzodiazepines (i.e. Xanax). You can make a beneficial impact on this issue by not saving medication for future use, properly disposing of unused medication, and not giving your prescriptions to children. You can access drug disposal boxes at designated locations throughout the county. For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Safe Disposal Medication Sites:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/drug-disposal.

Truth Initiative Student Opioid Story: https://youtu.be/gODuvhM0BsQ

Narcan Training (English & Spanish): https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/heroin-opioids/revive

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends:https://youtu.be/FiqPh38dtd4

Rainbow Fentanyl: https://www.dea.gov/press-releases/2022/08/30/dea-warns-brightly-colored-fentanyl-used-target-young-americans

For further Information & support:

Catric W. Marshall, MS., LRIC., CCC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected] 

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

2022-2023 School Year

September 14 - 6:00 - Back to School Night

September 17- TAG DAY

September 21 6:30-7:30pm- Dr. Reid visiting SCHS

September 30- Sign & Return SR&R

October 3- Underclassman Picture Make up Date

October 6- Senior Panoramic Picture

October 12-  SAT School Day 

October 12 6:00pm - PAC Meeting

November 14 and 15- Senior Make Up Picture Dates

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

SoCo family,

Despite this being a four-day work week, I feel like there's been SO MUCH going on! All of it is positive, but there's no doubt that SoCo has an action-packed calendar. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind in the coming days.

Stallion Singers

I missed a shout out to our Stallion Singers at the first home football game, and they matched their outstanding performance in last week's game vs. Hayfield. Way to go, SoCo! We're VERY proud of your singing talents! 

Tardy Stations Start Soon!

Our Tardy Stations begin this Monday, Sept. 12. As a reminder, we've given students three weeks to get used to their schedules, as well as train our staff on using this process. Other high schools in the area have used this same model with a lot of success in getting students to class. As a reminder, the first five times that students are tardy to classes, there is no consequence because we understand that "life happens." Beginning with the sixth tardy, after-school detention is issued. Subsequent tardies will result in additional consequences, so please encourage your student to make it to class on time. Our goal is simply to help our students be on-time to all of their classes. 

BTSN

Our Back to School Night is this Wednesday, Sept. 16. Starting at 5:30, you will have access to our PTSO, purchase spirit wear, and other services.  Parents will rotate to all of their students' classes that evening, and we'll begin promptly at 6:00pm.  For more information, please visit our website at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/schs-back-school-night

Remembering 9/11

Service Learning Opportunity:  Volunteer Fairfax will be facilitating VolunteerFest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17, 2022.  This is a great way for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer.  The event will officially kick-off on September 11, 2022, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org and FCPS Service Learning information can be accessed by joining the Schoology Group (access code: QGQR-N77P-Z2ZFX).  Please contact Steven Meyers ([email protected]) for more information. 

Parent Advisory Council

We have our first PAC meeting on October 12 at 6:00pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mrs. Connie Gibson at [email protected].

I look forward to seeing all of you at school or at our after-school events.

Kambar

#OneStallion 

  BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 09/14/2022 at 6:00PM

 

We invite you to join us for our 2022-2023 Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 14th.  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 6:00PM!

Other opportunities during the evening include:

  • School Based Technology Specialist Support and Digital Consent (Main Lobby 5:30 – 8:15PM)
  • Library Presentation Library Database and Ebook Access (Library 5:30PM – 6:00PM)
  • Join the PTSO and other school-related organizations (Main Lobby 5:30PM – 8:15PM) 
  • Purchase spirit wear and learn about school-related activities (Auditorium Hallway: 5:30PM – 8:15PM)

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

September 17th 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 the performing arts 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 Arts.”  Thank you in advance to everyone who donates to our Performing Arts department!  We look forward to seeing you at all of our performing arts productions here at SCHS.

 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.  

 

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

  Digital Resources at South County High School - Parent Consent

 

This has been a busy week of getting technology to our students, laptops have now been distributed to the majority of our students at this time. As students begin using their laptops in classes and accessing various digital tools, it is important that we share that some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. We now need every family to complete and submit the Digital Resource Parental Consent Form.

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

Dr. Reid visiting SCHS 09/21/2022

 

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at South County High School on 09/21/2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. https://forms.gle/dcesq3A4eke3pSAq6

 

 

FCPS will be running the PSAT/ NMSQT and the SAT School Day test on Wednesday, October 12.  October 12 is a 2-hour early release day for high schools and secondary schools.

  • Students receiving Category B special education services receive a normal instructional program. 
  • Grade 9 students do not attend school this day
  • The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered  to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost. No additional registration is necessary. The PSAT/NMSQT provides an opportunity to measure student readiness for college and provides practice for the SAT college entrance exam.
  • Grade 12 students interested in taking the SAT School Day were required to fill out the Intent to Participate Google form sent to families in August and September. Students who completed the form will receive a confirmation email the week of September 12th.
  • Grade 12 students choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.
  • The administration of both exams begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 12; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are canceled on this date.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day or PSAT/ NMSQT administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SAT School Day Coordinator, at [email protected]

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

All students in grades K-12 will participate in the screener twice a year, in the fall and spring. For students in grades K-2, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window in SIS ParentVUE. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.

Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form below to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892).

Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator with questions.

Fairfax County Social Emotional Learning Screener- OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM

If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please complete this form and return it to your child’s teacher by ______________.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you do not want your child to participate in the SEL screener this year.

CHILD’S NAME__________________________________TEACHER____________________

Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________ Date_____________

 

  Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Available

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • The application is now available on the webpage.
  • Paper applications will be available at schools (except ones designated as a CEP school) at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 

Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.


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2022-2023 School Year

September 1-Thursday Football Game

September 2 & 3 - SoCo Field Hockey tournament

September 2 & 5 - Labor Day Holiday

September 7 - 6:00 pm Auditorium- Senior Parent Information Night

September 14 - 6:00 - Back to School Night

September 21 6:30-7:30pm- Dr. Reid visiting SCHS

September 30- Sign & Return SR&R

October 3- Underclassman Picture Make up Date

October 6- Senior Panoramic Picture

November 14 and 15- Senior Make Up Picture Dates

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

 

Greetings, SoCo Family,

As we wind down the second week of school, I want to thank all of you for your continued support with my transition. I've had the pleasure of meeting so many parents and families this past week, and I've truly felt the SoCo love! 

Here are a few updates to keep in mind for the coming days and weeks. 

Thursday Football Game 09/01/2022

To help everyone enjoy our football games, here are a few existing expectations:

  • Students are not permitted to bring water bottles, bags (backpacks, purses, totes, fanny packs, etc.), or athletic balls (football, basketball, etc.)
  • Attending a high school football game is a privilege that can be revoked due to student misbehavior.  

The Sept. 1 game is a Gold Out game, so please wear your Gold shirts to support the Emma Jordan Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation. 

Gold Out 2022 flyer.pdf

Field Hockey

Quick reminder that we have our SoCo Field Hockey tournament this Friday and Saturday, which are also Gold Out days. I look forward to seeing as many Stallions this weekend as possible to support our team!

SOCO FIELD HOCKEY Gold Out 2022 flyer.pdf

Senior Parent Information Night

 

Student Services has some upcoming events for both students and their families to assist you in your post-secondary planning.

For Parents/Guardians:

Senior Parent Information Night is coming up on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  We will discuss the nuts and bolts of post-secondary planning including:

  • College selection and admissions timelines
  • College application components
  • Process for sending important documents such as official transcripts, counselor and teacher recommendations, and test scores when applicable
  • Options available through Northern Virginia Community College
  • Financial aid resources
  • Brief overview of post-secondary options such as military enlistment, employment, and trade and technical education

We welcome any follow up questions at an informal parent Q&A on Thursday, September 15th at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. (Please note that the Q&A is meant for general questions, and we ask that specific questions related to your senior be directed to their individual counselor.)

For Students:

Seniors will participate in group meetings with their counselor to go over college and career planning topics and important Senior To-Dos for this fall during Advisory.  Seniors with last names A-Mon will meet with their counselors on September 6th and last names Moo-Z will meet on September 8th. Students should check in with their Advisory teacher at the beginning of the period before being dismissed to their designated locations. Counselors will also be following up with seniors throughout the fall to discuss individual plans.

Other:

In the meantime, seniors and parents can work on completing two important forms that help your counselor craft any required counselor recommendations. They are the "Request for Counselor Recommendation (Student Form)" and "Parent Input form" at this link:  https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/student-services/post-secondary-planning. Thank you to those of you who already submitted them last spring and over the summer.

  BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 09/14/2022 at 6:00PM

 

We invite you to join us for our 2022-2023 Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 14th.  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 6:00PM!

Other opportunities during the evening include:

  • School Based Technology Specialist Support and Digital Consent (Main Lobby 5:30 – 8:15PM)
  • Library Presentation Library Database and Ebook Access (Library 5:30PM – 6:00PM)
  • Join the PTSO and other school-related organizations (Main Lobby 5:30PM – 8:15PM) 
  • Purchase spirit wear and learn about school-related activities (Auditorium Hallway: 5:30PM – 8:15PM)

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

 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.  

 

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

  Digital Resources at South County High School - Parent Consent

 

This has been a busy week of getting technology to our students, laptops have now been distributed to the majority of our students at this time. As students begin using their laptops in classes and accessing various digital tools, it is important that we share that some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. We now need every family to complete and submit the Digital Resource Parental Consent Form.

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

Dr. Reid visiting SCHS

 

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at South County High School on September 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend https://forms.gle/dcesq3A4eke3pSAq6

 

South County High School will offer the SAT School Day to enrolled twelfth graders on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. FCPS will cover the cost of the test for all enrolled twelfth grade students.

To help the school prepare for testing and ensure testing materials are ordered for your student, families are asked to complete the form below by Wednesday, September 7.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form. 

