Weekly Update

October 28, 2022

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Loudoun Valley High School is starting a journey to become an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Diploma Program and our first step in this process is to begin offering the LCPS Pre-International Baccalaureate program (LCPS Pre-IB) starting in the 2023-2024 school year.

We are excited to be offering this program and want to take a moment to give you a sense of where we are in our process of becoming an IB World School and what it means for you and for Loudoun Valley High School.

Why the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

  • The teaching and learning supported by the IB framework builds the skills that our students will need to be competitive in our ever changing world.

  • The IB framework pushes students to think deeply and differently about the world and prepares them for their next steps beyond the classroom.

  • As we continue our efforts to prepare students for the 21st century world, the focus of IB on authentic student-centered learning in a global context aligns with our core values as a school.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

What is the LCPS Pre-IB Program?

  • We are seeking to become an IB World School. As we navigate this process, we will be implementing the LCPS Pre-IB Program. For more information about the LCPS Pre-IB Program visit: https://www.lcps.org/Page/247003

Where are we now in the development of IB here at LVHS?

  • This year we are setting the stage for our LCPS Pre-IB program and we are doing this by:

    • Moving slowly and thoughtfully in our development of the program. It is important we take the time to understand where we are right now and where we want to go. Information, training, and opportunity to learn more about the IB program will be forthcoming and will be gradual.

    • Applying to be authorized as an IB world school. The process will take us into the 2023-2024 school year.

Where are we going?

  • If authorized our first IB Courses will be offered in the 24-25 school year.

  • We will build our understanding and readiness to engage in a full IB program over the next two years and then engage in a continuous, iterative, and reflective process to grow as a school.


Michael Skvarch

International Baccalaureate Coordinator

Loudoun Valley High School


Heritage and Loudoun Valley High Schools are candidate schools* for the Diploma Programme. These schools are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer the Diploma Programme (DP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

For more information about the LVHS Pre-IB, visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/246440.

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The LVHS NHS application process for the 2022-2023 school year has officially begun!

All eligible juniors and seniors (junior/seniors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5) should have already received their NHS eligibility letters in homeroom. (Note: Students who did NOT pick up their NHS eligibility letters from their homeroom teachers due to their absence from homeroom this week have been sent an electronic version of their letter via their LCPS emails.)

Please review this linked message carefully for more details on the NHS eligibility and application process.

Thank you!

Heidi Trude

Taylour Hudson

NHS Advisers

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Office of Special Education

Administration Building

21000 Education Court, 4th Floor

Ashburn, VA 20148

Telephone: 571-252-1011

FAX: 571-252-1244

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is asking for families who have a child with a disability and adult students who have a disability and are provided special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in the 2021-2022 Indicator 8 Parent Involvement Survey.

El Departamento de Educación de Virginia (VDOE, por sus siglas en inglés) solicita a las familias que tienen un hijo con una discapacidad y estudiantes adultos con una discapacidad y reciben servicios de educación especial a través de un Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP, por sus siglas en inglés) que participen en la Encuesta de Participación de los Padres Indicador 8 del 2021-2022.
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Great News! SATbusters is back...In-Person! The next SATbuster class is sponsored by the LVHS SCA as a fundraiser and will be on 11/2 and 11/3 from 6-9pm. Use the coupon code LVHSsca to get the class for only $200 and $25 of your tuition will support LVHS SCA. Visit satbusters.com for more info and to sign up!

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Ms. Stecura is Loudoun Valley’s School Testing Coordinator. Her office is located in the main office. The best way to contact Ms. Stecura is through email at melissa.stecura@lcps.org.

The LVHS Testing Website has more information about testing.

AP Testing information and schedule.



This is a reminder that the deadline for registering for an AP exam is November 4, 2022 at 5:00PM. Your student should have enrolled in their AP Course and indicated their exam decision via the College Board website (MyAP) during class time. Please confirm with your student that they have enrolled in their AP course and indicated their exam decision by asking them to log into their College Board account at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org. Any exams that are registered for after November 4, 2022 at 5:00PM may be subject to a $40 late fee.

Beginning with the school year 2021-2022, LCPS will cover the cost of the first 4 AP exams taken during a student’s high school tenure. Depending on the number of AP exams your student took last year, the number of AP exams they register for this year, and/or the number of unpaid AP exam fees they incurred last year, payment may be required to order the exam(s).

