Hayfield Student Services Newsletter 9/29/22

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Hayfield Student Services Newsletter 9/29/22 Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program

Hayfield Secondary congratulates the following students who have been named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.  

Ghalia Alsadig, Justin Hagen, Ava Hering, Alicia June, Jordan Kirkpatrick, Amari Mealy, Norah Nijbroek, Colin Souther, Ryan Williams

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise, placing among the top 50,000 students in the nation who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  

Military Family Life Counselor Introduction and Message

Hello and Welcome!

Here we are at the start of another school year. And that brings with it all kinds of excitement and anxiety. My hope is your students are finding their way through and are finding support in their classrooms and from their teachers, and the nervousness is becoming more about excitement for what the next day will bring. During this time, if there are opportunities where I am of use to you or your family/student, as a military connected family, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the contact information listed below. For those of you I had the pleasure of meeting at either Hawk Flight or Open Nest, please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you and your family.

Finally, I am hoping to start a volunteer based group for military students who would like to connect and meet to talk about some of the challenges with starting the year as a military child. If you believe your student might be interested or you would like to know more, reach out using the information below.

Alex Dooling, LPC

Magellan Military and Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Secondary School

Office A17 (front office)

7630 Telegraph Road

Alexandria, VA 22315

email: [email protected]

alt email: [email protected]

Work Cell: 571.407.0282

Be All You Can Be! Explore Army Opportunities - Saturday, October 1 (HS)

Educators, Parents, and HS Juniors and Seniors are invited to the “Be All You Can Be” event to explore Army opportunities. Soldiers, Students, and Parents can talk to West Point, ROTC, National Guard, and Army Reserve Subject Matter Experts. Don’t miss a phenomenal opportunity to explore opportunities with the United States Army!

1. See candidates train for the Candidate Fitness Assessment

2. Gather Army opportunities information – college, enlistment, and other opportunities

3. Sign up for more information (QR Code at flyer)

4. Participate in raffle and other giveaways

When: 8:00 - 10:30 AM, October 1, 2022

Where: Specker Field House Area; Fort Belvoir, VA

How: Register & find additional Information on this form.

Common Sense Youth Advisory Council Applications Open (HS)

Are you a student with a passion for media & technology? Common Sense is in search of high schoolers to join our new Youth Advisory Council & we need your help! This opportunity will serve not just as a resume booster, but also provide real-world experience working in the world of media & tech and offers some pretty cool perks! If you or someone you know might be a good fit, send them our application which includes more details about the work, participation, incentives, and more! Click here to access the application.

Make the Postsecondary Connection at Look to the Future Week (HS)

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to participate in the week's events. The 2022 College Fair will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Approximately 250 colleges and universities will be represented, including two- and four-year colleges and US Service Academies. Following the fair, Virtual Postsecondary Week will be held on Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Please encourage students to register for the College Fair if they plan to attend. Both events will help students be better prepared for the next chapter of their educational journey.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Message 

What You Should Know About Rainbow Fentanyl


The DEA has issued a public warning educating the community about rainbow fentanyl. These particular pills are targeted to youth and young adults by its colorful candy-like appearance making them look harmless. Rainbow Fentanyl resembles playground chalk before it is pressed into pills and has been found in 18 states including West Virginia and New York and are sold as low as $17 (Hawaii) per pill making them affordable. In August of 2022 47,000 pills were confiscated at the Arizona border  as well as 186,000 “Perc 30’s” or “Blues”, another popular synthetic opioid found in our county.  

The trend, as reported by users, is to crush the pills, smoke it off of a piece of aluminum foil, with the theory that it is “safer” than snorting. When burned, it often gives off a distinct odor of burned rubber. While we have not seen Rainbow Fentynal yet, Perc 30’s or Blues are popular among adolescents and young adults in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Fentanyl is also found in counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, Xanax, and other licit and illicit drugs.

The Medical Examiner from the Virginia Department of Health recently released its 1st quarter data for 2022 stating 483 people have died from fatal fentanyl overdoses in the state. For Fairfax County data and additional information on youth substance use, please see the Fairfax County Youth Substance Trends webinar linked below. 

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) provide Tier 1 support throughout FCPS. Each high school pyramid is assigned a SAPS who conducts brief interventions, psychoeducation, and presentations to students, staff, families, and community members. Topics of discussion include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as current trends on substances. For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270. 

For further Information & support:

Bryan Villalobos

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected] 

Sources & Resources:

DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Press Release

DEA Fentanyl Gallery

Narcan Training (English & Spanish)

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends

7630 Telegraph Rd Alexandria, VA 22315  | Main Office: 703-924-7400
Attendance: 703-924-7419 | Web | Twitter

Hayfield Student Services Newsletter - 9/19/22

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Hayfield Student Services Newsletter - 9/19/22 Class of 2023 Senior Parent Night - Thursday September 22

Hayfield’s Student Services team is excited to work with your senior as they finish their time as a Hawk and plan for their future.

Starting this week, counselors are meeting with seniors both as a group and individually to discuss graduation requirements, senior goals, and their plan for life after high school.

Please join us on Thursday evening, September 22nd for Senior Parent Night. This year’s event will offer breakout sessions for families to hear the information that’s most important to them.  All families should plan to attend the main session from 7:00- 7:30 in the Auditorium.

6:00 – 6:50 p.m. Military Options (Middle School Lecture Hall):  Military recruiters will discuss opportunities available in their respective branches.

6:00 – 6:50 p.m. Career Training and Apprenticeships (Career Center): Representatives from Va. Department of Labor (Apprenticeship), FCPS Adult & Community Education, and Year Up will present opportunities available for participants in their program.

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Main Presentation (Auditorium):  Counselors will discuss graduation requirements and other information. Representatives from All Night Grad Party and our Senior Class Sponsor will also share updates. Yearbook staff will be available in the main lobby from 6:45- 7:45 p.m.

7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Applying to Two- and Four- Year Colleges (Auditorium)Counselors will review college application procedures and upcoming college programming. A representative from Northern Virginia Community College will also present information about NOVA.

Families are welcome to stay for the entire evening, but we hope this format allows you the flexibility to come for the portions of the evening that best fit your student’s needs.

We look forward to seeing you on September 22nd and partnering with you and your senior for success this school year and beyond!

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.  The Hayfield Pyramid SAPS is:

Bryan Villalobos, [email protected]

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement


Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

7630 Telegraph Rd Alexandria, VA 22315  | Main Office: 703-924-7400
Attendance: 703-924-7419 | Web | Twitter

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