Go Lightning!


October Calendar


2 - SAT Testing at Lightridge

4 - Wear BLUE for Bullying Prevention Month

8 - Multicultural Celebration


12 - Governors School Info meeting during all lunches

12 - Multicultural Celebration

13 - PSAT for all 9th-11th graders - no fee!

13 - 12th graders will have a senior day at Lightridge during PSAT (senior breakfast, senior class picture, cap and gown measurements, calendar planning)

13 - Little Known Secrets of Paying for College, 6:30-8:00 Register here

18 - Financial Aid Workshop in the Lightridge Library, 6:30-8:30

20 - Senior portrait make-up day

20 - NATIONAL UNITY DAY - Wear ORANGE to stand up to Bullying!

22 - Pumpkin Carving Contest deadline

28 - End of Quarter 1


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What's in this issue?

1) October Calendar
2) A Note from Dr. Hitchman
  • Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists & Commended Students
3) Lightridge Counseling
  • Student Assistance Services
  • October in World Bullying Prevention Month
  • Governor's School
  • 9th Grade Ignite
4) Lightridge Career Center
5) Bolt Clubs & Activities
6) Lightridge Testing
  • World Language Credit Through Testing
  • PSAT
7) Lightridge Athletics
  • October sports schedule
  • Tickets
  • Athletic paperwork
  • Athletic Boosters
8) Lightridge Library
9) Listen Up Lightridge!!
  • Yearbook
  • Senior baby ads
  • NASA opportunities for high school students
10) Lightridge PTSO

A Note from Dr. Hitchman...

Good afternoon Bolts. As we change the calendar to October, I believe it is important to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished so far this year. On August 26, Lightridge welcomed 1475 students and 170 staff members in-person for a school year which will be like none other before. On August 27 we held our Lightridge Community Kickoff Event before our first home football game. During the month of September, we held our first Lightridge PTSO General Membership meeting and first Principal Coffee & Chat Session. We held our first in-person spirit week, complete with our first pep rally held at our outdoor stadium. We concluded spirit week with our first Gloco Dance under the stars at the main stadium. I would like to recognize and thank our students, staff, and families for a wonderful start to the 2021-2022 school year and know nothing we have achieved so far or will achieve this year can occur without your help and support.

October is a transitional month during the school year. The first of October marks the midway point of the 1st quarter of the school year while the end of the month marks the end of the 1st marking period. As students and staff begin to settle into a routine, it is important we continue to communicate with each other and with our community of learners. In an effort to ensure our students have every opportunity to start the year academically on a positive note, we have created two academic support centers as part of our student’s success plan. These two labs are offered during every study hall block and provide the opportunity for students to make-up missing assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, or just receive some extra help. Students can either choose to attend the Humanities or STEM lab during their study hall or could be assigned to one of these academic support centers by their teacher. Our academic support centers are in their infancy stage and we hope students will take advantage of the opportunity to receive additional academic support during the school day.

October is an exciting time of year. Student clubs and organizations have been formed and are meeting on a regular basis. Our theater students are preparing for the fall production and our performing arts students are participating in large events with spectators. Many of our students are volunteering their time with community organizations and we appreciate our students, staff, families, and visitors following LCPS protocols and guidelines concerning the wearing of masks while indoors. Please know I am always available to answer any questions you may have regarding the programs offered at Lightridge. I am proud of what WE have been able to accomplish so far this year and look forward to the awesome things to come in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter and together, we light the way!


The NMSQT announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Lightridge is pleased to have two students move on to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Additionally, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT. We are pleased to have nine Commended Students in the Class of 2022.

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Student Assistance Services Newsletter

Student Assistance Specialists (SASs) have expertise in the mental health and substance use field.

October is World Bullying Prevention Month™!

During this month students, schools, and communities all over the world join together against bullying. To kick off the month let’s turn Lightridge BLUE on October 4th to send a message that this is the month that bullying prevention is heard around the world. In addition on Wednesday, OCTOBER 20, 2021 WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. Be on the lookout for student led activities and initiatives throughout the month of October that will promote a culture of inclusion at Lightridge by our PEER student mentors!

