The Mustang Spirit
The Principal's Newsletter - April 16, 2021
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Dear Mustang Families,
Spring is a season of rebirth and regrowth. In education, the feeling is made palpable in the halls with students and teachers. Even though we can’t see smiles through masks, we’re seeing a lot more of those happy eyes around the new building, whose wide halls and various study spaces have allowed us the opportunity to bring back so many of our students to in-person learning.
Beginning this Sunday, residents of the City of Falls Church ages 16+ will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This means many of our high school-aged students will have the opportunity to get vaccinated!
Below, you will read about other familiar Springtime school occurrences, all of which we are happy to see return…in modified forms.
Thank you all for your continued support throughout this challenging school year,
The Mustang Admin Team
Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks!
TODAY is the last day to purchase the 2020-21 GMHS Yearbook! Cost is $85 and may be purchased by clicking HERE.
Thank you for helping us tell the story of the year,
George Mason High School Yearbook Staff
Photo on the left is the actual cover of the 20-21 Yearbook
Summer Academy Registration Now Open
Registration for the High School's 2021 Summer Academy Program is now open. Students will have the opportunity to select from a variety of Hybrid Classroom (Hy-C) courses for new credit, credit recovery or continuation, or obtain enrichment for advanced courses. Parents/ Guardians may register their child/children using this Summer Academy Registration Form by Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Parents/Guardians will be sent a confirmation email once registration closes and not before.
Save the Date for the Musical Production!
Make sure you save Friday, May 14 or Saturday, May 15 for this school year's musical production, Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown. The show will be live and streamed live at 7:30 PM on both days. Only a limited number of tickets will be available for free in order to maintain social distancing inside the Auditorium. Ticket request information will be shared soon.
If you have any questions, please contact our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Dan Coast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarter 3 SBL&G Information
The quarter three Standards-Based Learning & Grading (SBL&G) report is available on PowerSchool. Dr. Dippold, MYP Coordinator, created a brief video and slides which show where to find your child’s current progress in SBL&G courses through the first three quarters. For SBL&G courses, please use the Q3 current progress comment instead of Y1 to see your child’s best fit score . You can use the conversion chart (to see your child’s current letter grade progress) and final criterion grades will be determined at the end of fourth quarter.
9th grade students will review their current progress in all classes using the MYP report card during a Stable Group video lesson early next week and complete a reflection assignment identifying current strengths, areas of growth and action steps. The video will be shared on Schoology with all students taking a SBL&G course.
Spring SOL Testing Dates Set
The State of Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will be administered across a wide swath of grades and subjects beginning in May. You can see the full SOL Testing Calendar here and save the dates so your child can be sure to be present on their test dates. All proper mitigation protocols will be in place.
Vision and Hearing Screening for All 10th Graders and New Students Next Week
All 10th graders and new students will be screened for vision and hearing next week. STUDENTS SHOULD COME PREPARED WITH THEIR EYEGLASSES AND/OR CONTACT LENSES.
- All in-person 10th Graders (including new students in the 10th Grade) will have VISION Screening during their PE classes in the Main Gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (April 19, 20, 22, and 23). HEARING Screening will follow in Room L02.
- All in-person NEW students in Grades 9, 11, and 12 will have VISION Screening during Block 4/Stable Group time in the Main Gym onTuesday, April 20 and Friday, April 23. HEARING Screening will follow in Room L02.
- All-Virtual students who are in the 10th Grade and who are new will have VISION Screening on Wednesday, April 21 in the Main Gym followed by HEARING Screening in Room L02 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please note: Only All-Virtual students have the right to opt out by sending an email to our School Health Aide Melinda Pasupulati.
Tell your Career Story to HS Students in April & May
Mustang Career Chats are back! The chats are virtual this year, so you can do it from anywhere. Career Chats give students an opportunity to learn about what happens after high school; career paths and opportunities. They love to hear from friends and neighbors. Dates needed are April 27 (Seniors); May 7 (Freshmen); and May 14 (Sophomores) from 10:00-11:00 AM.
The Mayors' Fitness Challenge
The challenge is on vs Vienna and Fairfax City!
Program Dates: Saturday, April 3, 2021 to Saturday, May 29, 2021 = 8 weeks
Registration Is Open: For Falls Church City Residents and City of Falls Church Employees Only
Registration Ends: May 21, 2021
Fee: Free for all ages
City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks (Activity number 230001)
How to submit minutes:
All participants will receive an email weekly with a Google Form that they will use to submit their minutes.
If your student is experiencing technical issues with their laptop, they will need to fill out this form first. Once the form is submitted, the tech team will be able to help.
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