Week of April 29

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In This Issue

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. Throughout the month, NAMI actively participates in this national movement, dedicated to eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering public education and advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Visit NAMI.org to learn more!

Reminders: Last Week's News

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

FCPS is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Register for an in-person forum by clicking on one of the following dates:

  • Monday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Whitman Middle School
  • Monday, May 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Hughes Middle School
  • Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Frost Middle School.

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s counselor.

Nominations Open 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.

Herndon HS Volunteers Needed

HHS Volunteers Needed

Celebration of Acceptance

NCS is hosting a mental health awareness and inclusion event tailored for teenagers aged 13-19. Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 12 to 3pm at James Lee Community Center! Tap here to find out more!

In This Weeks News

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Attendance Icon

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources

Stress Less, Rock the Test

Stress Less, Rock the Test

Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3 is Stress Less, Rock the Test week. We hope your student joins us on some fun activities as we prep for testing!

Monday | Wear your college gear
Tuesday | Wear your favorite neon attire
Wednesday | Pup visit during lunches
Thursday | Connect with your counselor to practice mindfulness activities
Friday | No School - Play a sport, spend time outdoors, express yourself artistically, read a book!

SOL Schedule

This is a reminder that SOL testing will begin this week for our students. Please take note of the following testing dates:

  • Thursday, May 2 | Reading 7 and Reading 8
  • Wednesday, May 8 | Science 8
  • Wednesday, May 22 | Math (All Levels)

Thank you for your continued support in preparing our students for these assessments. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out.

Athletics and Activities

Herndon High School Sports Physicals

HHS Physical

Herndon High School will be hosting their Sports Physicals on Monday, May 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Take advantage and cross this off your to do list for next year now while supporting the Athletic Training program!

Register Here!

Questions? Contact Lisa Petruzzi at ltpetruzzi@fcps.edu.

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! The Institute for the Arts camp is for students currently in grade 6-11. Students design their own schedules and select from art, music, theater, and dance classes.

Learn more on the IFTA webpage. Email IFTA@fcps.edu with any questions.


Math and Reading SOL Prep Program

SOL Prep

Get ready for the SOLs with some free SOL Prep Sessions! Heritage Fellowship Church will have tutors available from Saturday, May 4 through Saturday, May 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Reston, VA.

Please contact rgdrummer@yahoo.com with any questions.

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS.

View the list of phone numbers.


Asian American and Pacific Islander HM

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish HM

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Orthodox Good Friday

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.



3 | Orthodox Good Friday (Teacher Work Day)

4 | Cubing Competition at Carson MS

7 | National Fentanyl Awareness Day

8 | Bike to School Day

8 | National School Nurse Day

6-10 | Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

27 | Memorial Day (Holiday)

Helpful Links

FCPS Cares

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. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.