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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

  

From the Principal

Family,

Well this is the last one for the school year.  I have to say that it has been fun sharing the year with all of you, and I am looking forward to the first edition to begin the year in August. But let’s wrap up here and then we can take time to relax and kick back a little here and there before we get back to the grind.

This past week was bitter sweet.  Knowing that our students are anxious to get to summer and that teachers are running on fumes as well, it is good to let them go.  But to see them walk away on those last days is a little tough.  I will miss the students because they will go away, and come back a little older and more mature.  Now if you are at home with them, then they don’t seem to grow at all (at least that has been my experience with my kids).  The fridge however, seems to get smaller!  I will miss the teachers as well because of all the great stuff I get called on to come and see during the year.  Not only do I get to see our students and staff at work, I get my steps in too.  I have to get a handle on this figure you know. 

What about those awesome LADY STALLIONS of the softball diamond and their state championship?!!!  I can’t say how impressed I am with these young ladies.  And to be starting 3 freshmen and a couple of sophomores says that we are young and have so much to look forward too!  But let’s not forget the juniors and seniors who let the tone for the team and who have been committed for a number of years.  Congratulations also goes out to the families who were able to ride out the nail biting and the great defense of that 17 inning marathon.  And finally, let’s give Coach Gary Dillow his due for his leadership of these young ladies.  We know that behind every ground ball fielded, pitch hit, run scored, and celebration has been a leader who has encouraged these young ladies every step of the way!

Before I go, I want to reiterate that as happy as our students are to be out of school and to have their free time, they are without that structure that many of them long for.  Touch base with them often, and talk about their days and evenings.  Share with them your days and evenings.  Give them a hug every now and then, and let them know that they are loved and valued.  If nothing else, make them look at you crazy for doing it!  But seriously, make sure they know you are listening to them.  They need it, as much as each of us do. 

So I am signing off, and again, wanting to thank you for allowing me into your world each week.  Thank your for the continued support of all things South County.  I am looking forward to working with those of you who will be back, and hearing about the next steps in the journeys of our graduating parents.  Have an awesome summer, and please take care of yourselves.  #OneStallion

Gary

 

VMEA Blue Ribbon Award

This past March, all of South County’s performing music ensembles (the South County Symphonic Band, the South County Singers, and the South County Chamber Orchestra), received superior ratings at their respective state assessments.  This a first for South County High School, and this past week, they officially received the Virginia Music Educator’s Association Blue Ribbon award in recognition of this accomplishment.  This is the highest award given to schools music programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you know a student or faculty member of the South County Music Department, please congratulate them!

  

Where Are You Going to School Next Year?

If you will not be attending South County High School this fall, please click here and fill out this form. 

Student Services will make sure all transcripts are forwarded to your child’s new school so their file is complete. 

If you have any questions, please contact our registrar Susana Carrasco at 703-446-1630 or mscarrasco@fcps.edu.  

   

From the Student Activities Office

Track Resurfacing

Attention ALL Community Members: Starting on May 28, 2019, South County High School’s track will be resurfaced and the upper turf field complex will be out of commission until mid August. Please do not enter into the construction zone during this time period. We truly appreciate your compliance and we are looking forward to a beautifully renovated track for the 2019 school year! Please help us by passing the word.

 

SCHS Summer Hours

SCHS Main Office and Student Services Hours

Monday-Friday

10am-1pm

Registrations are by appointment only. Please contact Student Services for appointments at 703-446-1630.

 

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.

SOCO 2018 Summer Basketball Camp

Two Sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12

9am-3pm

South County HS Gym

Cost: $185 (Save $20 if you sign up for both sessions)

 

Who: Basketball Enthusiasts ages 7-15 What: Boys Basketball Camp

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

Registration Online at http://www.schscamps.com/

 

Heads Up: 2019-20 School Year Calendar Changes; Notable Dates

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

  

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

  

CONGRATULATIONS!!! From the Principal

Family,

Well I have to say that this has been a bitter-sweet week! Seniors took their last final exam of their high school careers. Last weekend, I was invited to the MAC Scholars end of year celebration. The band performed incredibly at the spring concert. We celebrated our Senior Class at Baccalaureate, and there was just so much talent there. I was able to share in the celebration of a few of our Seniors who will be exiting our Work and Transition Program. I had to say goodbye to my long-time colleague Marsha Manning as she prepares for retirement. A few of our teams valiantly brought their seasons to an end. Graduation was mind blowing. And the All Night Grad Party was too cool! I thought I was spent last week!

I want to thank all of you who were able to come out and support so many of the activities over this past week. It really was like Family pulling together to help the students to the finish line. And I appreciate that you all appreciate me being around when I am able to make it out to the various events. That really does drive me to make it out to more events.

As we wrap up the testing season, I am happy to report that our collaborative efforts in our academic focus area for this year of mathematics continue to improve in every sub-group.  So if you come across a Math, Special Education, or ESOL teacher, kindly pat them on their backs. They have put in the work. But more importantly, the students believed in them and themselves. We still have work to do in the area of closing the achievement gap, but it is nice to know that we are heading in the right direction. We owe it to our students, and we will be continuing the work to ensure that every student has the same opportunity to succeed at a very high level.

As we close this year out, while every student has been screaming at the top of their lungs that they are, “so done with school!”, I remind you that for the past 8 ½ months, we have provided them with a sense of security and structure. Regardless of what a student has at home, they all have that longing for belonging, and that structure and security will soon go away from them. This can be unnerving for some young people (adults too). So please keep an eye on your student, and your neighbor’s student. Check in with them, and ask how they feel about not having to go to school every day, and how they plan on structuring their days once school is over. And tell them I want to know.

Well that is it for this week. Thank you once again for your continued support. Every comment, and every smile means the world to me. If your student was a graduating Senior, please let them know that I said that I will miss them. They were an incredible class of young men and women. Take care Family. #OneStallion

Gary  

Early Checkouts From School

The Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year.

This is due to make-up examinations and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions.

All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

 

  

Testing and End of Year Schedule

Testing and End of Year Schedule for South County High School can be found here.

As a reminder:

Mon-Wed/ All students will be dismissed at 11:17 am.

Thurs. All Students will be dismissed at 10:10 am.

  

School Clinic Important Info

The school clinic is reminding parents and guardians that all medications stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than Thursday June 13th at 10:00.  Medication left in the clinic after that time will be discarded.  With parent permission students may pick up over the counter medications.  Please note that the clinic will close at 11:45 June 10th through the 12th.  Please call 703 446-1610 if you have questions concerning medications.

  

From the Student Activities Office

Track Resurfacing

Attention ALL Community Members: Starting on May 28, 2019, South County High School’s track will be resurfaced and the upper turf field complex will be out of commission until mid August. Please do not enter into the construction zone during this time period. We truly appreciate your compliance and we are looking forward to a beautifully renovated track for the 2019 school year! Please help us by passing the word.

 

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.

From the PTSO

All Night Grad--how did we do?

Thanks to everyone who made this year's All Night Grad Party a success!  On Thursday, June 13th, at 7pm in the library, there will be a meeting for all ANGP committee members to review the good and the bad, and turn in notes to help next year's class with their planning.  Anyone who has comments about the party is welcome to attend; you can also send comments to angp@southcountyptso.org.   Parents who are interested in running next year's party should come as well, to help effect a smooth transition from this year's parents.  Thank you!

 

SOCO 2018 Summer Basketball Camp

Two Sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12

9am-3pm

South County HS Gym

Cost: $185 (Save $20 if you sign up for both sessions)

 

Who: Basketball Enthusiasts ages 7-15 What: Boys Basketball Camp

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

Registration Online at http://www.schscamps.com/

 

13th Annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

To volunteer please sign up at this link!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48abab22a5fd0-golf

   

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account. All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

 

Heads Up: 2019-20 School Year Calendar Changes; Notable Dates

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/ 2 hour day

   

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

 

  

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

 

Family,

This will be a short message this week. I just want to ensure that we touch base with you on a couple of items.


• Library books that have been checked out and haven’t been returned should be done so as soon as possible. It will save the hassle that can be created when a fine is produced.


• Any other fines and fees (from a previous year, cafeteria, parking) should also be reconciled before the end of the year as well.


• Please remember that the finance offer is not accepting checks for the remainder of the year.

I would like to thank those of you who came out to support the students who were inducted into the SGA and Mathematics Honor Society. It was very nice to see so many of you, and the maturity and organizational skills displayed by the students was so exciting to see. It truly makes working with them throughout the year well worth it.

I got to participate in our own “Shark Tank” activity with students from Ms. Kellen Scott’s classes where students attempted to get funding from investors to allow them to open up some sort of franchise internationally. These students did such an outstanding job with their research and presentations. I was very proud of them and I am sure that you would have been too.

I am sure that the All Night Grad Party committee can still use a few more hands. If you are interested in lending a hand, or learning about how this machine works, please feel free to contact our PTSO president, Mrs. Nannette Henderson (pres@SouthCountyPTSO.org). Whatever help you can provide will most definitely be appreciated.

Okay, thanks again for your time, support, and for sharing your students with us. Have a great weekend! #OneStallion

Gary

  

Early Checkouts From School

The Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year.

This is due to make-up examinations and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions.

All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

Seniors will be dismissed at 9:45am on Monday so there is no need to request an early dismissal for them.

  

Testing and End of Year Schedule

Testing and End of Year Schedule for South County High School can be found here.

  

School Clinic Important Info

The school clinic is reminding parents and guardians that all medications stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than Thursday June 13th at 10:00.  Medication left in the clinic after that time will be discarded.  With parent permission students may pick up over the counter medications.  Please note that the clinic will close at 11:45 June 10th through the 12th.  Please call 703 446-1610 if you have questions concerning medications.

  

Student Safety & Wellness

On June 5, 2019 South County High School 11th graders will watch a video provided by the Fairfax County Public School’s Student Safety & Wellness Office.  The purpose of this video is to carry out the School Board initiative of increasing students’ awareness on substance abuse.  During the video, students will be able to send a SSAW representative questions related to the video. By engaging in this technical dialogue, students will better understand the stages of addiction, the harmful effects of vaping (nicotine), alcohol, marijuana, and the ongoing opioid crisis. In addition, students will be able to identify resources within his or her school and community if assistance is needed. Most importantly, students will leave the presentation equipped with strategies to say “no” and foster healthy habits. Thank you for your support as we work to ensure a safe and drug free community.

 

From the Student Activities Office

Track Resurfacing

Attention ALL Community Members: Starting on May 28, 2019, South County High School’s track will be resurfaced and the upper turf field complex will be out of commission until mid August. Please do not enter into the construction zone during this time period. We truly appreciate your compliance and we are looking forward to a beautifully renovated track for the 2019 school year! Please help us by passing the word.

 

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

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.

From the PTSO

 

Ever Wonder What Exactly is an All Night Grad Party?

All Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior parents are invited to the All Night Grad Party Behind the Scenes Tour! Come by for a brief behind the scenes look at what it takes to throw a party to remember for this year’s graduating class. The tour begins at 9:30pm on Graduation night June 7 and lasts about 45 minutes. You will see the ANGP committee in action setting up for this amazing event.

The ANGP is truly a party with a purpose. But to keep our graduates safe and keep the party going year in and year out, takes the support of the entire SoCo community, not just our senior parents. Come see what all the fuss is about and prep for planning your student’s night to remember.

Sign up here and bring a friend!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0548A5A72CA31-allnight

If you have some time after the tour, sign up to help out at this year’s event! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA723A3F58-angp

Baccalaureate

The PTSO is hosting the Baccalaureate Ceremony honoring our graduating seniors on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7 pm at St. Bernadette Church in Springfield. We invite underclassman parent volunteers to give the Class of 2019 a great send off by donating cookies and water as well as serving the refreshments after the ceremony. Cookie and water drop off will be at the South County HS main office on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (June 3rd - 5th). Refreshment help will be needed from 7:30 - 9:30 pm on June 6th. Thanks for your help!

The link to sign up is here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4CABA72BA13-2018

For seniors: Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.  The link to RSVP is:  https://goo.gl/forms/YSTEIX9veTzfwUKu2

Volunteers needed on June 7, June 8

We still need many volunteers to pull off this year’s All Night Grad Party, which is on a Friday night (June 7)—so most of you will not have to get up and go to work in the morning the next day. We need not only senior parents, but parents of underclassmen. Please sign up for a volunteer shift; we are especially short in the 1am-4am timeframe. College students who graduated from high school in 2017 or earlier are also welcome to sign up for certain shifts. To sign up, go here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA723A3F58-angp

Online Auction Open

As part of the annual golf tournament fundraiser sponsored by Athletic Boosters and the PTSO, there is an online auction that is NOW OPEN! We have fabulous items available this year—anything from a gift certificate to IHOP to dancing lessons at Arthur Murray to tutoring and landscaping—even some great vacation packages! Who wants to go to the Caribbean or on an African safari? Proceeds of the auction benefit both athletics and academics here at South County. Go to https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=15240 to look at what we have and place your bid. The auction ends on June 9.