South County High School: 2022 SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form

https://forms.gle/pnmEGiTZt2BU5ZKb9

A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43896). FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/sat-in-school). Grade 12 students who do not participate in the SAT School Day should engage in another approved activity, such as a college visit.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at South County High School, please contact Chris Bird, SAT School Day Coordinator, at [email protected]

  Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Available

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • The application is now available on the webpage.
  • Paper applications will be available at schools (except ones designated as a CEP school) at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 

Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.


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2022-2023 School Year

August 29 and 30- Underclassman Pictures

September 2 and 5 - Labor Day Holiday

September 7 at 6:00pm Auditorium- Senior Parent Information Night

September 21 6:30-7:30pm- Dr. Reid visiting SCHS

September 30- Sign & Return SR&R

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Feeling the Stallion Spirit!

This past Friday was one of the most incredible feelings of school spirit I've ever seen or felt! I want to begin by thanking everyone who had any part in making the Kick-off Celebration or the football game come together. If I miss recognizing anyone, please blame my mind and not my heart.

The Kick-off Celebration began in the parking lot at 4:30. Thanks to our Director of Student Activities, Mr. Wooten, we enjoyed games of Cornhole, listened to a live DJ, and enjoyed camaraderie of various school-sponsored tables. I especially enjoyed seeing members of the administrative team getting "cooled off" in the dunk tank. Special recognition goes out to Mr. Caven, Mrs. Tolen, Mr. Mimms, and Mr. Wooten for agreeing to serve our student body in this most unique way. Watching our students cheer and laugh at all of these stations warmed my heart!

Then IT happened! As the crowd was still entering the stadium, the Stallion football team took the field. But what I saw next was something I've NEVER seen: A horse comes galloping onto the field with his rider waving our SoCo flag! I can't remember the last time I was so excited! For the next two quarters, I enjoyed watching our football team do what it does best: play some hard-nosed football! Coach Rolander and his coaching staff have done an outstanding job of preparing our team for this season! 

Ditto our Cheerleaders!  These talented athletes, coached by an amazing team lead by Mrs. Edmonds, did an outstanding job of getting the crowd involved with chants as they encouraged our football team to continue scoring time and again!

During the half-time show, I thoroughly enjoyed watching our Marching Band perform! Mr. Engdahl and his team of directors put on a show that can rival Broadway! From the musically and rhythmically talented players to the Color Guard, their performance was PERFECT!

Of course, when SoCo hosts a "party," we do it right! The SoCo Dance Team performed as well. I don't know about any of you, but I never would have had the courage to dance in front of thousands of people when I was in high school. These talented Stallions and their coach, Mrs. McIntire, earned everyone's respect with their performance Friday night.

Last but not least, our Stallion fans in the stands were filled with school spirit! The Hype Squad in particular were especially geared up, and I laughed as I heard their clever chants throughout the night. As teenagers sometimes do, a few times they got a little "too hyped," but I was proud of them for following our directions to keep their feet on the floor. Literally!

All in all, this was an amazing night of seeing our talented Stallions perform! I was so impressed that I took several videos of this amazing night, sending it to my family and friends. All of them were equally impressed. I encourage those of you who have been in SoCo a while to really reflect on how special this evening was. This does NOT happen everywhere! Students are not always so respectful or so talented. SoCo is an amazing hub for gifted students! I feel blessed to be part of the team.

I'll close by saying thank to all of the parents who stopped me to say hello or welcome me to our school community. Every "hello" is so genuine, and I count each as the blessing that it is.

And to my friends who worked the concession area, Bravo on a night well done! Your lines were constant all night, and everyone enjoyed the refreshments you prepared.

Special recognition goes out to the people who weren't on the field but had important roles to fill. Thank you to Officer Cottom and his team for keeping us safe, the friendly ticket taker staff, my AMAZING administrative team and their school spirit, and our hard-working custodians who had the unenviable task of cleaning up after the huge crowd left. These individuals never ask for fanfare, but they deserve a round of applause for their substantial contributions.

Every one of these aspects last Friday night had to come together, or else it would not have been as special as it was.

Thank you, Stallion family! I'm impressed!

Kambar

Senior Parent Information Night

 

Student Services has some upcoming events for both students and their families to assist you in your post-secondary planning.

For Parents/Guardians:

Senior Parent Information Night is coming up on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  We will discuss the nuts and bolts of post-secondary planning including:

  • College selection and admissions timelines
  • College application components
  • Process for sending important documents such as official transcripts, counselor and teacher recommendations, and test scores when applicable
  • Options available through Northern Virginia Community College
  • Financial aid resources
  • Brief overview of post-secondary options such as military enlistment, employment, and trade and technical education

We welcome any follow up questions at an informal parent Q&A on Thursday, September 15th at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. (Please note that the Q&A is meant for general questions, and we ask that specific questions related to your senior be directed to their individual counselor.)

