October 30, 2017

November 1, Wednesday
PTA/PTSA Joint Meeting
7:00 p.m. -- TJ Elementary School
Meet the Candidates

November 6, Monday
Professional Day
No School
November 7, Tuesday
Professional Day
No School
November 8, Wednesday
1st Quarter Grades Available in PowerSchool

November 11, Saturday
District Chorus Auditions
Mt. Vernon High School
November 15, Wednesday
Early Release  -- Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.

November 15, Wednesday
PTSA Meeting -- College 101
7:00 p.m. -- Library

November 16, 17 and 18
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Fall Musical – Spamalot
7:30 p.m -- Auditorium
$10 for Adults
$5 for Students
November 22, 23, and 24
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
No School
Thanksgiving Holiday

The Fairfax County Health Department recommends that you and your students receive this year's Flu Vaccine. 

Please help us prevent the spread of illnesses by doing the following: 
>Keep students home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.  

>A 24 hour period is also recommended if your student suffers from nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  

>Please keep your student home if they are sick to reduce further spread of the illness.

>Home sick: Please call the attendance line 703-248-5501 or email attendancegm@fccps.org the day of the absence and report all symptoms. Be specific! This helps the Health Department track potential outbreaks in our schools.

>If your student contacts you while ill at school, please remind them to go to the School Clinic and follow proper check-out procedures. Your student should call you from the Clinic. 

>At home remind your student to practice good health hygiene: frequent hand washing, coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or a tissue. No sharing of personal items with other students, such as drinks or eating utensils. 

Students who need to take medication at school MUST have a medication authorization completed, signed and brought to the Clinic.  Prescription medications require a physician’s and parent’s/guardian’s signature. 

Please call the Clinic at 703-248-5530, during school hours, if you have any questions. 

News from our Digital Learning Coordinator Steve Knight

Staying Connected & Informed
George Mason High School offers the following services to assist you in keeping track of your students’ progress:
PowerSchool Online Gradebook:
There is no need for the paper report cards or interim reports. FCCPS' student information system shows real-time student attendance, grades, and allows for future course registration and returning student enrollment. This parent portal also offers email notifications, which you may configure to your preferences.
PowerSchool Video Tutorial - https://vimeo.com/114371561
An online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that improves learning through better communication, collaboration, and increased access to curriculum and supplemental content. On Schoology you will see much of the instructional resources shared by our teachers and more details about homework, class projects and tests and quizzes.
Schoology Video Tutorial - https://vimeo.com/80269635
To set up your accounts today, please send a request to Knights@fccps.org(to Mr. Steven Knight, Digital Learning Coordinatorand provide the following details (one email per parent, please):
·         Parent name and relationship to the student
·         The full email address you would like used for the accounts
·         The full name(s) of your FCCPS student(s)
Falls Church City Public Schools
Special Education and Student Services
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Special Education and Student Services

All Night Grad Celebration Update
The All Night Grad Celebration committee is looking for volunteers to help plan the event. 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 jennifer.short0802@gmail.com to learn more and get details about future meetings.
2018 Summer Residential Governor’s School
Programs in Academics

The Summer Residential Governor's Schools (SRGS) are month-long residential programs for current year tenth- and eleventh-grade gifted students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The goal of each Governor's School is to provide those who [are selected and] attend opportunities for intellectual as well as social and emotional growth. In the company of dedicated, highly skilled professionals representing a variety of careers, selected students are encouraged to establish and fulfill their academic goals. The programs are housed on various college campuses throughout the Commonwealth and are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, participating local school divisions and private schools, and the hosting institution.
              Event        Dates
Interest Meetings for Students
  • Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 at 9:45am in B-121
  • Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 at 9:45am in B-121
  • Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 at 3:10pm in B-121
Applications Due to Mr. Coast at GMHS    Fri., Dec. 15, 2017
School-based Committee Decisions    Fri, Jan, 19, 2018
FCCPS Submission Deadline to VDOE    Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
VDOE Notification Sent to  Each Student    Mid-April 2018
Summer Residential Academic 
Governor’s Schools
  • Agriculture (AG) (4 weeks) June 24-July 21, 2018 Virginia Tech Program begins at 2 p.m.
  • Humanities (HUM) (4 weeks) June 24-July 21, 2018 Radford University Program begins at 1 p.m.
  • Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) (4 weeks) July 1-28, 2018 University of Lynchburg Program begins at 2 p.m.
  • Medicine and Health Sciences (MHS) (4 weeks) July 1-28, 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University Program begins at 12 p.m.
  • NASA/NIA Mentorship (NASA/NIA) (4 weeks) June 24-July 21, 2018 Christopher Newport University Program begins at 3 p.m.
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science Mentorship (VIMS) (4 weeks) June 24-July 21, 2018 Christopher Newport University Program begins at 3 p.m. 

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
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium

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

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

December 25 - January 2
Winter Break 
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
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Check out the link below:

Saturday Learning Lounge

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