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Governor's School 2022

Summer Residential Governor’s School Info Sessions will happen during all lunches on October 12th in room 1138.

Please see our website for more detailed information about Governor's School.

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9th Grade Ignite

Greetings from your Lightridge School Counseling Department!

We are excited to have gotten this school year off on a great start. As your School Counselors we know that 9th grade can be a tough transitional year. Add in the fact that most of our students haven’t been in a school building in at least 18 months, we want to make sure that your students are supported and getting a strong start to the next four years.

With that we created “9th grade Ignite” which will provide School Counselors opportunity in the first semester, to give students more in-depth information and strategies that will help them succeed, as well as post weekly tips on our Instagram & Twitter accounts (@lightridgecouns) to reach all Lightridge students. Ignite dates and planned curriculum are as follows:

Oct. 1 (B)/Oct. 8 (A)

  • Starting 9th Grade on the Right Foot; Organization; Study Skills

Oct. 22 (B)/Nov. 12 (A)

  • Stress education, mindfulness, mental health, getting involved

Dec. 3 (B)/Dec. 10 (A)

  • Signs of Suicide (countywide lesson provided to all LCPS 9th graders; Lead by School Psychologist and School Social Worker)

Jan. 7 (B)/Jan. 14 (A)

  • Encouraging students to increase rigor; Differences between different levels of rigor and how to prepare now.

We realize that our Academies of Loudoun students will not have access to this curriculum, we will make the resources available for them in Schoology. After each lesson we plan to send the same resources to you so that you can also support your student at home. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to your student’s School Counselor.

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Military Visits in October

If you want to learn valuable job skills, while getting the training and experience you'll need to get ahead, then consider what a career in the US Military has to offer. Whether you choose to serve the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force, you get to select from one of many exciting career fields and along the way you will acquire leadership, strategic thinking and the ability to work as an integral part of the team.

Stop by the tables outside of the Career Center to learn more about careers in the Military.

United States Navy, Monday October 4 during Lunch Block 12:30 -2:30 pm

United States Army, Monday, October 25 during Lunch Block 12:30 -2:30 pm

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Sallie Mae Sessions

The first step to finding the money you need for college: Completing the FAFSA®

· October 6, 2021 7:00 p.m. ET – Register Here

· October 7, 2021 8:00 p.m. ET – Register Here
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SAVE THE DATE - October 18. FAFSA Filing Walk Through

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Greetings from George Mason University!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 21st Annual ALCANZA College Fair! Mason hosts ALCANZA as part of our effort to inform Latinx high school students in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area about opportunities in higher education. With your participation, we hope to provide information essential to the college application and financial aid process and encourage students to pursue their education beyond high school. More than 150 colleges and universities from all over the nation attend ALCANZA for the opportunity to meet with over 2,000 high school students. We are excited to welcome you to the EagleBank Arena in October!

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Black Student Union

Lightridge’s Black Student Union will hold it’s first meeting on Friday, October 15 in room 1222 during the Activity Block. Please complete this interest form and attend if you are interested! Reach out to Mrs. Jackson ( if you have questions prior to the first meeting.

Lightridge High School encourages students to actively engage in volunteer service throughout high school. Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to service, as evidenced by completing 100 or more hours of service by April of their senior year, will earn a service cord to be worn at graduation. Loudoun County Public Schools does not require volunteer service hours for graduation.

In order to qualify for a service cord, students must submit their volunteer hours each year during the eligibility period for each school year. The Lightridge Volunteer Service Form can be completed as many times as needed throughout the academic year to document multiple volunteer activities and service hours. Students may only count volunteer service hours from the summer before 9th grade through April of senior year. Happy volunteering!


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We will have an advisory period on October 6th to take care of the PSAT Pre-administration. Students will attend this session in their Assigned Testing Location.

