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Annandale Community:

This past Monday, faculty and staff came to celebrate all that we have accomplished since the beginning of the year. Specifically, we have seen growth in the use and quality of learning targets to guide classroom instruction. Much of our success can be contributed to the level of collaboration in our teams and departments. Collaboration means the following: 1) Recognizing we can’t do it alone 2) Making our thinking visible to each other 3) Inviting different perspectives and 4) Changing our approach based on input.

Our focus moving forward is to continue to collaboratively plan lessons that include high quality academic tasks and provide students ample opportunity to practice during class. At Annandale, we believe that the classroom should be a space where the students, not the teacher, are at the center of learning.

If you have not done so already, please give parental consent for your student to use digital resources used to engage students in virtual learning by clicking on the following link. We will be following up with families over the next two weeks who have not yet completed the form.

This Tuesday at 7:00pm is our monthly PTSA Meeting. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone here. If you are not already a member, I encourage you to join. Parent, guardian and community member membership is only $15!

Finally, with the the end of the 1st quarter less than two weeks away, if you know of a staff member who has done a terrific job support your student, please take a moment to recognize them in our #AtomicTeacher Nomination Form.

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

Shawn

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


Important Dates

October 20 - PTSA Meeting

October 23 - PTSA Food Pantry Distribution

October 29 - PSAT Day for Juniors

October 30 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 3 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

November 11 - Early Release for Students

PTSA Meeting: October 20 - This Tuesday at 7:00pm is our monthly PTSA Meeting. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone here. If you are not already a member, I encourage you to join. Parent, guardian and community member membership is only $15!

Food Pantry Distribution: October 23 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. The next one is this Friday, October 23 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 @email 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 @email with questions related to donations.

PSAT: October 29 - Annandale High School will offer the PSAT to enrolled eleventh graders on Thursday, October 29. It will be an asynchronous day for students. Students are expected to complete the asynchronous work posted on Google Classroom. Attendance will be based on student engagement in their asynchronous work or participation in the PSAT exam. FCPS will cover the cost of the test for all enrolled eleventh grade students. Juniors interested in taking this test should complete this Intent Form using their @fcpsschools.net accounts.


PTSA Spirit Wear Masks

Breathable Atoms Face Mask! The @AtomsPTSA and AHS Athletic Boosters have joined together to bring you this limited edition mask featuring the Atoms logo! Pay $12 online and pick up at AHS. Details here: bit.ly/AtomsMask

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Important Information

Atoms Writing Center Now Open! - The Atoms Writing Center will have a “soft” virtual opening this month. AWC tutors will be available to help for synchronous (live) tutoring conferences on Mondays from 9:10am to 9:40am during the month of October. Tutors will also be able to provide asynchronous feedback to writing assignments on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Students should visit the AWC’s website for the link to synchronous tutoring sessions on Mondays and fill out the AWC Cover Sheet to be paired up with an AWC writing tutor. So, bring those college essays in (or any other writing assignments you have for school)!

The A-Blast is Now Available! The first issue of The A-Blast will be published on Wednesday, October 21. The virtual edition of the newspaper can be found on the website, https://www.thea-blast.org/. Additionally, you can support The A-Blast by subscribing for $10 for the whole year (8 issues) and have it delivered to your home. Subscribe at https://www.thea-blast.org/subscribe/.

Senior Picture Make-Ups - Senior picture make-ups are 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 October 26-28. 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.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation - Final Session November 20 - The PSTD presentation is a required component of the Drivers Education classroom curriculum. and will be hosted at Annandale High School. Any student enrolled in Drivers Education this year OR any student who has completed Drivers Education but was unable to attend the 90-minute PSTD presentation last year due to the school shut down can sign up here. Parents/guardians must attend the virtual presentation with their student. Presentations will start promptly at 6:30 PM and are available for AHS students only. The meeting link will be emailed to students who sign up on the day of the presentation. Reach out to Lindsey Ottavio at @email with any questions.

Required Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Annandale HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5. The form must be filled out one time per student.


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Recognize an Annandale Staff Member!

Has an Annandale Staff member helped to make virtual learning a success for you or your student? If so, recognize them in our #AtomicTeacher Nomination Form.


Join Us for Off Season Practices

It is really important to be mindful of the fact that our students are sitting and staring at a computer for the majority of the day. At Annandale, we want to strongly encourage you and your students to take advantage of the activities that are going on in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week. You don’t have to have a background in the sport to participate. Social distancing and CDC guidelines are enforced.

The practice times fluctuate every week, so just check the athletic website for times. All you need is a completed Physical Exam and a Emergency Care Form. If you have any questions, please contact John Ellenberger at @email.


