September 14, 2017

 
Dear Mustang Families,

Our Homecoming festivities commence next Monday (9/18), followed by our football game Friday (9/22) at 7:30 p.m. and our Homecoming dance on Saturday (9/23) at 8:00 p.m. We look forward to an exciting week filled with school spirit.  

We continue to educate our students on the importance of working together to achieve their goals. This includes supporting one another when faced with adversity and peer pressure.  Collectively, we must encourage one another to act responsibly and appropriately during all Homecoming activities. Please join me in reminding our Mustangs to exercise good judgment. 

In order for your student to participate in the activities of Spirit Week, a permission form must be submitted. Thank you for your continued support. 

Homecoming Permission Form

Sincerely,

Matt Hills
Principal
Attention Sophomores and Parents of Sophomores!

On Wednesday, September 27, please remember that all sophomore students will remain after dismissal to meet with their Personal Project Advisor about their projects.  At 12:45, car riders and walkers will be dismissed to head home, while bus riders will head to GMHS Door 15 (cafeteria) where late buses will pick students up to take them home.  The buses will leave promptly in order to make elementary school pick up.

Students will also remain after and follow the same schedule on November 15 and February 14 early release dates.  Finally, we hope you have marked your calendar to attend our IB MYP Personal Project Showcase in the evening on March 7, 2018.  More information about the IB MYP Personal Project can be found here.  Please direct any questions to Dr. Clark or Ms. Lane.
Student Parking
 
Parking spaces have been numbered and correlate with the number on the parking permit. Students are asked to park in the assigned numbered space.  Please note that students run the risk of being towed if they do not display the current 2017-2018 parking permit on their vehicles and are not parked in their assigned space.

Students are reminded that they must park only in the designated student parking lots. There are 2 designated lots for students—the first lot is directly across from the Virginia Tech Grad Center and the second lot faces Haycock Road. Students are not allowed to park in the Faculty parking lots.

                                             
The amended cost of parking permits for the school year 2017-2018 is $250. Seniors who purchased their permits before September 1 at a cost of $300 will be receiving a separate letter regarding a $50 refund.
Saturday Learning Lounge opens September 23.
Students can click on this link to sign up.
 
Saturday Learning Lounge

 
                                     

·  FCEF 13th Annual Run for the Schools, 
Sunday, September 17
   Online registration www.fcedf.org/runfortheschools

·  Senior Information Night will be held on Monday, September 18, from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in the Mustang Café for seniors and their parents

·  Yearbook pictures for grades 9-11 will be taken on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20. Make-up pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, October 25.   Portrait Day ordering forms were handed out to students during Block 3 this week. 

   
· Friday, September 22:
  Homecoming Game
  Manassas Park vs George Mason
  7:30 p.m.
 
· Saturday, September 23:
  Homecoming Dance
  8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  Main Gym
  Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased during Mustang Block of Spirit Week (9/18-9/22) and after the Pep Rally on Friday, September 22.  

·  Senior Make-up Pictures will be taken Monday, September 25 and Monday, October 2 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

·  Early Release Wednesday, September 27, dismissal is 12:10 p.m. 

·  Personal Project Meeting for Sophomores, Wednesday, September 27, at 12:10 p.m. 

·  Vision and Hearing Screening for ALL students in Grade 10 and all new students in Grades 9 – 12 will be held on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29.  

·  GMHS Counselors Present High School Parent Information Night- on Thursday, October 5, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning in the Mustang Café . This is for parents of 9th, 10th and 11th graders. We will cover a variety of subjects including social/emotional issues and career/college readiness.

·  PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 11  
 
GMHS will administer the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) to all 10th and 11th grade students during the school day on Wednesday, October 11. Students should come prepared with sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. There is no fee for the test. The test will begin promptly at 8:05 a.m.  

· PSAT 8/9  on WednesdayOctober 11

On October 11 we will administer the PSAT 8/9 to our 9th graders. The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of a student’s college and career readiness. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the PSAT 10 in a way that makes sense for 9th grade students.

If you have any concerns about your child sitting for this assessment, please contact Mr. Dave Serensits at dserensits@fccps.org.

For more information:  PSAT 8/9

·  Parent/Teacher Mini-Conferences, Friday, October 13from 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

·  All Night Grad Celebration Fundraiser, Saturday, October 21, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
 
            


 


October 27:
SCA (Student Council Association) Halloween Hootenanny
Do you love carnival games, raffles, or haunted houses? Join us on Friday, October 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at George Mason’s fourth annual Halloween Hootenanny! There will be a haunted house, food, games, an iPad raffle, and lots of fun. This family-friendly event will be held in the Mason cafeteria and auxiliary gym and will benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

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