Back to School Night - Tomorrow, September 23

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Annandale Community:

Tomorrow, September 23, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). Back to School Night will look a little different this year, but the goal remains the same: an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, gain a better understanding of what learning looks like - especially in a virtual environment, and guidance on how you can support your student. Check out the video that the Annandale Admin Team has created to welcome you to the event: BTSN Admin video.

The event will begin with a live Town Hall meeting at 6:00pm in English followed by a Town Hall in Spanish at 7:00pm. The rest of the event will be entirely asynchronous. 

Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/d4cab19c73f54ea2b2556877fd74392b

Parents have the opportunity to meet their student’s teachers in the form of Flipgrid videos, which is now posted on the school’s Virtual Back to School website. We invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year. 

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

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Annandale Community Insider - September 20

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Annandale Community:

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend. It was great to see many of you at our first PTSA meeting last Tuesday. I hope you consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Click here to join today!

On Wednesday, September 23, seniors will be taking the SAT at Annandale High School. The day will be asynchronous for all students and staff. Students should check their teacher’s Google Classroom to access the lesson. 

Later that evening, we will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). Back to School Night will look a little different this year, but the goal remains the same: an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, gain a better understanding of what learning looks like - especially in a virtual environment, and guidance on how you can support your student. 

The event will begin with a live Town Hall meeting at 6:00pm in English followed by a Town Hall in Spanish at 7:00pm. The rest of the event will be entirely asynchronous. Here is a link to the Town Hall events.

After the Town Hall, parents will have the opportunity to meet their student’s teachers in the form of Flipgrid videos, which will be posted on the school’s website. We invite you to email teachers directly with any specific questions or information you would like them to know about your student. Our teachers love to hear from you, and are always available for scheduled conferences throughout the school year. Check out the video the Annandale Admin Team has created to welcome parents and students to the event: BTSN Admin video.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Mondays - Expectations of Students

On Mondays from 9:45-10:15am is “W4 Care and Connect.” Students should login to their W4 class at this time. The purpose of this time is to take attendance, community building, check-in with students and support their transition to virtual learning. 

In addition, Mondays provide students the opportunity to meet with their teachers during Office Hours from 8:10-8:55am or 10:30-11:15am. This time is dedicated for students to discuss the material being presented in class or other related interests you may have. Course-related discussions include asking for extra help, seeking clarification of material presented in class and following up on aspects of the class you find compelling. In addition, teachers are available at least one day a week after school if you are unable to connect during Office Hours. 

The remainder of the day, students should complete any assignments that were assigned the previous week. These assignments are posted on the “Virtual Learning Hub” for students to easily access. In addition, the site also includes a lesson grid with the daily learning target and evidence of learning for each class, which allows you to have an understanding of what they are learning and what they will need to turn in. We have created this video that includes step by step directions on how to access the “Virtual Learning Hub.”

Important Dates

September 21 - W4 Care and Connect (9:10-9:40am

September 23 - SAT Day (Asynchronous Day for all students)

September 23 - Back to School Night

October 6 - College Boot Camp

 

SAT Day: September 23 - All FCPS students in grade 12 have the opportunity to participate in the SAT School Day exam on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at no cost at their school. This day will run asynchronously for all staff and students in high school. Students should check their teacher’s Google Classroom to access the lesson.

 

Back to School Night: September 23 - Annandale High School will be hosting our annual Back to School Night (BTSN). Back to School Night will look a little different this year, but the goal remains the same: an opportunity for you to meet your student’s teachers, gain a better understanding of what learning looks like - especially in a virtual environment, and guidance on how you can support your student. The event will begin with a live Town Hall meeting at 6:00pm in English followed by a Town Hall in Spanish at 7:00pm. The rest of the event will be entirely asynchronous. Here is a link to the Town Hall events.

 

College Boot Camp: October 6 - The PTSA is sponsoring “College Boot Camp” for seniors and their families on October 6 from 6:00-8:00.  Please virtually join Princess Brown, the AHS College & Career Specialist, as she talks about the nitty-gritty of applying to college. She will cover issues that are unique to this unprecedented year and there will be time for questions and answers. Great for seniors and any interested family members. The PTSA will send out information on how to access this webinar, so stay tuned!  

Important Information

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Schedule Change Requests: Beginning this week, counselors will collect information from students seeking a schedule change using this Schedule Change Request Form. This information will be compiled and then counselors will begin to work through these requests in priority order starting on Monday, September 28. Please keep in mind that completing the form does not constitute approval for the schedule change. Due to the complexity of the schedule, approved changes will be limited. If a schedule change is approved, the counselor will communicate with the student and provide a new schedule.

 

Technology Support for Parents and Students: The FCPS Parent Technology Resource page provides tip sheets and support in multiple languages. These tip sheets provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies. Often you can find the answer to your question in these resources. For technical support questions about your online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or technology your student uses for online learning, contact the Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 or enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.

The Parent Technology Help Desk will be answered 7:00am-11:00pm, seven days a week. Parents who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight languages to assist with general questions about FCPS).

 

Attendance Matters: As a reminder if a student is not able to attend classes on a given day, parents should contact the attendance office. Parents may report absences by:

  • Calling the Attendance Line at 703-642-4151 or en Español 703-642-4153.
  • Parents have three days to excuse an absence.
  • If you receive a call-out message, and believe it is in error, please have your student check with the classroom teacher for that period.

 

Family Life Education - Opt Out Information: Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of Family Life Information instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form.  An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of. The actual opt-out form is not required. All forms, information, and communications related to opt-out and translations are available on this site. Please email the form or request to your student’s teacher. Any questions, please email Cragin Eres at cweres@fcps.edu.  

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering free grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

News from the PTSA

Food Pantry Distribution: September 25 from 3:30-4:30pm -The PTSA sponsored AHS Pantry is restocking the shelves and preparing to distribute food to students and families in need. Distribution will take place on the second and fourth Fridays of each month starting Friday, September 25 from 3:30-4:30pm behind the modular buildings at the rear of the school.

Bags will contain several meals and will be distributed first come, first served. There will also be a limited supply of household products (cleaning supplies, hygiene items, paper towels and toilet paper) available. Click here for additional food and community services.  Contact Alissa Green, School Social Worker at adgreen@fcps.edu with questions related to resources. 

You can donate to the Pantry to help Atom families in need here.  Also, please consider donating paper grocery bags (preferably with handles) to ease the distribution process. Paper bags for the Pantry can be dropped off in the main office. Contact Norma Foti, PTSA President at pantry@annandalehsptsa.org with questions related to donations.

 

AHS PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! - You can donate to the Pantry to help Atom families in need here.  Also, please consider donating paper grocery bags (preferably with handles) to ease the distribution process. Paper bags for the Pantry can be dropped off in the main office. Contact Norma Foti, PTSA President at pantry@annandalehsptsa.org with questions related to donations

 

Top Reasons to Join the PTSA - Please consider joining the PTSA as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community.

In addition, the PTSA 1) provides resources and support to help ALL Annandale HS students, teachers and staff succeed. 2) PTSA educates members on issues and decisions impacting Annandale HS and FCPS. 3) Studies show active PTSAs improve overall student. Click here to join today!

 

PTSA Meeting - Dates and Times: Mark your calendar for monthly PTSA meetings which are held the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm. We will start the school year with virtual meetings and details will follow on how to join us. These dates include: October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16,  April 20, May 18, June 8.

 

Stay Connected - “Visit”, “Like” and “Follow” - Our e-newsletter, ATOMail, is sent the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and highlights PTSA programs and opportunities to support our students, teachers, and staff. To receive ATOMail, please sign up and set your preferences on the FCPS "News You Choose" webpage. Select “Annandale High School” and check the box for “Annandale HS PTSA”. You can also stay up-to-date on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

News from the Yearbook Staff

Yearbook Photos Needed! - Have pictures of your student working on distance learning or taking some time to do something fun? Help the yearbook staff document this unique school year! Photos can be sent to jehanneman@fcps.edu or jehanneman@fcpsschools.net.

