December 16, 2022
Loudoun Valley High School is starting a journey to become an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Diploma Program and our first step in this process is to begin offering the LCPS Pre-International Baccalaureate program (LCPS Pre-IB) starting in the 2023-2024 school year.
We are excited to be offering this program and want to take a moment to give you a sense of where we are in our process of becoming an IB World School and what it means for you and for Loudoun Valley High School.
Why the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?
The teaching and learning supported by the IB framework builds the skills that our students will need to be competitive in our ever changing world.
The IB framework pushes students to think deeply and differently about the world and prepares them for their next steps beyond the classroom.
As we continue our efforts to prepare students for the 21st century world, the focus of IB on authentic student-centered learning in a global context aligns with our core values as a school.
What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?
Check out this website for more information: https://ibo.org/
What is the LCPS Pre-IB Program?
We are seeking to become an IB World School. As we navigate this process, we will be implementing the LCPS Pre-IB Program. For more information about the LCPS Pre-IB Program visit: https://www.lcps.org/Page/247003
Where are we now in the development of IB here at LVHS?
This year we are setting the stage for our LCPS Pre-IB program and we are doing this by:
Moving slowly and thoughtfully in our development of the program. It is important we take the time to understand where we are right now and where we want to go. Information, training, and opportunity to learn more about the IB program will be forthcoming and will be gradual.
Applying to be authorized as an IB world school. The process will take us into the 2023-2024 school year.
Where are we going?
If authorized our first IB Courses will be offered in the 24-25 school year.
We will build our understanding and readiness to engage in a full IB program over the next two years and then engage in a continuous, iterative, and reflective process to grow as a school.
International Baccalaureate Coordinator
Loudoun Valley High School
Heritage and Loudoun Valley High Schools are candidate schools* for the Diploma Programme. These schools are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer the Diploma Programme (DP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.
For more information about the LVHS Pre-IB, visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/246440.
WINTER APPLICATION CYCLE
The winter application cycle for the Academies of Loudoun opened December 5, 2022 and will close on February 21, 2023.
The Academies of Loudoun Admissions Office will be at LVHS on January 17 and 18. Admissions staff will present to all students during study hall. This is a great opportunity for students to meet admissions staff, better understand how the admissions process works, and ask specific questions.
Please view the links below for additional information:
Information on programs and how to apply: https://vimeo.com/463288237
Self-guided virtual tour website: https://blogs.lcps.org/acltours/
If you have admissions questions along the way, please reach out to AcademiesAdmissions@lcps.org.
Ms. Stecura is Loudoun Valley’s School Testing Coordinator. Her office is located in the main office. The best way to contact Ms. Stecura is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LVHS Testing Website has more information about testing.
AP Testing information and schedule.
AP ACCOMODATION REQUEST DEADLINE
Attention: The deadline to submit accommodation requests through College Board for AP testing is January 18, 2023.
AP Exam fees will be collected via SchoolCash Online. Any required fees will be posted to your student’s account beginning November 15, 2022. Payment should be made as soon as possible, but no later than March 15, 2023. If payment is not received by March 15, 2023, LCPS may cancel your student’s exam(s).
If you have already registered for SchoolCash Online, you can sign in after November 15, 2022, and pay any applicable AP Exam fees.
If you have not yet registered for SchoolCash Online, directions on how to register can be found here. Once you have registered and attached your student to your account, you will be able to pay any applicable AP Exam fees.
Online payments can be made by Mastercard, Visa, or eCheck. Online payments are preferred.
If payment needs to be made by cash or check, you can submit payment at your student’s home school. Exact change is required for cash payments. Checks should be addressed to “Loudoun County Public Schools”.
Please contact your school’s Testing Coordinator with questions about this process.
TEACHER CADET INTEREST FORM FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR
What is Teacher Cadet?
The Teacher Cadet program is a “grow our own” initiative that consists of two dual-enrollment (DE) courses offered to high school students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 who may be interested in pursuing a career in education.
