Weekly Spotlight On MPHS!

Dr. B's Weekly Update: 2/23/2018

First Term Honors Sets All Time MPHS Record; Celebrates Digital Learning Day!

472 is the magic number this year! That is how many students were recognized at Thursday's First Term Honors Ceremony! It was standing room only as more than 40% of our students were recognized for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher during first semester. Students proudly accepted their certificates and enjoyed a reception with parents afterward. As a bonus, in honor of Digital Learning Day, parents could post shout-outs to their kids (and their kids' friends) throughout the ceremony through Today's Meet. Shout-outs were posted on a large screen for all to see. It added a little digital flare to the event! Thanks to all of our parents who came out to support!

In Recognition of Black History Month: HBCU Night Makes it Personal!

A variety of MPHS teachers showed up Wednesday night to provide our students with information about Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students asked many questions, and teachers shared their own experiences with students. Much was learned and talk of having this conversation more than once per year has already begun!

School Safety & ALICE at MPCS

In 2013, Manassas Park City Schools adopted enhanced safety procedures that we, as well as the experts across the country, believe increase the chance of survival should an armed intruder enter our schools. These enhanced procedures provide our staff and students additional response options by utilizing the ALICE protocol approach. Conducting violent intruder/lockdown drills are required, just like fire and tornado drills, by all Virginia Public Schools several times a year. Staff members participate in ALICE training every year in order to help students learn and remember the response options during designated lesson & activity drills. Age appropriate lessons & activities are developed by ALICE-trained educators and conducted during pre-designated months during the school year which include August, September & February. The age-appropriate lessons and drills are designed to encourage awareness and develop skills for responding to different situations without causing undue stress or fear for students. Emphasis is placed on awareness, being alert to surroundings and informing adults of potential concerns as well as enhancing traditional lockdown procedures with barricading and being aware of the evacuation rally points for each campus. Surprise ALICE drills and drills involving the simulation of a weapon are never conducted as part of the student lessons; all school staff are always aware of and are an active part in all ALICE lessons & drills at each school. Additional resources and more information can be found on the MPCS School Safety webpage at https://www.mpark.net/page-3/school-safety.


NOTE: MPHS will be conducting an ALICE drill on Thursday, March 1st during Cougar Time. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Dr. Bergeron.

Calendar Spotlight!

February 27 HS Commons

2018-2019 Parent-Student Program of Studies Meeting

6:30PM - FRESHMEN ONLY

Guidance will lead a discussion on registration for next school year and new class offerings.

March 1

School Safety Review and ALICE Barricade Drill

10:13AM (During Cougar Time)

March 6 Middle School Auditorium

Course Selection Orientation for rising 10th-12th grades

6:30PM

March 9

Guidance to meet with rising 11th grade students during school

March 12

Guidance to meet with rising 10th grade students during school

March 13 Dr. B's Chew & Chat

TOPIC: Q&A With Guidance about registration for next school year

6;30PM HS Commons

March 16

Guidance to meet with rising 12th grade students during school

Governors School @Innovation Park Now Accepting Applications

Applications are due February 28th

See Guidance for more information

Senior Spotlight!

Graduation Speaker Selection Process Coming Soon!

Listen to announcements for more info!

Senior Dues & Grad Fee

Pay online at

www.myschoolbucks.com

Accepted into college? Let your counselor know!

Want money for college? See the guidance office for MANY scholarship opportunities!

Dr. Deborah Bergeron, Principal

MPHS Families:


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