Summer Updates from Herndon Middle School

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Jump Start for Rising 7th Graders

Hello Rising 7th Grade Families!

This is a reminder to sign up for the Online Jump Start Program if you have not done so already.¬† We are offering a One-Day Session (Tuesday, August 4 or Thursday, August 6) from the comfort of your home ūüėä.¬† The registration link is below, which will close at 5 PM tomorrow.

Register here: https://forms.gle/81irfyGF47FEuKsp6

Please contact AJFuller@fcps.edu with any questions

Herndon MS Library: You can now return your HMS Library books to the public library!

Students can now return library books borrowed from Herndon Middle School to either the Herndon Fortnightly Library or the Reston Regional Library. There is an outdoor book return at both the Herndon Fortnightly Library and the Reston Regional Library, so you can return books whenever you happen to be in the area. ‚ÄčCheck out the Fairfax County Public Library Express Services, too! More information will be coming soon about the possibility of express checkout from the Herndon Middle School library.

Free Bagged Food Pick up

LINK is offering FREE food on Tuesday, August 4th

  • Location: Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church (46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling), REAR parking lot
  • Time: 11 am ‚Äď12:30 pm (or until the food runs out)

Food will be bagged and given to people in their cars.

You do NOT need to live in our service area.

No identification necessary.

 

Yearbook and NJHS Item Pick up

For those families whose students had preordered 2019-2020 HMS Yearbooks and for rising 9th grade students who completed the NJHS requirements in 8th grade last year, we are pleased to announce the details for the distribution of these yearbooks and NJHS items. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any additional yearbook orders at this time, nor will we be selling yearbooks on the days we are distributing them. You will be able to receive these items in a safe and orderly way, utilizing curbside pick-up at Herndon Middle School. HMS staff will be outside the back of the school building (Door #6, where the buses pick-up and drop off) distributing yearbooks Friday, July 31, 9am - 1pm.

Drivers should enter the bus lane just to the east of the school and proceed to Door #6 at the back of the building. Please refer to the attached map for further guidance. To expedite the distribution, please arrive at the school with your student’s name displayed on a sign you can show from your car, written out as follows: LAST NAME, First name. If you have any questions, please email Assistant Principal Tim Hoffman at: TLHoffman@fcps.edu .

Need to update your e-mail or Phone Number?

weCare is an FCPS resource that is available for families to update their phone number and other personal contact information, here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool, which must go through HMS's registrar Susanna Payne. If you have moved or changed your address, you may contact Susanna Payne at smpayne1@fcps.edu. 

Note that weCare is a part of FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.  In order to log into Parent View it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account.  Once the SIS Parent Account is created the same log in credentials will also work for FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View.

Calendar Reminders
  • Sept.8: First day of School

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Summer Updates from Herndon Middles School 7/20/2020

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HMS Yearbook and NJHS Items Pick-up

For those families whose students had preordered 2019-2020 HMS Yearbooks and for rising 9th grade students who completed the NJHS requirements in 8th grade last year, we are pleased to announce the details for the distribution of these yearbooks and NJHS items. 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept any additional yearbook orders at this time, nor will we be selling yearbooks on the days we are distributing them. You will be able to receive these items in a safe and orderly way, utilizing curbside pick-up at Herndon Middle School. HMS staff will be outside the back of the school building (Door #6, where the buses pick-up and drop off) distributing yearbooks during the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, July 29, 10am -2p.
  • Friday, July 31, 9am - 1pm.

Depending on the hours that are more convenient, you may choose either of those two dates. Drivers should enter the bus lane just to the east of the school and proceed to Door #6 at the back of the building. Please refer to the attached map for further guidance. To expedite the distribution, please arrive at the school with your student’s name displayed on a sign you can show from your car, written out as follows: LAST NAME, First name. If you have any questions, please email Assistant Principal Tim Hoffman at: TLHoffman@fcps.edu .

It’s not too late! Stay C.O.O.L. this summer!

Continue our Online Learning

Our Summer Office Hours continue this week and next!    

Come join us each day for English and Math as our teachers host office hours!

HMS staff are still here to help you continue learning this summer using the workbooks that were mailed to you by FCPS.  If you didn’t receive the workbooks, you can see and download them here.  

7th Grade office hours

English

11a-12p.  Monday-Friday

Math

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

8th Grade office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Friday

English Learner

Office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Thursday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Thursday

It’s not too late to sign up here: https://forms.gle/q2RQP1V9EMc1k25X6.                

Once you sign up, check your fcpsschools.net email.  You will find your BBCU link to the office hours!

Online Enrichment Activities

Check out some online summer activities students canPrograms include: Create an illustrated book, Keep up with the news, Fitness & fun, and more! see flyer below or view flyer larger here!  

