Summer 2018


June 6, Wednesday
A La Carte French Exchange 2018-19 Interest Meeting
 Room C112 -- 7:00 p.m.

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 12, Tuesday 
Senior Reflections  (New Date and Time)
7:00 p.m. -- Auditorium & Mustang Cafe
This is a time for the seniors to gather voluntarily to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on their school experiences collectively.  Volunteers are needed to help with set up and decorations, to help serve food, and to help with clean up.  Please click the link below and sign up if you can help.

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

June 15, Friday
Last Day for Students

Laptop Collection and Distribution Information

All returning students are asked to turn in their laptops after their last exam starting on June 14 for mandatory re-imaging to prepare for the next school year.

Students must backup all files before you come to exchange your laptop.  Please backup all important files to either a personal flash drive or the best option...your Google Drive. Move all files into a folder and drag & drop into your FCCPS Google Drive.  

Also, students must clean their laptop before the exchange. All stickers must be removed. When cleaning the outside of your MacBook Air, first shut down your laptop and unplug the power adapter. Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the laptop's exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the laptop.

Students can pick up their computers on the following dates;

  • Summer Academy Students  (paid the usage fee of $50 and completed the Summer Computer Use Form 2018)  - Starting June 25th from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Summer Usage (paid the usage fee of $50 and completed the Summer Computer Use Form 2018)  - Starting July 9th from  9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • All other students - Starting September 5th

Rising 9th graders and new students will need to attend a Personalized Learning Orientation prior to receiving their laptop. Students and their parent/guardian must attend an orientation in order to receive a new laptop. Please sign up using this Eventbrite Link. There will be three orientation/distribution sessions starting in the George Mason Auditorium:

  • August 21 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • August 23 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. OR

  • August 30 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If a student is not available during these dates and times, they will be called to the library on the first day of school to receive their laptop.

All students and their parent/guardian will need to sign the Acceptable Use of Electronic Media Agreement before being issued a new laptop. (SB Policy 9.40 & Regulation 9.40 - signature page at the end of 9.40R)

News from the Counseling Office

Announcing Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine and Possibly Emergency Medical Technician Courses being offered at GMHS in 2018-19 school year!

Due to increased interest in the programs and limited availability at the Arlington Career Center, students will be able to take equivalent PT/Sports Med, and possibly EMT courses here at George Mason starting this upcoming school year! Any interested students should speak to their counselors or speak to Dr. Clark for more information. 

Returning Student Enrollment  

Returning student enrollment instructions for the 2018-19 school year will be emailed to all families on or after July 5, 2018.   It is extremely important this data be updated no later than August 10 to ensure the required residency documentation and Student Health Information (Form D Regulation 9.60.1) is received.  If a computer is needed to complete this registration, please contact Ms. Reyes in the Counseling office at

Testing Dates

Students who wish to take the SAT or SAT subject tests on August 25, 2018, or October 6, 2018, may register on   Students may also register for the ACT given on July 14, 2018, or September 8, 2018. Please check the respective websites for registration deadlines.

Junior Naviance Session 

The GMHS Counselors met with juniors in the beginning of June. The main focus of the meeting was to discuss the steps students will need to take when applying to colleges in the fall. Counselors thoroughly reviewed Naviance and its importance. The students also received an unofficial copy of their transcript along with a copy of their credit check sheet. This shows what courses/SOLs are still needed for graduation based on which diploma type they are pursuing. Please be sure to review these documents with your son/daughter, and contact his/her counselor with any questions.
French Exchange 2018-19 Interest Meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. 

Is your student interested in hosting a French exchange student and/or visiting France next Spring Break? To learn more please come to an interest meeting  today at 7:00 pm at GMHS in room C112. This is a privately sponsored trip organized by A La Carte Travel. See the flyer or visit for more information.

Remember to complete the Comprehensive School Climate Survey by June 15th.

Survey for GMHS Parents

Spanish Survey for GMHS Parents

To all the proctors and volunteers that helped make the IB/AP Exam sessions a success!
Important Information for Seniors 
  • Please remember to pick up your graduation tickets from the front office.
  • Senior Fines/Day, Computer Returns (Friday, June 8, from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Library) 
  • Senior Field Trip to Kings Dominion (Monday, June 11--buses depart at 8:30 a.m.) 
  • Senior Field Day (Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • Cap/Gown Distribution (Tuesday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m. in the Mustang Cafe)
  • Walk Through Mt. Daniel, TJ and MEHMS (Tuesday, June 12, at 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.)
  • Senior Reflections (Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m.) NOTE:  NEW DATE AND TIME
  • Graduation Practice (Wednesday, June 13, at 1:00 p.m.--be prompt)
  • Graduation (Wednesday, June 13, at 5:00 p.m.)
          Click here for more details Important Information for Seniors 2018

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 at 1:00 p.m. that day in the GM gym.
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  

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

Remember to register for the All Night Grad Celebration
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 $40 through June 11th. Financial scholarships are available. If you need financial assistance to attend the All Night Graduation Celebration, please contact Laurie Clark at

A special Thank You to all those whose donations are helping to make the All Night Grad Celebration a reality.

