Week of June 10

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In This Issue 8th Grade Picnic A big shoutout goes to our amazing PTA, parent volunteers, generous donors, administrators, SRO's, and hardworking staff for their commitment, time, and energy in creating a memorable 8th Grade Picnic experience for our students! Reminders: Last Week's News Don’t Forget to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact our Registrar, Ms. Fry for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year

All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to our front office.  

Children 12 and younger ride for free on Fairfax Connector with a paying adult.

In This Weeks News Pack Light & Eat Right! No Backpacks & Free Lunch

This is a friendly reminder that for the remainder of this week, there will be a no-backpack week for our Hawks.

To ensure all students have access to meals throughout the day, we provide free breakfast, second breakfast at the end of first and second periods, and lunch from the cafeteria.

Please encourage your Hawk to take advantage of these meals and let us know if you have any questions.

From the Library

Reminder that all library books are now past due and need to be returned right away! We currently have 330 overdue library books! Please have your student check their backpacks and bedrooms! If you believe your student lost a book, please have them see Mrs. Scott in the library. Remember there are no late fees, we just need the books back for others to read.

From the Clinic

Parents/guardians, please be sure to pick-up your students medication no later than Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. Medication left in the Clinic after this date and time cannot be saved and will be discarded according to FCPS and FCHD policy. Earlier pickup of medications is encouraged during clinic hours (Monday-Friday from 7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.). Pick up of medication is restricted to parents only. 

Reminder: New medication authorization forms are required for each school year. Forms can be located at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms. 

If you have any questions regarding medication pick-up and/or medication authorization forms, please contact our clinic at 703-904-4810.

Save the Date: Back to School Night and Open House

Herndon Middle School will hold Back to School Night and Open House for the 24-25 SY on the following dates:

Open House | August 15th
2:00-4:00 PM

Back to School Night | September 5th
5:00-7:00 PM

SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student can schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or social worker by phone or videoconference. 

Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

Middle or high school students can request a consultation to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time management.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5+ with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call 703-698-2550 for an appointment.

Summer Activities Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

TV Studio Production and Post-Production Camps for Teens


Discover the behind the scenes process of what it takes to create a television program. Learn about the equipment and key production roles. There is a lot of effort involved; therefore, teamwork and preparedness will be key to making a successful show. Each program created as part of the camps will only be as good as the crew involved; therefore, we are looking for the best, most dedicated students interested to learn about this exciting media.

You may contact the Training Department at 571-749-1132 or via email at [email protected] to check for camp availability. Training Department Office Hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weekdays).

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8 to 19 from 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. 

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March to June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Calendar Caribbean American Heritage Month

FCPS celebrates the rich diversity and honors the many contributions of immigrants of Caribbean heritage to our nation during the month of June. Caribbean individuals are some of the most ethnically diverse in the world. There are more than 8.5 million individuals in the United States born in the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry. Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month.

June

12 | Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

17 | Eid-al-Adha
(begins sundown 6/16 - sundown 6/17) 
19 | Juneteenth (Holiday)

July

4 | Independence Day

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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Attendance: 703-904-4848 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

PTA Reminders - May 29

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In This Issue Calendar June

7 | Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

7 | 8th Grade Dance

10 | 8th Grade Picnic

PTA Reminders Herndon MS Glow in the Dark Dance


We are looking for volunteers for the 8th Grade Glow in the Dark Dance, on Friday, June 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pre-registration will be required for students who would like to attend. Parents and teachers wanting to volunteer may sign up here!

Questions? Please contact [email protected] and [email protected].

Picnic Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Calling all 8th grade parents! The HMS PTA is helping to put on an eventful picnic for our 8th graders, but we need your help!

We are looking for:

Volunteers
Food Donations
Monetary Donations

Click here to sign up or for more information.

Questions? Please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

Come support Herndon Middle School by placing a mobile pickup, Drive-thru, curbside order, or a mobile delivery order at North Point Village Chick-fil-A (1494 North Point Village Center, Reston, VA 20194) on Friday, June 7th from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Summer Activities Planet Fitness | Free Summer Gym Membership for Students

Since the High School Summer Pass™ program began, Planet Fitness has invested more than $200 million in waived membership dues to promote youth health and wellness and improve the physical and mental health of millions of teens. Starting June 1st, teens ages 14-19 can work out for free at Planet Fitness all summer long! But don't wait, pre-register now!

Reston Swim Team Association


Join the Reston Swim Team Association's summer swim league, from late May to end of July!

What's it all about:

  • Developmental Swim League
  • Join one of 8 teams
  • Improve your swimming skills
  • Compete in dual meets
  • Make new friends
  • Get your team spirit on 
  • Have Fun!

All ages are welcome, from 5-18. Register here!

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

Week of May 28

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In This Issue 8th Grade End of the Year Activities


There are fun and exciting activities planned ahead for the end of the year for 8th graders!

  • Student v. Staff Flag Football | Thursday, May 30
  • HMS v. Hughes Soccer Game | Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade End of Year Dance | Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade Picnic | Monday, June 10 (during school)

Please note: The end of the year activities are privileges for students to earn and enjoy. In order to earn these privileges, students are expected to meet expectations regarding attendance, being on time for classes, and behavior. Students who do not meet these expectations risk losing the privilege of attending these events.

Reminders: Last Week's News Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year

All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to our front office.  

Children 12 and younger ride for free on Fairfax Connector with a paying adult.

Calling All Alumni and Friends!

Educate Fairfax is proud to introduce FCPS Alumni & Friends, an online network of alumni, teachers, parents/caregivers, and community members with ties to Fairfax County Public Schools. Whether you are a recent FCPS graduate or you’ve returned to Fairfax to work or raise your own family, this network will celebrate our alumni and friends of FCPS through stories, news and events, reunions, homecoming, and other activities. It’s also a great way to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Join FCPS Alumni & Friends today!

