RRHS Update - Week of 1/25/21

Featured this week: Report Cards, Supporting Families in Need, Athletics, AP Exam Information, Parents for Safe Teen Driving, PTSO, Senior Information, School Counseling and Career Center News!

Report Cards

Tuesday 1/26/21: Report Cards are generated by district office and displayed in PVUE by 4pm. Please reach out to the content area teachers with questions.

The Rock Ridge Needs Network!

Click here if you need support or wish to help support our families!


This Week in Athletics

Monday 1/25/21

Gymnastics @ Potomac Falls, 6:00 p.m. Bus at 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday 1/26/21

JV/Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Freedom, 5:45/7:00 p.m.

9th/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball @ Freedom, 5/6:15/7:30 p.m. 9th Early Release at 3:30 p.m. Bus at 4:00 p.m. JV Bus at 5:15 p.m. Varsity Bus at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday 1/27/21

Wrestling @ Woodgrove, 6:00 p.m. Early Release at 3:45 p.m. Bus at 4:15 p.m.

Thursday 1/28/21

Varsity Girls/Varsity Boys Basketball @ Woodgrove, 6:00/7:30 p.m. Varsity Girls early release 3:45 p.m. Bus at 4:15 p.m. Varsity Boys Bus at 5:45 p.m.

9th Boys/JV Boys/JV Girls vs. Stone Bridge, 5/6:15/7:30 p.m.

Friday 1/29/21

Wrestling @ Woodgrove, 6:00 p.m. Early Release at 3:45 p.m. Bus at 4:15 p.m.

Gymnastics vs. PF/W/SB, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 1/30/21

Swim @ Dulles South vs. Riverside, 3:00 p.m. No Transportation.

Indoor Track @ Stone Bridge, Times TBA

9th/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Briar Woods, 10/11:15 a.m./12:30 p.m.

JV/Varsity Girls Basketball @ Briar Woods, 11:15/12:30 p.m. JV Bus at 10:15 a.m. Varsity Bus at 11:45 a.m.

AP Exam Refund Information

AP Exam 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 10th.

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.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving

Are you a 10th, 11th or 12th grade student who has not attended Partners for Safe Teen Driving yet?

The county is hosting two virtual district wide opportunities 1/26/21 and 2/2/21 from 7pm-9pm



  • §22.1-205 The in-person 90-minute parent-guardian/teen requirement for Planning District 8 will be delivered by the licensed & endorsed classroom teacher via synchronous video conferencing.
  • Parents/guardians & teens must attend the virtual presentation to receive a "P" in Driver Education
  • Login, meeting codes, etc. will be sent via email the day of the presentation.
  • Pre-Registration required using the link for the day you would like to attend.
    • Use your LCPS e-mail to complete to complete the form.
  • Any student pursuing their VA driver's license is required to attend 1 time.
  • Attendees must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation.
  • This is only for LCPS students.


The PTSO is launching a community wide effort to celebrate our seniors. Show your Phoenix pride for the class of 2021 by planting a yard sign for all to see. Let's show our seniors how much we love and support them.

Cost is only $15 Place your order HERE.

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT​​ to order your Senior Yard Signs. ORDER NOW

Deadline to order January 30, 2021 and signs will arrive mid-late February.

Place your order HERE. All proceeds from yard signs will benefit the 2021 PTSO scholarship winners!

Two Options:

· Option 1 - 18" X 24" Standard Yard Sign - Only $15 - See attached sample

· Option 2 - Personalized 18" X 24" Sign with Student Name - Only $30 - See attached sample

Please sign up for a NO COST Online Membership HERE


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

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

Invite: https://meet.google.com/ene-zfei-ryr?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: Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Times: 3pm PST and 6pm PST

Overview: An engaging and motivational keynote talk for students and parents that delivers a five-point plan for achieving educational goals. Special emphasis given to self-awareness, finding a good college fit, and the consequences of decision-making throughout high school.

Direct Registration Link: https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/getting-from-where-you-are-to-where-you-want-to-be/

Title: The Admission Game

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Times: 3pm PST and 6pm PST

Overview: Do you ever wonder who "gets in" and "why?" "The Admission Game" answers these questions by taking you inside the admission process. TAG is a high-energy, high-impact, interactive case study exercise for students and parents in which the audience is transformed into an admission committee. Through more theatre than lecture, Peter teaches the audience by using and explaining relevant terms that help ease the stress of an otherwise frenzied process. This signature program reveals the "hidden agendas" of colleges and provides insight into how decisions are made, which helps students learn to find the colleges that fit them best and make decisions that help them compete for admission.