 

Senior Pictures - Senior pictures are still happening! Seniors should have received information in the mail from Lifetouch Prestige that tells them how to sign up for a date and time for their pictures. Pictures will be taken in the main gym, following social distancing guidelines, on September 14-18 and September 23-25. Seniors must have signed up for a time; walk-ins will not be welcomed.

If students did not receive information, they can still sign up by going to www.prestigeportraits.com. If you have any other questions or difficulty signing up, they can call Lifetouch Prestige at 410-644-7700. Because sharing clothing items is not permitted, seniors are asked to dress nicely and wear solid colors.

 

Buy a yearbook! - While it will certainly look different, the yearbook staff is working hard on planning and creating a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year! Pre-order your copy now at www.yearbookforever.com before prices go up! 

 

Buy a senior ad! - With so many changes this year, buying a senior tribute ad is a great way to celebrate your senior year (or team or group of senior friends)! Prices have been reduced this year - for more information and pricing, go to www.yearbookforever.com

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

Atoms Athletics and Activities

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Atoms Athletics & Activities Green"ish" Days - Join Us!

Are you interested in playing a sport at AHS?  Some of our teams are having off season practices.  It's not too late!  No previous experience is needed.  You do need a Physical Form turned into the Activities Office and your coach needs an Emergency Care Form from you.  If you need Insurance, see this site to purchase.  All forms must be turned in to the Activities to participate. See the info below on which teams are participating!

Annandale HS Clubs

Interested in one of our amazing clubs, see this link for more info.  Some of the clubs will start having virtual meetings soon.  Please check this site next week to find out what clubs will be active this school year!  Get involved! 

Weekly Schedule - Sept. 21st-25th

Monday Sept. 21st

Football - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

        ****Both groups on the stadium field.

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:45pm  (Stadium and Baseball Field)

Boys XC - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Track)

Boys' & Girls' Tennis - 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Tennis Courts)

Golf - 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Behind the Trailers) 

Boys' Basketball - 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Stadium)

Tuesday Sept. 22th

Girls' XC & Boys' Track - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Wrestling - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Ossian Field)

Volleyball - 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Tennis Courts)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 6:15pm (Stadium)

Field Hockey - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Wednesday Sept. 23th

Football - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

        ****Both groups on the stadium field.

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:45pm - (Stadium and Baseball Field)

Boys XC - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Track)

Boys' & Girls' Tennis - 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Tennis Courts)

Girls' Lax - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Thursday Sept. 24th

Field Hockey - 4:00pm - 5:45pm (Stadium)

Girls' XC & Boys' Track - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Boys XC - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Track)

Wrestling - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Ossian Field)

Volleyball - 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Tennis Courts)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 6:15pm (Stadium)

Boys' Basketball - 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Stadium)

Friday Sept. 25th

Football - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

****Both groups on the stadium field.

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:45pm  (Stadium and Baseball Field)

Girls' Lax - 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Ossian Field)

Improv Club - 4:00pm - 5:00pm (G Classroom Code - 7p3vmlo)

***All athletes will have their temperature taken and go through COVID screening.  You must have a 32oz. water bottle. Outdoor bathrooms will be available.  Ask you coach for your specific, staggered start time.

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Annandale Community Insider - September 13

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Annandale Community:

We had a wonderful start to the 2020-2021 school year! I had the opportunity to visit a few classrooms and it was fun to welcome students back and watch them get acclimated to their new schedule and routines in a virtual environment. It was also clear that the personal connections staff was able to make with students last week at our Virtual Opening played a large role in our success.

This week in Pride Time, students spent time getting to know each other and their teachers. Specifically, they learned how each person serves as a change agent in building a culture of respect at Annandale. It begins by understanding the importance of learning each other's names and their rich family and cultural history. 

On Monday from 9:10-9:40am is our first “W4 Care and Connect.” Students should login to their W4 class at this time. The purpose of this time is to take attendance, community building, check-in with students and support their transition to virtual learning. 

The remainder of the day, students should complete any work that was assigned the previous week. These assignments are posted on the “Virtual Learning Hub” for students to easily access. In addition, the site also includes a lesson grid with the daily learning target and evidence of learning for each class, which allows students to have an understanding of what they are learning and what they will need to turn in. We have created this video that includes step by step directions on how students can access the “Virtual Learning Hub.” 

Beginning this week, teachers are available to support students through Office Hours. Office Hours are on Mondays from 8:10-8:55am or 10:30-11:15am. In addition, teachers are available at least one day a week after school. Students should check out the course homepages for when teachers are available. The purpose of Office Hours is for students to meet with their teacher to discuss the material being presented in class or other related interests students may have. Course-related discussions include asking for extra help, seeking clarification of material presented in class and following up on aspects of the class students find compelling. 

Finally, our first PTSA meeting of the school year is this Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm. To join the PTSA meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone vist this link: https://www.gotomeet.me/NormaFoti or you can dial in using your phone: +1 (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 456-663-117.

Thank you for all you do in supporting your student at home. As always, please reach out with any questions.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Important Dates

September 14 - W4 Care and Connect (9:10-9:40am

September 15 - PTSA Meeting

September 23 - Back to School Night

September 23 - SAT Day (Asynchronous Day for all students)

October 6 - College Boot Camp

 

PTSA Meeting: September 15 - Mark your calendar and please join us for the first PTSA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm. To join the PTSA meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/NormaFoti or you can dial in using your phone: +1 (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 456-663-117  

 

Back to School Night: September 23 - Due to a conflict with one of our feeder elementary schools, we have moved out Back to School Night date to Wednesday, September 23.

 

SAT Day: September 23 - All FCPS students in grade 12 have the opportunity to participate in the SAT School Day exam on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at no cost at their school. This day will run asynchronously for all staff and students in high school.

 

College Boot Camp: October 6 - The PTSA is sponsoring “College Boot Camp” for seniors and their families on October 6 from 6:00-8:00.  Please virtually join Princess Brown, the AHS College & Career Specialist, as she talks about the nitty-gritty of applying to college. She will cover issues that are unique to this unprecedented year and there will be time for questions and answers. Great for seniors and any interested family members. The PTSA will send out information on how to access this webinar, so stay tuned!  

Important Information

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Technology Support for Parents and Students: The FCPS Parent Technology Resource page provides tip sheets and support in multiple languages. These tip sheets provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies. Often you can find the answer to your question in these resources. For technical support questions about your online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or technology your student uses for online learning, contact the Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 or enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.

The Parent Technology Help Desk will be answered 7:00am-11:00pm, seven days a week. Parents who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight languages to assist with general questions about FCPS).

 

Schedule Change Requests: To begin the school year, schedule changes will be made for students with errors on their schedule. We will be communicating the process for elective schedule changes in the near future. Please keep in mind that space is extremely limited for electives and we are continuing to enroll new students.

 

Attendance Matters: We have missed our students and are looking very forward to reconnecting with them! As a reminder if a student is not able to attend classes on a given day, parents should contact the attendance office. Parents may report absences by:

  • Calling the Attendance Line at 703-642-4151 or en Español 703-642-4153.
  • Parents have three days to excuse an absence.
  • If you receive a call-out message, and believe it is in error, please have your student check with the classroom teacher for that period.
Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

News from the PTSA

AHS PTSA Pantry Needs Your Help! -  The AHS PTSA Pantry is getting ready to reopen for the school year and while we are in a virtual school setting we plan to hold bi-monthly distributions. Our shelves are bare. Please Help us Stock Our Shelves (SOS)!   

There are four ways to donate to the pantry’s SOS Campaign

  • Monetary Donation through Pay Pal or check made payable to AHS PTSA. (Please write Food Pantry in the memo line and mail it to AHS PTSA 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale, VA 22003)
  • Pack a Bag ready for Distribution and deliver it to AHS during office hours
  • Donate through our Amazon Wish List for Delivery to the Pantry
  • Donate any of our Top Needed Items and deliver to AHS during office hours

 

PTSA Welcome! - On behalf of the PTSA, welcome to the start of the school year, this year is already been one for the records and since we are unable to welcome you in person we created a short video to welcome you. We wanted to tell you about our membership campaign, meeting times, accomplishments, goals and mission of the PTSA.

