PTA Updates - February 28

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In This Issue Successful Movie Night! Thank you to our incredible PTA for putting together and hosting our first Movie Night on Friday evening! Calendar
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • March 2: Soccer Game at Herndon HS
  • April 11: Basketball Game at South Lakes HS
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria
Reminders PTA Meeting Tonight

Please join us tonight, Wednesday, February 28 for our PTA Community Meeting, via Google Meet, from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/wqf-pbic-dnp
Code: wqf-pbic-dnp

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 609-621-7323‬ PIN: ‪393 634 294‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/wqf-pbic-dnp?pin=8848117725098

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Soccer and Basketball Game

The games are approaching! We need volunteers for concessions. Please consider helping us out at one or multiple games.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS
Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

Supplemental Materials Review Committee

Are you interested in reading/reviewing a book or two during the next several months? Herndon Middle School is looking to form a supplemental materials review committee to review and approve books for classroom use. The committee is made up of the school principal, two parents, and two teachers. You will be provided with the book and the form that explains how the book will be used in the classroom. In return, the parent reads and/or reviews the book to provide approval.

Contact: Sarah Phaneuf at [email protected]

Activities and Athletics Herndon MS vs. Langston Hughes MS Soccer Game

It's Game Time! On Saturday, March 2. Doors will open at 9:30am and the game will begin at 10:00am.

Location: Soccer Field at Herndon High School (700 Bennett St. Herndon)

Children must be accompanied by an adult. You may pre-pay here or pay at the door. Concessions will be available!

Herndon Baseball

Herndon Baseball season starts mid-March and welcomes new players ages 3-12. Full Scholarships Available! Register Now!

 

Contact: Emma Collie at [email protected] 

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Week of February 26

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In This Issue Congratulations to our
Herndon Pyramid Winners!

We are delighted to congratulate Elizabeth Novelo for winning the Pyramid's recognition for Outstanding Operational Employee and Emily Ready for winning the Pyramid's Outstanding New Secondary Teacher award. Their achievements reflect our commitment to excellence, and we are confident they will shine at the regional level.

POG Student Awards

Congratulations to these well deserved students for receiving the Portrait of a Graduate Award!

Reminders: Last Week's News Glory Days - Dining for Dollars

Glory Days is partnering with Herndon MS Theatre Boosters for a Dining for Dollars event tonight, Tuesday, February 27 from 5-10pm. PRINT the linked flyer and hand to your waiter to ensure that a % of your check goes back to HMS theatre students!

High School Musical Jr.

Tickets for the Herndon Middle School production of High School Musical Jr. go on sale on Thursday, February 29! You can purchase them on etix! Get them fast- last year we sold out and you don't want to miss this production!!

Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In This Week's News School Board Adopted Fiscal Year 2025 Advertised Budget

 

At last week’s regular business meeting, the School Board voted to adopt the Fiscal Year 2025 Advertised Budget

The Advertised Budget is a needs-based budget that represents the funding needed to 

support schools in the upcoming year. It focuses on educational excellence for each and every student and competitive compensation for our hard-working, dedicated, and results-driven staff.

The budget is closely aligned with FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan, which seeks a strong academic start for our youngest students and prepares our graduates for a thriving future. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction.

Learn more about the budget and stay up-to-date by following the budget development calendar.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

College Partnership Program Interest Meeting for 8th Grade Students

In CPP, students have the opportunity to visit colleges, explore careers, and attend a three-day summer college experience. For more information and to hear directly from high school students already in the program, join us on Monday, March 4th at 1:30 pm in the HMS cafeteria. Student sign-up sheets are available in the cafeteria and in the Resource Wing.

Contact your students counselor for more information.

Career and Technical Education Courses  Prepare Students for the Future

 

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Hear from students how CTE courses and Academies are helping them explore and prepare for careers while still in high school. One student has earned more than 20 industry certifications in two years! 

Watch this video to learn more about opportunities in Fairfax County Public Schools’ CTE and Academy programs.

Ramadan Space for Students and Adults

We want to remind student and parents that we have designated a prayer space located in the main office for students who may need it during the school day. We understand the importance of providing a quiet and respectful environment for students to meet their personal or religious obligations or take a moment for personal reflection. Therefore, we have set up this space to accommodate those needs.

If your student has any questions, please have them reach out to their administrator.

Resources Substance Abuse Prevention Stress, Trauma & Coping

The experience of traumatic events shapes us, no matter if they happened during childhood or as an adult. Trauma is an event or series of circumstances that have lasting effects on mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. Stress occurs from our minds and bodies identifying an event as physically or emotionally life-threatening. The situation triggers our survival instincts and our natural fight-flight-freeze response. But our minds and bodies cannot sustain being in survival mode for extended periods of time. Sometimes, those who experience high amounts of stress and traumatic situations are unable to process or move past what has happened and are stuck in a loop. 

Childhood trauma manifests in many ways and when carried into adulthood, it can create a cycle of adverse experiences that affect future generations. The effects of traumatic events place a heavy burden on the individual, connected families, and communities. Responses to stress and traumatic experiences are personal. There is an intersection between trauma, coping, and substance misuse. Studies show that about 61% of adults have had at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) according to the CDC. Historical trauma is critical to understanding the progress and plight of African American mental health and wellbeing. During February, the contributions into the culture and history of the United States of America from African Americans are highlighted and celebrated. 

Trauma prevention and intervention strategies are important. Creating a strategy of helpful coping skills to pull from prepares us to face difficult moments while increasing levels of resilience and feelings of wellbeing. Here are a few tips to add to your coping strategies:

  1. Seek mental health and/or substance use treatment.
  2. Identify one or more people you feel safe with who can help to hold you accountable.
  3. Develop, repair, or maintain healthy relationships for internal and external support.
  4. Learn and practice self-regulation skills.
  5. Encourage yourself and others.
  6. Find ways to increase your self-esteem.
  7. Focus on your strengths.
  8. Model healthy behavior when dealing with difficult situations.
  9. Identify your triggers and practice ways to work through them.

Resources:

Why Historical Trauma is Critical to Understanding Black Mental Health

Addressing Childhood Trauma Starts with Family Support

Violence Prevention

ACEs and Minorities

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: 571.423.4270.

Food For Neighbors Make a Powerful, Lasting Impact: Sponsor a School

Join our "Spring Into Action" campaign and transform a teenager's life this Spring Break. In Northern Virginia, some teens worry about their next meal during this time, but by  sponsoring a local middle or high school, you can change this.

