HUSKY HIGHLIGHTS NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2020

Principal's Message

Greetings Tuscarora Family,


I hope each of you are staying healthy and safe.


September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. I would like to take this opportunity to honor and appreciate Hispanic and Latino Americans for their accomplishments and contributions. I want to thank our Hispanic and Latino families for all your contributions to our school, our community, and our world.


To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, please see hispanicheritagemonth.gov.


The month of October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Survival rates have been increasing since 1990, partly due to early detection, increased awareness and education about breast cancer, and improvements in medical treatments.


To support Breast Cancer awareness, I am asking the Tuscarora community to wear pink each Friday in the month of October. For more information about breast cancer, please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


As the weather begins to change, I am reminded about how much things have changed. I commend each of you for your resilience and flexibility this Fall. It has been a joy to see you, Huskies, online in Advisory and in your classes.


The past month of virtual learning has been so different and we know the energy in our virtual classrooms is not quite the same as face-to-face school. To create a more engaging experience, teachers and staff have been working hard to try new digital tools to keep things engaging and interesting in class. Class sponsors and club advisors are working diligently to organize virtual club meetings so that we can connect safely.


In this newsletter you will find much information to keep you updated on events at Tuscarora. Please find ways to stay connected with our school family. Reach out to your classroom teachers, your Advisory teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, any staff member, or to me. Tell us how you are doing, what is going well, and where we can improve. Let us know how we can support you and help you succeed. We are all here to support each other.


Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected and support members of our Tuscarora Family. We are Tuscarora Huskies and we RISE together!


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


Pamela Croft

Principal

VIDEO: Working Hard to Support Huskies

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ATTENDANCE

Communicating your student’s attendance is just as important while we are Distant Learning as it was when we were all in the school. There are multiple ways to report a student absent, tardy, or needing dismissal. ParentVue and email are best options for reporting attendance. If you choose to use the Attendance Hotline for absences, please be sure to speak slowly and spell your student’s first and last name.


Take a look at the Reporting Attendance flyer (in the links below) to learn more about reporting attendance.


Reporting Attendance (English)

Reporting Attendance (Spanish)

STUDY HALL Resources and Updates

Starting in October, students will have opportunities to receive additional supports during Study Hall. All students are still expected to attend Study Hall on time and have their attendance taken.

Once the attendance process is complete, students may:

  • leave study hall and work asynchronously
  • join a specific content "Lab" to receive additional supports, for example Math Lab, Science Lab, etc...
  • stay in Study Hall and request support from the Study Hall teacher
  • leave Study Hall and make an appointment to meet with a school counselor, specific teachers, or staff member.


Please see this Tuscarora HS Study Hall Meeting Links for the schedule of Labs and links. An LCPS account (students and staff) is required to access this document.

PSAT/NMSQT

Tuscarora is offering an opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT to 11th grade students this fall. Due to CDC guidelines, we are limited to the number of students that can test each date. If a student signs up for a date that is already full you will be notified and moved to the other date.


Students should plan to arrive at 8:00 am and dismissal approximately 1:30 pm.

Test Dates: October 14 and October 29

The test is free of charge. Transportation will be provided for students who indicate the need. Health mitigation procedures will be in place.

Registration for these test dates is now closed. Registered students will receive an email from Mrs. Crawford at the beginning of October with instructions for test day.

If you have any questions, e-mail sommer.crawford@lcps.org.

School Counseling

Counselors began meeting with Seniors the week of 9/21/2020. Parents, please make note of the following dates:



  • Virtual Fall College Planning Night Thursday, October 1, 2020, 7:00pm-8:00pm

    “Live” Virtual Google Meeting Code: https://meet.google.com/jbh-iqqq-rzx

    Google Meeting Nickname: thsfallcollegeplanning


  • 20th Annual ALCANZA College Fair. Hosted by George Mason University, this event promotes higher education opportunities to Latinx high school students. Student registration opens on September 28th. For more information or to register, visit https://events.admissions.gmu.edu/alcanza/. The live virtual event will be held on October 22, 2020 with an opening session from 3:00pm - 3:30pm and the college fair from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

World Languages and Cultures Department

We hope everyone has had a great start to the school year!

