Weekly News From South County High School


Important Upcoming Dates

  • April 17 SOCO Chorus Fundraiser: Paisano's Lorton
  • April 21: Eid al Fitr/Student/Teacher Holiday-Schools closed
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • May 5, 6, 12 & 13 7:00PM: Theatre Arts Department-The Lightning Thief
  • May 29-Holiday/Memorial Day-Schools closed
  • June 9th  9:30AM: Graduation Eagle Bank Arena
  • June 16-Last Day of School (Early Release)

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Greetings SoCo families!


We have several things to celebrate this month, as well as a few news tidbits.

First, the month of April is filled with great opportunities to celebrate various groups of people. These weeks are always important, as they are reminders to share reasons why we appreciate the people or cultures that reside within our school building:

National Assistant Principals Week (April 3-7)

National Librarians Week (April 24-28)

Autism Awareness month

Month of the Military Child

National Arab American month

Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant Day (4/5/23)

The SCHS Athletic Boosters are also wanting to communicate with families about upcoming ways to celebrate and support our programs. Please stay in touch with them throughout the year by: 

In May, please put on your calendars to attend one of our four performances from the Drama department titled, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. The show will run on May 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased at [schstheatre.com]schstheatre.com or directly at this link. The musical is based on the 2005 novel by Rick Riordan. Follow Percy Jackson who newly discovers that he is a demigod and goes on a quest to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Please note this show is rated PG for mild language and choreographed violence. You can reach out to Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu should you have any questions.

Our SoCo community celebrated Ms. Lucy Blesi, the Region 4 New Teacher of the Year. She is an amazing English teacher who first won the New Teacher of the Year award at the school level, then the SoCo pyramid level, and now the Region level. Next stop? Ms. Blesi is competing with the other four Region winners for the FCPS New Teacher of the Year award. Please join me in wishing her the very best as she represents our entire school community. 

I also had wonderful meetings this past week with our PTSO and Band Parent association groups. These dedicated parents spend countless hours supporting our students and staff to help make SCHS the very best school possible for everyone. I always enjoy my time with these two special groups of parents. 

Lastly, I wish our Band students the very best as they prepare for their AIA performance. This international band group is currently ranked in the top 30 of our entire country, so these students have superior musical skills. Our SoCo community "bands' together in wishing them the best experience possible at the AIA event. 


Have a restful weekend. 




senior corner

Senior Dues:

  • $100 – pays for graduation, cap and gown, diploma cover, etc.
  • Can be paid through My School Bucks or cash or check to Ms. Straughn (C240) and Ms. Storer (C231)
  • Checks will not be accepted after May 1st


  • May 20th 8pm-11pm at Westwood Country Club, Vienna
  • $60 – ticket sales begin May 8th during lunches
  • If you your student has overdue fees on their account, they will need to resolve those first before buying a prom ticket

Senior Class Trip:

  • Wednesday, June 7th Kings Dominion
  • More info to come


  • Friday, June 9th at 9:30AM Eagle Bank Arena
  • Students must arrive to Eagle Bank by 8:30 AM with only a car key in hand (no phones, no wallets, etc.)
  • No tickets required for graduation – unlimited seating
  • Required Graduation Rehearsals: Tuesday, June 6th 10AM and Thursday, June 8th 10AM in the bubble

Caps and Gowns:

  • Make sure your senior completes the Senior Caps and Gowns form to have the correct size ordered ASAP. Students will need to be logged into their FCPS google account to complete this form.
  • Caps and gowns will be distributed during graduation rehearsals.
  • If your student owes fees (textbooks, senior dues, missing chargers/laptops, etc.) they will not be able to collect their cap and gown until their fees are resolved.

Graduation Pictures:

  • Graduation will be photographed by Victor O’Neill Studios
  • You can create an account before graduation in order to view pictures after graduation.
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The Junior/Senior Prom will be held on May 20 from 8-11 pm at Westwood Country Club.  

There will be more information coming shortly!    


Support SOCO Chorus this Coming Monday, April 17, 2023, at Paisano’s Lorton

You Can Stop in All Day From Store Opening to Closing and Get Fabulous Food!

