Annandale Community Insider - January 29

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I will be spending my Sunday coaching my son’s 3rd grade basketball team. Our team name is the “tater tots.” Needless to say, we have a lot of fun. Right after that game, I will be heading off to Hayfield to watch my 7th grade daughter’s basketball game. I plan on spending the rest of the evening relaxing and watching football. 

This past Thursday, I hosted a virtual Winter Principal Check-In. At the check-in, I shared the ways we are working together through our systems and structures to ensure that our students can achieve their full potential. The work of our teams and our collaboration as a school is a driving force for our improvement. Every member of our staff plays an important role in our students’ success - and we have so much to celebrate. 

This week we celebrated our Student of the Month winners at a VIP breakfast for each winner and two of their guests. Check out the photos below. 

Our students are also being recognized outside of our school building for their contribution to our community and the Arts. For example, an Annandale student was recently named as a Fairfax County Peace Awards Recipient. Four of our students were selected for All District Band, and five for Regional Orchestra. In addition, two of our Art students were honored at the Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

Students are also being honored for their academic achievements. We recently learned Annandale is one of two high schools in Virginia that boast two Jack Kent Cooke Semi-Finalists and this week, ten Annandale students were selected to advance to the Regional Science Fair. Earlier in the year we celebrated over 80 students who received the MYP certificate, up from just 20 last year. And just this month we celebrated 63 IB Diploma students, which represents the highest participation rate in our diploma program history

Our students carry these experiences and achievements with them beyond high school. In fact, when our IB Diploma Recipients returned for the ceremony, they said over and over again how their experiences here at Annandale prepared them for success after high school. Our students are having more success than ever. As we look toward the second semester, the upcoming testing season, and graduation, I am excited to see the many ways our students will continue to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

Have a great week, Atom Nation. As always, reach out with questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

Now-February 1 - W4 Check-ins 

Now-February 6 - SIS ParentVue & StudentVue Unavailable

January 30 - PRIDE Time 3.0 Begins

February 1 - WiDA Testing Begins

February 6 - After School Academic Program Begins

February 6 - Atoms Athletics Booster Club Meeting, 6pm

February 13 - W4 Activities Day

February 20 - Presidents Day (No School)

February 20 - Spring Sports Begin

February 21 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

March 2 - 2 Hour Early Release

March 3 - Student Holiday

April 3-7 - Spring Break

April 13 - End of 3rd Quarter

April 13 - 2 Hour Early Release

April 14 - Student Holiday

April 21 - Eid al Fitr (No School)

 

Now thru February 1 - W4 Check-ins: The social and emotional wellness of our students continue to be a priority at Annandale. Similar to last year, teachers will be conducting one-on-one check-ins with students in their advisory (W4) class now through February 1. These conversations are another opportunity to build a caring and trusting environment for all students, cultivate positive relationships, and identify student needs. The W4 lesson on January 5 asked students to reflect in order to prepare them for their check-in.

 

Now Thru February 6 - SIS ParentVue & StudentVue Unavailable: FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents now through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed now until Monday, February 6, at 6:00am.

 

January 30 - PRIDE Time 3.0: Our next round of PRIDE Time will begin tomorrow, January 30 and will run until February 28. The focus of PRIDE Time 3.0 is to support students completion of Social Studies PBAs, provide remediation for seniors needing to pass SOLs, and support students in raising their grades. PRIDE Time 3.0 assignments have been updated in SIS. 

 

February 1 - WiDA Testing Begins: WiDA testing will begin on Wednesday, February 1 with more than 645 students at Annandale will be scheduled to complete the four-part WiDA. Federal law requires that all Level 1-5 English Learners (ELs) participate annually in an English language proficiency assessment. WiDA ACCESS for ELs consists of the following parts: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking. Students will take the four parts of WiDA over 3 test sessions. This assessment determines a student’s English language proficiency level, eligibility for ESOL services and testing accommodations. It also provides teachers with information they can use to plan for and support their students’ learning.

 

February 6 - After School Academic Program (ASAP) Begins: Beyond the support we provide during the school day, teachers also stay after school to work with students who need additional help. Our after-school academic support program (ASAP) will begin Monday, February 6 and will run each week on our late-bus days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students assigned to ASAP will receive notification of their day, teacher, and location, this week. Parents will also be notified of these assignments. We ask for your support in ensuring students stay after school.

Awesome Atoms!

AHS Celebrates Students of the Month: Congratulations to Hector Alvarez, Rahaf Bahr, Abu Bangura, Williams Boateng, Anthony Campos, Hosana Ghirmay, Nooria Luddin, Anthony McCants, Gia Bao Nguyen, Thanh Nguyen, and Lebith Rojas Ruiz for being selected as our November Students of the Month. Further congratulations to Sosan Barakzai, Takoda Calvin, Santiago Carmona Nerio, Michelle Collins Escobar, Theresa Lee, Angel Andre Lopez Polo, Ahsanullah Luddin, Fatmata Musa, Pamela Navarrete Amaya, Maryam Parwana, and Yonatan Umana Bonilla for being selected as our December Students of the Month. Each month, Annandale teachers nominate one student who exemplifies one of our Atoms Agreements of Empathy, Determination, and Safety. In November, our focus was on Safety. In December, our focus was on Empathy. Congratulations to all for being selected as our Student of the Month winners!

 

Ten Annandale Students Advance to Regional Science Fair: A huge shout-out to all of the teachers who guided students through the science fair project process. Over the last few months our science teams have been working to support students as they prepare their Science Fair Projects. On Monday, January 23, Annandale held our in-school science fair. From there, Annandale will send 10 projects to the Regional Science Fair that will take place the weekend of March 17-19. A big thank you to all of our students and staff members who participated in making this year’s science fair a success!

 

Annandale Places 2nd in One Act Competition: Annandale Theatre 3 and 4 students took 2nd place at the VHSL One-Act Sectional this past weekend with their play, Burglars, Bunglers & Neighborhood Thieves. They will be advancing to Regionals. Congratulations to Tim Hurd, Casey Visscher, Kaya Thomas, Sammetta Worzie, Hang Minh Nguyen, Sandy Rocha, Mars Crowley, Hárū Hernández and Ms. Brunberg.

 

Annandale Students Attend Music Leadership Symposium: Orchestra students Asia Pham, Melanie Lam, Hector Alvarez, and Alison Coria-Tarazona attended Scott Lang's Music Leadership Symposium on Thursday at Lake Braddock SS. They had the chance to learn leadership skills that apply both in and outside of the music classroom and hear about why music education is so important. A huge thank you to FCPS and Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education for sponsoring this clinic.

 

Welcome Todd Diamond, Art Teacher: We are excited to welcome Todd Diamond as our Art Teacher. Todd has spent the last 20 years working in academic support in higher education, simultaneously moonlighting as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Upon deciding to finally take the plunge and commit himself fully to his passion for art, he first completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing, immediately followed by a Master’s in Art Education, both from George Mason University. Having recently graduated in the Fall of 2022, he is excited to take the first steps in his new career.

 

Annandale Students Participate in Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities: Congratulations to juniors Christina Abouzeki and Shane Gomez for attending the Virginia Governor’s School for Humanities at Radford University last summer! After applying last winter and making it past the school, county, and state levels, they were two of approximately 150 students throughout the entire state of Virginia selected for the prestigious four-week residential program. The program is described as “extremely competitive, [with] most students selected ranking in the top 10% of their class”. The two took collegiate level classes taught by renowned professors from various educational backgrounds. They had the opportunity to conduct hands-on research on a discipline of their choosing, and for their final “Gov-Stock” project, the two compiled a presentation analyzing statistics on political polarization and self-censorship.

 

Annandale Hosts Annual Pizza & Pizzicato Event with US Army Band: On Wednesday, Annandale High School welcomed 260 Orchestra and String students from our pyramid to our annual Pizza and Pizzicato event. We were honored to host SGM Woods from The United States Army Band clinic with each school and put on an inspiring performance that was standing room only. A huge thank you to our pyramid teachers and the Annandale Orchestra students who pulled off an amazing event! 

Important Information

High School Academy Open Houses: FCPS high school academies are now hosting open houses. A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses. Click here to learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

 

Free Live Tutoring Service Available to Annandale Students: Our Atoms Agreement of Determination means that we try, even when it is difficult; do our best; are present and engaged; show up on time; and create goals and strive to achieve them. To support students in demonstrating Determination, a recent W4 lesson shared detailed information about ways students can take control of their own learning, including preparing for retakes and accessing supports such as Tutor.com. We will continue to use W4 lessons to build students skills around self-advocacy and determination. Click here to learn more.

Opportunities

Chaperones for Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance needed! The class of 2023 needs your help! We are in search of volunteers to chaperone the Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Dance on Saturday, February 18 from 8:30pm-11:00pm at Annandale High School. This dance is a fundraiser event to raise money for the prom and our Senior class would greatly appreciate any support from teachers and parents to help out with the event. Even if you are only able to support us for part of the event, please consider helping out for an hour! Here is the link to a form to let us know you are coming!

 

Sign Up for a Writing Conference with the AWC: The trained peer tutors of the Atoms Writing Center will continue to provide support for students with writing in any class. Use this link to sign up for a writing conference. If you haven’t already, you should also join our Schoology group to get important updates and announcements from the AWC all year by going to “Groups” > ”My Groups” > ”Join Group” then putting in this code: 9MSF-KSDM-B7HCP. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AtomsWC. Contact Mrs. Hanson with any questions.

 

SAT & ACT Test Prep Support: Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website

 

February 1 - 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

 

February 1 - CTE Summer Academy Registration Opens: This is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration. 

 

February 3 - Virginia Boys State Interest Form Due: Virginia Boys State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. Participants represent AHS at the 2023 Boys State convention. To participate students must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Boys State website. Boys State will be held at Radford University from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023. If you are a Junior and interested in applying, please complete the Boys State 2023 Interest Form. Contact Cheryl Kim with questions.

 

February 4 - Edison Academy Open House - Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:00am-1:00pm (snow date is Saturday, February 11).  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 for additional information.

 

March 1 - Global Navigator Scholarship - Deadline Extended! The Global Navigator Scholarship High School Summer Abroad with the Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE) offer programs and scholarships intended to open the world to students, helping them navigate across languages, connect with other cultures, and impact global/local issues in today’s interconnected world. Students still have time to apply, the deadline was extended to March 1. You can view the Summer 2023 Flyer to see what opportunities are available. Reach out with any questions to Meredith Hedrick or Laura Wells.

 

March 3 - 2023 VDOE Granville P. Meade Scholarship Application Due: The Virginia Department of Education’s 2023 Granville P. Meade Scholarship fund provides scholarships to students who have achieved academically, but who are financially unable to attend one of Virginia’s public or private colleges, universities, or community colleges. Each scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 per year for four years, provided the student continues to meet the scholarship requirements. Students may apply through the online application portal which opens on January 30, 2023. All students interested in applying must create an account to access the application, request letters of recommendation, and upload academic records. 

 

March 6 - Preparing for Difficult Conversations about Drugs Presentation, 6-8pm: FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board on Monday, March 6 from 6-8pm in the Annandale High School Library as we share knowledge and information that will help parents and caregivers engage in meaningful conversations with their students about drugs.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

 

Highlights from the Activities Office: Boys basketball lost two tough games to defending state champion Hayfield and a gritty Falls Church team. They look to right the ship vs Justice and TJ this week. Girls basketball played hard but got cold at the wrong time during each game vs Hayfield and Falls Church. They travel to Justice and finish the week with senior night vs TJ. Wrestling held their annual Pack the Pit vs Mount Vernon for senior night on Wednesday. The results weren't what we wanted but the wrestlers battled. A young team with a lot of growth means the future is bright for the grappling Atoms. Gymnastics prepares for the National District meet Monday evening at Mount Vernon. Indoor Track prepares for the National District meet next Friday and Saturday evening. Swim/Dive competed in the National District competition Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Two divers will move on to regionals while many swimmers move to Saturday finals.

 

This Week: 

Monday, January 30

National District Gymnastics Meet @ Mount Vernon - 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 31

F/JV/V Boys vs Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/V Girls @ Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Thursday, February 2

National District Wrestling Tournament @ Lewis - 12:00pm

Friday, February 3

F/JV/V Girls vs TJ (SENIOR NIGHT) - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/V Boys @ TJ - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Occoquan Region Dive Competition @ Oak Marr Rec Center - Boys 8:45am, Girls 12:30pm

Occoquan Region Swim Prelims @ Oak Marr Rec Center - 5:30pm

National District Indoor Track Championship @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Arlington - 6:00pm

Saturday, February 4

Occoquan Region Swim Finals @ Oak Marr Rec Center - 5:30pm

National District Indoor Track Championship @ George Mason University - 2:30pm

 

Spring Sports Begin February 20: The first three days of tryouts are posted below. Before a student-athlete is allowed to tryout they must have three completed items: 1) VHSL physical, 2) completed activity registration, and 3) insurance. You can find more information by clicking the tryout information page on the AnnandaleAtoms.net website. If you have questions, please contact the Activities Office at (703) 642-4170.

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

Now thru February 24 - Academic Advising: Our counselors began meeting one-on-one with students through their English classes. We began with our rising seniors and then will work through the other grade levels over the next several weeks. Students will be sent an email with their appointment time the weekend before they are scheduled to meet with their counselor. As always, students and families can get more information about course selection on our Academic Advising website. Below is the academic advising timeline:

  • January 9-19: Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 19-February 3: Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3-17: Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24: Final deadline to change course requests

 

January 30 - Last Minute College Help Session: Students, are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Complete this Google form to be requested during PRIDE Time on January 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

 

February 6 - 2nd Quarter Grades Posted: Grades for the second quarter and the first semester will be available to students and families through StudentVue and ParentVue by Monday, February 6. 

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

 

Early Online College at NOVA - Spring Session: Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on January 31 and end on April 24. Courses are for college credit only and designed to jumpstart students' college experience. These courses were selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities. For more information, contact NOVA’s Office of Dual Enrollment at [email protected].

 

Thursday NOVA Help Sessions: If you are planning to attend NOVA and need assistance, come to Room 90, from 3:00-4:00pm on Thursdays. Below is the topics for each session: 

  • Choosing a program - February 2, March 9
  • Application and account set up - February 9, March 16
  • FAFSA - February 16, March 23
  • Course Planning - February 23, March 30
News from the PTSA

PTSA Committee Members Needed! The PTSA is seeking members for two important committees: 1) a nominating committee to identify, vet, and nominate a slate of candidates for next year’s PTSA Board; and 2) a scholarship committee to select the 2023 PTSA scholarship recipients. Please contact Annamaria Nields ([email protected]) if you are interested in serving on either committee.  

  • Nominating Committee: Each year the PTSA forms a committee to identify people interested in serving as PTSA officers. The Nominating Committee advertises the opportunities available and explains how to apply, receives nominations and identifies potential candidates, and presents a slate of nominees at the April PTSA general membership meeting.   
  • Scholarship Committee: The PTSA needs two additional people to join this year’s Scholarship Committee. The Committee works with Annandale’s College and Career Specialist to advertise the scholarship opportunities, collect applications, and determine the 2023 scholarship recipient(s). Additional information about PTSA scholarships is available here: https://annandalehsptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/home.

 

Annandale PTSA Pantry Needs Help Restocking! We need help restocking regularly. Please consider donating, every donation helps. Visit the pantry website here to learn more and about ways to donate.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (01/30-02/04)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We finish another exciting week of athletics and activities. A lot to be proud of within all of our programs. We begin postseason action with swim and dive competing in the National District meet to complete the week today, while our wrestling and indoor track team compete this upcoming week! We begin to close the door on the winter season but make note below of the first three days of spring sports tryouts! We officially start in a little over three weeks!

We would like to send a huge congratulations to our One Acts team. They took second place in the VHSL One Acts sectional Friday afternoon! They will be moving on to regionals in a few a weeks! Orchestra held their Pizza and Pizzacoto Wednesday evening, that hosted over 260 elementary students! It was a huge success that continues to build our orchestra department!

Our athletic teams and performing arts continue their hard work and dedication to making the Annandale community proud!  As we begin to wrap up our winter season and look forward to our spring seasons, we encourage our community to come out and show their support!

Go Atoms!  

Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

 

Boys basketball lost two tough games to defending state champion Hayfield and a gritty Falls Church team. They look to right the ship vs Justice and TJ this week.

Girls basketball played hard but got cold at the wrong time during each game vs Hayfield and Falls Church. They travel to Justice and finish the week with senior night vs TJ.

Wrestling held their annual Pack the Pit vs Mount Vernon for senior night on Wednesday. The results weren't what we wanted but the wrestlers battled. A young team with a lot of growth means the future is bright for the grappling Atoms.

Gymnastics prepares for the National District meet Monday evening at Mount Vernon. 

Indoor Track prepares for the National District meet next Friday and Saturday evening.

Swim/Dive competed in the National District competition Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Two divers will move on to regionals while many swimmers move to Saturday finals.

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Spring Tryout Dates and Information

We a little over three weeks away from spring sports getting under way. The first three days of tryouts are posted below.  Before a student-athlete is allowed to tryout they must have three completed items. A VHSL physical, completed activity registration, and insurance. You can find more information by clicking on the link below.

Annandale sports tryout information

If you have questions, please contact the Annandale Activities Office (703)-642-4170

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

Atoms Athletics Booster Meeting

Looking to join the Atoms Athletics Booster Club and be a part of raising funds and supporting Atoms Athletics?! Then come out to our next booster meeting!

Monday, February 6 6:00pm Driver's Education room (Enter through Door 10) We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

BOYS BASKETBALL, Jerome McAvoy: 

The Atoms boys basketball team competed hard against Hayfield and Falls Church but came up short in both games. The boys JV team continues to roll they have won 7 out of their last 8. They have a great opportunity to finish the season 12-2 in conference. Coach DeWayne Nelson leadership and guidance has propelled our boys to playing outstanding basketball. The district grind continues next week. We host Justice on Tuesday. It will be a big night for our community as we are hosting the Annandale Boys and Girls Club night.  We expect a great environment.  Any ABGC player who wears their jersey will get free admission and during halftime of the Varsity game, ABGC travel team will play in front of our crowd.  We close the week at Jefferson.

GYMNASTICS, Madison Morella:

Gymnastics is set for the National District Championship Monday at Mount Vernon High School!

WRESTLING, Josh Damico: 

The Varsity Wrestling Team had their final match of the year on Wednesday the 25th, Senior Night aka PACK THE PIT where the seniors wear white and the team wrestled under the spotlight. The dual went in favor of the opposing Mount Vernon Majors 45-30, but the young team tried their best to send the seniors out with a win. Senior Marcelo Pozo ran his record to 33-2 with a second period pin; with that pin Pozo has locked the top seed for next weeks district tournament. Others winning matches were Freshmen Charlie McGinity (106) and Adam Khaliqi (113), and Sophomores Dom Vejcik (150) and Jordy Lopez-Funes (157) The Varsity will begin the postseason at Lewis High School on 2/2 for the National District Tournament.

The JV Atoms conclude their season today at the prestigious CHAMPIONSHIPS OF THE WORLD! Action starts at 9am.

INDOOR TRACK, Phil Harris: 

This week the Atoms Indoor Track team travels to TJ community center for the last regular season meet of competition. We expect some great performances as well as the return of Coach Phil Harris as we also prepare the District championships next week.

SWIM/DIVE, Carmen Lucas: 

Dive competed in the National District Dive competition on Thursday. Nathan Tran came away with a third place finish in the boys competition and Morgan Milman finished sixth. Both divers move on to the Occoquan Regional meet next week.  Swim completed the first night of National District Prelims last night with many Atom swimmers moving on to the finals tonight. 

Annandale Swim & Dive finished their first two rounds of Districts with Dive on Thursday and Swim prelims on Friday! Our whole team showed out this year with about half qualifying for finals, and several kids qualifying for Regionals in both swim and dive. On to finals tomorrow to see which relays will go.

Annandale Swim & Dive finished their first two rounds of Districts with Dive on Thursday and Swim prelims on Friday! Our whole team showed out this year with about half qualifying for finals, and several kids qualifying for Regionals in both swim and dive. On to finals tomorrow to see which relays will go.

Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Spring, AHS Performing Arts will be embarking on their Spring Trip to Florida, getting the opportunity to work with two college performing arts departments along the way. Donate at tinyurl.com/SpringTripDonate to support students getting to go on this trip!

 

BAND, Director Tyron Barnes:

"Congratulations to the following band students for winning their audition to participate in the All-District Band for District 10:

Shane Gomez-Trumpet

Tyler Perez-Euphonium

Vincent Vuong-Bass Clarinet"

CHOIR, Director Pat Vaughn:

As the second quarter wraps up, the Choirs at Annandale are beginning preparations for our State Assessment in March, our District Chorus event to be held on February 9-10 and our Singing Valentines which will be delivered on Tuesday, February 14. Singing Valentines will go on sale the week of February 6 in all lunches. 

ORCHESTRA, Director Annie Ray:

It has been a busy week for Annandale Orchestras!

On Wednesday, Annandale HS welcomed 260 Orchestra and String students from our pyramid to our annual Pizza and Pizzicato event. We were honored to have SGM Woods from The United States Army Band clinic with each school and put on an inspiring performance that was standing room only. A huge thank you to our pyramid teachers and Annandale Orchestra students who pulled off an amazing event!

Orchestra students Asia Pham, Melanie Lam, Hector Alvarez, and Alison Coria-Tarazona attended Scott Lang's Music Leadership Symposium on Thursday at Lake Braddock SS. They had the chance to learn leadership skills that apply both in and outside of the music classroom and hear about why music education is so important. A huge thank you to FCPS and Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education for sponsoring this clinic!

Pictures from both events can be found here:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10RBlwD9OZZnubHMypmulD3FgpbO_Vztu

Supporting Orchestra - Benevity

PLEASE check your corporate policies, many companies filter donations for employees through an entity called Benevity. ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA BOOSTERS is now registered with Benevity.

