Heritage Weekly Update-March 17
The news you need from the Home of the PRIDE!
March 17, 2023
Traduccion en Espanol
-Cuando llegue aqui haga clic en la flecha que apunta hacia abajo y escoja el idioma "Spanish"
I hope this Update finds you and those you care about safe and well. There are not a lot of Updates as we come upon the end of the Third Quarter (March 24th). However, please be sure to fill out the LCPS Community Survey. It's very important to us and helps us regarding identifying areas of strength and challenge as we make decisions for next year. Your voice is very important to us!
- Senior Evalynn Bogusz is the Virginia State Champion for Poetry Out Loud! A model of dedication and determination, Evalynn has made it to the State level two times previously and will compete at the National competition in April!
Heritage Conference Night Survey
We are asking families to fill out this brief survey (English) (en Espanol) to help use plan for next year's Conference Night. It should take only a few minutes and is anonymous.
We need to hear from you!
The LCPS Annual Family Survey will be emailed to you on March 13. The LCPS Annual Staff, Student and Family Survey is the most extensive and influential feedback survey conducted by Loudoun County Public Schools each year. We use the results to assess the learning climate in our building and make plans for the following year. We want to hear from everyone so that we can make the best decisions for ALL our students!
The parent/family survey will only take a few minutes of your time. You will receive an email from Dr. Daniel Smith that will include a link to take the survey. You will be asked to fill out a survey for each school in which you have a child enrolled (elementary, middle, high or program). For more information go to https://www.lcps.org/2023survey
If you have not recieved a survey email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us!
LCPS Student Climate Survey
Heritage will be administering the LCPS Student Climate Survey on Wednesday, March 22nd during an Extended PRIDE TIME. If you would like to opt your student out of the Survey, please notify me before the Close of Business on Friday, March 17th.
Class of 2023 Graduation Lawn Sign
Proudly display your graduate's special day with a Class of 2023 Graduation Lawn Sign.
The cost is $25. The deadline for orders is April 5, 2023. The signs will be available for pickup between 5/1-5/6. You will be contacted to schedule a pick up date/time.
If you would like to purchase a sign for a student in need, please include their name under your donation and their sign will be included with your student's sign for pickup.
You Got PAWED 2023
2023 SENIOR PARENTS!!!
Have you heard of being “FLOCKED” (Plastic flamingos placed in your yard)? Last year, some senior parents organized something similar with the theme of “You got PAWED” and we would like to do it again this year to help celebrate our seniors. For $25, families can sign up to be “PAWED," using this form to register. Order Deadline is Friday, March 31st.
Special Permission Reminders
We have quite a few students at Heritage who attend through the Special Permission process. This is just a reminder that a new application must be submitted every year. The window opens on April 1st, and I encourage any family that uses the Special Permisstion process to apply as soon as possible to return to Heritage if they wish (by the April 30th, at the latest), so there is less risk of running into problems if Heritage reaches capacity.
Q2 Honor Roll Students
Student Assistance Newsletter
You will find the Student Assistance Newsletter here. The newsletter is dedicated to Fentanyl support and resources. Included in this issue is a flyer for March 8th, upcoming Mental Health and Wellness Parent Seminar Series on Substance Use Trends, How Parents Can Help with Prevention and Early Intervention at Admin building.
Order your Yearbook before we sell out!
- Don't miss your opportunity to ORDER A 2023 HHS YEARBOOK!
ANGP - Seniors! Only four more months until graduation! Don't forget to your tickets to the All Night Grad Party event. This is a fun "lock-in" event for the seniors to celebrate graduation with their classmates. There will be music, games, food, prizes and so much more! For more information, email PTSOheritage.email@example.com.
The Athletic Booster Club has two big fundraising events coming up and would like to invite our Heritage community. 100% of the funds raised goes to our athletes and their sports program. Our goal is to provide the highest level of support and resources to our coaches and student athletes. For every dollar we raise through our fundraising events throughout the year will help pay for the teams' uniforms, equipment, Senior scholarships, coaches' education, facility and school spirit improvements.
