HUSKY HIGHLIGHTS Newsletter

May 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Tuscarora Family,


I hope each of you are enjoying the warmer weather.


We are now in fourth quarter and the final stretch of the 2020-2021 school year. Now that all hybrid students are attending in-person school from Tuesday through Friday, the energy level has been uplifting. While the entire Tuscarora family is not quite all back yet, we have a new appreciation for seeing student faces, bumping elbows, and feeling the warm smiles behind those masks.


This May, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. I would like to thank our Asian Pacific American community for their contributions to our country and to our community. For more information click on this link.


The week of May 2-8, 2021 is Teacher Appreciation Week. I would like to offer a special thanks to every teacher for their commitment and hard work to support each of our students. I would also like to extend my gratitude and celebrate every adult in our building and our community who contributes to the education of our children every day. We honor you, celebrate you, and appreciate you.


May 6, 2021 is National Nurses' Day. Thank you, Nurse Rodney, for all your hard work to support the entire Tuscarora school community. We appreciate you for all the ways you help to ensure our staff and students are safe and healthy everyday.


Finally, I encourage you to dive into the rest of this month's newsletter to stay connected with the happenings at Tuscarora HS.


As always, please reach out to me or my staff for assistance.


Pamela Croft

Principal

Celebrations from World Language

Congratulations to our students who have been selected to attend the VA Governor's School Academies for World Language this summer!


French - Alicyn Stewart & Katherine Franco-Barahona

German - Claudia Hunn

Spanish - Kailey Baxter


This year, every single Tuscarora student, whose application was submitted to the World Language Governor Schools' selection committee, was accepted. This speaks not only to the teachers who worked with the students on their application, but to the incredible teamwork and quality of instruction provided by each member of the department from Level 1, on.


Congratulations on seeing the fruits of a successful language program!


Congratulations, Huskies, for this wonderful honor!

Celebrations from Fine Arts

Congratulations to Jackson Tallamy who is selected for the All-District Jazz Band on Bari Sax.


Congratulations to Manny Estrada who is selected as 1st alternate on Alto Sax.

Congratulations, Tuscarora Athletes!

Girls Cross Country Team:

Congratulations to the Tuscarora Girls Cross Country Team on their third-place finish at the Class 4 VHSL State Meet. What a great accomplishment! We are proud of our Lady Huskies!


Varsity Football Team:

Congratulations to the Tuscarora Varsity Football Team for making it all the way to the state semifinals! You played with passion all the way to the very last second and demonstrated RISE at every level. Congratulations on a GREAT season!

Credit Recovery

Attention Students and Parents: Credit recovery for quarters 1, 2, and 3 are still available.


Credit recovery is intended to help students recover missed learning if the student received a failing grade for any quarter this year. Each teacher designed specific assignments and assessments to support students who need to recover from any quarter grade that is below a 60.


Please take advantage of this opportunity and contact your teacher TODAY and ask how you can participate in credit recovery.

African American History and Literature Course

We are excited to announce a new African American History and Literature course for the 2021-2022 school year. This cross-curricular course is available to sophomores, juniors and seniors as a year long (1 credit) elective course. Students will examine the African American experience through history and literature. Course content will include an analysis of the unique history, culture, and social development of African Americans incorporating literary and artistic contributions of African Americans to the overall landscape of the United States.


Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in signing up for the course.

Performance Assessments in Social Science

Performance assessments are assessments where students demonstrate what they can do with what they know. Beginning this year, both the Virginia Department of Education, VDOE, and LCPS will be including performance assessments as part of social science courses.


Beginning this 2020-2021 school year, all 9th (World History to 1500), 10th (World History 1500 to present) and 11th (United States and Virginia History) Social Science classes will be completing performance assessments as part of their course requirements. Performance assessments will be used to assess various units throughout the rest of the school year and have become part of the county's requirements for Social Science courses.


In lieu of the traditional standardized Standards of Learning (SOL) tests for Social Science and Global Studies students, enrolled in World History and Geography to 1500 (Intro to AP/World History I), who successfully complete the two LCPS created performance assessments will earn a verified credit for Social Science.