Testing Update: For the 2020-2021 School Year, only seniors will be eligible to test for Credit Through Testing and the Seal of Biliteracy. Please see the World Languages website for more information and feel free to contact Ms. Deady with any questions.

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Hello Husky Nation!


We hope you are having a great start to the school year! Currently conditioning sessions are underway with many of our sports. Those sessions are being run at Tuscarora outside on our fields. To participate each student-athlete must have a FULLY completed VHSL physical (found at either www.huskyathletics.info or www.vhsl.org) on file and complete the online registration located at www.huskyathletics.info. Once those items are completed and verified, student-athletes must bring their own mask, 32 ounce filler water bottle, and complete the daily screening survey before the coach or designee takes their temperature while waiting in their car. Student athletes will then wash their hands or use hand sanitizer and proceed to their workout. Upon completion of the workout student-athletes will again wash hands or use hand sanitizer and are encouraged to return home directly to shower. Please check with the individual sport coach about participation schedules. A list of those coaches can be found at www.huskyathletics.info under “Files and Links”.


Regarding sports seasons:


Currently the VHSL has identified the following model for the Return to Play at the highschool level:


  • Season 1 Winter: December 14 (Tryouts Start) – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)

    • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling

  • Season 2 Fall: February 15 (Tryouts Start) – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)

    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball

  • Season 3 Spring: April 12 (Tryouts Start) – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)

    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field


SPRING BREAK IS MARCH 29-APRIL 3


Please visit www.husktathletics.info for up to date information as well as following @TuscaroraHusky on twitter and TuscaroraHusky on Instagram. We use those platforms to release information.


If you have other questions please email Athletic Director Tony Tallent; tony.tallent@lcps.org or Assistant Athletic Director Scott Valyear scott.valyear@lcps.org.

English Learners Department

The EL Department began the year with a Backpack full of school supplies and a box of food for our students in need! We were able to partner with McLean Baptist Church and distribute the supplies to our students at THS! What a Great Way to welcome back our students!! We were joined by Principal Croft, AP’s Ms. Chuang and Mr. Ailsworth, Athletic Director Mr. Tallant, Science Teacher Mrs. Treanor (who set up the donations), Violeta Mellott our fabulous Parent Liaison, and of course our EL Teacher’s Mrs. Bass, Mrs. Sar, and Mrs. Quigley. It was a wonderful opportunity to greet our students and colleagues from a socially acceptable distance!


On Tuesday Sept. 29th the EL Department hosted a Zoom Meet for our EL Families to go over Schoology access and usage along with School nutrition offerings and assistance completing Free and Reduced Lunch applications. The link to a recording of this event will be made available on the Tuscarora EL Department website.


The EL Department will also distribute more bags of food to our student families one day each month. The October date will be published on the Tuscarora EL Department website.

LIBRARY NEWS!

Tuscarora Library is pleased to offer curbside service for book distribution! To request a book, please fill out this google form. Note that due to construction, much of our collection is presently unavailable. When you request a book, we will email you to let you know if it is available. If it is, we will check it out to you and you can pick it up on Mondays when textbook distribution takes place.


Need research help? Looking for book suggestions? Your librarians are happy to announce daily Office Hours to assist students with research assignments and reading guidance. Librarians are available via google meet from 10am-12pm Tuesday through Friday, Monday from 12-2pm and other times by appointment. Email jenne.carroll@lcps.org or mary.pellicano@lcps.org for more information or to request an appointment.


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! If you don’t have a library card, now is the time to get one! Loudoun County Public Library is offering instant access to resources when you apply for a library card through this online form. Do it today and open up a whole new world to explore!


Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week, September 27-October 3. Sponsored by the American Library Association since 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event that supports intellectual freedom, denounces censorship and highlights banned and challenged literary works. This year, we will celebrate virtually by promoting a different daily action that spotlights literary activism. Follow us on social media (FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram) with the hashtag BannedBooksWeek in Action.

Math Department

It has been a great start to the year. All Algebra 1 and Geometry students will begin Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing. Please see the communications from your teacher. Click here for information about the MAP Assessment.

ATTENTION SENIORS 2021!

There is still time to purchase Yearbook Baby Ads for the 2021 Yearbook. The sale prices end on October 10th, so act fast. Review this flyer for more information. Please contact our Yearbook Advisor, Toni Kelley, with any questions.