Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

The South County Pyramid Principals wanted to send a unified message that would provide you information about grading and the schedule for distance learning that will begin on April 14.  We understand that families have children who are in more than one school in our pyramid and we wanted to put out one piece of information to make things a little bit easier for you to handle. 

GRADING

Elementary Students:

No fourth quarter grades will be assigned to elementary students due to equity issues of access to technology and limited student ability to submit work during distance learning.  Elementary students will engage in teacher-led and independent learning.  Learning packets will be distributed by mail to all PK-6 students beginning the week of March 30 and ending the week June 8.  Literacy and math content will also be made available on FCPS Cable Channel 21.   

Middle/High School Students:

The School Board was briefed that no student work assigned after March 13 will be graded, at the recommendation of VDOE; however, work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24 in order to be applied in the calculation of students’ third quarter grades. Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. To that end, middle school and high school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript.

SCHEDULE

Elementary School Students:

Teachers will provide an hour of virtual instruction and be available for one hour of “office” time to provide individual and small group support Monday through Thursday.  More detailed schedules will be sent by each elementary school.

Learning Activities

  • Students will have access to weekly print activities through centrally created and distributed learning packets.
  • Students will engage with the teacher in virtual chat as detailed in the school schedule.
  • Video lessons available on cable Channel 21 and through Channel 21 web streaming.
  • Teachers created activities will be posted in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard to ensure caregiver access.
  • G Suite and Google Classroom may be used for students to complete activities.
  • Students should have both off and on-screen learning activities.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Complete the weekly packets from FCPS
  • Use MyON and DreamBox daily
  • Spend time reading and discussing what they are reading
  • Participate in class meetings and lessons
  • Check and complete assignments posted in FCPS 24-7/Blackboard

Please see Blackboard 24-7 for more information from your child’s teacher and to obtain the link for virtual classroom meetings/lessons via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Teachers will continue to be available via email or phone and will answer parent communication within 24-48 hours. 

Middle and High School Students:

Distance learning for students begins on April 14.  Students should check their Blackboard accounts for messages and updates from their teachers.  Each teacher will provide the following information prior to April 14.

  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link
  • At the start of each class, students just need to click on the link
  • This link will automatically connect them to the classroom
  • Office hours times and days

 

 

As we transition to this Distance Learning model of instruction, we are also focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Student Services and Mental Health team will be collaborating with our teachers during this transition, but please do not hesitate to reach out to a counselor if you need any assistance. 

We are looking forward to beginning this new learning experience with you and to “get back to school.”   If you have questions, concerns, or just want to say hello please reach out to us directly. #OnePyramid

 

Be Well and Best Regards, 

Janice Dalton, Principal, Laurel Hill Elementary School

Melaney Mackin, Principal, Silverbrook Elementary School

Kerry Peerman, Principal, Halley Elementary School

Angela Thompson, Principal, Newington Forest Elementary School

Peter Kownacki, Principal, South County Middle School

Gary Morris, Principal, South County High School

Yearbook YEARBOOK STAFF NEEDS YOUR HELP

The first task we need help with is we want to do a page on 2019-2020 trends, but we need pictures.  These can be hair trends, jewelry trends, shoe trends, technology trends, food trends, stickers, computers, backpacks, make up, etc, etc, etc.  Whatever things you think have helped define the look of this school year.  If you have an idea, snap a picture of it and email it to jldelinski@fcps.edu. Include your name and what the trend is that you are representing.

The second task is we are looking for senior athletes.  We are doing a story about how the Spring 2020 season got canceled and what that means for the athletes who spent the year preparing—especially those athletes who were preparing for their last high school season.  What do you want to share with the school?  What do you want to remember?  What do you want to pass on?

If you have any quotes to share, please email your thoughts to jldelinski@fcps.edu. Include your name and what sport you play.:

 

Yearbook Online Sales extended

Students are working hard to make sure a yearbook is produced to reflect the year as a whole.  Due to the cancellation of on-site schooling, online sales are being extended.  Information about yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.  Get your yearbook online today.  www.yearbookforever.com

    

On the Line

Weekly Updates for Stallions:

VHSL One Act State Champs

VHSL 6A Boys Basketball State Champs

Largest DECA Chapter in VA

Regional Science Fair Winners:

     1st Place Environmental Engineering- Catherine Resta

     2nd Place Plant Sciences- Laila Leak & Gracyn Redding

     3rd Place Chemistry- Jayden Blackmon, Asma Abdi

                                         & Lydia Addisalem

     3rd Place Physics and Astronomy- Brandon Dawson & Elliot Evans

     Honorable Mention- Material Science- Mand Jasmin

                                        Microbiology- Jordan Tran & Annie Tran

                                        Animal Sciences- Phoebe Ngo

                                        Chemistry- Ronit Reddy, Taylor Le

                                                           & Mugi Murugavel

  

 

 

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This Thursday, information will be provided in English, Spanish, Arabic and Korean.

 

 

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

 

Family,

I hope this message finds each of you and your families safe and well.  As we continue to work our way through this unprecedented time, I want you to know that we are working very diligently alongside the rest of the dedicated employees in FCPS to do what is best for our, and all students.  During this time, we have never been so coordinated as we are at this time, and this is due to the fact that as we progress, we have to take into account providing the most equitable solutions for all of our young clients.  I know that I shared this with you before, but again please do your best to be as patient as possible because this is a humongous shift in thinking we are having to work though.

I hope that you have been receiving and taking the time to listen to or read the many updates that have come from the Superintendent’s Office around the Distance Learning Plan (DLP). Yesterday, Dr. Brabrand met with the School Board to present to them our plan for educating our students through the end of the year.  If you were not able to watch the meeting, here is a summary of what was discussed as posted on the FCPS website.

With all that was shared with respect to instruction we still have so many questions around what everything else is going to look like, or how we will handle other areas of the school experience for our students.  Trust me, we are asking many of those same questions and working with the leadership to come up with answers for our families. If you have questions, please feel free to ask.  I will try to be transparent here and say that if the question is not tied to instruction, 90% of my answers will likely be, “I am not sure about that at this time, but I will run that up the chain to try to find an answer for you.”  This is due to the fact that just about all of our focus has been dedicated to our instructional structure.  I hope that we have been responsive to those of you who have asked questions.  We will continue to try to provide the best possible customer service we can. 

Now I am going to run down a few things I need you to consider as you bite your tongue before asking that question (whatever it is) that is burning a hole in your lip. 

  • Please know that the directives we are working under are coming from the VDOE and we are doing our best to adjust to them. So when it comes to progress for your individual child, and considering his or her perspective academic career path, please know that there is only so much customization that we are able to do in the midst of this crisis. 
  • As I have shared before, we are a huge school district and the size restricts us from moving as quickly as we all want to.  So being able to begin earlier, or move faster, or..... is tough to do.
  • Please consider the fact that our teaching and support staff also have the challenges that many of you are facing of double duty. They too are being asked to navigate working to provide the best possible learning experience and care for our students, while also ensuring the care of their own little ones around their respective homes. 

I know that some of our students would like to get into the building to pick up items they may have left.  Only critical needs will be addressed such as:

  • laptops or laptop chargers
  • emergency medications that you are not able to obtain from your primary care physician

In either of these situations, we are not allowing students to come into the building.  But we would retrieve these critical items for you to pick up through curbside delivery at the school.  Unfortunately we still are not able to allow access to the building for students as we are still being directed (and rightly so) to continue to practice social distancing at its highest levels. 

I have asked our teachers to actively reach out to their students to allow them to make up missed work from before March 13th.  Assessments may be a bit more difficult to work through at this time due to the fact that we have to be concerned about test/quiz security.  But we are working on how to do this for our students.  I strongly encourage you to have your students to reach out to their teachers to reconnect.  In fact, someone needs to reach out to me!  Where is the love folks?!!

On April 14th, teachers will begin 4th quarter instruction.  While the 4th quarter will result in a "No Mark" grade, please encourage your students to engage as much as possible in the instructional model we will have in place.  While it won’t be the same experience they have been used to, I am confident that it will be a valuable one that will afford them to display mastery of their courses which could positively influence their grades. 

Thank you once again for allowing me to lead our school.  I remain committed to your children and I ask that you let them know that we are all in this with them!  Take care, stay safe, and be well.  #OneStallion

Gary

 

 

Yearbook YEARBOOK- SENIOR ADS

We will stop accepting senior ads on March 31.  If you would like to send your graduate a special message that will last a lifetime, buy it now.  www.yearbookforever.com

 

Yearbook Online Sales extended

Students are working hard to make sure a yearbook is produced to reflect the year as a whole.  Due to the cancellation of on-site schooling, online sales are being extended.  Information about yearbook distribution will be sent out at a later date.  Get your yearbook online today.  www.yearbookforever.com

    

Mulch Sale Cancelled

The Mulch sale has been cancelled. *No payments were processed. For further inquiries please email sdanderson@fcps.edu.

   

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

 

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COVID-19 Update

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From The Principal

Family,

Today the news was delivered that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Out of a sense of duty to protect our community from the Corona virus, we are not going to be able to open the building for classroom learning. As a result, the Fourth Quarter this year will be delivered through distance learning. Fairfax County Public Schools is working on a plan to determine how to communicate Third Quarter grades.  

Starting April 14, 2020, all students will be connected to their classroom teachers online. Students who do not have access to internet services are asked to contact their school counselor in order to receive a Mifi device, or internet support. The Virginia Governor and Fairfax County officials are working diligently to ensure that all students scheduled to graduate in June are afforded the opportunity to earn their diploma.

I will be sharing protocols around students returning to schools to pick up personal  items and parents to retrieve medication will come out by the end of the week. Please look for that future communication.  