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HMS Updates from Principal Klena- 7/14/2020

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School Board Discussions- Opening Schools

Dear Herndon Families:

Yesterday, July 13th, the School Board met to discuss the opening of schools.  Here are a few of the outcomes you need to know:

  • The middle school start time remains at 7:15 ‚Äď 2:00 for both online and in-person classes
  • All middle school students (online and in-person) will be following an A/B block schedule rather than 8 periods per day.¬†
    • This allows for fewer pass times in the hallway
    • Allows for more weekly instructional time
    • Allows for better access to Academy classes
    • Provides a longer instructional time frame for courses with labs or needed prep time¬†
  • For in-person classes:
    • Last names beginning with A-K will attend Tuesday and Thursday
    • Last names beginning with L-Z attend Wednesday and Friday
  • The deadline for selecting online or in-person instruction is needed by July 15.¬† Parents can select the preferred option here.¬† Specific course offerings online and in-person will be dependent on student enrollment and ability to provide appropriate staffing in each setting for each course.

We will send out bell schedules as the school year draws near. The Link to PP from today - scroll down to the bottom of the page to find PowerPoint regarding Return to School https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BE6FYC414EF0

In this PowerPoint, you will find the following information:

  • Health and Safety
    • Face Coverings
    • Air Quality
    • Cleaning¬†
    • Confirmed cases and school closings
    • Plexiglass Shield locations
    • Social Distancing
  • Bell Schedules - A/B Block Scheduling
  • Course Offerings
  • In-Person and On-line Comparison
  • Sports and Activities

Parents of Herndon Middle School students may continue to address questions to our administrators.

Principal Justine Klena JKKlena@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal for Special Education Becky Kohm RCKohm@fcps.edu

Director of Student Services Shirnesha Simpkins Church sasimpkinsch@fcps.edu

Herndon Pyramid Community Meetings

The slides from our two meetings held on July 13th  can be viewed in table below.

Many questions are still being discussed and will be more clear once the surveys are in on Wednesday.  The questions that we could answer are in the FCPS FAQ as well.  https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool/return-school-questions-and-answers 

English Slides PDF

Spanish Slides PDF 

Here is the English recording.

Herndon Pyramid Community Meeting (English - 7/13/2020) - recording_1

 

Here is the Spanish recording:

Herndon Pyramid Community Meeting (Espa√Īol - 7/13/2020) - recording_1

 

 

Parents of Herndon Middle School students may continue to address questions to our administrators.

Principal Justine Klena JKKlena@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal for Special Education Becky Kohm RCKohm@fcps.edu

Director of Student Services Shirnesha Simpkins Church sasimpkinsch@fcps.edu

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Link Correction: Herndon Pyramid Community Meetings

The Herndon Pyramid principals will be holding two community meetings for families and staff to share what we know about the opening school plans and answer questions.

Monday July 13th 

We will send recordings of the meetings out to our community for any who were unable to attend. 

Corrección de enlace: Reuniones de la comunidad de Herndon Pyramid

Los directores de Herndon Pyramid realizar√°n dos reuniones comunitarias para que las familias y el personal compartan lo que sabemos sobre los planes de apertura de la escuela y respondan preguntas.

Enviaremos grabaciones de las reuniones a nuestra comunidad para aquellos que no pudieron asistir.

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Updates From Principal Klena 7/8/2020

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Herndon Pyramid Community Meetings

The Herndon Pyramid principals will be holding two community meetings for families and staff to share what we know about the opening school plans and answer questions.

  • Monday¬†July 13th¬†
  • 1:00‚Äď1:45 ¬†in Spanish¬†(Use this Link:¬†https://us.bbcollab.com/invite/460aca5d80ab46c48aaf653e8a8a6b52)
  • 2:00‚Äď2:45 ¬†in English (Use this Link: ¬†https://us.bbcollab.com/invite/20fef844ec214707a3146476f251aee0)

We will send recordings of the meetings out to our community for any who were unable to attend. 

Reuniones de la comunidad de Herndon Pyramid

Los directores de Herndon Pyramid realizar√°n dos reuniones comunitarias para que las familias y el personal compartan lo que sabemos sobre los planes de apertura de la escuela y respondan preguntas.

  • Lunes 13 de julio 1:00 - 1:45 en espa√Īol (Use este enlace: https://us.bbcollab.com/invite/460aca5d80ab46c48aaf653e8a8a6b52)
  • 2:00 - 2:45 en ingl√©s (Use este enlace: https://us.bbcollab.com/invite/20fef844ec214707a3146476f251aee0)

Enviaremos grabaciones de las reuniones a nuestra comunidad para aquellos que no pudieron asistir.

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Summer updates from Herndon Middle School 7/6/2020

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Continue Online Learning- Office Hours Stay C.O.O.L. this summer!  

Continue our Online Learning

Our Summer Office Hours have now started!    

Come join us each day for English and Math as our teachers host office hours!

HMS staff are now ready to help you continue learning this summer using the workbooks that were mailed to you by FCPS.  If you didn’t receive the workbooks, you can see and download them here.  

7th Grade office hours

English

11a-12p.  Monday-Friday

Math

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

8th Grade office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Friday

English Learner

Office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Thursday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Thursday

 

If you have already signed up, check your fcpsschools.net account.  Your individual BBCU link to office hours is waiting for you!

Haven’t signed up? sign up here: https://forms.gle/q2RQP1V9EMc1k25X6. Once you sign up, check your fcpsschools.net email. You will find your BBCU link to the office hours!

