Inclement Weather Announcement - January 19

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Annandale Staff, Students and Community:

As FCPS communicated, tomorrow, January 20, will be an inclement weather virtual synchronous learning day. The schedule includes both a two-hour delay and the planned two-hour early release. Here is a link to the FCPS bell schedule for tomorrow. As a reminder, there is no W4 on early release days but we will have PRIDE Time. Stay tuned for information about after school sports practices.

Students should access their classes via Zoom in their Schoology Courses. Teachers will be taking attendance in SIS as they would on an in-person day. Students who are unable to connect will be marked absent and given an opportunity to make up work. 

Last week, our focus in W4 was on preparing for the possibility of a virtual instruction day and ensuring Zoom worked properly. Our tech team has been working to address any issues that were identified and reported during the Zoom test. If students experience technical difficulties, they can access  support on the FCPS Tech Support for Families Page. 

We will be making an announcement at the end of the day (2:50pm) to ensure all students and staff are prepared and will remind students to bring their computers, chargers, and any other instructional materials home with them.

As always, please reach out with questions. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Navigating the COVID Surge

Keeping Up With COVID: A lot of new and updated information is available for schools and families due to the current COVID-19 surge and recent changes to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Earlier this week, FCPS shared how the new CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation periods would affect students and staff. Check out the Health and Safety Guidance Document on the FCPS website for the most up-to-date information.

 

FCPS Policy on Masks: As we return to school after the holiday weekend, FCPS will continue universal masking for all students and staff. FCPS continues to require universal mask wearing in alignment with CDC guidance. Our layered prevention strategies have proven effective in keeping transmission rates low in our schools. We know our students are best served by in-person instruction. Adhering to our layered prevention strategies, especially universal masking, keeps our schools open and safe places for students to learn. FCPS is reviewing Governor Youngkin’s executive order issued this weekend. As we have throughout the pandemic, FCPS will continue to share any updated information with you around FCPS COVID-19 practices and protocols as needed. You can review current health and safety guidelines on our website.

 

Direct Line at Annandale HS for COVID Communication: Annandale High School will now have a direct phone line and email for any COVID-related matters. If your student either has COVID or was in close contact with someone with COVID, or you have any questions or concerns about COVID-related policies and procedures, please email AHS COVID at [email protected] or call 703-642-4363. Please leave a message if no one picks up and our COVID case manager, Nathan Park, will get back to you.

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Annandale Community Insider - January 16

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

It was exciting to welcome back students and staff after an extended winter break. I am proud of how Atom Nation mobilized to address challenges brought on by the COVID surge and the winter weather this past week. Students did a great job of wearing their masks, and teacher teams came together to adjust pacing and develop lessons to engage students through the end of the quarter (January 20) and beyond.  

High quality instruction, strong collaboration, and relationships & support continue to be our priorities 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 disabled (Category B) students. Below are highlights of the article that illustrate just how inspiring Annie’s program is.

  • “… 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 [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.” 

On another side of the building, the boys varsity basketball team is currently on a six game winning streak, beating Falls Church, TJ, and Mt. Vernon this week. With limited spectators currently allowed to watch athletic contests, be sure to watch upcoming games live on the Atoms NFHS Network. Here is a link to upcoming events.

This past week, counselors began to meet individually with their students through English classes to discuss course selection for the 2022-23 school year. Our Academic Advising page has grade level information presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing our elective and IB options, and the course selection Google forms that must be completed by students. We encourage both students and parents to visit this site and discuss course selections for next year.

Finally, I wanted to extend my gratitude for the outpouring of support during this Principal Appreciation Week. It is an honor to be part of such an active, supportive, and inclusive community. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that the work we do together is making a difference. 

As always, reach out with any questions you may have. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 18 - Rising 9th Grade Course Registration Night, 6pm

January 18 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

January 19 - Religious and Cultural Observance (Orthodox Epiphany)

January 20 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

January 25 - Beginning of 3rd Quarter

 

January 18 During W4 - Virginia School Survey: On Tuesday, January 18 during W4, Annandale will be conducting the Virginia Climate and Working Conditions School Survey. The purpose of this survey is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions. Here is a link to the student survey. If you do not wish for your student to participate, please email Hanna Langstein at [email protected]

 

January 18, 6pm - Rising 9th Grade Virtual Course Registration Night: Given the current circumstances, Annandale HS has postponed Rising 9th Grade Open House scheduled for January 18 (Zoom link here). Instead, we will be offering Virtual Course Registration Night for rising 9th grade students and their families. This event will be held on the same date and time: January 18 at 6:00pm. 

Virtual Course Registration Night will provide guidance for students as they prepare to complete their course request form when they meet with their middle school counselor in the coming weeks. In preparation for this event, students and families are encouraged to access all the information needed for course selection on our Academic Advising website. This site has grade level information that will be presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing elective and IB options, the 9th grade course catalog, and the course selection Google form that will need to be completed by each student. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey at [email protected].

 

January 18, 7pm - PTSA Meeting: The Next Annandale PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Here is a link to the meeting.

 

January 20 - End of Quarter: The 2nd Quarter ends on January 20 and will be a two hour early release. Students are encouraged to work with their teachers to complete any retakes or make up work. Late buses are provided to students who stay after school on Wednesdays throughout the school year. 

 

As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, we would like to thank the Annandale community and parents for their service and support of Annandale High School students, staff, and community. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve...You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” It is your help and support that makes this community such a special place to learn and grow each and every day. Thank you for all you do for Atom Nation.

Navigating the COVID Surge

Keeping Up With COVID: A lot of new and updated information is available for schools and families due to the current COVID-19 surge and recent changes to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Earlier this week, FCPS shared how the new CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation periods would affect students and staff. Check out the Health and Safety Guidance Document on the FCPS website for the most up-to-date information.

 

FCPS Policy on Masks: As we return to school after the holiday weekend, FCPS will continue universal masking for all students and staff. FCPS continues to require universal mask wearing in alignment with CDC guidance. Our layered prevention strategies have proven effective in keeping transmission rates low in our schools. We know our students are best served by in-person instruction. Adhering to our layered prevention strategies, especially universal masking, keeps our schools open and safe places for students to learn. FCPS is reviewing Governor Youngkin’s executive order issued this weekend. As we have throughout the pandemic, FCPS will continue to share any updated information with you around FCPS COVID-19 practices and protocols as needed. You can review current health and safety guidelines on our website.

 

Direct Line at Annandale HS for COVID Communication: Annandale High School will now have a direct phone line and email for any COVID-related matters. If your student either has COVID or was in close contact with someone with COVID, or you have any questions or concerns about COVID-related policies and procedures, please email AHS COVID at [email protected] or call 703-642-4363. Please leave a message if no one picks up and our COVID case manager, Nathan Park, will get back to you.

Important Information

Annandale Students Prepared for Virtual Learning: FCPS recently sent out guidance regarding how to prepare for an inclement weather virtual learning day. At Annandale, we have already taken the steps recommended by the division to ensure that students, staff, and their technology are prepared if inclement weather interrupts in-person instruction. Last week, students ensured that they have access to their Schoology course for each of their classes. They also had the opportunity to report any technical difficulties and/or any needs they might have for internet access at home. In addition, students and staff tested Zoom functionality to ensure all students know how to log into their classes in the event of a virtual school day. 

FCPS will implement synchronous virtual learning on days when school buildings are closed due to inclement weather and follow this FCPS Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Day Bell Schedule. The schedule includes a two-hour delay in order to provide time for teachers to prepare for virtual instruction.

 

Technology Support for Students and Families: If you have any issues with your FCPS device or account, including virtual learning or Zoom, students and parents can access the Tech Support for Families page, to submit a help request ticket.

 

Academic Advising Underway: This week, counselors began to meet individually with their students through English classes to discuss course selection for the 2022-23 school year. Our Academic Advising page has the grade level information presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing our elective and IB options, and the course selection Google forms that must be completed by students. We encourage both students and parents to visit this site and discuss course selections for next year.

Students are asked to complete the appropriate grade-level course selection Google form prior to meeting with their counselor. All course selection forms are due no later than February 25. Please reach out to your student’s counselor, or Erik Healey, Director of Student Services, if you have any questions.

 

Student Leadership Interest Meeting: The Student Leadership Class is an elective with admission based on an application and interview process. Students in this class contribute to building the culture at AHS by helping plan events such as Homecoming, Spirit Weeks, Heritage Night, etc. We are striving for the class to be truly representative of our entire school population. The interest meeting will be held on January 25 from 3:45-4:15pm. This meeting will be virtual and the link can be accessed in the Schoology group.

 

Second Chance Breakfast Canceled: It is clear that we will continue to see higher COVID case numbers at least for the short term. To better tighten our mitigation strategies, we have canceled second chance breakfast. Students can still access a free breakfast before the start of school. As the landscape changes over the coming weeks, we will continue to reassess and update staff and students. We will continue to follow our current bell schedule moving forward.

Awesome Atoms!

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 [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 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!

 

More Annandale Students Earn Verified Credit - Annandale students are continuing to work hard to earn verified credits needed for graduation. Last week, nine Annandale seniors earned the last verified credit they need for graduation after completing an expedited retake for Biology or Reading! A huge thank you and congrats to our teachers and instructional coaches who planned dynamic remediation programs to help students earn passing scores: Nicole Ferree, Mary Johnson, Jeniva Miller, and Prarthana Purohit. The final SOL testing for this window is scheduled for January 18.

 

Welcome Terri Pendleton - Technology Specialist! Terri Pendleton has spent 23 years with FCPS and is looking forward to being the new Technology Support Specialist (TSSpec) at Annandale High School and supporting the Atoms community. Before becoming a TSSpec, she worked at the Nancy Sprague Technology Center managing the FCPS help desk support system, RequestIT. Terri is a graduate of Falls Church High School where she has been the assistant JV girls' basketball coach for the past 8 years. Terri and her husband Clarence have three daughters: two currently attending FCPS and one who will graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University next year.

Opportunities

College Help Workshops – Thursdays After School: Students who need individual assistance with college applications, can attend the College Help Workshops from 3:00-4:00 in room 90 throughout the month of January. Students can ask questions about the Common Application, Transcript Request Forms, Scholarships, SAT/ACT exam registration, or anything else related to college.

 

Support the Class of 2022 by purchasing a Winter Whiteout Shirt! Annandale Seniors will be selling white long sleeve Atom Nation shirts for Spirit Week. Make sure you purchase them before our Winter Whiteout spirit day on Friday, February 4! T-shirts will be sold in the cafeteria during A and C lunch from January 18 - February 3 (or until sold out). Shirts cost $10. 

 

Learn More about FCPS High School Academies - A high school academy is a center within an existing high school that offers students the opportunity to explore career interests. By taking advanced technical and specialized courses students gain practical skills and education to help them succeed. High school students interested in taking classes at FCPS Academies can sign up to participate in an upcoming open house to learn more about each school. 

The open house dates (see link to flyers below):

  • Chantilly Academy: Virtual, January 20, 7pm (Zoom link)
  • Edison Academy: In-person, January 29, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Fairfax Academy: In-person, February 8, 6:3000pm
  • Marshall Academy: Virtual and asynchronous, January 26
  • West Potomac Academy: Virtual, January 26, 6:15-7:30pm

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $85.

News from the PTSA

Next PTSA Meeting - January 18, 7pm: The Next Annandale PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Here is a link to the meeting. See you there!

 

PTSA Food Pantry Distribution: The PTSA sponsored AHS Pantry distributes food to AHS students and families in need. Distribution will take place on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:00-4:00pm in Trailer 8 at the rear of the school. The pantry distribution schedule for the school year can be found here. Click here for additional food and community services. Contact Alissa Green, School Social Worker at [email protected] with questions related to resources. 

You can make a donation to the Pantry 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. Contact Norma Foti, Pantry Coordinator at [email protected] with questions. 

 

PTSA Pantry Is Always Restocking and Needs Your Help! The following items are always needed to restock. Items can be dropped off in the main office. All donations to the AHS PTSA Pantry are tax deductible.

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

 

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Masa (Corn Flour)

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

Limited Spectators at Athletic Events: Athletic contests will continue with limited spectators. There will be no general admission to any sports contests through Friday, January 14. Spectators will be limited to family members of both the home and visiting teams and select guests. 

 

Watch Annandale HS Sports Online! Visit the Atoms NFHS Network to watch the events live. Our teams appreciate your support and are looking forward to having spectators again soon. If you have ay questions, please contact John Ellenberger at [email protected].

 

This Week's Events:

Tuesday, January 18

Boys' Basketball vs. Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball at Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 19

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - 7:00-8:00am - Upper Gym

AA LEAD - 3:00-5:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 274

National Honor Society - Induction Ceremony - 3:00-4:00pm - Lecture Hall

Thursday, January 20

AVID - College Essay Workshop - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 90

Gymnastics at Lake Braddock - 6:00pm

Varsity Wrestling at Edison - 6:00pm

Friday, January 21

JV Wrestling at Justice - 11:00am

Boys' Basketball at Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball vs. Lewis - JV - 5:30, Varsity - 7:00pm (Senior Night)

Swim/Dive vs. Edison at Lee District Rec Center - 6:00pm

Saturday, January 22

Varsity Wrestling vs. Edison, Huguenot, Morgantown, Ocean Lakes, Park View, South County, Woodson - Atoms Fallout Duals - 11:00am

Winter Track at Edison - 11:00am

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (1/17 - 1/22)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you all are enjoying your three day weekend! Last week we had events every night, so shout out to our boys' and girls' basketball teams, wrestling, swim & dive, and indoor track & field for all of their hard work.

Check out the schedule below for this week's games. As a reminder, all athletic events are only open to immediate family members at this time. Visit the Atoms NFHS Network to watch the events live. Our teams appreciate your support and are looking forward to having spectators again soon. Also, the concession stand will not be open again this week.

Our after-school activities are still taking place so be sure to check with your clubs and organizations’ sponsors to see when their next meetings are!

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Atoms - One Act Theatre Festival

The Atoms One Act Festival team competed today at Mount Vernon High School.  Despite a power outage, the Atoms had a great performance. DePaul DeGazon and Amanda Weaver won All Star Cast Awards!

Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our gymnastics meets, basketball games and wrestling matches this season.

