Herndon MS Updates - Oct 9

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In this Update

🌟 HMS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
🌟 Volunteers Needed: Vision and Hearing Screening
🌟 Participants Needed: Volleyball Competitions
🌟 Homecoming Spirit Week
🌟 Herndon Homecoming Parade
🌟 College Fair and Postsecondary Night
🌟 Upcoming PTA Events
🌟 Calendar Reminders

...and more!

FCPS Cares


The FCPS Cares Program 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. Herndon Middle School invites you to submit your story here, so we can all acknowledge the good work of our FCPS employees.


HMS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Parents and guardians, please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 to 7:30pm, in the Cafeteria!

Yearbook Cover Competition

We want your designs! Encourage your student to submit a yearbook cover design for this school year! Our theme is "We Rise by Lifting Others".

Submissions must be made by October 30th in this google form.

For more information, contact Ms. Loy at laloy@fcps.edu.


Volunteers Needed: Vision and Hearing Screening

We will have our annual Vision & Hearing Screenings for students on October 16th and 17th from 7:20am to 2:20pm. We are looking for parent and college volunteers to help with the screening. No experience is necessary! Volunteers will receive a quick training at 7:00 AM on both days. Snacks and water will be provided throughout the day. 

If interested, please email hjung1@fcps.edu and eparedesizag@fcps.edu or call (703) 904-4800.

Participants Needed: Volleyball Competitions

There’s still time to be a part of the HMS Volleyball competitions on October 12th and 19th at 5:30pm. We are looking to form 2 teams to play against Carson MS and Hughes MS. Practices take place on Wednesdays during Block B (3:15 to 4:50pm).


Homecoming Spirit Week


Theme: Through the Decades

  • Tuesday, October 10th
    Neon Day

  • Wednesday, October 11th
    Pink Out Day

  • Thursday, October 12th
    Decades Day: 80's vs. 90's

  • Friday, October 13th
    Class Colors:
    7th Grade - Black
    8th Grade - Red

Health Room Volunteer

Are you looking for a rewarding way to get involved in your child’s school? Consider becoming a volunteer in the health room! As a parent volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to make a real difference for students who come to the health room by providing comfort and care when they need it most. Whether it’s offering a listening ear, providing first aid care, or simply being there to lend a helping hand, your support will make a difference. As a health room volunteer, you’ll have a chance to work with our School Health Aide and School Public Health Nurse and learn valuable skills!

Training will be held on:
October 19th, from 12:00 to 3:30pm
Herndon Reston District Office -1850 Cameron Glen Dr. #100, Reston, VA 20190

Register here! 

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future: A Community Conversation. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. 

Events are open to all. Find out about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid. Your voice matters!


Herndon Homecoming Parade

The 2023 Herndon Homecoming Parade will be held on Saturday, October 14th! This year’s theme is Through the Decades-1970-2000’s.If your student is interested in walking in the parade along with other Herndon Middle School students and staff, please email enovelo@fcps.edu or iztorresroqu@fcps.edu.

College Fair and Postsecondary Night

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS College Fair and the Postsecondary Virtual events. The College Fair will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad. The fair will be held at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 15th, from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. 

The Postsecondary Virtual Event will be held on Monday, October 16th, and Tuesday, October 17th, from 5:00 to 8:00p.m. The virtual event will feature workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities. 

Flyer is available here (English, Spanish).

Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events.

Upcoming PTA Events

HMS PTA will be hosting two events for the HMS Community this October:

  • Zumba - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00pm
    Come join the PTA to dance, sweat, and have some fun with fellow hawk parents! This event is FREE and open to all HMS parents and staff who want to attend. 
  • HMS Student Movie Night - Friday, October 27th 
    More details to come!


National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help develop a common understanding of Bullying, below is the FCPS definition:

Bullying in Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”

For more information on how FCPS handles a bullying situation please visit the FCPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention webpage. Our goal is to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at school. If you have questions and/or concerns about something that is going on at school, please contact the front office so that they can support you and most importantly your student.  



  • 14: Herndon Homecoming Parade 
    Beginning at 9:30am
  • 14: Herndon vs McLean
    Homecoming Football Game
  • 21: PTA Zumba
  • 27: HMS Student Movie Night


  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Military Family Appreciation Month
  • 3: End of 1st Quarter and 2-Hour Early Release
  • 6: No School
  • 7: Election Day - No School

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