Questions?  Contact our Dean of Students, John Bordenkecher, at jmbordenkech@fcps.edu. 

Online Summer Enrichment Activities

Check out some online summer activities students canPrograms include: Create an illustrated book, Keep up with the news, Fitness & fun, and more! see flyer below or view it larger here!  

901 Locust St. Herndon, VA 20170  | Main Office: 703-904-4800
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Summer updates from Herndon Middle School 6/29/2020

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Message From Principal Klena

Dear Herndon Middle School Families:

I hope this email finds you well and you are staying safe and healthy.  I am sharing an important announcement about our director of student services position at Herndon Middle School.  Mrs. Karyn Niles is taking a new position in FCPS and her last day with HMS is July 10th.  Mrs. Niles joined our administrative team in 2010 and she has served as our director since 2015.  Ms. Niles has been a tremendous support for countless families and students.  Our teachers and staff have also relied on her strong leadership and caring approach which has been consistent.  Mrs. Niles made the decision to return to the work she loves most as an educator, teaching.  She will be a classroom teacher working with students who are in our ESOL programs in FCPS.  I know you will join me in wish Mrs. Niles all the best.  I am grateful for her excellent contribution to our whole community. 

I am pleased to announce Shirnesha Simpkins Church, our new Director of Student Services for Herndon Middle School.  Ms. Simpkins Church comes to us most recently from a position as the lead counselor at West Potomac High School.  Before taking this position, she served as an English teacher and team leader at Bryant Alternative High School and she came to FCPS after teaching for several years at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, VA.  Ms. Simpkins Church has led several schoolwide initiatives in her work as a teacher and counselor. She brings extensive experience in working with expanding access for AP and honors level course enrollment, expanding opportunities for students to gain college enrollment, and providing professional development around school partnerships to foster student success.  Ms. Simpkins Church also brings leadership experience in important schoolwide supports that are a focus at Herndon Middle School such as her work with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), The College Partnership Program, and AVID. 

Ms.  Simpkins Church will start officially on July 13th and she is working closely with Mrs. Niles during the transition time.  Please continue to reach out to me and/or Mrs. Niles (KENiles@fcps.edu) with your questions during this time.

Sincerely,

Justine Klena JKKlena@fcps.edu

Continue Online Learning- Office Hours Stay C.O.O.L. this summer!  

Continue our Online Learning

Our Summer Office Hours have now started!    

Come join us each day for English and Math as our teachers host office hours!

HMS staff are now ready to help you continue learning this summer using the workbooks that were mailed to you by FCPS.  If you didn’t receive the workbooks, you can see and download them here.  

7th Grade office hours

English

11a-12p.  Monday-Friday

Math

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

8th Grade office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Friday

English Learner

Office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Thursday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Thursday

 

If you have already signed up, check your fcpsschools.net account.  Your individual BBCU link to office hours is waiting for you!

Haven’t signed up? sign up here: https://forms.gle/q2RQP1V9EMc1k25X6. Once you sign up, check your fcpsschools.net email. You will find your BBCU link to the office hours!

Questions?  Contact our Dean of Students, John Bordenkecher, at jmbordenkech@fcps.edu. 

Online Summer Enrichment Activities

Check out some online summer activities students can join here!  Programs include: Create an illustrated book, Keep up with the news, Fitness & fun, and more! 

901 Locust St. Herndon, VA 20170  | Main Office: 703-904-4800
Attendance: 703-904-4848 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Summer updates from Herndon Middle School 6/26/2020

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HMS Continued Learning Workbooks Stay C.O.O.L. this summer!  

Students will receive workbooks mailed to you by FCPS June 29, 2020. You can also view to the workbooks here!

Use these workbooks to practice and review what has been taught this school year!

Then, come join us each week for office hours! We’ll help you with the workbooks and provide fun and engaging lessons to review the skills you need before moving up to a new grade in August.

7th Grade office hours

English

11a-12p.  Monday-Friday

Math

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

8th Grade office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Friday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Friday

English Learner

Office hours

English

12p-1p.  Monday-Thursday

Math

1p-2p.  Monday-Thursday

 

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/q2RQP1V9EMc1k25X6

Once you sign up, check your fcpsschools.net email.  You will find your BBCU link to the office hours!

Questions?  Contact our Dean of Students, John Bordenkecher, at jmbordenkech@fcps.edu

FCPS Food Resources

USDA and VDOE have approved meal service at all existing food distribution sites (including bus routes) over the summer months. Food and Nutrition Services will continue to monitor data and community feedback to adjust grab and go delivery points as needed.  Meal distribution locations and times is kept updated on this web page.

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Summer updates from Herndon Middle School 6/23/2020

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HMS Continued Online Summer Learning-HMS continuo aprendizaje de verano en línea

Herndon Middle School Summer 2020 COOL Continuity of Online Learning 

Stay C.O.O.L. this summer!  

Continue our Online Learning

During the summer, Herndon Middle School wants you to stay cool and CONTINUE OUR ONLINE LEARNING with us!  We are excited to offer learning support this summer!  

Come join us each week for English and Math as our teachers host office hours!

