The GMHS Hitching Post
George Mason High School Newsletter - July 17, 2020
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THE SUPERINTENDENT'S FRIDAY, JULY 20 COVID-19 UPDATE
For information on the Reopening Plan for 2020, Instructional Summer Resources, Summer Social Emotional & Mental Health Supports for Students and Families and Final Reminders: Food/Nutrition Support and Special Education click on the link to the Superintendent's Friday, July 20, 2020, Covid-19 Update. https://gm.fccps.org/article/272619?org=fccps
Additional information and relevant updates will be shared later in the week.
FALL SPORTS 2020 - UPDATE
Thank you for your patience and thoughtful dialogue regarding the Fall 2020 sports season.
At this time, we are waiting for the VHSL (Virginia High School League) to make a final decision about fall sports, as they are the principal sanctioning organization for interscholastic athletic competition among public high schools in Virginia. The VHSL guides our decisions and those of athletic programs throughout the state. They are to reconvene on July 27th.
At the VHSL Executive Committee meeting on July 15th, they announced 3 possible models regarding the "traditional fall sports": Cheer, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf and Volleyball.
The three models presented to the Executive Committee for the opening of sports/activities are as follows:
Model 1 – Leave all sports in current season. Low and moderate contact risks sports that would be allowed to play are golf and cross country. High risk sports that would not be played are field hockey, football, volleyball, and cheer. Fall activities that would be allowed is theatre.
Model 2 – Switch Fall and Spring seasons. Low and moderate contact risk sports that would be allowed to play in the fall are track and field, tennis, soccer, baseball, and softball. High risk sports that would not be played are boys/girls lacrosse. Spring activities that would be allowed are theatre, forensics/debate, and film festival
Model 3 – Delay all VHSL sports and adopt the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. Leave all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.
- Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
- Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
- Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
We will update our student athletes and their families as we have more information. Right now we are collaborating with our coaches and regional colleagues to make sure we can safely and successfully act on the model the VHSL chooses to implement.
YEARBOOK DELIVERY ANNOUNCEMENT
Yearbooks have arrived at Mason!
You can pick up your student's yearbooks starting Tuesday July 21, 2020 from 10-2 Tuesday through Thursday.
If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELING NEWSLETTER
I am delighted to join the George Mason High School community for the 2020-2021 school year to help students and families navigate college and career options. In this newsletter, I want to help you get ahead by pointing out many things you can do before school begins, especially for the college application process because materials are available to get started. I hope you are enjoying summer and I look forward to meeting you in August.
Friday, July 31
Last day of Summer Academy
Monday, August 24
First Day of School
SENIOR MAKE-UP PORTRAITS: Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30
Please visit our FCCPS Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information page for the latest information and links to resources.
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.
NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE
Returning Student Enrollment
Returning student enrollment instructions for the 2020-21 school year was emailed to all families on or after July 6, 2020. It is extremely important this data be updated no later than August 1 to ensure the Student Health Information (Form D Regulation 9.60.1) is received. If a computer is needed to complete this registration, please contact Ms. Kemp in the Counseling office at email@example.com.
If your student will not be returning to George Mason High School for the 2020-2021 school year, you must notify the GMHS Registrar by completing the attached online Withdrawal Form GMHS Withdrawal Form, or returning this completed form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (703-248-5556), or by mail to the Counseling Office. Please note that if this form is not completed, the student's academic records may not be released to the parent or the new school. This form also notifies the registrar to send your student's final transcript to their new school and removes them officially from our Returning Student registration in Powerschool. Please make sure the school-issued laptop, textbooks, library books and athletic uniforms have been returned. Also, pay any fines/fees incurred over the school year before completing the withdrawal process. If you are unsure of any outstanding items or fines/fees owed, please contact the registrar at 703-248-5526.