The Mustang Spirit

The Principal's Newsletter - June 11, 2021

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Dear Mustang Families,

One year ago, the final newsletter of 2020 was, like everything else, published remotely. It bid our school community farewell as we headed into a summer of great unknown. Times were uncertain. Lives were disrupted. School as we knew it was totally unfamiliar and we went into our summer vacation unsure whether it would come back.

One year later, we do know that we can close the books on perhaps the most challenging year in the 68 year history - the last - of George Mason High School. 2020-21 will be remembered as a year of many changes, great storms that upset the balance we strive for. The pandemic, the move to a new building, new bell schedules, the name change. New procedures were put in place almost weekly. And you, our Mustang community, weathered these storms along with us. Your support through it all buoyed us and was an invaluable component of this year’s success.

In the last week of school, our seniors had a chance to celebrate a prom, a field trip, and a graduation — traditions that seemed unthinkable at the start of the school year. Because of tremendous support from our PTSA, other parent volunteers, and the community at large, these events were not only possible but highly successful.

Navigating this year tested each and every one of us and it is not lost on us just how taxing this year was for everyone. This summer break, perhaps more than ever, is so very needed.

Looking ahead to 2021-22 - the first for Meridian High School - we recognize there are unknowns still ahead. But with your support, we go into it boldly and confidently. We look forward to seeing all our students in August and wish you a restful summer away from it all.


Mustang Admin Team

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Yearbook and Nine Muses Literary Magazine

If your student has not picked up their pre-ordered copy of the Yearbook and/or Nine Muses, copies will be held in the Main Office over the summer for pick up Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If there are extra copies of the Yearbook, an announcement will be made in Schoology.
College & Career Center Newsletter

June 4, 2021 - Last Issue of the School Year

New Date and Time: Saturday, June 12 at 12:00 PM

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Closing of FCHD COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Fairfax County Health Department closed their COVID-19 testing sites last Friday, June 4, 2021. Other testing options will remain operational throughout Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region and are widely available through health care providers, urgent care centers and pharmacies.

Beginning Monday, June 7, Fairfax County Public School students and/or employees who exhibit COVID-19-like symptoms, or were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have access to testing options available in the community, may be referred to the Fairfax County Health Department for appointment-based testing by calling 703-324-7404.

PowerSchool Parent & Student Portal Down

PowerSchool's Portal (both web and app) is not accessible through June 11. Parents and students will have access again by 8:00 AM on Monday, June 14.

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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Summer Course Offerings Update

For all students enrolled in any of our summer course offerings, a message will be coming soon to families regarding the logistics of the programs, including access to the building over the summer.
Summer Academy Orientation 2021
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