Hayfield Distance Learning Kick-off

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Hayfield Distance Learning Kick-off Message from Principal Grimm

Hello Hayfield Hawk Families,

These are unprecedented times!  I am so proud of all the HSS and FCPS staff that have worked so hard to prepare the rest of the school year.  I know I speak for all of our teachers and staff when I say that we are very excited to welcome you back to school on April 14, 2020.  We have missed you, and we look forward to reconnecting.  Please carefully read this News You Choose as there is a lot of information that you will need in the coming weeks.  Please save this email as it contains links, information, and important upcoming events.

As you will see, embedded below is a link that will lead you to a video that discusses how to navigate and use Blackboard Ultra; it is titled Online Learning 101.  Please have your student log in to their fcpsschools.net email to view together. The video is about 3 minutes long and is packed with great information.  The video will also be linked to our website for future viewing.

You will also find a visual of what the virtual learning week will look like, as well as more tips on how to be successful.  These will also be linked to our website.  Please note that all classes 7-12 will meet on Tuesday (Orange Day) and Thursday (White day).  We have a considerable number of teachers that teach both middle and high school students, so remaining on the same schedule is imperative.

I will be hosting a virtual Parent Coffee in conjunction with our PTSA on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm via a Blackboard Collaborate platform.  Details to join the virtual meeting will be sent out next week. This meeting will be recorded and posted for those that cannot join.


I wanted to follow-up on Dr. Brabrand’s message to our senior class of 2020.  The current situation is certainly out of our control.  Social distancing is vital, and I ask all of our students to practice social distancing as it will help our entire community.  It is my experience that in times of crisis and uncertainty, the best way to navigate through our emotions is to start with what we can control and find ways to create positive outcomes.

Here is what we can control:

  • We continue to move forward with Cap and Gown orders and Honor Society and Service Cord orders.  As Dr. Brabrand stated, we are working on ways to celebrate 2020.  While we do not know what the graduation ceremony will look like, we do know that caps, gowns, and cords have been earned over the past four years, and our seniors will receive them!
  • I will be hosting a Senior Class virtual meeting after spring break.  By pushing the meeting past spring break, I hope to have answers that are not available to us at this time. 
  • I will be meeting virtually with our SGA and Class Officers to find ways to incorporate spirit weeks and plans for senior activities as allowed.
  • Mr. Nowland is working on virtual senior nights for our spring teams. 

I thank all of our community members for their patience as we navigate through this difficult time.  I know that Hawk Pride has been on display and will be on display for the rest of this year.

Stay well and distanced!


Martin Grimm


Tips for Parents

As we embark on Distant Learning, we recognize it can present different opportunities and challenges for families and students. While our number one goal is to continue high-quality instruction, we recognize the challenges and obstacles our students and families may face in the upcoming weeks will be exciting yet apprehensive. To prepare for this new approach to learning, it is important that we help our students adjust to the new normal and begin to develop good learning habits. Here are few tips to help students find success in this new environment:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Be there for your child as a parent
  3. Continue to maintain family norms and be supportive
  4. Know that you are doing the best you can
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments and progress!
Student Schedule

 HSS students will meet with ALL teachers during the appropriate class period for synchronous instruction. There will also be opportunities for asynchronous instruction and questions outside of the assigned bell schedule times.

** MS Electives meet Asynchronously

**HS Electives meet both Synchronously and Asynchronously




With synchronous learning, students will “meet” at the same time in various formats and can receive immediate feedback from their fellow students or teacher during their session. Asynchronous learning doesn't enable that type of interaction, but work can be completed independently, and students can reach out to teachers at another time.