For Students:

Seniors will participate in group meetings with their counselor to go over college and career planning topics and important Senior To-Dos for this fall during Advisory.  Seniors with last names A-Mon will meet with their counselors on September 6th and last names Moo-Z will meet on September 8th. Students should check in with their Advisory teacher at the beginning of the period before being dismissed to their designated locations. Counselors will also be following up with seniors throughout the fall to discuss individual plans.

Other:

In the meantime, seniors and parents can work on completing two important forms that help your counselor craft any required counselor recommendations. They are the "Request for Counselor Recommendation (Student Form)" and "Parent Input form" at this link:  https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/student-services/post-secondary-planning. Thank you to those of you who already submitted them last spring and over the summer.

 

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year!

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

  Digital Resources at South County High School - Parent Consent

 

This has been a busy week of getting technology to our students, laptops have now been distributed to the majority of our students at this time. As students begin using their laptops in classes and accessing various digital tools, it is important that we share that some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. We now need every family to complete and submit the Digital Resource Parental Consent Form.

SCHS Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources:

At South County High School our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at South County High School. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is the  link to the Parental Consent form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. If you need support with filling out the parental consent web form, please access How to fill out the application permission form.

 

Underclassman Pictures will be on Monday and Tuesday (August 29 &30). 

 

Dr. Reid visiting SCHS

 

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at South County High School on September 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend https://forms.gle/dcesq3A4eke3pSAq6

  Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Available

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • The application is now available on the webpage.
  • Paper applications will be available at schools (except ones designated as a CEP school) at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 

Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.


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This Week In Stallion Sports

Click on the link below for this week's sports schedule.

 

South County HS Sports Schedule

Congratulations to Coach Matt Lewis for being named the 2022 Girls' Track & Field High School Coach of the Year for the state of Virginia by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association! 

Welcome Our New Fall Head Coaches!

Kristin McIntire - Head Dance Coach

For the past 10 years, Coach McIntire has taught around the DMV area at studios such as The Movement Studios, Dawn Crafton Dance Connection, Heartbeats Music and Dance, Infinity All-Stars and Velocity All-Stars. She was a member of the nationally ranked George Mason Dance Team and the West Springfield HS Dance Team where the team made serval national appearances including America's Got Talent and The View  

Email: [email protected]

Becca Williams - Interim Head Field Hockey Coach

Coach Williams strongly believes in a positive, fun and inclusive coaching style. Her athletes describe her as LOUD, upbeat and slightly sarcastic. You will always find her carrying around her red speaker playing music at practice and during warmups! Coach Williams also coaches Xtreme’s U16 travel team, and has coach high school for 4 years.

Email: [email protected]

 

Courtney Edmonds - Head Cheerleading Coach

Coach Edmonds comes to South County after spending the past 7 years at Hayfield Secondary School (Alexandria, VA) as an assistant Cheer coach.  During her time at Hayfield, Coach Edmunds played an integral role in leading the program to a Gunston District Championship as well as multiple top 4 finishes at the Region Meet. Before her time at Hayfield, Coach Edmonds served as the Head Coach for Cheerleading and Gymnastics at Lewis HS (Springfield, VA).

Email: [email protected]

The South County HS Athletic Booster Club is looking for members to serve on the Executive Board & Committee. If you are interested in serving this great community, please reach out to Tony Devore at  [email protected]

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2022 Fall Sports Program

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Senior Ad Form Fall 2022.docx

 

All Access Pass

Interested in purchasing a South County Athletic All-Access pass? With the purchase of this pass, you will gain access to all South County High School athletic regular-season home events. Click on the link below for more details. 

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

 

Stallion Kickoff

 

2022-2023 Sports Tryout information

 

To be eligible to tryout for High School Sports you must complete the following:

The athlete AND one parent/guardian must review the online Concussion Education presentation, which is part of the online registration process mentioned above. This must be completed once per year.

The VHSL form must say “Revised January 2021” in the top right corner of pages 1-4. No other versions of this document will be accepted. Please be sure that this form is completed in it's entirety. Incomplete forms will be returned to families. Page 3 must be signed and dated (After May 1, 2022) by a physician. 

All freshmen are academically eligible for sports in the fall and winter. High School students must pass no less than five credits the previous semester to remain eligible each season.

All required forms and contact information for coaches are available on the Athletics and Activities website https://stallionnation.org/.

Tryout Dates

Fall Sports - August 1 Winter Sports - Nov 7 Spring Sports - Feb 20 Cheerleading Boys/Girls Basketball Baseball Cross Country Gymnastics Boys/Girls Crew Dance Boys/Girls Indoor Track Boys/Girls Lacrosse Field Hockey Boys/Girls Swim & Dive Boys/Girls Soccer Football Wrestling Softball Golf   Boys/Girls Outdoor Track Volleyball   Boys/Girls Tennis            

 

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Important Upcoming Dates

 

2022-2023 School Year

August 18 - Freshman/New Student Transfer Orientation/Stallion Stampede

August 22 - First day of school

August 26 -Stallion Kickoff Party (4:30-6:30)

