The Mustang Spirit
The Principal's Newsletter - July 31, 2020
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Freshmen Laptop Pick Up
Monday, Aug. 3rd, 9am-3pm
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
Laptop Exchange - Locker Clean Out - Yearbook Pick up for Rising 9th Grade Students - UPDATE
This event will take place on August 3rd from 9-3 at George Mason High School. Please park in the George Mason HS parking lot adjacent to Route 7. Students should enter using Door # 1 by the auditorium.
Students with last names A-G: 9-11
Students with last names H-P: 11-1
Students with last names Q-Z: 1-3
Students will have the opportunity to collect prepaid yearbooks and any items left in their lockers.
We are requiring all students to wear masks and physically distance while in the buildings. Note that we will be limiting the amount of students allowed in the building at one time.
If you are unable to attend on the 3rd, you can exchange laptops/chargers between 10-1 at Henderson on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we ask that you complete this process by August 15th. If you cannot complete this process before August 15th please email Adam White (firstname.lastname@example.org) to coordinate your visit to Mary Ellen Henderson and Steven Knight (email@example.com) for your visit to George Mason High School.
Welcome New Families to FCCPS!
Welcome New Students and Families!
Over the next few weeks, the Counseling Department will be reaching out for Registration appointments for new students. These meetings will take place with your students counselor virtually.
Students who are new to George Mason High School will be able to pickup their school-issued laptop by coming to the school building on Thursday August 20 between the hours of 9am-12pm. We are requiring all students to wear masks and physically distance while in the building.
New Student Orientation for students and parents will take place virtually on Thursday August 20 from 1-3 p.m.
Virtual Student Schedule Beginning August 24, 2020
From the Registrar - Lynette Kemp
Returning Student Enrollment
Returning student enrollment instructions for the 2020-21 school year were emailed to all families on or after July 6, 2020. Enrollment must be completed no later than August 1 to ensure the Student Health Information (Form D Regulation 9.60.1) is received. If a computer is needed to complete this registration, please contact Ms. Kemp in the Counseling office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your student will not be returning to George Mason High School for the 2020-2021 school year, you must notify Lynette Kemp by completing this online Withdrawal Form or returning the completed form via email to email@example.com, or fax (703-248-5556), or by mail to the Counseling Office. Please note that if this form is not completed, the student's academic records may not be released to the parent/guardian or the new school. This form also notifies the registrar to send your student's final transcript to their new school and removes them officially from our Returning Student registration in Powerschool. Please make sure the school-issued laptop, textbooks, library books, and athletic uniforms have been returned. Also, pay any fines/fees incurred over the school year before completing the withdrawal process. If you are unsure of any outstanding items or fines/fees owed, please contact Ms. Kemp at 703-248-5526.
COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELING NEWSLETTER
Looking ahead to August, there are a number of college programs coming up for you to attend - virtual college fairs, information sessions, open house programs, and others. Some programs require advanced registration.
Tomorrow the Common Application opens up for Fall 2021 admission, so you can get started on the data sections in the application.
I look forward to working with all of you next month!
Immunizations (Tdap Reminder)
Updated immunizations are still required upon enrolling in FCCPS for the 20-21 school year despite the virtual/online opening. Now is the time to contact your health care provider and schedule an appointment if you haven’t!
Please see the information below regarding immunization clinics being offered by the Fairfax County Health Department for all Fairfax County Health District residents, which includes Falls Church.
To help parents whose children need immunizations required for enrollment in school for the 2020-21 school year, the Fairfax County Health Department is offering community childhood vaccination clinics plus expanded hours to provide the Tdap vaccine at three clinics.
Vaccination clinics will be held:
Thursday, July 30, 2 to 6 p.m., Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., entrance D4, Alexandria.
Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield.
Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., Bailey’s Crossroads.
Monday, August 17, 2 to 6 p.m., London Towne Elementary, 6100 Stone Rd. Centreville
Thursday, August 20, 2 to 6 p.m., Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Tnpk, #400E, Annandale.
Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Vernon District Office, 8350 Richmond Hwy, #233, Alexandria.
Thursday, September 3, 2 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield.
Tdap vaccines will be administered at clinics through August 28 at one of three locations.
Childhood vaccines protect children against potentially life-threatening illnesses such as polio, measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox. Students entering seventh grade and transfer students need a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine.
The Health Department follows strict safety protocols in its community vaccination clinics to limit exposure to patients. Only a select number of appointments per site will be available to protect families. Visitors age 2 and older are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth; temperature checks will be conducted at entrances; visitors will be required to stay 6 feet apart, and partitions will separate vaccination stations.
Parents can schedule an appointment by calling 703-246-6010, TTY 711. Complete information is available on the Health Department website.
Please email our Registrar, Lynette Kemp, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the immunization record once completed.
Fall Athletics Update
Below is information regarding athletics for the upcoming year. As you have questions about athletics, please reach out to Mr. Marvin Wooten, GMHS' new athletic director. He can be reached at email@example.com.
VHSL announces sports/activities plan for 2020-21
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The VHSL Executive Committee meeting in special session today voted (34-1-0) to move forward with Model 3 in its re-opening of sports and activities for the 2020-21 school year. Model 3 delays all VHSL sports and activities until December 14th and adopts the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. This model leaves all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.
Model 3 – Condensed Interscholastic Plan.
- Season 1 (Winter) December 14 - February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
- basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
- Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
- cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
- Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
- baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field
Yearbook Pick Up
Yearbooks have arrived and may be picked up every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm from the Main Office. Please check-in at the Security Desk and practice social distancing, including wearing a mask.
If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Kirk.
George Mason High School Athletic Boosters Association 2020-2021
A new school year is upon us. Although it is going to be a very different kind of school year, we want you to know that some things never change. The George Mason High School Athletic Boosters Association is ready to fulfill our mission in supporting Mason Athletics. Our goal is to help our teams, our athletes, our coaches, our administration and our entire athletic community to grow and thrive. As a 501c(3) school-affiliated organization that is formally recognized by FCCPS, the Athletic Boosters is able to help create a positive, supportive, and welcoming athletic experience for our entire community. How we do that in this most “unique” of years is definitely going to be a challenge. But it is a challenge we are prepared to meet.
Click here to support the GMHS Athletic Boosters Association (for memberships, parent/student directory & Mason spirit wear).
Your GMHS ABA Board Becki Creed, Jeanne Duross, Pam Crum, Angie Mellon & Julie Donnelly