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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News and Updates 9-30-19

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9-30-19

Dear Seahawk Families:

Volunteers Needed for Hearing & Vision Screenings

This is an URGENT CALL for additional volunteers to help with the hearing & vision screening THIS WEEK on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 2nd and 3rd.   Ten (10) volunteers, each class period, are needed to conduct the Annual Hearing & Vision Screening. Based on the response so far, we need the following help: We need AT LEAST 6 more volunteers FOR EACH CLASS PERIOD ON THURSDAY. We need AT LEAST 2 more volunteers FOR THE LAST CLASS ON WEDNESDAY. No experience necessary. Please call Mary La Valley @ 703-715-4612 and leave a message - or - email her: melavalley@fcps.edu AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

 

Financial Aid and Paying for College No need to wait to learn about Financial Aid and Paying for College until your senior year, but certainly if you are a senior, this is an important event to attend. Parents AND students are encouraged to attend. Every senior eligible to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should do so. This is the first step in financial aid for college! FAFSA opens for the 2020-21 school year on October 1st. While the March 1st deadline used to be an industry standard, college and universities have increasingly moved their FAFSA preferred deadline closer to the college application deadline- some are as early as December! This year, our Financial Aid presenters are combining efforts joining SLHS and HHS. No need to register, simply come equipped with your questions. The details on the two options are listed below:

FINANCIAL AID 101 / PAYING FOR COLLEGE NIGHT 2019

- Presented by Jack Zeeger, Financial Aid Manager of the NOVA Loudoun campus.

  • Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm @
  • South Lakes High School Auditorium

OR

- Monica Gomez, NOVA Pathway Counselor for HHS and SLHS will present in Spanish

  • Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm @
  • Herndon High School Lecture Hall - in SPANISH

Topics will include: What is financial aid? financial need? cost of attendance (COA)? expected family contribution (EFC)? What are the types and sources of financial aid? What is FAFSA and how do I apply? How do we prepare NOW for college costs. I hope to see many of you there! We will have handouts for SENIORS that include the list of FCPS based free FAFSA completion workshops as well as a list of the documents students & parents will need. Additional information can be found at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/ (copy & paste into your browser). Some great scholarships will also be listed on their site as well for both two and four year colleges. The site for senior parents and students to create their FSA ID for the FAFSA is https://fsaid.ed.gov (copy and paste into browser). Contact Jennifer Campbell at jrcampbell@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Registration will soon open for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The event will be held at Fairfax HS on Saturday, October 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s conference is being sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address from Dr. Marc Brackett, of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

 

PSAT Testing – Oct. 16th for 10th & 11th graders

10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 16. They received PSAT student guides in their English classes on September 24 or 25. These guides include information about the test, test taking advice and tips, a free practice test, and information for 11th grade students about the National Merit Scholarship Program. If your student misplaced their copy, these resources are also available online. Student guide: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf Practice test #1: https://cdn.kastatic.org/KA-share/sat/psat-nmsqt-practice-test-1.pdf Practice test #2: https://cdn.kastatic.org/KA-share/sat/psat-nmsqt-practice-test-2.pdf

 

FCPSOn @ PTSA in October

The implementation of FCPSOn is going well. Our tech team of Mr. Dobbs, Ms. Bousman-Stanczak and Ms. Kramer has done a great job distributing devices and problem-solving issues as they arise. At the next PTSA meeting (10/9 @ 7:00PM) the presentation will be focused on FCPSOn applications. Please mark your calendars! We do ask that you with your student to get in the habit of fully charging their laptop overnight.

 

Fundraising – Support SLHS

Fall is here – LAST DAY TO ORDER: Support South Lakes High School’s Dutch Mill Bulbs fundraiser by ordering guaranteed-to-bloom bulbs shipped directly to your home! Sale runs September 11-30, with delivery in October just in time for planting. Tulips, daffodils, tiger lilies, hyacinths and more! Visit link below and note on form that your group is South Lakes High School. https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=southlakes

  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

 

SLHS 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 .

We are pleased that our Leadership class is promoting the importance of both overall attendance and arriving to school on time. The Sophomore class won the first-class competition to see which grade level has the greatest percentage of students getting to first block on time! Keep up the great work!

Attendance Line: We have an attendance line 703-715-4545 at South Lakes where absences should be reported. When you call the line it will give you options to leave a message for each grade level office (9th=1, 10th=2, 11th =3, 12th =4, the special education office (dial 5) or to leave a message in Spanish dial 6. If you know your extension, dial # to bypass the directions.

Parents have 72 hours to report an excuse for absences.

Checkouts: If a student needs to checkout during the school day the easiest method is for the student to bring a note to their subschool in the morning an get a pink checkout pass. This is what they show their teacher to get dismissed from class. The student then reports to their subschool to sign-out before they leave. If they are returning the same day (e.g. 10:00AM dentist appointment, returns at 11:15), they will report back to the same office to have their attendance updated and receive an excused pass back to class. Parents and students should arrange where they will be meeting (main office or stadium side).

You may call the attendance line if you know you are checking your child out during the day. Please call at least 90 minutes ahead of time. Our AA’s monitor messages throughout the day but are not necessarily sitting at their desk at all times. If you get a last-minute appointment and show up to the school, it will take several minutes to notify their teacher and have your child complete the checkout process. Please plan accordingly.