Benevity is a company that can help turn your volunteer hours into Donations for Orchestra!!! Please check with your corporate HR to see if your company uses Benevity. If your company does use Benevity, they may either match donations you make to the Orchestra Boosters, or you may simply need to record hours that you participate in orchestra events and your company may provide money to the Orchestra Boosters. (Some companies TRIPLE donations to charities made through Benevity and others offer a certain dollar amount of donation for time you're already spending participating in Orchestra events)

We know that Google, Visa, UPS, Starbucks, Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft and Netflix offer these options, but many mor in the area may as well.

THEATRE, Director Katie Brunberg:

Annandale Theatre Company just wrapped a successful production of Firebringer directed by alumna Amanda Weaver. Up next we have our Spring musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Auditions are February 6th! Students can sign up HERE.

Congratulations to One Acts on finishing second place!

 

 

Theatre 3 & 4 students took 2nd place at the VHSL One-Act Sectional this past weekend with their play, Burglars, Bunglers & Neighborhood Thieves. They will be advancing to Regionals. Congratulations to Tim Hurd, Casey Visscher, Kaya Thomas, Sammetta Worzie, Hang Minh Nguyen, Sandy Rocha, Mars Crowley,  Hárū Hernández, and Ms.Brunberg

Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Make sure you're getting proper rest and sleep every night! This will help your body recover from games and assist with preventing sickness during the winter months!

Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule January 30-February 4

Monday, January 30

National District Gymnastics Meet @ Mount Vernon - 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 31

F/JV/V Boys vs Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/V Girls @ Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Thursday, February 2

National District Wrestling Tournament @ Lewis - 12:00pm

Friday, February 3

F/JV/V Girls vs TJ (SENIOR NIGHT) - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/V Boys @ TJ - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Occoquan Region Dive Competition @ Oak Marr Rec Center

     Boys - 8:45am

     Girls - 12:30pm

Occoquan Region Swim Prelims @ Oak Marr Rec Center - 5:30pm

National District Indoor Track Championship @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Arlington - 6:00pm

Saturday, February 4

Occoquan Region Swim Finals @ Oak Marr Rec Center - 5:30pm

National District Indoor Track Championship @ George Mason University  - 2:30pm

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Annandale HS Student Services Newsletter

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Annandale Student Services

Message from the Director:

Dear Atom Nation,

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the first semester. Grades for the second quarter and the first semester will be available to students and families through StudentVue and ParentVue by Monday, February 6. 

At Annandale, we utilize a rolling gradebook because we believe students learn at varying paces and a rolling gradebook supports this belief. In a rolling gradebook, the final grade is determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments given throughout the year, not an average of quarter marks. Instead of using nine weeks to mark “the end of learning,” a rolling gradebook records long-term progress as the year goes on, not just short-term achievement in each quarter. It also provides a more accurate reflection of the student grade at any given point in time, and at the end of the year. This philosophy is also supported by the IB programme, which recommends using mastery-based trends to more accurately reflect progress over time. 

I encourage students and families to communicate with teachers about grades and learning progress. Our counselors are also available to support students and answer any questions. 

Erik Healey

Director of Student Services

Important Dates
  • February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair at West Springfield HS
  • February 10 - FCPS Parent Project Begins (see flier below)
  • February 10 - NOVA MEC Field Trip (permission forms due January 25)

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year

  • January 9 to 19 - Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 19 to February 3 - Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3 to 17 - Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24 - final deadline to change course requests

Virginia Boys State 2023: Virginia Boys State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. We will recommend outstanding young men, who demonstrate an interest in the Virginia government, to represent AHS at the 2023 Boys State convention. Participants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Boys State website.

Boys State will be held at Radford University from Sun. June 18 to Sat. June 24, 2023. You must be able to attend the entire program. No exceptions.

If you are an 11th grader and interested in applying, please complete the Boys State 2023 Interest Form by Friday, February 3: https://tinyurl.com/yfafu77c

Contact: Cheryl Kim

[email protected]

Virginia Girls State 2023: Virginia Girls State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. We will recommend outstanding young women, who demonstrate an interest in the Virginia government, to represent AHS at the 2023 Girls State convention. Participants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Girls State website.

Girls State will be held at Longwood University from Sun. June 18 to Sat. June 24, 2023. You must be able to attend the entire program. No exceptions.

 If you are an 11th grader and interested in applying, please complete the Girls State 2023 Interest Form by Thursday, Jan. 26: https://tinyurl.com/5n6etpv6

Contact: Cheryl Kim

[email protected]

Last Minute College Help Sessions: Are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Complete this Google form to be requested during Pride Time on Jan. 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30-9:00 pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431. 

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30-9:00 pm.

College & Career Corner

Thursday NOVA Help Sessions: If you are planning to attend NOVA and need assistance, come to Room 90, from 3:00-4:00 pm. 

  • Choosing a program - February 2, March 9
  • Application and account set up - February 9, March 16
  • FAFSA - February 16, March 23
  • Course Planning - February 23, March 30

Register to Take the ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test measures a young adult’s strengths and weaknesses and provides feedback on potential for future career success. Students are encouraged to take the test because it is a valuable career assessment tool which can help identify which career is best for each student. Though the test is developed by the Department of Defense, it is not just for those going into the military. It’s a great start to finding the perfect career for students by highlighting those skills which students naturally have. To sign up for the ASVAB test you may go see your school counselor or contact your local recruiter, Staff Sergeant Meas at 703-424-8923.

NOVA Vision: FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering a virtual opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options at the post-secondary level. The conference will include a presentation from Accommodations and Accessibility Services, a student panel, and a Q & A session.

NOVA Vision 2023 - Virtual Event, April 19, 2023:  4:00–6:00 pm.

  • Click HERE to complete the FCPS registration form
  • Click HERE to register and receive ZOOM link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts ONE MONTH prior to application deadlines. Please take into account winter break. Students who have early January application deadlines should have submitted Transcript Requests before the end of November. The Student Services staff needs adequate time to process the large number of requests that we receive. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site

Fridays FAFSA/VASA Help During Lunch: Need help filling out the FAFSA or VASA? Every Friday our Financial Aid Champion, Ms. Mahieu will be offering FAFSA and VASA help to students during their lunch period. If you are interested in registering for an appointment during your lunch period please email Ms. Wells at [email protected] or Mr. Yeagley at [email protected] so they can schedule the appointment for you. Please be sure you include the Friday you would like to come in, as well as what lunch you have that day.

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Annandale Community Insider - January 22

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

Our priorities at Annandale - relationships and support, high quality instruction, and strong collaboration - mean that we do everything we can to support every student by name and by need. We do this by implementing dynamic systems that help us match the each student's individual needs with appropriate supports. Each quarter, our coaches and collaborative teams work together to identify students for PRIDE Time based on comprehensive data including grades, SOL and credit needs, and assessments, among other data points. And, because students’ needs evolve, identification is based on a variety of priorities that change as the year progresses. 

To this end, on January 30, we will begin our third iteration of PRIDE Time for this school year. For this round of PRIDE Time, students were identified to receive support for their social studies project-based assessments, struggling grades, and senior-specific needs to ensure they will meet all graduation requirements. Students’ schedules will be updated in SIS by Sunday, January 29.

We have also begun to provide teacher-supported academic coaching through some of our Study Hall PRIDE Times. In these Study Halls, students will get help accessing their grades, reflecting on and making decisions around their academic needs, and implementing next steps - including accessing tutor.com for additional help. As a reminder, live one-on-one tutoring is available to all students at no cost through our partnership with tutor.com.

Beyond the support we provide during the school day, teachers also stay after school to work with students who need additional help. Our after-school academic support program (ASAP) will begin Monday, January 30 and will run each week on our late-bus days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students assigned to ASAP will receive notification of their day, teacher, and location, next week. Parents will also be notified of these assignments and we ask for your support in ensuring students stay after school. 

As a reminder, Wednesday marks the end of the second quarter and will be a two-hour early release for students. There will be no school for students on Thursday and Friday so that teachers can attend professional development and finalize grades.

Finally, please join me on Thursday, January 26, from 6:30-7:30pm, for a virtual Principal Check-In (link to event will be sent on Monday). I will share updates on how we are supporting students at Annandale and answer questions you may have. 

Have a great week and Go Atoms!

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 25 - End of 2nd Quarter 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release

January 25 - Music Leadership Symposium

January 25 - February 6 - SIS ParentVue & StudentVue Unavailable

January 26 - Virginia Girls State 2023 Interest Form Due

January 26-27 - Student Holiday

February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair

February 20 - Presidents Day (No School)

March 2 - 2 Hour Early Release

March 3 - Student Holiday

April 3-7 - Spring Break

April 13 - End of 3rd Quarter

April 13 - 2 Hour Early Release

April 14 - Student Holiday

April 21 - Eid al Fitr (No School)

 

Now thru February 1 - W4 Check-ins: The social and emotional wellness of our students continues to be a priority at Annandale. Similar to last year, teachers will be conducting one-on-one check-ins with students in their advisory (W4) class now through February 1. These conversations are another opportunity to build a caring and trusting environment for all students, cultivate positive relationships, and identify student needs. The W4 lesson on January 5 asked students to reflect in order to prepare them for their check-in.

 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release: Wednesday, January 25 is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students (Red Day).

 

January 26-27 - Student Holiday: Schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Awesome Atoms!

Annandale Senior Graduates from Public Health Ambassador Program: A senior at Annandale HS, Mariamawit Ezechiel “Mary,” will graduate from the Public Health Ambassador Program in February. Mary is part of the 3rd cohort graduating from this innovative program where students receive training to become community health workers. The program, recently profiled on NPR, brings African, African American, and Hispanic high school students into the healthcare field through an extensive introductory program. They are not just blazing a pathway to a new career in a vital industry but are also learning how to bring these services and education back to their communities.

 

Annandale Boys Basketball Wins at the Buzzer on Senior Night: Congrats to the Varsity Boys Basketball team who came from behind to defeat Lewis on a buzzer beater by senior Sam Dailey! Huge shoutout to parents Annamarie Nields, Sue Dailey, and our managers for organizing an outstanding Senior Night.

 

Special Education Lead and Aspiring Administrator, Jae Lee Recognized in FCPS Cares Program: Here is what the nomination had to say: "Thank you for being an amazing MentorWorks Program Coordinator! In a time when everyone is stretched thin, you continue to go the extra mile. You ensure that newly-placed mentors feel welcome at Annandale HS, and after they are matched to a mentee, you provide them with guidance and support. You enrich your program with activities and events, and those events enrich the lives of your students. You maintain your program data, and every time I ask you to do “one more thing”, you are willing and able! You make my job easier every day, and I continue to be inspired by your grace, generosity, kindness, and enthusiasm."

 

Mentoring Program Celebration: Our Annandale Atoms mentors and mentees met this past week and bonded over pizza and drinks to celebrate the end of the 2nd quarter. Mentors support and provide check-ins to students and build positive relationships that extends beyond the classroom. This is just another example of how the Annandale staff goes above and beyond for our students.

 

Annandale Theatre Company Closes a Successful Production of Firebringer: This weekend, Alumna Amanda Weaver shined as a first time director, and over half the cast performed in their first ever musical! What they were able to pull it off in just 4 weeks is a testament to the dedication and skill of AHS theatre and chorus students and their teachers. Annandale Theatre Company will close out their season with the Spring musical, The Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical. Auditions will be held beginning February 6. Students can sign up to audition here. Students can also work behind the scenes by joining a crew here. All are welcome! Email Ms. Brunberg with questions.

 

Annandale Student Artists Recognized in 2023 Regional Scholastic Art Awards: Congratulations to Annandale art students  Linsday Garcia-Cajina and Mayah Kim who were recognized by the Regional Scholastic Art Awards program for 2023. A distinguished panel of judges awarded winners in the following categories: Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key. Both students received an honorable mention. Congratulations to both.

 

Annandale Students Selected to Participate in All-District: Congratulations to the following band students for winning their audition to participate in the All-District Band for District 10: Shane Gomez (Trumpet), Tyler Perez (Euphonium), Vincent Vuong (Bass Clarinet).

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

Thank You for the Gift Card Donations - Thank you to those of you who donated gift cards. We use the cards as prizes for our staff at faculty meetings and school-wide contests (Ugly Sweater and Door Decorating Contests). It is amazing how much a $5 gift card is appreciated. If you would still like to donate gift cards, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or place them in the mail. Attention: Jen Buchanan. I will share the love with staff throughout the school year. Thank you so much! (It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small!)

Important Information

January 25 - February 6 - SIS ParentVue & StudentVue Unavailable: FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation. Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4:00pm until Monday, February 6, at 6:00am.

 

High School Academy Open Houses: FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses. Click here to learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

 

Free Live Tutoring Service Available to all Annandale Students: Our Atoms Agreement of Determination means that we try, even when it is difficult; do our best; are present and engaged; show up on time; and create goals and strive to achieve them. 

To support students in demonstrating Determination, a recent W4 lesson shared detailed information about ways students can take control of their own learning, including preparing for retakes and accessing supports such as Tutor.com. We will continue to use W4 lessons to build students skills around self-advocacy and determination. Click here to learn more.

Opportunities

Chaperones for Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance needed! The class of 2023 needs your help! We are in search of volunteers to chaperone the Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Dance on Saturday, February 18 from 8:30pm-11:00pm at Annandale High School. This dance is a fundraiser event to raise money for the prom and our Senior class would greatly appreciate any support from teachers and parents to help out with the event. Even if you are only able to support us for part of the event, please consider helping out for an hour! Here is the link to a form to let us know you are coming!

 

SAT & ACT Test Prep Support: Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website

 

January 25 - Free Music Leadership Symposium: On Wednesday, January 25 at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Dr. Scott Lang will be hosting a student leadership symposium open to all FCPS high school music students from 2:30-5:00pm. This is the first time FCPS has hosted an event of this nature and it is FREE to students! Students should RSVP by filling out the Music Student Leadership Symposium form by January 20.

 

January 26 - Virginia Girls State 2023 Interest Form Due: Virginia Girls State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. Participants represent AHS at the 2023 Girls State convention. To participate students must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Girls State website. Girls State will be held at Longwood University from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023. If you are a Junior and interested in applying, please complete the Girls State 2023 Interest Form. Contact Cheryl Kim with questions.

 

February 1 - 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

 

February 3 - Virginia Boys State Interest Form Due: Virginia Boys State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. Participants represent AHS at the 2023 Boys State convention. To participate students must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Boys State website. Boys State will be held at Radford University from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023. If you are a Junior and interested in applying, please complete the Boys State 2023 Interest Form. Contact Cheryl Kim with questions.

 

February 4 - Edison Academy Open House - Edison Academy invites you to attend our in-person Open House event on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10:00am-1:00pm (snow date is Saturday, February 11).  We are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.  Our entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 for additional information.

 

March 6 - Preparing for Difficult Conversations about Drugs Presentation, 6-8pm: FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board on Monday, March 6 from 6-8pm in the Annandale High School Library as we share knowledge and information that will help parents and caregivers engage in meaningful conversations with their students about drugs.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

 

Highlights from the Activities Office: Boys basketball lost to a tough Edison team Wednesday but bounced back on senior night to beat Lewis on a buzzer beating shot by Sam Dailey. Girls basketball came out hot vs Edison but fizzled in the second half. They came back strong defeating Lewis convincingly last night. Wrestling fell to Justice and Lewis Wednesday and finish the week with their Annandale wrestling tournament. Gymnastics continues their growth as they celebrated senior night Wednesday with a couple gymnast coming away with their best performance of the year. Indoor Track had a successful meet at the Montgomery Invitational with many individual athletes qualifying for the regional tournament. Swim/Dive won big over Mount Vernon with a couple swimmers qualifying for the regional tournament. They head into the National District Swim/Dive Championships next week.

 

This Week:

Monday, January 23

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Hayfield- 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

*Special Event - Unified Basketball Game vs Faculty during Halftime 

Wednesday, January 25

Freshman Boys/JV Girls/JV Boys vs Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling vs Mount Vernon (Senior Night) - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 26

National District Dive Competition @ Audrey Moore - Boys @ 10:30am, Girls @ 1:00pm

Freshman Girls/Varsity Girls/Varsity Boys @ Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Gymnastics @ Lake Braddock - 6:00pm

Friday, January 27

National District Swim Prelims @ Audrey Moore - 5:30pm

Saturday, January 28

National District Swim Finals @ Audrey Moore - 5:30pm

JV Wrestling @ Westfield

Indoor Track @ TJ Middle School, Arlington - 7:30am

Special Olympics Tournament @ Freedom South Riding HS - Game 1 vs Lewis - 11:00am, Game 2 vs Freedom - 1:00pm

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

Now thru February 24 - Academic Advising: Our counselors began meeting one-on-one with students through their English classes. We began with our rising seniors and then will work through the other grade levels over the next several weeks. Students will be sent an email with their appointment time the weekend before they are scheduled to meet with their counselor. As always, students and families can get more information about course selection on our Academic Advising website. Below is the academic advising timeline:

  • January 9-19: Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 19-February 3: Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3-17: Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24: Final deadline to change course requests

 

Last Minute College Help Sessions: Students, are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Complete this Google form to be requested during Pride Time on January 24 or 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

 

Early Online College at NOVA - Spring Session: Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on January 31 and end on April 24. Courses are for college credit only and designed to jumpstart students' college experience. These courses were selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities. For more information, contact NOVA’s Office of Dual Enrollment at [email protected].

 

Thursday NOVA Help Sessions: If you are planning to attend NOVA and need assistance, come to Room 90, from 3:00-4:00pm on Thursdays. Below is the topics for each session: 

  • Choosing a program - February 2, March 9
  • Application and account set up - February 9, March 16
  • FAFSA - February 16, March 23
  • Course Planning - February 23, March 30
News from the PTSA

PTSA Committee Members Needed! The PTSA is seeking members for two important committees: 1) a nominating committee to identify, vet, and nominate a slate of candidates for next year’s PTSA Board; and 2) a scholarship committee to select the 2023 PTSA scholarship recipients. Please contact Annamaria Nields ([email protected]) if you are interested in serving on either committee.  

  • Nominating Committee: Each year the PTSA forms a committee to identify people interested in serving as PTSA officers. The Nominating Committee advertises the opportunities available and explains how to apply, receives nominations and identifies potential candidates, and presents a slate of nominees at the April PTSA general membership meeting.   
  • Scholarship Committee: The PTSA needs two additional people to join this year’s Scholarship Committee. The Committee works with Annandale’s College and Career Specialist to advertise the scholarship opportunities, collect applications, and determine the 2023 scholarship recipient(s). Additional information about PTSA scholarships is available here: https://annandalehsptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/home.

 

Annandale PTSA Pantry Needs Help Restocking! We need help restocking regularly. Please consider donating, every donation helps. Visit the pantry website here to learn more and about ways to donate.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (01/23-01/28)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

Another week of sports comes to an end today with our Annandale Atoms wrestling tournament. This week saw senior night celebrations, competitive games, a winter pep rally to celebrate our teams, an exciting Friday night atmosphere, and a buzzer beating win by senior basketball player! As we look towards next week, we have a lot on the calendar for games and events but we would like to make note of a special game scheduled for Monday evening during halftime of the girls basketball game as our Annandale Unified Basketball team takes on members of the Annandale faculty!

Our athletic teams and performing arts continue their hard work and dedication to making the Annandale community proud!  As we begin to wrap up season, we encourage our community to come out and show their support!

Go Atoms!  

Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

This weeks recap:

**Before we get started on the recap, we would like to note that next weeks insider will have our spring sports tryout times. The first day of spring sports  is Monday, February 20.**

Boys basketball lost to a tough Edison team Wednesday but bounced back on senior night to beat Lewis on a buzzer beating shot by Sam Dailey.

Girls basketball came out hot vs Edison but fizzled in the second half. They came back strong defeating Lewis convincingly last night.

Wrestling fell to Justice and Lewis Wednesday and finish the week with their Annandale wrestling tournament.

Gymnastics continues their growth as they celebrated senior night Wednesday with a couple gymnast coming away with their best performance of the year. Gymnastics now prepares for the National District Tournament on Monday, January 30.

Indoor Track had a successful meet at the Montgomery Invitational with many individual athletes qualifying for the regional tournament.

Swim/Dive won big over Mount Vernon with a couple swimmers qualifying for the regional tournament. They head into the National District Swim/Dive Championships next week.

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

Atoms Athletics Booster Meeting

Looking to join the Atoms Athletics Booster Club and be a part of raising funds and supporting Atoms Athletics?! Then come out to our next booster meeting!

Monday, February 6 6:00pm Driver's Education room (Enter through Door 10) We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

BOYS BASKETBALL, Jerome McAvoy: 

The boys basketball team had another successful week.  Our JV team is on a  6 game winning streak. While freshmen team continues to improve and progress playing tough against TJ, Mt. Vernon, and Edison.  Our varsity won comfortably against Mt. Vernon and but fell to a tough Edison team.  Last night we celerated Senior Night against Lewis and came away with a win on a buzzer beater by senior Sam Dailey! Huge shoutout to Annamarie Nields, Sue Dailey, and our managers for organizing an outstanding Senior Night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Kenny Gregory: 

Annandale Girls had a tough night on Wednesday vs Edison. Varsity came out strong and was down by at halftime. Susan Aburish and Ava Sewall came out hot and played great D in 1st half, but picked up costly fouls. Shahida Kargbo and Amir Giir-Thiik were all over the boards and had some great putbacks. The game got away in the 2nd half. All three teams came away with victories over Lewis last night!

GYMNASTICS, Madison Morella:

Gymnastics had their senior night this week where we celebrated 6 seniors. Senior, Kaylee Rivera, scored her highest on floor with an 8.05. Kate Hanlen also scored an 8.05 on floor. The girls travel to Lake Braddock next Thursday to finish up the regular season.  

WRESTLING, Josh Damico: 

The Atoms had a rough start to the week, losing to Justice 55-15 and host lewis 63-17. Winning both matches were Senior Marcelo Pozo (120) and Sophomore Dom Vejcik (150). The Atoms are back in action on 1/21 for the 2nd Annual Fallout Duals Presented by Kilroy’s at HOME starting at 9pm. On Wednesday 1/25 it is senior night known as PACK THE PIT where the Mat Rats and Seniors will wrestle at home under the bright light one last time. Bell time is 6pm! Come see the future and current Atoms in the last home match of the year!