Below are other updates that were shared with FCPS Principals:

AP Update:

Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.

Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. 

For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

 

College Board timeline for next steps:

March 23 – an update sent to students directly from the College Board.

March 25 – students will have access to College Board’s free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools. Students can find the classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement

April 3 – the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam will be published by the College Board.

 

  •   Resources to support continuity of learning are available on FCPS 24-7 (http://fcps.blackboard.com) and on the FCPS website

○   Resources are organized by grade level and require minimal preparation/supplies

○   Resource view totals: 784,663 for ES and 348,564 for MS/HS (as of 3/20)

  •   Parents/Guardians w/o FCPS 24-7 received account access via mail on 3/16
  •   Instructional video about accessing FCPS 24-7 is posted on FCPS website
  •   Instructions for families on how to use the resources are translated into top eight languages

 

Self-directed Economics and Personal Finance:

Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, those students who were registered for the self-directed Economics and Personal Finance course as of March 19, 2020 for either summer session 1 or summer session 2, will have the ability to begin the course online through Virtual Virginia.

Students who are currently registered for one of the summer courses will receive an email through the summer school registration system to their fcpsschools.net email address with the information about beginning the course.

All students, regardless of which summer session they registered for, will have until July 31, 2020 to complete the course.

Preparing for Distance Learning: 

Instructional Services and Information Technology staff held web conferences with elementary and secondary principals on Friday, March 20 to communicate the plan for staff training and resuming instruction.

 

Details of the distance learning plan will be shared with parents this week.

 

Learning material packets will be mailed to all families of students in preschool through grade 8 beginning the week of March 30.

 

 

Technology distribution begins Wednesday, March 25

  •   Prioritizing Distribution

○   High School MiFi Devices

○   Middle School Laptops

○   Middle School MiFi Devices, If/When Available

○   Elementary School Laptops

  •   Students identified individually by school staff prior to arrival at school

○   Parent Permission Required (Forms have been translated)

  •   Schedules will be specific to each school
  •   New Health Department Requirements

○   Health pre-check survey must be conducted with each parent

 

 

SOLs 

  • VDOE is preparing an application for statewide testing waiver.

 

This is a very trying time Family.  But we know as a Stallion Family, we can persevere anything.  I am completely confident in what we will have in place for your child to allow them to continue their learning.  Even though online learning is not face-to-face learning, our teachers are still equally anxious to reconnect with their students.  Along with that I am equally confident that your children’s teachers are motivated to see every student through to a successful completion of the year and should be seen as another trusted adult throughout this process.  I want every student to know that were are with them through this crisis, and as I shared, we can persevere anything.   

And just when I got around to liking all of them… 

                                         ….. I’m forced to miss them, and miss them I do. 

Please take care of yourselves and your Families.  Practice the recommended protocols around person health and safety to include consistent hand washing, proper coughing and sneezing, and practicing social distancing.  Anything.  Stay well Familiy. #OneStallion

Gary

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

I know that with all that is going on, and with so many questions we all have, it seems like it has been forever since my last communication with you all.  I feel the same way.  And can I say that I do miss you all? Well I’m saying it. Deal with it. 

To be honest with you, I don’t have a great deal of news for you.  The latest information I have has come from the Superintendent’s message which can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-supt-messages.  I hope that you were able to take some time to listen to Dr. Brabrand’s Facebook Live conversation.  I know that he was not able to provide a lot of definitive answers to questions that were posed in the chat line, but I would like to double down on what he has shared around the work that is being done to prepare us for what is next.  Leadership, in concert with principals and other support staff are meeting multiple times daily to develop the plans to allow schools to get back to teaching students.  All the while, they are also having to take into account concerns around the mental and physical health and safety of all students and staff during this crisis.

I understand the angst that you may be going through concerning what instruction will look like and when will it begin.  I too have teenagers in the house and I am eager for them to get started sooner than later as well.  The district is doing its best to get it right as best we can the first time.  I have given the directive to our teachers to ensure that during this time, that they are to be working with their colleagues to prepare for being able to provide specific classroom instruction in an online format when we push the GO button on this thing.  They are all very anxious to move forward, but for some, this is as scary as it is for your children, and we have to make sure South County, as well as all other schools are prepared to go when it is time.  So as much as it pains me to say this, please be patient with us and the system as a whole.  A system as big as ours needs time to turn. Just know that we will always work to do the best for all students; and in these uncharted waters, we are turning as fast as we can while still trying to maintain the integrity of a world class educational system.

I am holding meetings virtually with the rest of the admin team and the faculty to touch base with them to provide them with all the “That’s a good question…. We will have to look into that….. and, I really don’t know….” answers I have.  But at least we don’t know together!  So there’s a positive.  In all honesty, we are still working and getting ready.  We are encouraging that they reach out to their students, and I am encouraging your children to feel comfortable to reach out to their teachers. If it is only to say hello and to let them know they are okay, that is a healthy choice.  It will make the day of their teachers as well. 

As we continue along this unfortunate journey, please know that we all have a part to play in this.  Your responsibilities around social distancing are immense and I need you to share that with your children.  If we are to beat this virus, we must as a community commit to practicing the health and safety protocols defined by the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.  This is the only way that we can win is if we all take this very seriously.  As much as we are having to normally discourage teen screen time, social time through the screen may be the best way for them to communicate with their peers right now.  Or encourage them to use the darn phone the way it was initially intended to be used!

For those of you who have been in contact with me, I want to just say thank you for your continued support.  I am with you in this and we will get through this together.  We need to move at the speed we can do so safely.  I will do my best to keep you informed with the latest information available. Know that I have heard your questions around the online learning start dates, 3rd Quarter grades, reimbursements, field trips, spring sports, SOL’s, AP exams, graduation and whatever else is in that kitchen sink.  When I get it, you will get it.  Trust me.  If you hear of something that would be beneficial to our community, please feel free to let me know.  I need some good news too.  Until we have the chance to chat again, please take care of each other (from a distance) and stay well.  #MissYou and #OneStallion

 

Gary

 

 

Yearbook Sales

The yearbook is still being produced and will be available at the end of the year.  However, due to school being out, we are extending online sales until school resumes.  This means that we still have books available for sale.  Also- senior parents- you can still buy senior ads for your students until the end of March.  Most parents include meaningful pictures throughout their grad’s life and a special note.

With so much being cancelled, we hope the yearbook will bring some comfort in helping students remember this year as a whole.

Books and ads available at www.yearbookforever.com

    

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

Last Friday, our symphonic band traveled to West Potomac High School to participate in our VBODA State Assessment (think SOLs for band).  I am pleased to announce that the symphonic band received straight superior ratings (the highest a group can receive).  The marching band also received a superior rating this past fall at their state assessment, so the South County Band Program is now a Virginia Honor Band for the 4th year in a row.  Please join me in congratulating those students on a job well done!

Last weekend, our Model UN team competed and one of our students earned the Best Delegate and the Gavel in her committee. Congratulations to Ms. Rebecca Connor for her hard work and accomplishment. I want to also give a shout out to our UN Teacher Sponsor Ms. Chris House for working with these students and helping to provide them with another real-world experience.

On the same day last week, one of South County’s finest, Ms. Siedeen Ahmed was awarded with the Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County. She was one of 26 students recognized this year. Ms. Ahmed’s contribution to South County has been that she founded the South County Interfaith Club that serves to provide a safe space for student-led discussions about personal beliefs and current societal effects of various religions in the community and county. I have attended a couple of the activities they have put together and they have been some of the most impactful opportunities I have been a part of EVER!

This week Mrs. Woodson’s marketing students partnered with South County Best Buddies to share, “What Fills Your Cup?” The character exercise was crafted to allow students to express what fills their personal passions and internal fortitude. As part of the Portrait of a Graduate benchmark for Goal Setting and Resilient Learner, the students verbally expressed their desire to become their authentic selves through the process of shedding what doesn’t define them.  The cup represents the clear outer shell of each individual, and students were able to design their individual traits that shape who they are as a whole person focusing on the inside.  Students discussed personal reflections of loss, desires, passion, beliefs, and stress. The ultimate goal was achieved as students were able to build a deeper understanding that we are all searching for who we want to truly become. Here are a couple of pictures.

On Wednesday, a small group of our Broadcast Journalism students had the opportunity to go over to Apple 21 to see a show being put together. This was another opportunity for some of our students to have exposure to a real-world experience and then be able to bring it back and apply it in their work at our school. Ms. Delinski stated that not only did they get to shadow a team of people filming a live show, but the interviewee on the show was the great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and they got to talk to her after the show.  Additionally, they got to speak to the woman who interviewed her, a White House historian.  The whole experience was super cool, and the kids were giddy afterwards. We are so lucky to have these opportunities for our students and thank you for supporting our efforts to make them happen!

Congratulations to our Men’s Varsity Basketball Team who earned the schools second State Championship Title in 3 years! The tournament was cut short and we were named co-champions along with Centreville HS due to the Coronavirus precautions, but I am confident we would have whooped up on them! It has been a great season and these young men have been awarded and recognized for their efforts on the hardwood!  Great job fellas!

I know that as parents and community members you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all that is going on with the Coronavirus. Let me begin by saying that everything that you are feeling is normal. It is okay to be worried, and it is okay to be cautious. In fact, you should be.   But what is most important is that you stay informed and continue to follow the suggested protocols around health care; (i.e. hand washing, coughing into sleeves, seeking out medical advice in the event of virus-related symptoms, etc.). Please know that we are consistently working in conjunction with the medical professionals trying to get, and then disseminate the most current information to our families. If parents or guardians have questions about the illness or symptoms, we encourage them to talk with a Communicable Disease Nurse at the Fairfax County Health Department during business hours. The phone number is 703-267-3511.