You will receive workbooks mailed to you by FCPS June 29, 2020.  Use these workbooks to practice and review what has been taught this school year!

Then, come join us each week for office hours! We’ll help you with the workbooks and provide fun and engaging lessons to review the skills you need before moving up to a new grade in August.  If you were a 7th grader this past year (School Year 2019-20), sign up for 7th grade classes. If you were an 8th grader this past year (School Year 2019-20), sign up for 8th grade classes. If you are an English Learner, sign up for EL.  

  • 7th grade office hours will be between 11:00-1:00, Monday - Friday.
  • 8th grade office hours will be between 12:00-2:00, Monday - Friday.
  • English Learner support office hours will be between 12:00-2:00, Monday - Thursday.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/q2RQP1V9EMc1k25X6

Check your fcpsschools.net email by Monday, June 29, 2020 where you will find your BBCU links to the office hours!

Questions?  Contact our Dean of Students, John Bordenkecher, at jmbordenkech@fcps.edu

Sincerely,

Justine Klena, Principal

Herndon Middle School Summer 2020 COOL Continuidad de aprendizaje en línea

Sigue C.O.O.L. ¬°este verano!

Continuar nuestro aprendizaje en línea

¬°Durante el verano, la Herndon Middle School quiere que usted se mantenga cool y CONTINUAR NUESTRO APRENDIZAJE EN L√ćNEA con nosotros! ¬°Estamos emocionados de ofrecer apoyo de aprendizaje este verano!

¬°Ven y √ļnete a nosotros cada semana para ingl√©s y matem√°ticas mientras nuestros maestros organizan los horarios de oficina!

Recibir√° libros enviados por FCPS el 29 de junio de 2020. ¬°Use estos libros para practicar y revisar lo que se ha ense√Īado este a√Īo escolar!

¬°Ven y √ļnete a nosotros cada semana para el horario de oficina! Le ayudaremos con los libros de trabajo y le brindaremos lecciones divertidas y atractivas para revisar las habilidades que necesita antes de pasar a una nueva calificaci√≥n en agosto. Si fue un estudiante de grado 7 el a√Īo pasado (a√Īo escolar 19-20), inscr√≠base en las clases de grado 7. Si fue estudiante de grado 8 el a√Īo pasado (a√Īo escolar 2019-20), inscr√≠base en las clases de grado 8. Si es un estudiante de ingl√©s, reg√≠strese en EL.

  • El horario de oficina de grado 7 ser√° de 11:00-1:00 de lunes a viernes.
  • El horario de oficina de grado 8 ser√° de 12:00- 2:00 de lunes a viernes.
  • Las horas de oficina de apoyo para los aprendices de ingl√©s ser√°n de 12:00-2:00, de lunes a jueves.

Regístrese aquí: https://forms.gle/q2RQP1V9EMc1k25X6 

¡Revise su correo electrónico de fcpsschools.net antes del lunes 29 de junio de 2020, donde encontrará sus enlaces de la BBCU al horario de oficina!

Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con nuestro Decano de Estudiantes, John Bordenkecher, en jmbordenkech@fcps.edu

Sinceramente,

Justine Klena, Principal

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Updates from Herndon Middle School 6/12/20

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Sendoff Video-- Video de despedida

Congratulations to the students of Herndon MS!  Please enjoy this sendoff video.  Students received in their FCPS schools email.  Thank you for all you did to support your family and our community!  Have a great summer!

End of year celebration

¡Felicitaciones a los estudiantes de Herndon MS! Disfruta este video de despedida. Los estudiantes recibieron en sus escuelas de correo electrónico FCPS. ¡Gracias por todo lo que hizo para apoyar a su familia y nuestra comunidad! ¡Que tengas un excelente verano!

vea video aqui

7th and 8th Grade Awards Celebration Recording-- Grabación de la celebración de los premios de séptimo y octavo grado

View the 7th and 8th grade Herndon MS Celebration and Awards presentation below.  

7th grade presentation

8th Grade Awards Presentation and Celebration

Vea la presentación de los Premios y Celebraciones Herndon MS de 7 y 8 grado a continuación.

Presentación de 7 grado

Presentación y celebración de los premios de octavo grado

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Summer

Herndon MS is committed to keeping students engaged in learning and activities that promote interaction over the summer. Here is information on the many programs available at Herndon MS this summer. Some students will be invited to attend but many programs are open to all our Rising 7th, 8th and 9th Graders.  Please reach out to your child’s counselor with questions.

Awards

Herndon MS is committed to recognize students’ success -even through Distance Learning.  Awards Ceremonies will be held on Thursday week.  7th grade students who are receiving recognition (and their parents) will receive an invite and link to attend the 7th grade awards (at 1:00 o’clock).  We will host a celebration and awards for 8th graders at 2 o’clock on Thursday.  Links to the 8th Grade Awards Ceremony will go out to all 8th grade students and Wednesday and be texted and emailed out to all families interested in attending Thursday morning. 

