Annandale Community Insider - October 17

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

Fall is finally here! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and having a good time with friends and family this weekend. My children and I drove 430+ miles back to Ohio to meet up with my sister. We spent Friday and Saturday riding roller coasters and enjoying “Halloweekend” at Cedar Point

This past week, I had the opportunity to visit several classrooms. Students were engaged in high level academic tasks like determining if the American Revolution was avoidable in Social Studies class, building models of houses to practice measurement and scale in Physics, and writing computer code to create original images in Computer Science. It is so rewarding to see our students engaged in learning each and every day.

Though it is hard to believe, we are nearing the end of the first quarter, which is Friday, October 29. We encourage all students and families to check SIS and Schoology regularly to ensure all assignments have been turned in and any assessment retakes have been completed. Once again this year, we are using a rolling gradebook. This means that a student’s final grade is not an average of the grades from each quarter, but an average of all assignments completed throughout the year. Quarter grades provide a snapshot of the student’s progress and are not used to determine final grades. We encourage you to reach out to your student’s teachers if you have questions.

As a reminder, October 29 will be a two-hour early release for students, and November 1 and 2 are teacher workdays, which means there will be no school for students.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

October 18 - Underclassmen Make-up Pictures

October 19 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

October 19, 20, 26, 27 - Vision and Hearing Screening

October 20 - SEL Screener

October 20 & 25 - College Essay Workshop

October 21 - Annandale Choirs Concert, 7pm

October 29 - End of 1st Quarter

October 29 - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Teacher Workday 

November 11 - 2 Hour Early Release

 

Underclassmen Picture Make-Ups - October 18: Make-up pictures for underclassmen who have not taken their picture yet will be held on Monday, October 18 in the library. This is a White Day. Students must let their W4 teacher know they need to take their picture before reporting to the library.

 

PTSA Meeting - October 19: The next PTSA Meeting will be held this Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00pm in the Library. Participants can also join virtually using this link. Meetings are held in Spanish and English. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online 2021–2022 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

Vision and Hearing Screening - October 19, 20, 26, 27: Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 19, 20, 26, 27. Additional dates may be added to accommodate students who were virtual and could not be screened during the previous school year. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they have them at school on screening days. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up is recommended if you receive a referral letter suggesting further testing. If you have any questions regarding hearing and vision screening, please contact the school health room at 703-642-4110.

 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener - October 20: This Wednesday, Annandale will administer our first Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during our W4 lesson. Annandale’s Student Support Team will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for our students related to SEL skills. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. Learn more about the screener and review the questions here.

 

College Essay Workshop - October 20 & 25: The Atoms Writing Center will be offering the College Essay Workshop two times before the November 1 early decision deadlines: Wednesday, October 20 and Monday, October 25. Students can come to Room 274 after school for tips on the college essay and to get feedback on your college essay draft from Atoms Writing Center Tutors.

 

We Sing Live Concert - October 21: After 20 months of not having live concerts, the Annandale Choirs are thrilled to present our first choral concert of the 2021-22 season - We Sing on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00pm.

After not singing together for so long, our students are excited to share a concert of hope, compassion and resilience. If you have never attended a concert from our choirs, I encourage you to come listen to the 100+ voices of Atom Chorale, Men’s Chorale, Women’s Chamber Ensemble and the Annandale Singers. You won’t be disappointed! 

Awesome Atoms!

Marching Atoms Win First Place!: Congratulations to our Marching Atoms who spent Saturday competing in the Marching Band Assessment at the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD. The Marching Atoms received first place with best in class in the categories of music, percussion, and overall. 

 

Congratulations Coach Cragin Eres and Students Jasmine and Ta’niyah!: Jasmine and Ta’niyah were elected to Second Team all District for their excellence in cheer. Coach Cragin Eres was named coach of the year. In addition to coaching cheer, Cragin serves on the MTSS team at Annandale High School, supporting students in their academic, behavioral, and wellness needs.

 

Welcome Melina Merino, Front Office Admin Assistant: Please join me in welcoming Melina Merino, our new Front Office Administrative Assistant. Melina served as a Maintenance Management Chief and Logistics Clerk in the U. S. Marine Corps in Iwakuni, Japan and North Carolina. After leaving the military, Melina worked as the Operations Coordinator for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She will be supporting our administrative staff and our Special Education department.

 

IB Senior Library Day: IB Senior students spent the day working with our IB Coordinator, Linda Bradshaw and Librarians, Pat Brown and Jane Scharankov on Thursday. This uninterrupted time in the library allowed students to build a solid foundation for their Extended Essay, a 4,000 word essay which is due this winter.

Opportunities

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $75 and will rise to $85 on November 1.

 

The A-Blast Subscriptions Available: The A-Blast published its first edition on September 29, and you can pick up a copy in the newsstand in the main lobby or subscribe for home delivery. It’s a great way to keep up with the news of AHS through the perspective of student journalists. The newspaper is published monthly and it is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of all high school newspapers nationwide. AHS is the only school to have a printing partnership with The Washington Post, which prints the newspaper for free. Donate at least $10 and email your home mailing address to ajweintraut@fcps.edu

Important Information

Impact Aid Forms Due October 28 - Impact Aid forms were distributed last week to all students in W4 (Advisory class).  FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each student in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your student's W4 (Advisory) teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential. More information is available online.

 

Scheduled Student Check-out: When checking your student out, the fastest and easiest way to ensure your student is released in a timely manner is to send a note to the Attendance Office with your student. Your student will be issued a check-out pass for the scheduled time. For your convenience, you may also call and leave a message with the Attendance Office at 703-642-4151. Please provide your student's name and the time you want your student dismissed. It is preferable for this to be completed in the morning in order to create the checkout information and pass for the student.

 

Unscheduled Student Check-out: The deadline for picking up a student for unscheduled checkout is 2:30pm. Parents and/or emergency contact(s) should report to the Attendance Office. Please allow at least 15 minutes and bring a photo ID to complete the checkout process.

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

This week's events:

Monday, October 18

Art Club - 3:00pm - Room 334

Improv Club - 3:00pm - Room 324

Girls Who Code - 3:10pm - Cafeteria

National Honor Society - Meeting - 3:00pm - Room 249

Boys’ Basketball - Meet Coach Hypnar - 3:15pm - Health Room

District Field Hockey Tournament vs. Hayfield - 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 19

Volleyball at Mt. Vernon - 5/6/7:15pm

Wednesday, October 20

Golf - Girls' Golf Zone 4A Championship - Twin Lakes - 10:00am

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00pm - Room 274

FBLA - 3:10pm - Cafeteria

AA LEAD - 3:15 - 4:30pm - Room 234

Region Cheer at South County - 4:30pm

XC - JV Championship at Burke Lake - Boys’ - 4:30pm / Girls’ - 5:00pm

District Field Hockey Tournament at TBD - 7:00pm

Thursday, October 21

AVID Club - College App Workshop - 3:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball at Edison - 5/6/7:15pm

F/JV Football at Falls Church - 5:30/7:15pm

Choirs of AHS - “We Sing” - 7:00pm

District Field Hockey Tournament at TBD - 7:00pm

Friday, October 22

District Field Hockey Championship at TBD - 7:00pm

Football vs. Falls Church - 7:00pm - It's a Pink Out (Senior Night)

Cheer - 7:00pm (Senior Night)

Band - 7:00pm - Halftime Show - "Rocky" (Senior Night)

News from the PTSA

PTSA Meeting - October 19: The next PTSA Meeting will be held this Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00pm in the Library. Participants can also join virtually using this link. Meetings are held in Spanish and English. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online 2021–2022 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Food Pantry Distribution: The PTSA sponsored AHS Pantry distributes food to AHS students and families in need. Distribution will take place on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:15-4:15pm in Trailer 8 at the rear of the school. The pantry distribution schedule for the school year can be found here. Bags will contain several meals and fresh produce is also available and will be distributed first come, first served. There will also be a limited supply of household products (cleaning supplies, hygiene items, paper towels and toilet paper) available. Click here for additional food and community services. Contact Alissa Green, School Social Worker at adgreen@fcps.edu with questions related to resources. 

You can donate to the Pantry to help Atom families in need here. A back to school wish list of needed items can be found here. Also, please consider donating paper grocery bags (preferably with handles) to ease the distribution process. Paper bags and food donations for the Pantry can be dropped off in the main office. Contact Norma Foti, Pantry Coordinator at pantry@annandalehsptsa.org with questions . 

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (10/18 - 10/23)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you all had a great time at the Homecoming Dance last week! It might have been our best one yet. You all looked great and brought the moves. 

This upcoming week we have some great opportunities to come out and support our Atoms. On Friday the football team takes on The Church (Falls Church) at 7pm here at home. It is a PINK OUT so be sure to come early, be loud, and WEAR PINK! Then on Saturday, our Special Olympics Atoms Athletes take the field for their first soccer game of the season. The games will be from 9-12 at Marshall High School. Come out to cheer on these awesome athletes! 

Check out the schedule below for the full schedule of our fall sports and off-season activities. 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

Our Atomic Dance Team has been nothing short of amazing so far this year. We want to give them a special shout-out for their performances at our Pep Rally and football games! Way to go, ladies. 

Club Highlight - EEA

The EEA club is about creating a community for the Ethiopian and Eritrean community so they have a place to go where they can express their culture and talk about issues relating to their home countries. Everyone is welcome to our club if they want to learn about Ethiopian and Eritrean culture. We meet every other Wednesday at 3:15 pm. Our next meeting will be October 26th in the Bistro. This year, we are planning to do activities such as cooking, drawing, language practice, and short history and culture lessons on the countries and their tribes. Contact Ms. St. Clair, our sponsor, for more info, or just stop by our next meeting!

Advanced Football Tix Sales vs. Falls Church Avoid the Long Lines

Pre-purchase your tickets for the game starting Friday morning! We will be launching E-Tix for this game, and it will allow you to skip the line. You will receive a digital ticket and be able to just scan it at the gate and head on it.

Click Here to Access the Josten's site for the Atoms!

New Vaccination Policy for Athletes

Annandale Families,

Starting November 8, students who are 16 years or older are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical or religious exemption on file in order to participate in Virginia High School League (VHSL) winter and spring sports for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will also be required for participation in any other activity that requires a physical. This includes dance team and step team, as well as out-of-season practices and workouts. Unvaccinated students 12-15 years of age must provide a negative COVID-19 test weekly to participate in team activities. 

Annandale is now accepting proof of vaccination or qualified exemptions for students.

Proof of vaccination is provided by showing the student’s vaccination card to Activities Office.  Please drop off a copy of the card as soon as possible. 

Medical exemptions must be submitted through a letter from the student’s doctor, on the doctor’s office letterhead, stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test every week. To provide documentation of a medical exemption: [provide your school’s procedure]

Religious exemptions must be submitted using the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form and must be notarized. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test every week. To provide documentation of a religious exemption: [provide your school’s procedure]

Proof of vaccination or exemption must be submitted by November 1, 2021. 

Weekly testing will be required for unvaccinated students 12-15 and those who qualify for medical or religious exemptions. The test will need to be either a rapid test or a PCR test. Home testing using over-the-counter testing products will not be accepted.

For more information about the vaccination requirement for student-athletes, email jellenberger@fcps.edu or visit the FCPS website.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask!

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

Counselors and AVID Club students are available to help seniors with their college application questions.

Every Thursday 3-4pm in Room 90 starting 9/23.

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our field hockey, football, and volleyball games this season.

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Athletics and Activities Oct. 18 - Oct. 22

Monday, October 18th

Art Club - 3:00pm - Room 334

Improv Club - 3:00pm - Room 324

Girls Who Code - 3:10pm - Cafeteria

National Honor Society - Meeting - 3:00pm - Room 249

Boys’ Basketball - Meet Coach Hypnar - 3:15pm - Health Room

District Field Hockey Tournament vs. Hayfield - 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 19th

Volleyball at Mt. Vernon - 5/6/7:15pm

Wednesday, October 20th 

Golf - Girls' Golf Zone 4A Championship - Twin Lakes - 10:00am

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00pm - Room 274

FBLA - 3:10pm - Cafeteria

AA LEAD - 3:15 - 4:30pm - Room 234

Region Cheer at South County - 4:30pm

XC - JV Championship at Burke Lake - Boys’ - 4:30pm / Girls’ - 5:00pm

District Field Hockey Tournament at TBD - 7:00pm

Thursday, October 21st 

AVID Club - College App Workshop - 3:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball at Edison - 5/6/7:15pm

F/JV Football at Falls Church - 5:30/7:15pm

Choirs of AHS - “We Sing” - 7:00pm

District Field Hockey Tournament at TBD - 7:00pm

Friday, October 22nd
District Field Hockey Championship at TBD - 7:00pm

Football vs. Falls Church - 7:00pm - It's a Pink Out (Senior Night)

Cheer - 7:00pm (Senior Night)

Band - 7:00pm - Halftime Show - "Rocky" (Senior Night)

 

Athletics and Activities Oct. 18 - Oct. 22

Monday, October 18th

Swim/Dive - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Grass Field behind the Trailers

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Tuesday, October 19th

Varsity Tennis – 3:30pm / JV and Beginners - 4:30pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, Oct. 20th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:30pm - Upper Gym

Thursday, October 21st

Swim/Dive - Volunteering at Holmes MS - 3:30 - 4:30pm

Varsity Tennis – 3:30pm

Friday, October 22nd

No Events

Saturday, October 23rd

Varsity Tennis – 11:00am / JV and Beginners - 12:15pm

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Annandale Community Insider - October 10

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

What an amazing Homecoming Week! It was great to see staff and students in spirit wear all week. Our Pep Rallies were lots of fun, even though I will be having a conversation with our Director of Student Activities, John Ellenberger, about knocking me down during our plastic bubble soccer match (see picture above). Finally, our tailgate, football game, and dance were a great way to close out the week. I was so proud of the way our students came together to celebrate. They were able to have a great time while observing all safety guidelines. 

Homecoming Week is one of many ways we help our students feel connected to school and to each other, and a lot of work goes into making it successful. A huge thank you to the Activities Office for supporting the events, and to all of the teachers, staff, parents and administrators who participated and supervised.

Tomorrow, October 11 is a School Planning Day. Students are encouraged to use this day to catch up on missing work and dedicate time to relax and unwind. 

On Tuesday, October 12, PRIDE Time begins. To support our students’ diverse academic needs, students were assigned to either an Intervention PRIDE Time or a Study Hall PRIDE Time. Students will received an email on Monday from our Director of Student Services, Erik Healy, with their PRIDE Time assignment. They will also be able to view it in StudentVue as their period 11 class. Please ask your student about their PRIDE Time assignment and how they are using this time to their advantage.

