SLHS: Curriculum Night Reminder

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1/23/2020

REMINDER: Tonight is Curriculum Night 

 

This open house format will start at 6:30pm and running until 8:30pm at South Lakes High School. Tables for the departments will be set up in the cafeteria and Lecture Hall. Signs will be posted directing families & students.

 

Curriculum Night is a chance for parents and students of all grade levels, rising 9th through 12th, to talk with teachers about courses available, homework expectations, reading materials required and more. There are several new courses and course sequences being offered so we are strongly encouraging families of upper-class students to attend this year.

    • There will be break-out session in the Theatre on:
      • IB information
      • Graduation Requirements & Online course selections
      • Select department presentations

 

Please note that while South Lakes does show up as Closed for Transfers on the county map we do remain open for Curricular Transfers (IB) or World Languages (German and Japanese). Those options should be available to families as they work through the online system.

 

See you tonight!

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SLHS: News & Announcement 1-5-2020

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01/05/2020

 

Academic Advising- Curriculum Night This Week!

 

We encourage parents and students of all grade levels to attend Curriculum Night on Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 2020 together as another opportunity to learn about courses. South Lakes is offering some brand-new courses so again this is a night we encourage all grade levels (rising 9th graders and current students) to attend.

The PTSA meeting has been cancelled for Jan. 8th to encourage families to attend Curriculum Night.

  Reston Community Center & SLHS Celebrate MLK

South Lakes is fortunate each year to have a performance by one of the groups in town for the annual MLK Celebration hosted by the Reston Community Center. This year the group, LINER NOTES, will perform on January 14th. Teachers can sign up to bring their class to the performance. South Lakes appreciates the partnership with RCC to enhance opportunities for our students.

 

Broadway Night is coming soon!

South Lakes High School Chorus and Parents for the Choral Arts (PCA) are excited to announce the 2019-20 edition of Broadway Night will be held Friday, Jan 31 at 7 PM and Saturday, Feb 1 at 2PM and 7 PM. This year's theme will feature songs from some of our favorite Disney movies and musicals. Tickets will be on sale soon!

 

Athletics
  • Check out the South Lakes Athletics/Activities site at www.southlakesathletics.net . Check the site out for dates, times and locations of athletic events.
  • Spring Sports Tryouts Begin February 24, 2020!  Click HERE for more info and paperwork need to tryout.
  • Spirit Wear Sales: The Seahawk Store will be open for apparel sales during all lunches this Friday, January 10th.

 

News from the Career Center

Ms. Campbell, our Career Center Specialist, puts out a wealth of information for students and families about college visits, scholarships and other growth opportunities. Below is a sample of what was in the last communication. If you are not familiar with all that is available, please be sure to look over Naviance tool or contact Ms. Campbell ((email jrcampbell@fcps.edu ) for guidance.

SAMPLE OF ENRICHMENT OPPROTUNITIES:

More can be found in Naviance Student under COLLEGES, then click on RESEARCH COLLEGE, then ENRICHMENT.  You can put a search word in such as college name or STEM for a listing!  For websites, copy and paste into your browser...

*Some information in this email, including volunteer and employment information, is being shared on behalf of outside entities. These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by SLHS, the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent.  

FCPS County Offerings this Spring:

 

Gap Year Information Session

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting the 9th annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of experiences available and growing array of gap year opportunities. 

The evening will begin with an informational presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair, with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities, will take place in the school cafeteria from 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date and location will be Friday, February 7, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m

 

The 15th Annual Special Education Conference
  • Saturday, April 18th at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315.
  • Registration will begin in February with the opportunity to register online or by phone. FCPS Educators, Administrators, and Preservice Teachers can register online and earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference
  • There will be a student strand for youth ages 14-22.
  • For questions please contact the Parent Resource Center at prc@fcps.edu or call 703-204-3941.
Dates to Note

01/06 - Students return to school, Green Day

01/08 - Curriculum Night, 6:30PM (No PTSA meeting)

01/15- Athletic Booster meeting, 7PM, Career Center

02/04 - FCPS Gap Year Info Night (see above for details)

04/18 - FCPS Special Education Conference, Hayfield Secondary

06/03- Graduation, Eagle Bank Arena, 7:30PM

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SLHS: Academic Advising

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01/03/2020

 

Academic Advising Season has begun!  Our second annual Curriculum Fair took  place during the school day for students on December 19, 2019. Students had the opportunity to visit three elective course presentations to learn more about the elective course options, homework requirements and materials needed for the course. If you have not yet talked with your student about the sessions they attended please do so.