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Athletics, Activities & Clubs January 17th - January 22nd

Monday, January 17th

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 18th

Boys' Basketball vs. Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball at Edison - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 19th 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - 7:00 - 8:00am - Upper Gym

AA LEAD - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

National Honor Society - Induction Ceremony - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Lecture Hall

Thursday, January 20th

AVID - College Essay Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Gymnastics at Lake Braddock - 6:00pm

Varsity Wrestling at Edison - 6:00pm

Friday, January 21st

JV Wrestling at Justice - 11:00am

Boys' Basketball at Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball vs. Lewis - JV - 5:30, Varsity - 7:00pm (Senior Night)

Swim/Dive vs. Edison at Lee District Rec Center - 6:00pm

Saturday, January 22nd

Varsity Wrestling vs. Edison, Huguenot, Morgantown, Ocean Lakes, Park View, South County, Woodson - Atoms Fallout Duals - 11:00am

Indoor Track at Edison - 11:00am

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season January 17th - January 22nd

Monday, January 17th

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 18th

Softball - Upper Gym - 6:45 - 8:45pm

Wednesday, January 19th

Tennis - 3:30pm

Thursday, January 20th

Tennis - 3:30pm

Friday, January 21st

No off season practices

Saturday, January 22nd

No off season practices

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Annandale Community Insider - January 9

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

I hope you were able to enjoy some of the snow we got during the past week. The snow storm hit my neighborhood pretty hard. We had several trees down and lost power for over 16 hours. However, it was nice to see neighbors helping each other clear driveways, sidewalks and streets. Speaking of clearing snow, shoutout to our custodians and FCPS operational staff who have been working hard over the past few days to clear snow from school buildings, parking lots, and sidewalks to enable students and staff members to return to school safely. 

As I shared last week, our intent as a school division is to remain open and in person as we navigate this COVID spike. At Annandale, we are tightening and improving our mitigation as well as preparing for any shifts we may need to make. Non-essential instructional activities such as second chance breakfast, Spirit Week activities, field trips, etc., will be put on hold for the present time. In addition, our rising ninth grade open house will be moved to a virtual format. In-person aspects of this event will be rescheduled to a later date. 

Knowing that sub coverage will be an issue, we have asked all non-teaching staff to be ready and available to support classroom coverage. Additionally, FCPS is deploying central office staff to schools to support coverage. We will do everything possible to hold classes in their regular locations. If it becomes necessary, we will combine classes and use large spaces as overflow rooms. Our approach will be to continue to prioritize safety and learning. 

Staffing shortages are also impacting our operational staff. Please expect that there will be delays in bus routes with more “double-backs”, which means more students will arrive after the bell. Students arriving on a bus that has been delayed will get a pass and will be welcomed into their classes. 

In the unlikely event that we will need to shift to virtual learning, we will use W4 this week to ensure all students’ Schoology and Zoom are up to date and gather information about any tech needs students may have. Students who do not have internet access at home can request a MiFi at the Technology Help Desk in Room 328.

Finally, it is clear we will continue to see higher COVID case numbers at least for the short term. Thanks to layered mitigation strategies and especially to vaccination, the likelihood of serious illness is significantly reduced as compared to last winter. However, we expect to experience some disruption to our teaching and learning routines. As a reminder, if students are not feeling well, they should stay home. In case a student is paused, they should access their assignments through Schoology for all of their classes. We also encourage students to reach out to teachers with any questions they may have.

We will continue to share any updates to our approach moving forward. As always, reach out with any questions you may have. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 17 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday) 

January 18 - Rising 9th Grade Course Registration Night, 6pm

January 18 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

January 19 - Religious and Cultural Observance (Orthodox Epiphany)

January 20 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

January 25 - Beginning of 3rd Quarter

January 29 - Edison Academy Open House, 10am-1pm

 

Winter Spirit Week Activities POSTPONED: The Winter Spirit Week activities scheduled for January 10-14 have been postponed. The Activities will be working with the Leadership Class to reschedule Spirit Days, the Snowball Tournament, the Winter Pep Rally, the Winter Bonfire, and the Winter Whiteout Basketball Game.

 

Rising 9th Grade Open House Changed to Virtual Course Registration Night - January 18, 6pm: Given the current circumstances, Annandale HS will be postponing Open House. Instead we will be offering Virtual Course Registration Night to rising 9th grade students and parents on the same date and time, January 18 at 6:00pm (link coming soon). This event will provide guidance as students prepare to complete their course request form when they meet with their middle school counselor in the coming weeks. 

In preparation for this event, students and families are encouraged to access all the information needed for course selection on our Academic Advising website. This site has grade level information that will be presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing elective and IB options, the 9th grade course catalog, and the course selection Google form that will need to be completed by each student. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey at [email protected].

 

PTSA Meeting - January 18, 7pm: The Next Annandale PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Here is a link to the meeting. See you there!

Navigating the COVID Surge

FCPS has been working hard to prepare for staffing shortages with the recent COVID surge. These shortages will impact schools in every way, from classroom instruction to operations. 

Below is the FCPS plan to provide instruction as we return from this extended winter break.

Classroom Coverage: When a classroom teacher is out, we will consider providing sub coverage in the following order:

  • a substitute teacher from the sub pool
  • another teacher or staff member
  • Central Office volunteer subs who have instructional experience. 
  • Pairing two classes together with one teacher.
  • Grouping multiple classes to provide supervision during asynchronous instruction.

Teachers will be reminded to upload classroom materials to Schoology, when students need to access lessons asynchronously.

Transportation: Staffing shortages are impacting our operational staff as well. Expect that there will be delays in bus routes with more double-backs that may mean students will arrive after the bell. We will adjust instruction to ensure that no student is missing important classroom time. Access the Bus Delay App to receive current bus delay information. When possible, please consider driving to school, or walking or biking if you are nearby.

Food Services: Breakfast before school and lunch service has not been impacted at this time, but it is possible that with greater staff absences, we may need to change to providing bag lunches, instead of the regular menu. 

Health and Safety: Below are some ways that you can partner with us to keep our schools safe and open for learning.

  • Keep your children home when sick.
  • We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated or boosted, which is the best protection against serious illness caused by COVID-19. 
  • Sign your child up for optional screening testing and make use of our diagnostic testing if your child has symptoms. 
  • Remind your child about our layered prevention strategies including proper mask wearing, hand washing and using hand sanitizer. 
  • Be sure your child brings home their laptop and charger every night.

Supporting Our Classrooms: Apply to be a substitute teacher. Watch for emails from your school leadership for other volunteer opportunities.

FCPS will follow this operational plan for the next 2-3 weeks. During this time, we must adjust our expectations about instruction and give our staff the space needed to make adjustments and on the spot decisions needed to combat this COVID spike. 

Please know that while things will not be perfect, we are all doing our best. We are all in this together as a community, and it will take all of us to keep our schools open.

Important Information

Academic Advising Begins This Week! It is hard to believe, but we are already beginning to plan for the 2022-2023 school year. Over the next several weeks, our counselors will meet individually with their students through English classes to discuss course selection. Our Academic Advising page has the grade level information presented by counselors, videos made by teachers describing our elective and IB options, and the course selection Google forms that need to be completed by students. We encourage students and parents to visit this site and discuss courses for next year. Students are asked to complete the appropriate grade-level course selection Google form prior to meeting with their counselor. All course selection forms are due no later than February 25. Please reach out to your student’s counselor, or Erik Healey, Director of Student Services, if you have any questions.

 

Second Chance Breakfast Canceled: It is clear that we will continue to see higher COVID case numbers at least for the short term. To better tighten our mitigation strategies, we have canceled 2nd chance breakfast. Students can still access a free breakfast before the start of school. As the landscape changes over the coming weeks, we will continue to reassess and update staff and students. We will continue to follow our current bell schedule moving forward.

 

PSAT Score Reports Released: Within the past couple of weeks, College Board released PSAT scores for the October exam. Students who completed the test should have received their score reports via the email address that they indicated on their PSAT answer sheet. Students should check their junk and spam folders for an email from College Board. During the winter break, students also received an email to the their school email account from Erik Healey, AHS Director of Student Services. This email included test scores and an Access Code, which can be used to access 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.

 

Students Can Start Their College Courses Early at NOVA: The Early Online College program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) allows FCPS juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free college courses this spring. Textbook and other course materials purchases may be required. Early Online College courses begin on February 1 and end on April 25. Minimum qualifications apply. The deadline to submit a completed application is January 14. More information is available online.

Awesome Atoms!

Thank You Annandale Custodians and FCPS Operational Staff! Shoutout to our custodians and FCPS operational staff who have been working hard over the past few days to clear snow from school buildings, parking lots, and sidewalks to enable students and staff members to return to school safely. 

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather this winter season, here is a link to the various Annandale High School Bell Schedules.

Now that we have exhausted our five (5) snow days, FCPS will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. 

There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school or work day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.

Opportunities

College Help Workshops – Thursdays After School: Students who need individual assistance with college applications, can attend the College Help Workshops from 3:00-4:00 in room 90 throughout the month of January. Students can ask questions about the Common Application, Transcript Request Forms, Scholarships, SAT/ACT exam registration, or anything else related to college.

 

Edison Academy Open House - Saturday, January 29, 10:00am - 1:00pm: Depending on conditions, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Edison Academy state-of-the-art facilities in person or virtually, meet instructors and current students, and learn more about the incredible courses available! Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need additional information.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $85.

News from the PTSA

Next PTSA Meeting - January 18, 7pm: The Next Annandale PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Here is a link to the meeting. See you there!

 

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

Limited Spectators at Athletic Events: Athletic contests will continue with limited spectators. There will be no general admission to any sports contests through Friday, January 14. Spectators will be limited to family members of both the home and visiting teams and select guests. 

 

Watch Annandale HS Sports Online! Visit the Atoms NFHS Network to watch the events live. Our teams appreciate your support and are looking forward to having spectators again soon. If you have ay questions, please contact John Ellenberger at [email protected].

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, January 10

Girls' Who Code - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 223

Atoms Writing Center - New Tutor Training - 3:30-4:30pm - Room 274

Gymnastics at Jefferson - 6:00pm

Boys' Basketball at Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30

Girls' Basketball vs. Manassas Park - JV - 5:45, Varsity - 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 11

Boys' Basketball at Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball vs. Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 12

AA LEAD - 3:00-5:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 274

FBLA - 3:00-4:00pm - Cafeteria

National Honor Society - 3:00-3:30pm - Room 249

Girls' Basketball vs. Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling at Lewis, Falls Church, Hayfield - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 13

AVID - College Essay Workshop - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 90

JV Wrestling at Falls Church - 6:00pm

Friday, January 14

Boys' Basketball vs. Mt. Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball at Mt. Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive vs. Mt. Vernon at George Washington Rec Center - 6:30pm

Saturday, January 15

Varsity Wrestling at Freedom (South Riding) Invitational - 9:00am

Indoor Track at Edison - 11:00am

Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions

This spring our school, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Education, is conducting the Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions of students, classroom instructors, and staff. The purpose of this survey is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions in each school. This information will be used to guide educational practices that produce a safe and supportive school environment.      

The online survey will be administered to all students grades 9-12 later this month. The survey does not ask for your child’s name and all answers are anonymous (no one will know how your child answered the survey). Parents and guardians will not have access to their child’s survey answers. You may review the student survey at this website: https://tinyurl.com/VaSchoolSurvey.

The survey will ask questions such as how students feel about their school, how students get along with one another and their teachers, how students feel about school rules, and their perceptions of their teachers’ willingness to help them. Students will also be asked what kinds of bullying they may have observed during school and whether they have been bullied themselves.

All students in your child’s grade level will be eligible to participate in the survey. Students participating in remote instruction and in-person instruction are both eligible to participate. The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please email Hanna Langstein at [email protected].

Your child will not receive any immediate benefit from participating in the survey, but the survey will help us to maintain a safe, inviting, and supportive learning environment for your child

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (1/10 - 1/15)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you are enjoying the extended Winter Break. The Atoms are back in full force this week. All athletic events this week will be open to immediate family members only.  Visit the Atoms NFHS Network to watch the events live.  Our teams appreciate your support and are looking forward to having spectators again soon. Also, the concession stand will not be open this week. 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our gymnastics meets, basketball games and wrestling matches this season.

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Athletics, Activities & Clubs January 10th - January 15th

Monday, January 10th

Girls' Who Code - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 223

Atoms Writing Center - New Tutor Training - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Room 274

Gymnastics at Jefferson - 6:00pm

Boys' Basketball at Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30

Girls' Basketball vs. Manassas Park - JV - 5:45, Varsity - 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 11th

Boys' Basketball at Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball vs. Jefferson - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, January 12th 

AA LEAD - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

FBLA - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Cafeteria

National Honor Society - 3:00 - 3:30pm - Room 249

Girls' Basketball vs. Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Varsity Wrestling at Lewis, Falls Church, Hayfield - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 13th

AVID - College Essay Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

JV Wrestling at Falls Church - 6:00pm

Friday, January 14th

Boys' Basketball vs. Mt. Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball at Mt. Vernon - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Swim/Dive vs. Mt. Vernon at George Washington Rec Center - 6:30pm

Saturday, January 15th

Varsity Wrestling at Freedom (South Riding) Invitational - 9:00am

Indoor Track at Edison - 11:00am

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season January 10th - January 15th

Monday, January 10th

No off season practices

Tuesday, January 11th

Softball - Upper Gym - 6:00 - 8:00pm

Wednesday, January 12th

No off season practices

Thursday, January 13th

Tennis - 3:30pm

Friday, January 14th

No off season practices

Saturday, January 15th

No off season practices

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Annandale Community Insider - January 2

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

Happy New Year! I hope all is well with you as we wrap up the winter break and prepare for our return to school. I am sure that, like me, you have been following the uptick in COVID cases, reviewing updated CDC recommendations, and thinking about how all of this will impact your student.

As FCPS communicated on Friday, our intent is to remain open and in-person as we navigate this COVID spike. At Annandale, our approach moving forward will be to find ways to tighten and improve our mitigation as well as prepare for any shifts we may need to make. First, we will continue to hold students and staff accountable to our mitigation strategies. Most of our students have done a great job of wearing their masks and we will continue to enforce this policy for as long as necessary to keep everyone safe. We will also continue to offer outdoor lunch. While temperatures may be chilly, we encourage students to eat outside to support social distancing. In addition to the strategies we already have in place, we are temporarily suspending service of Second Chance Breakfast. In addition, Spirit Week activities, originally scheduled for January 10-14, have been postponed.