Direct Registration Link: https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/the-admission-game/

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

Attention Seniors!

Senior Dues

Many thanks to those parents who have sent in their Senior Dues. The $100 pays for the Cap and Gown for graduation, Diplomas, senior tee-shirts and all other graduation expenses. Please pay using the link on the Payment Portal. If you are unable to pay the complete amount in one payment or have financial difficulties please contact our Parent Liaison Nevein.zalenski@lcps.org or liz.grainger@lcps.org for assistance.

Next Senior Drive Through Event

The next senior Drive Through event will be a Brunch on Monday February 22nd. At this event we will distribute Caps and Gowns to those students have completed their Senior Dues. The event will be held from 11am – 2pm and will be catered by Amphora Catering.

To ensure Social Distancing and to enable us to distribute the Caps and Gowns in an orderly manner we will be asking students to respond to an RSVP Google Doc where they will choose the time frame to arrive. Please ask your students to keep their eyes open for this and to respond quickly.

School Counseling

Counseling Staff Additions

Ms. Maria Dacey, Maria.Dacey@lcps.org, will be in for Mr. Taylor for the foreseeable future. So please contact her with any questions or concerns. Mr. Terry will also continue to work with the caseload of Mr. Taylor.

Students Names:

Grades 9-11


Grade 12


We would also like to welcome Ms. Bria Hicks a practicum Graduate School student. Ms. Hicks is a former graduate of Rock Ridge High School and we are very happy to have her back with us as she works on completing her school counseling degree. Ms. Hicks will be working with Ms. Nicole Bryan beginning the final week of January through early May.

Scheduling Information

9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be meeting with their assigned School Counselor virtually in mid-February-April to complete their course selection for the 2021-2022 school year!

Further instructions will be provided on how to make an appointment with your School Counselor in the upcoming weeks. Check back here and check your lcps.org email daily.

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

1. Re-watch the information provided for “Curriculum Night”. The short videos found on the front page of the RRHS website provides information about both core & elective classes. Curriculum Night Homepage

2. Review the Program of Studies. The POS provides detailed information on graduation requirements and course information, etc..
LCPS Program of Studies

3. Teacher Recommendations. Teachers are posting recommendations for CORE classes based on your performance and engagement in classes now. Students will be able to see their recommendations in StudentVue on 1/26/21. These recommendations cannot be changed in StudentVue or by students. Changes to teacher recommendations can be requested and discussed during your meeting with your School Counselor.

4. Select elective courses in StudentVue. Beginning 1/26/21, underclassmen students will have the ability to choose elective courses for next year within StudentVue under “Course Request”. Students will have from 1/26/21 through 2/19/21 to make their elective selection.

5. Check out the Counseling 2021-2022 Course Registration webpage: Information to help with selecting electives, reviewing graduation requirements: Course Registration

6. Discuss with parents your choices for next year. Talk with your teachers.

Academies of Loudoun self-guided tour has launched for those interested in Advanced AET (11th grade entry) and MATA programs (10th, 11th, & 12th grade entry). Click for the self-guided virtual tour website

MATA & Advance AET 2021 Winter Admissions Cycle closes 12:00 p.m. noon on 2/17/21.

Academies of Loudoun 2021 Winter Admissions Information Virtual Sessions (via WebEx)

Monday, February 8 6:30 p.m. View the Session Live Stream

Seniors: Mid-Year Report/Mid-Year Transcript

Colleges request a mid-year report/transcript as part of their admissions process which is a report that reflects your semester 1 grade for each course. The report also includes an updated GPA and ranking.

Students do NOT request counselors to send. The Counselors will automatically send this report to each college the student has applied to and initial transcripts have already been sent. Mid-year reports are not sent to colleges that use the SRAR system. Once the mid-year grades are updated in our system, the report is sent electronically through Naviance and will be sent approximately the first week in February.

Colleges to Know

Full Sail University https://www.fullsail.edu/

Know as one of the first colleges to offer degrees in Games Design and Game Development. Full Sail University offers online and campus degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, Full Sail’s approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving. Students of all abilities find success at Full Sail. They have long been an industry leader in the entertainment world.

For more counseling information see Mrs. Barnes E-mail in Naviance.

Career Center News!


