The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - May 28, 2021

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Graduation Day on June 2

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


On Wednesday, June 2, the high school will be closed to all underclassmen due to the graduation ceremony, which will be held on the secondary campus. All teachers and staff will be participating and assisting with the festivities and will not be available. Wednesday Learning Lounge has ended. In addition, all parking spaces will be used for our graduates' families and invitees.

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Last Call: Summer Academy Registration

Registration will close on June 2.


For Summer Academy, 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. If you have not yet, please register your child for the 2021 Summer Academy Program before the June 2 deadline using this Summer Academy Registration Form.


Below is the slideshow and recording of the orientation if you or your student missed it. It is also available in the high school Summer Academy website.

Summer Academy Orientation 2021

Laptop Collection and Distribution

As we prepare for the Summer Tech Refresh (collection and distribution), we need your help with the following:


  • If your student is NOT registered for a summer academic program (ex. Summer Academy), please encourage them to turn in their school-issued laptop, case, and charger on their last day of class.
    1. There will be bins in every classroom for students to drop off their laptop, case, and charger.

    2. If your student is not here for the last week of school, they can drop off their laptop, case, and charger to the library at any time.


  • If your child IS registered for a summer academic program, we ask that you encourage your child to turn in their school-issued laptop, case, and charger on Friday, July 30.
    1. There will be a bin located in the main office for students to drop off their laptop, case, and charger when they complete their summer work or by July 30, the end of the summer programs.


  • If your child needs the laptop after July 30, please complete this request form.


The Library will be open for all rising seniors, juniors and sophomores to pick up a new device from August 16-August 27 (between 9 AM-3 PM). Your child must pick up the new device (to set a new password and ensure their accounts work). If your child is not available, their parent/guardian may do so on their behalf but must have their student's login credentials.


Rising Freshmen may pickup their new device on Friday, August 27 from 9 AM-12 PM during Freshmen Orientation.


We appreciate your support in ensuring that we can use the summer months efficiently and that your child is prepared for the first day of school.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Down

PowerSchool's Parent Portal (both web and app) will not be accessible during the week of June 4 to June 11. Parents and students will have access again by 8 AM on Monday, June 14.

FCCPS Student Vaccine Clinic Update

Any student who needs a 2nd dose of the Pfizer COVID Vaccine can receive it on Friday, June 11 at the Mary Ellen Henderson Gym. This is not a school day, so a link will be sent out from the Health Department for parents/guardians to schedule an appointment for their student during the hours of 9 AM-2:30 PM. We will share more information as we move closer to the date.


If your student is not able to attend the FCCPS Student Vaccine Clinic on June 11 for the 2nd dose of the Pfizer COVID Vaccine, parents/guardians should come to pick up their child's vaccine card. The cards cannot be sent home in a student's backpack or via a student, unless the student is 18+years or older. Please contact the division's Public Health Nurse, Laura Giles (gilesl@fccps.org), to make arrangements to pick up your student's vaccine card.


Additionally, if you need support for an alternative date/location for your student's second dose, you can use www.vaccinefinder.org to find a local appointment. Another option is the vaccination clinic at Tysons Corner Center in the former Lord & Taylor store. You can walk in there with no appointment necessary from 9 AM to 4 PM. You can also schedule an appointment there from 8:30-5 PM. They are closed on Sunday. More information can be found at https://www.tysonscornercenter.com/Directory/Details/819965 regarding the Community Vaccine Center hosted by the Fairfax County Health Department. Please contact Rebecca Sharp (rsharp@fccps.org) if you have additional questions.

Summer Reading

All students enrolled for courses at Meridian High School for 2021-2022 are expected to read over the summer. English teachers will ask students to draw on this reading for one of the opening assignments of the school year. Classes for 11th and 12th grade students will also rely on students to complete reading an assigned novel over the summer. Reading requirements and resources are based on course enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year and can be found on the summer reading site.


What is most important as students read over the summer is engagement and enjoyment. We encourage parents, grandparents, family or friends to read a book together and talk about it. The joy of reading is enriched when shared.


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Final Week of School Schedule

Monday through Thursday, June 7-10

Half days of instruction, 8:05 AM-11:45 AM for culminating course activities. For the last week of school Wednesday will be an in-person day for students.


Here is the final week half day bell schedule (and a linked photo below).

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