The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - January 8, 2021

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From the Mustang Admin Team

Mustang Families,

Happy New Year! Please take a moment to review the important information below. One item to highlight is that we will continue to use our Virtual learning schedule until we make the transition to Hybrid. We have also outlined the Class tour dates in an effort to ensure all students are acclimated to the building upon the transition to Hybrid learning. We look forward to seeing our Mustangs as soon as the health metrics allow for it. We miss our Mustangs more than anything!

The Mustang Admin Team

FCCPS’ Friday Final Lookahead

For the School Week: January 11-15, 2021

Outlooks are based on the FCCPS Health Metrics Dashboard and Thresholds

COHORT 3: Secondary/Grades 6-12

Current Week: Virtual

Outlook: With the Regional Composite Data continuing to remain at the RED or Highest Risk level, and the remaining Key Indicators in the ORANGE and RED range for the past 7 days -

Cohort 3 will remain in Virtual next week.


  • Each Wednesday, we give an update on the current data, and each Friday, we will do a final weekly review of the data and make a decision for a given cohort for the following week.
  • We will look at the previous 7-10 days of data (depending on the cohort metric), including the previous weekend.
  • The decision to "Go No-Go" for each cohort is communicated at the end of the day Friday.

Bell Schedules

  • The middle and high schools will remain on the virtual bell schedule that has been in place since August.

  • When we meet the criteria for a hybrid return of cohort 3, we will shift to the hybrid bell schedule.

  • Once in hybrid, should the data suggest that we need to return to virtual learning, we will keep the hybrid schedule for instructional consistency.

Virtual Schedule

Hybrid Schedule

Class of 2021 Tours of the New High School

We are excited to announce an opportunity for our Class of 2021 to tour the new High School. If the metrics dictate Cohort 3's (secondary students) inability to return in the hybrid format, we will have subsequent grade levels complete tours the following weeks. For example, the Class of 2022 will tour the building the week of January 18th if we are not in hybrid.

Class of 2021 tours are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Seniors and parents will receive an individualized email with the group number and time of the tour. Thank you to our senior student leaders who assisted with the process.

New Address for the Home of the Mustangs

With our recent move to the new building, we have a new address - 121 Mustang Alley, Falls Church, VA 22043. Please be aware that it does not show in navigational maps, yet. We are physically located behind the original GMHS next to ME Henderson Middle School.
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January 5, 2021 Issue

Yard Sale Tomorrow

The original GMHS is having a Yard Sale tomorrow, January 9 from 9:00 am through Noon on the Leesburg Pike side of the building (Entrance 2). The sale will be 100% outside, and no one will be able to enter the school. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.

Items for sale include athletic uniforms, trophies, old yearbooks, classroom items, adult desks, bookshelves, filing cabinets of all shapes and sizes, and more. Items from this inventory list are available for purchase. Only cash and credit cards will be accepted for payment. Proceeds from the Yard Sale will go to the Legacy Grove at the new high school.

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