Colleges and Universities Still Accepting Applications

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released their annual list of colleges and universities that are still accepting applications from prospective freshmen or transfer students for the fall of 2023. Students and families are encouraged to use this tool to search colleges that still have space available. Users may narrow down the list of schools by state and view whether a school still has financial aid, as well as unfilled housing. 

Additionally, NACAC has created an enrollment deposit fee waiver request form, considered by some institutions, for students experiencing significant financial hardship. Families can learn more about the enrollment deposit fee waiver and eligibility on the NACAC website. It is recommended that students and families contact their school counselor or college and career specialist with any questions.Students who still need assistance applying for the FAFSA or VASA (financial aid forms) can schedule a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax. Email [email protected]. All FAFSA or VASA help that your school or College Access Fairfax provides is free.

Community Dental Event


Andina Dental will be hosting a dental event on Saturday, June 8 and Monday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Seven Corners area, with the participation of Anthem Healthkeepers/Medicaid of Virginia and Andina Dental Health.

Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, please contact 703-223-2440.

In This Weeks News School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget


The Fairfax County School Board to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget at their board meeting last night. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. 

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Watch the School Board’s budget discussion. Visit FCPS’ Budget webpage.

Don’t Forget to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact our Registrar, Ms. Fry for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

From the Clinic

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program.

Please contact Shannon Mansfield, Public Health Nurse or Jung Hyein, School Health AIde, if you would like a copy of the form(s).

From the Library

Library books must be returned by Wednesday, May 29! Students must check their email or log-on to Destiny to make sure they have returned all books. Remember there are no late fees. We just need the book back for others to enjoy!

The FIRST English class in each grade level to return ALL BOOKS will receive an ice cream sandwich for everyone! 

Please contact Mrs. Scott with any questions!

Summer Activities Enjoy Fun and Resources at the Summer Extravaganza


Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats. 

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

TV Studio Production and Post-Production Camps for Teens


Discover the behind the scenes process of what it takes to create a television program. Learn about the equipment and key production roles. There is a lot of effort involved; therefore, teamwork and preparedness will be key to making a successful show. Each program created as part of the camps will only be as good as the crew involved; therefore, we are looking for the best, most dedicated students interested to learn about this exciting media.

You may contact the Training Department at 571-749-1132 or via email at [email protected] to check for camp availability. Training Department Office Hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weekdays).

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students.

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8 to 19 from 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. 

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March to June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Calendar Caribbean American Heritage Month

FCPS celebrates the rich diversity and honors the many contributions of immigrants of Caribbean heritage to our nation during the month of June. Caribbean individuals are some of the most ethnically diverse in the world. There are more than 8.5 million individuals in the United States born in the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry. Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month.

May

30 | Flag Football Student vs. Staff Game

June

7 | Gun Violence Awareness Day/Wear Orange

7 | Herndon vs. Hughes Soccer Game

7 | 8th Grade Dance

10 | 8th Grade Picnic

12 | Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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

PTA Announcements - May 23

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In This Issue Calendar June

7 | Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

7 | 8th Grade Dance

10 | 8th Grade Picnic

PTA Updates Herndon MS Glow in the Dark Dance


We are looking for volunteers for the 8th Grade Glow in the Dark Dance, on Friday, June 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pre-registration will be required for students who would like to attend. Parents and teachers wanting to volunteer may sign up here!

Questions? Please contact [email protected] and [email protected].

Picnic Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Calling all 8th grade parents! The HMS PTA is helping to put on an eventful picnic for our 8th graders, but we need your help!

We are looking for:

Volunteers
Food Donations
Monetary Donations

Click here to sign up or for more information.

Questions? Please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

Come support Herndon Middle School by placing a mobile pickup, Drive-thru, curbside order, or a mobile delivery order at North Point Village Chick-fil-A (1494 North Point Village Center, Reston, VA 20194) on Friday, June 7th from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Summer Activities Planet Fitness | Free Summer Gym Membership for Students

Since the High School Summer Pass™ program began, Planet Fitness has invested more than $200 million in waived membership dues to promote youth health and wellness and improve the physical and mental health of millions of teens. Starting June 1st, teens ages 14-19 can work out for free at Planet Fitness all summer long! But don't wait, pre-register now!

Reston Swim Team Association


Join the Reston Swim Team Association's summer swim league, from late May to end of July!

What's it all about:

  • Developmental Swim League
  • Join one of 8 teams
  • Improve your swimming skills
  • Compete in dual meets
  • Make new friends
  • Get your team spirit on 
  • Have Fun!

All ages are welcome, from 5-18. Register here!

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

Week of May 20

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In This Issue Herndon vs. Hughes Soccer Game Herndon Hawks take on Hughes Panthers in Soccer at Herndon High School on Saturday, May 18. Coached by Mr. Kospanos! Reminders: Last Week's News 8th Grade End of the Year Activities

There are fun and exciting activities planned ahead for the end of the year for 8th graders!

  • Student v. Staff Night Hawk Events | Thursday, May 23 and 30
  • HMS v. Hughes Soccer Game | Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade End of Year Dance | Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade Picnic | Monday, June 10 (during school)

Please note: The end of the year activities are privileges for students to earn and enjoy. In order to earn these privileges, students are expected to meet expectations regarding attendance, being on time for classes, and behavior. Students who do not meet these expectations risk losing the privilege of attending these events.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

You may email/scan your documentation to our Registrar, Ms. Fry at [email protected].

Community Dental Event


Andina Dental will be hosting a dental event on Saturday, June 8 and Monday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Seven Corners area, with the participation of Anthem Healthkeepers/Medicaid of Virginia and Andina Dental Health.

Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, please contact 703-223-2440.

In This Weeks News Dr. Reid’s Community Conversations

We want to share with you Dr. Reid’s Community Conversations going on now. She is holding the next community conversation on Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Katherine Johnson Middle School (3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030). REGISTER  HERE

In addition, please attend the last community meeting regarding Middle School Start Times for the 2025-26 school year. This will take place on Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Frost Middle School (4101 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032)

While registration is not required for this forum, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. We All Belong Here!


