December 20, 2018

Happy Holidays Title
Dear Mustang Families,

As winter break is fast approaching, we would like to take this time to wish you and your family a safe, pleasant holiday season and happiness in the new year!
The Mason Team

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December 20, Thursday
JV Show
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium
Adult Tickets $7
Student Tickets $5
The JV SHOW showcases GMHS talent and is the biggest fundraiser
for the 2019 Junior - Senior Prom. 

December 21, Friday
Early Release -- 12:10 p.m. Dismissal

Snowman Title
December 24, Monday --
January 1, Tuesday

Winter Break

January Title
January 2, Wednesday
Blocks 2, 3, 4 and 6
No Wild Horse Wednesday Activities Scheduled

January 9, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 p.m. Dismissal
Sophomores will meet with their Personal Project Advisors
from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. -- transportation home will be provided following the meeting.

January 12, Saturday
District Chorus  Rehearsal
NOVA--Alexandria Campus

January 16, Wednesday
District Jazz Auditions
Francis C. Hammond MS

January 16, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 p.m. Dismissal

January 17, Thursday
2nd Quarter Ends

January 18, Friday
Professional Development
No School for Students

January 21, Monday
Martin Luther King Day
School Closed


January 22, Tuesday
3rd Quarter Begins

January 24, Thursday
Arlington Career Center Prospective Student Visit
9:00 a.m. -- 11:15 a.m.  (See separate article for more details.)

January 24, Thursday
2nd Quarter Report Card Grades 
Available in PowerSchool by 8:00 a.m.

January 24, Thursday; January 25, Friday and January 26, Saturday
District Jazz Event
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes Upper School

January 25, Friday and January 26 Saturday
Broadway Desserts
MEH Cafetorium
Friday at 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
This is a ticket event. Tickets will go on sale in advance.

January 31, Thursday; February 1, Friday; February 2, Saturday
District Band
Hayfield Secondary School

February Title
February 7, Thursday; February 8, Friday; February 9, Saturday
District Chorus Event
Falls Church High School

February 11, Monday and February 12, Tuesday
Sophomores begin writing Personal Project Report

February 13, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 p.m. Dismissal
Sophomores will meet with their Personal Project Advisors
from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. -- transportation home will be provided following the meeting.

February, 14, Thursday
Happy Valentine's Day

February 18, Monday
President's Day Holiday
School Closed

February 22, Friday
3rd Quarter Interim Grades Available in PowerSchool

February 22, Friday
Mr. and Mrs. Mason Contest
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium
Semester Exams
When a course calls for a semester exam, the exam will be administered primarily during a two week period (1/7-1/17).

Semester exams have been updated to reflect the specific and differentiated requirements associated with all courses. In years past, we have required teachers to adhere to a 40/40/20 semester grade weight policy. As we continue to improve our current grading practices where high stakes assessments are meaningful based on the developmentally appropriate level of the course, we no longer require a set schedule for exams. For example, a 20% semester exam in a 9th grade course may not be appropriate for a student but a 20% exam in an IB course might better prepare students for the post-secondary level. Teachers may consider alternatives to semester exams such as culminating activities that measure a student's understanding of the material. We have seen a decline in the number of semester exams, particularly at the 9th and 10th-grade level. No student will be required to take more than 2 exams in one day. If a student is concerned about the number of assessments they have during a particular week, they are encouraged to notify their counselor and we will work on a remedy. 
January 24, Thursday
Arlington Career Center Prospective Student Visit
9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Is your child interested in taking a class at the Arlington Career Center? The ACC offers a variety of career and technical (CTE) courses such as Air Force JROTC, Auto Tech, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Culinary Arts & Sciences, Early Childhood Education and many others. For a complete list visit Prospective students are invited to attend a visit to the ACC on January 24, 2019. Have your student submit a field trip release form ACC Field Trip Release Form by Thursday, January 17, 2019, to Dr. Clark, Assistant Principal. Please email Dr. Clark with any questions at
Reminder TitleExtended Absence (three or more days)
Absences of three or more school days requires a written request turned in at least three days prior to the first day of the absence, and approval by the Principal. The Extended Absence form is available in the Main Office or may be printed out from here. Students and parents/legal guardians may read and follow the instructions, then turn the form in to the Main Office for approval by the Principal.
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Need a Year-End Tax-Deductible Donation?

As 2018 draws to a close, please "pay it forward" by supporting our very own Class of 2019! The 2019 All Night Graduation Celebration committee is well underway planning the 30th alcohol- and drug-free event for our seniors, but they're only 40% toward their goal of raising $10,000. All tax-deductible donations go toward an awesome six-hour party with food, live entertainment, games, unique activities, and prizes. Whether you have a freshman, a senior, or any age in between, your donation will help keep our community's kids safe. Please, donate today! (link to (

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