 

Starting later this month (January 2020), students will meet individually with their school counselor to request courses for the 2020-21 school year. It is so important that parents and students are informed of their academic options. Families are encouraged to talk with current teachers for their recommendations for next school year. New this year, students will choose classes via their SIS Student accounts. After the students choose their courses via their accounts they will meet with their counselor to confirm the selections. Parents can always view the course selections via their SIS Parent account. If you do not have an active account, please contact Ms. Joan Freidman (jcfriedman@fcps.edu )in Student Services to obtain a login.

 

There are numerous ways to stay informed about course selections and graduation requirements which include:

  • Curriculum Night will be January 8, 2020  starting at 6:30pm at South Lakes High School. This is a chance for parents and students of all grade levels, rising 9th through 2th, to talk with teachers about courses available, homework expectations, reading materials required and more. There are several new courses and course sequences being offered so we are strongly encouraging families of upper-class students to attend this year.
    • There will be break out sessions including IB information, Graduation Requirements/Online course selections, and information from different departments such has Fine Arts.
  • Open Houses are being held at Fairfax Academy (Tuesday, Feb 4th from 6:30-8:30pm) & Chantilly Academy (Thursday, January 16th 6-8pm) for families who want to learn more about Academy course options.
  • Mini-conferences with Counselors  will once again be held this Spring, in late February. Be on the lookout for sign-up genius links coming in early February to sign up for 10 minute conferences with your student’s school counselor to discuss courses selected.

 

The goal of all of these activities is to ensure that our students are making the best decisions when it comes to course selections. It is not easy to go through a schedule change, especially in the fall, so it is extremely important for students to choose wisely and be informed about their decisions. From January through early March students can make whatever changes to their course selections that they would like, however, after March 6, 2020, requests to change any course selection will be made via the school counselor based on space availability.

Schools in FCPS will begin making staffing decisions in March for the 2020-2021 school year based on the courses students select.  It is based on these selections that schools indicate to the county how many staff members are needed in each department for how many sections. Once we make the commitment to our staffing there is very little flexibility to make changes in personnel. Therefore, the course selection process is key to making sure we have the right combination of staff in place for our students for the coming school year.

 

Please speak with your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.

 

Heather Thomas

Director of Student Services

South Lakes High School

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SLHS News & Announcements 12-2019

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12/20/19

 

Dear Seahawk Families:

This is the last News You Choose of 2019!  We send well wishes for all those celebrating holidays during this time off and for those who are traveling, including some of our teams, please be safe. 

 

Academic Advising

Yesterday, students had the opportunity to visit three different sessions to learn about course options for next year. Please talk with your student about what sessions they visited and begin conversing about options for classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

We encourage parents and students of all grade levels to attend Curriculum Night on Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 2020 together as another opportunity to learn about courses. South Lakes is offering some brand-new courses so again this is a night we encourage all grade levels (rising 9th graders and current students) to attend. The PTSA meeting has been cancelled for Jan. 8th to encourage families to attend Curriculum Night.

 

Counselors will begin meeting with students at the end of January to select classes for the next school year. Based on these selections we will determine what classes will be held next year and then make staffing decisions based on that. Those decisions take place in March.

 

Winter Break Office Hours (revised from previous publication)

This year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. The main office at South Lakes will be open on the Dec. 23rd, 30th and January 2nd, 3rd.   Only select 12-month employees, who do not take leave, work on these days. Teachers and counselors do not report to work during the winter break.

If there is an emergency situation over winter break, please call FCPS School Security at 571-423-2000.  They can connect you with resources and they have contact information for administration if needed.

