May 3, 2018

SOL Schedule 2018
Please note the SOL testing calendar.  On Thursday, May 24, students will be taking Math SOLs, CTE Credentialing Exams and Senior Exams.  Tuesday morning from 8:05 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. students who are not taking the Reading SOL will be able to review with their teachers during that time.  For more information, please reach out to David Serensits.

Remember to complete the Comprehensive School Climate Survey by May 11th.

Survey for GMHS Parents

Spanish Survey for GMHS Parents

Students will have the opportunity to select from a variety of Hybrid (Hy-C) courses for new credit, credit recovery or continuation, or obtain remediation for SOL tests. Parents can register students for new credit courses using the Online Summer Academy Registration Form linked below by Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. (For SOL remediation or credit recovery, students can register until Thursday, June 21st). Parents will be emailed to confirm your registration once registration closes.

Summer Academy Information

Face to face Summer Academy at GMHS will run from Monday, June 25th through Thursday, August 2nd. Classes will meet four days a week - Monday through Thursday. The summer academy day will be from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There is no school on July 4th. The flexibility of the Hy-C program allows students to work independently; this will be required if your child intends to earn a full credit.  

Orientation and Start Date

A Summer Academy Orientation will be held Friday, June 8th during Mustang Block. At this time, students will receive instructions for how to access the course in which they are enrolled. This will allow students to begin the class on Monday, June 11th. From June 11th-June 25th, students are expected to work independently. Teachers will be available in the Mustang Library and selected classrooms from June 25th to August 2nd during Summer Academy hours. A school laptop is required.

Course Expectations

A student who is attempting to earn a full credit should expect to begin the course on June 11th and continue throughout the summer.  A student who spends an average of 20 hours per week during the 6 week summer session can expect to complete one full-credit class. Students may continue working on a course after August 2nd as long as they have completed two-thirds of the course by that point. All coursework and final exams must be completed by 3:00pm on August 23rd, 2018. Any student who has not completed their course by August 23rd will be enrolled to restart that course in Hy-C during the fall of 2018 or will be dropped from the course. Partially completed work from a summer course will not transfer to the new school year. If your child is in need of a class to remediate for a particular SOL test, please select that option on the registration page.

Summer Academy Course Final Exams and Standards of Learning (SOL) Exams

All Summer Academy courses require a proctored final exam to be taken at 9:30am on either August 22nd or 23rd. Students who cannot attend those days should plan on finishing their course before August 2nd so that they can take their final on August 2nd during Summer Academy hours.

SOL exams for students in Summer Academy courses that require an SOL will be offered at 9:30 am on Wednesday, August 22nd. Students also planning on taking their final exam that day can take it after their SOL if they choose or return on the 23rd to complete their final exam. Students in SOL remediation will take their SOL on the Thursday of the remediation class week.

Courses Available

In Hybrid Courses (Hy-C), content is presented via computer based lessons, activities and assessments AND students are supported by classroom teachers for additional content support, monitoring, and guidance. Hy-C courses are aligned to the Virginia SOLs and serve to meet the basic requirements of credit for graduation. Summer Hy-C courses are offered in:

English:                Gr9, Gr10, Gr11, Gr12

Math:                     Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II

Science:                Biology, Earth Science, Astronomy

Social Studies:     World Civ I, World Civ II, US Government, US/VA History

Interdisciplinary:  Personal Finance and Economics

Health and Physical Education:  PE/Health 9, PE/Health 10


A bus is available to transport students to and from school; the bus schedule will be available to be picked up in the main office during the last week of June. A snack break will be scheduled at a regular time during the day and a light snack will be provided free of charge. Please note that students will NOT be allowed to leave campus during the school day.

Click here:  Online Summer Academy Registration Form

Click here:  2018 GMHS Summer Academy Handbook

Summer Computer Usage 2018

Students interested in retaining their laptop computer over the summer must complete aSummer Computer Usage Form and pay the usage fee by Wednesday, June 6th. The $50 summer computer usage fee may be paid (cash or check payable to GMHS) through the George Mason Finance office.

All students must return their computer to the Mustang Library on the day of their last exam for reimaging.  Laptops will be ready for pickup starting June 25th for those enrolled in Summer Academy. We will notify remaining students when their computers are ready.

As a reminder, any laptop checked out which is stolen, lost, or damaged must be reported immediately to the principal’s office at George Mason.  Police reports are required by the insurance company for all lost or stolen devices in order for FCCPS to file a claim for replacement.

Students enrolled in Summer Academy are encouraged to pay the $50 and keep the device checked out through the summer.   A vast variety of software is provided free on school owned laptops which can’t be provided on individually owned computers.  Families with financial hardships will need to contact an administrator or counselor to request a scholarship waiver.