Social Media Coordinator

The PTSO is looking for someone to manage its Facebook and Twitter accounts for next year. If interested, please contact Nannette Henderson at pres@southcountyptso.org.

Beyond the Classroom Open House

Rising 9th graders, their parents and interested underclassmen and their parents are cordially invited to the “Everything you need to know Beyond the Classroom” Open House in the South County Library on Monday June 3 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Learn about SCHS traditions such as Stallion Stampede, All Night Grad Party and Baccalaureate. Meet fellow parents from Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Minority Achievement, Academics, and Theatre. Pick up a map of the school layout and bring your questions! 

  

SOCO 2018 Summer Basketball Camp

Two Sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12

9am-3pm

South County HS Gym

Cost: $185 (Save $20 if you sign up for both sessions)

 

Who: Basketball Enthusiasts ages 7-15 What: Boys Basketball Camp

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

Registration Online at http://www.schscamps.com/

 

13th annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

To volunteer please sign up at this link!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48abab22a5fd0-golf

   

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account. All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

 

Heads Up: 2019-20 School Year Calendar Changes; Notable Dates

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, June 7th - Graduation/ NO SCHOOL THAT DAY

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/ 2 hour day

   

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

  

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

Family,

What a week!  If you have never lived through a Senior Week as a principal of a high school, you have never lived!  I have grown approximately 47 new gray hairs on a head that has very little.  But in the end, it turns out that our Seniors are an outstanding group of young adults.  It culminated in a very spirited Seniors versus staff basketball game.  Of course I carried the staff team with 4 of our 62 points. I was truly a great time.  I thank you parents for sharing this group of folks with us.  It will surely be a moving day when we say goodbye to them for the last time.  We are Family. 

We are through the initial round of testing and pretty much, all that remains is makeups and a few select AP’s.  I am proud to say that our initial data shows that we have made some significant gains in our Mathematics courses.  The highlight is a 22.86 percentage bump in our Algebra I scores!  That is amazing.  Our Students With Disabilities scores also increased by over 10%.  These are huge gains, and I am blessed to be working with teachers and students who have bought into what we are trying to do with respect to developing strong relationships, and engaging in the learning.  As we continue to work on creating more systematic approaches to identifying areas of concern, we will see further gains in the future.  I hope you all come along for this ride!

I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Choral Concert after the crazy storm on Thursday.  The Choral group is…. How do I say this,…. phenomenal.  Mic Drop!  A big shout out to Mr. Rodriguez for his work with the students, as well as the students who trust him to provide an environment that pushes them to their creative limits.  I continue to see talent come out of the woodwork in this building, and I was not let down Thursday evening.  Keep encouraging them to explore their talents, and we will continue to challenge them.

Let’s take a moment to give props to the sports teams who are still in playoff contention!  Men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s tennis, and track! The make for late nights, but they are worth it. 

I was about to leave the school Wednesday night after the Women’s Soccer game (yeah they kicked butt), and I ran into two students who were bringing food into the building.  I asked them what event they were here for, and they responded that they were coming for the Muslim Student Association (MSA) Club meeting.  It dawned on me that another student asked me to attend this meeting, and I said I would try but wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it.  So, I reversed course and walked around the cafeteria where I saw about 40 students and one adult.  That adult was Mr. Dennis Bennett who sponsors the Inter-Faith Club here.  I walked in and one of the students approached me and asked me if I wanted to come in and have some food with them.  I initially said no thank you because if I ate then, and then didn’t eat what the wife cooked at home, I would be dead meat.  But eventually, I said yes. 

The event was put on totally by students, with only the assistance of Mr. Bennett to reserve the space.  The food (all home cooked) was delicious!  But the truly impressive part was the fact that we had so many students of so many different faiths come together to celebrate and break bread together after fasting.  I was literally moved to tears as I spoke to them about how proud I was of them; as I am as I write this.  What a remarkable showing that I was able to be a part of, and that I almost missed out on. 

I was meant to run into those students, and I was meant to be in this school.  Call it Faith, Fate, Karma, or Dumb Luck.  I call it, RIGHT!  Have the best Memorial Day Weekend ever!  #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

Early Checkouts From School

The Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year. This is due to AP, SOL, and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions. All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

  

Testing Calendar/Exams/Awards Ceremonies

 

Testing calendar for South County High School can be found here.

Exams and Awards Ceremonies Schedule can be found here.

  

Important Library News

All library materials checked out to seniors are overdue. Students have to return all materials before receiving their cap and gown. Library materials are due for all underclassman by May 31st.   All overdue books remain on the student’s financial record until returned or paid for as per FCPS regulation R5922.18. Notices for overdue books are sent to students via their English teacher, and students also receive pop-up reminders on school computers of overdue library books and fines. Please note:  These notices are separate from finance and textbook notices, as they are through the library circulation system.  If your student(s) have questions about their library account, please ask them to stop by the library to have their account checked. Thank you!

  

From the Student Activities Office

Track Resurfacing

Attention ALL Community Members: Starting on May 28, 2019, South County High School’s track will be resurfaced and the upper turf field complex will be out of commission until mid August. Please do not enter into the construction zone during this time period. We truly appreciate your compliance and we are looking forward to a beautifully renovated track for the 2019 school year! Please help us by passing the word.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

South County Crew

Please congratulate South County Crew for its multiple Top-3 finishes at State Championships this month! The Men's JV Eight earned a bronze metal, and the Women's Second Four and Men's Senior Quad boats earned silver medals at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship Regatta on May 4 and 11. Men's JV8 members: Kaitlyn Knowles, Tejas Jyothi,  Remy Brettell, Connor Flanagan, Jack Ferlazzo, Sterling Truhlar, Jack McMahon, Craig Kalkwarf, Jake Eppard. Women's Second Four: Erika Ashley, Emily Chapman, Isha Patel, Shannon Gear, Kaitlyn Pastino. Men's Quad: Christopher Paine, Alex Allison, Brett Meincke, Santiago Casabianca.

 

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.

From the PTSO

All Night Grad Party Tickets—Financial Assistance

Students who need financial assistance to receive an ANGP ticket should talk to their counselor; the PTSO has funds available so that anyone who wants to go to the ANGP, but cannot afford it, can go. Financial assistance is only available through June 1, so do not wait until the last minute.

 

Volunteers needed on June 7, June 8

We still need many volunteers to pull off this year’s All Night Grad Party, which is on a Friday night (June 7)—so most of you will not have to get up and go to work in the morning the next day. We need not only senior parents, but parents of underclassmen. Please sign up for a volunteer shift; we are especially short in the 1am-4am timeframe. College students who graduated from high school in 2017 or earlier are also welcome to sign up for certain shifts. To sign up, go here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA723A3F58-angp

 

Online Auction Open

As part of the annual golf tournament fundraiser sponsored by Athletic Boosters and the PTSO, there is an online auction that is NOW OPEN! We have fabulous items available this year—anything from a gift certificate to IHOP to dancing lessons at Arthur Murray to tutoring and landscaping—even some great vacation packages! Who wants to go on an African safari? Proceeds of the auction benefit both athletics and academics here at South County. Go to https://www.biddingOwl.com/SoCoAthletic to look at what we have and place your bid. The auction ends on June 9.

 

Social Media Coordinator

The PTSO is looking for someone to manage its Facebook and Twitter accounts for next year. If interested, please contact Nannette Henderson at pres@southcountyptso.org.

  

SOCO 2018 Summer Basketball Camp

Two Sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12

9am-3pm

South County HS Gym

Cost: $185 (Save $20 if you sign up for both sessions)

 

Who: Basketball Enthusiasts ages 7-15 What: Boys Basketball Camp

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

Registration Online at http://www.schscamps.com/

 

13th annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

   

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account. All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

 

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 27 for Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28. See the complete 2018-19 school year calendar

 

Heads Up: 2019-20 School Year Calendar Changes; Notable Dates

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/ 2 hour day

   

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

  

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From the Principal

Family,

If you happen to be in the neighborhood grocery store and run into your random South County Assessment Coordinator, please give her a huge hug! I would like to give a great big shout out to Cameron Mathison for doing an absolutely outstanding job this year with our assessment schedules and the carrying out of those plans. This is a huge undertaking which requires planning, goal directed persistence, exceptional communication, and tons of collaboration and organization. Cameron has been masterful with using these executive functioning skills to do her job. So if you happen to see her in your travels, tell her thanks. Believe me, the stress levels that are avoided for both students and staff by her work is unbelievable!

I had the opportunity to see my first JROTC Retreat Ceremony over at Edison High School on Wednesday. This was such a treat to observe our South County Delta Company perform. I was very proud to see the culmination of their work from an entire year. If your child was a part of this exercise, I know you are just as proud.

Speaking of our students that are involved in opportunities in the academy programs around the county, I would like to congratulate Ms. Angie Bernal Ocamp who is in the Medical Assistant Program at West Potomac for being named the programs Student of the Fourth Quarter and Student of the Year! 

Look out for a letter to come from FCPS concerning the FCPSOn fee associated with the FCPSOn Initiative which is the 1:1 (student to computer) initiative for the SY 19-20. If you have not heard information concerning this initiative, Please visit FCPS' website to learn more about FCPSOn.

I would like to thank the parents who were able to attend the PTSO Meeting on Thursday to receive the presentation from Ms. Julia Ross who spoke to the attendees about getting into college. I hope to be able to offer more opportunities for parents to be able to attend these types of events. I would also like to thank Mrs. Nannette Henderson, our PTSO President for organizing such an informative evening, as well as for being such a great president all year long.

Looking into next month’s calendar, I just wanted to mention that June 11th will be Election Day here at South County. I wanted to ensure that I shared that I expect a heavy voting turnout, therefore traffic patterns will vary a little from the norm.

I would like to thank all of you who have been flexible with the change in the checkout system during our testing window. We know we haven’t reached everyone with this messaging, but we have made great strides in this process and we have had far less interruptions to classes and testing sessions. Thank you very much!

Even though we had previously sent out the last day of school schedule, there were discussions about a possible change to the length of the day. We have gotten the final word that the schedule for the last day of school for high schools will be a 2 hour day while middle and elementary schools will operate on a 3-hour early release schedule. As some school bus routes are scheduled to deliver late elementary bell students to school through 9:20 am, buses for some high school routes may be delayed in arriving for dismissal. Transportation supervisors will communicate directly with those affected schools.

Information for the last day of school schedule has been updated on the standard school year calendar posted online – (https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2018-19-standard-school-year-calendar).

I would like to give a shout out to all of our sports teams who are still competing. I am very appreciative of the hard work that the athletes, coaches, and parents have done to get our student-athletes to be able to play at such a high level. Keep up the great work, and I hope to see you all at some of these playoff games!

South County's Odyssey of the Mind problem solving competition team is the 2019 Virginia State Champion and will be competing in WORLD FINALS against 38 states and over 30 countries at Michigan State University over Memorial Day weekend.  This is the second consecutive year that the team is representing South County at the World Finals. The kids will be competing against teams from all over the United States as well as countries such as China, Poland, Canada, South Korea and Mexico! We wish the Odyssey of the Mind team the best of luck - congratulations to Valmik Rai, Siena Martin, Sally O'Connor, Addie Cameron, Harrison Ponczak, Maryanna Valencia and Katya Martino.

In case you have not heard, we will be losing a staple in the South County HS community. Our very own Mike Pflugrath has been selected to serve as the new instructional leader and Principal at Osbourne HS. It will be bitter sweet to have him move on to his new journey. Mike and I opened this building back in 2005 and he has been a solid shoulder for me to lean on since I returned. The good news is that he will be with us through the end of the year, so I will be dumping all the work his way before he gets out of the door. If you happen to see him out and about, please congratulate him. He is so very deserving of this opportunity, and I know that he will be a great leader in Manassas City. He knows that he is forever a Stallion!

Finally, I ask that you continue to encourage your children to maintain their work habits. While we still only have a few weeks left, our students are generally very focused on their work and continuing to be their best in classes. These final weeks can be the difference in a letter grade and we want students to walk away from the year knowing they finished up on a good note. Encourage them to eat breakfast whenever possible, get plenty of rest, and to communicate with their teachers about anything related to class. If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s teachers and counselors for insight.

Thank you once again for this opportunity.   Have a great weekend. #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

Early Checkouts From School

The Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year. This is due to AP, SOL, and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions. All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

  

Testing Calendar/Exams/Awards Ceremonies

 

Testing calendar for South County High School can be found here.

