Herndon MS Updates - Nov 13

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In this Update

🌟 Winter Virginia Growth Assessment
🌟 Fairfax County Youth Survey (8th Grade Only)
🌟 Yearbook Available for Pre-Order
🌟 Be a Yearbook Sponsor
🌟 Herndon Middle School Talent Show
🌟 Home Resources
🌟 Immunization Clinics
🌟 November Spirit Month
🌟 Fall Band Concert and Spirit Night
🌟 HMS Band Fundraiser
🌟 HMS Visits George Mason University
🌟 Calendar Updates

Happy Thanks
Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th.

Reminders: Last Week's News

Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey


FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. If you have not already filled out the form online, we will provide paper forms. Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Please watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page for more information.  

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. 

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).

Applications Open for TJHSST

Middle school students who have an aptitude and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are encouraged to apply for admission to the Class of 2028 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). 

The application will be available on the TJHSST Freshman Application Process webpage. Applications must be started by 4:00p.m. Wednesday, November 15, with a deadline to submit the application by Friday, November 17 at 4:00p.m.

In This Week's News

Winter Virginia Growth Assessment

Herndon Middle School will begin testing for the Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in December. The VGA assessments provide us with important information about your students’ progress, please be sure that your student is attending school on these days. Testing dates for the Winter VGA will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 5th - Mathematics VGA
    • Make up testing December 11-15
  • Tuesday January 9th - Reading VGA
    • Make up testing January 10-17

If you have any questions regarding the Virginia Growth Assessment, please reach out to our Testing Coordinator, Melissa Sobchak, at msobchak@fcps.edu.

Fairfax County Youth Survey
(8th Grade Students Only)

As a reminder, 8th grade students at Herndon Middle School will participate in the Fairfax County Youth Survey on Friday, December 1st. The Fairfax County Youth Survey, a collaboration between the Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is a comprehensive, anonymous, and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The survey examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County's youth. Parents may preview the survey online here

If you do not want your child to participate in this survey, you may opt them out by contacting Melissa Sobchak at msobchak@fcps.edu or returning the opt out form linked here.

If you have any questions regarding the Fairfax County Youth Survey, please reach out to our Testing Coordinate, Melissa Sobchak at msobchak@fcps.edu.

Yearbooks Available for Pre-Order

Yearbook for Sale

Yearbooks are now available for pre-order through myschoolbucks and yearbookforever.com. They are $15 and will only be on sale until January 26th.

Please Note: If you do not pre-order a yearbook, there will be NO extras ordered so make sure to order now!

Contact: Laura Loy and Josey Arrington


Be A Yearbook Sponsor

Did you know you can purchase a yearbook for a student who may not be able to purchase one? Go to yearbookforever.com to purchase one. Under student name indicate "yearbook sponsor".

Contact: Laura Loy and Josey Arrington

Herndon Middle School Talent Show

Yearbook for sale

Join us for our Annual Herndon's Got Talent Show, this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Cost of admission? A canned food item to support our local community! Hope to see you there!

Contact: Laura Loy

Thank You Voters!
2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage.


From Student Services

If you need help with home internet, food, clothing, medical care, etc., please fill out this form and let us know.

Immunization Clinics

Immun Clin

Immunization Clinics are now open to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the country, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date.

Call 703-246-7100 to schedule your appointment!

  • Wednesday, November 15: 4:30-8:00pm at Annandale Location
  • Friday, November 17: 1:00-6:00pm at Springfield Location


November Spirit Month

Nov Spirit Cal

Students and staff are invited to join in on a month of fun with daily themes to get us through to Thanksgiving break! Check out the calendar of events here.

Fall Band Concert and Spirit Night

Band Spirit Night

The Fall Band Concert is tonight, Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00pm. Come celebrate these young musicians as they perform for the first time this year.

Also, come out and support the band on Wednesday, November 15th at Deli Italiano in downtown Herndon. Show them this flyer and 20% of your purchase will go to the band. This will help with materials for the band and help students afford the trip to Hershey Park! Hope to see you there!

HMS Band Fundraiser

Herndon Middle School Band is starting a fundraiser with Seasonal Roots this year. Sign up to get healthy, delicious produce delivered straight to your door and support our band students at the same time.

Click here and enter the code HMSBAND at sign up. 80% of the sign up fee will go to band after you place your first order. Thank you for supporting our kids!

HMS Visits George Mason University

GMU Flyer

Attention HMS students, join us for a visit to George Mason University on Tuesday, November 28th. You’ll explore the campus, learn about the admissions process, and have lunch in the university dining hall.

If you’re interested in going, use the QR CODE to sign up. Spaces are limited.

Cost is $9.25 per person.

Click here to sign up.


National Special Education Day

Nat SPED Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on December 2nd and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.



  • 14: Band Concert
    HMS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
  • 16: Orchestra Performance &
    Talent Show
  • 22-24: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 28: NJHS Meeting
    at 2:30 p.m.
  • 29: NJHS Meeting
    at 2:30 p.m
  • 29: PTA Meeting
    HMS Cafe at 7:00 p.m.

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