Annandale Community Insider - February 23

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Annandale Community:

Thank you to the many parents and community members for the warm welcome at the PSTA meeting on Tuesday night. As I stated at the meeting, parent involvement and support is an essential element of all great schools. I look forward to partnering with our students, staff, parents and community as we work together to make Annandale the very best school it can be for learning.  

This week, we hosted the IB MYP Personal Project Fair, which helps students develop confidence as principled, lifelong learners. Specifically, students are asked within the scope of the project to research their topic or idea, and create a product or take action in some way. Through this independent inquiry, students consolidate their learning and develop important skills--for further learning and life beyond the classroom. Examples include students who documented the process of learning to build furniture, analyze running gaits and techniques, learn a new sport, learn to cook, and many more. Special thanks to Meagan Padgett, MYP Coordinator for coordinating this terrific event.

Finally, on Friday night, I was a judge at the first annual “A-Town Got Talent” event. The show not only showcased the many talents of our students, it also highlighted what makes Annandale special: our diversity and how our students support and encourage each other when they take risks. Special thanks to Jessica Aires and the leadership students for hosting an amazing event.  

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

Shawn DeRose, Principal


Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

Important Dates

February 26 - Band Pre-Assessment Concert, 7pm 

February 27 -FAFSA Completion Workshop, 6:00 - 8:30pm Lab #18

March 3 - Teacher Planning Day (No School for Students)

March 6 - Just World Festival, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

March 13 - Spring Pep Rally

March 23 - Red Cross Blood Drive


February 26 - Band Pre-Assessment Concert: Please join us Wednesday evening for our pyramid pre-assessment concert at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. The students of the AHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble have been diligently preparing for their performances at the Virginia Music Education Association (VMEA) / Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) District X Concert Band Assessment. At this event, the ensembles will be evaluated by a panel of adjudicators on their prepared program as well as sight reading. This concert will be a dress rehearsal of sorts for the assessment event. The Holmes MS and Poe MS Symphonic Bands will also perform on this concert.


March 6 - Just World Festival: The Just World Interact Club of Annandale High School is holding its 14th Annual Just World Festival on March 6 from 4:00-6:00pm at Annandale High School. The festival aims to teach youth that they are not only a part of their local community, but a global one. Through our goal, we want to educate both youth and community leaders alike about global issues, environmental issues, fair trade, human rights, and most importantly social action. This year we are partnering with Heritage Night to host a community dinner in the Cafeteria at 6:00pm. Everyone can eat together before Heritage Night which starts at 7:00pm.

You can participate in the Just World Festival in one of the following ways:
1. Just come to enjoy the festival which includes food, an interactive exhibition hall, workshops, and cultural events. 2. Register to host a booth in our exhibition hall and/or sell items in our fair trade marketplace. 3. Donate to our festival raffle or general fund to host the event. If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Hedrick at


March 23 - Red Cross Blood Drive: Annandale High School will host its 8th annual spring blood drive. The Red Cross Club invites students, faculty and family to donate blood for our community. Every day, hospitals provide lifesaving blood to patients in need. Your willingness to donate blood remains vital to the lives of the patients that we serve, not only locally, but across the country. We are truly thankful for your support. Please use this link to sign up for a donation time if you are 16 or older and help the Red Cross fulfill its ongoing mission of helping save lives. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Mele at

Important Information

Academic Advising Updates - School counselors continue to meet individually with students to assist them in exploring their academic and postsecondary/career goals. Students will review their transcripts and verify their course selections for the coming school year. These sessions will take place during students’ English classes. Academic advising for sophomores and juniors is completed. Freshmen academic advising is now being held and will continue through tomorrow, February 24. Parents can always view the course selections via their SIS ParentVUE account. Please email Paula DiSalvo, Director of Student Services at if you have any questions.


Sign Up for Weekly Progress Reports: All parents/guardians of middle and high school students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab. 

Weekly progress reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have. Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide.


Yearbooks on Sale Now! - Parents are encouraged to purchase a yearbook today! The cost is $85. You can purchase your yearbook online at or bring in cash/check to Ms. Hanneman. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hanneman at Please note, yearbooks will be distributed to students at Annandale near the end of the school year.

Graduating Class Updates

Stay up-to-date on news and events from each graduating class at Annandale High School by clicking on the class link below. If you have any questions, please email the class sponsors.

Class of 2020 (Seniors): McClain Herman and Jeffrey Smith, Class Sponsor

Class of 2021 (Juniors): Ashley Senior and, Class Sponsor

Class of 2022 (Sophomores): Carl Klein and Jessica Klein, Class Sponsor

Class of 2023 (Freshmen): April Selenskikh and Robert Stevens, Class Sponsor

Get Involved!

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. Regular updates are provided at PTSA meetings (held each month on the 3rd Tuesday at 7pm), on our website and through PTSA electronic updates. Click here to join today!


Buy All Night Grade Party Tickets Now! Buy your tickets now for $35 and save! Ticket prices go up after February 28! The All Night Graduation Celebration (ANGC) provides a safe, chaperoned, alcohol-free and drug-free event for the Class of 2020 to celebrate together one last time. For more details, visit the ANGC page and order your senior's discounted ticket now! Parents, sign up now to help during the event! Thank you!


PTSA Online Auction Now Open! - The 2020 Online Auction is now open and bidding for the auction will be run now through February 28. Check out the auction now!

News from the Activities Office

Check out the latest news from the Annandale Activities Office, including schedules, rosters, and coaching information for all sports teams at all levels. In addition you can read game summaries, revisit previous seasons, volunteer, and more. To subscribe to the new AHS Athletics feed, use this FCPS "News You Choose" online form to add your email address. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Ellenberger at or call the Activities Office at 703-642-4170.

Career Center Updates

The College and Career Center and the Career Center Specialist assist students with their college, career and employment searches. Students can find a wide variety of resources on colleges, careers, scholarships, financial aid, part-time and full-time employment opportunities, and SAT, ACT, and TOEFL registration. The goal of the Career Center is to help students make informed career decisions about their post-secondary plans, which may include four-year colleges, two-year colleges, technical schools, apprenticeships, military, full-time employment, or gap year opportunities. 

Click here to check out the latest information from the Annandale HS Career Center. If you have any questions, please contact Princess Brown at or call 703-642-4263.

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Annandale High School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Annandale faculty and staff members.

Read the A-Blast

The A-Blast is a student run newspaper for Annandale High School. Through a partnership with the Washington Post, they print a new edition every two or three weeks, focusing on current events both inside Annandale High School and the Annandale community. Click here to read the latest edition of the A-Blast!

Attendance Matters

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy, or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same: learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your child misses school. Check out the "Attendance: When Should I Send My Student to School" website for more information.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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