Interested students who are eligible to participate are enrolled in the following courses:
Grade 11 – Teacher Cadet I DE
Grade 12 – Teacher Cadet II DE
The Teacher Cadet program is designed to attract high school students to the field of education as a potential career “through exposure to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experience that focuses on teaching,” (Virginia Department of Education, n.d.).
Teacher Cadet students earn dual-enrollment (DE) credit through Shenandoah University.
Teacher Cadet I DE = EDUC 210 (3 credits)
Teacher Cadet II DE = EDUC 310 (3 credits)
Teacher Cadet students are also immersed in real-world, project-based learning experiences. Students complete an internship with LCPS teachers and interact with LCPS students at the elementary and middle school levels during observations.
Teacher Cadet students who successfully complete the program receive a letter of intent (LOI) from the LCPS Department of Human Resources and Talent Development (HRTD).
Submitting an Interest Form
The online interest form is available to all LCPS students currently enrolled in Grade 10 with a minimum 2.7 GPA or its equivalent. Eligible students should express their interest in the Student Opportunities portal (LCPS Go) between September 14, 2022 and January 27, 2023.
The student interest form requires a student-created response (i.e., presentation, essay, drawing, video, etc.) and two recommendations. Students will need to provide names and email addresses for two recommenders.
The interest form must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM on January 27, 2023. Student directions are viewable here.
September 14, 2022
The interest form becomes available in the Student Opportunities portal (LCPS Go).
January 27, 2023
The deadline for current Grade 10 students to submit an interest form via LCPS Go.
February 10, 2023
All letters of recommendations are due (responsibility of the student to follow up).
February 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023
The committee convenes to review interest forms.
March 27, 2023
The committee communicates accepted and deferred students to stakeholders (students, families, counselors, principals, teachers, etc.).
After April 1, 2023
School Counseling may schedule accepted students in the Teacher Cadet I DE course to begin in the 2023 – 2024 school year as Grade 11 students.
FOLLOW OUR COUNSELING DEPARTMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
STUDY SKILLS & ACADEMIC MOTIVATION PRESENTATIONS
LCPS MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
This website offers comprehensive mental health services, support and resources provided by our Unified Mental Health Teams (counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and student assistance specialists) who can assist and direct families to the right level of services or interventions.
Available information includes:
- How to contact your school’s Unified Mental Health Team
- Resources for parents
- Suicide prevention resources
- LCPS mental and behavioral health services
- Substance use prevention and intervention services
- Resources for families of LGBTQ+ students and families
- Community resources
To access the mental health website created by the Department of Student Services, please visit: www.lcps.org/MentalHealthServices
MEET YOUR UNIFIED MENTAL HEALTH TEAM
MEET YOUR UNIFIED MENTAL HEALTH TEAM
As we approach Mental Health Awareness Month, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and the Unified Mental Health Team (UMHT) at Loudoun Valley want to remind you of the opportunities and resources available to students and families. The Loudoun Valley Unified Mental Health Team supports the mental health of all Loudoun Valley students.
RECOVERY FROM VAPING
DECEMBER WITH RYAN BARTEL FOUNDATION
Parents will find support and valuable resources this month as we prepare a full schedule of resilience-based programs for teens launching in January.
All programs can be found here:
LOUDOUN YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
ASVAB TESTING INFORMATION
2022-2023 ASVAB Test Registration
The ASVAB test is open to all LCPS students, grades 10-12. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start time of the test for check-in. If you have any questions, contact the Mrs. Krone, Career Center Assistant at LVHS.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help young adults identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and develop effective strategies to realize career goals.
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. More than half of all high schools nationwide administer the ASVAB test to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (sophomores cannot use their scores for enlistment eligibility).
The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:
-Auto and Shop Information
Students are provided with scores on each of these individual tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete, and test results are returned to schools in a few weeks.
The Military uses students’ ASVAB scores to identify the occupations that best suit their abilities. Junior, senior and post-secondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test.