September 2 and 5 - Labor Day Holiday

September 7- 6:00 pm Auditorium

  New Student Orientation Thursday, August 18 - 11:30am - 1:30pm in the Cafeteria

 

Our New Student Orientation (for students who did NOT attend SCMS) will be held on Thursday, August 18th, 2022 from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.  Students will hear from administrators, counselors, and staff about things to look forward to this year. We are looking forward to welcoming our Class of 2026 and our transfer students to the SoCo community! Please see our website at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/

  Stallion Stampede Thursday, August 18 - 2:00-4:00pm

 

Stallion Stampede (2:00-4:00 for ALL students)

Students will have the opportunity to visit their classrooms, learn about clubs, and buy spirit wear. At 2:30 P.M, rising freshman families and those new to the area are invited to join us in the auditorium for our SCHS transition program. 

Freshman Family Presentation (2:30 in the auditorium)

Information for freshman and other new families about school resources and what to expect the first weeks of the school year.

  Digital Resources at South County High School - Parent Consent

 

This information is provided in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. By completing the digital form linked below, you provide permission for your child to use the FCPS-approved online tools listed below as part of an instructional program.

Listed below are the digital tools that are used at your child’s school that require parental approval, and not all tools will be used by every student. The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

For information about the specific tools that will be used by your child, please contact your child’s teachers. You will be notified if additional tools are added to this list and given the opportunity to opt-in to tools that require parental permission. Additionally, FCPS may use digital tools that do not collect, use or share any personal information. 

You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy and how resources are vetted at Digital Resources in FCPS.

This permission will expire at the end of this school year, and can be revoked at any time by contacting the school.  If you have questions about any of the digital resources listed below, please contact your child’s school.

Please use this form to provide parental consent for each student in your family.

 

  Student Bus Route Assignments

Transportation Services emailed student bus route assignments last week. Please note that the provided times are estimates and that buses may be delayed due to weather, traffic conditions, and a national and regional driver shortage.  Please check the Here Comes the Bus app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Students are expected to be at their bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled pickup time. A double back route assignment may require your bus schedule to be adjusted earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. FCPS will send out a final bus schedule on August 19.

Expunging High School Courses Taken in Middle School (Incoming 9th Graders Only)

Parents of incoming 9th grade students who completed a high school course (World Languages, Algebra, and Geometry) in the 2021-22 school year may request the final grades for these courses be omitted from your student’s transcript.  You must submit a Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School form to South County High School Student Services, after the course is completed and prior to October 21, 2022.  This form may be obtained at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

  Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Available

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • The application is now available on the webpage.
  • Paper applications will be available at schools (except ones designated as a CEP school) at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 

Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

  Schedules 

Schedules will be available for viewing on August 18 at 6:00 am through ParentVue and StudentVue.

  SOUTH COUNTY HS LUNCH SCHEDULE

 

Back to School Medication Drop-off

 

The Health Room will be open for drop-off of emergency and daily prescription medications before school starts on Thursday August 18  from 2:00pm-4:00pm

All medications may be dropped off after the start of school M-F 8am – 3pm.  All visitors are required to check in at the Main Office.

All medications are required to have a medication authorization. Asthma inhalers are now required to come with the Virginia Asthma Action Plan completed.

Epinephrine Authorization

Medication Authorization

Virginia Asthma Action Plan

Health Information Form

Emergency Care Form

As needed, over-the-counter medications may be transported to school (directly to the clinic) after the first day by high school students, however the medication must be in the original unopened container and accompanied by an appropriate Medication Authorization. We can no longer accept open containers of over-the-counter medications.

All prescription medications must be transported to school by a parent or designated adult.  Students are not allowed to bring in prescription medications.  Prescription labels must include a description of the medication.

Due to changes in the medication policy, it may take longer to drop off your student’s medication. Please allow time for this, and thank you for your patience.

Please contact Faustina Sarpong,  Public Health Nurse, [email protected]

or Uzma Baig, School Health Aide, [email protected]

  Required Immunizations

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. Appointments are required for most vaccination clinics. Don’t wait until the last minute when you might not be able to find an appointment. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of clinics or schedule with your family’s health care provider

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Meningococcal Vaccine Reminder - Class of 2023

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into one of its schools. All students in grade 12 are required to have been immunized with one dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine given at the age of 16 or older. Please read this information for submitting records to SCHS.  Proof of immunization must be submitted to the school. These documents need to be returned prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year, preferably by July 1. For more information on this requirement, visit this FCPS website

New Asthma Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

Attention parents of students with asthma and rescue inhalers. Starting with the 2022-2023 school year, all students bringing an inhaler to school will need to have a signed copy of the Virginia Asthma Action Plan with them, in addition to an FCPS authorization form. The asthma action plan must be filled out by the physician and the authorization by the parent (and student for self-carry.) If you are planning to send in an inhaler in the fall and have not received an email with details, please reach out to the public health nurse at  [email protected] for more information.