Wednesday, October 13, is PSAT/SAT Day and a two hour early release. Students in grade 9 or Seniors who did not sign up to take the SAT will have an asynchronous day. They should use this time to work on any outstanding assignments. Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 should report to school by 8:10am to take the PSAT or SAT Test. See detailed information below.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

October 11 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

October 12 - PRIDE Time Begins

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day (2Hr Early Release)

October 19 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

October 19, 20, 26, 27 - Vision and Hearing Screening

October 20 - SEL Screener

October 29 - End of 1st Quarter

November 1 & 2 - Teacher Workday 

November 11 - 2Hr Early Release

 

School Planning Day - October 11: There is no school for students on Monday, October 11 as it is a School Planning Day for teachers and staff. Students are encouraged to use this day to catch up on missing work and dedicate time to relax and unwind. 

 

Pride Time Begins - October 12: On Tuesday, PRIDE Time begins. To support our students’ diverse academic needs, students were assigned to either an Intervention PRIDE Time or a Study Hall PRIDE Time. Students will received an email on Monday from our Director of Student Services, Erik Healy, with their PRIDE Time assignment. They will also be able to view it in StudentVue as their period 11 class. Please ask your student about their PRIDE Time assignment and how they are using this time to their advantage.

   

Vision and Hearing Screening - October 19, 20, 26, 27: Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 19, 20, 26, 27. Additional dates may be added to accommodate students who were virtual and could not be screened during the previous school year. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they have them at school on screening days. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up is recommended if you receive a referral letter suggesting further testing. If you have any questions regarding hearing and vision screening, please contact the school health room at 703-642-4110.

 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener - October 20: On October 20, Annandale will administer our first Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during our W4 lesson. Annandale’s Student Support Team will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for our students related to SEL skills. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. Learn more about the screener and review the questions here.

Adjusted Schedules for Wednesday, October 13

Annandale High School is hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows:

  • Annandale High School will have a 2-hour early release.
  • Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 

 

Two Hour Early Release - CAT B Students: Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.

 

Asynchronous Day for 9th Grade Students: During the first several weeks of school, we have been working to provide information and instruction to our freshmen students around the skills they will need to be successful in their transition to high school, as well as the supports that are available to assist them in their transition. One of these supports is a “catch-up” day on October 13. Students in Grade 9 should use this time to work on any outstanding assignments.

 

PSAT School Day (Grade 10 and 11): Annandale High School will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 and 11. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (Grade 12):  Annandale High School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact Mike Ward smward@fcps.edu

Any Grade 12 students who have chosen not to take the SAT exam have options for prearranged college visits or civic engagement, independent college and career preparation, or other activities, as directed by school staff. 

Awesome Atoms!

Marching Atoms Medal in Recent Competitions: The Marching Atoms participated in the Herndon High School VMBC Nova Regional Competition on September 25 and received an overall rating of Second Place. The Marching Atoms also participated in the Spotsylvania Knights Under the Lights Invitational on October 3 and received First Place in the categories of percussion, visuals, general effect, music, and band overall. The Marching Atoms will be competing at the USBands Annapolis Invitational at the Naval Academy's Memorial Stadium on October 23.

 

Annandale Staff Promotions: Annandale continues to be a place where not only our students learn and grow, but our staff as well. We would like to congratulate two staff members who have recently accepted promotions. Jack Jennison is now an Assistant Administrator at the Fairfax County Adult High School where he has been serving as the evening administrator for the last two years. Prior to his promotion, Jack served as the Dean of Students here at Annandale. Sofia Mora, our Office Assistant and Sub Coordinator, has accepted a promotion to Staff Assistant in the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. Sofia has been a valuable member of the front office team over the last year and a half where she has supported families, students, and staff, always with a smile. We wish Jack and Sofia much success in their new roles!

 

Boys Varsity Soccer team featured in Annandale Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: The Annandale Boys Varsity Soccer team was featured by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce in their newsletter, Endeavour this week for their work coaching a soccer camp for adults and their children. The event was hosted in collaboration with FACETS, a nonprofit that serves those affected by poverty, hunger and homelessness in Fairfax County. The four sessions concluded with shaved ice treats from Anita’s Frozen Cotton Candy.

 

Annandale Singers Perform at FCPS School Board Meeting: Last Thursday evening, the Annandale Singers were honored to be invited by the FCPS School Board to begin their meeting by singing the Star Spangled Banner. Our students represented Annandale with pride and dignity. If you happen to see any of our choir students in class or in the hallways, please congratulate them on a job well done!

Opportunities

The A-Blast Subscriptions Available: The A-Blast published its first edition on September 29, and you can pick up a copy in the newsstand in the main lobby or subscribe for home delivery. It’s a great way to keep up with the news of AHS through the perspective of student journalists. The newspaper is published monthly and it is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of all high school newspapers nationwide. AHS is the only school to have a printing partnership with The Washington Post, which prints the newspaper for free. Donate at least $10 and email your home mailing address to ajweintraut@fcps.edu

Important Information

Senior Pictures: Seniors who have not taken their senior pictures yet can sign up to do so on October 11-12 and December 7-10. Pictures will be taken in the dance room (back of upstairs gym) and are after school (3:00-9:00pm). Seniors can begin book appointments NOW on https://prestigeportraits.com. They can find their name by utilizing the “Search by City & State” feature or using the appointment code they were sent in the mail. If they have any questions, they should contact Lifetouch Prestige at 855-918-2930.

 

Underclassmen Pictures: Make-up pictures for underclassmen who have not taken their picture yet will be held on Monday, October 18 in the library. This is a white day. Students are encouraged to let their W4 teacher know they need to take their picture and go down then.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $75 and will rise to $85 on November 1.

 

Scheduled Student Check-out: When checking your student out, the fastest and easiest way to ensure your student is released in a timely manner is to send a note to the Attendance Office with your student. Your student will be issued a check-out pass for the scheduled time. For your convenience, you may also call and leave a message with the Attendance Office at 703-642-4151. Please provide your student's name and the time you want your student dismissed. It is preferable for this to be completed in the morning in order to create the checkout information and pass for the student.

 

Unscheduled Student Check-out: The deadline for picking up a student for unscheduled checkout is 2:30pm. Parents and/or emergency contact(s) should report to the Attendance Office. Please allow at least 15 minutes and bring a photo ID to complete the checkout process.

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

This week's events:

Monday, October 11

Freshmen Football vs. Yorktown - 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 12

District Cheer at Hayfield - 6:30pm

Volleyball at Justice - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey vs. Mt. Vernon - 6:15/7:30pm

Wednesday, October 13

Golf Zone Qualifier at Twin Lakes Golf Course - 2:45pm

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Boys' Basketball - Meet Coach Hypnar - 3:15pm - Heath Room

EEA (Ethiopian/Eritrean) Club - 3:15pm - Room 266

Cross Country at Franconia Park - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Varsity Field Hockey at Park View - 5:30pm

Thursday, October 14

AVID Club - College Application Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball vs. Jefferson - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm - Senior Night

Freshmen/JV Football vs. Hayfield - 5:30/7:15pm

Friday, October 15

Field Hockey vs. Wakefield and Edison - 6:15/7:30pm - Senior Night

Varsity Football at Hayfield - 7:00pm - It's a Tie Dye Out!

Saturday, October 16

XC MileStat Invitational at Pole Green Park - Girls' - 8:30am, Boys' - 9:00am

District Cheer Finals at Hayfield - Noon

Marching Band US Bands Competition at US Naval Academy

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

Next PTSA Meeting - October 19: Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00pm. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español.

 

PTSA Food Pantry Distribution: The PTSA sponsored AHS Pantry distributes food to AHS students and families in need. Distribution will take place on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:15-4:15pm in Trailer 8 at the rear of the school. The pantry distribution schedule for the school year can be found here. Bags will contain several meals and fresh produce is also available and will be distributed first come, first served. There will also be a limited supply of household products (cleaning supplies, hygiene items, paper towels and toilet paper) available. Click here for additional food and community services. Contact Alissa Green, School Social Worker at adgreen@fcps.edu with questions related to resources. 

You can donate to the Pantry to help Atom families in need here. A back to school wish list of needed items can be found here. Also, please consider donating paper grocery bags (preferably with handles) to ease the distribution process. Paper bags and food donations for the Pantry can be dropped off in the main office. Contact Norma Foti, Pantry Coordinator at pantry@annandalehsptsa.org with questions . 

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (10/11 - 10/16)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you all have a great time at the Homecoming Dance tonight! It was great to see everyone participating in Spirit Week last week and at all of our Homecoming Festivities. Here are a few reminders for the dance tonight: 

  • No tickets will be sold at the door 
  • No bags bigger than a purse/clutch will be permitted and all bags are subject to search 
  • If you are bringing a non-Annandale student you MUST have submitted the guest form by October 8th, 2021 or they will not be allowed into the dance
  • Outside food & drink may not be brought into the dance
    • Food will be available for purchase
  • “Doors” open at 8 pm 
  • Absolutely NO ENTRY after 9:30 pm
  • The dance ends promptly at 11 pm and students should have transportation home prearranged to be off campus by 11:15 pm

This upcoming week we have plenty of home events to come out and support. The fall sports seasons are quickly coming to an end, so be sure to come out and cheer on the Atoms before the season wraps up. Check out the schedule below to see what we have going on this week. Don’t forget to look for “Green Day” workouts for our off-season sports too!

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

Our cheer team has been cheering our Atoms on all season long! Now it’s our turn to cheer them on. Come out and support the team at Hayfield on October 12th & 16th for the District Tournament. 

Club Highlight - GSA

The Gay Straight Alliance is holding their first meeting this Friday, October 15th. Come join them in Room 108 at 3:20pm to learn more about the club and what they’re all about!

Marching Atoms 2021

The Marching Atoms participated in the Herndon High School VMBC Nova Regional Competition on September 25th and received and overall rating of 2nd Place. The Marching Atoms also participated in the Spotsylvania Knights Under the Lights Invitational on October 3rd and received 1st Place in the categories of percussion, visuals, general effect, music, and band overall. The Marching Atoms will be competing at the USBands Annapolis Invitational at the Naval Academy's Memorial Stadium on October 23rd. 

2021 Homecoming Royalty

Congratulations to Michael and Omar who were crowned Homecoming Royalty at Friday's football game vs. Mount Vernon.  Have fun and be safe at the Homecoming dance tonight!

Click Here to Access the Josten's site for the Atoms!

New Vaccination Policy for Athletes

Annandale Families,

Starting November 8, students who are 16 years or older are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical or religious exemption on file in order to participate in Virginia High School League (VHSL) winter and spring sports for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will also be required for participation in any other activity that requires a physical. This includes dance team and step team, as well as out-of-season practices and workouts. Unvaccinated students 12-15 years of age must provide a negative COVID-19 test weekly to participate in team activities. 

Annandale is now accepting proof of vaccination or qualified exemptions for students.

Proof of vaccination is provided by showing the student’s vaccination card to Activities Office.  Please drop off a copy of the card as soon as possible. 

Medical exemptions must be submitted through a letter from the student’s doctor, on the doctor’s office letterhead, stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test every week. To provide documentation of a medical exemption: [provide your school’s procedure]

Religious exemptions must be submitted using the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form and must be notarized. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test every week. To provide documentation of a religious exemption: [provide your school’s procedure]

Proof of vaccination or exemption must be submitted by November 1, 2021. 

Weekly testing will be required for unvaccinated students 12-15 and those who qualify for medical or religious exemptions. The test will need to be either a rapid test or a PCR test. Home testing using over-the-counter testing products will not be accepted.

For more information about the vaccination requirement for student-athletes, email jellenberger@fcps.edu or visit the FCPS website.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask!

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

Counselors and AVID Club students are available to help seniors with their college application questions.

Every Thursday 3-4pm in Room 90 starting 9/23.

New Live Streaming

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Weekly Activities Schedule Oct. 11 - Oct. 16

Monday, October 11th

Freshmen Football vs. Yorktown - 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 12th

District Cheer at Hayfield - 6:30pm

Volleyball at Justice - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey vs. Mt. Vernon - 6:15/7:30pm

Wednesday, October 13th

Golf Zone Qualifier at Twin Lakes Golf Course - 2:45pm

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Boys' Basketball - Meet Coach Hypnar - 3:15pm - Heath Room

EEA(Ethiopian/Eritrean) Club - 3:15pm - Room 266

Cross Country at Franconia Park - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Varsity Field Hockey at Park View - 5:30pm

Thursday, October 14th

AVID Club - College Application Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball vs. Jefferson - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm - Senior Night

Freshmen/JV Football vs. Hayfield - 5:30/7:15pm

Friday, October 15th

Field Hockey vs. Wakefield and Edison - 6:15/7:30pm - Senior Night

Varsity Football at Hayfield - 7:00pm - It's a Tie Dye Out!

Saturday, October 16th

XC MileStat Invitational at Pole Green Park - Girls' - 8:30am, Boys' - 9:00am

District Cheer Finals at Hayfield - Noon

Marching Band US Bands Competition at US Naval Academy

Weekly Off Season Schedule Oct. 11 - Oct. 15

Monday, October 11th

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Tuesday, October 12th

Boys' Lacrosse - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Poe MS

Wednesday, Oct. 13th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:30pm - Upper Gym

Thursday, October 14th

Tennis - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Holmes Middle

Friday, October 15th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (10/4 - 10/9)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

This week is Homecoming Week! It is always a great week to show your Annandale spirit and pride while supporting some of your favorite athletic teams and activities. Thank you to everyone who came out Friday to kick off the week at our Homecoming Flag Football Game. A huge shout out to all the athletes and coaches who participated. Congratulations to the Seniors on a hard fought win!

Don’t forget you also get extra spirit points in your W4 for attending a sporting event (besides football) this week. We have a home Field Hockey game today and a home Volleyball game on Tuesday, so there are plenty to choose from! 

Finally, the week will end with our Homecoming Tailgate before the Annandale Atoms take on the Mt. Vernon Majors for our Homecoming Game on Friday night. Then we will dance the night away on Saturday for the Homecoming Dance. So much to look forward to! Get some rest this weekend and get ready for a fun-filled week! 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

Congratulations to our Annandale Golf team on a great season. They competed in the National District Tournament last week and ended with a team score of 828 after having an all-around great second day. Senior, Kate Chrestman, qualified for the Regional Championship on October 5th at Twin Lakes.  We want to wish Kate the best of luck!