Last Call!

Summer Spain Exchange Program
Here's an exciting Spain-US exchange opportunity for Mason students for Summer 2018!
  • Open your home to a student from the Cantabrian (northern) region of Spain or travel to Cantabria, Spain for a homestay, or both!
  • Spanish students will come to Northern Virginia from June 23 to July 19.  Worried that your participation in a summer camp would keep you from hosting? Don't be! Spanish students often can attend as well. In addition, US families are paid a stipend for hosting.
  • US students can participate in a homestay in Spain from July 19 - 31. Students will stay in the beautiful beach town of Castro Urdiales, located on the Cantabrian Sea, where they'll enjoy sailing, tennis, and a couple of days of cultural excursions.
Are you interested in finding out more? Check out the attached brochure and talk to Sra. Larisch in D131.

There is still time to order your GMHS Yearbook!  BUT, Supplies are limited.

Yearbooks will not be available for sale during distribution/signing day. Once yearbooks are sold out - the opportunity to buy one is gone.

Please don’t delay, go to Jostens now and reserve your child’s book.

World Language Testing 

During May, all students who are not taking an IB or AP exam this year and who are in levels 1 & 3 of French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, will take The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) online proficiency assessment. The AAPPL test was developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Test results will provide data on the speaking, reading, listening and writing proficiency based on national standards. It will also provide valuable feedback to students on their language learning progress as they move through various levels of study. For further information, please contact Holly Garcia, 6-12 WL CTL ( or Kent Foster, GMHS WL Department Leader (

IB/AP Exams 
2018 IB and AP Testing Calendar

We need your help!

The IB and AP tests conclude on May 25. GMHS still needs parents and/or legal guardians to  be Hall Monitors. Please click the button below for more details and to sign up. A snack and water will be provided.

Due to testing rules, parents/legal guardians may not volunteer the same time as their student's testing time. Please check the testing calendar before signing up.

2018 IB and AP Testing Calendar

Sign Up Here
May 3, Thursday
Senior Panel 

7:00 p.m.
Mustang Cafe
Juniors and their parents are cordially invited to learn about the college application process from the College 101 Senior Panel, Thursday evening in the Mustang Cafe at 7:00.  The class of 2017 panel members will review their experience with researching and visiting schools, early action and early decision applications, personal statement essays, the SAT and ACT, and their deciding factors when selecting their school.   

May 9, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 p.m. Dismissal

May 9, Wednesday and May 10, Thursday
IB Art Show
The annual IB Art exhibition will be open to the public Wednesday and Thursday, May 9 and 10, from 7 - 9 p.m. on the GM auditorium stage.The art is first rate, so much to anticipate, be sure to save the's going to be great! 

May 12, Saturday
Junior-Senior Prom
Enchanted Evening
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Westwood Country Club
800 Maple Ave E., Vienna, VA 22180.
Prom is next Saturday, May 12. 
The LAST DAY to buy tickets will be THIS FRIDAY, May 4.
 Tickets will not be sold after Friday, May 4, due to final payment being made to the Venue.
Tickets are $65. 
All students attending the Prom must have a signed permission slip in order to purchase tickets. 

May 16, Wednesday
Combined PTSA Event on Substance Abuse 
7:00 p.m. -- MEHMS Cafetorium
A panel discussion on the Consequences of Teen Alcohol and Drug Use. 

May 18, Friday
4th Quarter Interim Grades Available in PowerSchool

May 23, Wednesday
Spring Band Concert
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium

May 24, Thursday and May 25, Friday
Senior Exams 
Important Senior Information

May 28, Monday
Memorial Day
School Closed

May 29, Tuesday through June 7, Thursday
Senior Externships

May 30, Wednesday
1st Annual Film Festival 
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium
The first annual George Mason Film Fest will take place in the GMHS auditorium. Come by and see a juried collection of some great films created by students at George Mason High School. Categories include documentary, fiction, and film shorts. This is a free community event and all are welcome. 

June 5, Tuesday
Spring Chorus Concert
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium

June 6, Wednesday
Early Release -- 12:10 p.m. Dismissal

June 7, Thursday and June 8, Friday
JV Show
Auditorium -- 7:00 p.m.  

June 12, Tuesday through June 15, Friday
Underclassmen Exams
2018 End-of-Year Exam and Guidelines for Underclassmen
GMHS Bus Schedule for Exam Week

June 13, Wednesday
DAR/Constitution Hall
5:00 p.m.

