Information for 2019-20 Academic Advising and Course Selections

By Young Hong, Director of Student Services
For Parents
January 08, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian of 7th and 8th Grade Students, 

Happy New Year!  Here at Rocky Run we hope the second part of this year is productive and exciting for your students.

In the next few weeks the second quarter will be ending (end of 2nd quarter is Jan.24).  Please be sure you check Parent Vue to help your students meet all deadlines for projects, homework and schoolwork.

Also in the next few weeks, counselors will begin meeting with students to assist them in the process of choosing courses for their next grade level.  This is a critical time.  Teachers will give counselors recommendations for placement next year.  Although the final decision about placement in honors or non-honors level classes is yours to make, we urge you to talk with your child’s teachers if your choice of course level differs from their recommendation.  Your child’s teachers have some good insight into your child’s instructional strengths and areas for growth.  Additionally, they work closely with High School teachers to know what will be expected of students next year.  

Final decisions about staffing are made based on student choice of courses, so careful selection is urged.  Please feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor for clarification if needed as you and your child work to choose classes for next year.

Please contact me for any questions regarding our Academic Advising Process. 

Thank you, 

Young Hong

Director of Student Services

Rocky Run Middle School

yjhong@fcps.edu 

Chantilly High School Curriculum Night for Rising 9th Graders

Thursday, January 10, 2019

6:00-7:00 PM Welcome, Curriculum/Course Overview, Electives, Diploma Types and AAP - Auditorium

7:00-7:45 PM Electives/Curriculum Showcase - Cafeteria

*Persons desiring to attend who require accommodations for a disability are asked to contact Mrs. Sue McCallister, administrative assistant, at 703-222-8100, a week before this event.

Centreville High School Curriculum Night for Rising 9th Graders 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:45-8:00 PM

Curriculum Fair Open House: Cafeteria, Library and 1st Floor Hallway, 6:45 – 8:00 PM

All subject departments will be represented to answer your questions concerning core classes, electives, PE, Honors, Advanced Placement, Academy Courses, ESOL and Special Education.  The Career Center will also be open for you to visit.

Additional Programs: Rising 9th Grade Course Registration Information

CVHS Auditorium, 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Rising 10th – 12th Grade Course Registration Information

CVHS Auditorium, 7:20 – 7:45 PM

ESOL Presentation

CVHS Lecture Hall, 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Fairfax High School Curriculum Night Information

Fairfax HS invites rising 9th grade families to attend their Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6pm-7:30pm.  During Curriculum Night, parents of rising 9th graders and their students will attend a specialized program tailored to provide information for families and students new to high school. You will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty members, network with other parents and students, and learn important details about FHS. The information available at Curriculum Night will help guide conversations with your students about their course selections.

If you would like to read more about how to make the most of Curriculum Night, please refer to our website: http://www.fcps.edu/FairfaxHS/parents/events/curriculum.html. If you have any questions, please contact Fairfax High School Student Services at 703-219-2202. 

Westfield High School Curriculum Night Information 

Welcome to Westfield High School! As we approach the New Year, it is now time to start planning for next year. We cordially invite you and your child to our Curriculum Night Open House on Thursday, January 10th from 7:00-8:00 PM in Cafeteria and 1st floor hallway.The purpose of curriculum night is to give families information to make informed choices about course registration for the 2019-20 school year. Curriculum Night is a time for parents and students to collect information about course offerings and expectations. All departments will be represented to answer your questions concerning core classes, electives, physical education, honors, Advanced Placement, ESOL and Special Education.

Optional Programs: 

  • Rising 9th Grade Class Info: Auditorium 6:45pm – 7:15pm
  • Special Education Orientation Session: Lecture Hall 6:30pm
  • Career Center will be open 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Important Dates for Current 8th Graders Choosing Classes for 9th Grade

Students scheduled to attend Chantilly HS:

Chantilly HS Counselors meet with students who are scheduled to attend Chantilly next year on January 15, during 4 periods.

Students scheduled to attend Fairfax HS:

Fairfax HS Counselors meet with students who are scheduled to attend Fairfax HS next year on January 11 at 1:00PM.

Students who are scheduled to attend Fairfax High School will take a field trip to Fairfax High School on January 17 from 10AM-1PM.   

Students scheduled to attend Centreville HS:

Centreville HS Counselors meet with students who are scheduled to attend Centreville next year on January 15, at 1:00PM.

Students scheduled to attend Robinson HS:

Robinson HS Counselors meet with students who are scheduled to attend Robinson next year on January 14, at 11:40PM.

Students scheduled to attend Westfield HS:

Westfield HS Counselors meet with students who are scheduled to attend Westfield next year on January 14, at 1:00PM.

ALL Students:

8th grade students will be meeting with their counselors individually throughout January 28 – February 1. 

Important Dates for Current 7th Graders Choosing Classes for 8th Grade

February 6 - Rock Time - Counselors will meet with Spirit, Capitals and Stars teams to go over course options, the course selection sheet, and what to expect in 8th grade.

February 7 - Rock Time - Counselors will meet with Nationals and Patriot teams to go over course options, course selection sheet and what to expect in 8th grade.

February 11-19 - Counselors meet individually with 7th graders during their Science class to finalize course selections.

Online Course Registration 

This year, Rocky Run will be using the online course request feature available in StudentVUE.  Starting mid-January, students will begin receiving information about curriculum and course selections for the 2019-20 school year.  Once students have received information about course options from the Student Services department, they may login to StudentVUE and begin to select courses by clicking on the “Course Request” tab.  This feature allows students to enter their courses prior to meeting with their school counselor, maximizing the time they have during individual academic advising.

We believe that parent involvement in course selection is very important.  Parents or guardians are able to view their student’s course requests in ParentVUE as soon as students begin to enter them in StudentVUE.  Parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to discuss course requests with their student(s) and to reach out to their student’s school counselor should there be any questions about courses entered or to request a change once selections have been finalized.

More information and details will be shared as we approach the academic advising season.  Please reach out to your student’s school counselor with any questions you may have about this new process. We are excited to support our students with academic planning for the next school year.