“ The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take that away from you. “ ~B.B. King

Orientation to Online Learning

Please view this Orientation Clip to help get you started:

Online Learning 101 for Hayfield Secondary School

Additional Tips

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PTSA Seeking Nominations for the Executive Board

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PTSA Seeking Members to Serve on the Executive Board for the 2020-2021 School Year

At the February membership meeting the Hayfield SS Parent, Teacher, Student Association elected a Nominating Committee to find eligible and willing members to serve on our Executive Board for next school year 2020-2021. Nominees are being sought for the following positions:


1st Vice President (high school parent)

2nd Vice President (middle school parent)

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary



In order to be eligible to serve, you must be a current member of the PTSA. If you are interested in being considered for a position, please email Jenn Benecke at jbenecke77@gmail.com, no later than March 20th with the following information:

Name, email, phone number

Qualifications for the office such as PTA/PTSA service and experience

Community service/other activities


Thank you,

HSS PTSA Nominating Committee

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News and Notes: March 9, 2020

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News and Notes from the Activities Department:  March 9, 2020


The HSS Student Government Association is looking for Parent Volunteers to assist with International Night on Thursday, March 12th beginning at 5:00PM.  There are several shifts throughout this evening event to fit all schedules. Visit the link below for more information… Please consider helping with this wonderful school event!


Hamilton Ticket Raffle:

Do you want to be in the room where it happens? If so, the DramaHawk Boosters are raffling off 2 tickets to the June 24th performance of Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. Raffle tickets are $5 for one, or $20 for 5. Tickets can be purchased at any of the DramaHawk's Matilda performances (April 30-May 9), or online at http://www.pay4schoolstuff.com.  Winner will be selected following the last Matilda performance.  Do not throw away your shot at seeing either of these blockbuster shows!

Games and Events:

Monday March 9th:
Varsity Softball @ Edison (Scrimmage) 6:30 pm
Junior Varsity Softball vs. Edison (Scrimmage) 6:30 pm
Varsity Baseball vs. Jefferson (Scrimmage) 6:00 pm
Junior Varsity Baseball @ Jefferson (Scrimmage) 6:00 pm

Tuesday March 10th:
Spring Meet the Coaches 6:00 pm in the Auditorium

Wednesday March 11th:
Boys Soccer @ Washington-Liberty (Scrimmage) 5:45/7:15 pm
Junior Varsity Softball @ Washington-Liberty (Scrimmage) 6:30 pm.

Thursday March 12th:
International Night 5:45 pm

Friday March 13th:
Boys Lacrosse @ Justice (Scrimmage) 5:45/7:15 pm
Girls Lacrosse vs. Justice (Scrimmage) 6:00/7:30 pm
Boys Tennis vs. Justice (Scrimmage) 4:00 pm
Girls Tennis @ Justice (Mason District Park/Scrimmage) 4:00 pm
Girls Soccer @ Falls Church (Scrimmage) 5:45/7:15 pm
Varsity Baseball @ Edison (Scrimmage) 4:30 pm
Junior Varsity Baseball vs. Edison (Scrimmage) 4:30 pm

After School Tutoring Available every other Wednesday:

After school tutoring is available every other Wednesday on late bus days from 3pm-4:15pm in the high school cafeteria.  Honor society students and teachers are available to assist students in the core subject areas of math, English, social studies and science.  It is recommended that students use this service before requesting one on one tutoring from their counselors. The next date for this program is Wednesday February 19th. For more information, please contact Julie Riley, AP Coordinator, at jsriley@fcps.edu.

Hawks Athletic Booster Club Passes:

The Hawks Athletic Booster passes are now on sale!  We have six different levels of membership available.  The passes will allow you to enter everyone home regular season event for FREE!  All proceeds from these passes benefit Student Activities which uses these funds to assist all of our athletic teams.  Membership forms can be downloaded at https://hawksathletics.org/main/membership or paid online at www.pay4schoolstuff.com

Hawks Athletic Booster Club/Student Activities Fundraiser:

A few discount coupon cards remain from our community sponsor Craftsman Auto Care. 
For $20.00 The Craftsman Auto Care discount card gives each person a FREE Oil Change, FREE Car Care Inspection, FREE Tire Rotation, FREE Break Inspection, FREE Charging System Check & Battery Test, FREE Wheel Alignment Check, FREE Road Trip Safety Inspection, FREE Cooling System Pressure Test, FREE Tire Repair and many other discounts.
These cards DO NOT expire, and they are valued at over $250.00.
Craftsman Auto Care is located at 7001 Manchester Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22310 only 1.5 miles from Hayfield Secondary School.

If you are interested in purchasing a discount card for only $20.00 please stop by the Student Activities Office or call (703) 924-7472.  Cash and checks are accepted.  All checks must be made out to:  Hawks Athletic Booster Club Inc.

