The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - November 6, 2020

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From Principal Hills

Dear Mustang Families,

We are excited to announce our Secondary Reopening and Instructional Plan for January. Please take a moment to review our Secondary Reopening Webpage.

Have a great weekend,

Team Mason


The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental. This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.

Please join George Mason HS in hosting The College Funding Coach® via ZOOM webinar on November 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. This is information you can’t afford to miss! To receive your link, please Register. And please take a look around the website for helpful resources and information.

Online Mock SAT Administration Organized by the PTSA

The PTSA is partnering with NovaStar Prep (an SAT test-prep service) to offer a virtual mock SAT administration on Saturday, November 14 starting at 8:30 am. All GMHS students in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate.

  • Students receive the Mock test via email and print it at home in advance.
  • Students participate in a Zoom video call live with a proctor. Students log on at 8:30 am and instructions begin at 9:00 am. The proctor leads students through the test and uses video and chat to share time intervals and instructions. The proctor will see students and vice versa.
  • Students take photos of their answer sheets and submit them via email.
  • NovaStar Prep scores the tests and emails detailed score reports to students within two weeks of the test date.
  • Parents receive a free phone consultation to review their student’s test results.

Registration link for Mock SAT with NovaStar Prep

There is a $25 registration fee to participate, proceeds will be forwarded by NovaStar as a contribution to our PTSA. The GMHS counseling staff (school counselors, Ms. Snyder and Ms. Mural) have access to a special registration code that can be shared with any student who needs financial support for the registration fee.

GMHS will offer the PSAT/NMSQT to current Juniors - Optional

Tuesday, Jan. 26th 2021 at 8am

7124 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA

Please know that scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are not used by college admission officers as part of their admission decision-making process. ACT and SAT/SAT Subject Test scores may be required for college admission. However, the PSAT/NMSQT is the official route of entry to the highly competitive and selective process for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Therefore, the PSAT/NMSQT is an optional test.

Juniors who are interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26 must complete this registration form by Tuesday, November 24, so we can order the correct number of tests and prepare to administer the test in the new building. There is no fee to take the PSAT/NMSQT and students do not need to register with the College Board for this specific test. Please note that we do not have specific testing logistics developed for January 26th, as this will be dependent upon the number of 11th-grade students who register. Additional information and testing logistics will be sent in January to the email address you provide on the registration form, prior to the test administration date.

If you have questions about registering for and taking the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, please reach out to Mr. Amerine, Testing Coordinator. If you have questions about standardized testing and the college application process, please reach out to Ms. Mural, College and Career Specialist.

MYP Progress Report Card

The MYP report card (grades 6-10) will go live on PowerSchool this evening at 4:00 pm. This will include the criterion scores for Standards-Based Learning & Grading courses as well as traditional (A-F) course grades for quarter one. To learn how to create and manage your own PowerSchool account, please click on this link.

Please watch this video tutorial to learn how to access your child’s report card. In addition, this video explains the MYP SBL&G Progress Report Reference Guide also in PowerSchool. To access the report card, you must access it by a computer. It will not show up on your cell phone through the PowerSchool parent portal app.

Health & Wellness Film Series: Discussion of the Film 'LIKE'

Join the FCCPS School Board's Health & Wellness Advisory Committee, Principal Hardy, and some of our Henderson and Mason counselors for a Zoom discussion of the film LIKE on Monday, November 16, at 7:00 pm.

The film is about the impact of social media on our lives as well as the effects of technology on the brain. Watch the trailer here. All FCCPS community members are welcome to watch this timely film on-demand November 14-16, engage in an online dialogue together, and learn some simple tips for living more intentionally with our devices. The film is 49 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Details and links are forthcoming. Thanks go to donors to the Falls Church Education Foundation for funding the Health & Wellness Film Series.

Volunteer for Virtual Career Chats

George Mason High School's popular Career Chat program is going virtual this year. Volunteer presenters from every career are needed to chat with students as guests on the Schoology platform. Students will be assigned to interest groups, so you will be chatting with students who want to know what you do. It's a lot of fun!

The dates are still to be determined, but please indicate your interest today by submitting this form, and BIE will get back to you with specific dates. Thank you!

FCEF Online Auction*

Register today for the Falls Church Education Foundation’s annual online auction. Registration is free and all are welcome to attend! You’ll find all the great items you've come to expect at FCEF’s Annual Gala event. The online auction will be open Friday, Nov. 13 through 9:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 20. If you're looking to make the night even more fun, register for the Roaring Twenties "Party in a Box" with a $100 donation to FCEF. We won't give away all the surprises of what will be in the box, but it'll include a gift card for dinner, fun goodies, and an entry to win tickets to our future in-person gala delivered to your door.

More information on the Roaring Twenties Online Auction can be found on the FCEF website.

* All proceeds from the auction go back to our schools to benefit students and teachers.

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