The official ONLINE newsletter of the Hayfield Secondary School PTSA                 Newsletter updated June 20, 2011

Latest President's Message...

  • President's Message - Fall 2010 Welcome back to school!! Can you believe it’s that time again? I certainly can’t. It seems as if only yesterday we heard the shouts of glee as the last bell of the 2009-2010 school year rang and our kids ran out the Hayfield Secondary doors into the days of summer. Now, after sun, sand, s’mores and (hopefully) lots of serious reading time, that first bell of 2010-2011 is here. Are your kids excited? Are you excited? I’m not sure if it’s even on TV, but there used to be a back-to-school Staples commercial with a Dad sailing through the store, riding a shopping cart with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2010, 12:53 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster
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Latest Principal's Message...

  • Principal's Message - February 15, 2011 Greetings Hawks! I hope this letter finds everyone doing well as we endure the cold winter months. Spring is right around the corner and yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hey, at least it’s been a bit milder than last year right? Below, please find some Hawk current events along with important date information for your calendars. First, on February 9, we had a very successful staff development day for our staff. We began the morning with a presentation from Dr. Ivory Toldson who shared research from his book, Breaking Barriers: Plotting the Path to Academic Success for School-age Black Males. Our staff then transitioned into one-hour breakout sessions including: Data Driven ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2011, 4:16 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster
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Summer Parent Clinics Offered by FCPS Office of Intervention/Prevention Services

posted Jun 20, 2011, 11:28 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will again be offering Summer Parent Clinic. Parents will have an opportunity to schedule a 45 minute consultative appointment with a School Psychologist or School Social Worker. Supportive consultation is available for parents if your child might be anxious, not sleeping well, a target of bullying, experiencing other social or emotional issues, or in need of assistance with peer relationships. School Psychologists and School Social Workers will be available for assistance in identifying community resources, guidance on how to manage challenging behaviors, as well as how to work collaboratively with the school team around issues of academic or behavioral concern. To schedule an appointment please call the FCPS Parent Clinic at 703-503-2506 or 703-503-2507 or email Donna.Douglas@fcps.edu.

Fairfax Public Access Radio/TV Summer Camps Scheduled

posted Jun 20, 2011, 10:47 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

Fairfax Public Access (FPA) Television & Radio operates three channels Ch 10, 30 & 37 on Cox Cable of Northern Virginia, Comcast Cable at Reston and Verizon FiOS TV. We operate a full service TV and radio production facility and welcome students to join us in building a sense of community in their neighborhood.

FPA offers students interested in television and/or radio production a great outlet to learn, experience, and create. During the summer period we offer one-week radio and two-week television summer camps which certifies participants in facility equipment and as TV or radio producers. Some helpful information about these camps is attached below but for additional information please visit the website at www.fcac.org.

FPA is a great resource for students who might want to go into communication, journalism, radio or freelance camera work. At Fairfax Public Access Television students and staff can be shown how to accomplish their goals in any of these areas. For additional information, please contact Jay Erausquin, FPA Training Coordinator, at jerausquin@fcac.org

FCPS Facilities Planning Advisory Council Schedules Series of Listening Tour/Working Meetings

posted Jun 20, 2011, 10:43 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) has begun a "listening tour" to give community members an opportunity to share their concerns and ideas about facilities issues. FPAC is a new advisory council of the Fairfax County School Board aimed at advising and informing the School Board and staff members on long-term plans for facilities needs. FPAC is made up of 13 Fairfax County residents—one from each magisterial district, three at-large members, and one from the City of Fairfax. Facilities-related issues that may be considered by FPAC include, but are not limited to:

* Program capacity.
* Transportation and operating efficiencies.
* Capital improvement plan prioritization.
* Creative financing and construction strategies.
* Scope of renovations.
* School closures and new schools.
* Student accommodation planning (building additions, modular relocations, and school boundaries).

FPAC will meet twice monthly on Tuesday evenings. Future meetings will be divided between listening tour meetings in the community and working meetings at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Complete information about FPAC, including its meeting schedule and contact information, also is available at http://www.fcps.edu/fts/planning/fpac/index.htm.

HSSPTSA Elects Its 2011-2012 Officers

posted Jun 20, 2011, 10:34 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 11:30 AM ]

The following officers were presented for election at the monthly Hayfield Secondary PTSA general membership meeting held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011:

2011-12 Hayfield Secondary PTSA Officers

President – Liz Dunn
1st Vice President – Mike Lambert
2nd Vice President – Sarah Trinidad
Treasurer – Jan Bigelow
Recording Secretary – Dana Bennsky
Corresponding Secretary – Michelle Hoilman
PTSA Mentor/Advisor – Christine Page

The full listing of all PTSA committee chairs for the 2011-12 school year will be published on this site by the end of June 2011. Please contact Mike Lambert, PTSA nominating committee chair, at webmaster@hssptsa.org if you have any questions.