All monies raised will go directly to support all our athletic teams at Hayfield Secondary School.


The PTSA is now accepting Scholarship applications from graduating seniors. Students continuing their education at 2-year, 4-year college/university or an accredited Professional/Technical School may visit our website at www.hssptsa.org for information or download the application at https://tinyurl.com/w5lu6gx. 


Coaches Needed:

From Victor O’Neill Studios:


Underclassmen portraits from all sessions are now available to view and order online for the rest of the school year (orders placed online will ship home) at vosphoto.com/ucreorders. Please use your student’s ID as the online code.
In case you should have questions about your student's underclass portraits (grades K-11) or should you have any concerns regarding the items above, please contact underclass@vosphoto.com.

Lacrosse Spring Break Clinic:

LaxHawks Want You! We are hosting our first Annual Lacrosse Spring Break Clinic on
April 6 – 8, 2020 at Hayfield Secondary.  Come join one of the fastest growing sports in the USA!  The Clinic is for Girls and Boys, 5th grade through 11th grade who:
• Want to learn a new sport!
• Youth Club looking to make Travel
• Travel looking to make Junior Varsity
• Junior Varsity looking to make Varsity

LaxHawks Spring Break Clinic is the one stop shop!  Skills, Games, and Competitions to help grow your passion for the “Fastest Game on Two Feet”!

Please click on this FLYER for contact, pricing, and registration!

Boys Lacrosse Buy One Get One Free Paisano’s Card:

Hayfield, are you looking for a great holiday or birthday gift? How about some delicious hot pizza?! Hayfield Boys Lacrosse are selling the Buy One Get One Free Paisano's Pizza Cards, which is the perfect gift for you, a friend, or a loved one. Contact your favorite Boys Lax player, or Coach Mercer (jwmercer@fcps.edu) to buy the card for $20, and get a FREE delicious hot XL pizza for every XL pizza purchased from now until next December 31, 2020! This card can save you at least $16.00 each visit/delivery! All proceeds go to support the Hayfield Boys Lacrosse team for the upcoming 2020 Spring season.


2019/2020 Hayfield Yearbooks:
Yearbooks are available to purchase online by visiting www.yearbookordercenter.com and entering code 5417.


All Night Grad Party Update:
Next Meeting:   Tuesday 17 March at 6:30pm in the Library. Meeting is opened to all Hayfield Parents, Teachers, Class Sponsors and Students. Special invitation goes out to students and parents of seniors and juniors. Please save the date and looking forward to seeing you at the meeting as we discuss and plan for our biggest event, COUNTDOWN TO GRADUATION!

BLANKETS: Still accepting orders: Class of 2020 Blankets with logo. $50 each.  Please place your order now. Order Form: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A8c8664cf-105e-467b-8d72-dd6a99526169
You can also pay at www.pay4schoolstuff.com and complete an order form there.

TICKETS: Early Bird Special:  The All-Night Graduation Party is a drug free, alcohol free, and smoke free event after graduation where seniors will celebrate their accomplishments with their classmates. This will be held at Adventure Park USA in Maryland. Tickets are now on sale and must be purchased in advanced by May 31st.  The Early Bird special is $80 until March 31st, then 1 April – 31 May, tickets will cost $110. Students who are receiving free and reduced priced lunch, please check-in at High School Student Services for registration information and information on price.  PLEASE SIGN UP NOW!!
You can purchase your tickets with a check or cash. Please visit the PTSA/ANGP website https://hayfieldss.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/all-night-grad-party-angp and click on the ANGP external google site https://sites.google.com/view/2020angp for details and to download the registration form/commitment contract. Students may also pick up a registration commitment contract from the Career Center.

