Weekly News From South County High School

From the Principal


We have had another great week.  We worked hard and the students worked harder.  Juniors began their course selections, and we celebrated our fabulous counseling staff (and may have picked up a pound too).  And the kicker was great crowd to help our Senior Women’s Basketball Team celebrate Senior Night.  The way our faithful cheered for our young ladies, I thought I was at a Mystics game!  Thank you for supporting our ladies.

I wanted to share that it warms my heart to see our students working together.  Two of the areas of the building that these partnerships play out very successfully are in our Math Lab and our Writing Center.  These two student led opportunities occur during our Stallion Time on Advisory days.  During the second quarter in the Math Lab we hosted 104 tutoring sessions.  This is not a student count but rather how many single sessions that were held where in a session you could have up to 5 students working together.  Also, we have created 20 one on one tutoring teams which meet at other times during the school day.  These are student tutors with struggling students that meet with each other on a regular basis.  This is very exciting.  In the Writing Center during the second quarter, the lab averaged nearly 4 students per advisory period and 2 tutors to help those students out.

I normally write everything in my messages myself, but I could not have stated the following about our state championship winning head football coach, Gerry Pannoni any better than how Mr. Brett Garner stated it in his communication with our staff:

“As many of you might have heard last night, Coach Pannoni has officially resigned as our head coach. In truth, I am not sure I could ever find the words to thank him for all he has done for the countless number of students, student-athletes and families he has crossed in his 40 years of service to FCPS – in the classroom, in the pool (…he did win a state championship as a swim coach…), on the field and in the community. He has certainly set my bar high for our next head coach and that individual will have tremendous shoes to fill. I truly appreciate all the knowledge, insight and influence he has imparted on me during our time together. His love, care and commitment for our kids is unrivaled and for that I will be forever grateful.  Coach P: you will be missed and always a part of our Family!”

Parents, over the course of the past few weeks, we have been witnessing increasing numbers of students who are checking out during the school day for various reasons.  I do understand that there are times when an appointment can only be made at a particular time so I concede those.  However, I am asking that if it is avoidable, please plan appointments outside of school time. We want your students to be available as much as possible so that they are able to access the content when it is delivered the first time, or so that they can be a part of classroom activities.  The other situation we believe occurs regularly is the, “Mom/Dad, can you pleeeeeeease call me out because I don’t want to stay for the pep rally!” (insert whiny voice here).  All I have to say is that if I have to be there……  In all seriousness, I understand that sometimes some events may not be the event for every student.  But we have them to bring the students together and celebrate one another. So if you can, please encourage your child to stay and be a member of the Family…. with me.

Join the PTSO folks!  All the cool kids are doing it!  I know what you are thinking.  "Will they accept me?"  YES!   “It’s too late isn’t it?”  NOPE!, It’ is certainly not too late, and your impact can be just as powerful as if you were a member from day 1!  There are so many ways that you can help out, such as serving on a committee, or finding a way to volunteer your time with the All Night Grad Party, and so many other ways.  We need more Family members to be a part of this group and to help our students from behind the scenes.  Please feel free to reach out to our PTSO president Nannette Henderson at pres@southcountyptso.org.  She will be happy to share with you how you can get involved.

Well that is all I have for you for this week.  I appreciate all that you all are doing to help make South County all that we are.  Have a great weekend and take care of yourselves.




Rock for a Cause

Laurel Hill Community Cares:

A Concert to Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Please come and join us for a night of music with your favorite SOCO artists, teachers and the Magnetic Toxins!

February 8th from 7 to 10pm

Laurel Hill Community Clubhouse

8380 Laurel Crest Drive

Lorton, VA

Donations accepted for LLS at the door.

Rock for a cause


Buy your YEARBOOK today.  Yearbooks cost $75 until the end of March.  Get yours now before the price goes up.  All sales are online at www.yearbookforever.com



Senior ads for yearbook are on sale at www.yearbookforever.com until March.  Space is limited.  Get yours today to congratulate your senior on a job well done.  (Ads can be bought for individuals, best friends, or school group of seniors- friends, seniors on teams, clubs, etc.). 


Attention Senior Parents:

To order the official 2020 South County High School graduation announcements please go to http://www.balfour.com.  Balfour is our vendor for those products. 

Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.


Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program

Presented by SC High School Driver’s ED Program


February 13th (Thursday)      

April 21st (Tuesday)

As a part of classroom driver education instruction, students and their parent/guardian are required to attend a 90-minute traffic safety program. This requirement must be met before a student will receive a Classroom Driver Education Certificate of Completion (DEC-District 8).

