RRHS Update Week of 10/19

Mindfulness Mondays!

Start your week off on a positive note! Virtually join members of the unified mental health team for Mindfulness Mondays every Monday starting October 19th from 11:00- 11:15am. During this time we will engage in a gratitude practice and complete a mindfulness activity led by one of our UMHT members or a pre-recorded video. Check out the attached Mindfulness Mondays document for more information on how to join our Schoology page and for the google meets nickname!

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PTSO Spirit Night: October 26th at Chin-Chin Cafe. Please see attached flyer.

Help us to reach our goal of 100% membership this year! Sign up for a NO COST Online Membership HERE


Harris Teeter Together in Education: Click here to link your Harris Teeter VIC card.

Our Next Meeting: Thursday November 5th at 7 PM.

Special Guest Speaker: Jeff Morse (Dulles District Representative, Loudoun County School Board)

Invite: https://meet.google.com/osm-ehsg-zsm?authuser=0

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School Counseling

Join us every Monday starting Monday October 19th @ 11AM for 15 minutes of Mindfulness Monday!

Mindfulness Monday is a great way to start your week off on a positive note. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and increase mental well-being. Join our Schoology Group! Schoology Access Code: JBVT-SSV5-9TPTZ Google Meets nickname is located in Schoology/

Colleges to think about

Berea College




Bereas is the only one of America's top colleges that awards every enrolled student a no-tuition promise. No student pays for tuition.

Seniors: The FAFSA opened on October 1st. Here is the link to start the application. https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

About 70% of seniors have met with thier counselor about post-secondary planning. 68% have already applied to college. Keep up the good work. Here is a link to make a senior appointment.


Sophomores & Juniors - Summer Residential Governors School: Applications are now open. If you are applying for the visual or performing arts, the deadline to register is 10/20. All other applications will be due in early December. You can learn more here and applications can be downloaded here.

All Grades: Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is now accepting applications. You can register your project here.

Career Center News


Sign up via Naviance. A link for the virtual call will be sent out prior to the event. Registering is the only way you will receive the link.


10:00 AM – Virginia Commonwealth University – large public research university in Richmond, VA.

11:00 AM – New York University – private research university in New York City, NY.

12:00 PM Carnegie Mellon – private research university in Pittsburgh, PA.

1:00 PM – Purdue University – public land grant research university in West Lafayette, IN.

2:00 PM – Vanderbilt University – private research university in Nashville, TN.

3:00 PM – Johnson & Wales University – four universities with the flagship in Providence, RI. Other locations include Miami, FL, Charlotte, NC & Denver, CO.

4:00 PM – Boston University – private research university in Boston, MA.


5:00 PM – Roanoke College – private liberal arts college in Salem, VA.

6:30 PM – Norfolk State University – public, HBCU in Norfolk, VA.

7:30 PM – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – public land grant university in the two cities of Champaign and Urbana.


5:00 PM – University of Missouri – large research university in Columbia, MO.

6:30 PM – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – private research university in Troy, NY.

7:30 PM – Moravian College – private liberal arts college in Bethlehem, PA.

Behind the Wheel

RRH Behind the Wheel (BTW) REGISTRATION Information

To be eligible for BTW students must have the following:

· DMV issued learner's permit

· Passed 10th grade classroom driver's education

· Attended Partners for Safe Teen Driving presentation

· Completed 45 hours of practice with their parent/guardian; 15 of those hours need to have been at night.

Behind the Wheel Forms click here and complete all forms.

BTW fee remains at $225 and should be paid using the Online Payment Portal PAYMENT PORTAL

Please note, scheduling will be done in the order of when students are eligible to receive their license.

Questions should be sent to Erin.Force@lcps.org

Senior Ads and Yearbooks!

Senior Parents- Buy Your Senior Ad NOW- SPACE IS LIMITED:

It’s time to reserve a section of the yearbook for your child to recognize them for their accomplishments! You can purchase a senior ad in the yearbook from now until space runs out. There is an early bird discount for submitting your ad by Nov. 6. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com with order number 17309 to buy and design yours NOW!

Buy a Yearbook!

YES there will be a yearbook! The students are already hard at work on making the best book yet. You can preorder yours now for the lowest price of the year at www.yearbookordercenter.com with code 17309.

EL Department

From EL Department:

The EL teachers at Rock Ridge are currently working on documenting the EL students' accommodations for VA 2020-2021 state assessments. The EL students who qualify for accommodations have received an email asking them to complete a Google form indicating their choices. Please ask your student to check the email, have a discussion, and have your student submit the completed form by October 23. Your input in selecting the appropriate accommodations for your/your student's success is very important. If you have any questions, please email Margareta.Cernev@lcps.org- Rock Ridge EL Department Chair or the EL administrator, Jennifer Cavanaugh.

From Our Nurse


Even though we are in a virtual school environment, we need some information from you. Please email me, Robyn Wisti, your student's Allergy Action Plan, Asthma Action Plan, Seizure Emergency Action Plan, Adrenal Insufficiency Emergency Action Plan, Authorization for Medication Administration and/or Diabetic Medical Management Plan as applicable to robyn.wisti@lcps.org We would like to be ready to pivot quickly to the hybrid model and provide for your student's medical needs. Also, in a virtual environment we want your student's teacher to be aware of any health concerns.

Health forms can be found at;


Again, please email all forms to:



Changes to this school year

Nebulizer treatments and other aerosolizing procedures will not be performed at LCPS during the 2020-2021 school year. These aerosolizing procedures can spread the coronavirus droplets into the air and put others at risk of becoming infected. If you are providing an inhaler for your child to use at school, it must be accompanied by a spacer device.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Immunization letters have been sent home for those students that are noncompliant with vaccinations. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) comply with the Code of Virginia and LCPS School Board policy.

As always, please reach out to me at robyn.wisti@lcps.org with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Robyn Wisti RN

Important Information - AP, Senior Dues, Parent Liaison

AP Exams

Exam fees are now due for tests being taken in May 2021.

Regular exams cost $86 and can be paid for on the payment portal on the school website. Here

A late fee of $40 will be applied to any exams ordered after November 6th.

Students also have to register with College Board and their subject teachers can assist with that.

College Board has issued the following statement to assist with decisions about test taking.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact our parent liaison neveine.zalenski@lcps.org for further help and advice.

Senior Dues

Senior Dues of $100 can be paid at the payment portal on the school website: Senior Dues

The dues pay for cap and gown for graduation, diplomas, tee-shirt and other expenses related to graduation and apply to all 12 grade students.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact our parent liaison neveine.zalenski@lcps.org or liz.grainger@lcps.org for further help and advice.

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Credit Through Testing - Seal of Biliteracy

This year, Credit through Testing (CTT) is only being offered to seniors. The following languages are available for the CTT written exam this fall:

Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese

Passing the CTT exam will qualify students for the Seal of Biliteracy and give students two language credits. Find more information here: https://www.lcps.org/Page/213095

Register here (registration ends October 23rd):


Languages not listed above will test in the spring (more information to come early 2021). Spring testing will be for seniors and allow students the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy (however, credits will not be awarded during this spring testing window).

Questions? Contact Ms. Mellott (wmellott@lcps.org)