The official ONLINE newsletter of the Hayfield Secondary School PTSA                Newsletter updated September 10, 2009

President's Message - April 2009

A recent article by Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews (“The Money Myth in Improving Schools,” The Washington Post, April 10, 2009) highlights some precepts regarding educating the students at Hayfield Secondary, and elsewhere, that we all should use as a guide. Doing so will do much to ensure each student’s best outcome from their time at Hayfield – and give our students the best chance to have the sort of life they decide on. And we all know that this decision is ultimately theirs regardless of how much influence parents and educators try to assert. You can read more about each precept in Jay’s article, and get even more depth in the book he references.  (Read the rest of Mr. Reed's column HERE)

Principal's Message - May 2009

Dear Hayfield Secondary Families:
As we move closer to the end of the school year, our traditional school year closing activities are well planned and in some cases already occurring. High School Advanced Placement course testing started this morning, soon to be followed by the End-of-Course (EOC) SOLs, and then finally middle school team and high school class activities. Please check the Hayfield Secondary web site often for informational updates, www.fcps.edu/HayfieldSS(Read the rest of Dr. Oehrlein's column HERE)

Field Hockey Clinics and Camp Scheduled for This Summer

posted Jun 1, 2009, 1:32 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Jun 1, 2009, 1:42 PM ]

The Hayfield Hawks Field Hockey program will have upcoming youth opportunities for 7th and 8th grades girls. The field hockey team will run youth clinics on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary's baseball field, lasting approximately two hours. The clinics start on May 25 and will run until July 20.

Hayfield Secondary's field hockey program will also cohost the Gunston Field Hockey Camp for rising 5th-9th graders. The camp will be June 8-11 from 4-7 p.m. at Edison High School's softball field. Both will cover the basic fundamentals and skills of field hockey in a fun, friendly environment.

Please contact Coach Lauren White at lauren.white1@fcps.edu if you have any questions about the clinics or the camp. Registration forms (for both the clinics and for the camp) and additional information and details for both events can be found under the "Young Hawks" section on our website, hayfieldhawksfh.webs.com.

FCPS ACE College Funding Workshops Held Throughout Spring

posted Apr 21, 2009, 12:09 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Apr 21, 2009, 12:21 PM ]

FCPS's Adult and Community Education Office will be sponsoring a workshop at several FCPS high schools throughout spring 2009 entitled, "Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College." The attached flier below details all days, times and locations for the workshop - the nearest high school to Hayfield Secondary hosting this course is Edison High School on April 28 and May 5.

The strategies taught during the course have helped families save as much as $40,000 per year of out-of-pocket college costs. Attendees will also learn how to it's possible to attend expensive private schools for the same “cost” as in-state public schools. Due to current market conditions and rate increases for student loans, there have been many changes in the last year for college funding. Please do consider attending one of the workshops to learn more about this important subject. Interested families needing additional information or wanting to register may call 703-658-1201

Buy A Hayfield Blanket, Support ANGP '09

posted Apr 15, 2009, 5:05 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2009, 5:08 PM ]

Purchase your own Hayfield Secondary Blanket and help support the Class of 2009 ANGP. Your choice of style, a blanket that says "Hayfield Class of 2009" OR simply, "Hayfield Hawks." The cost is $40 per blanket and they will be on display in the PTSA showcase soon. Complete the order form (attached below) and drop your order off at the ANGP Car Wash on Saturday, April 25 (from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) in front of the school, or take/send your order to the main office and ask that it be placed in the ANGP mailbox (being sure to put your order and payment in a sealed envelope marked "ANGP Blanket Fundraiser"). Thanks, and please pass this along to any current Hayfield families or former alumni you think may be interested!

Car Wash on April 25 to Benefit ANGP '09

posted Apr 15, 2009, 4:30 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2009, 4:42 PM ]

Plan NOW to get your car washed by some willing high school-aged hands on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bus loop in front of Hayfield Secondary School and help support Hayfield Secondary's 2009 All-Night Graduation Party! We especially need SENIORS to come out for the car wash to help out for an hour or two on the 25th - if you're a member of a sport (baseball, lacrosse, soccer, football, basketball, etc.), performance club (band, orchestra, chorus, drama) or other extracurricular group, please consider coordinating your schedule and helping to wash cars with your friends for an hour. Please contact Christine Page as soon as possible at clpage1@verizon.net if you can help out!