In the unlikely event that schools must shift temporarily to virtual instruction, we will ensure that we are prepared in order to ease the possible transition. This week during W4, staff and students will complete various tasks to ensure connectivity to Schoology, which provides access to Zoom and course assignments. 

Finally, it is clear we will continue to see higher COVID case numbers at least for the short term. Thanks to layered mitigation strategies and especially to vaccination, the likelihood of serious illness is significantly reduced as compared to last winter. However, we expect to experience some disruption to our teaching and learning routines. As a reminder, if students are not feeling well, they should stay home. In case your student is paused, they should access their assignments through Schoology for all of their classes. We also encourage students to reach out to teachers with any questions they may have.

As the landscape changes over the coming weeks, we will continue to reassess and keep you updated. As always, reach out with any questions you may have. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

January 5 - IB Diploma Recognition Ceremony

January 6-7 - IB Extended Essay Writing Days

January 10-14 - POSTPONED Winter Spirit Week 

January 12 - POSTPONED Snowball Tournament

January 13 - POSTPONED Pep Rally

January 14 - POSTPONED Winter Bonfire and Whiteout Basketball Game

January 17 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday) 

January 18 - PTSA Meeting, 7pm

January 20 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

 

IB Diploma Recognition Ceremony - January 5 During W4/PRIDE Time: Our IB Graduates of 2021 will be returning on January 5 to share their post high school/college experiences as well as receive their IB certificates. The program will run from 10:00-11:00am (during W4/PT) in the auditorium and will follow up with cake/punch in Clausen Hall. J.J. York (retired IB History teacher) will be the guest speaker! IB juniors and seniors will be invited to attend.

 

IB Extended Essay Writing Days - January 6-7: Senior diploma candidates will have the final opportunity to finish writing their Extended Essay drafts in the library. These are optional library days and students will select in advance class periods they plan to attend. January 6 and 7 are cultural observance days.

Important Information

Second Chance Breakfast Canceled: It is clear that we will continue to see higher COVID case numbers at least for the short term. To better tighten our mitigation strategies, we have canceled 2nd chance breakfast. Students can still access a free breakfast before the start of school. As the landscape changes over the coming weeks, we will continue to reassess and update staff and students. We will continue to follow our current bell schedule moving forward.

 

Updates to Quarantine Guidance: FCPS is aware of the recent CDC announcement that changes the recommended quarantine and isolation period from 10 days to five days. We are working with the Fairfax County Health Department to determine how this impacts schools. As a reminder, if you are sick, please stay home until you are tested and/or feel better. For the time being, we are continuing to follow our existing guidelines regarding returning to school or work following an exposure.

 

Social Studies Verified Credits: The Virginia Department of Education (VDoE) approved the continued use of Performance Based Assessments (PBAs) in September as a replacement for the End of Course SOL Exam for students to earn locally awarded verified credit (LAVC) in Social Studies. This means that, instead of taking a traditional SOL test at the end of the year for this course, students will be completing performance based assessments throughout the remainder of the school year. These assessments will be part of students’ course grades as well as the means by which they earn verified credit. For questions, please reach out to Meg Anderson

 

PSAT Score Reports Released: Within the past couple of weeks, College Board released PSAT scores for the October exam. Students who completed the test should have received their score reports via the email address that they indicated on their PSAT answer sheet. Students should check their junk and spam folders for an email from College Board. During the winter break, students also received an email to the their school email account from Erik Healey, AHS Director of Student Services. This email included test scores and an Access Code, which can be used to access 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.

 

Students Can Start Their College Courses Early at NOVA: The Early Online College program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) allows FCPS juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free college courses this spring. Textbook and other course materials purchases may be required. Early Online College courses begin on February 1 and end on April 25. Minimum qualifications apply. The deadline to submit a completed application is January 14. More information is available online.

Awesome Atoms!

Building Improvements Over Winter Break: We are committed to keeping our campus updated with the latest technology and classroom furniture for our staff and students Over winter break, we received the last shipment of new student desks and chairs. Classrooms that still had old student desks and chairs have been furnished with new ones. In addition, we recently replaced over 40 teacher desks with the goal of replacing all teacher desks before the start of the next school year.

 

Holocaust Survivor Visits Annandale Students: On December 15, sophomores in Mrs. Mathis’ and Mr. Bagot’s classes had the honor of hearing live from Holocaust Survivor Al Munzer. In collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, over 100 students had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Munzer’s story and engage in a Q&A session to support their reading of Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night. Mr. Munzer’s message for students: “We are all one big human family. Let us celebrate that common humanity.”

 

Annandale's Parent Liaisons Making a Difference in the Community: In her role as Parent Liaison at Annandale High School, Gisela Sanchez has many families confide in her about their needs when going through a hardship especially around the holidays. She saw this as an opportunity to embody the role of a community liaison.

The holiday gift drive initially started with the combined efforts of Gisela's family and friends. Later other donors joined, and this small idea snowballed into a great yearly program. It is one of her proudest accomplishments because Annandale HS can be present even around the holidays. This was her 8th year organizing this event and now our other Parent Liaison, Marleni Benitez has now joined Gisela organizing this program. The AHS community of parents, students, custodians, social workers, counselors, and staff also volunteer to make this happen. It takes a village to make a community.

 

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."

Bottom photo: Washington Post

Inclement Weather Policy

There is a Winter Storm Watch late tonight through Monday afternoon with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches possible in the DC Metro area. Here is a link to the various Annandale High School Bell Schedules.

Earlier this year, FCPS announced that snow days will stay in 2021-22. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional inclement weather days. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. 

There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school or work day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.

Opportunities

College Help Workshops – Thursdays After School: Students who need individual assistance with college applications, can attend the College Help Workshops from 3:00-4:00 in room 90 throughout the month of January. Students can ask questions about the Common Application, Transcript Request Forms, Scholarships, SAT/ACT exam registration, or anything else related to college.

 

Edison Academy Open House - January 8: Edison Academy invites you to attend their in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8 from 10:00am-1:00pm. They are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA. The entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour their state-of-the-art facilities, meet their instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $85.

News from the PTSA

Next PTSA Meeting - January 18, 7pm: The Next Annandale PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. PTSA meetings are bilingual and Spanish translation is provided. Las reuniones de PTSA son bilingües y se proporciona traducción al español. Here is a link to the meeting. See you there!

 

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

Annandale guard Maxwell Lanham pushes the ball up the floor in the Atoms' win over W.T. Woodson in the final of the George Long Holiday Hoops tournament. (Al Drago/for The Washington Post)

News from the Activities Office

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

 

Limited Spectators at Athletic Events: Athletic contests will continue with limited spectators. There will be no general admission to any sports contests through Friday, January 14. Spectators will be limited to family members of both the home and visiting teams and select guests. If you have ay questions, please contact John Ellenberger at [email protected].

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, January 3

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

Key Club - 3:00 - 4:00 - Room 283

Boys' Basketball at Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30

Girls' Basketball vs. Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30

Tuesday, January 4

Freshmen Girls' at Justice - 4:30pm

Freshmen Boys' vs. Justice - 4:30pm

JV Girls' vs. Justice - 5:45pm

Varsity Girls' Basketball at Justice - 5:45pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Justice - 7:30pm

JV Boys' vs. Justice - 7:30pm

Wednesday, January 5

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - 7:15-8:00am - Upper Gym

AA LEAD - 3:00-5:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 274

Atoms Writing Center - New Tutor Training - 3:30-4:30pm - Room 274

Coffee House - Tech Rehearsal - 3:00-4:45pm - Room 324

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

Varsity Wrestling vs. Edison, Jefferson - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 6

AVID - College Essay Workshop - 3:00-4:00pm - Room 90

Friday, January 7

No Events

Saturday, January 8

Indoor Track at Justice - 11:00am

Swim/Dive vs. Jefferson at Audrey Moore Rec Center - 8:30pm

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (1/3 - 1/8)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you are enjoying the last weekend of Winter Break. Our varsity boys' basketball team won the championship at 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.  Congratulations on a great tournament.

For the first two weeks of the New Year, only family members will be able to attend home sporting events.  This information was sent to all families a couple days ago by FCPS.  Ticket details will be sent to our teams soon.

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

George Long Classic Champions! Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

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Athletics, Activities & Clubs January 3rd - January 8th

Monday, January 3rd

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

Key Club - 3:00 - 4:00 - Room 283

Boys' Basketball at Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30

Girls' Basketball vs. Falls Church - 4:30/5:45/7:30

Tuesday, January 4th

Freshmen Girls' at Justice - 4:30pm

Freshmen Boys' vs. Justice - 4:30pm

JV Girls' vs. Justice - 5:45pm

Varsity Girls' Basketball at Justice - 5:45pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Justice - 7:30pm

JV Boys' vs. Justice - 7:30pm

Wednesday, January 5th 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - 7:15 - 8:00am - Upper Gym

AA LEAD - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Atoms Writing Center - New Tutor Training - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Room 274

Coffee House - Tech Rehearsal - 3:00 - 4:45pm - Room 324

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

Varsity Wrestling vs. Edison, Jefferson - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 6th

AVID - College Essay Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 90

Friday, January 7th

No Events

Saturday, January 8th

Indoor Track at Justice - 11:00am

Swim/Dive vs. Jefferson at Audrey Moore Rec Center - 8:30pm

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season January 3rd - January 8th

Monday, January 3rd

Baseball - Upper Gym - 5:45 - 7:45pm

Tuesday, January 4th

Softball - Upper Gym - 6:00 - 8:00pm

Wednesday, January 5th

No off season practices

Thursday, January 6th

No off season practices

Friday, January 7th

No off season practices

Saturday, January 8th

No off season practices

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (12/27- 1/1)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you are having a wonderful Winter Break with friends and family! Just because school is out, doesn’t mean our Winter Sports are. Our varsity boys' basketball team is in the George Long Holiday Tournament Monday - Wednesday at Wakefield HS.  The varsity wrestling team will compete in the Battle of the Bridge at Woodbridge HS this Tuesday and Wednesday.  Good luck to both teams. 

Have a safe and restful break! See you in the new year. 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely. FCPS will begin screening testing for staff on November 1 as originally scheduled. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our gymnastics meets, basketball games and wrestling matches this season.

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Live Stream

Athletics, Activities & Clubs December 27th - January 1st

Monday, December 27th

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Wakefield vs. South County - 1:00pm

Tuesday, December 28th

Varsity Wrestling Invitational at Woodbridge HS - 10:00am

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Wakefield vs. TBD 

Wednesday, December 29th 

Varsity Wrestling Invitational at Woodbridge HS - 9:00am

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Wakefield vs. TBD

Thursday, December 30th

No Events

Friday, December 31st

No Events

Saturday, January 1st

No Events

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season December 27th - January 1st

Monday, December 27th

No off season practices

Tuesday, December 28th

No off season practices

Wednesday, December 29th

No off season practices

Thursday, December 30th

No off season practices

Friday, December 31st

No off season practices

Saturday, January 1st

No off season practices

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Awesome Atoms - Year in Review 2021

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

Annandale High School is a special place. As 2021 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.

As a staff, we are very proud of our work over the past calendar year. Over these last 12 months, we have gone through different iterations of school. The year began with virtual learning: synchronous, live, online learning. Then in March, we shifted to concurrent instruction, where teachers taught students who physically returned to the classroom while simultaneously meeting the needs of our virtual students. In August, we welcomed all students back to in-person learning, five days a week. 

One of the reasons we were successful was because of our teachers’ incredible ability to collaborate and create meaningful learning experiences for our students, regardless of the learning conditions. What's more, our students responded each and every step of the way. We worked together as one Atom Nation.

On behalf of the Annandale High School staff, thank you for all of your support and help throughout the past year. 

Happy New Year!

Shawn DeRose, Principal

January

FCPS News Features Annie Ray and the Parent Orchestra - Annandale High School continues to make news. Over winter break, Annie Ray, Annandale’s orchestra teacher, and the Parent Orchestra program was featured on FCPS News. The Parent Orchestra program provides parents of the students in orchestras, ranging from 4th grade to senior year in high school across Fairfax County, learn how to play a string instrument for the first time or learn tips on how to practice an instrument they already know how to play. 

The group has grown to over 150 parents who signed up across FCPS and have formed their own community outside of classes where they get together on their own outside to practice, exchange practice tips and tricks on assignments, and support the fine arts programs their children are a part of. Check out Annie Ray in the following YouTube video.

 

Chairman McKay's Video Features Annandale HS Choir - Annandale High School’s Choir was featured in Fairfax County Chairman Jeff McKay’s end of year video which highlights the amazing and diverse arts Fairfax County has to offer. With the help of ArtsFairfax and Channel 16, he put together a compilation video that features the Annandale High School Choir. Check it out here.

 

Jewel Coulter, 11th Grade Student, Selected to Speak to FCPS OPLFE - Congratulations to Jewel Coulter, one of Annandale Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALs) who was recently selected to speak to staff from the FCPS Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement about the importance of adult and student partnerships. This new Student Leadership group is designed 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. Jewel, along with Jimmy Le, serve as Annandale’s two SEALs. 

 

Congrats Teresa Ray - JV Basketball Player - Teresa Ray, 10th grader and CAT B student, scored four points against Mount Vernon on Wednesday night. Teresa has been a valuable member of the JV team this winter. After her performance, while flexing said, “I’m coming back next year! I won the game for us!” Congratulations to Teresa and the JV Girls’ basketball team on a great effort. Special thanks to Instructional Assistant Lorraine Turner. Because of her strong relationship with Lorraine, Teresa decided to try out for the JV girls’ basketball team this school year.

 

Annandale Students Win Scholastic Art Competition -Congratulations to the winners for the Scholastic Art Competition. The level of the awards include: Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. 