 

Club Highlight: Art Club

Are you an artist or art lover? Art Club will be holding its first meeting of the year after school today in Room 334. The agenda is introductions, the future direction of the art club, and art club leadership for the 2021-2022 school year. Please bring yourself, your ideas, and your laptop! Contact Ms. Brooks with any questions. 

New Vaccination Policy for Athletes

Starting November 8th, all athletes who will be participating in winter, spring sports or off-season workouts will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Please drop off a copy of your vaccination card to the Activities Office starting today.  Any athlete who has not been vaccinated will be required to submit a negative test to participate.  We will have more information on weekly testing procedures in the coming weeks.  Medical and religious exemption forms can be found here.  Email John Ellenberger if you have any questions.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask!

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

Counselors and AVID Club students are available to help seniors with their college application questions.

Every Thursday 3-4pm in Room 90 starting 9/23.

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our field hockey, football, and volleyball games this season.

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Weekly Activities Schedule Oct. 4 - Oct. 9

Monday, October 4th

Art Club - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 334

Creative Writing Club - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Trailer - 12

Improv Club - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 324

Field Hockey vs. Justice - 6:15/7:30pm

Tuesday, October 5th

Region Golf Championship at Twin Lakes Golf Course - 12:30pm

Atoms Minds Matter - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Cafeteria

Cross Country at Burke Lake Park - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Volleyball vs. Hayfield - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Wednesday, October 6th

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Girls' for STEM - 3:15pm - Room 346

National English Honor Society - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Room 271A

Technology Student Association - 3:15pm - Cafeteria

Field Hockey at Jefferson - 6:15/7:30pm

Movie Night - 7:00pm - Main Gym

Thursday, October 7th

Pep Rally - During W-4 - Stadium Field

AVID Club - College Application Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball vs. Falls Church - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Freshmen/JV Football at Mt. Vernon - 5:30/7:15pm

JV Field Hockey vs. Saint John Paul the Great - 7:00pm

Friday, October 8th

Varsity Field Hockey at Trinity Christian School - 4:45pm

Tailgate - 4:30 - 6:30pm - Front Parking Lot

Varsity Football vs. Mt. Vernon - 7:00pm - It's a Black Out!

Saturday, October 9th

Homecoming Dance - Masquerade - 8:00 - 11:00pm

Weekly Off Season Schedule Oct. 4 - Oct. 9

Monday, October 4th

Swim/Dive - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Grass Field behind the Trailers

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Tuesday, October 5th

Baseball - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Poe Middle

Softball - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Poe Middle

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, Oct. 6th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:30pm - Upper Gym

Thursday, October 7th

Tennis - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Holmes Middle

Friday, October 8th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

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Annandale Community Insider - October 3

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

Our Back to School Night (BTSN) event, held in our stadium this past Thursday evening, was a huge success. Knowing that so many of our students have felt disconnected the past year and a half, our staff understands and prioritizes the importance of connecting with our students, families and community. Our BTSN event was an incredible opportunity for us to continue building relationships, and the weather was beautiful! Many staff shared how rejuvenating it felt to come together that evening and have that time to check in with families. We heard lots of positive feedback from many of our community members, as well. Thanks to all of you who were able to join us. 

If you were not able to attend, you can watch the BTSN videos that teachers created explaining what your student is learning in their class and how you as a family can best support them. As always, please reach out to your student’s teachers with any specific questions or concerns. 

On Friday night, I attended the “Annandale HS Flag Football Tournament”. It was so much fun watching our students support their classmates. In the final moments of their first game, the Juniors came from behind to win the chance to move on to the next round. The energy of the crowd was amazing. Finally, at the end of the Championship game, when the Seniors defeated the Juniors, the fans rushed the field, everyone smiling and laughing. And, in true Atom Nation spirit, the Senior team congratulated the Junior team on a well played game. The entire stadium celebrated together in the joy of the event. Congrats to all players, coaches and staff members who made the event a success.

This week is Homecoming Week! We encourage students to show Atom Nation pride and connect with our school community by participating in Spirit Days. We will have a Pep Rally on Thursday, Friday night is our Homecoming tailgate and football game against Mt. Vernon, and finally, Saturday evening will be our Masquerade Homecoming Dance. Please see below for additional details about this fun week.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

October 4-9 - Homecoming Week

October 7 - Homecoming Pep Rally

October 8 - Homecoming Tailgate and Football Game

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 11 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day (2Hr Early Release)

October 19, 20, 26, 27 - Vision and Hearing Screening

October 20 - SEL Screener

October 29 - End of 1st Quarter

November 1 & 2 - Teacher Workday 

 

School Planning Day - October 11: There is no school for students on Monday, October 11 as it is a School Planning Day for teachers and staff.

   

Vision and Hearing Screening - October 19, 20, 26, 27: Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 19, 20, 26, 27. Additional dates may be added to accommodate students who were virtual and could not be screened during the previous school year. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they have them at school on screening days. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up is recommended if you receive a referral letter suggesting further testing. If you have any questions regarding hearing and vision screening, please contact the school health room at 703-642-4110.

 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener - October 20: On October 20, Annandale will administer our first Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during our W4 lesson. Annandale’s Student Support Team will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for our students related to SEL skills. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. 

Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your student out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your student's W4 teacher by October 8. 

Adjusted Schedules for Wednesday, October 13

Annandale High School is hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows:

  • Annandale High School will have a 2-hour early release.
  • Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 

 

Two Hour Early Release - CAT B Students: Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.

 

Asynchronous Day for 9th Grade Students: During the first several weeks of school, we have been working to provide information and instruction to our freshmen students around the skills they will need to be successful in their transition to high school, as well as the supports that are available to assist them in their transition. One of these supports is a “catch-up” day on October 13. Students in Grade 9 should use this time to work on any outstanding assignments.

 

PSAT School Day (Grade 10 and 11): On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 & 11. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (Grade 12): On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact Mike Ward smward@fcps.edu

Any Grade 12 students who have chosen not to take the SAT exam have options for prearranged college visits or civic engagement, independent college and career preparation, or other activities, as directed by school staff. 

Opportunities

Homecoming Chaperones Needed! This year’s Homecoming will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00-11:00pm. Because Homecoming is being hosted outside this year, we need more support than usual. We are currently seeking parents who would like to assist with this special event! Please complete this form to let Leadership know if you are able to help and email Annie Ray at amray@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

The A-Blast Subscriptions Available: The A-Blast published its first edition on September 29, and you can pick up a copy in the newsstand in the main lobby or subscribe for home delivery. It’s a great way to keep up with the news of AHS through the perspective of student journalists. The newspaper is published monthly and it is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of all high school newspapers nationwide. AHS is the only school to have a printing partnership with The Washington Post, which prints the newspaper for free. Donate at least $10 and email your home mailing address to ajweintraut@fcps.edu

 

Atoms Writing Center Blog: The Atoms Writing Center has an up to date blog where tutors give timely advice on writing assignments taking place across the school. This month we published blogs on the following topics:

  • College Essays
  • HOA Thesis Statements
  • IB Business IAs
  • OEA Structure
  • Science Fair
  • Persuasive Essays
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Summarize an Article

Check it out! Note that you must be logged in to a personal gmail account to view our google site. If you have a writing assignment that wasn’t covered on our blog this month, but would like help from AWC tutors fill out this cover sheet google form to sign up for an online or in-person tutoring conference. You can also always stop by Room 274 from 3-4pm on Wednesdays or follow us on Twitter or Instagram @AtomsWC for more information.

 

Art Honor Society:  Calling all artists! Interested in joining the National Art Honors Society? Join our google classroom with code m6boa3g and click on the interest form to let us know a little bit about you. Applications will be available in November after first quarter grades have been reported. NAHS will do events like sell cards for holidays, host art shows, and offer art tutoring. Join if you like art and would like to give back to the Annandale community! Contact Ms. Lucas for more information.

 

Social Studies Honor Society:  Juniors and Seniors may join the Social Studies Honor Society Google Classroom with code sjdi7fj.  Applications for membership to the Social Studies Honor Society will be available Monday, September 27. The application deadline is October 15. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Zaret at sjzaret@fcps.edu.   

 

Math Honor Society: Students interested in joining the Math Honor Society can join the Math Honor Society Google Classroom with the code: 6qnchr5. There you will find a Google Form where they can submit their application. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, October 6. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Obando or Mr. Martins.

 

Student Voter Registration: Any student who is 18 years old or will be 18 by November 2 can register to vote online or by mail. The deadline to register to vote is October 12. Students with a Driver’s License or Virginia ID Card & Social Security number can register online here. Paper registration forms can be downloaded here. Voter registration information has also been posted in student’s social studies course Schoology. 

Awesome Atoms!

Welcome Brian Yeagley! New College and Career Specialist - We welcome Brian Yeagley to Atom Nation as our new College and Career Specialist. Before attending Marymount and Virginia Tech to study clinical mental health counseling, Brian was an FCPS alumni. Brian has supported young people with academic and career advising at Montgomery College, NOVA, and George Washington University. Most recently, Brian served as the lead counselor at the Barden Education Center in Fort Belvoir to counsel military personnel and their families. We are excited to have Brian as part of our Student Services team!

 

Congrats Catie Bishop! New Social Studies Department Chair - Congratulations to Catie Bishop who has been selected as our next social studies department chair. This is Catie’s eleventh year of teaching. She began her tenure at Annandale as a Special Education teacher before joining the Social Studies department three years ago. Catie currently teaches Psychology, leads the US/Va History Curriculum Team, and serves as the school’s Instructional Technology Lead. Her knowledge and support has been instrumental through the pandemic.

Important Information

2021-22 AP/IB Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees: As part of the FCPS budget, FCPS is continuing to pay for the first six IB/AP tests a student wishes to take. Students will be assessed Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees for any tests beyond the first six funded by FCPS. Students that have free/reduced lunch status and have completed the consent to share form, will not be charged these fees. 

FCPS and Annandale High School encourage all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled. This is an excellent opportunity to practice taking a college level exam. When IB scores are released in July 2022, students have the opportunity to share their score with their colleges. However, if students wish to not test they will have the opportunity to opt-out.

To obtain the opt-out form, students must see Mrs. Bradshaw (LMBradshaw@fcps.edu), IB Diploma Coordinator, in the library. Opt-Out forms are due by October 22. Parents will be billed in December for any test fees beyond the six FCPS funded tests. These fees are non-refundable and there is no spring cancellation option.

 

2022 IB Testing Dates: Please reference the IB exam dates site for dates of IB Exams. All IB exams will be taken in school in a paper/pencil format. IB students who wish forego the exam and do not complete and submit the Opt-Out form by October 22 will be assessed a $119 cancellation fee. Students that choose to opt-out of an IB exam are still required to complete the IB internal assessment (IA) and any other IB external assessments. The IA counts as a major assessment grade in each IB class.

 

Senior Pictures: Seniors who have not taken their senior pictures yet can sign up to do so on October 11-12 and December 7-10. Pictures will be taken in the dance room (back of upstairs gym) and are after school (3:00-9:00pm). Seniors can begin book appointments NOW on https://prestigeportraits.com. They can find their name by utilizing the “Search by City & State” feature or using the appointment code they were sent in the mail. If they have any questions, they should contact Lifetouch Prestige at 855-918-2930.

 

Underclassmen Pictures: Make-up pictures for underclassmen who have not taken their picture yet will be held on Monday, October 18 in the library. This is a white day. Students are encouraged to let their W4 teacher know they need to take their picture and go down then.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $75 and will rise to $85 on November 1.

 

Scheduled Student Check-out: When checking your student out, the fastest and easiest way to ensure your student is released in a timely manner is to send a note to the Attendance Office with your student. Your student will be issued a check-out pass for the scheduled time. For your convenience, you may also call and leave a message with the Attendance Office at 703-642-4151. Please provide your student's name and the time you want your student dismissed. It is preferable for this to be completed in the morning in order to create the checkout information and pass for the student.

 

Unscheduled Student Check-out: The deadline for picking up a student for unscheduled checkout is 2:30pm. Parents and/or emergency contact(s) should report to the Attendance Office. Please allow at least 15 minutes and bring a photo ID to complete the checkout process.

News from the Activities Office

Check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

This week's events:

Monday, October 4

Field Hockey vs. Justice - 6:15/7:30pm

Tuesday, October 5

Region Golf Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Course

National District Cross Country at Burke Lake - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Volleyball vs. Hayfield - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Wednesday, October 6

Field Hockey vs. TJHSST - 6:15/7:30pm

Thursday, October 7

Volleyball vs. Falls Church - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

JV Field Hockey vs. St. John Paul - 7:00pm

Freshmen/JV Football at Mt. Vernon, 5:30/7:15pm

Friday, October 8

Varsity Field Hockey at Trinity Christian - 4:45pm

Saturday, October 9

Homecoming Dance - 8:00-11:00pm

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Food Pantry Distribution: The PTSA sponsored AHS Pantry distributes food to AHS students and families in need. Distribution will take place on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:15-4:15pm in trailer 8 at the rear of the school. The pantry distribution schedule for the school year can be found here. Bags will contain several meals and fresh produce is also available and will be distributed first come, first served. There will also be a limited supply of household products (cleaning supplies, hygiene items, paper towels and toilet paper) available. Click here for additional food and community services. Contact Alissa Green, School Social Worker at adgreen@fcps.edu with questions related to resources. 

You can donate to the Pantry to help Atom families in need here. A back to school wish list of needed items can be found here. Also, please consider donating paper grocery bags (preferably with handles) to ease the distribution process. Paper bags and food donations for the Pantry can be dropped off in the main office. Contact Norma Foti, Pantry Coordinator at pantry@annandalehsptsa.org with questions . 

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

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Back to School Night Tomorrow!

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

We are looking forward to hosting Back to School Night tomorrow! 

Back to School Night is an opportunity for families to learn more about what your student is learning in school and how to better support them. During this challenging time, we are approaching Back-to-School Night a little differently than in years past. We will be offering a hybrid model which includes both a virtual and in-person option.

Virtual Option

On the Annandale High School website, we have videos that teachers have created explaining what your student is learning in their class and how you as a family can best support them. You will be able to access these videos beginning tomorrow, September 30.