INDOOR TRACK, Phil Harris: 

This week the Winter track team competed at the Montgomery Invitational and TJ Middle School Community Center. We had some stand out performances. The girls team came home with a team victory defeating Edison and John Lewis at the TJ Community Center. Also at the Montgomery Invite we had a lot of PR's & Auto Region qualifiers: Noah Williams (Shotput) and Miles Lanham (Long Jump). Finally Evan Burita (55m) and Miles Lanham (300m and Triple jump) and Boys 4x200 relay qualified for the Addias Nationals later in March.

SWIM/DIVE, Carmen Lucas: 

Swim & Dive just wrapped up the regular season with a win against Mt Vernon, putting both our boys and girls teams at a 4-3 record going into Districts. Swimmers Colin McGee and Melanie Decareau and diver Nathan Tran have prequalified for Regionals with cuts, and next week the rest of the team will compete in Districts to see who else will join them by placing in the top six.

Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Spring, AHS Performing Arts will be embarking on their Spring Trip to Florida, getting the opportunity to work with two college performing arts departments along the way. Donate at tinyurl.com/SpringTripDonate to support students getting to go on this trip!

Free Music Leadership Symposium

On Wednesday, January 25th at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Dr. Scott Lang will be hosting a student leadership symposium open to all FCPS high school music students from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. This is the first time FCPS has hosted an event of this nature and it is FREE to students! Students should RSVP by filling out the Music Student Leadership Symposium form by January 20.

BAND, Director Tyron Barnes:

"Congratulations to the following band students for winning their audition to participate in the All-District Band for District 10:

Shane Gomez-Trumpet

Tyler Perez-Euphonium

Vincent Vuong-Bass Clarinet"

CHOIR, Director Pat Vaughn:

As the second quarter wraps up, the Choirs at Annandale are beginning preparations for our State Assessment in March, our District Chorus event to be held on February 9-10 and our Singing Valentines which will be delivered on Tuesday, February 14. Singing Valentines will go on sale the week of February 6 in all lunches. 

ORCHESTRA, Director Annie Ray:

Pizza and Pizzicato

On Wednesday, January 25th AHS Orchestra will be welcoming students from our Annandale Pyramid to work with SGM Marlisa Woods and MSG Dean Woods from The United States Army Band at our annual Pizza and Pizzicato event. If you can volunteer, please reach out to Manjali Vlcan: [email protected]

Supporting Orchestra - Benevity

PLEASE check your corporate policies, many companies filter donations for employees through an entity called Benevity. ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA BOOSTERS is now registered with Benevity.

Benevity is a company that can help turn your volunteer hours into Donations for Orchestra!!! Please check with your corporate HR to see if your company uses Benevity. If your company does use Benevity, they may either match donations you make to the Orchestra Boosters, or you may simply need to record hours that you participate in orchestra events and your company may provide money to the Orchestra Boosters. (Some companies TRIPLE donations to charities made through Benevity and others offer a certain dollar amount of donation for time you're already spending participating in Orchestra events)

We know that Google, Visa, UPS, Starbucks, Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft and Netflix offer these options, but many mor in the area may as well.

THEATRE, Director Katie Brunberg:

Annandale Theatre Company just wrapped a successful production of Firebringer directed by alumna Amanda Weaver. Up next we have our Spring musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Auditions are February 6th! Students can sign up HERE.

Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Make sure you're getting proper rest and sleep every night! This will help your body recover from games and assist with preventing sickness during the winter months!

Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule January 23-28

Monday, January 23

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Unified Basketball Game vs Faculty during halftime of the girls varsity game

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Hayfield- 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 25

Freshman Boys/JV Girls/JV Boys vs Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling vs Mount Vernon (SENIOR NIGHT) - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 26

National District Dive Competition @ Audrey Moore -

   Boys @ 10:30am

   Girls @ 1:00pm

Freshman Girls/Varsity Girls/Varsity Boys @ Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Gymnastics @ Lake Braddock - 6:00pm

Friday, January 27

National District Swim Prelims @ Audrey Moore - 5:30pm

Saturday, January 28

National District Swim Finals @ Audrey Moore - 5:30pm

JV Wrestling @ Westfield

Indoor Track @ TJ Middle School, Arlington - 7:30am

Special Olympics Tournament @ Freedom South Riding HS

   Game 1 vs Lewis - 11:00am

   Game 2 vs Freedom - 1:00pm

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Annandale HS Student Services Newsletter

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Dear Atom Nation,

It was amazing to have our IB Diploma candidates from last school year recently visit our current students and share their experiences with their first year of college and how the IB Diploma prepared them for the rigors of university coursework. I was truly astonished by the accomplishments of these students and the wisdom they shared with our students!

Over the next week or so, our counselors will be meeting with our current 10th graders to select courses for next school year. This is a perfect opportunity to inquire about the IB Diploma, or even consider taking some IB courses. I always encourage students to appropriately challenge themselves in the courses they take. I recommend students and families check out our Academic Advising page to support the course selection process. 

Erik Healey

Director of Student Services

Important Dates
  • February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair at West Springfield HS
  • February 10 - FCPS Parent Project Begins (see flier below)
  • February 10 - NOVA MEC Field Trip (permission forms due January 25)

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year

  • January 9 to 19 - Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 19 to February 3 - Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3 to 17 - Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24 - final deadline to change course requests

Virginia Boys State 2023: Virginia Boys State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. We will recommend outstanding young men, who demonstrate an interest in the Virginia government, to represent AHS at the 2023 Boys State convention. Participants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Boys State website.

Boys State will be held at Radford University from Sun. June 18 to Sat. June 24, 2023. You must be able to attend the entire program. No exceptions.

If you are an 11th grader and interested in applying, please complete the Boys State 2023 Interest Form by Friday, February 3: https://tinyurl.com/yfafu77c

Contact: Cheryl Kim

[email protected]

Virginia Girls State 2023: Virginia Girls State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity.

We will recommend outstanding young women, who demonstrate an interest in the Virginia government, to represent AHS at the 2023 Girls State convention. Participants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Girls State website.

Girls State will be held at Longwood University from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023. You must be able to attend the entire program. No exceptions.

If you are an 11th grader and interested in applying, please complete the Girls State 2023 Interest Form by Thursday, January 26: https://tinyurl.com/5n6etpv6.

Contact: Cheryl Kim

[email protected]

NOVA MEC Field Trip (seniors only): Friday, Feb. 10; 9:15 am-12:45 pm 

Are you interested in learning about health science programs at NOVA, such as nursing, dental hygiene, and ultrasound sonography? https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/

If so, please pick up field trip forms from your counselor or Mr. Yeagley (room 103). Once you have filled out the field trip forms please return them to Mr. Yeagley. Forms are due no later than Jan. 25. Limited space is available!

Last Minute College Help Sessions: Are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Complete this Google form to be requested during Pride Time on Jan. 24 or 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30-9:00 pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431. 

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30-9:00 pm.

College & Career Corner

Thursday NOVA Help Sessions: If you are planning to attend NOVA and need assistance, come to Room 90, from 3:00-4:00 pm. 

  • Choosing a program - February 2, March 9
  • Application and account set up - February 9, March 16
  • FAFSA - February 16, March 23
  • Course Planning - February 23, March 30

Register to Take the ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test measures a young adult’s strengths and weaknesses and provides feedback on potential for future career success. Students are encouraged to take the test because it is a valuable career assessment tool which can help identify which career is best for each student. Though the test is developed by the Department of Defense, it is not just for those going into the military. It’s a great start to finding the perfect career for students by highlighting those skills which students naturally have. To sign up for the ASVAB test you may go see your school counselor or contact your local recruiter, Staff Sergeant Meas at 703-424-8923.

NOVA Vision: FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering a virtual opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options at the post-secondary level. The conference will include a presentation from Accommodations and Accessibility Services, a student panel, and a Q & A session.

NOVA Vision 2023 - Virtual Event, April 19, 2023:  4:00–6:00 pm.

  • Click HERE to complete the FCPS registration form
  • Click HERE to register and receive ZOOM link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts ONE MONTH prior to application deadlines. Please take into account winter break. Students who have early January application deadlines should have submitted Transcript Requests before the end of November. The Student Services staff needs adequate time to process the large number of requests that we receive. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site

Fridays FAFSA/VASA Help During Lunch: Need help filling out the FAFSA or VASA? Every Friday our Financial Aid Champion, Ms. Mahieu will be offering FAFSA and VASA help to students during their lunch period. If you are interested in registering for an appointment during your lunch period please email Ms. Wells at [email protected] or Mr. Yeagley at [email protected] so they can schedule the appointment for you. Please be sure you include the Friday you would like to come in, as well as what lunch you have that day.

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Annandale Community Insider - January 15

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

Tomorrow, we honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his dedication to equity, equality, and service. I encourage everyone to use this day as an opportunity to reflect as well as serve. Please see below for opportunities for community members of all ages and abilities to volunteer!

This past week, Annandale faculty and staff came together to recognize the nominees for the FCPS Outstanding Awards, as well as announce our school level winners in the following categories: Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Operational Employee, Outstanding Professional Employee and Outstanding Leader. Thank you to those of you who nominated a staff member back in November/early December and congratulations to the school level award winners:

  • Outstanding Operational Employee - Elizabeth Soteriou, Student Information Assistant
  • Outstanding New Teacher - Allison Pak, Math Teacher
  • Outstanding Teacher - Annie Ray, Orchestra Teacher
  • Outstanding Professional Employee, Jeniva Miller, Instructional Coach
  • Outstanding Leader - Sarah Eqab, Assistant Principal

And a huge congratulations to Annie Ray, who was selected to represent the Annandale Pyramid as Outstanding Teacher! We have highlighted Ms. Ray’s incredible impact many times, especially her work with our students with severe disabilities. If you have not seen her Ted Talk, The Sound of Success, or read this Washington Post article, I encourage you to take a few minutes to check them out. She truly is an inspiration, and we are so proud of her.

On Wednesday, we hosted our Rising 9th Grade Open House. It is one of my favorite nights of the year as we get a chance to meet our new students and families. This night also gives us an opportunity to show off our amazing staff and the many ways that we support our students not only in their academic growth, but in their socio-emotional development as well. As I mentioned at the event, I have recently gone through this transition as a parent for the first time, so I recognize how daunting it may be for our new families. I have included links to all the presentations below. If you continue to have questions about the transition, please feel free to reach out.

Looking ahead, the second quarter ends on Wednesday, January 25, which is also a two-hour early release. I encourage you to talk with your student about their grades and any assignments or summatives they may need to turn in or retake. Our teachers are available for any questions you may have.

Have a great week, Atom Nation. Please reach out with questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (No School)

January 17 - PTSA Meeting

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of the 2nd Quarter)

January 25 - Music Leadership Symposium

January 26 - Virginia Girls State 2023 Interest Form Due

January 26-27 - Student Holiday

February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair

 

January 17-20 - Winter Spirit Week: Show your #AtomPride, get creative, and have fun dressing up with the following daily themes. Annandale Leadership students will be taking photos of participants to be featured on their Instagram! 

Tuesday: Zoom Outfit - Dress as you would for a Zoom meeting. Likely a nice business shirt and pajamas bottoms. 

Wednesday: Dress As Your Type - Dress as the type of person you are drawn to.

Thursday: Senior Citizen Day - Dress like your grandparent or an older person you know.

Friday: Class Colors - Freshmen: Black, Sophomores: Gray, Juniors: Blue, Seniors: White

 

Now thru February 1 - W4 Check-ins: The social and emotional wellness of our students continues to be a priority at Annandale. Similar to last year, teachers will be conducting one-on-one check-ins with students in their advisory (W4) class now through February 1. These conversations are another opportunity to build a caring and trusting environment for all students, cultivate positive relationships, and identify student needs. The W4 lesson on January 5 asked students to reflect in order to prepare them for their check-in.

 

January 17 - PTSA Meeting: Our next PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00pm in the library. Spanish translation will be available. We encourage everyone to attend in person. The meeting will also be available virtually through WebEx. The link will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online Membership Form. For more information about membership visit the Annandale PTSA website.

 

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer: Tickets are now on sale! Click here! Description of the musical: At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survived the many trials of prehistoric life, but one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in. Join us on a comedic musical journey of love, discovery, acceptance, and some… out of this world surprises. Rated PG-13 for mature content.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend is a great opportunity for students to connect with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Fairfax is proud to present the 2023 MLK, Jr. Weekend of Service and are very excited to host two popular community events, Give Together, our volunteering event for families with kids ages 5-12, and the Valentine’s Challenge – both taking place on tomorrow, January 16.

Awesome Atoms!

Annandale Singers Perform National Anthem at FCPS School Board Meeting: Members of the Annandale Singers performed an amazing rendition of the National Anthem before the School Board Meeting on Thursday night. Huge shout out to Pat Vaughn and the members of the Annandale Singers for a job well done.

 

Annie Ray Selected Annandale Pyramid Outstanding Teacher: Congratulations to Annie Ray for being selected to represent the Annandale Pyramid as Outstanding Teacher! Here is just some of what was included in Annie’s Nomination: “Annie Ray is everything you look for in describing an outstanding teacher! She provides quality instruction that enhances student learning while providing a safe and positive culture within her classroom. She values her student's voice and provides them with constructive feedback that allows for opportunities to grow as students and individuals. She is a caring teacher that continuously has a smile on her face which brightens the day of every student and colleague she interacts with. Recently, Annie performed a TED talk on the Sound of Success that featured her work with CAT B students and the success they've had learning to play instruments and the joy that it brings to them as well as herself. She started the Parent Orchestra at Annandale, which provides parents the opportunity to come and learn how to play the same instruments their student may play. Annie has a love for music, but most of all she has a love for her students and their success.”

 

Annual Electives Fair Offers Glimpse at AHS Course Offerings: On Wednesday, January 11 during W4, students had the opportunity to visit three electives of their choice. Elective teachers are provided brief presentations or demonstrations on the components of their elective courses to give students a feel for what each course is like. In the coming weeks, students will be working one-on-one with their counselors to select their courses for next year.

 

January is Mentoring Month! At Annandale, our mentoring program focuses on pairing staff and students with like interests to build and cultivate life-long relationships. We want to shout out Ms. Selvana Ayoub and her mentee, Joseva. Ms. Ayoub says that Joseva, “recently shared with me what he wants to do after school and has been taking steps towards that. He designs different clothing and wants a sewing machine so we can continue to design different fashion styles and I think it is so awesome of him to take steps towards his goals.” Thank you to Ms. Ayoub and all of the Mentors here at Annandale High School for taking the time to cultivate strong relationships with our students!

 

W4 Activities Day Creates Connection to AHS! Last Monday, we held our monthly W4 Activities day. Students had an opportunity to connect with each other and staff through activities such as making slime, playing games and sports, learning Japanese, creating watercolor paintings, or just relaxing. Very few other schools the size of Annandale manage to organize an event like this, which we offer once a month. A huge thank you to our Activities Department for taking on this complex planning!

 

Five Annandale Students Perform at District X Senior Regional Orchestra: On Friday and Saturday, Melanie Lam (violin 1), Jazlyn Tang (Viola), Thien Phan (Viola), Shalini Vlcan (Viola), and Jenna Saykhamphone (Bass) represented Annandale HS at the District X Senior Regional Orchestra event hosted by South County HS. We are incredibly proud of these students' accomplishments and the hard work of all that auditioned!

 

AVID Alumni Day: Over 30 alumni representing 10 colleges, 15 majors, and 5 graduating classes of the AHS AVID program, gathered on Friday to share their advice with current AVID seniors. Our seniors learned a lot and it was also a great opportunity for the alumni to network with each other.

AVID Alumni Day

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who go above and beyond with gift cards donated by community members at the beginning of the year. It has been a huge hit and I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 or $10 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or place them in the mail. Attention: Jen Buchanan. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Important Information

Rising 9th Grade Open House Presentations: Last week, Annandale High School hosted our annual Rising 9th Grade Open House. We were so excited to meet all our future Atoms and their families! If you were unable to attend, we have a copy of all the presentations from the evening available for you below. If you have any questions about the information provided, please feel free to contact our presenters directly. 

Welcome to Annandale! - Presenter: Shawn DeRose

Course Requests 101 - Presenter: Eric Healey 

IB/MYP Program - Presenters: Jeniva Miller, Linda Bradshaw

Activities and Athletics - Presenters: Brandon Sutphin

Special Education Office - Presenters: Donna Higgins, Kristin Lillis

English for Speakers of Other Languages Program - Presenters: Sarah EqabMeredith Hedrick

 

High School Academy Open Houses: FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses. Click here to learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

 

Free Live Tutoring Service Available to all Annandale Students: Our Atoms Agreement of Determination means that we try, even when it is difficult; do our best; are present and engaged; show up on time; and create goals and strive to achieve them. 

To support students in demonstrating Determination, a recent W4 lesson shared detailed information about ways students can take control of their own learning, including preparing for retakes and accessing supports such as Tutor.com. We will continue to use W4 lessons to build students skills around self-advocacy and determination. Click here to learn more.

Opportunities

SAT & ACT Test Prep Support: Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website.

 

January 25 - Free Music Leadership Symposium: On Wednesday, January 25 at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Dr. Scott Lang will be hosting a student leadership symposium open to all FCPS high school music students from 2:30-5:00pm. This is the first time FCPS has hosted an event of this nature and it is FREE to students! Students should RSVP by filling out the Music Student Leadership Symposium form by January 20.

 

January 26 - Virginia Girls State 2023 Interest Form Due: Virginia Girls State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity. Participants represent AHS at the 2023 Girls State convention. To participate students must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Girls State website. Girls State will be held at Longwood University from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023. If you are a Junior and interested in applying, please complete the Girls State 2023 Interest Form. Information regarding Virginia Boys State coming soon!

 

February 1 - 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

 

March 6 - Preparing for Difficult Conversations about Drugs Presentation, 6-8pm: FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board on Monday, March 6 from 6-8pm in the Annandale High School Library as we share knowledge and information that will help parents and caregivers engage in meaningful conversations with their students about drugs.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

 

Highlights from the Activities Office: Boys basketball lost a heartbreaking double OT game to Thomas Jefferson Tuesday evening but bounced back in a big way with a convincing win over Mount Vernon last night. Girls basketball played hard but fell in their games vs TJ and Mount Vernon. Wrestling hosted Wednesday evening and came away with a 1-1 record on the night, beating Falls Church in their first match but fell to Hayfield in their second match. Gymnastics hit the mat again with many girls continuing their growth and improvement for the program. Swim/Dive came up short against TJ in their meet Friday evening but got back in the pool last night for Senior Night at Audrey Moore.

 

This Week:

Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Day - Student Holiday

Wednesday, January 18

F/JV/Varsity Girls Basketball vs Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Basketball Boys @ Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling @ Lewis - 6:00pm

Gymnastics @ Lake Braddock - 6:00pm

Friday, January 13

F/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball vs Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm (SENIOR NIGHT)

F/JV/Varsity Girls Basketball @ Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive @ Mount Vernon - 6:00pm

Saturday, January 14

Varsity Wrestling Tournament @ Annandale - 9:00am

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

Now thru February 24 - Academic Advising: Our counselors began meeting one-on-one with students through their English classes. We began with our rising seniors and then will work through the other grade levels over the next several weeks. Students will be sent an email with their appointment time the weekend before they are scheduled to meet with their counselor. As always, students and families can get more information about course selection on our Academic Advising website. Below is the academic advising timeline:

  • January 9-19: Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 10-February 3: Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3-17: Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24: Final deadline to change course requests

 

Last Minute College Help Sessions: Students, are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Complete this Google form to be requested during Pride Time on January 18, 24, or 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

 

Early Online College at NOVA - Spring Session: Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on January 31 and end on April 24. Courses are for college credit only and designed to jumpstart students' college experience. These courses were selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities. For more information, contact NOVA’s Office of Dual Enrollment at [email protected].

News from the PTSA

January 17 - PTSA Meeting: Our next PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00pm in the library. Spanish translation will be available. We encourage everyone to attend in person. The meeting will also be available virtually through WebEx. The link will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online Membership Form. For more information about membership visit the Annandale PTSA website.

 

Annandale PTSA Pantry Needs Help Restocking! We need help restocking regularly. Please consider donating, every donation helps. Visit the pantry website here to learn more and about ways to donate.

Rising 9th Grade Open House

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (01/16-01/21)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

It's hard to believe that we're down to the final stretch of the winter seasons with some programs having their district tournaments before the end of January! We have some exciting games and events that we encourage our community to come out and watch. Not to mention, some of those evenings we will be celebrating our senior student-athletes who participate in our various programs. 

Don't forget about our winter musical next Friday and Saturday! Our student-athletes and Activities Office continue to work hard to make the Annandale community proud of our programs and athletes!

Go Atoms!  

Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

This weeks recap:

Boys basketball lost a heartbreaking double OT game to Thomas Jefferson Tuesday evening but bounced back in a big way with a convincing win over Mount Vernon last night.

Girls basketball played hard but fell in their games vs TJ and Mount Vernon.

Wrestling hosted Wednesday evening and came away with a 1-1 record on the night, beating Falls Church in their first match but fell to Hayfield in their second match.

Gymnastics hit the mat again with many girls continuing their growth and improvement for the program.

Swim/Dive came up short again TJ in their meet Friday evening but get back in the pool tonight for Senior Night at Audrey Moore.

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

Atoms Athletics Booster Meeting

Looking to join the Atoms Athletics Booster Club and be a part of raising funds and supporting Atoms Athletics?! Then come out to our next booster meeting!

Monday, February 6 6:00pm Driver's Education room (Enter through Door 10) We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

BOYS BASKETBALL, Jerome McAvoy: 

Boys basketball hosted our Readers are Leaders Tuesday evening vs TJ. It was a great night as we continue to build community within the boys basketball program. The crowd was treated to an exciting double OT game. The result wasn't what we wanted but we bounced back with a convincing win over Mount Vernon last. We hit the floor with games at Edison and senior night Friday vs Lewis.