Exams and Awards Ceremonies Schedule can be found here.

  

YEARBOOKS

Yearbook online sales ended on May 12.

The cost at this point is $85, cash, until our extra books run out.

Yearbooks will arrive next week and will be delivered during the school day to seniors who preordered. 

Underclassmen who pre-ordered will receive their books beginning Tuesday, May 28.

Also, if underclassmen would like to pick up their books early, they can do so starting AFTER SCHOOL on Friday, May 24. 

For students who have not bought them yet, they will go on sale starting AFTER SCHOOL on Friday, May 24.  Sales will continue during lunch shifts until books run out.

   

Minority Achievement Committee

The Minority Achievement Committee will have the MAC Scholars End of Year Celebration on June 1st at from 10 am to 12 pm in SCHS cafeteria. We would like to thank all of the students, educators, parents, and staff for helping us to achieve another successful year.  We invite all program participants to join us for the celebration. The celebration will also include a panel discussion from previous South County MAC Scholars graduates. 

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 need additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

From the Student Activities Office

 

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

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.

From the PTSO

All Night Grad Party Ticket Price Increase

Ticket prices for the All Night Grad Party are increasing to $75 after this coming Monday, May 20. The best way to purchase is online at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com. Paper forms (“commitment contract”) are available in the cafeteria, and on Monday night, May 20, the forms can be returned in person with a check (or cash) from 6pm-8pm in the lobby area outside of the library.   (This is also where we are doing lawn sign pickup, for those of you who bought lawn signs.) You must turn in the money with the commitment contract by May 20 in order to qualify for the $50 ticket price; we cannot accept payment without the commitment contract.   If you do not turn in the commitment contract with the check by May 20, you will have to pay the $75 ticket price.

Students who need financial assistance to receive an ANGP ticket should talk to their counselor. Financial assistance is only available through June 1, so do not wait until the last minute.

Volunteers needed on June 7, June 8

We still need many volunteers to pull off this year’s All Night Grad Party party, which is on a Friday night (June 7)—so most of you will not have to get up and go to work in the morning the next day. Please sign up for a volunteer shift; we are especially short in the 1am-4am timeframe. College students who graduated from high school in 2017 or earlier are also welcome to sign up for certain shifts. To sign up, go here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA723A3F58-angp

Baccalaureate

The PTSO is hosting the Baccalaureate Ceremony honoring our graduating seniors on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7 pm at St. Bernadette Church, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. We invite underclassman parent volunteers to give the Class of 2019 a great send off by donating cookies and water as well as serving the refreshments after the ceremony. Cookie and water drop off will be at the South County HS main office on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (June 3rd - 5th). Refreshment help will be needed from 7:30 - 9:30 pm on June 6th. Thanks for your help!

The link to sign up is here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4CABA72BA13-2018

For seniors: Invitations to Baccalaureate went out before spring break, but all senior families are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The link to RSVP is:  https://goo.gl/forms/YSTEIX9veTzfwUKu2

New PTSO officers for 2019-2020

Congratulations to the new PTSO officers for 2019-2020.

President--Nannette Henderson

1st VP--Carla Olivo

2nd VP--Patty Klunder

Treasurer--Julie Hopkins

Recording Secretary--Jennifer Thibodeau

Corresponding Secretary--Cassy Gilmore

  

SOCO 2018 Summer Basketball Camp

Two Sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12

9am-3pm

South County HS Gym

Cost: $185 (Save $20 if you sign up for both sessions)

 

Who: Basketball Enthusiasts ages 7-15 What: Boys Basketball Camp

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

Registration Online at http://www.schscamps.com/

 

13th annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

   

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account. All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

 

Parent Feedback Wanted on the FCPS 2020-21 School Year Calendar; Deadline to Complete Survey Is May 23

Want to weigh in on the development of FCPS' 2020-21 School Year Calendar? Now’s your chance! Earlier this week you should have received an email from fcpssurvey@fcps.edu with a link to the FCPS Calendar Survey. The survey is also available in other languages.

We encourage you to check your email for the survey and complete it at as soon as possible. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, May 23. FCPS employees have been invited to take a similar survey as well. The survey results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as FCPS’ School Board as they work to adopt the 2020-21 calendar. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions, please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu.

    

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 27 for Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28. See the complete 2018-19 school year calendar

 

Heads Up: 2019-20 School Year Calendar Changes; Notable Dates

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, FCPS’ 2019-20 Standard School Year Calendar has changed and Friday, August 30, is now a holiday for students. In addition, the Board voted to move the March school planning day to Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to accommodate the 2020 presidential primary.

Other notable dates include the first day of school, August 26; Thanksgiving break, November 27-29; Winter break, December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020; Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020; and the last day of school, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/ 2 hour day

   

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

  

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From the Principal

Family,

First week of testing is down and things moved along quite smoothly. I want to ask that if you have a moment, to please thank each of the teachers in this building for coming together to take on the task of end-of-year assessments because it takes the entire school to do this right. Our testing coordinator lays out the plan, and every teacher must have hands in, and last week, it showed that we are “Family”. So reach out to them if you have a moment and pat this great group of educators on the back!

I would like to thank all of the parents that have complied with the check-out policy for students by having your child bring in notes in the mornings. This has made the process of your child checking out during the day much easier. While I know that it is impossible to foresee all emergency issues that require immediate checkout during the day, I ask that you plan your student checkouts to the best extent as possible to avoid conflicts with testing. And when calling in, please be patient with our staff. The attendance office is buzzing right now and very, very busy. We want to be able to provide quality customer service and your patience makes that much easier.

Over the last few weeks, we have been celebrating the achievements of our students that are involved in some sort of extracurricular activity. We have some very talented students that are doing great things (I will come back to this), but we have some awesome students who are making waves elsewhere as well. Below are out students who have been invited to attend on of Virginia’s highly selective residential Governor’s School programs for summer 2019. Please join me in recognizing them for what will definitely be an awesome experience for them this summer.

Ruwaa Abu-Ageel

Agriculture (Virginia Tech)

Brian Lai

Math, Science & Technology (University of Lynchburg)

Benjamin Leese

Visual Art (Radford University)

An Lo

Math, Science & Technology (University of Lynchburg)

Brian Park

Agriculture (Virginia Tech)

Yash Patel

Medical and Health Sciences (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Kaitlyn Phan

Agriculture (Virginia Tech)

Kevon Thompson

Vocal Music (Radford University)

 

Now, if you didn’t see the Chicago show put on by the South County Theatre and Band Departments, you robbed yourself of a treat. I want to give our very own Molly Rumberger and Kevin Engdahl a shout out for the work they have put in with their students. The students simply knocked it out of the park.

As we wind down the year, be sure to clear up any debts that may exist for your student. Also be sure to have your child turn in any books, or other resources that may belong to the school. This can impact what we have to spend money on over the summer, and we want our students to be able to have the resources that will allow them to have the most dynamic experience possible while here at South County HS.

Please continue to have conversations with your students about appropriate attire for school. We are experiencing warmer weather and want to ensure that students are dressing for school, rather than their social events. The FCPS dress code states:

Wear clothes that are appropriate for a K-12 learning environment.

Wear clothes that do not:

  • Include images or words that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene.
  • Include images or words that promote illegal or violent activity such as gang symbols, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia or clothing that contains threats.
  • Expose private areas or an excessive amount of bare skin.

I truly appreciate your assistance with this.

The Band Program once again received the Honor Band recognition this year from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA).  The marching band received a superior rating at the VBODA Marching Band State Assessment in October and the Symphonic Band received a superior rating at the VBODA Concert Band State Assessment in March.  This is the 10th time that South Count has received this honor in the school’s 14 year history! We look forward to adding the 2019 achievement number on the front of the school in the very near future!

Finally, I wanted to share that our DECA group continued to shine as they earned honors at the International Competition, which is just short of the Galaxy competition to which we have been having problems figuring out how to transport our students to. There are too many names to list, but here are the categories that our outstanding students placed in:

Overall World Finalist—Top 10 Overall

World Finalist-Top 20 Overall

Top 10 World Recognition for a Role Play case study

Preliminary Top 100 Competency Recognition

If you are a DECA parent, I know you are as proud as we are of their work! They represented us very well.

Thank you for sharing your students for another week with us. We are blessed to have them! Enjoy the weather and rest up. Take care. #OneStallion

Gary

  

Early Checkouts From School

Beginning on May 6th, the Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year. This is due to AP, SOL, and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions. All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

  

Testing Calendar/Exams/Awards Ceremonies

 

Testing calendar for South County High School can be found here.

Exams and Awards Ceremonies Schedule can be found here.

  

South County Athletic Boosters Scholarship


It's that time of year again to apply for the South County Athletic Booster Club Scholarships!  The Boosters award a total of four $1,000 scholarships to two deserving young men and two equally deserving young women as well.   The link below will take you to the on-line application and hard copies will be available in the Student Activities office as well.

The deadline for submission is May 18, 2019 by 4:00pm to the DSA Office, located in the sports hall. Winners will be announced at the Varsity Sports Night on June 3rd.

PLEASE NOTE: AS IN YEARS PAST NO LATE APPLICATIONS OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REVIEW.  Direct questions to Rob Myers at scstallionsports@gmail.com

 

https://forms.gle/YLBSEnNrKkXRfiy48

 

Library Closed For SOL Testing

The library will be closed for SOL testing from May 6th-May 24th. This includes being closed before and after school. Please encourage your student(s) to come to the library before May 6th for any books they may want to check out for that time period. Please also encourage your student(s) to identify an alternate place to print assignments if needed during that time.

   

FCPS Library System

The FCPS Library System is being prepared to switch to a new computer system and the final due dates for library materials set by FCPS Library Services are fast approaching for the transition.   In preparation for the switch we need your help to clear all students records of books and fines by the end of the year.  The final due date for seniors will be May 20th, and the final due date for underclassmen will be May 31st. These due dates were set by FCPS Library Services to ensure a smooth transition to the new system. Notices for overdue books are sent to students via their English teacher, and students also receive pop-up reminders on school computers of overdue library books and fines. Please note:  These notices are separate from finance and textbook notices, as they are through the library circulation system.  Please ask your student(s) to be on the lookout for any of those notices and pop-up reminders.  If your student(s) have questions about their library account, please ask them to stop by the library to have their account checked. Thank you!

  

From the Student Activities Office

 

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

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.

From the PTSO

Annual PTSO Meeting with Elections

On the evening of Wednesday, May 15th, the South County PTSO will hold its annual membership meeting at 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.  At this meeting, we will hold our annual officer elections, hear from the principal, and we will end with a guest presentation on what you can do during the summer to help prepare for your student to get into college.  Our speaker will be Julia Ross, from Julia Ross Professional Tutoring. Please see the flyer below for more details. All are welcome.

The PTSO's Nominating Committee is putting forth the following slate for election on May 15th.

President--Nannette Henderson

1st VP--Carla Olivo

2nd VP--Patty Klunder

Treasurer--Julie Hopkins

Recording Secretary--Jennifer Thibodeau

Corresponding Secretary--Cassy Gilmore

 

Baccalaureate

The PTSO is hosting the Baccalaureate Ceremony honoring our graduating seniors on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7 pm at St. Bernadette Church, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. We invite underclassman parent volunteers to give the Class of 2019 a great send off by donating cookies and water as well as serving the refreshments after the ceremony. Cookie and water drop off will be at the South County HS main office on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (June 3rd - 5th). Refreshment help will be needed from 7:30 - 9:30 pm on June 6th. Thanks for your help!

The link to sign up is here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4CABA72BA13-2018

For seniors: Invitations to Baccalaureate went out before spring break, but all senior families are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The link to RSVP is:  https://goo.gl/forms/YSTEIX9veTzfwUKu2

Any seniors interested in performing should contact Becky Chaves at bacc@southcountyptso.org to schedule an audition.

SOCO 2018 Summer Basketball Camp

Two Sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12

9am-3pm

South County HS Gym

Cost: $185 (Save $20 if you sign up for both sessions)

 

Who: Basketball Enthusiasts ages 7-15 What: Boys Basketball Camp

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

Registration Online at http://www.schscamps.com/

 

13th annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

   

Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop

Fairfax County Public School Students Make Prom Dreams Come True

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) marketing students from Centreville High School and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program are opening their annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop on Friday, April 12th. The dress shop, which has been in business for thirteen years, has helped hundreds of financially challenged students attend prom in style each spring. Donations of stylish, high-quality, dry-cleaned prom dresses and select accessories can either be dropped off in the main office of Centreville High School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or at the shop in Fair Oaks Mall during the shop hours listed below.