In-Person Option

After many months of only virtual interactions, we would also like to offer an in-person option for those who would prefer this method. Tomorrow from 6:00-8:00pm, we will provide an opportunity for families to interact with their student’s teachers in a meaningful way and briefly discuss the student’s progress. Families will have brief conversations with their student’s teachers to gain a snapshot of how the student is performing so far this school year. Here are some reminders for this event:

  • Bring a copy of your student’s schedule with you so that you can identify your student’s teachers
  • Remember that these are very brief conversations that should last no more than five minutes each. You may always arrange for a longer parent-teacher conference at a different time to discuss your student in more detail.
  • Translation services will be limited and you are welcome to bring your student with you to attend, as needed. 
  • Be mindful of time and prioritize which teachers you would like to conference with since you may not be able to connect with every teacher.
  • While waiting for your turn to conference with a teacher, please remember to socially distance.
  • While we are outdoors, we encourage all attendees to wear masks.

This event will take place outdoors on our football field. It will begin at 6:00pm and end at 8:00pm. Please be mindful that parking is limited and we recommend parking at the back of the school. 

For questions about this event, please contact Sarah Eqab at seqab@fcps.edu

Shawn DeRose, Principal

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Annandale Community Insider - September 26

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

I hope you enjoyed the first weekend of fall! The weather was beautiful. I especially love the cool nights. My weekend consisted of normal routines (not always in this order): workout, softball/baseball, Costco, mow the law and Ohio State football. 

We look forward to hosting Back to School Night this Thursday, September 30. Our event will include videos teachers have created to introduce themselves as well as provide information about their courses, which we will post on our website. 

In addition, we are hosting an outdoor, in-person event from 6:00-8:00pm. This event will be held in our stadium and will be an opportunity for families to have a brief, one-on-one, mini-conference with their students’ teachers. Parents will be invited to sit down with their student’s teachers for five-minute conversations about the student’s progress in the class. We know how important connections with our families are in any year, especially this year as we navigate out of the pandemic, and so we are looking forward to seeing everyone at this event. (In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion will be canceled.)

As FCPS recently shared, if students are paused or quarantined due to COVID, they can and should continue to access instruction and learning opportunities. At Annandale, when teachers learn of a student’s absence, they will send an email to the student letting them know how they can access live instruction via Zoom or a recorded lesson in Schoology as well as the assignments students should complete while absent. Additionally, teachers will be available for office hours to answer questions or provide other support for students. As always, we encourage any student or family with questions to reach out to teachers for help. 

Looking ahead, the week of October 4-9 is Homecoming Week! We will have special spirit themed days throughout the week and host our homecoming football game vs. Mt. Vernon on Friday night at 7:00pm. The event will conclude with a Homecoming Dance in the back parking lot on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00-11:00pm. Because Homecoming is being hosted outside this year, we need more support than usual. We are currently seeking parents who would like to assist with this special event! Please complete this form to let Leadership know if you are able to help and email Annie Ray with questions at amray@fcps.edu

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

September 30 - Back to School Night 2021, 6:00-8:00pm

October 4-8 - Homecoming Week

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 11 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day (2Hr Early Release)

October 19, 20, 26, 27 - Vision and Hearing Screening

October 20 - SEL Screener

October 29 - End of 1st Quarter

November 1 & 2 - Teacher Workday 

June 1 - Graduation

 

Back to School Night - September 30, 6:00-8:00pm: On Thursday, we will be hosting Back to School Night (BTSN) with virtual and in-person opportunities for families to get to know their students’ teachers. Once again, families will be able to view pre recorded videos introducing families to our teachers and their classes, which we will post on our website. 

In addition, on Thursday, September 30, are hosting an outdoor, in-person event from 6:00 - 8:00pm. This event will be held in our stadium and will be an opportunity for families to have a brief, one-on-one, mini-conference with their students’ teachers. Parents will be invited to sit down with their student’s teachers for five-minute conversations about the student’s progress in the class. We know how important connections with our families are in any year, especially this year as we navigate out of the pandemic, and so we are looking forward to seeing everyone at this event. (In case of inclement weather, the outdoor portion will be canceled.)

 

School Planning Day - October 11: There is no school for students on Monday, October 11 as it is a School Planning Day for teachers and staff.

   

Vision and Hearing Screening - October 19, 20, 26, 27: Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 19, 20, 26, 27. Additional dates may be added to accommodate students who were virtual and could not be screened during the previous school year. If your child wears glasses, please be sure they have them at school on screening days. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up is recommended if you receive a referral letter suggesting further testing. If you have any questions regarding hearing and vision screening, please contact the school health room at 703-642-4110.

 

Graduation  - June 1, 9:00am: Mark your calendars! Annandale High School’s Class of 2022 graduation ceremony will be held on our stadium field on June 1 at 9:00am. Seniors will receive more information about the graduation ceremony in the months to come.

Adjusted Schedules for Wednesday, October 13

Annandale High School is hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows:

  • Annandale High School will have a 2-hour early release.
  • Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 

 

Two Hour Early Release - CAT B Students: Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.

 

Asynchronous Day for 9th Grade Students: All Grade 9 students will have a virtual asynchronous learning day on October 13.

 

PSAT School Day (Grade 10 and 11): On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 & 11. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (Grade 12): On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact Mike Ward smward@fcps.edu

Any Grade 12 students who have chosen not to take the SAT exam have options for prearranged college visits or civic engagement, independent college and career preparation, or other activities, as directed by school staff. 

Opportunities

Homecoming Chaperones Needed! This year’s Homecoming will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00-11:00pm. Because Homecoming is being hosted outside this year, we need more support than usual. We are currently seeking parents who would like to assist with this special event! Please complete this form to let Leadership know if you are able to help and email Annie Ray at amray@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Social Studies Honor Society:  Juniors and Seniors may join the Social Studies Honor Society Google Classroom with code sjdi7fj.  Applications for membership to the Social Studies Honor Society will be available Monday, September 27.  The application deadline is October 15. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Zaret at sjzaret@fcps.edu.   

 

Math Honor Society: Students interested in joining the Math Honor Society can join the Math Honor Society Google Classroom with the code: 6qnchr5. There you will find a Google Form where they can submit their application. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, October 6. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Obando or Mr. Martins.

 

Student Voter Registration: Any student who is 18 years old or will be 18 by November 2 can register to vote online or by mail. The deadline to register to vote is October 12. Students with a Driver’s License or Virginia ID Card & Social Security number can register online here. Paper registration forms can be downloaded here. Voter registration information has also been posted in student’s social studies course Schoology. 

 

Public Safety Cadets Program: Last week, Annandale High School hosted “First Nighter” or an open house for our Public Safety Cadets. The Fairfax County Police Public Safety Cadets Program is for teens 14-21 who are interested in a career in law enforcement or related criminal justice fields. Cadets gain awareness of the Criminal Justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and community outreach activities. 

 

As part of the open house, we had several FCPD assets on scene including our bomb squad, mobile crime lab, neighborhood bike unit, motors, as well as our helicopter. Interested candidates and community members were able to check out the displays and helicopter while meeting with our police officers. If you are interested in applying for the program or want to learn more, please email School Resource Officer Adam Curcio at dcurcio@fcps.edu. Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 18. 

Awesome Atoms!

Atoms in the News! Annandale Students Ahsanullah Luddin Sisters Ahsanullah, Sosan, and Khujasta and Husna Basiri and were featured in several news stories this week where they shared their experience of transitioning to school here in Fairfax after moving from Afghanistan. The story was featured in the FCPS News. You can also check out the story on Inside NoVa and The Patch.

 

Atoms Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program - Congratulations to Danielle Dean, Eleanor Lauderdale, Andrew Nguyen, Nathan Ong, Adwoa Owusu and Jacob Perloff. These students are being commended for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT test used for entry into the National Merit Scholarship program. We hope such recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success and excellence.

 

Congrats Nicole Ferree! New Math Department Chair - Congratulations to Nicole Ferree who has been selected as our next math department chair. Nicole is entering her fourth year as a full-time teacher with us at Annandale. Prior to that, she was a student teacher here at AHS. Nicole has been an active contributor to both Algebra 1 and Geometry teams during her tenure, and has had a particular passion and strength with supporting our ESOL students in math. 

 

Congrats Catie Bishop! New IB Extended Essay Coordinator - Congratulations to Catherine Bishop for being selected as the IB Extended Essay Coordinator. Students pursuing the IB diploma are required to write a 4,000 word essay based on an IB subject they are studying. Ms. Bishop will help support both the students and their teacher mentors throughout the year-long process.

 

Congrats Mike Ward! New Performing Arts Department Chair - Congrats to Dr. Mike Ward (Stephen in Outlook)for being selected as our new Performing Arts Department Chair. Mike is in his year 16 working for FCPS, and second year at Annandale. From 2006-2018, he taught and served for seven years as Department Chair at South County HS. Congratulations to Dr. Ward on his new position. 

 

Staff Attend IB Professional Development - A special shout out to the teachers that have participated in required IB training. Some attended a three day intensive workshop, others a four-week long course, and others an all day Saturday Bootcamp. Brian Aldenderfer- IB Language and Literature, Ingrid St. Clair- IB Language and Literature, Teresa Torgoff- IB French, Kim Kolarik- IB Geography, Nadia Skolnitsky- IB History, Ducchi Quan- IB Computer Science, Shannon Gray- IB Math Applications, Victoria Douglas- IB Math Applications, James Crockett- IB Environmental Science, Jessica Beauregard- IB History. Thank you for your support of our IB Program!

Important Information

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener: On October 20, Annandale will administer our first Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during our W4 lesson. Annandale’s Student Support Team will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for our students related to SEL skills. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. 

Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your student out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your student's W4 teacher by October 8. 

 

Digital Resources Consent Form: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources students may use this year will require parental consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the resources listed. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Jennifer Cory at jmcory@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Students who do not have a Digital Resource Consent Form on file will no longer have access to YouTube videos when logged in to their FCPS Google accounts. Many of our courses use YouTube videos for instructional purposes. To ensure uninterrupted access to classroom resources we ask that parents and guardians complete the Digital Resources Consent Form as soon as possible.

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Monday, September 27

District Golf Championship at Greendale Golf Course - 9:10am

Creative Writing Club Meeting - 3:15pm - Trailer 12

Softball Interest Meeting - 3:15pm - Driver's Ed Room

Freshmen Football vs. Justice - 5:30pm

Flag Football Practice - 7:30-9:00pm - Stadium Field

Tuesday, September 28

District Golf Championship at Greendale Golf Course - 9:00am

Atoms Minds Matter - 3:00-4:00pm - Cafeteria

Cross Country at Mason District Park - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Volleyball vs. Edison - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey at Hayfield - 6:15/7:30pm

Wednesday, September 29

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 274

Just World and Art Club - Chalk for Peace - 3:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball vs. Lewis - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm - Dig Pink Night!

JV Football vs. Bishop O'Connell - 6:15pm

Thursday, September 30

Back to School Night - 6:00-8:00pm - Stadium Field

Friday, October 1

Flag Football Tournament - 7:00pm

Saturday, October 2

Cross Country - Octoberfest - Great Meadow - Girls - 9:00am, Boys - 9:30am

Varsity Football at Bishop O'Connell - 2:00pm

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry is available to students and families of Annandale High School. They can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center in trailer 10 in the back of the building. The next pantry pick-up is on Friday, September 24. To learn more about the AHS PTSA Pantry please visit the pantry webpage located at www.annandalehsptsa.org or email pantry@annandalehsptsa.org.

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

4700 Medford Drive Annandale, VA 22003 | Main Office: 703.642.4100
Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Atoms Athletics and Activities (9/27 - 10/2)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

With clubs starting to meet, Field Hockey and Volleyball getting some big wins, and golf wrapping up their regular season, it was truly a great week for Annandale Athletics & Activities! As we look ahead to this week, be sure to check out the schedule below to see when you can support the Atoms at home. 

We also want to invite you to our Homecoming Week kickoff event! This Friday, October 1st, we will be hosting the Annandale Homecoming Flag Football Tournament. The games begin at 7pm with Freshman taking on Seniors, and then the Juniors will take on the Sophomores. The night culminates in a championship game between the two winning classes! Shirts for your class will be available for purchase at the game for $5 and entry is also $5. Be sure to come out and support your class and kickoff Homecoming Week with this incredibly fun event. 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

A HUGE shout out to our Varsity Volleyball team who won two games this week. On Monday night our ladies took down Park View in four sets and on Thursday they beat Mt. Vernon in three sets! Way to go Atoms!! Keep up the hard work. 

 

Club Highlight: Atoms Writing Center

The Atoms Writing Center is officially open for the 2021-2022 school year! AWC tutors are students just like you who are able to help with your writing in any subject in a non-judgmental way. Until PRIDE Time begins, you can get help from AWC tutors in person in Room 274 on Wednesdays after school or during Red Day lunches or online on weekdays. Visit our website to sign up for an online or in-person tutoring conference (note that you must be logged in to a personal Gmail account to view our google site) You can also always stop by Room 274 or follow us on Twitter or Instagram @AtomsWC for more information. We look forward to working with you all in the AWC this year and hope to see you soon!

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask!

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

Counselors and AVID Club students are available to help seniors with their college application questions.

Every Thursday 3-4pm in Room 90 starting 9/23.

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our field hockey, football, and volleyball games this season.

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

PTSA Wish List - Please Donate

The AHS PTSA Pantry has a back to school wish list for needed items for their distributions.  Donations can be dropped off at school during business hours or at the PTSA table this Friday night at the football game.  Come to the game to support our Atoms, support the pantry with a donation and learn more about the PTSA.  Go Atoms!

Weekly Activities Schedule Sept. 27- Oct. 2

Monday, Sept. 27th

District Golf Championship at Greendale Golf Course - 9:10am

Creative Writing Club Meeting - 3:15pm - Trailer -12

Softball Interest Meeting - 3:15pm - Driver's Ed Room

Freshmen Football vs. Justice - 5:30

Flag Football Practice - 7:30 - 9:00pm - Stadium Field

Tuesday, Sept. 28th

District Golf Championship @ Greendale Golf Course - 9:00am

Atoms Minds Matter - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Cafeteria

Cross Country at Mason District Park - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Volleyball vs. Edison - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey at Hayfield - 6:15/7:30pm

Wednesday, September 29th

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Just World and Art Club - Chalk for Peace - 3:00pm - Room 90

Volleyball vs. Lewis - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm - Dig Pink Night!