Along these lines, as we prepare for possible closures and the possibility of distance learning having to take place, I ask that any family who does not have access to the internet at home and would like an FCPS issued MI-FI device at no cost, please complete this form  indicating you would like access.  Also, parents will need to complete the parent permission form in order to pick up the device.  We will notify the families when the device is available at the school for pickup.

I also want to strongly encourage that students remain engaged in their learning during this unexpected break.  Teachers will still have work posted that students can visit. Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.  Again, I can't stress enough how important it is for all students to stay engaged.  The longer students are away, the larger the gaps that can develop.

Finally, I wanted to share a couple of resources provided by Central Office staff to ensure that you as parents have the access to and be a support to your students while they continue to progress at home. Please take a look at the documents here. All parents should have access to your child’s Blackboard sites. If for any reason you do not have access, you can either use your child’s username and password, or begin the registration process through this link.

Family, we are in this thing together. Please know that we are treading in uncharted waters, but we will work to provide your children with the best possible access to their education. As much as possible, we will try to maintain as much normalcy as we can with respect to communication with you. If you have concerns about your children’s progress, or social emotional being, feel free to contact us so that we can at the very least point your family in the right direction for resources. With the recent news about the closing of school until April 10th from the Superintendent, we are making the building available to students on Monday March 16th from 9:00am - 3:00pm to come to school to retrieve any personal belongings they may need over this extended break.  All students should enter and exit the building through Entrance 1.  Take care of your health and take nothing for granted. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. #OneStallion

Gary

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SAT at SCHS Cancelled this Saturday

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SAT at South County High School Cancelled

The SAT scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been cancelled, and South County will not host the make-up exam due to school closure.  Students scheduled to take the March SAT should contact College Board as soon as possible regarding taking the make-up exam at a different testing location or rescheduling to a different exam date.

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Student Laptop Preparation for Distance Learning

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Family,

As a reminder, Monday is a student holiday.  Our staff will be working diligently to prepare for the chance that schools may be closed for a period of time. 

In order to prepare for the potential of distance learning, it is essential that we check to make sure student’s laptops are functioning properly and good to go should they need to access instruction from home.  Please speak with your students and ensure they bring their laptops tomorrow, March 13.  During our Advisory period, we will have teachers and students run a quick diagnostic and to report any issues to our Technology Team.  Additionally, we will provide laptop power adaptors to those students who have misplaced or lost theirs.  If students require a replacement adaptor, a fee will be placed on their accounts for $28 to be paid via MySchoolBucks.    If a student then finds their original power adaptor, they may return the new adaptor for a refund.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to best support the needs of students.

 

South County HS Admin Team

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UPDATE VHSL State Basketball Tournament

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Immediate Release from the VHSL

VHSL state basketball tournament Friday and Saturday games cancelled

 

Charlottesville, Va. – Due to the rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19 and amidst the cancellations of major college basketball tournaments, the VHSL Basketball Tournament games for Friday and Saturday have now been cancelled announced VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.

“After continuing to assess the impact of COVID-19 and the recent cancellations throughout the sports world, we felt it was in the public interest to cancel our championship finals for Friday and Saturday," VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said. "“While we understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our teams, we feel this decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of, most importantly, our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, families, and fans.”

Teams in Class 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be declared co-champions.

 

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VHSL State Basketball Tournament

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VHSL state basketball tournament will play Friday and Saturday with limited family attendance;

Thursday’s tournament schedule will go as planned

 

Charlottesville, Va. – Due to the rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19, the VHSL Basketball Tournament is announcing that the games for Friday and Saturday will be played with only direct family members in the stands from both teams due to the threat of the novel coronavirus. Today’s schedule will go as planned.  Each participating school will submit a list of immediate family members to the VHSL and only those will be permitted to enter the Siegel Center.

“The VHSL continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 and has had continued discussions with public health officials and key stakeholders," VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said. "Based on that advice we have made the decision to conduct Friday and Saturday games to only allow immediate family attendance, with only essential tournament staff and credentialed media present.

“While we understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our teams, our decision is based on discussion we have had on how COVID-19 is progressing in the Commonwealth. We feel this decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of, most importantly, our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, families, and fans.”

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

Have you been washing your hands for two cycles of the ABC’s?  Well you are supposed to.  And if you need to go do that now, go ahead.  I’ll still be here when you get back.  😊  It is nuts how this thing has taken over everything so quickly.  We are doing our best to ensure that everyone is feeling as though they are in a safe space here at South County.  We are encouraging our students to continually keep up their hygiene practices, we are working on outfitting every classroom with wipes, and our custodial staff continues to maintain one of the cleanest facilities in FCPS.  If you happen to find yourself in our building and you spot one of these super humans, please let them know just how much you appreciate their efforts! 

You may have seen the Tweet I sent out over the past weekend about the success our DECA students who traveled to compete in the state competition for DECA.  If you didn’t here is a link to the list of accomplishments the team achieved!  Our future leaders went and showed who really was the boss as they racked up a host of wins! And we have the hardware to show for it!  Way to go Stallions!

I was not able to attend, but I received word from one of my favorite people that the Choral Concert on Thursday evening was INCREDIBLE!  I want to give Mr. Antonio Rodriguez and the Stallion Singers a huge shout out for the performance they put on for our community!  These students continue to amaze me with the amount of talent they display and have hidden from me as they walk through the hallways.  I think that I am just going to start pulling random students to the side and demand that they share with me their talent.  If they claim they don’t have one, I am going to challenge them to reflect and get back to me.  Because I am not sure that I will believe them with all I continue to see oozing out of the four classes here!  I got it, we can do a season of the hit show from back in the day, FAME 2020!

Friday was another big night for the men’s basketball team and our fans as they moved on to the Semi-Finals of the State Championships for 6A basketball with a great win over a talented Washington and Liberty HS.  The next game will be Tuesday, March 10th at Robinson Secondary School.

On Saturday I had the opportunity to come up to school to see what was going on at the Teen Job Fair put on by Supervisor Dan Stork, Supervisor Pat Herrity, the Connection Newspapers, and FCPS.  It was so nice to see that there was a great turnout and that students were walking away with lots of information and leads.  I was really impressed by our South County DECA students who were in attendance to not only help out by guiding our guests around the building, but also presenting two sessions on Best Practices in Interviewing  and Resume Writing.  They were fantastic.  I have included a link to a few pictures so that you too can get a flavor of the day!

Well we are that much closer to next year.  I know, “Say it isn’t so!” is what comes to mind.  And as we take steps to get closer, we are in the midst of planning at the admin level for courses that will definitely be offered based on the requests that students have made.  We call this the staffing season in our neck of the woods and it becomes very important that we get this right.  We want to do the best job possible at ensuring we have the right people in front of your students every day.  So as your child continues to ponder and reflect on his/her choices, be sure they communicate with their counselors sooner than later to ensure we have time to make changes before all of the best staff are snatched up by other schools.  Trust me, you don’t me having to teacher that French class next year.  (Non tu ne sais pas…. Trust me, that was all Google Translate there!)

You are invited to attend any of the following Family Engagement Policy open meetings to provide feedback on the draft Family Engagement Policy. Stakeholders can also participate virtually in each of these meetings by using the link and/or number below. Link to join virtually

Dial-in information:1-571-392-7650  and use the PIN: 8210692975 Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting When: March 12, 2020 (9-10 a.m.)          Where: Lake Anne Elementary School Cafeteria 

Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting When: March 17, 2020 (7-8 p.m.)          Where: Gatehouse Café  

Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting When: March 30, 2020 (7-8 p.m.)          Where: West Potomac High School Auditorium  

Translated versions of the flyer will be coming soon. 

Here is a health tidbit from the district office and the Fairfax County health Department:

Hand hygiene saves lives! Did you know that proper hand hygiene may prevent up to 80 percent of infectious diseases? Germs get on your hands and on items you touch throughout the day.

Stop the spread: Without realizing it, people frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth AFTER touching contaminated objects, such as doorknobs, handrails, desks, and hand-held devices. 

What can you do? The first line of defense is handwashing which is easy, cheap, and effective in preventing the spread of germs. When done correctly, handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. 

Simple steps to practice proper handwashing are:

  1. Wet hands
  2. Lather with soap
  3. Scrub for 20 seconds (Have fun and sing a song)
  4. Rinse 
  5. Dry

Lead by example! Remember, children imitate what you do. Remind your kids to wash their hands.

Baby Shark Handwashing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J54zD_nVZco

Well that is all I have for you this week. Thank you all very much for all that you do to help us be better at taking care of your students.  Have a wonderful weekend and take care of yourselves.  #OneStallion

Gary

From The Testing Office March Writing SOL for 11th Graders

The Writing SOL for English 11 and English 11 Honors students will take place on March 11th and 12th. We will be operating on a modified bell schedule on those days.  Please be sure to avoid scheduling any appointments on those days.  Please remind your student to bring their fully-charged school-issued laptop and charger to school on those days.  Students will test first thing in the morning, so it is important to get a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eat breakfast the mornings of the tests. I encourage you to discuss the testing with your student. Best wishes to you and your student.

  Families of Advanced Placement Students

This week, your student should have received the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents as well as a letter from the SCHS Testing Office regarding the upcoming AP exams in May. The bulletin and letter contain valuable information regarding scheduling, deadlines, and how to get their AP scores. Please review this information over with your AP student.  If you know now that your student has a conflict with one of their AP exams, please see Chris Bird in the Student Services Office (D107-06) by Monday, March 9th or email him at cwbird@fcps.edu.   Arrangements can be made to schedule a later exam date, if the request is made to College Board in a timely fashion.  However, there may be a fee associated. 

