Weekly News From South County High School


Important Upcoming Dates

  • 11/06/2023- Student Holiday (School Planning Day)
  • 11/07/2023- Election Day- Student Holiday (Teacher workday)
  • 11/06, 10, 17 & 21- Final Senior Portraits
  • 11/10/2023 7:20 a.m- Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
  • 11/11/2023- Veterans Day
  • 11/12/2023- Diwali
  • 11/16, 17, 18- 7:00 p.m: Much Ado About Nothing
  • 11/18/2023 2:00 p.m- Much Ado About Nothing
  • 11/22-11/24- Holidays (Thanksgiving Break)
  • 11/29/2023-  Fairfax County Youth Survey
  • 05/01/2024- Deadline for Senior Dues

Message from Dr. Khoshaba

Happy November, Soco families!

I hope all of you are well and surviving the quick change of weather. Where else can you go from having mid-80 degree temperature days to chilly, 50-degree weather days in just two days? No matter the degree of change, I love the Fall weather. In fact, the only thing I love more than the brisk, cold days is our Stallion pride, so let’s jump into this week’s information! 

The Marching Band participating in the VMBC Championships in Lynchburg, VA last Saturday, October 28. The had an amazing show, and placed 2nd in their group, as well as winning Best Percussion and Colorguard, respectively. Their hard work was evident in their show, and our community appreciates the hard work and dedication of the students, Mr. Engdahl, and staff.



Our success with music continued as the SoCo Pyramid Orchestras (elementary, middle, and high) had an amazing Masquerade performance last week!  We are so proud of all our strings students and love all the excitement that this event brings.  Our hope is that our young pyramid musicians will continue to play their instrument and one day be a part of the orchestra program here at South County High School. 

Below, please find links to the recording of the live stream as wells as a link to a gallery of photos taken by Lukas A.R. Photography.  

CONCERT RECORDING - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3NK_Vv4dMI

PHOTOS - https://lukasarphotography.pixieset.com/southcountyhsorchestramasqueradeconcert/

In the area of sports, our Boys Volleyball Club ended their season last weekend. They had an outstanding season, and they consistently displayed that they are champions both on and off the court. They participated in play-offs last Saturday and Sunday. Our Silver (Varsity) team won their first match but lost to the eventual winners in the second round. Our Blue (Developmental) team also won their first match but lost in the next round, coming in 7th out of 16 teams. And finally, our Green (Developmental) team won the championship on Sunday night at 9:30pm! That’s right, … PM! Talk about a test of endurance! They were very exciting games, and our teams’ levels of play have improved so much this year.

One of my favorite times of the year, Halloween, came and went in the blink of an eye! I always enjoy wearing my Candy Corn tie, as it is a great discussion starter around a great holiday treat: candy corn and salted peanuts. You have to like both individually, and if you do, you will absolutely love them together! Back in school, our Stallions could not wait to show their love for this holiday as well, as you can see here.




In the world of instruction, this week I had the opportunity to see two particularly strong and creative classes. First, in Mrs. Straughn’s Heritage Spanish class, students presented their projects from Day of the Dead. Students brought in food and listened to music to begin the class. Mrs. Straughn even showed an animated video that further explained the purpose of this holiday. Then I saw the “main event!” Students proudly discussed their projects, which included pictures of family members, friends, or celebrities that they wanted to share. This was a truly remarkable day of celebrating ancestors in such a unique and positive way!

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Another incredible classroom I had the chance to visit was Ms. Kimble’s Ceramics 1 class. Students worked hard on their Sgraffito techniques for clay plates. As I walked around and learned about this specific art technique, I enjoyed speaking with our students about the reasons they love this class. The answers were consistent and clearly heard: Ms. Kimble! Students thrive under her passion for Ceramics and love of her students. We are very fortunate to have her at SoCo.



This past week and going into next week (November 1-8) is National French Week. Our French teacher, Madame Baker, did an exceptional job of cooking food and celebrating along with our students in her French classes. Madame Baker, last year’s Teacher of the Year, always goes way above and beyond to help her students enjoy the French culture.



I would like to share one of the most unique opportunities I had this past Friday. As I was leaving the cafeteria during B lunch, a few students called me over to their table to chat. After a great discussion about food, one of the students invited me to lift weights with them. Having the perspective that “no time is better than now,” we went to the gym, pumped some iron, made some connections, and headed back to the cafeteria. That spontaneous opportunity to bond with students is one of my favorite things about working inside a school building. It’s all about making relationships with students. I want to give shout-outs to my lifting partners: Isaac, William, Jayden, and Dominic. You guys made my day!