 

Food Panty

The South Lakes PTSA Food Pantry will be open over winter break on Monday, Dec. 30th from 3:30- 5:30 for families who are in need. This is the only day they will be open over break. Regular Pantry hours will resume on January 9th.

 

Winter Break

Teachers and staff work extremely hard and spend a great deal of time to ensure that learning remains the core of our work. Our students work hard too! This includes efforts outside of regular school hours to complete assignments and engage in school activities essential to a well-rounded education. In an effort to give everyone a true break, we have asked our teachers to not assign projects or homework this week to be done specifically over break with due dates immediately upon return and that major assessments not be held the first blue or green day back (6th or 7th). Students may need to use their own time management skills to determine if they need to work during their holiday on long-range assignments that were given in the weeks before break and/or to maintain their skills in certain areas.

We hope that this break is filled with time for rest and relaxation for our students and staff alike.

 

Looking for a present for your student?

Order your students a 2020 yearbook online at www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 13550. The deadline for yearbook personalization is also December 20.

 

Athletic Website

(see the site for dates of athletic events)

The South Lakes Athletics/Activities site migrated to a new website!  The new site is www.southlakesathletics.net . Please bookmark this site and delete the old site.

When you visit the site please sign up for the NOTIFY ME option on the front page. This will send you information regarding game updates and cancellations for your specific sport.

 

 

FCPS Gap Year Information Session

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting the 9th annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of experiences available and growing array of gap year opportunities. 

The evening will begin with an informational presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair, with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities, will take place in the school cafeteria from 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date and location will be Friday, February 7, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m

 

Dates to Note

12/20 – Home basketball game; ring presentation for 2019 Boys State Soccer Team

12/23 - Winter Break begins, offices open select days

01/06 - Students return to school, Green Day

01/08 - Curriculum Night, 6:30PM (No PTSA meeting)

02/04 - FCPS Gap Year Info Night (see above for details)

04/18 - FCPS Special Education Conference, Hayfield Secondary

 

 

Crisis Resources

While for many this is a joyous time for the year, we also recognize that the holidays can be difficult and stressful for some. Should you need crisis information for a friend or loved one please reach out to:

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information, Local & National: 

Call 911 in case of a life-threatening emergency; TTY dial 711

  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one
  • CrisisText:  Text NEEDHELP to 85511
  • Dominion Hospital Emergency Room: 703-536-2000
  • Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560
  • Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679 The Merrifield Center, of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services are staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to work with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention. 

 

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SLHS News & Announcements 12-13-19

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12/13/19

 

Academic Advising

At the PTSA meeting this week, Ms. Thomas, Director of Student Services, presented on the Academic Advising process that has already begun for the 2020-2021 school year. This Thursday (12/19) during Seahawk Seminar current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will have the opportunity to visit with teachers to learn about course options being offered for next year. During SS, there will be three short sessions where students can go learn about new courses, an elective they have heard about but maybe need more information or sessions that will talk about the difference between levels of a class (e.g. honors vs regular). Students will see a copy of the offerings for that day on their laptops earlier in the week so they can think about what they want to attend. After visiting their 6th period SS on Thursday to pick up a hard-copy of the schedule, they will have the flexibility to choose where they want to attend. Feel free to ask your student to see the form online so you can have conversations at home about what they may be interested in learning about for next year.

Seniors will be having a class meeting during this time to learn about activities this year and to start planning for graduation !

We encourage parents and students of all grade levels to attend Curriculum Night on Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 2020 together as another opportunity to learn about courses. South Lakes is offering some brand-new courses so again this is a night we encourage all grade levels (rising 9th graders and current students) to attend. The PTSA meeting has been cancelled for Jan. 8th to encourage families to attend Curriculum Night.

 

Special Event, Dec, 17 for FCPS Graduates & Current Students Who Want to Teach in FCPS

Do you know an FCPS graduate or student who is interested in teaching in FCPS? FCPS graduates and current FCPS juniors or seniors are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 17, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042 for the second annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar. Learn more about how to navigate the hiring process, employee resources, and tips on being a successful educator.

Join us for an evening filled with networking opportunities, breakout sessions, and FCPS employment information. We invite current students and FCPS graduates to Say Yes to FCPS!