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News from the PTSA

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.

You are invited to attend our second virtual PTSA meeting of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm. You can join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone here. You can also dial in using your phone.

  • United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
  • Access Code: 456-663-117

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts.

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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October 12, 2020

Annandale Community:

We are excited to see many students take advantage of the activities that are going on in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week at Annandale High School. We are continuing to expand our offerings to include clubs. See our most recent Athletics Newsletter for more information. If your student has not yet taken advantage of these opportunities, we strongly encourage them to consider trying one. No previous experience is needed and all CDC guidelines are enforced. Meeting times fluctuate each week, so check the athletic website for times. For sports opportunities, be sure you have a completed Physical Exam and Emergency Care Form.

Tomorrow, October 12 is a Student Holiday. Annandale staff will come together in the morning to celebrate and reflect on our growth since the beginning of the school year and examine how we can continue to improve our instructional practices. If you know of a staff member who has done a terrific job this year, please take a moment to recognize them in our #AtomicTeacher Nomination Form.

On Thursday, some of our students will participate in our first Virtual Field Trip where they will take part in a job shadow day with DC United, called “Rompe Las Barreras” or Breaking Barriers. The goal of Rompe Las Barreras is to invite students to get an inside peek at the day-to-day operations of DC United’s front office. Students shadow DC United staff from ticket sales, graphic design, community relations, and video production departments.

Beginning October 26, students who are enrolled in Career and Technical Education and Beginning English courses where hands-on learning is essential will return to the building on Mondays for in-person instruction. In addition, our Special Education CAT B program will be coming back full time Tuesdays thru Fridays. FCPS has worked with state and local health authorities to establish safety and security measures to ensure the well-being of all students and staff.

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

Shawn

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


Important Dates

October 12 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

October 20 - PTSA Meeting

October 29 - PSAT Day for Juniors

October 30 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 3 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

PSAT - October 29: Annandale High School will offer the PSAT to enrolled eleventh graders on Thursday, October 29. It will be an asynchronous day for students. Students are expected to complete the asynchronous work posted on Google Classroom. Attendance will be based on student engagement in their asynchronous work or participation in the PSAT exam. FCPS will cover the cost of the test for all enrolled eleventh grade students. Juniors interested in taking this test should complete this Intent Form using their @fcpsschools.net accounts.


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Atoms Writing Center Now Open! - The Atoms Writing Center will have a “soft” virtual opening this month. AWC tutors will be available to help for synchronous (live) tutoring conferences on Mondays from 9:10am to 9:40am during the month of October. Tutors will also be able to provide asynchronous feedback to writing assignments on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Students should visit the AWC’s website for the link to synchronous tutoring sessions on Mondays and fill out the AWC Cover Sheet to be paired up with an AWC writing tutor. So, bring those college essays in (or any other writing assignments you have for school)!


Important Information

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Annandale HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Student Weekly Progress Reports - Weekly progress reports to parents are now being sent. If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report 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 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 your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.

Rolling Gradebook: Given the uncertainty of schedules and virtual learning for all students during the 2020-21 school year, Annandale High School has decided that all teachers will use a rolling (cumulative) gradebook. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter.

In a rolling gradebook, the final grade is determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments given throughout the year (not an average of quarter marks). The grade posted at the end of each quarter will be a “snapshot” of students’ current progress in the course

To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review this following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus. Students or parents are encouraged to reach out directly to the teacher with additional questions.


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Recognize an Annandale Staff Member!

Has an Annandale Staff member helped to make virtual learning a success for you or your student? If so, recognize them in our #AtomicTeacher Nomination Form.


Join Us for Off Season Practices

It is really important to be mindful of the fact that our students are sitting and staring at a computer for the majority of the day. At Annandale, we want to strongly encourage you and your students to take advantage of the activities that are going on in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week. You don’t have to have a background in the sport to participate. Social distancing and CDC guidelines are enforced.

The practice times fluctuate every week, so just check the athletic website for times. All you need is a completed Physical Exam and a Emergency Care Form. If you have any questions, please contact John Ellenberger at @email.


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News from the PTSA

Food Pantry Distribution: October 23 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, October 23 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 @email 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 @email with questions related to donations.

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.

You are invited to attend our second virtual PTSA meeting of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm. You can join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone here. You can also dial in using your phone.

  • United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
  • Access Code: 456-663-117

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts.

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.

October 4, 2020

Annandale Community:

I hope you enjoyed the lovely fall weather this weekend. Last week we celebrated Spirit Week! It was fun to see pictures on social media of the creative ways both teachers and students displayed their Atom Pride!

