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Last updated 09/16/2014  2:15 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.

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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. 

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Fall Pictures / Senior Pictures

Fall picture days are scheduled for Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19. Students will be released from English classes on these days to have their pictures taken. All students (including seniors) will need to have their picture taken. Underclassmen will receive packets for purchasing pictures in their English classes. Gentry will also be here on Tuesday, September 16 to take SENIOR PICTURES for a $20.00 sitting fee. If you have not had your senior pictures taken, there is a sign up form in the office on the counter. Gentry will not be back at school to take senior pictures. If you do not get your picture taken on the 16th, you will need to contact Gentry or another photographer and make an appointment to have your picture taken at their studio on your own time. The deadline for turning in senior pictures is Monday, March 2.

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College Visits

Randolph-Macon College will be visiting TA on Monday, September 22 (EVEN) from 9:00-9:45 A.M.  Students will meet the representative in the conference room.

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A representative from EMU will be at TA on Monday, Sept. 22 (EVEN) from 1:30 until 2:15 P.M. in the conference room.

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West Virginia Wesleyan will be at TA for a college visit on Tuesday, September 23 (ODD) at 1:15 P.M.  They will meet in the conference room.
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Averett University will be at TA for a college visit on Thursday, September  25 (ODD) at 8:30 A.M.  This visit should take approx. 45 minutes.
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James Madison University will be at TA on Friday, September 26 (EVEN) at 8:30 A.M. in Room 130.
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Randolph College will be at TA on Friday, September 26 (EVEN) at 11:00 A.M.

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Christopher Newport University will be visiting TA on Monday, September 29 (ODD) at 8:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in the conference room.

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A representative of the University of Richmond will visit TA on Wednesday, October 1 (ODD) at 2:00 P.M. in the conference room.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Scholarship Opportunities

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is a scholarship for a “top youth volunteer” in grades 9 – 12. To be eligible, you must have been involved in a volunteer activity in the past year. There will be one winner of $1,000 from each state. Turner Ashby will have two “Local Honorees” who will each receive a certificate. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Stop by the Guidance Dept. for more information.

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The Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest is open to all high school students. Applicants are to create an original greeting card and submit it by mail or online. The following criteria will be used to determine the winner: Overall aesthetic appeal, Quality, Creativity and Originality, Design, and Appropriateness for use as a greeting card. There will be one nationwide winner of $10,000.00. Deadline to submit entry is Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Stop by the counseling office for more information.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars is offering the Voice of Democracy Contest to all high school students. In order to participate, a student must write an essay on the subject, “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”. The essay must then be recorded on an audio cassette tape or CD as a speech. The speech must be no less than three minutes and no longer than five minutes. There will be a TA winner of $500.00 and runner up who will receive $250.00. The school winner’s speech will then continue to higher levels of competition. Nationally, the first place winner will receive a $30,000.00 scholarship. If you would like to take part, please pick up an application in the Guidance Office. Deadline to submit entry is Friday, October 17, 2014.

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The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is sponsoring a Constitutional Speech Contest. Contestants must give an 8 to10 minute prepared oration on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States and a 3 to 5 minute oration on an assigned topic. Awards are given at the local, state, and national levels with the top award being $18,000.00. The District competitions will be held in January 2015, followed by the State competitions in February and March. Pick up more information in the Guidance Office.

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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.

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Early College Scholars

Students, have you earned at least 15 transferable college credits by graduation? If yes, please stop by the counseling office to complete a Governor’s Early College Scholars Agreement. Completed forms are due in the counseling office Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

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Studieren in Deutchland

Students, are you interested in studying abroad in Germany? Scholarships for the exchange program to Germany are available. If interested, stop by the counseling office for more information. Applications are due on-line by December 5, 2014.

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Youth Exchange Trip

Are you interested in visiting a foreign country next summer?  How about Japan, Turkey, Australia, Germany, Brazil, or the Netherlands?  The Lions of Virginia will award an all-expense youth exchange trip for a deserving student chosen from our area high schools.  You must be at least 16 prior to June 1, 2015 and be someone with high moral and ethical character who would represent our country well.  If you are interested, pick up an application from the Counseling Office.  Deadline to submit application is Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

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SAT Prep Classes

Attention Students taking the SAT’s: An SAT prep class is being offered at JMU, Sundays 1:00-5:00 p.m., September 14 – October 5. The cost is $399.00. If interested, please stop by the Counseling Office for more information.

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This BRCC course will prepare you to deal successfully with exam topics ranging from writing to critical reading and math.  Learn about short passages, long passages, and paired passages that test reading comprehension, as well as higher level math questions (geometric notation, basic trigonometry, and new statistics concepts), and the required essay.  Bring pencils, notebook, and a scientific/graphing calculator.  Required text available at BRCC Bookstore, The Official SAT Study Guide. 

Meets:

(#56724) Six Mondays, Sep 15-Oct 20, 6-9 pm; BRCC Augusta Center
Instructors: Judy Hevener and Sam Alexander

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(#56725) Six Wednesdays, Sep 17-Oct 22, 6-9 pm; BRCC Harrisonburg Center
Instructors: Abigail Montgomery and Karen Ruozzi

Fee: $150

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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.

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Powder Puff Football – Updated

Are you ready? I said, are you ready? Ready for some football?! Powder Puff football that is. That’s right; the annual Powder Puff football game is only one month away. It will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, October 13, 2014, culminating with the homecoming bonfire. It has become a beloved TA tradition that you don’t want to miss. Sign-ups will occur in the large commons during lunches Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (9/15, 9/16, 9/17). The cost to participate is $2, but the memories are priceless.  An informational meeting will be held next Monday (09/22/14) and practices will be scheduled by your team coaches following the meeting.  Money raised will stay “in house” to fund PBIS programming at TA.

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Clubs and Organization

DECA “King of the Court” Tournament

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FCCLA Day

Would you like to attend the FCCLA Day at the Virginia State Fair? The cost is only $20 after you pay FCCLA dues. Information is available from Mrs. Lam in room 129 and the deadline to sign up is Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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Music Boosters Presents… 

TA’s Got Talent! Hey students, parents, and staff (friends and family are also welcome to participate!) WE WANT YOU for a talent show to be held in the TA auditorium on Thursday, September 25th. Talents or acts may include (but not limited to): Vocalists, Instrumentalists, Bands, Dancers, Magicians, Martial Arts, Monologues, Display of Artist’s Works, etc…Auditions will be held in the auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9th and 10th at 3:30 p.m. Rehearsals will be held at TA on Thursday, September 18th at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Please sign up with Mrs. Pyles. If you have questions please call the Burkes: phone 879-2451 or email: sing4him323@comcast.net or mathtutoring@comcast.net. Parents, please encourage your talented children, family, and friends to participate in this year’s Talent Show!

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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!

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Leadership Conference

Attention Juniors and Seniors:  Do you want to activate and lead change in your community?  HOBY Advanced Leadership Academy is now accepting registration for the November 6-11, 2014, conference to be held in Asheville, NC.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014.  The cost is $845.00.  If interested, please stop by the Counseling Center for more information.

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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.

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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.
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2014-2015 School Year Calendar

 Check out the TAHS Upcoming Events.

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

If you have questions or comments, please contact Sue Weaver, Assistant Librarian, Turner Ashby High School.It is the policy of the Rockingham County School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding non-discrimination in employment and educational programs and services. It is an equal opportunity employer and educational agency.The Rockingham County School Board will not discriminate in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment or in educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, marital or economic status, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status and prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in such a proceeding, or otherwise opposes discrimination. Rockingham County Public Schools

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