SOCO Chorus will get 20% of Your Sale.  Proceeds Will Go To End of Year Chorus Activities.

Paisano’s Has an Amazing Menu and is Famous for their Pizza, Salads, and Wings!

Just Mention South County Chorus When Ordering Online, In-Person, or for Delivery!


Check out the trailer for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical!



South County High School Theatre Arts Department is proud to present The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. With over 100 students involved in the production process, you don’t want to miss this one! Tickets are available at schstheatre.com or directly at this link. Performances are on May 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7 pm. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is based on the 2005 novel by Rick Riordan. Follow Percy Jackson who newly discovers that he is a demigod and goes on a quest to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. If you have any questions, please reach out to Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.  



Don't wait!


Order your copy of 2022-2023 Yearbook here


lorton spring fling


Interested in pursuing a trade after high school?

If you are thinking about getting into a trade after graduation, stop by the Trademasters' booth at the Lorton Spring Fling on Saturday, April 29 between 9a-2p. Professional HVAC and Plumbers will be on hand to talk about how to get into the business. Looking for a job in the industry? Talk to the professionals at the Trademasters' booth on April 29! 

C'mon Stallions!

Someone is in need of blood every 2 seconds. Although almost 40% of the population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year. Blood cannot be manufactured & relies solely on generous donors. The South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, a frequent supporter and sponsor of #StallionNaiton is teaming up with Inova Blood Services to sponsor a much-needed blood drive.

Please consider signing up to donate on Saturday, April 29 between 9a-1:30p at South County High School. Click here to register: https://buff.ly/3zrvZ3t


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Trademasters Stallion Caring for Community Fundraiser!

Trademasters has long been a HUGE South County supporter from sponsoring the South county Athletic Boosters, the Marching Stallions to the Holiday Extravaganza, Trademasters has always given back to our school community and they are continuing that tradition!

Each time you call Trademasters and mention South County, Trademasters Service, Inc. will make a donation back to the school whenever a qualifying service is purchased! Just call 703-644-6400 for a heating, air conditioning or plumbing service call and tell them you are from South County!

Spring has sprung, and that can mean a rise in airborne allergens, like pollen and mold spores. Now is a good time to change the filter on your home’s HVAC system.  Trademasters is also offering some great rebates on equipment. Just mention South County when you call!


  Tickets for All Night Grad Party (ANGP) 

The night is meant to celebrate your student and their fellow classmates in a fun and positive environment.  We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2023 at the All Night Grad Party!

Theme: Final Stampede

Date: Friday, 9 June

Location: St. James Sports Complex (Springfield)

Price: $60.  Get your ticket now!

Follow the link to purchase a ticket, sign the waiver, and emergency contact form:  https://southcountyptso.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/24432443

The following registration information MUST be completed and agreed to by a parent/guardian.  This waiver and the purchase of a ticket allows entrance into the South County All Night Grad Party.

************   BE PART OF THE FUN *******

*********HELP is needed for the 2023 ANGP ****(Sign-Up Here)

Class of 2023: Class of 2023: ANGP Sign-Up (signupgenius.com)

Popcorn Fundraiser to support the 2023 ANGP

Calling all of Stallion Nation to help the Class of 2023 with their popcorn fundraiser. It’s yummy and gets delivered right to your home! Thanks for your support!

Please use this information to place your order:


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LAST CALL for Graduation Lawn Signs!!

Online orders accepted only through Tuesday, April 25 at 


Signs will be available for pickup at SCHS Senior Parking Lot -

Dates TBD (Approx May 8)

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Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Read more at Britannica.com.

FCPS has designated Eid al-Fitr as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays. Eid al-Fitr is from sunset April 20 to sunset April 21. Thursday, April 20, is a half O Day, and Friday, April  21, is a holiday (only 12 month employees report).

See the complete School Year Calendar


April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families


FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.


April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.


Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. 

Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids


Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Easter Day on April 16 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who they believe to be the son of God. Learn more about Easter in NatGeo Kids.


In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, April is the month of celebration. It marks the end of the lunisolar calendar and the beginning of another, just like January 1 for most people in the world, and is why this holiday is termed the Theravada New Year. The Theravada New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration. 

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