Week of May 6

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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.

In This Issue:


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

May 06-17: AP Exams

May 17: All Senior Library Materials Due

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

May 20: Sports Physicals

May 21: Herndon Orchestra Pyramid Concert, 7:00 pm, Auditorium

May 23: VA DMV Permit Test, 3:15 pm, Herndon HS - Room J104

May 27: Holiday | Memorial Day

May 29: All Library Materials from Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are Due

FCPS Calendar | HHS Red and Black Calendar




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 Exam 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 Exam 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

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:

  • 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 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 2025 Budget — What’s Happening Next



The next steps in FCPS’ budget process are:

  • Tuesday, May 14: School Board holds a public hearing on the budget. Register to speak by 6:30 p.m., on Monday, May 13.
  • Wednesday, May 15: Second day of School Board public hearings, if needed.
  • Tuesday, May 21: School Board budget work session.
  • Thursday, May 23: School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

For more details on our budget, view FCPS budget documents.

🎤 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.

A Day of Hope



Rise Up! was launched back in the spring of 2022 as a musical way to raise mental health awareness and celebrate the ability to perform a live public concert again after two years of pandemic restrictions. May 18 will mark Herndon UMC’s third annual Rise Up! concert. A “Day of Hope” for the community that will include free resilience education classes and a resilience fair where people can connect with local mental health and wellness resources. The classes and resilience fair will run from 5-7 pm and the concert will be held at 7 pm. 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).

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 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).

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.Click to edit this placeholder text.

☀️ Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 



Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!






Herndon's Scribe Needs Sponsors


Have you seen the Scribe?  It’s Herndon High School’s own literary magazine that features the amazing literary and visual art of students of all grade levels. In 2022, staff lead the revival of a print production to better showcase student skill and talent. Now we are seeking additional financial sponsors to increase print production for greater viewing and distribution. 

If you are interested in being a sponsor, click HERE, which will take you directly to “Herndon’s Scribe Literary Arts Magazine” on MySchoolBucks. Simply choose your level of support. You can make your donation (purchase) by checking out as a guest.  Sponsor levels are: 

  • Friend $20
  • Supporter $50
  • Partner $100
  • Advocate $250
  • Patron $500

All donations greater than $50 will be sent a complimentary copy of the Scribe 2024 when it comes out in May/June 2024. If you have any questions, contact Barb Taylor at btaylor@fcps.edu.

The Scribe earned "Distinguished" recognition from the National Council for Teachers' of English's REALM program for 2023. View last year’s Scribe 2023 HERE.

Please give your financial support so we can better recognize and promote the fine arts in our community. Donate today!

Thank you for your generosity and support.

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.

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students





District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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FCPS NewsIn case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

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