Honorable Mention Winners:

  • Noah Hush for his digital artwork “Gorgon”
  • Richard Zheng for his digital artwork “No Exit”

Silver Key Winners:

  • Anthony Bui for his digital artwork “001 – Guard”
  • Noah Hush for his digital artwork “Heartbreak”
  • Ryan Lam for his digital artwork “Eyeing the Hate”

Gold Key Winners:

  • Jasa Gellert for his digital artwork “Meditative Fresh Breeze”
  • Noah Hush for his digital artwork “Pride”
  • Ryan Lam for his digital artwork “Doomsday”

 

46 Students Earn Middle Years Program (MYP) Certificate: Congratulations to the 46 juniors who have completed all of the requirements for the IB MYP Certificate. Their hard work on the MYP Personal Project, in challenging themselves in their courses last year (and this year!), their dedication to service as action, and their reflection upon service hours have paid off. While unfortunately we are not able to celebrate in person yet, we wanted to acknowledge their accomplishments, which have not gone unnoticed. The official certificates will be distributed to students over the course of this winter. We are also still in the process of figuring out what our ceremony will look like this spring, but we are going to do our best to be able to celebrate these Awesome Atoms!

 

Former Atom Wins Mrs. Venezuela: Congratulations to Rachel Laguna, Class of 2007 who has been crowned Mrs. Venezuela. Rachel will be heading to Shenzhen, China in the spring of 2021 to represent Venezuela (her birth country) at Mrs. Globe. At the age of 10 she immigrated to Annandale, Virginia and attended Braddock ES, Poe MS and graduated from Annandale High in 2007. While at Annandale, Rachel was a yearbook editor, band member and a cheerleader. She mentioned that amongst some of her most memorable Annandale High experiences was: “Winning honor band for 4 years, going to Yearbook camp with my friends and the last quarter of senior year with my 3 girlfriends-Lisa, Andrea and Jessica!”.

February

Jimmy Le Named Student Peace Awards Recipient: Jimmy Le, 11th Grade student, is the founder of the Annandale Equity Team—a group of students and staff who are working to reexamine procedures, create equitable opportunities for all students, and establish an anti-racist, inclusive, and transformative culture at Annandale High School. The group works on equity issues including college assistance, anti-racism, and access to advanced courses, athletics and the arts.

 

Passing of Longtime Annandale Principal, Jim Finch: The Annandale community lost an icon over the weekend, longtime Principal Jim Finch. Mr.  Finch was part of the Annandale community for over 30 years. He came to Annandale High School as a teacher in 1957. He became Assistant Principal in 1960, and served as Principal from 1966 to 1986. He was inducted into the Annandale Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. 

When describing her father on Facebook, Dana Conlon stated, “Not only did he love his students, he loved his faculty, his support staff and parents. He considered them equal partners in the success of the AHS community. Dad loved to hire former students as teachers, coaches and support staff. Once an Atom, always an Atom!” 

 

Alex Burita Earns Good Citizenship Award - The Henry Clay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution based in Annandale, VA has recognized Alex Burita as the recipient of the Good Citizenship Award. Recipients are selected as the school’s Good Citizen based their demonstration of Dependability (trustfulness, honesty, punctuality), Service (helpfulness, responsibility), Leadership (self-control, initiative), and Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals).

 

Abia Zahir Wins National Center for Woman and Information Technology National Honorable Mention - Abia was selected from over 4,200 applicants from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. overseas military bases, and Canada. as 2021 NCWIT National Honorable Mention for her computing-related aspirations demonstrated interest in technology, leadership ability, persistence in pursuing her interests in computing, and plans for post-secondary education. Zahir is part of the STEM Impressionists group, an after school mentoring program that works with middle and high school minority girls interested in participating in career-related STEM activities. Through that organization, she has had the opportunity to teach other students and teachers what she has learned, and present at national conferences including ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) and MIT’s Scratch Conference.

 

Gaby Deleon and Brandon Cao Participate in All-FCPS Virtual Choir - AHS Choirs are so proud of seniors Gaby Deleon and Brandon Cao who participated in the first ever All-FCPS Virtual Choir! Click on the link below for more information and how to view. FCCDA – We are the Voices. The event included interviews from students and adults about the power and need for music, and a lovely message from the composer, Jim Papoulis.

March

Atoms Writing Center Students Present at SSWCA Conference - Students from the Atoms Writing Center Sophomore, Kennedy Beal, and Juniors Andrew Nguyen and Adwoa Owusuwill be presenting at the Annual Secondary Schools Writing Center Association Conference.

 

Jen Cory Named Region 2 Outstanding Professional Employee! - Jen Cory exemplifies the collaborative leadership qualities that Annandale strives to achieve. Jen is more than our SBTS. She has stepped up to a leadership role in an unprecedented year and has done an exceptional job supporting students, parents, teachers, and administration. Her skill set, personality, and empathy has led her to success as our Academic Dean. No matter how stressful the situation, Jen remains calm and collected and is able to quickly solve tough challenges. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and make time for staff. Whether it is instructional questions, help with technology, or just needing someone to bounce ideas off, she is often the person teachers and staff turn to. She is truly an asset to Annandale and has been described as “the glue that holds our school together”. 

 

Rachel Irvin and Jewel Coulter serve as Annandale’s SEALS - Rachel Irvin and Jewel Coulter are serving as Annandale Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALs). This new Student Leadership group is designed 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. Last week’s Insider mistakenly listed Jimmy Le instead of Rachel Irvin.

April

IB Diploma Candidates Complete Extended Essay: Congratulations to the 31 senior IB Diploma Candidates in their completion of their Extended Essay! The Extended Essay is a 4,000 word college level academic research paper which students complete outside of any class and is required for the IB Diploma. This year’s students had the extra challenge of completing the paper during a pandemic - this was no easy feat! Click here to view the students’ topics!

 

MYP Personal Project Success! Thank you to all of our teachers, administrators, and staff members who helped to successfully score over 80 MYP Personal Projects this year! This truly is a whole-school effort, and our amazing Atoms came through. We hope that this was also an enriching experience for teachers. Several of our teachers expressed how much they learned from and enjoyed reading and listening to the Personal Projects. The quality of the projects this year was also noted. Each year, our tenth grade students show even more creativity and passion in their projects, and we are glad to be able to support their inquiry and growth. A special thank you goes out to the English 10 and English 10 Honors teams who facilitated the student’s work, our librarians who supported their research, and Ingrid St. Clair, who was our MYP Personal Project Coordinator this year. 

 

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. Special thank you to Mulch Co-Chairs Rita Zimmerman and Sharon Miller.

 

Congratulations to our Regional Science Fair Winners! Ferhan Jemal earned second place in Engineering Mechanics for “Weather Balloon Rocket.” Annandale students had 3 third place projects: Anna Peters, Francesca Gabriel, and Tejh Hardin’s “Fat Content in Potato Chips”; Saba Shaikh’s, “Do Hurricanes Cool the Ocean?”, and Armen Boghosian, Andrew Nields, and Chelsi Lilli’s “The Effect of the Ratio of Water and Resin on the Quality and Time of Which the Resin Cures.” 

Annandale students also boast several honorable mentions: Abraham Valencia in Physics in Astronomy for “The Effect of Different Propeller Sizes to the Time a Paper Helicopter Takes to Hit the Ground,” Cyrus Assadzadeh, and Kevin Tran in Engineering Mechanics for “Effects of Different Generators on Electricity Production,” and Asia Pham, and Hoai-Nam Tong in Chemistry for “The Effect of pH Levels on Enzymes.”

May

Annandale Senior featured on The Ellen Show: Abia Zahir, a senior and IB Diploma Candidate at Annandale High School, was recently featured on the The Ellen Show with actor Chris Pratt as one of 100 Amazon Future Engineer scholarship recipients. All recipients receive $40,000 to continue their post-secondary education and will be offered a paid internship with Amazon following their freshman year. Recipients were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, and financial need.

Abia has excelled in STEM since middle school at Glasgow when she participated in the Capital One after-school coding program. She and her teammate were awarded the Capitol One “Best Creative App.” She has also presented at the MIT Scratch Conference. Abia has volunteered to be a member of an international team of US and Indian students who created an online computer science program for young students called Starting from Scratch. She will be attending Virginia Tech next year and intends to participate in Virginia Tech’s accelerated computer science master’s program. Congratulations to Abia on her incredible achievements!'

 

Shamsia Ahmed Honored by Global Leaders of Fairfax County: Global Leaders of Fairfax County is a program aimed to prepare fellows to be global citizens and change agents in their local community and the world. Fellows undergo a rigorous application process for admission, and throughout their senior year of high school have opportunities to engage with leaders from various fields to advance their understanding of international affairs and global issues. Congratulations to Shamisa for her successful completion of the program!

 

Annandale Student Builds Computers with Boy Scouts: On Monday, six members of Boy Scout Troop 1523 worked with 8 Annandale HS English as a Second Language students to build computers. For 3 hours the scouts and students worked together to build the computers from scratch. Afterwards, the students were able to take their computers home. One student is a senior who will be turning in her school laptop, and will now have a personal computer to support her studies in nursing!

June 

Jen Cory Recognized as Region 2 Outstanding Professional Employee: Congratulations to our School Based Technology Specialist Jen Cory, who was recognized at the FCPS Honors program as the Region 2 Outstanding Professional Employee.

Jen is committed to supporting a diverse community of learners. While the pandemic had schools scrambling to create structures and supports for their staff and students, Jen had already been building these structures for years, providing multiple professional development opportunities anchored in collaboration in teams and across subject areas, and facilitating cooperative learning among staff. When schools across the nation shut down, Jen knew that organization would be a challenge for students during virtual learning so she created a Virtual Learning Hub which allowed students to easily access all of their classes. The Hub also allowed teachers to build open communication with students and their families and was replicated by elementary and secondary schools alike.

 

Congratulations to our 45 IB Middle Years Program Certificate Recipients: Forty-five students earned the MYP Certificate. Certificates were awarded for successful completion of the MYP Personal Project, completing two consecutive years of a Language Acquisition course at Annandale High School, and completing and reflecting on Service Learning activities over the course of their 9th and 10th grade years. 

We are so proud of our students for the hard work and dedication that they have shown, and how much they have grown as IB Learners over the past three years. Earning the MYP Certificate builds the skills and attributes that set students up for even greater success in the future.

 

Annandale HS Hosts Student Vaccination Clinic - Check out the photo below of Alexandria Grant-Presser, applied behavior analysis resource teacher, who supports Annandale High School's Special Education program. She also was a volunteer at the vaccine clinic. Students who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine were provided with a Second Dose Information Sheet which includes information on how to access their second dose of the vaccine via community-based clinics. The Health Department also disseminated the Second Dose Information Sheet via email to families of students who received their first dose at Annandale High School.

 

NBC4 and Telemundo 44 Feature Annandale HS Graduation: We were proud to host the Annandale High School graduation ceremony on our stadium field for the first time in over 50 years. The ceremony was a huge success and was featured on NBC4 Washington and Telemundo 44 Washington DC

Jimmy Le, President of the Class of 2021, spoke of some of the stereotypes that our students may face, and advised his fellow classmates to “remain critical, to always hold yourself and others accountable, and when the world is writing a story that you do not like, pick up the pen for yourself.”

Mario Ramos, the keynote speaker and classroom monitor here at Annandale, reminded our graduates that, “There are people who will judge you by skin color, the clothes you wear or how well you speak English. But here at Annandale High School things are different.” Asking each graduate to spread The Annandale Way to the world around them, never stop knocking on the doors in front of them, and “most importantly, to open any doors you can for those around you.” 

Summer 2021

Summer School Success! Congratulations to the more than 100 students who were able to recover credit they had lost during the pandemic. Many more are working hard during this second session to earn credit and stay on track for graduation. Thank you to the summer school staff who are supporting our students!

 

Annandale Olympics Camp a Great Success: Annandale hosted All Sports Camp from rising 2nd through 9th graders on June 21-25 and it was a great success! Eleven Annandale High School students served as volunteer counselors, including 3 former campers. The campers played baseball, basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and volleyball. Goals of our camp are to provide an affordable and active place for future Atoms, while building a relationship with their high school and getting them comfortable and excited about coming to AHS.

 

Principal Shawn DeRose Elected VASSP Region Director: Congratulations to Principal Shawn DeRose who was recently elected to the Virginia Association of Secondary Schools Principals Board of Directors. In this role, Mr. DeRose will work with prominent leaders from across the Commonwealth including the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to advocate for improving education for students, staff and principals throughout Virginia.

 

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. Worn carpet was removed from several classrooms and teacher workrooms and replaced with new tile. In addition, several rooms and hallways are in the process of being repainted.

August

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

 

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

 

WJLA Visits Annandale High School on the 1st Day of School: Special thanks to WJLA (Channel 7) for visiting Annandale High School and capturing our first day of school. Throughout the morning, they interviewed staff, students and even our PTSA President. Check out the story here! In addition, you can check out the amazing things happening throughout the campus via Twitter by searching the hashtag #AtomNation.

 

Mario Villanueva Ramos, AHS Instructional Assistant, Keynotes FCPS Region 2 Leadership Conference: Mario Villanueva Ramos, a former Annandale Transitional High School alum, classroom monitor, and new full-time Instructional Assistant here at AHS, delivered the keynote address at the Region 2 Kick Off. You may remember, Mario was asked by the Class of 2021 to deliver the commencement address. Dr. Zuluaga was so impressed by his remarks that he invited Mario to speak to Region 2 School Leaders. Mario shared his experience of the impact his teachers had on building a strong foundation that supported him in the face of adversity. When speaking about the sense of belonging his teachers developed, Mario said, “They weren’t just glad to have students at their desks, they were glad that the students at those desks were us. We could count on them for support and care, and they were counting on us to finish our education and to reach our goals.”

September

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

October

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

November

AHS Food Pantry Celebrates Its Third Year! The Annandale High School Food Pantry is celebrating its third year of serving the Annandale community. This success would not have been possible without the generous support of so many of you. Click out a letter of thanks and an update from Food Pantry Coordinator Norma Foti. Pantry Coordinator Letter Nov. 2021. The update includes information about community partnerships that help provide fresh eggs, milk, produce, and grocery items to 40 families as well as 150 student snack bags each week. You can help support this effort by making a donation from the Pantry’s Amazon Wish List or by making a monetary donation online.

 

Annandale Students Featured in the Washington Post: The efforts of students at Annandale to support newcomers with a buddy system to help them adjust and navigate the school was featured in this article in the Washington Post. AHS student Sosan Barakzai was quoted, “There is so much to get to know. Anything they have questions with, we want to make them feel comfortable” She and others who settled in the United States before the new arrivals say they would have liked to hear from students like themselves about how to follow class schedules and get around the school, how to ride the bus, which foods are halal, how course credits work, what is needed for graduation.

