Heritage High Weekly Update-March 5

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March 5, 2021

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Good afternoon, Heritage PRIDE Family,


I hope this Update finds you and those you care about safe and healthy.


This has been a BIG week at Heritage and throughout LCPS, as all of our secondary students in Phase 4 who selected hybrid started back to in-person classes. As we begin to experience what hybrid learning and concurrent teaching feels like, please let us know what concerns you may have. As always, that goes for any of our students, Hybrid or Distance, whatever the choice a student made, we are all still part of Heritage High School and the PRIDE!


I actually do not have too many updates for you today, since we have started into this new phase, and we are adjusting and tweaking, as needed.


Hybrid FAQs for Families

We have not updated anything on the Hybrid FAQ Site, but I always like to remind you that it is there.


If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We want to make sure you are getting the information you need.


Attendance Zone Boundary Discussions

Last week, I shared that we had heard of Attendance Zone Boundary discussions amongst some community members. The LCPS Planning Department has developed a dedicated webpage specific to the ongoing attendance zone conversations: Central Loudoun Area Secondary School Attendance Zones. Questions about the Attendance Zone Change process should be directed to the Planning Office using the email lcpsplan@lcps.org. As additional information is made available, I will provide it to our greater school community.


Thank you for your continued trust and support.


ROAR PRIDE!

Jeff Adam

Principal

Heritage High School

#wearethepride

Important Dates

Monday, March 1st-Friday, March 26th-Testing Window for Writing SOL

Sunday, March 7th-Last Day to Pay for an AP Exam

March 29th-April 2nd-Spring Break (Schools and Offices Closed)

Taking an AP Test?


The last day to pay for an AP exam is 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 7th!!

The payment portal is:

Heritage Payment Portal


*If you are not registered for the AP class in MyAPClassroom, your student will need to get a join code from Brenda Gottlieb Brenda.Gottlieb@lcps.org and there will be a $40.00 late fee on top of the test fee of $86.00.


*On March 8, if an AP test has not been paid for, all YES registrations will be changed to NO. This will mean that no AP test will be ordered.


E-mail Brenda Gottlieb with any questions at: Brenda.Gottlieb@lcps.org

Heritage Athletics Update

Contests

Friday, 3/5

7 PM Away Varsity Football @ Broad Run HS


Saturday, 3/6

11 AM/12:15 PM/1:30 PM Away Volleyball @ Loudoun Valley HS


Monday, 3/8

6:45 PM Field Hockey v. Park View @ Broad Run HS

7 PM Home JV Football v. Heritage HS


Tuesday, 3/9

3 PM Golf v. Tuscarora HS @ Belmont Ridge Country Club

6 PM Away Volleyball @ Park View HS


Wednesday, 3/10

3:30 PM Away Cross Country vs. Tuscarora/Loudoun Valley @ TBD

5:30/6:45/8 PM Home Volleyball vs. Tuscarora HS

6:45 PM Field Hockey v. Loudoun Valley @ Loudoun Valley HS


Thursday, 3/11

3 PM Golf v. Loudoun Valley HS @ Loudoun Valley

6:30 PM Cheer @ Park View HS

5:30/6:45/8 PM Away Volleyball @ Independence HS


Friday, 3/12

7:00 PM Away Varsity Football @ Independence HS


Saturday, 3/13

4:30 PM Field Hockey v. Independence HS @ Dominion HS

Second Semester Bell Schedule (began Thursday, January 21st, 2021)

Second Semester Lunch Schedule

Course Selection Information

Even if you missed out Course Information Night event, the information about Course Selection is still available. Please reach out to your child's counselor or teachers with questions.


Course Selection Information Page

    • Visit the Course Selection Information Page for helpful resources on the following: Course Descriptions, Elective Videos, Department Presentations, Course Selection Advisory Lessons, DE Registration Information, Deadlines, and much more!