Please note the following:

  • If a student attends the Academies on A-Days, the student will test at the Academies.

  • If a student has College Board testing accommodations, the student will not test with their advisory and will need to refer to the email that was sent to their school email account. A reminder email will be sent to all students on Monday, October 4th.

Student Guides & Practice Tests

Student Guide PSAT/NMSQT

Student Guide PSAT 8/9

Khan Academy PSAT Practice Tests


  • Loudoun County Public Schools will offer AP tests during the College Board's 2022 test administration window May 2-20, 2022.

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

    • Students will test at school, in person, using a paper test -except for AP Chinese and AP Japanese tests, which will be administered at school, in person, using a computer.

    • 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). The portal contains instructional resources, practice tests, and tools to manage 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 user name and password, as well as use their full legal name during the account registration process.

    • Students must register for their AP test(s) by November 5, 2021, by indicating their choice within the College Board's online portal (MyAP). Requests to register for an AP test after November 5, if accepted, may result in a $40 fee. Students who register to test but do not do so may incur a $40 unused test fee.

    • Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, LCPS will pay for the first 4 AP tests that each enrolled LCPS student attempts. The 4 tests are cumulative across the student's high school enrollment with payment required after the limit has been reached.

    • Note that LCPS schools are closed on May 3 for a student/staff holiday, so students wishing to take the AP Environmental Science and/or AP Psychology tests will need to test during the late window -Tuesday, May 17.

  • Spring 2022 AP Testing Schedule
    For additional information about AP courses and tests click here
    Students needing to log into MyAP click here.


Schedule for the day

BEFORE YOU COME TO SCHOOL - Eat a nutritious breakfast full of protein!!!

9:15 - Moment of Silence, Pledge, announcement to begin PSAT

9:20-1:30 - Testing in Advisory

1:35-2:45 - 3rd Block

  • 1:35-2:10 A/B Lunch
  • 2:15-2:50 C/D Lunch
  • Lunch will be available for purchase in the cafeteria or you can bring your own from home.

  • If you normally buy two lunches, we encourage you to buy them both at once to help with the lunch lines.

  • Students will be able to eat in the Cafe, room 1138, in the main hall, and in the courtyards. Feel free to bring a blanket and have a picnic with your friends!

2:55-4:03 - 4th Block


Courtesy of Kaplan:

The PSAT is different from the tests you are used to taking in school. The good news is that you can use the PSAT’s particular structure to your advantage.

For example, on a test given in school, you probably go through the questions in order. You spend more time on the harder questions than on the easier ones because harder questions are usually worth more points. You probably often show your work because your teacher tells you that how you approach a question is as important as getting the correct answer.

This approach is not optimal for the PSAT. On the PSAT, you benefit from moving around within a section if you come across tough questions, because the harder questions are worth the same number of points as the easier questions. It doesn’t matter how you arrive at the correct answer—only that you bubble in the correct answer choice.


You do not need to complete questions on the PSAT in order. Every student has different strengths and should attack the test with those strengths in mind. Your main objective on the PSAT should be to score as many points as you can. While approaching questions out of order may seem counter-intuitive, it is a surefire way to achieve your best score.

Just remember, you can skip around within each section, but you cannot work on a section other than the one you’ve been instructed to work on.

To triage the test effectively, do the following:

  • First, work through all the easy questions that you can do quickly. Skip questions that are hard or time-consuming
  • For the Reading and Writing & Language Tests, start with the passage you find most manageable and work toward the one you find most challenging. You do not need to go in order
  • Second, work through the questions that are doable but time-consuming
  • Third, work through the hard questions
  • If you run out of time, pick a Letter of the Day for remaining questions. A Letter of the Day is an answer choice letter (A, B, C, or D) that you choose before Test Day to select for questions you guess on.


Even though there is no wrong-answer penalty on the PSAT, Elimination is still a crucial strategy. If you can determine that one or more answer choices are definitely incorrect, you can increase your chances of getting the right answer by paring the selection down.

