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Last updated 10/01/2014  2:20 P.M.

Knights in the News

Click the Knights in the News link above or at the right to see the outstanding achievements of TAHS Knights.

Click here for more information on TA’s silver medal from U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools.


Student Handbook and Student Dress Code

Parents and Students: please note that the 2014-2015 TAHS Student Handbook and the new RCPS Student Dress Code are now available on this web site.  See the TAHS Information links at the right. 


Cindy Ferek Social Media Image

Starting Wednesday, October 1, 2014 and ending Sunday, November 30, 2014.  For more detailed information click here.

The prize is $100,000! Go big or go home! Click here to vote!

Click here to see a video interview of Mrs. Ferek with Chuck Mansley of Focused Fitness


Save Your Tailgate Campaign – 09/29/14-10/10/14

Our Save Your Tailgate seatbelt campaign starts Monday, September 29, 2014, and goes through Friday, October 10, 2014. Sign the seatbelt pledge to help our school win a tailgate party. The more people we get to sign the pledge, the more points our school earns. Vince and Larry, the crash dummies, will be making guest appearances too. Be safe and make the choice to wear a seatbelt every time you are in a vehicle.


FFA Annual Fruit Sale
FFA Logo
FFA Fruit Sale


Follow this link to our fruit sale September 30 – November 5, 2014:


Once on the Fruit site, follow through the products and continue with the directions that are posted on the site.  You will have to type in the student’s name that you wish to support.


Attention College Applicants
Attention Seniors applying to college with a November 1, 2014 due date: Please turn in all signed transcript release forms to the Counseling Office by Friday, October 3, 2014.
College Visits

Virginia Tech will be at TA on Thursday, October 2 (EVEN) at 10:10 A.M. in Room 130.


Slippery Rock University will be at TA on Thursday, October 2 (EVEN) at 2:00 P.M. in the conference room.


Hollins University will be at TA on Friday, October 3rd (ODD) @ 8:30 A.M. in the Conference Room.


A Radford University representative will be visiting students in the conference room on Friday, October 3 (ODD) from 2:00-2:30 P.M.


Bridgewater College will be at TA on Monday, October 13 (ODD) at 10:15 A.M.


A representative of the University of Virginia will be visiting TA on Thursday, October 15 (EVEN) at 9:00 A.M. in Room 130.


Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will be visiting TA on Tuesday, October 28 (ODD) at 9:30 A.M. in the conference room.  This visit should take approximately forty-five minutes.


University of Mary Washington will be visiting TA on Tuesday, October 28 (ODD) at 2:10 P.M. in the conference room.


Longwood University will be visiting on Wednesday, November 5 (ODD) at 1:15 P.M. in the Conference Room.


Hampton University will be visiting on Monday, November 10 (EVEN) at 1:15 P.M. Students will meet in the conference room.


College Night Plus

Mark Your Calendars – College Night Plus 2015 will be held at the JMU Convocation Center on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 6:30 P.M.


PSAT Registration

Attention College Bound Juniors:

PSAT registration will be held in the Counseling Office now through Friday, October 3, 2014. The test will be given on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The cost is $15.00. Payment is required to register


 Fall Academic Awards Assembly

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: you will find posted on the front office window a list of students who will receive an Academic Award on Friday, October 3, 2014. Please check this list and if you feel that your name has been left off in error or spelled incorrectly please see your guidance counselor. All corrections have to be made by Wednesday, October 1 by 3:00 P.M.


SAT Prep Classes

SAT Bootcamp

Juniors and Seniors, are you interested in improving your SAT scores?  Catalyst’s SAT Bootcamp is a momentum-boosting weekend seminar designed to make sure students head into the SAT with every key strategy fresh in their mind.  Bootcamp will be held Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5  from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.   The cost is $175.00.  The enrollment deadline is Wednesday, October 1  at 6:00 P.M.  Enroll at www.CatalystPrep.com.  Please stop by the Counseling Office for more information.