- Our annual Casino Night Fundraiser is on Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 7pm at Ida Lee Park Recreation. Tickets are limited (200 only), so don't wait to purchase!
- 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club - Tuesday, June 1, 2023 - 9am. We currently have an Early Bird pricing, so don't wait as prices will go up on 3/1/2023.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or interested in Sponsorship opportunities.
From the College and Career Center
College and Career News – March 17th
Thank you for your continued trust and support. It is much appreciated, and I will continue to work every day to ensure that it is warranted.
Heritage High School
March 17-ASL Bingo Night, 6 PM
March 22-LCPS Student Survey Administered; World Languages and Cultures Honors Socities Induction
March 24-End of Third Quarter
March 27-Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
March 29-Heritage Cultural Festival
April 3-7-Spring Break (Schools and Offices closed)
Wednesday, May 31-Heritage Graduation 2023
Course Selection for 2023-24
It’s hard to believe, but we are already looking ahead to the 2023-2024 School Year and working with your students to start thinking about their course selections.
Please take a look at the attached PRIDE COURSE SELECTION NEWSLETTER for information about the course selection process, important dates in our timeline, and where to find more information on the courses your student will be choosing.
And be sure to check out our Course Information Website (School Counseling à Academics à Course Info) for your one-stop-shop of course information and resources.
Friday, March 17
4:30 PM Tennis v. Briar Woods HS (Boys-Home, Girls-Away)
6 PM Away JV Baseball @ John Champe HS
6 PM Home JV Softball v. Riverside HS
6/7:30 PM Soccer v. Broad Run HS (Girls-Home, Boys-Away)
Saturday, March 18
8:30 AM Away Track @ Dominion HS
Monday, March 20
6 PM Baseball/Softball v. Stone Bridge HS (V-Home; JV-Away)
6 PM Soccer v. Independence HS (Girls-Home, Boys-Away)
Tuesday, March 21
6 PM Lacrosse v. Stone Bridge HS (Boys-Away; Girls-Home)
Wednesday, March 22
6 PM Soccer v. Riveside HS (Girls-Away, Boys-Home)
Thursday, March 23
6 PM Soccer v. Freedom HS (Girls-Away, Boys-Home)
6 PM Home JV Baseball v. Gainesville HS
6 PM Away JV Softball @ Riverside HS
Friday, March 24
4:30 PM Tennis v. Independence HS (Boys-Away, Girls-Home)
6 PM Baseball/Softball v. Ligthridge HS (V-Home; JV-Away)
6/7:30 PM Lacrosse v. Independence HS (Girls-Away, Boys-Home)
Saturday, March 25
8:30 AM Away Track @ Broad Run HS
If you have any questions regarding Athletic events, please reach out to Mr. Totaro, Heritage Athletic Director, or Ms. Martin, Heritage Assistant Athletic Director.
Heritage Athletics Update
If you are looking for schedules or additional information, go to www.heritagepride.org and search the 'Spring" or 'More' tabs in the top ribbon.
To purchase season passes or individual tickets for upcoming events, visit www.ticketspicket.com and search 'Heritage' or download the TicketSpicket app. Remember that only the LCPS All-Access Pass gets you into home AND away games. All other passes are only good at regular season HOME events.
Fentanyl and Substance Abuse Resources
In January, LCPS sent an important Community message from Loudoun County Public Schools about the alarming persistence of drug use, particularly those laced with Fentanyl, in our nation and in Loudoun County. As is the case with many societal issues, schools are not immune from the effects, and this information is part of our partnership with families to keep students safe. If you missed it, it can be found here. The information it contains is important for all of us who care about children. The resources it mentions are located at
https://www.lcps.org/Page/223879. Please reach out to our Student Assistance Specialist, Sherry Hoover, with questions or concerns.
Reminder: See Something, Say Something and Safe2Talk
Safe2Talk is a free downloadable app that allows users to choose the school where the issue is occurring and the type of incident. The user is provided options through drop-down menus for incidents such as alcohol and drug use, dating violence, weapons, sexual misconduct, graffiti, hate crimes, physical abuse, suicidal behaviors, or any other actions that threaten a student’s safety or the safety of others.
