The GMHS Hitching Post

George Mason High School Newsletter -- February 28, 2020

MATH NIGHT INFORMATION SESSION -- MARCH 4TH 6:15 P.M.

Dear Mustang Families,


Falls Church City Public Schools strives to be the premier IB school division. Upon completing the first semester of this school year, we conducted a secondary math program review in order to reflect upon ways to enhance our students’ opportunities for success in mathematics. In order to achieve an equitable learning environment aligned with the IB/MYP curriculum, we have revised the math pathways and program of studies for the upcoming school year. Below are the courses that have changed, as well as links to the revised program of studies and the course pathways map.

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Resource Links

Link to the Revised Program of Studies


George Mason Program of Studies 2020-2021


Students will receive information about these courses from their math teachers to assist them with choosing the appropriate math placement for next year. If you would like additional information, we invite you to attend a parent information session on the updated course pathways on March 4th, at 6:15 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. in the George Mason High School auditorium.


Sincerely,


Matt Hills

Principal

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Many of you have had an opportunity to meet our MYP coordinator, Alicia Miller. In her role, she supports the full MYP program both here and at Henderson and is a resource to students, teachers, and families. For those of you who have met Mrs. Miller, her passion and commitment for the IB program are evident in all that she does and we are better practitioners because of her work with our FCCPS community. Mrs. Miller has recently been offered and accepted a position to work at the IB Americas Global Center in Bethesda, Maryland as the Global Head of Professional Development Delivery for the Primary Years Programs and Leadership Development for International Schools. This position is an amazing opportunity for Mrs. Miller as she came to us from a PYP school and has worked in International Schools throughout her career. While we as a school and FCCPS community are thrilled for this professional achievement for Mrs. Miller, we are certainly sad to see her leave and wish her success in her new role. Thankfully Bethesda is just down the road. Her last day with us will be Friday, March 13th.


We have been fortunate to secure an interim MYP coordinator to complete the remainder of the 19-20 school year. Mrs. Sandy Lamb is a familiar face to us in FCCPS. Mrs. Lamb is a retired MYP coordinator from Fairfax County Public Schools and previously served as our interim MYP coordinator in 2018. She is excited to return to Mason and Henderson in this capacity. She has had an opportunity to connect with Mrs. Miller and is ready to dive into our spring work. Mrs. Lamb's start date will be Wednesday, March 18th. We will advertise for Mrs. Miller's vacancy on Monday, March 2nd. Pending the adoption of the FCCPS budget, a second MYP coordinator position will be forthcoming later this spring.

As we reflect on the work of MYP and specifically standards-based grading, we have been incredibly reflective as a high school and middle school team and used the feedback we have received from students, staff and parents to guide our next steps. We know that navigating two reporting platforms has been cumbersome for you, for students, and for our staff and we are looking at how we can streamline that process for the 2020-21 school year. We are also reflecting on effective methods in providing feedback to students and to you in an efficient and easy to understand way.


Our team continues to be grateful to you for your feedback and your trust in our staff and with us throughout this transition.

Please join me and our entire Mason staff in wishing Mrs. Miller well in her new journey.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 4

Math Night Information Session

6:00 p.m.

Auditorium


March 8

Daylight Saving Time Starts


March 11

International Potluck Dinner

5:30 p.m. - Dinner

Mustang Cafe and Auxiliary Gym

International Dinner Dish Participation

International Night Performance Sign Up

Contacts: Tina Kao at kaot@fccps.org or Jennifer Gray at jenn@grayway.org

PTSA -- Thank you!

Personal Project Showcase

7:00 p.m. - Showcase

The Personal Project is a culminating project for MYP 10th grade students. This project, which is required by the International Baccalaureate and is an integral part of the curriculum at GMHS, invites students to set a goal, design an action plan to achieve their goal, and reflect on their process as they progress toward the goal. Come see the results.


March 13

Professional Day for Teachers

No School for Students


March 25

Early Release Wednesday

Dismissal -- 12:10 p.m.

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March 26, March 27 and March 28

Spring Play

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]

7:30 p.m. -- Auditorium

$5 for Students and $10 General Admission


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GUEST SPEAKER SERIES

FOR 9TH, 11TH AND 12TH GRADE STUDENTS


Date: Wednesday, March 4th


Award-winning journalist and writer, Elaine Weiss, Bio author of The Women's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote -- Sponsored by The League of Women Voters



FOR 11TH AND 12TH GRADE STUDENTS


Date: Wednesday, March 18th


8:30-9:30 - Parent Coffee: Introduction of Speaker, Nils Ahbel, and opportunity for question and answer session.


9:48 - 10:48 Auditorium - All 11th and 12th grade students (limited space for parents)

“The Truth about Alcohol and THC - Facts that Can Save Your Life!” -- Sponsored by the Falls Church Education Foundation


If you you have any questions in regards to the presentation or if you would like to opt out your child, please contact Dave Serensits at dserensits@fccps.org.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE GMHS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

Mulch Madness Fundraiser Sponsored by the GMHS Athletic Boosters Association


Order now at the Mason Fan Shop (MASON FAN SHOP). Top quality double-shredded hardwood mulch delivered by Mustang Athletes directly to your home! Bags are $5 each for 3 cu. ft. Delivery date to Falls Church area homes is Saturday, March 28th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please help support the GMHS Athletic Boosters in our mission to support Mason Athletics. Deadline to order mulch is March 18th.


For questions, please contact our Mulch Co-Chair Laura Hodges at laura.hodges@hotmail.com.

ALL NIGHT GRAD CELEBRATION


Find out what the All Night Graduation Celebration is all about here.

Donations accepted here. Thank you.

SATURDAY LEARNING LOUNGE

Does your student need a tutor or a quiet place to study? Check out the link below:


Saturday Learning Lounge

FCCPS PARENT UNIVERSITY

Keep Calm and Check Parent University


Did you know that FCCPS has a resource for parents that pulls together all of the parent education opportunities across the schools? Anything that helps parents get smarter about school and parenting is included in Parent University.

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