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The Perils of the College Drinking Culture

posted May 14, 2013, 7:20 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated May 14, 2013, 7:21 PM ]

A program of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department

Make plans to attend an upcoming screening and panel discussion on a powerful documentary, "HAZE", which looks at the crisis of binge drinking and hazing on college campuses. The documentary is a must-see for all parents and/or guardians and their college-bound teens, as well as anyone else concerned about underage drinking. 

Learn how you and your student can best prepare to handle difficult issues he or she will face here at home, as well as on college campuses in the fall. Parents and students are encouraged to attend together. 

Three regional community forums will be held across Fairfax County this spring and summer. A distinguished panel will be on hand to answer questions. Among those who will take part are: Fairfax County Deputy County Executive David Rohrer; Raymond Morrogh, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, and his deputy Casey Lingan; William Hauda, M.D., Inova Fairfax Hospital; Fairfax County Police Captain Bruce Ferguson, commander, Community Resource Division; Mary Ann Sprouse, director, George Mason University’s Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES); Jeff Levy, father of a student who died following drinking at a college party; Samara Kimmelman, a George Mason University graduate student; and local students. A question and answer session will follow. 

Forums will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on:
May 16 at Westfield High School, Chantilly (Auditorium)
May 22 at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus (Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center)
July 31 at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus (Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center)

For more information: 
Visit www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org  or contact Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police Department, at 703-246-3271

Don't Forget Our Five Star Carpet Fundraiser During May!

posted May 14, 2013, 6:36 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

During the month of May, the HSS PTSA is joining with Five Star Carpet in the Hayfield Shopping Center to raise money for Hayfield Secondary School. Five Star Carpet will donate a portion of all sales from Hayfield families and friends to our school! Five Star sells carpet, hardwood, laminate, marble, granite, ceramic tiles, oriental rugs, area rugs, remnants, and refinishes hardwood floors. Hassan, the owner, has been in the business for 30 years and also offers free shop-at-home service. When you make your purchase, please tell Hassan the code word "FLOOR" for the school to receive credit. Find Five Star Carpet at:

7590 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22315

Fairfax Partnership for Youth Sponsoring Mental Health Spotlight on Fairfax County's Channel 16

posted May 8, 2013, 7:43 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated May 8, 2013, 7:44 PM ]

Throughout May, check out The FPY Show: The 411 on Mental Health Resources, with Kristen Brennan, FPY Executive Director; Co-host Johnathan Brown, a local student and musician; and Jordan Burnham, a national public speaker and mental health advocate, as they discuss how sleep, exercise, and counseling all contribute to strong mental health in our youth.

This is a show that emphasizes learning to nurture your own mental health, and how to get help if you need it, in a positive, encouraging way. We hope that it will be shared with all teens and young adults who may benefit from the information shared in the show.

The FPY show is available now ON DEMAND at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/the_fpy_show.htm, and will air on Channel 16 Mondays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m. throughout May.

First Fairfax County-Wide "SLEEP Night" Set for Tuesday, Feb. 26

posted Feb 21, 2013, 5:34 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Feb 21, 2013, 5:34 PM ]

The SLEEP In Fairfax organization has assembled a "Dream Team" for "SLEEP Night." Join a panel of experts, including Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Children's National Medical Center; Dr. Helene Emsellem, Director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders; Dr. Sandy Chung, President of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia; Steve Greenburg, President of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers; Terry Eiserman, Arlington County high school teacher; and Talia Schmitt, High School Leadership Team; to discuss teen sleep and school start times.

Several members of the Fairfax County School Board will be there. We hope you'll also become part of the team. You will be able to ask questions and share your own experiences with early school start times. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Annandale High School (Lecture Hall)

SLEEP Night also will feature a student photo contest with cash awards, a raffle for teachers and students. The Photo Contest theme is "I can't do my best when I don't get my rest." Deadline for submissions is February 24, 2013.

The snow date for SLEEP Night will be Wednesday, March 6.

It's Almost Time for the Barnes & Noble Book Fair!

posted Nov 16, 2012, 5:57 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

Start your holiday shopping early and support Hayfield Secondary School at the same time! From Black Friday, November 23, through Thursday November 29, any purchases made in any Barnes & Noble store using the code 10881191 will benefit Hayfield Secondary School. You can also purchase items online at bn.com using the same code -- 10881191 -- through Tuesday November 27. If you are a Barnes & Noble member you will still get your member discount, and teachers will still be able to use their educator discounts (20%). Book Fair vouchers are attached below for your in-store use, and they can be used at any B&N location.

A special Hayfield Secondary School in-store event will be held at the local Barnes & Noble store at 6646 Loisdale Road in Springfield on Tuesday, November 27 from 5-9 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to fulfill teacher wish lists, as well as a station to make holiday cards for a military member overseas. Take this opportunity to help your local school and find some great holiday surprises! Please note the purchase of gift cards or digital content will not count towards our sales. Hope to see you at Barnes and Noble at the in-store event on the 27th!

"Feeding Academic Success" Food Day Set for Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Marshall HS

posted Sep 19, 2012, 3:54 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 3:54 PM ]

In conjunction with the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s National Food Day 2012, please plan to attend 
  • JOIN community leaders, teachers, parents and students as Real Food For Kids celebrates a Food Day event at Marshall High School
  • LISTEN as experts discuss how current school food contributes to the public health crisis and can create impediments to learning
  • LEARN about models of successful change in other public schools
  • WATCH as teams of local students compete in a Culinary Challenge to create the ideal salad bar for our schools
  • ASK the distinguished panel your questions during a Q & A session
Please see the attached flier below for more details!

ANGP 2013 Committee Meeting Set for Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

posted Sep 10, 2012, 7:36 PM by HSS PTSA Webmaster

Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2013, you are invited to our second All Night Grad Party (ANGP) planning meeting for the Class of 2013 – Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., in the HSS Career Center - Room 1370. (Seniors are invited, too, so they can share their ideas and input!)

Here’s the agenda:
  • Discuss research conducted of possible venues.
  • Plan for senior feedback, survey input.
  • Review fundraising plans, opportunities.
  • Review committee chairs and sign up for committees, including fundraising, communications (including a webmaster), finance, logistics (site selection), volunteers, security, etc. 
  • Announce next meeting date, time and place.

If you have agenda items, ideas, questions, etc., please send an email to Liz Dunn at lgdunn07@gmail.com or Jan Bigelow atbigelowj@cisnet.org. Hope to see you there!

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