All reports through the app are monitored 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week by dispatchers in the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center. In cases of imminent threats, LCSO patrol deputies or LPD patrol officers and School Resource Officers are immediately dispatched to the threat.
You can find more information about the app at sheriff.loudoun.gov/safe2talk.
We can all play a part in keeping safe. You can report suspicious activity directly to the Heritage Administration, to the Leesburg Police Department 24/7 via our non-emergency dispatch line at 703-771-4500 or at 9-1-1 for emergencies, or via the Safe2Talk App.
Remember, if you see something, say something!
For our Seniors...
Senior Order Form Class of 2023
Senior PRIDE In Our Community Information
Join the Senior Class Remind
- Text @hhspride23 to 81010
- Deadline: September 30, 2022 for all items
- All ordering is a 2 step process:
- Complete the Senior Order Form Class of 2023
- Pay using the payment portal (link will be given after submitting your order)
- Orders are not confirmed and spaces are not reserved until payment is received
- If cost is an issue, waivers are available. Please reach out to Ms. Knapp or your student's counselor for more information.
Caps and Gowns
- Cost $55
- Includes cap, gown, tassel, and sash
- Need to include height and weight when ordering
- Distributed at Heritage in March or April
- Cost $15
- Designed by senior class officers
- Includes all senior names on the back
- Distributed at Heritage in May
Elementary School Walks
- Students wear cap/gown/sash/tassel and visit their elementary school
- All walks are from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- Permission slip is required
- All students must ride the bus to and from Heritage
- Frances Hazel Reid: Monday, May 22, 2023
- Tolbert: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
- Cool Spring: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Senior Trip to Hershey Park
- Thursday, May 25, 2023 (7AM - 9PM)
- Cost: $100
- Includes: transportation, admission ticket, and catered lunch
- There is space for 250 seniors
- All students must ride the bus to and from Heritage
- Tuesday, May 30, 2023 (11:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
- Cost: $25
- Includes: transportation, Ida Lee water park, and lunch
- All students must ride the bus to and from Heritage
Graduation Rehearsal & Panoramic Picture
- Panoramic Picture-Tuesday, May 30 in stadium at 9:00 AM (wear cap & gown)
- Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal - Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 9:30 AM
- Tickets to graduation (only in the event of inclement weather) will be distributed after the rehearsal
- Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM in the Heritage Stadium
- Seniors wear cap/gown/sash/tassel/honor cords
- Seniors MUST meet in the main gym at 5:00 PM
- Gates open for visitors at 6:30 PM
- We are on the field rain or shine
- No ticket requirement if outside
- If there is really heavy rain and we cannot have the ceremony safely outside, we will adjust and every graduate will receive 4 tickets for the inside ceremony
Please reach out to Ms. Knapp, Senior Class Sponsor, for more information.
PTSO meeting, Wed. 9/14 @ 7pm in the library. This will be our first PTSO meeting of the 2022-2023 school year.
To join and find out more, just click here.
The HHS Pride Productions Association is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting our award-winning theatre program. Our membership fees provide costumes, technical equipment, master class opportunities and so much more!
To join and find out more just follow this link.
Names in Yearbook and Graduation Program
Please note the following:
- Due to printing constraints, yearbook pictures and names cannot be changed after midnight on December 9th. Names will appear in the yearbook as they do in StudentVUE/ParentVUE, using the preferred name entered.
Senior names will appear in the Graduation Program as they do in StudentVUE/ParentVUE, using the preferred name entered.
No Place for Hate Program
Based on ongoing conversations with our students, and with the goal of decreasing incidents of insensitive remarks and hate speech, Heritage has registered with the Anti-Defamation League to be a “No Place for Hate” School. ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative is a school climate improvement initiative that provides PreK-12 schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive change. ADL encourages schools to find a student-centered approach to combat hate and discrimination in their school communities. Schools receive their designation by creating a committee of students, staff and family members, signing the No Place for Hate pledge and planning and implementing school-wide activities that address school-based issues. If you are interested in helping out with this program, please email myself or one of our staff coordinators: JJ Totaro (Athletic Director) and Danielle Davis (Heritage Equity Lead). If you would like to find out more about the No Place for Hate program, you may go to any of the following resources: No Place for Hate Promotional Video; No Place for Hate National Video; or No Place for Hate website.