With a $1,000 sponsorship, you can provide twenty $50 grocery gift cards to one of our partnering schools, becoming a beacon of hope for food-insecure teens. This is a chance to make a powerful, lasting impact. Your support for our Grocery Gift Card Program will serve as a lifeline to our most vulnerable students, enabling them to secure nutritious meals during their break.

Email Renee at [email protected] to get started!

Calendar National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids.

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day (observed on March 1) was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading.

Learn more about Equitable Access to Literacy in this video.

National School Social Work Week

 

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days.

Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour!
As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year, a time for spiritual discipline for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran to Mohammed.

Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

March
  • National Women's History Month
  • 3-9 | National School Social Work Week
  • 5 | Student Holiday
  • 10 | Daylight Saving Begins
  • 22 | 3rd Quarter Ends
  • 25-29 | Spring Break
  • 29 | Good Friday
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 Updates - February 21

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In This Issue Reminders Movie Night
Sponsored by HMS PTA

Join us for a fun Movie Night this Friday, February 23rd at 6:00pm. This is a Herndon Middle School student event only. Doors will open at 5:30pm and Pre-Registration is required. 

Concessions will be sold at the door: Snacks and Drinks only. Pizza will be pre-ordered ONLY

Note: Tickets are limited and selling fast! 

Dranesville ES
Science Night

Dranesville Elementary School is looking for middle school volunteers for their Science Night tomorrow, Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Sign up using this link or scanning the QR Code!

Contact: Suzanne Gallo at [email protected]

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Soccer and Basketball Game

The games are approaching! We need volunteers for concessions. Please consider helping us out at one or multiple games.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS
Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

Supplemental Materials Review Committee

Are you interested in reading/reviewing a book or two during the next several months? Herndon Middle School is looking to form a supplemental materials review committee to review and approve books for classroom use. The committee is made up of the school principal, two parents, and two teachers. You will be provided with the book and the form that explains how the book will be used in the classroom. In return, the parent reads and/or reviews the book to provide approval.

Contact: Sarah Phaneuf at [email protected]

Therapeutic Arts Science & Growth Mindset

Therapeutic Arts Science & Growth Mindset ia a local program that is built to introduce and encourage meditation, mindfulness, movement, art, poetry, storytelling, science, building, creating, fun, and confidence to kids.

Visit www.tasgm.com for more information and to see all they have to offer.

Activities and Athletics Herndon MS vs. Langston Hughes MS Soccer Game

It's Game Time! On Saturday, March 2. Doors will open at 9:30am and the game will begin at 10:00am.

Location: Soccer Field at Herndon High School (700 Bennett St. Herndon)

Children must be accompanied by an adult. You may pre-pay here or pay at the door. Concessions will be available!

Herndon Baseball

Herndon Baseball season starts mid-March and welcomes new players ages 3-12. Full Scholarships Available! Register Now!

 

Contact: Emma Collie at [email protected] 

Calendar
  • February 23: Movie Night 
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • March 2: Soccer Game at Herndon HS
  • April 11: Basketball Game at South Lakes HS
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria

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

Week of February 20

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In This Issue Reminders: Last Week's News College Partnership Program

 

Do you have a student between grades 8 through 11 who wants to go to college? If so, they should consider applying to the College Partnership Program (CPP), which offers support as students explore the idea of going to college! The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15

Students must log in to their G-Suite account to access and complete the online application.

Questions? Please contact Danielle Mascoll at [email protected].

Understanding High School Mathematics Course Offerings

How can students participate in mathematics throughout high school in a way that is relevant to and supportive of post-secondary and career interests?

On Friday, March 8 from 10-11:30am, we will discuss mathematics graduation requirements and how to support students in navigating the various course offerings currently available in FCPS.

Students and their families may start thinking about what course pathways are available beginning in middle school. Join us to learn more.

Presented by Jennifer Allard FCPS High School Math Specialist and Erin Sylves FCPS Math Specialist.

Register for Understanding High School Mathematics Course Offerings

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Parents/Caregivers, please check your student before they come to school. If they complain of not feeling well, check their temperature, talk with them, and assess their physical well-being. Just a minute or two in the morning may save you a trip to school later in the day to pick up a sick student. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

Food and Nutrition News

Starting in March, FCPS will introduce new and exciting menus that will offer more hot options and parfaits at breakfast, and new items at lunch such as Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Wings and Asian-Inspired Dumplings. Also in March, FCPS cafeterias will display new menu cards on each food service line that provide detailed information on the included food group(s) and information to assist students in knowing which food items meet their cultural and philosophical dietary preferences. This aids students in making informed decisions on the foods they choose to eat. The Menu Card Poster will share how to read the menu cards.

In This Week's News Weird Brothers Coffee - Coffee for Dollars

 

Come get your morning (or afternoon or evening!) cup of joe at our favorite local coffee roaster Weird Brothers Coffee, on Thursday, February 22, to support our Herndon MS Theatre department this show season! Show this flyer at checkout at any of the Herndon locations for a % of your proceeds to be given back!

Glory Days - Dining for Dollars

Glory Days is partnering with Herndon MS Theatre Boosters for a Dining for Dollars event on Tuesday, February 27 from 5-10pm. PRINT the linked flyer and hand to your waiter to ensure that a % of your check goes back to HMS theatre students!

HMS High School Musical Jr.

Tickets for the Herndon Middle School production of High School Musical go on sale on Thursday, February 29! You can purchase them on etix! Get them fast- last year we sold out and you don't want to miss this production!!

MackinVIA App

The MackinVIA app is loaded on ALL student laptops. Students can login and access eBooks, audiobooks, and comics, manga, and graphic novels with ComicsPlus.

MackinVIA is also seamlessly available in Destiny, our library catalog.
Students already have an account! In the search window of the laptop, type MackinVIA, sign in as “Herndon Middle School, FCPS” for the School/Library name. Students login with FCPS credentials @fcpsschools.net. There’s lots to check out! Materials are automatically returned after the loan period of 21 days.

In addition, students or parents can download the MackinVIA app for Apple or Android devices. Within the app, students can view their checkouts while online or download ebooks and audiobooks to the device for offline access. Great for road trips! If they have Internet access on a device, students can also browse through our library’s digital collection and checkout more titles.

