September 13, 2019

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Please take a moment to review the important information in our newsletter. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
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FCEF 15th Annual Run for the Schools will be held on Sunday, September 15, at 8:00 a.m. at 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church City. Register your family, become a sponsor or volunteer here.

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AP Exams
Is your GMHS student interested in taking an AP exam, but not currently enrolled in an AP class?
George Mason High School will be ordering AP exams before the end of October for the May 2020 AP examination session. If your student is currently enrolled in an AP class at GMHS, the appropriate AP exam will be ordered for them and the cost of the AP exam is paid by FCCPS.

However, if your student is not enrolled in an AP course, but would still like to take an AP examination, they can do so. In this case, you will be responsible for paying the $94 AP exam fee for each AP exam ordered.

Here is what you have to do:

1.  Via an e-mail message, let the IB Diploma Coordinator, Mr. Coast, and your student’s counselor know which AP exam(s) you would like the school to order by OCTOBER 15.

                                                                         Mr. Coast:
Counselor - Student's Last Name: A-F            Ms. Chesley:
Counselor - Student's Last Name: G-0            Ms. Quirine:
Counselor - Student's Last Name: P-Z            Mr. McAdam:
Director of Counseling                                     Ms. Reyes:

2.  Deliver a check, payable to FCCPS, to the GMHS main office to be placed in Mr. Coast’s mailbox by OCTOBER 15. Be sure that you write the student’s name and AP exam(s) on the subject line of the check.

Dan Coast
IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
George Mason High School (000189)
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Chipotle in Falls Church will sponsor “Music For Your Mouth,” on Tuesday, September 17th between 5-9 p.m. Supporting music education in Falls Church City Schools, Chipotle will donate 33% of all associated sales to benefit the Falls Church City Band Boosters general fund.
The fundraiser will take place at the 358 West Broad Street location only. Guests must inform the cashier they are participating in the event. Dine in/out and catering orders only will qualify (no online orders for this event).

Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer (English)

Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer (Español)
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GMHS and MEHMS Joint Meeting
Wednesday, September 18
7:00 p.m.
Henderson Cafetorium

Student Portraits (Grades 9-11)
Thursday, September 19

Senior/Parent College Information Night regarding senior year and the college application process will be held on Wednesday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustang Cafe.

Early Release
Wednesday, September 25
Dismissal at 12:10 p.m.

Standards-Based Grading Information Session
Thursday, September 26
9:00 a.m. GMHS Library

Homecoming Game 
(Sidwell Friends @ George Mason)
Friday, September 27
7:00 p.m.

Homecoming Dance 
Saturday, September 28
8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Portrait Day for Grades 9-11
September 19, Thursday
This information comes to you from Victor O'Neill Studios

Fall Underclassmen yearbook portraits for the 2019-2020 school year are available to order online. You can use this link up to 3 business days (72 hours) after picture day. Please see "Resources" below for the picture dates for your school, as well as a downloadable PDF order form for your school. Please place separate orders for each student in your household (do not combine orders)
Order Portraits Online Here
All packages will be delivered to the school and distributed to your student through their teacher (homeroom class or otherwise).

Fall Portrait Flyer: [PDF]
Make-Day for Grades 9-11 is Friday, November 1
Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities
FCCPS is very pleased to present this program in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education.  The "Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities" curriculum is designed to assist participants in understanding four things as they prepare to make decisions for their student who receives special education services. The key questions covered in the session are written below.
·         What are some of the keys to a child’s academic success?
·         What decisions will need to be made regarding a child’s educational path?
·         At what point should we be making these decisions?
·         What information is needed so that we can make the most well informed decisions possible for a child?
Friday, September 20 @ Falls Church City Community Center
Saturday, September 21 @ Mt. Daniel Elementary School
This program is limited to 35 "face-to-face" sessions each day.
Those who are not able to join us at one of the "face to face" sessions, can also access the content via online training modules at the following link:  I'm Determined - Parents - Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities.  There are a total of five modules that range in length from three minutes to five minutes, which can be completed in a single viewing or broken up over time to meet individual time constraints. They are self-paced learning modules and available to all.  The curriculum for these modules are available in print and online.  A fully accessible online version can be found at the web link: Virginia Department of Education’s Special Education - Parents Section.    

Questions regarding FCCPS programs, contact Rebecca Sharp, Director of Special Education & Student Services (703)248-5630. Questions regarding online module training, contact Mrs. Tracy Lee, Family Engagement Specialist or (804) 225-3492.
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Vision and Health Screenings
Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4
The Vision and Hearing Screenings are for ALL students in Grade 10 and all new students in Grades 9-12.  Parent volunteers are needed!  Please email Ms. Wright at if you are interested in volunteering.  Thank you!
State Mandated 90-Minute Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation
Monday, October 7 or Wednesday, October 23
GMHS Auditorium -- Beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m.
This is part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. 

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

Standards-Based Grading Information Session
Tuesday, October 22
6:00 p.m. Mustang Cafe
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