If your child calls you saying they feel ill and want to be picked up direct them to get a pass from their teacher to the clinic. Students who leave school without completing the checkout process will be marked unexcused.

Visiting South Lakes

All visitors 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 you ID with you.

 

Mark Your Calendars

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

Nov. 4th & 5th - Student holidays

Nov. 25th – Ethics Day for Seniors

Nov. 27th – 29th – Thanksgiving Break

 

Stay Connected:

Websites:

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

https://southlakesathletics.org/ (athletics)

http://www.southlakesband.org/ (band boosters – parent group)

https://southlakeschorus.org/ (chorus boosters – parent group)

 

Twitter:

@southlakeshs (general)

@SeahawkSports (athletic)

And lots more to follow for boosters, sports team, activities ….. Search SLHS, Seahawks SouthLakes

 

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Free and Reduced lunch information - Please read

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9-30-19

Dear Seahawk Families:

Each year families who may qualify for assistance through the Free or Reduced Meals program must apply. If your student was eligible last year and you have not yet reapplied, benefits from last school will expire on 10/2/19. We know we currently have a number of students in this situation.

If you either need to reapply, or if you believe your family may be eligible this year, please read more on the FCPS website at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

At the bottom of the webpage there are links to the application in English and Spanish. It is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French and Vietnamese.

The application takes 15-30 minutes. You will need to provide during the application process:

  • The names and incomes of every member of your household
  • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
  • Your social security number and electronic signature
  • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.
  • For income requirements, you must have 1 of the 3:
  • If household receives SNAP benefits: SNAP case number and recipient’s name
  • If household receives TANF benefits: TANF case number and recipient’s name

(If household receives both SNAP and TANF use SNAP case number)

  • If household does not receive SNAP or TANF, proof of income will be acceptable.

Consent to Share Information form

It is very important that families also complete the Consent to Share Information form so that students may also receive free or reduced fees for several programs (e.g. course fees). Without this form, students will not be eligible fore free/reduced fees in a number of programs even if they are eligible for the meals program.

The form is available in a nine language on the same webpage https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

If you have already completed the Free/Reduced Meals application but did not do the Consent to Share Information form, you can still do so.

 

Need Computer Access or Assistance

Ms. Maria Gospodinoff, parent liaison, will be available to assist families (English or Spanish speaking) with completing applications on the following dates:

Tuesday October 1st 8-10 AM

Thursday October 3rd 1-3pm

Please be sure to bring with you the information needed to complete the application (see list above). Computers will be available for use. Paper applications are available however it takes 3-4 weeks for those to be processed. Online applications are getting approved typically in 2-3 days.

If you can’t make it these dates and need assistance, please contact her at 703-715-4782 or via email at mlgospodinof@fcps.edu

 

Estimadas Familias “Seahawk”:

La aplicación de las comidas gratis o a precio reducido para el año escolar 2019-2020 debe ser renovada antes del 2 de octubre 2019. Puede elegir la opción en "Spanish” y hacerlo electrónicamente para un procesamiento más rápido.

Lo que tendrá que proporcionar durante el proceso de solicitud:

  • Los nombres y los ingresos de cada miembro de su familia
  • La escuela, grado, fecha de nacimiento de cada estudiante en su hogar
  • Su número de seguro social y la firma electrónica
  • (Opcional) Una dirección válida de correo electrónico o número de teléfono para la comunicación del distrito sobre el estado de la solicitud.

Consentimiento para compartir información

Esta carta informa a los padres de que sus hijos pueden ser elegibles para participar en varios programas basados ​​en honorarios, ya sea sin costo o a un costo reducido si participan en el programa de comidas gratis o a precio reducido, y proporcionar una forma de consentimiento para compartir información.La aplicación de las comidas gratis y de precio reducido también incluye una sección con el consentimiento de compartir información para otros programas. 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

Si necesita ayuda para completar la solicitud o el uso de una computadora para hacerlo:

La Sra. Maria Gospodinoff, nuestra “Parent Liaison” (Enlace de Familias) estará disponible el martes 1 de octubre 8am-10am y el jueves 3 de octubre 1pm-3pm.

Si necesita ayuda y no puede venir en estos horarios, llámela al 703-715-4782 o por correo electrónico mlgospodinof@fcps.edu

 

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SLHS News & Announcements 9-18-19

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9/18/19

 

Dear Seahawk Families:

South Lakes is excited to welcome our German Exchange Students tomorrow morning! This exciting partnership that has lasted over a decade. Thank you to all the families who are hosting our guests over the next two weeks.

 

SLHS Parent Orientation, 9/26 – New & Returning Parents Invited

Our outreach strives to give parents the opportunity to learn more in-depth about a variety of topics. The Parent Orientation will take place on Thursday, 9/26/19 from 6:30-9:00PM. There will be an assortment of break-out sessions for parents to choose from on topics including: technology applications, teacher panels, student sports & activities, graduation requirements, IB information and more. To end the night, there will be a very informative session on Vaping and what parents need to know to keep on top of this epidemic. No pre-registration required. For information or questions, please email Ms. Melissa LaBare at mmlabare@fcps.edu.

