Together We LIGHT the Way


What's in this issue?

1) A Note from Dr. Hitchman

2) November Calendar

3) Department Notes

  • Fall Play - Clue
  • Teacher Cadet 2023-2024

4) Lightridge Counseling

  • 22-23 Book Club
  • LCPS Mental Health and Wellness Series
  • Governor's School Applications
5) Lightridge Career Center
  • College Rep Visits
  • Military Information Night

6) Testing

  • AP

7) Bolt Clubs & Activities

  • Multicultural celebration
  • Yearbook
  • miniTHON movie
8) Class of 2023
  • College applications
  • Senior brags for yearbook
  • Senior makeup pictures
  • Senior Summit
  • Cap and Gown orders

9) Lightridge Athletics

  • Important Dates
  • Athletic Boosters
  • Congratulations to Fall athletes
10) Lightridge Library
11) Listen Up Lightridge!
  • Poinsettia and Wreath Sale
  • IB Information Nights
  • Step UP Loudoun Youth Competition
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Birthday Marquee

12) Lightridge PTSO

A Note from Dr. Hitchman...

November is a transitional time period during the school year. We begin the 2nd quarter and report cards from the 1st quarter will be viewable on Monday, November 7. In addition to the end of daylight savings time, we transition from fall to winter athletics. While there are 17 days of school in November, the schedule is a little choppy due to Election Day and Thanksgiving break. Students typically experience the most academic struggles during the 2nd marking period and it is important for students to start the new marking period on a positive note. Please encourage your BOLT to take advantage of the Writing Center and STEM Lab if they begin to experience academic difficulties. They can always reach out to their teacher as well and it is helpful to inform teachers if they will be missing any time during the upcoming holidays.

While there is a temporary pause with athletics during the month of November, our fine arts department has several events planned for the month. The curtain for our fall play, CLUE, rises on Thursday, November 3 with additional shows Friday thru Sunday. Evening shows on November 3, 4, & 5 begin at 7:00 pm with matinee shows on November 5 & 6 beginning at 3:00 pm. We also have a Chorus Coffee House Event planned for Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm. In addition to our chorus performance, our band will perform on Thursday, November 10. Our guitar students have a concert on Tuesday, November 15 while our orchestra has a performance on Wednesday, November 16. We hope to see you at one of our fine arts events during the month.

One of the events our students indicated they found most powerful last year was our Multicultural Fair. I am pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Multicultural Fair will be held on Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3. Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair and learn about the different cultures and customs that help make Lightridge an inclusive and equitable learning community. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Multicultural Fair during their social science and world language classes during these two days. One of the other events our students, staff, and families enjoyed was our Salute to Veterans program. I am proud to announce we will have our 2nd Annual Salute to Veterans Program on Friday, November 11. We would like to invite all active duty and veterans from the armed services to join us on Veterans Day beginning at 9:45 am in our auditorium. Following a performance from our chorus and band students, we will treat our special guests to a breakfast in our cafeteria. More information regarding our Salute to Veterans program, as well as sponsorship opportunities for the event, are located on the attached flier.

Thank you for taking the time to read our November newsletter. We look forward to seeing you around our campus and together we light the way!

November Calendar


1 - Student Holiday

2 - Multicultural Fair during school day

2 - Chorus Coffee House Concert in the Cafeteria @ 7:00PM

2-3 - Herff Jones graduation gown and class ring orders, 4:30-6:30 in main hall

3 - Multicultural Fair during school day

3-5 - Fall Play - CLUE 7PM and Nov 5, 6 @ 3:00PM

5 - SAT at Lightridge HS

7 - Underclassmen make-up picture day


10 - Band Concert @ 7:00PM

11 - Salute to Veterans - Choir and Band @ 9:45AM

14 - Senior make-up picture day

15 - Guitar Concert @ 7:00PM

16 - Orchestra Concert @ 7:00PM

16 - PTSO meeting, 7pm

16 - Winter Sports Parent Meeting, 7pm

17-18 - Junior College & Career lesson in Study Hall

18 - Virtual Principal Coffee and Chat, 8:15am

23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL

28-29 - LCPS Signs of Suicide presentation in HPE9 classes

30 - Band Concert, 7pm

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Lightridge Theatre will be performing Clue November 3-6. The hilarious murder mystery is based on the iconic film and board game.