Homecoming Week: October 13 – October 17, 2014

Deck the (Homecoming) Halls 

Freshman: We are working on homecoming decorations. Meet in Mrs. Heckman’s room (242) from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. (09/29-10/02).  We need your help!


Spirit Days

  • Monday – Sports Day / Favorite Team
  • Tuesday – Tacky Tourist
  • Wednesday – Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties
  • Thursday – Celebrity Look-alike Day
  • Friday – Black and White / Camo


Date Permission Forms

TA’s homecoming dance is Saturday, October 18, 2014. If you plan to bring a date to homecoming who is not a current TA student, you must complete and turn in a date permission form. Date permission forms are now available in the main office. Your completed form is due to Mrs. Simmons in the main office by Tuesday, October 14, 2014.


Powder Puff Football – Updated

Attention all sophomore and junior girls signed up for powder puff: there will be practice Wednesday (10/01/14) at 5:30 P.M. at the softball field.

There will be Freshmen Powder Puff practice Wednesday (10/01/14).  Meet in the girls’ locker room after school.  Have rides ready to pick you up at 4:30 P.M.


Clubs and Organization

Art Club

Art Club officers will meet Friday (10/03/14) at 7:30 A.M. in Mrs. Shank’s room.


Drama Club

All drama club dues must be paid by Monday, October 13th. Dues are $10 and should be paid to Ms. Deason in room 124.



DECA and FBLA members interested in attending the Washington Wizards Sports Career Day should see Ms. Talley or Ms. Miller for permission slips.



Paid FBLA members are reminded to sign up with Ms. Miller by Monday, October 6, 2014, to attend the Fall Leadership Conference.

If you are interested in joining FBLA, club dues must be paid by Friday, October 10, 2014. FBLA members who want to attend spring conference should see Ms. Miller ASAP.



Fruit Sale

The FFA annual fruit sale is now underway.  See the information above or click here to go to the website.


FFA Scholarship Winners

The Virginia FFA Tractor Troubleshooting contest was held on Friday (09/26/14) at the State Fair of Virginia. Contestants had to take a written exam, diagnose two problems on five tractors, and fix a tractor. The team of Eston Foster and Donnie Sheffer placed first. They each will be receiving a $300.00 scholarship for their accomplishment. Congratulations Eston and Donnie.



Are you in Ruriteens and want to get some community service hours? Than sign up to help the Dayton Ruritan Club at Dayton Days. If you would like to sign up for a time, find Nancy Layne.


Science Club




Youth and Government

Youth and Government dues must be paid to Mr. Kyger by the end of school on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.


After Prom Committee

Attention Parents: We need your help!

Do you think it is important to give our children a fun/ safe alternative for after-prom? If so please consider helping out. Our first meeting will be Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7:00 P.M.in the small commons.


Eat Ice Cream and Support the Cheerleaders

Bruster’s fundraiser to support your TA cheerleaders!  Grab a flyer from a cheerleader and when you present that flyer, 10% of your purchase will go to TAHS cheer!


No Cell Phones During Class

TAHS student body: class competition between freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors is now in place for the first quarter. Members of the class with the lowest percentage of cell phone violations have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing for a couple of prizes given during the Homecoming Pep Rally. Do the Knight Thing, the Right Thing and avoid using your cell during instructional class time. After all, you have the opportunity to use your phone before and after school, at break, at lunch and between classes. Encourage your classmates to follow the cell phone policy and have a chance at an awesome prize.


The Knight Thing

Hey students: get caught doing the Knight Thing by doing the right thing and be rewarded. Simple as that. Our faculty and staff are on the prowl looking to catch you in the act of doing something positive. If you are “caught” doing good,” they’ll hand you a Positive Referral Card that you can bring to the main office to redeem for a reward. Also, we have a new selection of rewards you can choose from so it’s not just a BW3’s gift card anymore. You are to redeem your rewards before or after school, during lunch or during break, and not during class time. Thank you for all you do to make TA the great school that it is. Now, go and get “caught” doing something positive.


2014-2015 School Year Calendar

 Check out the TAHS Upcoming Events.

This is information on non-athletic events and dates to remember.

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