Heritage Weekly Update-June 11

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June 11, 2021

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Good afternoon, Heritage PRIDE Family,

I hope this Update finds you and those you care about safe and healthy.

Here are a few updates and reminders, as we wind down this year.

New Superintendent Named

Dr. Scott Ziegler, who had been serving as our Interim Superintendent, was named as the next Superintendent for Loudoun County Public Schools by the School Board on Tuesday, June 8th. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Ziegler to support Heritage and our community, as we wrap up this school year and move into the next one!

Class of 2021 Updates

Seniors will be receiving an update from me tonight on Graduation. The information has already been updated on the Graduation 2021 Information Page.

Walking for Water

Our Annual Walking for Water event has gone virtual this year. You can find out more information below.


Mark your calendars. The yearbooks are coming! Yearbook Curbside Pickup will be Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 from 1:00-4:00PM. There will be no appointments this year. You may come either day anytime during the scheduled hours to pick up your yearbook. If you did not order a yearbook yet, there are still some copies available at www.yearbookordercenter.com. The last day to order a yearbook is Friday, June 25.

Summer Hours

With our renovation/construction, the Main Office and School Counseling Office will be moving temporarily to the Fine Arts section of the Building, so when you visit us over the summer, you will use the B5 door (side door closest to the stadium). Beginning June 17th, the current Main Entrance will not be accessible until the Fall.

The Main Office will be open during the Summer, Monday-Friday, 8:30-3:30.

Important Dates for next year

For those of you who are returning next year, please be sure to have the following important dates on your calendar:


  • 9th Grade and New Student Orientation (4-5:30 PM)
  • Welcome Back Town Hall (5:30-6 PM)
  • Back to School Celebration Open House (6-8 PM)

Thursday, 26th-First Day of School

Masks/Face Covering

When visiting campus, please remember that the relaxation of the mask mandate from the Governor for fully vaccinated individuals does not apply in schools. LCPS still requires all students, staff, and visitors inside the building to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth with the few exceptions we have always recognized.

School Store Site

Our Heritage PRIDE virtual School Store is up and open for business. Get your merch while you can... https://lindsayfriedman6.wixsite.com/website

Course Selection Deadlines

For our returning and future members of the PRIDE, there are a couple of deadlines coming up that I want you to be aware of. More information can be found on our Course Selection Page.

-Tuesday, June 22nd:

  • Elective Change and Course Level-Decrease Deadline

Special Permission Reminder

We have several students who attend Heritage on Special Permission, so I am just including a reminder that Special Permission must be applied for every year. The window to apply for the 2021-22 School Year is April 1-June 30th. More information and the link to apply can be found here.

A Word of Appreciation

This will be the last Weekly Update until the Summer Updates begin coming mid-July, so I wanted to end with a few words of appreciation.

First, I want to thank all our families for staying with us, keeping in communication, and trusting us with your students. This year, the support our students receive at home was paramount, and a strong school-family partnership was vital. I want to continue to build those connections and make sure they continue to be strong, as we move into next year. I want to recognize a few members of our PTSO Executive Board who have graduating seniors who who have just stayed on to help us get through this crazy year. Barbara Adgate, Kimberly Barberich, and Colleen Wist have all contributed so much to Heritage in their many years here, and I wanted to be sure to express my appreciation for them and their service.

I also want to say thank you to our amazing Faculty and Staff for this craziest of years. From our front office secretaries to our teachers to our custodians to our administrators to our cafeteria staff and everyone else, our Heritage staff showed that a historical year could be met with historical resilience, creativity, and determination. There are not words to express my appreciation and awe of their efforts this year.

Finally, I want to recognize our students, especially our seniors. This year has posed great challenges and required constant adjustment for many of them. Some of them found success and were able to shine. Some of them were at both ends of that spectrum this year, depending on the day. But through their tenacity, flexibility, and willingness to work with each other and our staff, they have shown me that our future is bright. Despite a senior year that wasn't what anyone had wanted or expected, the Class of 2021 have shown themselves to be incredible leaders who are graduating with the knowledge that choosing to tackle the problems that lie in front of them with confidence and a willingness to work through the challenges is the true path to learning and success. My hope for them is that they leave Heritage with the confidence that they can accomplish anything. I know I believe that of them and cannot wait to see what the future holds.