• eBooks: 1,241
• Audiobooks: 233
• ComicsPLUS - Provides unlimited, simultaneous access to thousands of popular digital comics, graphic novels, and manga

Questions? Please reach out to Debbie Scott, HMS Librarian at [email protected]. Happy Reading!

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation

 

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process

Our Schools, Our Future Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24 from 9 a.m.to noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today.

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

Resources Opioid Overdoses Continue - Ways to Help

Community members are asked to stay vigilant and take steps to help curb fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses. A significant area of concern here in Fairfax County and around the country is a growing number of opioid overdoses involving youth. This article provides many facts and resources for you as a parent or community member to help keep everyone safe.

This is a communitywide problem and requires a comprehensive approach to prevent future overdoses and connect individuals experiencing opioid and substance misuse to treatment and support services. Take action today.

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Upcoming Family Resource Center Webinars

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families – Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services staff for help encouraging positive communication and behavior at home. Webinars will be held at 10 a.m.

  • Elementary Webinars:
    • Taming Tantrums and More - Friday, March 15
  • Secondary Webinars:
    • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication - Friday, April 19
    • Taming the Teen-Aged Brain - Friday, May 31

How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help- Join Ann Dolin for new strategies to tackle these sticky situations while preserving your relationship with your child. Friday, February 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.

FBA/BIP Essentials for Families- Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school? Thursday, February 29 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Lightspeed Parent Report on Student’s FCPS Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided at no cost to families by Lightspeed, the school division’s internet content filtering service. Parents may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. The report also offers parents the ability to sign up for free access to the Internet Use Parent Portal. Through the portal, parents may pause their child’s access to the internet on their FCPS device during non-school hours. Learn more about Lightspeed Parent Reports here.

Summer Opportunities FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
Non-FCPS Summer Opportunities Fairfax County Parks Spring and Summer Camp Registration- Now Open

Spring and Summer Camp Registration is open! Spots fill up fast! See the full listing of camps, as well as multiple ways to search and tools to use that will make enrolling easier. Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

Herndon Summer Camp Registration in April

Registration for our summer camps start April 3 for Town of Herndon residents and April 9 for non-residents. Don't let this opportunity slip away! Your child will have unforgettable memories and make new friends. Learn more here.

Calendar Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day (observed on March 1) was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. Learn more about Equitable Access to Literacy in this video.

National School Social Work Week

 

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days.

February
  • Black History Month
  • 22 | Weird Brothers Coffee - Dining for Dollars
  • 23 | Movie Night 6pm
  • 27 | Glory Days - Dining for Dollars
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.

Helpful Links

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

PTA Updates - February 14

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In This Issue Reminders Math-STEM Fun Night

Sponsored by Mathnasium & HMS PTA

Herndon Middle School will be hosting the first ever Math-STEM Fun Night tomorrow, February 15th from 6pm to 8pm in the Cafeteria. We will have Robotics Team demonstrations & Math-STEM hands-on activities led by Herndon High Students! We will have several prizes including Chick-Fil-A baskets, Herndon Merch, Free Baskin Robbins Cones and much more! The first 150 students receive a goodybag. 

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to stay however drop off is allowed. Please enter through Door #6 located in the back of the school.

Pre-Registration is required to save your spot!

Special Guests: Herndon High School Robotics Team, Abacus Team, The First Chesapeake, and NOVALabs.

Contact: Melissa at [email protected] 

Movie Night

 

Join us for a fun Movie Night on Friday, February 23rd at 6:00pm. This is a Herndon Middle School student event ONLY. Doors will open at 5:30pm and Pre-Registration is required. In-person Student Registration will be offered during lunches on Fridays: 2/9 and 2/16.

Concessions will be sold at the door: Snacks and Drinks ONLY. Pizza will be pre-ordered ONLY

Note: Tickets are limited and selling fast! 

Thank You HMS Families!

Thank you HMS families for purchasing candy grams! We were successful in receiving 400+ purchases! Thanks to your support, every student and staff in the building received a kind message and a candy!

Girls and Boys Soccer/Basketball Game

The games are approaching! We need volunteers for concessions. Please consider helping us out at one or multiple games.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS

Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Registration is coming SOON!

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

Updates Dranesville ES Science Night

 

Dranesville Elementary School is looking for middle school volunteers for their Science Night coming up on Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8pm. Sign up using this link or scanning the QR Code!

Contact: Suzanne Gallo at [email protected]

Therapeutic Arts Science & Growth Mindset

 

Therapeutic Arts Science & Growth Mindset ia a local program that is built to introduce and encourage meditation, mindfulness, movement, art, poetry, storytelling, science, experiments drumming, building, creating, fun, and confidence to kids.

Visit www.tasgm.com for more information and to see all they have to offer.

Supplemental Materials Review Committee

Are you interested in reading/reviewing a book or two during the next several months? Herndon Middle School is looking to form a supplemental materials review committee to review and approve books for classroom use. The committee is made up of the school principal, two parents, and two teachers. You will be provided with the book and the form that explains how the book will be used in the classroom. In return, the parent reads and/or reviews the book to provide approval.

Contact: Sarah Phaneuf at [email protected]

Athletics Herndon Baseball

 

Herndon Baseball season starts mid-March and welcomes new players ages 3-12. Full Scholarships Available! Register Now!

Contact: Emma Collie at [email protected] 

Calendar
  • February 15: Math-STEM Fun Night
  • February 23: Movie Night 
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • March 2: Soccer Game at Herndon HS
  • April 11: Basketball Game at South Lakes HS
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria

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In This Issue Congratulations District Choir

Congratulations to the Herndon MS students selected to participate in All District Choir this past weekend. We are incredibly proud of our HMS representatives! Bravo!

Reminders: Last Week's News Math-STEM Fun Night

Event sponsored by Mathnasium & HMS PTA

Herndon Middle School will be hosting the first ever Math-STEM Fun Night on February 15th from 6pm to 8pm in the Cafeteria. We will have Robotics Team demonstrations & Math-STEM hands-on activities led by Herndon High Students!

This is a Drop Off Event for 7th and 8th graders. They must be picked up by 8pm. Any student younger than 7th grade must be accompanied by an adult. 

We will have raffles for FREE merch, candy, and other PRIZES including free Mathnasium Tutoring! The first 150 students will receive a FREE goody bag!

Pre-Registration is required to save your spot!

Special Guests: Herndon High School Robotics Team, Abacus Team, The First Chesapeake, and NOVALabs.