Registration for this event is available online

 

Winter Weather

For information on how FCPS makes weather related decisions about late openings and closing please see https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

When school is closed for weather reasons our blue / green day calendar remains the same. For example, if school would have bene closed today, a green day, Monday would remain a blue day. Blue and green days are set for the year. It is important that when there is a chance of a weather closing students think ahead about books and supplies they may need for when school reopens. In cases where FCPS Schools and Office are closed the building is not open for anyone.

 

Winter Break

This year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.  The main office at South Lakes will be open on the 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th and January 2nd, 3rd.   Only select 12-month employees (some office staff and some administrators) are on contract these days. Teachers and counselors are on leave.

Teachers and staff work extremely hard and spend a great deal of time to ensure that learning remains the core of our work. Our students work hard too! This includes efforts outside of regular school hours to complete assignments and engage in school activities essential to a well-rounded education. In an effort to give everyone a true break, we have asked our teachers to not assign projects or homework this week to be done specifically over break with due dates immediately upon return and that major assessments not be held the first blue or green day back (6th or 7th). Students may need to use their own time management skills to determine if they need to work during their holiday on long-range assignments that were given in the weeks before break and/or to maintain their skills in certain areas.

We hope that this break is filled with time for rest and relaxation for our students and staff alike.

 

Food Panty

The South Lakes PTSA Food Pantry will be open next week and then close over winter break until Monday, Dec. 30th. They will be open on Monday, 12/30 from 3:30- 5:30 for families who are in need. This is the only day they will be open that week. Regular Pantry hours will resume on January 9th.

 

Resources

While for many this is a joyous time for the year, we also recognize that the holidays can be difficult and stressful for some. Should you need crisis information for a friend or loved one please reach out to:

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information: 

National and Local Crisis Resources

Call 911 in case of a life threatening emergency; TTY dial 711

  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one
  • CrisisText:  Text NEEDHELP to 85511
  • Dominion Hospital Emergency Room: 703-536-2000
  • Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560
  • Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679 The Merrifield Center, of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention. 
  Looking for a present for your student?

Order your students a 2020 yearbook online at www.yearbookordercenter.com with school code 13550. Save $10 if you order before December 20. The deadline for yearbook personalization is also December 20.

We are also currently taking orders for Senior Baby Ads! The Deadline for these ads is October 18th.

 

PSAT- Score Reports

College Board has announced that online score reports were available for most students in Virginia on December 9th  (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/getting-scores).

Your student should receive an email with instructions and their access codes when it is ready. It will be sent to the email address that was written on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet. If you would like to see a sample score report, you can find one here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sample-psat-nmsqt-score-report.pdf

Test books were distributed through  5th period teachers last week.

 

Athletic Website

(see the site for dates of athletic events)

The South Lakes Athletics/Activities site migrated to a new website!  The new site is www.southlakesathletics.net . Please bookmark this site and delete the old site.

When you visit the site please sign up for the NOTIFY ME option on the front page. This will send you information regarding game updates and cancellations for your specific sport.

 

Dates to Note

12/18 - Chorus concert, 7PM

12/19-  Curriculum Fair during SS, for students

12/23 - Winter Break begins, offices open select days

01/06 - Students return to school, Green Day

01/08 - Curriculum Night, 6:30PM, students & parents encouraged to attend

 

 

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SLHS Happy Thanksgiving

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11/26/19

 

Dear Seahawk Families:

 

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with the love of your family and friends. A few updates to take us into the long weekend:

 

Ethics Day

Yesterday we held the 27th Ethics Day for our Seniors in collaboration with the Reston Chamber of Commerce. It was a great day of authentic learning put on with the support of several companies and 75+ volunteers.  You can see the list of sponsors at https://www.restonchamber.org/events/details/27th-annual-ethics-day-7327?calendarMonth=2019-11-01 .

 

Seahawks in Action This Weekend

If you are in the area this weekend, check out the SLHS Marching Band and the JROTC Battalion who will be participating in the annual Reston Holiday Parade at Reston Town Center on Friday, 11/29 at 11:00AM.  Stop by for a photo with Santa afterwards with donations benefitting the SLHS Chorus.