AP exams cost $88 each, with AP Research/Seminar exams costing $136 each. You will be contacted via an email from School Cash Online if you need to pay for an exam and/or any applicable fees. Payments can be made throughout the school year, with a final deadline of March 31, 2023.

If your student attends The Academies of Loudoun, please read this before registering for AP exams. Exam payments should be made to the school locations in which your student is scheduled to take the exams.

We recognize the importance of college admissions testing and encourage you to contact your student’s School Testing Coordinator, Ms. Stecura, with questions or concerns. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Assessment Services with general process questions.

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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.

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Twitter: @LVHS_Counseling

Instagram: @valleyschoolcounseling



This website offers comprehensive mental health services, support and resources provided by our Unified Mental Health Teams (counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and student assistance specialists) who can assist and direct families to the right level of services or interventions.

Available information includes:

  • How to contact your school’s Unified Mental Health Team
  • Resources for parents
  • Suicide prevention resources
  • LCPS mental and behavioral health services
  • Substance use prevention and intervention services
  • Resources for families of LGBTQ+ students and families
  • Community resources

To access the mental health website created by the Department of Student Services, please visit: www.lcps.org/MentalHealthServices



As we approach Mental Health Awareness Month, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and the Unified Mental Health Team (UMHT) at Loudoun Valley want to remind you of the opportunities and resources available to students and families. The Loudoun Valley Unified Mental Health Team supports the mental health of all Loudoun Valley students.



A former LCPS student tells her story about vaping and recovery after being hospitalized. We encourage you to watch this video with your child and have a discussion about vaping. The presentation below contains her video and resources for parents about how to talk to your child about vaping along with some other resources related to drugs/alcohol. If you have questions please contact Amy Emery, Student Assistance Specialist, at amy.emery@lcps.org.


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Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar - The HOBY Story

HOBY (for 10th grade students only) was founded by Hugh O’Brian in 1958 in response to Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s remark, “The most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves.” HOBY seeks out, recognizes, and rewards leadership potential in high school sophomores by giving them the opportunity to build their leadership potential during a three or four day seminar. High school sophomores are chosen because their age is critical in focusing on future goals and forming opinions for adulthood. These students have the unique opportunity to create a “ripple effect” from their HOBY experience by utilizing the remaining time in their high school career to lead others and lay the foundation for a strong future. HOBY challenges students on not what to think, but how to think.

Today, over 375,000 proud alumni make HOBY stronger than ever. HOBY alumni are leaders in their schools and communities, throughout the United States and the world, making a difference for others through service.

The 2023 Virginia State Seminar Season opened on October 3rd, 2022.

Virginia’s leadership seminar will be held at James Madison University from June 2nd until June 4th.

If you would like to be nominated, please see Mrs. Krone in the career center today. Learn more about HOBY at: www.hoby.org.



Just a little heads-up----Next week information for this year’s Job for a Day will be distributed to all 11th and 12th grade students. This is an exciting opportunity where you will be able to shadow someone in a career you are interested in.

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College Visits

Marymount University

Wed November 2, 2022

2:25 PM

Meet and Eat Career Luncheon-Electric

Thu November 3, 2022

1:00 PM

Savannah College of Art & Design - SCAD

Mon November 7, 2022

10:25 AM

University of Maine

Wed November 9, 2022

12:30 PM

U.S. Navy

Thu November 10, 2022

12:30 PM

Richard Bland College

Thu November 10, 2022

12:30 PM

Greensboro College

Mon November 14, 2022

2:25 PM

U. S. Army

Tue November 15, 2022

12:30 PM

Meet and Eat Career Luncheon

Wed November 16, 2022

1:00 PM

Marine Recruiter

Thu November 17, 2022

12:30 PM



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North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra

Lauren MacDonnell, viola

Addison Miller, cello

Virginia Music Educators Association Senior Honor Choir

Jocie Schnee, soprano 1

Amy Tashiro, alto 1

Jaimie Wall, alto 2

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LVHS Cyber students have created infographics to share with you. This one points out that cybersecurity can also include physical defenses.

Stay safe out there, Vikings!

