RRHS Update - Week of 4/12/2021

In this edition: Spring Sports, Yearbooks, Math Update, Symptom Tracker, PTSO Update, Seal of Biliteracy, RR Sings, School Counseling, Senior KEY DATES, Sources of Strength and School Counsling UPDATES

Spring Sports Begin!

Spring sports will begin on 4/12/21 and information for all sports are below. Please ensure you have your VHSL physical dated after 5/1/20 turned into the athletic office and registered online at www.rockridgesports.us

Track & Field

Practices will begin 4/12 and run Monday-Thursday; 4/12-15 from 4:30 to 6pm.

Boys Tennis

Monday the 12th from *4:00-6:00 p.m. on the tennis courts.

Tuesday and Wednesday 13th-14th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on the tennis courts.

Girls Tennis

Tryouts are 4/12 – 4/14 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the tennis courts.


Tryouts are 4/12 - 4/14 on the baseball field from 4:30-7pm.


Tryouts are 4/12 – 4/14 on the softball field from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Tryouts are 4/12 – 4/14 on the stadium from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Tryouts are 4/12 – 4/14 on the stadium from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

Tryouts are 4/12 – 4/14 on turf 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

Tryouts are 4/12 – 4/14 on turf 2 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Yearbooks are Running Out!


There are ONLY 120 yearbooks left! No more yearbooks can be ordered… once they are gone, they’re gone. Check here to see if you have ordered one. If your name is not on the list, buy yours while you still can! The online order center closes on April 17. After that, the price will increase to $80 and books will have to be purchased through the school. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com to buy yours now while you still can and before the price goes up!

Virginia Math Pathways Update

As LCPS prepares for the release of the 2023 Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Mathematics Standards and the implementation of the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI), families should be aware of the proposed changes to the Mathematics course offerings. To understand the proposed changes to the course progressions, VDOE is offering Community Informational Sessions.

A series of one-hour VMPI Community Informational Sessions will be held during the next several months to provide parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative. The sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - How does VMPI affect Virginia Children’s Futures?
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - Essential Concepts in Grades 8 - 10
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - Advanced Pathways in Grades 11 - 12

All sessions will be live streamed on the VDOE’s YouTube Channel beginning at 6:30pm with a 20-minute presentation from members of the VMPI Planning Committees and will follow with time for facilitators to respond to questions from the community. Questions participants would like to have addressed during the sessions can be submitted here. For additional information, visit the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) webpage periodically, as additional information will be added as the initiative progresses. The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative Informational Video provides valuable information about the initiative.

Hybrid Students - Symptom Tracker

From the Nurse

To all parents and students; it is very important that the Daily Symptom tracker be completed on all days you are scheduled for Hybrid, in person, learning. This allows me to know if you are certified to be at school on your given days. The tracker should be completed even if you have decided participate remotely on your hybrid days.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me


703-996-2106 HO direct number

Our PTSO - Big Week Ahead!

PTSO NEWS: BIG WEEK AHEAD! Please help us: Spread the word by re-posting on Social media!

Monday: Spirit Night @ BURGER 21! Order between 5-9pm & mention RRHS to support us! Share on social media! (See attached for more details)

Tuesday: SCHOOL-WIDE FUNDRAISER BEGINS: Our PTSO funds are desperately low and we hope we can count on you to change that!

WHAT: 100% contactless, 100% digital Fundraiser offering “NATIONAL VIP SAVINGS PASS” that offers discounts on thousands of retailers, all from your phone!

WHEN: April 13th -26th

WHO: YOU+ME=WE! Together, we’re ROCK STRONG!

HOW: Invite friends, family, coworkers by text, email or through the “MyDeals” App (your student will learn how in Advisory this Tuesday).

WHY: We want to both finish and, start next year strong! To do that, we need money to pay for celebrations, supplies, enrichment learning & more!

***Please, we need EVERY STUDENT to sell at least ONE so we can REWARD them w/ “ROCK STRONG” T-shirt to recognize the incredible determination & effort they gave this past year

VOLUNTEERS: We NEED YOU! The PTSO is actively looking to fill these Board positions & other roles:

Next year:

· PRESIDENT: (or two Co-Presidents who wish to share responsibility): preside over meetings; coordinate the work of the officers and committees. You are naturally good at leading, organizing and managing projects.

· TREASURER: keep full account of expenses & receipts, have custody over PTSO funds, deposits, authorized payments, present monthly financial statements at Board Meetings. You are detailed & like accounting.

This year/next year:

· SECRETARY: attend monthly PTSO meetings, record meeting minutes, other admin type duties to assist President as needed.

Other non-Board roles:

· COMMITTEE LEAD: we are creating several smaller roles for people to help in concentrated ways by taking ownership of one project or area.

· EXCEL EXPERT: are you a whiz at Excel? We need help from time to time creating spreadsheets with formulations and correlation.

· GOOGLE DOCS PRO: are you in-the-know about Google features? We need help from time to time with creating sign ups and surveys.

· GENERAL HELP: organizing, occasional tasks or errands, creating marketing materials/flyers, posting on social media. Whatever your talent, we could use your help.

· IT LEAD : We need technical help, building a simple website, integrating several options for secure digital payments, venmo, square, and other things.

· TAW (Teacher Appreciation Week): is May 3rd and we need help the week before and every day 5/3-7 for short periods of time

We will help mentor & support you. If you are willing to help in ANY way, please email bod@rrhsptso.com or come to our next meeting May 6th to learn more. Elections postponed to our June 3rd meeting.

