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Dear Patriot Pioneers Families:

L e a d e r s h i p , I n t e g r i t y, C h a r a c t e r , P r i d e

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year! I would like to welcome all of our student and families to our second year. We are very fortunate to have this state of the art high school for our students to attend, and we have worked diligently to match instructional staff with the instructional ideology as our student body has grown. There are many changes as we move forward – we have a Senior class, our student body will most likely be about 2,275 students, and we will offer second year programs in Building Trades, Culinary Arts, Engineering, and Early Childhood Education. Additionally, we have expanded our AP course offerings to offer more choices for our students. We also welcomed about 32 additional staff members to our instructional and support staffs in order to continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students. The staff of Patriot High School is committed to creating an optimal learning environment that provides students with multiple opportunities to experience success, both in the classroom and through participation in extracurricular activities. During the school year, we encourage our students to always partake of opportunities to experience success- from tutoring to club participation and extracurricular activities. These experiences will provide leadership skills and let students focus on developing their full potential. Improvements to technology related programs has allowed for online courses to be offered in Economics and Personal Finance, the introduction of a “Bring Your Own Device” policy, and enhancements to our own Web page, as well as those of our teachers. Patriot High School will continue to strive to be the embodiment of our motto- Leadership, Integrity, Character, and Pride- as we look for ways to support our students and improve their academic success and performance. It is no secret that a parent’s involvement in a student’s school has an important impact on the educational success of the student. Your presence and support are welcomed and appreciated at Patriot High School. We hope that you continue to partner with us in our efforts to support your child. Please get involved with groups such as the Parent Teacher Student Association, the Booster organization, and by attending student activities. Our supportive community will positively influence our school, and we continue to need your help. Our Back-to-School Night has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. I encourage you to attend to find out about the classes your student is taking and how to support him or her throughout the school year. Our students are expected to be leaders and role models within our school and throughout our community. These four words- Leadership, Integrity, Character, Pride- along with the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey and “The Leader in Me” by Sean Covey define and create the vision for our end product- educated graduates who have the skills to be successful, to be an asset to the community, and ready for the 21st century. As principal of Patriot, I am proud to be a Pioneer and look forward to creating an environment of excellence at Patriot High School. Please work every day to make your high school experience here the best. Set your expectations high; everyone at Patriot strives for your success! Thank you for your continued support of our school. I hope to meet each of you during the year, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with your child. Sincerely,


“HOME OF THE PIONEERS” 10504 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville, VA 20181 • 703.594.3020 • 703.594.2814 Nurse Student Parking School Counseling

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August 2012 Vol. 2, Fall

FROM THE NURSE NURSE’S CORNER Welcome back to a new year! Everyone should be relaxed and ready to go for the 2012-13 school year. Parents please encourage your child to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night and eat a well balanced breakfast before coming to school. This will enhance the students readiness to start the day and hopefully keep him/her healthy. Hearing and Vision Screenings Hearing and vision screenings are set for September 6 and 7 for all 10th graders as this is a mandatory regulation per state of Virginia. Please have the student wear their contacts or bring their glasses with them. Parent volunteers are welcome. Please feel free to contact me for information at 703.594.3189 or Medication at school All medications require a medication authorization form to be completed and returned to the nurse with medication in the original container. Any prescription medication needs a form completed by their physician and also signed by the parent. Medication will be distributed by the nurse as needed. All forms can be found on our Web site under ‘From the Nurse’. Emergency Cards Parents please update and hand in emergency cards as soon as possible. This will enable the staff and I to have correct contact information in case of an illness or injury that may occur at school. Clinic Procedures When students come to the clinic they are assessed for signs of contagious illness, such as a fever of 100.5 or higher, vomiting, or diarrhea. If the student has any sign of illness, a parent will be notified to pick up the student. If no signs of contagious illness, the student will be encouraged to stay in school for the day. Minor injuries are treated and the student will be sent back to class. Parents are notified of any major injuries/illness that require physician evaluation or follow -up. Please let me know of any medical condition(s) that may affect your student's school day. The more information I have the better I can care for your child. Hand Washing Parents, please encourage your child to have good hand washing technique. Hand washing helps to prevent illness and the spreading of germs. Here is a Web site at CDC to show the student how he/ she can wash their hands. Please see the back of this newsletter for information on scoliosis. Have a great school year! Nurse Haun