Calendar Reminders
  • June 11:Recognition and Send off for 8th graders at 2pm¬†
  • June 12: Last Day of School

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Updates from Herndon Middle School 6/8/2020

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Summer

Herndon MS is committed to keeping students engaged in learning and activities that promote interaction over the summer. Here is information on the many programs available at Herndon MS this summer. Some students will be invited to attend but many programs are open to all our Rising 7th, 8th and 9th Graders.  Please reach out to your child’s counselor with questions.

Awards

Herndon MS is committed to recognize students’ success -even through Distance Learning.  Awards Ceremonies will be held on Thursday week.  7th grade students who are receiving recognition (and their parents) will receive an invite and link to attend the 7th grade awards (at 1:00 o’clock).  We will host a celebration and awards for 8th graders at 2 o’clock on Thursday.  Links to the 8th Grade Awards Ceremony will go out to all 8th grade students and Wednesday and be texted and emailed out to all families interested in attending Thursday morning. 

Calendar Reminders
  • June 11:Recognition and Send off for 8th graders at 2pm¬†
  • June 12: Last Day of School

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Letter to Families 6/5/2020

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Letter to Families

Dear Herndon Pyramid Families-

We reach out to you today as a united group of educational leaders in the Herndon Pyramid to acknowledge the events that have transpired illuminating the anger and hurt that exists in our country.¬† Racism and hate have no place in the Herndon Pyramid and we will continue to strive towards inclusivity and compassion for all while providing hope for our future.¬† To our Black and African American families and community members, we echo the words of our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand, as he shared with the FCPS staff, ‚ÄúWe see you, we believe you, and we stand with you.‚ÄĚ

For many in our community, these recent events are raw and understandably quite upsetting.  It is important, yet impossible to comprehend centuries of horrifying injustice against minorities in this nation, particularly Blacks and African Americans.  We will not sit silently.  We have worked together to create environments where our students are welcome, and their voices are heard.  In our classrooms, and within our school communities, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences while working to change the conditions that create inequalities.  We also work alongside our Equity Leads who ensure that we bring an awareness to our practices with an equity lens to ensure that we address the issues of racism and bias.  We are committed to this work and are determined to be a beacon for change.

The conversation does not stop with this letter or with one action towards addressing injustice, it does not stop with the leaders in the Herndon Pyramid Schools, it does not stop with one conversation; it never ends.

As families, here are a few resources you may want to consider using as you have important conversations with your children:

As always, we thank you for your trust and your partnership.  We are hopeful about our future as we teach our students to be the change they wish to see in the world.  As a community, we are here, and we stand together; we are Herndon Strong!

Shane Wolf, Aldrin Elementary

Jim Quinn, Armstrong Elementary

Kimberly Willison Loy, Clearview Elementary

Rae Mitchell, Dranesville Elementary

Teresa Fennessy, Herndon Elementary

Sharamaine Williams, Hutchison Elementary

Justine Klena, Herndon Middle

Dr. Liz Noto, Herndon High

Carta a las familias

Estimadas familias de la pirámide de Herndon Nos comunicamos con usted hoy como un grupo unido de líderes educativos en la Pirámide de Herndon para reconocer los eventos que han ocurrido iluminando la ira y el dolor que existe en nuestro país. El racismo y el odio no tienen cabida en la Pirámide de Herndon y continuaremos luchando por la inclusión y la compasión para todos, mientras brindamos esperanza para nuestro futuro. A nuestras familias negras y afroamericanas y miembros de la comunidad, nos hacemos eco de las palabras de nuestro Superintendente, el Dr. Brabrand, cuando compartió con el personal de FCPS: "Te vemos, te creemos y te apoyamos".

Para muchos en nuestra comunidad, estos eventos recientes son crudos y comprensiblemente bastante molestos. Es importante, aunque imposible, comprender siglos de injusticias horribles contra las minorías en esta nación, particularmente los negros y los afroamericanos. No nos sentaremos en silencio. Hemos trabajado juntos para crear entornos donde nuestros estudiantes son bienvenidos y se escuchan sus voces. En nuestras aulas y en nuestras comunidades escolares, continuaremos aprendiendo, valorando y adoptando las diferencias de los demás mientras trabajamos para cambiar las condiciones que crean desigualdades. También trabajamos junto a nuestros líderes de equidad que se aseguran de que tomemos conciencia de nuestras prácticas con una lente de equidad para asegurarnos de abordar los problemas de racismo y parcialidad. Estamos comprometidos con este trabajo y estamos decididos a ser un faro para el cambio.

La conversación no se detiene con esta carta o con una acción para abordar la injusticia, no se detiene con los líderes de las Escuelas de la Pirámide de Herndon, no se detiene con una sola conversación; nunca termina

Como familias, aquí hay algunos recursos que quizás desee considerar usar, ya que tiene conversaciones importantes con sus hijos:

Como siempre, le agradecemos su confianza y su colaboraci√≥n. Tenemos esperanzas sobre nuestro futuro al ense√Īar a nuestros estudiantes a ser el cambio que desean ver en el mundo. Como comunidad, estamos aqu√≠ y nos mantenemos unidos; Somos Herndon Strong!