Unified Mental Health Team Information

The following information was sent out earlier this week to all Heritage families from Ms. Tannuzzo, our School Psychologist:



Good afternoon, Students and Parents,


I hope that you are well! I wanted to reach out to provide you with some valuable information regarding mental health supports in our community. We have presented information to our freshman student body this week about who the Unified Mental Health Team members at Heritage are and how students can support each other and find support from our staff. The presentation educates students about resiliency and healthy ways to manage life’s stressors using the Sources of Strength model. Help-seeking behaviors are taught for when students may be experiencing mental health struggles. They are taught to share their concerns with a trusted adult. Our Unified Mental Health Team members include:


Jeffrey Adam, School Principal

Suzanne Eicholtz, Director of School Counseling

Catherine Tannuzzo, School Psychologist

Leslie Saunders, School Social Worker

Megan Marshall, Student Assistance Specialist

Meagen Zawistowski, School Counselor

Zamarit Simpkins, School Counselor

Jay Wareham, School Counselor

Donald Jones, School Counselor

Kim-Marie Brown, School Counselor

Keenan Elder, School Counselor

Sarah Larson, School Nurse


Here are the ways that students and parents can contact any member of the Unified Mental Health Team:



Students, feel free to scan the QR code below to complete the Appointment Request Form, to connect with someone from the UMHT.


Please note that the Appointment Request Form, the phone number, and emails are not monitored outside of school hours. In the event of an emergency, please contact 911 for assistance.


We are looking forward to meeting you in person in the near future, and we are available to help you, whether it's for emotional or academic reasons. Feel free to contact us and let us know how we can help you.


Thank you so much for your attention to this email! It is a pleasure to serve you!


Sincerely,

Ms. Catherine Tannuzzo

Heritage School Psychologist

(571) 252-2816

Additional Emotional Support Resources

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Senior Yard Signs

Class of 2021 (Senior) Information

Senior Yard Signs are Coming

Class of 2021 Graduation Yard Signs are now on sale!!! A flyer was included in the Update email and appears above. Here’s a hyperlink to the Class of 2021 Graduation Yard Sign. The sign was designed by HHS’ own Ryan Benson. Purchase yours now (or purchase one for that senior in your neighborhood). Proceeds from the sale go to the PTSO Scholarships.


New Last Day for Seniors

The last day for all Seniors will be Friday, June 4th. This is a change for all LCPS Seniors. Those members of the Class of 2021 who are involved in the PRIDE In Our Community projects will still use the last dates discussed with Mr. Hummer.


Senior Cap and Gown Picture Day

Seniors, if you didn't get a chance to take Cap and Gown photos before, we have arranged a special day just for that purpose. Monday, April 19th, 2021, Victor O'Neil Studios will be here to take Cap and Gown photos. If you ordered your Cap and Gown by February 8th, it should be delivered to your home by then. VOS will also have shared Caps and Gowns that students can use. Shared clothing is sanitized between each user. A sign-up link will be sent out from Heritage as we get closer to the date.Graduation, 2021 Announced
Graduation 2021 will be Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7 p.m. @ iON Training Center. I am so excited to share this date with you and look forward to handing you those diplomas!


Senior Fee
Don't forget to pay your Senior Fee:
The Balfour site is set up, so you can go ahead and begin ordering your caps and gowns.
https://www.balfournova.com/

  • Click on caps and gowns.
  • Click on Heritage High School
  • Create a new account if they don't have one already.
  • Complete the order.

As before, the Senior Fee will be collected at the Balfour website. Balfour is our vendor for caps and gowns. Here's what Seniors in the Class of 2021 will be charged:
Cap and Gown-$50
Senior T-Shirt-$15


College Application/Search Resources

The HHS School Counseling Department has been busy. You can check out the college resources, including information about virtual college visits by going here.


Senior Class Sponsors

If you have questions, don't forget to reach out to your AMAZING Class Sponsors, Ms. Knapp (jacquelyn.knapp@lcps.org) and Ms. Lee (cathy.lee@lcps.org). If you have any questions about Senior-stuff, they are a great resource!


Heritage Counseling Senior Support

Seniors, I wanted to draw your attention to the Heritage School Counseling newsletter and the Senior Corner section. Your Counselors are hard at work, preparing guidance for you, as you prepare for what comes after Graduation!

Update on Spring Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs)

The following information went out to the LCPS Community on Wednesday. Please contact your child's counselor if you have questions about which SOL assessments your child may have to take this year.


"Parents/Guardians and Students:


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that state and federal assessments be delivered under secure, standardized testing conditions in the presence of school personnel and may not be administered remotely to students. Students in any instructional model (100% distance or hybrid) must attend school in person to participate in Standards of Learning (SOL) testing. To support students’ health and safety, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will ensure that health mitigation procedures are in place and social distancing is observed. Transportation will be provided to students who reside within a bus zone.


