News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 19, Volume 2, September 9, 2019

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Another Fabulous First Week

Although Dorian shortened our first week back to school, our three days together last week were awesome. Before we welcomed over 2,200 Eagles back to the Nest on September 3, we held an extremely successful Eagle Nation Orientation on August 28th. We had over 500 freshmen and students new to the Nest attend this orientation. This was followed by our Open House Night event which was also packed with students and parents. Many thanks to our PTSA for their help with Open House.

First Day Packets

All students should have received a packet of information in their Block 1A class on Tuesday, September 3. Items included in this packet were:

  • Code of Student Conduct
  • 2019-20 School Year Media Opt-Out Form
  • Free Dental Services Newsletter
  • FAMIS Health Insurance flyer
  • PTSA membership form
  • Military affiliation form
  • Blue hall pass (Personalized to the student)
  • Red Student Profile sheet (Personalized to the student)

Students are asked to return the red Student Profile sheet (noting any changes necessary) and the completed military affiliation form to their Block 1A teacher as soon as possible.

Yearbook Info

Yearbooks are sold solely through online ordering. You can order your child's yearbook at Senior portrait makeups are on September 26th. In order to maintain consistency, we are asking all seniors to take their senior portrait free of charge at school on September 26 if they have not already done so. Please sign up with Mr. Siock in Student Activities to schedule a time for your senior portrait.

Student Advisory Board Applications Available

The Student Advisory Board is comprised of students in grades 9 through 12 who wish to serve their school by providing student voice, advice, and perspectives to administration. The SAB meets with administration throughout the school year during the lunch period. The online application is available here. The deadline to apply is September 27th.

Free NASA Opportunities for Students

9th Grade

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST)--this program targets students with at least a C+ average and an interest in STEM coursework or those who have not yet discovered the excitement of STEM. Students will have an opportunity to engage in innovative, hands-on activities while residing on a university campus The application opens on November 15, 2019, and closes on February 10, 2020.

10th Grade

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)--online courses for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

11th & 12th Grade

Virginia Aeorspace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)--online course for 11th & 12th grade students focusing on NASA's human spaceflight missions and the Journey to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.

11th & 12th Grade

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS)--this interactive online earth science course for 11th and 12th grade students feature NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center. http://vsgc.odu/VESSS

The application process for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students closes on November 10, 2019.

United States Youth Senate Program

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will select two student delegates to represent Virginia in the USSYP, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Each delegate will receive a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the week of March 7-14. Each high school may submit up to three applications. Applications will be reviewed, and the accepted applicants will take the Public Affairs examination. The exam is designed to test knowledge of the United States government, the United States Constitution, American History and knowledge of public affairs and current events. Completed exams will be sent to the VDOE where they will be scored. A panel of judges appointed by the VDOE will consider the exam results, outstanding academic ability and demonstrated qualities of leadership and community service when selecting the two state delegates and two alternates to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each nominee must be a permanent resident of the United States. Student delegates must be involved in student government, civic or educational organizations and hold a leadership position during the entire 2019-2020 academic year. The following are acceptable to the Virginia Department of Education:

  • Student body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
  • Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
  • Student council representative
  • A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
  • Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator

Detailed information about the USSYP may be found at United States Senate Youth.

An application form can be found here.

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Homecoming 2019

Homecoming week 2019 will be September 30 – October 5. The theme of this year's homecoming is "Out of This World." The SCA is planning a Screen on the Green event for Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. They will be showing the movie Wall-E. They will also sponsor hall decorating and door decorating as well as spirit days. The homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Monday, 9/9 (A)

Field Hockey @ Salem HS, 4:00

Volleyball vs Bayside, 4:00

PTSA Meeting, Library, 6:00

Tuesday, 9/10 (B)

Golf vs Kempsville @ Kempsville Greens, 2:30

Field Hockey vs Tallwood, 4:00

Volleyball vs Cox, 4:00

Wednesday, 9/11 (A)

National Day of Service & Remembrance

Thursday, 9/12 (B)

Golf vs Tallwood @ Bow Creek, 2:30

Field Hockey @ OLHS, 4:00

Volleyball vs Beach Breakers, 4:30

JV Football vs Bayside, 7:00

Friday, 9/13 (A)

Football @ OLHS, 7:00

Saturday, 9/14

Volleyball Endless Summer Tournament

Monday, 9/16 (B)

Field Hockey @ Norfolk Academy, 4:00

Tuesday, 9/17 (A)

Student Pictures (all day)

Field Hockey vs Kempsville, 4:00

VBCPS Parent Connection, 5:00

Wednesday, 9/18 (B)

Student Pictures (all day)


SCA General Assembly, 11:50

XC @ Kellam, 3:30

Girls Volleyball vs Western Branch, 6:00

Thursday, 9/19 (A)

Golf vs Cox @ Bow Creek, 2:30

Field Hockey vs Bayside @ RTC, 4:00

Girls Volleyball @ Granby, 4:30

JV Football @ FC, 6:00

ACCESS Financial Aid Night, 6:00, Auditorium

Friday, 9/20 (B)

Football vs Kempsville, 7:00

School Planning Council Members Needed

The School Planning Council is a group that works to review and monitor the Plan for Continuous Improvement and to ensure that it honors the Virginia Standards for Accreditation, is aligned with the strategic plan for the School Division, reflects site and community needs based upon analysis of school data, and contains measurable objectives focused on student achievement. Membership in the SPC includes administrators, instructional staff, support staff as well as school partners, volunteers, parents, and students. If you are interested in serving on this year's SPC, please complete the short Google From found here.


Landstown Families: Shop our new online store--and skip the line on back-to-school night. We know your time is valuable, and back-to-school night is a time investment. You want to meet your student's new teacher and classmates-and reconnect! You want to know exactly what you and your student need to do to succeed. And you want to stay connected to your student and your school community.

You don't want to stand in a line to fill out paper forms and write a check to join the PTSA. Landstown PTA has a better way this year: our new school store.

In the Landstown PTA Membership Store, you have a year-round, one-stop-shop for:

  • PTA memberships-for yourself or your entire family
  • PTA memberships-for our community partners and businesses
  • To make donations to support your school also known as "Eagle Bucks"

Check out the PTA Membership Store today to get PTA memberships or make donations with no hassle and no lines at back-to-school night! Go to store Let's make this year's PTA one of the best ever!!


Click here to download the PTSA membership form.

WiFi Devices Available

The school division has a limited number of Kajeet Smartspot Wi-Fi devices for students. Kajeet Wi-Fi devices provide students have access to the internet and online resources outside of school hours and during virtual days. These devices are available for families that do not have reliable internet service at home. Families may request a Wi-Fi device by completing the appropriate forms located in the school counselor’s office. The informational flyer is also available at


This handbook contains important information for students and parents. Documents housed here are live and will be updated throughout the year.

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Please Log Your Volunteer Hours!

VBCPS values and promotes active engagement of the community in all our schools. The Office of Family and Community Engagement coordinates many volunteer opportunities for community members to interact and contribute to the academic achievement of our students and the overall continuous improvement of VBCPS. Volunteer opportunities may include:

  • Serving in a PTA/PTO/PTSA

  • Serving as tutors, mentors or guest speakers

  • Providing assistance in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries or main offices

  • Organizing student enrichment and recognition activities

  • Supporting special events, athletics, school planning councils and advisory boards

Please be sure to log your volunteer hours through the VBCPS Get Connected database. VBCPS uses this information to quantify the value of volunteer service and apply for divisionwide federal grants that benefit our schools and students!

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