Lightridge High School

Go Lightning!

June 2020

What's in this issue?

  1. A Note from Dr. Hitchman
  2. Lightridge Athletics
  3. Clubs and Activities
  4. Last Day for course request changes - June 5
  5. Fall Virtual Loudoun registration
  6. Lightning Bugs preschool
  7. Get your Lightning gear!
  8. Summer enrichment opportunities


I hope you and your family are healthy and doing well. It’s hard to believe it is already June and while this school year has not gone according to plan, I admire the resiliency and grit displayed by our students, parents, and staff. I would like to thank those parents, guardians, and staff members who were able to participate in our PTSO Interest Meetings and Principal Coffee and Chats. One of the items we have continually discussed is scheduling opportunities for students to share their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the opening of Lightridge.

Before the school closure, members of the Lightridge staff were able to meet with rising 9th and 10th grade students at Willard a few times in early March. We also hosted a Lightridge Visioning Session which was attended by over 100 students and parents. Following discussions with parents, guardians, and staff, we would like to reconnect with students who met with us in early March and provide all future Lightridge students the opportunity to ask questions and have their voices be heard. Our plan is to schedule a series of grade level student forums in early June. We invite any rising 9th; 10th; or 11th grade student who will be attending Lightridge High School in the fall to participate. While parents and guardians are also welcome, our primary focus will be on listening to our students and answering their questions. The student forums will be conducted virtually using Google Meet, will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm, and will also be recorded.

The links to access the specific grade level meetings is included below and we hope students are able to participate in one or both grade level forums.

Rising 11th Grade Student Forums:

Rising 10th Grade Student Forums:

Rising 9th Grade Student Forums:

Finally, as a friendly reminder, Lightridge High School is still an active worksite and closed to visitors. Construction is progressing and heavy equipment is being transported on and off site on a daily basis. We look forward to greeting you and celebrating when the building is finished and it is deemed safe to do so. We will provide you with updates regarding construction during the summer and any possible timelines which may be created. Stay safe and thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.

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May 1, 2020: VHSL Physicals valid after this date for next school year.

June 28-July 5th: Summer No Athletic Activities Duration

June 11th: Sports Online Registration Portal Opens

August 3rd: Fall Sports Tryouts

Please sign up for email/sms alerts at our athletics website. As we move forward, this will be a great resource of information.



Spring Sports

You asked and we delivered. With most of our staff hired, we have started recruiting faculty members to sponsor clubs you have previously requested or that are most common in Loudoun County Public Schools.

Check out the new Lightridge Clubs and Activities page. This list is not complete and we will be updating it regularly.

If there is a club you are interested in that is not yet on the form, please be sure to fill out the interest survey. Once we are into August and the 2020-2021 school year, we will be taking applications for new clubs.

Marching Band

Marching band sign ups are now open!

Please join google classroom: y6mzimv or email for more information.

We are also looking for students to be a part of Lightridge's first color guard. No experience needed!

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2020-2021 Student Course Selection

JUNE 1 was the original deadline set to make course request changes. It has been extended to FRIDAY JUNE 5! This will be the last day to make any changes in your schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

A few reminders:

  • If you would like to make a change to a course request, please complete the Course Selection Change Form.
  • Rising 11th grade students who have requested early release periods must turn in their Waiver of Full Day Request Form into the School Counseling Office by June 5.
  • Students who have registered for one of the NOVA Dual Enrollment courses offered must turn in their NOVA Intent to Enroll form ASAP. This form was due May 1 - I am still missing a few and have emailed students and parents.

Virtual Loudoun

FALL Registration is now OPEN.

As a reminder, every school in Loudoun County receives a limited number of spots each term for students to take virtual classes. These spots are approved for students who NEED them before students who WANT them.

At this time, we will only be approving courses for students at the Academies of Loudoun. Requests will be re-evaluated in August prior to the opening of school.

Term 1: Fall/Winter 2020-2021 - 15 week term

  • Registration closes on Friday, August 14, 2020.
  • Classes begin on Monday, August 31, 2020 and end on Friday, December 11, 2020.
  • The last day in Term 1 to drop a Virtual Loudoun course is September 25, 2020--no indication of course on student's transcript.
  • Students may withdraw from a virtual course between September 26 and November 13 with a Withdraw Pass (WP) if the current grade, determined by progress measured by the course pacing guide, is 60 or higher, or a Withdraw Fail (WF) if the current grade is below 60. These withdrawals will have no impact on GPA.
  • For students who do not attend LCPS, September 25, 2020 is the last day to pay for a Virtual Loudoun course or request a refund.


The Lightridge Early Childhood Education program is now accepting applications for preschool. If anyone is interested in enrolling their child in the Lightning Bugs Preschool program, please fill-out the attached form and return to in a separate email. There is a $100 deposit as well, which you can pay for on the online portal (instructions are on the form).

If you know of any local neighbors who would also be interested in having their child enroll in the preschool program, please pass this form along to them.

Lightridge Spirit Wear

We know what you want - Lightridge gear!!! Well Mrs. Murray has worked with Cheers Sports to create an online store so you can sport your Lightning pride this summer before school starts. You will have the option of picking-up your orders at Cheers Sports (located in Ashburn near One Loudoun, they have been VERY diligent about following COVID protocol) or shipping to your home as we don't currently have a school to pick-up from :)

There is a quick turn around as the store closes Friday June 5! Click on this link to take you to the online store. In addition you can also order from the site Cheers established when we opened.

Mrs. Murray is working diligently with vendors to make sure our school store is stocked with gear for the opening of school so stay tuned!


Young Entrepeneurs Academy

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) here in Loudoun County. YEA! is presented by the Loudoun Chamber Foundation and the Loudoun Economic Development Authority. LCPS is a partner along with Loudoun Economic Development, Loudoun Youth and the Mason Enterprise Center - Loudoun.

YEA! is a groundbreaking and exciting afterschool program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the seven-month program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors (think Shark Tank), and launch their very own real companies.

Due to the current conditions, I was not able to attend planned school fairs to raise awareness for the program. Our applications are currently being accepted through June 12th. I’m hoping that you might be able to provide a platform to get the information about this program to the LCPS students, should they be interested in participating in our upcoming Class of 2021.

I have attached a flyer with registration information. Please feel free to distribute as you see fit. I can also provide posts to share on social media if that would be permissible.

Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to pass this information along or let me know if there’s someone else that I should contact.

William and Mary Law School

The Center for Legal & Court Technology at William & Mary Law School offers an exceptional opportunity for high school students to experience law-related courses ​in the comfort of their homes using an interactive videoconferencing platform. Many of the courses previously shared with you are now filled. Due to extraordinary interest in our High School Law-Related Education Program, we have added the following afternoon courses in July to accommodate students in all time zones:

  • Introduction to Evidence (July 14-15)
  • Introduction to Torts (July 16-17)
  • Introduction to Law and the U.S. Legal System (July 20-23)
  • Introduction to Negotiations (July 27-29)
  • International Law (July 31)

More information and registration can be found on our website.

The courses are taught by Professors Fred Lederer and Iria Giuffrida, members of the faculty at William & Mary Law School and respectively Center for Legal & Court Technology’s Director and Deputy Director.

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College Planning

NEW! NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Announcing the launch of NACAC Virtual College Fairs! Get ready for a dynamic, new, digital meeting space for high school students and college admission reps. Powered by VisitDays, the NACAC platform gives students the chance to learn about different colleges and universities via a mobile experience that is totally intuitive, informative, interactive, and fun. Learn more at