JV Football vs. Bishop O'Connell - 6:15pm

Thursday, September 30th

Back to School Night - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Stadium Field

Friday, October 1st

Flag Football Tournament - 7:00pm

Saturday, October 2nd

Cross Country - Octoberfest - Great Meadow - Girls - 9:00am, Boys - 9:30am

Varsity Football at Bishop O'Connell - 2:00pm

Weekly Off Season Schedule Sept. 27- Oct. 2 

Monday, Sept. 27th

Swim/Dive - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Grass Field behind the Trailers

Wrestling - 3:15pm - Wrestling Room

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Tuesday, Sept. 28th

Swim/Dive - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Poe Middle

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, Sept. 29th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:30pm - Upper Gym

Thursday, Sept. 30th

Varsity Boys' Lacrosse - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Holmes Middle

Swim/Dive - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Holmes Middle

Friday, October 1st

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

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Annandale Community Insider - September 19

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

This past Friday, Annandale High School hosted Martha Raddatz and a crew from ABC’s weekly Sunday news program, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She interviewed Dr. Brabrand and me about COVID and the impact it has had on schools. We were so proud to be able to showcase Annandale and the work we have been doing to keep our staff and students safe. Check out the story, which aired this morning, here. The ABC news crew and the FCPS leaders who were there shared with me how impressed they were by what a great job our students were doing wearing their masks properly throughout the building, as well as how positively and frequently our staff interacted with students. Their comments were yet another reminder of what an incredible school community we have. Our focus on relationships and support goes a long way to ensuring our students feel care and belonging.

Another way we cultivate a feeling of belonging among our students is through involvement in our clubs and activities. This past Wednesday, we held our annual Activities Fair, where students learned about our many extracurricular activities. It was exciting to see students find ways to pursue their interests and connect with each other and with the school. As I shared over the summer, schools are an incredible opportunity for students to find connections and caring relationships. This year more than ever, I want to encourage students to participate in after school activities. Check out our complete list of sports, clubs, and organizations here or on our web page. Feel free to reach out to the coaches and sponsors with any questions.

Each year we connect with families of our students during Back to School Night (BTSN). This year, we will offer virtual and in-person opportunities for families to get to know their students’ teachers. Once again, families will be able to view pre-recorded videos introducing them to our teachers and their classes. In addition, on September 30, we will hold an outdoor in-person event to allow families an opportunity to meet their student’s teachers. More information about the event will be coming soon.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Employment Opportunities

Annandale High School is seeking candidates to support with classroom instruction, hallway/lunch supervision and after school academic/club support. For more information, please email their resume to Karen Bryan at kabryan@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

This Week - Late Buses Begin

September 21 - First PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm

September 23 - Senior College Night, 6:30pm (virtual)

September 30 - Back to School Night 2021, 6:00-8:00pm

October 4-8 - Homecoming Week

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 11 - School Planning Day

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day (2Hr Early Release)

October 20 - SEL Screener

 

Late Buses Begin This Week: This year, late buses will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays for students who stay after school beyond 3:10pm for additional support or participation in a club or activity. Buses will leave Annandale at 4:45pm. Students who would like to stay with a teacher or sponsor after school will need to make arrangements with that staff member. 

 

PTSA Meeting - September 21, 7:00pm: The first PTSA meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm in the Library. Participants can also join virtually using this link. Meetings are held in Spanish and English. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online 2021–2022 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

Senior College Night (Virtual) - September 23, 6:30pm: Seniors and parents of Seniors, join us this Thursday for breakout sessions presented by special guests and AHS counselors. Participants will be able to attend two breakout sessions. Topics will include: NOVA; College Admissions Panel (representatives from JMU, George Mason and Radford); AHS College Application Process, Financial Aid and Military Service. This event will focus heavily on two and four-year college planning. We will offer future events to cover other post-secondary options. Students, check your fcpsschools.net email for the Zoom link.

 

Back to School Night - September 30, 6:00-8:00pm: This year, we will be hosting Back to School Night (BTSN) with virtual and in-person opportunities for families to get to know their students’ teachers. Once again, families will be able to view pre recorded videos introducing them to our teachers and their classes. In addition, on September 30, we will hold an outdoor in-person event to allow families an opportunity to meet their student’s teachers. More information about the event will be coming soon.

 

PSAT/NMSQT (10th and 11th Graders) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 & 11. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (12th Graders) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact Mike Ward smward@fcps.edu

Important Information

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener: On October 20, Annandale will administer our first Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during our W4 lesson. Annandale’s Student Support Team will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for our students related to SEL skills. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. 

Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your student out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your student's W4 teacher by October 8. 

 

Homecoming Chaperones Needed! This year’s Homecoming will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00-11:00pm. Because Homecoming is being hosted outside this year, we need more support than usual. We are currently seeking parents who would like to assist with this special event! Please complete this form to let Leadership know if you are able to help and email Annie Ray at amray@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Digital Resources Consent Form: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources students may use this year will require parental consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the resources listed. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Jennifer Cory at jmcory@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Students who do not have a Digital Resource Consent Form on file will no longer have access to YouTube videos when logged in to their FCPS Google accounts. Many of our courses use YouTube videos for instructional purposes. To ensure uninterrupted access to classroom resources we ask that parents and guardians complete the Digital Resources Consent Form as soon as possible.

Awesome Atoms!

Activities Fair A Huge Success! Thank you to our Activities Office, coaches, sponsors and student leaders for making this year’s Activities Fair a huge success. One of our priorities this year is to ensure that every student is connected to our school community through our extracurricular and co-curricular activities. This event provided a strong start to meeting our goal. 

 

Annandale High School Featured on ABC News: On Friday, Annandale hosted Martha Raddatz and the crew from ABC’s weekly Sunday news program, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She interviewed Dr. Brabrand and Principal Shawn DeRose about COVID and its impact on schools. Check out the story, which aired this morning, here.

Opportunities

Atoms Writing Center College Essay Workshop - September 22: The Atoms Writing Center is officially open for the 2021-2022 school year! AWC tutors are Annandale students who have been trained to help with writing in any subject in a non-judgmental way. Students can get help from AWC tutors in person in Room 274 on Wednesdays after school or during Red Day lunches or online on weekdays. Visit the website to sign up for an online or in-person tutoring conference. (Note that you must be logged in to a personal gmail account to view our google site.) Students can also stop by Room 274 or follow the AWC on Twitter or Instagram @AtomsWC for more information. 

This Wednesday, September 22, the AWC will be holding a College Essay Workshop for seniors to learn tips about the college essay and to work one-on-one with an AWC tutor either brainstorming, drafting, or revising their college essays. We look forward to working with all of our students in the AWC this year and hope to see you soon!

 

National English Honor Society: National English Honor Society is seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 school year. Current juniors or seniors can apply by joining our NEHS application google classroom with the following code: Typkie2. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 24. We encourage all juniors or seniors who have an interest in English and meet the GPA requirement of 3.5 to apply! See Ms. Herman or Ms. Duran with any questions.

 

Science National Honor Society: Join Science NHS for an exciting, highly involved year. The honor society is open to interested and motivated Juniors and Seniors. Ask your science teacher, Ms. Camire or Ms. Saqib for more information. The deadline to apply is this Friday, September 24.

 

Math Honor Society: Students interested in joining the Math Honor Society can join the Math Honor Society Google Classroom with the code: 6qnchr5. There you will find a Google Form where they can submit their application. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, October 6. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Obando or Mr. Martins.

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

This Week’s Game Schedule

Monday, September 20

Improv Club - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 324

Volleyball vs. Park View - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey at Woodbridge - 5:30/7:00pm

Tuesday, September 21

Golf vs. Hayfield @ Pohick Bay Golf Club - 4:00pm

Volleyball at Thomas Jefferson - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Wednesday, September 22

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 274

Just World and Art Club - Chalk for Peace - 3:00pm - Room 90

Cross Country at Lee District - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Flag Football Practice - 6:45pm - Stadium Field

Thursday, September 23

AVID Club - College Application Help - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Golf vs. Edison @ Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:30pm

Volleyball vs. Mt. Vernon - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Freshmen/JV Football at Lake Braddock - 5:30/7:15pm

Varsity Field Hockey at Lewis - 6:30pm

Friday, September 24

Varsity Football vs. Lake Braddock - 7:00pm - Tropical Out!

*Dance Team and the Atoms Marching Band will perform Rocky at Halftime!

Saturday, September 25

Boys' Cross Country - RVA Invitational - Pole Green Park - 4:30pm

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry is available to students and families of Annandale High School. They can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center in trailer 10 in the back of the building. The next pantry pick-up is on Friday, September 24. To learn more about the AHS PTSA Pantry please visit the pantry webpage located at www.annandalehsptsa.org or email pantry@annandalehsptsa.org.

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (9/20 - 9/25)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation -

It was a busy week for Annandale Activities! A 4:00pm football game, two Flag Football practices, Senior Day for Cross Country, and our Activities Fair. We were thrilled to see so many of you out there and participating in all Annandale has to offer. 

This week at home we have the Lady Atoms Volleyball team taking on Park View on Monday, Mount Vernon on Thursday and our Varsity Football team taking on Lake Braddock on Friday. Be sure to wear your best tropical outfit for Friday night’s game!

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

Our Cross Country teams celebrated Senior Day last week before their meet at Lee District Cross Country Course. Congratulations to our Senior XC members!  Madeline Dosen came in first for the Atom girls and Terry Moreno-Valeriano crossed the line first for the Atom boys! Keep up the hard work!  

 

Club Highlight: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is excited to start meeting on September 29th from 7:15-8:00 AM in the Upper Gym. FCA will meet every other week and is open to everyone. Grab a friend and join them on the 29th! Email Mr. Buschman for additional details at PVBuschman@fcps.edu.  

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

Celebrate the International Day of Peace through Art!

Wednesday September 22nd in Room 90 at 3:00pm

Learn more about the Just World and Art Clubs.

Decorate the AHS front entrance with messages of peace.  Earn one hour of community service.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask!

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

Counselors and AVID Club students are available to help seniors with their college application questions.

Every Thursday 3-4pm in Room 90 starting 9/23.

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our field hockey, football, and volleyball games this season.

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

PTSA Wish List - Please Donate

The AHS PTSA Pantry has a back to school wish list for needed items for their distributions.  Donations can be dropped off at school during business hours or at the PTSA table this Friday night at the football game.  Come to the game to support our Atoms, support the pantry with a donation and learn more about the PTSA.  Go Atoms!

Weekly Activities Schedule September 20-25

Monday, Sept. 20th

Improv Club - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 324

Volleyball vs. Park View - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey at Woodbridge - 5:30/7:00pm

Tuesday, Sept. 21st

Golf vs. Hayfield @ Pohick Bay Golf Club - 4:00pm

Volleyball at Jefferson - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Wednesday, September 22nd

Annandale Writing Center - College Applications - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Just World and Art Club - Chalk for Peace - 3:00pm - Room 90

Cross Country at Lee District - Boys - 5:00pm, Girls - 5:30pm

Flag Football Practice - 6:45pm - Stadium Field

Thursday, September 23rd

AVID Club - College Application Help - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Golf vs. Edison @ Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:30pm

Volleyball vs. Mt. Vernon - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Freshmen/JV Football at Lake Braddock - 5:30/7:15pm

Varsity Only Field Hockey at Lewis - 6:30pm

Friday, September 24th

Varsity Football vs. Lake Braddock - 7:00pm - Tropical Out!

***Dance Team and the Atoms Marching Band will perform Rocky at Halftime!

Saturday, September 25th

Boys' Cross Country - RVA Invitational - Pole Green Park - 4:30pm

Weekly Off Season Schedule September 20-25 

Monday, Sept. 20th

Swim/Dive - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Grass Field behind the Trailers

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Tuesday, Sept. 21st

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Poe Middle

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd

Swim/Dive - 3:00 - Rm. 148 - Interest Meeting; Stroke Review - 3:20 - 4:00pm

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:30pm - Main Gym

Thursday, Sept. 23rd

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Volunteering - Holmes Middle

F/JV Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Friday, Sept. 24th

Baseball - 3:30 - 5:00pm

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Annandale Community Insider - September 12

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

Last week, I had the opportunity to see many of our student athletes compete. On Thursday, the golf team hosted Senior Night and brought home their second victory of the season. Then, on Friday night, the varsity football team picked up their first win of the season at Lewis High School. Participating in athletics and other after school activities is one way students build a connection to the school community.

This Wednesday, students will participate in the annual Activities Fair. During the fair, students will have the opportunity to explore the many sports, clubs, and co-curricular activities we have to offer. There is something for everyone, so please encourage your student to find an activity they are interested in and sign up! 

At the beginning of the year, I spoke with the faculty about “the myth of the magical teacher.” This idea that individual, magically gifted teachers are the solution to schools’ success. One great teacher impacts some students, that is certain. At Annandale, we take a team approach to instruction. We have over 2,220 students, and we reach far more students when we do this work together. We have had a very strong start to our school year and I am looking forward to continuing to see the great work happening in our classrooms and on our teams. While challenges lie ahead, our continued focus on our priorities will help us continue to meet students’ needs.

Finally, FCPS, in coordination with the county health department, is continuing to refine their approach to contact tracing and communication in order to minimize the impact of COVID-related absences on students’ access to learning. At Annandale, we are beginning to see some of the improvements, especially with students who are fully vaccinated. Moving forward, we will continue to ensure students can access necessary materials through Schoology if they have to be out of school. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Employment Opportunities

Annandale High School is seeking candidates to support with classroom instruction, hallway/lunch supervision and after school academic/club support. For more information, please email their resume to Karen Bryan at kabryan@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

This Week - Lockdown Drill

September 15 - Activities Fair

September 16 - Yom Kippur 

September 21 - First PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm

September 30 - Back to School Night 2021

October 4-8 - Homecoming Week

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 11 - School Planning Day

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day (2Hr Early Release)

October 20 - SEL Screener 

 

Lockdown Drill - This Week: Keeping students and staff safe is a priority at Annandale High School. This week we will conduct our first lockdown drill of the school year. Your student may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your student about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills. Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools. 

 

Activities Fair - September 15: One of our priorities this year is to ensure that every student is connected to our school community through our extracurricular and co-curricular activities. The annual Activities Fair is an opportunity for students to learn about the wide range of sports, clubs, and other activities we have to offer. The fair will take place on Wednesday, September 15 during W4. Wednesday is a White Day and we will follow a pep rally bell schedule of W2, W8, W6, W4.

 

Yom Kippur - September 16: Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, Thursday, September 16 is noted as a religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. The FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar ensures students do not have to make choices between honoring their cultural or religious beliefs and missing tests or school activities. Tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events cannot be scheduled on any religious and cultural observances. Tests and quizzes will be given prior to any of the 15 days so that students will not be expected to study on these days.