It's Spring, and Time for PTSA Basket Bingo Again!

posted Apr 15, 2009, 3:25 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Apr 15, 2009, 3:44 PM ]

The next round of Hayfield Secondary PTSA Basket Bingo is set for Sunday, May 3. Tickets are $15 (ticket order form attached below). The PTSA needs your help. 

First, each Middle School Team and each High School Grade has been assigned a theme (see below). The items will be collected from April 15-24, a drop off box is located in each Lead MS Teacher’s room and each HS Hall Office. We need each child to bring in a new item towards their theme. These items will be used to stuff the baskets so we need everyone to participate. 

Second, we are asking families to sell as many tickets as they can to their family, friends and neighbors using the attached ticket order form. 

Third, we need volunteers to help with the following: bingo number board, check-in, selling raffles, specials, extra bingo cards, and clean-up. 

Fourth, we are looking for items, services, business or monetary donations (Avon, Creative Memories, Southern Living, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc). We are also looking for families interested in sponsoring a basket ($50-$100 donation) or families interested in filling a basket with items. 

The money raised from this event will be used to support the Academic Boosters, High School Academic Letters, Middle School Academic Pins, Faculty Mini Grants, Leadership Training, Newsletter, Face to Face Program, Theatre IV Program, Science Fair, Middle School Talent Show, Reflections, and Middle School Teams. If you are interested in making a donation, helping with this event or have a question, please e-mail me at: aawitt@cox.net or call 703-971-0890. Thank you for your support!

Gail Witt

Team/Grade Theme Ideas

Snap Dragons (Ms. Couture):  Baking Measuring cups/spoons, cake, cookie & muffin mixes, icing, muffin pans 
Nightshades (Ms. Rash):  Aromatherapy - Anything that smells good - Candles, bath beads, perfume, shower gel 
Venus Fly Traps (Ms. Sims-Cornish):  Chocolate Lover’s Dream - From M&M’s to Godiva!!
Chili Peppers (Ms. Wilson):  Junkaholic - All kinds of junk food – chips, pretzels, fritos, soda, candy, etc.
Tasmanian Devils (Ms. Hammond):  Bath & Body Bubble bath, sponges, shower gel, bath beads, soap, shampoo, rubber duckies, etc.
Phoenix (Ms. Schumacher)
:  Gourmet Coffee & Tea Coffee, tea, mugs, cookies, coffee beans, coffee filters, pirouettes, gift certificates, etc.
Gryffins (Ms. Karaffa)
:  Barbeque Gloves, tongs, recipes, sauces, hickory chips, apron, hat, paper plates, etc.
Pumas (Ms. Lawhon)
:  Kitchen and Cooking Kitchen tools & gadgets, cookbooks, placemats, tablecloths, measuring cups/spoons, etc.

Freshmen (Madison Hall)
:  Pasta - Spaghetti sauce, pasta, noodles, cookbooks, parmesan cheese, etc.
Sophomores (Washington Hall)
:  Picnic - Plates, cups, napkins, knives, forks, spoons, tablecloths, recipes, apron, sauces, ant spray.
Juniors (Lafayette Hall):   Beach & Summer Fun - Beach towels, pool & beach toys, goggles, suntan lotion, beach blanket.
Seniors (Hamilton Hall)
:  Americana (Red, White, Blue)  Anything Red, White and Blue or Patriotic.

Items will also be collected during the High School Back to School Night on Thursday, September 25 at the PTSA Table

"Stomp Out" Underage Drinking!

posted Feb 15, 2009, 10:34 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Feb 15, 2009, 10:37 PM ]

On Saturday, February 28, at 7 p.m., the 10th Annual Step Competition and Cultural Celebration will be held in Springbank Auditorium at West Potomac High School in Alexandria. Competing step teams will show their creativity and talent by presenting a routine that incorporates the theme: STOMP OUT UNDERAGE DRINKING.