Contact: Melissa at [email protected]

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

In This Week's News FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the  February 8th School Board meeting. Dr. Reid’s presentation and other budget documents are available here. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage. 

Click the image to view all FY25 Proposed Budget documents

Upcoming School Board Budget Meetings

Please note, times and topics are subject to change.

  • Tuesday, February 13, 1:45pm: Budget Work Session
  • Tuesday, February 13, 6pm: Budget Public Hearing
How to watch meetings Food and Nutrition News

Starting in March, FCPS will introduce new and exciting menus that will offer more hot options and parfaits at breakfast, and new items at lunch such as Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Wings and Asian-Inspired Dumplings. Also in March, FCPS cafeterias will display new menu cards on each food service line that provide detailed information on the included food group(s) and information to assist students in knowing which food items meet their cultural and philosophical dietary preferences. This aids students in making informed decisions on the foods they choose to eat. The Menu Card Poster will share how to read the menu cards.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Parents/Caregivers, please check your student before they come to school. If they complain of not feeling well, check their temperature, talk with them, and assess their physical well-being. Just a minute or two in the morning may save you a trip to school later in the day to pick up a sick student. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

Understanding High School Mathematics Course Offerings

How can students participate in mathematics throughout high school in a way that is relevant to and supportive of post-secondary and career interests?

On Friday, March 8 from 10-11:30am, we will discuss mathematics graduation requirements and how to support students in navigating the various course offerings currently available in FCPS.

Students and their families may start thinking about what course pathways are available beginning in middle school. Join us to learn more.

Presented by Jennifer Allard FCPS High School Math Specialist and Erin Sylves FCPS Math Specialist.

Register for Understanding High School Mathematics Course Offerings

College Partnership Program

Do you have a student between grades 8 through 11 who wants to go to college? If so, they should consider applying to the College Partnership Program (CPP), which offers support as students explore the idea of going to college! The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.

Questions? Please contact Danielle Mascoll at [email protected].

Instruction 2 Industry  Student Career Exploration 

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event invites high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events page. These free career exploration events aim to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

Virtual sessions will be held Monday, February 5 - Thursday, February 8 from 4-7 p.m., and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair will be held Saturday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

Resources Opioid Overdoses Continue - Ways to Help

Community members are asked to stay vigilant and take steps to help curb fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses. A significant area of concern here in Fairfax County and around the country is a growing number of opioid overdoses involving youth. This article provides many facts and resources for you as a parent or community member to help keep everyone safe.

This is a communitywide problem and requires a comprehensive approach to prevent future overdoses and connect individuals experiencing opioid and substance misuse to treatment and support services. Take action today.

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Upcoming Family Resource Center Webinars

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families – Join FCPS Behavior Intervention Services staff for help encouraging positive communication and behavior at home. Webinars will be held at 10 a.m.

  • Elementary Webinars:
    • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication - Friday, February 16 
    • Taming Tantrums and More - Friday, March 15
  • Secondary Webinars:
    • Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication - Friday, April 19
    • Taming the Teen-Aged Brain - Friday, May 31

How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help- Join Ann Dolin for new strategies to tackle these sticky situations while preserving your relationship with your child. Friday, February 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.

FBA/BIP Essentials for Families- Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support your child at school? Thursday, February 29 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Lightspeed Parent Report on Student’s FCPS Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided at no cost to families by Lightspeed, the school division’s internet content filtering service. Parents may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. The report also offers parents the ability to sign up for free access to the Internet Use Parent Portal. Through the portal, parents may pause their child’s access to the internet on their FCPS device during non-school hours. Learn more about Lightspeed Parent Reports here.

Tutor.com
Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

We strongly encourage all FCPS middle and high school students to click on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal for homework help, concept review, writing support, and test prep—anytime, anywhere.

 Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

Summer Opportunities FCPS Summer Learning and Fun Career and Technical Education

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 6-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or three-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9 (graduation requirement), music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance

Summer is a great time for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement. During the self-directed course, students work independently to complete the requirements. Students must register by Friday, May 24. For more information, see the Summer Learning information page.

Summer Online Campus

Take advantage of the opportunity to earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program. Registration ends Friday, June 7. Math, health and physical education, career and technical education, English, science, social studies, and world language courses are available to eligible students.

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Please go to the following website Summer Learning information page to learn about these summer opportunities:

  • Credit Recovery Academy/ Extended Learning
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance
Non-FCPS Summer Opportunities Fairfax County Parks Spring and Summer Camp Registration- Now Open

Spring and Summer Camp Registration is open! Spots fill up fast! See the full listing of camps, as well as multiple ways to search and tools to use that will make enrolling easier. Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

Herndon Summer Camp Registration in April

Registration for our summer camps start April 3 for Town of Herndon residents and April 9 for non-residents. Don't let this opportunity slip away! Your child will have unforgettable memories and make new friends. Learn more here.

Calendar Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Learn more about Black History month.

Ash Wednesday

February 14 is Ash Wednesday, a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com. 

Presidents Day

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday.

Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

February
  • Black History Month
  • 14 | Ash Wednesday
  • 15 | Math-STEM Fun Night 6-8pm
  • 19 | Presidents Day
  • 23 | Movie Night 6pm
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.

Helpful Links

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PTA Updates - February 8

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In This Issue Reminders HMS Valentine’s Day Candy Gram

 

Spread Love to your Student or Teacher/Staff by purchasing a Candy Gram!

Cost: $3.50 per Candy Gram
Choice of Candy + Personalized Message from You!

Candy Gram will be delivered on Wednesday, February 14th during Advisory. The Deadline to order is Thursday, February 8th

Click here to order or scan the QR Code! 

Contact: [email protected] and [email protected]

Math-STEM Fun Night

 

Herndon Middle School will be hosting the first ever Math-STEM Fun Night on February 15th from 6pm to 8pm in the Cafeteria. We will have Robotics Team demonstrations & Math-STEM hands-on activities led by Herndon High Students! The first Chesapeake, NOVALabs, and Abacus teams will also be ONSITE!

This is a Drop Off Event for 7th and 8th graders. They must be picked up by 8pm. Any student younger than 7th grade must be accompanied by an adult. 

We will have raffles for FREE merch, candy, and other PRIZES including free Mathnasium Tutoring! The first 150 students will receive a FREE goody bag!

Pre-Registration is required to save your spot!