 

PTSA Meeting - September 21: The first PTSA meeting of the 2021-22 school year will be on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Join us in Clausen Hall or virtually! Visit the Annandale PTSA website for more information.

 

PSAT/NMSQT (Grades 10 & 11) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School will host the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 & 11. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (Grade 12) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact please contact Mike Ward smward@fcps.edu.

Important Information

Course Change Requests: Counselors have been working diligently over the last several weeks on requests to change courses. On Friday, September 17, we will be closing the form for schedule change requests. Please remember not all course change requests can be honored due to unavailable space in some courses. Please direct any questions to your students’ counselor.

 

Digital Resources Consent Form: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources students may use this year will require parental consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. Included on this page is a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the resources listed. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Jennifer Cory at jmcory@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Students who do not have a Digital Resource Consent Form on file will no longer have access to YouTube videos when logged in to their FCPS Google accounts. Many of our courses use YouTube videos for instructional purposes. To ensure uninterrupted access to classroom resources we ask that parents and guardians complete the Digital Resources Consent Form as soon as possible.

 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener: On October 20, Annandale will administer our first Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during our W4 lesson. Annandale’s Student Support Team will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for our students related to SEL skills. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. 

Learn more about the screener and review the questions here. To opt your student out of participating in the screener, please complete the opt-out form found here and return to your student's W4 teacher by October 8. 

 

Students Wearing Hats and Hoods: At Annandale, when we make decisions around what students are and are not permitted to do, it is based on safety and learning. We know we want students to be comfortable and confident at school, and often for them that means wearing a hat or hood. We also know that when students wear hats and hoods, it makes it difficult to identify them in the hallways. Therefore, Annandale will no longer permit hats or hoods to be worn in our indoor common areas: hallways, staircases, and the cafeteria. 

 

Student Lockers: Students will learn about how to request a locker on Monday, September 13 in W4. If you have any questions, please email Jack Jennison at jmjennison@fcps.edu.  

Awesome Atoms!

Dave Grohl Makes 11-year-old Girl Drummer Dreams Come True! Former Annandale student and Foo Fighters founder, Dave Grohl, invited Nandi Bushell to play on stage to the hit Everlong. One of the bright spots during the pandemic in August 2020 was when Nandi made a video challenging Grohl to an epic drum battle during lockdown. Hats off to Dave Ghohl and the Foo Fighters for making her dream come true!

 

Annandale High School Featured on NBC4 Again This Week! Meredith Hedrick, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department Chair here at Annandale was featured Friday on NBC4 discussing how we welcome and support new Afghan students who have recently enrolled. Check out the story: Virginia Schools Welcome Dozens of Afghan Refugees – NBC4 Washington (nbcwashington.com)

 

Varsity Golf Team Win Streak: This past Thursday, the golf team competed against Mt. Vernon High School at Pinecrest Golf Course for their Senior Night. The Atoms had a great night and were able to bring home their second victory of the season. The final match score was Annandale 185 – Mt. Vernon 208. Congratulations to our seniors and go Atoms!

Opportunities

National English Honor Society: National English Honor Society is seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 school year. Current juniors or seniors can apply by joining our NEHS application google classroom with the following code: Typkie2. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 24. We encourage all juniors or seniors who have an interest in English and meet the GPA requirement of 3.5 to apply! See Ms. Herman or Ms. Duran with any questions.

 

Math Honor Society: Students interested in joining the Math Honor Society can join the Math Honor Society Google Classroom with the code: 6qnchr5. There you will find a Google Form where you can submit your application. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 6. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Obando or Mr. Martins.

 

Class of 2022 Chipotle Fundraiser - September 15: The class of 2022 is having a Chipotle Fundraiser on Little River Turnpike near Landmark on September 15 from 4:00-8:00pm. Come join us and raise money for the Senior class.

 

Atom Bands Tag Day: The Atom Bands and Marching Atoms went door to door this weekend fundraising to help pay for band & color guard uniforms, instruments, scholarships and clinicians. Your continued support enables us to proudly represent our school and community throughout the year. If you missed it, it is not too late! You can make a tax-deductible donation to support our students' musical education in the following ways: 

Mail: Send a check to AHSBB (Annandale High School Band Boosters) PO Box 1231, Annandale, VA 22003

Online: Visit AHS Bands Tag Day at www.annandalebands.org.

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

This Week’s Game Schedule

Monday, September 13

Volleyball at Hayfield - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey at Falls Church - 6:15/7:30pm

Powder Puff Practice - 6:30pm - Stadium Field

Atoms Athletics Booster Club Meeting - 7:30pm - Health Room

Tuesday, September 14

Cross Country at Lee District - Boys - 5:00, Girls - 5:30pm - Senior Day

Volleyball vs. Justice - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Freshmen/JV Football at Edison - 5:30/7:15pm

Wednesday, September 15

Clubs and Activities Fair - 1:40 - 2:45pm - Upper and Main Gym

Powder Puff Practice - 6:45pm - Stadium Field

Friday, September 17

Field Hockey Invitational vs. School Without Walls at Justice - 6:00pm

Varsity Football vs. Edison - 7:00pm - Jersey Out!

*Dance Team and the Atoms Band will perform at Halftime!

Field Hockey Invitational vs. Wilson at Justice - 7:30pm

Saturday, September 18

Field Hockey Invitational at Justice - 9:00am

Field Hockey Invitational vs. Falls Church at Justice - 12:45pm

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry is available to students and families of Annandale High School. They can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center in trailer 10 in the back of the building. The next pantry pick-up is on Friday, September 24. To learn more about the AHS PTSA Pantry please visit the pantry webpage located at www.annandalehsptsa.org or email pantry@annandalehsptsa.org.

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (9/13 - 9/18)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

This week you have two opportunities to support your Atom Athletes at home. Volleyball takes on Justice this Tuesday and Football vs. Edison on Friday! Wear your favorite sports Jersey to cheer on the Atoms Friday night. Check out the rest of this week’s game schedule at the bottom of the newsletter and wish all of our teams good luck! 

At our volleyball game this week we will be piloting the use of FCPS’ new electronic ticket option, E-Tix. Use this QR code to purchase tickets to the game instead of waiting in line at the door! The ticket sales go live Tuesday morning.

We also recently held our Powderpuff Interest Meeting and are so excited about all of the interest. Don’t forget you need to register on https://annandaleva-ar.rschooltoday.com/ and have a physical on file to participate. Our first practice is Monday at 6:30 and the games will take place on Friday, October 1st to kick off Homecoming Week. Reach out to Ms. Norris at kcnorris@fcps.edu with any questions or stop by the Activities office. We hope to see you out there! 

Finally, we are so excited about our Activities Fair this week on September 15th during W-4. You will have the opportunity to learn about all the clubs, organizations, and sports Annandale has to offer. We want YOU to get involved! 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

A huge shout out to our Varsity Field Hockey team on their tough and gritty performance last Wednesday night for their home opener. After a strong defensive performance in regulation and the first overtime, the Atoms fell to the Hornets in an OT shoot-out. We know these ladies are on the brink of something amazing though! Be sure to come out and support them at one of their remaining home games.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask! New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our field hockey, football, and volleyball games this season.

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Live Stream

PTSA Wish List - Please Donate

The AHS PTSA Pantry has a back to school wish list for needed items for their distributions.  Donations can be dropped off at school during business hours or at the PTSA table this Friday night at the football game.  Come to the game to support our Atoms, support the pantry with a donation and learn more about the PTSA.  Go Atoms!

Weekly Schedule September 13-18

Monday, Sept. 13th

Volleyball at Hayfield - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Field Hockey at Falls Church - 6:15/7:30pm

Powder Puff Practice - 6:30pm - Stadium Field

Atoms Athletics Booster Club Meeting - 7:30pm - Health Room

Tuesday, Sept. 14th

Cross Country at Lee District - Boys - 5:00, Girls - 5:30pm - Senior Day

Volleyball vs. Justice - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

Freshmen/JV Football at Edison - 5:30/7:15pm

Wednesday, September 15th

Clubs and Activities Fair - 1:40 - 2:45pm - Upper and Main Gym

Powder Puff Practice - 6:45pm - Stadium Field

Thursday, September 16th

No Events

Friday, September 17th

Field Hockey Invitational vs. School Without Walls at Justice - 6:00pm

Varsity Football vs. Edison - 7:00pm - Jersey Out!

*****Dance Team and the Atoms Band will perform at Halftime!

Field Hockey Invitational vs. Wilson at Justice - 7:30pm

Saturday, September 18th

Field Hockey Invitational at Justice - 9:00am

Field Hockey Invitational vs. Falls Church @ Justice - 12:45pm

Weekly Off Season Schedule September 13-18 

Monday, Sept. 13th

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Tuesday, Sept. 14th

Tennis - 3:45pm - Google Classroom for updates - Code: qyjf2yp

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, Sept. 15th

Tennis - 3:45pm - Google Classroom for updates - Code: qyjf2yp

Girls' Basketball - 6:30 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:45pm - Main Gym

Thursday, Sept. 16th

F/JV Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

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Annandale Community Insider - September 6

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

I hope you had a restful extended Labor Day weekend. I spent the weekend doing yard work, going to Top Golf with my daughter and her friend, watching college football and hanging out with family and friends. 

Mitigation and contract tracing continue to be top of mind. We recently ordered additional outdoor seating for students to use during lunch. We have also created a system for tracking seating not only in classrooms but also during lunch. In addition, FCPS and the Health Department recently shared their plans to streamline asymptomatic, vaccinated students’ return to school when identified as a possible close contact, which should speed up the process for some students to return. 

At Annandale, we have been lucky enough so far that we have not yet had any cases that resulted in the identification of close contacts at school. Nevertheless, we are refining our structures to ensure students continue to have access to learning should they be identified as a possible close contact.

Finally, it is hard to believe that this week marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. I vividly remember that day as a government teacher at Justice High School. For many of us, and our families, this day is significant. We will recognize the anniversary during the moment of silence on Friday, September 10, and through lessons in our Social Studies classes. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Employment Opportunities

Annandale High School is seeking candidates to support with classroom instruction, hallway/lunch supervision and after school academic/club support. For more information, please email their resume to Karen Bryan at kabryan@fcps.edu.

Important Dates

September 7 - SR&R Lessons (Part 2)

September 7 & 8 - Yearbook Pictures

September 9 - Parent Support for Lunch Applications and SIS Access

September 21 - First PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm

September 30 - Back to School Night 2021

October 4-8 - Homecoming Week

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day (2 Hr Early Release)

 

SR&R Lessons in W4 - September 7: Tomorrow, students will participate in Part 2 of the SR&R lesson. The lesson will include a video presentation from Dr. Brabrand that all FCPS students must watch. Following the video students will take the SR&R test through Horizon.

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Changes to the 2021-22 S&R include:

  • Edited language throughout the document to reflect gender neutrality. 
  • A new section entitled Notable Changes for Students and Parents that highlights changes in the SR&R from last school year.
  • Restructuring of the Rights and Responsibilities Chapter with student rights prominently featured.
  • Language that further defines interaction of law enforcement and students. 
  • Additional terms in the glossary to increase understanding.

The SR&R Parent/Guardian signature sheet is due by October 29. More information about the SR&R is available online.

 

Yearbook Pictures - September 7-8: Underclassmen pictures will take place on September 7 and 8 through English classes. Make up pictures will be offered October 18 and 19. Parents/guardians can use this Picture Day ID to order online at mylifetouch.com: EVTFHMDVM. In addition, Seniors who signed up for pictures on September 3 have been moved to September 7. 

 

Parent Support for Lunch Applications and SIS Access - September 9: Our parent liaisons will be supporting parents who need assistance with free and reduced lunch applications and SIS access. The event will take place in our newly renovated Parent Resource Center next Thursday, September 9 from 2:00-3:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Marleni Benitez at mbenitez@fcps.edu

 

PSAT/NMSQT (10th and 11th Graders) - October 13: Annandale High School will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 & 11 on Wednesday, October 13. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (12th Graders) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. To reserve a seat for your senior to take this exam, families are asked to complete the Annandale HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form by Wednesday, September 8. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact our Director of student Services, Erik Healey, at ehealey@fcps.edu.

Important Information

Student Parking Passes: Beginning tomorrow, September 7, students must have a parking pass to park in AHS student parking spaces. To secure a parking pass, students must complete both a “Parking Agreement” and “Parking Application form”, as well as pay the $200 parking fee. Students with obligations will not be issued a parking pass until the obligations have been cleared. Any students still interested in obtaining a parking pass can pick up the forms in the main office or room 114. If you have any questions, please email Phillip Taylor, Safety and Security Specialist, at pjtaylor1@fcps.edu

 

Safety Drills During the School Year: Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. 

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Your student may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills. Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools. 

 

Digital Resources Consent Form: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources students may use this year will require parental consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the resources listed. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Jennifer Cory at jmcory@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Beginning September 1, students who do not have a Digital Resource Consent Form on file will no longer have access to YouTube videos when logged in to their FCPS Google accounts. Many of our courses use YouTube videos for instructional purposes. To ensure uninterrupted access to classroom resources we ask that parents and guardians complete the Digital Resources Consent Form as soon as possible.

 

Student Lockers: Students lockers will be available by request only beginning on Tuesday, September 7. Students will receive instructions on how to request a locker in their W4 class. 

 

Updates from Student Services: There have been big changes in our Student Services department this week. We welcomed  two school counseling interns! Karrah Dane, will be working with Ms. Marville, and comes to us from William & Mary. While Annandale alum and current George Mason Patriot, Sumayah Osman, will be working with Mr. Vitelli. We welcome them both to Atom Nation!

This week we also said goodbye to counselor, Olivia Hess, as she is moving back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to pursue other opportunities. She has impacted the lives of many students in her five years at Annandale and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors. With her departure, we want to ensure students and families that our team will continue to support the students on her caseload. While we conduct our search for a new counselor, members of our Student Services staff will serve as temporary points of contact for students and families. Please see the point of contact below for each subset of the alphabet below.

Awesome Atoms!

AHS Students Featured in County-Wide In-service: Four Annandale High School Students were featured in the presentation given during return week to the division’s World Languages Teachers. The students discussed their reasons for learning a language and how earning the biliteracy seal will help them achieve their future goals. Check out the video here.

 

Annandale High School's ESOL Program Featured on Inside NoVa and WDMV

Inside NoVa profiled two of our Afghan students, Nooria and Samiullah “Sami” in this piece showcasing the hard work and support of our AHS ESOL teachers. In the article, Nooria and Sami’s father noted that not only are his children learning English, but they have enjoyed the experience because of the enthusiasm and compassion shown by teachers. Check out the story here. The story was also picked up by WDMV TV Watch It Here.