MAGNETS:  We still have a few class of 2020 class year magnets. Please get your magnets before they are all gone. Cost of class year magnet is $8.00 so please reach out to ANGP to get your class of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 magnet before they are sold out. You can view magnets on our website at https://sites.google.com/view/2020angp/home/fundraising and make your purchase at www.pay4school.com, Venmo-@HSS-ANGP or email hayfield2020angp@gmail.com 

DONATIONS:  We are still accepting monetary donation. Please click https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwUXq78AJWpuSXBkaDNTbWotY3NOc1JSdExEa2lsYm9QWlNJ/view?usp=sharing to donate to help cover the cost of the class of 2020 ANGP event. ANGP needs your generous donation to fund the class of 2020 all night graduation party on 5 Jun 2020. You may donate as little as $5.00. Any and all monetary donations are appreciated! Please remember to fill out the attached form so we can mail you a TAX receipt for your donation.  Donations can be made using the following:
Check made out to HSS PTSA/ANGP

SHUTTERFLY:  Visit our Shutterfly Storefront at: http://hayfield2020angp.ShutterflyStorefront.com
Click through to create personalized gifts, upload and order pictures plus other options.
For every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to Hayfield class of 2020 ANGP.
Please feel free to share this link http://hayfield2020angp.ShutterflyStorefront.com with your friends and family—the more orders we receive through our Storefront, the closer we will get to raising the funds we need.

PARENT T-SHIRTS:  Please order your class of 2020 Proud Parent T-Shirt at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0545adae2da5fd0-proud

How to contact US:  Please join our email list and to receive the most timely updates and information on countdown to graduation, and ways to help, please email us at hayfield2020angp@gmail.com Co-Chairs: Dahlia Graham and Juliana Henderson
Please Follow us on Twitter (@hayfieldangp2020) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ANGP2020/)
Check out our website at  https://sites.google.com/view/2020angp

Attention Senior Parents:

Ordering for the official Hayfield SS graduation announcements is now open.  Our vendor for graduation products is Balfour.  You can order the announcements on their website- www.balfour.com, or complete the attached order form and return it to Balfour.  Below is a link to their brochure for their full products offering.  Please contact Balfour with any questions 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.

Flocking Fundraiser:

Order a flock of flamingos to land in a yard (yours, your neighbor's or friends, etc.) to celebrate a special occasion or just to show you care. Your special person will awaken to a front yard filled with a dozen brightly colored birds along with a card announcing who sent the flock.  The birds will be picked up the following evening.  Click on this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cVb-m6268luN5XFy5khE-QcAjYvJiBnIcb7SnFz94ys/viewform?edit_requested=true for details and order information.


Please clip Box Top labels from your favorite products and send them to school (main office). NEW!:  Download the BoxTop App and scan the new Box Tops directly to Hayfield's account! Go to https://www.boxtops4education.com to the get the APP.  Our school earns 10 cents for every Box Top submitted. If you have any questions, please contact Alisa Biache, alisa.biache@gmail.com or Lisa Cardinale, alisandejj@gmail.com.

Be ready to ROCK the ORANGE!!!   Check out the Boosters’ SPIRIT WEAR collection!  Stop by the Spirit Store, purchase items at home Varsity football games, or go to our facebook page:   Hayfield Secondary Spirit Wear Store. Leave your mark on Hayfield Secondary!  Alumni Bricks are available for purchase.  Complete the form on the Boosters website or pick one up from the lobby table. 

Tom Kinder photographs many Hayfield activities, including many athletic contests.  He posts his pictures at: http://www.hayfieldpictures.com/     Most of the galleries are recent, but some show students and games from more than 10 years ago.

For information regarding Hayfield Activities, please log on to www.HawksAthletics.org or call the Activities Hotline (703) 924-2255.
Follow us on Twitter @hayfieldsports

Go Hawks!

E. W. Nowland III, CMAA
Director of Student Activities


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Hayfield Community Bulletin: February 2020

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Hayfield Community Bulletin

Nadia Ghosheh, Bulletin Coordinator

Martin Grimm, Principal

  • Hayfield Gymnastics, Gunston District Winners
  • Science Fair Award Winners
  • 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest Winner
  • "No Place For Hate" Committee Recognition
  • Latin Certamen Tournament Awards


Congratulations to Hayfield Gymnastics

The Varsity Gymnastics  team recently won their 3rd straight Gunston District title on February 5. On vault, Melanie Rodriguez and Virginia Keys took 1st and 2nd. On bars, Virginia Keys, Melanie Rodriguez, and Cassidy Mazyck took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. On balance beam Melanie Rodriguez and Cassidy Mazyck took 1st and 2nd. On floor Cierra Munns, Cassidy Mazyck, and Melanie Rodriguez took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. And in the all-around competition, the Hawks swept the podium once again with Melanie taking 1st, Virginia taking 2nd, and Cassidy taking 3rd.

