RRHS Update - Week of 2/15/2021

Featured this week: This Week in Athletics, PTSO News, Seal of Biliteracy Testing, AP Testing, Yearbook News, Student Survey, WIDA/ACESS Testing, EL Parent Night , Unified Mental Health, Counseling News, Career Center News

Happy President's Day

No School on Monday 2/15/2021!

This Week In Athletics!

Monday 2/15/21

Region Indoor Track @ RR, 10 a.m.

Thursday 2/18/21

State Wrestling @ Virginia Beach, 10 a.m.

Reminder, the remaining season two tryouts begin on February 15th.


Cross Country:

Monday 2/15/21 – Thursday 2/17/21 at 4:30 p.m. Meet in stadium on the track.

Field Hockey:

Monday 2/15/21 – Wednesday 2/17/21. Tryouts will be 4:30 p.m. on turf 2.


Monday 2/15/21 – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Dulles Golf Center (21593 Jesse Court, Sterling, VA)

Tuesday 2/16/21 – 1:30 p.m. South Riding Golf Club, check in at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday 2/17/21 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. TopGolf Loudoun (20356 Commonwealth Center Dr, Ashburn, VA)


Monday 2/15/21 – Thursday 2/17/21 at 5:00 p.m. Enter through door D5.

PTSO News!

Attention Senior Parents!! - PTSO will be offering FOUR scholarships but you must be a member in order for your Senior to be eligible to participate. Sign up for a NO COST Online Membership HERE. More details will follow in the next couple of weeks on how to apply.


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

Please join us at our Next Meeting: Thursday March 4th, 2021 at 7PM.

Invite: https://meet.google.com/azx-xkuv-nun?authuser=0

Revolution Prep is excited to offer our families a 3-night webinar series hosted by Peter Van Buskirk, a veteran of the selective college admission process with 35 years of experience — 12 of them as the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Franklin & Marshall College. Peter travels the country speaking to groups of students and parents to help families find student-centered solutions in college planning. His high-energy, interactive programs bring much-needed transparency into the selection process, and provide students the tools to identify and be admitted to colleges that are the “best fit” for them. Join us by registering here or click on the links below: https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/ (Parents and students are encouraged to attend.)

Title: College Admissions in the Era of Covid-19

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Times: 3pm PST and 6pm PST

Overview: The pandemic radically changed the way students access and experience education. This workshop focuses on higher education and the changes in instruction, campus access, the admission process, and financing. Participants will take away tips and strategies for successfully navigating the college application process in light of these changes.

Direct Registration Link: College Admissions in the Era of COVID-19 | Revolution Prep

Thank you to all who were able to support our Spirit Night earlier this week at Burger 21!

Seal of Biliteracy Testing!

Seal of Biliteracy: Spring Testing

The State-recognized Seal of Biliteracy conveys proficiency in a language other than English. Graduating seniors are eligible to receive this honor on their diploma upon taking and meeting the requirements on one of the approved exams. The Department of World Languages and Cultures will offer one testing window this year for juniors and seniors who wish to be assessed in one of over 50 available languages.

Students should register using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMIEySgOmt4x1D5G6BtR_d7PhyF9YvSWkYi4RQJ_fqEf9g7A/viewform?usp=sf_link

After registration, department chair Wesleigh Mellott will reach out to organize remote proctored testing and payment (if necessary).

Spring AP Test Reminder!

Spring 2021 AP Tests Refunds

Due to the different learning experiences our students are experiencing this year, College Board has agreed to refund the total cost ($86) of any AP Exams that are canceled before March 7th.

Currently the exams are planned to be in person at Rock Ridge. If your student has ordered an AP Exam but now feels unprepared or uncertain about taking the exam please send an email to liz.grainger@lcps.org stating your child’s name, ID# and which exams you wish to cancel. Refunds will be made to the account from which the exam was purchased. If you have any questions please contact the Counseling Office: 703 996 2107.

We will keep parents informed of any changes to the testing schedule or format as we learn of them.

Yearbook News!


Buy your yearbook now before the price goes up, or before we sell out. Buy your yearbook online now at www.yearbookordercenter.com with code 17309.


The yearbook staff is looking for pictures of the following:

  • Musical Talent- We’re looking for pictures of your student practicing with an instrument or performing at home. We’d love to see all instruments represented- guitar, band, orchestra, chorus!
  • Senior Memories- Have pictures from the previous four years from Homecoming, football games, spirit days, pep rallies etc.? Send them in to be featured in the special senior look back page!
  • Staying Healthy- Make any good recipes or have a new workout routine? Send us pictures of you cooking or working out
  • Debate/DECA/Model UN/Academic Team- Send us screen shots of your meetings or pictures of events this year.

Submit your pictures to www.hjeshare.com with code 17309 to be featured in the book!

Student Survey Coming!

LCPS is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. It will provide insights into our new and changing learning environments with the goal of ensuring equitable learning support for all students. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our school questionnaire. Your participation helps us form a complete picture of technology use for learning. We want to capture your perspective around your child’s classroom support and resources (e.g., access to technology, instructional support at school and at home, student social-emotional competencies, etc.)

Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Please keep an eye out for an email with a survey link and information about how to participate when the survey goes live on on February 16th.


All active English Learners (levels 1-4) are expected to participate in the federally mandated WIDA ACCESS for ELLs testing which will be held at Rock Ridge IN PERSON on February 22 & March 1. Specific information on the testing guidelines and procedures was sent out to the students and families via email. Please access and complete the Permission Click form. If you have any questions, please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Kathryn.Blessing@lcps.org or the EL Department Chair, Margareta.Cernev@lcps.org". Thank you for your cooperation.

EL Parent Night

Counseling Department and EL (English Learners) Department will be holding the following virtual event:

What: EL Parent Night

When: February 25 @ 7 pm

Where: virtual (link to be sent next week)

Who: all EL students and families

Description: English Learner students and families are invited to attend the EL Curriculum night to learn about graduation requirements, the progression of EL courses and meet with student counselors one-on-one to discuss course selection for the year 2021-2022. The event will be held in a virtual format (the link will be sent next week).

For questions or additional information, please email Margareta.Cernev@lcps.org or your student's counselor.

UMHT Presentation!

*RESCHEDULED PARENT PRESENTATION* Join the Rock Ridge Unified Mental Health Team for a virtual presentation and discussion about social media and mental health on Thursday, February 18th at 8:30am. For more information and how to access the presentation, please see the attached Parent Information Session flyer.

Counseling News!

Parenting During Covid

During Covid everything can seem like a challenge. Children of any age thrive on consistency and routine that has been difficult for some students to find out how to achieve. Here are some good tips from UNICEF for parents to help your teenager. Click Here

HBCU Showcase

Every Tuesday and Thursday in February at 6:30 PM HBCU colleges will be highlighted in a virtual college tour series. Learn which schools are being showcased when here.

The Parent Coffee for last Thursday has been rescheduled because of the snow. Unified Mental Health Team Parent Coffee is now Thursday, February 18th at 8:30 am. Join the Google Meet or copy and paste the following link into your web browser

Google meet link: https://meet.google.com/mpt-ncmf-ayj

Click here for the Flyer

Mindfulness Monday!

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

9th, 10th, and 11th Graders – Upcoming Course Selection for the 2021-2022 School Year

This week in Advisory students will learn more about scheduling. Unfortunately the lesson for last week was snowed out and will be done this week.

9th, 10th, and 11th grade students are now able to schedule their individual counseling sessions to discuss & select courses for the 2021-2022 school year.

Students can schedule their appointment via this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/RockRidgeCounseling2@lcpsorg.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

  • 9th Grade :: February 22 – February 26 & March 9
  • 10th Grade :: March 1 – March 9
  • 11th Grade :: March 15 – April 26

Prior to this meeting, students will need to complete the following actions to be prepared for their meeting:

  1. Complete the four year plan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HiJaIOK-rHX6rE9i7QBXR3unQUFGBdF1/view
  2. View the RRHS 2021-2022 Course Registration page
  3. Re-watch the information provided for Curriculum Night: Information provided about both core & elective classes. https://sites.google.com/lcps.org/rrhs-curriculum-night/home
  4. Select Elective Courses in StudentVue: Students have the ability to choose elective courses for next year within StudentVue under “Course Request”. Students will have access until 2/19/21 to make their elective selection.
  5. Discuss with parents your choices for next year. Talk with your teachers.
  6. JUNIORS ONLY - Review the Senior Year Packet

Teacher Recommendations: Teachers posted recommendations for CORE classes based on students’ performance and engagement. Students are able to see their recommendations in StudentVue. These recommendations cannot be changed in StudentVue by students. Changes to teacher recommendations can be discussed during your meeting with your School Counselor.

Seniors: Mid-Year Report/Mid-Year Transcript

Mid-year report/transcript have been sent. Please note it can take up to 2 weeks for your college to process your mid-year transcripts.

Colleges to Know

Morehouse College https://www.morehouse.edu/

Morehouse College consistently ranks as one of the most innovative colleges in the nation. Acuity. Integrity. Agency. Brotherhood. Consequential. Discover the five unique qualities that make Morehouse stand apart. For over 150 years Morehouse has produced extraordinary leaders and visionaries. The Morehouse School of Medicine was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for its social mission. Attend Morehouse and change the world.

Career Center News!


2/17: NOVA Applications at 12:30 PM – Our NOVA rep will walk students through the NOVA application. If you have not done the application yet, this is a great time to do it. You will need to know your social security number. Sign up via Naviance.

2/18: MAKEUP DATE - Join the Rock Ridge Unified Mental Health Team for a virtual presentation and discussion about social media and mental health at 8:30am. For more information and how to access the presentation, please see the attached.

2/22 & 3/8: Career Conversations – We are so excited to offer this multi high school event for students to learn more about different careers from local businesses. Think you need to be a personal trainer to work at The Fitness Equation? Think again. They are a business. They need accountants, managers, facilities people. Learn about the many different roles that make up a business. Please see the attached flyer for more details and sign up via Naviance.