Centreville High School Fashion Marketing students started collecting donated dresses in 2006 as a way to combine their interests in fashion with community service. They quickly came to the conclusion that students would not feel comfortable “shopping” for a dress at school. They decided that the shop should be set up in another location to give students a more authentic shopping experience, which led them to partner with the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program.

The Classroom on the Mall students apply the retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into the Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop. “This is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,” said Miranda Schick, Centreville High School and Classroom on the Mall Marketing Teacher. “First, students apply marketing lessons learned to a real-world retail environment. Second, they support the School Board’s goals of helping students succeed beyond the classroom through their ‘Portrait of a Graduate’. This includes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and global citizenship skills.”

The Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop is located on the upper level of Fair Oaks Mall behind the white barricade next to Build a Bear Workshop. Students from any area high school, not just Fairfax County Public School students, who are in need of a prom dress, and do not have the funds to purchase one, can come and shop from hundreds of donated dresses and accessories. They must show a valid student ID, or other form of school identification, in order to select a free dress during the following store hours:                

Friday, May 17th                               4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th                           2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19th                             1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

  

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account. All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School

   

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

  

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Attendance: 703.446.1625 | Web | Twitter

Happy Mother’s Day

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Family,

On behalf of the entire South County faculty and staff, please accept this South County rose.  And to all of our Mothers, and Fathers that sometimes have to play Mother, I would like to wish each of you a very wonderful Happy Morther’s Day.  You have earned it. Take care. #OneStallion

Gary

P.S.: Please stay tuned for our normal weekly KIT message.

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Community Incident

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Dear Parents,

One of our students reported to police this weekend that while walking in the Crosspointe neighborhood, an unknown adult male pulled his car alongside of her and attempted to persuade her to enter the vehicle.   The driver then exited the vehicle and continued to speak to the student before the student ran away, unharmed.  The driver is described as African American, about 6’2”, very thin build, in his early thirties, driving an older model red car.  If you have additional information regarding this incident, please contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Even though this incident occurred over the weekend, we felt it was important to share this information with you.  Please talk with your son or daughter and urge him or her to always be aware of their surroundings and to avoid any seemingly dangerous situations. Students should travel in pairs whenever possible and immediately report any suspicious cars or people  they encounter.  Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or other school-related matters, please do not hesitate to call my front office at 703-446-1600.

 

Sincerely,

Gary Morris, Principal

 

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Weekly News From South County HS

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

Family,

IT has been a great week of celebrating our athletes this week. I have been out at the fields to congratulate our senior athletes this week at the various Senior Nights. It has been awesome to not only have a brief period of face time with them, but also to be able to shake the hands of their parents and thank them for sharing their students with us. The amount of sheer talent that is in this building is incredible. And they play sports too! We also had the College Signing Ceremony on Wednesday which was a huge hit. We had 25 senior athletes to participate in the signing event and again to see the numbers of supporters present was awesome. I really appreciate everyone coming out and showing our student athletes how much of a Family we really are!

Our CAT B staff led by Mr. Walter Bagwell along with our Adaptive PE teacher, Tanya Smith, put on a Best Buddies event and hosted our South County pyramid students on Wednesday afternoon. I am so proud of the students that are a part of this outstanding club as they worked, ate, and played along with the CAT B student community.   This was such a great event!

I got to hang out with our fantastic students who are a part of the yearbook staff. The culmination of all of their hard work will be an outstanding pictorial summary of our 2018-19 school year along with tons of copy that will describe our growth! Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase this keepsake. I have committed to purchasing one and hope that I get as many students to sign it as a memento of my first year back!

As we come closer to the end of the year, please keep an eye out for your children. SOL’s, AP exams, and final exams can put a lot of pressure on our young people. Teachers and staff have been instructed to monitor behaviors carefully. We want to continue to create and broaden this Family environment. If your child is showing signs of some of the end-of-year pressures, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We want to try and provide as much support for them as we can.

As the weather warms, outfits change….. Please be sure to discuss with your children the expectations around the FCPS dress code. Enough said!

Finally, if you are looking for something to do this weekend, come and support the outstanding effort put on by our theatre department as they put on the South County version of Chicago. The play will show May 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 7:00pm. Admission is $12 for students and $15 for adults. This will be an outstanding show. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there.

Remember we will be requiring that all checkout requests be done in writing and delivered to the Attendance Office in the morning so we are not interrupting students during testing sessions. Have a great weekend! #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

Early Checkouts From School

Beginning on May 6th, the Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year. This is due to AP, SOL, and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions. All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

  

Yearbook

Attention: The last day to buy this year’s yearbook for $75 online is May 12.  After that, books will not be available for sale until the end of the year for $85 in cash.  Buy yours today from www.yearbookforever.com.  Please contact Jennifer Delinski with any questions at jldelinski@fcps.edu.

  

From the Testing Office

 

Testing calendar for South County High School can be found here.

 

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: AP Proctor

SCHS wants your help proctoring AP Exams in May so our teachers can remain in the classroom with your children! No experience necessary - you will be paired with a staff member.

Any responsible adult can proctor exams as long as:

  • You are not related to a student taking that specific exam. (e.g. If your son is taking AP Biology, you are still able to proctor AP Calculus.)
  • You have never taught that specific AP course.

More information:

  • Proctoring shifts will be approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Volunteers will be paired with SCHS Counselors to help with room setup, distributing materials, monitoring students during testing, and collecting materials after testing. 
  • Brief online training will be available to provide details.
  • You will be contacted to confirm your days/times after signing up.

 

Please click on this SignUp Genius Link to volunteer!

 

Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at SCHS! Contact Cameron Mathison, Assessment Coach, with any questions at ccmathison@fcps.edu or 703-446-1643

  

Library Closed For SOL Testing

The library will be closed for SOL testing from May 6th-May 24th. This includes being closed before and after school. Please encourage your student(s) to come to the library before May 6th for any books they may want to check out for that time period. Please also encourage your student(s) to identify an alternate place to print assignments if needed during that time.

   

FCPS Library System

The FCPS Library System is being prepared to switch to a new computer system and the final due dates for library materials set by FCPS Library Services are fast approaching for the transition.   In preparation for the switch we need your help to clear all students records of books and fines by the end of the year.  The final due date for seniors will be May 20th, and the final due date for underclassmen will be May 31st. These due dates were set by FCPS Library Services to ensure a smooth transition to the new system. Notices for overdue books are sent to students via their English teacher, and students also receive pop-up reminders on school computers of overdue library books and fines. Please note:  These notices are separate from finance and textbook notices, as they are through the library circulation system.  Please ask your student(s) to be on the lookout for any of those notices and pop-up reminders.  If your student(s) have questions about their library account, please ask them to stop by the library to have their account checked. Thank you!

  

From the Student Activities Office

 

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

  Theatre Spring Musical

The SCHS Theatre Department is proud to present the spring musical, Chicago: High School Edition. We are so excited to bring the Roaring 20’s to the South County stage and hope you’ll join us on May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7 pm! Tickets can be purchased at southcountydrama.org or directly at this link: https://www.itickets.com/events/421912.html. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Please note this show is rated PG-13 and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.

      

 

May 6, 2019

Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation FUNDRAISER

 

In an effort to support those affected by Childhood Cancer, Marco’s Pizza is holding a fundraiser Monday, May 6,2019. 15% of the sales will be donated to the Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation from the Marco’s Pizza Fairfax Station/Lorton Community.

 

                                           HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

When placing your order online, click on the fundraising tab and look for Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer and 15% of your order will be donated to support Childhood Cancer research and families fighting cancer. If ordering in-store or over the phone, just mention you want your order to be included with the Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation.

 

Tell your friends, family, and neighbors!    

The more orders, the better!       

PARTICIPATING MARCO’S LOCATION:   

9027 Silverbrook Rd.

703-690-7000

Order ONLINE at:

www.marcos.com

 

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.

From the PTSO

All Night Grad Party

We still need many volunteers to pull off this year’s party, which is on a Friday night (June 7)—so most of you will not have to get up and go to work in the morning the next day. Please sign up for a volunteer shift; we are especially short in the 1am-4am timeframe. To sign up, go here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA723A3F58-angp

 

Annual PTSO Meeting with Elections

On the evening of Wednesday, May 15th, the South County PTSO will hold its annual membership meeting at 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.  At this meeting, we will hold our annual officer elections, hear from the principal, and we will end with a guest presentation on what you can do during the summer to help prepare for your student to get into college.  Our speaker will be Julia Ross, from Julia Ross Professional Tutoring. Please see the flyer below for more details. All our welcome.

The PTSO's Nominating Committee is putting forth the following slate for election on May 15th.

President--Nannette Henderson

1st VP--Carla Olivo

2nd VP--Patty Klunder

Treasurer--Julie Hopkins

Recording Secretary--Jennifer Thibodeau

Corresponding Secretary--Cassy Gilmore

 

13th annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

   

Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop

Fairfax County Public School Students Make Prom Dreams Come True

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) marketing students from Centreville High School and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program are opening their annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop on Friday, April 12th. The dress shop, which has been in business for thirteen years, has helped hundreds of financially challenged students attend prom in style each spring. Donations of stylish, high-quality, dry-cleaned prom dresses and select accessories can either be dropped off in the main office of Centreville High School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or at the shop in Fair Oaks Mall during the shop hours listed below.

Centreville High School Fashion Marketing students started collecting donated dresses in 2006 as a way to combine their interests in fashion with community service. They quickly came to the conclusion that students would not feel comfortable “shopping” for a dress at school. They decided that the shop should be set up in another location to give students a more authentic shopping experience, which led them to partner with the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program.

The Classroom on the Mall students apply the retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into the Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop. “This is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,” said Miranda Schick, Centreville High School and Classroom on the Mall Marketing Teacher. “First, students apply marketing lessons learned to a real-world retail environment. Second, they support the School Board’s goals of helping students succeed beyond the classroom through their ‘Portrait of a Graduate’. This includes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and global citizenship skills.”

The Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop is located on the upper level of Fair Oaks Mall behind the white barricade next to Build a Bear Workshop. Students from any area high school, not just Fairfax County Public School students, who are in need of a prom dress, and do not have the funds to purchase one, can come and shop from hundreds of donated dresses and accessories. They must show a valid student ID, or other form of school identification, in order to select a free dress during the following store hours:

Sunday, May 5th                               1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17th                               4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th                           2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19th                             1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

  

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account.  All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

News You Choose Submission Deadline this next week will be Thursday at noon. The next edition of Weekly News will be sent on Monday, May 13th. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.

  

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TESTING CALENDAR & ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

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TESTING CALENDAR & ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

 

Family,

Our May testing season is upon us. As I shared with you last week, we will be requiring that all checkout requests be done in writing and delivered to the Attendance Office in the morning so we are not interrupting students during testing sessions.

I also wanted to ensure that I shared the testing calendar for South County High School. You may find that calendar here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s Professional School Counselor. As always, thank you for your continued support. #OneStallion

Gary

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Weekly News From South County HS

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

Family,

I was sharing with a colleague that after coming back from Spring Break, I know that the end of the year is near. But right about now, everything seems to be coming at me at once! And then I thought about how the students must feel. Just after dismissal on Friday, a student was sharing with a teacher that Teacher Appreciation Week falls at the worst possible time of the year. We asked her why, and she replied, “Because teachers are so demanding now due to the time of year, and it’s just difficult to be appreciative of them right now!”

I guess I can’t blame her and the rest of her peers. I will be sharing this with the staff for us to be sensitive to the demands of our students during this time. I ask that you chat with your students about asking for help and taking care of themselves during this stressful time of the year. I am seeing that just because they are smiling, doesn’t always mean that they are doing just fine. Thanks for your help on that front.

I would like to thank the many parents that came in this week to help us celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Friday was the culmination of our appreciation (no that does mean we don’t have to appreciate them for the rest of the year! J), and our parents provided a great luncheon for our staff. We really do love our teachers, and our parents showed up and out with a great meal and treats to let them know. Thank you so very much. These tokens of gratitude really do go a long way for our folks with one of the toughest jobs in the world!

Early Checkouts From School. Beginning on May 6th, the Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year. This is due to AP, SOL, and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions. All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

Just in case you haven’t heard, the first date for SOL testing will be Monday, May 6th. AS we approach this date, be sure that your student is getting plenty of rest, and if possible eating in the morning. Studies have shown that this increases the chances that your student is more focused on the task at hand and we want to give them every opportunity possible to achieve at a high level.

Well that is my bit for the week. I appreciate all of the support that we as a school continue to see from our community. Please continue to let us know if there are things that we can do better. There is always room for improvement and we are open to it. Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you soon.