 

  August 22 - First day of school!!! August 26 -  

Stallion Kick-off (4:30-6:30pm). This is the night of our first home football game, so we’ll have lots of pre-game fun to celebrate and get everyone in the mood for a great evening.

 

Laptop Distribution will take place Wednesday 08/24- Friday 08/26 through students' English classes. 

Check schedule below.

 

Date Grades Wed., 8/24/22 GR 12 + 11 Thurs., 8/25/22 GR 9-12 Fri., 8/26/22 GR 9 + 10

 

Senior Parent Information Night

 

Student Services has some upcoming events for both students and their families to assist you in your post-secondary planning.

For Parents/Guardians:

Senior Parent Information Night is coming up on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  We will discuss the nuts and bolts of post-secondary planning including:

  • College selection and admissions timelines
  • College application components
  • Process for sending important documents such as official transcripts, counselor and teacher recommendations, and test scores when applicable
  • Options available through Northern Virginia Community College
  • Financial aid resources
  • Brief overview of post-secondary options such as military enlistment, employment, and trade and technical education

We welcome any follow up questions at an informal parent Q&A on Thursday, September 15th at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. (Please note that the Q&A is meant for general questions, and we ask that specific questions related to your senior be directed to their individual counselor.)

For Students:

Seniors will participate in group meetings with their counselor to go over college and career planning topics and important Senior To-Dos for this fall during Advisory.  Seniors with last names A-Mon will meet with their counselors on September 6th and last names Moo-Z will meet on September 8th. Students should check in with their Advisory teacher at the beginning of the period before being dismissed to their designated locations. Counselors will also be following up with seniors throughout the fall to discuss individual plans.

Other:

In the meantime, seniors and parents can work on completing two important forms that help your counselor craft any required counselor recommendations. They are the "Request for Counselor Recommendation (Student Form)" and "Parent Input form" at this link:  https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/student-services/post-secondary-planning. Thank you to those of you who already submitted them last spring and over the summer.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6), Middle School (7-8), and High School (9-12).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].


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Dear SoCo Family,

I  hope all of you are doing well as summer break is coming to an end and we’re all preparing for an exciting return to school.  I just have a few brief updates to share with you.

First, I have reminders about a few important dates to keep in mind.

  August 18 -

New Student Orientation (11:00-1:30 for all students new to the SC community) and Stallion Stampede (2:00-4:00 for ALL students)

Students will be able to access their schedule electronically and we will also have hard copies available at this event.

  August 22 - First day of school!!! August 26 -  

Stallion Kick-off (5:00-7:00pm). This is the night of our first home football game, so we’ll have lots of pre-game fun to celebrate and get everyone in the mood for a great evening.

Besides these events, I want to give a shout-out to our NHS and SGA students who came to school this past week to serve as models for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. These students donated their time and had pictures and videos taken to celebrate being leaders within our school. Their images are going to be printed as posters to be hung in our school, as well as being posted on our website. We should have the posters in our hands within the next few weeks, and I’ll certainly let you know when that’s done.
During this photoshoot, I enjoyed spending time with all of our students and getting to know them. I was especially appreciative of the input that was given to me by Brandon, Michele, Abel, Leyan, Yasmeen, and Maya. The input I received about ways they hope to enjoy the school year was priceless. I can’t wait to hear even more ideas from students in the coming weeks and months.
Lastly, I’d like to highlight that we have a car wash sponsored by the SCHS Cheerleaders this Saturday, August 13 from 9:00-2:00. Here’s a digital flyer with a few more details:

 

Laptop Distribution will take place Wednesday 08/24- Friday 08/26.

Check schedule below.

 

Date Grades Wed., 8/24/22 GR 12 + 11 Thurs., 8/25/22 GR 9-12 Fri., 8/26/22 GR 9 + 10

 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6), Middle School (7-8), and High School (9-12).  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the upcoming events.

Kambar

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Fall Sports Parent Meeting:

There will be a Fall Sports Parent Meeting on Tuesday, August 9th @ 6:30pm. We will meet in the Main Gym to discuss general department information and then break into individual team meetings. Golf and Dance will have individual team meetings at a later date to be announced. 

Senior Pictures

Dear Parents and Rising Seniors Class of 2023:

 

We at Victor O’Neill Studios, your school’s official school photographer, are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits at the schoolAugust 10-12 for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session B

 

The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits.  Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time. Appointments are open for booking one session at a time, future sessions are not yet available to book.

 

**Sessions are scheduled one at a time. Future session dates have not yet been announced. You will receive another announcement from the school when the next session is available for booking**

 

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This Week In Stallion Sports

Click on the link below for this week's sports schedule.

 

South County HS Sports Schedule

Stallion Stampede

 

 

For more information regarding this year's Stallion Stampede, click on the link below.

 

 

Schedule for Stallion Stampede

Stallion Kickoff

Join us on August 26th (before the first home football game) from 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the Senior parking lot for our first annual "Stallion Kickoff".

 

We will have music, food, and games! This event is open to everyone so bring your neighbor.