Auditions for short plays to be included in the theatre department’s winter festival, “BOLT FEST” will be held November 15-17 and are open to all Lightridge Students.

Lightridge Theatre will also be competing in the VHSL theatre Sectional competition on November 4th against other LCPS schools. They will be performing The Scot, a short version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, abridged and adapted by Brandon Kalbaugh.

Teacher Cadet for 2023-2024

What is Teacher Cadet?

The Teacher Cadet program is a “grow our own” initiative that consists of two dual-enrollment (DE) courses offered to high school students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 who may be interested in pursuing a career in education.

Interested students who are eligible to participate are enrolled in the following courses:

The Teacher Cadet program is designed to attract high school students to the field of education as a potential career “through exposure to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experience that focuses on teaching,” (Virginia Department of Education, n.d.).

Program Benefits

Teacher Cadet students earn dual-enrollment (DE) credit through Shenandoah University.

  • Teacher Cadet I DE = EDUC 210 (3 credits)

  • Teacher Cadet II DE = EDUC 310 (3 credits)

Teacher Cadet students are also immersed in real-world, project-based learning experiences. Students complete an internship with LCPS teachers and interact with LCPS students at the elementary and middle school levels during observations.

Teacher Cadet students who successfully complete the program receive a letter of intent (LOI) from the LCPS Department of Human Resources and Talent Development (HRTD).

Submitting an Interest Form

The online interest form is available to all LCPS students currently enrolled in Grade 10 with a minimum 2.7 GPA or its equivalent. Eligible students should express their interest in the Student Opportunities portal (LCPS Go) between September 14, 2022 and January 27, 2023.

The student interest form requires a student-created response (i.e., presentation, essay, drawing, video, etc.) and two recommendations. Students will need to provide names and email addresses for two recommenders.

The interest form must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM on January 27, 2023. Student directions are viewable here.

Tentative Timeline

September 14, 2022

The interest form becomes available in the Student Opportunities portal (LCPS Go).

January 27, 2023

The deadline for current Grade 10 students to submit an interest form via LCPS Go.

February 10, 2023

All letters of recommendations are due (responsibility of the student to follow up).

February 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023

The committee convenes to review interest forms.

March 27, 2023

The committee communicates accepted and deferred students to stakeholders (students, families, counselors, principals, teachers, etc.).

After April 1, 2023

School Counseling may schedule accepted students in the Teacher Cadet I DE course to begin in the 2023 – 2024 school year as Grade 11 students.


Honors and Recognitions:

Congratulations to the following students for making North Central Virginia Regional Senior Honors Orchestras:

  • Diana Couey
  • Pranjal Jha
  • Kristy Lau
  • Andrew Martin
  • Adrian Motas
  • Rudy Nassan Agha
  • Ashley Powell
  • Monet Shum
  • Ruhi Sujlana

Congratulations to Akhil Meda for making All State Guitar.

Congratulations to Taylor Livingston for making the VMEA Senior Honor Choir!

Congratulations to the following students who made All-County Chorus -

  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Isabella Schumacher
  • Taylor Livingston
  • Alexis Ford
  • Rhea Singh
  • Penny Ehring
  • Katie Benner
  • Lily Cascio
  • Sona Tomy
  • Jyotsna Gopianand
  • Aarya Kumar
  • John Benner
  • Zebern Hebert
  • Manolo Holguin
  • Sunny Prasad
  • Habib Jaafar
  • Noah Gorospe

Congratulations to the Marching Storm for a successful Marching Season. The band earned a Superior Rating at the Virginia Marching Assessment. The students finished 1st in their class at the Herndon Classic, 3rd in their class at the Bands of America competition at the University of Delaware, and 2nd at the Freedom High School Invitational.

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Our Team:

Mrs. Campbell, Director of School Counseling

Ms. Schrader, last names A-Be

Ms. Holley, last names Bh-Dh

Mrs. Zawistowski, last names Di-Ha

Dr. Dietrich, last names He-Kun

Ms. Rose, last names Kur-M

Mrs. Dorman, last names N-Ra

Mrs. Perinis, last names Re-Sta

Ms. Wollenberg, last names Ste-Z

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LHS School Counseling

Appointments, emails, and more on our website!