 

Gary

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring for all core subjects. Our next session is May 4th from 10 am- 1 pm. We will have a special “Who’s on Your Team” program noon.

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 need additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

 

From the Testing Office

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: AP Proctor

SCHS wants your help proctoring AP Exams in May so our teachers can remain in the classroom with your children! No experience necessary - you will be paired with a staff member.

Any responsible adult can proctor exams as long as:

  • You are not related to a student taking that specific exam. (e.g. If your son is taking AP Biology, you are still able to proctor AP Calculus.)
  • You have never taught that specific AP course.

More information:

  • Proctoring shifts will be approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Volunteers will be paired with SCHS Counselors to help with room setup, distributing materials, monitoring students during testing, and collecting materials after testing. 
  • Brief online training will be available to provide details.
  • You will be contacted to confirm your days/times after signing up.

 

Please click on this SignUp Genius Link to volunteer!

 

Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at SCHS! Contact Cameron Mathison, Assessment Coach, with any questions at ccmathison@fcps.edu or 703-446-1643

Library Closed For SOL Testing

The library will be closed for SOL testing from May 6th-May 24th. This includes being closed before and after school. Please encourage your student(s) to come to the library before May 6th for any books they may want to check out for that time period. Please also encourage your student(s) to identify an alternate place to print assignments if needed during that time.

  

Early Checkouts From School

Beginning on May 6th, the Attendance Office will not be able to accept calls for early checkouts thru the end of the year. This is due to AP, SOL, and final exam testing and staff not being able to interrupt those testing sessions. All students MUST present a note from a parent to the Attendance Office at the beginning of the day to receive a checkout pass at that time.

 

From the Student Activities Office

College Signing Ceremony – May 1, 2019 @ 3:30pm in the Gymnasium

All students and families are welcome to join the Activities Office and Athletic Coaching Staff as we recognize and celebrate those student- athletes who are committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

Theatre Spring Musical

The SCHS Theatre Department is proud to present the spring musical, Chicago: High School Edition. We are so excited to bring the Roaring 20’s to the South County stage and hope you’ll join us on May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7 pm! Tickets can be purchased at southcountydrama.org or directly at this link: https://www.itickets.com/events/421912.html. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Please note this show is rated PG-13 and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.

      

Boys Lacrosse Fundraiser

Boys lacrosse will be having a Chipotle Fundraiser on Tuesday, 4/30 from 5-9pm at the Saratoga shopping center location. Come eat, mention SOCO boys lacrosse team, and the team will receive 33% of the sales! 

South County High School Presents: COLLEGE/ATHLETE RECRUITING SEMINAR

WHEN: TUESDAY APRIL 23 7:00PM

WHERE: SOUTH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA

FEATURING –

  • Jaime C. Walls, MA, ATC

Assistant Athletic Director Recruiting Coordinator & NCAA Compliance Officer   

The Catholic University of America 

  • Todd Haldis Director of Northeast Scouting National Preps
  • Tim Stevenson M. Ed Manager of School Partnerships Catalyst Prep, LLC   

DISCOVER THE FACTS ABOUT:

  • INITIAL / CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY AT COLLEGIATE LEVEL
  • EXPOSURE / BEING SEEN BY COLLEGE COACHES
  • SAT / ACT – PREPARATION & TESTING
From the PTSO

All Night Grad Party

We still need many volunteers to pull off this year’s party, which is on a Friday night (June 7)—so most of you will not have to get up and go to work in the morning the next day. Please sign up for a volunteer shift; we are especially short in the 1am-4am timeframe. To sign up, go here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA723A3F58-angp

 

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to all who contributed food or helped serve at our staff appreciation luncheon yesterday. Teacher appreciation week is actually the week of May 6; please consider sending in a note of appreciation to our hard-working teachers.  

 

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.

13th annual South County Golf Tournament

Attention All Community Members: The South County Athletic Booster Club and PSTO would like to invite you to participate in the 13th annual South County Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held on June 10th  @ Laurel Hill Golf Club starting with lunch at 11am and a shotgun start promptly at 1pm golf. *NEW* The school-based team/club/organization with the most participation will be awarded a $2500 check towards their program! We look forwarding to seeing you out there.

https://scgolfclassic.com/

   

Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop

Fairfax County Public School Students Make Prom Dreams Come True

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) marketing students from Centreville High School and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program are opening their annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop on Friday, April 12th. The dress shop, which has been in business for thirteen years, has helped hundreds of financially challenged students attend prom in style each spring. Donations of stylish, high-quality, dry-cleaned prom dresses and select accessories can either be dropped off in the main office of Centreville High School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or at the shop in Fair Oaks Mall during the shop hours listed below.

Centreville High School Fashion Marketing students started collecting donated dresses in 2006 as a way to combine their interests in fashion with community service. They quickly came to the conclusion that students would not feel comfortable “shopping” for a dress at school. They decided that the shop should be set up in another location to give students a more authentic shopping experience, which led them to partner with the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program.

The Classroom on the Mall students apply the retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into the Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop. “This is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,” said Miranda Schick, Centreville High School and Classroom on the Mall Marketing Teacher. “First, students apply marketing lessons learned to a real-world retail environment. Second, they support the School Board’s goals of helping students succeed beyond the classroom through their ‘Portrait of a Graduate’. This includes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and global citizenship skills.”

The Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop is located on the upper level of Fair Oaks Mall behind the white barricade next to Build a Bear Workshop. Students from any area high school, not just Fairfax County Public School students, who are in need of a prom dress, and do not have the funds to purchase one, can come and shop from hundreds of donated dresses and accessories. They must show a valid student ID, or other form of school identification, in order to select a free dress during the following store hours:

 

Friday, May 3rd                                 4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4th                             2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 5th                               1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17th                               4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th                           2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19th                             1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

  

School Nutrition Account

Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account.  All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

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

  

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Weekly News From South County HS

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

Family,

I am pleased to announce:

The following students took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and met requirements to enter the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants who will be recognized this fall.

Alip Arslan

Valeria Bustamante

Kylie J. Hawley

Brian H. Lai

Tiffany E. Malley

Christopher J. Paine

Isha R. Patel

Yash B. Patel

Tracie T. Phan

Chloe M. Rutley

Nathaniel P. Sianipar

We had a great pep rally on Friday. I am still amazed at the amount of student-to-student support there is in our building. I see so many of our students working together to get things done, and it is so comforting to watch them. I know that our teachers appreciate the comradery and the spirit of Family our students display.

Schools have been asked to continue to remind parents that have Food and Nutrition debts to please bring account debts to zero. These debts could be an inhibitor to a student fulfilling all requirements to receive their diploma.

The PTSO met this week and while I love the company of the Family members that come out regularly, we need to have the input from the silent majority. We will posting the next meeting date which will be in May, shortly. I hope to see many of you there.

Just as a heads up, with Friday being the last day before Spring Break, we had A LOT of students and families that escaped early. This led to a number of students checking out of the attendance office, and causing the attendance staff to be backed up. So if you received a call that your student was not present for a class, but you sent in a note or called in, please know that the attendance for your child will be reconciled before he/she returns. I would like to thank all of you who were able to take the time to send in notes with your child. This helps the process go much faster, and students are able to get their passes much quicker. And if you happen to find yourself in the building sometime over the next couple of weeks, please stop into the Attendance and Front Offices and thank the wonderful ladies who have covered for our normal Wonder Woman. All of these ladies have stepped up and ensured that we function without missing a beat!

Please encourage your students to get plenty of rest over the spring break. I look forward to their return and to us finishing the school year on a true high note. I will be taking some time off to spend with the family, but will be sending safe wishes to each of you. Thank you once again for sharing your most precious gifts with us. It’s been another awesome week of learning for me. Take care. #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

Attendance

We need your assistance as Spring Break approaches. If you know your student will not be in school or will need to check out early, please let us know as soon as possible. To do this you may:

  • (Preferable) Have your student drop a note from you by the Attendance Office when they arrive at school. They in turn will be given a pass for dismissal. This assists us so that instructional time is not interrupted delivering passes to classrooms and ensures that your student is dismissed when you have requested.
  • Call the Attendance line at 703-446-1625 and leave a message as to the date and reason for absence.  This can be done in advance.

We truly appreciate your assistance with this due to the volume of calls and early dismissals leading up to Spring Break. Friday is not an early release day.

    

April Testing Calendar AP Exam Fees and Billing Information

 

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: AP Proctor

SCHS wants your help proctoring AP Exams in May so our teachers can remain in the classroom with your children! No experience necessary - you will be paired with a staff member.

Any responsible adult can proctor exams as long as:

  • You are not related to a student taking that specific exam. (e.g. If your son is taking AP Biology, you are still able to proctor AP Calculus.)
  • You have never taught that specific AP course.

More information:

  • Proctoring shifts will be approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Volunteers will be paired with SCHS Counselors to help with room setup, distributing materials, monitoring students during testing, and collecting materials after testing. 
  • Brief online training will be available to provide details.
  • You will be contacted to confirm your days/times after signing up.

Please click on this SignUp Genius Link to volunteer!

 

Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at SCHS! Contact Cameron Mathison, Assessment Coach, with any questions at ccmathison@fcps.edu or 703-446-1643

 

AP Exam Fees and Billing Information

In early April, AP exam invoices have been sent via MySchoolBucks to the parents/guardians of students who are testing beyond the first six AP exams paid by FCPS.  Parents and guardians can pay the fees using a debit or credit card through www.myschoolsbucks.com.  Please see the FAQs below for questions regarding AP exam billing.  https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions.

 

May Testing Calendar

The May Testing Calendar has been published on the South County Website. Please note that individual schedules may vary depending on AP testing or accommodations needed.

  • Student Test plans were mailed home. Any adjustments or concerns need to be brought to counselors by Friday April 12th.
  • Students should check their school Google email accounts for individual schedules after spring break. 
  • If a student is absent for their SOL, they will be rescheduled for the closest MakeUp date on the calendar.
  • If you need to make adjustments to your SOL testing schedule due to religious observance of Ramadan (May 5th-June 4th), please come see Mrs. Mathison in Student Services by Friday April 26th.  

 

Library Closed For SOL Testing

The library will be closed for SOL testing from May 6th-May 24th. This includes being closed before and after school. Please encourage your student(s) to come to the library before May 6th for any books they may want to check out for that time period. Please also encourage your student(s) to identify an alternate place to print assignments if needed during that time.

  

Seniors and Senior Families

Seniors and Senior Families, don’t forget that Senior Dues went up to $150 on April 1.  Senior Dues now need to be paid in the Finance office before or after school.  Also, check out the latest on All Night Grad Party on the South County PTSO web site at http://southcountyptso.org/.  The PTSO is offering a number of incentives to students who purchase tickets prior to the end of the month.  Finally, make sure to keep up with the latest news on Senior events and graduation information on the Senior Class page of the South County website.  It can be found at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/class-2019 and will be updated regularly between now and graduation.

   

From the Student Activities Office

College Signing Ceremony – May 1, 2019 @ 3:30pm in the Gymnasium

All students and families are welcome to join the Activities Office and Athletic Coaching Staff as we recognize and celebrate those student- athletes who are committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

Military Connected Youth Fundraiser

Please support the SCHS Military Connected Youth Club and join us for dinner at Chipotle on Tues., April 23rd! Come anytime between 4-8pm or meet up with other SCHS families at 7:00pm to have dinner together!  We hope you can make it!

Theatre Spring Musical

The SCHS Theatre Department is proud to present the spring musical, Chicago: High School Edition. We are so excited to bring the Roaring 20’s to the South County stage and hope you’ll join us on May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7 pm! Tickets can be purchased at southcountydrama.org or directly at this link: https://www.itickets.com/events/421912.html. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Please note this show is rated PG-13 and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.

      

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.

Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop

Fairfax County Public School Students Make Prom Dreams Come True

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) marketing students from Centreville High School and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program are opening their annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop on Friday, April 12th. The dress shop, which has been in business for thirteen years, has helped hundreds of financially challenged students attend prom in style each spring. Donations of stylish, high-quality, dry-cleaned prom dresses and select accessories can either be dropped off in the main office of Centreville High School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or at the shop in Fair Oaks Mall during the shop hours listed below.

Centreville High School Fashion Marketing students started collecting donated dresses in 2006 as a way to combine their interests in fashion with community service. They quickly came to the conclusion that students would not feel comfortable “shopping” for a dress at school. They decided that the shop should be set up in another location to give students a more authentic shopping experience, which led them to partner with the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall program.

The Classroom on the Mall students apply the retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into the Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop. “This is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,” said Miranda Schick, Centreville High School and Classroom on the Mall Marketing Teacher. “First, students apply marketing lessons learned to a real-world retail environment. Second, they support the School Board’s goals of helping students succeed beyond the classroom through their ‘Portrait of a Graduate’. This includes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and global citizenship skills.”

The Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop is located on the upper level of Fair Oaks Mall behind the white barricade next to Build a Bear Workshop. Students from any area high school, not just Fairfax County Public School students, who are in need of a prom dress, and do not have the funds to purchase one, can come and shop from hundreds of donated dresses and accessories. They must show a valid student ID, or other form of school identification, in order to select a free dress during the following store hours:

Friday, April 12th                              4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 13th                          2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. 

Sunday, April 14th                            1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 3rd                                 4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4th                             2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 5th                               1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17th                               4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th                           2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 19th                             1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

  

Mark Your Calendars

April 15th -19th -  SPRING BREAK/OFFICES CLOSED

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

News You Choose is on Spring Break! Next NYC is on April 27th.

  

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Attendance for Thursday and Friday

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Attendance

We need your assistance as Spring Break approaches. If you know your student will not be in school or will need to check out early, please let us know as soon as possible. To do this you may:

  • (Preferable) Have your student drop a note from you by the Attendance Office when they arrive at school. They in turn will be given a pass for dismissal. This assists us so that instructional time is not interrupted delivering passes to classrooms and ensures that your student is dismissed when you have requested.
  • Call the Attendance line at 703-446-1625 and leave a message as to the date and reason for absence.  This can be done in advance.

We truly appreciate your assistance with this due to the volume of calls and early dismissals leading up to Spring Break. Friday is not an early release day.

Friday's schedule is as follows:

Period 2   8:10-9:45

Period 8   9:51-11:17

Period 6   11:23-1:23

Advisory   1:29-1:38**

Pep Rally  1:40-2:45**

**During these times, passes will not be easily delivered to students so please send a note in with your student that morning if they need to be dismissed early.

  

 

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Weekly News From South County HS

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

Family,

Great news: 2 South County students will be majoring in Japanese at schools in Japan. Grey Berndt has been accepted to a 4-year program at Osaka University. Arielle Yates as accepting to the Sakura Scholars program at American University. She will study in Japan for 2 years in this program.

The PTSO is STILL (hint hint) looking for volunteers for this years’ All Night Grad Party. This is a great safe experience for our students, and the last one that they will have with their class! So if you can, please reach out to our awesome PTSO president, Nannette Henderson to volunteer. It’s one of the very few times our kids will want us around to party with them. Take advantage of it!

I wanted to give big props to the Math and Science National Honor Societies for their efforts in expanding their own learning. On Thursday they deviated from the traditional method of earning their service hours and instead brought in a panel of speakers from the Washington Regional Transplant Community. The panel not only provided a wealth of information, but also shared powerful and courageous stories. This was information that brought real world experiences to our students; put together by our students. I would like to acknowledge these two groups of strong students and their teacher sponsors for recognizing that learning takes place outside of the classroom as well. Our future engineers and doctors have a head start today because of this experience.

I wanted to spotlight our Science Olympiad team that was not even a part of South County 4 years ago. To have made it to the state competition in 3 years and to have placed 12th out of 24 teams is a huge accomplishment! Excellence in All Endeavors is alive and well at SoCo!!!

As we continue through the year, we don’t want lessen our efforts to keep our school a safe place for our students and staff. From the beginning of the year, I have had a number of conversations with our parents about their concerns about students and vaping in school. We have picked up our policing efforts in school, and unfortunately we have had to appropriately assign discipline when we have discovered students involved with vaping of some sort. We are educating our staff on how they can spot use, and making them aware of the behaviors that are common among students that are trying to vape in school as well as what the devices look like and how they function. So since you are an extension of our school Family, I believe that I need to share information with you as well. So please take time to read this article on how you might speak with your child about vaping. The more concerned and trusted adults we have in our students’ ears, the better our chances will be to deter them from engaging in behaviors that could truly negatively impact their futures.

One more shout out. Thanks to all of the parents and music fans that came up to support the South County Drumline. What a fantastic group of dedicated students. The amount of hours they put into their performance over the many months has been incredible. And it showed. You don’t get the label of being “World Class” without laying it on the line the way this group has. Thanks to the families that I have seen in the building at all times of the evening working with this talented group, and a huge thanks to Mr. Kevin Engdahl and Mr. Grant Butters for their motivation. Good Luck to the Drumline as they compete this coming week in Dayton, Ohio at the WGI World Championships!

Finally, as the weather begins to change and we look to warmer weather, please impress upon your child that they need to dress appropriately for school. I am both concerned about them adhering to the dress code policy, but also to them being aware of how at this time the weather can change rapidly back to cooler temperatures, which could put them at risk for becoming sick. Those students that are spending long hours at school need to be prepared for much cooler temperatures in the late evenings, so please have them bring appropriate clothing so they can wrap up on the way home. I like the “kids”, and kind of want them to be here so we can “learn ‘em” right!

Thanks again for your continued support. I hope to see you soon at an event, or just passing through. Have a great weekend. #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

Attendance

We need your assistance as Spring Break approaches. If you know your student will not be in school or will need to check out early, please let us know as soon as possible. To do this you may:

  • (Preferable) Have your student drop a note from you by the Attendance Office when they arrive at school. They in turn will be given a pass for dismissal. This assists us so that instructional time is not interrupted delivering passes to classrooms and ensures that your student is dismissed when you have requested.
  • Call the Attendance line at 703-446-1625 and leave a message as to the date and reason for absence.  This can be done in advance.

We truly appreciate your assistance with this due to the volume of calls and early dismissals leading up to Spring Break. Friday is not an early release day.

    

AP and WorkKeys Testing Info

AP Exam Fees and Billing Information

In early April, AP exam invoices will be sent via MySchoolBucks to the parents/guardians of students who are testing beyond the first six AP exams paid by FCPS.  Parents and guardians can pay the fees using a debit or credit card through www.myschoolsbucks.com.  Please see the FAQs below for questions regarding AP exam billing.  https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions.

WorkKeys

Students who have been registered to take the WorkKeys Reading for Workplace Documents or WorkKeys Business Writing tests will receive a paper schedule as well as an email to their school Google accounts. This test serves as a potential substitute test for verified credits for graduation. If you have any questions about why your student has been registered to take this test, please contact your student’s counselor or English teacher.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: AP Proctor

SCHS wants your help proctoring AP Exams in May so our teachers can remain in the classroom with your children! No experience necessary - you will be paired with a staff member.

Any responsible adult can proctor exams as long as:

  • You are not related to a student taking that specific exam. (e.g. If your son is taking AP Biology, you are still able to proctor AP Calculus.)
  • You have never taught that specific AP course.

More information:

  • Proctoring shifts will be approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Volunteers will be paired with SCHS Counselors to help with room setup, distributing materials, monitoring students during testing, and collecting materials after testing. 
  • Brief online training will be available to provide details.
  • You will be contacted to confirm your days/times after signing up.

Please click on the SignUp Genius Link to volunteer!

Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at SCHS! Contact Cameron Mathison, Assessment Coach, with any questions at ccmathison@fcps.edu or 703-446-1643

  

Important Message from the Finance Office Grades 9-11th

On Friday, March 29th debt notices were distributed in 1st period for students Grades 9-11 who have outstanding fines and/or textbooks.  Seniors debt notices will follow shortly.  Please ask your student if they received an orange debt notice.  All debts need to be handled NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, April 12th (before Spring Break). 

The Finance Office is open every day before and after school. 

 

Library Closed For SOL Testing

The library will be closed for SOL testing from May 6th-May 24th. This includes being closed before and after school. Please encourage your student(s) to come to the library before May 6th for any books they may want to check out for that time period. Please also encourage your student(s) to identify an alternate place to print assignments if needed during that time.

  

Advance Sports Marketing

March is filled with Madness and South County High School decided to add to the excitement, with the first ever SOCO Madness tournament. Ten teams vied for the coveted trophy and to secure bragging rights as SOCO Madness Championship Team. The self-titled team of the ’96 ’97 Bulls won the two day competition established by the Advance Sports Marketing class, taught by Marketing Teacher Vera Woodson. With the support of the Activities office, Basketball Head Coach Mike Robinson, and the entire Boys Varsity Basketball team as referees, the students were well organized and created an exciting event for the student spectators.

To see photos taken of the exciting event from wonderful SOCO parent Mr. Razo:

https://aldorazo.smugmug.com/SOCO-Madness-2K19/n-jhq7sN/  

  

Seniors and Senior Families

Seniors and Senior Families, don’t forget that Senior Dues went up to $150 on April 1.  Senior Dues now need to be paid in the Finance office before or after school.  Also, check out the latest on All Night Grad Party on the South County PTSO web site at http://southcountyptso.org/.  The PTSO is offering a number of incentives to students who purchase tickets prior to the end of the month.  Finally, make sure to keep up with the latest news on Senior events and graduation information on the Senior Class page of the South County website.  It can be found at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/class-2019 and will be updated regularly between now and graduation.

   

From the Student Activities Office

College Signing Ceremony – May 1, 2019 @ 3:30pm in the Gymnasium

All students and families are welcome to join the Activities Office and Athletic Coaching Staff as we recognize and celebrate those student- athletes who are committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

South County Crew

In an unprecedented opening to the season, South County Crew entered its first race with seven boats in the Regional Park Regatta on the Occoquan last weekend and ALL BOATS PLACED FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD in their final or flight! This is by far the best start to a South County Rowing season in the school's history!  Please join us in congratulating the team and Coaches for an outstanding performance in this season's first regatta.  Row SoCo Row!

  

From the PTSO

PTSO meeting

There is a PTSO Board meeting on April 8 at 7:00pm in the library.  All are welcome.

PTSO Officers for Next Year

The PTSO is seeking nominations for all officer positions for next year (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary).  The nomination form is available on the PTSO website (http://southcountyptso.org/sample-page/forms-documents/).  You may nominate yourself or someone else; the Nominating Committee will contact each applicant to confirm their willingness to serve.  For any questions, or to submit the nomination form, please email nomination@southcountyptso.org.

Baccalaureate

Senior families:  Baccalaureate will be held on June 6 at 7pm.  Invitations will be coming home soon.  For students who would like to perform, information on auditions will also be forthcoming.  For more information, contact bacc@southcountyptso.org.  

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

On Friday, April 26, the PTSO is honoring all teachers and staff with a catered luncheon.  We do need people to help serve and set up, as well as some food and drink donations to supplement what we provide.  Please check the sign-up sheet at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a4af22a64-south.

 

Theatre Sports Tournament

Come support the SCHS Theatre Department at the Theatre Sports tournament hosted at South County on Friday, April 12th! Five other schools will be competing in this tournament and it is all improvisation-based theatre with lots of humor! Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the door. We hope to see you there!

The SCHS Theatre Department is proud to present the spring musical, Chicago: High School Edition. We are so excited to bring the Roaring 20’s to the South County stage and hope you’ll join us on May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7 pm! Tickets can be purchased at southcountydrama.org or directly at this link: https://www.itickets.com/events/421912.html. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Please note this show is rated PG-13 and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.

      

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.

Mark Your Calendars

April 15th -19th -  SPRING BREAK

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

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

  

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FCPS Family Engagement Survey

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FCPS Values Your Opinion

We value your opinion so much that we are sending out a special reminder for you to complete the FCPS Family Engagement Survey.

On March 24th, you received an FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

Please complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of communicating, providing you opportunities to partner, developing positive relationships, ensuring student success and more.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  • Check your email for an invitation sent with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  • Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  • Complete the online survey using one of the school iPads or computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school. For a direct link to the survey click here.

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!

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Weekly News From South County HS

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Stallion P.R.I.D.E.

Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence 

   

From the Principal

Family,

Thank you for another great week of school! As we come to the end of the quarter, I ask that you continue to talk with your students about finishing strong. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to their teachers. We want all students to be able to go out and play after report cards come home. So don’t allow them to spring any surprises on you!

As SOL season is approaching, we want to remind families that electronic personal devices of any kind (phones, watches, etc.) are prohibited inside the SOL testing environment.  Please be aware that any personal devices carried into the testing environment will be subject to the school’s established procedures for addressing this as a test security concern.  In past instances, a student’s access to a personal device in the testing environment has been identified as attempted cheating, please don’t let this happen to you! Let’s work together to create a positive and safe testing environment for everyone.

On April 4th the School Board will recognize our military students and their families at the School Board meeting beginning at 7 pm at Luther Jackson MS.  Military students and families are invited to attend, be recognized, and have their picture taken with Dr. Brabrand and our School Board. The internet site has information for families: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/military-families. Be on the lookout next week for news about South County’s celebration of our Military Connected Youth and our own Purple-Up Day!

