HUSKY HIGHLIGHTS

MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER

Principal's Message

Greetings Tuscarora Family,


I hope you and your loves ones are staying safe and healthy.


March 2021 is a very emotional month for many of us in the Tuscarora family. The month of March marks a year since our students and staff filled the halls of Tuscarora with energetic chatter, the bleachers and fields packed with cheering fans of our student athletes, and the walls of our building proudly displaying student work and echoing student performances.


When hybrid students returned to Tuscarora on March 3rd, the energy level immediately skyrocketed. While staff and students were diligent to abide by health mitigation guidelines, keeping 6 feet distance and wearing masks properly, it was evident that underneath the masks were glowing smiles as staff and students were able to greet each other face-to-face.


During the month of March, we also honor and celebrate the contributions of Social Workers. Especially during these challenging times, Social Workers have an essential role in the well-being of our Tuscarora family. To the Social Workers in our community and to our own School Social Worker, Celene Goodwyn, thank you for all you do to support our Tuscarora community. We appreciate you!


This month we also celebrate Women's History Month. During the month of March, we honor women's contribution to our history, our world, our country, and our community. I am especially proud of the accomplishments of our Lady Huskies in the areas of academics, arts, sports, and leadership. For more information about Women's History Month, please visit womenhistorymonth.gov or womenhistory.org.


Please continue to read on to stay updated on events at Tuscarora HS. Thank you, Tuscarora families, for your patience, flexibility, and grace as we transition together through the many changes this school year. Please stay connected with us, let us know how you are doing, and what we can do to support you.


As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my staff for assistance.


Pamela Croft

Principal

MANY THANKS TO THE PTSO

Teachers returned to school on February 23rd to find a terrific surprise in their mailboxes! Thank you, PTSO, for the giftcards. Your thoughtful gift lifted our spirits and put smiles on our faces.


BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!


On March 3rd, the first day in-person learning for hybrid students, we were greeted with a beautiful breakfast spread provided by the PTSO. This was a tremendous treat that kept us energized throughout the day.


Thank you, PTSO! We are truly grateful for all the ways you support and encourage us!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO: Mystery Melody Video

District 16 Virtual Choir with Jake Odmark, featuring Laurissa "Lala" Romain! Without further ado, please enjoy your Mystery Melody video!

ATTENDANCE UPDATES

Welcome back to the building Hybrid Huskies! Here is a reminder for reporting Attendance for those who are coming in and going out of the building starting in March.


All Attendance requests must be submitted by a parent/guardian. This also goes for students who are 18 years of age or older. Any Attendance notifications submitted by a student will be unexcused.


Attendance requests must include a general reason of tardy, dismissal, or absence. If you are requesting a dismissal, a time of dismissal is needed as well.


The Attendance Hotline is for reporting Absences only. The voicemail is checked frequently throughout the day but if you are reporting a student tardy or needing a dismissal, the request may not be processed in time.


Please read below for Attendance reporting methods:

Tardies - A parent/guardian may:

  1. Submit Tardy Notification with the ParentVue app (submit prior to student’s arrival and include reason)

  2. Email THSabsentee@lcps.org (send prior to student arriving in the building and include reason).

  3. Send in a signed note with the student.


Dismissals - A parent/guardian may:

  1. Submit Dismissal Notification with the ParentVue app

  2. Email THSabsentee@lcps.org

  3. Send in a signed note with the student in the morning. Students are to stop by the Attendance window before the start of school to pick up their dismissal pass.


All electronic dismissals need to be submitted by 11:15am if you are notifying the school of a same day appointment. We understand that there are emergencies or last minute appointments scheduled. Please give the Attendance Office notice first thing in the morning or as soon as possible. Last minute requests need to be submitted at least 1 hour prior to dismissal in order to guarantee it is processed in time.


Absences - A parent/guardian may:

  1. Email THSabsentee@lcps.org

  2. Report absence using the ParentVue “Report Attendance” feature.

  3. Leave a voicemail on the Absentee Hotline (571-252-1902). Please speak slowly and clearly. Don’t forget to spell your child’s name and included a general reason of absence.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any Attendance questions as they pop up.

NEW INFORMATION FROM THE TESTING OFFICE

We continue with WIDA ACCESS testing for all English Learners on March 1st and March 22nd. Testing details are emailed to students at their LCPS gmail account and to parents at the email provided in ParentVue. Further information can be found here on the Tuscarora Announcements Section of the website.