In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form.

Calling All Alumni and Friends!

Educate Fairfax is proud to introduce FCPS Alumni & Friends, an online network of alumni, teachers, parents/caregivers, and community members with ties to Fairfax County Public Schools. Whether you are a recent FCPS graduate or you’ve returned to Fairfax to work or raise your own family, this network will celebrate our alumni and friends of FCPS through stories, news and events, reunions, homecoming, and other activities. It’s also a great way to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Join FCPS Alumni & Friends today!

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year

All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to our front office.  

Children 12 and younger ride for free on Fairfax Connector with a paying adult.

Colleges and Universities Still Accepting Applications

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released their annual list of colleges and universities that are still accepting applications from prospective freshmen or transfer students for the fall of 2023. Students and families are encouraged to use this tool to search colleges that still have space available. Users may narrow down the list of schools by state and view whether a school still has financial aid, as well as unfilled housing. 

Additionally, NACAC has created an enrollment deposit fee waiver request form, considered by some institutions, for students experiencing significant financial hardship. Families can learn more about the enrollment deposit fee waiver and eligibility on the NACAC website. It is recommended that students and families contact their school counselor or college and career specialist with any questions.Students who still need assistance applying for the FAFSA or VASA (financial aid forms) can schedule a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax. Email [email protected]. All FAFSA or VASA help that your school or College Access Fairfax provides is free.

Athletics and Summer Activities Student vs. Staff Game Schedule

Student vs. Staff Games will take place starting this week during Block A. 

  • Volleyball | Thursday, May 23
    • Student Tournament | Wednesday, May 22 (During Block B)
  • Flag Football | Thursday, May 30
    • Student Tournament | Tuesday, May 28 (During Block B)

Students, participate in the tournaments to earn a spot v. the Staff!

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students.

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8 to 19 from 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. 

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March to June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Calendar Memorial Day

As we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

May

21 | Pyramid Orchestra Concert at HHS at 7 p.m.

22 | Band Spring Concert at 7 p.m.

23 | Volleyball Student vs. Staff Game

23 | Choir Spring Concert at 7 p.m.

27 | Memorial Day (Holiday)

30 | Flag Football Student vs. Staff Game

June

7 | Gun Violence Awareness Day/Wear Orange

7 | Herndon vs. Hughes Soccer Game

7 | 8th Grade Dance

10 | 8th Grade Picnic

12 | Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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Attendance: 703-904-4848 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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In This Issue Calendar May

18: HMS vs. LHMS Soccer Game at HHS at 11:00 a.m.

18: Spirit Day at Dairy Queen

June

7 : 8th Grade Dance

10: 8th Grade Picnic

PTA Reminders Open PTA Board Positions

At the end of this school year, our Herndon Middle School PTA president and several other board members will be stepping down, as they have reached their term limits. To ensure the Herndon Middle School PTA continues to thrive and serve our community, we are seeking parents like you to step up and take on keyboard roles. Currently, we have openings for:

- President
- Vice President
- Communications Secretary
- Treasurer
- Back to School and Curriculum Night Committee Chair
- Corporate Sponsor Committee Chair
- Family Event Night Chair
- Spirit Wear Chair
- Teacher Representatives
- Website Administrator

Our current board is committed to a smooth transition and is ready to offer the necessary support to set you up for success. However, we need the active participation of new board members so that we can continue to support our community with events, scholarships, field trips, and capital improvement, as well as fostering strong connections between families, students, and staff.

Your involvement is crucial, and we would be delighted to have you on board! Please email [email protected] with any questions, or additional info, or to express your interest.

PTA Updates HMS vs. LHMS Soccer Game


The Herndon vs. Hughes soccer game will take place this Saturday, May 18 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Herndon High School Soccer. Tickets will be sold on Thursday and Friday during lunches and at the door. 

Tickets: $5
Opening: 10:45 a.m.

Spirit Day at Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen Spirit Day will be on Saturday, May 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the 742 Lynn St location. Please stop by and order something sweet. 20% of proceeds will be donated to HMS PTA!

Picnic Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Calling all 8th grade parents! The HMS PTA is helping to put on an eventful picnic for our 8th graders, but we need your help!

We are looking for:

  • Volunteers
  • Food Donations
  • Monetary Donations

Click here to sign up or for more information.

Questions? Please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

EF Tours Italy Trip Information


Did you happen to miss the EF Tours Info Meeting for our upcoming Italy trip in June 2025? No problem! Simply scan the QR code provided above or click on the link to access all the essential details and secure your spot for this incredible experience!

If you're interested in obtaining a tour brochure with the itinerary, please direct your student to Mrs. Andrews at school.

Reston Swim Team Association


Join the Reston Swim Team Association's summer swim league, from late May to end of July!

What's it all about:

  • Developmental Swim League
  • Join one of 8 teams
  • Improve your swimming skills
  • Compete in dual meets
  • Make new friends
  • Get your team spirit on 
  • Have Fun!

All ages are welcome, from 5-18. Register here!

Local Supporters Corporate Sponsorship Program

Herndon Middle School PTA is proud to launch a business sponsorship program to provide your business with an effective way to get connected to the Herndon Middle School community. Have your company information featured on our newsletter, social media, website, and more!

 

Contact: Tatiana at [email protected] for more information.

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Week of May 13

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In This Issue Herndon v. Hughes Basketball Game

Snapshots from our Herndon v. Hughes Basketball Game on May 9th. Boys and Girls did a tremendous job!

Reminders: Last Week's News 8th Grade End of the Year Activities

There are fun and exciting activities planned ahead for the end of the year for 8th graders!

  • Student v. Staff Night Hawk Events | Thursday, May 16, 23, 30
  • HMS v. Hughes Sports Events
    • Soccer | Saturday, May 18 and Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade End of Year Dance | Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade Picnic | Monday, June 10 (during school)

Please note: The end of the year activities are privileges for students to earn and enjoy. In order to earn these privileges, students are expected to meet expectations regarding attendance, being on time for classes, and behavior. Students who do not meet these expectations risk losing the privilege of attending these events.

Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

You may email/scan your documentation to our Registrar, Ms. Fry at [email protected].

In This Weeks News Student v. Staff Game Schedule


Student v. Staff Games will take place starting next week during Block A. 

  • Volleyball | Thursday, May 23
    • Student Tournament | Wednesday, May 22 (During Block B)
  • Flag Football | Thursday, May 30
    • Student Tournament | Tuesday, May 28 (During Block B)

Students, participate in the tournaments to earn a spot v. the Staff!

FCPS 2025 Budget — What’s Happening Next


The next steps in FCPS’ budget process are:

  • Tuesday, May 21: School Board budget work session.
  • Thursday, May 23: School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

For more details on our budget, view FCPS budget documents.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Attend a forum to hear about adolescent sleep research from an expert, learn about FCPS’ ongoing middle school start times study, and participate in small group discussions. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Breakout sessions will be held for middle school students to share their voices. Students are encouraged to attend! 

Register by clicking on one of the following dates:

  • Monday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Hughes Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Frost Middle School.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students.

Community Dental Event


Andina Dental will be hosting a dental event on Saturday, June 8 and Monday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Seven Corners area, with the participation of Anthem Healthkeepers/Medicaid of Virginia and Andina Dental Health.

Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, please contact 703-223-2440.

Athletics and Summer Activities Herndon High School Sports Physicals


Herndon High School will be hosting their Sports Physicals on Monday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Take advantage and cross this off your to do list for next year now while supporting the Athletic Training program! Students participating in sports need a new physical for every school year. Students will not be permitted to participate in any team related activities until a physical form has been submitted, this includes middle school cross country and track & field. You are always welcome to get a sports physical through your family physician or an urgent care center, but this event is our Athletic Training Program’s only fundraiser.

Register Here!

Questions? Contact Lisa Petruzzi at [email protected].

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8 to 19 from 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. 

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March to June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Calendar Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Memorial Day

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

May

18 | HMS v. LHMS Soccer Game at 11 a.m. at HHS

23 | Volleyball Student v. Staff Game

27 | Memorial Day (Holiday)

30 | Flag Football Student v. Staff Game

June

7 | Gun Violence Awareness Day/Wear Orange

12 | Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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

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In This Issue Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week. National Teacher Day began in 1953 when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt proposed that Congress set aside a day to acknowledge the work of educators. Since 1985, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. Reminders: Last Week's News Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates:

  • Monday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Hughes Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Frost Middle School.

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

SOL Schedule

This is a reminder that SOL testing will begin this week for our students. Please take note of the following testing dates:

  • Wednesday, May 8 | Science 8
  • Wednesday, May 22 | Math (All Levels)

Thank you for your continued support in preparing our students for these assessments. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out.

In This Weeks News 8th Grade End of the Year Activities

There are fun and exciting activities planned ahead for the end of the year for 8th graders!

  • Student v. Staff Night Hawk Events | Thursday, May 16, 23, 30
  • HMS v. Hughes Sports Events
    • Basketball | Thursday, May 9
    • Soccer | Saturday, May 18 and Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade End of Year Dance | Friday, June 7
  • 8th Grade Picnic | Monday, June 10 (during school)

Please note: The end of the year activities are privileges for students to earn and enjoy. In order to earn these privileges, students are expected to meet expectations regarding attendance, being on time for classes, and behavior. Students who do not meet these expectations risk losing the privilege of attending these events.

Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

Resources FCPS Ombuds Provides Confidential Guidance

The Office of the Ombuds engages with families, students, and staff to offer resources and improve the experience of each and every member of the FCPS community. They work as an independent confidential resource to help get answers to questions, offer options to resolve concerns and hear complaints regarding FCPS matters.  

Anyone seeking assistance from the Office of the Ombuds may call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], visit their webpage, or submit a question. Ombuds staff do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

No-Cost Virtual Therapy for High School Students

Virtual therapy sessions are available to FCPS high school students at no cost to provide a safe space to address concerns such as:

  • Mood/behavior changes, motivation, grief/loss
  • Anxiety, worry, fears
  • Social skills, bullying, peer and family relationships
  • Academic stress

In order for students to participate, caregivers must give permission for FCPS to share basic demographic information with Hazel Health in ParentVUE and provide consent. Students can then be referred to therapy by a guardian or school staff member.

You may refer your child by calling 571-749-2940 or by contacting our school counselor, social worker, psychologist, or director of Student Services. Find our contact information on this webpage.

Visit the FCPS Teletherapy webpage for more information.

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS.

View the list of phone numbers.

Athletics and Activities Football Parent Interest Meeting

There will be a Parent Interest Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 for any 8th graders interested in playing football at Herndon High School next year. Please join us in the Auxiliary Gym (just inside Door 4), the meeting will begin at 6:30pm. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Fowle.

Herndon High School Sports Physicals

Herndon High School will be hosting their Sports Physicals on Monday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Take advantage and cross this off your to do list for next year now while supporting the Athletic Training program! Students participating in sports need a new physical for every school year. Students will not be permitted to participate in any team related activities until a physical form has been submitted, this includes middle school cross country and track & field. You are always welcome to get a sports physical through your family physician or an urgent care center, but this event is our Athletic Training Program’s only fundraiser.

Register Here!

Questions? Contact Lisa Petruzzi at [email protected].

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8 to 19 from 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day. 

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March to June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Calendar Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Memorial Day

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

May

7 | National Fentanyl Awareness Day

8 | Bike to School Day

8 | National School Nurse Day

9 | Herndon v Hughes Basketball Game at 6pm

6-10 | Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

27 | Memorial Day (Holiday)

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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Attendance: 703-904-4848 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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In This Issue Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. Throughout the month, NAMI actively participates in this national movement, dedicated to eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering public education and advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Visit NAMI.org to learn more!