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Sophomores and Juniors interested in Summer Residential Governor’s School:

  • Information is available on the Lightridge website,
  • If you were not able to attend the interest meeting the presentation is on the website.
  • Download the application from the VDOE website and complete as a PDF.
  • Print your entire application and submit to Ms. Zawistowski.
  • Applications are DUE by DECEMBER 5th.
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Lightridge Testing Office

Donna Draisey STC

2022-2023 Testing Calendar

Lightridge Testing Office

Donna Draisey STC

2022-2023 Testing Calendar

AP Testing

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will offer Advanced Placement (AP) tests during the College Board's 2023 test administration window of May 1-12, 2023.

Students enrolled in LCPS and Loudoun residents who are home instructed and have a current Notice of Intent (NOI) on file with LCPS may register to test.

  • Registration for testing will occur through a student's AP course. The AP teacher will provide students with a join code which they must use to access an online portal (MyAP Classroom). The MyAP Classroom portal contains instructional resources, practice tests, and tools to manage test registration.

    • If a student is not enrolled in an AP course, but still wants to test, they should contact their school’s Testing Coordinator to register.

    • Students attending the Academies of Loudoun should read this important notice regarding test registration.

  • Students must have a current College Board account or must create one prior to using the join code. It is important that students retain their username and password, as well as use their correct Student ID during the account registration process.

  • Students must register for their AP test(s) by November 4, 2022 within the College Board's online portal (MyAP). Requests to register for an AP test after November 4, if accepted, may result in a $40 fee. Students who cancel a test after November 15, 2022 will incur a $40 cancellation fee. Students who register for a test but do not take the test will incur a $40 unused test fee. These fees will be charged even if LCPS is paying for the cost of the test and are required by the College Board.

  • LCPS will pay for the first four AP tests that each enrolled LCPS student attempts. The four tests are cumulative across the student's high school enrollment, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. After the test limit has been reached, payment will be required for any additional tests.

For additional information regarding AP tests, please visit the College Board’s website or LCPS’ Office of Assessment Services website.

I will continue to do everything I can to create a stress-free testing atmosphere for all students and to communicate with students and parents regarding testing dates, times and locations. All communication to students comes through E-Hall Pass and their LCPS issued email account so encourage your student(s) to check both of these sources regularly.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you have questions or concerns about any aspect of testing. You can also go to the Lightridge Testing Office website for the latest testing information.

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Yearbook Pre-Orders

Save $20 and pre-order your 2022-2023 yearbook now! Current price is 70.00 and will go up after October 10. Custom nameplates are also available. Orders can be completed through the new payment portal (

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The Lightridge Mini-THON club will be hosting a free Family Movie Night event each month. Mini-THON is an organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and works to support families affected by the disease. Movies are on Friday evenings at 7pm in the Lightridge Auditorium, admission to the movie is free, and cash concessions are sold for $1. Our October movie will be held on Friday, October 21 at 7pm to watch Hotel Transylvania. Please follow us on Instagram @lightridgeminithon to keep up with our movie nights and other fun events!

Future Movie Night dates:

November 11 @ 7pm à TBD

December 2 @7pm à TBD

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Senior Year Action Items

Everything you need to know for us to process your college applications

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Senior Brags due Friday, November 18

Senior Brags are placed with students’ formal senior portraits in the yearbook. No additional cost is involved. All brags submitted are subject to administrative approval and are not guaranteed to be published. Submit your brag here:

LAST CHANCE Senior Portraits Make-Ups

The last senior portrait opportunity will be Monday, Nov 14 from 9am-3pm; in Fine Arts wing room 1202 by appointment only:

The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional tuxedos and drapes. We will provide the tuxedo and drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits.

Appointments fill up fast so don’t wait. If you have any questions please email


The class of 2023 Senior Summit has been scheduled for May 15th through May 26th, 2023. The purpose of the Lightning Senior Summit is to provide graduates of Lightridge with meaningful experiences, self-fulfillment, and opportunities for post-secondary success through civic engagement and career exploration. There will be a student information meeting during the Nov. 10th Advisory and a virtual information session for Senior parents on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 PM.

Parents, please use this link to register or go to

We are also seeking members of our Lightridge Community that would like to participate in the Senior Summit as Community Sponsors. If you are interested, please get in touch with Rhapsody Barbrow at

How to Order Your Cap and Gown

Presentation to the Class of 2023

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Schedule an appointment for Nov 2 or 3 with Herff Jones

Herff Jones will be at Lightridge from 4:30-6:30 on November 2 and November 3. Click "Book an Appointment"

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Lightridge Athletics

Come cheer on our Bolts! All athletic information can be found here.

