The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - November 13, 2020

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From Principal Hills

Dear Mustang Families,

Please take a moment to complete the Learning Intention Form in the Secondary Reopening Plan. We need to know if your child/children will be joining us in January on a Hybrid schedule or an (All) Virtual schedule. The form is due next Friday, November 20 and is available in English and in Spanish. If you have multiple children in Grades 6-12, you will need to submit the form for each child.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,

Team Mason

Fundraiser for Yemen Sponsored by the International Club

The GMHS International Club is collaborating with Save The Children Foundation to raise money for the children of Yemen, who are battling COVID-19 along with the humanitarian crisis that started in 2011. Donations of any amount may be made by clicking here and providing a credit card. Thank you!

Senior Day at the Original GMHS

Seniors will have a separate visit to the original GMHS organized by the PTSA on Monday, November 23, after morning classes. Seniors can sign up using this form, not the community sign up form below. More detailed information was sent to seniors through Schoology.
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One Last Visit Sign Up for the Community

Please click above if you would like to go on one last visit to the original GMHS for either date. Seniors have a separate sign up form.

FCCPS Awards

It's time for nominations for the annual FCCPS Awards!

FCEF Teacher of the Year

Support Staff Employee of the Year

Professional Specialist of the Year

There are so many people who are eligible for these awards. Please think about FCCPS staff who have made a difference in your children's lives this year, and every year! All names of possible nominees need to be sent to Amy Hall at FCCPS HR by December 4 to confirm eligibility. The deadline for nomination packets is January 7, 2021.

The FCEF Virtual Auction Bidding Starts TODAY at 5 PM!

If you have not registered yet, please do so here in order to bid on many special items. It is free to register. Some items available for bidding include: a one-week stay at a Long Beach Island vacation home, a private tour of the New GMHS, a premier parking spot in the New GMHS, a Martin Acoustic-Electric guitar, and many more.

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

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Update: Links Included to View the Documentary 'LIKE' and Zoom Discussion

Join the FCCPS School Board's Health & Wellness Advisory Committee, Henderson's 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. The film is 49 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Below is the link to access the LIKE online program and resources:

The login to access the link is:


Password: fallschurch (all lower case)

Then join in the community discussion via Zoom on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm by clicking HERE or go to

Optional PSAT/NMSQT for current Juniors. Deadline to sign up is November 24.

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.

Let's Go Mustangs!

Winter is Coming...Visit the Mason Fan Shop for hoodies, pullovers, sweatshirts, winter hats, flannel pants, and much more. Everything your Mustang will need for the winter in one place.

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