October 5, 2017

October 5, Thursday:  GMHS Counselors Present High School Parent Information Night 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. Click here for schedule Parent Information Night.

October 9, Monday: Columbus Day Holiday--No School
October 11, Wednesday:  PSAT/NMSQT
No ACC classes

PSAT Schedule For 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.  

October 11, Wednesday:   PSAT 8/9  

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

October 11, Wednesday:  Senior Day

The senior day schedule will consist of applicable round robin sessions followed by a senior cookout and field day in the Mustang Stadium.  All seniors are expected to arrive in the Mustang Cafe at 9:00 a.m. There are no ACC classes on October 11.  Students will be placed in groups and rotate through a list of sessions.  The session topics include; Helping with College Applications, Graduation, a meeting for all Diploma Program (DP) candidates and a viewing of Bullied an important documentary.
October 13, Friday:  Parent/Teacher Mini-Conferences
Main Gym, Auxiliary Gym and Mustang Café
7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Mini-conferences are a time we look forward to as an opportunity to make connections between home and school.   This is an opportunity to speak with the teachers of your choice for a few minutes to discuss your student's progress and to make appointments for additional conferences if you so desire.  No appointments are required for these October 13 mini-conferences. We will email student schedules the day before.

The process for this event is very informal.  Most parents enter through door 15 at the cafeteria entrance. Teachers will be seated by department in the Mustang Café, auxiliary gym and main gym. Counselors and administrators will also be available for conversations and facilitation of the conferences.  Teachers will be seated at a desk with a chair in front of the desk for the parent.  Parents form lines in front of the teacher desk, maintaining a distance that allows for privacy during the conversation.  Each teacher will have silent electronic timers that we ask them to use to help regulate the length of the conversation. I would ask that you please help us monitor this time. If you run out of time, make an appointment to meet with any teacher that you did not get to speak with.  Contact information for all teachers can be found here: Staff Directory by Department. Teachers will have a full day of classes to teach after they finish with the conferences and will need to immediately begin their preparation for the school day at the end of the conferences.

ACC students will attend classes according to their regular schedule.  Students (other than ACC) will begin school at 10:05 a.m. on this day (2-hour Late Arrival Schedule).October 13 Late Arrival Bell Schedule  Buses will operate on a 2-hour late arrival schedule. Students should be at their bus stop 2 hours later than their regular time.
October 16, Monday:  State Mandated 90-Minute Driver Education Presentation
Auditorium -- Promptly at 7:00 p.m.

October 17, Tuesday:  Join the Cultural Heritage and Equity Team!
The first meeting of the Cultural Heritage and Equity Team, or CHE, will be October 17, in C102, at 3:15. In its third year, this team of teachers, students and parents will continue to work on fostering diversity, inclusion and equity at GM. Meetings are held monthly after school. Apply by submitting the Application Google form. (Returning members need not apply.)

October 18, Wednesday:  Early Release--dismissal at 12:10

October 19 and October 20, Thursday and Friday:  JV Show
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium

October 21, Saturday:  GMHS Hurricane Relief Project  
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Mustang Cafe

October 21, Saturday:  All Night Grad Celebration Fundraiser from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. We hope to see you there — tickets are available at Denim and Diamonds.

October 24, Tuesday:  State Mandated 90-Minute Driver Education Presentation
Auditorium -- Promptly at 7:00 p.m.

October 25, Wednesday:  Underclassmen Make-up Portraits

October 27, Friday:  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.


George Mason Yard Sale

Sponsored by the GMHS Hurricane Relief Project

Proceeds will benefit Save the Children in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

DATE:    October 21, 2017
TIME: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

WHERE: George Mason High School Cafeteria


Provide donations that will be sold at a community yard sale:
(NO CLOTHING, old TV sets, or furniture will be accepted.)

  • Saturday, October 14
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    GMHS Cafeteria entrance (Door #15)

  • Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20  
    7:30-8:00 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM
    GMHS Cafeteria entrance (Door #15)

Food Trucks will be at GMHS on October 21, 2017, and will donate 10% of their sales to this cause.

Suzanne Planas
Spanish Teacher
IB CAS Coordinator
George Mason High School

An Important Message from Athletic Director, Julie Bravin

November 6, Monday:
  Professional Day
No School for Students

November 7, Tuesday:  Professional Day
No School for Students

November 8, Wednesday:  1st Quarter Grades Available in PowerSchool
Does your student need a tutor or a quiet place to study?
Check out the Saturday Learning Lounge 
Saturday Learning Lounge
Chile Exchange Program 2018: An Incredible Opportunity to Visit Chile over Spring Break!
Is your student interested in visiting Chile and staying with a Chilean family this Spring break?  A la Carte Travel is coordinating the outbound portion of our exchange program with Trewhela's British School in Santiago de Chile from March 24-April 7, 2018. This is a wonderful way to make new friends, visit exciting new places and learn Spanish all at the same time! If you are interested in participating in the outbound trip to Chile, please come to an orientation meeting on Thursday, October 19, at 7 pm in the GMHS library to learn more!! See program information and sign up online here, and please email Kevin Clark with any questions.

Chinese Exchange Program 2018

We are excited to invite students to participate in this year's Chinese Exchange Program run by Alpha Partners Education with the Attached Middle School to Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU) in Nanchang, the capital city of the southern Chinese province of Jiangxi. For the inbound exchange, families are needed to host Chinese students from Sunday, February 11 to Friday, February 23, 2018. The outbound trip is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 to Friday, March 30, 2018, and will consist of four nights of sightseeing in Beijing, and a homestay in Nanchang. Please submit the Google form if you are interested in hosting, traveling or both. For more information, please see the Brochure from Alpha Partners or please email Tina Kao. Deposit due by October 20, 2017.

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