  

From the College and Career Center Military Night at West Springfield High School March 12th 7:00-8:30 PM

This event is a fair setting featuring U.S. service academies, ROTC programs, congressional representatives, senior military colleges, and enlistment recruiters.  It is open to all FCPS students and their families interested in learning more about military education and service options. Registration is not required.

College Night at South County High School March 18th 7:00-8:30 PM

A panel of college admission counselors will be sharing recommendations and insights on the college search process, community college options, admissions factors, affordability and financial aid, and managing the application process and making a final decision. The program is best suited for juniors and their families, and registration is not required. 

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays for all core subjects. Our next sessions are March 14 and 28 from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

Yearbooks “YEARBOOK SENIOR ADS! SPACE IS RUNNING OUT.

We only have four pages of Senior ad space left and the deadline is approaching.  If you would like your senior to be recognized in the ad section of the yearbook- act fast.  The deadline for all ads is March 27, but space is assigned first-come, first-served.  Ads can be bought for individuals, friends, teams, etc.  Yearbook senior ads can be bought at www.yearbookforever.com. Contact Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu with questions.”

  Yearbook sales.  75 books left for presale.

There are only 75 more yearbooks available for the pre-sale price of $75.  Once these are sold, there are a limited number of yearbooks that are sold at the end of the year for $85 apiece.  Get your book not to guarantee you have one and to save some money.  Yearbooks available at www.yearbookforever.com. Contact Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu with questions”

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

From the South County Theatre Boosters Burgers, Fries, and Shake Perhaps?

Join Us on March 16th Right Before St. Patty’s Day for A Fun Afternoon of Socializing and Good Food With Your Theatre Friends and Family

20% of Each Sale Will Go to South County Theatre and Will Help Raise Funds for Our Spring Musical Into the Woods!

Look Forward to Seeing You There!

March 16, 2020

4pm to 9pm

8971 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079

Please Identify yourself as part of South County Theatre Boosters

at time of purchase.

 

Attendance Office Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

  NO Morning Attendance Callouts During SOL Testing:

Virginia Daily Attendance Notification Policy morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails will be suspended during the AP, IB and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended.

Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled. Elementary schools are not impacted by this attendance suspension. Following are the dates for the morning notification suspension: 

  • SOL writing testing for middle and high school: March 2–18, 2020  
  • SOL non-writing testing for middle and high school: April 27-June 5, 2020 

 

14th Annual Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters (SCHSAB) announces the 14th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia.  Call your friends and rally a team to come together and enjoy an afternoon golfing at our hometown club, Laurel Hill Golf Club.  To register, click here:  https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

The Golf Classic is an important event that funds and sustains our state of the art athletic programs and fields.  The Boosters work hard to provide the best atmosphere for our athletes and competitors to excel.  Help us lead the charge to be the best in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Did you know that the Boosters are a huge part of keeping our fields in such pristine condition?  The funds raised by the Boosters help maintain and sustain all the fields both turf and grass, as well as team uniform replacement and equipment.  We can’t do it without YOU!  Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

If you are unable to participate and wish to make a donation, this link also offers the opportunity for you to show your support through sponsorships.  Do you own a business or know someone who does?  Please consider supporting our efforts through a funding a Sponsorship.  To Sponsor the SCHSAB, click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic  and follow the Sponsorship button for giving opportunities.  Companies and corporate giving are welcome!  

Come Golf with us at the 14th Annual Golf Classic!  For more information about the tournament or to register to play please click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

For more information on playing golf at the Classic or a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Mike Hickman at michael_a_hickman@yahoo.com or Dan Clarke at danimalcl@aol.com 

 

Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

South County Crew

GLORY DAYS 
Please save your itemized receipts when you dine with our friends at Glory Days from now through April 5, 2020. SoCo Crew will receive a donation when you send these receipts to our fundraising chair, Terry Dover. Please click here for details.  

 

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Lorton Community Action Center

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for March 14th News You Choose will be March 12th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

Let me start out this message by saying that as the leader of the school you send your students to every day, I was very proud of a lot of our work this week, and at the same time, I did not do so great in others.  I have the responsibility of owning the behavior and the environment that our students live in every day.  And as I have reflected throughout the course of the week on our/my performance, I know that there is work to be done.  But I am confident that we will be better.  I know that hearing from me a few times during the week might be annoying, and sometimes scary. Trust me, I was annoyed having to write to you.  But at the same time, I want to say that as we iron out those kinks and straighten out that crooked road that has found a way into our world this week, you can trust that we are still loving your kids as if they are our own, maintaining an overall safe environment, and learning as a community.  Keep sending them, and we will keep working to make them the best they can be.

On Tuesday I was invited to speak with our leadership class students about my “Why” as a part of the class’ 3rd Quarter “Exploring Your Why Project”.  The “why” is why I choose to do what I do in life.  I will share that with you at some other time.  But I shared mine with them and I am looking forward to witnessing what this group produces in this project.  I have a feeling that something big is going to come of this.  So stay tuned!

Thursday I had a chance to sit down with our Student Council.  The Student Council is the group of students who work with me and the rest of the administration to discuss items that are on their minds around ways we can continue to make South County better.  I absolutely LOVED the conversation.  The conviction in what these students shared with me was present, the fact that they were representing all students was obvious, and we were able to come to understanding on just about every topic we discussed (Real World).  What I was excited about the most was the growth these young people have displayed over the course of the year, and it is most evident when we have moments like this to really talk.  You know, they really aren’t so bad after all.  I wanted to hug a few of them for bringing all of themselves to our meeting, but they might begin to see me as a softy; and we can’t have that right?!

Thursday evening I was able to get a sneak peek along with a number of our South County MS and HS parents at the fantastic work our orchestra students have been putting in as well as some of the songs they will be performing at their upcoming county assessment.  These students really sounded good.  I shared via Tweet that the future is so bright for our orchestra program and it was so awesome to see such diversity on the stage.  Many Bows…. One Sound! Beautiful.  Thanks to those who were able to come out and join me.  It was a great evening. 

We have a couple of groups who are traveling this weekend.  The first is our DECA group.  These are our future business leaders and we are so proud of the commitment they have made to being those future CEO’s and trend makers of tomorrow.  The other group that is traveling are the members of our outstanding track team on both the men’s and women’s sides.  Not only do we wish both of these groups much success this weekend, but we wish them safe travels both to and from their competitions.  Good Luck Stallions!

Is your child interested in serving as the Student Representative to the School Board?  Don’t know?  Ask them, and then if so, share this information with them.  Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC).  Applications are due March 24, 2020.  The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2020-student-representative-school-board.

We are in that long stretch where there are no breaks for quite some time after Super Tuesday, and unfortunately I think our students can feel it.  And even though we are riding many waves of successes both inside and outside of the classroom, we are seeing a few more instances of short fuses that we have to get a handle on.  Some, “I ain’t your friend no more, so there!”, and some “Guess what she said about you”, as well as a few, “I don’t have to listen to you.”  And to be quite honest, it is what happens every year in just about every school.  But it can be a little unnerving nonetheless.  We have seen it and have dealt with it, and solved it before.  But I still could use your help.  Talk to your child about nothing but them.  Make it a safe space.  And if there is something that might be weighing heavy on their minds that we might be able to help with, or should really know about, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  It could be the difference between a rough day/week/month, and a great one.  As much as I hate the drama, I will deal with it to make our home a happy one, and I know our staff has my back on this.  So, please be a resource for us so that we may be a resource for them. 

Lastly, I want to share that I have been approached by a couple of parents over the last week about a comment I made about hugging your child for absolutely no reason at all.  I said it with two intended outcomes.  The first was just that we all need that “out of the blue” moment of positive attention that just reassures us that there is someone in our corner (trust me I do, and I am accepting hugs today!).  The second reason was intended to be lighthearted to throw our minions off a little, and make them think for a moment, “What does he/she know?”  If you missed out on the opportunity to get that hug in last time, here is another chance at it.  Just call them into the room and slap one on them real tight.  And then walk away with a grin.  Get that little win whenever you can.  Have a great weekend and take care of yourselves.  #OneStallion

Gary

From The Testing Office March Writing SOL for 11th Graders

The Writing SOL for English 11 and English 11 Honors students will take place on March 11th and 12th. We will be operating on a modified bell schedule on those days.  Please be sure to avoid scheduling any appointments on those days.  Please remind your student to bring their fully-charged school-issued laptop and charger to school on those days.  Students will test first thing in the morning, so it is important to get a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eat breakfast the mornings of the tests. I encourage you to discuss the testing with your student. Best wishes to you and your student.

  Families of Advanced Placement Students

This week, your student should have received the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents as well as a letter from the SCHS Testing Office regarding the upcoming AP exams in May. The bulletin and letter contain valuable information regarding scheduling, deadlines, and how to get their AP scores. Please review this information over with your AP student.  If you know now that your student has a conflict with one of their AP exams, please see Chris Bird in the Student Services Office (D107-06) by Monday, March 9th or email him at cwbird@fcps.edu.   Arrangements can be made to schedule a later exam date, if the request is made to College Board in a timely fashion.  However, there may be a fee associated. 

  

From the College and Career Center Military Night at West Springfield High School March 12th 7:00-8:30 PM

This event is a fair setting featuring U.S. service academies, ROTC programs, congressional representatives, senior military colleges, and enlistment recruiters.  It is open to all FCPS students and their families interested in learning more about military education and service options. Registration is not required.

College Night at South County High School March 18th 7:00-8:30 PM

A panel of college admission counselors will be sharing recommendations and insights on the college search process, community college options, admissions factors, affordability and financial aid, and managing the application process and making a final decision. The program is best suited for juniors and their families, and registration is not required. 

