Week of April 29

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Wellness Week


In This Issue:


April 29 - May 03: Wellness Week

April 29-May 31: SOL Testing, School-Wide

April 29, 30, May 2: Senior Survey, College and Career Center

May 02: Parent Coffee, 8:30am or 6:30pm, Cafeteria

May 03: Student Holiday | Teacher Workday

May 03: Fiddler on the Roof, 7:00 pm, Auditorium

May 04: Fiddler on the Roof, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm, Auditorium

May 05: Fiddler on the Roof, 2:00 pm 

May 05: Orthodox Easter

May 06-17: AP Exams

May 08: National School Nurse Day

May 09: VA DMV Permit Test, 3:15 pm, Herndon HS - Room J104

May 18: A Day of Hope, 5:00 pm, HUMC

May 20: Sports Physicals

FCPS Calendar | HHS Red and Black Calendar




Wellness Week 2024



April 29 - May 3, 2024 is Wellness Week and Student Services has some great activities planned. We hope that you and your students are able to take advantage of the extras included on the activities sheet. Please join us for some self-care!

AP Testing Volunteers Needed



Herndon High School is looking for volunteers to help proctor AP exams beginning Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 17th.

There are two sessions: The morning session, 7:45am – 11:30/11:45am. The afternoon session, 11:45am – 3:15/3:30pm. Responsibilities include checking ID’s, handing out and collecting tests, monitoring the students and counting tests when finished. Volunteers do not have to sign up for both sessions in the same day unless he/she would like to do so. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. If you are available or know of anyone, a college student perhaps who may be interested in helping, please contact Kie Anderson at keanderson1@fcps.edu.

Spring SOL Test Information

Herndon High School students will be taking one or more Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) assessments between April 29, 2024 and May 31, 2024. All students will receive their testing schedule and other important information via school E-Mail in the middle of April 2024. All testing times start at 8:10 AM.

The testing days have been expanded this year due to the AP testing that is also scheduled during the same testing window and student testing must ensure that proper spacing and time is provided for all tests. On certain days, the bell schedule will be rotated to ensure that instructional time is maintained for all students testing. The table below lists the testing days and the schedule run that day:

  • Monday, April 29, 2024 - Science and Math SOL Tests (Seniors) – Regular Black Day Bell Schedule
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - Reading SOL Test (Seniors) – Regular Red Day Bell Schedule
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - Reading SOL Test - Regular Black Day Bell Schedule
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 - Reading SOL Test - Periods 7, 3, 5, 1
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - Biology SOL Test - Periods 3, 1, 5, 7
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - Biology SOL Test - Periods 8, 2, 6, ST5, ST6
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024 - Geosystems SOL Test - Periods 1, 7, 5, 3
  • Friday, May 10, 2024 - Geosystems SOL Test - Periods ST7, ST8, 2, 6, 8
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - Chemistry SOL Test – Regular Black Bell Schedule
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - Chemistry SOL Test - Periods 7, 3, 5, 1
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 - Geometry SOL Test - Periods 8, 2, 6, ST2, ST3
  • Friday, May 17, 2024 - Geometry SOL Test - Periods 3, 1, 5, 7
  • Monday, May 20, 2024 - Algebra 1 SOL Test - Periods TA, ST5, 8, 6, 2
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - Algebra 1 SOL Test - Periods 1, 7, 5, 3
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - Algebra 2 SOL Test - Regular Black Day Bell Schedule
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024 - Algebra 2 SOL Test - Regular Red Day Bell Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - Reading SOL Test Expedited Retake and Make-Up Tests - Regular Red Day Bell Schedule
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - All Science SOL Expedited Retake and Make-up Tests - Regular Black Day Bell Schedule
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 - All Math SOL Expedited Retake and Make-Up Tests - Regular Red Day Bell Schedule
  • Friday, May 31, 2024 - All SOL Expedited Retake and Make-up Tests (as needed) - Regular Black Day Bell Schedule

All students will received their SOL testing schedules through their school E-Mail accounts on April 16, 2024.

While further information on testing can be found on the Herndon High School Website, all SOL assessments are taken in-person at school. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your student missing a testing day, or have further questions about SOL testing, please notify your student’s school counselor or our Assessment Coach, Dr. Karl Gussow.