 

Annandale Hosts Public Safety Day and Vaccination Clinic: In partnership with Communities of Trust, Annandale High School hosted Public Safety Day including a free Vaccination Clinic this past weekend. The event provided the community an opportunity to learn more about the public safety services that are available and interact with public safety officials from various departments. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Get Involved, Join a Club or Sport! Here at Annandale, we value community and belonging. There is no better way to get involved than through our athletics & activities! Check out our complete list of sports, clubs, and organizations here. Feel free to reach out to the coaches and sponsors with any questions.

 

This Week's Game Schedule

Wednesday, September 8

Cross Country at Mason District Park - Boys - 5:00, Girls - 5:30pm

Field Hockey vs. Herndon - 6:15/7:30pm

Thursday, September 9

Golf vs. Mt. Vernon at Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:30pm (Senior Day)

Volleyball at Falls Church - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

JV Football vs. Lewis - 5:30pm (No Freshmen Game)

Friday, September 10

Varsity Football at Lewis - 7:00pm - It's a USA Out!

Saturday, September 11

Cross Country Invitational at Oatlands - Girls - 10am, Boys - 10:30am

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Meeting - September 21, 7:00pm: The first PTSA of the 2021-22 school year will be on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Join us in Clausen Hall or virtually! Visit the Annandale PTSA website for more information.

 

PTSA Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry is available to students and families of Annandale High School. They can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center in trailer 10 in the back of the building. The next pantry pick-up is on Friday, September 10 and Friday, September 24. To learn more about the AHS PTSA Pantry please visit the pantry webpage located at www.annandalehsptsa.org or email pantry@annandalehsptsa.org.

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (9/6 - 9/11)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

Fall sports are rolling! Be sure to come out and support our athletes at one of their upcoming games. Check out this week’s game schedule at the bottom of the newsletter and wish our teams good luck! 

There are plenty of opportunities to cheer on your Atoms!  This Wednesday, our JV and Varsity Field Hockey team takes on Herndon High School at 6:15/7:30 PM. Be sure to attend and cheer on the ladies!  Our Cross Country teams are busy with meets on Wednesday and Saturday.  We are hoping for a lot of best times!  Stop by Pinecrest on Thursday at 3:30pm as we celebrate our senior golfers.

Student Booster Passes are available for purchase in the activities office during the week and will be sold at door 10 before Thursday’s game. Passes are $50 and get you into all regular season athletic events.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

We would like to recognize our Golf team after their awesome win over Justice High School . The Atoms won with a score of 194-208!  Come out to Pinecrest on Thursday at 3:30pm as they take on Mt. Vernon and we celebrate Senior Day!

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

Boys' Soccer Gives Back!

Over the past month, the AHS Boys' Soccer team ran a soccer camp for the families of the Annandale community. Check out the article to read about the amazing work that Coach Patel, his staff, and players are doing to give back to the community.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask! New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our field hockey, football, and volleyball games this season.

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Live Stream

PTSA Wish List - Please Donate

The AHS PTSA Pantry has a back to school wish list for needed items for their distributions.  Donations can be dropped off at school during business hours or at the PTSA table this Friday night at the football game.  Come to the game to support our Atoms, support the pantry with a donation and learn more about the PTSA.  Go Atoms!

Weekly Schedule September 6-11

Monday, Sept. 6th

No Events

Tuesday, Sept. 7th

No Events

Wednesday, September 8th

Cross Country at Mason District Park - Boys - 5:00, Girls - 5:30pm

Field Hockey vs. Herndon - 6:15/7:30pm

Thursday, September 9th

Golf vs. Mt. Vernon at Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:30pm - (Senior Day)

Volleyball at Falls Church - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

JV Football vs. Lewis - 5:30pm (No Freshmen Game)

Friday, September 10th

Varsity Football at Lewis - 7:00pm - It's a USA Out!

Saturday, September 11th

Cross Country Invitational at Oatlands - Girls - 10am, Boys - 10:30am

Weekly Off Season Schedule September 6-11 

Monday, Sept. 6th

F/JV Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Tuesday, Sept. 7th

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, Sept. 8th

Tennis - 3:45pm - Google Classroom for updates - Code: qyjf2yp

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:45pm - Main Gym

Thursday, Sept. 9th

F/JV Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

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Annandale Community Insider - August 29

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

After months of uncertainty about what our return would look like, we could not have returned stronger. Our staff did an amazing job of welcoming and supporting students back into the building. Across all of our classes, teachers facilitated lots of opportunities for community building to reconnect with our students, many of whom have not been in a school building for over 17 months. There is no doubt that seeing and reconnecting with our students this past week has energized not just our students, but also the Annandale staff, myself included. 

Special thanks to ABC 7 and NPR for covering our first day of school on Monday. ABC 7 reported live from Annandale High School throughout the morning and NPR’s story, “Joy And Uncertainty At Annandale High School's First Day Back” was released on Thursday. Both media outlets did a great job covering the excitement of the first day of school and interviewed staff, students and even our PTSA President. In addition, you can check out the amazing things happening throughout the campus via Twitter by searching the hashtag #AtomNation.

Moving forward, we know that we face challenges. We are doing everything we can to ensure our mitigation strategies are robust. Students are doing a great job of wearing their masks and we will continue to enforce this policy for as long as necessary to keep everyone safe. In addition, to support social distancing at lunch, more outdoor seating was added outside the cafeteria and in the senior courtyard. We also continue to provide students and the community with opportunities to receive the COVID vaccine. On Saturday, we hosted another vaccine clinic at Annandale High School. 

At home, please continue to screen your student daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Working together, these layered prevention strategies will help keep schools safe places for all students to learn.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

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Important Dates

August 30- September 2; September 7 - Senior Pictures

September 1 - SR&R Lessons Begin 

September 3-6 - Labor Day Holiday (No school on Friday, Sept. 3 or Monday, Sept. 6)

September 21 - First PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm

September 30 - Back to School Night 2021

October 4-8 - Homecoming Week

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day

 

Senior Pictures - August 30-September 2; September 7: Senior pictures will take place August 30 through September 2 and on September 7. Seniors should have received information from Lifetouch Prestige about scheduling their picture. They can start booking appointments now on https://prestigeportraits.com. They can find their name by utilizing the “Search by City & State” feature or using the appointment code they were sent in the mail. If you have any questions, contact Lifetouch Prestige at 855-918-2930. (Please note that September 3 was originally a senior picture day and has been changed to September 7. Anyone who signed up for a picture on that day has been moved to September 7)

 

SR&R Lessons in W4 Begin - September 1: This Wednesday, we will start our Student Rights and Responsibilities lessons in W4. The lessons are divided into two different parts to help facilitate student conversations and build community in our classes. Part 1 will be an interactive lesson, the W4 class will participate in to build community and understanding around our school norms. Part 2 will include the SR&R video presentation from Dr. Brabrand that all FCPS students must watch. Following the video students will take the SR&R test through Horizon.

 

Labor Day Holiday - September 3-6: Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, Friday, September 3, is a holiday for students and staff members in addition to the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 6. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

 

Underclassmen Pictures - September 7 and 8: Underclassmen pictures will take place on September 7 and 8 through English classes. Make up pictures will be offered October 18 and 19. Parents and guardians can use this Picture Day ID to order online at mylifetouch.com: EVTFHMDVM.

 

Parent Support for Lunch Applications and SIS Access - September 9: Our parent liaisons will be supporting parents who need assistance with free and reduced lunch applications and SIS access. The event will take place in our newly renovated Parent Resource Center next Thursday, September 9 from 2:00-3:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Marleni Benitez at mbenitez@fcps.edu.

 

PSAT/NMSQT (10th and 11th Graders) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School will host both the PSAT/NMSQT for all students in grades 10 & 11. Students are automatically registered and no further action by families is needed. The test is offered at no cost to families. All FCPS students have access to Khan Academy’s free online test preparation, whether they are taking the PSAT for the first time or preparing for eleventh grade National Merit Scholarship Qualification. The Khan Academy online curriculum is customized for students based on any previous PSAT or SAT scores. In addition, the website offers general test preparation tips for students. Students will receive their testing locations in early October.

 

SAT School Day (12th Graders) - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School 12th graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. To reserve a seat for your senior to take this exam, families are asked to complete the Annandale HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form by Wednesday, September 8. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact our Director of student Services, Erik Healey, at ehealey@fcps.edu.

Important Information

Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Annandale Students: The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended schools’ abilities to provide meals, by giving special exemptions last year when schools were shut down due to COVID-19. This exemption has been extended for the 2021-22 school year. For Annandale and FCPS, this means that all students, regardless of their families’ incomes, will receive free breakfast and lunch through June 2022.

 

Student Lockers: Students locker will be available by request only beginning on Tuesday, September 7. Students will receive instructions on how to request a locker in their W4 class.

 

Student Parking Passes: Beginning Tuesday, September 7, students must have a parking pass to park in AHS student parking spaces. To secure a parking pass, students must complete both a Parking Agreement and Parking Application form, as well as pay the $200 parking fee. Students with obligations will not be issued a parking pass until the obligations have been cleared. Both forms must be submitted to the main office by Wednesday, September 1. On Thursday, September 2, students who have submitted both forms can pay the fee and collect their parking pass in the Cafeteria during lunch. Parking forms may be picked up in the main office or room 114. If you have any questions, please email Phillip Taylor, Safety and Security Specialist, at pjtaylor1@fcps.edu

 

Kiss and Ride Update: Due to the national bus driver shortage, we have seen a significant increase in parents dropping off/picking up students (aka Kiss and Ride) at the main entrance of the building. To help us alleviate congestion and improve the safety of our Annandale students and families, please consider the following:

  • Encourage your student to walk or ride their bike to school, if possible.
  • Parents should drop their student(s) off beginning at 7:45am and no later than 8:00am to ensure they arrive at their first block class on-time. Students are dismissed from school at 2:55pm.

In addition, vehicles will no longer be able to make a left turn onto Four Year Run after dropping students off via Kiss and Ride. Again, this change will not only improve the flow of traffic, it will alleviate congestion and improve the safety of our Annandale students and families. See map below. If you have any questions, please email Phillip Taylor at pjtaylor1@fcps.edu

Support our Student Athletes!

Purchase a Red Card! Each fall, our sports programs sell a discount “Red Card” to raise money for their teams. The red cards include various discounts at eleven local businesses including: Community Car Care, Domino’s, Firehouse Subs, Food Corner, Jersey Mike’s, Jukebox Diner, Kilroy’s, Loopy’s, Papa Johns, Popeye’s, and Valentino’s. Red Cards are only $20 and can be used at any of the businesses through August 2022. If you would like to purchase a Red Card please reach out to a fall athlete or email John Ellenberger. The Activities Office thanks you in advance for your support of our student athletes. Go Atoms!

Awesome Atoms!

AHS Students Featured in County-Wide Inservice: Four Annandale High School Students were featured in the presentation given during return week to the division’s World Languages Teachers. The students discussed their reasons for learning a language and how earning the biliteracy seal will help them achieve their future goals. Check out the video here.

 

Two Annandale Students Recently Published! Many of us found new interests during the pandemic. Two Annandale students spent their time creating and publishing a book. Nathan Tyler Ong is the author, and Linh Do is the illustrator of The Art of Being Asian American, a book about adversities commonly faced by Asian Americans. The book is addressed towards Asian American Youth and is available through Amazon. Check it out!

 

Annandale Hosts Public Safety Day and Vaccination Clinic: In partnership with Communities of Trust, Annandale High School hosted Public Safety Day including a free Vaccination Clinic this past weekend. The event provided the community an opportunity to learn more about the public safety services that are available and interact with public safety officials from various departments. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Get Involved, Join a Club or Sport! Here at Annandale, we value community and belonging. There is no better way to get involved than through our athletics & activities! Check out our complete list of sports, clubs, and organizations here. Feel free to reach out to the coaches and sponsors with any questions.

 

This Week's Game Schedule

Monday, August 30 - Golf vs. TJ at Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:50pm

Tuesday, August 31 - Volleyball at Lewis - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

JV Field Hockey vs. Alexandria City - 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 1 - Cross Country at Mason District Park: Boys - 5:00, Girls - 5:30pm

Freshmen/JV Football Scrimmage @ Robinson - 5:30/7:15pm

Thursday, September 2 - Golf vs. Justice at Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:30pm

Varsity Football vs. Robinson - 7:00pm

Band - Halftime Performance - Rocky - 7:45pm

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Meeting - September 21, 7:00pm: The first PTSA of the 2021-22 school year will be on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Join us in Clausen Hall or virtually! Visit the Annandale PTSA website for more information.

 

PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! The AHS PTSA pantry is seeking the following items below to restock their shelves. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White rice

Breakfast cereal

Tomato sauce

Cooking oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

 

 

 

PTSA Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry held its first distribution this past week. The pantry is available to students and families of Annandale High School. They can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center in trailer 10 in the back of the building. The next pantry pick-up is on Friday, September 10 and Friday, September 24. To learn more about the AHS PTSA Pantry please visit the pantry webpage located at www.annandalehsptsa.org or email pantry@annandalehsptsa.org.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (8/30 - 9/4)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

Fall sports are in full swing! Be sure to come out and support our Atom Athletes at one of their upcoming games. Check out this week’s game schedule at the bottom of the newsletter and wish our teams good luck! 

This Thursday, our Varsity football team takes on Robinson High School at 7:00 PM. Our game is a WHITE OUT. Be sure to get there early, be loud, and wear white! 

Student Booster Passes are available for purchase in the activities office during the week and will be sold at door 10 before Thursday’s game. Passes are $50 and get you into all regular season athletic events.

We hope you had a great first week of school! See you Monday.

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights

We would like to recognize our Lady Atoms Field Hockey program after a nail-biting season opener at Meridian High School. Although our ladies fell to Meridian 3-2, they showed great promise and heart! We can’t wait to cheer them on at home for their home opener on September 8th at 7:30 vs Herndon. 

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

There’s still time to get your Atoms Booster All-Season passes. With the All-Season pass, you, your student, and/or your family will have free admission to all regular-season home games for every sport and your Family, Couple, and/or Individual membership packages include VIP parking for all home varsity football games.

Visit atomsboosters.org/membership/ for more information or to purchase your membership packages and passes.