 

FCPSOn

The implementation of FCPSOn is going well. Our tech team of Mr. Dobbs, Ms. Bousman-Stanczak and Ms. Kramer has done a great job distributing devices and problem-solving issues as they arise. At the next PTSA meeting (10/9 @ 7:00PM) the presentation will be focused on FCPSOn applications. Please mark your calendars! We do ask that you with your student to get in the habit of fully charging their laptop overnight.

 

 

Fairfax Connector Bus Passes Update

Students are eligible for a free Fairfax Connector bus pass with parent/guardian permission. The free student pass is valid only on Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. If you switch to Metro or another transit system you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card. The free student pass is valid 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week. All other times you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card.

Unfortunately, for students who are new or who have lost their bus pass, there has been a delay in the production of the cards that are provided by the Fairfax Connector. We have not been provided a projected date for receiving the cards. Students who previously had a bus pass should continue to use them; passes are intended to be valid until graduation.

 

Fairfax Connector Bus (Autobús Público)

Si su estudiante tiene un pase para los autobuses públicos (Fairfax Connector) y está vencido, puede usarlo todavía. Aún no tenemos información acerca de cuándo llegarán los nuevos pases para los estudiantes.

 

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 .

We are pleased that our Leadership class is promoting the importance of both overall attendance and arriving to school on time. Currently there is a class competition to see which grade level has the greatest percentage of students getting to first block on time! Keep up the great work!

Attendance Line: We have an attendance line 703-715-4545 at South Lakes where absences should be reported. When you call the line it will give you options to leave a message for each grade level office (9th=1, 10th=2, 11th =3, 12th =4, the special education office (dial 5) or to leave a message in Spanish dial 6. If you know your extension, dial # to bypass the directions.

Parents have 72 hours to report an excuse for absences.

Línea de asistencias

Por favor llamar por la mañana para informar si su Estudiante va a faltar, llegar tarde, o si necesita retirarse temprano. El número es 703-715-4545.

 

Checkouts: If a student needs to checkout during the school day the easiest method is for the student to bring a note to their subschool in the morning an get a pink checkout pass. This is what they show their teacher to get dismissed from class. The student then reports to their subschool to sign-out before they leave. If they are returning the same day (e.g. 10:00AM dentist appointment, returns at 11:15), they will report back to the same office to have their attendance updated and receive an excused pass back to class. Parents and students should arrange where they will be meeting (main office or stadium side).

You may call the attendance line if you know you are checking your child out during the day. Please call at least 90 minutes ahead of time. Our AA’s monitor messages throughout the day but are not necessarily sitting at their desk at all times. If you get a last-minute appointment and show up to the school, it will take several minutes to notify their teacher and have your child complete the checkout process. Please plan accordingly.

If your child calls you saying they feel ill and want to be picked up, please direct them to get a pass from their teacher to the clinic. Students who leave school without completing the checkout process will be marked unexcused.

 

Volunteers Needed for Screenings

SLHS' Annual Hearing and Vision Screening is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 2nd and 3rd. This event is less than 2 weeks away! We are in need of 10-12 Parent/Adult Volunteers are for each class period to help screen the 10th grade (and 'new to County') students. No experience necessary... PLEASE call the Health Room at 703-715-4612 anytime and leave a message... OR, email Mary La Valley at melavalley@fcps.edu and she will call you back.

 

Visiting South Lakes

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

 

Fundraising Opportunities

Fall is coming - the perfect time to plant fall bulbs for spring blooms! Support South Lakes High School’s Dutch Mill Bulbs fundraiser by ordering guaranteed-to-bloom bulbs shipped directly to your home! Sale runs September 11-30, with delivery in October just in time for planting. Tulips, daffodils, tiger lilies, hyacinths and more! Visit link below and note on form that your group is South Lakes High School. https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=southlakes

 

About Our Staff
  • Did you know that the art sculpture at Lake Thoreau was designed and built by the SLHS STEAM team led by teacher Marco Rando? Mr. Rando will be working with students over the next several months to build a sculpture at the Reston Town Center.
  • Congratulations to Matt Ravenstahl who has a one-man exhibition at NOVA Loudoun Campus in Waddell Gallery “Not Stated But Expressed”. Mr. Ravenstahl has been nominated for the Virginia Art Education Association Art Educator (VAEA) of the year.
  • SLHS Finance Tech, Joan Carboni, is being recognized as part of the Carboni’s Office Professional Support Team, as a winner of a 2019 FCPS Team Excellence Award. This honor recognizes and celebrates her team’s commitment to serve FCPS with the highest degree of dedication and professionalism (the team organized and facilitated a countywide conference for FCPS operational employees last spring). They will be recognized at a county reception on Oct. 16th. Congratulations Joan - we appreciate all the work you do here at SLHS and to support staff across FCPS.

  FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Registration will soon open for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The event will be held at Fairfax HS on Saturday, October 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s conference is being sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address from Dr. Marc Brackett, of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

  FCPS Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference -October 19 

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

 

 

Mark Your Calendars

Sept. 24th & 25th -Underclassman pictures through English classes

Sept. 26th - Club & Activities Fair for students, lunchtime, main hall

Sept. 26th - Parent Orientation

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

 

Kim Retzer

Proud Principal

11400 South Lakes Dr. Reston, VA 20191  | Main Office: 703.715.4500
Attendance: 703.715.4545 | Web | Twitter

SLHS: Everything Back to School Night 9-11-19

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9/9/19

  Back to School Night (BTSN)  Wednesday, 9/11/19

 

Our annual BTSN is Wednesday, 9/11. This event is an opportunity for parents / guardians to meet our teachers and hear a little about each class your child will be taking. We invite parents to arrive as early at 5:45 to visit with school groups who will have information tables in the main hallway as well as some student clubs holding fundraisers. We ask that parents be in their child’s first period class by 6:45 for a welcome video presentation. Our schedule that night will follow the blue day sequence of classes (periods 1,3,5,7) followed by a green day (2,6,8 – 4th period seminars don’t meet). The “bell” for first period to begin is at 7:00PM.

 

Parents are asked to check ParentVue for their child's schedule or have their child write out their schedule. We ask that parents follow the bell sequence as our teachers do share rooms. If you go out of order you may not be seeing your child's teacher in the room.

We will have students here to help parents/guardians navigate the hallways. Your student should not need to attend with you.

 

Shuttle Opportunity:

SLHS is providing shuttle service from several feeder elementary schools since parking is often a challenge (and it often rains!).  Please consider riding one of the four shuttle buses being offered with stops at five schools. See below for schedule.   PLEASE sign-up so that we can plan appropriately.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AD2DA02-btsn9

 

Parking:

You may park on the stadium side, front side, along the island in the front, in the lower lot.  You may also park at Langston Hughes MS next door, along Ridge Heights as allowed and if we really need overflow at Terraset ES.

 

Tables for School Groups:

SLHS clubs and directly affiliated groups (PTSA, booster groups) are invited to reserve a table for Back To School Night. Tables will be available in the main hallway starting at 5:30PM. We encourage groups to finish their table activities around 6:45 so we can maximize space in the main hall for transitions to classes and parents have the opportunity to view the welcome video!

Sign up for a table at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AD2DA02-btsn8

Due to capacity restraints, we are not able to honor table requests from groups outside of SLHS.

 

Learn More about the Role of the Counselor:

Want to learn more about School Counselors and their role in supporting student success? Stop by the right side of the Library from 6-6:30 for a brief presentation by counselors Madiha Jamil and Moira Fleche.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! Stay Informed

All families are encouraged to get connected via twitter (@southlakehs) and / or sign up for News You Choose at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1 .

You will be directed to select the Subscription Topics that meet your needs. Be sure to select: “High Schools”, “South Lakes”, “General News and Announcements” and any other areas of interest.

 

Also, if you are changing your email address, please be sure to update records at the school so you continue to get communications. Email changes can be made through your child’s counselor.

 

 

Mark Your Calendars

Sept. 11th – Back to School Night, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Sept. 24th & 25th -Underclass pictures through English classes

Sept. 26th - Club & Activities Fair for students, lunchtime, main hall

Sept. 26th - Parent Orientation Evening- more info to come

Oct. 29th - Make-up underclass pictures

 

Graduation will be Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30PM at Eagle Bank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.

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Attendance: 703.715.4545 | Web | Twitter

SLHS News & Announcements 9-5-19

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9/5/19

  Back to School Night (BTSN)  Wednesday, 9/11/19

Our annual BTSN is Wednesday, 9/11. This event is an opportunity for parents / guardians to meet our teachers and hear a little about each class your child will be taking. We invite parents to arrive as early at 5:45 to visit with school groups who will have information tables in the main hallway as well as some student clubs who may be doing fundraising. We ask that parents be in their child’s first period class by 6:45 for a welcome video presentation. Our schedule that night will follow the blue day sequence of classes (periods 1,3,5,7) followed by a green day (2,6,8 – 4th period seminars don’t meet). The “bell” for first period to begin is at 7:00PM.

 

BTSN– Shuttle Opportunity

SLHS is providing shuttle service from several feeder elementary schools since parking is often a challenge (and it often rains!).  Please consider riding one of the four shuttle buses being offered with stops at five schools. See below for schedule.   PLEASE sign-up so that we can plan appropriately. If we have less than five (5) people signed up for a bus two days before the event (morning of 9/9/19) we will cancel the bus.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AD2DA02-btsn9

 

BTSN -Tables for School Groups

SLHS clubs and directly affiliated groups (PTSA, booster groups) are invited to reserve a table for Back To School Night. Tables will be available in the main hallway starting at 5:30PM. We encourage groups to finish their table activities by 7:00PM so we can maximize space in the main hall for transitions to classes. Sign up for a table at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AD2DA02-btsn8

Due to capacity restraints, we are not able to honor table requests from groups outside of SLHS.

 

FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Registration will soon open for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The event will be held at Fairfax HS on Saturday, October 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s conference is being sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address from Dr. Marc Brackett, of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

  Save the Date: Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to Be Held October 19 

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

 

  Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Students are eligible for a free Fairfax Connector bus pass with parent/guardian permission The free student pass is valid only on Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. If you switch to Metro or another transit system you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card. The free student pass is valid 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week. All other times you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card.