FCPS Senior Survey

This year’s annual FCPS Senior Survey, which gathers data required by the Virginia Department of Education, will be administered via Naviance Student during English classes on April 29, 30 and May 2.  It is important that your student is present.  The main purpose of the survey is to record both post-secondary plans (college, employment, military service, career education, etc.) and the final status of college applications for all FCPS graduating seniors.  Students planning on attending college after graduation will indicate where Herndon High School should send their FINAL transcript(s) after graduation. 

The survey also collects data on Federal Aid (FAFSA), scholarships offered or awarded, and the amount of scholarship money accepted and using.  Special note:  Given this year’s FAFSA delays and changing college “decision” dates, we understand that some students may not have decided on their attending college by the end of April.  Therefore, we anticipate there will be post-survey follow-up with some students.   Please remind your student to proactively communicate with Mrs. Kramer and Mrs. Peirce regarding any changes in the college they will attend.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week. National Teacher Day began in 1953 when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt proposed that Congress set aside a day to acknowledge the work of educators. Since 1985, NEA has celebrated National Teacher Day on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. FCPS follows the NEA and National PTA dates of scheduling Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week the first full week of May.


Help the PTSA celebrate our HHS teachers!

PTSA is catering lunch for all 250 staff and we need your support!

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation now:


NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email admissions@nvcc.edu or call 703-323-3000.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

🗳️ Nominate Someone Today for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Do you know of an outstanding person or group that has worked for equity in an FCPS school?  There’s still time to nominate a candidate for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.

This award recognizes staff, students, or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member may nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1. Full details are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Parent Coffee



Mark your calendar for our next Parent Coffee scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2024. We have decided to extend this coffee to two sessions to maximize participation. You have the opportunity to attend at 8:30am or 6:30pm. Both meetings will take place in the Cafeteria. Interpreters will be available. Topics will include:

  • Feedback session for proposed upcoming adjustments to Standards-Based Instruction,
  • Sharing of grading data from the 2023-24 school year so far,
  • Addressing concerns of junior families
  • Information about the June exam week and what you should expect from teachers

Orthodox Good Friday/Teacher Work Day

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day. See the complete school year calendar.

Fiddler on the Roof



Herndon HS Performing Arts proudly presents…

Fiddler on the Roof

  • Friday, May 3 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased at:  https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15643/

AP Exam Information

AP Exams will be taking place Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 17. Here is what students need to know to make the testing process go as smoothly as possible:

AP Exams and Locations

Special Exam Requirements:

  • Digital Exams: English Language/Comp, English Lit/Comp, US History, World History, Computer Science Principles (Students MUST bring their FULLY charged laptop and charger)
  • Exams with calculators: Biology, Physics 1, Physics C: Mechanics, and Statistics. Students MUST bring their approved calculator and extra batteries. We will NOT be able to provide calculators


Students will be excused automatically during the periods in which they are testing.  Students who do not plan to attend school the entire day will need to submit an AP Testing Attendance Form for early check out or late check in on days they are taking an AP test.  Attendance forms were given to each student, but if they need another, then they should come to Student Services. Attendance forms MUST be submitted to Student Services 48 hour prior to their scheduled AP exam. Please note that a separate permission form will be required for each AP test. Phone calls or notes will not be allowed, nor will they be accepted in lieu of a completed AP Testing Attendance Form. Any student who does not submit a completed form will be marked as unexcused for their morning or afternoon classes. Students who plan to attend school the entire day do not need to submit an attendance form on the days they are taking an AP test.


Please bring only the following items:

  • 2 Pencils
  • Pens with Black or Dark Blue Ink
  • An acceptable calculator (approved by College Board), where applicable***
  • ID
  • Laptops (Digital Testers Only)
  • Laptop Chargers (Digital Testers Only)

Materials should be placed in a see-through ziplock bag. 

Please do NOT bring the following items:

  • Backpacks
  • Electronic and/or communication devices (phones, watches, etc.)
  • Ear buds/headphones
  • Food
  • Water bottles/Beverages

Bike to School Day

Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county online. Wednesday, May 8, is the official Bike to School Day. You can register as a school, family, or neighborhood. Plan your ride whether you ride to school, to a park, or just within your neighborhood. Register for Bike to School Day.

National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8. It is a day to recognize the many contributions that school nurses make to student health and learning.  