Reminders: Last Week's News Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates:

  • Monday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Whitman Middle School
  • Monday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Hughes Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Frost Middle School.

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s counselor.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Do you know of an outstanding person or group that has worked for equity in an FCPS school? There’s still time to nominate a candidate for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.

This award recognizes staff, students, or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member may nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1. Full details are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Herndon HS Volunteers Needed Celebration of Acceptance

NCS is hosting a mental health awareness and inclusion event tailored for teenagers aged 13-19. Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 12 to 3pm at James Lee Community Center! Tap here to find out more!

In This Weeks News Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources

Stress Less, Rock the Test

Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3 is Stress Less, Rock the Test week. We hope your student joins us on some fun activities as we prep for testing!

Monday | Wear your college gear
Tuesday | Wear your favorite neon attire
Wednesday | Pup visit during lunches
Thursday | Connect with your counselor to practice mindfulness activities
Friday | No School - Play a sport, spend time outdoors, express yourself artistically, read a book!

SOL Schedule

This is a reminder that SOL testing will begin this week for our students. Please take note of the following testing dates:

  • Thursday, May 2 | Reading 7 and Reading 8
  • Wednesday, May 8 | Science 8
  • Wednesday, May 22 | Math (All Levels)

Thank you for your continued support in preparing our students for these assessments. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out.

Athletics and Activities Herndon High School Sports Physicals

Herndon High School will be hosting their Sports Physicals on Monday, May 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Take advantage and cross this off your to do list for next year now while supporting the Athletic Training program!

Register Here!

Questions? Contact Lisa Petruzzi at [email protected].

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes.

Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Resources Math and Reading SOL Prep Program

Get ready for the SOLs with some free SOL Prep Sessions! Heritage Fellowship Church will have tutors available from Saturday, May 4 through Saturday, May 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Reston, VA.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS.

View the list of phone numbers.

Calendar Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Orthodox Good Friday/Teacher Work Day

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day.

May

3 | Orthodox Good Friday (Teacher Work Day)

4 | Cubing Competition at Carson MS

7 | National Fentanyl Awareness Day

8 | Bike to School Day

8 | National School Nurse Day

6-10 | Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

27 | Memorial Day (Holiday)

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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

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In This Issue Calendar
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria
  • May 3: Chick-fil-A Spirit Day
  • May 7: Stock the Lounge Project
  • May 9: Cookie Bar for Teachers
  • May 9: Basketball Game at Herndon HS at 5pm
  • May 18: Soccer Game at Herndon HS at 11am
Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

Come support Herndon Middle School by placing a mobile pickup, Drive-thru, curbside order, or a mobile delivery order at North Point Village Chick-fil-A (1494 North Point Village Center, Reston, VA 20194) on Friday, May 3rd from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

PTA Reminders Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated from May 6 to May 10. This year, we are extending our gratitude to our Herndon MS teachers with the following gestures:

Stock the Lounge: On Tuesday, May 7th, we encourage you to contribute to our "Stocking the Lounge" project by donating snacks and fruit for the teachers. Additionally, we are seeking two volunteers to assist in sorting and stocking. Please drop off your contributions at the main office on Monday, May 6th, between 7am and 12pm.

Cookie Bar: On Thursday, May 9th, we invite you to participate by either purchasing or baking cookies and treats for our teachers. Please drop off your contributions at the main office between 7am and 9am.

For any inquiries, please reach out via email to [email protected].

Gift Card Donation

We are excited to express our gratitude to our incredible Herndon MS Staff! We kindly ask for your support in contributing towards a gift card. We aim to purchase a variety of retail vendor gift cards to distribute to our teachers. Our goal is to provide a gift card for at least half of our teachers. Your donation will make a significant difference in showing our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. 

You may click here to donate or Venmo Melissa Morrison at @Melissa-Morrison-99 and comment "Teacher GC Donation".

Also, if you have any unused gift cards lying around that you'd be willing to donate to our HMS Staff, we would be extremely grateful. You can drop off the cards at the office either yourself or through your student by Friday, April 26th. Please ensure the card(s) are placed in an envelope labeled "PTA".

Thank you for your generosity!

Open PTA Board Positions

At the end of this school year, our Herndon Middle School PTA president and several other board members will be stepping down, as they have reached their term limits. To ensure the Herndon Middle School PTA continues to thrive and serve our community, we are seeking parents like you to step up and take on keyboard roles. Currently, we have openings for:

- President
- Vice President
- Communications Secretary
- Treasurer
- Back to School and Curriculum Night Committee Chair
- Corporate Sponsor Committee Chair
- Family Event Night Chair
- Spirit Wear Chair
- Teacher Representatives
- Website Administrator

Our current board is committed to a smooth transition and is ready to offer the necessary support to set you up for success. However, we need the active participation of new board members so that we can continue to support our community with events, scholarships, field trips, and capital improvement, as well as fostering strong connections between families, students, and staff.

Your involvement is crucial, and we would be delighted to have you on board! Please email [email protected] with any questions, or additional info, or to express your interest.

“No Hassle” Fundraiser

HMS PTA's goal for 2024 is to help update the school library!

Visit our Square Site to make your donation or scan the QR code.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

Improving Herndon MS Facilities

Please lend your voice! No money is needed - only your signature. We ask for your support. By standing together and getting more signatures, we will give Herndon Middle School great opportunities.This campaign needs you now!

Local Supporters Corporate Sponsorship Program

Herndon Middle School PTA is proud to launch a business sponsorship program to provide your business with an effective way to get connected to the Herndon Middle School community. Have your company information featured on our newsletter, social media, website, and more!

 

Contact: Tatiana at [email protected] for more information.

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Attendance: 703-904-4848 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Week of April 22

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In This Issue Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday, April 24, is Administrative Professionals Day. A special shoutout to our Administrative Professionals: Mrs. Salazar-Laske, Mrs. Novelo, Ms. Torres-Roque, Mr. Flores, and Ms. Fry! Your commitment and efforts are truly appreciated. Reminders: Last Week's News Morning Attendance Notifications Delayed During Spring Assessments

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mail notifications will not be suspended this spring during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools.

