The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - October 7, 2020

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From Principal Hills

Dear Mustang Families,

As Dr. Noonan mentioned in his letter to parents last week, tomorrow and Friday are Independent Learning Days for students. Students will be engaged with independent work or collaborative learning activities with other students. Students will not have live classes.

Monday, October 12 is a Professional Day for teachers and Indigenous Peoples' Day. Students will not have any classes.


Team Mason

Student Tech Support

If your child is having issues with their school-provided laptops, please submit this Tech Support Form first. Once a tech support form is submitted, the IT department shall send you an email with the next steps. We do not have drop-in tech hours and our IT department cannot help until the form is submitted.

Today's Standards-Based Learning & Grading Info Session

The first SBL&G live session was held this morning. If you missed it, please watch it below. The SBL&G info session provides parents/guardians of students who are in SBL&G classes with an opportunity to understand the philosophy and research, how you can support your child, and learn more about the PowerSchool grade book.

We will have another live session on Monday, October 19 at 7:15 pm. You only need to attend one session. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the date.

Finally, Dr. Dippold created this video which you can watch before the live session.

If you have specific questions about SBL&G or MYP, please reach out to Dr. Dippold at

Standards Based Learning & Grading - October 7, 2020

Picture Day for Grades 9-11

Picture Day will be on our short days -- Friday, October 16, and Friday, October 23, from 1-7 pm. Families/students will need to create an account and book their own time(s) using the link below. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.

Book a Photo Appointment Here

  • Students will enter the school using Door 19 and walk straight to the Mustang Cafe. In order to limit the number of people in the school, we request that students come to the Cafe by themselves.
  • In an effort to keep picture day appointments “contactless”, students will check in with VOS staff when entering the Mustang Cafe and will scan his/her/their camera card at the designated camera station. Instant IDs will be given to students on-site upon exiting the photography station.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face-covering and adhere to social distancing rules including staying at least 6 feet apart.
  • If a student has been exposed to COVID, or is showing symptoms of COVID, we ask that the student please not come for their appointment.

Students wishing to purchase a picture package will have the opportunity to do so online after they sign up for a time and after picture day. Paper picture orders will not be accepted at the camera. All picture packages will be delivered via USPS shipping to a home address.

Victor O'Neill Studios is a third-party company that Mason uses. Please contact VOS directly at for any questions. Thank you for helping make Picture Day a success!

The Shows Will Go On!

The FCCPS Choral Boosters want to reassure you that the shows will go on! We want you to be part of some of the great music-making that’s going to happen this year! The FCCPS Choral Boosters are committed to helping our choir teachers make “virtual” as “real” as possible, to keep singing voices, infrastructure, and relationships in place for the time when our students can joyfully sing side-by-side. To learn how to become a Choral Booster and to sign up for private Voice or Piano lessons, visit

Let's Go Mustangs!

The Athletic Boosters have put together a Virtual Learning Emergency Kit that includes the essentials: flannel PJs, a mug for hot beverages, and a comfy stadium cushion to adapt virtual learning to any location. Go to the Fan Shop to purchase one for your Mustang. Go Mustangs!
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