FCPS appreciates the role of School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) for their contribution to the health and welfare of all our students. Professional school nurses support the needs of students through their delivery of healthcare, contributions to local school communities, and promotion of safety, prevention, and wellness throughout the year. They are advocates who bridge healthcare and education by supporting student health and readiness to learn. School nurses are essential to our community and work tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.  

Please join us in thanking the PHNs for their hard work and dedication to FCPS students. 

VA DMV Permit Test

Throughout this school year, Herndon HS will now offer the Virginia DMV Permit test to all students who meet the criteria, have parent permission and successfully register for the test.  Students will need to meet the following criteria and registration tasks:

  1. Be at least 15 years and 6 months old to register and take the permit test.
  2. Obtain a signed DTS 41-Parent Consent Form (DTS 41- Parent Permission Form Link)
  3. Register on ACE Online for Herndon High School (there is a $20 fee due at registration)  (ACE Online Registration Link)
  4. Register for the test on the Virginia DMV Online Knowledge Testing System (Virginia DMV Test Registration Link)
  5. Students MUST bring their FCPS school issued laptop on the day of the test.
  6. Students MUST bring a picture ID to verify identity.  If the student does not have a picture ID, take a picture, print the picture, write the student’s full legal name under the picture and have a teacher sign it to verify identity.

Test Dates: May 9, May 23, June 5

Test Location: Herndon HS - Room J104

Test Time: 3:15pm (DO NOT BE LATE)

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Quirine (jquirine@fcps.edu).

A Day of Hope



May 18, 2024 at 701 Bennett Street, Herndon, VA 

  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm FREE Classes & Resilience Fair
  • 7:00 pm Rise Up Concert

Learn more at bit.ly/riseupherndon. 

Sports Physicals

Herndon High School will be hosting their Sports Physicals on Monday, May 20th. Take advantage and cross this off your to do list for next year now while supporting the Athletic Training program! The physicals currently on file expire on June 30th, a new physical is needed for next year. After June 30th, students will not be permitted to participate in any team related activities (other than interest meetings) until a new VHSL physical form has been submitted. You are always welcome to get a sports physical through your family physician or an urgent care center, but this event is our Athletic Training Program’s only fundraiser.

Did you know? This is an incredibly important night for us because FCPS only provides the athletic training personnel, not the supplies we need to help your kids. The money earned is used to purchase the supplies that allow us to help our student-athletes stay healthy and play to their highest potential. Every piece of gauze, glove, roll of tape, ice bag, bandage, nose plug, brace, crutch…everything you see us use is purchased through the funds earned at this annual event. Without your support we would not be able to provide the services we do for our student-athletes. Just for reference- 1 physical does not even cover the cost of 1 case of tape (we go through 80-100 cases per year).

Physicals are $50- payable by cash or check on site or pre-paid through MySchoolBucks prior to the event. All details will be provided in a confirmation email when appointments are made. Additional donations or ‘sponsorships’ for student-athletes who may not be able to afford this opportunity are always welcome. We ensure forms are complete and there are no issues (unless a doctor notices something that warrants further medical attention). All forms will be put on file so kids are ready to go- you’ll just need to complete online registration for whatever activity they choose.

Click here to make an appointment: 2024 Athletic Physical RegistrationYou will receive a confirmation email within 48 business hours of scheduling.

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact Lisa Petruzzi (LTPetruzzi@fcps.edu).

Senior and Underclassmen End of Year Calendar


Please find above the calendar with the senior and underclassmen end of year final exam schedule. The calendar is also available here.

Memorial Day Holiday



All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.





From the Library

It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is approaching so rapidly. Here are some important dates from the library:

  • Friday, May 17: all senior library materials are due. School accounts, including any outstanding library obligations, should be settled before cap and gown distribution later in the month.
  • Wednesday, May 29: all library materials from freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are due. This date applies for all FCPS schools.
  • Monday, June 2: students who will return to Herndon High School in the fall and whose library accounts are clear may check out books for the summer. These books can be returned during the first week of school in August.

As we encourage wide reading for pleasure, we also work with classes on developing research skills, and are available to meet individually with students. The library’s Schoology course has a variety of resources to help students find reliable information that they can use to create new learning.

The Herndon HS library welcomes students before school, after school, and during the school day with a pass. Students looking for a lunch option other than the cafeteria can often get a pass to spend their lunch block in the library. If we can answer any questions for you, please contact us at hhs_library@fcps.edu.





🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

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