Shane Wolf, Aldrin Elementary

Jim Quinn, Armstrong Elementary

Kimberly Willison Loy, Clearview Elementary

Rae Mitchell, Dranesville Elementary

Teresa Fennessy, Herndon Elementary

Sharamaine Williams, Hutchison Elementary

Justine Klena, Herndon Middle

Dr. Liz Noto, Herndon High

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Message from Principal Klena 6/3/2020

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Message from Principal Klena

Today, our teachers will continue to interact with our Herndon Middle School students in for the synchronous learning sessions.  As we witness further incidents of racism and injustice towards African Americans, we are prepared to listen to our students and support them.   I want to share the message I sent to our staff as they prepare for the remaining lessons for this year and conversations with our students.

HMS teachers, counselors and staff reviewed a message with resources prepared by our Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement, Instructional Services Department and Department of Student Services.¬† FCPS students, families, and colleagues are now witnessing further evidence of historical and systemic racism, hate and oppression experienced by Black and African Americans nationwide. Recent examples are the disproportionality of COVID 19 on communities of color and¬†the tragic death of George Floyd. Now more than ever, we heighten our recognition that this is not the time to be silent. In the words of Dr. Brabrand, ‚ÄúWe must lean into each other and into the community we‚Äôve built to create places and spaces where all are welcome and seen.‚ÄĚ

Our teachers have resources and guidelines for talking with students and addressing their questions.  I asked all staff to review The Dos and Don’ts of Discussing Acts of Racism and Hate with Students:

 Do:

  • Be mindful of the developmental level of your students
  • Affirm identity and culture as welcome and integral to learning (routinely)
  • Create safe opportunities for students to document or share their feelings
  • Encourage students to share their feelings with a trusted adult
  • Listen to your students and let them know there are people they can talk to if they need additional support (School Counselors, School Psychologists and School Social Workers)
  • Empower students to change the future, by identifying past and present injustice and finding ways to build a better world¬†
  • Don‚Äôt:
    • Share images of graphic violence with students¬†
    • Share primary sources with slurs or caricatures with students, especially racial slurs or caricatures¬†
    • Assume particular students are traumatized or simulate trauma during instruction.
    • Tolerate racism or harassment in school
    • Require all students to participate in the conversation

Our teachers, counselors, administrators and all staff believe that together we create brave and safe spaces for listening and collaboration.  We are learning and engaging with our Equity Leaders to be able to support students and ensure they feel heard and can process with a trusted adult at the school if needed.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our counselors or clinical staff if you have a specific request for your student. 

Mensaje de la Principal Klena Mensaje de la Principal Klena

Hoy, nuestros maestros continuar√°n interactuando con nuestros estudiantes de Herndon Middle School en las sesiones de aprendizaje sincr√≥nico. Al presenciar nuevos incidentes de racismo y injusticia hacia los afroamericanos, estamos preparados para escuchar a nuestros estudiantes y apoyarlos. Quiero compartir el mensaje que envi√© a nuestro personal mientras se preparan para las lecciones restantes de este a√Īo y las conversaciones con nuestros estudiantes.

Los maestros, consejeros y personal de HMS revisaron un mensaje con recursos preparados por nuestra Oficina de Aprendizaje Profesional y Participación Familiar, el Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción y el Departamento de Servicios Estudiantiles. Los estudiantes, las familias y los colegas de FCPS ahora están presenciando más evidencia de racismo, odio y opresión históricos y sistémicos que experiencia los negros y afroamericanos en todo el país. Ejemplos recientes son la desproporcionalidad de COVID 19 en comunidades de color y la trágica muerte de George Floyd. Ahora más que nunca, aumentamos nuestro reconocimiento de que este no es el momento de guardar silencio. En palabras del Dr. Brabrand, "Debemos apoyarnos el uno en el otro y en la comunidad que hemos construido para crear lugares y espacios donde todos sean bienvenidos y vistos".

Nuestros maestros tienen recursos y pautas para hablar con los estudiantes y abordar sus preguntas. Le pedí a todo el personal que revisara Los dos y no hacer de discutir actos de racismo y odio con los estudiantes:

Hacer:

  • Tenga en cuenta el nivel de desarrollo de sus alumnos.
  • Afirmar la identidad y la cultura como bienvenidas y integrales al aprendizaje (rutinariamente)
  • Cree oportunidades seguras para que los estudiantes documenten o compartan sus sentimientos
  • Anime a los estudiantes a compartir sus sentimientos con un adulto de confianza.
  • Escuche a sus alumnos y h√°gales saber que hay personas con las que pueden hablar si necesitan apoyo adicional (consejeros escolares, psic√≥logos escolares y trabajadores sociales escolares)
  • Empoderar a los estudiantes para cambiar el futuro, identificando injusticias pasadas y presentes y encontrando formas de construir un mundo mejor

No:

  • Comparta im√°genes de violencia gr√°fica con los estudiantes.
  • Comparta fuentes primarias con insultos o caricaturas con los estudiantes, especialmente insultos raciales o caricaturas
  • Asuma que estudiantes particulares est√°n traumatizados o simulan traumas durante la instrucci√≥n.
  • Tolerar el racismo o el acoso en la escuela.
  • Requerir que todos los alumnos participen en la conversaci√≥n

Nuestros maestros, consejeros, administradores y todo el personal creen que juntos creamos espacios valientes y seguros para escuchar y colaborar. Estamos aprendiendo y interactuando con nuestros líderes de equidad para poder apoyar a los estudiantes y asegurarnos de que se sientan escuchados y puedan procesar con un adulto de confianza en la escuela si es necesario. No dude en comunicarse con nuestros consejeros o personal clínico si tiene una solicitud específica para su estudiante.