To eliminate answer choices, do the following:

  • Read each answer choice
  • Cross out the answer choices that are incorrect
  • Remember: There is no wrong-answer penalty, so take your best guess


Each question on the PSAT has four answer choices and no wrong-answer penalty. That means if you have no idea how to approach a question, you have a 25 percent chance of randomly choosing the correct answer. Even though there’s a 75 percent chance of selecting the incorrect answer, you won’t lose any points for doing so.

The worst that can happen on the PSAT is that you’ll earn zero points on a question, which means you should always at least take a guess, even when you have no idea what to do.

When guessing on a question, do the following:

  • Always try to strategically eliminate answer choices before guessing
  • If you run out of time, or have no idea what a question is asking, pick a Letter of the Day

World Language Credit Through Testing

Students may self-register for the CTT starting September 17. A confirmation ticket will be sent to the student and the parent/ guardian email on file.

Loudoun County Public Schools allows students, with the ability to comprehend and communicate in languages other than English, to earn high school credits through State approved world language assessments. The Credit Through Testing (CTT) exam measures students’ language proficiency in order to award two high school world language credits.

The Credit Through Testing (CTT) exam is designed to assess students’ first language proficiency and is available for students in grades 9 through 12 only, whose first language is not English. The exam requires a student to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the first language. The student must be able to write two, well-developed essays in the exam language, each consisting of at least three cohesive paragraphs on two topics.

The Credit Through Testing exam is offered each November. Students may take the exam two times per language while in high school. For SY 2021-2022 the following 20 languages will be available for assessing using the State approved rubric. These represent where 50 or more students in grades 9-12 speak the language as a first language at home: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration for the exam will vary by school. Students may sign up or request information on where to sign up for the Credit Through Testing Exam at the Counseling Office or the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the school.

  • Registration link
  • Registration opens on September 17, 2021
  • Registration closes on October 29, 2021

(2021 CTT exam testing dates - November 8th -11th)

Students who pass the exam will also meet the language proficiency requirement to earn the Seal of Biliteracy at graduation. We will continue to use nationally-normed tests such as STAMP, AAPPL, OPI, OPIc, and the WPT for meeting the requirement for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

More information on the LCPS website.

Lightridge Testing Office

Donna Draisey STC

2021-2022 Assessment Windows

The first big round of testing will be here before we know it. PSATs will be administered to all students in grades 9-11 on Wednesday, 13 October. LCPS provides a test for every student; no registration, no payment required. More details will be available mid-September.

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.

Follow us on Twitter @LightridgeTest

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**When dropping off or picking up your student-athletes at the athletics lobby, please do not park on either side of the road, as this causes a dangerous situation for our drivers and student-athletes. Please use the parking lot in between the stadium and turf 2. We greatly appreciate this for the well-being of all Lightridge students and all stakeholders of our great community**

Winter Sports Tryouts (Nov.8-Nov. 10)


  1. VHSL Physical
  2. Online Registration
  3. Covid-10 Vaccination

Winter Sports Picture Day & Parent Meeting:

Lightridge Athletic Booster Club Meetings:

  • October 7th
  • November 4th
  • December 2nd
Varsity Football
  • 1-Oct Thomas Jefferson Away 7:00 PM
  • 15-Oct Loudoun Co.Away 7:00 PM
  • 22-Oct Loudoun Valley Home 7:00 PM
  • 29-Oct Tuscarora Away 7:00 PM

9th Football/JV

  • 5-Oct Gainsville (9th Only) Home 530PM
  • 6-Oct Gainsville (JV Only) Away 600PM
  • 11-Oct Loudoun Co. Home 530/700
  • 18-Oct Loudoun Valley Away 530/700
  • 25-Oct Tuscarora Home 530/700


  • Oct 5 Regions Away at Fauquier Springs CC 9:00 AM

Field Hockey

  • Oct 4 Tuscarora Home 6:45 PMDMH
  • Oct 6 Loudoun Valley Away 5:30 PMLVH
  • Oct 12 Rock Ridge Home 5:30 PMLRH
  • Oct 14 Dominion Home 6:45 PMPVH
  • Oct 19 Tuscarora Away 5:30 PMTHS