Below are a couple of links of ways you can get involved and support our work through membership, no additional cost to you fundraising efforts. We also included a couple resources we hope you find helpful the link to our website for information, and a one-page printable calendar with all the school breaks and early release dates as well as additional useful contact phone numbers, websites and how to sign up for News You Choose. Again, welcome to Atom Nation!

Important Links:

AHS PTSA Website

Membership

No Additional Cost to You Fundraising - we earn when you shop

One-page Printable Calendar

 

AHS PTSA Membership Drive 2020: Join the PTSA before our first meeting on September 15 to be entered into our membership raffle. Winners will be drawn and announced during the PTSA meeting! Below are the prizes: 

  • Parent/Community Member prize - $25 Glory Days Grill gift card!
  • Student Member prize - $25 Paisano’s gift card!
  • Staff Member prize - $25 Amazon gift card

 

Top Reasons to Join the PTSA - Please consider joining the PTSA as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community.

In addition, the PTSA 1) provides resources and support to help ALL Annandale HS students, teachers and staff succeed. 2) PTSA educates members on issues and decisions impacting Annandale HS and FCPS. 3) Studies show active PTSAs improve overall student. Click here to join today!

 

PTSA Meeting - Dates and Times: Mark your calendar for monthly PTSA meetings which are held the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm. We will start the school year with virtual meetings and details will follow on how to join us. These dates include: September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16,  April 20, May 18, June 8.

 

Stay Connected - “Visit”, “Like” and “Follow” - Our e-newsletter, ATOMail, is sent the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and highlights PTSA programs and opportunities to support our students, teachers, and staff. To receive ATOMail, please sign up and set your preferences on the FCPS "News You Choose" webpage. Select “Annandale High School” and check the box for “Annandale HS PTSA”. You can also stay up-to-date on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

News from the Yearbook Staff

Yearbook Photos Needed! - Have pictures of your student working on distance learning or taking some time to do something fun? Help the yearbook staff document this unique school year! Photos can be sent to jehanneman@fcps.edu or jehanneman@fcpsschools.net.

 

Senior Pictures - Senior pictures are still happening! Seniors should have received information in the mail from Lifetouch Prestige that tells them how to sign up for a date and time for their pictures. Pictures will be taken in the main gym, following social distancing guidelines, on September 14-18 and September 23-25. Seniors must have signed up for a time; walk-ins will not be welcomed.

If students did not receive information, they can still sign up by going to www.prestigeportraits.com. If you have any other questions or difficulty signing up, they can call Lifetouch Prestige at 410-644-7700. Because sharing clothing items is not permitted, seniors are asked to dress nicely and wear solid colors.

 

Buy a yearbook! - While it will certainly look different, the yearbook staff is working hard on planning and creating a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year! Pre-order your copy now at www.yearbookforever.com before prices go up! 

 

Buy a senior ad! - With so many changes this year, buying a senior tribute ad is a great way to celebrate your senior year (or team or group of senior friends)! Prices have been reduced this year - for more information and pricing, go to www.yearbookforever.com

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

Atoms Athletics and Activities

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Atoms Athletics & Activities Green"ish" Days - Join Us!

Are you interested in playing a sport at AHS?  Some of our teams are having off season practices.  It's not too late!  No previous experience is needed.  You do need a Physical Form turned into the Activities Office and your coach needs an Emergency Care Form from you.  If you need Insurance, see this site to purchase.  All forms must be turned in to the Activities to participate. See the info below on which teams are participating!

Annandale HS Clubs

Interested in one of our amazing clubs, see this link for more info.  Some of the clubs will start having virtual meetings soon.  Please check this site next week to find out what clubs will be active this school year!  Get involved! 

Weekly Schedule - Sept. 14th-18th

Monday Sept. 14

Football - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

        ****Both groups on the stadium field.

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:45pm - (Stadium and Baseball Field)

Boys XC - 4:00 - 5:15pm (Track)

Boys' Basketball - 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Stadium)

Tuesday Sept. 15th

Girls' XC & Boys' Track - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Baseball Field)

Wrestling - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Ossian Field)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 6:15pm (Stadium)

Field Hockey - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Wednesday Sept. 16th

Football - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

        ****Both groups on the stadium field.

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:45pm - (Stadium and Baseball Field)

Boys XC - 4:00 - 5:15pm (Track)

Girls' Lax - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Thursday Sept. 17th

Baseball - 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Baseball Field)

Field Hockey - 4:00pm - 5:45pm (Track Field)

Girls' XC & Boys' Track - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Wrestling - 4:00pm - 5:15pm (Ossian Field)

Volleyball - 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Tennis Courts) & 6:00pm - 6:45pm (Stadium)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 6:15pm (Stadium)

Boys' Basketball - 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Stadium)

Friday Sept. 18th

Football - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9/10th Graders - 4:00 - 4:45pm / 11/12th Graders - 5:00 - 5:45pm

****Both groups on the stadium field.

Girls' Lax - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Ossian Field)

***All athletes will have their temperature taken and go through COVID screening.  You must have a 32oz. water bottle. Outdoor bathrooms will be available.  Ask you coach for your specific, staggered start time.

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Annandale Community Insider - September 7

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Annandale Community:

The start of the school year has arrived! The faculty and staff have done an amazing job over the past three weeks to prepare for the opening of school. We have created a “Virtual Learning Hub” for students to easily access all of their classes. In addition, the site also includes a lesson grid with the daily learning target and evidence of learning for each class. 

The grid allows teachers to build open communication as to what is expected from students each day in a way that is simple and clear. From the student’s perspective they will have an understanding of what they are learning and what they will need to turn in. We have created this video that includes step by step directions on how students can access the “Virtual Learning Hub.” 

Thank you to those who attended the Town Hall meetings on Thursday. At the event, we reviewed the day in the life of an Annandale High School student, including how to access their classes, what they should expect while attending classes and how to reach out if they need support. For those of you who were not able to attend, here is a recording of the event.  

For ninth grade and new students to Annandale, we have created a set of videos to support their transition to high school that have been posted on the school’s website. The videos provide a virtual tour of Annandale High School and introduction to some of their leadership classmates, teachers, counselors, and administrators. In addition, students will also learn about mental health resources, activities, academics, and technology.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me or your student’s administrator or counselor. I have included their contact information below for your reference. Thank you for all of your support.

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Important Dates

September 8 - First Day of School

September 15 - PTSA Meeting

September 23 - Back to School Night (New Date)

 

PTSA Meeting - September 15 - Mark your calendar and please join us for the first PTSA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm. To join the PTSA meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/NormaFoti or you can dial in using your phone: +1 (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 456-663-117  

 

Back to School Night Moved to September 23 - Due to a conflict with one of our feeder elementary schools, we have moved out Back to School Night date to Wednesday, September 23.

Important Information

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Set Your Student Up for Success: To assist your student as we begin the school year, please help them find a dedicated space to work. Remind them to keep their laptop charged and stored in a safe spot. Encourage them to get plenty of rest, move in between classes, and limit screen time during non-school hours. Encourage them to reach out to their teachers, counselors, and/or administrators with questions and concerns - we are all eager to help!

 

Technology Support for Parents and Students: The FCPS Parent Technology Resource page provides tip sheets and support in multiple languages. These tip sheets provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies. Often you can find the answer to your question in these resources. For technical support questions about your online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or technology your student uses for online learning, contact the Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 or enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.

The Parent Technology Help Desk will be answered 7 a.m. -11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight languages to assist with general questions about FCPS).

 

Schedule Change Requests: To begin the school year, schedule changes will be made for students with errors on their schedule. We will be communicating the process for elective schedule changes next week. Please keep in mind that space is extremely limited for electives and we are continuing to enroll new students.

 

Attendance Matters: We have missed our students and are looking very forward to reconnecting with them! As a reminder if a student is not able to attend classes on a given day, parents should contact the attendance office. Parents may report absences by:

  • Calling the Attendance Line at 703-642-4151 or en Español 703-642-4153.
  • Parents have three days to excuse an absence.
  • If you receive a call-out message, and believe it is in error, please have your student check with the classroom teacher for that period.