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Updates from HMS Student Services 5/27/2020

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Celebrate Our8th Graders

We are excited to celebrate our 8th graders as they transition to HS!  We understand the end of your middle school experience has not ended the way you might have imagined, but we want to recognize each and every 8th grade student. Each 8th grader received an email asking them  to create a Google Slide for themselves(see example picture above)- and decorate it any way they would like (making sure it is appropriate for staff and parents to see). Some things to include are name, pictures, quotes, interests, memories of HMS etc. All slides will be compiled into a slideshow for everyone to see at our recognition and send off scheduled for June 11th at 2pm for all 8th graders via BBCU (stay tuned for the link!)  Parents are encouraged to support, ask, their 8th graders to submit these- due June 2nd!  Slides should be emailed to their counselor or Karyn Niles (keniles@fcps.edu)

¡Estamos emocionados de celebrar a nuestros alumnos del grado 8 mientras hacen la transición a HS! Entendemos que el final de su experiencia en la escuela secundaria no ha terminado de la manera que podría haber imaginado, pero queremos reconocer a todos y cada uno de los estudiantes de grado 8. Cada estudiante de octavo grado recibió un correo electrónico pidiéndoles que crearan un Google Slide para ellos mismos (vea la imagen de ejemplo arriba) y que lo decoren de la forma que deseen (asegurándose de que sea apropiado que lo vean el personal y los padres). Algunas cosas para incluir son nombre, imágenes, citas, intereses, recuerdos de HMS, etc. Todas las imagens se compilarán en una presentación para que todos puedan verlas en nuestro reconocimiento y enviarlas programadas para el 11 de junio a las 2 p.m. para todos los estudiantes de octavo grado a través de BBCU. Se anima a los padres a que apoyen, soliciten a sus alumnos de octavo grado que envíen estos documentos, ¡el 2 de junio! Las imagenes deben enviarse por correo electrónico a su consejera o Karyn Niles (keniles@fcps.edu)

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Updates from Herndon MS Student Services

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FCPS Academic and Career Plan 2019-20

Your student has been working on his/her Academic and Career Plan (ACP) through Naviance Student, throughout the school year. Counselors and teachers have conducted ACP lessons, promoting goal setting and career readiness. 

There are expected tasks in the ACP based on state guidelines.  We encourage students and parents/guardians to log onto Naviance Student together and explore the resources and exploratory activities.  You can do this by logging onto Blackboard (Parent or Student account) and then clicking on Naviance Student. In Naviance Student, click on the About Me tab, scroll down, and click Portfolio.

Please review your student’s Academic and Career Plan progress in Naviance Student and complete this Google form as verification by Wednesday, July 10, 2020.

If you have any questions about your student’s ACP please email his/her counselor.  For more information about the FCPS Academic and Career Plan program, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/ or the ACP website

Plan académico y profesional de FCPS 2019-20

Su estudiante ha estado trabajando en su Plan Acad√©mico y de Carrera (ACP) a trav√©s de Naviance Student, durante todo el a√Īo escolar. Los consejeros y maestros han impartido lecciones ACP, promoviendo el establecimiento de objetivos y la preparaci√≥n profesional.

Hay tareas esperadas en el ACP basadas en las pautas estatales. Alentamos a los estudiantes y padres / tutores a iniciar sesión en Naviance Student juntos y explorar los recursos y las actividades exploratorias. Puede hacerlo iniciando sesión en Blackboard (cuenta de padre o estudiante) y luego haciendo clic en Naviance Student. En Naviance Student, haga clic en "About me" desplácese hacia abajo y haga clic en Portafolio.

Revise el progreso del plan académico y profesional de su estudiante en Naviance Student y complete este formulario de Google como verificación antes del miércoles 10 de julio de 2020.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el ACP de su hijo, envíe un correo electrónico a su consejero. Para obtener más información sobre el programa FCPS Academic and Career Plan, visite https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning / o el sitio web de ACP

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Updates from Herndon Middle school 5/26/2020

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Join PTA for Virtual Elections

Join the PTA for the virtual elections for the 2020-21 school year.  You must register in advance for this June 1st, 7pm meeting here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdu-trjgjG9F8PygM_QYaGVSlQ2TIFc0Y

Slated candidates are:

President - Brett Fox (second term)

VP Outreach - Fanny Laske

VP Programs - Kerry Edwards

Secretary - Noelle Brahimi

Treasurer - Kim Henry (second term)

Parent Meeting Slides and Recordings

May 12, 2020: HMS Parent Information Virtual Meeting (English) - recording_1

Slides-English

May 13, 2020: HMS Parent Information Virtual Meeting (Spanish) - recording_1

Slides-Spanish

Resilience Week

Earlier this month Virginia celebrated Resilience Week. Resiliency is an important skill because it helps us adapt and bounce back from difficult experiences. To support students and families from afar, starting on Monday, June 1st, the HMS Student Services Team will be sending out daily emails (Monday-Saturday) to students with tips and ideas that promote self-care and help build resilience. Students will also be able to find an overview of Resiliency Week on their grade level Google classrooms. We encourage you and your families to share how you participate with us during Resiliency Week!