Students performance assessments will be evaluated using the VDOE rubric and their performance on these assessments will be recorded in Phoenix. Students who receive a passing grade for the World History I/Intro to AP World course AND a passing score on the performance assessments may be eligible to earn a verified credit for Social Science. All students are required to complete the two performance assessments, and this year we have an opportunity to use these performance assessments to earn verified credit.


Please encourage your student/s to complete the performance assessments to the best of their ability so that they have an opportunity to earn the verified credit needed for graduation.


Again, performance assessments will also be completed in all World History from 1500 to present and United States and Virginia History courses. Students currently enrolled in these courses who are in need of a verified credit in history may also earn the verified credit through these performance assessments.


Seniors in need of a verified credit for history will be the only students completing a multiple-choice SOL test this year, and our testing coordinator is reaching out to those students.


If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your student’s Social Science teacher or the Social Science Department Chair - Stefanie.lane@lcps.org or Testing coordinator - Sommer.crawford@lcps.org.

From the Testing Office

LCPS has decided to use Administration 2 for AP Testing. You can find specific dates for Administration 2 here.


The Virginia Department of Education reports student pass rates from SOL tests to the United States Department of Education to meet federal requirements; therefore, Virginia school divisions must offer students the opportunity to participate in the SOL tests. Diploma requirements also have not changed. Students were sent information about SOL testing on 3/21/21.


LCPS recognizes that this has been a challenging year for students, and they may not feel prepared to take the SOL test or be comfortable with the in-person testing requirement. If you have concerns please reach out to your school testing coordinator, sommer.crawford@lcps.org.

Updates from School Counseling

Term 3: Spring /Summer - 10 week term

  • Registration begins on Monday, April 19, 2021 and closes on Friday, May 14, 2021.

  • Classes begin on Monday, May 31, 2021 and end on Friday, August 06, 2021.

  • The last day in Term 3 to drop a Virtual Loudoun course is June 25, 2021--no indication of course on student's transcript.

  • Students may withdraw from a virtual course between June 26 and July 16 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 all students, June 25, 2021 is the last day to pay for a Virtual Loudoun course, or request a refund.


Parents, please contact your child’s school counselor if you have specific questions about registration for any VL course.

Virtual Loudoun Information - https://www.lcps.org/virtualloudoun



SAT Test

SAT 2021- This is the last exam for the 2021 school year.
Test Date: June 5, 2021
Registration deadline: May 6, 2021
LCPS locations: Heritage H.S, Lightridge H.S, Broad Run H.S, John Champe H.S, Freedom H.S



Parents,

Please use the link below to find directions on how to correctly pronounce your students’ name. This is a great tool to use and specifically for our Seniors, who will have their names read aloud at graduation by their school counselor

Name Pronunciation in ParentVUE - https://www.lcps.org/Page/235787

Tuscarora Athletic News!

Welcome to Spring!


Each year, the HABC sponsors four scholarships for Senior Athletes who are planning to attend an institution to receive a degree. The scholarship application is now available via the link below and on the HABC page of this website. All portions of the application must be completed according to the directions and must be returned to Mr.Tallent via email at tony.tallent@lcps.org no later than May 7, 2021. Please note that transcripts will be acquired for applicants who submit a completed application by the athletic office and student-athletes do not need to contact the guidance department.


Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee and the winners will be announced on or about June 8, 2021. Scholarship money ($500) will be sent directly to the school the winner chooses to attend as soon as the applicant presents a copy of an acceptance letter to the Huskies Athletic Booster Club Treasurer. Please visit www.huskyathletics.info and look under Announcements to access the application.


On and after May 1 you can get your physical for the upcoming school year. *ALERT* The physical form has changed and must be competed on the new form. The form is live at www.huskyathetics.info as will as at the following link: 2021 VHSL Physical Form

Our social media sites are @TuscaroraHusky on twitter and TuscaroraHusky on Instagram. We encourage you to follow those to receive immediate updates when they occur.


If you have other questions please email Athletic Director Tony Tallent; tony.tallent@lcps.org or Assistant Athletic Director William Moses; william.moses@lcps.org

Tuscarora Band Shoe Drive

The THS Band program is holding a shoe drive. Bring any shoes to the THS band room or main office. The shoes can be any size, condition, and type. Collection is going through May 28. The shoes will be given to Funds2Org who donate them to developing companies for micro-entrepreneurs to create economic opportunities.