Last Chance to Get Proud Mason Graduate Yard Signs
After you place your order, our ANGC committee elves will place them directly in your yard.

Class of 2019 ANGC Committee Needs Planners
We are looking for people to fill out the committee to plan the 2019 event. In addition to planning the event for graduation on June 5, 2019, we will also be hosting a social in October and will need volunteers to help with that. If you are interested in helping in any way (big or small), please contact ANGC 2019 Chair Laurie Clark ( to be added to the list for our meeting in September. Thanks!!

Our summer hours in the high school office are 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Monday through Friday.
For those signed up for Summer Academy there is a mandatory orientation Friday, June 8, during Mustang Block. Courses will open June 11, and the face-to-face Summer Academy will begin June 25.  The schedule for SOL remediation is as follows, for those students who did not pass EOC SOLs.
July 9 to July 11 with SOL Exam given on July 12 at 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:00-9:55 - Algebra I SOL Exam Remediation
  • 10:00-10:55 - Geometry SOL Exam Remediation
  • 11:00-11:55 - Algebra II SOL Exam Remediation
  • 9:00-9:55 - World History I SOL Exam Remediation
  • 10:00-10:55 - World History II SOL Exam Remediation
  • 11:00-11:55 - US/VA History SOL Exam Remediation

July 16 to July 18 with SOL Exam given on July 19 at 9:30 a.m.
  • *** Writing SOL has 2 sections - July 19 and July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:00-9:55 - Reading SOL Exam Remediation
  • 10:00-10:55 - Writing SOL Exam Remediation
July 23 to July 25 with SOL Exam given on July 26 at 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:00-10:55 - Earth Science SOL Exam Remediation
  • 11:00-11:55 - Biology SOL Exam Remediation

Click here:  2018 GMHS Summer Academy Handbook

Summer Academy Bus Routes for Week 1 and Week 2
On the July 9th the routes will change and there will be two buses.  When made available, the bus schedule beginning July 9th will be posted on the website.

Summer Reading for George Mason High School

2018-2019 School Year

With exception of the rising juniors and seniors in the English IBHL program, students do not have required summer reading. As a school, we always encourage summer reading in any form. Students can find suggested reading lists according to level, interest, and genre at their local public libraries and bookstores, as well as online using websites like Good Reads orWhatShouldIReadNext and Barnes & Noble.

Rising Juniors enrolled in IBHL English 11: Class of 2020

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

NOTE: It is important to have the Sidney Monas translation.

*Students have access to reading questions to accompany the novel via Schoology and linked below. They are advised to consider the questions while reading and be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of the novel at the beginning of the school year. Additional information and copies of the questions can be found on the GM website.

IBHL English 11 – Introductory video to reading Crime & Punishment

IBHL English 11 – Reading questions & guide for Crime & Punishment


Rising Seniors enrolled in IBHL English 12: Class of 2019

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (collection of short stories)

*Students are expected to read all the stories in the collection and come prepared the first day to discuss the stories and demonstrate their knowledge of the text on a small assessment. In addition, they can watch her Ted Talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story” to get to know the author and understand her own story, which heavily influences her writing.

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.


Senior portraits -- will be taken August 22, 23 and 24 
8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.
George Mason High School has chosen Victor O’Neill Studios to provide our Senior Class of 2019 with quality senior portraits. Victor O’Neill Studios will capture your senior for the traditional yearbook pose. The studio will provide drapes and tuxedos for all seniors. Additional casual and cap/gown poses in our school colors will be available. At the conclusion of their sitting, students will be given their student ID card, instructions for online viewing/ordering and important information on how to select their yearbook pose. Victor O’Neill Studios will mail you formation containing your student’s pre-scheduled session date and time. 

Back-to-School Night
September 5, 2018

Tailgate Party
September 7, 2018
5:30 p.m.
September 14, 2018
Parent/Conference Day
November 5, 2018

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.

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