 

Toby Dienstfrey Math Teacher, Wins PTSA Sponsored Monopoly Tournament: Congratulations to Toby Dienstfrey, math teacher, who was crowned this year’s Annandale Monopoly Tournament Champion! Correne Bellem, 11th grade student at AHS, finished second and Bill Maglisceau, AHS English teacher, was third. Special thanks to Brian Valentine and the PTSA for sponsoring this awesome event. This year, we had over 40 people register for this tournament.

 

Annandale Students Featured on NBC4! Annandale students enrolled in Medical Assistance were recently featured on NBC4 as they supported eye, ear exams at Annandale High School. Here is a link and description of the story: "With kids stuck at home during the pandemic, a lot of students fell behind on the eye and ear exams they normally get in school. News4’s Aimee Cho reports Fairfax County Public Schools says it’s solving the problem with help from other students."

 

Annandale HS Students Earn International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma! Annandale High School students were among the 408 FCPS students who earned the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. In addition, 58 students earned the IB Career-related Certificate during the 2020-21 school year. The IB Diploma Program (IB DP) is a two-year program for juniors and seniors that comprises the DP core curriculum and six subject groups. Students complete internal and external assessments as well as exams, community service, and a 4,000-word extended essay. Students who earned the IB diploma attended Annandale, Edison, Justice, Lewis, Marshall, Mount Vernon, and South Lakes high schools and Robinson Secondary School.

December

Annandale High School Featured in National School Board Journal - Annandale students, and Assistant Principal, Dr. Sarah Eqab were featured in the December issue of the National School Boards Association Journal for their work on our Newcomer program. Check out the article to see the amazing things our staff and students are doing to support newly arrived students.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities (12/20- 12/25)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We made it to Winter Break! Just because school is out, doesn’t mean our Winter Sports are. If you are around be sure to come out and support our teams over break. Our girl’s basketball team takes on Yorktown at home on the 21st at 7:30 PM. Check out the rest of our break schedule below.

Good luck to our wrestling, basketball, and indoor track teams as they compete over the next few weeks. 

Get excited for Winter Spirit Week from January 10th-14th. As always, Mr. DeRose is excited to win best dressed for the spirit days! We also have plenty of fun events that week like our Snowball Tournament and Winter Bonfire to look forward to. Stay tuned for more information. 

Have a safe and restful break! See you in the new year. 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely. FCPS will begin screening testing for staff on November 1 as originally scheduled. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our gymnastics meets, basketball games and wrestling matches this season.

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Live Stream

Athletics, Activities & Clubs December 20th - December 25th

Monday, December 20th

JV/V Girls' Basketball at Park View - 5:45/7:15pm

Tuesday, December 21st

Girls' Basketball vs. Yorktown - 4:30/5:45/7:00pm

Boys' Basketball at Yorktown - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Wednesday, December 22nd 

No Events

Thursday, December 23rd

No Events

Friday, December 24th

No Events

Saturday, December 25th

No Events

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season December 20th - December 25th

Monday, December 20th

No off season practices

Tuesday, December 21st

Baseball - 11:00 - noon - Upper Gym

Wednesday, December 22nd

Tennis - 11:00am

Thursday, December 23rd

No off season practices

Friday, December 24th

No off season practices

Saturday, December 25th

No off season practices

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Annandale Community Insider - December 19

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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 Annanadle community. On Friday, the PTSA Pantry distributed food and toys to over 58 families. If you have not done so already, please consider joining the Annandale PTSA.

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 20-31 - Winter Break

January 17 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday) 

January 18 - Rising 9th Grade Open House, 6-8pm

January 20 - End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

 

Winter Break School Hours: The building will be open from 9:00am-1:00pm over Winter Break.

 

Rising 9th Grade Open House - January 18 from 6-8pm: Rising 9th grade students and parents are invited to Annandale High School on January 18 from 6-8pm for an Open House 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 students have as a Annandale Atom and prepared to complete their course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Erik Healey.

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 Student Life. 

If you have specific questions that you would like addressed during this event, please submit your questions via this Google Form by Monday, January 13. Thank you in advance for your input and assistance in making this event a success!

Awesome Atoms!

Annandale Key Club Provides Food for Homeless: On Friday, members of the Annandale’s Key Club distributed food to help those in need in the D.C. area. The program, called "The Sandwich Outreach," was created to help those in need in the D.C. area. According to the students, "the goal is to create snack packs to give out to people without homes in the area, as it is likely helpful to worry about one less meal while you’re trying to fight your own battles - especially in this December cold." 

 

Advanced Programming Students Place in CMU CS Academy December Contest: Congratulations to Garvita Sachdeva, Jessup Gravitt, and Thanh Nguyen, Semir Ali, Bradley Khong, Jonathan Lee for placing third, second and first respectively in the CMU CS December Contest. CMU holds two contests throughout the year for student work. Annandale HS is represented with not one, not two, but THREE top 3 winners! Check out their projects here. (Search Annandale to find our 3 quickly). A huge shout out to teacher Mary Needham who supports the Programming classes!

 

Deck the Doors Competition Winners: Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Deck the Doors Competition sponsored by our Student Leadership Class. Ms. Greve’s class won second place for a tree adorned with the faces of each student, Ms. Pappas’ class earned first place for a 3D representation of Snoopy and Woodstock decorating the dog house, and Ms. Brunberg’s class won Most Creative for an interactive experience featuring the Gingerbread Man, the Grinch and Santa jumping down the chimney. All participants brought spirit and creativity to the hallways of the school.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who are going above and beyond with gift cards donated by a community member 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: Shawn DeRose. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

College Acceptance Spotlight

Dylan Mercado - Rice University: Congrats to Dylan Mercado who was recently accepted into Rice University in Houston Texas earning a full scholarship. Dylan has been a student at Annandale since his freshman year and is a part of the IB program. Dylan is a tutor for the writing center, a part of the Annandale Equity team, National English Honor Society, Math Honor Society and the National Honor Society, as well as a member of the Marching Band. Dylan plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Rice.

 

Danielle Dean - University of Chicago: Danielle Dean was recently accepted into University of Chicago in Chicago Illinois earning a full scholarship. Danielle has been a student at Annandale since her Freshman year and is a part of the IB program. Danielle is a member of the marching band, Math, English, Science, Social Studies, French, and National Honor Societies, and is a member of the track and field team. Danielle plans to earn her BA in Economics and a minor in Data Science with the intention of transitioning into the accelerated MBA program in Accounting. 

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 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.

 

SIS Access Limited Over Winter Break: To support the SIS upgrade over Winter Break, SIS, ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable for all users now until Wednesday, December 22 at 6:00 a.m. for system updates.

 

PSAT Score Reports Released: Within the past couple of weeks, College Board released PSAT scores for the October exam. Students who completed the test should have received their score reports via the email address that they indicated on their PSAT answer sheet. Students should check their junk and spam folders for an email from College Board. During the winter break, students will also receive an email to the 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 access 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.

 

Students Can Start Their College Courses Early at NOVA: The Early Online College program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) allows FCPS juniors or seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free college courses this spring. Textbook and other course materials purchases may be required. Early Online College courses begin on February 1, 2022, and end on April 25, 2022. Minimum qualifications apply. The deadline to submit a completed application is January 14, 2022. More information is available online.

 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Student Device Activity: FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

 

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Available to All Students: All students now have access to COVID-19 drive-through diagnostic testing at locations across the county, including one in each of the FCPS school regions. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to test quickly to help reduce the spread of the virus. Testing is also a step in the return to school process following illness or exposure. A full list of locations and schedules is available on our website. Appointments are not required but families must register through the FCPS secure online portal before testing.

 

Inclement Weather Preparations: Earlier this year, FCPS announced that the first five inclement weather days will be traditional snow days. After those five days, FCPS will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school or work day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.

Opportunities

Spirit Week Gear Sale During All Lunches: The Class of 2022 will be selling white long sleeve Atom gear during all lunches beginning Monday, January 3 for $10. Make sure to grab yours in preparation for the Whiteout Spirit Day!

 

College Help Workshops – Thursdays After School: Students who need individual assistance with college applications, can attend the College Help Workshops from 3:00-4:00 in room 90 throughout the month of January. Students can ask questions about the Common Application, Transcript Request Forms, Scholarships, SAT/ACT exam registration, or anything else related to college.

 

Edison Academy Open House - January 8: Edison Academy invites you to attend their in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00am-1:00pm. They are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA. The entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour their state-of-the-art facilities, meet their instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $85.

News from the Activities Office

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

 

Events Over Winter Break:

Monday, December 20

JV/V Girls' Basketball at Park View - 5:45/7:15pm

Tuesday, December 21

F/JV/V Girls' Basketball vs. Yorktown - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

F/JV/V Boys' Basketball at Yorktown - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

 

Monday, December 27

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Wakefield - TBD

Tuesday, December 28

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Wakefield - TBD

Varsity Wrestling - Invitational at Woodbridge Senior HS - 9:00am

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Annandale Community Insider - December 12

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

This past week, I had the opportunity to see and hear our Annandale students represent Atom Nation through performances and athletic events. On Tuesday, I attended the Orchestra concert. On Thursday, I watched the Boys Basketball team beat Wakefield on a buzzer beater by Andrew Nields with five seconds left in the game. And on Friday Night, my family and I went downtown to listen to the Annandale Singers at the Willard Hotel. 

There are multiple concerts and athletic events this upcoming week. If you have never done so, I encourage you to attend one of these events with friends or family. It is inspiring to see the ways our performing arts department and athletic teams give students opportunities to develop and showcase their talents! Check out the upcoming events on the Annandale Activities and Athletics website.   

At Annandale, collective problem solving is important to the way we collaborate and is how we continue to get better. Each year in November, we send out a Check-In Survey to our staff, asking what we as a building can celebrate as well as what we may need to problem solve. 

Overwhelmingly, our staff who responded named that having students back in the building and the level of our collaboration among our teams as our biggest celebrations, which are a testament to the incredible work we are doing for our students and each other. There were also lots of shout-outs celebrating our amazing staff members. 

A couple of other themes emerged that require some problem solving. One issue presented was around student cell phone use in class. We provided our staff some resources for how to talk with students when their cell phone use is interrupting their own or others’ learning. We will also be working with the student leadership team to develop W4 lessons about managing distractions and self regulation. We encourage you to have conversations with your student about this as well. 

Finally, I hope everyone has an opportunity to relax and recharge over Winter Break. To preserve this time for our staff and students, no homework, projects, or papers will be assigned over the break, and no major assessments or projects will be due on the first two days back. I want to wish you and your family a nice holiday. 

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

December 14 - Virtual Electives Fair in W4 

December 14 - Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 16 - Deck the Doors Competition Due 

December 16 - Band Concert, 7pm

December 20-31 - Winter Break

 

Annandale Choirs Concerts - December 14, 15: The choirs at Annandale have been busy preparing for a wonderful season of concerts throughout the next two weeks. If you are able, please come and celebrate the season with us!

Tuesday, December 14: Come Ring Out the Bells with the Annandale Singers, Atom Chorale, Men's Chorale, and the Women's Chamber Ensemble!, 7:00 p.m. - Watson Auditorium, Annandale High School

Wednesday, December 15: Annandale Singers and Women's Chamber Ensemble sing for the Noonday Noël at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 12:05 p.m. - Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA

 

Virtual Elective Fair - December 14 during W4: On Tuesday this week, our W4 lesson will be dedicated to our Virtual Elective Fair. Students will be asked to go to our Academic Advising site to watch videos about electives of their choosing. We want to make sure students have an opportunity to explore their options before selecting courses. Please reach out to Cheryl Kim or Erik Healey if you have any questions.  

 

Deck the Doors Competition - Submissions Due December 16: Annandale’s Deck the Doors holiday contest submissions are due Thursday, December 16. Check out the holiday cheer that is spreading door-to-door on our Twitter page or search #AtomNation.

 

Band Concert - December 16, 7pm: The Annandale Band will be performing their winter concert this Thursday at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. The performance will be their first indoor concert in almost two years. 

 

Winter Break Building Hours: The building will be open from 9:00am-1:00pm over Winter Break.

Important Information

SIS Access Limited Over Winter Break: To support the SIS upgrade over Winter Break, SIS, ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable for all users from Friday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 22 at 6:00 a.m. for system updates.

 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Student Device Activity: FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

 

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Available to All Students: All students now have access to COVID-19 drive-through diagnostic testing at locations across the county, including one in each of the FCPS school regions. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to test quickly to help reduce the spread of the virus. Testing is also a step in the return to school process following illness or exposure. A full list of locations and schedules is available on our website. Appointments are not required but families must register through the FCPS secure online portal before testing.

 

Inclement Weather Preparations: The first snowflakes of the season fell Tuesday morning and were a reminder to prepare for inclement weather. Earlier this year, FCPS announced that the first five inclement weather days will be traditional snow days. After those five days, FCPS will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school or work day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.

 

Student Check Out Procedures: In an effort to ease the process of checking students out early, such as for scheduled appointments, please provide students with a note to bring to the Attendance Office in the morning so students can receive a pass and are ready to leave at pick up time. As a friendly reminder and for students’ safety, parents are asked to come to the Attendance Office to sign the student out when picking them up early.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who are going above and beyond with gift cards donated by a community member 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: Shawn DeRose. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Awesome Atoms!

Verified Credit Successes! Annandale Students are continuing to work hard to earn verified credits needed for graduation. Between November 30 and December 10, Annandale students have earned 153 verified credits needed for graduation.  These verified credits also represent the final VCs needed for graduation for at least 15 of our seniors.  A huge thank you and congrats to our English 12 team, ELD 4 team, English 11/12 Double block Duo, and our many teachers who stayed after school to provide remediation for these students!!  SOL testing will continue next week and will include opportunities to take the Algebra 1, Geometry, and Chemistry SOLs.

 

Grab-n-Go Holiday Snacks for Teachers: Shout-Out to the PTSA for hosting the grab-n-go holiday snacks on Thursday morning. Our PTSA has been incredibly supportive this year, and very generous in showing staff how much they are appreciated. Thank you to all the PTSA volunteers and members. If you haven’t joined yet, check out their membership page.

Opportunities

Winter Coat Drive - All Week: As the winter season approaches, our Parent Resource Center and My Friend's Closet will once again be hosting a winter coat drive. To donate, please bring any new or gently used winter coats of all sizes to the collection box at the main entrance. The coats will be distributed to families in need.