  • 4-Oct Loudoun Co. Home 5:45/7:00PM
  • 5-Oct Broad Run Home 5:45/7:00PM
  • 11-Oct Riverside Home 5:45/7:00PM
  • 12-Oct Tuscarora Home 5:45/7:00PM
  • 14-Oct Loudoun Valley Away 5:45/7:00PM
  • 18-Oct Manassas Park Away 6:00/7:00PM
  • 19-Oct Rock Ridge Away 5:45/7:00PM

Boys/Girls Cross Country

  • 2-Oct Octoberfest The Plains 9:00 AM
  • 6-Oct H,PV,LRHS 5:30 PM
  • 13-Oct BR,T Morven Park 3:00 PM
  • 16-Oct 3rd Battle Millbrook 9:00 AM
  • 20-Oct Districts Morven Park 2:00 PM
  • 30-Oct Regionals FHS/JW

Competition Cheer

  • 2-Oct Dominion (JV/V) Dominion 6:00 PM
  • 7-Oct District Mini Park View 6:30 PM
  • 12-Oct District Mini Park View 6:30 PM

Athletics Ticket Sales:

Season passes are on sale for this school year. These remain great savings for families who attend multiple games throughout the year. Information is available at… or scan the QR code below to purchase through TicketSpicket.Com

Interest Forms:

Girls Lacrosse Interest Form

Boys Basketball Rising 9th Grade Interest Form

Boys Basketball Interest Form 10th-12th


In order to tryout for winter sports/spring sports and participate in out of season sessions, students must have submitted a current VHSL Physical AND have completed the online registration. Instructions for both are posted on, under files and links. Only students who have both sets of paperwork completed will be permitted to participate in any off-season practice sessions, weight training, or in-season tryouts. All interested athletes, please complete the online registration now for the upcoming school year. Choose all sports in which you are interested in participating this year. Please scan and email the completed physical to and complete the online paperwork. Only physicals dated after May 1, 2021 are valid. Many have already sent in VHSL physicals, much appreciated! Please now complete the online registration to be eligible for athletics this year.

Important Dates:

Winter Sports Begin---November 8

Spring Sports Begin---February 21


  • is the primary website/source of athletics information (schedules, department updates, team news and calendars, etc.)
  • Sign up to receive "Email Alerts" on and choose the sport/s to follow
  • Follow us on twitter at @Lightridge_LCPS
  • Follow us on Instagram at @Lightridge_LCPS

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Lightridge Library strives to be the heart of our diverse community. We provide a place for students to learn and appreciate the power of print and digital information through universal access to knowledge. We encourage literacy, inquiry, and social-emotional health. We welcome all Lightridge community members to learn, discover, create, and connect in our vibrant, joyful space! Check out what’s happening in the Lightridge Library in October.

  • 1book, 1community – The Lightridge Library is partnering with Loudoun County Public Library to promote community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. This year's book is Refugee by Alan Gratz. Check out the trailer here. Free copies are available in the Lightridge Library. Alan Gratz will be doing a virtual author talk on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00pm through LCPL.
  • Library Orientation – All classes visited the library through their English class in September to “breakout” and learn more about the space. Many frequently asked questions can be found in this video which was one stop on the orientation game.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. In celebration the Lightridge Library we have created a collection of materials (linked here), a display with items donated from our Hispanic Student Association, and will be the location for our inaugural Multi-Cultural Fair October 8th and October 12th. See more information below.
  • Multi-Cultural Fair – We are so excited to hold our #LightridgeFirst Multi-Cultural Fair October 8th and October 12th. We would love to have as many community members involved as possible. If you have a story to tell, craft to demonstrate, or artifacts to share please consider joining us on one or both of these days. Complete this form to express your interest and we’ll be in touch!
  • Stay Informed – Keep up to date on all things Lightridge Library by following us on Twitter and Instagram!
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Lightning Learning Labs

WHO: Any student who needs additional support in an academic subject area.