Students who received bus passes last year should continue to use that card. Cards are good until students graduate. Students who need to apply for a card must review the application with their parent/guardians and both parties must sign the application. Completed applications get turned in to the security office located in the main hallway. Bus passes can be terminated if students fail to adhere to the rules of the Connector and/or abuse its use during school hours.

Note: South Lakes is still awaiting delivery of additional cards from the Connector. Once the new cards arrive, we will distribute them in the order that applications are submitted.

Stay Informed

If you know a family of a rising 9th grader or someone new to the area who will be attending SLHS in fall please encourage them to get connected via twitter (@southlakehs) and / or sign up for News You Choose at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1 . You will be directed to select the Subscription Topics that meet your needs. Be sure to select: “High Schools”, “South Lakes”, “General News and Announcements” and any other areas of interest.

Also, if you are changing your email address, please be sure to update records at the school so you continue to get communications. Email changes can be made through your child’s counselor.

 

 

Mark Your Calendars

Sept. 6th – SLHS Block Party, Stadium Parking Lot, 4:30-6:30PM

Sept. 6th - First football game @ home vs. Oakton, $5; no backpacks

Sept. 11th – Back to School Night, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Sept. 24th & 25th -Underclass pictures through English classes

Sept. 26th - Club & Activities Fair for students, lunchtime, main hall

Sept. 26th - Parent Orientation Evening- more info to come

Oct. 29th - Make-up underclass pictures

 

Graduation will be Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30PM at Eagle Bank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.

11400 South Lakes Dr. Reston, VA 20191  | Main Office: 703.715.4500
Attendance: 703.715.4545 | Web | Twitter

SLHS: Outreach regarding emergency responders at SLHS

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9/4/19

 

One of our students had a medical emergency today in the main hallway to which multiple staff responded.  We immediately contacted emergency responders along with the student’s family.   The student was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  The event occurred during passing time and our first lunch so a number of students witnessed the incident. Our counselors are available to support any student who may have been upset by what transpired.    Thank you for your support and understanding. 

 

Kim Retzer

Principal

 

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SLHS News and Updates- Revised

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Dear Seahawk Families:

 

We have made it through a full blue and green day and the kids new to us are finding their way around. We continue to register new students with two from the west coast and two from abroad just today! Just a reminder that Friday and Monday are student holidays. Only select 12-month staff work on Friday and our office will close at 12:30PM. All staff are off on Labor Day. Tuesday will be a Blue day.

Thank you for all the support from the community for both students and staff around the loss of our teacher, Mr. Chang. At this time, the family has chosen not to have a public service. As a way for our school community to share our admiration for what Mr. Chang brought to our school, we are going to put together two remembrance books. One will be specifically for his young son and the other for his mother. I envision photographs, artwork, poems and/or letters. Students, staff and parents are invited to submit items for the books. We are purchasing some nice note cards we will make available on Tuesday but certainly submissions do not need to be on these cards. There will be collection boxes in the main office through next Wednesday. 

Senior Parents College Prep Night

Parents / guardians of seniors who plan to apply to college for next year are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation that will explain the college application process and provide insight into college admissions. The meeting will be held on Sept. 5th from 6:30-8:30pm. Two- and four-year college options will be discussed as well as what the application process entails at South Lakes High School.  

Back to School Night 9/11/19 – Shuttle Opportunity

SLHS is providing shuttle service from several feeder elementary schools since parking is often a challenge (and it often rains!).  Please consider riding one of the four shuttle buses being offered with stops at five schools. See below for schedule.   PLEASE sign-up so that we can plan appropriately. If we have less than five (5) people signed up for a bus two days before the event (morning of 9/9/19) we will cancel the bus.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AD2DA02-btsn9

Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving Parent Night

The first Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving of the year is taking place on Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm in the theater. The presentation is part of the classroom requirement for driver’s education and is open to any 10th grader currently enrolled in 10th grade health and PE and 11th and 12th grade students who have completed PE. Students who attend must come with a parent and sit with them during the 90-minute presentation. 11th and 12th graders who have not met the PSTD requirement and still need to complete that portion of the class need to pre-register and may stop by room 147 to find out how to do so.

Please bring a pen and plan on arriving around 630-645 to find a seat as the program starts promptly at 7pm. If you are late you will need to attend a different session. If unable to make the 4th, see Mr. Brown for other dates, or send an email to srbrown@fcps.edu

Stay Informed

If you know a family of a rising 9th grader or someone new to the area who will be attending SLHS in fall please encourage them to get connected via twitter (@southlakehs) and / or sign up for News You Choose at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1 . You will be directed to select the Subscription Topics that meet your needs. Be sure to select: “High Schools”, “South Lakes”, “General News and Announcements” and any other areas of interest.

Also, if you are changing your email address, please be sure to update records at the school so you continue to get communications. Email changes can be made through your child’s counselor.

FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Registration will soon open for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The event will be held at Fairfax HS on Saturday, October 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s conference is being sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address from Dr. Marc Brackett, of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

Save the Date: Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to Be Held October 19 

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

Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Students are eligible for a free Fairfax Connector bus pass with parent/guardian permission the free student pass is valid only on Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. If you switch to Metro or another transit system you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card. The free student pass is valid 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week. All other times you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card.