REMINDER: "Dialogue on Discipline" & "Gang Awareness" Discussions During Week of May 9

posted May 9, 2011, 5:58 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

Parents and interested community members are invited to a "Dialogue on Discipline" hosted by Hayfield Secondary principal Mr. Dave Tremaine and the Hayfield Secondary PTSA on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. We hope to have an informative and productive conversation on the Superintendent’s discipline recommendations. We’ll also spend some time exploring the following areas: improving parent understanding of the Student Responsibilities and Rights handbook, aspects of parent notification, types of instructional support for students out of school on a disciplinary infraction, and questions the FCPS hearing office might use in a parent exit survey after a hearing. Feedback from this dialogue will be sent on to the Superintendent for his consideration, so it’s important for you to attend and share your views.

Also, please plan to attend the Hayfield Secondary School “Gang Awareness and Parent” evening event on Wednesday, May 11 and 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. This informative session will include a variety of resources and a presentation by the Fairfax County Gang Unit.

The Perils of the College Drinking Culture

posted May 9, 2011, 5:52 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated May 9, 2011, 5:56 PM ]

The event features a screening of the award-winning documentary, HAZE, looking at the crisis of binge drinking and hazing on college campuses. It is followed by an audience discussion with key experts including: Raymond F. Morrogh, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County; Dr. William Hauda, Emergency Physician, Inova Fairfax Hospital; Chief Dave Rohrer and Captain Bruce Ferguson, Commander, Youth Services Division, Fairfax County Police Department; Jeff Levy, father of a student who died following drinking at a college party; and a college student. It’s a must see with your teen before he or she leaves for college! Choose the date/location that works best for you.
  • Tues., May 17 from 7-9 p.m. – Langley High School Auditorium
  • Tues., May 24 from 7-9 p.m. – Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
  • Wed., July 20 from 7-9 p.m. – West Springfield High School Spartan Hall
  • Wed., July 27 from 7-9 p.m. – Westfield High School Auditorium
Presented by the Unified Prevention Coalition (UPC) of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and its Countywide Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking (CIRUD), in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD), Safe Community Coalition, and others. For further information, please contact Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police Department, at 703-246-3271, or visit the Unified Prevention Coalition at www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org.

Don't Forget the ANGP Fundraiser: FLOCKING!

posted May 4, 2011, 6:14 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated May 9, 2011, 6:03 PM ]

"Flocking" can wing its way to your neighborhood and can also help raise money for our seniors. If you’re not familiar with flocking, it involves PTSA volunteers (usually working under the cover of night) and pink flamingos. Intrigued? You can find the form on the PTSA website for flocking HERE.

Congressman Moran Announces Event w/ Facebook: Securing Your Social Network

posted Apr 11, 2011, 2:36 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Apr 11, 2011, 2:51 PM ]

Congressman Jim Moran will hold a community event featuring the online social networking site Facebook. The event will be held April 12th at West Potomac High School and will discuss smart practices for using online social networking sites. Moran will be joined by representatives from Facebook, the world’s top social networking site.

From stories of identity theft to physical and emotional abuse, recent news reports have highlighted the risks of online social networks. In 2010, the Internet Crimes Complaint Center received and processed an average of more than 25,000 complaints per month. The growing population of young internet users stresses the need to hold a conversation on responsible internet practices.

Facebook has more than 500 million active users and is one of the world’s most trafficked sites.

What: Congressman Moran and Facebook will discuss and answer questions on ways to safely and securely engage your online social networks.
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Where: West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA

This event is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome.

Class of 2011 Graduation Details Posted

posted Apr 11, 2011, 2:08 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Apr 11, 2011, 2:51 PM ]

The Hayfield Secondary Class of 2011 graduation packet is now posted on the school's main web site. This packet has all the information you need regarding the Senior Prom , the Senior Awards, Senior Oscar Night, the Senior Picnic and the graduation ceremony itself. If you have any questions, please call Washington Hall (Senior Hall) at 703-924-7454. Also posted in the same area on the school's web site is an entry form to complete for a chance to win a raffle for reserved graduation ceremony seating in the school's field house, which is where the ceremony will be held on June 16. All raffle proceeds go towards the 2011 All Night Grad Party Fund.

Hayfield Secondary PTSA Board Vacancies for the 2011-2012 School Year

posted Mar 14, 2011, 8:17 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Mar 14, 2011, 10:27 AM ]

Consider joining our ranks for the 2011-2012 school year! The Hayfield Secondary PTSA currently has two officer positions (recording secretary and corresponding secretary) as well as several key committee chairperson and booster liaison vacancies on our board for next year, and we would like to invite. Please review the attached document listing all current vacancies (highlighted in RED), and if you have additional questions, please contact Nominations Committee chair Mike Lambert at webmaster@hssptsa.org for additional information.

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