On Saturday, grab a carriage ride and support the SLHS Pantry. Enjoy a journey along the magical, twinkling streets of Reston Town Center, on Saturday, November 30 from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Departures are in front of Clyde’s. $5 donation per person (children 5 and under ride free). 

You can get more information on these events and more at https://www.restontowncenter.com/holidays-rtc

 

Resources

While for many this is a joyous time of the year, we also recognize that the holidays can be difficult and stressful for some. Should you need crisis information for a friend or loved one please reach out to:

 

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information: 

National and Local Crisis Resources

Call 911 in case of a life threatening emergency; TTY dial 711

  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one
  • CrisisText:  Text NEEDHELP to 85511
  • Dominion Hospital Emergency Room: 703-536-2000
  • Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560
  • Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679 The Merrifield Center, of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention. 

 

Schools & Offices

Over the Thanksgiving break schools and offices are closed.  During this time, if you have an emergency that requires notification of school administration please contact FCSP School Security at 571-423-2000.

We will reopen on Monday, December 2nd and it will be a blue day.

 

I am grateful this Thanksgiving holiday to have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of teachers and staff in a wonderful community of students and families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kim Retzer

Proud Principal

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Senior Ethics Day is Monday!

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Please note that ALL SOUTH LAKES SENIORS will be attending the Reston Chamber of Commerce sponsored Ethics Day at the Sheraton Hotel on Monday, November 25th.  We will meet and organize the seniors in the cafeteria just after the first bell (8:10).  We will be recording attendance. The buses will leave South Lakes High School at approximately 8:30 and return to SLHS around 2:45. Teachers will chaperone on buses while traveling both to the event and returning to SLHS.  Some important points:

 

  • Students are not permitted to drive individually
  • Business dress is required. Collared shirts, dress pants, skirts, etc. No blue jeans, hoodie sweatshirts, or sneakers
  • Cell phone use will be limited during the day
  • Laptops are not needed
  • Boxed lunches will be provided
  • The day counts for attendance

The government teams and Social Studies department both appreciate your support of this continuing tradition of the Reston business community reaching out to our seniors.  

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SLHS News 11-6-19

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11-6-19

 

Dear Seahawk Families:

As many of you know we lost a Seahawk, Carter Smith, in a car accident over the weekend. The family has given me permission to share the service information with the community:

Carter’s funeral service will be at 4:00, Friday, November 8, 2019. The service will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 2351 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna 22181.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Smith family and all  who have been impacted.

 

A few highlights of the many activities going on recently and in the days to come include:

  • Band finishing a successful competition season
  • Varsity Cheer in the state tournament in Richmond this coming Saturday (11/9/19)
  • Volleyball team in the Region Tournament playing tomorrow (Thursday @ 7PM) at home
  • Final regular season home football game verses Herndon on Friday, 7PM, $5, no backpacks or outside food/beverages; dress warmly!
  • Students from Yearbook and Newspaper participate in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Yearbook Conference in New York City this past weekend
  • Theatre is busy rehearsing and preparing for the fall play that will go on later this month
  • SLHS hosted alumni from the Class of 2009 and 1989 for tours as part of their reunion activities this past weekend

We are now in the second quarter of the school year. Report cards will be available on Friday and access to Student and ParentVue will be back active this week. Winter sports start in just a few days so please be sure your student has been cleared if they want to participate in tryouts.

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID are NEEDED

If you have not yet completed the annual Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid and sent it back with your student, please do so tonight. We are missing hundreds of forms.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and were to be returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

 

IB Information Night for Parents of Middle School Students

South Lakes High School will hold an IB Information Night on Thursday, November 7th, at 6:30 pm in the Lecture Hall for parents of middle school students considering the International Baccalaureate Program. Please share this with friends or neighbors who have middle school students.

 

Yearbooks On Sale

Order your yearbooks now at www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code: 13550. Save $10 if you order before December 20th. Yearbook personalization deadline is also Dec. 20th.

 

Writing Center

South Lakes has a Writing Center available to all students each Wednesday afterschool in the library. Get help with pre-writing, outlining, editing, and more.

