The Mustang Spirit
The Principal's Newsletter - February 26, 2021
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Congratulations to Everyone on Our Reopening!
Monday Independent Learning Expectations
Please refer to the Secondary Reopening Plan for further information related to independent learning days every Monday.
Reminders About Drop-Off and Pick-Up
- There is no right turn into Mustang Alley when traveling westbound on Route 7. Entering Mustang Alley from Route 7 is a left-turn-only entrance.
- If you are dropping off/picking up your child, please enter Mustang Alley via Haycock Road and follow the Red Mustang Loop; make sure to pull all the way into the loop in front of the old high school.
- Only school buses can go past the old high school on Mustang Alley.
- Students must walk on the Pink Route to get to the entrance of the building in the mornings and to get to the pick-up zone or to Haycock Road in the afternoons.
The Fall Sports Spectator Form is included in the roundup. Families of student athletes should submit the form in order to watch their student athlete.
IB GRADING UPDATE
Students at GMHS will not be sitting for IB exams in May 2021. However, the students will still be receiving final IB marks from IB, and colleges and universities are still accepting the published results.
IB will be awarding grades in all subjects based on all IB assessments that are due before the end of April. The weighting of each assessment in each course is found in this chart of IB Assessment Weights 2021.
Please note that these percent weights apply to all students globally, whether the school is sitting for the May 2021 exams or not.
In Group 6 subjects (IB Music, IB Film, IB Visual Arts and IB Theatre), the assessments required by IB that are historically due before the end of April are still required and will collectively constitute 100% of the final mark (1-7) awarded by IB.
In all other IB subjects, the assessments required prior to April 20 will be uploaded to IB examiners, too. However, these assessments will account for only 20-50% of the final IB mark. The remaining weight will come from predicted grades generated by the teachers. Teachers will take into account student performance on classroom-based assessments from the current students using IB rubrics and the IB Grade Descriptors.
IB will ask us to consider our grade distributions in each subject from recent IB exam sessions (i.e. 2017-2019). If our grade distributions fall out of historical patterns, IB will ask the teachers to justify the marks that fall out of historical ranges.
The IB education is still alive and well at GMHS. We wish all of our students the best as they finish their IB studies this spring.
In-Person Writing SOL for All Juniors
Monday, March 15th, 8am-1pm
Falls Church, VA
Details will be shared closer to the date.
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Save The Date: Yearbook Photo Days
- Wednesday, March 17 from 1:30 - 4:30 PM - For In-Person Students
- Wednesday, March 17 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM - For All-Virtual Students and for Retakes
- Thursday, March 18 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM - For In-Person Students
Get Your Yearbooks Today!
There’s nothing else like your school yearbook. If you would like to place an order for a 20-21 Yearbook, the current rate is $85 and can be purchased by clicking HERE. The last day to purchase your yearbook is April 16, 2021.
Thank you for helping us tell the story of the year,
George Mason High School Yearbook Staff
Photo on the right is the actual cover of the 20-21 Yearbook.
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