GYMNASTICS, Madison Morella:

Atoms Gymnastics competed at Thomas Jefferson this week with athletes competing on all events.  Abrish Antezana competed her new floor routine for the first time.  Kaylee Rivera scored her highest beam score with 0 falls.  Erika Villarroel also scored her highest on beam.  Girls compete next Wednesday at Lake Braddock.

WRESTLING, Josh Damico: 

The Grappling Atoms hosted Falls Church and Hayfield Wednesday evening in the Pit. The Grappling Atoms came away with a win in the first match vs Falls Church but fell to Hayfield in the second match. The Atoms have a few injuries to heal up over the next couple of weeks but look poised and ready as we prepare for the District Tournament in February. 

We host our annual Atoms Wrestling Tournament next Saturday, January 21. Come out and support!

INDOOR TRACK, Phil Harris: 

This week the Winter Track Team continues to prepare for the next couple of meets in two weeks. One at TJ Community Center and the other at the Montgomery Invitational. Also continue to wish Coach Harris a speedy recovery and hope to see him back soon doing what he loves.

SWIM/DIVE, Carmen Lucas: 

This week we have a big double-meet weekend against TJ on Friday and Edison on Saturday where we’ll also celebrate our seniors with senior night! It’s been almost a month since our last meet and we are excited to head into the last stretch of the season.

Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Spring, AHS Performing Arts will be embarking on their Spring Trip to Florida, getting the opportunity to work with two college performing arts departments along the way. Donate at tinyurl.com/SpringTripDonate to support students getting to go on this trip!

Free Music Leadership Symposium

On Wednesday, January 25th at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Dr. Scott Lang will be hosting a student leadership symposium open to all FCPS high school music students from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. This is the first time FCPS has hosted an event of this nature and it is FREE to students! Students should RSVP by filling out the Music Student Leadership Symposium form by January 20.

BAND, Director Tyron Barnes:

Department of Bands Pyramid Concert February 23 at 7 pm in the Auditorium. 

ORCHESTRA, Director Annie Ray:

Supporting Orchestra - Benevity

PLEASE check your corporate policies, many companies filter donations for employees through an entity called Benevity. ANNANDALE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA BOOSTERS is now registered with Benevity.

Benevity is a company that can help turn your volunteer hours into Donations for Orchestra!!! Please check with your corporate HR to see if your company uses Benevity. If your company does use Benevity, they may either match donations you make to the Orchestra Boosters, or you may simply need to record hours that you participate in orchestra events and your company may provide money to the Orchestra Boosters. (Some companies TRIPLE donations to charities made through Benevity and others offer a certain dollar amount of donation for time you're already spending participating in Orchestra events)

We know that Google, Visa, UPS, Starbucks, Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft and Netflix offer these options, but many mor in the area may as well.

THEATRE, Director Katie Brunberg:

Tickets on sale for Firebringer

At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life, but one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in. Join us on a comedic musical journey of love, discovery, acceptance, and some… out of this world surprises. Rated PG-13 for mature content. Click link and/or see poster for details. 

Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

It’s important to prepare before a game. But maintaining a healthy diet with a good balance of calories that includes carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals will keep you in your best shape all season and all year. Don’t forget to stay well-hydrated throughout the day, every day.

Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule January 16-21

Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Day - Student Holiday

Wednesday, January 18

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling @ Lewis - 6:00pm

Gymnastics @ Lake Braddock - 6:00pm

Friday, January 13

F/JV/Varsity Boys vs Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm (SENIOR NIGHT)

F/JV/Varsity Girls @ Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive @ Mount Vernon - 6:00pm

Saturday, January 14

Varsity Wrestling Tournament at Annandale - 9:00am

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Annandale HS Student Services Newsletter

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Dear Atom Nation,

Thank you to all the students and families who joined us for our Rising 9th Grade Open House! It was amazing to see and meet our future Atoms! Our students and families can always find information about course selection on our 9th Grade Academic Advising page. 

For our current students, individual academic advising meetings started with our counselors this week. Our counselors have been meeting with rising seniors and will start meeting with rising juniors next week. If you have any questions about academic advising, please reach out to your counselor or visit our Current Student Academic Advising page

Erik Healey

Director of Student Services

Important Dates
  • February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair at West Springfield HS
  • February 10 - FCPS Parent Project Begins (see flier below)

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year

  • January 9 to 19 - Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 19 to February 3 - Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3 to 17 - Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24 - final deadline to change course requests

Virginia Girls State 2023: Virginia Girls State is a week-long study of government and the operation, laws and procedures of the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHS Student Services is currently identifying Juniors, who are interested in submitting applications for this summer enrichment opportunity.

We will recommend outstanding young women, who demonstrate an interest in the Virginia government, to represent AHS at the 2023 Girls State convention. Participants must be United States citizens or legal residents of the United States. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. For more details, go to the Virginia Girls State website.

Girls State will be held at Longwood University from Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24, 2023. You must be able to attend the entire program. No exceptions.

 If you are an 11th grader and interested in applying, please complete the Girls State 2023 Interest Form by Thursday, January 26: https://tinyurl.com/5n6etpv6.

Information regarding Virginia Boys State coming soon!

Contact: Cheryl Kim

[email protected]

Last Minute College Help Sessions: Are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Complete this Google form to be requested during Pride Time on January 18, 24, or 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431. 

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

College & Career Corner

Register to Take the ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test measures a young adult’s strengths and weaknesses and provides feedback on potential for future career success. Students are encouraged to take the test because it is a valuable career assessment tool which can help identify which career is best for each student. Though the test is developed by the Department of Defense, it is not just for those going into the military. It’s a great start to finding the perfect career for students by highlighting those skills which students naturally have. To sign up for the ASVAB test you may go see your school counselor or contact your local recruiter, Staff Sergeant Meas at 703-424-8923.

“Growing Your Career” Career & Education Expo for Military Families: January 18, 2023 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM; National Museum of the United States Army (Ft. Belvoir)

This event is for transitioning service members, military spouses, dependents, and veterans. It will include opportunities for summer hire for military dependents. There will be 12 colleges/universities present, and 12 agencies that will be hiring for summer and other employment. The event will also touch on how to apply for the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program as well. See attached flier for more information and to register.

NOVA Vision: FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering a virtual opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options at the post-secondary level. The conference will include a presentation from Accommodations and Accessibility Services, a student panel, and a Q & A session.

NOVA Vision 2023 - Virtual Event, April 19, 2023:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Click HERE to complete the FCPS registration form
  • Click HERE to register and receive ZOOM link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts ONE MONTH prior to application deadlines. Please take into account winter break. Students who have early January application deadlines should have submitted Transcript Requests before the end of November. The Student Services staff needs adequate time to process the large number of requests that we receive. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site

Fridays FAFSA/VASA Help During Lunch: Need help filling out the FAFSA or VASA? Every Friday our Financial Aid Champion, Ms. Mahieu will be offering FAFSA and VASA help to students during their lunch period. If you are interested in registering for an appointment during your lunch period please email Ms. Wells at [email protected] or Mr. Yeagley at [email protected] so they can schedule the appointment for you. Please be sure you include the Friday you would like to come in, as well as what lunch you have that day.

Scholarships Enrichment Opportunities
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities - FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.
  • Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Volunteer – event date School year - Orientation from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Nov. 16, Dec. 14, 2022, Jan. 18 or Feb. 15, 2023  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/volunteer
  • Health Career Scholars Academy – deadline Feb. 22, 2023 - event date June 25 – July 22, 2023 - http://www.hcsa.pitt.edu/
  • Summer High School Intensive in Next-Generation Engineering (SHINE) – deadline March 1, 2023 – event date June 12 – July 28, 2023 - https://viterbik12.usc.edu/shine/
  • Pre-College Programs – deadline March 15, 2023 – event date July 2023 - https://www.cmu.edu/pre-college/
  • Virtual Summer Research Program – deadline March 1, 2023 – event date July 1, 2023 – Aug. 12, 2023 - https://www.stevens.edu/school-business/high-school-programs/virtual-summer-research-program
  • Center for Introduction to Architecture Overseas (CIAO) – deadline May 1, 2023 – event date July 1 – 22, 2023 - https://ciaocfsu.org/
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Annandale Community Insider - January 8

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

As an IB World School, Annandale High School teaches our students to think critically, be global-minded citizens, pursue learning beyond our classrooms, and serve our communities. In addition, our vision that Annandale is a community that finds strength in diversity, fosters belonging, and inspires lifelong learning guides all of our work. Recently, we held two events honoring our IB students that clearly represented our vision in action.

In December, we celebrated 80 of our juniors who earned the FCPS IB Middle Years Programme certificate. At this event, we heard from Galilea Sejas-Machado, a 2019 AHS IB Diploma graduate and class of 2023 GMU Honors College student. Galilea shared how her experiences in the diploma program set her up for success in college. As an active member of the George Mason community, she shared with students the importance of community involvement and encouraged them to continue service. She also reminded students to surround themselves with those who support their success. 

This past week, we held our IB Certificate Ceremony for our Class of 2022 graduates. Sophomores in Advanced Chemistry and junior IB Diploma candidates attended the event. It was inspiring to see nearly 40 of our graduates gather on our stage as they shared their IB experiences to an audience of students and families. The students then heard from McClain Herman, IB English teacher, and Class of 2022 IB Diploma student, Anna Delaney, who currently attends the University of Delaware. Anna shared how the IB Diploma and the staff at Annandale prepared her for success in college. 

Students at both of these events shared that the IB Diploma experience was challenging. Those who pursue the IB Diploma navigate a rigorous path, balancing intensive course work with community service and extracurricular experiences. But what was also clear from what students shared was that they had strong support from their teachers and they were grateful for the ways in which they were set up for success after high school.

We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished. As always, reach out with any questions you may have. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 9 - W4 Activities Day

January 11 - Electives Fair

January 11 - Senior Study Hall

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6-8pm

January 12 - Heritage Night Interest Meeting, 3:10pm

January 13 - W4 Check-ins Begin

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (No School)

January 17 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of the 2nd Quarter)

January 26-27 - Student Holiday

February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair

 

January 9 - W4 Activities Day, PRIDE Time: Tomorrow, January 9 is our next W4 Activities Day, a time set aside for students to explore clubs and activities and connect with classmates and staff over shared interests. The schedule for the period will remain unchanged. Students received email reminders this weekend with their assignments. Students should be in their W4 classroom by 9:50am and will be released to their activity session at 10:20am. Sessions will begin at 10:27am. If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Harris at [email protected]

 

January 11 - Electives Fair: This year we are bringing back an in-person Electives Fair during PRIDE Time on January 11. Last week during W4, students received information on the format of the Electives Fair and elective offerings. They also selected three electives of interest to visit on the day of the fair. We will have a slightly shortened W4 that day, then hold three sessions for students to attend.

  • W4 Lesson - 9:50-10:15
  • Session 1 - 10:20-10:35
  • Session 2 - 10:40-10:55
  • Session 3 - 11:00-11:15

 

January 11 - Senior Study Hall: While underclassmen are participating in the electives fair, seniors will be assigned to a study hall to complete assignments or make up an assessment. Last week, we asked teachers of seniors who have an F to conference individually with each of those students and let them know what they need to do to improve their grade. Teachers are collecting this information which the school will use to email the student and their family to ensure that everyone is clear on the actions the student needs to take to improve prior to the semester deadline. 

 

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6pm: On Wednesday, January 11 from 6-8pm, Annandale High School will host an Open House for our rising 9th grade students and families to learn more about what high school at Annandale is all about! We will offer short optional sessions on our various Annandale programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share about our core and elective courses for 9th graders. The goal is for students and parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities students will have as an Annandale Atom! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Annandale, Course Request 101; IB/MYP Program; Activities and Athletics; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office and Math Course Placement. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey.

 

January 13 - Check-ins in W4 Begin: The social and emotional wellness of our students continue to be a priority at Annandale. Similar to last year, teachers will be conducting one-on-one check-ins with students in their advisory (W4) class beginning later this week. These conversations are another opportunity to build a caring and trusting environment for all students, cultivate positive relationships, and identify student needs. The W4 lesson on January 5 asked students to reflect in order to prepare them for their check-in.

Awesome Atoms!

Orchestra Teacher Annie Ray is Guest Performer and Presenter at International Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention: Annie was both a guest performer with the Spring ISD Alumni Band and presented "The Sounds of Success" at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention over the Winter Break. The presentation drew from her TEDx Talk which is based on the Crescendo (CAT B) Orchestra program. In her presentation she shared the lessons this program has to offer about meeting all students where they are.

 

Annandale Student Filimon Meaza Celebrates nearly 2 Years of Podcasting: Filimon started his own podcast his Sophomore year of high school called The Brief Dive. Now in his Senior year, Filimon’s podcast has hosted guest speakers such as Professor at Louisiana Tech, Craig Van Slyke, and Custom Mobile CEO, John Lee. The Brief Dive offers teens and their parents short informative episodes that focus on topics revolving around teen mental health. The goal of this podcast is to provide a place where teens can learn more about the issues they may be dealing with and to know they’re not alone. Filimon draws upon his own experiences to engage listeners and provide them with suggestions on how to deal with the various issues they may be facing. In an issue of the A-Blast, Filimon shared his motivation, “Mental health is not an easy subject to shed light on. I would like to make it easier for teenagers to open up to others and seek help.”

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who go above and beyond with gift cards donated by community members at the beginning of the year. It has been a huge hit and I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 or $10 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or place them in the mail. Attention: Jen Buchanan. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Important Information

SEL Screener Reports Mailed Home in January: FCPS recently mailed the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener reports to families. As you receive these reports, consider using the Family Guide to talk with your student about their results. There will be another SEL Screener window in March, tentatively scheduled for March 9. 

 

High School Academy Open Houses: FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses. Click here to learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

 

Free Live Tutoring Service Available to all Annandale Students: Our Atoms Agreement of Determination means that we try, even when it is difficult; do our best; are present and engaged; show up on time; and create goals and strive to achieve them. 

To support students in demonstrating Determination, a recent W4 lesson shared detailed information about ways students can take control of their own learning, including preparing for retakes and accessing supports such as Tutor.com. We will continue to use W4 lessons to build students skills around self-advocacy and determination. Click here to learn more.

Opportunities

January 12 - Annandale 2023 Heritage Night Interest Meeting: Annandale’s Leadership Class is excited to start planning our 2023 Heritage Night. Please see the following dates and information about Heritage Night below. 

January 12: Heritage Night Interest Meeting (Mandatory): 3:10-3:45pm in Cafeteria 

February 1: Heritage Night Practice: 3:15-4:45pm in Cafeteria 

February 7: Heritage Night Practice: 3:15-4:45pm in Cafeteria

February 21: Heritage Night Practice: 3:15-4:45pm in Cafeteria

March 2: Heritage Night Dress Rehearsal: 1:00-5:00pm in Auditorium

March 10: Heritage Night 7pm in Auditorium

 

Annandale Baseball Host Weekly Winter Clinics: The Annandale Baseball program will host their first of five (5) Sunday winter clinic sessions beginning January 15. Each week, the camp focuses on fundamentals and is instructed by the coaching staff and players. The first three camps focus on throwing/fielding. The next two will focus on hitting. The clinics cost $25 per session or all five for $120 and are open to K-8th grade students. For more information contact Coach Bagot at 703-901-4954 or [email protected].  Register for Sunday Skills Camp here.

 

February 1 - 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

 

March 6 - Preparing for Difficult Conversations about Drugs Presentation, 6-8pm: FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board on Monday, March 6 from 6-8pm in the Annandale High School Library as we share knowledge and information that will help parents and caregivers engage in meaningful conversations with their students about drugs.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

 

Highlights from the Activities Office: Our first week back from winter break saw our basketball programs, as well as wrestling, get their regular season going again. Gymnastics, indoor track, and swim/dive see their first action start this upcoming week. 

Boys basketball had a successful week vs rivals Falls Church and Justice. Varsity boys held on to a nail biter vs Falls Church on Tuesday but came out on fire and win by a comfortable margin vs Justice on Thursday. Two more district games highlight the upcoming week. Girls Basketball continues to improve as they battled hard in their two games. The scores of each contest do not represent how close the games actually were. Girls follow the same schedule as the boys and have two district games this week but start the week at Meridian. Varsity Wrestling had a tri-match Wednesday evening at Edison. The Grappling Atoms fell to defending district champion Edison but came back strong in their second match, winning convincingly over Thomas Jefferson. They hit the mat again with JV and Varsity having two matches a piece this upcoming week.

 

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer: Tickets are now on sale! Click here! Description of the musical: At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life, but one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in. Join us on a comedic musical journey of love, discovery, acceptance, and some… out of this world surprises. Rated PG-13 for mature content. 

 

This Week:

Monday, January 9

JV Wrestling Jamboree (Upstairs Gym) - 6:00pm

Varsity Girls Basketball @ Meridian - 6:00pm

Gymnastics @ Falls Church - 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 10

F/JV/Varsity Boys vs Thomas Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Girls @ Thomas Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 11

Varsity Wrestling (Upstairs Gym) - 6:00pm

Rising 9th Grade Night - 6:00-8:00pm

Thursday, January 12

JV Wrestling @ Hayfield - 6:00pm

Friday, January 13

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Mount Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Mount Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive @ Audrey Moore - 8:30pm

Saturday, January 14

Swim/Dive @ Audrey Moore (SENIOR NIGHT) - 6:00pm

Indoor Track @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Varsity Wrestling @ Freedom South Riding - 9:00am

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

January 9 - Academic Advising Begins: Our counselors will meet one-on-one with students through their English classes beginning on Monday, January 9th. We begin by meeting with our rising seniors and then will work through the other grade levels over the next several weeks. Students will be sent an email with their appointment time the weekend before they are scheduled to meet with their counselor. As always, students and families can get more information about course selection on our Academic Advising website. 

 

January 12 - Scholarship Help with College Access Fairfax: Are you interested in learning more about what scholarships are out there and how to apply? Please join us in room 90 (Ms. Wells' room) on Thursday, January 12 from 3:00-4:00pm to hear from our financial aid champions from College Access Fairfax! The financial aid champion will talk about finding scholarships, and how to apply for these scholarships! Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about how to get FREE money to pay for college!

 

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year: This week, we will begin the course selection process. Below is the timeline of course selection by grade level. This year we will be bringing back an in-person Electives Fair during PRIDE Time on January 11. In the meantime, students and parents can check out videos from last year to learn more about elective course offerings at Annandale High School.  

  • January 9-19: Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 10-February 3: Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3-17: Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24: Final deadline to change course requests

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

News from the PTSA

January 17 - PTSA Meeting: Our next PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00pm in the library. Spanish translation will be available. We encourage everyone to attend in person. The meeting will also be available virtually through WebEx. The link will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online Membership Form. For more information about membership visit the Annandale PTSA website.

 

Annandale PTSA Pantry Needs Help Restocking! We need help restocking regularly. Please consider donating, every donation helps. Visit the pantry website here to learn more and about ways to donate.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (01/09-01/14)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

Welcome to 2023! We hope that everyone had a great start to the New Year and that your New Years resolutions are going strong! The New Years resolution from the Activities Office is to strive for excellence among our various programs, provide a welcoming environment for our community, and give our student-athletes the best high school experience while at Annandale. 

Our programs picked up 2023 from where they left 2022, with hard work and determination to make the Annandale community proud. We had multiple events during our first week and have a full slate on hand for this upcoming week. Don't forget about our winter musical "Firebringer" scheduled for January 20-21, tickets are on sale now! We look forward to seeing the Annandale community come out and support our student-athletes in 2023!

Go Atoms!   Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

Our first week back from winter break saw our basketball programs, as well as wrestling, get their regular season going again. Gymnastics, indoor track, and swim/dive see their first action start this upcoming week.

Boys basketball had a successful week vs rivals Falls Church and Justice. Varsity boys held on to a nail biter vs Falls Church on Tuesday but came out on fire and win by a comfortable margin vs Justice on Thursday. Two more district games highlight the upcoming week.

Girls Basketball continues to improve as they battled hard in their two games. The scores of each contest do not represent how close the games actually were. Girls follow the same schedule as the boys and have two district games this week but start the week at Meridian.

Varsity Wrestling had a tri-match Wednesday evening at Edison. The Grappling Atoms fell to defending district champion Edison but came back strong in their second match, winning convincingly over Thomas Jefferson. They hit the mat again with JV and Varsity having two matches a piece this upcoming week.

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

Atoms Athletics Booster Meeting

Looking to join the Atoms Athletics Booster Club and be a part of raising funds and supporting Atoms Athletics?! Then come out to our next booster meeting!

Monday, January 9 6:00pm Driver's Education room (Enter through Door 10) We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

BOYS BASKETBALL, Jerome McAvoy: 

Our boys basketball team had an outstanding rivalry week.  Our varsity and JV team beat both of our rivals Falls Church and Justice High School.  This evens the varsity district record to 2-2.  Next week we have our Readers are Leaders program attending our home game against TJ on Tuesday.  All of the Readers are Leaders participants will be recognized prior to tip-off of the TJ varsity game.  On Friday, we head to Mount Vernon to wrap up the week.

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Kenny Gregory:

Tough week for the girls basketball teams as they took on Falls Church and Justice. Freshman and JV came up big with wins against Falls Church. Against Justice, Varsity member Amir Giir-Thiik produced her first double double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Looking forward to 3 big games next week!

GYMNASTICS, Madison Morella:

This week at practice, gymnastics has been preparing for their first meet back since winter break.  On Monday, we travel to Thomas Jefferson High School.  Isabella Cabrera will be adding a new skill to her beam routine.  Let's go Atoms!

WRESTLING, Josh Damico: 

Only the varsity Grappling Atoms was in action this week, wrestling district matches against TJ and Edison. Although feisty and competitive with Edison, the Atoms fell 57-18. Bringing that same energy to the dual against TJ, the team won 53-27. Freshman Adam Khaliqi was GOAT of the week for earning his first varsity win with a pin of TJ. Pinning both opponents on the night were seniors Marcelo Pozo and Frank Cordova-Ferrufino.