 

Annandale Community Insider on our FCPS Website: The Community Insider is now featured in a banner on the homepage of our website. This serves as a one stop shop for archived gazette information and can be translated into many different languages. Click here to get started: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu

 

Laptop Prep Before the Start of the School Year: To help prepare students for a successful virtual start to the school year, parents are asked to ensure children have the tools and connectivity that will be needed. If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help your school’s technology team prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet.
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up.
  • Login to ensure it connects to the internet at that location.
  • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
  • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.

 

Athletic Physical Needed Starting September 8 - In order to continue to participate in athletic “Yellow Days-conditioning” and move into “Green Days-individual skill development”, athletes will need to have a physical dated after May 1, 2020.  We hope to start Green Days on September 8.  Physicals can be turned into the Activities Office now. The physical form and Emergency Care Form can be found at the following links. Physical Form and Emergency Care Form. Please email John Ellenberger if you have any questions.

Bus Route Meal Service

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well. Check out the current bus schedule.

News from the PTSA

On behalf of the PTSA, welcome to the start of the school year, this year is already been one for the records and since we are unable to welcome you in person we created a short video to welcome you. We wanted to tell you about our membership campaign, meeting times, accomplishments, goals and mission of the PTSA.

Below are a couple of links of ways you can get involved and support our work through membership, no additional cost to you fundraising efforts. We also included a couple resources we hope you find helpful the link to our website for information, and a one-page printable calendar with all the school breaks and early release dates as well as additional useful contact phone numbers, websites and how to sign up for News You Choose. Again, welcome to Atom Nation!

Important Links:

AHS PTSA Website

Membership

No Additional Cost to You Fundraising - we earn when you shop

One-page Printable Calendar

 

AHS PTSA Membership Drive 2020: Join the PTSA before our first meeting on September 15 to be entered into our membership raffle. Winners will be drawn and announced during the PTSA meeting! Below are the prizes: 

  • Parent/Community Member prize - $25 Glory Days Grill gift card!
  • Student Member prize - $25 Paisano’s gift card!
  • Staff Member prize - $25 Amazon gift card

 

Top Reasons to Join the PTSA - Please consider joining the PTSA as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community.

In addition, the PTSA 1) provides resources and support to help ALL Annandale HS students, teachers and staff succeed. 2) PTSA educates members on issues and decisions impacting Annandale HS and FCPS. 3) Studies show active PTSAs improve overall student. Click here to join today!

 

PTSA Meeting - Dates and Times: Mark your calendar for monthly PTSA meetings which are held the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm. We will start the school year with virtual meetings and details will follow on how to join us. These dates include: September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16,  April 20, May 18, June 8.

 

Stay Connected - “Visit”, “Like” and “Follow” - Our e-newsletter, ATOMail, is sent the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and highlights PTSA programs and opportunities to support our students, teachers, and staff. To receive ATOMail, please sign up and set your preferences on the FCPS "News You Choose" webpage. Select “Annandale High School” and check the box for “Annandale HS PTSA”. You can also stay up-to-date on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Atoms Athletics and Activities

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Atoms Athletics & Activities Green"ish" Days Start - Sept 8th

Are you interested in playing a sport at AHS?  Some of our teams are having pre-season practices starting Sept. 8th.  No previous experience is needed.  You do need a Physical Form turned into the Activities Office and your coach needs an Emergency Care Form from you.  If you need Insurance, see this site to purchase.  All forms must be turned in to the Activities to participate. See the info below on which teams are participating!

Annandale HS Clubs

Interested in one of our amazing clubs, see this link for more info.  Some of the clubs will start having virtual meetings soon.  Please check this site next week to find out what clubs will be active this school year!  Get involved! 

Weekly Schedule - Sept. 8th-11th

Tuesday Sept. 8th

Girls' XC & Boys' Track - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 5:45pm (Stadium)

Field Hockey - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Wednesday Sept. 9th

Football - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

        ****Both groups on the stadium field.

Boys XC - 4:00 - 5:15pm (Track)

Girls' Lax - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Thursday Sept. 10th

Field Hockey - 4:00pm - 5:45pm (Track Field)

Girls' XC & Boys' Track - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Volleyball - 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Tennis Courts) & 7:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 5:45pm (Stadium)

Boys' Basketball - 6:00pm - 6:45pm (Stadium)

Friday Sept. 11th

Football - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

****Both groups on the stadium field.

Boys XC - 4:00 - 5:15pm (Track)

***All athletes will have their temperature taken and go through COVID screening.  You must have a 32oz. water bottle. Outdoor bathrooms will be available.  Ask you coach for your specific, staggered start time.

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Town Hall Meeting

AHS News 3 weeks 2 days ago

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Annandale Community,

We’re looking forward to seeing you for our town hall meeting this Thursday, September 3 in English and Spanish to assist parents with their students’ transition back to school. The Spanish language town hall will be from 5:00-6:00pm and the English language town hall is from 6:00-7:00pm. Town Hall Link : https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d4cab19c73f54ea2b2556877fd74392b

 

Please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date by visiting the FCPS 24-7 website. I look forward to answering your questions at the town hall meetings. Otherwise, please do not be afraid to reach out to your students’ counselor, administrator or me if you have any questions. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

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Annandale HS Virtual Opening

AHS News 3 weeks 2 days ago

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Annandale Community:

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Virtual Opening tomorrow, September 2 from 9:45-11:05am. Students should have received an email to their fcpsschools.net account and a personal phone call from their W4 teacher welcoming them to the new year and detailing how they can access the event. 

The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to the start of school and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students on how to access their classes, and answer questions from students and family members. 

If you did not receive an email, please go to the W4 webpage at 9:45am and click on your W4 teacher’s name. Note: Students must be logged into the fcpsschool.net account to access the link. Link: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/ahsstudentportal/ahs-virtual-learning-hub/w4-teachers

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Now Hiring!

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant: Annandale is seeking an Instructional Assistant to support students this upcoming school year. The position requires the following: performs curriculum, instructional, clerical, and support tasks to support teachers and other professional staff; assists with the daily management of the students and classroom; and performs related duties as required or assigned. 

Education/Experience/Skills - Graduation from high school, plus one year of progressively more responsible experience working with students and completion of an associate’s degree OR two years of college (48 credit hours). Spanish speaking preferred. If interested, please email Karen Bryan at kabryan@fcps.edu.

4700 Medford Drive Annandale, VA 22003 | Main Office: 703.642.4100
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Atoms Athletics and Activities

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Atoms Athletics & Activities 2020 Physical Paperwork - Drop Off/PickUp - Sept 3rd

Do you need a copy of the Physical Form or Emergency Care Form?  Do you need to drop off these completed forms.  The Activities Office will be open this Thursday(9/3) from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  We will be at Door 10 which is by the gym doors.  All athletes must have the forms turned in to the Activities Office to participate in athletic activities starting Sept. 8th.  

Green"ish" Days Start - Sept 8th

Are you interested in playing a sport at AHS?  Some of our teams are having pre-season practices starting Sept. 8th.  No previous experience is needed.  You do need a Physical Form turned into the Activities Office and your coach needs an Emergency Care Form from you.  If you need Insurance, see this site to purchase.  All forms must be turned in to the Activities to participate. See the info below on which teams are participating!

Weekly Schedule - Sept. 8th-11th

Tuesday Sept. 8th

Girls' XC/TF - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 5:45pm (Stadium)

Field Hockey - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Wednesday Sept. 9th

Football - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

        ****Both groups on the stadium field.

Boys XC - 4:00 - 5:15pm (Track)

Girls' Lax - 6:00pm - 7:45pm (Stadium)

Thursday Sept. 10th

Field Hockey - 4:00pm - 5:45pm (Track Field)

Girls' XC/TF - 4:00 - 5:30pm (Track)

Girls' Basketball - 5:00pm - 5:45pm (Stadium)

Boys' Basketball - 6:00pm - 6:45pm (Stadium)

Friday Sept. 11th

Football - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

Boys Lax - 9th & 10th Graders - 4 - 4:45pm / 11th & 12th Graders - 5 - 5:45pm

****Both groups on the stadium field.

Boys XC - 4:00 - 5:15pm (Track)

***All athletes will have their temperature taken and go through COVID screening.  You must have a 32oz. water bottle. Outdoor bathrooms will be available.  