Special Guests: Herndon High School Robotics Team
Sponsored by Mathnasium & HMS PTA

Contact: Melissa at [email protected] 

Movie Night

 

Join us for a fun Movie Night on Friday, February 23rd at 6:00pm. This is a Herndon Middle School student event ONLY. Doors will open at 5:30pm and Pre-Registration is required. In-person Student Registration will be offered during lunches on Fridays: 2/9 and 2/16.

Concessions will be sold at the door: Snacks and Drinks ONLY. Pizza will be pre-ordered ONLY

Note: Tickets are limited and selling fast! 

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

8th Grade Field Trip Volunteers Needed!

In February, our eighth grade civics students will travel to Junior Achievement Finance Park for experiential education in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Class schedule as follows:

02/21: Ms. Gibbs, Ms. Burns, and Ms. McCoy
02/22: Mr. Kospanos and Ms. McLaughlin
02/23: Mr. Bikoff and Mr. Little.

If interested in being a parent volunteer, please register here.

Contact: [email protected]

Athletics Herndon Reston Youth Softball

 

Dedicated and Experienced Volunteer Coaches

Girls Ages 5 - 18
Practices begin Saturday, March 16

Register Here!

Girls and Boys Soccer/Basketball Game

Upcoming girls and boys soccer and basketball games. This is a great volunteer opportunity for high school students and parents! You can sign up here.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS

Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Registration is coming SOON!

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Calendar
  • February 15: Math-STEM Fun Night
  • February 23: Movie Night 
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • March 2: Soccer Game at Herndon HS
  • April 11: Basketball Game at South Lakes HS
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria

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Week of February 5

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In This Issue National School Counseling Week February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and it highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.
Herndon Middle School wants to take a moment to thank our amazing counselors for all of their hard work! We are lucky to have you on our team! Reminders: Last Week's News After School Program 3rd Quarter Schedule

We will have a lot of activities for students starting Monday, January 29.  Please take a look at the Quarter 3 Schedule.  Some of our new activities are:

  • Capital One Coders (Begins 2/15)
  • Fitness Fun
  • Robotics Club
  • Track & Field Practice (Begins March 12)
  • Weight Training

We will also have more sports throughout the week:

  • Basketball (Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays)
  • Flag Football (Mondays & Wednesdays)
  • Futsal (Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays)
  • Volleyball (Wednesdays)
Night Hawk Expectations

As we enter the late winter/early fall season, it's important to remember that Night Hawk is a privilege, not a mandate. Students who stay after are expected to follow all the directions asked. Students that are not following the rules will have to take a break from after-school activities. 

Please refer to the Night Hawk Program Guide and ask any questions you may have.

In This Week's News Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Calendar Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Learn more about Black History month.

Presidents Day

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday.

Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

February
  • Black History Month
  • 5-9 | National School Counseling Week
  • 19 | Presidents Day
Helpful Links

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PTA Updates - January 31

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In This Issue PTA Reminders 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, February 2nd from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

Girls and Boys Soccer/Basketball Game

Upcoming girls and boys soccer and basketball games. This is a great volunteer opportunity for high school students and parents! You can sign up here.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS

Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Registration is coming SOON!

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

PTA Updates HMS Valentine’s Day Candy Gram

 

Spread Love to your Student or Teacher/Staff by purchasing a Candy Gram!

Cost: $3.50 per Candy Gram
Choice of Candy + Personalized Message from You!

Candy Gram will be delivered on Wednesday, February 14th during Advisory. The Deadline to order is Thursday, February 8th

Click here to order or scan the QR Code! 

Contact: [email protected] and [email protected]

Math/STEM Night

Herndon Middle School will be hosting the first ever Math/STEM Fun Night on February 15th from 6pm to 8pm in the Cafeteria. We will have Robotics Team demonstrations & Math-STEM hands-on activities led by Herndon High Students! The first Chesapeake, NOVALabs, and Abacus teams will also be ONSITE!

This is a Drop Off Event for 7th and 8th graders. They must be pick up by 8pm. Any student younger than 7th grade must be accompanied by an adult. 

We will have raffles for FREE merch, candy, and other PRIZES including free Mathnasium Tutoring! The first 150 students will receive a FREE goody bag!

Register here NOW to save your SPOT! Pre-Registration is required (free).

Special Guests: Herndon High School Robotics Team
Sponsored by Mathnasium & HMS PTA

Contact: Melissa at [email protected] 

Movie Night

 

Due to the weather, Movie Night has been moved to Friday, February 23rd at 6:00pm. This is a Herndon Middle School student event ONLY. Doors will open at 5:30pm and Pre-Registration is required. In-person Student Registration will be offered during lunches on Fridays: 2/2, 2/9 and 2/16.

Concessions will be sold at the door: Snacks and Drinks ONLY. Pizza will be pre-ordered ONLY

Note: Tickets are limited and selling fast! 

8th Grade Field Trip Volunteers Needed!

In February, our eighth grade civics students will travel to Junior Achievement Finance Park for experiential education in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Class schedule as follows:

02/21: Ms. Gibbs, Ms. Burns, and Ms. McCoy
02/22: Mr. Kospanos and Ms. McLaughlin
02/23: Mr. Bikoff and Mr. Little.

If interested in being a parent volunteer, please register here.

Contact: [email protected]

Calendar
  • February 23: Movie Night 
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria

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Curriculum Night Reminder and Other Important Information

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In This Issue Reminder Curriculum Night 2024

 

As a reminder Herndon Middle School's Curriculum Night will be held tomorrow, Thursday, February 1 starting at 5:30pm. This is an event to give families of current 6th and 7th graders an opportunity to learn more about the courses being offered in the 2024-25 school year.

SPED & ESOL Pre-Sessions | 5:30-6:00pm

Curriculum Presentation | 6:00-6:30pm

Curriculum Fair | 6:30-7:30pm

Important Information Spring Social and Emotional Learning Screener

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 7-8 during the week of March 4th during Advisory. Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop the skills they need to succeed. The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to.

More information is available about the SEL Screener here.

If you would like to opt out your student from this screener, an e-notify will be going out to families this afternoon with more information.

If you have any questions please reach out to our SEL Screener Lead, Danielle Mascoll, at [email protected].