WHAT: The LIGHTNING LEARNING LABS Program promotes academic success for all Lightridge students and provides additional academic support, when needed. The vision is that all LRHS students will be academically successful and prepared for post-secondary options upon graduation. Math, English, Science, and Social Studies will have licensed staff available for tutorial assistance throughout the school day for students to utilize.

Students may work in Lightning Learning Labs on class assignments or on materials of personal interest. If a student is behind in school work, in jeopardy of failing a class, or needs assistance with work completion they may be assigned by their teacher to mandatory attendance in a Lightning Learning Lab..

WHEN: All students may access the Lightning Learning Labs during lunch and during study hall.


  • Humanities support is located in room 1603 and is staffed by English and Social Studies.
  • STEM support is located in room 2423 and is staffed by Math and Science.


STUDENT benefits:

  • Consistent academic support throughout the academic day.
  • Development of necessary study skills to academically succeed in the future.
  • Assistance with completion of all assignments, with the goal of academic success.
  • Access to additional academic resources, technology and extra time to complete work.
  • Established high school and life survival skills of hope, resilience, and self-advocacy.


Student Procedures:

  1. If planned at least 30 minutes prior, students should make an appointment pass to “Humanities Lab Block X” or to “STEM Lab Block X”.
  2. If a student is making a plan to go to a Lightning Learning Lab immediately, a proxy pass should be made.
  3. Teachers can make an appointment pass to “Humanities Lab Block X” or to “STEM Lab Block X”. Appointment passes should be made for students in the following scenarios.
    1. If a student needs to make up a test or quiz.
    2. If the student is missing several assignments.
    3. If the student needs additional help understanding a topic and the teacher.
  4. Students can seek the help of the Lightning Learning Labs during study hall OR during their assigned lunch. Students may bring a packed lunch to eat in the room but may NOT bring a lunch from the cafeteria.


  • There will be a cap of 20 active passes at a time.
  • A student may come to the Lightning Lab, get help needed, and return to study hall. This frees up time for another student to come in for additional support.
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DEADLINE is November 5, 2021


  1. Visit and enter job number 21626. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.
  2. Search the master list and find your student in the school list or you can add your student’s information. Make sure you enter their name and ID number correctly.
  3. Choose the ad size you want to purchase. Then select one of the available templates.
  4. Upload your images (JPG or PNG file types) and type your personalized message. You can save and return to your work until your ad is complete and ready for submission! (Please note your ad space is not reserved and your ad is not complete until you have finished designing, approved your proof, and submitted payment.)
  5. Once you have finished, you will have the opportunity to PROOF your ad before you PAY and SUBMIT the ad for production. Please review your PROOF and check all content before submitting your final ad for publication. Baby ads will NOT be edited or revised by the yearbook staff - the ad will print as it appears in your PROOF. (Ads will be reviewed for content prior to publication and the yearbook staff does reserve the right to request changes if ads violate acceptable content guidelines or copyright policies.)

Questions about senior baby ads? Contact Yearbook Adviser Christina Yoon @ Need technical assistance? Call the Herff Jones Tech help line at 1-866-287-3096
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Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides FREE Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for Virginia students in grades 10th, 11th, and 12th. The programs inspire students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. Please share the information on the following programs with your students.

The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is an interactive online STEM learning experience for 10th grade students highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility focusing on the current missions at Wallops. Learn more about VSCS at Course application OPEN UNTIL October 17, 2021.

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive online STEM learning experience for 11th and 12th-grade students, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center focusing on human spaceflight. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. Learn more about VASTS at The application OPEN UNTIL October 24, 2021.

The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) is an interactive online STEM learning experience for 11th and 12th-grade students, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center focusing on the Earth’s responses to climate changes, weather, and natural hazards. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. Learn more about VESSS at The application OPEN UNTIL October 24, 2021.

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