RRHS Update - Week of 5/3/2021

In This Edition: SLC Shoutout!, This Week in Athetics, Yearbook, PTSO News, The Phoenix Award, Counseling News, Mental Health Awareness, Subtsance Abuse Awareness, Career Center News

RRHS - VHSL Student Leadership Shoutout!

On April 16, 2021, Rock Ridge High School hosted the 2021 VHSL SLC (Virginia High School League Student Leadership Conference).

Members of our DECA chapter (Matthew Humphries, Evan Fitch, Haritha Chode, and Nikita Oberoi) spearheaded the planning of the conference and presented it as a project at DECA Nationals. It won first place at last year’s state DECA Conference.

Due to Covid, we hosted the conference virtually. It was the first time in conference history the conference was a virtual event.

Approximately 325 students from 26 Virginia high schools attended the event and they were active and engaged the entire time!

For more information on the conference, please access our interactive agenda. It contains hyperlinks for all the breakout sessions.

Four LCPS students served as members of our student panel and 8 of our 13 breakout sessions were led by LCPS students.

The closing speaker for the conference was a senior at Riverside High School – Christian Yohannes. He gave a very powerful speech on leadership. It is very inspiring!

To view highlights from the conference and the Christian’s speech, click here.

This Week in Athletics

Monday (5/3)

  • JV Softball @ Woodgrove starting at 6:00pm Bus departs at 4:15
  • Varsity Baseball vs Woodgrove starting at 6:00pm
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse @ Woodgrove starting at 7:15pm Bus departs at 4:45
  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs Woodgrove starting at 6:30pm
  • Boys Tennis @ Riverside starting at 5:00pm Bus departs at 3:15
  • Girls Tennis vs Riverside starting at 5:00pm

Purchase Baseball and Boys Lacrosse Tickets Here Purchase Softball and Girls Lacrosse Tickets Here

Tuesday (5/4)

  • Boys Soccer vs Woodgrove; JV starting at 6:00pm, Varsity starting at 7:15pm
  • Girls Soccer @ Woodgrove; JV starting at 6:00pm, Varsity starting at 7:15pm JV Bus departs at 4:15 V Bus departs at 5:15

Purchase Boys Soccer Tickets Here Purchase Girls Soccer Tickets Here

Wednesday (5/5)

  • JV Softball @ Riverside starting at 6:00pm Bus departs at 4:15
  • Varsity Baseball @ Riverside starting at 6:00pm Bus departs at 4:15
  • Track @ Freedom Starting at 4:30pm Bus departs at 3:15 pm
  • Boys Tennis vs Potomac Falls starting at 5:00pm
  • Girls Tennis @ Potomac Falls starting at 5:00pm Bus departs at 2:15

Purchase Baseball and Softball Tickets Here Purchase Track Tickets Here

Thursday (5/6)

  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse vs Riverside starting at 6:30pm
  • Varsity Boys Lacrosse @ Riverside starting at 6:30pm Bus departs at 5:30

Purchase Girls Lacrosse Tickets Here Purchase Boys Lacrosse Tickets Here

Friday (5/7)

  • JV Softball vs Potomac Falls starting at 6:00pm
  • Varsity Baseball vs Potomac Falls starting at 6:00pm
  • Boys Soccer @ Riverside; JV starting at 6:00pm, Varsity starting at 7:15pm JV Bus departs at 4:30 V Bus departs at 5:30
  • Girls Soccer vs Riverside; JV starting at 6:00pm, Varsity starting at 7:15pm

Purchase Baseball, Softball and Girls Soccer Tickets Here Purchase Boys Soccer Tickets Here

Yearbook Sales!


There are FEWER THAN 75 books left! Check here to see if you have ordered one. If your name is not on the list, buy yours while you still can! We cannot order more books, once they are gone, they are gone! Don’t miss this opportunity to preserve the memories from this unprecedented year. Buy your award winning yearbook now! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com with code #17309 to buy yours now while you still can! The price will increase to $85 once the yearbooks arrive in May.

PTSO News!


Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week starts tomorrow! We’ve got some creative ways your student can join the fun!

  1. Snap a selfie! Make a meme! Add some words of “gratis” or praise! Click HERE for directions. Due by Sunday 5/2 @9pm
  2. Chalk Mural, Monday May 3rd, 12-4 pm, front of school, weather permitting; will be monitored by PTSO Chaperones.
  • Mask & social distance required😊 Please, BYOC (bring your own chalk) if you have some to share!

We still need some donations & volunteers CLICK HERE No time? Just donate money either via Zelle (bod@rrhsptso.com) or PayPal CLICK HERE

With your support we can shower our RRHS Admin, Teachers & Staff with the appreciation they deserve!

VOLUNTEERS: Be the Change! To be successful, we need more help! The PTSO is actively looking to fill several roles

If you are willing to help in ANY way, please email bod@rrhsptso.com or come to our next meeting May 6th to learn more. Elections will be held at our June 3rd meeting.

OUR PTSO welcomes ALL Parents to get involved, build community and, BE A ROCK of support for our children and school!

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The Phoenix Award!

The “Phoenix Service Award” is a way to honor our amazing staff. Please take a few minutes to fill out this form to thank a teacher, coach, or staff member who has helped you this year. This is an opportunity for students to show their appreciation for all of the hard work that teachers put in, and especially this year while adjusting to online learning.

Please note that this form will be closing on Monday, May 3rd, so be sure to fill out the form before then to show your appreciation!