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays for all core subjects. Our next sessions are March 14 and 28 from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

Mental Health: 101

Come out to a free workshop on Mental Health:101, sponsored by The Ross Center and Fusion Academy on March 5, 2020 at 7pm in Tyson, VA.  Purchase a sticker(s) from Stickers Speak while you're there, a student lead business - part of JA Company a Junior Achievement of Greater Washington program. Go to their table on March 5, 2020 to learn how this company is helping to support Mental Health Awareness.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-101-navigating-mental-health-services-for-your-child-registration-91656072781-

    

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

From the PTSO Teacher of the Year Reception

The PTSO is hosting a reception to honor the Teachers of the Year on the morning of Tuesday, March 3.  We are looking for both food donations and people to help set up, serve and clean up.  Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044aaaac29a46-toyreception

  

From the Choral Boosters

Parents take a break! Put those Pots and Pans away!!

Mark your calendars to COME out and JOIN US for

SPIRIT NIGHT AT JERSEY MIKE’s

Tuesday, March 4th, 5pm-9pm

8971 Ox Road in Lorton

 

**Student Meal Deal Regular Sub/Chips/22oz. Fountain Drink $8.49

Must show valid student ID

Attendance Office Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

 

14th Annual Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters (SCHSAB) announces the 14th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia.  Call your friends and rally a team to come together and enjoy an afternoon golfing at our hometown club, Laurel Hill Golf Club.  To register, click here:  https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

The Golf Classic is an important event that funds and sustains our state of the art athletic programs and fields.  The Boosters work hard to provide the best atmosphere for our athletes and competitors to excel.  Help us lead the charge to be the best in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Did you know that the Boosters are a huge part of keeping our fields in such pristine condition?  The funds raised by the Boosters help maintain and sustain all the fields both turf and grass, as well as team uniform replacement and equipment.  We can’t do it without YOU!  Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

If you are unable to participate and wish to make a donation, this link also offers the opportunity for you to show your support through sponsorships.  Do you own a business or know someone who does?  Please consider supporting our efforts through a funding a Sponsorship.  To Sponsor the SCHSAB, click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic  and follow the Sponsorship button for giving opportunities.  Companies and corporate giving are welcome!  

Come Golf with us at the 14th Annual Golf Classic!  For more information about the tournament or to register to play please click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

For more information on playing golf at the Classic or a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Mike Hickman at michael_a_hickman@yahoo.com or Dan Clarke at danimalcl@aol.com 

 

Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

South County Crew Save the date! February 29, 2020 Ergathon 2020; Row Across the USA

ERGATHON 2020 - Row Across the USA Join South County Crew on February 29th, 2020 as we attempt to row across the roughly 4000 kilometers of the United States in celebration of the 2020 Olympics!

South County Crew Club members and CrossFit Lorton invite you to the Row Across the U.S.A challenge where every participant will have the opportunity to row up to 10,000 meters in an hour with an overall cumulative goal of 4000 KM.

The first 100 participants to register before February 17th, 2020 will receive a free t-shirt with the promo code EARLYBIRD. Registration fee is $35. Earlybird registrants will also have the opportunity to reserve their time slot. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/ergathon2020 to register. Walk-in registrants are also welcome.

South County Crew is a national award-winning club that is completely self-funded. We rely on South County Stallion families and our community to help support our program. Come out, have some fun in what we affectionately call The Pain Cave, on the ergs with us and help us raise funds for our Spring 2020 Season. If you are unable to come row with us, please consider making an in kind donation in lieu of rowing at
https://sc-crew.org/southcounty/fundraising/.

For additional information or sponsorship opportunities please contact: Terry Dover at sococrewfundraising@gmail.com   

GLORY DAYS 
Please save your itemized receipts when you dine with our friends at Glory Days from now through April 5, 2020. SoCo Crew will receive a donation when you send these receipts to our fundraising chair, Terry Dover. Please click here for details.  

 

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Lorton Community Action Center

   

Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

March 7                                Teen Job Fair and Career Building Workshop

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for March 7th News You Choose will be March 5th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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From the Principal

 

From The Testing Office March Writing SOL for 11th Graders

The Writing SOL for English 11 and English 11 Honors students will take place on March 11th and 12th. We will be operating on a modified bell schedule on those days.  Please be sure to avoid scheduling any appointments on those days.  Please remind your student to bring their fully-charged school-issued laptop and charger to school on those days.  Students will test first thing in the morning, so it is important to get a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eat breakfast the mornings of the tests. I encourage you to discuss the testing with your student. Best wishes to you and your student.

  Families of Advanced Placement Students

This week, your student should have received the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents as well as a letter from the SCHS Testing Office regarding the upcoming AP exams in May. The bulletin and letter contain valuable information regarding scheduling, deadlines, and how to get their AP scores. Please review this information over with your AP student.  If you know now that your student has a conflict with one of their AP exams, please see Chris Bird in the Student Services Office (D107-06) by Monday, March 9th or email him at cwbird@fcps.edu.   Arrangements can be made to schedule a later exam date, if the request is made to College Board in a timely fashion.  However, there may be a fee associated. 

  

From the College and Career Center Military Night at West Springfield High School March 12th 7:00-8:30 PM

This event is a fair setting featuring U.S. service academies, ROTC programs, congressional representatives, senior military colleges, and enlistment recruiters.  It is open to all FCPS students and their families interested in learning more about military education and service options. Registration is not required.

College Night at South County High School March 18th 7:00-8:30 PM

A panel of college admission counselors will be sharing recommendations and insights on the college search process, community college options, admissions factors, affordability and financial aid, and managing the application process and making a final decision. The program is best suited for juniors and their families, and registration is not required. 

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays for all core subjects. Our next sessions are March 14 and 28 from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

Mental Health: 101

Come out to a free workshop on Mental Health:101, sponsored by The Ross Center and Fusion Academy on March 5, 2020 at 7pm in Tyson, VA.  Purchase a sticker(s) from Stickers Speak while you're there, a student lead business - part of JA Company a Junior Achievement of Greater Washington program. Go to their table on March 5, 2020 to learn how this company is helping to support Mental Health Awareness.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-101-navigating-mental-health-services-for-your-child-registration-91656072781-

    

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

From the PTSO Teacher of the Year Reception

The PTSO is hosting a reception to honor the Teachers of the Year on the morning of Tuesday, March 3.  We are looking for both food donations and people to help set up, serve and clean up.  Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044aaaac29a46-toyreception

  

From the Choral Boosters

Parents take a break! Put those Pots and Pans away!!

Mark your calendars to COME out and JOIN US for

SPIRIT NIGHT AT JERSEY MIKE’s

Tuesday, March 4th, 5pm-9pm

8971 Ox Road in Lorton

 

**Student Meal Deal Regular Sub/Chips/22oz. Fountain Drink $8.49

Must show valid student ID

Attendance Office Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time. Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

 

14th Annual Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters (SCHSAB) announces the 14th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia.  Call your friends and rally a team to come together and enjoy an afternoon golfing at our hometown club, Laurel Hill Golf Club.  To register, click here:  https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

The Golf Classic is an important event that funds and sustains our state of the art athletic programs and fields.  The Boosters work hard to provide the best atmosphere for our athletes and competitors to excel.  Help us lead the charge to be the best in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Did you know that the Boosters are a huge part of keeping our fields in such pristine condition?  The funds raised by the Boosters help maintain and sustain all the fields both turf and grass, as well as team uniform replacement and equipment.  We can’t do it without YOU!  Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

If you are unable to participate and wish to make a donation, this link also offers the opportunity for you to show your support through sponsorships.  Do you own a business or know someone who does?  Please consider supporting our efforts through a funding a Sponsorship.  To Sponsor the SCHSAB, click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic  and follow the Sponsorship button for giving opportunities.  Companies and corporate giving are welcome!  

Come Golf with us at the 14th Annual Golf Classic!  For more information about the tournament or to register to play please click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

For more information on playing golf at the Classic or a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Mike Hickman at michael_a_hickman@yahoo.com or Dan Clarke at danimalcl@aol.com 

 

Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

South County Crew Save the date! February 29, 2020 Ergathon 2020; Row Across the USA

ERGATHON 2020 - Row Across the USA Join South County Crew on February 29th, 2020 as we attempt to row across the roughly 4000 kilometers of the United States in celebration of the 2020 Olympics!

South County Crew Club members and CrossFit Lorton invite you to the Row Across the U.S.A challenge where every participant will have the opportunity to row up to 10,000 meters in an hour with an overall cumulative goal of 4000 KM.

The first 100 participants to register before February 17th, 2020 will receive a free t-shirt with the promo code EARLYBIRD. Registration fee is $35. Earlybird registrants will also have the opportunity to reserve their time slot. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/ergathon2020 to register. Walk-in registrants are also welcome.

South County Crew is a national award-winning club that is completely self-funded. We rely on South County Stallion families and our community to help support our program. Come out, have some fun in what we affectionately call The Pain Cave, on the ergs with us and help us raise funds for our Spring 2020 Season. If you are unable to come row with us, please consider making an in kind donation in lieu of rowing at
https://sc-crew.org/southcounty/fundraising/.

For additional information or sponsorship opportunities please contact: Terry Dover at sococrewfundraising@gmail.com   

GLORY DAYS 
Please save your itemized receipts when you dine with our friends at Glory Days from now through April 5, 2020. SoCo Crew will receive a donation when you send these receipts to our fundraising chair, Terry Dover. Please click here for details.  

 

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Lorton Community Action Center

   

Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

March 7                                Teen Job Fair and Career Building Workshop

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for March 7th News You Choose will be March 5th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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Family,

I am excited to share that our 10th grade English Curriculum Team will be featured in March to share to share how they are working to teach with a Culturally Responsive mindset.  The feature will be in the form of a video that the Office of Instruction and the Office of Equity and Cultural Responsiveness are teaming together to produce.  This is fascinating that we will be highlighted to show the entire county how South County is dedicated to ensuring that every student is considered when developing plans for learning, and how we are incorporating their voices and experiences into everyday learning.   Be on the lookout for more information and hopefully the link to the feature when it airs!