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Annandale Community Insider - August 30

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Annandale Community:

As we head into the final week of teacher professional development before the return of students on September 8, I wanted to provide you information that will better prepare you and your student(s) for the start of the school year.  

Bell Schedule: Below is the Annandale bell schedule. Students will be engaged Tuesday through Friday with four synchronous classes per day. Synchronous instruction will include teacher-led instruction, collaborative work time, and independent work time that may also include targeted and small-group support.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are “Red Days” and students will meet with their classes in periods R1, R3, R5 and R7. Wednesdays and Fridays are “White Days” and students will meet with their even day classes, periods W2, W4, W6, and W8. Each class block will be 80 minutes in length and will be held through Google Meet. W4 will continue to be our social emotional learning block (SEL). 

Mondays will be used for intervention, enrichment and support. All students will be provided with asynchronous work, to be completed outside of regular class time and may be completed on Mondays. In addition, on Mondays, all students are expected to login with their W4 teacher between 9:45-10:15am. Students should plan to attend class virtually for the duration of the period and attendance will be taken.  

Student Schedules: On Wednesday, September 2, student schedules will be available for students and parents to view via StudentVue and ParentVue

Virtual Opening: Annandale will host a Virtual Opening on Wednesday, September 2 from 9:45-11:05am. By Tuesday, Students will receive an email to their fcpsschools.net account from their W4 teacher welcoming them to the new year and detailing how they can access the event. 

The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to the start of school and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions from students and family members. 

9th Grade and New Student Orientation: This year, we have created a set of videos for our 9th grade and new students to support their transition to Annandale High School. In addition to the videos being posted on the website, all 9th grade and new students will receive an email on Thursday, September 3. The videos will provide them a virtual tour of Annandale High School and introduction to some student leaders, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Students will also get to learn about mental health resources, activities, academics, and technology.  

Town Hall Meetings: Annandale will host two town hall meetings on Thursday, September 3 in English and Spanish to assist parents with their students’ transition back to school. The Spanish language town hall will be from 5:00-6:00pm and the English language town hall is from 6:00-7:00pm. 

Please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date by visiting the FCPS 24-7 website. I look forward to answering your questions at the town hall meetings. Otherwise, please do not be afraid to reach out to your students’ counselor, administrator or me if you have any questions. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Now Hiring!

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant: Annandale is seeking an Instructional Assistant to support students this upcoming school year. The position requires the following: performs curriculum, instructional, clerical, and support tasks to support teachers and other professional staff; assists with the daily management of the students and classroom; and performs related duties as required or assigned. 

Education/Experience/Skills - Graduation from high school, plus one year of progressively more responsible experience working with students and completion of an associate’s degree OR two years of college (48 credit hours). Spanish speaking preferred. If interested, please email Karen Bryan at kabryan@fcps.edu.

Awesome Atoms

Laptop Distribution on FOX 5 News: Annandale High School was recently featured on FOX 5 News highlighting our laptop distribution to rising 9th grade and new students. Check out Brian Valentine, Assistant Principal and rising 9th grade student, Jenyzel Raquepo. Link (Beginning at 1:52): https://www.fox5dc.com/news/dmv-schools-prepare-for-virtual-learning-some-college-students-experience-login-issues

Important Information

We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources: At Annandale High School, our teachers will use a variety of powerful digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. Without consent, teachers will need to plan additional lessons or deviate from a useful application altogether. You can find our school’s list of the resources here: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Please follow this link to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval.

 

Laptop Prep Before the Start of the School Year: To help prepare students for a successful virtual start to the school year, parents are asked to ensure children have the tools and connectivity that will be needed.  If you currently have an FCPS issued laptop at home, please help your school’s technology team prepare devices to receive county updates by doing the following once per week until school starts:

  • Plug the laptop into an outlet.
  • Turn the laptop on and let it boot up.
  • Login to ensure it connects to the internet at that location.
  • Launch Google Chrome and visit the FCPS website to ensure the internet is connected on the computer.
  • Leave the laptop on and connected to the internet for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the laptop may be shut down.

 

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families - The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required FCPS to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. Click here for the "Return to School Frequently Asked Quested for Families" website.

 

Athletic Physical Needed Starting September 8 - In order to continue to participate in athletic “Yellow Days-conditioning” and move into “Green Days-individual skill development”, athletes will need to have a physical dated after May 1, 2020.  We hope to start Green Days on September 8.  Physicals can be turned into the Activities Office now. The physical form and Emergency Care Form can be found at the following links. Physical Form and Emergency Care Form. Please email John Ellenberger if you have any questions.

Important Dates

September 2 - Student Schedules Released

September 2 - Virtual Opening

September 3 - 9th Grade and New Student Orientation

September ? - Town Hall (English and Spanish)

September 8 - First Day of School

September 23 - Back to School Night (New Date)

 

Student Schedules Released - September 2: Students and parents will be able to access their students’ schedule in StudentVue or ParentVue on September 2.  For more information about obtaining a Parent View account, please go to the FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View website. If you already have a Parent View account, this link will allow you to sign into your account or reset your password. If you do not yet have a Parent View account, please email Nicole Salgado Lopez at nasalgadolop@fcps.edu to receive your activation code and create your account.

 

Virtual Opening - September 2: Annandale will host a Virtual Opening on Wednesday, September 2 from 9:45-11:05am. On Monday or Tuesday, students will receive an email to their fcpsschools.net account and a personal phone call from their W4 teacher detailing how they can access the event. 

The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to the start of school and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions from students and family members. 

 

9th Grade and New Student Orientation - September 3: This year, we have created a set of videos for our 9th grade and new students to support their transition to Annandale High School. In addition to the videos being posted on the website, all 9th grade and new students will receive an email on Thursday, September 3. The videos will provide them a virtual tour of Annandale High School and introduction to some of their leadership classmates, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Students will also get to learn about mental health resources, activities, academics, and technology.  

 

Town Hall Meetings - September ?: Annandale will host a town hall meeting on Friday, September 4 in English and Spanish to assist parents with their students’ transition back to school. The Spanish language town hall will be from 5:00-6:00pm and the English language town hall is from 6:00-7:00pm. 

 

First Day of School - September 8: The 2020-21 school year will begin on Septemeber 8. Students will be receiving a Google Meet link to each of their classes prior to the start of school. Here is a link to the bell schedule. We are still finalizing Annandale High School’s bell schedule structure as it relates to Mondays and W4/Pride Time. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Back to School Night Moved to September 23 - Due to a conflict with one of our feeder elementary schools, we have moved out Back to School Night date to Wednesday, September 23.

Student Laptop Distribution

A big ‘thank you’ to our Technology Support Specialists (Mike Elion/Brent Litherland) and all the school staff who supported laptop distribution this past week. More than two-thirds of our ninth graders and new AHS students were set up with their FCPSOn laptops. If your ninth grader or new to AHS student has not picked their laptop, stop by Door 10 (gym lobby) during the following dates and times:

  • August 31 thru September 2 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • September 2 from 2:00-7:00pm

Students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade wh need support with their FCPSOn laptop can bring it to Door 10 at the above times for troubleshooting, repair, and/or replacement as needed.

If your student plans on using a personal computer during distance learning and not their FCPSOn laptop, please complete the Opt-Out form. Forms are located in the main office school or Door 10. They are also available here in multiple languages at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson/fcpson-technology-support-fee.

For those needing internet access, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up by September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.

For more information and resources, check out the links below:

Information about the FCPS laptop program FCPSOn - https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson

Getting started virtually with the FCPS Distance Learning Program - https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/complete-plan/in-fcps

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining the PTSA as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community.

In addition, the PTSA 1) provides resources and support to help ALL Annandale HS students, teachers and staff succeed. 2) PTSA educates members on issues and decisions impacting Annandale HS and FCPS. 3) Studies show active PTSAs improve overall student. Click here to join today!