The team then moved on to the Region 6C competition where they were runners-up, narrowly missing 1st place by .25!!

However, sophomore Melanie Rodriguez took first on the vault with a score of 9.75 and junior Virginia Keys took 4th on vault with a score of 9.425. Melanie also placed 2nd on balance beam with a score of 9.525. Melanie Rodriguez then went on to place 3rd in the all-around with a score of 37.625.

Both Melanie Rodriguez and Virginia Keys then attended the state meet at Patriot High School on Saturday, February 22. Virginia had the 5th highest score of the day on vault with a season high score of 9.6. Melanie took 6th in the all-around, and 5th on bars and vault. Be sure to congratulate them when you see them in the halls! 

Go Hawks! 


Science Fair Award Winners

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Hayfield Science Department hosted its annual Science Fair where science honor students had the opportunity to showcase their independent research projects to category judges. 

This year 165 projects representing the work of over 200 students were judged on their research, data analysis and results.  Awards were presented to the students on Tuesday, February 4th and the full list of awards can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/2020SFawards.

This year we awarded two grand prize awards - one grand prize award to a team project of Emma Wood, Mika Sliteris and Elle Rasmussen earned grand prize for their Environmental project titled, “The effect of Development on Silt Deposition." - and one grand prize award to an individual project by Maryam Khan for her Bioinformatics project titled, “The Application of Bioinformatics to Assess the Effect of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms on Protein Expression and Molecular Structure in Endometriosis.”

They and 20 other projects will advance on to the regional competition March 20-22nd at Robinson High School where they will compete against projects from all schools in Fairfax County for the chance to advance on to State and International Competitions.

We are extremely proud of all participants and wish our regional competitors the best of luck in March.


2020 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Amari Mealy who was was selected as an official winner of the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest! The prize package includes an invitation to attend Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey
and ESSENCE® magazine to attend inspirational talks and workshops. The Academy will be held at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Florida over March 12-15, 2020.


No Place for Hate Committee Recognition

Thanks to Patrick Cloud (HS) and Mia Branson (MS) who were leaders on the No Place For Hate Committee, they planned and executed our Friendly February event wonderfully! They are so strongly committed to making Hayfield a place where there is no place for hate.


Latin Certamen Awards

Congratulations to the Hayfield Latin Certamen (Competition) teams who competed at Thomas Jefferson High School on February 29th. The advanced team earned third in the open category, the intermediate team earned second in the competitive category (!!), and the novice team received eight place in open. Great job, Hawks! 

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Hayfield Pyramid Wellness Conference

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Hayfield Pyramid Wellness Conference

Hayfield SS PTSA is proud to sponsor:


Promoting Academic Success and Social/Emotional Health in students K - 12

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hayfield Secondary School MS Lecture Hall, 6:30 PM

Topics Include:

The Core Four

Learn how four simple daily practices of managing exercise, treating illness, and getting rest contributes to overall wellness and a positive state of mind.   

-Dr. Laura White, School Psychologist, Hayfield Middle School 

Managing Home Life

Tips to help your students learn and effectively apply executive functioning skills to promote success in school.

-Dr. Robin Powell, School Psychologist, Hayfield High School


What is mindfulness? Tips, tools, and resources to use with your student

-Ms. Sarah Rowland, School Counselor, Island Creek Elementary

Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

-Ms. Karen Fructuoso, School Counselor, Lorton Station Elementary

Intended for adults caring for students K-12


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Congrats Hawk Counselors!

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Congrats HS Counselors!


ASCA Awards RAMP Designation to Hayfield Secondary School

For immediate release

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is pleased to announce Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, VA as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary school counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a data-informed school counseling program. Since the program’s inception, more than 900 schools earned the RAMP designation. Research findings indicate fully implemented comprehensive school counseling programs are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

Hayfield Secondary will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Seattle, Wash., on June 29, 2020.

For more information on the program, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/ramp.


