November 2020

Principal's Message

Greetings Tuscarora Family,

We hope you and your families are being safe and staying healthy.

We want to take a moment to recognize our veterans and their families. We THANK YOU for your service to our country.

It was a wonderful treat to see some of the students for yearbook photos, PSAT/SAT administration, and various sports practices. We certainly miss you all.

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. Let's please take the time to acknowledge the important contributions of the native people and learn about their history and diverse cultures. To learn more about Native American Heritage Month, please see

As we begin the second quarter of the school year, I am pleased to see teachers and students becoming much more comfortable working on the virtual platform. Students are finding their voices and having greater ownership of their learning. Teachers and staff will continue to coach students on strategies to manage their time and learning. While we see tremendous growth, we are also working hard to improve the supports offered to students.

In this newsletter you will find several tips and resources that are intended to help students with their learning. We are also highlighting the School Counseling team and the vast supports our school counseling team offers to each student. We encourage you to reach out to classroom and Advisory teachers, school counselors, assistant principals, or to me. Let us know how we can support you and help you succeed.

Let us continue to stay connected and in support of each other. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my staff for assistance.

Pamela Croft


Strategies for Study Hall

Study Hall is a perfect time for students to develop their self-management skills and to seek any learning supports they need. During Study Hall, students will need to be "present" in the Google Meet for attendance to be recorded. After attendance is taken, the students have several options on the use of their Study Hall time.

Here are several tips to maximize that time:

  • Complete asynchronous work. Students, you may log out of your Study Hall Google Meet once attendance is taken and focus on completing your asynchronous assignments.
  • Join a "Lab" to receive support from a teacher. During Study Hall, there are subject specific labs such as, Math Lab, English & Writing Lab, Reading Lab, Science Lab, Social Science Lab. Using the Google Meet links on you can select the appropriate lab to seek subject specific help.
  • Make an appointment with your teacher. Use your Study Hall time to setup an appointment with your teacher. The appointment can be before/after school, during your Learning Lab time for your class, or on a Monday asynchronous day. This might be a great opportunity for you to makeup work, ask your teacher questions, or ask your teacher to reteach a concept.
  • Setup a Study Group with other students in your class. Use your Study Hall time to setup a study group with your classmates and your teacher. This might be a great way to help yourself and your friends succeed in your class while still getting help from your teacher.

These are just a few tips to maximize the Study Hall time. Do you have other strategies that help you succeed with distance learning? If so, please share them with assistant principal Suyi Chuang. Your strategy may get highlighted in the next newsletter or on Twitter!

LCPS Assessment and Grading Guidelines

After several years of committee work spent researching, drafting, and engaging in feedback protocols, LCPS and the School Board approved the K-12 Assessment and Grading Common Guidelines. These guidelines for grading and assessment are in full implementation in quarter 2.

Our philosophy is that students master concepts and skills in different ways and at different rates. These guidelines are in place so that we have common practices to help students succeed. Students, please pay special attention to the reassessment guidelines and the late work guidelines.

Please direct any questions about these guidelines with classroom teachers, assistant principals, or the principal.


Attention Huskies! Here are your class officers!

Class of 2021

President: Ella Nassauer

Vice President: Abbie Domingue

Treasurer: Jack Halpern

Secretary: Brigid Pellicano

Historian/Social Media: Mason Goodwyn

Class of 2022

President: Shoebur Rahman

Vice President: Emma Allen

Treasurer: Morgan Jenkins

Secretary: Eleanor Fox

Historian/Social Media: Bella Scroggins

Class of 2023

President: Yaajushi Valluri

Vice President: Nathaniel Pearsall

Historian/Social Media: Erin Thompson

Executive Council: Jordan Ayoub, Mariah Goodwyn, Michaila Lofton, David Seekford

Class of 2024

President: Tabitha Shin

Vice President: Natalie Hayman

Treasurer: Claire Gibson

Secretary: Joelle Aheto

School Counseling

It’s been a busy month. The School Counselors have been meeting with Seniors to discuss post-secondary plans. Please reach out to your school counselor if you have additional questions. The School Counseling Newsletter continues to be updated. Please check it out for scholarship and upcoming college visit information.

The HBCU Showcase will be held virtually on November 23rd. More information is forthcoming as the event takes shape.

This just in: Data to Support Student Academic and Career Planning. In this linked document, you will find great information from our State Superintendent for all students concerning college and Career Readiness. You will see the Top 100 professions in the Commonwealth and the top10 degree programs.

Student Support Team!

Attention Huskies! As we continue navigating these unchartered territories there is a support team here and ready to connect with you. Reach out to your School Counselor if there is anything we can do to support you. Although we cannot see most of you face-to-face right now, we are always happy to hear from you.