Students who received bus passes last year should continue to use that card. Cards are good until students graduate. Students who need to apply for a card must review the application with their parent/guardians and both parties must sign the application. Completed applications get turned in to the security office located in the main hallway. Bus passes can be terminated if students fail to adhere to the rules of the Connector and/or abuse its use during school hours.

Note: South Lakes is awaiting delivery of additional cards from the Connector. Once the new cards arrive, we will distribute them in the order that applications are submitted.

Mark Your Calendars

Aug. 30- Student Holiday; Office open 8:00AM – 12:30PM

Sept. 2nd – Holiday, Students and Staff

Sept. 5th -Senior Parents College Prep Night

Sept. 6th – SLHS Block Party, Stadium Parking Lot, 4:30-6:30PM

Sept. 11th – Back to School Night, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Sept. 26th - Parent Orientation Evening- more info to come

11400 South Lakes Dr. Reston, VA 20191  | Main Office: 703.715.4500
Attendance: 703.715.4545 | Web | Twitter

SLHS News and Updates

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Dear Seahawk Families:

 

We have made it through a full blue and green day and the kids new to us are finding their way around. We continue to register new students with two from the west coast and two from abroad just today! Just a reminder that Friday and Monday are student holidays. Only select 12-month staff work on Friday and our office will close at 12:30PM. All staff are off on Labor Day. Tuesday will be a Blue day.

Thank you for all the support from the community for both students and staff around the loss of our teacher, Mr. Chang. At this time, the family has chosen not to have a public service. As a way for our school community to share our admiration for what Mr. Chang brought to our school, we are going to put together two remembrance books. One will be specifically for his young son and the other for his mother. I envision photographs, artwork, poems and/or letters. Students, staff and parents are invited to submit items for the books. We are purchasing some nice note cards we will make available on Tuesday but certainly submissions do not need to be on these cards. There will be collection boxes in the main office through next Wednesday. 

Senior Parents College Prep Night

Parents / guardians of seniors who plan to apply to college for next year are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation that will explain the college application process and provide insight into college admissions. The meeting will be held on Sept. 5th from 6:30-8:30pm. Two- and four-year college options will be discussed as well as what the application process entails at South Lakes High School.  

Back to School Night 9/11/19 – Shuttle Opportunity

SLHS is providing shuttle service from several feeder elementary schools since parking is often a challenge (and it often rains!).  Please consider riding one of the four shuttle buses being offered with stops at five schools. See below for schedule.   PLEASE sign-up so that we can plan appropriately. If we have less than five (5) people signed up for a bus two days before the event (morning of 9/9/19) we will cancel the bus.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AD2DA02-btsn9

Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving Parent Night

The first Partner’s for Safe Teen Driving of the year is taking place on Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm in the theater. The presentation is part of the classroom requirement for driver’s education and is open to any 10th grader currently enrolled in 10th grade health and PE and 11th and 12th grade students who have completed PE. Students who attend must come with a parent and sit with them during the 90-minute presentation. 11th and 12th graders who have not met the PSTD requirement and still need to complete that portion of the class need to pre-register and may stop by room 147 to find out how to do so.

Please bring a pen and plan on arriving around 630-645 to find a seat as the program starts promptly at 7pm. If you are late you will need to attend a different session. If unable to make the 4th, see Mr. Brown for other dates, or send an email to srbrown@fcps.edu

Stay Informed

If you know a family of a rising 9th grader or someone new to the area who will be attending SLHS in fall please encourage them to get connected via twitter (@southlakehs) and / or sign up for News You Choose at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=VAEDUFCPS_1 . You will be directed to select the Subscription Topics that meet your needs. Be sure to select: “High Schools”, “South Lakes”, “General News and Announcements” and any other areas of interest.

Also, if you are changing your email address, please be sure to update records at the school so you continue to get communications. Email changes can be made through your child’s counselor.

FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Registration will soon open for FCPS' 6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The event will be held at Fairfax HS on Saturday, October 5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s conference is being sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address from Dr. Marc Brackett, of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

Save the Date: Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to Be Held October 19 

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

Fairfax Connector Bus Passes

Students are eligible for a free Fairfax Connector bus pass with parent/guardian permission the free student pass is valid only on Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. If you switch to Metro or another transit system you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card. The free student pass is valid 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week. All other times you will need cash or a SmarTrip® card.

Students who received bus passes last year should continue to use that card. Cards are good until students graduate. Students who need to apply for a card must review the application with their parent/guardians and both parties must sign the application. Completed applications get turned in to the security office located in the main hallway. Bus passes can be terminated if students fail to adhere to the rules of the Connector and/or abuse its use during school hours.

Note: South Lakes is awaiting delivery of additional cards from the Connector. Once the new cards arrive, we will distribute them in the order that applications are submitted.

Mark Your Calendars

Aug. 30- Student Holiday; Office open 8:00AM – 12:30PM

Sept. 3rd – Holiday, Students and Staff

Sept. 5th -Senior Parents College Prep Night

Sept. 6th – SLHS Block Party, Stadium Parking Lot, 4:30-6:30PM

Sept. 11th – Back to School Night, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Sept. 26th - Parent Orientation Evening- more info to come

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SLHS: Sad News

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8/24/19 Dear Seahawk Families, The South Lakes High School community is mourning the death of one of our teachers, Simon Chang. As a special education teacher and member of the boys basketball coaching staff, Mr. Chang was as a beloved member of the Seahawk family. He will be remembered for his positivity and dedication to our staff and students.  He will be greatly missed. We have been in contact with Mr. Chang’s family to offer our condolences and support.