 

Attendance Tips

Last year Virginia incorporated attendance into school accreditation standards. Students who miss more than 10% of the school year for almost any reason (excused or unexcused) are considered chronically absence. Schools are rated on an attendance standard based on the number of students who are chronically absent. To learn more about this please visit https://www.fcps.edu/attendance .

 

Visiting South Lakes

All visitors, including parents/guardian, must bring a government issued ID with them to check into the building for meetings, interviews or volunteering. This is a FCPS regulations for all county schools. Please assist us with making your check-in process run smoothly by having your ID with you.

  Mark Your Calendars

Nov. 6th – NHS Induction, 7PM, Theatre

Nov. 8th – Report cards will be available

Nov. 13th – PTSA meeting, 7PM, Library

Nov. 20th – Booster meeting, 7PM, Library

Nov. 25th – Ethics Day for Seniors

Nov. 27th – 29th – Thanksgiving Break, offices closed

 

 

 

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SLHS Sad News

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11/4/19

 

Dear Seahawk Families:

 

You may have heard about a tragic crash that took place in the community last night, Sunday, November 3rd.  This afternoon I had the opportunity to offer my condolences to the family of Carter Smith, a junior, who was killed in the accident. The family has given permission to share this information. No additional information has been released due to legal restrictions on public information involving children, Virginia Code § 16.1-301. The police posted a news release earlier today that can be found at:

https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/fatal-single-car-crash-in-oakton/

 

Our sincere condolences are extended to family and friends of all involved, and to all members of our community who may be hearing of this terrible incident. I will maintain contact with the family and share about funeral services as that information becomes available.

 

The unexpected death of a young person is very sad and difficult to process and can have an impact on anyone, whether they knew the person or not. South Lakes will provide counselors and clinical team members tomorrow, Tuesday, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. Students should gather in the Lecture Hall. We will have additional supports on Wednesday as well when all students return.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Kimberly Retzer

Principal

 

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SLHS News and Announcements 10-29-19

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Dear Seahawk Families:

Last week was our annual Homecoming celebration. The week was full of crazy dress up days, games at lunch, an awesome pep rally, a hyped powder-puff football game, fantastic parade with strong community participation and involvement from our pyramid schools, a victorious football game and lastly the dance with about 1100 students in attendance. Thank you to all the parents who supported the efforts both at home and here at various events. A special shoutout to our Booster parent volunteers for covering seven different activities last week! We sincerely appreciate the support of our staff too during this crazy week with an extra heartful thank you to Jill Pellerin, Lyn Fiscus, Lisa Comerford and Cindi Davis.

This is the last week of 1st quarter. FCPS will suspend progress reports being sent to parents from Wednesday October 30th- Friday November 8th. Parents will not be able to access ParentVue from Friday, November 1st at 4pm until Saturday, November 9th at 6am while quarter grade are being completed.

It is a long weekend for students. Staff have workdays on Monday (11/4) and Tuesday (11/5). Wednesday will be Green Day to start second quarter.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID

FCPS asks that all families fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

Governor’s School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors. It provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts, such as the humanities, mathematics, science, and technology or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. In order to be considered, students must complete the appropriate interest form no later than November 5, 2019. The Academic interest form can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/AcadGovSchool and the Visual and Performing Arts interest form can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/VPAGovSchool

 

Governor’s School for World Languages has a different process. Interested students should speak with their language teacher about that process and timelines.

NEW FORMAT: Meet the Coach Night for Student Athletes Trying Out for Winter Sports

Winter Sports Meet the Coach-Parent Night Wednesday, October 30th 7:00pm in the Gymnasium. Meet the Activities Office Staff, including our new DSA, Ms. Conte, and our Sports Medicine Team at 7:00pm.

Winter Sport specific break-out sessions will be held from 7:30pm- 8:30pm. If your son/daughter plans to try-out for a Winter Sports team you should attend this information session. We will provide expectations as well as sport specific try-out information.

Writing Center

South Lakes has a Writing Center available to all students each Wednesday afterschool in the library. Get help with pre-writing, outlining, editing, and more.