Calendar February
  • Black History Month
  • 1 | Curriculum Night
  • 5-9 | National School Counseling Week
  • 19 | Presidents Day
Helpful Links

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Week of January 29

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In This Issue Band and Choir Day at HMS Thank you to all elementary and high school students who joined us for
Band and Choir Day on Friday, January 26th!
Reminders: Last Week's News Curriculum Night 2024 Postponed

As a result of the weather, we will postpone our Curriculum Night to our snow date, Thursday, February 1. The times for Curriculum Night will remain 5:30-7:30pm in the Auditorium. 

This is an event to give families of current 6th and 7th graders an opportunity to learn more about the courses being offered in the 2024-25 school year.

SPED & ESOL Pre-Sessions | 5:30-6:00pm

Curriculum Presentation | 6:00-6:30pm

Curriculum Fair | 6:30-7:30pm

Academic Advising and Course Selection

Rising 7th-12th grade students are discussing course selection for next year with their school counselors. Parents/caregivers should discuss this process with their children to ensure students select courses that align with their interests, career goals, and postsecondary aspirations. 

As they choose courses, students should also consider their personal well-being, as well as extracurricular activities and commitments. School-life balance is an important consideration. Parents/caregivers are welcome to contact their student’s school counselor with questions.

Review the Graduation Requirements and Course Planning webpage to help make informed decisions for high school and beyond. Refer to our school-specific course catalog and advising information.

Opioid Awareness What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”
Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Activities After School Program 3rd Quarter Schedule

We will have a lot of activities for students starting Monday, January 29.  Please take a look at the Quarter 3 Schedule.  Some of our new activities are:

  • Capital One Coders (Begins 2/15)
  • Fitness Fun
  • Robotics Club
  • Track & Field Practice (Begins March 12)
  • Weight Training

We will also have more sports throughout the week:

  • Basketball (Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays)
  • Flag Football (Mondays & Wednesdays)
  • Futsal (Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays)
  • Volleyball (Wednesdays)
Night Hawk Expectations

As we enter the late winter/early fall season, it's important to remember that Night Hawk is a privilege, not a mandate. Students who stay after are expected to follow all the directions asked. Students that are not following the rules will have to take a break from after-school activities. 

Please refer to the Night Hawk Program Guide and ask any questions you may have.

SCA Interest Meeting

Make your voice be heard! Interested 7th and 8th grade students, please join HMS Student Council. Our first unofficial interest meeting will he held on Monday, February 5th from 2:30-3:00pm. Come and check it us out!

Track and Field Interest Meeting

We are so excited for our first ever Spring Track and Field season! Please join us for a brief interest meeting on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium to learn about what events will be offered, practice structure, participation requirements, volunteer needs and to get to know the coaches! There will be a QandA time at the end of any questions you have.

Meet Schedule:

April 13 | Langley HS
April 20 | McLean HS
April 27 | South Lakes HS
May 11 | Centreville HS

Meets begin at 8am and end at 1pm

Calendar Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Learn more about Black History month.

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.

School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Presidents Day

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday.

Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

February
  • Black History Month
  • 1 | Curriculum Night
  • 5-9 | National School Counseling Week
  • 19 | Presidents Day
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PTA Reminders - January 24

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In This Issue PTA Reminders 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, February 2nd from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Math/STEM Night

Herndon Middle School will be hosting a Math/STEM Night on February 15th from 6pm to 8pm. We will have Robotics Demos by three robotics teams and fun Math/STEM activities. FREE raffles and gifts for ALL who attend. This is also a great volunteer opportunity for high school students and parents!

Sponsored by Mathnasium

Contact: Melissa at [email protected] 

Movie Night Postponed

Due to the weather, Movie Night has been moved to February 23rd, same time, same location. 

  • If you already purchased a ticket and pizza, your order will be transferred to the new date. 
  • If you signed up to volunteer, we hope that you are still available to do so on the new date.
    • If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here!
    • Questions regarding volunteering? Please contact Tatiana at [email protected].

We will continue to accept ticket registrations online and will now offer an option for students to register during school lunch hours too. 

Parents, register/order here: https://forms.gle/NKh9nK6CNjL2gWh96, and please tell your student so that they don't make a double purchase at lunch. 

Note: Tickets are limited and selling fast! 

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

Girls and Boys Soccer/Basketball Game

Upcoming girls and boys soccer and basketball games. This is a great volunteer opportunity for high school students and parents! You can sign up here.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS

Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Registration is coming SOON!

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Pivot Basketball Camp

Registration is now open for the hottest Overnight Basketball Camp in the DMV!

Pivot Basketball Camp | Boys 10-16 years

When: June 16th - 19th
Where: Mount St Mary's University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Contact: [email protected] 

Calendar
  • February 23: Movie Night 
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria

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In This Issue Reminder: Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. Reminders: Last Week's News Curriculum Night 2024 Postponed

As a result of the weather, we will postpone our Curriculum Night to our snow date, Thursday, February 1. The times for Curriculum Night will remain 5:30-7:30pm in the Auditorium. 

This is an event to give families of current 6th and 7th graders an opportunity to learn more about the courses being offered in the 2024-25 school year.

SPED & ESOL Pre-Sessions | 5:30-6:00pm

Curriculum Presentation | 6:00-6:30pm

Curriculum Fair | 6:30-7:30pm

Yearbook Sales

Yearbook sales are quickly coming to an end. Order yours on yearbookforever.com or myschoolbucks. There will be cash or check sales during all lunches on January 23-26. You can also sponsor a yearbook for a child in need- purchase on yearbookforever.com with "yearbook sponsor/angel" as the student name to ensure a child receives a yearbook.

All sales must be made by January 26th or you will not receive a yearbook.

Contact: Laura Loy and Josey Arrington

Save the Date: Academy Open Houses Begin This Month!

Is your child interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

A high school Academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and view the calendar of Academy open houses.

In This Weeks News Academic Advising and Course Selection

Rising 7th-12th grade students are discussing course selection for next year with their school counselors. Parents/caregivers should discuss this process with their children to ensure students select courses that align with their interests, career goals, and postsecondary aspirations. 

As they choose courses, students should also consider their personal well-being, as well as extracurricular activities and commitments. School-life balance is an important consideration. Parents/caregivers are welcome to contact their student’s school counselor with questions.

Review the Graduation Requirements and Course Planning webpage to help make informed decisions for high school and beyond. Refer to our school-specific course catalog and advising information.

Resources Opioid Awareness What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”
Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Calendar Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Learn more about Black History month.

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.

School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Presidents Day

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday.

Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

January
  • 25 | End of 2nd Quarter and 2-Hour Early Release
  • 26 | Student Holiday
February
  • Black History Month
  • 1 | Curriculum Night
  • 5-9 | National School Counseling Week
Helpful Links

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PTA Updates - January 17

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In This Issue PTA Updates Movie Night Postponed

Due to the potential snow that is on the forecast for this Friday, January 19th, Movie Night has been moved to February 23rd, same time, same location. 

  • If you already purchased a ticket and pizza, your order will be transferred to the new date. 
  • If you signed up to volunteer, we hope that you are still available to do so on the new date.
    • If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here!
    • Questions regarding volunteering? Please contact Tatiana at [email protected].

We will continue to accept ticket registrations online and will now offer an option for students to register during school lunch hours too. 

Parents, register/order here: https://forms.gle/NKh9nK6CNjL2gWh96, and please tell your student so that they don't make a double purchase at lunch. 

Note: Tickets are limited and selling fast! 

8th Grade Committee

Our 8th Grade HAWKS are moving on to High School! An exciting milestone with great preparation needed for celebration. Please click on this link to help celebrate our 8th graders.

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, February 2nd from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Math/STEM Night

Herndon Middle School will be hosting a Math/STEM Night on February 15th from 6pm to 8pm. We will have Robotics Demos by three robotics teams and fun Math/STEM activities. FREE raffles and gifts for ALL who attend. This is also a great volunteer opportunity for high school students and parents!

Sponsored by Mathnasium

Contact: Melissa at [email protected] 

Girls and Boys Soccer/Basketball Game

Upcoming girls and boys soccer and basketball games. This is a great volunteer opportunity for high school students and parents! You can sign up here.

Soccer: Saturday, March 2 | Herndon HS

Basketball: Thursday, April 11 | South Lakes HS

Registration is coming SOON!

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Pivot Basketball Camp

Registration is now open for the hottest Overnight Basketball Camp in the DMV!

Pivot Basketball Camp | Boys 10-16 years

When: June 16th - 19th
Where: Mount St Mary's University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Contact: [email protected] 

Calendar
  • February 23: Movie Night 
  • February 28: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm via Zoom
  • April 24: PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in HMS Cafeteria

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Herndon MS Updates - January 17

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In This Issue Reminders: Last Week's News Save the Date: Academy Open Houses Begin This Month!

Is your child interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

A high school Academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and view the calendar of Academy open houses.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help.

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

In This Weeks News Curriculum Night 2024 Postponed

As a result of the weather, we will postpone our Curriculum Night to our snow date, Thursday, February 1. The times for Curriculum Night will remain 5:30-7:30pm in the Auditorium. 

This is an event to give families of current 6th and 7th graders an opportunity to learn more about the courses being offered in the 2024-25 school year.

SPED & ESOL Pre-Sessions | 5:30-6:00pm

Curriculum Presentation | 6:00-6:30pm

Curriculum Fair | 6:30-7:30pm

Yearbook Sales

Yearbook sales are quickly coming to an end. Order yours on yearbookforever.com or myschoolbucks. There will be cash or check sales during all lunches on January 23-26. You can also sponsor a yearbook for a child in need- purchase on yearbookforever.com with "yearbook sponsor/angel" as the student name to ensure a child receives a yearbook.

All sales must be made by January 26th or you will not receive a yearbook.

Contact: Laura Loy and Josey Arrington

Resources Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25th, you may place two orders now.

Calendar Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Learn more about Black History month.

January
  • 19 | Orthodox Epiphany
  • 25 | End of 2nd Quarter and 2-Hour Early Release
  • 26 | Student Holiday
February
  • Black History Month
  • 1 | Curriculum Night
  • 5-9 | National School Counseling Week
Helpful Links

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PTA Update and Other Reminders

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In This Issue PTA Update Movie Night at HMS Sponsored by The PTA

Showing: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse 

Tickets: $5.00 at the door | $5.50 online

ONE FORM PER STUDENT. STUDENTS MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND. ABSOLUTELY NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED.

Pizza pre-order purchase online ONLY

Concessions (snacks/drinks) will be available night of event (Cash/Card/Apple Pay)

Parents, register/order here!

Hurry, tickets are limited and selling fast! 

Other Reminders Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place to find out about emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

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PTA Updates - January 10

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In This Issue PTA Reminders Amazon and Walmart Teacher Wishlist

The PTA sent a Google Survey to teachers in the beginning of the school year and received overwhelming feedback that teachers would like incentives (snacks, croc charms, fidgets, etc) to use in their classrooms. Other student engagement requests include games for advisory and a few flexible seating requests. Please click on the links below to visit the wishlists if you'd like to purchase items that will be sent directly to the school.

Amazon Wishlist

Walmart Wishlist

PTA Updates Movie Night Parent Volunteer Sign Up

We will be hosting a movie night for our students on January 19th. Doors will open at 5:30pm. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here!

Contact Tatiana Reyes at [email protected] with any questions!

In-Person Baseball Spring Registration Upcoming Meetings
  • February 28th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in HMS Cafeteria

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Herndon MS Updates - January 8th

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In This Issue Reminders Winter Virginia Growth Assessment

Herndon Middle School will begin testing for the Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in December. The VGA assessments provide us with important information about your students’ progress, please be sure that your student is attending school on these days. Testing dates for the Winter VGA will be as follows:

  • Tuesday January 9th - Reading VGA
    • Make up testing January 10-17

If you have any questions regarding the Virginia Growth Assessment, please reach out to our Testing Coordinator, Melissa Sobchak, at [email protected].

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County. To learn more about the event or to view the video, please visit the website.  

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

Herndon Middle School Curriculum Night 2024

Families of current 6th and 7th graders are invited to join us on Thursday, January 18th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Auditorium, for our Herndon MIddle School Curriculum Night! Parents/Guardians will have an opportunity to learn more about the courses that will be offered for the 2024-25 school year. Families may enter through Door 2.

5:30-6:00pm - SPED & ESOL Pre-Sessions

6:00-6:30pm - Curriculum Presentation

6:30-7:30 - Curriculum Fair

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Yearbooks Available for Pre-Order

Yearbooks are now available for pre-order through myschoolbucks and yearbookforever.com. They are $15 and will only be on sale until January 26th.

Please Note: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, there will be NO extras ordered so make sure to order now!

