7-27-20 South Lakes Important Summer Updates

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Dear Seahawk Families:


As you have all heard by now, we are preparing for a full virtual opening. Administrative, technology and office staff are working to get the master schedule finished and begin preparing for our teachers to come back on contract Aug. 14th. Every year there are scheduling conflicts due to the number of courses we offer that only occur once or twice- Japanese 2, IB Business HL, Treble Chorus etc. Counselors will begin working through those conflicts and reaching out to families the week of August 10th.  Also, we are still waiting for guidance on some courses that have challenges or restrictions in the virtual environment. If we need to adjust course offerings, we will reach out to those students and families. 

Our Leadership students have already begun working on a virtual orientation and video tour of the building for rising 9th graders and other new students. Additionally, staff are working on a laptop distribution plan for all new students to South Lakes. We will also work on additional date(s) for the pick-up of yearbooks as well as retrieval of any items left in lockers from last March.

The bell schedule is in the final review stage at the FCPS Leadership Team level so hopefully we can share that out in the coming days. While we are in the all virtual model, the county is looking at an ABAB class rotations. For us that means Tuesday & Thursday=Blue, Wednesday & Friday = Green.

Lastly, if you are looking for some enrichment activities to get back focused on academics check out some of the free learning opportunities FCPS has made available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/free-summer-learning-opportunities .

I will continue to update you as more information becomes available.


Kim Retzer

Proud Principal

Class of 2020:

The images from graduation have been posted to the website and are available for parents and students to view and purchase.  The link to access the images is: https://events.lifetouch.com/tempHomepage.aspx?EventID=171158


If you have not yet picked up your diploma, please plan to do so. Please call the main office at 703-715-4500 during the week between 9:00AM-1:00Pm to schedule a time to come by.


If your situation regarding college has changed and you need a transcript, information on how to request those can be found at https://southlakeshs.fcps.edu/student-services/transcripts

If you did not fill out the Senior Survey, final transcripts were not sent.

Rising Senior Families

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is inviting FCPS alumni, rising seniors, and their parents and/or guardians to an informational webinar on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Annette Haggray, Provost, Alexandria Campus, and Dr. Pamela Hilbert, Provost, Annandale Campus, as they speak about “The Changing Higher Education Landscape” and its shifting plains.

Topics will include:

  • Program Options at NOVA
  • NOVA’s Six Options for the Fall
  • Financial Aid and Payment Plans
  • Transfer from NOVA to the College of Your Choice

Advance registration is required: https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0UJ8LQfVSOCcWDBkTiUvAg


Update on VHSL Sports and Activities

VHSL announces sports/activities plan for 2020-21

The VHSL Executive Committee meeting in special session today voted (34-1-0) to move forward with Model 3 in its re-opening of sports and activities for the 2020-21 school year. Model 3 delays all VHSL sports and activities until December 14 and adopts the Condensed Interscholastic Plan.  This model leaves all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.

Model 3 – Condensed Interscholastic Plan.

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
    • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field


“We all understand the physical and mental health benefits of getting our students back to a level of participation. The Condensed Interscholastic Plan Leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  “This plan also allows schools the opportunity to open the year and get school started and deal with issues such as schedules, academic plans, transportation, dealing with possible outbreaks of COVID in the school.


“The VHSL will continue to work closely with the best available information and directives provided by the Governor, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).” Haun said.

Supporting our Community/ Community Resources

Back to School Bash (B2SB)

While we are not able to have our annual B2SB event in person this year, FCPS has adopted our idea of taking it virtual on a countywide level. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, it was a SL pyramid event that provided families access to community resources to support families in being ready for the school year. It included school system, local government and non-profit groups that support access to such things as: food resources, housing, medical assistance, transportation, mental wellness, recreation and more. We also provided vouchers for free haircuts, vision screenings, did school supply giveaways and more.

The core team (Cornerstones, Reston Community Center, YMCA Reston, Fairfax County NCS and select staff from FCPS) for this group is now focusing on supporting the virtual platform while also helping to raise money for school supply kits. The FCPS Foundation (non-profit) is running a Collect for Kids campaign. A $10 donation buys a kit. Kits are designed for either the elementary or secondary level. If you use this specific link the money will be earmarked for South Lakes pyramid schools https://www.collectforkids.org/reston

The Fairfax County Library System

Check out how to access books, the summer reading challenge, online story time for younger students and other opportunities at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/



Food Pantry

The SLHS PTSA Food Pantry continues its great work serving over 100 families each week. If you are interested in contributing items or making a financial donation please check out their site at https://southlakesptsa.org/the-pantry/