COVID Reminders Athletes and Parents - Every athlete must fill out the pre-activity form each day. Save the QR code to your phone.  When you enter the building, you must wear a mask. Masks are not required for outdoor events.  Please bring a 32 oz. water bottle to practices and games.  Stay home when you feel sick.  All Volleyball fans must wear a mask! New Live Streaming

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PTSA Wish List - Please Donate

The AHS PTSA Pantry has a back to school wish list for needed items for their distributions.  Donations can be dropped off at school during business hours or at the PTSA table this Friday night at the football game.  Come to the game to support our Atoms, support the pantry with a donation and learn more about the PTSA.  Go Atoms!

Attention Atom Nation

The football team faces the Robinson Rams on Thursday at 7pm!  It's a White OUT!  $5 gate fee.  Join #AtomNation and cheer on the Atoms!

Weekly Schedule August 30 - September 4

Monday, August 30th

Golf vs. TJ at Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:50pm

Tuesday, August 31st

Volleyball at Lewis - 5:00/6:00/7:15pm

JV Field Hockey vs. Alexandria City - 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 1st

Cross Country at Mason District Park - Boys - 5:00, Girls - 5:30pm

Freshmen/JV Football Scrimmage @ Robinson - 5:30/7:15pm

Thursday, September 2nd

Golf vs. Justice at Pinecrest Golf Course - 3:30pm

Varsity Football vs. Robinson - 7:00pm - It's a White Out!

Band - Halftime Performance - Rocky - 7:45pm

Friday, September 3rd

No Events

Saturday, September 4th

No Events

Weekly Off Season Schedule August 30 - September 4 

Monday, August 30th

F/JV Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Tuesday, August 31st

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, September 1st

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 8:00 - 9:45pm - Main Gym

Thursday, August 2nd

Tennis - 3:45pm - Google Classroom for updates - Code: qyjf2yp

F/JV Boys' Basketball - 6:00 - 8:00pm - Upper Gym

Varsity Boys' Basketball - 7:00 - 8:30pm - Weight Room

Friday, August 3rd

No Events

Saturday, August 4th

Tennis - 10:45am - Google Classroom for updates - Code: qyjf2yp

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Kiss and Ride Update

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

Due to the national bus driver shortage, we have seen a significant increase in parents dropping off/picking up students (aka Kiss and Ride) at the main entrance of the building. To help us alleviate congestion and improve the safety of our Annandale students and families, please consider the following:

  • Please encourage your student to walk or ride their bike to school, if possible.
  • Parents should drop their student(s) off beginning at 7:45am and no later than 8:00am to ensure they arrive at their first block class on-time. Students are dismissed from school at 2:55pm.

In addition, beginning tomorrow, vehicles will no longer be able to make a left turn onto Four Year Run after dropping students off via Kiss and Ride. Again, this change will not only improve the flow of traffic, it will alleviate congestion and improve the safety of our Annandale students and families. See map below. If you have any questions, please email Phillip Taylor at pjtaylor1@fcps.edu.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

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Annandale Community Insider - First Day of School

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

The 2021-22 school year is off to a great start! After 17 months, the joy of having all of our students back in the building was evident on the faces of our staff and students - even behind masks! Annandale staff members, along with our marching band and cheerleaders, enthusiastically welcomed our students into the building. Seeing teachers lead activities throughout the day to help students start to build relationships and feel connected as well as get them excited about course content was energizing.

Special thanks to WJLA (Channel 7) for visiting Annandale High School and capturing our first day of school. Throughout the morning, they interviewed staff, students and even our PTSA President. Check out the story here! In addition, you can check out the amazing things happening throughout the campus via Twitter by searching the hashtag #AtomNation.

Building relationships is one of our priorities. One of the ways we do this is through our W4 advisory period. The purpose of W4 is to build relationships, create community, clarify expectations, and support students’ social and emotional needs. Through W4 this morning, we distributed laptops and ensured students were able to log in. Throughout the week, we will be taking time to help students learn new technology and troubleshoot issues. 

For the most part, transportation went smoothly this morning and we worked through a number of issues this afternoon. For parents who drop off their student in the morning (aka Kiss and Ride), we ask that you do so no later than 8:00am. This will alleviate congestion and ensure your student is able to get to their first block class on time. We took good notes on what we can do to optimize and are committed to seeing all students arrive and depart on time. Hats off to FCPS Transportation for their hard work navigating a national bus driver shortage.

If you have any questions, concerns, compliments, or observations, please let me know. You can also contact your student’s teacher, counselor, or administrator. Our contact information is on the school website.

We hope all of our students have a great school year!

Shawn DeRose, Principal

2021-22 Bell Schedule

Tomorrow we will be following our normal bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year. See detailed schedule below. 

Support our Student Athletes!

Purchase a Red Card! Each fall, our sports programs sell a discount “Red Card” to raise money for their teams. The red cards include various discounts at eleven local businesses including: Community Car Care, Domino’s, Firehouse Subs, Food Corner, Jersey Mike’s, Jukebox Diner, Kilroy’s, Loopy’s, Papa Johns, Popeye’s, and Valentino’s. Red Cards are only $20 and can be used at any of the businesses through August 2022. If you would like to purchase a Red Card please reach out to a fall athlete or email John Ellenberger. The Activities Office thanks you in advance for your support of our student athletes. Go Atoms!

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Meeting - September 21, 7:00pm: The first PTSA of the 2021-22 school year will be on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Join us in Clausen Hall or virtually! Visit the Annandale PTSA website for more information.

 

Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry is available to students of Annandale High School. Students or families can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center at the rear of the building. The next pick-up date is Friday, August 27 from 3:00-4:00pm. Email questions about the pantry to pantry@annandalehsptsa.org

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Annandale Community Insider - August 22

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Annandale Student, Families, and Community:

It was great to welcome students, parents and families into the building this past Thursday at Student Orientation and Open House. 

We are even more excited to welcome students tomorrow for the start of the 2021-22 school year. WJLA (ABC Channel 7) will be broadcasting live from Annandale High School beginning at 5:00am. Be sure to tune in! 

We know that every one of our students has been impacted by COVID. We recognize that our students have faced challenges academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally over the last 17 months. At Annandale, we are committed to supporting all our students in their academics, their actions, and their wellness.

When students arrive tomorrow, they will report directly to their 4th period (aka W4) Our W4 serves as an advisory period and will meet throughout the year with the purpose of 1) building relationships 2) creating community 3) clarifying expectations and 4) sharing and cultivating our values. During W4 tomorrow, students will receive their laptop and a hard copy of their schedule. Student schedules are also viewable in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. 

Finally, this week’s Insider will provide you with important and detailed information about the first day of school. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Shawn DeRose, Principal

1st Day of School Logistics

Student Schedules: Student schedules are available for viewing in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE. In addition, students will receive a hard copy of their schedule when they report to their 4th period (W4) class on Monday morning. If a student forgets or does not know their W4 class, staff members will be stationed in the hallways to assist.

Note: We are continuing to update the master schedule and there is a possibility that a small number of student schedules may have changed since Orientation and Open House this past Thursday. Erik Healey, our Director of Student Services recently sent an email to students and families about student schedules. If you have any questions about SIS ParentVUE, please email Nicole Salgado Lopez, Administrative Assistant at nasalgadolop@fcps.edu.

  

Finding Classes: Throughout the year, and especially during the first week of school, all staff members will be in the hallways helping students find their classes during each transition. We realize that a little extra time may be needed as many of our students have not been in school since March 2020. They will get the hang of their new routine sooner than they think and we are all here to help!

 

Schedule Change Requests: Our Student Services team is working hard to make sure our students have accurate schedules. We know some of our students will want to request schedule changes. In an effort to streamline and prioritize schedule change requests, we will be asking students to complete this Course Change Request Form if they would like to make changes to their course schedule. We will work on these changes during the first few weeks if space allows in the courses. Please reach out to Erik Healey, ejhealey@fcps.edu, if you have any questions.

 

Student Laptop Distribution: Students will receive their FCPS issued laptop in their W4 class tomorrow morning. The first day of school will feature a special schedule with all students reporting to their W4 class at 8:10am. This special schedule will provide teachers the opportunity to plan activities that include technology on the first day of school and is in alignment with our priorities of providing social-emotional support in our W4 lessons. If you have any questions, please email Brian Valentine at bvalentine@fcps.edu.

 

Student Lockers: Students locker will be available by request only beginning on Monday, September 6. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Annandale Students: The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended schools’ abilities to provide the meals, by giving special exemptions last year when schools were shut down due to COVID-19. This exemption has been extended for the 2021-22 school year. For Annandale and FCPS, this means that all students, regardless of their families’ incomes, will receive free breakfast and lunch through June 2022.

 

1st Day of School Bell Schedule: Students will report to their 4th period or W4 class to pick up their laptop and receive a hard copy of their student schedule. See below for the detailed schedule.

Transportation

Student Bus Route Assignments: FCPS Office of Transportation Services emailed student bus route assignments on Friday, August 20. Please note that the provided times are estimates and that buses may be delayed due to weather, traffic conditions, and a national and regional driver shortage.  Please check the Here Comes the Bus app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Students are expected to be at their bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled pickup time. A double back route assignment may require your bus schedule to be adjusted earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Please note that a national bus driver shortage is impacting FCPS and some routes may be longer or occasionally delayed as we work through the situation. Your patience and understanding as we make adjustments is appreciated. FCPS is working hard to address the need for drivers and plan for transportation in a way that has the least impact on students. Students should consider driving, walking, or biking to school while we work through the driver shortage and adjust routes. Car pools or group walks and bikes are also encouraged for those who are able to help relieve pressure on buses.

 

Kiss and Ride: Student drop off/pick up (aka Kiss and Ride) is conducted at the main entrance (door #1). Parents should drop their student(s) off no earlier than 7:45am. Students are dismissed from school at 2:55pm. If you have any questions, please email Phillip Taylor, Safety and Security Specialist, at pjtaylor1@fcps.edu.

 

Student Parking Information: This year, students will have the opportunity to purchase parking permits to park on the Annandale campus. Information about how to purchase a parking permit for the 2021-22 school year will be shared soon after the school year begins. Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, students can park in any designated student parking space until permits are issued. If you have any questions, please email Phillip Taylor, Safety and Security Specialist, at pjtaylor1@fcps.edu

Other Information

Student Attendance: In order for our students to get the most out of their education, they must be in school and on time to class every day. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half of the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. If your student must be absent from school, please inform the school. The attendance phone number is 703-642-4151.

 

Academy Students: Students taking Academy courses should report to the Auditorium during 4th period (W4) when they arrive to school on Monday morning. Moving forward, academy students should report to T-9 before getting on the shuttle and upon their return. 

Academy students will receive an email with shuttle information before Monday. Given the shuttle times this year, there will be instances in which students may be arriving approximately 15 minutes late to the class immediately after their Academy course.

 

Updated Mask Requirements: This week, FCPS updated mask requirements for staff. FCPS’ universal indoor masking requirement is now extended to everyone inside an FCPS building. Please note: Governor Northam just announced universal masking indoors for all K-12 schools so FCPS is aligned with the state mandate. 

Important Dates

August 23 - First Day of School for Students

August 28 - Public Safety Day and Vaccination Clinic, 11am-3pm

September 3-6 - Labor Day Holiday (No school on Friday, Sept. 3 or Monday, Sept. 6)

September 21 - First PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm

September 30 - Back to School Night 2021

October 4-8 - Homecoming Week

October 9 - Homecoming Dance

October 13 - PSAT/SAT Day

 

Public Safety Day and Vaccine Clinic - August 28, from 11am-3pm: Annandale High School, in partnership with Communities of Trust, will be hosting a Public Safety Day event on August 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This free event will include activities for families such as face painting, games, food and drinks, and more. This is an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the public safety services that are available and interact with public safety officials from various departments. During this event, there will also be an opportunity to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. Those interested in the vaccine should register through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Free transportation from Poe MS, Holmes MS, Annandale Terrace ES, Braddock ES, Bren Mar Park ES, Columbia ES, and Weyanoke ES will be available.

 

SAT School Day - October 13: On Wednesday, October 13, Annandale High School students in grade 12 will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. To reserve a seat for your senior to take this exam, families are asked to complete the Annandale HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form by Wednesday, September 8. General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Annandale High School, please contact our College and Career Specialist/SAT School Day Coordinator, Niko Centeno-Monroy at bcentenomon1@fcps.edu.

Support our Student Athletes!

Purchase a Red Card! Each fall, our sports programs sell a discount “Red Card” to raise money for their teams. The red cards include various discounts at eleven local businesses including: Community Car Care, Domino’s, Firehouse Subs, Food Corner, Jersey Mike’s, Jukebox Diner, Kilroy’s, Loopy’s, Papa Johns, Popeye’s, and Valentino’s. Red Cards are only $20 and can be used at any of the businesses through August 2022. If you would like to purchase a Red Card please reach out to a fall athlete or email John Ellenberger. The Activities Office thanks you in advance for your support of our student athletes. Go Atoms!

Awesome Atoms!

Congrats Annandale Summer Graduates! Congrats to the seven (7) students from Annandale High School who completed graduation requirements this summer and graduated on August 10 at Woodson High School. FCPS staff including Mr. DeRose and school board members celebrated their students’ success at the commencement ceremony.

News from the Activities Office

Check out this week's Atoms Athletics and Activities newsletter. You can also check out important information from the Activities Office on the Annandale High School Athletics and Activities website or AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email John Ellenberger at jellenberger@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

 

Get Involved, Join a Club or Sport! Here at Annandale, we value community and belonging. There is no better way to get involved than through our athletics & activities! Check out our complete list of sports, clubs, and organizations here. Feel free to reach out to the coaches and sponsors with any questions.

 

Still Time to Play a Fall Sport! If you are interested in joining one of our Fall sports programs, there is still time. The coaches listed below are still accepting players, no experience is needed:

News from the PTSA

PTSA Membership: On behalf of the Annandale High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we would like to welcome you to the 2021–2022 school year. The key ingredient to our success is YOU. Please dare to make a difference, be better informed and join the PTSA today by filling out the online 2021–22 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PTSA Meeting - September 21, 7:00pm: The first PTSA of the 2021-22 school year will be on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00pm. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Join us in Clausen Hall or virtually! Visit the Annandale PTSA website for more information.

 

Pantry Distribution: The AHS PTSA pantry is available to students of Annandale High School. Students or families can pick up a bag of food in the Annandale Neighborhood Center at the rear of the building. The next pick-up date is Friday, August 27 from 3:00-4:00pm. Email questions about the pantry to pantry@annandalehsptsa.org

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