April - Month of the Military Child

A Message from the South County High School Principal

By Matthew J. Ragone
Principal's Corner
April 12, 2018

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April is the Month of the Military Child

On Friday, April 13th, we are asking students to wear PURPLE in support of their military connected classmates. We made several announcements to this affect and are hoping to have a good turn out. Purple is the color of the military because its the color you get when you combine all the branch colors together.

South County High School has participated in the #PurpleUpVirginia campaign for a couple of years. But, it has really taken off this year because of our new student club, SoCo Military Connected Youth (MCY) and our new PTSO MCY committee. These dedicated volunteers join existing groups, Stallions for Servicemen and the Student Ambassadors, who aim to support families as they transition in and out of FCPS, who may have parents deploying, and just understanding all the other unique experiences - both good and bad - that goes with being a military family.

For detailed information about #PurpleUpVirginia please visit: 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/student_family/military/resources/military_children/index.shtml

At South County, our PTSO MCY has planned welcoming and networking events; our clubs look for opportunities to welcome MCY with open arms; we've created binders for families full of information about the military compact, important contact information, flyers orienting them to the area, as well as other useful information; and we are sending home certificates of recognition to MCY students just to let them know we are thinking about them. 

Also, I participate in FCPS's MCY Process Action Team. Every month we meet with School Liaison Officers from Ft. Belvoir and FCPS administrators to discuss ways to support military families and students. This team was responsible for the creation of a website for military families (cited below). Also, this team will receive recognition from the FCPS School Board at tonight's meeting (Thursday, April 12). 

If you are a military family in need of support, or if you know a military family that needs support, please don't hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, please visit the MCY FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/military-families