Students and staff celebrated Black History Month at South County High School. The school-wide focus began by engaging South County Stallions in a series of knowledge building announcements via school news.  The student-led outreach provided critical messaging regarding African American contributions to American history.  The school also participated in a Black History Spirit Week which included daily participation goals. Themed focus days included: Black Business 365, Knowledge is Power, and Poetic Justice, as a celebration of Black Poets. Special attention was given to the messaging “Everyone Is Welcome Here” throughout the building, as students created t-shirts and applauded their own contributions to a successful Black History Month celebration.

On Monday, I was honored to have been invited along with two of our fine ROTC Cadets to the Presidents Day Wreath Laying Ceremony led by Board of Supervisors member Dan Stork at the Tomb of George Washington in Mount Vernon.  It was a very nice ceremony and our cadets made South County HS look GOOD!  Heck, in the picture, they even managed to make me look good!  I was very proud to be in the presence of Captain Abdiel Mendez and 1st Lieutenant Joseph Helms.  We are in good hands in the future with these young men standing on guard.

Students in Mrs. Vera Woodson’s Marketing class at South County High School partnered with the school Librarian team of Miss Emily Strong and Mrs. Lisa Muir, and were introduced to Mr. Kevin Lawton, Digital Content Specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools. Mr. Lawton brought his extensive knowledge of movie and digital creation to the classroom to energize students engaged in the process of creating movie trailers. The project-based learning outline allows students to self-select a 250 or more paged book from the school library, create a Pitch Packet business plan, and develop a movie trailer to convince Hollywood Executives why the book should be a movie.  Students selected books from varied interest including young adult, cultural heritage, dystopian novels, and autobiographies.  Student featured movie trailers will be highlighted during the “I Can Film Festival,” held during the school day. The project-based learning process aligns with the Fairfax County Public Schools Portrait of a Graduate goals of providing students with the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and become a resilient and critical-thinking global citizen.

On February 28th I will be sitting in the front row and serving as a judge at the 2020 SCHS Talent Show.  This is one of the most fun events that is put on at our school during the year and we get a chance to find out where so much of the talent you all see and hear in your basements and garages has been hiding.  Aside from being able to see our students on stage, half of the proceeds from the talent show this year are going to go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  So come out and celebrate the talents of our students and support a wonderful cause!  I hope to see you there!

Join me in congratulating one of our finest students, Ms. Sara West for being recognized for earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  Sara is a recipient of this award because of her efforts to become a Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner.   Even though she was not selected as one of the state-level honorees for the Prudential Award, we are proud of the work she has done to show and model how important it is to give through service.  Sara, we are extremely proud of your efforts and accomplishments.  Thank you.

Family, thank you again for your continued support of our students, teachers, and of me.   I genuinely appreciate being here with your students.  Have a great weekend.  #OneStallion

 

Gary    

From The Testing Office March Writing SOL for 11th Graders

The Writing SOL for English 11 and English 11 Honors students will take place on March 11th and 12th. We will be operating on a modified bell schedule on those days.  Please be sure to avoid scheduling any appointments on those days.  Please remind your student to bring their fully-charged school-issued laptop and charger to school on those days.  Students will test first thing in the morning, so it is important to get a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eat breakfast the mornings of the tests. I encourage you to discuss the testing with your student. Best wishes to you and your student.

  

Digital Citizenship

Last year FCPS mandated that all FCPS students at each grade level would receive one centrally selected lesson on Digital Citizenship each school year. High schools will deliver the same lesson to all students in grades 9-12 in a given year on a rotating 4- year cycle. Each lesson is accompanied by a family tip sheet to help families support and build upon the concepts being learned at school.

On Friday, February 21st, SCHS students, grades 9-12, completed the 2019-20 centrally selected Digital Citizenship lesson titled, “Becoming a Web Celeb” during their Advisory period. Students explored the essential question, “What does it take to become an internet celebrity.” Here is a brief synopsis of the lesson:

Students reflect on the possibilities and perils of an online world in which anyone can become a celebrity overnight. They analyze the journeys of real Web celebs, including some of the harsh comments that they have received online, and recognize how these comments may affect other viewers as well as their targets. Students then engage in a discussion about gender roles, thinking critically about the different pressures men and women may face in the public eye. (taken from the lesson plan “Becoming a Web Celeb” on the  Common Sense Education website)

Please take a moment to read this family tip sheet, “ Common Sense on Boys, Girls, and Media Messages,” and consider discussing this valuable information with your teens as a follow-up to Friday’s lesson.

FCPS has provided a variety of resources to support parents/guardians with preparing their children to be positive digital citizens and digital leaders. Resources can be accessed via the Fairfax County Public Schools website (search for “Digital Citizenship”). A few of the core resources are the following:

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time.Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

 

14th Annual Golf Classic

The South County High School Athletic Boosters (SCHSAB) announces the 14th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia.  Call your friends and rally a team to come together and enjoy an afternoon golfing at our hometown club, Laurel Hill Golf Club.  To register, click here:  https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

The Golf Classic is an important event that funds and sustains our state of the art athletic programs and fields.  The Boosters work hard to provide the best atmosphere for our athletes and competitors to excel.  Help us lead the charge to be the best in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Did you know that the Boosters are a huge part of keeping our fields in such pristine condition?  The funds raised by the Boosters help maintain and sustain all the fields both turf and grass, as well as team uniform replacement and equipment.  We can’t do it without YOU!  Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

If you are unable to participate and wish to make a donation, this link also offers the opportunity for you to show your support through sponsorships.  Do you own a business or know someone who does?  Please consider supporting our efforts through a funding a Sponsorship.  To Sponsor the SCHSAB, click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic  and follow the Sponsorship button for giving opportunities.  Companies and corporate giving are welcome!  

Come Golf with us at the 14th Annual Golf Classic!  For more information about the tournament or to register to play please click here: https://birdease.com/scgolfclassic 

For more information on playing golf at the Classic or a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Mike Hickman at michael_a_hickman@yahoo.com or Dan Clarke at danimalcl@aol.com 

 

Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

South County Crew Save the date! February 29, 2020 Ergathon 2020; Row Across the USA

ERGATHON 2020 - Row Across the USA Join South County Crew on February 29th, 2020 as we attempt to row across the roughly 4000 kilometers of the United States in celebration of the 2020 Olympics!

South County Crew Club members and CrossFit Lorton invite you to the Row Across the U.S.A challenge where every participant will have the opportunity to row up to 10,000 meters in an hour with an overall cumulative goal of 4000 KM.

The first 100 participants to register before February 17th, 2020 will receive a free t-shirt with the promo code EARLYBIRD. Registration fee is $35. Earlybird registrants will also have the opportunity to reserve their time slot. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/ergathon2020 to register. Walk-in registrants are also welcome.

South County Crew is a national award-winning club that is completely self-funded. We rely on South County Stallion families and our community to help support our program. Come out, have some fun in what we affectionately call The Pain Cave, on the ergs with us and help us raise funds for our Spring 2020 Season. If you are unable to come row with us, please consider making an in kind donation in lieu of rowing at
https://sc-crew.org/southcounty/fundraising/.

For additional information or sponsorship opportunities please contact: Terry Dover at sococrewfundraising@gmail.com   

GLORY DAYS 
Please save your itemized receipts when you dine with our friends at Glory Days from now through April 5, 2020. SoCo Crew will receive a donation when you send these receipts to our fundraising chair, Terry Dover. Please click here for details.  

 

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Lorton Community Action Center

   

Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

March 7                                Teen Job Fair and Career Building Workshop

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for February 29th News You Choose will be February 27th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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From the Principal

Family,

We have continued to rock and roll both inside and outside of the building this week.  But before I go into this week, I want to step back in time to capture a couple of missed items.  

Please join us in celebrating the creativity and accomplishments of the 42 South County students who competed against other high schools in the Science Olympiad regional competition Saturday, Jan. 25, on the Virginia Tech campus. Having prepared for months to take on specific problem-solving challenges in the sciences ---- biology, chemistry, physics and earth science --- and also in engineering, these students demonstrated critical thinking, team work and outstanding initiative in preparing for this competition and on competition day. The team has qualified to continue on to the State Tournament March 28.  We are extremely proud of these students and have been so impressed not only with their love for science, but also with their maturity and consideration for each other. We are especially proud of our freshmen, who were in many cases learning scientific concepts they won't formally learn until they are seniors and who strongly competed with upperclassmen. 

Last week when golden voices of the South County Chorus blessed the community with a fantastic concert lead by our incredible choral director Mr. Antonio Rodriguez!  I have been by the choral classroom many times and I have to say that the harmony that spews out into the hallway is joyful and magnificent.  This was true yet again last Saturday as our students put on an outstanding display of selections for everyone to enjoy. 

Stepping into this week, we another Fine Arts Group made a huge splash!  The Theater Department students won Regionals in the One Act Plays for their show Conflict.  Our Thespians have been lighting it on fire since I’ve been here and personally I think we got snubbed last year.  But this year, Mrs. Rumberger and her students put their proverbial foot in it and earned the accolades they undoubtedly deserve.  We are so proud of the work that they have done and wish them the best as they move on to states!

We had a number of individual track athletes (20 total) on both the men’s and women’s side to advance to the states.  The men’s and women’s 4x200 teams are on their way, the men’s 4x800 are moving on, and we have two young ladies headed to the show in the 55 meter dash.  We are proud of all of these athletes and look forward to rooting them on in the next round. 