Class of 2024 Fundraiser - Now through December 14: Want to send a sweet treat to a friend? The Class of 2024 will be selling holiday treat packages during all lunches in the cafeteria from December 6 through December 14. They will hand-deliver the treats to the recipients during W4 and Pride Time on Thursday, December 16.

 

AWC Hosts Science Fair Workshop - Tomorrow, December 13: Need help preparing for the Science Fair? The final opportunity to attend the Atoms Writing Center's Science Fair workshop is after school in Room 274 on Monday, December 13.

 

Networking Opportunity for Future Teachers - December 14: FCPS high school juniors, seniors, graduates, and former Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Careers students can network with teachers, administrators, and professional groups in Fairfax County Public Schools during the Fourth Annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar virtual event on Tuesday, December 14, from 5-8 p.m.

Breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics including developing a resume, preparing for an interview, applying for a license, finding the school that is the right fit, and teacher and administrator panels.

 

AWC Offers College Essay Workshop - December 15: The Atoms Writing Center will be holding its last College Essay Workshop of the year after school on Wednesday, December 15. If you want an AWC tutor to give you feedback on your college essay, bring your draft to Room 274 then or sign up for an in-person or online conference on our Schoology group or at https://bit.ly/AtomsWritingCenter.

 

Class of 2024 Jersey Mike’s Fundraiser - Thursday, December 16, 2-8pm: Good goes beyond the sub! The Class of 2024 will be hosting a fundraiser on select Thursdays throughout the school year. Join us at the Jersey Mike’s location on Port Royal Road in Springfield VA, Thursday, December 16 from 2:00-8:00pm to support the class of 2024. The process is simple: Place an order online or in person, say that you are supporting the Class of 2024 at Annandale High School at checkout or in the notes section if you are ordering online, and Jersey Mike’s will donate 15% of sales for the evening to the Class of 2024. Eat a sub, and make a difference!

 

Edison Academy Open House - January 8: Edison Academy invites you to attend their in-person Open House event on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00am-1:00pm. They are located at 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA. The entrance is located at Door #13. You will have the opportunity to tour their state-of-the-art facilities, meet their instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses!  Please feel free to contact Cassandra Deedy at (703) 924-8101 or [email protected] if you need any additional information.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Prices are currently $85.

News from the PTSA

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, December 13

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

Atoms Writing Center - Science Fair Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

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

Girls Who Code - 3:15 - 4:15 - Room 223

F/JV Girls' Basketball at Justice - 5:00/6:15pm

Tuesday, December 14

Chorus - Winter Concert - Ring out the Bells - 7:00pm - Auditorium

JV/V Girls' Basketball at Lewis - 5:30/7:00pm

Boys' Basketball vs. Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

     ***Dance team will perform!

Wednesday, December

AA LEAD - 3:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Atoms Writing Center - College Essay Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Math Honor Society - Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00 - Lecture Hall

Yoga Club - 3:00 - 4:00 - Room 283

Gymnastics at South County - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 16

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

Technology Student Association - Mandatory meeting - 3:30pm - Room 346

JV Wrestling vs. Oakton, South Lakes, West Springfield - 6:00pm

Band - Winter Concert - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Friday, December 17

F/V Girls' Basketball vs. Hayfield - 5:30/7:00pm

Boys' Basketball at Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Indoor Track at Thomas Jefferson Middle School - 5:30pm

Swim/Dive at Audrey Moore Rec Center vs. Justice - 6:00pm

Saturday, December 18

Varsity Wrestling - Cavalier Classic at Woodson - 9:30am

Indoor Track at VB Sports Center - Times TBA

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Atoms Athletics and Activities (12/13- 12/18)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

Another great week of Atoms Athletics. Coach Hypnar and the Atoms' Boys Basketball team locked in their first win of the season. The Atoms beat Wakefield in a buzzer beater by Andrew Nields with five seconds left in the game. Our Swim and Dive team not only beat Hayfield in the pool. They also beat them in the infamous game of Rock, Paper, Scissors before the meet!  Congratulations to Trinity, Evan, Merridith and Max who are the Athletes of the Month for November. Be sure to check out the Atoms in action this week!

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Athletes of the Month Congratulations to Trinity, Evan, Merridith and Max! Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely. FCPS will begin screening testing for staff on November 1 as originally scheduled. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our gymnastics meets, basketball games and wrestling matches this season.

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Athletics, Activities & Clubs December 13th - December 18th

Monday, December 13th

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

Atoms Writing Center - Science Fair Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

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

Girls Who Code - 3:15 - 4:15 - Room 223

F/JV Girls' Basketball at Justice - 5:00/6:15pm

Tuesday, December 14th

Chorus - Winter Concert - Ring out the Bells - 7:00pm - Auditorium

JV/V Girls' Basketball at Lewis - 5:30/7:00pm

Boys' Basketball vs. Lewis - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

     ***Dance team will perform!

Wednesday, December 15th 

AA LEAD - 3:00pm - Bistro

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Atoms Writing Center - College Essay Workshop - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Math Honor Society - Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00 - Lecture Hall

Yoga Club - 3:00 - 4:00 - Room 283

Gymnastics at South County - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 16th

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

Technology Student Association - Mandatory meeting - 3:30pm - Room 346

JV Wrestling vs. Oakton, South Lakes, West Springfield - 6:00pm

Band - Winter Concert - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Friday, December 17th

F/V Girls' Basketball vs. Hayfield - 5:30/7:00pm

Boys' Basketball at Hayfield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Indoor Track at Thomas Jefferson Middle School - 5:30pm

Swim/Dive at Audrey Moore Rec Center vs. Justice - 6:00pm

Saturday, December 18th

Varsity Wrestling - Cavalier Classic at Woodson - 9:30am

Indoor Track at VB Sports Center - Times TBA

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season December 13th - December 18th

Monday, December 13th

No off season practices

Tuesday, December 14th

Tennis - 3:15pm

Softball - 6:45 - 8:45pm - Upper Gym

Wednesday, December 15th

Girls' Soccer - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Stadium Field

Thursday, December 16th

Girls' Soccer - 3:30 - 4:30pm - Stadium Field

Friday, December 17th

No off season practices

Saturday, December 18th

No off season practices

Follow us on Social Media

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Annandale Community Insider - December 5

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

I hope you had a nice weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather. Friday night I attended the Wizards v. Cleveland Cavs basketball game. On Saturday, Regan, Jack and I all got our COVID booster shot. I don’t know if it was the booster shot or the sight of seeing Michigan in the BIG Championship Game, but I went to bed early.

At this time of year, we often look back in celebration of the great things we have accomplished together. We celebrate the relationships we have built, the ways we have grown, and the work we have done that is better because we have done it together. We also seek out feedback, identify areas for improvement and work with all stakeholders to find solutions to the issues we have identified. 

This week, students will be looking to the future as our counselors conduct academic advising in W4 classes. During this time, students will receive important information to help them make decisions about the courses they will take next year. All information about academic advising, including the presentations presented, will be posted on Annandale’s Academic Advising webpage. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s counselor.

Our First Annual Deck the Doors competition, in which W4 classes will build community by working together to adorn their classroom doors begins this week. Prizes will be awarded. Keep an eye on the progress by following our school Twitter account @AnnandaleAtoms.

These are just a few examples of how our W4 classes support students’ academic, social and emotional growth as well as support them in building relationships and making connections to our school community. And the relationship building doesn’t stop in the classroom. Our admin team has been visiting W4 classes in order to deepen relationships with students as well as gather their perspectives on how we can continue to help all students feel belonging at Annandale. As part of our weekly Admin meeting, we are working to develop other ways to gather students’ perspectives as well - through focus groups, surveys, and informal conversations.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Annandale High School Featured in National School Board Journal

Annandale students, and Assistant Principal, Dr. Sarah Eqab were featured in the December issue of the National School Boards Association Journal for their work on our Newcomer program. Check out the article to see the amazing things our staff and students are doing to support newly arrived students.

Important Dates

December 6, 8, 10 - Academic Advising Presentations via W4

December 7 - Orchestra Concert, 7pm

December 8 - Bodhi Day

December 14 - Chorus Concert

December 16 - Band Concert

December 20-31 - Winter Break

 

Academic Advising Presentations via W4 - December 6, 8, and 10: Our counselors will be conducting academic advising presentations for each grade level during our W4 classes this week. These presentations will help students with course selection for next year. Current juniors will receive their presentation on Monday, sophomores on Wednesday, and freshmen on Friday. All information about academic advising, including the presentations presented, will be posted on Annandale’s Academic Advising webpage. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s counselor.

 

Orchestra Concert - December 7: On Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 pm, join the Annandale High School Orchestra for their Winter Concert in the auditorium. There will be a bake sale right after school and before the concert benefiting the Orchestra Boosters. The boosters will be using this money to provide the students with enrichment opportunities such as sectional coaches, student scholarships, and more!

 

Annandale Choirs Spread Holiday Cheer!: The choirs at Annandale have been busy preparing for a wonderful season of concerts throughout the next two weeks. If you are able, please come and celebrate the season with us!

Wednesday, December 8: Women's Chamber Ensemble sings for Shepherd's Center Christmas Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - Annandale United Methodist Church

Friday, December 10: Annandale Singers perform songs of the season in the Lobby of the Willard Hotel, 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:45-7:30 p.m. - Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Tuesday, December 14: Come Ring Out the Bells with the Annandale Singers, Atom Chorale, Men's Chorale, and the Women's Chamber Ensemble!, 7:00 p.m. - Watson Auditorium, Annandale High School

Wednesday, December 15: Annandale Singers and Women's Chamber Ensemble sing for the Noonday Noël at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 12:05 p.m. - Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA

Important Information

Inclement Weather Preparations: The first snowflakes of the season fell Tuesday morning and were a reminder to prepare for inclement weather. Earlier this year, FCPS announced that the first five inclement weather days will be traditional snow days. After those five days, FCPS will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school or work day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.

 

Student Check Out Procedures: In an effort to ease the process of checking students out early, such as for scheduled appointments, please provide students with a note to bring to the Attendance Office in the morning so students can receive a pass and are ready to leave at pick up time. As a friendly reminder and for students’ safety, parents are asked to come to the Attendance Office to sign the student out when picking them up early.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who are going above and beyond with gift cards donated by a community member 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: Shawn DeRose. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Awesome Atoms!

Welcome Stuart Converse and Nick Brown! Annandale is proud to welcome two new Instructional Assistants, Stuart Converse and Nick Brown. Mr. Converse is an FCPS graduate who studied Spanish at Radford University. During his studies he tutored his peers and discovered a passion for teaching. He is happy to be joining the Annandale High School staff to support our ESOL department. 

Nick Brown is joining us this year as an ESOL Instructional Assistant as well. Before coming to Annandale, Mr. Brown worked on political campaigns, helping to elect legislators who now represent their local communities. After pursuing a degree in Arabic and English at the University of Maryland. As an aspiring teacher and diehard Maryland fan, he’s ready for a great year at Annandale and, hopefully, a Big Ten Championship in basketball for the Terps. We wish an Atom Nation welcome to Mr. Converse and Mr. Brown!

Opportunities

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased at www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Price is $85.

 

Atoms Writing Center Offering Science Fair Support: Need help preparing for the Science Fair? Come to the Atoms Writing Center's Science Fair workshop after school in Room 274 on Wednesday, December 8 or Monday, December 13.

 

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

 

Substitute Teaching Opportunities: Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers. Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. More information about the application process and requirements is available online.

News from the PTSA

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, December 6

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

Key Club - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 283

National Science Honor Society - Induction Ceremony - 3:00pm - Lecture Hall

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Girls Who Code - 3:15 - 4:15 - Room 223

Varsity Girls' Basketball vs. Hylton - 6:00pm

Gymnastics at West Potomac - 6:00pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball vs. Hylton - 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 7

Orchestra - Winter Concert - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Wednesday, December 8

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - 7:15am - Upper Gym

Atoms Writing Center - English 11 Remediation - 10:15am - Lecture Hall

AA LEAD - 3:00pm - Bistro

Best Buddies - 3:10 - 4:30pm - Room 22

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Atoms Writing Center - Science Fair Project - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

National Honor Society Meeting - 3:00 - 3:30pm - Room 249

Technology Student Association - Mandatory meeting - 3:30pm - Room 346

Thursday, December 9

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

Tennis - Interest Meeting - 3:10pm - Cafeteria

JV Wrestling at Alexandria City - 6:00pm

Girls' Basketball at Wakefield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Boys' Basketball vs. Wakefield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Dance Team - Halftime Performance at the basketball game

Friday, December 10

Varsity Wrestling Invitational at Sherando - 1:00pm

Swim/Dive at Lee District Rec Center vs. Hayfield - 8:30pm

Saturday, December 11

Varsity Wrestling Invitational at Sherando - 9:00am

Indoor Track at Falls Church - 11:00am

Swim/Dive at Audrey Moore Rec Center vs. Falls Church - 6:00pm

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Atoms Athletics and Activities (12/6- 12/11)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you have had a great week back from Thanksgiving break! Last week we had our first home girls' basketball game and wrestling match. Be sure to come out this week for a home double-header vs. C.D. Hylton on Monday for our girls and boys basketball teams. Girls play at 6:00 pm and boys play at 8:00 pm! 

On Wednesday we also have a number of clubs meeting. Atoms Writing Center, AWC Science Fair Workshop, NHS Meeting, and a Best Buddies meeting just to name a few! Be sure to reach out to those club sponsors if you are interested in learning more. 

See you Monday! 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

First Meeting - Wednesday, December 8th. 3:10 - 4:30pm - Room 22 

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely. FCPS will begin screening testing for staff on November 1 as originally scheduled. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

New Live Streaming

Sign up here for a free account to watch our gymnastics meets, basketball games and wrestling matches this season.