The South County English department held its 4th annual Stallion Writing Days event. Students and staff members read their original works to a packed audience. Two things I wanted to point out about the event. Not only were the presentations outstanding, but the students in the audience were so supportive! I was so proud to watch them as they recognized through cheers their peers as they went up. They even gave old Mr. Morris a nice round of applause as I read my own poem. Thanks for sending us great students every day.

FCPS will hold its 14th Annual Special Education Conference from 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS). Parents and FCPS employees, please plan to register for the 2019 Special Education Conference now! Conference information for 60+ workshops and access to the registration process can be found on the conference website. Dr. Mary E. Morningstar, the co-director of Portland State University’s Think College Inclusion Oregon project and a professor in the Graduate School of Education’s Special Education Department, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Her keynote, “Moving from Compliance to Quality Transition Outcomes” will be a great start to this year’s Special Education Conference. This year’s conference will also feature a four-hour student strand led by “I’m Determined” youth leaders for students with disabilities. The student strand will emphasize learning and understanding of what self-determination is and why it is important to possess and implement these skills on a daily basis. More information and the start of registration for the student stand can be found on the student strand link.

Finally, I imagine that you have been watching the news and students have too. Sometimes our students get caught up in what is out there on social media and want to reply or express their points of view. I ask that you talk to your students about being careful on social media and sharing their views. The concern is that with so much access to information, there is always a possibility that they can be identified. We want our students to be safe inside our building, and inside that digital space.

Thank you again for saying yes, and allowing me to serve. It continues to be an honor. Enjoy the new weather, and enjoy your weekend! #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

AP and WorkKeys Testing Info

AP Exam Fees and Billing Information

In early April, AP exam invoices will be sent via MySchoolBucks to the parents/guardians of students who are testing beyond the first six AP exams paid by FCPS.  Parents and guardians can pay the fees using a debit or credit card through www.myschoolsbucks.com.  Please see the FAQs below for questions regarding AP exam billing.  https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions.

WorkKeys

Students who have been registered to take the WorkKeys Reading for Workplace Documents or WorkKeys Business Writing tests will receive a paper schedule as well as an email to their school Google accounts. This test serves as a potential substitute test for verified credits for graduation. If you have any questions about why your student has been registered to take this test, please contact your student’s counselor or English teacher.

Parent Volunteer Sign Up: AP Proctor

SCHS wants your help proctoring AP Exams in May so our teachers can remain in the classroom with your children! No experience necessary - you will be paired with a staff member.

Any responsible adult can proctor exams as long as:

  • You are not related to a student taking that specific exam. (e.g. If your son is taking AP Biology, you are still able to proctor AP Calculus.)
  • You have never taught that specific AP course.

More information:

  • Proctoring shifts will be approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Volunteers will be paired with SCHS Counselors to help with room setup, distributing materials, monitoring students during testing, and collecting materials after testing. 
  • Brief online training will be available to provide details.
  • You will be contacted to confirm your days/times after signing up.

Please click on the SignUp Genius Link to volunteer!

Thank you for supporting the students and teachers at SCHS! Contact Cameron Mathison, Assessment Coach, with any questions at ccmathison@fcps.edu or 703-446-1643

  

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program

SCHS Auditorium

April 9th (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.

The last program of this school year will take place on April 9th. 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.

   

Important Message from the Finance Office Grades 9-11th

On Friday, March 29th debt notices were distributed in 1st period for students Grades 9-11 who have outstanding fines and/or textbooks.  Seniors debt notices will follow shortly.  Please ask your student if they received an orange debt notice.  All debts need to be handled NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, April 12th (before Spring Break). 

The Finance Office is open every day before and after school. 

 

Seniors and Senior Families

Seniors and Senior Families, don’t forget that Senior Dues go up from $125 to $150 on April 1.  You can pay dues online until then at MySchoolBucks.com, or bring cash or a check payable to South County High School to Mr. Long in C228.  After April 1 they will need to be paid in the main office before or after school.  Also, check out the latest on All Night Grad Party on the South County PTSO web site at http://southcountyptso.org/.  The PTSO is offering a number of incentives to students who purchase tickets prior to the end of the month.  Finally, make sure to keep up with the latest news on Senior events and graduation information on the Senior Class page of the South County website.  It can be found at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/class-2019 and will be updated regularly between now and graduation.

   

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring for all core subjects. Our next session is April 6th from 10 am- 1 pm. We will have a special Paying for College program presented by College Access Fairfax at 11 am.  The Paying for College program is designed to give a 30,000 foot view of the financial aid process. Topics to be covered include the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), types of financial aid, scholarships, loans, definitions of frequently used terms, and timelines. Material is provided for additional resources. This program is designed for underclassmen.

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 need additional information regarding MAC please contact us at SouthCountyMAC@gmail.com.

  

Spring Fundraiser/Mulch Sale

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale. Delivery scheduled for Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The cost is $4.50 per 3 cu. Ft. bag of Premium double shredded hardwood bark mulch.

South County’s Baseball, Boys’ Soccer, and Wrestling Teams will deliver mulch to your home for a $10 fee (Within a 10 mile radius of SCHS) or orders may be picked up at South County High School between 8am and 10am on April 6th.

Order Forms with payment are due no later than Thursday, March 28th.

**We will only have 4,500 bags available.**

Click Mulch Sale for order form.

To volunteer to help or if you have any questions please contact Erich Gunderman 703-446-1580 or cgunderman@fcps.edu

   

From the Student Activities Office

College Signing Ceremony – May 1, 2019 @ 3:30pm in the Gymnasium

All students and families are welcome to join the Activities Office and Athletic Coaching Staff as we recognize and celebrate those student- athletes who are committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Spring Physical Night -- May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Cafeteria

Come have your physical completed and filed for all activities in the ‘19-20 school year!! This includes summer conditioning, Green Days, tryouts and sports participation. Please use the link provided to schedule your appointment: https://wwgw.fcps.edu/athletic.preparticipation.screenings.

Fall Meet the Coach Night – May 30, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

Interested in participating in Fall Sports? If so, it is highly encouraged that your family attend our annual Fall Meet the Coach Night. This event will start in the gym were you will hear from the Principal, DSA and ATC, followed by individual breakout sessions for each sport.

Varsity Letterman Night – June 3, 2019 @ 7pm in the Gymnasium

All South County students and families are welcome to join us as we remember and recognize the 2018 - 2019 individual and team athletic accomplishments!

  

From the PTSO

PTSO Officers for Next Year

The PTSO is seeking nominations for all officer positions for next year (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary). The nomination form is available on the PTSO website (http://southcountyptso.org/sample-page/forms-documents/). For any questions, or to submit the nomination form, please email nomination@southcountyptso.org.

PTSO meeting

There is a PTSO Board meeting on April 8 at 7:00pm in the library. All are welcome.

All Night Grad Party (ANGP) Ticket Deadline

For all ANGP ticket purchases made by March 31, parents will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Most of the class goes to ANGP; buy your tickets now to protect yourself from the price increase going into effect in May. Purchases can be made at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com   While at that site, you can also buy graduate lawn signs, memorial bricks, chances to win reserved seating at graduation, and class magnets.

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, April 5th - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

April 15th -19th -  SPRING BREAK

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

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

  

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From the Principal

Family,

This week we got to recognize a number of students for their efforts in the arts and sciences. Our students showed very well din these two areas. Our students won a number of awards at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Contest. I wanted to mention two students in particular for their accomplishments. Sam Evans won in the area of Art Portfolio and Sarah Kim won in the area of Mixed Media. Both of these students won Silver Medals at the National Level! Only one other national medal was awarded in the entire county! With these awards, our scholarship monies offered to students now exceeds one million dollars!! This is the most amount of money offered to a graduating class to date exceeding $968,000 in 2013. We also had a number of students at the Regional Science Fair who were recognized for their outstanding efforts they put into their experiments. I continue to encounter students with so many talents in our building, and I am blown away with each and every experience.

Speaking of talented students, I had the pleasure of attending the South County Pyramid Band Concert this week. Along with a packed house of like jazz lovers, I witnessed the exceptional talent of our high school students, as well as what will likely be a bright future in our music department from the middle school and elementary school students. The music was great, but I was so inspired by the talent and courage of the many soloists Thursday night. I am very excited about what is to come.

When I arrived at South County, I made a decision to “audit” the department chair positions to ensure the alignment with the vision I was bringing to the building. Because of this decision, we have been able to have some very important and valuable conversations throughout the building. The administrative team has in some cases been able to offer leadership opportunities to other teachers in the building, thus expanding the capacity for leadership. Our current department chairs have been able to reflect and provide perspective on our direction and will serve as outstanding mentors and an active support for our new chairs.

If you had not been following my tweets from this week, you missed out on the celebration we were engaged in during International Week. Mrs. Vera Woodson, one of our talented Marketing teachers, decided to put into motion a call to action by some of her students to celebrate the many cultures in our building (this put a huge grin on my face when I heard about this). Teachers and students participated as we recognized some of the wonderful attributes and customs from all over the world. This was capped this week with our annual International Night Celebration Friday evening. Students and families shared a taste from their cultures, strutted across the stage in a fashion show from around the world, and then entertained us with cultural dance. Again, so much culture, talent, and pride in our building. And what was so impressive and inspiring, was the support from the students’ peers as they performed throughout the show. I was amazed, and so proud to have been able to share in this experience. Thank you all for assisting in providing a glimpse into the beautiful future we could have if we all truly embrace #OneStallion. I want to thank Mrs. Jenelle Fernandez for sponsoring the International Club, and for helping her students to put on this great display of unity.

Well that is all for this week. Thank you once again for this opportunity to serve and to work with your children. Have a great weekend. #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

FCPS Values Your Opinion

On March 24th, you will receive an invitation from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools to participate in the 2019 FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

We would love for you to complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of:

  • Communicating.
  • Providing you opportunities to partner.
  • Developing positive relationships.
  • Ensuring student success and more.

The survey will be available between March 24th- April 12th.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email after March 24 for an invitation with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!

For more information, please contact your child’s school.

   

Seniors and Senior Families

Seniors and Senior Families, don’t forget that Senior Dues go up from $125 to $150 on April 1.  You can pay dues online until then at MySchoolBucks.com, or bring cash or a check payable to South County High School to Mr. Long in C228.  After April 1 they will need to be paid in the main office before or after school.  Also, check out the latest on All Night Grad Party on the South County PTSO web site at http://southcountyptso.org/.  The PTSO is offering a number of incentives to students who purchase tickets prior to the end of the month.  Finally, make sure to keep up with the latest news on Senior events and graduation information on the Senior Class page of the South County website.  It can be found at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/class-2019 and will be updated regularly between now and graduation.

   

Spring Fundraiser/Mulch Sale

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale. Delivery scheduled for Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The cost is $4.50 per 3 cu. Ft. bag of Premium double shredded hardwood bark mulch.

South County’s Baseball, Boys’ Soccer, and Wrestling Teams will deliver mulch to your home for a $10 fee (Within a 10 mile radius of SCHS) or orders may be picked up at South County High School between 8am and 10am on April 6th.

Order Forms with payment are due no later than Thursday, March 28th.

**We will only have 4,500 bags available.**

Click Mulch Sale for order form.

To volunteer to help or if you have any questions please contact Erich Gunderman 703-446-1580 or cgunderman@fcps.edu

   

SOCO Boys Lacrosse

SOCO Boys Lacrosse team fundraiser will be at Squisito Pizza & Pasta in Lorton Shoppes Thursday, March 28, 4-9pm. Team will earn up to 30% of sales.

*Must present flyer OR mention SOCO Boys Lacrosse Team in order to benefit team.

Thank you for your support!

South County Class Ring

Attention Juniors and Parents- If you're interested in a South County class ring, Balfour will be at school on the evening of Wednesday, March 27th, from 5 pm to 7 pm in front of the main office.  They will have samples and ordering info on hand.  You can also order a ring at http://www.balfour.com.  Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

   

From the PTSO

 

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, April 5th - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

April 15th -19th -  SPRING BREAK

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

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

  

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From the Principal

Family,

I want to thank those of you who were able to come out to the Principal’s Coffee this week. I have always enjoyed those conversations and I just wanted to say that I appreciate our talks and I hope that this is a forum that we can have even more families to come out and be a part of. The reason I believe that this is important is because this is an opportunity for you all to share your experiences with South County. Something that you may experience could very well clear up something another family is either considering, or even looking forward to. Communication is critical these days, and I again appreciate that you choose to come out and share with me and one another.

I shared with you that I have been committed to ensuring that we are building relationships all across the building. At this month’s faculty meeting we had another department introduction. The Mathematics department did an outstanding job sharing juicy tidbits about themselves with the rest of the staff. I think these opportunities to get to know one another will foster cross-curricular conversations that will eventually, provide a positive impact for all students.

