September 27, 2019

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Dear Mustang Families,

Thank you to those of you who have joined us for our Standards-Based Grading Information sessions and for your feedback.  We have launched a website that may answer many of your questions related to this journey. 
The next Standards-Based Grading parent information sessions will be on October 22 -- 6:00 p.m. in the Mustang Cafe and November 4 -- 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Library.

Happy Homecoming! See you at the game tonight. Go Mustangs!
Matt Hills

The First 12 Minutes Drill
Wednesday, October 2nd @ 9:00am

*(Please note the adjusted date)

As a caring and inclusive community for all of our students and families, we recognize that Monday is Rosh Hashanah, and some students may be observing this holiday. To ensure that all students can participate, we are changing the date of our First 12 Minutes Drill to Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:00 a.m. 

A Message from Steve Knight, Director of Educational Technology

GMHS strives to continually find better ways to communicate with the school community to ensure all GMHS students and parents/guardians are in the know. One of the many tools our teachers, and your children, use on a daily basis is Schoology. GMHS plans to use new features of Schoology throughout the year as we transition towards Standards-Based Grading. We feel that all families can benefit from this additional communication tool.

You can control notifications on this account to not include School Announcements. Although, we are making changes to limit our school announcements in the future to ensure we don't overwhelm your email inbox. If you would like to change your notification settings, please watch this quick video tutorial -

If you have any questions, please contact Steven Knight, Director of Educational Technology -
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Wednesday, October 2
The First 12 Minutes Drill
9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 2 
FCCPS Health and Wellness Advisory Committee 
Vaping - What All Parents Should Know
Vaping Talk 
Mustang Cafe -- 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4
Vision and Health Screenings
The Vision and Hearing Screenings are for ALL students in Grade 10 and all new students in Grades 9-12.  Parent volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Ms. Wright at  Thank you!

Monday, October 7 or Wednesday, October 23
State Mandated 90-Minute Partners for Safe Teen Driving Presentation

GMHS Auditorium -- Beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m.
This is part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. 

Monday, October 7
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in B121
Parent Coffee with Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Tuesday, October 8
Sophmorphing Field Trip to Washington, DC
This is an annual field trip for the entire Sophomore class.

Monday, October 14
Columbus Day Holiday
School is Closed

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

10th and 11th Grades
No ACC classes

GMHS will administer the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) to all 10th and 11th grade students during the school day on Wednesday, October 16. 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. The College Board has provided you with a sample of the Student Answer Sheet Instructions so that you are aware of the background information that will be filled out on the answer sheet.

PSAT student guides for the 10th and 11th grade students have been distributed through their English classes with more information.

PSAT 8/9  
9th Grade

On October 16, 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  For more information click here:  PSAT 8/9

Wednesday, October 16
Senior Day

The senior day schedule will consist of post secondary planning beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by a meeting with a representative from Jostens who will be taking orders and payments for graduation caps and gowns. Please click on and download this Graduation Cap and Gown ordering form. Seniors will be asked to turn in their order form with payment at this time.  All seniors are expected to arrive in the Mustang Cafe at 9:00 a.m. There are no ACC classes on October 16.   

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

Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31
Senior Portrait Make-up Date
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Senior Portrait Brochure

Friday, November 1
Underclassmen Make-up Portraits
Room #E131
Order Portraits Online Here

Friday, November 1
End of First Quarter
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Dear GMHS Parents & Guardians,

We need your professional expertise! The Seniors in the George Mason High School Class of 2020 identified careers that are of interest to them, and we are looking for professionals to come to the school and chat with students. Volunteers will be assigned to small groups of students who have shared interests for informal conversation about your education, interests and career paths.

We need lots of "Career Chatters" on Wednesday, October 23 from 9:30 -10:45 am. (15-minute orientation, followed by 55 minute session).

These are the many, varied interests of GMHS Seniors, and we are aiming to have someone to speak with each student. To sign up, complete this registration form by October 16. We need your expertise to help make this a success for the Class of 2020! Thank you!
Accountant Crime scene investigator Marine Biology
Acting Criminology and/or business field Marketing
Advocacy lawyer, something in politics Cybersecurity Mechanical Engineering
Aeronautical Engineering Diplomat, senator, campaign manager, lobbyist Medicine: Physical therapist, orthodontist, dermatologist, OBGYN
Air Force Ecology and conservation. Meteorology
Airport Management Economics Military... And riding horses
Animation Education - Early childhood Music Business
Architecture/design Education - English Teacher Occupational therapy
Art Education - Special Ed Paleontologist
Athletic Training Electrical Engineer Performing/acting/musical theatre
Author Engineering Personal Trainer
Auto mechanic for a luxury dealer Entertainment Business Management and Marketing Petroleum industry
Biologist Entrepreneur Policy analyst, political operative
Biotechnologist/biological engineer Environmental science Politics/International Diplomacy
Botany and/or illustration Film director/screenwriter Psychiatry
Business Foreign Service Officer Psychology
Business Finance/Accounting Government Public Relations
Chemical engineering Interior architecture Singer
CIA or the FBI International Relations Soccer player or coach
Computer programming and design Musician/Producer or therapist Spanish
Computer science Neuroscience or radiology Statistics
Conservationist Nursing Supply chain management.
Cosmetology - Coloring hair,   Cutting hair Journalism Veterinarian
Creative designer Lawyer  

Marybeth Connelly
Business and Community Partnerships Falls Church City Public Schools 
office: 703-248-5691    cell: 703-403-7597

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