Judges needed for DECA, Marketing Club District competition on November 4, 2019

Your expertise is needed to evaluate these high school marketing students during the DECA Regional District Competition. As you play the role of a customer, employee, or manager, you will rate student participants as they solve real life business situations. The students are competing for honors and the opportunity to advance to the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference in March 2020. To register as a judge, please go to the below Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/FCPSDECAFY20

*Be sure to mention South Lakes High School as your contact*"

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY DECA REGIONAL DISTRICT COMPETITION on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019

Dulles Expo Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Judge Orientation – Noon (12:00 PM) Competitions should be done no later than 4:30 pm

 

For More Information you can contact: Amy Granahan Program Manager, Marketing Education via email at algranahan@fcps.edu or via phone: 571-423-4598

Fairfax Connector Passes

Last week, South Lakes received the first batch of new cards/passes for the Fairfax Connector. Staff are working through registering the new cards to students who have submitted applications. Students who have passes from last year should be sure to complete a new application so they can be issued a new card. The old cards need to be turned in as new ones are issued. Applications are available in the main office and get turned into the security office.

Yearbooks on Sale

Order your yearbooks now at www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code: 13550. Save $10 if you order before December 20th. Yearbook personalization deadline is also Dec. 20th.

Visiting South Lakes

All visitors, including parents/guardian, must bring a government issued ID with them to check into the building for meetings, interviews or volunteering. This is a FCPS regulations for all county schools. Please assist us with making your check-in process run smoothly by having your ID with you.

Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 29th - Make-up underclassman pictures; order forms available in subschools

Nov. 4th & 5th - Student holidays

Nov. 6th – First day of 2nd quarter

Nov. 6th – NHS Induction, 7PM (invitations being sent to accepted students)

Nov. 25th – Ethics Day for Seniors

Nov. 27th – 29th – Thanksgiving Break

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SLHS News & Announcements 10-9-19

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10-9-19

Dear Seahawk Families:

Please read below for news about the upcoming PSAT tests for 10th and 11th graders as well as plans for students in other grade levels. Also included in this message are opportunities for parent involvement as judges, chaperons, and  through other FCPS events. Homecoming Week is later this month. It is a week of high energy and a lot of fun- see below for more information.

 

PSAT Testing- A little Different This Year

The PSAT will be administered Wednesday, October 16th for all 10th and 11th graders. It is a two-hour early dismissal day.

Ninth (9th) graders will be completing county designed transition activities- please bring your charged laptop!

The 9th grade lessons and PSAT testing will begin at 8:10AM and end at approximately 12:25PM. There will be a grab & go lunch until 12:55PM when buses should arrive. Buses will depart by 1:05PM.

If your student is in 10th or 11th grade and has accommodations for the PSAT that allows for testing beyond dismissal time (12:55PM) you will need to arrange for transportation home. The end time for the test is dependent on when the test gets started, so please either arrange a meeting spot or have your student call/text when they are finished.

 

Seniors should look for an email from Ms. Campbell in the Career Center for sessions to help with college applications. This is also a good time for seniors to complete community service projects, job applications, or college visits/applications.

 

Senior Parents

  • There is no such thing as a sanctioned senior skip day at any point in the school year.
  • Get your All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) ticket before prices go from $50 to $60 next Tuesday. Look for more information at https://southlakesptsa.org/angp/

 

Chorus Concert, Thursday, 10/10/19

Celebrate 'Music of the Sea' on Thursday, October 10 at 7 PM with the SLHS Choral Department. The Fall Concert annually raises money for a charity that is selected by our student chorus officers. This year they selected the Coral Restoration Foundation™.  

Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF) is the world's largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, in Florida and globally. There will be a free will donation after the concert in the lobby. If you can't make the concert but would still like to donate to the cause please visit: https://www.coralrestoration.org/donations You can enter 'South Lakes Chorus' in the comment line.

 

SLHS Writing Center

South Lakes has a Writing Center available to all students each Wednesday afterschool in the library. Get help with pre-writing, outlining, editing, and more. No appointment needed - just come by!