LCPS will be administering the Spring Writing SOL test to students enrolled in grade 8 Reading and English 11 March 1-March 26 and the Spring Non-Writing SOL tests to students in grades 3-12 May 3-May 28.


Students enrolled in a high school level course must accrue standard credits by passing a course and verified credits by passing an SOL test or board-approved substitute tests toward graduation.


While we encourage all students to participate in assessment, we understand that some families may have concerns about the in-person testing requirement. Parents who do not wish for their student to participate in state and/or federally mandated assessments may indicate their refusal by emailing their student’s School Testing Coordinator. A parent refusal form can also be found on the LCPS website.


Questions regarding assessment administration or requirements may be addressed to Leigh.Bennett@lcps.org, Supervisor, Assessment Services."

ACCESS for ELs Assessment

All active English Learners (levels 1-4) are expected to participate in the federally mandated WIDA ACCESS for ELLs testing sometime within the testing window which begins on January 19, 2021 and ends on March 12, 2021. Schools with larger populations of ELs may request an extension to the testing window that extends until April 16th. The administration of WIDA ACCESS for ELLs for the 2020-2021 school year must be conducted in person.


By measuring your child’s ability to listen, speak, read, and write in English, test information helps teachers plan how best to teach your child and to determine eligibility for testing accommodations using one of the following tests:

● Online WIDA ACCESS for ELLs;

● Alternate ACCESS for ELLs--administered one-on-one


The tests will be administered at your child’s school. The majority of students will take the online test which will be administered in small groups over two or more school days. Students should bring their charged devices, their chargers and may bring their personal earbuds or headsets for the day(s) of testing. Students will be given opportunities to make up any missed work.


Transportation will be provided for students who are eligible for bus transportation.

COVID-19 symptom checks, social distancing, and safety measures will be followed.

You will be notified of days and times for testing by your child’s school. Parents and students have been notified by email of the testing being conducted January 25 and February 1. Other families will be notified as the testing schedule is finalized.


While it is a federal expectation that all EL students participate in this federally required assessment, we understand that you may have concerns regarding the in-person assessment requirements, despite our health mitigation procedures. If you have concerns about the in-person testing requirement and wish to discuss refusal of participation in this year’s ACCESS assessment, please email Brenda Gottlieb, Heritage Test Coordinator.


For further information, please email Brenda Gottlieb, Heritage Test Coordinator.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time.

Updates on Meal Service

The following information was sent by LCPS:


As a reminder, beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, bus delivery of school meals will be limited to Mondays only with all meals (breakfast, lunch, snack, supper) for the week (Monday through Sunday) being delivered on Mondays.


Walk-up meal service at schools WILL NOT change. Walk-up meal service will continue daily Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at elementary schools and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at middle and high schools.


Weekly delivery of meals for the month of February will occur as follows:

  • Monday, February 8 – Meals for Monday, Feb 8 – Monday, Feb 15 (8 days)
  • Tuesday, February 16* – Meals for Tuesday, February 16 – Sunday, February 21 (6 days)
  • Monday, February 22 – Meals for Monday, Feb 22 – Sunday, Feb 28 (7 days)

*Note – Due to a federal/school holiday on Monday, February 15 – weekly meal delivery for this week will fall on Tuesday, February 16.

Visitor Protocols

We have posted Visitor Protocols on our Main webpage. If you are coming to Heritage for any reason, please review them prior to coming to the building.

Contacting Heritage Faculty and Staff

We recognize and value our families as a integral part of our students' education. If parents or guardians have questions, comments or concerns regarding a class, please continue to use email to reach out to the teacher or an administrator.

Behind the Wheel

The Behind the Wheel program in LCPS has restarted, as of 9/21/2020.


If interested, contact Mr. Soroush by email: ebi.soroush@lcps.org.

PTSO and Booster Clubs

Congratulations to the PTSO on their new website! You can view it here.


If you are interested in our other Booster clubs, as well, more information can be found at their websites:


Heritage Music Boosters-Membership Form

Heritage Theatre Boosters

Heritage Athletic Boosters

New Yearbook Site

The HHS Journey Yearbooks Staff is excited to announce the creation of their yearbook site with all of the information students and families need to know about the 2020-21 yearbook!


https://sites.google.com/lcps.org/hhsjourneyyearbook/home is the address.