The purpose of this change is to ensure student safety and timely notification of families regarding student absences. Schools need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.  Morning attendance notifications will be delayed by one hour during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools to allow additional time to take attendance.  Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Elementary schools are not impacted by the delay of morning attendance notifications during testing windows.

The dates during which morning attendance notifications will be delayed are as follows:

  • High School and Middle School: Morning notifications will be delayed by one hour from April 22 through May 24, 2024.
  • Elementary School: No change to morning notifications.
Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Fanny Salazar at [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected].

Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

FCPS’ Career and Transition Services will host Flash Forward, to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school. 

Flash Forward will be held Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Annandale High School, in the cafeteria. Register online. Representatives from adult education, employment, and community programs (college, military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment) will be on site to share information about their services.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

Celebration of Acceptance

NCS is hosting a mental health awareness and inclusion event tailored for teenagers aged 13-19. Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 12 to 3pm at James Lee Community Center! Tap here to find out more!

In This Weeks News Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates:

  • Monday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Glasgow Middle School
  • Monday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Whitman Middle School
  • Monday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Hughes Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Frost Middle School.

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s counselor.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Do you know of an outstanding person or group that has worked for equity in an FCPS school? There’s still time to nominate a candidate for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.

This award recognizes staff, students, or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member may nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1. Full details are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Herndon HS Volunteers Needed Activities Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes.

Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Chess and Cubing at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting a few events that your child can be a part of:

Calendar Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

April

24 | PTA Meeting at 7pm at Herndon MS Cafeteria

27 | Track & Field Meet at South Lakes HS

May

3 | Orthodox Good Friday (Teacher Work Day)

7 | National Fentanyl Awareness Day

8 | Bike to School Day

8 | National School Nurse Day

6-10 | Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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PTA Reminders - April 17

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In This Issue Calendar
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria
  • May 7: Stock the Lounge Project
  • May 9: Cookie Bar for Teachers
  • May 9: Basketball Game at Herndon HS at 5pm
  • May 18: Soccer Game at Herndon HS at 11am
PTA Reminders Open PTA Board Positions

At the end of this school year, our Herndon Middle School PTA president and several other board members will be stepping down, as they have reached their term limits. To ensure the Herndon Middle School PTA continues to thrive and serve our community, we are seeking parents like you to step up and take on keyboard roles. Currently, we have openings for:

- President
- Vice President
- Communications Secretary
- Treasurer
- Back to School and Curriculum Night Committee Chair
- Corporate Sponsor Committee Chair
- Family Event Night Chair
- Spirit Wear Chair
- Teacher Representatives
- Website Administrator

Our current board is committed to a smooth transition and is ready to offer the necessary support to set you up for success. However, we need the active participation of new board members so that we can continue to support our community with events, scholarships, field trips, and capital improvement, as well as fostering strong connections between families, students, and staff.

Your involvement is crucial, and we would be delighted to have you on board! Please email [email protected] with any questions, or additional info, or to express your interest.

Improving Herndon MS Facilities

Please lend your voice! No money is needed - only your signature. We ask for your support. By standing together and getting more signatures, we will give Herndon Middle School great opportunities.This campaign needs you now!

“No Hassle” Fundraiser

HMS PTA's goal for 2024 is to help update the school library!

Visit our Square Site to make your donation or scan the QR code.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated from May 6 to May 10. This year, we are extending our gratitude to our Herndon MS teachers with the following gestures:

Stock the Lounge: On Tuesday, May 7th, we encourage you to contribute to our "Stocking the Lounge" project by donating snacks and fruit for the teachers. Additionally, we are seeking two volunteers to assist in sorting and stocking. Please drop off your contributions at the main office on Monday, May 6th, between 7am and 12pm.

Cookie Bar: On Thursday, May 9th, we invite you to participate by either purchasing or baking cookies and treats for our teachers. Please drop off your contributions at the main office between 7am and 9am.

For any inquiries, please reach out via email to [email protected].

Gift Card Donation

We are excited to express our gratitude to our incredible Herndon MS Staff! We kindly ask for your support in contributing towards a gift card. We aim to purchase a variety of retail vendor gift cards to distribute to our teachers. Our goal is to provide a gift card for at least half of our teachers. Your donation will make a significant difference in showing our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. 

You may click here to donate or Venmo Melissa Morrison at @Melissa-Morrison-99 and comment "Teacher GC Donation".

Also, if you have any unused gift cards lying around that you'd be willing to donate to our HMS Staff, we would be extremely grateful. You can drop off the cards at the office either yourself or through your student by Friday, April 26th. Please ensure the card(s) are placed in an envelope labeled "PTA".

Thank you for your generosity!

EF Tours Information

Did you happen to miss the EF Tours Info Meeting for our upcoming Italy trip in June 2025? No problem! Simply scan the QR code provided above or click on the link to access all the essential details and secure your spot for this incredible experience.

If you're interested in obtaining a tour brochure with the itinerary, please direct your student to Mrs. Andrews at school.

Local Supporters Corporate Sponsorship Program

Herndon Middle School PTA is proud to launch a business sponsorship program to provide your business with an effective way to get connected to the Herndon Middle School community. Have your company information featured on our newsletter, social media, website, and more!

 

Contact: Tatiana at [email protected] for more information.

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

Week of April 15

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In This Issue Purple Up! Day

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17 for military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue.

Reminders: Last Week's News Quote for Library Walls

Students, staff, and caregivers, we are seeking suggestions for quotes to be painted on the library walls. Do you have a favorite quote about reading, books, inquiry or research, or learning? Or perhaps one with positive inspiration? We would love your suggestions! Please complete the favorite quote form by today, Monday, April 15. We will need the exact words, the author, and the source where you verified the quote.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

In This Weeks News Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit Safe, Supported, and Included

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact Fanny Salazar at [email protected] or Sussy Tomer at [email protected].

Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

FCPS’ Career and Transition Services will host Flash Forward, to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school. 

Flash Forward will be held Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Annandale High School, in the cafeteria. Register online. Representatives from adult education, employment, and community programs (college, military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment) will be on site to share information about their services.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

Morning Attendance Notifications Delayed During Spring Assessments

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mail notifications will not be suspended this spring during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools.

The purpose of this change is to ensure student safety and timely notification of families regarding student absences. Schools need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.  Morning attendance notifications will be delayed by one hour during the AP, IB, and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools to allow additional time to take attendance.  Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Elementary schools are not impacted by the delay of morning attendance notifications during testing windows.

The dates during which morning attendance notifications will be delayed are as follows:

  • High School and Middle School: Morning notifications will be delayed by one hour from April 22 through May 24, 2024.
  • Elementary School: No change to morning notifications.
Celebration of Acceptance

NCS is hosting a mental health awareness and inclusion event tailored for teenagers aged 13-19. Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 12 to 3pm at James Lee Community Center! Tap here to find out more!

Events Theatre Dining for Dollars

Come and join the Herndon Middle School Theatre Boosters on Tuesday, April 16, for our monthly meeting and a Dining for Dollars event at Izzi in Herndon.

Our meeting kicks off at 7:30pm, and during the hours of 5:30pm to 8:30pm, a portion of all proceeds will be generously donated to support the Herndon Middle School Theatre Department!

Herndon Pyramid Concert

Join us for the 2024 Herndon Pyramid Concert on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00pm. We hope you can attend to support our performing arts students on Tuesday night as our pyramid will come together for what will be a beautiful evening in the arts! 

Chess and Cubing at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting a few events that your child can be a part of:

Calendar Passover and
Half-O Days

Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

April

16 | Herndon Pyramid Concert at 7pm at Herndon MS

17 | Purple Up! Day (Month of the Military Child)

17 | NJHS Meeting at 2:30pm

20 | Track & Field Meet at McLean HS

24 | PTA Meeting at 7pm at Herndon MS Cafeteria

27 | Track & Field Meet at South Lakes HS

Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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PTA Announcement - April 11

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In This Issue Calendar
  • April 11: Basketball Game at South Lakes HS at 5pm
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria
  • May 9: Basketball Game at Herndon HS at 5pm
  • May 18: Soccer Game at Herndon HS at 11am
PTA Reminders Thank You For Your Wishlist Gifts!

Herndon Middle School teachers and the PTA would like to thank everyone who has purchased items off the school wishlist. During the staff meeting in March, items were placed out for distribution and our teachers were thrilled! We still welcome donations through our linked Walmart and Amazon wishlists.

Thank you again for helping make Herndon Middle School a fun and engaging environment for everyone!

Open PTA Board Positions

At the end of this school year, our Herndon Middle School PTA president and several other board members will be stepping down, as they have reached their term limits. To ensure the Herndon Middle School PTA continues to thrive and serve our community, we are seeking parents like you to step up and take on keyboard roles. Currently, we have openings for:

- President
- Vice President
- Communications Secretary
- Treasurer
- Back to School and Curriculum Night Committee Chair
- Corporate Sponsor Committee Chair
- Family Event Night Chair
- Spirit Wear Chair
- Teacher Representatives
- Website Administrator

Our current board is committed to a smooth transition and is ready to offer the necessary support to set you up for success. However, we need the active participation of new board members so that we can continue to support our community with events, scholarships, field trips, and capital improvement, as well as fostering strong connections between families, students, and staff.

Your involvement is crucial, and we would be delighted to have you on board! Please email [email protected] with any questions, or additional info, or to express your interest.

8th Grade Yard Signs

8th grade Herndon MS parents/caregivers, Yard Signs are now available for purchase. You will want to place your order here. The signs should be ready 2 weeks from April 12. Everyone who places an order will receive further information once we have the signs ready to go.

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Improving Herndon MS Facilities

Please lend your voice! No money is needed - only your signature. We ask for your support. By standing together and getting more signatures, we will give Herndon Middle School great opportunities.This campaign needs you now!

“No Hassle” Fundraiser

HMS PTA's goal for 2024 is to help update the school library!

Visit our Square Site to make your donation or scan the QR code.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

PTA Updates Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated from May 6 to May 10. This year, we are extending our gratitude to our Herndon MS teachers with the following gestures:

Stock the Lounge: On Tuesday, May 7th, we encourage you to contribute to our "Stocking the Lounge" project by donating snacks and fruit for the teachers. Additionally, we are seeking two volunteers to assist in sorting and stocking. Please drop off your contributions at the main office on Monday, May 6th, between 7am and 12pm.

Cookie Bar: On Thursday, May 9th, we invite you to participate by either purchasing or baking cookies and treats for our teachers. Please drop off your contributions at the main office between 7am and 9am.

For any inquiries, please reach out via email to [email protected].

Gift Card Donation

We are excited to express our gratitude to our incredible Herndon MS Staff! We kindly ask for your support in contributing towards a gift card. We aim to purchase a variety of retail vendor gift cards, including ones for Amazon, Target, Outback, Starbucks, and more, to distribute to our teachers. Our goal is to provide a gift card for at least half of our teachers. Your donation will make a significant difference in showing our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. 

You may Venmo Melissa Morrison at @Melissa-Morrison-99 and comment "Teacher GC Donation".

Also, if you have any unused gift cards lying around that you'd be willing to donate to our HMS Staff, we would be extremely grateful. You can drop off the cards at the office either yourself or through your student by Friday, April 26th. Please ensure the card(s) are placed in an envelope labeled "PTA".

Thank you for your generosity!

EF Tours Information

Did you happen to miss the EF Tours Info Meeting for our upcoming Italy trip in June 2025? No problem! Simply scan the QR code provided above or click on the link to access all the essential details and secure your spot for this incredible experience.