The team has a busy week ahead: JV wrestling hosts Monday and is at Hayfield Thursday. Varsity wrestling hosts Wednesday and is at Freedom (South Riding) on Saturday.

INDOOR TRACK, Phil Harris: 

This week the Winter Track Team continues to prepare for the next couple of meets in two weeks. One at TJ Community Center and the other at the Montgomery Invitational. Also continue to wish Coach Harris a speedy recovery and hope to see him back soon doing what he loves.

SWIM/DIVE, Carmen Lucas: 

Swim & Dive is returning from winter break training with a no-meet week. Instead we are hosting our first Swim-a-Thon fundraiser this Thursday where our swimmers will see how long they can swim nonstop for an hour. We are looking forward to our double meet weekend versus TJ and Edison next week and Senior Night on Saturday 1/14 vs Edison.

Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Spring, AHS Performing Arts will be embarking on their Spring Trip to Florida, getting the opportunity to work with two college performing arts departments along the way. Donate at tinyurl.com/SpringTripDonate to support students getting to go on this trip!

THEATRE, Director Katie Brunberg:

Tickets on sale for Firebringer

At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life, but one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in. Join us on a comedic musical journey of love, discovery, acceptance, and some… out of this world surprises. Rated PG-13 for mature content. Click link and/or see poster for details. 

Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Nutritional tips for athletes

  • Don't be afraid of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates give your body the energy it needs to work out for over an hour. ...
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the entire day. ...
  • Eat protein. ...
  • Get plenty of sleep. ...
  • Don't skip breakfast.
Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule January 9-14

Monday, January 9

JV Wrestling Jamboree (Upstairs Gym) - 6:00pm

Varsity Girls Basketball @ Meridian - 6:00pm

Gymnastics @ Falls Church - 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 10

F/JV/Varsity Boys vs Thomas Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Girls @ Thomas Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 11

Varsity Wrestling (Upstairs Gym) - 6:00pm

Rising 9th Grade Night - 6:00-8:00pm

Thursday, January 12

JV Wrestling @ Hayfield - 6:00pm

Friday, January 13

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Mount Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Mount Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive @ Audrey Moore - 8:30pm

Saturday, January 14

Swim/Dive @ Audrey Moore (SENIOR NIGHT) - 6:00pm

Indoor Track @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Varsity Wrestling @ Freedom South Riding - 9:00am

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Annandale HS Student Services Newsletter

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Annandale Student Services

Dear Atom Nation,

Happy New Year to all our Annandale families!

As we turn the calendar to 2023, we begin planning for the 2023-2024 school year. Next week, we have several events to support students with course selection for next school year. Although there are details below, I wanted to highlight just a few of these events:

 

  • Academic Advising Begins - January 9: Our counselors will meet one-on-one with students through their English classes beginning on Monday, January 9th. We begin by meeting with our rising seniors and then will work through the other grade levels over the next several weeks. Students will be sent an email with their appointment time the weekend before they are scheduled to meet with their counselor. As always, students and families can get more information about course selection on our Academic Advising website. 
  • Electives Fair during W4/PRIDE Time - January 11: Students will have an opportunity to learn more about electives and courses of their interest during our Electives/Course Fair. Students were asked to sign-up during W4 on January 3rd using this Electives/Course Fair Registration Form.
  • Rising 9th Grade Open House - January 11: On January 11 from 6-8pm Annandale HS will host an Open House for our rising 9th grade students and families to learn more about what high school at Annandale is all about! We will offer short optional sessions on our various Annandale programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 9th graders. The goal is for students and parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities our students will have as an Annandale Atom! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Annandale, Course Request 101; IB/MYP Program; Activities and Athletics; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office and Math Course Placement. 

Erik Healey

Director of Student Services

Important Dates
  • January 10 - Start of Family Project for Spanish Speaking Parents
  • January 11 - Elective Fair
  • January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House
  • January 12 - Scholarship Help with College Access Fairfax
  • February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair at West Springfield HS

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year

  • January 9 to 19 - Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 10 to February 3 - Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3 to 17 - Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24 - final deadline to change course requests

Last Minute College Help Sessions: Are you still working on completing college applications before the final deadline to apply and need help? Use the URL below to be requested during Pride Time on January 18, 24, or 30 for extra help with your college application(s).

https://tinyurl.com/collegepridetime

Beginning January 10 - Annandale Hosts Family Project For Spanish Speaking Parents: A 10-sessions program, designed for parents with children from 10-17 years old. This class is designed to help you to improve the communication with your youth, boost your youth's self-esteem, and avoid arguments. Classes are taught in Spanish, in person, and begin on Wednesday, January 10, from 6-9pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Please contact Family Liaison, Rosario Carrasco at 703-642-7411.

January 11 - Elective Fair: During W4/PT, all 9th-11th grade students will have the opportunity to check out three courses that they are interested in for next school year. Presenters will cover most of the elective courses that will be offered, in addition to IB courses. Representatives from FCPS Academies will also participate. 

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House: From 6:00-8:00pm, rising 9th graders and their families are invited to learn more about Annandale HS. Attendees will have chance to meet teachers and participate in a variety of informational sessions: 

  • Welcome to Annandale
  • Course Requests 101
  • IB/MYP Programs
  • Activities and Athletics
  • ESOL Program
  • Special Education Office
  • Math Course Placement

January 12 - Scholarship Help with College Access Fairfax: Are you interested in learning more about what scholarships are out there and how to apply? Please join us in room 90 (Ms. Wells' room)  on Thursday, January 12 from 3:00-4:00pm to hear from our financial aid champions from College Access Fairfax! The financial aid champion will talk about finding scholarships, and how to apply for these scholarships!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about how to get FREE money to pay for college!

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431. 

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

College & Career Corner

Register to Take the ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test measures a young adult’s strengths and weaknesses and provides feedback on potential for future career success. Students are encouraged to take the test because it is a valuable career assessment tool which can help identify which career is best for each student. Though the test is developed by the Department of Defense, it is not just for those going into the military. It’s a great start to finding the perfect career for students by highlighting those skills which students naturally have. To sign up for the ASVAB test you may go see your school counselor or contact your local recruiter, Staff Sergeant Meas at 703-424-8923.

“Growing Your Career” Career & Education Expo for Military Families: January 18, 2023 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM; National Museum of the United States Army (Ft. Belvoir)

This event is for transitioning service members, military spouses, dependents, and veterans. It will include opportunities for summer hire for military dependents. There will be 12 colleges/universities present, and 12 agencies that will be hiring for summer and other employment. The event will also touch on how to apply for the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program as well. See attached flier for more information and to register.

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts ONE MONTH prior to application deadlines. Please take into account winter break. Students who have early January application deadlines should have submitted Transcript Requests before the end of November. The Student Services staff needs adequate time to process the large number of requests that we receive. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site

Fridays FAFSA/VASA Help During Lunch: Need help filling out the FAFSA or VASA? Every Friday our Financial Aid Champion, Ms. Mahieu will be offering FAFSA and VASA help to students during their lunch period. If you are interested in registering for an appointment during your lunch period please email Ms. Wells at [email protected] or Mr. Yeagley at [email protected] so they can schedule the appointment for you. Please be sure you include the Friday you would like to come in, as well as what lunch you have that day.

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Annandale Community Insider - January 1

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying a restful and relaxing winter break with friends and family. 

The last two weeks provided me the opportunity to reflect on the many ways I am proud of students’ experiences at Annandale High School.  

Diversity - Researchers have documented that students’ exposure to those who are different from themselves, and the novel ideas and challenges that such exposure brings leads to improved cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving. It is exciting to know that students at Annandale get to benefit from the diversity of our student body.  

Knowing Each Student By Name and By Need - Although Annandale serves over 2,100 students, teachers collaborate in teams using data to allow them to meet the needs of each and every student. When students are ready for new challenges, we know it and are ready to provide increasingly rigorous learning opportunities. Similarly, when students need extra support, teachers are able to provide scaffolds, allowing students to practice and relearn as soon as possible, so they can continue to be successful with grade-level standards. 

Teacher Collaboration - In many schools, the quality of instruction - and sometimes even what is taught - may vary depending on the individual teacher. At Annandale, our teachers collaborate at the highest level. They meet throughout the week to develop quality lesson plans together. This ensures high quality instruction in every classroom throughout the building.

Instructional Excellence - As a school, we know that nothing matters more for students’ learning than the rigor of the tasks they encounter. As a staff, we talk about the importance of ensuring students are reading, writing, thinking and discussing at a high level in every class, every day. In their classes, students are analyzing, evaluating, comparing, and predicting. By applying these high-level thinking skills on a daily basis, Annandale students are prepared for the complex world that they will encounter in the years after high school. 

Relationships and Support - Finally, but perhaps most importantly, Annanadle is a school that invests explicitly in communicating care and belonging to each and every one of our students and their families. Our staff provide a connected community when students step off the bus, walk through the doors, walk down the hall, and as they exit the building to head home. We take time to celebrate students’ accomplishments, both academically and with our Atoms Agreements of Empathy, Determination, and Safety. We know how important it is that students understand that we care about them and that they belong before they will learn. W4 SEL lessons, W4 Check-in and W4 Activities Day are just some of the many ways we show students that we care about the whole student, not just their academics

These are the many ways that we live our vision that Annandale High School is a community that finds strength in diversity, fosters belonging, and inspires lifelong learning. For all these reasons and more, we are incredibly proud of the experiences our students have at Annandale each and every day. Our staff is outstanding in their commitment to supporting our values and vision, and it is an honor to spend these four special years with our students.

Happy New Year and Go Atoms!

Sincerely, 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 2 - New Year’s Day Observed (No School)

January 5 - IB Diploma Recognition Ceremony

January 9 - W4 Activities Day

January 11 - Electives Fair

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6-8pm

January 12 - Heritage Night Interest Meeting, 3:10pm

January 13 - W4 Check-ins Begin

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (No School)

January 17 - PTSA Meeting

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of the 2nd Quarter)

January 26-27 - Student Holiday

February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair

 

January 5 - IB Diploma Recognition Ceremony, W4/PRIDE Time: Our IB Graduates of 2022 will be returning on January 5 to share their post high school/college experiences as well as receive their IB certificates. During this event, we will be recognizing 63 IB Diploma students, which represents the highest participation rate in our diploma program history. We also invited our current IB diploma juniors and seniors (145 total) and all sophomores enrolled in advanced chemistry to attend. We will open with a panel led by our graduates about their IB experiences and then distribute certificates. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

 

January 9 - W4 Activities Day, PRIDE Time: January 9 is our next W4 Activities Day, a time set aside for students to explore clubs and activities and connect with classmates and staff over shared interests. The schedule for the period will remain unchanged. It's time to start registering!  The preview slideshow and registration form are now available to access through Schoology and were emailed to each student’s fcps account earlier this week. Students should be in their W4 classroom by 9:50am and will be released to their activity session at 10:20am. Sessions will begin at 10:27am. If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Harris at [email protected]

 

January 11 - Electives Fair: This year we will be bringing back an in-person Electives Fair during PRIDE Time on January 11. On Tuesday, January 3 during W4, students will learn about elective offerings and select three electives of interest to visit on the day of the fair. In the meantime, students and parents can check out videos from last year to learn more about elective course offerings at Annandale High School.  

 

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6pm: On January 11 from 6-8pm Annandale HS will host an Open House for our rising 9th grade students and families to learn more about what high school at Annandale is all about! We will offer short optional sessions on our various Annandale programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 9th graders. The goal is for students and parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities our students will have as an Annandale Atom! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Annandale, Course Request 101; IB/MYP Program; Activities and Athletics; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office and Math Course Placement. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey.

 

January 13 - Check-ins in W4 Begin: The social and emotional wellness of our students continue to be a priority at Annandale. Similar to last year, teachers will be conducting one-on-one check-ins with students in their advisory (W4) class beginning later this week. These conversations are another opportunity to build a caring and trusting environment for all students, cultivate positive relationships, and identify student needs. The W4 lesson on January 5 will ask students to reflect in order to prepare them for their check-in.

Awesome Atoms!

Year in Review 2022: With 2022 coming to an end, check out the highlights from the “Awesome Atoms” section from our weekly newsletter, Annandale Insider, over the past year, Awesome Atoms - Year in Review 2022.

 

Annandale Teacher, Shannon Gray Nominated for PAEMST Award: Congratulations to Shannon Gray, math teacher, who has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics teaching. Additional information can be found on the PAEMST website

 

AHS Celebrates Students of the Month: Congratulations to Anthony McCants, Hosana Ghirmay, Thanh Nguyen, Rahaf Bahr, Gia Bao Nguyen, Lebith Ruiz, Abu Bangura, Williams Boateng, Anthony Campos, Nooria Luddin, Hector Alvarez for being selected as our November Students of the Month. Each month, Annandale teachers nominate one student who exemplifies one of our Atoms Agreements of Empathy, Determination, and Safety. This month, our focus was on Safety. Congratulations to all for being selected as our Student of the Month winners!

 

Annandale Students Win 'STEM for Her Day' Competition at GMU: Congratulations to Annandale students Esperanza Christian, Sage Nagle, Crystina Ing, and Sadiksha Gurung, who placed 1st at the first ever 'STEM For Her Day' at George Mason. Their Audi Drive: Like a Girl presentation gave them the opportunity to work alongside Audi mentors to create a presentation in response to the prompt, “What are the barriers potential Electric Vehicle customers face and how can they be solved?” Great job ladies!

 

Annandale Hosts Winter Olympics Camp for Elementary and Middle School Students: Annandale High School hosted a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School at the beginning of Winter Break. Special thanks to Chris Bagot and Robert Stevens for leading this fun camp. Check out the fun photos below.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who go above and beyond with gift cards donated by community members at the beginning of the year. It has been a huge hit and I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 or $10 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or place them in the mail. Attention: Jen Buchanan. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Important Information

SEL Screener Reports Mailed Home in January: FCPS will be mailing the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener reports to families this week. As you receive these reports, consider using the Family Guide to talk with your student about their results. There will be another SEL Screener window in March, tentatively scheduled for March 9. 

 

High School Academy Open Houses: FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses. Click here to learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

 

Free Live Tutoring Service Available to all Annandale Students: To support our students with a strong start to the second quarter, we are using W4 to equip them with strategies they can use for their continued learning. Our Atoms Agreement of Determination means that we try, even when it is difficult; do our best; are present and engaged; show up on time; and create goals and strive to achieve them. 

To support students in demonstrating Determination, a recent W4 lesson shared detailed information about ways students can take control of their own learning, including preparing for retakes and accessing supports such as Tutor.com. We will continue to use W4 lessons to build students skills around self-advocacy and determination. Click here to learn more.

Opportunities

Annandale Baseball Host Weekly Winter Clinics: The Annandale Baseball program will host their first of five (5) Sunday winter clinic sessions beginning January 15. Each week, the camp focuses on fundamentals and is instructed by the coaching staff and players. The first three camps focus on throwing/fielding. The next two will focus on hitting. The clinics cost $25 per session or all five for $120 and are open to K-8th grade students. For more information contact Coach Bagot at 703-901-4954 or [email protected].  Register for Sunday Skills Camp here.

 

February 1 - 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

This Week:

Tuesday, January 3

Freshman Girls/Varsity Girls/Varsity Boys Basketball vs Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 4

Freshman Boys/JV Girls/JV Boys @ Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling @ Edison - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 5

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Friday, January 6

No events scheduled

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year: When we return from Winter Break, we will begin the course selection process. Below is the timeline of course selection by grade level. This year we will be bringing back an in-person Electives Fair during PRIDE Time on January 11. On Tuesday, January 3 during W4, students will learn about elective offerings and select three electives of interest to visit on the day of the fair. In the meantime, students and parents can check out videos from last year to learn more about elective course offerings at Annandale High School.  

  • January 9-19: Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 10-February 3: Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3-17: Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24: Final deadline to change course requests

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

News from the PTSA

January 17 - PTSA Meeting: Our next PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00pm in the library. Spanish translation will be available. We encourage everyone to attend in person. The meeting will also be available virtually through WebEx. The link will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online Membership Form. For more information about membership visit the Annandale PTSA website.

 

Annandale PTSA Pantry Needs Help Restocking! We need help restocking regularly. Please consider donating, every donation helps. Visit the pantry website here to learn more and about ways to donate.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (01/02-01/07)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope that everyone has a Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that 2022 is officially ending and we are turning the calendar to a new year. A lot of exciting things happened in Annandale Athletics during the 2022 calendar year and we are looking forward to more of that in 2023! We hope that athletics and activities at Annandale continue to make the community proud and we encourage everyone to come out and support our student-athletes!

HAPPY NEW YEAR ATOM NATION!!!

Go Atoms!   Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

A quiet winter break for Annandale Athletics but a few events did go on.  

Boys basketball beat Yorktown on December 20 and followed it up with a win over Green Run before falling to Washington-Liberty and St. Francis in close games in the George Long Holiday Tournament.

Girls basketball traveled to Baltimore and competed in the 695hoops.com Holiday Tournament. Girls played tough against some stiff competition and look to get the ball rolling as they take on Falls Church and Justice this week.

Wrestling competed in two tournaments with several individual performances noted in the coaches corner. The team continues to improve each match as they prepare for the National District Tournament in a few weeks.

Indoor track team was off over the break but standout athlete Miles Lanham set a new school record in triple jump and is now ranked as one of the best triple jumpers in the nation!

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

BOYS BASKETBALL, Jerome McAvoy: 

Annandale Boys Basketball had a busy winter break. It started with a win over  Yorktown. It was followed up with an opening round win in the George Long Holiday Tournament over Green Run. We lost close games to Washington and Liberty and St Francis. We get back to regular season play next week with game against rivals Falls Church and at Justice.

GYMNASTICS, Madison Morella:

The next meet is January 9, 2023 at Falls Church.

WRESTLING, Josh Damico: 

The Grappling Atoms were busy over the break wrestling in two tournaments. On 12/17 the Atoms were at Woodson wrestling at the Cavalier Classic, placing 7 out of 8 teams, but there were a couple of standout performances; those were Senior 120 lb Marcelo Pozo who won his weight class with a pin over a ranked opponent in the finals from West Springfield and Freshman 126 lb Alex Torres, who won two matches and placed in his first tournament ever. After the holiday the team was back at it in the tough Battle at the Bridge at Woodbridge HS, a 50 team tournament with teams from VA, WV, GA, and PA. Being young and undermanned the team finished 44th, led again by Senior Marcelo Pozo who took 5th at 120. Others winning matches were Freshman Alex Torres (126), Senior Wilmer Chinchilla (138) and Sophomore Jordy Lopez Funes (157). The team resumes competition with district matches against Edison and Thomas Jefferson at Edison on Wednesday, January 4th.

INDOOR TRACK, Phil Harris: 

The Indoor Track team returns from the winter break. During the break Miles Lanham broke his own school record in the triple jump and at the time earning a US#1 ranking among high school triple jumpers.

Also the rest of the team prepares for the homestretch of the season as district championships are approaching.

Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Spring, AHS Performing Arts will be embarking on their Spring Trip to Florida, getting the opportunity to work with two college performing arts departments along the way. Donate at tinyurl.com/SpringTripDonate to support students getting to go on this trip!

THEATRE, Director Katie Brunberg:

Tickets on sale for Firebringer

At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life, but one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in. Join us on a comedic musical journey of love, discovery, acceptance, and some… out of this world surprises. Rated PG-13 for mature content. Click link and/or see poster for details. 

Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Stretching is essential to improve your flexibility and reduce your into your risk of injury; don’t bounce. Cool down after a workout with some easy cardio so you don’t feel lightheaded from stopping abruptly.

Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule January 2-7

Tuesday, January 3

Freshman Girls/Varsity Girls/Varsity Boys Basketball vs Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 4

Freshman Boys/JV Girls/JV Boys @ Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling @ Edison - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 5

F/JV/Varsity Girls vs Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Boys @ Justice - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

 

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Awesome Atoms - Year in Review 2022

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Year in Review 2022

Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

As 2022 comes to an end, this edition of the Annandale Insider features highlights from the “Awesome Atoms” section of my weekly newsletter over the past year.

Reflecting on these highlights, it is clear that Annandale is a special place. Our success is a result of our unrelenting focus on our priorities: relationships & support, high quality instruction, and strong collaboration.

We are very proud of our work over the past calendar year. We also know that we don't do this work alone. On behalf of the Annandale High School staff, thank you for the many ways you have supported our students, our staff, and our community throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

Shawn DeRose, Principal

January

Annie Ray, Orchestra Teacher, Featured in the Washington Post: High quality instruction, strong collaboration and relationships and support continue to be our priority as a school. This past week, our staff’s commitment to these priorities was featured in the Washington Post. The article spotlights the dedication and commitment of Annie Ray, orchestra teacher, who teaches music to our severely disbled (Category B) students. Below are just some of the highlights from the article:

  • “… what she appreciates most about Ray is how the teacher tailors her lessons to meet the student’s needs, but without underestimating them.” 
  • “She is assuming competence, and the students are rising to expectations. If they assume little [the student] is going to give them little. If they assume more, [they are] going to give them more.” 
  • “I’m so grateful to Miss Ray for this opportunity. She was able to see that he was capable of more than was immediately obvious.”

 

ESOL Department Receives $3000 Grant: Annandale’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department has been awarded a grant of $3,000 from The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia through their Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund. As we welcome newcomers from Afghanistan, Annandale will have additional resources from this grant to aid students making the transition to life in our community. At this critical moment for so many Afghan refugees, we are grateful to CFNV for their support. Special thanks to Nick Brown for authoring the grant and spearheading the effort!

 

PTSA Pantry Continues to Serve the Community! On Friday, the Annandale PTSA Pantry served over 50 families, benefiting 226 people in need. Special thanks to Norma Foti and the core group of individuals who continue to positively impact our school community!

 

Annandale Student Artists Recognized in 2022 Regional Scholastic Art Awards: Congratulations to Annandale students Abbie Lee-Pappas, Samuel Ceballos Loaiza, Richard Zheng, Laura Escobar Chanez, and Noah Hush who were recently recognized by the Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. A distinguished panel of judges awarded winners in the following categories: Honorable Mention, Silver Key and Gold Key. Visit this website for a complete list of winners including work category and award information.

The Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from February 11 to March 24, with an award ceremony on February 23. Updates and announcements about the exhibition and award ceremony are available at the affiliate website for the Fairfax County Art Region.

 

Boys Basketball Wins George Long Holiday Tournament! Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team who defeated South County, Madison and Woodson to win the George Long Holiday Tournament at Wakefield High School. Andrew Nields and Leoule Yared were named to the All Tournament team and Max Lanham was named the Most Valuable Player! Check out the Washington Post article: "Amid a sparse holiday tournament landscape, Annandale basketball earns a trophy."

February

Annandale Students Participate in World-Wide Locura de Marzo Hype Video: Spanish 1 & 2 classes are participating in Locura de Marzo, a world-wide Spanish-language song contest in which top-rated songs compete in a bracket style competition for the chance to be named Campeón among Spanish classes world-wide. Students at Annandale made two appearances in the video featuring students from across the world in the event’s hype video. Learn more about the event, and view the Annandale participants in the official hype video. Check out minute markers 0:18 & 2:58 for Annandale students. To see the participating songs and vote every day, check out the bracket and QR codes in the World Language hallway between M19 and M21.

 

Miles Lanham - VHSL 6A State Triple Jump Champion! Congrats to Miles Lanham who won the VHSL 6A State Triple Jump Championship this weekend. Miles also won the District and Regional Championship as well. 

 

Three Annandale Students Selected for All-Virginia Chorus! Annandale placed three students in the SATB choir and two alternates for the All-Virginia Chorus. This prestigious choir selects the top vocal students from across the entire state of Virginia. Once selected, the students will attend the state event at the end of April, prepare repertoire and present a concert in Richmond.

Congratulations to the following students: Jessup Gravitt (2nd Chair – Tenor Section), Tim Hurd (1st Alternate – Tenor Section), Esteban Rambal-Pinero (1st Chair – Tenor Section), Jasson Rodriguez-Regalado (4th Chair – Tenor Section) and Ramzy Tabbah (1st Alternate – Bass Section).

 

Annandale Atoms Girls’ Basketball Volunteers at Braddock Elementary: The Lady Atoms Girls’ Basketball team volunteers once a week at Braddock Elementary through the Readers are Leaders nonprofit organization. This organization provides free books to elementary students enrolled in the program. This year, the Lady Atoms are working on reading and leadership development with second graders at Braddock Elementary. We are very proud of the Lady Atoms for giving back to the community!

 

Jewel Coulter Named Student Peace Awards Recipient: Annandale Senior Jewel Coulter will be honored this March at the The Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County. The Student Peace Awards recognize young people who work as peacemakers. Jewel will be recognized for her work as a volunteer for the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) on their 2020 civic engagement campaign, where she worked to educate the community about important issues leading up to the 2020 election. In addition to her work with NAKASEC, Jewel partnered with former Annandale High Senior, and 2021 Peace Awards Recipient, Jimmy Lee, to create the Annandale High School Equity Team. From there, Jewel was asked to serve as a Student Equity Ambassador Leader for the school division, where she worked with students across Fairfax County to increase equity in schools. Congratulations, Jewel!

 

Shalini Vlcan Earns First Chair Viola in District Orchestra: Congratulations to Shalini Vlcan, for earning first chair Viola in District Orchestra. 

 

Seven AHS Students Make District Band: Congratulations to the following Band students who made District Band: Danielle Dean, Dylan Mercado, Tyler Perez, Andrew Zurita, Denis Coca Hernandez, Shane Gomez, Reena Vasudevan.

March

Annandale Students Honored at FCPS Science Fair! Congratulations to our regional science fair award winners from Annandale High School! These students worked hard over the course of a few months to design, implement, and present their experiments at both the school and regional levels.

Sage Nagle – “Is Bamboo More Effective Than Plastic When Used in Oil Booms?” – 3rd place in the category of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Honorable Mention for Clean Fairfax Sustainable Swag, & 2nd place Stockholm Junior Water Prize & Certificate

Noor Ansari, Elyana Rodriguez, & Uswa Tariq – “The Effect of Different Concentrations of Hydrochloric Acid on the Photosynthesis of an Elodea Plant” – 3rd place in the category of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Safa Touri – “The Correlation Between the Number of Layers of an Oyster and its Rate of Disintegration in Hydrochloric Acid” – Honorable Mention in the category of Chemistry

Kent Lam – “Paper Airplanes and Aerodynamics” – 1st place Lakeshore Learning Materials 

 

Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras received Superior in District Assessment: On March 18-19, District X hosted High School Orchestra Assessment at Annandale High School. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event, whether by sharing your spaces, volunteering, or coming out to watch our students perform. Both Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras received Superior ratings (I) from all judges in both their on stage performance and sight reading! Congratulations to these hard working students!

 

Jae Lee, Special Education Teacher, Featured Special Olympics Video: Jae Lee, Special Education teacher at Annandale High School was recently featured in the official special Olympics "champion of change" video. Check it out: https://youtu.be/IY5IN3mpqOM

 

Annandale Students Place at TSA Regional Fair: Annandale High School's Technology Student Association chapter recently participated in the TSA Regional Fair hosted at TJHSST. The seven members that placed in the events were Espy Christian, Clark Allison, Alex Ing, Crystina Ing, Alison Coria Tarazona, Aisha Ismael, and Keira Dalrymple. In System Control Technology, Espy Christian, Clark Allison, and Alex Ing placed 4th. In Extemporaneous Presentation, Crystina Ing placed 5th, Alison Coria Tarazona placed 7th, and Aisha Ismael placed 10th. In Debating Technological Issues, Keira Dalrymple and Alison Coria Tarazona placed 9th. Lastly, Crystina Ing placed 10th in Essays on Technology and 10th in Prepared Presentation.

 

PTSA Mulch Sale a Huge Success! Annandale High School PTSA's biggest and most critical fundraiser this year was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who ordered mulch. Proceeds from the sale support the PTSA Senior Scholarships and All Night Graduation Celebration, which provides a fun, safe, alcohol and drug-free parent-chaperoned celebration for our AHS seniors the night of graduation.

April

Future Business Leaders of America Place in Regional Competition: Several Annandale Students earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at the regional FBLA competition. Five students went on to compete in the State Championship. Adnan Masri earned first place in the state for Data Analysis, 4 of the 5 students who competed in FBLA States qualified for nationals, placing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in their categories. Thank you to Stephanie Holt, for her support of all of FCPS Business students!

 

Autism Awareness Night Brings AHS Community Together: One of the highlights from this past week was Autism Awareness Night at our varsity baseball and softball games. Robert Williams and Kevin Jaramillo threw out the first pitch before the games started. It was a wonderful night as the community came together to celebrate Robert, Kevin, and the rest of our students. 

 

AHS Students Recognized at Edison Academy: Annandale students were recently recognized at Edison Academy for their scholarship and achievement. Dilan Honor Perez earned Student of the Quarter in Cyber Network Administration, and Osmin Leon Patzan received the Achievement Award for HVACR-1. Please congratulate them on their accomplishment when you see them. A photo album of all Third Quarter Award Winners can be found on Edison Academy’s Facebook page.

 

Amir Abu-El-Hawa, Staff Aide to Fairfax County Chairman Jeff McKay, Visits AHS: On Friday, Amir Abu-El-Hawa, Staff Aide to Fairfax County Chairman Jeff McKay and AHS Class of 2005, visited Annandale High School. During his visit, Mr. Abu-El-Hawa toured the building, and visited with one of his former teachers. After the visit, Mr. Abu-El-Hawa expressed his gratitude and shared how wonderful it was to visit his alma mater and hear and see all the things we have been doing to serve our students.

 

Congratulations, Jae Lee, Special Education Teacher! Congratulations to Jae Lee for his acceptance into the Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACC). The AAC enrolls motivated and experienced FCPS educators to work toward a Virginia endorsement in Educational Administration and Supervision. This highly competitive program is managed in collaboration with the University of Virginia, and licensure is granted by the Virginia Department of Education based on successful completion of this one year, non-credit university experience. 

 

Herb Eggert, Social Studies Teacher, Earns March FCPS Cares Recognition: Congratulations to Mr. Herb Eggert who has been recognized as an employee who shows that FCPS Cares. “Mr. Eggert, even though I don't go to Annandale anymore I would say you're one of the best teachers I've had. You knew I had some problems happening with my personal life and you were there to help me. I wish I could go back to your class because you always helped me with my work. Hopefully I can go back and visit you.” This information is posted on the March 2022 FCPS CARES webpage. To recognize an Annandale employee with an FCPS Cares, please visit the submission page.

 

Senior Jasmeen Linares Selected for GMU University Scholar Scholarship: Congrats to Jasmeen Linares, who has been selected for the University Scholar Scholarship through Mason’s Honors College. This is the highest academic distinction students can attain at Mason. It is a 4 year full tuition scholarship. University Scholar applicants undergo a nationally competitive, two day interview process with personnel from the Office of Admissions and the Honors College.

 

Annie Ray Featured in “FCPS This Week e-Newsletter”: Check out Annie Ray, who was featured in this week’s FCPS Newsletter. Here is the overview: It's Never Too Late: Parent Orchestra Teaches New Skills and Brings Families Closer. The Parent Orchestra is the brainchild of Annandale High School orchestra teacher Annie Ray, who started the group four years ago. It’s grown every year, and it’s now so popular there’s a waitlist to join. The idea is to give parents an experience that will help them relate to their children's musical schoolwork and experience. Watch the video.

May

Annabelle Lee and Katya Pribram District Tennis Champions! Congratulations to sophomore Annabelle Lee, who after an undefeated season at the number one singles spot, went on to earn the number one district seed. Annabelle and her partner, freshman, Katya Pribram, also went undefeated all season as the number one doubles team, earning the number one doubles seed at districts. Both players will continue representing the Atoms at regionals on Monday. 

 

Annandale Students Visit 5th Graders at ATES: Lauryn Mills, Sereene Darwiesh, Jenna Saykamphone, Jewel Coulter, & Kenneth Anderson presented to Annandale Terrace Elementary School’s 5th grade classes on their experiences in middle and high school and the importance of prioritizing school and being kind and respectful to others. The soon-to-be middle schoolers were excited and eager to learn from our juniors and seniors!

 

Senior Jasa Gellert a Finalist in the Tech Arts Competition at ArtSpace Herndon: Congratulations to senior Jasa Gellert for being named a finalist in the Tech Arts Competition at ArtSpace Herndon and receiving an Honorable Mention for her digital artwork Taking a Break this past Sunday at the show opening. The Tech Arts Competition was created by Senator Gerry Connolly in 2005 and selects 15 FCPS artists in the categories of digital photography, digital artwork, animation, and mixed media digital works for their annual show and scholarship opportunity. Jasa has been a Digital Art student at Annandale for her entire high school career taking digital art, animation, and IB Art, and is the former president of NAHS, and an accomplished young artist.

 

PTSA Elects Officers for 2022-23:The PTSA is pleased to announce its officers for the 2022-2023 school year, elected at the May general membership meeting. President - Annamaria Nields, Vice President, Membership - Thurraya (Rai) Kent, Vice President, Programs - Angeleah Jamison, Treasurer - José Mercado, Secretary - André McGinity. A huge thank you to the PTSA board and members for all of their support!

 

Celebrating our English Learner Student Volunteers: On Thursday, our ESOL Department celebrated with our 36 student leaders who supported our 8th grade transition program and our Peer Helper program. During this time we highlighted our seniors! All the students are poised to be future leaders in the school and broader community! The event was funded by a Community Foundation grant and refreshments were provided by our Culinary Arts program. Congratulations to this group of students who go beyond and help their fellow students.

 

Laura Escobar Chanez Wins Scholastics Gold Medal! Congrats to Laura Escobar Chanez, senior at Annandale High School and currently enrolled in Animation 2 with Ms. Lucas. Her short film is part of a collection of works submitted for the 2022 Scholastics Art and Writing Awards, winning a gold medal, along with one other gold and two silver medals. Check out the video: https://youtu.be/EXtGJG-ZG-0 

 

Annandale Theatre Company Receives Cappies Nominations: The ATC has been nominated for two Cappies for their musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! The following students were voted among the top 5 in their category by a panel of their peers from across the National Capitol Area. Aiden Scarborough is nominated for Comic Actor in a Musical for his role of Panch. Kaya Thomas for her Hair and Makeup Design and her makeup crew, Amelia Mongold and Thanh Tuyen Tran.

 

Paul Misener, Class of 1982, Inducted into FCPS Hall of Fame: Annandale High School is thrilled to recognize Paul Misener, Annandale High Class of 1981 graduate, as one of the eight members of inaugural class of distinguished alumni into the FCPS Hall of Fame. Learn more about Paul and the entire inaugural class on the FCPS website.

 

Meredith Hedrick Featured on Fox 5 Morning Show: This Friday Meredith Hedrick, was featured on ABC 7’s Good Morning Washington for her impact not only here in Annandale, but across the world. Meredith left yesterday for Poland where she will be distributing food to Ukrainian Refugees. As the leader of several community support programs here at Annandale, she is continuing her work abroad. We are so proud of the many ways she impacts the lives of the people around her.

 

Over 100 Students Attend Career RoundTable Event at AHS: In an effort to help students prepare for their futures we hosted an event called “A Career RoundTable: Plan Your Future The Right Way.” The event consisted of four meetings with professionals during the school day. The roundtable gave students an opportunity to speak directly to workers in their fields. This opportunity for students to connect with someone in a career field they are interested in could be something they look back on in the future as the moment they realized what path they wanted to pursue! AHS hosted guest speakers from various fields - culinary, cosmetology, auto tech, real estate, finance, medical, health and fitness, veterinarian, law enforcement and military. 

 

Anna Peters, 11th Grade Student, Selected for VA Governor’s School French Program: Congratulations to Anna Peters for being selected as an alternate for the Virginia Governor’s School French Program. Anna is an IB Diploma candidate and has a dream of becoming fluent in French.

June 

Ten Seniors Graduate from George Mason’s EIP Program: The Early Identification Program (EIP) serves as the college preparatory program at George Mason University. With over 1,600 graduates, EIP provides access to educational resources for middle and high school students who will be the first in their families to attend a college or university. This year, Annandale had 10 seniors graduate from George Mason University’s Early Identification Program. Additionally, Abdulai Bangura and Daniel Soto were awarded the Mason Virginia Promise Scholarship, and Jasmeen Linares was awarded the University Scholars Scholarship, which is the highest academic distinction a student can attain at GMU! Congratulations to these scholarship winners, and all the EIP graduates!

 

Annandale Ethiopian Eritrean Alliance Wins First Place in Dance Competition: The Annandale Ethiopian Eritrean Alliance won first place in a five-school EEA dance showcase and competition last Friday! AHS Heritage Night has always been very near and dear to the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities here at Annandale, and this year, they took it to the next level by entering this competition immediately after Heritage Night concluded. Students worked hard to prepare for the competition, choreographing, arranging, and rehearsing their 16-minute dance routine, complete with costumes and props. Their efforts really paid off. Thank you to Mr. Ellenberger and all of the others at AHS who made these rehearsals possible; their patience and support was hugely appreciated!

 

Annie Ray Announced as a Quarterfinalist 2023 Music Educator Award: Annie Ray was recently named a quarterfinalist for the 2023 Music Educator Award. A total of 207 music teachers from 180 cities have been announced as quarterfinalists for the 2023 Music Educator Award, a joint partnership and presentation of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum. In total, nearly 1,500 initial nominations were submitted. The semifinalists will be announced in September.

 

Orchestra Teacher Annie Ray Receives FACE Award: Congrats to Annie Ray who received the Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education Award in the category of Service for her work bringing music education to members of our community not typically reached by high school programming. When presenting her with the award, Mary Wagner highlighted the work Annie has done to bring music into the lives of  students participating in the CAT B orchestra. In addition, Annie, with the support of her colleagues, has grown the Parent Orchestra to four locations. In both cases she is recognized for bringing music to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. 

 

Annandale Wrestler Marcelo Pozo Captures National Attention: Annandale High School rising senior Marcelo Pozo recently captured first place in the Freestyle and Greco Virginia state wrestling tournaments. As a result, he qualified to represent Virginia at the National Duals in Oklahoma and Fargo Nationals in North Dakota. Pozo, who wrestles at 120 pounds, takes pride in seeing how his parents and two brothers show their joy in his competitions. Check out the full story here.

Summer 2022

Class of 1971 Celebrates 50 Year Reunion: Recently, the Annandale High School Class of 1971 gathered locally for their COVID-delayed 50th Reunion celebration. Over sixty classmates and guests were provided a tour of AHS by followed by a picnic lunch in the cafeteria. The campus event ended with a class picture on the football stadium bleachers; a recreation of their class graduation photo back in June of 1971.

The AHS class of 1971 raised $1,275 as a donation to the AHS Choral Department in honor of their recently lost classmate, Paul Peters. Paul for many years maintained the class website and communications  among the AHS 1971 alums and was an active member of the choir. Paul Rowson, Maureen Hackert, and Mike Gassman of the reunion committee expressed their deepest appreciation to AHS for hosting the class picnic and their classmates' trip down memory lane. Their parting words were, “Go Atoms!”

 

IB Students Graduate from the Diploma Program with Honors: Congratulations to our IB Diploma Class of 2022 as 40 of our seniors earned the prestigious IB Diploma. The diploma candidates had a 100% pass rate on their Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Service requirements. We earned our highest ever number of A’s and B’s in our Extended essays (4,000 word research papers) in the following subjects: English, Business, Global Politics, History, Anthropology, and Visual Arts. 

Four subjects earned scores that beat the world average which include Spanish, French, Arabic and Film. IB scores range from 1 to 7 with 7 being the highest. This year we had scores of 7 in the following subjects: Literature, Arabic, Spanish, French, Geography, Math Applications and Math Analysis. Kudos to the students for all their hard work and the dedication of our talented IB teachers!

At Annandale, 485 students took 1,443 exams and IB scores were released on July 6. Information on how to obtain IB scores was mailed to students in May. Results can be found at https://candidates.ibo.org. Graduates that filled out the Senior Survey will have an IB transcript sent to the college that was listed in the survey.

 

English Language Learners’ Growth Surpassed Pre-Pandemic Rates! English Learners at Annandale made tremendous growth this school year, as measured on the WIDA Assessment, the state-mandated test for English Language Learners. Over 71% of our ELs made some language growth which is an increase prior to COVID of 68%. In addition, the percentage of English Learners who reached the state benchmark for required growth nearly doubled from pre-pandemic rates, to reach 60%. As a school, we have done a lot of great work collectively supporting our students. Huge shout out to our ESOL department for all their advocacy and continued support of our ELs and their language development needs, and to Sarah Eqab for leading the department in this work.

 

Class of 2012 Celebrates 10 Year Reunion: The Annandale Class of 2012 recently celebrated their 10 year high school reunion. Many of those who gathered have known each other since middle school. Classmates reported that they got back together “without skipping a beat.” Plans are already underway for the 20-year reunion.

 

Annandale Grad Moves from Local Stage to Columbia University’s Theater Program: Kyle Dalsimer of the Class of 2019, stars as Spongebob in Spongebob the Musical at Toby’s Dinner Theater. The show was featured in the Independence Day edition of the Falls Church News Press & the Severna Park Voice. After the show’s run ends this summer, Kyle is headed to New York’s Columbia University to study theatre.

 

Annandale Staff Attend AVID Path to Schoolwide Training in Baltimore: Laura Wells, our AVID Coordinator, along with AVID Elective Teachers Jeff Smith and Erica Rivers, and counselor Jessica Benitez attended the AVID Path to Schoolwide Training in Baltimore July 26-27. Educators from all over the country attend AVID summer trainings to get the latest AVID methodologies and strategies to take back and implement in their schools. The team was sent to three different strands of focus. Laura Wells and Jeff Smith participated in the advanced implementation strand which focused on engaging students and building relationships to improve the efficacy of AVID tutorials. Erica Rivers, as our newest elective teacher, participated in the beginning implementation strand to learn how to teach the AVID elective class. Jessica Benitez participated in the counseling strand to learn how to better support students during academic advising and throughout high school. We are all looking forward to implementing the AVID strategies and hope to lead our students to success here at AHS and beyond.

 

SOL Boot Camp A Success! This past week 59 students attended an SOL Remediation Bootcamp for Algebra or Biology. Over 52% of these students made significant progress towards graduation by earning a verified credit or qualifying for the potential use of a locally awarded verified credit in science or math. Students who did not meet the criteria for verified credits will continue to receive remediation support when we return to school next month and have the opportunity to test again in September. We are proud of all the students who participated in SOL remediation and appreciate the hard work and determination they have shown this week. 

 

Building Improvements Continue This Summer! Special shoutout to our custodians, who are working hard to prepare for the return of staff and students. In addition to cleaning classrooms and waxing floors, we continue to make improvements throughout the building. Padding was recently added to the doors in the upper gym and many of the hallways and stairwells have been repainted, some of which include new red accent walls. See photos below.

August

Band and Orchestra Hold Annual Elementary Recruitment Tour! On Thursday, students from the Annandale Orchestra and Band programs held their annual Elementary Recruitment Tour. They visited all the elementary schools in the Annandale Pyramid to encourage students to join Band and Strings! The students showed off what each of the instruments sounded like with fun movie tunes and shared why they love being a part of a musical elective.

 

Atom Alum, Sara Kugler, Publishes Book! We are excited to celebrate Sara Kugler, Class of 1996, who recently published a book: Better Book Clubs: Deepening Comprehension and Elevating Conversation. Sara currently serves as an instructional coach at Woodburn Elementary and has been a helpful thought partner to many of us here at Annandale. Congratulations to Sara!

 

Class of 2011 Celebrates 10 Year Reunion! The AHS Class of 2011 celebrated their 10th reunion this summer at “The Lot” in Arlington after being postponed a year due to COVID. But they were so excited to reunite with 90 of their classmates and catch up on the past 11 years since graduation. The evening was filled with stories, reminiscing the times we all had at Annandale, searching through yearbooks, raffles and a little downpour of rain that didn't stop the excitement.

