December 1, 2017

December 4, Monday
Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting 
7:00 p.m. -- Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

December 6, Wednesday
Winter Band Concert
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium
December 9, Saturday
District Band Auditions
West Potomac High School

December 12, Tuesday
Winter Chorus Concert
7:30 p.m. -- Auditorium

December 13, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 Dismissal

December 18, Monday
Interim Grades available in PowerSchool

December 22, Friday
Early Release -- 12:10 Dismissal

December 25 - January 2
Winter Break 

January 3, Wednesday
School Reopens

January 10, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 Dismissal

January 11, Thursday
IB Information Night for Parents of 9th and 10th Graders
7:00 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
Mustang Cafe

January 15, Monday
Martin Luther King Day
School Closed

January 17, Wednesday
PTSA Meeting
7:00 p.m. -- Mustang Cafe

January 17, Wednesday
District Honors Jazz Band
Francis C. Hammond Middle School
Alexandria, VA 22304

January 23, Tuesday
Arlington Career Center Prospective Student Visit
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 Emergency Medical Technician, Auto Tech, Animal Science, Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine and many others. For a complete list visit Prospective students are invited to attend a visit to the ACC on January 23, 2018. Have your student submit a field trip release form ACC Field Trip Release Form by Friday, January 19, 2018, to Dr. Clark, Assistant Principal. Please email Dr. Clark with any questions at
End-of-Semester Exams
January 30, 31 and February 1 and 2
Classes dismiss at 12:30 on 1/30, 1/31 and 2/1
Classes dismiss at 10:05 on 2/2

January 30, Tuesday
Block 2
 Block 4 
January 31, Wednesday
Block 1 
Block 3 
February 1, Thursday
Block 6 
Block 5 
February 2, Friday
Block 7

1st Semester Exam Schedule 2017-2018
Semester Exam Information 2017-2018

Bus Schedule for Exam Week 1/30 - 2/2/2018
February 1-3, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
District Band
Hayfield High School
Alexandria, VA 22315

February 5 and 6
Professional Days
No School for Students

February 7, Wednesday
3rd Quarter Begins
Even Day

February 8, Thursday
2nd Quarter Grades Available in PowerSchool
Extended 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.

Stay Warm and Show Your School Spirit

Now that the cold weather is here, visit the Mason Fan Shop for everything you need to keep warm: scarves, hats, hoodies, flannel pants, coffee go-cups and more. Go Mustangs!  Buy your game vouchers, too!

All Night Grad Celebration planning is underway. If you are interested in lending your ideas and support to the ANGC committee, we would love to have you. Please email Chair Jennifer Short at to learn more and get details about future meetings. If you would like to make a donation to the event, visit
Falls Church City Public Schools Special Education and Student Services

The Special Education Advisory Committee will be meeting on December 4th at 7:00 PM in the library at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  The meeting will include presentations by TJ staff members on interventions in place at TJ for dyslexia and social emotional learning.  All members of the community are invited to attend.
Families are invited to sign up to receive the Special Edition newsletter.
Click on the link below:

Special Education and Student Services
STEP 1:    

The withdrawing student’s legal parent/guardian completes the online GMHS Withdrawal Form no more than 1 month prior to the withdrawal date. Directions on how to request final academic records are included in this form. If nothing is requested, George Mason will send records to the transferring school once a request is received. The completed form will be emailed to the parent, as well as the high school registrar.


Print the completed withdrawal form and give to the GM student during his/her LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL (the GM registrar will also email a copy to the students FCCPS account one week prior to the withdrawal date). The student completes the charted portion of the form, having each teacher/school representative complete it as assigned. Textbooks, MacBook’s, and any other school-issued items should be returned at this time and teachers will issue withdrawal grades to be provided to the new school.
The student returns the completed form to the GMHS Counseling Office and collect requested records, if applicable. Please note that if the completed form is not returned and completed in its entirety, or outstanding fines exist, records may not be released.
Beth Ann Bird
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

Are your students missing any items? Ask them to check out our Lost and Found in the Mustang Cafe.  Items not claimed by December 15 will be given to local charities.

You can find current and past issues of the GMHS Hitching Posts 
from Principal Hills on the GMHS website at the link below:

Principal's Newsletter
Does your student need a tutor or a quiet place to study?
Check out the link below:

Saturday Learning Lounge

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