Principal's Message - Fall 2009

posted Oct 16, 2009, 7:59 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Mar 18, 2010, 5:03 AM ]
Dear Hayfield Secondary Families:
As fall gets underway, we will soon begin our academic achievement celebrations including the first quarter Honor Roll for high school students and the Honor breakfasts for middle school teams.  I’m very proud to announce that Hayfield has been notified that two of its students are currently 2010 National Merit Semi-finalist Scholars, two more are National Merit Commended Scholars, and yet another achieved National Hispanic Recognition Scholar status based on prior PSAT scores.  We will celebrate these students at the fall Academic Awards Program and again at the Senior Awards ceremony later in the spring.  At the time of this writing, we were just concluding the administration of the Princeton Review (composed of released PSAT questions) for our ninth-grade students and the PSAT for our tenth and eleventh-grade students, all in preparation for students who will take their SAT exams in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year.  Students should discuss with their counselor whether the SAT, ACT, or both exams are appropriate for their post-Hayfield plans.  Contact your child’s counselor for additional information on these options.
This coming weekend, the Auto Technology classes will be teaming with our neighbors at the Hayfield Shopping Center to show-off some pretty neat “wheels.”  You may want to stop by; or, if you are into College research/selection mode with your student, I recommend you attend the FCPS College Night which we are hosting on Monday, October 19, starting at 7 p.m.  Over 400 colleges and universities will be represented here and there will be three college-prep workshops offered.
If you have not seen the alumni walk located between the football stands and the concession stand, you really should take the walk.  Organized by the Hayfield Athletic Boosters, the alumni walk currently has many bricks inscribed with past Hayfield alumni and faculty/staff.  If interested, I encourage you to contact the Athletic Boosters via their webpage at
A big thank you in advance goes out to all those students, parents, and staff who will organize and support next week’s Homecoming festivities.  The week-long celebratory activities, enjoyed by faculty, students, staff, and community will include hallway decorations, the traditional pep rally, a parade through the Hayfield community, a hard-to-be-fought football game against Stuart High School, and the traditional Homecoming Dance.  All of this will be the backdrop as we welcome our new Director of Student Activities (DSA), Mr. E.W. Nowland, current DSA of Stuart High School, effective Monday, October 26.  Mr. Steve Kewer will be officially retired on November 1.  Mr. Nowland brings six years of experience as a sitting FCPS DSA, as well as, experience as a DSA in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) National District (to which we were assigned this school year).  Please welcome him when you get the chance.
It’s mid-fall again, so please mark your calendars for the upcoming Touching Base five-minute mini-conferences scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, November 11.  We will follow the same format as last year providing opportunities for parents to touch base with teachers.  Mini-conferences will start at 7:30 a.m. in the field house and middle-school lecture hall.  Students will have a shortened day with bus pick-up times scheduled exactly four hours later coinciding with the start of school, scheduled at 11:20 a.m.
All the best to you and your families, Go Hawks!
William L. Oehrlein, Ph.D.