PEER helpers are students who are trained in communication and basic counseling skills. These students are selected because of their ability to relate to their peers as well as their interest in helping other students. PEER helpers can help with many different problems, including but not limited to: relationships, family, grades, social situations, etc... Meeting with a PEER helper is confidential as long as there are no safety concerns. This support is sponsored by Social Science teacher, Valeria Austin, and School Social Worker, Celene Goodwyn.

To request a PEER, please complete this Google Form.


Tuscarora Library is pleased to offer curbside service for book distribution! To request a book, please fill out this form. Note that due to construction, much of our collection is presently unavailable. When you request a book, we will email you to let you know if it is available. If it is, we will check it out to you and you can pick it up on Mondays when textbook distribution takes place.

Need research help? Looking for book suggestions? You can now visit the virtual library during your study hall block. Mrs. Pellicano and Mrs. Carroll are available in the library google meet (nickname: thslibrary) to help you every day from 9:30 until 4. You can also email your librarians at or for more information or help on a specific topic.

Join the THS Library Schoology Group, where you will find resources, ideas and activities that support the curriculum and promote literacy. Look under “Resources” for everything from Makerspace activities to Book Club discussions to Research Help! We are constantly updating and adding material. Join with access code J692-33CW-DJPZ7

November is Native American Heritage Month! We will highlight some of the library’s Native American resources throughout the month on our webpage and on social media, including Facebook (@TuscaroraHSLibrary), Twitter (@TuskyHSLibrary) and Instagram (@tuscarorahslibrary). Follow us!


Hello Husky Nation!

The Athletic Department hopes everyone is doing well and has had a great start to their year!

After meeting with coaches, athletic directors/principals and superintendent representatives from the respective regions, the VHSL staff has drafted the following plan for the FY 2021 Athletic and Academic Activities. Please follow this link to view the information on start dates and a full explanation of the plan to return to play:

Many teams have begun working on individual skill development and conditioning. Guidelines and allowances have evolved over the past few months. Having a current VHSL sports physical and completing the online registration is required before participation may occur. Please follow the following link to access the physical form and the “Registration” tab: . On that page you will also find contact information for our head coaches if you would like to reach out and get information regarding sports in which you may be interested.

Our social media sites are @TuscaroraHusky on twitter and TuscaroraHusky on Instagram. We encourage you to follow those to receive immediate updates when they occur.

If you have other questions please email Athletic Director Tony Tallent; or Assistant Athletic Director Scott Valyear

Tuscarora Performing Arts

The Tuscarora Performing Arts team premiered HOMEFRONT and the film received a SUPERIOR rating at the state level. On top of that, senior Abigail Domingue received a BEST ACTRESS award, one of the top ten high school actors in the state! KUDOS Abigail!

HOMEFRONT will show on November 11th at 7PM as a fundraiser for Veteran Affairs. Tickets to this show can be purchased for $7.50 each at the link below:


The 2019-2020 staff of Tuscarora’s The Pack won a First Place award from the American Scholastic Press Association for their writing, design, and broadcasting work during this past school year. Each school year a school’s yearbook and/or news magazine is scored on a point system and is awarded a First, Second, or Third Place in its classification. We are honored to have won the highest distinction. KUDOS on this wonderful accomplishment!

Current staff members include: Mia Parada, Danny Kistner, Taylor Byrne, Ronan Heykoop, Ryan Upp, Rainer Halveland, and Sally Bermudez.

And Now... From FINE ARTS

Choir students are coming up with creative ways to present their Ghost of Tom and Pumpkin Eyes duets. Students in pairs used singing apps, animation, sound software. movies and other approved applications to create a visual to go with their audios. Each person had to learn a Halloween song and do a mash up. Their rubric included duet preparation, tempo, rhythm, intonation, tone and diction.

Callie Lashey and Dillan VanZego got into the spirit and wore their costumes. Great job and we had lots of fun creating different ways to present.

English Learners Department News!

The EL Department had another busy month in October! On the 26th we hosted a Zoom meeting with the families of EL students returning on October 27th. The meeting went over the daily check-in on students' health and what was to be expected of Hybrid Learning.

Another food box distribution to EL families in need occurred on Monday October 26th. We are extremely thankful for the generosity of McClean Bible Church, the Backpack Coalition, and Mobile Hope. We could not host these events without these donations! Thank you!

Our wonderful Parent Liaison, Violeta Mellott, has been working endlessly contacting our families to keep them up to date on all of our events (Return to School, Zoom meetings, Food Distributions, and the new block schedule beginning November 9th). Thank you Violeta!!

Save the date: Our next food box distribution is scheduled for Monday, November 16th from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Save the date: Holiday gifts and food distribution is scheduled for Monday, November 21st from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Please stay safe everyone and social distance!!