 

Christiana Edinborough, New Math Teacher, Featured on ABC 7 WJLA: "I just loved the kids, I loved interacting with them, loved making math fun for them, so I decided after I graduated to go back to George Mason and do their teacher program, their teacher prep masters program." - Christiana Edinborough, new math teacher at Annandale featured on ABC 7 WJLA.

September

Student-Created Lesson Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here at Annandale, our Leadership class created a W4 Advisory lesson educating our students on the history and importance of this month-long celebration. They also shared interviews of staff members and students of Hispanic heritage in which they shared their favorite traditions, music, and foods.

 

Annie Ray, Orchestra Director, Publishes TEDx Talk: Last year, Orchestra Director Annie Ray delivered a TED Talk, “The Sound of Success,” at the TEDx event, Reverb, in Washington D.C. Annie’s talk has been published on the TED website. Check it out to see the incredible work she has done to make music accessible to all of our students!

October

Ramzy Tabbah Places Eighth Chair in VA Senior Honors Choir! Senior member of Annandale Singers, Ramzy Tabbah has placed in the Bass 2 section as the eighth chair in the state of Virginia for the Senior Honors Choir! This is a huge honor and a wonderful testament to Ramzy’s determination. Ramzy will be performing with the Senior Honors Choir in Richmond on November 17-19, 2023 with over 300 other seniors from across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Annandale HS Partners With Volunteer Fairfax and Braddock ES! On Monday, October 17, representatives from Volunteer Fairfax, in conjunction with NavApp, came to Annandale High School to talk about their respective organizations and to share their resources which included a half dozen robots. Students from our Electronics and Robotics classes were in attendance, as were a small group of ESOL students. We were also fortunate enough to have students from Braddock ES join in the fun and learn a little about robotics. The “MC” of the event was none other than our own Phil Harris. He did a great job of talking to all the students and preparing them leading up to the event and closing out the event. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Volunteer Fairfax in the future especially for students looking for service opportunities.

 

Students Attend Belgian Embassy’s International Day of the Girl: Last week, Meredith Hedrick, ESOL Coach, accompanied two of our students to the Belgian Embassy to recognize International Day of the Girl. The three had the opportunity to shadow and talk with a Belgian Head of Mission, a “truly inspiring experience,” Meredith shares. Check out more on this story: Belgian Embassy International Day of the GirlTwitterFacebookInstagram

 

Atoms Field Hockey National District Champs! The Atoms Field Hockey team completed a successful undefeated regular season and followed it up by winning the National District Championship with a 2-0 win over Justice! They will move on and face the winner of West Springfield vs Robinson in the Occoquan Region Quarterfinals on Thursday.

 

Annandale Orchestra Awarded Grant! The Annandale Orchestra, led by Annie Ray, was awarded a $4,900 educational grant through Wolf Trap to have GRAMMY artist Christylez Bacon be an artist-in-residence at Annandale High School and to compose a piece for our program. At the end of this project, our orchestra students have been invited to perform at Wolf Trap. What an incredible opportunity for our students. Congratulations to Annie Ray for this honor!

 

Marching Atoms Earn First Place at Oakton Classic: Congrats to the Marching Atoms on their stellar performance at the Oakton Classic last weekend. The Marching Atoms received 1st Place in Division 1 as well as winning caption awards for Best Music, Best Colorguard, Best Visual Effect, and Best General Effect.

November

W4 Activities Day Creates Connection to AHS! We held our second W4 Activities Day last Monday. It was so fun to see students connect with each other and staff through activities such as making slime, playing games and sports, learning Japanese, creating watercolor paintings, or just relaxing. Very few other schools the size of Annandale manage to organize an event like this, which we will offer once a month. A huge thank you to our Activities Department for taking on this complex planning! Our next W4 Activities Day will be on Monday, December 5. We look forward to continuing to embed opportunities for our students to deepen their sense of connection and belonging at school.

 

Annandale High School Awarded Two Educate Fairfax Teacher Grants! Educate Fairfax and FCPS have awarded 52 grants totaling more than $82,000 in grades K-12 across the county! These grants fund innovative classroom initiatives that focus on developing career-connected experiences for students. These projects enable students to reinforce and deepen their classroom learning, explore future career fields, and demonstrate their acquired Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills. Annandale Teachers were awarded two grants. The first will support the PACE Independent Living Skills Lab, which provides daily access for intellectually disabled students ages 18 to 22 at Annandale to become more independent citizens and learn basic job functions. The other will provide students the opportunity to visit the Nova Medical Education campus, where students will gain hands-on experience and learn how to launch their future Medical Careers.

 

Annandale Students Featured in FCPS Digital Citizenship Week Video: Annandale students shared their ideas about Digital Citizenship in a video created by FCPS in celebration of Digital Citizenship Week. Check out the video on Instagram! 

 

Annandale High School Selected as a Global Navigator School: Annandale has partnered with the Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE). This allows Annandale High School students the unique opportunity to gain access to $25,000 worth of scholarships for students to study abroad this summer. The programs and scholarships are intended to open the world to students, helping them navigate across languages, connect with other cultures, and impact global/local issues in today’s interconnected world.

 

Fairfax Times Features Field Hockey Team’s District Title: The Annandale Varsity Field Hockey team recently took the district title over Justice with a final score of 2-0. It was Annandale’s first district title in field hockey since 2015. Check out the article in the Fairfax Times.

 

Annandale Alum Galilea Sejas-Machado Featured on Cover of Mason Magazine: Check out Galilea Sejas-Machado, Class of 2019, on the cover of GMU's Mason Magazine. Galilea earned an IB Diploma at Annandale and took journalism and French as her primary electives. 

December

Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway - Annandale Parent Liaisons, Gisela Sanchez and Rosario Carrasco, led our yearly tradition of providing toys, gifts, food, and coats to over 100 Annandale students and families. Special thanks to the PTSA and Annandale staff for donating items for this event.

 

AHS Students Earn District Honor Orchestra Recognition: Congratulations to four members of the Annandale Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall: Shalini Vlcan - Viola; Jazzy Tang - Viola; Thein Phan - Viola; Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass; Melanie Lam - Violin.

 

Annandale Senior Mariamawit Endalkachew Awarded (NABSEF) Scholarship: At the recent National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference, Mariamawit Endalkachew was awarded the NABSEF Scholarship. Students who receive this scholarship must be involved with a local community based program, have completed at least 20 hours of community service, and submit a typed essay of 450-500 words on the topic: “The Legacy I Will Leave.” Congratulations to Mariamawit!

 

Annandale Basketball and NHS Kickoff “Readers are Leaders” Program: Shoutout to the Boys and Girls Basketball programs, along with members of the National Honor Society for "Kicking Off" the 5th year of the “Readers Are Leaders” program. Students visited 2nd grade classes at Braddock Elementary School to read with our future Atoms.

 

Annandale High School Hosts Student Equity Ambassador Leaders: Annandale recently hosted the FCPS Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALs) meeting. The meeting included 80 SEALs across FCPS to amplify student voices and provide an increased understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion through leadership development, projects, and relevant experiences of high school students.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (12/26-12/30)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope that everyone has a safe and Happy Holidays!! It was a quiet week among athletics at Annandale but excitement comes to the office as a new member of the Annandale community joins us! Director of Student Activities Brandon Sutphin and wife welcomed their first child Carson on December 17! Carson plans to be at a lot of Annandale events in 2023 and hopes that the Annandale community joins him in supporting the Atoms! 

Go Atoms!   Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

The only action this week saw the varsity boys basketball team come away with an all around team effort in their victory over Yorktown Tuesday evening. They continue their winter break schedule as they look to defend their George Long Holiday Tournament Championship starting Tuesday, December 27 at 4:30pm at Wakefield.

Varsity girls basketball travels to Baltimore Wednesday and Thursday to play in the 695Hoops Holiday Tournament. 

Wrestling gets back on the mat Friday and Saturday in the Cavalier Classic at Woodson HS.

Gymnastics, Indoor Track, and Swim/Dive pick their season back up after the New Year.

 

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

 

We will come back next week with our coaches corner but all Annandale coaches would like to wish the Annandale community a safe and Happy Holidays!! Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

 

We will come back next week with our Director's Cut but the Annandale Performing Arts Directors hopes that everyone sings and dances their way through the holiday season! Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Have a Happy Holiday season and STAY WARM!!! Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule December 26-30

Tuesday, December 27

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Green Run at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 28

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TBD at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Girls Basketball vs TBD @ 695 Hoops Tournament

Thursday, December 29

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TBD at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Girls Basketball vs TBD @ 695 Hoops Tournament

Wrestling @ Woodbridge - 10:00am

Friday, December 30

Wrestling @ Woodbridge - 10:00am

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Annandale Community Insider - December 18

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

We have much to be thankful for here at Annandale. I want to take the opportunity as I reflect on the first half of this school year to thank you for all of your support and help throughout. I particularly want to mention the wonderful support from our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) whose mission enhances all areas of the school. The PTSA does an amazing job of not only supporting Annandale High School, but the entire Annandale community. If you have not done so already, please consider joining the Annandale PTSA.

There are some amazing things happening here at Annandale. Be sure to check out the "Awesome Atoms" section of this week's newsletter for this week's highlights. 

Finally, winter break is an important time for all of us to rest, rejuvenate and reflect - students and staff alike. I hope you enjoy and cherish time with friends and family over the next two weeks. On behalf of the entire Annandale staff, I wish you a safe and relaxing winter break. We look forward to welcoming back our students on January 3, 2022.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

December 19-30 - Winter Break

January 2 - New Year’s Day Observed (No School)

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6pm

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (No School)

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of the 2nd Quarter)

January 26-27 - Student Holiday

 

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6pm: On January 11 from 6-8pm Annandale High School will host an Open House for our rising 9th grade students and families to learn more about what high school at Annandale is all about! We will offer short optional sessions on our various Annandale programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 9th graders.

The goal is for students and parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities our students will have as an Annandale Atom! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Annandale, Course Request 101; IB/MYP Program; Activities and Athletics; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office and Math Course Placement. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey.

Awesome Atoms!

Over 80 Students Earn IB Middle Years Programme Certificate: Congratulations to the more than 80 students who have earned the FCPS International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Certificate. Their commitment to the IB tenets of global-mindedness, critical thinking, service, and reflection represents the very best of who we send out into the world beyond Annandale High School. 

 

Building Improvements Underway: Annandale continues to invest in upgrading the facility and campus. This past week, we began painting the performing arts and front hallways. The project should be completed over winter break. Shoutout to the FCPS painting crew and the Annandale custodians for ensuring our building is clean and beautiful. In addition, 13 additional security cameras were also installed throughout the building. Special thanks to the FCPS Office of Safety and Security and Dr. Ricardy Anderson, School Board Member, for supporting this initiative.

 

Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway - Annandale Parent Liaisons, Gisela Sanchez and Rosario Carrasco, led our yearly tradition of providing toys, gifts, food, and coats to over 100 Annandale students and families. Special thanks to the PTSA and Annandale staff for donating items for this event.

 

#Winning4giving Competition Winners: A huge thank you to Mr. Henceroth’s marketing students for leading a school-wide food drive to benefit the AHS PTSA Pantry. Shoutout to all students who brought items into their W4 class and thank you to W4 teachers who entered the donations into the form. Congratulations to the winning W4 classes who collected the most items. They will be recognized with a donut breakfast when we return from break. The winners are Ms. Lockwood’s class who collected 27 items, Ms. Nguyen’s class who collected 31, Mr. Henceroth’s class with 42 items, Ms. Kline’s class with 65 items,  and Ms. Boothe’s class with 158 items!

 

Annandale Choirs Winter Concert “Gaudete” was a Huge Success! On Tuesday, December 13, the choirs at Annandale HS presented an eclectic mix of holiday favorites to a crowd of over 500 in Watson Auditorium. Atom Chorale, Men’s Chorale, Chamber and Annandale Singers performed with excellence and great poise. The choirs were accompanied by Mrs. Workman on the piano, Mrs. Ray on the harp, Ms. Crowley on flute and the AHS Percussion Ensemble. And the highlight of the night was our special guest who dressed up like the Grinch – our own Mr. DeRose!

 

Deck the Doors Competition Winners: Congratulations to the winners of our annual Deck the Doors Competition sponsored by our Student Leadership Class. Ms. Pappas’ class won Best Overall for their door featuring a three-dimensional santa climbing house, Runners up were Ms. Hogan and Ms. Sharp’s class for their winter character mash-up scene. Our Attendance Support Team earned Most Creative with their interactive Santa’s List. All participants brought spirit and creativity to the hallways of the school. Thank you to all the W4 classes who participated. We have loved seeing the students work together in this creative pursuit to get us in the holiday spirit. There were some amazing entries.

 

Culinary Program Holds First Annual Gingerbread House Competition: Students in the Annandale Culinary program competed against other classes to design, bake, and decorate gingerbread houses. First Place for Most Creative and Best Overall went to “Nintendo” from Period 1. Special thanks to staff who enjoyed judging the delicious competition.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who go above and beyond with gift cards donated by community members at the beginning of the year. It has been a huge hit and I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 or $10 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or place them in the mail. Attention: Jen Buchanan. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Important Information

Assignments Over Winter Break: We hope you are able to spend the holiday resting and rejuvenating in your favorite ways. In support of this, teachers will not assign homework, projects, or papers over breaks, and refrain will from assigning any major assessments or project due dates on the first two days back. If you have questions regarding specific assignments in a particular class, we always encourage students and families to reach out directly to their teachers for clarification and information.

 

Winter Break Office Hours: The Annandale administrative offices will be closed from Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2. Offices will re-open on Monday, January 3 at 7:00am.

 

SIS Access Limited Over Winter Break: SIS, ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable for all users from Friday, December 16 at 5:00pm until Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00am for system updates. Weekly progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break; they will resume Tuesday, January 3.

Opportunities

December 19-21 - Winter Olympics Camp: Annandale High School will be leading a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School during Winter Break. Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:00pm. Cost is $100. Payment will be accepted during drop off on the first day. Sign up for Winter Olympics Camp here

 

Sundays in January & February - Baseball Skills Camp: Annandale Baseball is once again hosting their Sunday Skills camps starting in January. Sign up for Sunday Skills Camp here. Cost is $120 for all camps or $25 each.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights: Boys basketball saw freshman and JV comes away with victories at John Lewis on Tuesday, while varsity lost an exciting back and forth game with a buzzer beating shot by Andrew Nields to send the game into overtime. The Atoms battled but fell short in overtime. They return home to play defending state champion Hayfield Friday evening (results posted online). Girls basketball made a clean sweep of Lewis on Tuesday evening. Teamwork was the name of the game for all three levels! This program has a bright future so make sure to get out and watch them! 

Indoor Track heads into the holiday break in the right direction with many individuals and relay teams showing strong performances to start the season! They hit the track again in 2023 looking to build on performances that qualified some for the regional meet. Swim/Dive had two strong showings last weekend sweeping both Hayfield and Justice on back to back evenings! They have one final meet Friday evening vs Lewis (results posted online). Gymnastics continues to improve on the mat. Their meet this week held the highest team total in sometime on floor routines! They have some time off before getting back on the mat in 2023.

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, December 20

F/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball vs Yorktown - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Tuesday, December 27

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Green Run at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 28

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TBD at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Girls Basketball vs TBD @ 695 Hoops Tournament

Thursday, December 29

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TBD at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Girls Basketball vs TBD @ 695 Hoops Tournament

Wrestling @ Woodbridge 10:00am

Friday, December 30

Wrestling @ Woodbridge 10:00am

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year: When we return from Winter Break, we will begin the course selection process. Below is the timeline of course selection by grade level.

  • January 9-19: Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 10 - February 3: Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3-17: Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24: Final deadline to change course requests

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

 

February 1 - 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (12/19-12/30)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

As we prepare to hit the extended break, we want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holidays! Our winter student-athletes continue to work hard to bring success and excitement to the Annandale community. We have events going on over the break so make sure to check our upcoming schedule below to catch all the action. Make sure to check out what our coaches and performing arts directors are saying about their programs!

Go Atoms!   Annandale Activities Office Atoms Athletics Highlights

Boys basketball saw freshman and JV comes away with victories at John Lewis on Tuesday, while varsity lost an exciting back and forth game with a buzzer beating shot by Andrew Nields to send the game into overtime. The Atoms battled but fell short in overtime. They return home to play defending state champion Hayfield Friday evening (results posted online).

Girls basketball made a clean sweep of Lewis on Tuesday evening. Teamwork was the name of the game for all three levels! This program has a bright future so make sure to get out and watch them!

Indoor Track heads into the holiday break in the right direction with many individuals and relay teams showing strong performances to start the season! They hit the track again in 2023 looking to build on performances that qualified some for the regional meet.

Swim/Dive had two strong showings last weekend sweeping both Hayfield and Justice on back to back evenings! They have one final meet Friday evening vs Lewis (results posted online).

Gymnastics continues to improve on the mat. Their meet this week held the highest team total in sometime on floor routines! They have some time off before getting back on the mat in 2023.

 

 

We have officially finished our fall seasons with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below:

Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition

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We would like to recognize members from our Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall.

Shalini Vlcan - Viola

Jazzy Tang - Viola

Thein Phan - Viola

Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass

Melanie Lam - Violin

Gear up with Official Atoms Spiritwear

Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.

Our online Atoms Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

From the Boosters

There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Atoms All-Season Athletics Pass

The Atoms Booster Club’s All-Season pass provides you general admission access to all regular season home football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and wrestling events. With more than nine sports showcased, you can save BIG with the all-season pass!

Visit membership.atomsboosters.org for more information or to purchase your all-season pass online.

We need your help!

The Atoms Athletic Booster Club needs your help with concession stand coverage. When the concession stand is open the booster club makes money and anytime a parent represents a sports program, that program receives a percentage of the sales! Please consider helping out and signing up below for one of our home events.

Boys Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsboys 

Girls Basketball:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahsgirls 

Wrestling:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F48AAA72FA6F5C61-ahswrestling

Coaches Corner

Check out what our Atom's Coaches are saying about their programs! Each week our coaches will give a recap, provide a look ahead, or recognize a student-athlete.  

BOYS BASKETBALL, Jerome McAvoy: 

Boys Basketball began district play this week and lost a heart breaker at Lewis 59-69 in overtime. The game was an exciting back and forth affair for the fans. Slim had a monster 2 hand slam and Andrew Nields hit a buzzer beater 3 to get the game into overtime. The JV and 9th grade cruised to easy victories against Lewis. The basketball program continued their partnership with Braddock ES in Readers Are Leaders. We have a few games over the holiday break starting with Yorktown on Tuesday, December 20 and participate in the George Long Holiday Tournament December 27-29 at Wakefield.

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Kenny Gregory: 

This week the girls basketball team took on their first district team, Lewis, and came up big with wins on all three levels. The Freshman team secured their first win of the season. The JV team had two wins over both Park View and Lewis. Solid team defense and finishing on the free throw line helped them secure both wins. Varsity had a 63-25 win over Lewis led by 7 steals from senior, Shahidah Kargbo, and 24 points from Freshman, Ava Sewall. 

GYMNASTICS, Madison Morella:

Annandale had their 3rd meet at South County on Wednesday.  We had six girls compete on floor and beam, three on vault, and one on bars.  Nevaeh Keramidas got to showcase her floor routine for the first time.  Kaylee Rivera also showcased a new routine on beam for the first time.  As a team, we scored the highest on floor routines. The next meet is January 9, 2023 at Falls Church.

WRESTLING, Josh Damico: 

On 12/15 The JV Grappling Atoms wrestled well against Oakton and Wakefield, continuing their progress including first wins by Adam Khaliqi and Matthew Giron. GOAT of the week for the event was Freshman Jose Vera Puna (215). The JV is off competition wise until the new year.

The Varsity Atoms were at the tough Sherando Duals; the team scores to do not reflect the effort and progress the team is making. After an 0-3 first day and wrestling host and 2022 4A runner up Sherando first thing Saturday morning, the team found their groove and narrowly lost to Sherando B team 36-30, then beat Amherst County 46-30 and ended the event with a lopsided 60-18 win against Warhill to finish 2-5. GOAT of the week for the event was Sophomore Jordy Lopez Funes who went 7-0 with 6(!) pins and one decision. Other outstanding performances include Senior Marcelo Pozo for also going 7-0, Freshman Charlie McGinity for going 4-2, and sophomore Dom Vejcik for going 4-3. Congratulations go out to McGinity, Freshmen Alex Torres and Isaac Cook, Sophomore Sebastian Jaldin and Seniors Wilmer Chinchilla, Frank Cordova-Ferrufino and Nate Quisbert for all gaining their first pins of their careers. The varsity resumes competition on Saturday, 12/17 at Woodson at the Cavalier Classic.

SWIM/DIVE, Carmen Lucas: 

Swim & Dive had an awesome win for both the boys and girls’ teams last Saturday over Justice HS. Boys won 218-91, girls won 156-153. We are heading into break with one more meet against Lewis on Friday 12/16, which is also our Alumni Night!

INDOOR TRACK, Phil Harris: 

This Week the indoor track team prepares for two big competitions. One in Virginia Beach where Miles Lanham, Noah Williams, Rakan Aladi, and the 4x200 relays competes for state qualifying times. The other is at Episcopal HS where Kiera Dalrymple, Pamela Moura, and the Nagle twins lead the girls squad. 

"Dedication + Consistency lead to opportunity"

Director's Cut

Get a behind the scenes look at our Performing Arts as they share recaps, a preview to performances, or what is going on their classes!

PERFORMING ARTS

In the Spring, AHS Performing Arts will be embarking on their Spring Trip to Florida, getting the opportunity to work with two college performing arts departments along the way. Donate at tinyurl.com/SpringTripDonate to support students getting to go on this trip!

CHOIRDirector Pat Vaughn: 

Annandale Choirs Winter Concert “Gaudete” was a Huge Success

On Tuesday, December 13, the choirs at Annandale HS presented an eclectic mix of holiday favorites to a crowd of over 500 in Watson Auditorium.