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Athletics, Activities & Clubs December 6th - December 11th

Monday, December 6th

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

Key Club - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 283

National Science Honor Society - Induction Ceremony - 3:00pm - Lecture Hall

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Girls Who Code - 3:15 - 4:15 - Room 223

Varsity Girls' Basketball vs. Hylton - 6:00pm

Gymnastics at West Potomac - 6:00pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball vs. Hylton - 8:00pm

Tuesday, December 7th

Orchestra - Winter Concert - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Wednesday, December 8th 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - 7:15am - Upper Gym

Atoms Writing Center - English 11 Remediation - 10:15am - Lecture Hall

AA LEAD - 3:00pm - Bistro

Best Buddies - 3:10 - 4:30pm - Room 22

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

Atoms Writing Center - Science Fair Project - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

National Honor Society Meeting - 3:00 - 3:30pm - Room 249

Technology Student Association - Mandatory meeting - 3:30pm - Room 346

Thursday, December 9th

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

Tennis - Interest Meeting - 3:10pm - Cafeteria

JV Wrestling at Alexandria City - 6:00pm

Girls' Basketball at Wakefield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Boys' Basketball vs. Wakefield - 4:30/5:45/7:30pm

Dance Team - Halftime Performance at the basketball game

Friday, December 10th

Varsity Wrestling Invitational at Sherando - 1:00pm

Swim/Dive at Lee District Rec Center vs. Hayfield - 8:30pm

Saturday, December 11th

Varsity Wrestling Invitational at Sherando - 9:00am

Indoor Track at Falls Church - 11:00am

Swim/Dive at Audrey Moore Rec Center vs. Falls Church - 6:00pm

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season December 6th - December 11th

Monday, December 6th

No off season practices

Tuesday, December 7th

Tennis - 3:30pm

Wednesday, December 8th

No off season practices

Thursday, December 9th

Tennis - 4:00pm

Football - Volunteering at Holmes MS - 3:30pm

Friday, December 10th

No off season practices

Saturday, December 11th

Tennis - 11:00am

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Annandale Community Insider - November 28

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

I hope you had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving Break. I spent time with friends and family, cleaning and organizing, picking up leaves and watching a lot of college football. A recent rant by Alabama football coach, Nick Saban, reminded me what I love most about high school and college sports. I am continually amazed at the time and effort our student athletes put into representing Atom Nation both on the field and in the classroom. I have also been impressed by the number of staff and community members who take time to attend games and support our students.

Over the next three weeks, there are many opportunities for you to see and hear our Annandale students represent Atom Nation through performances and athletic events. Orchestra, chorus and band will each perform this month. Winter sports contests, which includes basketball, wrestling, indoor track, gymnastics and swim & dive, begin this week. If you have never done so, I encourage you to attend one of these events with friends or family. It is inspiring to see the ways our performing arts department and athletic teams give students opportunities to develop and showcase their talents! Check out the upcoming events on the Annandale Activities and Athletics website.

As I have shared, our priorities at Annandale this year are relationships and support, high quality instruction, and strong collaboration. As part of this work, we are committed to getting better at inviting and including student voice into our decision making processes. Recently, I met with our Student Equity Leads to discuss PRIDE Time as well as gather their ideas on how we can continue to improve our approach to supporting students’ needs. We also discussed ways we can improve inclusion and participation in our extracurricular activities. Our mission is to make Annandale a great school for all students and we know that our students play an important part in shaping our school community. 

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

December 7 - Orchestra Concert, 7pm

December 8 - Bodhi Day

December 14 - Chorus Concert

December 16 - Band Concert

December 20-31 - Winter Break

Important Information

Student Check Out Procedures: In an effort to ease the process of checking students out early, such as for scheduled appointments, please provide students with a note to bring to the Attendance Office in the morning so students can receive a pass and are ready to leave at pick up time. As a friendly reminder and for students’ safety, parents are asked to come to the Attendance Office to sign the student out when picking them up early.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who are going above and beyond with gift cards donated by a community member 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: Shawn DeRose. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Awesome Atoms!

Congrats Michael Elion - Promoted to Programmer! Congratulations to Michael Elion who has been promoted to Programmer within the IT Management Team. Michael has been a School Based Technology Support Specialist for 12 years. He began his career at Whitman Middle school in 2009 and then transferred to Annandale High School in 2016.  At AHS, he supported the initial FCPSOn initiative and the transition from mobile labs to a laptop for every student.

 

Athletes Volunteer at Poe and Holmes Middle Schools: Throughout this school year our awesome Atoms Athletic teams have been volunteering at Holmes and Poe Middle School twice a week. We are excited to build this relationship with our feeder schools to encourage participation in Atoms Athletics in the years to come. Students, if you are interested in volunteering with your team, be sure to reach out to your head coach to see when they will be visiting Holmes or Poe.

 

Atoms Scholar Program Off to a Great Start! Last week, over 80 students were invited to learn more about the Atom Scholar Program here at Annandale. We met with Young Scholars in 9th and 10th grade to promote an after-school program designed to familiarize students with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and other Honors classes, provide opportunities to explore goal setting, time management, and other skills that connect to academic achievement, and finally to provide tutoring opportunities for students who need additional support in core area classes. For more information about this program, please feel free to reach out to Linda Bradshaw.

 

Congratulations, [email protected] Husman - Equity Lead: [email protected] Husman has been named Equity Lead. [email protected] came to Annandale last year as a Spanish teacher and has taught Latin, Spanish and AVID in FCPS and elsewhere. They have led professional development around multiculturalism and are currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Multiliteracies, Critical Literacy and Teacher Supervision/Development. One of [email protected]’s mantras is, “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” –– Angela Davis. Please join me in congratulating [email protected] for being named Equity Lead.

 

Federal Impact Aid Breakfast: Congratulations to the following W4 classes for winning a free breakfast! These classes were in the top 20 to turn in all their Federal Impact Aid forms: Boakye, Dienstfrey, Gokturk, Hallet, Han, Herman, Hsia, Kapuscinski, J. Lee, Lucas, Maglisceau, Pak, Pudasaini, Reap, Scott, Souther, Vaughn, and Young.

 

AHS Food Pantry Celebrates Its Third Year! The Annandale High School Food Pantry is celebrating its third year of serving the Annandale community. This success would not have been possible without the generous support of so many of you. Click out a letter of thanks and an update from Food Pantry Coordinator Norma Foti. Pantry Coordinator Letter Nov. 2021. The update includes information about community partnerships that help provide fresh eggs, milk, produce, and grocery items to 40 families as well as 150 student snack bags each week. You can help support this effort by making a donation from the Pantry’s Amazon Wish List or by making a monetary donation online. (Photo courtesy of the A-Blast)

Opportunities

Register Your Student for Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing: Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their student(s). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime. Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by our Director of Student Activities.

There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break. For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website

 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Deadline Extended! We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including Outstanding Teacher, New Teacher, Leader, Professional Employee, Operational Employee and Principal. We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at Annandale High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate an Annandale HS staff member, please complete the AHS Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website. Nominations are due today, November 28. Contact Bryan Molle at [email protected] with any questions.

 

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

 

Shark Tank Technology Challenge Open to All Students: Calling all high school students! The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee has announced this year’s Shark Tank Technology Challenge, with a focus on new or improved existing technology that will have a positive impact in the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, wounded warriors, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to consider projects that offer assistance in the following areas: 1) Active free time activities, 2) Participation in the arts, and 3) Caregiving.

Students can submit an innovative or creative project as an individual or a team. The deadline to submit the initial proposal is December 6. Final proposals are due February 22, 2022. The Shark Tank event will be held in April 2022. The winning projects will receive a cash prize. More details are available by visiting the Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge webpage.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased at www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Price is $85.

News from the PTSA

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, November 29

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

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Girls Who Code - 3:15 - 4:15 - Room 223

Varsity Girls' Basketball vs. Freedom (Woodbridge) - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 30

Varsity Boys' Basketball at West Springfield - 7:30pm

Wrestling Scrimmage vs. Edison, Lewis, South County, McLean - 6:00pm

Wednesday, December 1

Asian American LEAD - 3:00pm - Bistro

Black Student Union Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 326

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Theatre - Black Box Show Auditions - 3:00 - 6:00pm - Room 324

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

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

Boys' Soccer - Interest Meeting - 3:15 - 4:00pm - Cafeteria

Thursday, December 2

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

Gymnastics at Mt. Vernon, Jefferson, Edison, Hayfield - 6:00pm

JV Wrestling vs. Chantilly, South Lakes and West Springfield - 6:00pm

Friday, December 3

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Dance Room

Varsity Girls' Basketball at Alexandria City - 6:00pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Theodore Roosevelt - 7:00pm

Swim/Dive at Lee District Rec Center vs. Lewis - 8:30pm

Saturday, December 4

Indoor Track at Jefferson - 11:00am

Wrestling Atomic Duals vs. Wakefield, W-L, McLean, Madison, Stone Bridge, Harrisonburg, Woodbridge - 11:00am

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Atoms Athletics and Activities (11/29- 12/4)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  Come out to support the Atoms this week as the regular season starts for all of our teams.  See the schedule below to plan your week ahead. 

What an outstanding show by the Annandale Theatre Company.  Ms. Brunberg and the cast of Puffs brought the house down. Congratulations to all!

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Athletics Middle School Outreach Program

Throughout this school year our awesome Atoms Athletic teams have been volunteering at Holmes and Poe Middle School twice a week. We are excited to build this relationship with our feeder schools to encourage participation in Atoms Athletics in the years to come. If you are interested in volunteering with your team, be sure to reach out to your head coach to see when they will be visiting Holmes or Poe.  Check out the attached photo to see what some of our teams have been up to!

Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

First Meeting - Wednesday, December 8th. 3:10 - 4:30pm - Room 22 

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely. FCPS will begin screening testing for staff on November 1 as originally scheduled. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

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

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

New Live Streaming

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

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Boys Lacrosse Turkey Shootout Info Email Coach Maglisceau @ [email protected] Athletics, Activities & Clubs November 29th - December 4th

Monday, November 29th

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

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Girls Who Code - 3:15 - 4:15 - Room 223

Varsity Girls' Basketball vs. Freedom (Woodbridge) - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 30th

Varsity Boys' Basketball at West Springfield - 7:30pm

Wrestling Scrimmage vs. Edison, Lewis, South County, McLean - 6:00pm

Wednesday, December 1st 

Asian American LEAD - 3:00pm - Bistro

Black Student Union Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 326

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 4:30pm - Dance Room

Theatre - Black Box Show Auditions - 3:00 - 6:00pm - Room 324

Atoms Writing Center - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room 274

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

Boys' Soccer - Interest Meeting - 3:15 - 4:00pm - Cafeteria

Thursday, December 2nd 

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

Gymnastics at Mt. Vernon, Jefferson, Edison, Hayfield - 6:00pm

JV Wrestling vs. Chantilly, South Lakes and West Springfield - 6:00pm

Friday, December 3rd

Step Team Tryouts - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Dance Room

Varsity Girls' Basketball at Alexandria City - 6:00pm

Varsity Boys' Basketball at Theodore Roosevelt - 7:00pm

Swim/Dive at Lee District Rec Center vs. Lewis - 8:30pm

Saturday, December 4th

Indoor Track at Jefferson - 11:00am

Wrestling Atomic Duals vs. Wakefield, W-L, McLean, Madison, Stone Bridge, Harrisonburg, Woodbridge - 11:00am

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season November 29th - December 4th

Monday, November 29th

No off season practices

Tuesday, November 30th

Tennis - 3:15pm

Boys' Lacrosse - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Football - Volunteering at Poe MS - 3:30 - 4:30pm

Field Hockey - Volunteering at Poe MS - 3:30 - 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 1st

No off season practices

Thursday, December 2nd

Tennis - 3:15pm

Boys' Lacrosse - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Football - Volunteering at Holmes MS - 3:30 - 4:30pm

Field Hockey - Volunteering at Holmes MS - 3:30 - 4:30pm

Friday, December 3rd

No off season practices

Saturday, December 4th

No off season practices

 

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Annandale Community Insider - November 21

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

On this Thanksgiving week, one of the things I am most thankful for is our incredible Annandale staff. I have shared over and over that this year may be the most challenging and most important year we have faced as educators. Our priorities of relationships and support, high quality instruction, and strong collaboration are absolutely the right ones as we continue to repair from the impacts of the past year and a half; at the same time, living these priorities each and every day is not easy. The incredible care and dedication that our staff members demonstrate every single day for our students and our entire Annandale community is truly inspiring, and I am proud to work alongside them.

During this season of gratitude, we wanted to give as much opportunity as possible for you to recognize an Annandale staff member who has made a positive impact on your student, your family, or your community. So, we have extended the deadline for nominating a staff member for an FCPS Outstanding Award to Tuesday, November 23. Please take a moment to complete this quick nomination form.

I hope you are able to spend the holiday weekend resting and rejuvenating in your favorite ways this Thanksgiving holiday. In support of this, 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. 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.

Everything we do at Annandale is because you give us the tremendous privilege of educating your students. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of their growth and learning.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 8 - Bodhi Day

December 20-31 - Winter Break

 

Thanksgiving Holiday - November 24-26: As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 24-26. Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar. Due to the holiday, the meal kit distribution will be canceled on Wednesday, November 24, and regular meal kit distribution will resume on Wednesday, December 1. More information and the location of the meal kit sites is available online.

Donate Gift Cards for AHS Staff

At events throughout the year, we recognize staff who are going above and beyond with gift cards donated by a community member 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: Shawn DeRose. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

Awesome Atoms!

Annandale Theater Company's Presentation of Puffs a Success! In their first live performance in over two years, The Annandale Theater Company put on four put on four fantastic live performances of Puffs this past weekend. Bravo to the cast and crew for an amazing performance! There were even some surprise guest performances from staff members Carmen Lucas, Cragin Eres, Bill Maglisceau, and Phillip Harris. The cast had the audience in stitches with hilarious one-liners and smart quips. It was great to see that talents of Annandale students in full display on the stage and behind the scenes.

Annandale Students Featured in the Washington Post: The efforts of students at Annandale to support newcomers with a buddy system to help them adjust and navigate the school was featured in this article in the Washington Post. AHS student Sosan Barakzai was quoted, “There is so much to get to know. Anything they have questions with, we want to make them feel comfortable” She and others who settled in the United States before the new arrivals say they would have liked to hear from students like themselves about how to follow class schedules and get around the school, how to ride the bus, which foods are halal, how course credits work, what is needed for graduation.

 

CAT B Orchestra Build Pre-Instruments: Students in our CAT B Orchestra had the opportunity to build their pre-instruments and learn about the parts of the instrument this week. This hand-on experience helped students to take ownership of their learning, and their instrument, as well as taught students how to take care of their equipment!