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Tutor.com, a free on-demand tutoring service, is now available to all LCPS students. Students can access Tutor.com through the link on the left-hand menu of any Schoology course.
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If you have money to put on your account, you can bring it to the cafeteria in the mornings.


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LCPS will be using Ticket Spicket digital tickets for all high school athletic regular season events. Tickets can be purchased using the Ticket Spicket website or app.

Please Note: Tickets can not be redeemed prior to the event. Tickets must be presented to the event staff before being redeemed.

2022-23 Ticket and Annual Pass Prices

  • Tickets for regular-season events: $7 per ticket
  • All LCPS Access Pass: $500 provides access to home and away regular season athletic competitions held at any LCPS high school (each member in the immediate household will receive a pass with purchase of this package)
  • Family Pass: $250 provides entrance to all regular season home games for the selected school (each member in the immediate household will receive a pass with purchase of this package)
  • Individual Adult Pass: $125
  • LCPS Student Pass: $100

Additional information along with helpful resources about Ticket Spicket can be found at LCPS.org.

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Join us for our next Athletic Boosters meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm.

Need Valley Gear? Check our our Valley spirit store at https://lvab.company.site/?lang=en&from_admin=&vertical=other&ltclid=04b71926-8945-4ef3-ac7d-931cf645feb1


Thank you to the LVAB sponsors!! We appreciate all the support. If you are interested in sponsoring LV Athletic Boosters, please visit us at lvboosters.org
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Direct Links for Students to Instructional Tools

TOOL: Google

LINK: https://drive.google.com

HOW TO SIGN IN: Google: student email address IDnumber@lcps.org, i.e. 000000@lcps.org

TOOL: Schoology

LINK: https://learn.lcps.org


TOOL: Google Meet

LINK: https://meet.google.com/ OR the link you created for your class


TOOL: Clever (for app integrations)

LINK: https://clever.com/

HOW TO SIGN IN: Student ID and Password

TOOL: StudentVue

LINK: https://portal.lcps.org/

HOW TO SIGN IN: Student ID and Password


I've used the links and received sign-in errors. Is my password wrong?

Sometimes an LCPS Go outage is limited to LCPS Go, and other times it may be a network problem affecting multiple sites. In this instance, a password or other sign-in error may or may not reflect the actual problem. Wait and try later, refresh your browser window, and clear the cache if needed.



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It is the intention of Loudoun County Public Schools to comply with all federal and state regulations regarding asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) performs routine inspections of several school buildings and staff facilities in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). As required by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the EPA, this notification is to inform you that asbestos-containing material (ACM) is present and managed in several locations in Insert School Name.

Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was used extensively in many building materials because of its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire-retarding capabilities. While virtually any building constructed in the United States from the 1940s to the late 1970s contains some asbestos, intact and undisturbed asbestos-containing materials generally do not pose a health risk. Schools are held to a higher standard for management than residences or privately-owned buildings.

In our school, known areas of ACM are inspected semi-annually by licensed LCPS personnel and every three years by licensed third-party inspectors to ensure that the material remains in good condition and does not pose an exposure hazard for building occupants. Any materials found to be in unacceptable condition or impacted by planned building work are removed by licensed professionals. Records of all inspections, response actions, and sampling data are compiled in the school’s Asbestos Management Plan document. This document also indicates the locations where asbestos-containing materials may be present.

In 2020-2021, the following inspections and response actions were performed:

- February 2021 Periodic Visual Surveillance, All Known ACM

- August 2021 Periodic Visual Surveillance, All Known ACM

- February 2022 Periodic Visual Surveillance, All Known ACM

- August 2022 Triennial Inspection (Third Party), All Known ACM

You are welcome to review a copy of any facility’s Asbestos Management Plan in the administrative office of the school. In addition, copies of all Management Plans are maintained in the Loudoun County Public Schools Facilities Services Environmental Division offices, located at 741 Miller Drive, Leesburg, Virginia. For all inquiries regarding the asbestos management plan and asbestos-related issues in our facilities please contact the LCPS designated asbestos program manager, Cristina Windover, at Cristina.Windover@LCPS.org or 571-252-1934.

Loudoun County Public Schools is committed to providing safe schools for all students and employees in our district and we thank you for your attention to this important issue.

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