As we continue to progress along in the school year, the FCPSOn initiative rollout gets closer and closer. I had our School Based Technology Support Specialist, Mrs. Leslie Lewis, and Mr. Mike Pflugrath, Assistant Principal, come to speak at a PTSO meeting a month ago to share where we are in the process. We expect that there are many questions about how this will effect instruction, and how much time the students will be expected to be on the computers, and will the students be asked to wrap the laptops in bubble wrap, and.... :). In all seriousness, please be sure to let us know if you have concerns through our Google form. https://goo.gl/forms/dlhMWTGMMTnipvj53.

I was asked in the parent coffee, to address vaping in this week’s KIT message. Vaping is still a concern in the schools, and this does not exclude South County. As we continue to be proactive in our building through increasing our security efforts, and conversations with our students, I am asking that our families also engage in conversations at home. Please take time to get your child’s perspective on what is going on. I will be taking time to speak with our students about how we can work to greatly reduce the use in our building. I thank you in advance for your assistance with this issue.

Have a great weekend Family, and take care of yourselves and one another. #OneStallion

 

Gary

  

South County MAC

South County MAC provides FREE tutoring for all core subjects. Our next session is March 23rd. 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.  

 

Seniors and Senior Families

Seniors and Senior Families, don’t forget that Senior Dues go up from $125 to $150 on April 1.  You can pay dues online until then at MySchoolBucks.com, or bring cash or a check payable to South County High School to Mr. Long in C228.  After April 1 they will need to be paid in the main office before or after school.  Also, check out the latest on All Night Grad Party on the South County PTSO web site at http://southcountyptso.org/.  The PTSO is offering a number of incentives to students who purchase tickets prior to the end of the month.  Finally, make sure to keep up with the latest news on Senior events and graduation information on the Senior Class page of the South County website.  It can be found at https://southcountyhs.fcps.edu/announcements/class-2019 and will be updated regularly between now and graduation.

Student Representative to the School Board

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 18, 2019. The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2019-student-representative-school-board

  

Spring Fundraiser/Mulch Sale

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale. Delivery scheduled for Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The cost is $4.50 per 3 cu. Ft. bag of Premium double shredded hardwood bark mulch.

South County’s Baseball, Boys’ Soccer, and Wrestling Teams will deliver mulch to your home for a $10 fee (Within a 10 mile radius of SCHS) or orders may be picked up at South County High School between 8am and 10am on April 6th.

Order Forms with payment are due no later than Thursday, March 28th.

**We will only have 4,500 bags available.**

Click Mulch Sale for order form.

To volunteer to help or if you have any questions please contact Erich Gunderman 703-446-1580 or cgunderman@fcps.edu

   

From the PTSO

Brighten Someone’s Yard This Spring!

Celebrate a special occasion by delivering a flock of flamingos or a herd of stallions to someone's front yard! The Flock or Herd will be delivered the evening before the date of the occasion and picked up at the end of the day.  Only homes within the SC school boundaries are eligible, and please allow one week’s notice. To place an order, click here: https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/36856

 

ANGP March Madness!

Senior parents--If you have not yet purchased your tickets for All Night Grad Party, now is the time! For purchases made between March 1 and March 17, students will be entered in the “Pot of Gold” drawing for a $5 gift certificate. For all purchases made by March 31, parents will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Most of the class goes to ANGP; buy your tickets now to protect yourself from the price increase going into effect in May. Purchases can be made at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com

 

Volunteers Needed for All Night Grad Party

Help send our seniors off in style with the 1ncredible 9etaway planned for graduation night, June 7. We really need volunteers to work the overnight shifts. Parents from all classes—not just senior parents—are needed. If you have college students who will be home and are at least 21 years old, they are welcome to volunteer, as well as any other adults that may be in town visiting for graduation. The sign up link to volunteer is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545aea723a3f58-angp

 

Embracing Our Culture

The Ethiopian-Eritrean community has joined forces with the Hayfield SS PTSA to create an event to encourage and motivate Ethiopian-Eritrean youth to embrace their culture and to create an engaging platform to increase awareness of the Ethiopian-Eritrean culture within our schools and community. Students from ten area high schools are participating in the performance, including students from South County. The show is being held on April 6, from 6pm-9pm, at Hayfield. For more information, visit the website at https://embracingourculture.com/

 

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, March 22nd - International Night, 6pm CORRECTED DATE

Friday, April 5th - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

April 15th -19th -  SPRING BREAK

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

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

  

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Family,

We have a few things this week to celebrate, and I am so proud that the cause for celebrations involve so many of our students. But I also want to ensure that as we celebrate our student accomplishments, that we shed light on the work that the adults working with our students put in to inspire these talented youth to take risks and be judged or evaluated. Most of us know that it isn’t easy for us to be in the position of standing out and apart from the group. So, I really want to ensure that we recognize those students that have done what many of us “old people” won’t even do in an attempt to showcase our respective passions.

First, you will see below that our DECA team traveled to Virginia Beach to compete and returned with a number of wins. I would like to thank our dedicated Marketing teachers, Ms. Kellen Scott, Ms. Sara Hinkhouse, and Mrs. Vera Woodson for their work in preparing our students to compete, and win! In my conversations with students, I found that most of the students talked about how great the experience was, and how real it was. Real world experiences are what prepares them for what’s next outside of these doors. But they were all very appreciative of the efforts of their teachers to prepare them for the experience. If you run into a Marketing teacher, give ‘em a hug!

Second, you will see below that so many of our art students participated and were acknowledged at the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards. Again, students expressing themselves through their passions and putting them on display for the world to see and judge. And an equally passionate Art teaching staff of Justyne Fischer, Bob Christie, and Alison Saffron for the encouragement and sharing of their expertise with all of our students. Hug an Art teacher too!

Third, I want thank Mrs. Beckmann for her work with our students as they prepare for what will be an amazing talent show. I want to thank Mrs. Molly Rumberger for her time and efforts as she and her students boarded a bus Friday morning to travel to New York. I know that with her organization and desire to provide her students with the very best experiences, this will be a great trip!

Finally, for this week, I want to thank our teaching staff Mrs. Jenelle Fernandez and Mrs. Vera Woodson for their work with our students that are putting on International Night on March 22nd. The students are here after school every day practicing and pouring their hearts into their performances and sharing the very best from so many cultures for us to consume. And our dedicated teachers are here working with them as well. As our staff is engaged in Cultural Proficiency, the timing could not be better. So, two more outstanding teachers for you to hug.

On another note, as we wind the year down, we will need to begin sending out debt notices for outstanding items such as equipment, textbooks, etc. I don’t want to have these items pop up on you at the last moment, so our finance technician will be pushing those out soon.

Lastly, this year I am required to be evaluated by my school community. The survey will come out from Central Office sometime over the next month. So please be on the lookout for that. This information is very valuable for me and my growth, as well as the direction for the school. I hope that you will take the time to participate in the survey and provide your honest feedback.

Well that is all I have for this week. I say once again, I am honored to be here and thank you for your continued support! Have a great weekend. # OneStallion

 

Gary

  

SOCO Band Supporters!

Next week our Symphonic Band heads to Indianapolis for their first ever performance at the Music For All National Festival! The kids have worked very hard on this literature and I know they are excited for the opportunity they have to perform on a national stage and showcase their efforts.

There are two more opportunities to hear them perform:

Next Tuesday, March 12th: Send-off concert at 7 PM! Come out to support in the band's last live local performance of their set.

Thursday, March 14th: Music For All Performance at 5:30 PM at the Howard L Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University! If you are in the Indianapolis area, come to hear the band! If you aren't and still want to view the performance, it will be live-streamed on FloMarching. A link to the website with information is below:

https://www.flomarching.com/…/6363564-watch-guide-music-for…

Spread the word far and wide and help to pack the house(s) for the band for these last performances! I hope to see some of you at our concerts.

#comeseetheband

   

Student Representative to the School Board

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 18, 2019. The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2019-student-representative-school-board

  

Spring Fundraiser/Mulch Sale

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale. Delivery scheduled for Saturday, April 6th, 2019

The cost is $4.50 per 3 cu. Ft. bag of Premium double shredded hardwood bark mulch.

South County’s Baseball, Boys’ Soccer, and Wrestling Teams will deliver mulch to your home for a $10 fee (Within a 10 mile radius of SCHS) or orders may be picked up at South County High School between 8am and 10am on April 6th.

Order Forms with payment are due no later than Thursday, March 28th.

**We will only have 4,500 bags available.**

Click Mulch Sale for order form.

To volunteer to help or if you have any questions please contact Erich Gunderman 703-446-1580 or cgunderman@fcps.edu

   

From the Yearbook Staff

FINAL CHANCE TO GET Senior Yearbook Ads

Parents can buy senior ads for their students at yearbookforever.com.  These are sold first-come, first-served. There is a limited amount of room, so act fast.  More information on ads is available on the school website as well.

Questions or concerns? Email Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.

 

FINAL CHANCE TO BUY YEARBOOK AT REDUCED PRICES

Parents can buy a yearbook for their students at yearbookforever.com.  Yearbook prices go up at the end of the year, so buy now to save money.  More information on ads is available on the school website as well. 

Questions or concerns? Email Jennifer Delinski at jldelinski@fcps.edu.

    

From the PTSO

Parent/Principal Coffee

The next parent/principal coffee will be held on Monday, March 11, at 9am in the cafeteria. These coffees usually last about an hour—they include a brief presentation from Mr. Morris and then an open forum for questions. All are welcome.

 

ANGP March Madness!

Senior parents--If you have not yet purchased your tickets for All Night Grad Party, now is the time! For purchases made between March 1 and March 17, students will be entered in the “Pot of Gold” drawing for a $5 gift certificate. For all purchases made by March 31, parents will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Most of the class goes to ANGP; buy your tickets now to protect yourself from the price increase going into effect in May. Purchases can be made at https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com

 

South County DECA                                      

Congratulations on the outstanding performance of South County DECA and their teachers, Vera Woodson, Kellen Scott and Sarah Hinkhouse at the 2019 Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference with nearly 4,000 competitors this past weekend!  The South County DECA Chapter went into Virginia Beach with 74 competitors and we were awarded many times throughout the weekend!  We are thrilled to say that Kellen Scott received an Outstanding Advisor award and recognition as the Chairperson for the Virginia DECA Board of Trustees.  The South County chapter also received recognition for being the largest chapter in the region, increasing student membership, and for our community service and advocacy efforts which earned us up to six leadership spots at International Conference.  Finally, they were also recognized for being a Gold Certified School Based Enterprise in their first year of operation collaborating with the WAT program.  Ask your student if they have seen the new kiosk for the school store during lunches on Monday, Wednesday & Thursdays!

Here are some impressive numbers on our results from last weekend.

  • 39 Stallions medaled in either their Role Play(s), Test, or overall performance.  That is over 50% of our competitors who were recognized for their efforts!
  • 67 total medals were won by our chapter as many students received awards in multiple areas.  34 medals were awarded to our team on Saturday night and 33 were awarded on Sunday morning.
  • 33 Stallions qualified (twice as many as last year) for DECA's International Career Development Conference and competition in Orlando, Florida April 26-May 1, 2019.
South County Orchestras

Congratulations to the South County Orchestras on their fabulous performances at the District X State Orchestra Assessment this past weekend.  All three Orchestras achieved high ratings from a VERY tough judging panel and represented South County HS with pride!  For those of you who may not be familiar with this event, this is the “SOL” for music ensembles. Our students have been working extremely hard to prepare for these performances and did an amazing job! 

  

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Our shining young artists stole the Awards Ceremony last night at the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!! Out of 16 Gold Key Art Portfolio winners in the entire county, FIVE were from South County. Out of five cash Scholarships awarded, THREE went to South County!!!

$2,150 to three students!!

$1,000 Jonathan Larsen (League of Reston Artists)

$1,000 Kenneth Do (League of Reston Artists)

$150 Samantha Evans (Blick Award)

School Wide Awards:

  • 17 Gold Keys!
  • 23 Silver Keys!
  • 19 Honorable Mention!

All Gold key winners will compete nationally. Results revealed on Wed. March 13!!

Go SOCO creatives!!!

 

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, March 11th - Principal's Coffee, 9am

Monday, March 11th - 3 hour early release

Friday, March 22nd - International Night, 6pm CORRECTED DATE

Friday, April 5th - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

April 15th -19th -  SPRING BREAK

Monday, May 27th - Holiday/Memorial Day

Friday, June 7th - Graduation

Thursday, June 13th - Last day of School/3 hr. Early Release

   

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

  

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