Welcome Charles Campbell! A graduate of Fairfax County Public Schools, Charles has joined our Security Team as a a monitor. Charles previously worked as a groundsman, package handler, and truck driver. He has coached basketball at several levels, including coaching the NOVA Heat. Three years ago, he began coaching at West Potomac High School where he discovered a passion for being a positive role model for young students. Now, Charles has decided to transition to working with students full time.

Opportunities

Register Your Student for Optional COVID-19 Screening Testing: Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their student(s). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime. Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by our Director of Student Activities.

There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break. For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website

 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Deadline Extended! We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including Outstanding Teacher, New Teacher, Leader, Professional Employee, Operational Employee and Principal. We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at Annandale High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate an Annandale HS staff member, please complete the AHS Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 23. Contact Bryan Molle at [email protected] with any questions.

 

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

 

Shark Tank Technology Challenge Open to All Students: Calling all high school students! The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee has announced this year’s Shark Tank Technology Challenge, with a focus on new or improved existing technology that will have a positive impact in the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, wounded warriors, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to consider projects that offer assistance in the following areas: 1) Active free time activities, 2) Participation in the arts, and 3) Caregiving.

Students can submit an innovative or creative project as an individual or a team. The deadline to submit the initial proposal is December 6. Final proposals are due February 22, 2022. The Shark Tank event will be held in April 2022. The winning projects will receive a cash prize. More details are available by visiting the Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge webpage.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Price is $85.

News from the PTSA

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, November 22

Art Club - 3:00-4:45pm - Room 334

Tuesday, November 23

Boys' Basketball Scrimmage at McLean - 5:00/6:15/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball Scrimmage vs. Garfield - JV 5:30, V 7:00pm

Wrestling Scrimmage vs. Edison, Lewis, South County, McLean - 6:00pm

Wednesday, November 24

No Events

Thursday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 26

No Events

Saturday, November 27

No Events

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

Atoms Athletics and Activities (11/22- 11/27)

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Atoms Athletics & Activities

Atom Nation,

We celebrated our fall athletes on Tuesday night.  The Atoms Athletics Booster Club provided a very popular Chick-fil-A dinner!  Our Atomic Achievement Award winners and our team MVP's were recognized followed by team break out meetings.  Thank you to our coaches, Athletic Trainers and Activities Office staff for a great fall season. 

Go Atoms,

Annandale Activities Office

https://annandaleatoms.net/

Atoms Athletics Booster Club Atomic Achievement Award Winners Fall Athletics MVP Winners Concession Stand Volunteers Needed

The Atoms Athletic Boosters Club needs your help. Please support your team and sign up to volunteer at the links below. 

Boys Basketball:

AHS Boys Basketball: AHS Boys Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Girls Basketball:

AHS Girls Basketball: AHS Girls Basketball Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

Wrestling:

AHS Wrestling: AHS Wrestling Concessions 2021-22 (signupgenius.com)

First Meeting - Wednesday, December 8th. 3:10 - 4:30pm - Room 22 

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

Updated Vaccination Policy

Annandale Athletic Families,

COVID-19 screening testing for students, including student-athletes, has started. We also know many student-athletes are currently in the middle of their two-dose cycle and additional time for testing to begin will allow those students to complete their vaccinations. Students are eligible to try out for their sport if they have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Pre-register here for testing if your child is 14-15 years old and not vaccinated or if they are 16-18 years old and have a medical or religious exemption.  If your child was vaccinated, please submit your card to the activities office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends school-based testing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely. FCPS will begin screening testing for staff on November 1 as originally scheduled. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

FCPS website.

Support Atoms Athletic Boosters!

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the Atoms athletic programs every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at amazon.atomsboosters.com on your web browser. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Atoms Booster Club.

Support the Athletic Booster Club Purchase a Booster Pass

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

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

Seniors! Need College Application Help?

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

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

New Live Streaming

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

NFHS Network - Sign Up

Live Stream

Athletics, Activities & Clubs November 22nd - 27th

Monday, November 22nd

Art Club - 3:00 - 4:45pm - Room 334

Tuesday, November 23rd

Boys' Basketball Scrimmage at McLean - 5:00/6:15/7:30pm

Girls' Basketball Scrimmage vs. Garfield - JV - 5:30, V - 7:00pm

Wrestling Scrimmage vs. Edison, Lewis, South County, McLean - 6:00pm

Wednesday, November 24th 

No Events

Thursday, November 25h 

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26th

No Events

Saturday, November 27th

No Events

 

Athletics and Activities - Off Season November 22nd - 27th

Monday, November 22nd

Baseball - 4:45pm

Tuesday, November 23rd

Boys' Lacrosse - 3:30 - 5:00pm

Tennis - 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 24th

No off season practices

Thursday, November 25th

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26th

No off season practices

Saturday, November 27th

No off season practices

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Annandale Community Insider - November 14

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Annandale Students, Parents and Community:

I hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful fall weekend. On Saturday, I, along with several staff members, participated in the Monopoly Tournament sponsored by the PTSA. We had over 40 people register for this year’s event. Congratulations to Toby Dienstfrey, Math teacher here at Annandale, who was crowned champion! Correne Bellem, 11th grade student at AHS, finished second, Bill Maglisceau, AHS English teacher, was third and Chris Valentine, brother of AP Brian Valentine earned fourth place. My experience was record breaking as I lasted about 20 minutes into the 1st round before being knocked out. 

The winter sports season is off to a strong start. Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about supporting their student athlete tomorrow at Meet the Coaches Night at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. On Tuesday, we will celebrate our athletes who participated in fall sports at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Immediately following the banquet at 7:30pm, we will host our November PTSA meeting in the library. Participants can also join virtually using this link.

As we approach Thanksgiving break, we will 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 safely connect with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday. To that end, you may find this Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time for teenagers a valuable resource.

Finally, at events throughout the year, we recognize staff who are going above and beyond with gift cards donated by a community member 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 to my attention. It can be for any business you want to support, in any amount. Nothing is too small.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Important Dates

November 15 - 1st Quarter Report Cards Distributed 

November 15 - Winter Meet the Coach Night, 6:30pm

November 15-16 - Fairfax County Youth Survey Administered

November 16 - Fall Sports Banquet, 6pm

November 16 - PTSA Meeting, 7:30pm

November 17 - PRIDE Time 2.0 Begins

November 18-21 - AHS Theatre Company Performance

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

1st Quarter Reports Cards Distributed During W4 - November 15: 1st Quarter report cards will be distributed to students during W4 on November 15. Additionally, 1st quarter grades can also be accessed via the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE.

 

Winter Meet the Coaches Night - November 15, 6:30pm: Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about supporting their winter sports student athlete tomorrow at Meet the Coaches Night at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. 

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey - November 15-16: The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth and is given to all students in grades 10 and 12. This year, the survey will be administered through Health & PE 10 and English 12 classes November 15 and 16. For more information, please see the FCPS Youth Survey webpage.

 

Fall Sports Banquet - November 16, 6pm: On Tuesday, we will celebrate our athletes who participated in fall sports at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. 

 

PTSA Meeting - November 16, 7:30pm: The next PTSA Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30pm in the Library. Note the time change to accommodate the Fall Sports Banquet being held the same night. Participants can also join virtually using this link. Meetings are held in Spanish and English. Also, if you have not done so already, please consider joining the PTSA by filling out the online 2021–2022 Membership Form. For more information about membership, visit our Membership page.

 

PRIDE Time 2.0 Begins - November 17: We are continuing to improve the way we identify students for targeted intervention through PRIDE Time. Additionally, we have revised our approach to how we prioritize interventions and are now using students’ graduation requirements. This week, we will be making changes to the PRIDE Time schedule in preparation for PRIDE Time 2.0 to begin on Wednesday, November 17. 

 

Annandale Theatre Company Presents Puffs - November 18-21: Annandale Theatre Company is proud to present our first live show in two years, Puffs on November 18-21! Overview: For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

No knowledge of wizards or magic schools required to enjoy this comedic journey! The show will be approximately 90 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Check out the trailer on YouTube. Tickets on sale now at annandaletheatre.org.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations!

We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles, including Outstanding Teacher, New Teacher, Leader, Professional Employee, and Operational Employee. We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at Annandale High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate an Annandale HS staff member, please complete the AHS Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website. Nominations are due by Friday, November 19. Contact Bryan Molle at [email protected] with any questions.

Awesome Atoms!

Atom Writing Center 1st Quarter Newsletter: The Atoms Writing Center’s first quarter newsletter is now available! During the first quarter back in person, the AWC held over 300 writing tutoring conferences, which is more than all of first semester last year! Read the newsletter to learn about how the AWC served Atom Nation this quarter and what opportunities are available for students to get help with their writing.

 

Over 60 New EL Students Enrolled Since August: Since August, AHS has enrolled over 60 new English Language Learner (EL) students. With this increase in our EL population, our ESOL department has gone above and beyond not only by welcoming our new students, but also by being flexible with their own teaching assignments. Many of our teachers have taken on additional courses to support our department as we grow. We have hired additional staffing and our teachers have done an amazing job of supporting them as well. Thank you to the Annandale ESOL department for their hard work, dedication, and flexibility this year!

 

Happy School Psychologist Week! This past week we celebrated our School Psychologist, Laurie Ottehenning. Laurie was born and raised in Raleigh, NC before going to undergrad and graduate school at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She then moved to Northern VA and worked in Loudoun County as a school psychologist for a couple of years before moving over to FCPS. This is Laurie’s fourth year as the school psychologist at AHS. In her free time, Laurie enjoys playing and watching soccer, hiking, and spending time with her husband, 6 month old daughter, and dog.

 

After School Winter SOL Support Program Off to a Great Start! Over 80 students attended the first day of our After School Winter SOL Support Program. This program is designed for students who will be taking an SOL in December or January to address specific academic needs. The targeted intervention will increase the chances that they are successful in their courses and on the SOL test. A huge thank you to the 20 teachers who have volunteered to provide this intervention after school, as well as the staff members who support them.

 

PTSA Sponsored Monopoly Tournament: Congratulations to Toby Dienstfrey, math teacher, who was crowned this year’s Annandale Monopoly Tournament Champion! Correne Bellem, 11th grade student at AHS, finished second and Bill Maglisceau, AHS English teacher, was third. Special thanks to Brian Valentine and the PTSA for sponsoring this awesome event. This year, we had over 40 people register for this tournament.

 

Veterans Day Celebration at AHS: This week we celebrated Veterans Day. We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the American service members who have sacrificed and served for this country. We can, however, recognize and thank the millions of veterans still living today, especially AHS staff members who served in our Armed Forces: Herb Eggert, Regina Jackson, Melina Merino, Brent Roberson, Mayra Velasco, PJ Taylor and Erica Rivers.

Opportunities

The Bistro is Selling Pies This Holiday Season! With the holidays quickly approaching, Culinary 1 and 2 students will be making pie crust and pies. Please contact Chef Plum at [email protected] with your order. *All orders will be fulfilled November 18 and 19. 

  • Pie crust frozen, $3 each
  • Pie crust rolled into pie tin frozen, $4 each
  • Full pumpkin pie, $12 each
  • Full pecan pie, $12 each
  • Full apple pie, $12 each

 

Atoms Writing Center Recruiting New Tutors: Are you interested in becoming a tutor for the Atoms Writing Center? The AWC will be holding two interest meetings to provide information and answer any questions you may have about becoming a tutor. Please attend the interest meeting on Wednesday, November 17 from 3:00pm-3:30pm in Room 274. New Tutor Applications are due by midnight on November 19.

 

OEA Workshop for Students: Students, need help with your OEA (Observation, Evidence, Analysis) writing skills? Come to the Atoms Writing Center's OEA Workshop in Room 274 after school on November 15. Tutors will provide tips on OEA structure, and students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of OEA structure. Then they will get individual feedback on their own OEA paragraphs from tutors. Talk to your English teacher to find out more.

 

Shark Tank Technology Challenge Open to All Students: Calling all high school students! The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee has announced this year’s Shark Tank Technology Challenge, with a focus on new or improved existing technology that will have a positive impact in the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, wounded warriors, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to consider projects that offer assistance in the following areas: 1) Active free time activities, 2) Participation in the arts, and 3) Caregiving.

Students can submit an innovative or creative project as an individual or a team. The deadline to submit the initial proposal is December 6. Final proposals are due February 22, 2022. The Shark Tank event will be held in April 2022. The winning projects will receive a cash prize. More details are available by visiting the Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge webpage.

 

Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads: The 2022 Antenna Yearbook and Senior Tribute Ads can be purchased now www.yearbookforever.com. Buy your yearbook now! Price is $85.

News from the PTSA

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

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

 

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

Personal Hygiene

Items

Shampoo

Conditioner

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Razors

Deodorant

Body Wash

Hand Soap

Dental Floss

Chapstick

Food

White Rice

Breakfast Cereal

Tomato Sauce

Cooking Oil

Corn Flour

Sugar

Peanut Butter

Jelly

Crackers

Boxes of Granola Bars

Diced Tomatoes

 

Household Items

Tissues

Toilet Paper

Paper Towels

Dish Detergent

Dishwasher Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Sponges

Uber/Lift Gift Cards

 

 

 

News from the Activities Office

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

 

This Week's Events:

Monday, November 15

Winter Sports/Band Pictures

Atoms Writing Center - OEA Workshop - 3:00 - Room 274

Indoor Track - First day of practice - 3:15pm

Winter Sports Meet the Coach Night - 6:30 - Cafeteria

Tuesday, November 16

Winter Sports/Band Pictures

Fall Sports Banquet - 6:00pm - Cafeteria

PTSA Meeting - 7:30pm - Library

Wednesday, November 17 

Atoms Writing Center - New Tutor Interest Meeting - 3:00pm - Room 274

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

Ethiopian/Eritrean Association - 3:15 - 4:15pm - Room 266

Varsity Wrestling Scrimmage vs. WTW, W-L, Madison, West Po - 6:00pm

Band Concert- A Tribute to Rocky - 7:00pm - Holmes Middle School

Thursday, November 18

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

Girls' Basketball Scrimmage vs Centreville - 5:00/6:15/7:30pm

Theatre - Fall Play - Puffs - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Friday, November 19

Boys' Basketball Scrimmage vs Chantilly - 5:00/6:15/7:30pm

Theatre - Fall Play - Puffs - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Saturday, November 20

Theatre - Fall Play - Puffs - 7:00pm - Auditorium

Sunday, November 21

Theatre - Fall Play - Puffs - 3:00pm - Auditorium

 

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