Atom Chorale, Men’s Chorale, Chamber and Annandale Singers performed with excellence and great poise. The choirs were accompanied by Mrs. Workman on the piano, Mrs. Ray on the harp, Ms. Crowley on flute and the AHS Percussion Ensemble. And the highlight of the night was our special guest who dressed up like the Grinch – our own Mr. DeRose!

A great night was had by all in attendance!

THEATRE, Director Katie Brunberg:

Annandale Theatre Company has been hard at work blocking, choreographing, and learning music for their Winter musical, Firebringer. We are so excited to have alumna Amanda Weaver directing! Meanwhile Theatre 3 & 4 students have been preparing for the VHSL One-Act competition. It’s going to be an eventful January for AHS Theatre. 

Athletic Training Wrap

Our Athletic Trainers, Ryan Hughes and Kathy Ayers, work really hard behind the scenes of our Athletic events and they would like to share some tips and advice they give the student-athletes at Annandale High School everyday.

TIP OF THE WEEK

What you eat and drink after the game is just as vital as before and during. For ideal recovery, eat or drink something within 15 minutes of finishing a practice or game. Examples are: 20 oz. sports drinks, 2 handfuls of trail mix or dry cereal, 2 granola bars, a package of peanut butter crackers, or a small bag of pretzels.

Skip The Line With ETIX

Order your gameday tickets ahead of time and skip the line at the gate.  Use the link below to access the Annandale schedule and order your tickets.  Game tickets go on sale the day before the event

ETix Calendar

Live Streaming

Please note that for the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools paid for a countywide subscription for all schools and their communities. Unfortunately, FCPS will no longer be paying these fee. All of our events that take place on our stadium field and in our gymnasium will continue to be streamed live on the NFHS Network, but will now have a pay wall that the consumer will need to pay for. 

Prices - $11.99 per month or $79.99 for an annual subscription. 

For more information...

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Weekly Schedule December 20-30

Tuesday, December 20

F/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball vs Yorktown - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Tuesday, December 27

Varsity Boys Basketball vs Green Run at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 28

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TBD at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Girls Basketball vs TBD @ 695 Hoops Tournament

Thursday, December 29

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TBD at George Long Holiday Tournament @ Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Girls Basketball vs TBD @ 695 Hoops Tournament

Wrestling @ Woodbridge 10:00am

Friday, December 30

Wrestling @ Woodbridge 10:00am

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Annandale HS Student Services Newsletter

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Annandale Student Services

 

Dear Atom Nation,

From our Student Services family to your family, we want to wish you a restful and relaxing winter break! We will see you in 2023!

Erik Healey

Director of Student Services

Important Dates
  • December 13 - Academic Advising Grade Level Presentations
  • December 15 - College Help Session: Recommendation Letters
  • December 31 - Registration deadline for Spring 2023 Early Online College
  • January 10 - Start of Family Project for Spanish Speaking Parents
  • January 11 - Elective Fair
  • January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House
  • February 1 - FCPS Gap Year Fair

Course Selection Dates for 2023-2024 School Year

  • January 9 to 19 - Juniors meet with Counselors
  • January 10 to February 3 - Sophomores meet with Counselors
  • February 3 to 17 - Freshmen meet with Counselors
  • February 24 - final deadline to change course requests

December 15 - College Help Session: Come to room 90 from 3:00 to 4:00pm to get help with adding recommenders to your Common App, and providing recommenders with the information about yourself.

Beginning January 10 - Annandale Hosts Family Project For Spanish Speaking Parents: A 10-sessions program, designed for parents with children from 10-17 years old. This class is designed to help you to improve the communication with your youth, boost your youth's self-esteem, and avoid arguments. Classes are taught in Spanish, in person, and begin on Wednesday, January 10, from 6-9pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Please contact Family Liaison, Rosario Carrasco at 703-642-7411.

January 11 - Elective Fair: During W4/PT, all 9th-11th grade students will have the opportunity to check out three courses that they are interested in for next school year. Presenters will cover most of the elective courses that will be offered, in addition to IB courses. Representatives from FCPS Academies will also participate. 

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House: From 6:00-8:00pm, rising 9th graders and their families are invited to learn more about Annandale HS. Attendees will have chance to meet teachers and participate in a variety of informational sessions: 

  • Welcome to Annandale
  • Course Requests 101
  • IB/MYP Programs
  • Activities and Athletics
  • ESOL Program
  • Special Education Office
  • Math Course Placement

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and Families: FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

College & Career Corner

Register to Take the ASVAB: The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test measures a young adult’s strengths and weaknesses and provides feedback on potential for future career success. Students are encouraged to take the test because it is a valuable career assessment tool which can help identify which career is best for each student. Though the test is developed by the Department of Defense, it is not just for those going into the military. It’s a great start to finding the perfect career for students by highlighting those skills which students naturally have. To sign up for the ASVAB test you may go see your school counselor or contact your local recruiter, Staff Sergeant Meas at 703-424-8923.

Early Online College - Spring Session: Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on January 31, 2023, and end on April 24, 2023. Courses are for college credit only. These courses were selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities. Completed applications are due by 5:00PM on December 31. Detailed information can be found at https://www.nvcc.edu/online-early-college. Please watch the recorded NOVA Information Session (Passcode: Xi7*axmj) to find out about the application process and eligibility requirements.

“Growing Your Career” Career & Education Expo for Military Families: January 18, 2023 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM; National Museum of the United States Army (Ft. Belvoir)

This event is for transitioning service members, military spouses, dependents, and veterans. It will include opportunities for summer hire for military dependents. There will be 12 colleges/universities present, and 12 agencies that will be hiring for summer and other employment. The event will also touch on how to apply for the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program as well. See attached flier for more information and to register.

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts ONE MONTH prior to application deadlines. Please take into account winter break. Students who have early January application deadlines should have submitted Transcript Requests before the end of November. The Student Services staff needs adequate time to process the large number of requests that we receive. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site

Fridays FAFSA/VASA Help During Lunch: Need help filling out the FAFSA or VASA? Every Friday our Financial Aid Champion, Ms. Mahieu will be offering FAFSA and VASA help to students during their lunch period. If you are interested in registering for an appointment during your lunch period please email Ms. Wells at [email protected] or Mr. Yeagley at [email protected] so they can schedule the appointment for you. Please be sure you include the Friday you would like to come in, as well as what lunch you have that day.

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Annandale Community Insider - December 11

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Annandale Students, Families, and Community:

This week we had several opportunities to showcase the incredible things that are happening in #AtomNation. On Thursday, leaders from FCPS Central Office visited Annandale High School. Along with our coaches and administrators, they visited classrooms to observe evidence of our instructional focus of Learning Targets, Academic Tasks, and Scaffolds. The visitors remarked on the many scaffolds teachers had planned to allow students to access higher level academic tasks. They also noticed that students had several opportunities to collaborate, making connections to each other and their learning.

The musical talents of our students were also on full display this week as our band and orchestra programs held their winter concerts. In addition to showcasing the talents of our students, the show featured guest performances from our Parent Orchestra’s Advanced Ensemble and Crescendo (CAT B) Orchestra’s debut! As I shared on Twitter, it was hard not to get emotional watching our CAT B students perform. Thank you to Annie Ray and the CAT B Department for all of their hard work. Next week, the choirs at Annandale will be performing at various community events. See below for more details about the shows.

I am so proud of the amazing work our students and staff have been doing. As we approach Winter Break, we will finish out the year with our Winter Spirit Week. Students are encouraged to dress for each day’s theme. I am looking forward to another opportunity to show off my ugly sweater wardrobe on Wednesday. We will also continue our tradition of allowing everyone to relax and refresh over holiday breaks. Teachers will not assign homework, projects, or papers over breaks, and refrain from assigning any major assessments or project due dates on the first two days back. We want our staff and students to enjoy a mental wellness break and have time to connect with family and friends. 

As always, reach out with questions or concerns. Go Atoms!

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

December 5-15 - Deck the Doors Contest

December 12-16 - Holiday Spirit Week

December 13 - Course Selection Presentations (W4)

December 13, 14 and 16 - Annandale Choirs Concerts

December 14 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm (Canceled)

December 19-30 - Winter Break

January 2 - New Year’s Day Observed (No School)

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6pm

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (No School)

January 20-21 - Winter Musical, Firebringer 

January 25 - 2 Hour Early Release (End of the 2nd Quarter)

January 26-27 - Student Holiday

 

December 12-16 - Holiday Spirit Week: Annandale staff and students have the opportunity to get excited for Winter break by participating in a Holiday Themed Spirit week! Get creative and have fun dressing up with the following daily themes. Annandale Leadership students will be taking photos of participants to be featured on their Instagram! We are looking forward to seeing lots of festive outfits!

Monday, December 12: Pajama Day

Tuesday, December 13: Flannel Day

Wednesday, December 14: Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday, December 15: Holiday Character Day

Friday, December 16: Santa's Workshop: Dress as the following dependent on your grade: Freshman: Snowman, Sophomore: Reindeer, Junior: Elf, Senior: Santa.

 

December 13 - Course Selection Presentations: Counselors will be presenting the 2023-2024 course selection process to students in W4 on Tuesday, December 13. The presentation will cover important information including course options for next school year and the process for how to select their courses. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the student services webpage for students who do not have a W4 class. Students can reach out to their counselor if they have any questions.

 

December 13, 14 and 16 - Annandale Choirs in Concert and Community Caroling: The choirs at Annandale have been busy preparing for a wonderful season of concerts during the last week before break.

Gaudete (Rejoice) - December 13: Our Winter Concert with the Annandale Singers, Atom Chorale, Men's Chorale, and the Chamber Ensemble at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. 

Noonday Noël - December 14: Annandale Singers and Chamber Ensemble sing for the Noonday Noël at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House at 12:05pm (323 South Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA)

Caroling at the Willard Hotel - December 16: Join the Annandale Singers in the Lobby for two sets: 5:30-6:15 and 6:45-7:30 at the Willard Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004).

 

December 15 - IB Middle Years Programme Certificate Celebration: We are excited to celebrate 82 AHS students who earned the FCPS MYP Certificate! Students qualify for this honor by earning an 8 or above on their personal project (completed through their English 10 classes), successfully completing two or more years of language classes, and providing volunteer service hours and reflecting on their experiences. Our celebration, held Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30pm, will feature a special guest speaker and distribution of certificates. Please reach out with questions to our MYP Coordinator, Jeniva Miller.

 

January 11 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6pm: On January 11 from 6-8pm Annandale High School will host an Open House for our rising 9th grade students and families to learn more about what high school at Annandale is all about! We will offer short optional sessions on our various Annandale programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 9th graders. The goal is for students and parents to leave this event excited about all the opportunities our students will have as an Annandale Atom! Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening: Welcome to Annandale, Course Request 101; IB/MYP Program; Activities and Athletics; English for Speakers of Other Languages Program; Special Education Office and Math Course Placement. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who go above and beyond with gift cards donated by community members at the beginning of the year. It has been a huge hit and I am requesting your help again since we are not permitted to use any kind of FCPS funds, local or otherwise, for this purpose. It is amazing how much a $5 or $10 gift card is appreciated. If you are so inclined, please feel free to drop them off at the main office or place them in the mail. Attention: Jen Buchanan. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Important Information

Assignments Over Winter Break: We hope you are able to spend the holiday resting and rejuvenating in your favorite ways. In support of this, teachers will not assign homework, projects, or papers over breaks, and refrain will from assigning any major assessments or project due dates on the first two days back. If you have questions regarding specific assignments in a particular class, we always encourage students and families to reach out directly to their teachers for clarification and information.

 

Winter Break Office Hours: The Annandale administrative offices will be closed from Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2. Offices will re-open on Monday, January 3 at 7:00am.

 

SIS Access Limited Over Winter Break: SIS, ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable for all users from Friday, December 16 at 5:00pm until Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00am for system updates. Weekly progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break; they will resume Tuesday, January 3.

 

PSAT Score Reports Now Available: Recently, College Board released PSAT scores for the October exam. Students who completed the test should have received their score reports at the email address they indicated on their PSAT answer sheet. If they have not yet recieved the report, students should check their junk and spam folders for an email from College Board. Before winter break, students will also receive an email to their school email account from Erik Healey, AHS Director of Student Services. This email will include test scores and an Access Code, which can be used to view the full score report on the College Board website. From this score report, students can utilize a free SAT prep course through Khan Academy, based on their individual PSAT scores.

 

Parent Advocacy Handbook Now Available: The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. The handbook is for parents and guardians, and contains answers to the many questions parents may have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student at the various stages of their school experience. Please click here for more information and a copy of the handbook, which is available in several languages.

 

Free Live Tutoring Service Available to all Annandale Students: To support our students, we are using W4 to equip them with strategies they can use for their continued learning. Our Atoms Agreement of Determination means that we try, even when it is difficult; do our best; are present and engaged; show up on time; and create goals and strive to achieve them. 

To support students in demonstrating Determination, a recent W4 lesson shared detailed information about ways students can take control of their own learning, including preparing for retakes and accessing supports such as Tutor.com. We will continue to use W4 lessons to build students' skills around self-advocacy and determination. Click here to learn more.

Awesome Atoms!

AHS Students Earn District Honor Orchestra Recognition: Congratulations to four members of the Annandale Orchestra program who were selected for District Honor Orchestra this fall: Shalini Vlcan - Viola; Jazzy Tang - Viola; Thein Phan - Viola; Jenna Saykhamphone - Bass; Melanie Lam - Violin.

 

Annandale Senior Mariamawit Endalkachew Awarded (NABSEF) Scholarship: At the recent National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference, Mariamawit Endalkachew was awarded the NABSEF Scholarship. Students who receive this scholarship must be involved with a local community based program, have completed at least 20 hours of community service, and submit a typed essay of 450-500 words on the topic: “The Legacy I Will Leave.” Congratulations to Mariamawit!

 

Annandale Basketball and NHS Kickoff “Readers are Leaders” Program: Shoutout to the Boys and Girls Basketball programs, along with members of the National Honor Society for "Kicking Off" the 5th year of the “Readers Are Leaders” program. Students visited 2nd grade classes at Braddock Elementary School to read with our future Atoms.

Opportunities

December 12 - AWC Game Night is Back! Come celebrate the Atoms Writing Center’s second game night on Monday, December 12, from 3:15 to 4:45pm in Clausen Hall! During game night, students are able to learn more about the Atoms Writing Center through playing fun games and participating in a Kahoot tournament for prizes! The event is free to enter, but pizza and baked goods will be available for purchase. If you want a fun-filled afternoon with food, games, movies, prizes, and more, come to AWC Game Night!

 

December 12 - Yomie X Orchestra Fundraiser Ends: Orchestra’s first large fundraiser of the year is our partnership with Yomie’s Rice X Yogurt Mochinut to sell mochi doughnuts, Korean corndogs, and yogurt drinks. Students have until Monday, December 12 to purchase goods (pre-sale and digital payments only) with pick-up of all items on Wednesday, December 14 from 3:00-3:30pm in the Orchestra room. You can pre-order food here: Not hungry? We welcome donations to the program here.

 

December 15 - IB Business Internal Assessment (IA) Workshop: The Atoms Writing Center is holding a workshop to help students with their IA for IB Business. The workshop will be offered on December 15 after school and during PRIDE Time in Room 274. To be requested for PRIDE Time, you must complete this google form by midnight tonight, December 11. There is no need to sign up to attend the after school session.

 

December 19-21 - Winter Olympics Camp: Annandale High School will be leading a 3-day Winter Olympics Camp at Poe Middle School during Winter Break. Camp will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30am-3:00pm. Cost is $100. Payment will be accepted during drop off on the first day. Sign up for Winter Olympics Camp here

 

Sundays in January & February - Baseball Skills Camp: Annandale Baseball is once again hosting their Sunday Skills camps starting in January. Sign up for Sunday Skills Camp here. Cost is $120 for all camps or $25 each.

 

Beginning January 10 - Annandale Hosts Family Project For Parents: A 10-session program, designed for parents with children from 10-17 years old. This class is designed to help you improve the communication with your child and boost your student’s self-esteem. Parents will learn to avoid arguments. Classes are held in person in Spanish, beginning Wednesday, January 10, from 6-9pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Questions? Please contact Family Liaison, Rosario Carrasco 703-642-7411.

News from the Student Activities Office

Check out the latest information from the Activities Office in their weekly newsletter. In addition, learn more about Annandale High School Athletics and Activities by visiting their website or the AHS Athletics Twitter page. Please email Brandon Sutphin if you have any questions.

 

Atoms Athletics Highlights: Girls basketball fell in a close game vs. Hylton and finished the week off against Wakefield (results to be posted online). Boys basketball got some much needed rest after 3 games in their first week and returned to action at Wakefield on Friday evening (results to be posted online). The Grappling Atoms Wrestlers had a successful week on both JV and Varsity with the varsity wrestlers coming away with a win over Alexandria City on Wednesday evening. Swim/Dive fell in a close meet vs. Falls Church but returned to the pool with two meets this weekend (results to be posted online). Gymnastics continue to improve their skills on the mat! Indoor Track looks to be competitive this year with many athletes looking towards potential state berths, including state champion Miles Lanham!

 

Annandale Student Athletes Receive All-District and All-Region Accolades! We have officially finished our fall season with many of our Atoms student-athletes earning postseason All-District and All-Region recognition.  These student-athletes worked hard and their achievements should be acknowledged! Check out the recipients using the link below: Annandale Atoms Fall All-District/Region/State Recognition.

 

This Week:

Monday, December 12

JV Girls Basketball @ Parkview - 6:00pm

Tuesday, December 13

F/JV/Varsity Girls Basketball vs Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball @ Lewis- 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Winter Chorus Concert - Auditorium - 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 14

JV Wrestling Jamboree - Upstairs Gym - 6:00pm

Gymnastics @ South County - 6:00pm

Friday, December 16

F/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball vs Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/Varsity Girls Basketball @ Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive vs Lewis @ Audrey Moore - 8:30pm

Saturday, December 17

Wrestling @ Woodson 10:00am

News from Student Services

Check out the latest information from the Student Services Department in their weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides important information, important dates, news from the college & career center and class news.

 

Transcript Requests for College Applications & Scholarships: Seniors need to request official high school transcripts one month prior to application deadlines. For example, if a college application is due on January 17, the Transcript Request Form is due on December 17. We will be receiving a very high volume of requests in the coming months, and our Student Services staff needs adequate time to process them. Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are quickly approaching. For step-by-step instructions and forms for submitting Transcript Requests, go to the AHS College & Career Google site.

 

Fridays During Lunch - FAFSA/VASA Help! Need help filling out the FAFSA or VASA? Every Friday our Financial Aid Champion, Ms. Mahieu will be offering FAFSA and VASA help to students during their lunch period. If you are interested in registering for an appointment during your lunch period please email Ms. Wells or Mr. Yeagley so they can schedule the appointment for you. Please be sure you include the Friday you would like to come in, as well as what lunch you have that day. You can also email Ms. Mahieu directly with questions about the FAFSA/VASA or to schedule a virtual or in person meeting with Ms. Mahieu.

 

Early Online College-Spring Session: Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on January 31 and end on April 24, 2023. Courses are for college credit only and designed to jumpstart students' college experience. These courses were selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities. For more information, contact NOVA’s Office of Dual Enrollment at [email protected]. Applications are due by December 31.

News from the PTSA

Canceled - December 14 - PTSA Meeting: Our December PTSA has been cancelled. We look forward see everyone next month. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online Membership Form. For more information about membership visit the Annandale PTSA website.

 

Annandale PTSA Pantry Needs Help Restocking! Below is a photo of our shelves before and after each distribution. We need help restocking regularly. Please consider donating, every donation helps. Visit the pantry website here to learn more and about ways to donate.

 

Volunteer at the Annandale PTSA - Do you have an SUV or minivan and an hour to help the AHS PTSA food pantry? Our community partner, Food For Others is providing the Annandale High School PTSA Food Pantry with fresh food items and we need help delivering the items twice a month to the pantry for distribution. Please sign up here.

The PTSA sponsored AHS Pantry distributes food to AHS students and families in need. This year, we will be distributing on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. See the schedule below. But, we need your help! Please consider volunteering to help on the distribution dates. Sign up here

Pantry Distributions are in Trailer 8 behind school – schedule changes are in bold. Email Norma Foti, AHS PTSA Pantry Coordinator, at [email protected] with questions.

 

Donate to the Annandale PTSA Pantry: Donations are always welcome and tax deductible. To make a monetary donation, please click here. To ease the distribution process, we always need donations of both paper grocery bags (preferably with handles) and reusable grocery bags (for families and students who walk home). Grocery bags and food donations for the Pantry can be dropped off in the main office. See below for our wishlist. Contact Norma Foti, Pantry Coordinator at [email protected] with questions.

Support Annandale Booster Organizations!

Gear up with Official Atoms Spirit Wear: Gear up for another action-packed season with official Atoms gear. You can dress in team-spirited garb on game day and every day with the largest selection of Annandale Atoms apparel at the official Atoms Store. Cheer on your Atoms with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more. Our online Shop has items for any occasion. Visit spiritwear.atomsboosters.org to see the latest Atoms gear.

 

Join the Annandale PTSA! 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 2022–2023 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

Join the Atoms Athletic Boosters! Purchase an Athletic Pass! We need you as an Atoms fan in the stands cheering on our athletes, as well as behind the scenes as an athletics supporter. 100% of your Booster contributions support the many athletic programs, facilities, and athletes at AHS. 

Cost: Student Pass - $30; Adult Pass - $60; Parking Pass - $30; Fan Pass - $25. For more information, visit the Boosters sight at www.atomsboosters.org.

The BENEFITS of purchasing an AHS Athletic Booster Membership/athletic passes include:

  • SAVE MONEY! — Admission for free admission for Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity regular-season home athletic events (not valid for away games or postseason play).
  • Ease and Convenience — Avoid the ticket line, just show your pass at the admissions gate; no need to carry cash.
  • Support the Atoms — 100% of the money goes to AHS athletics. Normal gate fees are split between AHS and the opponent.

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