One of our rock star freshman gymnasts won the Regional "All-Around" in gymnastics.  What a bright future she has, and we will all be watching as she moves on to states to further put her talents on display. 

We have 4 swimmers and one diver who will be making the splash at states as well.  (You see what I did there?  Splash?  Come on.... that was pretty good there! LOL) 

Outside the sports lines on the adult side of things, the faculty spent our faculty meeting still working on getting better in the classroom.  The staff, led by our Multi-Systems of Support team, engaged in work in Tier I and II students and providing them with strategies that will help to make them more successful in the long run.  We also shared our mid-year data around our 9th grade cohort students as well as students who have been identified as needing just a little more support in the classroom.  We are continuing to find ways to find ways for our young Stallions and we will not stop! 

Also we have two of our staff members who were selected as Outstanding Employees and were finalists at the South County Pyramid level.  These individuals were Jeremiah Caven (Outstanding Leader) and Ilan Chiprut (Outstanding Secondary Teacher).  We have already received word that Mr. Chiprut has moved on to be a finalist at the Region level.  Keep your fingers crossed as he competes with other outstanding teachers across the entire county.  We Got This!!! 

The College Partnership Program (CPP) teamed up with the South County MAC Scholars program to speak with students about the need to stay connected with peers who are moving in the right direction and how to better use the human resources around them to ensure success.  Mrs. Vera Woodson, South County Business Teacher and MAC Scholars team member, was the keynote speaker at the CPP meeting.  Students were very engaged and walked away with valuable information they will be able to apply today and far into the future.

In the community news, in case you haven’t heard, the Lorton Library will be closing for renovations on April 1.  1, 2020.  The library is expected to be closed for 21 months.  The book drop will close as well on the 11th.  All materials checked out from the Lorton Library at the time of closing will have an extended due date.  All library materials may be returned to any Fairfax County Public Library branch.  While the Lorton branch is closed, students and families can visit other nearby library branches such as Kingstowne Sherwood Regional, and Pohick Regional.

On March 7, 2020, South County HS will again serve as one of the hosts for the 2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Career Building Workshop. The fair at South County will run from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.  You can find the link to the flyer here.

Vaping continues to be a huge concern all across the nation, let alone Fairfax County.  INOVA is sponsoring a webinar on the subject to provide families with more information on the dangers of vaping on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  You can find a link to the flyer where you can register for the webinar or register to attend the face-to-face session here.  Please participate so that we can all be more informed about this epidemic that is unfortunately consuming many of our youth’s lives.  Here are two other videos (video 1 video 2) that one of our concerned parents shared with me.

Well, that is all I have (like that wasn’t enough).  Thank you for your continued support.  We can see the light at the end of this tunnel and we are surely in stride.  Run with the Stallions and be a part of the best high school experience in the county!  #OneStallion

Gary

 

  

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

 

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time.Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

 

South County Drama Department

Auditions for the spring musical, Into the Woods, are fast approaching! Go to southcountydrama.org to review all audition information. Have questions? Please contact Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.

Optional Audition Workshop on February 13th from 3-5pm.

Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Tennis (Girls & Boys) Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        
South County Athletic Boosters Club

South County Community!

The South County Athletic Booster Club would like to invite any and all interested community members to attend our February boosters meeting on February 18, 2020 @6:30pm, in Health Room F110. The club will be discussing the following major initiatives and we want to get you involved!

  • Current open positions in the club for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
  • Annual SCABC Golf Class at Laurel Hill – June 1, 2020
  • Weight Room Renovation Project
  • Stadium Scoreboard Upgrade Project

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 Denise Perez, SCABC President & Brett Garner, Director of Student Activities

   

Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

South County Crew Save the date! February 29, 2020 Ergathon 2020; Row Across the USA

ERGATHON 2020 - Row Across the USA Join South County Crew on February 29th, 2020 as we attempt to row across the roughly 4000 kilometers of the United States in celebration of the 2020 Olympics!

South County Crew Club members and CrossFit Lorton invite you to the Row Across the U.S.A challenge where every participant will have the opportunity to row up to 10,000 meters in an hour with an overall cumulative goal of 4000 KM.

The first 100 participants to register before February 17th, 2020 will receive a free t-shirt with the promo code EARLYBIRD. Registration fee is $35. Earlybird registrants will also have the opportunity to reserve their time slot. Please go to https://tinyurl.com/ergathon2020 to register. Walk-in registrants are also welcome.

South County Crew is a national award-winning club that is completely self-funded. We rely on South County Stallion families and our community to help support our program. Come out, have some fun in what we affectionately call The Pain Cave, on the ergs with us and help us raise funds for our Spring 2020 Season. If you are unable to come row with us, please consider making an in kind donation in lieu of rowing at
https://sc-crew.org/southcounty/fundraising/.

For additional information or sponsorship opportunities please contact: Terry Dover at sococrewfundraising@gmail.com   

GLORY DAYS 
Please save your itemized receipts when you dine with our friends at Glory Days from now through April 5, 2020. SoCo Crew will receive a donation when you send these receipts to our fundraising chair, Terry Dover. Please click here for details.  

 

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Lorton Community Action Center

   

Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

March 7                                Teen Job Fair and Career Building Workshop

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for February 22nd News You Choose will be February 20th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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Weekly Updates for Stallion Activities

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On the Line Weekly Updates for Stallion Activities

   

Monday 2/10              Region Track and Field @ PG Sportsplex (2:00)

   

Tuesday 2/11             Basketball v. Lake Braddock (4:15/5:45/7:00)

                                   Girls Away; Boys Home

    

Wednesday 2/12         Region Gymnastics @ Mount Vernon (5:00)

                                    Region Track and Field @ PG Sportsplex (12:00)

           

Thursday 2/13             Region Wrestling @ TC Williams (2:00)

    

Friday 2/14                  Region Wrestling @ TC Williams (10:00)

                                    District Basketball TBA

    

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

We have had another great week.  We worked hard and the students worked harder.  Juniors began their course selections, and we celebrated our fabulous counseling staff (and may have picked up a pound too).  And the kicker was great crowd to help our Senior Women’s Basketball Team celebrate Senior Night.  The way our faithful cheered for our young ladies, I thought I was at a Mystics game!  Thank you for supporting our ladies.

I wanted to share that it warms my heart to see our students working together.  Two of the areas of the building that these partnerships play out very successfully are in our Math Lab and our Writing Center.  These two student led opportunities occur during our Stallion Time on Advisory days.  During the second quarter in the Math Lab we hosted 104 tutoring sessions.  This is not a student count but rather how many single sessions that were held where in a session you could have up to 5 students working together.  Also, we have created 20 one on one tutoring teams which meet at other times during the school day.  These are student tutors with struggling students that meet with each other on a regular basis.  This is very exciting.  In the Writing Center during the second quarter, the lab averaged nearly 4 students per advisory period and 2 tutors to help those students out.

I normally write everything in my messages myself, but I could not have stated the following about our state championship winning head football coach, Gerry Pannoni any better than how Mr. Brett Garner stated it in his communication with our staff:

“As many of you might have heard last night, Coach Pannoni has officially resigned as our head coach. In truth, I am not sure I could ever find the words to thank him for all he has done for the countless number of students, student-athletes and families he has crossed in his 40 years of service to FCPS – in the classroom, in the pool (…he did win a state championship as a swim coach…), on the field and in the community. He has certainly set my bar high for our next head coach and that individual will have tremendous shoes to fill. I truly appreciate all the knowledge, insight and influence he has imparted on me during our time together. His love, care and commitment for our kids is unrivaled and for that I will be forever grateful.  Coach P: you will be missed and always a part of our Family!”

Parents, over the course of the past few weeks, we have been witnessing increasing numbers of students who are checking out during the school day for various reasons.  I do understand that there are times when an appointment can only be made at a particular time so I concede those.  However, I am asking that if it is avoidable, please plan appointments outside of school time. We want your students to be available as much as possible so that they are able to access the content when it is delivered the first time, or so that they can be a part of classroom activities.  The other situation we believe occurs regularly is the, “Mom/Dad, can you pleeeeeeease call me out because I don’t want to stay for the pep rally!” (insert whiny voice here).  All I have to say is that if I have to be there……  In all seriousness, I understand that sometimes some events may not be the event for every student.  But we have them to bring the students together and celebrate one another. So if you can, please encourage your child to stay and be a member of the Family…. with me.

Join the PTSO folks!  All the cool kids are doing it!  I know what you are thinking.  "Will they accept me?"  YES!   “It’s too late isn’t it?”  NOPE!, It’ is certainly not too late, and your impact can be just as powerful as if you were a member from day 1!  There are so many ways that you can help out, such as serving on a committee, or finding a way to volunteer your time with the All Night Grad Party, and so many other ways.  We need more Family members to be a part of this group and to help our students from behind the scenes.  Please feel free to reach out to our PTSO president Nannette Henderson at pres@southcountyptso.org.  She will be happy to share with you how you can get involved.

Well that is all I have for you for this week.  I appreciate all that you all are doing to help make South County all that we are.  Have a great weekend and take care of yourselves.

 

  

TONIGHT!!! Rock for a Cause

Laurel Hill Community Cares:

A Concert to Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Please come and join us for a night of music with your favorite SOCO artists, teachers and the Magnetic Toxins!

February 8th from 7 to 10pm

Laurel Hill Community Clubhouse

8380 Laurel Crest Drive

Lorton, VA

Donations accepted for LLS at the door.

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

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

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

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

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

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

   

 

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

  

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time.Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

 

Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Tennis (Girls & Boys) Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        
Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

South County Crew

Congratulations to our rowers who competed at the

36th Annual Mid- Atlantic Erg Sprints last weekend!