 

For more details, contact Marvin Wooten @ [email protected]

 

2022-2023 Sports Tryout information

 

To be eligible to tryout for High School Sports you must complete the following:

The athlete AND one parent/guardian must review the online Concussion Education presentation, which is part of the online registration process mentioned above. This must be completed once per year.

The VHSL form must say “Revised January 2021” in the top right corner of pages 1-4. No other versions of this document will be accepted. Please be sure that this form is completed in it's entirety. Incomplete forms will be returned to families. Page 3 must be signed and dated (After May 1, 2022) by a physician. 

All freshmen are academically eligible for sports in the fall and winter. High School students must pass no less than five credits the previous semester to remain eligible each season.

All required forms and contact information for coaches are available on the Athletics and Activities website https://stallionnation.org/.

Tryout Dates

Fall Sports - August 1 Winter Sports - Nov 7 Spring Sports - Feb 20 Cheerleading Boys/Girls Basketball Baseball Cross Country Gymnastics Boys/Girls Crew Dance (August 11 &12) Boys/Girls Indoor Track Boys/Girls Lacrosse Field Hockey Boys/Girls Swim & Dive Boys/Girls Soccer Football Wrestling Softball Golf   Boys/Girls Outdoor Track Volleyball   Boys/Girls Tennis            

Weekly News From South County High School

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  • South County Theatre
  • Math In Action
  • From the Library
  • From the PTSO
  • Boys Summer Basketball Camp
  • Important Upcoming Dates
From The Principal

Family,

Well, we finally arrived at the end of the school year.  I am not supposed to say that I have been counting down the days…. So I won’t.  Feel free to think what you want however. 😊  Even with all of the twists, turns, and curveballs the year threw at us, we still made it through successfully. And through it all we stuck together and found a way to provide our students with a great experience. Your children are quite resilient and their grit truly touched and motivated me.

But before I get into my final message of the year and my tenure at South County, I would like to acknowledge two groups who finished up the year on a very high note. 

First, I want to give the band a huge shout out to our band who performed amazingly on June 1st.  I would like to specifically congratulate our Senior band students for providing he community with an awesome show!  I would Also like to congratulate the rest of our band performers for their commitment to the band program and for where you will take it.  We are expecting great things from you all next year!

I would also like to share congratulations with Ms. Kailyn Nguyen and Ms. Maya Wilson for winning the Virginia State Women's Tennis Doubles Championship!  They performed at a very high level all year and showed just how much they deserved the title with an impressive win in the state finals.  

For those of you who weren't able to make it to Eagle Bank Arena for graduation or able to watch the live streaming, I wanted to say that the ceremony was fantastic and moving.  Dare I say that I was nearly brought to tears myself?  Dare I say that it happens almost every time I am around our students in that type of environment? I admit it.  I am a 6’3” 2XX lb. softy.   578 Stallion students were untethered and released upon the world.  Watch over my babies will you?  They are indeed a very special bunch to me.

It is with very mixed emotions that I share with you that one of our beloved assistant principals,  Mr. Warren Carrington, will be moving on to work in another school district for the 22-23 school year.  You might ask why I care so much.  I hope that you wouldn't, but you might! 😊  Well I of course want to ensure that as I move on, I leave South County in the best possible shape that I can.  Warren will be a huge loss for the South Cunty community and his impact on the building will be sorely missed.  So that is the bitter side of that news.  The sweet side is that he will be going with yours truly to Metz Middle School where he will be given the opportunity to delve deeply back into his middle school roots and continue his path toward his own principalship in the future.  If you happen to run into Mr. Carrington, please give him a huge hug and congratulations, as well as thanking him for all the work he put into making South County such a great place to be a part of.  

I would like to take a quick moment and share my most sincere thanks to every parent and guardian I have been able to work with throughout my time at South County.  While the vast majority of the interactions I have had with Families have been absolutely awesome, there have been one or two that would fall into a different category.  Regardless, I have appreciated every interaction because they have helped to shape me and allow me to grow as a principal.  I have been able to reflect as a result of every conversation, and I believe that I am better because of the lessons learned.  

Thank you for all of the support you have provided me and the rest of the staff, and all of the flexibility you have shown me.  I have always stated that I don't ddo this job alone.  I hope that you realize all the the assistance you have provided to allow me to do the job that I love with all of my heart.  

Your notes and words of encouragement have motivated me throughout my time here and I am thankful for the fact that so many of you have taken time out t share your words with me.  I have appreciated the drop-ins at the school and run-ins in the community from time to time.  Every handshake, hug, and kind smile was very well received and felt to my core.  I don't know what any other principal has gone through, but I wouldn't trade my experiences with you for anyone else's in the world.  

Working with your children is a blessing.  Thank you for trusting that I would take care of them, keep them safe, and provide them with an experience that would allow them to feel like South County was a great place to go to school.  I can only hope that I wa able to provide the type of environment that I set out to provide which would be no less than that I would expect to exist for my own children.  If i could do that for you, I will be able to sleep well the night of my last day.  