June 15, Friday
Last Day of School
Notes from the Counseling Office
If you plan to take a summer course or SOL at another school you MUST contact your counselor before you register for the course.  Failure to do so will mean that the course might not be verified for graduation credit and included on the student’s transcript.  For more information, please see your counselor prior to leaving for your summer break.

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.
Early Release From School
All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students are required to be in school through the last regular day of the school year. 

Any student whose family has the exceptional need to remove him/her from school prior to our official last day of school, Friday, June 15, must submit a letter explaining the need for the early release and early exams (if applicable).  Such requests will be given administrative consideration, but it is imperative that we receive the written request immediately in order to allow time for due consideration and to arrange alternative exam schedules where necessary.  A Request for Early Final Exams form must be completed and submitted to the principal.
Request for Early Final Exams

Important Message from the GMHS Library

Please encourage your student to return all English and Library Books not in use—other students may have a need for them.   Students can check their library account or read/check out e-books on any device using their school log-in. Overdue books from the previous school year have been marked as lost and fees have been assessed. If the books are returned the corresponding fee will be removed.
Last Regular School Day

For Grades 9-11
Please be fully aware that instruction, end-of-year review and examinations take place right up to the last hour of the last day of school on June 15. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be engaged in their final exams through Friday, June 15.

Final Exam for Grades 9, 10 and 11

The final examination schedule explaining attendance requirements can be found at the following link. Please read the exam information pages with care.
Senior Reflections Ceremony

The Senior Reflections ceremony will be held at George Mason High School in the auditorium on Sunday, June 10, at 5:00 p.m.  This ceremony is designed and staged entirely by seniors and usually features music, readings and words of reflection provided by the graduating class.  This is a time for the students to gather voluntarily to enjoy each other's company and reflect on their school experiences collectively.  The seniors welcome family members and others in the school community to attend.


Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 5;00 p.m. in DAR Constitution Hall, 18th & D Streets, NW, Washington, DC.  Admission to the graduation ceremony is by ticket only (doors open at 4:00 p.m.). All guests who occupy a seat (this includes small children and baby seats) will need to have a ticket.  A mandatory graduation rehearsal will be held earlier that day in the GM gym.  A separate letter with all the details was sent to seniors through Schoology and their parents/guardians through an email. If you missed it, here is the link Important Senior Information.  The  Community members who wish to attend the ceremony are welcome to do so.  Tickets may be picked up at the GMHS office beginning June 4.
This comes to you from Colonial Parking.

Colonial Parking has partnered with DAR Constitution Hall to offer guaranteed reservations to attendees of graduations taking place at DAR through online parking reservations. To make a parking reservation, please visit  On the screen, you will see a list of graduations, please click on your graduation to view parking options. From there, simply click on your preferred parking location and select “Reserve” Once you have completed through checkout, you will be sent a confirmation via email. Please print out your confirmation and show to the attendant onsite. We hope you have a great time at graduation!

Graduation in Your Home

Falls Church Community Television Channel Cox 11/Verizon 35/RCN 2 will videotape the graduation ceremony for air on FCC-TV. The ceremonies will also be available for viewing at a later date on the George Mason Youtube page.

George Mason Youtube Page

Registration for All Night Grad Celebration is now open

Graduation is 5pm on June 13th at DAR Constitution Hall. The All Night Graduation Celebration runs that night from 11:15pm-5:00am at George Mason High School. Tickets are $25 until May 31 and go up to $40 on June 1st. Financial scholarships are available. If you need financial assistance to attend the All Night Graduation Celebration, please contact Laurie Clark at

Proud Mason Graduate Yard Signs are now available
After you place your order, our ANGC committee elves will place them directly in your yard.

Please Send Photos
If you have not already done so, please send 3-4 photos of your senior from ages 1-10 and photos from senior year or school events throughout their FCCPS years to Laurie Clark at

ANGC Volunteers Needed
The All Night Graduation Celebration needs over 100 volunteers to help work the event. Parents of underclassmen: this is our chance to pay it forward for the Class of 2018. We especially need Security Volunteers since the number and location of these volunteers are set by the Fire Marshall. He will shut down the event if we do not have all the security volunteer positions filled. If you can help that night, sign up here:
A Message from our Athletic Department
Fall Sports start as early as July 3‚Äč0th
Schedule your student’s sports physical today!
VHSL Physical Forms are the only acceptable forms and a new one
is required every school year.
Remember that certain healthcare providers require weeks to produce the signed forms – plan ahead!! The form is available on-line from the Athletic Department web page or from the main office.

Missing a coat, pair of socks, gym shorts,etc?   
 Check out the Lost and Found in the Mustang Cafe.
All items not claimed by June 15 will either be given away or discarded.

Falls Church City Public Schools 
Special Education and Student Services
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