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STUDENT PARKING Parking decals will be sold to students after they have downloaded and taken the paper parking quiz. Students should read the information posted on the Web page or the Rules and Regulations listed below in order to successfully pass the quiz. The quiz can then be turned in when applying for the permit. Decals can be purchased for $100 by seeing a member of the Security Staff during the school day. Applications for the decal should be printed and signed by the student’s parent from your home computer. After October 11, students who wish to drive and park at Patriot H.S. must have purchased a decal. Failure to possess the decal may result in a warning, discipline, and/or towing. Listed below are the requirements to gain permission to drive and park your vehicle at Patriot HS: Drivers must be fully licensed and possess insurance in order to purchase a permit. Students must purchase and display a parking decal by obtaining and completing the Student Parking Application (see above). Those not displaying decals will be subject to be towing at the owners expense. Students may not return to their vehicles for any reason unless permission has been granted by an Administrator. Any student leaving the property in their vehicle without signing out will lose privileges to park on the lot for a period of time determined by the principal. Students reported and confirmed to be driving in a reckless manner while travelling to or from school will be subject to a loss of driving privileges. Students that drive on school property must use caution and obey posted signs. Students that drive recklessly or fail to obey traffic rules may lose parking privileges or be referred to the Prince William County Police. All vehicles are subject to search if there is reasonable suspicion that drugs, alcohol, weapons, stolen property, or other contraband are present. Students will lose the permit and permission to park on school property if the decal is copied, sold, or transferred to another student. Security must be notified if a substitute vehicle is driven. Lost decals should be reported to Security and a new decal will be issued for $5 dollar replacement fee. Students may only park in those spots designated as student parking. Violators may be warned, disciplined or possibly towed. The parking map is visible on the Web page and page 4 of this newsletter.

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SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE NEWS AND VIEWS School Counseling Department Terri Snoots, Director of School Counseling Tiffany Smith, Counselor: A-Cl Sara Correll, Counselor: Co-Go Diana De Jesus Brent, Counselor: Gr-La Laura Feeley, Counselor: Le-N Joe Banks, Counselor: O-Sh Susan Sigmon, Counselor: Si-Z Linda Fair, Registrar Ginger Baltimore, Counseling Office Secretary Welcome Patriot Pioneer students and families. The counselors are swiftly working on finalizing schedules and registering new students for school. Locator cards will be mailed out the week of August 29 and contain students first block class. Students, please verify your first block class with the rosters that will be posted around the school starting the night of Friday, August 31. 9th – at the front of the building 10th – at the Bus Loop 11th and 12th—at the side of the building near the football field (Commons 2) Schedule Changes As students have had the opportunity to change schedules early this summer, we will not be doing schedule changes except in cases of a wrong class. If student has a wrong class, for example, they passed English 9 and are placed back in that class, please have them let the teacher know and they will be sent to the counseling office to meet with their counselor during the class that is incorrect. Parent-Teacher Conferences We encourage parents to use the new ParentPortal system to check grades and attendance as well as joining their student’s teacher SchoolFusion pages in order to keep up with the most up-to-date information. We also encourage parents to email or call to address concerns about their student. In those rare cases where a faceto-face meeting is necessary, parents should contact the teacher directly to set up a meeting if you are requesting to meet with one or two teachers. If a conference with three or more teachers is needed and you have shared the concern with them through email or a phone call, please call the students counselor and they will coordinate the meeting. 2012-13 College Fairs Osbourn Park High School - October 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Potomac High School - October 16, 6-8 p.m.

STUDENT SERVICES JoAnn Haun, School Nurse Jessica Buckman, School Psychologist Michelle Wilson, School Social Worker Calinda Hawkins, Attendance Officer

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WORK PERMITS Students who need work permits may visit Mrs. Baltimore in counseling. Please be sure to have all correct documentation when applying for your work permit. Please contact Mrs. Baltimore with any questions at 703.594.3628 or email at

DRESS CODE Please keep the dress code in mind over the summer and be fully prepared to dress to the Code of Behavior guidelines for the 2012-13 school year. Students can refer to their agendas for the list of items that are considered violations to the Code of Behavior. Here are a few items that are NOT allowed: Garments exposing the midriff, are too revealing/form fitting, or have low necklines Undergarments worn as outer garments or exposing undergarments Sheer “see-through� garments Tops with oversized arm openings or spaghetti straps, or strapless, tank or tube Shorts, skorts, or short skirts are acceptable only if worn in good taste. The length should reach mid-thigh when the student stands with arms at his/her side. Short shorts, gym-type shorts, stretch shorts, and un-hemmed, ragged items Clothing, buttons, signs or other items with suggestive, profane, offensive, or other inappropriate words, pictures or meanings Garments that are tight, too revealing or inappropriate

School Pictures October 1-2 will be retakes for Seniors. Seniors who missed their scheduled picture day this summer and Seniors new to Patriot will be mailed a schedule postcard two weeks prior to picture day. Pictures will take place after school. Pictures for underclassmen will be taken on September 13-14.