Finally, I want to wish each of you a very safe and restful summer.  Please take the time to relax, put your feet up when you can, and enjoy your respective Families.  Give a hug to "My Babies"... (all of them 9 - 12).  Please let them know that I will miss them dearly and that I send my very best!  I will be around until the 30th for the most part if you need to reach me.  Know that you have truly helped to create a great community. I love you all.  #OneStallion

Gary

South County Theatre At The Kennedy Center for the CAPPIES Awards!

Monday night June 6th was the “CAPPIES” Gala at the Kennedy Center! This awards ceremony is the culmination of a year-long viewing and evaluation of the fall plays and spring musicals produced by the theatre departments at over 80 public and private high-schools in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. South County’s exceptional cast and crew from our fall play “Puffs” were nominated in six different categories, and also participated as performers on-stage during the gala’s ceremonies. Congrats to all of our amazing nominees, our 2 CAPPIES winners, and our performers as recognized below!

SCHS Cappies Nominees were:

• Dominique Monette - Stage Management - WON!

• Anna Rae Eppard - Best Supporting Actor in a Play - WON!

• Emma Skog - Props

• Philip Gigrich, Steven Gigrich & Sarah Khalil - Sound

• Zach Smith - Featured Actor in a Play

• Noah Pflugrath - Lead Actor in a Play

 

• Emmie Caplan was SCHS’s Spotlight Performer who performed in the opening song/dance number and acted as an extra in a scene later in the ceremony. 

• Kaitlyn Beasley was a Singer who performed in the opening and closing song/dance numbers.

• Zibby English was on-stage to escort nominees, speakers, and present awards.

  

South County Math In Action

SOUTH COUNTY MATH IN ACTION is excited to announce Math Boot Camps for students entering Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry in the 2022-2023 School Year. 

Dates:  Tuesday August 9, 2022 to Friday August 12, 2022 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.  Transportation is NOT provided.

Please direct all questions to Tracy Birrell, [email protected].

Registration Link:  https://bit.ly/3wQiRV0    (Registration Closes Friday July 15, 2022 @ 3:00 pm.

  

From the Library

Summer Reading

Looking for summer reading recommendations?

The Fairfax County Public Library has great reading recommendations and activities for summer reading. Please check out the FCPL Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program that is from June 10th-August 12th.

The Virginia State Literacy Association creates book lists of recommendations each year for their Virginia Readers’ Choice lists each year. Check out their fantastic titles on this upcoming year’s lists.

  

Students To Continue Glass Recycling

Two South County HS sophomore students have started a glass recycling program within the Laurel Hill Community. Because of the changes made by Fairfax County, glass is no longer picked up in regular recycling bins. Residents are advised to deposit their glass at recycling facilities. Their program picks up glass and takes it to the facilities as a means of making the process more convenient for our community.  Varun and Eshaan have been able to collect glass and spread the word about how it is important to recycle your glass the right way.  They have been able to learn throughout the development of their program the importance of recycling and how it saves our environment if everyone makes a collective effort.  Over the course of five pickups, these two have been able to collect 1,677 lb of glass.  That is about 2,236 12 oz glass bottles.  This is an awesome effort and we want to not only applaud their work, but also spread the word to allow others to be a part of making this world a better place for us all.  You can find more information about their campaign here.

From the PTSO

Thank you parents and guardians for your never ending support.  The many volunteer hours, gift cards, food and gift donations for our staff and students were greatly appreciated. 

Thank you and goodbye to Deb Boullianne who is retiring this summer after many years of dedication to our school.  We are truly grateful for your support and all you did to help us (many which went unseen).  Thank you to Mary deKanter who helped and guided us this year with our many events at the school (and last minute room changes). 

Thank you Principal Morris and our amazing SCHS staff for supporting our students during a time with so much change.

Thank you to our 2021-22 PTSO board members - Kidada Bivens, Francis Fick, Renee Flynn, Melinda Fortunato and Patty Klunder.  Your dedication is inspiring.

Thank you and welcome to incoming board members Ellen Ardrey, Kitty Greenstein and Katie O’Donnell who will join returning board members Renee Flynn and Melinda Fortunato for our 2022-23 school year.  We wish you all the best.

    

2022 BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP June 20th-24th & June 27th-July 1st

Who | Basketball Enthusiasts Ages 7 - 15 Time | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost | $190 Save $15 if you sign up for both sessions Sibling Discount - $15 off first sibling Location | South County HS Gym (Entrance #11)

To Register: https://www.stallionsboysbasketball.com/basketball-camp.cfm

 

Camp Includes:

  • Daily Skill Instruction from SC Coaches & Players
  • 5 on 5  League Play & Championship Tournament
  • 1 on 1 Tournament
  • Hot Shot Contest
  • Free Throw Contest
  • Individual & Team Awards
  • Free Camp T-Shirt

What to bring

  • Basketball shoes
  • Athletic shorts & t-shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Campers may bring a lunch or purchase one from the CONCESSION STAND

 

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