Partner's for Safe Teen Driving


Due to school closure during the spring some students were unable to attend Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD).  This 90-minute program is required to be attended by the student and their parent/guardian as part of classroom driver education to fulfill juvenile licensing requirements.  Additional programs have been scheduled on July 29, August 5, August 10, and August. 17 in the evening.  The programs will be held virtually and the student and parent/guardian must participate in the presentation together.  Students should complete the form at https://forms.gle/62rXQuqszigZ5AZw6 to register for PSTD.  Each session is limited to 40 participants (student and parent/guardian).  Students will be registered first-come, first-served.  Students must be logged into their FCPS Google account to access the form.  A confirmation email and separate email with the Blackboard Collaborate link to join the session will be sent to the student’s FCPS Gmail.  After completing the program the student will receive a certificate of completion in their FCPS Gmail.  The certificate of completion will need to be sent to the student’s classroom driver education teacher.  Please contact Carrie Reynolds at cfreynolds@fcps.edu with any questions.

These sessions are intended for students who were in classroom driver education last school year.  If you have students who are rising seniors or recent graduates that still need to attend PSTD, please direct them to ACE.  Information for ACE courses can be found at https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1

The Northern Virginia Community College would like to invite the parents of Fairfax County Public schools (FCPS) to an informative ZOOM meeting on how to “NAVIGATING COLLEGE OPTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE.”   Please join Dr. Annette Haggray, Provost, Alexandria Campus, and Dr. Pamela Hilbert, Provost, Annandale Campus, as they speak about “The Changing Higher Education Landscape” and its shifting plains. 

This event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.   Attendees can register at Register in advance for this webinar:

https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0UJ8LQfVSOCcWDBkTiUvAg or CLICK HERE.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Chat with Drs. Haggray and Hilbert about:

  • Program Options at NOVA
  • NOVA’s Six Options for the Fall
  • Financial Aid and Payment Plans
  • Transfer from NOVA to the College of Your Choice

Event:                 NOVA Alexandria/Arlington Campuses Parent ZOOM meeting

Audience:         Fairfax County Public schools (FCPS) parents/guardians

Date:                    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Time:                   6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Register:           CLICK HERE or https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0UJ8LQfVSOCcWDBkTiUvAg

Audience:         Fairfax County and Falls Church City parents/guardians

Contact:             ALProvost@nvcc.edu


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SLHS Yearbooks Are Here!

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2020 Yearbook Distribution Plan

Contact Yearbook Adviser Ana Travis with any questions -  altravis@fcps.edu 


Pre-Order Pick-up

To qualify as a pre-order, your book must have been purchased on or before Monday, July 6.

These pickup dates are for PRE ORDERS ONLY

Wednesday, July 8

Thursday, July 9

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Suggested arrival times to assist with traffic flow . See next page for traffic flow map.

Last names A-L 

Last names M-Z 

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9-11 a.m.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2-4 p.m.

4-6 p.m.


There are still some yearbooks available for purchase. The online portal at www.yearbookordercenter.com is open through Friday, July 17*, to allow credit card purchases. Please use the school code 13550 to order online. Any book purchased on July 7 or later will be considered a new sale. 


"New Order" Pick-up and Pre-order Pick-up

New sale pickup: Tuesday, July 14

    • If you purchase a yearbook on July 7 or later, you may pick up on July 14. 
    • You may also purchase a yearbook in person on July 14  with cash if extra copies remain.
    • In-person purchases will be $80 (exact change preferred).
  • Pre-orders will also be available for pickup if you missed the original days.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*The online portal is open through 7/17; however, if you purchase a yearbook after 7/14, you will have to pick it up in the fall. July 14 is the only day to pick up for new sales (July 7 - 17th).

Pre-ordered books not claimed by July 14 will be available for pickup in the fall.




Pick-up Process



  1. Do you have a cough and/or sore throat?
  2. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours (3 days)?
  3. Do you have any shortness of breath or is it hard for you to breathe?
  4. Is anyone in your house ill with a fever or cough?
  5. Have you had contact with someone known to have or under investigation for Coronavirus in the last 14 days (2 weeks)?

Students will only be allowed to pick up for themselves or siblings unless prearranged.

If you’re unable to pick up during these times, please reach out to Mrs. Travis via email (altravis@fcps.edu) with the subject “yearbook pickup.” Example:John knows he will be on vacation during the pickup times, so he asks his neighbor Jane to pick up his yearbook. Both John’s parents AND Jane’s parents need to agree to this arrangement. John’s parent will email Mrs. Travis and CC Jane’s parent. Arrangements will only be granted if BOTH parties agree.


Traffic Pattern for Pick-Up


Cars should enter from South Lakes Drive and follow the Kiss & Ride loop around to door #4. Students will remain in their cars. Students who are walking should approach door #4, and staff will greet you. Please have your student ID ready regardless of whether you’re driving or walking. Per state regulations, please wear a mask.

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