We feel it is important for you to be aware of this situation so that you can provide any support your children might need.  Our counselors and an FCPS crisis team will be available Monday to meet with any students or staff who need assistance.  All staff will have information on where to direct students who need support. We are taking every step we can to be responsive to the needs of our students and families.  Please reach out if there are ways we can support you. 

Our thoughts are with Mr. Chang’s family and friends during this difficult time. Sincerely, 

Kim Brophy Retzer
Proud Principal of South Lakes HS
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Welcome to SY2019-20

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8/23/19

Dear Seahawk Families:

 

FCPS Bus Transportation

Parents can view student bus schedules by signing into their 24-7 Learning Blackboard Parent View account https://fcps.blackboard.com/webapps/login/

  • Scroll down to see the Bus Stop Information module
  • Click on your student’s name to view bus stop information.

 

Bus stop information is also posted in the South Lakes Library Course

  • After logging in to 24-7 Parent View, select the your student’s name in the My Family module
  • Select South Lakes HS Library
  • The bus schedule is posted in the Announcements section of the course.
  Academy Shuttles

Students who are attending courses at other schools who are receiving a shuttle between South Lakes and the other school site (typically Chantilly or Fairfax) should meet the bus at door #1/ main office side. Morning shuttles leave about 8:10 so don't be late!

  Fairfax Connector Access

Students who were issued a bus pass last year either from South Lakes HS, Hughes MS or Carson MS should continue to use their bus pass.

Students who need to apply for a new bus pass should pick up a new agreement form in the main office that needs to be signed by both the student and a parent / guardian and turned in to the security office (main hallway, room 330).

Note:  We have not received new passes from the Fairfax Connector as of yet. Students can turn in their applications and when the cards come in we will activate them.

 

  Walkers

All students should enter through the main hallway doors in the morning. This is  door #1 on the main office side and door #4 on the stadium side.

 

  Kiss & Ride

Parents who drive their student to school need to use the Kiss & Ride loop on the stadium side of the building.  Traffic backs up so bring your patience!  Upon exiting the stadium lot you will only be able to turn right so plan your route accordingly. There should be no student drop-off on the front side for any reason. Your cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.

  Student Parking

Student parking is on the stadium side of the building.  If you have not yet applied for a parking pass you need to do so. Applications are on the front page of the website (https://southlakeshs.fcps.edu/ ). Parking at Langston Hughes is for their staff only. We no longer have the shared blacktop for parking.

 

Parents:  Need to come in for something?

There are a handful of visitor spots along the island on Seahawk Drive (front side of the building). Additionally, the spots on the bus lane side of the island are open for visitors after 8:15AM and before 2:30PM during the school day.  All visitors must check in at the main office and have their drivers license for the visitor management system.

 

SLHS staff is in communication with Langston Hughes to monitor any impact their renovation may have on arrival and dismissal at either school.

 

The first block of the day begins at 8:10AM - plan accordingly so you can arrive on time each day!  We dismiss at 2:55PM. Students who ride the FCPS bus generally are home between 3:15-3:40PM - check your student's bus schedule for the specific time.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

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Back To School Packet and Important Forms- Please Read

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This year we have created a single page that includes all of the forms and various documents of the Back-to-School Packet, (emergency care, health information form, etc.)  If you do not have access to a printer and need a hard copy of a form listed below, your student can obtain a printed copy from their sub school office. Please click on the link below to access all forms.

 

https://southlakeshs.fcps.edu/opening-packet

 

 

 

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Additional Dates Added For FCPSOn Device Pickup

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Parents and Students,

Due to incredible demand, we have added 2 additional dates for FCPSOn laptop pickup before school starts!

Wednesday, August 21st 1:30pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, August 22nd 1:30pm - 7:00pm

Students can come in any time during the two days to pickup their FCPSOn laptops.

Parents, you are welcome to join your child, but are not required to accompany your student.

Students who don't come in during the distribution window will be issued a laptop during the first week of school.

Note: Bring your school identification card with you.

 

Distribution Procedures:

  • Students must be present; a parent cannot pick up a laptop for a student
  • Identity Verification:
    • Returning FCPS students, we will likely be able to look you up using your Student ID Number. To expedite the process, please bring one of the following forms of identification:
      • FCPS Student ID (preferred)
      • Other photo ID
      • Student User Name and Password
      • Parent photo ID (if using a parent photo ID, the parent must be present)
    • Students new to FCPS must have completed registration prior to pick up and bring one of the following forms of identification:
      • Student may present any photo ID with their name
      • Parent photo ID (if using a parent photo ID, the parent must be present)
  • Please allocate at least 20 minutes to complete the checkout process
  • Returning Students: knowing your password will expedite the process. If you do not know your password you will need to reset it. Use the Account Recovery tool to reset your password prior to arriving.