I want to emphasize that students are at the center of this program. I am looking forward to engaging students in this journey toward a more positive, welcoming, affirming, and inviting school culture, which reflects our Vision: “Heritage High School readies all students for future success. Graduates are respectful of others, invested in their communities, and prepared for a changing world.”
Tutor.com can be accessed through a student's Schoology account. Connecting with a tutor is near-immediate and is available wherever a student has computer access. There is no limit to the number of times a LCPS student can connect with a tutor. Students can also drop off their written work and receive detailed feedback from a tutor within a day. In addition, the platform provides access to self-guided resources, including Advanced Placement videos and SAT/ACT Essentials courses from the Princeton Review.
Please check out the documents linked below for more information and encourage your students who would benefit from tutoring assistance to utilize this service:
Doors open at 8:30
Unless they are involved in an activity, students will not be allowed to enter the building until 8:30 AM, as we cannot provide adequate supervision until that time.
School begins at 9:30 AM this year and Dismissal occurs at 4:18 PM. Please note: Students are considered tardy to class if they are not in their first or fifth block class when the 9:30 bell rings.
As both a security measure and matter of practicality, we do not allow students to have food delivered to Heritage during the School Day. If a parent/guardian/family member needs to bring food to a student, they can, but students cannot have food delivered directly from restaurants or delivery services. If there is an emergency or special situation, please reach out to the Heritage Main Office and we can help work through the situation.
When used appropriately and with explicit permission from the teacher, cell phones can be powerful technological tools for researching, engaging with a lesson, providing feedback to peers, participating in classroom surveys, and more. However, we, along with many schools throughout Loudoun and the country, noticed a severe increase in unauthorized student use of cell phones during class last year. This resulted in students missing important instruction, distracting classmates, and often disregarding teacher requests or expectations. I want to be clear that all Heritage teachers and staff have the support of the administration to determine when and how cell phones will be used in their respective classrooms. Our school wide expectation is that students honor and respect the electronics rules outlined by each of their teachers. When students make the decision to not honor the explicitly stated expectations of their teachers, the school will issue disciplinary actions to address the behavior. Please have a conversation with the students in your care about these and your expectations regarding appropriate cell phone use in class and at school. Please also be assured that if there is an emergency or you need to get a message to your student, the Main Office will be able to assist you.
After experiencing record numbers of car riders last year, we settled on a winding path through the parking lot for both (picture below) for those driving on campus for arrival and dismisal.
When driving on campus, please keep in mind the following:
- Follow directions of school staff that are present in the parking lot.
- Remind your student to wait at the front of the school for you to pick them up.
- Keep your speed slow and watch for pedestrians.
- Be kind to other drivers, student and adult.
- Pull up to the front of the pick-up/drop-off zone and within the white striped area.
Based on our observations, we also have the following requests in the interest of safety:
- Do not cut through parking spaces and rows.
- Do not encourage your student to come to you in the middle of the parking lot or at another location.
- Do not move cones or signs.
- Do not block cross intersections in parking lot
- Do not switch drivers/passengers while in the pick-up line.
- Do not use your cellular phone while in the Parking Lot.
- Do not cut through parking spaces.
Facebook and Instagram
Heritage has an official Facebook page (https://business.facebook.com/Heritage-High-School-VA-108558541340022/) and a new connected "official" Instagram account (HeritageLCPS). The PTSO is still running their "Heritage Parents" page, but we will use these new Heritage accounts to spread the word about the awesome things going on at Heritage.
Behind the Wheel
Need "Behind the Wheel"? If interested, contact Mr. Soroush by email: email@example.com.
Heritage Mission Statement: The Heritage Community works together to foster continuous personal and academic growth of the whole student in a caring and engaging environment
Heritage Vision: Heritage High School readies all students for future success. Graduates are respectful of others, invested in their communities, and prepared for a changing world.