News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 19, Volume 18, June 1, 2020

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#EagleNation2020

Item Pick Up/Drop Off Process for Underclassmen

The division has set aside June 8 through 12 for students in grades 9 - 11 to return items to the school and to pick up items left at the school. LHS will operate on the following schedule:


Monday, June 8, 8:00am- 3:30pm & 5-7pm: parents can set an appointment to pick up/drop off item using this form.


Tuesday, June 9, 8am-3:30pm: current 9th graders will pick up/drop off items (no appointment necessary).


Wednesday, June 10, 8am-3:30pm: current 10th graders will pick up/drop off items (no appointment necessary).


Thursday, June 11, 8am-3:30pm: current 11th graders will pick up/drop off items (no appointment necessary).


Friday, June 12, 8am-3:30pm: parents can set an appointment to pick up/drop off item using this form.


Seniors will drop off and pick up items during their appointed graduation time. Please see the senior specific information in the senior section of this newsletter.


You can download a copy of the logistics for this process here.


Students in Grades 9-11 will not return their Chromebook.

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Yearbooks

The last update we received from the production plant was that the yearbooks should be in the building by June 8th. Once they arrive, they will have to be sorted and labeled for distribution to students. If the yearbooks are available on the date you select to come in (on the Google from above), they will be distributed. If not, we will contact you and arrange a date/time for the book to be picked up.

Individual Graduation Ceremony Info

Individual Cap & Gown Ceremony: Individual ceremonies will be arranged on Wednesday, June 17, Thursday, June 18, and Saturday, June 20, using this SignUp Genius form. (*Academy seniors will receive separate information from our Academy Coordinator, Mrs. White and should not use this sign-up form!) You will receive a confirmation email with your individual day and time appointment.


Honor stoles and cords (if applicable) will be distributed to the individual graduate upon arrival at the individual ceremony.


Please note these guidelines established by the school division:


  • Each graduate is permitted to bring ten (10) or fewer guests to the ceremony.
  • Pursuant to the recent Executive Order from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, all guests and visitors to all VBCPS buildings are required to wear face coverings while conducting business. More specifically, when entering and exiting buildings, when in common areas, or in other situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, face coverings must be worn. A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf or bandana.
  • If the graduate or a guest has a fever or cough or has recently had a fever or cough, they should not attend the ceremony.
  • Graduates and their guests are not permitted to bring or carry any personal items (except cellphone, personal camera, and/or car keys) into the school building. Specifically, gifts (boxes), large camera bags, large objects, containers, noisemakers, balloons, and signs are also not permitted.
  • Appropriate attire for graduates and guests is expected.
  • School officials, security assistants, and School Resource Officers will be on-hand to help ensure a safe experience for participants.
  • When the individual ceremony concludes, graduates and their guests are to exit the school building and campus as quickly as possible. Congregating in larger groups is not permitted.

Senior Item Drop Off Information

Seniors will return Chromebooks and other materials either when on campus for Cap/Gown Ceremony or will have to make an appointment with the school for June 23 or 24. Examples of items to bring include the following:


  • Charged Chromebook and charger
  • Calculator and charger
  • Athletic Team Uniforms
  • Textbooks, library books and any fundraising materials belonging to the school
  • Other items you may have secured from a teacher or staff member
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Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Valedictorian Zach Deal and Salutatorian Ayinde Bradford!

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Kudos to Caleb Bellisle who was featured on WAVY's senior send off last week. You can see the video here.


Congratulations to three of our students who have been chosen to represent Landstown High School on Operation Smile’s Regional Leadership Council (RLC) for the 2020-2021 school year! There were six applicants from LHS, and normally Pete Hansen, our school liaison from Operation Smile, chooses two representatives per school. He was so impressed with our candidates, he made an exception and chose Avryl Abunal, Muskan Haque, and Trisha Rubio. We are looking forward to an active, growing Operation Smile club this year at LHS!


Kudos to the Sendzik Family for donating cloth masks.


Big shout out to the HPE Department for tackling PE locker clean out!! They have organized all of the materials in separate bags for the students. A huge undertaking.


Kudos to Connie Martinez who held the first ever virtual Spanish Honor Society induction ceremony last week.


Thanks to all of the staff members who volunteered to deliver senior signs. It was great fun.

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Eagled Up Information

Our PTSA is offering a special yard sign for parents. Get your Senior's Yard Eagled Up! Your special recipient will be Eagled Up with a Eagled Up sign and some eagle signs in their yard on the evening before the request date and will stay in the yard for two days. They will be picked up on the second day in the evening. Have something special to say? We can leave a note. You can access the PTSA shop here: https://landstownptsa.memberhub.store/

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Athletic Field Usage Update

During this extended school closure, we must keep our athletic fields closed. It’s just not possible to keep them maintained and ensure that the facilities remain safe for everyone. The school tracks are open for running and walking. We ask that you please maintain the recommended 6-foot distance from each other and pick up after yourselves. And of course, if you have a fever or a cough, please stay home and consult your medical provider. Please note these additional guidelines:


  • All athletic fields are closed
  • School track is open for running and walking only
  • Tennis courts are open
  • No biking, skating, or skateboarding on the property
  • No large gatherings
  • Please ensure you keep our area clean and free of debris

Summer School Info

VBCPS is committed to offering summer learning options for students. While there are several uncertainties, the current planning includes mostly virtual or remote learning for the students involved. As we receive more information from the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health, we will finalize and share our plans with you.


Students at the secondary level who may need to take or re-take a summer school course in order to graduate or move to the next grade level will receive direct communication from their schools. Specifics on the registration process for secondary students and a calendar of dates for all grade levels will be provided in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, it is important for students to continue to access their assignments in Schoology and submit completed work during the ELP.

PTSA News

You don't want to stand in a line to fill out paper forms and write a check to join the PTSA. Landstown PTA has a better way this year: our new school store.

In the Landstown PTA Membership Store, you have a year-round, one-stop-shop for:

  • PTA memberships-for yourself or your entire family
  • PTA memberships-for our community partners and businesses
  • To make donations to support your school also known as "Eagle Bucks"


Check out the PTA Membership Store today to get PTA memberships or make donations with no hassle and no lines at back-to-school night! Go to store Let's make this year's PTA one of the best ever!!

JOIN PTSA TODAY!

Click here to download the PTSA membership form.

LHS STUDENT HANDBOOK

This handbook contains important information for students and parents. Documents housed here are live and will be updated throughout the year.

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Please Log Your Volunteer Hours!

VBCPS values and promotes active engagement of the community in all our schools. The Office of Family and Community Engagement coordinates many volunteer opportunities for community members to interact and contribute to the academic achievement of our students and the overall continuous improvement of VBCPS. Volunteer opportunities may include:


  • Serving in a PTA/PTO/PTSA

  • Serving as tutors, mentors or guest speakers

  • Providing assistance in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries or main offices

  • Organizing student enrichment and recognition activities

  • Supporting special events, athletics, school planning councils and advisory boards


Please be sure to log your volunteer hours through the VBCPS Get Connected database. VBCPS uses this information to quantify the value of volunteer service and apply for divisionwide federal grants that benefit our schools and students!

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