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Hayfield Community Bulletin: January 2020

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Hayfield Community Bulletin

Nadia Ghosheh, Bulletin Coordinator

Martin Grimm, Principal

  • Mock Trial Award Winners
  • DC Metro Scholastic Writing Competition Award Winner
  • AP Capstone Students at FCPS Science Teacher’s Winter Institute


Mock Trial Award Winners

Hayfield’s award-winning Mock Trial Team turned in another outstanding performance at the Virginia Capital Region Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 25, earning second place. Team members did an excellent job of both arguing the case and acting as witnesses. Now they’re heading to the State Mock Trial Competition, which will take place in Richmond in March. Go Hawks!


DC Metro Scholastic Writing Competition Award Winner

Hayfield's very own, Zandy Wong, earned an Honorable Mention in the 2020 DC Metro Scholastic Writing Competition in the Personal Essay/Memoir Category for her piece "Kaleidoscope". Only 248 Honorable Mentions were awarded to promising works.  A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from 1,546 works submitted this year.

Marjan has also been nominated as for the United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award and will be presenting on the panel titled "2020 Vision: Identity & Social Justice" on Februrary 9th at Georgetown University. 


AP Capstone Students at FCPS Science Teacher’s Winter Institute

On February 4, senior AP Capstone Research students, Sarah Syed, Luke Bulmer, and Abby Dyer were three of four students from FCPS to serve as panelists on the topic of inquiry at the FCPS Science Teacher’s Winter Institute. They helped our educators explore how the inquiry process could be utilized more in middle – high school science classrooms.


This is the first year for the AP Capstone Research class at Hayfield SS. The course follows the AP Capstone Seminar elective which is in its second year. Our student representatives are exploring the following topics of inquiry this year: “Identifying Genetic Associations Between Human Programmed Cell Death and Bacterial Altruistic Suicide” (Sarah Syed); “Sharing Wildfire Prevention Techniques to Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Wildfires in the United States” (Abby Dyer); “Exploring the Socioeconomic and Developmental Benefits of Rural Electrification in Malawi” (Luke Bulmer).

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Eating Disorders Parent Information

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Eating Disorders Parent Information


Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems. These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys. When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable. In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders. This information is given to parents of students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not identified based on weight changes as much as behaviors and attitudes. Signs of eating disorders may differ between males and females and in different age groups. Often, a young person may not recognize the signs that they might have an eating disorder. Parents/guardians and family members are in a position to notice behaviors that cause concern. It is important that a child with an eating disorder be treated early by someone who understands this type of care.

Additional resources may be found at:

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions that can have a serious effect on health. They are serious behaviors that affect every aspect of the child’s life. Eating disorders may be identified based on weight changes, but also based on behaviors and attitudes. Be alert for any of these signs in your child.

Key things to look for around food:

  • Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear, you find a lot of empty wrappers hidden)
  • Develops food rules—may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or spreads food out on the plate
  • Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Often says that they are not hungry
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Cooks meals or treats for others but won’t eat them
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Goes to the bathroom after meals often
  • Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and/or gum
  • Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy

Key things to look for around activity:

  • Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended – despite weather, lack of energy, illness, or injury
  • Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)

Physical Risk Factors:

  • Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and/or nervous.
  • Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting – smell, clogged shower drain)
  • Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages)Eating Disorders Fact Sheet

Other Risk Factors:

  • Believes that they are too big or too fat (regardless of reality)
  • Asks often to be reassured about how they look
  • Stops hanging out with their friends
  • Not able to talk about how they are feeling
  • Reports others are newly judgmental or “not connecting”

If Your Child Shows Signs of a Possible Eating Disorder

Seek help from your doctor as soon as possible; a child with an eating disorder should be seen by someone who understands the treatment of eating disorders. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

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Science Fair Breakfast: Food Donations and Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteers and Food Donations Needed For Science Fair Breakfast


The HSS PTSA is supporting our school Science Fair on Saturday, February 1st by providing breakfast for 75 judges. Please consider donating food items or your time by visiting the link below.



For questions contact PTSA Hospitality Co-chairs Julie Do, julieuyedo@yahoo.com or Marlow Townes, gdragonfly@gmail.com.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

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MidYear Parent Check In Survey

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Dear Hayfield Parents:  How are your students doing?  How are WE doing?  Please take a moment to answer the questions in the survey below which will help inform our administration and staff for planning for the second semester.  This information will be shared with administration, counselors, and teachers.  Thank you and Happy New Year!


Hayfield Parent Midyear Check-in Survey

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