1/23: National USA Gap Year Fair

1/25: Delaware State University rep visit – small HBCU with D1 athletics. Popular majors include Kinesiology, Criminology and Parks & Rec. DSU is in Dover DE. You must sign up via Naviance in order to receive the Zoom link.

1/23 & 2/6: Due to popular demand, the RR PTSO is offering the FREE and VIRTUAL practice SAT and ACT in early 2021. You can register for one or both practice exams. This is a great opportunity for students to get an idea of a baseline SAT & ACT score. Taking practice tests under timed conditions can help students improve their scores! Plus, every exam comes with a free 30-minute score report review for parents and students, the review session allows families to assess specific strengths and areas of improvement and develop a plan moving forward if they choose to do so. You are under no obligation to work with this test prep group but if you choose to do so, the RR PTSO would benefit. To register: www.revolutionprep.com/partners/100426

1/27: Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) virtual info session at 4:30 PM – must sign up via Naviance. NOVA is also hosting numerous info sessions to help you learn more about the academic programs they offer. These info sessions are not specific to RRHS seniors. See attached flyer for dates and times. You can also learn more about NOVA on our website here.

1/28: Fairmont State University at Noon – must sign up via Naviance – FSU is in Fairmont, WV. Some of their popular majors include Aviation Management and professional pilot licensure.

1/31: Virtual College Fair put on by NACAC from 1:00 – 7:00 PM. You do not need to attend for the full time. Like one in person, you can go and browse the various colleges and speak to representatives. To see the list of participating colleges and to register click here.

2/1: Academies of Loudoun admissions counselor at Noon. See attached flyer for more information. (The link to attend will be sent out closer to the event.)

2/1: United States Air Force recruiter at 12:30 PM – must sign up via Naviance

2/6, 2/23, 3/7 & 3/11: Big Future Days – Regional college fairs put on by College Board. Register here.

2/24: CIAA High School Education Day – The CIAA is made up of 12 universities in the mid-Atlantic area. They are hosting a virtual event open to Sophomores through Seniors and will potentially do some onsite decisions for Seniors. A list of the institutions and more info is attached. You can also register for the event here.


Seniors: George Mason University has extended their application deadline to February 1st. You can apply here.

In addition, VCU is still accepting applications past their 1/15 deadline. You can apply here.

BIG NEWS Juniors and Sophomores! College Board announced this week No more SAT essay or subject tests. These changes are effectively immediately.


2/1-2/4: VCU Virtual Open House - Nightly from 5-7 PM – Register here.

3/20 or 3/21: Virginia Tech Open House – registration is not open yet


4/1: Virginia Tech Black College Institute for rising Seniors and rising Juniors application deadline. These three day sessions are offered virtually next summer and are free for those students selected.
Black College Institute (for rising seniors) will offer three-day sessions twice during the summer of 2021: June 13 -June 16 and June 20- June 23.
Black College Institute (for rising juniors) will offer a three-day session for the summer of 2021: June 27 - June 30.

Sophomores and Juniors, if you have any interest in attending the US Naval Academy after high school, consider attending the US Naval Academy Summer Seminars.

Multiple dates starting 2/2 to attend a virtual Summer Pre-College Program Fair. You can also explore these programs here.

Artificial Intelligence Camp – three-week virtual camp this summer. There are scholarships available.


Note, some of these have direct links to the application/organization, but you can also find them and others on Naviance. Some scholarships require an official transcript. To request one, please fill out this form.

To find scholarships on Naviance click on Colleges, the last link in the drop down is Scholarships & Money. Select Scholarship List. Then search LCPS or RRHS to find the scholarships below and others.

Comprehensive List of HBCU Scholarships (some available for juniors)

2/1: Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

2/1: KPMG Future Leaders (females in business or STEM)

2/12: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

2/15: - Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarship Program

2/15: NEW - Visa Black Scholars and Job Program

2/18: Amazon Future Engineers

2/25: The Dream US Scholarships

2/25: AFCEA DC STEM Scholarships


How can I learn more about completing the FAFSA?

This is a great presentation put on by NVCC. You can view it here. The passcode is 6^UJ900?. You can also view the presentation, along with other financial aid information here.

Financial Literacy 101 (English) recording


Financial Aid Essentials – For New & Current Students (Spanish) recording


Junior Parents: If you missed the Coffee with a focus on Financial Aid and Scholarships you can view the recording here.

CIAA Member Institution Admissions Info 002.pdf
Rock RidgeHS Admissions Toursvirtual2021.pdf
NOVA Live Information Sessions.pdf