The EOC Writing SOL will take place on March 8th and March 15th. The Writing SOL is a two part test so attendance on both dates is required to receive a score. Details about testing requirements were sent to students at their LCPS gmail account and to parents at the email provided in ParentVue. Further information can be found here on the Tuscarora High School website.


Students taking AP tests please look for communication in the next few weeks about the testing window LCPS has chosen. At this time we are awaiting a decision.


Please direct any questions to your School Testing Coordinator at sommer.crawford@lcps.org.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The Loudoun Youth Leadership Program (LYLP) this coming summer.


LYLP is a week-long experience designed to introduce youth to leadership concepts and communication skills while giving them exposure and interaction with local business, government and community leaders. Open to all Loudoun County rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, candidates participate in leadership workshops, have interactive sessions with county leaders and gain exposure to technology, business and agricultural economic drivers in Loudoun.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, LYLP will once again be virtual and totally online for the low price of $125. Youth can participate from the comfort of their own home and still gain the valuable and necessary leadership skills needed for a successful future.


Registration is open till March 31, and no student will be turned away. Financial aid will be available to qualifying students.

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REMINDERS FROM SCHOOL COUNSELING


  • Spring College Planning Night is March 18th. Details to follow in the coming weeks.


  • Students, please remember to make an appointment with your school counselor for 2021-2022 course registration.

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

...Sam Shaw who submitted a melody mystery through All District Choir and was chosen to be featured with Broadway Stars! CONGRATULATIONS!


...Amelia Rose Sheppard and Jacob Schear who auditioned and earned a spot in the 2021 LCPS District Band. Both students received an audition for the All-State Band & Orchestra event in April. CONGRATULATIONS!


Way to represent Tuscarora High School!

SEAL OF BILITERACY

FAMILIES: Is your senior interested in earning the Seal of Biliteracy as an award on their diploma for being able to speak a language in addition to English?


The spring semester testing timeline is posted on the THS World Languages website and you should follow instructions for registration if you are interested!


Registration is open now through April 9th and the testing window will be April 16-April 23. Please contact catherine.haney@lcps.org with any questions.

IT ALL ADDS UP... IN MATH NEWS!

This Spring, Algebra I teachers will be using a new strategy to prepare students for the Algebra I SOL assessment. Students will be using the program USATestPrep as a resource. Each week, students will be assigned brief, 11 questions, SOL-like practice tests. The purpose of these tests is to provide students opportunities to practice answering SOL-like test questions and to seek additional support from the Algebra I teachers when questions arise. Students will have 1 week to complete the practice test (Friday to Friday) and the tests are not included as grades for the report card.


Students may see questions addressing topics that have not yet been taught, and that is ok. It is important that students try their best, familiarize themselves with the types of questions that will be presented on the SOL assessment, and to ask their Algebra I teacher questions if the content is unclear.


Thank you for your support as we prepare students for this SOL. Students who pass the Algebra 1 SOL will have met the mathematics requirement for graduation and will not need to take additional mathematics SOL tests in high school.

YEARBOOK 2021

Don’t forget to order your 2021 yearbook. This has been such a historical year, and students on the yearbook staff have been creating a great book! You can order by visiting www.yearbookordercenter.com - Our school code is 13699.


Please email our Yearbook Adviser, Toni Kelley, with any questions at Toni.Kelley@lcps.org

SPORTS UPDATES FROM THE ATHLETICS OFFICE

It’s Almost Spring Huskies!


Here is the most current information regarding Spring Sports tryouts. Tryouts will be held at the school at a time set by the coach. LCPS is currently not having out of season practices and awaiting the most current guidance for both VDH, Governor’s office and the VHSL to best inform our next season. As of right now the first date for students participating in Spring Sports is April 12.


Click here to view a chart related to the Championships +1 model released from the VHSL.


Having a current VHSL sports physical and completing the online registration is required before participation may occur. Please follow the following link to access the physical form and the “Registration” tab: https://huskyathletics.info/main/filesLinks/ . On that page you will also find contact information for our head coaches if you would like to reach out and get information regarding sports in which you may be interested.


Our social media sites are @TuscaroraHusky on twitter and TuscaroraHusky on Instagram. We encourage you to follow those to receive immediate updates when they occur.


If you have other questions please email Athletic Director Tony Tallent; tony.tallent@lcps.org or Assistant Athletic Director William Moses; william.moses@lcps.org