 

 

Meet the Coach Night for Student Athletes Trying Out for Winter Sports

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Winter Sports Meet the Coach-Parent Night Wednesday, October 30th 7:00pm in the Gymnasium -Meet the Activities Office Staff and Sports Medicine Team at 7:00pm -Winter Sport specific break-out session will be held from 7:30pm- 8:30pm If your son/daughter plans to try-out for a Winter Sports team you should attend this information session. We will provide expectations as well as sport specific try-out information.

 

Homecoming is Around the Corner- Dance on 10/26

The annual SLHS Homecoming Dance will be held this year on Saturday, October 26 from 8:00-11:00 PM in the high school gym. With a theme of "The Greatest Homecoming on Earth," the dance will feature carnival-style games, fire pits, food trucks, and a student film festival in addition to dancing.

Tickets are currently on sale on MySchoolBucks for $15; they will be $20 at the door and students should bring a student ID card to purchase at the door.

Dance organizers are seeking parents to help chaperone the dance in various areas. Please consider helping chaperone and sign up at: http://bit.ly/hocochaperones19 .

 

Judges needed for DECA- Marketing Club District competition, 11/4/19

Your expertise is needed to evaluate these high school marketing students during the DECA Regional District Competition. As you play the role of a customer, employee, or manager, you will rate student participants as they solve real life business situations.

The students are competing for honors and the opportunity to advance to the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference in March 2020.

FAIRFAX COUNTY DECA REGIONAL DISTRICT COMPETITION

Dulles Expo Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, Virginia 20151

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019

JUDGE ORIENTATION – Noon (12:00 PM) Competitions should be completed no later than 4:30 pm

For More Information you can contact: Amy Granahan Program Manager, Marketing Education via email at algranahan@fcps.edu or via phone: 571-423-4598

To register as a judge, please go to the below Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/FCPSDECAFY20

*Be sure to mention South Lakes High School as your contact*"

Fundraisers:

DECA Club - Annual Yankee Candle Sale now through 10-15-2019

Yankee Candle Sale is going on now until October 15, 2019! Funds raised support student dues, competition registration fees, transportation, replacement DECA blazers, etc. There are several ways you can help:

  1. Get a catalog from a Marketing student or stop by room 444.
  2. Order directly on line at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter South Lakes HS DECA group number 990025860. Include the student's name or Ms. Ricks and the items ship directly to your specific destination.
  3. You can also make a donation to DECA through My School Mucks - under DECA - Marketing club donations / dues.

All items will arrive prior to Thanksgiving Break and your salesperson will deliver your items to you. We are a competitive chapter with students typically moving forward all the way to the international competition. Your support is very much appreciated.

 

Yearbooks On Sale

Order your yearbooks now at www.yearbookordercenter.com and use school code: 13550. Save $10 if you order before December 20th. Yearbook personalization deadline is also Dec. 20th.

 

Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference - October 19th  

FCPS will host its 2019 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference at Carson MS, on Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. The RATE Conference is an educational technology conference focusing on the use of assistive technology to support all students, especially those with special needs. This year's keynote speaker is Fadel, an FCPS post-secondary student. He will share how assistive technology has impacted his life and school experiences.

More information and registration will soon be available on the conference webpage

 

Helpful Hints for Parents/Guardians

 

Visiting South Lakes

All visitors, including parents/guardian, must bring a government issued ID with them to check into the building for meetings, interviews or volunteering. This is a FCPS regulations for all county schools. Please assist us with making your check-in process run smoothly by having your ID with you.

 

Stay Connected:

Websites:

https://southlakeshs.fcps.edu/ (school site)

Twitter:

@southlakeshs (general)

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 10th - Chorus Concert, 7PM

Oct. 11th - Football game,Home, 7PM, $5 (no backpacks, balls, outside food/drinks)

Oct. 14th – Student holiday; teacher workday

Oct. 16th – PSAT day, early closing for students

Oct. 21 – 26th – Homecoming Week

Oct. 29th - Make-up underclassman pictures

Oct. 30th - Meet the Coach Night - Winter Sports

Nov. 4th & 5th - Student holidays; teacher workdays

Nov. 25th – Ethics Day for Seniors

Nov. 27th – 29th – Thanksgiving Break

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