16th place Junior Men 2K:

Remy Brettell

Junior Mixed 4x500 relay in a battle for 3rd place:

Chris Paine

Catherine Nelson

Dakota Asborno

Remy Brettell

Junior Women 3-minute crash 4th place:

Dakota Asborno

Catherine Nelson

 

Save the date! February 29, 2020 Ergathon 2020; Row Across the USA

Come out to Crossfit Lorton and put in some meters with South County Crew!  Registration information coming soon. 

Follow us on social media for details as they are released!  @rowsocorow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

https://sc-crew.org/southcounty/

 

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

From the PTSO

Next Monday, February 10, there will be a membership meeting in the school library/media center at 7:00pm.  We are pleased to have our School Board representatives, Laura Jane Cohen and Karen Corbett-Sanders, as guest speakers for the evening.  Please come and hear them talk about changes they expect to see in the School Board agenda for the coming year, the FCPS budget under review, and other items of interest. 

   

Lorton Community Action Center

   

Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for February 15th News You Choose will be February 13th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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Weekly Updates for Stallion Activities

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On the Line Weekly Updates for Stallion Activities

 

This Week’s Events   

Tuesday 2/4—             Basketball v. Robinson (4:15/5:45/7:30)

                                    Girls Away; Boys Home

                                    Gymnastics @ Fairfax (5:30)

Friday 2/7—                Basketball v. Fairfax (4:15/5:45/7:30)

                                    Boys Away; Girls Home

                                    Swim and Dive Region @ Oak Marr

                                    (Dive 9:30; Swim 5:30)

Saturday 2/8—            Swim and Dive Region @ Oak Marr (5:30)

                                    District Wrestling @ WSHS (11:00)

 

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Weekly News From South County High School

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From the Principal

Family,

This has been a short week for the students, but we are still getting the work in to ensure students are progressing along efficiently in the classroom.  I wanted to spotlight that we are also progressing along outside of the classroom.  Recently, we had our students to take a survey during the advisory period so that we could get some data on student connectedness in our building.   I am proud to say that students responded 8.2% higher than what they did in the beginning of the year when asked if they had a trusted adult in the building.  We still have some work to do with our freshmen as they are at 66.3%, but that number is 20.3% higher than the survey results showed at the beginning of the year.  72.7% of our students are involved in a club, activity, or sport and that is an increase of 9.1% from the beginning of the year. 

We will continue to pull our students closer and find ways for them to be involved.  To boast just a little more, the High School Principals Association was asked to report out on ways that we support student voice in our schools.  I spoke about our Student Council and the Town Hall Meetings that we hold each month to provide students the opportunity to work with one another and the administration to improve the school community here at South County.  The student representative on the School Board used to be a student here and had to transfer to another high school in the district.  She was so disappointed that her high school did not have a forum like our Student Council, that she took the issue to the School Board to request that all schools have a forum similar to ours.  I am proud of the work that our students are doing and the fact that they are taking advantage of the opportunity to be heard.  We will continue to provide them with vehicles to improve their experiences here. 

We are at the point in the winter sports season when we celebrate the Seniors who are participating in their sports.  I wanted to take a time to reiterate a message I tweeted out last week about the behind the scenes work that so many of our parents take part in to help make students’ time here at South County so awesome.  Thank you to each of you who are able to find time in your busy days to add value to what we are trying to do here.  I continue to extend the opportunities for all of you to be a part of something here in some form or fashion.  It does not have to be sports related at all.  You can reach out to your student’s club sponsor, performing or fine arts group, the PTSO, MAC Scholars board, or even their teachers.   As I shared last week, you are a part of this team and Family.  If you can find the time, please be a part.

Now for some business.  For those who may not have received information the school district is sharing about the Coronavirus, here is a link to that information that is housed on the FCPS website.  Please take a moment to read this information.  While it has been shared that we are at low risk, the preventative factors that are shared are just good common sense strategies that we should be following anyway. 

Next week is suppose to bring some temperatures that will make us think summer is on its way.  Please be sure to remind your students to not get carried away with their attire, and to understand that it is actually still winter.  I do plan to ride the motorcycle in on one of those days, but I will warm when I do it.  It is when the weather flip-flops on us like it is projected to do that we find that students come down with colds and then it just spreads.  So again, please have them dress for the season, and remember to keep up with the hands washing and such.  The cooties are just waiting to jump out on us!

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Fairfax County Public Schools employs close to 700 school counseling professionals, including school counselors, directors of student services, and career center specialists, and though I might be a little biased when I say this, I am still pretty sure employ the best of the bunch.  If you get a moment, drop your child’s counselor a note next week wishing them a Happy Professional School Counselors’ Week!

Thank you all once again for your continued support of our efforts.  It surely means a great deal to us to hear from  you and to know that we have you as a member of the team and Family.  Have a great weekend, and hug your child for absolutely no reason today!  Make them wonder what you are thinking and just walk away with a smirk!  It will be our secret.  #OneStallion

 

  

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

  

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

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

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

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

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

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

   

 

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays for all core subjects. Our next session is February 8th from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. During the session, MAC will have a Career & College Prep Workshop from 11: 30-12:30. Valarie Austin, LTC (Ret.) and author of "The Student's Comprehensive Guide For College & Other Life Lessons" will detail a framework of the knowledge, discipline, and financial goals needed to begin and graduate on time from college into a fulfilling career. The workshop is open to all South County 7th through 12th grade students and parents.

South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

   

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time.Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!

 

Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        
Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.

   

Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Lorton Community Action Center

   

Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.

The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.

    

Important Upcoming Dates

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day

   

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

  

Submission Deadline for February 8th News You Choose will be February 6th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

   

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From the Principal

Family,

It has been a great week while still being a short week and who could ask for more than that? But before I get into this week, I wanted to share something from last week where our Student Council held it’s first Town Hall meeting where representatives from every classroom got together to discuss concerns, ideas, and solutions with the administration. These opportunities for students to have a voice in the direction we take as a school are so valuable to us and rewarding for them. We really do want to hear from our students and this opportunity presents us with the feedback to help us make South County a better school together.

On to this week! On Wednesday, I, along with a few of the administrative team members were invited to meet with our Leadership students as they presented their thoughts and ideas based on their project called “Be The Change” where students came up with areas in the school where they thought they would like to see some change. The topics we heard were around proposed changes to advisory, expanding recycling in the building, increasing student support for one another, etc. The presentations were very well done. And above all, the students were authentic. I truly appreciated the depth of the research they did before making proposals, and the level of details they went to in the design of their plans. We have some outstanding students in our building, and you should be proud of what they bring to us every day. They talked a lot, but I like them.

Thursday, we had a number of students to go over to Edison High School for the HBCU College Fair. According to those I was able to communicate with about the trip, it was a very positive experience. Mr. Mims, our Systems of Support Advisor, said, “Oh, it was dope!” For all of us out of the loop with the “hip talk” folks reading this, that means it was an outstanding experience. I appreciated the fact that the students were excited leaving and returning with new knowledge.

I am hoping that all of you take the opportunity to come out to see the theatrical production that our students are putting on, “21 Chump Street”. This is a 14-minute powerful yet entertaining production that our students and teacher, Mrs. Rumberger, are very excited about. I am looking forward to seeing the show with our students next week, so please no spoiler emails!

We had a number of students who have won a Scholastic Art Award this year. The list of students is rather long, so I won’t be able to list them. But I just wanted to say that I am so proud of these students. We have these talents that are on display throughout the building. When you come into the building and you see the evidence of these talents, don’t be afraid to compliment the artist even if they aren’t around. The smile on your face as you admire the work will be worth millions to that artist if they happen to see you admiring their work.

Lastly, I wanted to remind everyone that the end of the semester is upon us. For a few of our students it is a time to take advantage of the opportunity to refocus. For the vast majority, it is a time to recharge and dial in on the finish line for the year. I want you to know… not understand but know that we are committed to every student in our building every single day. One of my favorite quotes is, “We will find a way. Or we will make one.” I believe in this quote and I am determined to build this into all our young people we work with. This is a great deal of work, and I am asking that none of US, shy away from this work. I also need to ask that you don’t allow your child to shy away from this work. In order to do this work, I need you; all of you. We are a team, and more importantly a Family. Let’s all be committed to work together so that we can all eat together. Admittedly, I am not a Dallas Cowboy fan. But that image of Ezekiel Elliott spooning more food into his mouth after a great run is one that comes to mind as I think about giving our all to our students and seeing them thrive from that and wanting more and more. We can do this. Let’s do this. #OneStallion

Gary

  

Yearbooks

Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com

 

SENIOR ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 

 

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

Auditorium

February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

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

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

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

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

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

   

 

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring on select Saturdays for all core subjects. Our next session is February 8th from 10 am- 1 pm in the SCHS library. During the session, MAC will have a Career & College Prep Workshop from 11: 30-12:30. Valarie Austin, LTC (Ret.) and author of "The Student's Comprehensive Guide For College & Other Life Lessons" will detail a framework of the knowledge, discipline, and financial goals needed to begin and graduate on time from college into a fulfilling career. The workshop is open to all South County 7th through 12th grade students and parents.

South County MAC events are open to all SCHS and SCMS students and parents! We invite parents and students of all backgrounds and demographics to join and attend MAC events. If you are interested or for additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

   

Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal that time. Phones calls and should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered. Thank-you for your assistance!

 

Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        
Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department

  

Support SOCO Crew when you dine at Glory Days!

Save your itemized receipts and support your crew team until January 27th! 

When you dine at any Glory Days Grill before January 27th, ask your server for the itemized copy of your guest check (not the charge card receipt) and give them to parents of rowers or rowers themselves.

Questions? Contact Terry Dover: 931-624-1388

SOCOCrewfundraising@gmail.com

 

Important Upcoming Dates

January 27                           Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 28                           Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

   

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

Submission Deadline for February 1st News You Choose will be January 30th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

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