Jeff Adam


Heritage High School


Important Dates

June 11th-A Lot of the Night Grad Party for Class of 2021 (see below)

June 14th-Graduation Rehearsal, 11:00 AM

June 15th-Last Day of School for 9th, 10th, 11th Grades

June 16th-Heritage Graduation 2021 @ 7 PM

June 18th-LCPS Holiday-Offices Closed

June 19th-20th-Walking for Water Virtual Event

June 26th-27th-Yearbook Distribution, 1 PM-4 PM

Construction Update

Walking for Water 2021

As mentioned above, our annual Walking for Water event has gone virtual this year. For those who may be new to Heritage, this is a signature event for the PRIDE, because it was started right here at Heritage High School!

Walking For Water 2021 - Stop Wishing, Start Acting

Walking For Water:

Did you know that roughly 780 million people lack convenient access to an improved water source? Walking For Water, a branch of the non-profit organization Wisdom Spring, is a club at Heritage High School and Laguna Beach High School that seeks to raise awareness about the importance of clean water and to raise funds for water well construction in Africa and India. Walking For Water has raised over $350,000 and built 34 wells in the past 18 years. Each year, the club’s biggest fundraiser - the walkathon - raises money for water well construction and youth education in developing countries. Due to the current health crisis, the walk has been moved to a digital platform.


Despite the unprecedented circumstances, teens at Heritage and Laguna Beach High School are determined to reach the goal of raising $75,000. Walking For Water has the opportunity to install a pipeline in Kenya for $7,000 that will bring water to more people than ever before. On June 19th and 20th, the “virtual walk” will take place. The teens have worked tirelessly to create an app that will allow ANYONE who wants to walk, walk! By signing up for the virtual walk, you are supporting Walking For Water in our efforts to bring life to millions who are without. The virtual app allows you to track your miles in teams or by yourself. Additionally, you can walk however much or little you want.

How to sign up for the virtual walk:

These are the steps a participant for Walking for Water should take when signing up for the event:

1. Go to the Main Event Page: https://www.wisdomspring.org/virtual

Here you can register for the Walk as well as follow along with the progress of the event. ​

2. ​When you click the Register button - you will enter basic information for yourself. Please make sure we have an email we can use to send updates, and your address so we can send items like t-shirts. Please also add your t-shirt size where indicated.

3. There is also a spot that asks if you want to start the fundraising with a donation. Studies have shown that when you contribute to the fundraising first, to get things rolling, that you have a significantly higher chance of meeting your goal.

4. When you have completed the Event Registration a dialog box should open prompting you to also set up your account on Move Spring. Follow the link and do the basic setup. If for some reason the dialogue box does not appear - simply follow this link HERE.

5. Create a username for your MoveSpring account.

6. Continue setting up your MoveSpring account.

7. You're all set! You can now use your MoveSpring account to log activity and view Wisdom Spring content. It is also where you will go to track your walking on the days of the Event.

How you can help in other ways:

If you are not able to walk on June 19th and 20th or would like to help in other ways, here’s how you can help:

Follow us on social media for current updates:

  • Follow the Walking For Water instagram page: @walking4water_

  • Follow the Walking For Water TikTok: @walkingforwaterrrr

Instructional Materials Drop-Off

If you missed the drop off day and have materials to return to Heritage, feel free to drop them off anytime between 9 and 3:30 Monday through Friday.

Please note: Students who are receiving in-person instruction may utilize their assigned drop off day or may return their materials directly to their teachers during class.

Students in 12th grade will return their Chromebooks, chargers, and any other school materials on Monday, June 14th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as a part of graduation practice.

New Facebook and Instagram

Heritage has a new official Facebook page (https://business.facebook.com/Heritage-High-School-VA-108558541340022/) and a new connected "official" Instagram account (HeritageLCPS). The PTSO is still running their "Heritage Parents" page, but we will use these new Heritage accounts to spread the word about the awesome things going on at Heritage.

Heritage Athletics Update


We are moving into the post-season for our Spring Teams. Best of luck to all of our athletes! You make us proud!

Saturday, 6/12

11 AM District Finals for Baseball vs. Broad Run HS @ Independence HS

Monday, 6/14

Regional Quarter-finals for Baseball, Girls and Boys Lacrosse @ Highest Seed

Tuesday, 6/15

Regional Semi-finals Baseball, Lacrosse (Girls and Boys) @ Highest Seed

Thursday, 6/16

Regional Finals Baseball, Lacrosse (Girls and Boys) @ Highest Seed

Unified Mental Health Team Information

The following information was sent out earlier this week to all Heritage families from Ms. Tannuzzo, our School Psychologist:

Good afternoon, Students and Parents,

I hope that you are well! I wanted to reach out to provide you with some valuable information regarding mental health supports in our community. We have presented information to our freshman student body this week about who the Unified Mental Health Team members at Heritage are and how students can support each other and find support from our staff. The presentation educates students about resiliency and healthy ways to manage life’s stressors using the Sources of Strength model. Help-seeking behaviors are taught for when students may be experiencing mental health struggles. They are taught to share their concerns with a trusted adult. Our Unified Mental Health Team members include:

Jeffrey Adam, School Principal

Suzanne Eicholtz, Director of School Counseling

Catherine Tannuzzo, School Psychologist

Leslie Saunders, School Social Worker

Megan Marshall, Student Assistance Specialist

Meagen Zawistowski, School Counselor

Zamarit Simpkins, School Counselor

Jay Wareham, School Counselor

Donald Jones, School Counselor

Kim-Marie Brown, School Counselor

Keenan Elder, School Counselor

Sarah Larson, School Nurse

Here are the ways that students and parents can contact any member of the Unified Mental Health Team:

Students, feel free to scan the QR code below to complete the Appointment Request Form, to connect with someone from the UMHT.

Please note that the Appointment Request Form, the phone number, and emails are not monitored outside of school hours. In the event of an emergency, please contact 911 for assistance.

We are looking forward to meeting you in person in the near future, and we are available to help you, whether it's for emotional or academic reasons. Feel free to contact us and let us know how we can help you.

Thank you so much for your attention to this email! It is a pleasure to serve you!


Ms. Catherine Tannuzzo

Heritage School Psychologist

(571) 252-2816

Additional Emotional Support Resources

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Visitor Protocols

We have posted Visitor Protocols on our Main webpage. If you are coming to Heritage for any reason, please review them prior to coming to the building.

Contacting Heritage Faculty and Staff

We recognize and value our families as a integral part of our students' education. If parents or guardians have questions, comments or concerns regarding a class, please continue to use email to reach out to the teacher or an administrator.

Behind the Wheel

The Behind the Wheel program in LCPS has restarted, as of 9/21/2020.

If interested, contact Mr. Soroush by email: ebi.soroush@lcps.org.

PTSO and Booster Clubs

Congratulations to the PTSO on their new website! You can view it here.

If you are interested in our other Booster clubs, as well, more information can be found at their websites:

Heritage Music Boosters-Membership Form

Heritage Theatre Boosters

Heritage Athletic Boosters

Yearbook Site

The HHS Journey Yearbooks Staff is excited to announce the creation of their yearbook site with all of the information students and families need to know about the 2020-21 yearbook!

https://sites.google.com/lcps.org/hhsjourneyyearbook/home is the address.

Check it out to find out more about Senior baby ads, picture uploads and purchasing your copy of the Yearbook!


While not required, we are encouraging students to have their cameras on as much as possible during synchronous learning time and interactions with school staff and students. Doing this builds connection and allows teachers to see body language. If a student is unable or chooses not to be on camera, we are asking them to set their profile image as either a school picture or avatar of their face (like Bitmoji). We also ask students to please keep their mic muted unless speaking or engaged in a conversation.

Reporting Student Absences

Although there is an option to report an absence in ParentVue, if you get an error message or feel more comfortable doing so, you can always call our absentee line at (571) 252-2802 or use our attendance email, hthabsentee@lcps.org.

The Book Bus is Coming!

You can request an LCPS Library book online and it will be delivered on Monday!!!!

See this flyer for more details!

Troubleshooting Guide

We've put together this guide together to help our students navigate tech issues that may arise as part of Distance Learning.

School Hours

School hours are 9:15 AM-4:03 PM, Tuesday-Friday.

Mondays are designated as asynchronous days, but students are expected to engage with their work.

The Heritage Main Office Hours will be from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday.

Heritage is on Instagram!

We finally have established an account on Instagram! Follow us @roarpridehhs!

For our 9-12 graders

LCPS COVID-19 Hotline

Community members are welcome to call 571-252-6499 with any questions about the status of school operations, current schedules, and the latest information on other topics. The hotline will operate between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Community Resources

Here is a list of Community Resources, as well, should you or someone you know need them:


PHONE: 703.443.2000 ext. 4688 | FAX: 703-771-4120

163 Fort Evans Road NE

Leesburg, VA 20176




316 E. Market St. Leesburg

Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm

1st & 3ed Saturday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


4:00PM at Shenandoah Office Bldg. Parking lot

102 Heritage Way, Leesburg.



750 Miller Dr., Suite A-1, Leesburg

Wed/Fri/Sat 10:00 am- 12:45 pm


540-441-7920 Delivery service only

to areas 20175 & 20176

Leesburg deliveries Saturday only

Dinner Night: Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm

850 Edward Ferry Rd. NE, Leesburg.

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