 

PTSA Meeting - Dates and Times: Mark your calendar for monthly PTSA meetings which are held the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm. We will start the school year with virtual meetings and details will follow on how to join us. These dates include: September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16,  April 20, May 18, June 8.

 

2020-2021 PTSA Board Members: President: Norma Foti, Vice President-Membership: Thurraya (Rai) Kent, Vice President-Programs: Rachel Gomez, Treasurer: Kimberly Bellem, Secretary: Andre McGinity 

 

Stay Connected - “Visit”, “Like” and “Follow” - Our e-newsletter, ATOMail, is sent the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and highlights PTSA programs and opportunities to support our students, teachers, and staff. To receive ATOMail, please sign up and set your preferences on the FCPS "News You Choose" webpage. Select “Annandale High School” and check the box for “Annandale HS PTSA”. You can also stay up-to-date on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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SAT School Day - September 23, 2020

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From: Annandale High School

Sent to: All Twelfth Grade Students and Families of Twelfth Grade Students

Subject: SAT School Day Intent to Participate

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020.   High School twelfth graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

To assist in planning for this test administration and FCPS bus transportation needs, families are asked to complete this SAT School Day Intent to Participate form by Monday, August 24. Only those students wishing to test should complete the form. A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent webpage. 

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration, please contact the SAT Coordinator at pnbrown@fcps.edu.. 

Annandale Community Insider - August 23

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Annandale Community:

We are a little more than two weeks aways from the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. This past week, we came together as a staff and in our teams to build a community of collaborators. Our goal is to build upon our success from the spring and collaboratively plan the highest quality instruction for our students in a virtual setting. 

In addition, we also are working hard to ensure all students have a laptop and internet to access instruction. We will be distributing laptop computers throughout the week to all 9th grade and new students. While appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged and will be given priority when they arrive. To schedule an appointment click here. Masks/face coverings are required. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Valentine at bvalentine@fcps.edu. Below is the laptop distribution schedule: 

  • Monday, August 24 - Last names A - G 
  • Tuesday, August 25 - Last names H - O
  • Wednesday, August 26 - Last names P - Z 
  • Thursday, August 27 - Walk-ups
  • Friday, August 28 - Walk-ups

For those needing internet access, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up by September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support. 

Parents are encouraged to learn some of the technology applications their students may be using this fall by viewing the “Virtual Learning: Tips and Tricks” YouTube Channel. The list will be continuously updated. 

On Wednesday, September 2, all Annandale students will attend their W4 class for a virtual opening. The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to school starting and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions students and families may have. We will share more information as we get closer to this date.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Important Dates

September 2 - Student Schedules Released

September 2 - Virtual Opening

September 8 - First Day of School (Virtual)

September 23 - Back to School Night (New Date)

 

Student Schedules Released - September 2: Students and parents will be able to access their students’ schedule in StudentVue or ParentVue on September 2.  For more information about obtaining a Parent View account, please go to the FCPS 24-7 Learning : Parent View website. If you already have a Parent View account, this link will allow you to sign into your account or reset your password. If you do not yet have a Parent View account, please email Nicole Salgado Lopez at nasalgadolop@fcps.edu to receive your activation code and create your account.

 

Virtual Opening - September 2: On Wednesday, September 2, all Annandale students will attend their W4 class for a virtual opening. The purpose of this event is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to school starting and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions students and families may have. We will share more information as we get closer to this date.

 

First Day of School - September 8: The 2020-21 school year will begin on Septemeber 8. Students will be receiving a Google Meet link to each of their classes prior to the start of school. Here is a link to the bell schedule. We are still finalizing Annandale High School’s bell schedule structure as it relates to Mondays and W4/Pride Time. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Back to School Night Moved to September 23 - Due to a conflict with one of our feeder elementary schools, we have moved out Back to School Night date to Wednesday, September 23.

Student Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution for 9th graders and students new to Annandale will take place from August 24 through August 28. Distribution will take place at Door 10 (outside of gym lobby) from 9:00-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm. Note: Students must have returned laptops to other FCPS schools in order to receive one from AHS. 

While appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged and will be given priority when they arrive. To schedule an appointment click here. Masks/face coverings are required to be worn while on school grounds. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Valentine at bvalentine@fcps.edu. Below is the laptop distribution schedule: 

  • Monday, August 24 - Last names A - G 
  • Tuesday, August 25 - Last names H - O
  • Wednesday, August 26 - Last names P - Z 
  • Thursday, August 27 - Walk-ups
  • Friday, August 28 - Walk-ups

For those needing internet access, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up by September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.

For more information and resources, check out the links below:

Information about the FCPS laptop program FCPSOn - https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson

Getting started virtually with the FCPS Distance Learning Program - https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/complete-plan/in-fcps

Important Information

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families - The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required FCPS to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. 

Click here for the "Return to School Frequently Asked Quested for Families" website.

 

IB Score Update - In July, IB released scores from the 2019-2020 school year. Recently, IB has readjusted scores due to worldwide questions over how scores were derived. These adjustments resulted in a score increase for some students. 

Please have your student log into the IB portal to check their scores. Pins/Passwords were sent in April to all testing IB students through their fcpsschools.net email account from Mrs. Bradshaw. Please contact Linda Bradshaw at lmbradshaw@fcps.edu if you need pin/password information. IB will be resending out new transcripts to colleges for those students with score changes.

 

Athletic Physical Needed Starting September 8 - In order to continue to participate in athletic “Yellow Days-conditioning” and move into “Green Days-individual skill development”, athletes will need to have a physical dated after May 1, 2020.  We hope to start Green Days on September 8.  Physicals can be turned into the Activities Office now. The physical form and Emergency Care Form can be found at the following links. Physical Form and Emergency Care Form  Please email John Ellenberger if you have any questions.

Job Opportunity - Instructional Assistant

Annandale is seeking an Instructional Assistant to support students this upcoming school year. The position requires the following: performs curriculum, instructional, clerical, and support tasks to support teachers and other professional staff; assists with the daily management of the students and classroom; and performs related duties as required or assigned. 

Education/Experience/Skills - Graduation from high school, plus one year of progressively more responsible experience working with students and completion of an associate’s degree OR two years of college (48 credit hours). Spanish speaking preferred. If interested, please email Karen Bryan at kabryan@fcps.edu.

PSATs for 11th Grade Students

This October, Annandale High School 11th graders will have the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). General information about the test is available on the PSAT testing update webpage, and we will share more specifics about PSAT testing in September. Final testing decisions will be based on health department guidance.

Because the PSAT is operated by the College Board, students with disabilities may only access testing accommodations that have been approved by the College Board. If you have a student with disabilities in eleventh grade this school year who may need a new College Board testing accommodation, please review the PSAT accommodations information and return your input and consent by Tuesday, August 26, 2020.

If you have questions about PSAT accommodations, contact Kristin Lillis at kplillis@fcps.edu.

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining the PTSA as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community.

In addition, the PTSA 1) provides resources and support to help ALL Annandale HS students, teachers and staff succeed. 2) PTSA educates members on issues and decisions impacting Annandale HS and FCPS. 3) Studies show active PTSAs improve overall student. Click here to join today!

 

PTSA Meeting - Dates and Times: Mark your calendar for monthly PTSA meetings which are held the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm. We will start the school year with virtual meetings and details will follow on how to join us. These dates include: September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16,  April 20, May 18, June 8.

 

2020-2021 PTSA Board Members: President: Norma Foti, Vice President-Membership: Thurraya (Rai) Kent, Vice President-Programs: Rachel Gomez, Treasurer: Kimberly Bellem, Secretary: Andre McGinity 

 

Stay Connected - “Visit”, “Like” and “Follow” - Our e-newsletter, ATOMail, is sent the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and highlights PTSA programs and opportunities to support our students, teachers, and staff. To receive ATOMail, please sign up and set your preferences on the FCPS "News You Choose" webpage. Select “Annandale High School” and check the box for “Annandale HS PTSA”. You can also stay up-to-date on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Annandale Community Insider - August 16

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Annandale Community:

I am excited to come together with the staff tomorrow morning for our General Session: Welcome and Wellness. Later that day, collaborative teams and/or departments will meet to build community, reflect on the past five months and examine our “why” working at Annandale. 

