The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - March 12, 2021

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A Message from the Mustang Admin Team

The secondary team is working collaboratively to provide increased in-person learning opportunities for students. This plan will utilize additional spaces, while continuing to maintain six feet of social distance. Principals Hardy and Hills presented a secondary plan to the division leadership team this week based on staff input and feedback. School leaders will finalize this plan with their respective staff to provide 4th quarter learning options for students. These options will:

  • Increase opportunity for students to attend in-person

  • Continue with a virtual option

  • Provide additional in-person support and intervention for students with the greatest needs.

Next week, you will receive detailed information about the particulars of the secondary plan in which you and your student can select the option that is right for the 4th quarter.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Mustang Admin Team

Graduation Decision Timeline

March 1-12

  • Met with the senior class, senior class leaders and officers
  • Conducted a graduation survey
  • Met with the high school admin and central office leadership

March 15-22

  • Continue to engage seniors
  • Work with PTSA to evaluate options

March 26

  • A graduation announcement will be included in the Mustang Spirit letting families know where the event will be held on June 2

Summer Program Information

We are excited to offer a summer program with grades 6-12 combined at the new high school. Below is a high level overview of the instructional summer programs that we plan to offer. As we shared previously, each program will be contingent upon our ability to staff it and prioritization will go to students who are identified as needing targeted intervention due to learning gaps and vulnerable populations.

Both summer programs will run from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM four days per week, Monday - Thursday with the exception of the week of July 5 due to the holiday.

June 7 - July 30: Hybrid Classroom

Hy-C courses combine online coursework with feedback from a certified teacher. These courses are offered for new course credit, course credit recovery, and enrichment purposes. All course content and assignments are available online utilizing the Schoology learning management platform. Courses are structured with weekly assignment goals, giving students the flexibility to complete their assignments at a time convenient for them. Hy-C teachers are available to students through email or arranged Schoology online Conferences.

July 6 - July 30: Intervention, Remediation, and (Credit) Recovery program

IRR is an in-person program that will provide opportunities for students to improve and address gaps in learning. This will include an opportunity to advance in a particular course sequence or 2-year IB course. Content teachers will be available in-person to host seminar-style review sessions to check in on student progress/completed work

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March is Women's History Month

Join FCCPS and FCEF in celebrating Women’s History Month. There’s something going on at all schools, and in the community.

  • Does your child have a woman in their life that they want to highlight? We want to hear from the students of FCCPS and highlight the women in their lives during Women’s History Month. Students should create a selfie video and submit it via this google form. Submitted videos may be shared publicly throughout the month of March.

  • Daily facts in Morning Announcements and social media about historic women who shaped Falls Church, and current entrepreneurial women.

  • Look for a series of student interviews of prominent women.

  • At the end of the month there will be an opportunity for students to reflect on women they’ve learned about.

Model UN Virtual Conference

GMHS Model UN is hosting a virtual conference on Saturday, April 10, and high school students can register until March 15!

With insights from our guest speaker, former Director of the Peace Corps Dr. Jody Olsen, and futuristic committees about a pandemic on Mars and Kanye’s 2028 run for President of the United States, students are in for lots of fun, fruitful debates and collaboration. Visit the conference website,, for more information about the conference schedule and committees.

For any students who are new to Model UN who would like to gain some experience before the conference, we will host a few introductory sessions in the coming weeks.

Students should fill out this form to register for the conference. After registration, we will send students all of the information they will need for an engaging and enlightening conference experience.

Reminder: In-Person Writing SOL for All Juniors

Monday, March 15th, 8am-1pm

George Mason High School, 121 Mustang Alley, Falls Church, VA, USA

Please make sure your junior comes prepared with a FULLY charged laptop, pencils, face covering, and a water bottle. All bags and phones will not be allowed in the testing rooms and will need to be placed outside of the testing area with electronics powered off.

Students were given their room assignments through a Schoology announcement. Students will be assigned seats in each testing location.

We will test Part 1 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, take a 45 minute break, then begin Part 2 at 11:00 AM. A snack will be offered in between the two parts and a grab and go lunch after the exam. Students may quietly leave the building and go home after they are done with Part 2 if they are walking or have their own transportation. The school bus will leave at approximately 1:00 PM for those who signed up.

All the information above was also shared with juniors through Schoology.

Surviving in a Pandemic:

Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

Presented by: Sunstone Counseling

Join us Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00pm EST via Zoom as three of our counselors lead a discussion with parents on the challenges children have faced over the last year due to the ongoing pandemic. Following a brief presentation, we will break into respective groups (Elementary School, Middle School, and High School) to have an open dialogue about what we have seen clinically during the pandemic, how you as parents can understand the signs and symptoms of some mental health disorders, and what resources are available to ensure your child continues to thrive.


Gina Hafez, LPC

Gina has an extensive history of working with individuals in a variety of settings, which includes schools, hospitals, clinics, jails, and universities. Gina has 10 years of experience working with individuals of all ages from diverse backgrounds. She enjoys working with children and adolescents noting the undiscovered insight and genuine creativity they often bring into counseling sessions.

Erika Davis, LPC

Erika has spent the last 13 years working in schools as both a teacher and a school counselor. She enjoys working with children and their families with specialty areas of ADHD, anger management, and behavioral challenges. She finds her intimate knowledge of the school setting helps connect with other professionals in a child’s life to provide holistic, well-rounded care.

Jennifer Munroe, LPC

Jennifer has a depth of experience working with primarily children, adolescents, and their families throughout her career. She has worked in both the community agency setting as well as private practice. Jennifer enjoys working with children as young as three years old helping both children and families develop skills to assist with emotional regulation, mood management, and behavioral challenges.

Topic: Falls Church PTA Q&A with Sunstone Counseling

Time: Mar 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Yearbook Photo Days: Make-Up and Retakes

Victor O'Neill Studios will be setting up in the Mustang Cafe on March 17 and March 18 to take Yearbook and ID photos for students in Grades 9-11. Yearbook photos and IDs are complimentary. Students/families pay only when they order a photo package from VOS.

Book your appointment directly with VOS using this link. After booking, you will receive an appointment confirmation email with this link in order to preorder your photos, if you wish.

Retakes will be taken if they meet the criteria listed here.

Questions or concerns can be emailed to

  • 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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