Check it out to find out more about Senior baby ads, picture uploads and purchasing your copy of the Yearbook!

Cameras

While not required, we are encouraging students to have their cameras on as much as possible during synchronous learning time and interactions with school staff and students. Doing this builds connection and allows teachers to see body language. If a student is unable or chooses not to be on camera, we are asking them to set their profile image as either a school picture or avatar of their face (like Bitmoji). We also ask students to please keep their mic muted unless speaking or engaged in a conversation.

Reporting Student Absences

Although there is an option to report an absence in ParentVue, if you get an error message or feel more comfortable doing so, you can always call our absentee line at (571) 252-2802 or use our attendance email, hthabsentee@lcps.org.

The Book Bus is Coming!

You can request an LCPS Library book online and it will be delivered on Monday!!!!


See this flyer for more details!

Troubleshooting Guide

We've put together this guide together to help our students navigate tech issues that may arise as part of Distance Learning.

School Hours

School hours are 9:15 AM-4:03 PM, Tuesday-Friday.


Mondays are designated as asynchronous days, but students are expected to engage with their work.


The Heritage Main Office Hours will be from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday.

Heritage is on Instagram!

We finally have established an account on Instagram! Follow us @roarpridehhs!

For our 9-12 graders

LCPS COVID-19 Hotline

Community members are welcome to call 571-252-6499 with any questions about the status of school operations, current schedules, and the latest information on other topics. The hotline will operate between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Important Reminders

Community Resources

Here is a list of Community Resources, as well, should you or someone you know need them:


HEALTHWORKS FOR NORTHERN VIRGINIA

PHONE: 703.443.2000 ext. 4688 | FAX: 703-771-4120

163 Fort Evans Road NE

Leesburg, VA 20176

www.hwnova.org


CATHOLIC CHARITIES ST. LUCY FOOD PROJECT

703-443-2481

316 E. Market St. Leesburg

Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm

1st & 3ed Saturday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm



SALVATION ARMY SATURDAY MEAL DISTRIBUTION

4:00PM at Shenandoah Office Bldg. Parking lot

102 Heritage Way, Leesburg.



LOUDOUN HUNGER RELIEF

703-777-5911

750 Miller Dr., Suite A-1, Leesburg

Wed/Fri/Sat 10:00 am- 12:45 pm



TREE OF LIFE FOOD PANTRY

540-441-7920 Delivery service only

to areas 20175 & 20176

Leesburg deliveries Saturday only

Dinner Night: Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm

850 Edward Ferry Rd. NE, Leesburg.

Changes/Highlights

  • This Bell Schedule will begin on Thursday, January 21st, whether we are in hybrid or distance learning mode. Beginning it during the second semester means we will be ready to support hybrid learning, even if we haven’t started back yet, officially.


  • Start time: 9:15 AM; End Time: 4:03 PM. This is dictated by LCPS Transportation and allows for them to manage all of the bus routes for all three levels.

  • Students will report to 1st and 5th Block at the beginning of each school day, instead of to their PRIDE TIMEs. Advisory lessons will be done through 1st and 5th blocks, so PRIDE TIME groups will not meet at all second semester, unless a PRIDE TIME teacher arranges something special with their group. This was not an easy decision for us, but logistically, we had to find minutes where we could, in order to have the beginning of school at 9:15 AM , keep 82 minute classes, have four lunch shifts, and end at 4:03 PM. Teachers who do not have an A1/B5 class will be assigned a logistical duty during the Advisory time.

  • 4 lunch shifts, instead of one big lunch, during A3 and B7 with a Brain Break included. We will have just over 260 kids in the building each day and a cafeteria capacity of 75 students, we have to run 4 lunch shifts to be able to fit everyone in. Which lunch shift students have is forthcoming and will be communicated by the teachers.

  • Brain Break during the day. There is a “Brain Break” during each A3/B7 class. This will be taken at the designated times and is a time where in-person students get to relax and at-home students can turn off their screens. This unstructured time is also a requirement of LCPS Policy: 5011.

  • 82 minute classes. This is not a change, but Learning Lab time will no longer be designated at designated times. However, teachers will be incorporating approximately 22 minutes into their daily lessons for students to work independently.

  • Advisory lessons will be given through 1st and 5th blocks by 1st and 5th Block teachers, and not by PRIDE T so PRIDE TIME groups will not meet at all second semester (unless you arrange for a Monday check-in with your group)