Lastly, this year we are re-introducing students and families to something we haven’t actively promoted in some time: Class rings. This last message goes out to our parents of Juniors: 

Hello Class of 2025 Parents!

Over the next couple days, you’ll be receiving through the mail class ring ordering information from our vendor, Jostens.  Monday, November 6th is the start of South County High School's RING WEEK that runs through Sunday, November 12th!  During this time, you can take advantage of the following promotions: • $40 OFF Class Ring Purchase • +FREE Gifts w/ Class Ring Purchase • +Gratitude Ring – FREE with Class Ring Purchase • Please use the link below to access the South County JUNIOR CLASS PORTAL.

In-School order day at South County HS is Saturday, November 11th 11 am – 1 pm.

Save the Date!  The first ever South County Junior Class Ring Ceremony will be held on March 14th.  More details to come!


Try ON by Jostens


Explore and Order Your Class Ring Here


Have a great weekend!



Together As One!

The Fairfax County Youth Survey will be administered to all 10th & 12th grade students during Advisory on Wednesday, November 29th. You may review the survey here. If you would like to opt-out your child, please return the opt-out form to the main office or email it to Raven Turner at rturner@fcps.edu.

See Attached Parent Letter

senior dues


Senior Dues are $100 and help to cover the costs of Graduation and are due by May 1.

The easiest way to pay is through My School Bucks. 

Cash or checks are also accepted and can be made out to South County High School and can be given to Mr. Kingston in A125 or Mrs. Hill in Room A119.

Senior Dues need to be paid in order for students to attend prom or the Senior trip to King’s Dominion, or Graduation.

Join us for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov 10th at 7:20 by Door 1.  We will have a flag raising done by our JROTC students and the always wonderful performance of the national anthem by our SoCo Singers.




Theatre Arts Department

The South County High School Theatre Arts Department is proud to present Much Ado About Nothing. 

Tickets are available at schstheatre.com or directly at this link. Young lovers Hero and Claudio and proud singletons Beatrice and Benedick have their limits tested like never before in a wild mix of games, pranks and mischievous plots. Set in a 1970's discotech, we guarantee this classic Shakespeare comedy will be a fun, new take that has you dancing in your seat!

Come get groovy with us on November 16, 17, 18 at 7 pm and November 18 at 2 pm. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Molly Rumberger at mdrumberger@fcps.edu.  



food for neighbors


This holiday season, let's come together to make a difference in the lives of food-insecure students in our community. Food For Neighbors plans to provide local families with Holiday Meals at Thanksgiving. Visit the FFN website today and learn how you can help students and their families experience the joy of gathering for a holiday meal. Every $50 donation provides a meal for a family. Your generosity can make a world of difference for local students!


South County High School PTSO is partnering with Seasonal Roots, a local online farmers market,  to bring healthy, delicious food to our community, to support local farmers and artisans, and to raise money to support the All Night Grad Party for our seniors!

Seasonal Roots is an online farmers market that delivers “dirt to doorstep”  to families in Maryland and Virginia. Each week the market offers more than 150 items that are all grown and produced locally, sustainably, and ethically. Market items include fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, vegan specialties and more.

As part of this fundraiser for ANGP - new customers can join Seasonal Roots for 50% off the membership fee (a $25 savings!)

PLUS for every new customer who signs up, a $20 donation will be made to South County PTSO! WIN-WIN for everyone!  Be sure to use promotional code SOCOANGP at https://www.seasonalroots.com/socoangp. 



The Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show 


It’s time to spread the word…The South County PTSO is in of Student and Parent Volunteers to distribute flyers promoting the 18th Annual Lorton Holiday Extravaganza & Craft Show. Please, take a moment to check out our sign-up genius and see if you could spare an hour or two! 

All students will receive volunteer credits. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0949ACAF2BAAFD0-45077117-publicity

The PTSO is collecting gently used books of all types for the Santa’s Book Emporium.

Books may be dropped off in the bins at Entrance 1 at SCHS or if are unable to get them to the school you may email SCHSCraftShow@gmail.com and arrange to pick them up!

Save this code SCSS4010

EVERY Thursday from now until Jun 2024 Papa John's is supporting a restaurant night to support the ANGP.  

We raised $70+ in Sep.  Let's keep the momentum

papa johns


The South County High School All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) Committee has secured a year long (school year) fundraiser with our local Papa John's! EVERY Thursday from now until June, if you use the coupon Code SCSS4010, you will get 40% off your order and the ANGP will get 10% of all sales.  This is for our local Papa John's only (Off Silverbrook Rd).

So save this coupon code and use it every Thursday you are in the mood for Pizza!  This is a great way to support our local Papa John's AND support the ANGP at the same time!


Your ANGP Planning Committee

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