If you're interested in obtaining a tour brochure with the itinerary, please direct your student to Mrs. Andrews at school.

Athletics and Activities Herndon vs Langston Hughes Basketball Game

We will be having our Herndon vs Langston Hughes Basketball game tonight, which will take place at South Lakes HS (11400 South Lakes Drive Reston). Parents must accompany their student. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

Parents/caregivers may purchase their ticket online or at the door.

Local Supporters Corporate Sponsorship Program

Herndon Middle School PTA is proud to launch a business sponsorship program to provide your business with an effective way to get connected to the Herndon Middle School community. Have your company information featured on our newsletter, social media, website, and more!

 

Contact: Tatiana at [email protected] for more information.

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

Week of April 8

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In This Issue Eid al-Fitr In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramada. Muslims dress in new clothes, give charity, and pray in congregation. Eid is celebrated with the exchange of presents and delicious food with family and friends. 

Tuesday, April 9
, has been designated as a half-O day. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed.
Reminders: Last Week's News Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit Safe, Supported, and Included

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme "Safe, Supported, and Included" aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact their child's counselor regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Religious Accommodations in Schools for Students webpage for more information.

In This Weeks News Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of FCPS’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. 

Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

For more details on FCPS’ advertised budget, view budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

Check out the Budget Calendar for important dates in the budget process as well as opportunities for the community to provide feedback. 

Quote for Library Walls

Students, staff, and caregivers, we are seeking suggestions for quotes to be painted on the library walls. Do you have a favorite quote about reading, books, inquiry or research, or learning? Or perhaps one with positive inspiration? We would love your suggestions! Please complete the favorite quote form by Monday, April 15. We will need the exact words, the author, and the source where you verified the quote.

EF Tours Information

Did you happen to miss the EF Tours Info Meeting for our upcoming Italy trip in June 2025? No problem! Simply scan the QR code provided above or click on the link to access all the essential details and secure your spot for this incredible experience.

If you're interested in obtaining a tour brochure with the itinerary, please direct your student to Mrs. Andrews at school.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

From the Clinic Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.

Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

Athletics and Activities Hughes vs. Herndon Basketball Game

Don't forget about our Hughes vs. Herndon Basketball Game this Thursday, April 11 at South Lakes High School! Come and cheer our Hawks on and support the PTA while doing it! Doors open at 5:00 PM.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Chess and Cubing at Carson MS

Rachel Carson is hosting a few events that your child can be a part of:

Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp, which takes place Monday, July 1, to Thursday, August 1, is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend. Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability due to financial hardship. This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.

Calendar Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience.

Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

April
  • 10 | Eid al Fitr (Begins Sundown 4/9 - Sundown 4/10)
  • 11 | Herndon v. Hughes Basketball Game at South Lakes HS at 6pm
  • 17 | Purple Up! Day (Month of the Military Child)
Helpful Links FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program 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 FCPS employees.

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PTA Announcement - April 3

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In This Issue Calendar
  • April 11: Basketball Game at South Lakes HS at 6pm
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria
  • May 9: Basketball Game at Herndon HS at 6pm
  • May 18: Soccer Game at Herndon HS at 11am
PTA Updates Chick-fil-A Spirit Day

On Friday, April 5th from 6:00am to 10:00pm., come support Herndon Middle School by placing a mobile pickup, Drive-thru, curbside order, or a mobile delivery order at North Point Village Chick-fil-A (1494 North Point Village Center, Reston, VA 20194).

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Open PTA Board Positions

At the end of this school year, our Herndon Middle School PTA president and several other board members will be stepping down, as they have reached their term limits. To ensure the Herndon Middle School PTA continues to thrive and serve our community, we are seeking parents like you to step up and take on keyboard roles. Currently, we have openings for:

- President
- Vice President
- Communications Secretary
- Treasurer
- Back to School and Curriculum Night Committee Chair
- Corporate Sponsor Committee Chair
- Family Event Night Chair
- Spirit Wear Chair
- Teacher Representatives
- Website Administrator

Our current board is committed to a smooth transition and is ready to offer the necessary support to set you up for success. However, we need the active participation of new board members so that we can continue to support our community with events, scholarships, field trips, and capital improvement, as well as fostering strong connections between families, students, and staff.

Your involvement is crucial, and we would be delighted to have you on board! Please email [email protected] with any questions, or additional info, or to express your interest.

Thank You For Your Wishlist Gifts!

Herndon Middle School teachers and the PTA would like to thank everyone who has purchased items off the school wishlist. During the staff meeting in March, items were placed out for distribution and our teachers were thrilled! We still welcome donations through our linked Walmart and Amazon wishlists.

Thank you again for helping make Herndon Middle School a fun and engaging environment for everyone!

8th Grade Yard Signs

8th grade Herndon MS parents/caregivers, Yard Signs are now available for purchase. You will want to place your order here. The signs should be ready 2 weeks from April 12. Everyone who places an order will receive further information once we have the signs ready to go.

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Improving Herndon MS Facilities

Please lend your voice! No money is needed - only your signature. We ask for your support. By standing together and getting more signatures, we will give Herndon Middle School great opportunities.This campaign needs you now!

“No Hassle” Fundraiser

HMS PTA's goal for 2024 is to help update the school library!

Visit our Square Site to make your donation or scan the QR code.

Questions? Please email [email protected]

Athletics and Activities Herndon vs Langston Hughes Basketball Game

On Thursday, April 11 we will be having our Herndon vs Langston Hughes Basketball game, which will take place at South Lakes HS (11400 South Lakes Drive Reston). Parents must accompany their student. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

Parents/caregivers may purchase their ticket online or at the door.

Herndon Reston Youth Softball Local Supporters Corporate Sponsorship Program

Herndon Middle School PTA is proud to launch a business sponsorship program to provide your business with an effective way to get connected to the Herndon Middle School community. Have your company information featured on our newsletter, social media, website, and more!

 

Contact: Tatiana at [email protected] for more information.

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