It is hard to believe that the first quarter ends in less than a month. With that in mind, it is important to know that we are here to support students not only in class, but during Office Hours as well. Teachers are hosting Office Hours at least twice per week. The purpose of Office Hours is for students to meet with their teachers to discuss the material being presented in class or other related interests they 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. Here’s a quick tutorial on how students can join their teacher’s office hours.

In the coming weeks, small groups of students will be returning to school. While are working hard to finalize our logistics to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we are also very excited to serve our students with the greatest needs as well as those who are enrolled in Career and Technical Education courses where hands on learning is essential. Our first groups of students that we will host in-person on Monday’s include English Language Learners, Culinary Arts and Auto Tech students. Our Special Education CAT B program will be coming back full time Tuesdays thru Fridays.

In preparation for the return of these groups, the custodians are thoroughly cleaning every classroom and common area. John Ellenberger, Brian Molle and their team have been painting classrooms and replacing furniture. We have purchased hundreds of new classroom chairs and desks to replace those that were cracked and worn. In addition to upgrading the interior of the building, we have also continued to make improvements across the campus. This past week, all exterior entrances and railings were painted.

Finally, I would like to share some wonderful news from the PTSA. Annandale High School Parent Teacher Student Association’s application for Safeway Nourishing Neighbors funding has been approved for a $5,000 grant! Our PTSA does a wonderful job of supporting our students, staff, and community. If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join here.

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

Shawn

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


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Awesome Atoms

Congrats to Harun Ahmed, Khadija Ahmed, Eva Gomez, and Bennett Stenberg have been Commended in the 2021 National Merit Program. About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


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Important Dates

October 5 - W4 Care and Connect (9:45-10:15am)

October 6 - College Boot Camp

October 7 - Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation

October 12 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

October 29 - PSAT Day for Juniors

October 30 - End of the 1st Quarter

November 2 - School Planning Day (No School for Students)

November 3 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

College Boot Camp: October 6 - The PTSA is sponsoring “College Boot Camp” for seniors and their families on October 6 from 6:00-8:00pm. 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!

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation (PSTD): October 7 - The PSTD presentation is a required component of the Drivers Education classroom curriculum. Any student enrolled in Drivers Education this year OR any student who has completed Drivers Education but was unable to attend the 90-minute PSTD presentation last year due to the school shut down can sign up here to attend the presentation. Parents/guardians must attend the virtual presentation with their student. Presentations will start promptly at 6:30pm and are available for AHS students only. The meeting link will be emailed on the day of the presentation to students who sign up. Reach out to Lindsey Ottavio at @email with any questions.


Join Us for Off Season Practices

It is really important to be mindful of the fact that our students are sitting and staring at a computer for the majority of the day. At Annandale, we want to strongly encourage you and your students to take advantage of the activities that are going on in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week. You don’t have to have a background in the sport to participate. Social distancing and CDC guidelines are enforced.

The practice times fluctuate every week, so just check the athletic website for times.

All you need is a completed Physical Exam and a Emergency Care Form. If you have any questions, please contact John Ellenberger at @email.


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Important Information

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Annandale HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5. The form must be filled out one time per student.

IB Exams and Fees Covered by FCPS (up to 6 exams) - The May 2021 IB Exams will match the traditional published exam descriptions. The fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Beyond the first 6, FCPS will bill you $119 for an IB test or $95 for an AP test.

Student Weekly Progress Reports - Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020. Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020.

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report 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 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 your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.

Rolling Gradebook: Given the uncertainty of schedules and virtual learning for all students during the 2020-21 school year, Annandale High School has decided that all teachers will use a rolling (cumulative) gradebook. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter.

In a rolling gradebook, the final grade is determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments given throughout the year (not an average of quarter marks). The grade posted at the end of each quarter will be a “snapshot” of students’ current progress in the course

To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review this following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus. Students or parents are encouraged to reach out directly to the teacher with additional questions.


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News from the PTSA

Food Pantry Distribution: October 9 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, October 9 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 @email 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 @email 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.

September 27 2020

Annandale Community:

It was great to see so many of you at our Back to School Night (BTSN) town hall on Wednesday evening. If you were unable to attend, here is a recording of the event. You can still “meet” your student’s teachers in the form of Flipgrid videos by visiting BTSN site on the school’s website.

As I stated in my opening presentation, Annandale is truly a remarkable school. Our 2200 students and their families come from 66 different countries and speak 59 different languages. We have an incredible staff that is tirelessly dedicated to the learning of each and every student. As an IB World School, we:

  • Develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.
  • Empower students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally.