Code of Behavior This year, PWCS Code of Behavior is available online. For information please refer to:

Stand up for what you believe in and stay TRUE to your feelings.

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES CAFETERIA Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications were mailed by the School Division to families with children registered in Prince William County Public Schools. If you did not receive an application, please contact School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314 or your school. You may also complete the application electronically. Visit the School Division Web site at to access the electronic application.

From Patriot’s Office of Instructional Technology Parents: Important Information about the Parent Portal

From Patriot’s Office of Instructional Technology Welcome! Technology is playing an increasingly important role in today’s classrooms. Patriot’s Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Mrs. Terry Lowry, is available to assist staff and students alike in utilizing the vast technological resources available at Patriot High School. She can be found in room 2035 or contacted at ParentPortal/SchoolFusion Parents/Guardians, if you had a ParentPortal account last year, your account is still active and you can log-in using the same username & password. Parents/Guardians who are new to PWCS, or who did not have a ParentPortal account last year, can register for an account at After registering, your username & password will be available for pick-up from Patriot’s main office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Please give us 24 to 48 hours to process and be prepared to show a picture ID to pick up the information). The ParentPortal gives you access to your children’s current grades. In addition, your ParentPortal username & password also works to log-in to Patriot’s Web site (aka SchoolFusion) where you will find class Web pages and teachers’ contact information. Students have their own accounts to log-in to the ParentPortal and Patriot’s Web site. Any student who does not know or remember how to log-in to these systems should contact Ms. Lowry at Student Novell Accounts In addition to their ParentPortal/SchoolFusion accounts, Patriot students are provided with their own accounts to log-in to Patriot’s computer network (Novell). Returning students who do not remember their login information should see Ms. Lowry in 2035 or Ms. Ruckle in the Library. If neither is available, please visit either the main or annex offices as the secretaries there can assist you, as well. Incoming freshmen will be provided their Novell usernames & passwords within the first few weeks of school. In order for a student to use a Patriot High School computer, they are required to know this username & password. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Library to test out these passwords prior to needing them for instruction or to complete assignments.

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ATTENDANCE When your child is absent from school, please have him or her bring a note to the attendance office (room 1530) within two (2) days of his or her return to school. It is not necessary for the parent/guardian to call the

school or attendance.

Attendance can be reached at 703.594.3021

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Chef Stevenson’s Corner Butternut Squash Squash is naturally low in fat, and a great fall side dish that would also make a great accompaniment to a Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes squash can be hard to cut, but you can make this task easier by piercing it with a fork, then popping it in the microwave for 60 seconds before cutting into it.

Roasted Butternut Squash Total Time: 50 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 small butternut squash (2 lbs.) 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup maple syrup Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a sturdy knife, cut off the top of the squash near the stem, then cut the squash half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and membranes. Halve again, making four wedges. Place wedges cut side up in a large glass baking dish. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Combine orange juice and maple syrup and drizzle over squash wedges. Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes. Spoon syrup over wedges before serving. Per serving: Calories 166, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0.5g (Sat 0.1g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 11mg, Carbohydrate 35.3g, Fiber 3.8g, Protein 3.4g

Dance Team We are excited to have 26 wonderful ladies on the Patriot Starlettes team. Captains are Ashley Kate Kesler (senior), Jessica Cree (junior), Lindsay Cooper (junior), and Lauren Kraynak (sophomore). The dance team will be performing for Patriot Varsity home football games and will attend the United States Naval Academy to perform for a football game on November 3. We will be entertaining the Pioneer fans at the Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball games in the winter. Finally, the dance team plans to participate in local competitions in the fall and winter. Hope to see you there!

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES PSAT/NMSQT – October 17 The PSAT/NMSQT will be given at Patriot High School on Wednesday, October 17. All tenth and eleventh grade students will sit for this exam. There is NO cost to the student. Any ninth grade student who wishes to take this exam may do so. However, they must pay the $14 book fee. Students will be assigned testing room locations during the first week of October. Sophomores and juniors, who are tardy to school after the testing has begun, will be housed in a common area. Ninth grade students wishing to test must register and pay $14 in Room 2045 by October 5. Due to space limitation, Patriot High School is unable to test private, parochial or homeschooled students.

