SLHS News to Know 8-31-17




Meet the Admin Team

South Lakes is pleased to welcome Ms. Lisa Taweel as the newest member of our administrative team, supervising special education.  Other members of our core administrative team include:

  • Kari Olsen, Director of Student Services, supervisor for Counseling & Student Services
  • Linda Sarabia Jones, Director of Student Activities, supervisor for Coaches, Sponsors, building use
  • Greg Luongo, 9th grade administrator, supervisor for Math & CTE
  • Rich Deivert, 10th grade administrator, supervisor for Science and Custodians
  • Colleen Robson, 11th grade administrator, supervisor for Social Studies and World Languages
  • Val Winter, 12th grade administrator, supervisor for English, ESOL and Health/PE

Starting September 1st we welcome Mr. Pete Bendorf to the team. He will help cover while Mr. Luongo is on paternity leave until mid-October.  Mr. Bendorf recently retired from FCPS and was last an administrator at Westfield HS. Once we have email set up for him we will be sure the website is updated.


Everything Transportation

  • The Kiss & Ride is located on the stadium side of the building. Parent should not drop off students in the staff lot or along Seahawk Drive. 
  • Students who were notified they are eligible for a parking pass should pick it up by the end of the day on Friday. All student drivers should park in their assigned spots. Parking enforcement will being Tuesday, Sept. 5th.
  • Local neighborhoods are increasing their parking enforcement efforts. Students who park in unauthorized areas risk being towed.
  • For students who ride their bike to school there is a bike rack outside of door 4.
  • Late buses will run on Wednesdays starting Sept. 13th.  Students who stay after for school related clubs and activities are eligible to ride the late bus. They must get a pass from the teacher or club sponsor they stay with.  Students who leave campus and come back or those who do not have a pass will not be permitted on the late bus.


Learn more about this online payment portal for many school fees.  Parents can set up an account which they link their student(s) to so there is one account per family.  Course fees, lunch funds, some ticket events can be taken care of online. MySchoolBucks eliminates the need for students to carry cash to school and for multiple checks to be written. Learn more and sign up at


Yearbook Pictures- Sept. 11th & 12th

Grades 9-11:  Pictures will be taken during English classes on Monday, Sept. 11 (green) and Tuesday, Sept. 12 (blue). Seminars on 9/11 are 1 and 2, so students in 2nd period English classes MAY have pictures scheduled on 9/11. Picture order forms will be sent home soon.

Seniors: Must be sure their photos are taken BEFORE Thanksgiving. Any photos taken after Thanksgiving have no guarantee of being printed in the yearbook. Seniors/parents of seniors should contact the Lifetouch senior hotline at 1-800-445-1189 if they haven’t had pictures taken yet. There will be one more round of makeups in October.

Order your yearbook today! ; School code 13550

Questions:  Ana Travis,


Request to take a Course Pass/Fail:

With parent/guardian approval, high school students are given the option of taking one elective credit per school year to be marked on a pass-fail basis. This may be applied to required physical education credits, world language credits, economics and personal finance and to credits other than those required for English, social studies, mathematics, and laboratory science.  Information regarding the Pass/Fail policy can be found at Students should contact their counselor to discuss the Pass/Fail option.  The request for Pass/Fail status for a full year course must be submitted to the student’s school counselor by Thursday, September 28th. 


Expunging of HS Credit Courses taken in middle school (9th graders only)

In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Guidelines and the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school, including the required form, can be found at

Parents/Guardians must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course.  The deadline for 9th grade requests to expunge a high school credit-bearing course from 8th grade is Friday, October 27, 2017,

Please contact your school counselor for additional information.



Upcoming Events:


Block Party- September 1st from 4:00 – 6:30PM, Stadium Lot

Please come by and check out the Block Party this Friday.  Many clubs and organizations will be conducting fundraisers, sponsoring games and Boosters will be selling spirit wear. Learn about opportunities to get involved in the Seahawk Community! There is no admission fee to get in.

SLHS Parent Orientation - Tuesday, Sept. 5th from 6:30-8:30

Please join us for a glimpse of life at SLHS. This opportunity is for both new and returning parents. Sessions offered that night include:  nuts and bolts, a teacher panel, overview of advanced academics, how to get help, overview of diploma requirements, and tips for handling social media and athletics and activities.  In addition, you can get help with setting up ParentVue and MySchoolBucks and as well as learn more about booster and parent groups, including stocking up on Seahawk wear!

Babysitting: Spanish Honor Society students will provide activities for children over age 5 during the program. 

Registration is requested to help us plan accordingly but walk-ins are welcome. To register or suggest additional topics go to

Questions:  Jim Wagner ( ) or Heather Scott ( )


Senior Parent Night- Thursday, Sept. 7th at 6:30PM 

This is an annual event where parents and senior students can come to gain a wealth of information.  Counselors will be making a short presentation on the College Application process at South Lakes High School that was presented to our senior students earlier that day.  Our new Career Center Specialist  (Jennifer Campbell) will be speaking regarding the Career Center.  Monica Gomez, the Pathways Program Counselor at Northern Virginia Community College will be in attendance and speaking regarding the Pathways program and what it could mean for students not yet ready for the move to a four-year college/university or looking for other post-secondary options.  Finally, Mr. Barry Bradberry, the Associate Dean of Admission at Elon University will be our featured speaker.  Barry has spoken for many years at our program, provides a wealth of knowledge on the admissions process and will answer any questions you may have.  Barry will be speaking regarding the college admission process in general and not speaking specifically regarding Elon University. Please plan on joining us Thursday evening, September 7th at 6:30 for an information filled evening.

SLHS Back To School Night- Tuesday, Sept. 12th

Our BTSN is on TUESDAY, Sept. 12th from 6:00- 9:30PM. .  The agenda for the night is as follows:

  • 5:45 – 6:30  Get information form school affiliated groups, buy spirit wear, booster passes, assistance with parentvue and more
  • 6:30- 6:50  Meet the administrative team and get an overview of the year
  • 7:00 Visit classes: parents will rotate through their child’s blue day schedule followed by their green day. 

Once again we will provide shuttle buses from area elementary schools to help alleviate parking issues.  Shuttles will make stops at Fox Mill, Dogwood, Hunters Woods, Forest Edge and Lake Anne elementary schools. For times and to sign up please see



We are off on Monday for Labor Day. It will be a Green day when we return on Tuesday.


Kim Retzer

Proud Principal