Contact: Laura Loy or Josey Arrington

Be A Yearbook Sponsor

Did you know you can purchase a yearbook for a student who may not be able to purchase one? Go to yearbookforever.com to purchase one. Under student name indicate "yearbook sponsor".

Contact: Laura Loy or Josey Arrington

Resources Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit FCPS’ winter resources webpage for information on academic support, mental health support, and county resources related to food, clothing, housing, and other needs.

Substance Abuse Prevention Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental health challenges will not receive treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 19% of adults in the United States (47.6 million) dealt with a mental health challenge, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). People often turn to alternative methods to cope with issues that are uncomfortable topics to speak about. These reasons include turning to drugs, alcohol, food, etc. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage difficult situations or high stress levels. These mind-altering substances are sometimes used as coping mechanisms for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, focusing, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary moment away from the reality of everyday life. Substances can enhance the feelings of pleasure, decrease feelings of anxiety and restraint. Substance use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Not all coping mechanisms are destructive or fail to provide appropriate or adequate adjustment to the environment or situation; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The main goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. Schedule a visit to your Primary Care Physician and a Professional Counselor if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in the stabilization of a healthy mind. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and good examples. Keep in mind that finding balance in life is an ongoing process. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25th, you may place two orders now.

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Events Save the Date: Virtual Math Week

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8th, through Friday, January 12th. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family.

Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Save the Date: Academy Open Houses 

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and view the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

Martin Luther King Day

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

 

January
  • 9: VGA Testing
  • 10: Conversation to Raise Awareness @Edison HS
  • 15: Martin Luther King (Holiday)
  • 18: Herndon MS Curriculum Night: (For Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents)
Helpful Links

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Herndon MS Updates - January 3

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In This Issue Reminders Herndon High School Curriculum Night 2024

Families of current 8th graders are invited to join us on Thursday, January 4th, 6:30pm to learn more about the courses offered at Herndon High School. There will be tables set up throughout Main Street/Foyer where a teacher representing each department will be able to answer any specific questions that you have regarding a course. There will also be presentations given on taking an honors/AP class and on “standards based learning” beginning at 6:00pm in the auditorium. These presentations are optional for attendance.

Please click on the QR code to learn about the classes that are offered at HHS.

Any questions, please contact either Kie Anderson ([email protected]) or Kelly Ginieczki ([email protected]).

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment

Herndon Middle School will begin testing for the Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in December. The VGA assessments provide us with important information about your students’ progress, please be sure that your student is attending school on these days. Testing dates for the Winter VGA will be as follows:

  • Tuesday January 9th - Reading VGA
    • Make up testing January 10-17

If you have any questions regarding the Virginia Growth Assessment, please reach out to our Testing Coordinator, Melissa Sobchak, at [email protected].

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Yearbooks Available for Pre-Order

Yearbooks are now available for pre-order through myschoolbucks and yearbookforever.com. They are $15 and will only be on sale until January 26th.

Please Note: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, there will be NO extras ordered so make sure to order now!

Contact: Laura Loy or Josey Arrington

Be A Yearbook Sponsor

Did you know you can purchase a yearbook for a student who may not be able to purchase one? Go to yearbookforever.com to purchase one. Under student name indicate "yearbook sponsor".

Contact: Laura Loy or Josey Arrington

Resources Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit FCPS’ winter resources webpage for information on academic support, mental health support, and county resources related to food, clothing, housing, and other needs.

Substance Abuse Prevention Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental health challenges will not receive treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 19% of adults in the United States (47.6 million) dealt with a mental health challenge, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). People often turn to alternative methods to cope with issues that are uncomfortable topics to speak about. These reasons include turning to drugs, alcohol, food, etc. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage difficult situations or high stress levels. These mind-altering substances are sometimes used as coping mechanisms for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, focusing, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary moment away from the reality of everyday life. Substances can enhance the feelings of pleasure, decrease feelings of anxiety and restraint. Substance use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Not all coping mechanisms are destructive or fail to provide appropriate or adequate adjustment to the environment or situation; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The main goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. Schedule a visit to your Primary Care Physician and a Professional Counselor if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in the stabilization of a healthy mind. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and good examples. Keep in mind that finding balance in life is an ongoing process. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25th, you may place two orders now.

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Events Three Kings Day/Epiphany

Three Kings Day (January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days.

Save the Date: Virtual Math Week

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8th, through Friday, January 12th. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family.

Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Herndon Middle School Curriculum Night 2024

Families of current 6th and 7th graders are invited to join us on Thursday, January 18th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Auditorium, for our Herndon MIddle School Curriculum Night! Parents/Guardians will have an opportunity to learn more about the courses that will be offered for the 2024-25 school year. Families may enter through Door 2.

5:30-6:00pm - SPED & ESOL Pre-Sessions

6:00-6:30pm - Curriculum Presentation

6:30-7:30 - Curriculum Fair

Save the Date: Academy Open Houses 

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses to prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and view the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

Martin Luther King Day

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

 

January
  • 4: Herndon HS Curriculum Night (For Current 8th Grade Parents)
  • 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany
  • 7: Orthodox Christmas
  • 15: Martin Luther King (Holiday)
  • 18: Herndon MS Curriculum Night: (For Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents)
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Herndon MS PTA Reminders - January 3

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In This Issue PTA Reminders 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, January 5th from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

Code: HAWKS (all caps)

Contact: Tatiana Reyes at [email protected]

Movie Night: Parent Volunteers Needed!

We would like to host a movie night for our students this January in hopes of providing a fun way to kick off the second half of the year!

Please email [email protected] if you would like to help. We have jobs both big and small and can only run with your support.

Amazon and Walmart Teacher Wishlist

The PTA sent a Google Survey to teachers in the beginning of the school year and received overwhelming feedback that teachers would like incentives (snacks, croc charms, fidgets, etc) to use in their classrooms. Other student engagement requests include games for advisory and a few flexible seating requests. Please click on the links below to visit the wishlists if you'd like to purchase items that will be sent directly to the school.

Amazon Wishlist

Walmart Wishlist

Letters That Love!

Help West Potomac students with their beautiful mission

Our mission is to send cards annually, as well as during holidays and special occasions, to children who had a parent or close loved one pass away

These cards will be written by West Potomac students to provide support in the years following a parent or close loved ones passing.

 

Questions? Please contact [email protected]

Upcoming Meetings
  • February 28th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in HMS Cafeteria

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