For more information, please contact Mr. Sherrill at

It’s that time again to RE-LINK your VIC card! Our Together In Education program kicks off August 1 each year! Please be a supporter for our school and RE-LINK your VIC cards! You can link your card at the register, Customer Service desk, or Patriot High School Organization Number is 8559

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES From the English Department We welcome everyone to Patriot and are looking forward to another amazing year with all of our leaders! Our Patriot Pioneer family has grown since summer and we are excited to introduce you to our newest English Department Teachers: Chad Cavender, Joy Fredericks, Bryan Harvey, Eunice Jang, Catherine Storke, and Katie Wanson. Mrs. Fredericks will also serve as Patriot’s Gifted Coordinator. In addition, we have been working hard to prepare units of instruction that align to the Virginia Standards of Learning while allowing students an opportunity to probe, evaluate, and think critically about the texts they read and writings they produce. We look forward to a productive and progressive year with your children. The Eleventh Grade Research Paper Parent Information Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. in Commons 1. We hope to see you there!

After completing an incredibly successful inaugural season, the Patriot Players will be hitting the competitive trail again this fall to present War Stories for the final time at the Virginia Theatre Association conference. Last year, the cast of War Stories earned Patriot district and regional titles, individual acting awards, and ranked Patriot’s fledgling theatre program sixth in the Commonwealth. The competition at VTA is statewide and success on this stage will send the Pioneers to the Southeastern Theatre Conference in the spring, a feat accomplished by only two high schools each year. Break a leg, Patriot Players! Auditions for Brighton Beach Memoirs will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Drama room. There will be an audition workshop on Wednesday, September 12, from 2:30-5 p.m. for those interested. The audition workshop offers an opportunity for inexperienced and experienced actors alike to try out their audition pieces and receive coaching and feedback free of consequence. It is recommended that students attend the workshop but not required for casting consideration. Please prepare a one or two minute modern piece for the audition. Gentleman would be wise to go comedic; Ladies, show some range! The Patriot Players will formally open the Theatre season with Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. The show will run the Friday and Saturday evenings that follow at the same time. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the box office each evening at 7 p.m.

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CLUBS, DEPARTMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES Math Department This year we are asking students that are able to purchase their own calculators for math classes, are encouraged to do so. There are many free online/app calculators selections for students to use with their own electronic devices; however students will need additional practice with a traditional calculator for the SOL and AP standardized tests. Students in Geometry only need a scientific calculator such as a Casio® or Texas Instrument® calculator. We will have calculators available for in-class use; however the calculators will not be available for homework or check-out. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Daniel Nemerow at

Patriot Pioneer Inaugural Yearbook The 2012-13 yearbook will be sold for $65. This year’s order form is located in the back of the newsletter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Gill by email at

FALL SPORTS DIRECTORY Cheerleading: Katie Wanson Cross Country: Adam Daniels Field Hockey: Amanda Dunbrack Football: Brud Bicknell Golf: Billy Childress Volleyball: Christina Woolwine

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The Patriot Athletic Boosters Program is not a program or department of the Prince William County Public Schools but an independent organization which has obtained the approval of PWCS to support its schools, students, teams, programs, and extracurricular activities. All funds raised by the Patriot Athletic Boosters Program are used for school-related purposes.

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School Board Mr. Milton C. Johns Chairman At-Large Mrs. Lisa E. Bell Vice Chairman Neabsco District Mrs. Betty D. Covington

Mrs. Denita S. Ramirez

Potomac District

Woodbridge District

Dr. Michael E. Wooten

Mrs. Alyson A. Satterwhite

Occoquan District

Gainesville District

Dr. Michael I. Otaigbe

Mr. Gil Trenum

Coles District

Brentsville District

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven L. Walts

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. PWCS provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual(s) will handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, including Section 504 and Title IX: Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Prince William County Public Schools P.O. Box 389 Manassas, VA 20108

Patriot High School Administrative Team Dr. Michael E. Bishop, Principal Ms. Madre Mack., Assistant Principal Mrs. Emily Utter, Assistant Principal Ms. Stephanie Hicks, Assistant Principal Mr. Lance Sherrill, Teacher on Administrative Assignment Ms. Terri Snoots, Director of School Counseling Mr. Brad Qualls, Director of Student Activities Mr. John Lavely, Security

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