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Dear Mustang Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As we launch into this new year, we hope to emphasize our goals of IB for all, a caring community and culture, and a focus on an equitable learning environment where every students’ needs are met. We rely heavily on relationships between students, faculty, and parents to achieve these goals. Thank you in advance for willingness to join Team Mason and work collaboratively to ensure the success of your child.  

We continue to strive to meet students’ social and emotional needs in creative ways. Wild Horse Wednesday begins its second year with exciting updates. Based on student, staff, and parent feedback, we have developed a four-year continuum to differentiate weekly sessions based on grade-level needs. Freshmen will participate in the nationally recognized mental health curriculum, Behind Happy Faces, developed by advocate Ross Szabo. Sophomores will focus on personal development through the MYP Personal Project, juniors will contribute to a global society through service learning, and seniors will prepare for the future with college and career exploration. Popular “Mustang Rodeos”, GMHS Speaker Series, and other whole-school activities help make GM the vibrant and caring environment to learn and grow. 

Look behind our building and you will see a giant hole with the beginnings of structural walls for our new George Mason High School. This exciting project means some growing pains, and changes to parking and traffic flows. Please take a moment to review the New Parking and Traffic Pattern website. Check the hashtag #buildingtogether for updates from the FCCPS community throughout the year.

Thank you for all of your support as we look forward to an incredible school year.


The GM Admin Team

During the construction of the new George Mason High School, the drop-off and pick-up routine for students has been modified. Please watch the video for the changes.  GM and MEH Drop-off Video

From the Transportation Office

Bus routes are posted awww.fccps.org/bus/.

Come learn more about Standards-Based Grading (SBG) Cohort and how it will support your students' learning on Wednesday, September 4, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mustang Cafe prior to Meet and Greet the Admin Team and Back-to-School Night.
Wednesday, September 4

Meet and Greet the Admin Team on Wednesday, September 4, from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Mustang Cafe.
Matt Hills, Principal
Kevin Clark, Assistant Principal
Dave Serensits, Assistant Principal
Ilana Reyes, Director of Counseling
Julia Bravin, Athletic Director
Sia Knight, Special Education Administrator
Steve Knight, Director of Instructional Technology
Back-to-School Night will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:40. The schedule is as follows:
Block 1     7:00 - 7:10
Block 2     7:15 - 7:25
Block 3     7:30 - 7:40
Block 4     7:45 - 7:55
Block 5     8:00 - 8:10
Block 6     8:15 - 8:25
Block 7     8:30 - 8:40
Please note that for your seating convenience the PE/Driver's Ed/FLE and Championship Training teachers will be located in these rooms during the evening:
 9th Grade -- Main Gym
10th Grade -- Main Gym
Championship Training -- Mustang Cafe
Senior Parking

On the first day of school, all seniors parked in the Student Parking lots must display a student parking pass.  

Senior parking passes are still available. This year, we are encouraging seniors to carpool. For any two seniors who purchase one spot together, they will receive a $100 discount. Individual Senior parking passes will be sold for $250. "Carpool" parking passes will be sold for $150. All students must provide a valid driver's license at the time of purchase. Parking will be located along Haycock Road as well as the "island" of the upper lot at GM (Blocks 1 and 2 in gray in the visual aid below). Senior parking will be in these two lots only.

GMHS Parking Plan Visual Aid

Seniors can pick up parking pass forms from Ms. Flanigan in the Main Office or Ms. Baldo in the Finance Office from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. until September 6th.  All parking pass forms must be filled out and signed by the student and the parent/guardian and returned to the office with either a check made payable to GMHS or cash. You must have a valid driver's license at the time the parking pass is requested. All fines/fees must be cleared before a parking pass is issued. Please note that students run the risk of being towed if they do not display the current 2019-2020 student parking decal on their vehicles.
Students who are unable to purchase a GMHS student parking decal can park for a daily fee at the Northern Virginia Graduate Center (if spaces are available) or the Metro lot.
Attendance Information

 Reference School Board Policy 9.22

Absence requests for three days or more requires an Extended Absence Request Form.
Have an absence, tardy, or early dismissal to report?
You may:
-- Leave a message on the 24-Hour Attendance Line, 703 248 5501

-- Send an email to attendancegm@fccps.org
-- Send a signed note with your child (for tardies and early dismissals only)
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Keep Calm and Check Parent University
Did you know that FCCPS has a resource for parents that pulls together all of the parent education opportunities across the schools? Anything that helps parents get smarter about school and parenting is included in Parent University. It is accessible from each school's homepage.
It is in both English and Spanish, and includes:
1. A Parent University Calendar of all programs, accessible for PK-12 parents.
2. A Course Catalog with event descriptions
3. Parent resources on Talking with Your Children about Race
4. Links to all the school newsletters
5. A video archive of programs that you may have missed.

You can add the Parent University Calendar to your own google calendar. Add Parent University Calendar

Every Course Catalog listing has a Google Calendar link so that you can easily add specific events to your own calendar.
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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