I hope you left the event with a better sense of what your student needs to be successful in their classes and the important role you can play in supporting their learning. I strongly encourage you to continue to communicate with your student’s teachers throughout the year. The parent-school partnership is vital to the success of our students. Working together, families and teachers can be a powerful team in supporting students’ learning.

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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Important Dates

September 28 - W4 Care and Connect (9:10-9:40am)

October 1 - Senior College Parent Night

October 6 - College Boot Camp,

October 7 - Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation

Senior/Parent College Night: October 1 - Please join us on Thursday, October 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm for Senior/Parent Night. This event will provide students and parents the opportunity to hear and ask questions about college. We will have an Admissions Rep to discuss the application process, FAFSA (Financial Aid) information sessions, Northern Virginia Community College, and the Year-Up program.

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!

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation (PSTD): October 7 - The PSTD presentation is a required component of the Drivers Education classroom curriculum. Any student enrolled in Drivers Education this year OR any student who has completed Drivers Education but was unable to attend the 90-minute PSTD presentation last year due to the school shut down can sign up here to attend the presentation. Parents/guardians must attend the virtual presentation with their student. Presentations will start promptly at 6:30pm and are available for AHS students only. The meeting link will be emailed on the day of the presentation to students who sign up. Reach out to Lindsey Ottavio at @email with any questions.


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Important Information

Beginning of Year Forms: We understand how the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with forms. Here are some you can access now.

  • Emergency Care Form: Required for all returning FCPS students to review and update if needed.
  • Emergency Care Card: Required for students NEW to FCPS.
  • Parental consent for digital resources: These are the apps and programs that our teachers will use to engage our students in the virtual world. Please go here for more information and follow the link to give your consent.
  • FCPSOn Computer Opt Out Form: Only for students who are not planning to use a school laptop. We highly recommend you use the FCPS laptop because all software and other applications will be loaded and accessible. Software used by FCPS and Justice HS cannot be loaded on personal devices.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) - Parents and guardians, please review the Students Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link https://forms.gle/Pbz5C42jJPADQLyu5. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Rolling Gradebook: Given the uncertainty of schedules and virtual learning for all students during the 2020-21 school year, Annandale High School has decided that all teachers will use a rolling (cumulative) gradebook. A rolling gradebook allows for progress towards a final mark that captures the total picture of student grades, regardless of length of quarter or number of assignments in each quarter.

In a rolling gradebook, the final grade is determined by a combination of all assignments and assessments given throughout the year (not an average of quarter marks). The grade posted at the end of each quarter will be a “snapshot” of students’ current progress in the course

To learn more details about a rolling gradebook to include how it will look in SIS Student/ParentVUE, please take time to review this following video. Teachers will communicate grading design and policies via the course syllabus. Students or parents are encouraged to reach out directly to the teacher with additional questions.

Grades in SIS StudentVUE - Students and families are now able to view student grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE. Please click on this link for more information about gaining a SIS ParentVUE account.

Teacher Absences - Per FCPS, subs will not be provided for 3 days or fewer of a teacher’s absence. If your child’s teacher will be out for 3 days or fewer, you can expect the teacher to post a message in Google Classroom and provide asynchronous work. If a teacher will be out for 4 or more days, FCPS will then provide a sub and synchronous classes resume on the 4th day. Thank you for your patience as we improve our systems in this new learning environment.


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Join Us for Off Season Practices

It is really important to be mindful of the fact that our students are sitting and staring at a computer for the majority of the day. At Annandale, we want to strongly encourage you and your students to take advantage of the activities that are going on in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week. You don’t have to have a background in the sport to participate. Social distancing and CDC guidelines are enforced.

The practice times fluctuate every week, so just check the athletic website for times.

All you need is a completed Physical Exam and a Emergency Care Form. If you have any questions, please contact John Ellenberger at @email.


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News from the PTSA

Food Pantry Distribution: October 7 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, October 7 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 @email 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 @email 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.

Annandale Community:

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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.”

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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 @email.


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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.


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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 @email 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 @email 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 @email or @email.

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

Annandale Community Insider - September 13

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/


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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.

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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.


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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 @email or @email.

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

Annandale Community Insider - September 7

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.

Annandale Community Insider - August 30

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’ counseloradministrator or me if you have any questions. 

Shawn DeRose, Principal

Contact Information:
Twitter: @ShawnDeRose

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 @email. 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

Annandale Community Insider - October 18

Annandale Community: This past Monday, faculty and staff came to celebrate all that we have accomplished since the beginning of the year. Specifically, we have seen growth in the use and quality of learning targets to guide classroom instruction. Much of our success can be contributed to the level of collaboration in our teams and departments.