School Counseling News!

9th grade Parent Coffee- Preparing for 9th grade and Beyond. If you missed it click here

Seniors it is still not too late to apply college !!!

University of Mary Washington just sent this!!! So take advantage of this opportunity!!

We are still awarding merit and need based aid to new admitted applicants if you have students who are arriving to this process late or do not yet have a home for fall. If you believe they are a good fit for a medium-sized liberal arts and sciences residential university that is perfectly situated between DC and Richmond, connect them with our counselors. We’ll take it from there.

Return to Learn Presentation

As student have the opportunity to transition back to in-person learning we hope ease the transition with explaining the supports and how to reduce of the stress with returning to in-person learning. Please click here to watch the presentation.

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.

Scheduling for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have not met with your counselor to schedule next year please contact them directly.


Students Last Name







Jarrel.Taylor@lcps.org & Maria.Dacey@lcps.org




Colleges to Know

University of South Carolina https://sc.edu/

Thought you knew everything about U of SC. Did you know that U of SC is in the Academic Common Market(ACM). If the college major you want is not offered in Virginia but is offered at U of SC then you can get in state tuition through the ACM. Click the link below for more on the ACM. This is the full length video from our college panel. Everything is answered here!!


Mental Health Awareness Month!


During the month of May, the American Counseling Association (ACA) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Established in 1949, Mental Health Month sought to put a spotlight on the importance of mental health and wellness. Each year we continue to fight against the stigma associated with mental health, provide support for those with mental illness and the counselors supporting them, as well as advocate for policies on behalf of those with mental illness and their loved ones.

While 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness over the course of their lifetimes, everyone will face challenges that can and will affect their mental health. Licensed professional counselors play a critical role in providing care and guidance for those who are struggling with mental health. ACA members all across the country are dedicated to assisting anyone who is struggling with mental health. This year, our slogan for Mental Health Month is #BeKindtoYourMind. We encourage you to join us as we highlight the significance of mental health awareness and how counselors are able to help! Explore the resources from the ACA here https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/mental-health-resources/mentalhealthmonth

From Our Students Assistance Specialist!

Rock Ridge’s Student Assistance Specialist and other members of the Student Assistance Team gave a presentation for parents on Thursday, April 29th titled “What Parents Need to Know: Legalization of Marijuana in Virginia and the Potential Impact on Teens”. The presentation outlines information about the legalization of marijuana, possible impact on teen substance use and how parents can address this topic with their students. Their full presentation and slides can be viewed at the following links. If you have any questions or are interested in further information, contact our Student Assistance Specialist, Fiona Brown, at Fiona.Brown@lcps.org.



Career Center News!


5/3: Northern Virginia Community College at 11:00 AM. Sign up via Naviance.

5/10: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at 11:30 AM. Sign up via Naviance.


5/10: Amazon warehouse and Whole Foods backend at 2:30 PM. See attached flyer for more info. Sign up via Naviance.


Seniors – The Senior Survey is now open. All Seniors must complete this survey regardless of their post Rock Ridge plans. Please log in to Naviance via LCPSGo and select About Me, My Surveys, Surveys Not Started and complete the RRHS 2021 Senior Survey. A cheat sheet is attached here to help complete it.

Juniors – as you think about colleges to apply to something new for you to factor in is schools that will require proof of vaccination. At the bottom of this newsletter I have included a list of these colleges as of 4/19 as reported by the Chronicles of Higher Education.

Underclassmen and Parents, another way to learn about events or an actual reminder for an upcoming event of interest to you is through texts via Remind. I try very hard not to spam you! To sign up for Remind go to remind.com and create an account. Then search for the appropriate class as indicated below:

Juniors: @theroc22 (the missing K is not a typo)

Sophomores: @therock23

Freshmen: @therock24

Planning to take the May or June SAT? Turbo Tutoring offers short, “cram classes.” Several days prior to the test to provide strategies for the test. The RRHS PTSO benefits for every RRHS student who signs up. Seating is limited due to COVID social distancing. You can learn more and register here: https://turbo-tutoring.com/act-sat-class-registration/

Looking for a Summer or part time job? Here are two resources for you.

  • Multi high school job site (there are new businesses being added weekly Ex: The Yard Milkshake Co. )
  • Workinloudoun.com

NEW – Mantech Internships – See attached flyer for new details.

Juniors, not ready for a college road trip? This is a great list of hundreds of colleges with virtual experiences.


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)

5/1: Rush Our Tees Scholarship

5/1: ECF-HBCU Scholarship – More info on Naviance

5/1: ECF Kozy Kerchief and Cozy Cap Scholarship – More info on Naviance

5/1: ECF-STEM Scholarship – More info on Naviance

5/1: Culinary Scholarships from Glory Days, Ford Fish Shack & Silver Diner

5/1: Loudoun Soccer

5/1: Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund – More info on Naviance

5/1: Loudoun Valley Community Center - More info on Naviance

5/1: Virginia Sheriff's Institute Scholarship

5/5: Air Force Retired Officers Community (AFROC) / Falcons Landing Scholarship (you do not need to be from a military family) – More info on Naviance

5/10: EXTENDED - Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Scholarship

5/14: Friends of Brambleton Library – More info on Naviance

5/14: NEW - NAGE - National Association of Government Employees

5/31: Faith Scholarships


Turbo Tutoring Flyer with QR code for NoVa 2021.pdf
Amazon Hiring Flyer.pdf