Collectively, the Annandale staff has earned almost 100 certifications this summer on various technology tools that will be incorporated into the classroom this school year. That is an incredible amount of engagement over a summer break and I want to recognize and congratulate our staff’s initiative to improve their technology skills. As educators, we cannot ask our students what we are unwilling to do ourselves.  It is very powerful when we model the willingness to try new things — with the struggles and failures that come along with this.

It will be essential for all students to have technology and internet to access instruction this year. Laptop distribution for 9th graders and students new to Annandale will take place from August 24 through August 28. Distribution will take place at Door 10 (outside of gym lobby) from 9:00-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm. Note: Students must have returned laptops to other FCPS schools in order to receive one from AHS. 

While appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged and will be given priority when they arrive. To schedule an appointment click here. Masks/face coverings are required to be worn while on school grounds. Below is the laptop distribution schedule: 

  • Monday, August 24 - Last names A - G 
  • Tuesday, August 25 - Last names H - O
  • Thursday, August 26 - Last names P - Z 
  • Friday, August 26 - Walk-ups

For those needing internet access, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up by September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support. 

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Important Dates

August 24-28 - Student Laptop Distribution (see below)

September 8 - First Day of School

September 10 - Back to School Night

Important Information

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families - The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required FCPS to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. 

Click here for the "Return to School Frequently Asked Quested for Families" website.

 

Distance Learning Parent Survey: We appreciate your input and will keep it in mind as we create systems and structures for the coming year. This is new for all of us, but I am confident that as long as we work together and continue to keep our students at the center of our work, we will only get better and better. If you have not yet had an opportunity to, please take a moment to complete this parent feedback form to help shape our approach.

Student Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution for 9th graders and students new to Annandale will take place from August 24 through August 28. Distribution will take place at Door 10 (outside of gym lobby) from 9:00-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm. Note: Students must have returned laptops to other FCPS schools in order to receive one from AHS. 

While appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged and will be given priority when they arrive. To schedule an appointment click here. Masks/face coverings are required to be worn while on school grounds. Below is the laptop distribution schedule: 

  • Monday, August 24 - Last names A - G 
  • Tuesday, August 25 - Last names H - O
  • Thursday, August 26 - Last names P - Z 
  • Friday, August 26 - Walk-ups

For more information and resources, check out the links below:

Information about the FCPS laptop program FCPSOn - https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson

Getting started virtually with the FCPS Distance Learning Program - https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/complete-plan/in-fcps

Awesome Atoms

School Facility Update: The building is looking better and better each day. This week in our efforts to improve the physical space here at Annandale. John Ellenberger and his crew continue to paint classrooms while custodians clean the classroom floors. In addition, we have made major improvements in the courtyards. Check out the before and after photos.

 

Staff Summer Learning: Collectively, the Annandale staff has earned almost 100 certifications on various technology tools that will be incorporated into the classroom this school year. That is an incredible amount of engagement over a summer break and I want to recognize and congratulate our staff’s initiative to improve their technology skills. As educators, we cannot ask our students what we are unwilling to do ourselves. It is very powerful when we model the willingness to try new things — with the struggles and failures that come along with this.

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Moreover, the PTSA works very hard to stay on top of critical activity and decisions being made by the school board, school system and local government. Click here to join today!

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Annandale Community Insider - August 9

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Annandale Community:

The Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced recently that annual school accreditation for the 2021-2022 academic year will be waived. He stated that, “Waiving annual accreditation for a second year will allow our schools to focus on assessing the impact of the shut down on students, academically and on their social and emotional well-being,” We are grateful that the state has recognized the need to prioritize the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of our students. These will remain the foundation upon which we will build the best virtual learning experience we can for our students.

Our counselors “returned” this week and have been hammering out the final details of student schedules. They are also working with Assistant Principal Monica Bentley to plan our Freshman & New Student Orientation. A major focus of this will be community building among our new students. We recognize the importance of a social network and are purposefully building opportunities to make connections into our work. More details about orientation will be shared soon.

Laptop distribution for 9th graders and students new to Annandale will take place from Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Students will need to schedule an appointment to pick up their laptop. Stay tuned for the appointment link, which will be featured in next week’s Insider and sent out individually to every 9th grade student. 

Last week we asked you about your experience of distance learning this past spring and its successes and challenges. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We heard that you appreciated our school-wide Distance Learning Hub because it created a single point of entry to all lessons. Many of you mentioned that while you appreciated the overall communication from the school, more specific communication around the expectations for each class would help you support your students in distance learning.

We appreciate your input and will keep it in mind as we create systems and structures for the coming year. This is new for all of us, but I am confident that as long as we work together and continue to keep our students at the center of our work, we will only get better and better. If you have not yet had an opportunity to, please take a moment to complete this parent feedback form to help shape our approach. 

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Important Dates

August 14 - Teacher Return

August 24-28 - Student Laptop Distribution (see below)

September 8 - First Day of School

Important Information

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families - The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required FCPS to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. 

Click here for the "Return to School Frequently Asked Quested for Families" website.

Awesome Atoms

School Facility Update: The building is looking better and better each day. This week in our efforts to improve the physical space here at Annandale, our building engineer, Latif Khanjari continues to work on replacing ceiling tiles and light switches as well as repairing a leak in the roof. John Ellenberger and his crew have been painting classrooms.

Student Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution for 9th graders and students new to Annandale will take place from Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Students will need to schedule an appointment to pick up their laptop. Stay tuned for the appointment link, which will be featured in next week’s Insider and sent out individually to every 9th grade student. 

For more information and resources, check out the links below:

Information about the FCPS laptop program FCPSOn - https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson

Getting started virtually with the FCPS Distance Learning Program - https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/complete-plan/in-fcps

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Moreover, the PTSA works very hard to stay on top of critical activity and decisions being made by the school board, school system and local government. Click here to join today!

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Annandale Community Insider - August 2

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Annandale Community:

We continue to receive more information and guidance about the coming school year. The Virginia High School League Executive Committee met last week and voted to delay all sports and activities until December 14 and adopted a condensed interscholastic plan. In addition, marching band has also been cancelled for the fall and will be reassessed in alignment with the VHSL. Here are the details of this plan:

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
    • basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
    • cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
    • baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field

“This plan leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  The plan also allows schools the opportunity focus on the additional planning associated with the opening of school. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Student Activities, John Ellenberger, at jellenberger@fcps.edu

At Annandale, we are deep in planning the master schedule, attending and creating virtual professional development for our staff, and working through freshman laptop distribution and other back to school related logistics. Stay tuned for more information regarding laptop distribution.

In addition, we continue our efforts to make improvements throughout the campus. John Ellenberger and his crew have been hard at work spackling holes in classroom walls in preparation to paint next week. Our building engineer, Latif Khanjari, has spent this week checking and repairing electrical outlets and light switches in all of the classrooms so that they can be safely cleaned. 

Finally, we need your help. We would like to include all stakeholders in our efforts to prepare for a great school year and ensure we are providing the right support for our students, we are seeking your feedback. I know that distance learning this past spring had its successes and its challenges. As we continue our preparation, we would like to know what went well for your student(s), what was challenging, and what supports you may need moving forward. Please take a moment to complete this parent feedback form to help shape our approach.

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Important Information

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families - The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required FCPS to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. 

Click here for the "Return to School Frequently Asked Quested for Families" website.

 

FCPS Leadership Conference this Wednesday - Professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University will be the keynote speaker at this year's FCPS Leadership Conference this Wednesday. 

His latest book, How to Be an Antiracist, is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. Check out his book or listen to him on Brene Brown's podcast, Unlocking Us

Awesome Atoms

School Facility Update: We continue our efforts to make improvements throughout the campus. John Ellenberger and his team have been hard at work spackling and painting classrooms. Check out the before and after photos below.