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Back To School Breakfast- Please Read

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Hello Seahawk family,

We know it’s still summer …..but we need to get ready to welcome back our amazing teachers and staff – and we need your help! On Monday, August 19, the South Lakes High School parent community will have the honor of hosting a back to school breakfast for our wonderful teachers and staff.  We hope we can count on you to help make this event a success. We are looking for donations of food (everything from coffee creamer to bagels to breakfast casseroles), drinks, and/or your time to help set up, serve and clean up. Please visit our sign up to help. If you have questions, please contact Katy Slater at SlaterCrew@gmail.com

Please remember to stop by the main office during the week to pick up your dishes that was used to prepare the wonderful breakfast for the staff.

Thanks,

 

Katy

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Back To School Breakfast Help Requested- Please Read

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Hello Seahawk Community,

We know it’s still summer …..but we need to get ready to welcome back our amazing teachers and staff – and we need your help! On Monday, August 19, the South Lakes High School parent community will have the honor of hosting a back to school breakfast for our wonderful teachers and staff.  We hope we can count on you to help make this event a success. We are looking for donations of food (everything from coffee creamer to bagels to breakfast casseroles), drinks, and/or your time to help set up, serve and clean up. Please visit our sign up to help. If you have questions, please contact Katy Slater at SlaterCrew@gmail.com

Thanks for reading this long message and for your help in getting ready for the breakfast.

Please remember to stop by the main office during the week to pick up your dishes that was used to prepare the wonderful breakfast for the staff.


Katy

 

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SLHS -Updated PSAT Information

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8-7-19

Dear Parents and/or Guardians of Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students:

 

This letter supersedes the letter you may have received in June about the PSAT 8/9 and the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will no longer be offering the PSAT 8/9 test to students in 9th grade. FCPS will now provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders on October 16, 2019 without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.

 

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. It measures evidence-based reading, writing and language, and mathematics with a focus on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. These are all skills that are important for college and career readiness. The PSAT/NMSQT is created and managed by the College Board, the same organization responsible for SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) tests.

 

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications. The total testing time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and students with disabilities with testing accommodations may require additional time. When school begins, we will provide families with more information about the schedule for PSAT Day and how to opt-out of the PSAT/NMSQT pre-survey, if desired.

 

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT test in tenth and eleventh grades helps to prepare students for success with the SAT college entrance test. All students who complete the PSAT/NMSQT will receive an individual score report, providing feedback based on their responses to the test questions. This will be helpful to tenth graders in preparing to take the PSAT/NMSQT again in eleventh grade and students preparing to take the SAT. Students will have access to Khan Academy's (https://www.khanacademy.org/) free online test preparation, which is customized based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores.

 

Tenth and eleventh grade students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT. Your input and consent are necessary by August 15, 2019, for the school to submit a testing accommodation request before the College Board deadline. If you feel your student may need PSAT/NMSQT testing accommodations, please review the additional information and forms found here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/38355.

 

I encourage you to discuss this testing with your child. Students may prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT by visiting the College Board website (https://www.collegeboard.org/), getting a good night’s sleep prior to the test, and eating breakfast the morning of the test.

 

If you have questions about PSAT/NMSQT testing at our school, please contact our Assessment Coach Gina Lee at gwlee@fcps.edu. If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT accommodations process, please refer to the information here or  contact our SSD Coordinator at SouthLakesHSSSD@fcps.edu. Best wishes to you and your child.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kim Retzer

Principal

 

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SLHS Laptop Distribution Information

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SLHSFCPSON@fcps.edu8/3/19

 

FCPSOn device distribution at South Lakes HS begins August 7, 2019. Please take a moment to review the distribution procedures below. For your convenience, we are offering morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours.  View all pick up dates and times.

 

Distribution Procedures:
  • Students must be present; a parent cannot pick up a laptop for a student
  • Identity Verification:
    • Returning FCPS students, please bring one of the following forms of identification:
      • FCPS Student ID (preferred)
      • Other photo ID
      • Student User Name and Password
      • Parent photo ID (parent must be present)
      • If no ID is available and you are a returning FCPS student, staff MAY be able to verify your identity in our Student Information System
    • Students new to FCPS must have completed the student registration process at SLHS prior to pick up and bring one of the following forms of identification:
      • Student may present any photo ID with their name
      • Parent photo ID (parent must be present)

 

  • Park on the stadium side and enter the lecture hall (signs will be posted)
  • Please allocate at least 20 minutes to complete the checkout process
  • Returning Students: knowing your password will expedite the process. If you do not know your password you will need to reset it. Use the Account Recovery tool to reset your password prior to arriving.
  Distribution Schedule Date Start Time End Time Category

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Noon

4:00 PM

Afternoon

Thursday, August 8, 2019

3:00 PM

7:00 PM

Evening

Friday, August 9, 2019

8:00 AM

Noon

Morning

Saturday, August 10, 2019

9:00 AM

3:00 PM

Weekend

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Noon

5:00 PM

Weekend

Monday, August 12, 2019

8:00 AM

Noon

Morning

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

3:00 PM

7:00 PM

Evening

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:00 AM

Noon

Morning

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Noon

4:00 PM

Afternoon

Friday, August 16, 2019

8:00 AM

Noon

Morning

 

Questions can be sent to: SLHSFCPSON@fcps.edu 

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