The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - April 23, 2021

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Summer Academy Registration Is Open Through June 2

Registration for our 2021 Summer Academy Program is open. Students will have the opportunity to select from a variety of Hybrid Classroom (Hy-C) courses for new credit, credit recovery or continuation, or obtain enrichment for advanced courses. Parents/ Guardians may register their child/children using this Summer Academy Registration Form by Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Parents/Guardians will be sent a confirmation email once registration closes and not before.

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Join in the Women’s History Walk

Sunday, May 2 between 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Rain date: May 16)


Exercise, Community, History & Inspiration. Everyone is invited to take a self-guided walk through the City and learn about women who made history, or are making history today. Plus it is a great opportunity to connect with people in the community.


Honorees include 44 historic women; 44 entrepreneurial women and 18 Young Women of Action, who are FCCPS students making a difference. We are very proud of the 12 Mustangs who are being honored (see names in graphic above).


There are 3 different starting points: City Hall, Tinner Hill Historic Site and Big Chimneys Park. Pick your favorite and stop there to pick up a map and brochure. Enjoy the walk at your own pace, and make a day of it by stopping at a nearby business for lunch or a treat.


Social distancing and face coverings are required.

Prom Update

For your planning purposes, the Prom which was tentatively scheduled for May 1, has been postponed. Additional information will be available on Monday, May 3.

Save the Date!

Students at ALL Falls Church City Schools are encouraged to participate in Walk & Bike to School Day on Thursday, May 6! This voluntary event is a great opportunity for students and families to explore new routes to school. We recommend bike riders learn the rules of the road and hand signals before participating. Bike racks are available in front of Henderson Middle School.

Tell your Career Story to Freshmen and Sophomores

Mustang Career Chats are back! The chats are virtual this year, so you can do it from anywhere. Career Chats give students an opportunity to learn about what happens after high school; career paths and opportunities. They love to hear from friends and neighbors. Dates needed are May 7 (Freshmen) and May 14 (Sophomores) from 10:00-11:00 AM.


Sign up at this link

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Members of the Falls Church City Police force visited students in US government class as part of a unit on law enforcement. The officers returned to class with students, who had the opportunity to engage with them in a class discussion.

Covid-19 Updates

Mass Vaccination Site in Tysons Corner Open for Phase 2


The recently opened Fairfax Community Vaccination Center (CVC) in the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center is now open for Phase 2. All persons 16+ years old may register and schedule a vaccine appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted. Anyone who would like to get vaccinated must secure an appointment.


  • Go to VaccineFinder.org -> Choose the type of vaccine (if the recipient is younger than 18 years old, Pfizer is the only vaccine that is recommended) then type your 5-digit zip code -> When locations come up, choose the Fairfax County Health Department location -> Complete the form to enroll in a VAMS account with the Fairfax County Health Department -> Follow the next steps to continue the registration process -> Make sure to submit the form in the end


After submitting the form, a QR code will appear on your screen. A confirmation with the QR code will also be sent to the email you provided when you registered.


FCCPS Quarantine Guidelines for Vaccinated Persons 16+


  • If a person is fully vaccinated with 2 doses, at least 2 weeks past the 2nd dose, and has no symptoms or fever, then they do not have to quarantine/pause if exposed to a person who is COVID-19 positive.
  • Those who are vaccinated should always continue to monitor themselves for symptoms and consult their healthcare provider as needed.
  • Any staff member/student who meets the criteria above and is not asked to quarantine by a public health official may work/attend school if they are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Who is not required to stay home (quarantine) after having close contact with someone with COVID-19 per the Fairfax County Health Department


  • People who have had COVID-19 in the past 3 months (90 days) as long as they do not develop new symptoms.*

  • People who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as long as they have no symptoms and they are not inpatients, residents of a healthcare setting, or residents of a congregate setting like a group home or correctional or detention facility.*

    • Fully vaccinated means 2 weeks or more have passed since getting the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or 2 weeks or more have passed since getting 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine.

    • Healthcare settings include hospitals and long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living facilities).

  • People who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and who have either traveled in the United States or arrived back in the United States after traveling internationally.

  • People who have had close contact with a person who was a close contact to someone with COVID-19 (“contact of a contact”). If your contact tests positive for COVID-19, then you should stay home (quarantine).


* It is very important that people who are not required to stay home (quarantine) monitor their health for 14 days after their last exposure and continue following all recommendations (e.g., wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash hands often). See exceptions to masking and physical distancing for fully vaccinated people here.


https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/local-exposure/#requiredq


Vaccine and Vaccination Process in Fairfax County: Webinars for FCCPS Families


Join the Fairfax County Health Department and FCCPS Parent University for important updates about COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to help prevent disease.

Topics will include:

  • COVID-19 impacts (health, economic, education)

  • Community Immunity: What is it and how do we get there?

  • Different vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson - How they work and their efficacy

  • Safety of vaccines

  • Vaccination process: Everyone 16+ can register for a vaccine starting April 18

  • How to register


May 4 (Spanish) & May 5 (English) are just for FCCPS families.

Please register below to attend either one.

May 4 in Spanish

May 5 in English

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