Our custodians have been cleaning and waxing classroom floors. Latif Khanjari, our building engineer, has spent this week checking and repairing electrical outlets and light switches in all of the classrooms.

FCPS Leadership Conference - This Wednesday

Professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University will be the keynote speaker at this year's FCPS Leadership Conference this Wednesday. 

His latest book, How to Be an Antiracist, is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. Check out his book or listen to him on Brene Brown's podcast, Unlocking Us 

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Moreover, the PTSA works very hard to stay on top of critical activity and decisions being made by the school board, school system and local government. Click here to join today!

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Annandale Community Insider - July 26

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Annandale Community:

This past week, Dr. Brabrand proposed and the Fairfax County School Board approved a full virtual start to the beginning of the upcoming school year. In the communication Dr. Brabrand sent out to the community he shared the following:

The online instruction model will be the same one offered to families in our recent survey. For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students. We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.   

  • Online learning provides four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, face-to-face instruction with teachers. 
  • Middle and high school students will follow an A/B block schedule. 
  • Student work will be graded and attendance is required.
  • Mondays will remain a teacher planning day with intervention supports for selected students that we hope can be provided in-person.

At Annandale, we are committed to supporting the entire community in starting the school year virtually. We are working on developing tools for students and families that will focus on the transition back to school. In addition, many of our staff are engaging in professional learning throughout the summer focused on digital teaching. Finally, as we prepare for a virtual start, we are keeping in mind the need to be able to pivot to in-person learning when FCPS determines we can safely bring students back to the building. 

I know this is a very challenging time and there are many emotions around the start of the school year. We are committed to spending the weeks before September 8 preparing resources and supports for parents and students. 

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Awesome Atoms

School Facility Update: We continue to work on readying the building for when students and staff eventually return. John Ellenberger, Director of Student Services, and his team have removed over 60 old televisions and brackets from classrooms that dated back over 15 years ago. The removeal has freed-up valuable classroom space. They have been working room by room to patch holes in the walls, paint, replace ceiling tiles, and clean classrooms. Our building engineer, Latif Khanjari, has been working hard to upgrade the motors for the air conditioning units and our custodial staff has been cleaning and waxing the floors. We will continue to include photos in future editions of the Insider. 

Summer Learning Opportunities

From now until Friday, July 31, Annandale students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Continuity of Learning program which is a free summer program that offers students an opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

The digital materials can be found on the Mathematics and English sites. Annandale teachers will be available each week through office hours to assist students with the digital materials or other learning goals that they may be working on throughout the summer. To take advantage of office hours, please register using the links below. There is no deadline for registration.

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please click on the link for Continuity of Learning Support:

Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Roberson at blroberson@fcps.edu

Rising 9th Graders from Holmes MS: Holmes Middle School is collecting laptops on July 27 and 28 from 8:30am-12:00pm. Click here for more information.

Rising 9th grade students must turn in their middle school laptop in order to receive your laptop from Annandale High School. 

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Moreover, the PTSA works very hard to stay on top of critical activity and decisions being made by the school board, school system and local government. Click here to join today!

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Attendance: 703.642.4150 | Web | Twitter

Annandale Community Insider - July 19

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Annandale Community:

Our admin team returned to the building this week, and in the midst of uncertainty, we are coming together every morning to prepare for the upcoming school year. Specifically, we are focusing on three different areas: master schedule, teacher professional development and ensuring the campus is clean and ready for the return of staff and students. While the specific plans and guidance for fall is still evolving, the way we think and approach these three areas will serve us well no matter what. As a team, we are committed to deep and strategic planning so that we can easily pivot if and when we need to. 

This past Wednesday was the deadline for staff and students to submit their return-to-school decision. Below are some of the results based upon the data that I have at this time.

It will take significant time to design our instructional program that meets the needs of students and staff. We have a massive jigsaw puzzle and it will take time for the picture to become clear. Thank you for understanding where administrators and counselors will need to focus our efforts in the coming weeks. We do not have information yet regarding which courses will be offered. If an existing course request cannot be met, a counselor will be in touch with students to provide alternatives.

Thank you for your continued communication and support. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Awesome Atoms

Annandale Seniors Featured on NBC News - Congrats to Annandale Seniors, Sophia Baraban, Lalain Imran, and Jimmy Lee, who recently shared their perspective on MSNBC on the return to school. Click here to view the segment. Parts of the interview were also featured on NBC with Lester Holt. Check it out! Link: (13:00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYvTftH2rpE

Summer Learning Opportunities

From now until Friday, July 31, Annandale students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Continuity of Learning program which is a free summer program that offers students an opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

The digital materials can be found on the Mathematics and English sites. Annandale teachers will be available each week through office hours to assist students with the digital materials or other learning goals that they may be working on throughout the summer. To take advantage of office hours, please register using the links below. There is no deadline for registration.

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please click on the link for Continuity of Learning Support:

Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Roberson at blroberson@fcps.edu

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Moreover, the PTSA works very hard to stay on top of critical activity and decisions being made by the school board, school system and local government. Click here to join today!

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Annandale Community Insider - July 13

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Annandale Community:

There are many exciting things happening both inside Annandale High School, and in our community.

At the end of last year, teachers cleared their rooms making way for staff to work this summer to ensure the building will be ready to welcome our students back safely. Staff have been busy upgrading furniture, painting, and generally revitalizing our spaces. The building is looking great and we are looking forward to receiving those who elect to return in person in September.

Even over the summer, many of our teachers are beginning to think about the coming school year and have been preparing to deliver instruction either virtually or in person. Annandale has sent 31 teachers to a Summer Academy through ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). Twelve staff members have participated in the workshop “Designing Virtual Assessments, Tasks & Activities” offered by VASCD. Some teachers have become Google Certified Educators, and others have earned certificates in the learning tools we will be using in the Fall. I have enjoyed watching their learning journeys on Twitter and am looking forward to them sharing what they have learned with us when we return.

On Wednesday, I hosted a Parent Info Session to share the current guidance around FCPS’ plans to reopen schools in order to help families make appropriate enrollment decisions for their students. It was great to see so many of you there. You had many questions, and while we don’t have all of the answers, I am confident that we will be able to work through these challenges as a community. If you were unable to attend the information session, you can find a recording of it here. Additionally, the presentation is available here. We also hosted a session in Spanish. The Spanish recording can be found here.

It is important to know that that information is changing on a daily basis. A look at the most recent information shared at the School Board Round Table can be found here. The most notable change is the School Board’s approval of a September 8 start of school for students.

As always, thank you for your continued support. Please reach out with questions and feedback. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

 

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose
Website: https://annandalehs.fcps.edu/

Awesome Atoms

Annandale Seniors Featured on NBC News - Ali Vitali from MSNBC interviewed Annandale Students, Sophia Baraban, Lalain Imran, and Jimmy Lee, about the perspectives of our rising Seniors on the return to school. The interview aired live today around 11:00 am on MSNBC. Watch the full interview here. In addition, Ali and MSNBC, will be conducting live reporting throughout the day from the front of Annandale High School and will likely be featured tonight on Nightly News with Lester Holt. Be sure to check it out.

Two Annandale Students Selected to the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership - The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership has announced two Annandale Students as High School Leaders Class of 2020: Brooke Fikru and Sophia Baraban. Congrats to both students!

Summer Learning Opportunities

From now until Friday, July 31, Annandale students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Continuity of Learning program which is a free summer program that offers students an opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

The digital materials can be found on the Mathematics and English sites. Annandale teachers will be available each week through office hours to assist students with the digital materials or other learning goals that they may be working on throughout the summer. To take advantage of office hours, please register using the links below. There is no deadline for registration.

To register your student for office hours and receive a secure link, please click on the link for Continuity of Learning Support:

Once registered, your child will receive log-in information through his or her FCPS Google email address prior to the first session. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Roberson at blroberson@fcps.edu

News from the PTSA

Join the Annandale PTSA! - Please consider joining as it is a great way to become actively involved in your student's education and the AHS community. Moreover, the PTSA works very hard to stay on top of critical activity and decisions being made by the school board, school system and local government. Click here to join today!

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

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