JOIN US! OUR PTSO welcomes ALL Parents to get involved, build community and, BE A ROCK of support for our children and school!

Seal of Biliteracy - SENIORS!

Seniors- Seal of Biliteracy Application

Seniors who have passed a qualifying exam for the Seal of Biliteracy should apply for the Seal using this link:


Applications must be submitted before May 1st.

Sophomores and juniors who have completed a qualifying exam for the Seal of Biliteracy will apply thier senior year.

Questions? Email Ms. Mellott wmellott@lcps.org

Rock Ridge Sings - Congratulations!

Rock Ridge Sings had 8 Delegates and 2 First-Alternates selected to the 2021 All-VA Chorus out of 24 spots for Loudoun County. This is the most Rock Ridge has ever had and we are extremely proud of these students for their perseverance and excellence during this challenging time. Four of our delegates also had the highest score in their voice part (notated by an asterisk next to their name)! The eight delegates are: Ananya Akula, Mihika Bangarbale, Cleo Barr, Eshaan Nair*, Lars Nyman*, Ishan Saha, Ellie Schubert* and Keshav Tarafdar*. The two first-alternates are Sam Cooper and Kaia Greene. These students will participate in a Virtual All-VA Chorus weekend April 23-24 including guest artists Jacob Collier, Voctave, Chanticleer and sing under the direction of Rollo Dilworth from Temple Univ. and Eugene Rogers from the Univ. of Michigan. Congratulations again to these students on this tremendous achievement!

School Counseling

Mindfulness Monday!

Mindfulness Monday is a great way to start your week off on a positive note. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, increase mental well-being and increase focus. Join our Schoology Group! Schoology Access Code: JBVT-SSV5-9TPTZ Google Meets nickname is located in Schoology.

Spring College Panel for Juniors was last Thursday. If you missed it please use this link http://tinyurl.com/53ztr9x5 to watch the re-broadcast and see the “Q/A” chat. Va Tech, JMU, CNU,VCU,DSU,RBC,UofSC and SDSM all participated.

4/18 & 4/29: Big Future Days – Regional college fairs put on by College Board. Register here.

If you missed the Summer and Part Time Job Fair, no worries. We have converted it to a job site so you can continue to look for jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Course Selection for the 2021-2022 School Year

9th & 10th graders, thank you to the majority that met with their counselor to discuss & select courses. If you have not met with your counselor & would like to do so, please reach out via email.

11th grade students if you have not done so already, please schedule your individual academic counseling session with your counselor to discuss & select courses for the 2021-2022 school year and also discuss your post-high school plans.


Students Last Name







Jarrel.Taylor@lcps.org & Maria.Dacey@lcps.org




Students can schedule their appointment via this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/RockRidgeCounseling2@lcpsorg.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

  • 11th Grade :: March 15 – April 26

Common App has announced the 2021-2022 essay prompts.

Juniors worried about the college essays you will have to write, well start NOW!!! Star writing now and have a teacher, friend, parent give you feed back. In August when RRHS has the College Jump Start Essay and Applications Workshop you will be ready!!!

Below is the full set of Common App essay prompts for 2021-2022.

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  1. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  1. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  1. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
  1. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  1. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  1. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Colleges to Know

South Dakota School of Mines


We may have highlighted this college before but it is worth looking at again. South Dakota School of Mines is a STEM college with their most popular majors being Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. South Dakota Mines is ranked #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment by College Factual. It has a 96% to 98% job placement rate. Over 222 international companies recruit from South Dakota School of Mines. They presented at our College panel this last week. There at many opportunities for our students at this college. Please click the link below to see just this presentation.


Attendance Information!

Push notifications for both period and daily attendance via the mobile app and email notifications of period attendance will be available to parents. Parents can opt out of emails or opt into push notifications using Configure Push Notifications or Emails.

Apple disabled PVUE Push Notifications for iOS devices on March 31, 2021. If you opted into these notifications on their iOS devices, you were receiving grading and/or attendance information. You will no longer receive these notifications on your iOS device. You can receive similar information via email, by using the instructions in the Opt-In/Out of Push Notifications or Emails PDF (English) (Spanish) to enable email notifications. This change to Apple does not impact the period attendance emails automatically sent when a student is marked absent or tardy by a teacher.

Career Center News!


4/19: AWS Workshops – this is a great way to gain exposure to very hot growing career areas as presented by Amazon Web Services personnel. No experience is needed, just curiosity. These workshops are open to all grade levels. Learn more in the attached flyer and sign up via Naviance.

  • 11:00 AM – Intro to Cloud Computing
  • 1:00 PM - Intro to AI and ML
  • 2:30 PM – Intro to Big Data

4/19: Penn State Virtual Visit at Noon – Juniors, if you have not done a virtual rep visit yet this is a great one to start and then you’ll know what to expect for the Fall. Please sign up via Naviance.

4/22: Parent Coffee for Freshmen parents at 8:30 AM. Topics to cover; talking about college with your student, planning ahead and navigating Naviance. No registration needed. A link will be sent out closer to this event.

4/26: Fairfax University of America at 1:30 PM. This is a new, local university. It is nonresidential and very focused on providing experiential learning all four years of college. Programs of study include Computer Science, MIS and Business.

4/26: US Navy recruiter – Please sign up via Naviance

5/10: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at 11:30 AM. Sign up via Naviance.


4/18 & 4/29: Big Future Days – Regional college fairs put on by College Board. Registerhere.

4/20: Fiancial Student Aid is offering a two-day boot camp on Financial Aid. You can sign up for as many sessions as you would like. Register here.