Additional information (dates and testing sites) and registration is available at:
STEP-UP LOUDOUN DEADLINE APPROACHING
COMPETITION REGISTRATION CLOSES JANUARY 6, 2023
Working as a team or individually, middle and high school youth across the county are
encouraged to identify an issue of their choice and share their project during the
Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition and win$$ for their hard work.
LEARN MORE AT LOUDOUNYOUTH.ORG
FREE RESIDENTIAL STEM PROGRAM
NASA’s Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is excited to share that the application window is now open for our FREE summer residential STEM program for current 8th and 9th grade students in Virginia!
Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is ideal for students who have a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and have not yet had either the confidence or the opportunity to participate in experiential STEM programs before now. We are asking for your help to ensure every qualified student in Virginia knows they can apply.
CAREER CENTER VISITS
U.S. Air Force (rescheduled)
Mon January 9, 2023
U. S. Army
Tue January 10, 2023
Thu January 12, 2023
FINANCIAL AID 101 - FALL 2022 PRESENTATION
NOVA EARLY COLLEGE SPRING 2023
VIKING MUSIC RECOGNITIONS
Virginia Music Educators Association
Addison Miller, 11th Grade Cello
Addison submitted 4 compositions and was one of 16 students across the state of Virginia to receive this honor. In being accepted, Addison and her family traveled to the VMEA Conference in Richmond, VA on November 17 to attend a composition workshop and showcase her work. Please join us in celebrating Addison by taking a moment to view her compositions here: https://sites.google.com/view/2022vmeacompositionfestival/home
MUSIC FAMILIES NEWSLETTER
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DECA DISTRICT LEADERSHIP COMPETITION TEAM
Congratulations to our DECA District Leadership Competition Team who competed at Light Ridge High School on Saturday December 10, 2022. We had a great showing with the following students placing:
1st place Freshman Selling: Brody Heltzel
2nd place Retail Merchandising: Christopher Thornton
2nd Place Entrepreneurship: Cabot Cruise
3rd Place Principles of Marketing: Joshua Anderson
3rd Place Business Finance: Ryan Crowson
3rd place Food Marketing: McKenna Palmer
3rd place Automotive Services Marketing: Taj Bhathal
4th place Freshman Job Interview: Rachel Black
Sports & Entertainment Marketing: Aiden Harris
Apparel & Accessories: Emma Cohen
OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS
If you have money to put on your account, you can bring it to the cafeteria in the mornings.
EDITING SPENDING LIMITS
LCPS will be using Ticket Spicket digital tickets for all high school athletic regular season events. Tickets can be purchased using the Ticket Spicket website or app.
Please Note: Tickets can not be redeemed prior to the event. Tickets must be presented to the event staff before being redeemed.
2022-23 Ticket and Annual Pass Prices
- Tickets for regular-season events: $7 per ticket
- All LCPS Access Pass: $500 provides access to home and away regular season athletic competitions held at any LCPS high school (each member in the immediate household will receive a pass with purchase of this package)
- Family Pass: $250 provides entrance to all regular season home games for the selected school (each member in the immediate household will receive a pass with purchase of this package)
- Individual Adult Pass: $125
- LCPS Student Pass: $100
Additional information along with helpful resources about Ticket Spicket can be found at LCPS.org.
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WHAT TO DO IF LCPS GO IS DOWN
Direct Links for Students to Instructional Tools
HOW TO SIGN IN: Google: student email address IDnumber@lcps.org, i.e. email@example.com
HOW TO SIGN IN: Google
TOOL: Google Meet
LINK: https://meet.google.com/ OR the link you created for your class
HOW TO SIGN IN: Google
TOOL: Clever (for app integrations)
HOW TO SIGN IN: Student ID and Password
HOW TO SIGN IN: Student ID and Password
I've used the links and received sign-in errors. Is my password wrong?
Sometimes an LCPS Go outage is limited to LCPS Go, and other times it may be a network problem affecting multiple sites. In this instance, a password or other sign-in error may or may not reflect the actual problem. Wait and try later, refresh your browser window, and clear the cache if needed.
HIGH SCHOOL TOOLKIT
STUDENT SOFTWARE CATALOG
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Phone: (540) 751-2400