Step shows are extremely popular but adding a theme such as underage drinking brings public awareness to the drug of choice used by today’s youth ages 11 to 20. Helping us celebrate 10 years of stepping by the Moo Psi Steppers will be Georgetown University’s step team; Hampton University’s Omega Psi Phi, Gamma Epsilom Chapter; and local churches and community organizations. Tickets are $10.00 with discounted group sales available.

For more information contact Burnette Scarboro at 703-277-2661. This event is sponsored by South County Youth Network, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and one of the nineteen Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) school-community coalitions.

School Board Invites Public Comment on School Start and Dismissal Times

posted Feb 3, 2009, 2:59 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Feb 3, 2009, 3:00 PM ]

The Fairfax County School Board invites parents and interested citizens to comment on changes to school start and dismissal times that are under consideration by attending one of seven upcoming community dialogue meetings in February and by completing an online survey.

A report from the School Board’s Transportation Task Force offers recommendations to change school start and dismissal times and to improve the overall effectiveness of Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) transportation system.  The changes would affect elementary, middle, and high school students.  Because changing school start and dismissal times could affect work schedules, child care arrangements, and after-school activities—including athletics—the School Board wants to hear from the public about the pros and cons of the changes.

Seven community dialogue meetings will be held in February:

Tuesday, February 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
      Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Drive, Annandale
      Longfellow Middle School, 2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church
      Oak View Elementary School, 5004 Sideburn Road, Fairfax

Wednesday, February 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
      Herndon High School, 700 Bennett Street, Herndon
      Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly

Thursday, February 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
      Providence Elementary School, 3616 Jermantown Road, Fairfax
      Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria

In the event of inclement weather, a makeup dialogue session will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. Citizens are encouraged to complete an online survey, available beginning Monday, February 9, at www.fcps.edu, to share their opinions about school start and dismissal times. Additional information about the proposed changes to school start and dismissal times and the Transportation Task Force’s recommendations may be viewed at www.fcps.edu.

Reminder: Scrip Order Deadline Is Feb. 13

posted Feb 2, 2009, 7:26 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Feb 2, 2009, 7:32 AM ]

"Scrip" is gift certificates (catalog HERE) from national and local retailers. They’re the same gift certificates that you buy at the store. If you are interested in ordering gift cards, please email your order no later than Friday, February 13. Scrip gift cards should arrive by Friday, February 20. If you have any questions please call Gail Witt at 703-971-0890, or email her at aawitt@cox.net 

Support the 2009 ANGP and HSS Orchestra - Buy Pizza and Play Bingo!

posted Jan 28, 2009, 1:28 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Jan 28, 2009, 1:39 PM ]

Two important fundraisers worthy of your support are coming up quickly:
  • The Class of 2009 All Night Grad Party (ANGP) will be having a Restaurant Night at Uno's in Kingstowne Center on Thursday, January 29, where the restaurant will donate up to 20% of the total cost of your dine-in or takout order. Simply present one of THESE coupons when you pay for or pick your order to lend a helping hand to the ANGP effort!
  • Hayfield Secondary's Orchestra Boosters will be having a Basket Bingo fundraiser at the school on Sunday, February 8 starting at 1 p.m. In addition to 20 regular games of bingo, there will be special games, raffles and door prizes galore. You can find more details on THIS FLIER, including how to order your advance tickets!

A Couple Science Fair / Science Dept. Needs - Can You Help?

posted Jan 28, 2009, 1:23 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Jan 28, 2009, 1:28 PM ]

The HSSPTSA hospitality comittee is looking for donations of bagels, breakfast foods, fruit salads, bananas, juice, water and cream cheese for the Science Fair to be held on January 31. If you can help or have a donation, please contact Dottie Andrews at dorothy.andrews@fcps.edu as soon as possible.

Additionally, Hayfield Secondary's science department is looking for parents with carpentry skills to help fix some of the desks in the department. If there are parents who possess these skills and who are willing to come in and help fix the desks, please contact Mary Spatz at mary.spatz@fcps.edu or dorothy.andrews@fcps.edu.

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