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Updates from Herndon Middle School 5/19/2020

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Yearbooks for Sale!

Hello HMS families and parents!

I hope you are all happy, healthy, and safe during this unprecedented time. We thank you for your commitment to HMS students, faculty, and families!

Despite the school closing early, the 2019-2020 HMS Yearbook Staff has completed the yearbook for this school year. We have worked all year in order to complete this wonderful keepsake for our students, and we won’t let this stop us from sharing this year’s book with you. The yearbook staff would especially like to thank our Yearbook company, Walsworth, for all they have done to support us in this challenging time.

For those families who have already ordered or purchased a 2019-2020 book, we have your records and your order still stands. We are working on a distribution plan and will communicate all of that with you when we have more information.

For those families who still wish to purchase a yearbook, you may still do so! Yearbooks are available for purchase through MySchoolBucks for $35. Sales will run until the school year comes to a close, and we hope you will support the yearbook staff by purchasing one at this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Erin Grogan, Yearbook Advisor at HMS, at eagrogan@fcps.edu.

Thank you for all you do to support HMS!

Student Intent for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.¬†For families NOT returning to¬†Herndon Middle School¬†in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the ‚ÄúStudent‚Äôs Intention for the Next School Year‚ÄĚ form by¬†June 1.¬†

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Student ID Number may be left blank. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to smpayne1@fcps.edu.    

Access the ‚ÄúStudent‚Äôs Intention for the Next School Year‚ÄĚ on the FCPS public website:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms#intention-form 

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Updates from Herndon Middle School 5/15/2020

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Student Personal Item Pick up (Espa√Īol Abajo)

Reminder: Item pick up request form will be closing Sunday May 17th. Please Fill out this form if you'd like to schedule a time to pick up clothing, backpacks, student project, medicine, etc.   

To ensure the health and safety of all involved, HMS staff will locate, bag, and label student items based on details provided through .  A curbside pickup will then be scheduled for the week of May 25th. Notification will be sent via E-notify (email and text) regarding the specific date and time of the curbside pickup.  

Thank you,

The Administrative Team at Herndon Middle School

HerndonMSAdministration@fcps.edu

 

Form link:

English- https://forms.gle/6SrRkzWfP3hVDgiJ9 

Spanish- https://forms.gle/qN8xJnLFYxkFu5fF9 

Recogida de Artículos De Estudiante

Recordatorio: El formulario de solicitud de recogida de artículos se cerrará el domingo 17 de mayo. Complete este formulario si desea programar una hora para recoger ropa, mochilas, proyectos de estudiantes, medicamentos, etc.

Para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de todos los involucrados, el personal de HMS localizar√°, empacar√° y etiquetar√° los art√≠culos de los estudiantes seg√ļn los detalles proporcionados a trav√©s de la forma. Luego se programar√° una recogida¬†para la semana del 25 de mayo. La notificaci√≥n se enviar√° por correo electr√≥nico y texto¬†con respecto a la fecha y hora espec√≠ficas de la recogida.

Gracias,

El equipo administrativo en la escuela Herndon Middle School

HerndonMSAdministration@fcps.edu

 

Enlace de forma: https://forms.gle/qN8xJnLFYxkFu5fF9 

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Updates from Herndon Middle School 5/12/2020

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Today! Parent Information Virtual Meeting

Principal Klena will hold information meetings next week.  The topics will include supports our teachers and staff are developing to help students stay organized and help them manage email and online resources during distance learning. 

Today, May 12th 3:15 ‚Äď 4:00 (English Session) using this link

Wednesday May 13th 3:15 ‚Äď 4:00 (Spanish Session) using this link¬†

 

Service Learning End of Year Updates

Due to school closure and social distancing requirements as well as equity concerns for students who do not have access to technology, FCPS service learning requirements will be waived for the 2019-20 school year. This waiver impacts the recording of completed service learning hours for grades 12, 8, and 6. The changes for our middle school students are as follows:

  • Grade 8 ‚Äď Service Learning hours that have been approved in x2VOL by June 1, 2020, will be extracted and uploaded into SIS. This allows all completed service learning hours to be documented in SIS prior to year-end processing. The ‚ÄúReq Met‚ÄĚ and/or ‚ÄúNot Met‚ÄĚ field in SIS will be left blank due to the waiver.

Students who are interested in participating in service learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year are encouraged to continue participating in safe forms of service learning while maintaining social distancing and remaining at home.

You may contact your student’s civics teacher for more information.

National Junior Honor Society Update

Detailed information for current 8th graders in NJHS as well as rising 8th graders applying for admission is in the process of being finalized and will be sent out shortly. 

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