Please consider following our Bolts

Twitter: @LightridgeHS_AD

Instagram: @Lightridgehs_athletics

Lightridge Athletic Booster Club Meeting: Nov. 3rd , 6:30PM

LABC Brick Fundraiser (Link)

Winter Sports Tryouts: Week of Nov. 7th

Winter Sports Parent Meeting/Picture Day: Nov. 16th, 7PM

Winter sports tryouts will begin on Nov. 7th. Sideline cheer will begin on Nov. 9th. All athletes need to have VHSL physical dated after 5/1/22 on file in the athletics office and complete the online registration. Athletes trying out should attend all three days of tryouts. Please contact the following coaches if you have any questions.

**News/Announcements can be found at**

Online Registration/Physical Link


Indoor Track:


Girls Basketball:

Boys Basketball:


Sideline Cheer:


Monday, Nov 7th,

6:30 AM Gymnastics in Aux Gym

4:30 PM Indoor Track at Stadium

4:45 PM Wrestling in Wrestling Rom

4:45 PM Girls Basketball in Main/Aux Gym

6:45 PM Boys Basketball 11th/12th in Main/Aux Gym

8:30 PM Boys Basketball 9th/10th in Main/Aux Gym

8:00 PM Swim at South Riding Pool

Tuesday, Nov 8th

6:30 AM Gymnastics in Aux Gym

4:30 PM Indoor Track at Stadium

4:45 PM Wrestling in Wrestling Rom

4:45 PM Girls Basketball in Main/Aux Gym

6:45 PM Boys Basketball 11th/12th in Main/Aux Gym

8:30 PM Boys Basketball 9th/10th in Main/Aux Gym

Wednesday, Nov 9th

6:30 AM Gymnastics in Aux Gym

4:30 PM Indoor Track in Stadium

4:30 PM Sideline Cheer in Cafeteria

4:45 PM Wrestling in Wrestling Rom

4:45 PM Girls Basketball in Main/Aux Gym

6:45 PM Boys Basketball in Main/Aux Gym

8:30 PM Boys Basketball 9th/10th in Main/Aux Gym

8:00 PM Swim at South Riding Pool

Thursday, Nov 10th

4:30 PM Sideline Cheer in Cafeteria

Friday, Nov 11th

4:30 PM Sideline Cheer in Cafeteria

Monday, Nov 14

8:00 PM Swim at South Riding Pool

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1st Team All District Lucy Abner

2nd Team All District Sofia Ceballos


District/Region Champion Riley Kim (All State)

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Poinsettia and wreath sale

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Lightridge High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (LHS PTSO) a 501(c)(3) Organization, is made up of volunteers from the LHS community. Our goal is to provide support and service to the students, families, staff, and community of Lightridge High School; to promote a spirit of caring, good citizenship, and respect for others within the school and community; and to encourage family and community involvement in the education of all students.

What does the LHS PTSO do?

o Support LHS Staff

  • Fund faculty and staff initiatives and projects throughout the year that don't otherwise receive funding.

  • Show appreciation to faculty and staff through a snack shack, school breakfast, holiday treats, staff appreciation week activities, and more.

o Support LHS Students

  • Coordinate and support events for the students including treats, club, and activity support.

  • Fill student fundraising gaps where appropriate.

o Support LHS Parents

  • Provide a forum for parents through monthly meetings to collaborate with faculty and staff to ask questions, express concerns, share views, and give appreciation.

  • Host guest speakers.

  • Provide an opportunity to connect with other Lightridge parents.

How do we fund our programs?

Funds are raised through dues and fundraisers such as test prep partnerships, Amazon Smile, and grocery links. 100% of funds are returned to the students and staff through programs approved by the board via vote.

How do I get involved?

Become a member and/or volunteer! The PTSO is available to support all groups in the school, either with funds or with volunteers. Please join us so that we can provide funding and volunteer support to as many organizations throughout the school as we can reach. Join the PTSO today and help make a difference. The PTSO is open to any student, parent/guardian of a Lightridge student, or any member of the Lightridge staff.

HT Together in Education

Lightridge High School is participating in Harris Teeter's Together in Education program! Our account number is 6906 and you can link your VIC card to Lightridge by clicking here or tell your cashier during check-out that you want Lightridge’s account number linked to your Harris Teeter VIC card.

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