These programs will be held at South County High School four (4) times during this school year. Parents and students should attend the program during the quarter in which they are enrolled in driver’s education, but may attend other programs. Please be aware that you and your student only need to attend this program one time.

Programs will take place on the following dates: October 16th, November 11th, February 13th, and April 21st. The doors will open at 6:45PM with the programs beginning promptly at 7:00PM in the Auditorium. No registration is required for SCHS students currently enrolled in 10th grade Health & Physical Education (H&PE).

The legislative requirement is for a 90-minute program; therefore, doors will be shut at 7:00PM. No one will be admitted after the doors have been closed. If you are unable to attend any of these programs, additional program dates and locations can be found on the Fairfax County Public Schools website at www.fcps.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Erich Gunderman, H&PE Department Chair, via email at Erich.Gunderman@fcps.edu. Thank you for your attention to this important requirement.




Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 


Attendance Office

Early Dismissals

Please send a note with your student in the morning to give to the Attendance Office first thing upon arrival. They will receive a pass for an early dismissal at that time.Phones calls should be reserved for sickness, late arrivals, and unscheduled events. Not only does this ensure your student will be dismissed on time but it also does not interrupt instructional time for other students as the pass is delivered.

Thank-you for your assistance!


Springs Sports Tryouts

February 24, 2020

The activities office would like to remind all families of those interested in trying out for a spring sport that their child must have:

  • On file a VHSL physical form and concussion education signature page. This can be turned in to the activities office.
  • An emergency care form turned in to the head coach of the program.   
  • The Activities Office
  • We looking forward to your child’s participation!
  • 2020 South County HS Spring Sports are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Crew, Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls). Tennis (Girls & Boys) Email address for all head coaches can be found here: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3190.
  • *All tryout information and forms can be found by clicking this link: https://southcountyhs.rschoolteams.com/page/3349                                        

Mulch Sale/Spring Fundraiser

South County High School will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

For more information click 2020 SC Mulch Fundraiser

This Fundraiser benefits South County's Baseball, Boy's Soccer, and Wrestling Teams.


South County Crew

Congratulations to our rowers who competed at the

36th Annual Mid- Atlantic Erg Sprints last weekend!

16th place Junior Men 2K:

Remy Brettell

Junior Mixed 4x500 relay in a battle for 3rd place:

Chris Paine

Catherine Nelson

Dakota Asborno

Remy Brettell

Junior Women 3-minute crash 4th place:

Dakota Asborno

Catherine Nelson


Save the date! February 29, 2020

Ergathon 2020; Row Across the USA

Come out to Crossfit Lorton and put in some meters with South County Crew!  Registration information coming soon. 

Follow us on social media for details as they are released!  @rowsocorow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter



Golf Club Donations Needed

The Physical Education department is currently taking donations of your used golf clubs.  We are looking to add a golf unit in the spring and are looking for your wedges, 9 irons and 8 irons only.  Please contact Erich Gunderman @ cgunderman@fcps.edu to arrange a drop-off.

Thank you for supporting SCHS PE Department


From the PTSO

Next Monday, February 10, there will be a membership meeting in the school library/media center at 7:00pm.  We are pleased to have our School Board representatives, Laura Jane Cohen and Karen Corbett-Sanders, as guest speakers for the evening.  Please come and hear them talk about changes they expect to see in the School Board agenda for the coming year, the FCPS budget under review, and other items of interest. 


Lorton Community Action Center



Get in the game for a great cause! 13th Annual Monopoly Tournament to benefit Lorton Community Action Center. GO and make a difference in your community! Saturday, March 7, 2020/9am-2pm/Moose Lodge-9612 Fernedge Lane/Lorton, VA 22079/703-339-6688. Table sponsorships available from $300, $500 and $1000.

To register or sponsor a table click here.


The 2020 Spring into Action Gala is LCAC's annual spring gala which is the biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the gala will be held at the Harbour View event center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail hour with an open bar and passed hors d'ouevres, plated dinner and dessert, live music and more.

To register or sponsor click here.


Important Upcoming Dates

February 17                          Holiday/President's Day

March 3                                Student Holiday/School Planning

April 3                                   Third Grading Period Ends

April 6-10                              Spring Break

April 13                                 Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

May 25                                 Memorial Day

June 8                                  Graduation/No School

June 12                                Last Day of School/ 2 hour school day


FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our South County HS Staff. Just click FCPS CARES.


Submission Deadline for February 15th News You Choose will be February 13th at noon. Please send all submissions to DBoullianne@fcps.edu.