Welcome Back 2018


Dear Mustang Families,

We are eager to welcome our Mustangs to the 2018-2019 school year. One of the most important characteristics of a George Mason High School student is the ability to care for one another. We pride ourselves on establishing a culture of caring where students feel supported by peers, teachers, counselors, and administrators.

This year will be an exciting year for George Mason. As you may know, we are in the design phase of the New George Mason High School Project. Our current Freshmen will spend their senior year in the new building, and we encourage you to engage in the process. There are upcoming Design Review and Comment sessions on September 6th and September 23rd at GMHS. See the website for more details.

We are also committed to address our students’ social and emotional needs in creative ways. Building on our Advisory and Mustang Rodeo programs from last year, we’re excited to merge them into a whole-school program called Wild Horse Wednesdays. Students meet with “Stable Groups” of about 15 students every Wednesday for 60 minutes. These groups will be supported by GMHS faculty and Mustang Ambassadors. This will allow us to streamline our school-wide activities into one timeframe, preserving valuable instructional time. We strongly believe this program will foster a growth mindset and IB learner attributes of being principled, open-minded, risk-taking and caring students.   

Finally, our fully authorized K-12 IB Continuum is firing on all cylinders. We can’t wait to see what our second group of sophomores achieve in their personal projects, and what our juniors and seniors accomplish this year. Exciting new Career and Technical Education course offerings of Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine and Emergency Medical Technician, as well as established Dual Enrollment and Hybrid Classroom offerings, continue to make George Mason one of the most personalized and exciting places to learn.

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

The GM Admin Team

Student Parking Passes 

On the first day of school, all cars parked in the Student Parking lots must display a student parking pass.  If you haven't purchased one yet, you can park for a daily fee at the Northern Virginia Grad Center (if spaces available) or the Metro lot. Do not park in the student parking area without a parking pass.

The deadline for seniors to purchase parking passes is Friday, September 7th. The fee is $250. Parking spots will be numbered and will correlate with the number on the parking pass. Students are asked to park in the assigned numbered spot.
An announcement will be made if and when parking passes will be available for juniors to purchase.

Seniors can pick up parking pass forms from Ms. Flanigan in the main office. 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.   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.  Please note that students run the risk of being towed if they do not display the current 2018-2019 parking pass on their vehicles the first day of school. Students are reminded that they must park only in the designated student parking lots. There are 2 designated lots for students—the first lot is directly across from the Virginia Tech Grad Center and the second lot faces Haycock Road. Students are not allowed to park in the Faculty parking lots.
From the Transportation Office
Bus routes are posted online at www.fccps.org/bus/
Check out this new App showing the location of your child’s school bus…

Predictable Ryde 

 Meet and Greet the Admin Team on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Library
  Matt Hills, Principal    
  Kevin Clark, Assistant Principal
  Dave Serensits, Assistant Principal
  Ilana Reyes, Director of Counseling
  Julie Bravin, Athletic Director
                                         Sia Knight, Dean of Students
                                         Steve Knight, Director of Instructional Technology

Back-to-School Night will be on Wednesday, September 5, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:40 p.m. (For parents of ALL grades.)  The schedule for Back-to-School Night 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
The purpose of this special event is to give families a general understanding of each course. There will not be time for teachers to engage families in individual conversations regarding student performance.  Teachers will provide you with contact information so that you might reach out to arrange for a more personal conversation.


GMHS Tailgate Party will be held on Friday, September 7, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Spirit Week begins Monday, September 10. If your student would like to participate in any of the Spirit Week activities a GMHS Homecoming Activities Permission Slip 2018 needs to be completed and signed by both student and parent/guardian and returned to Ms. Bravin's office, B102, by Noon on Tuesday, September 11.
Senior/Parent College Information Night about Senior Year and the College Application Process will be held on Thursday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustang Café.

French Exchange 18-19! - Privately Sponsored By A La Carte Travel - Interest Meeting on September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Room C102



Homecoming Game (Nelson County vs George Mason)  is Friday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m.  

Homecoming Dance is Saturday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
FCEF 14th Annual Run for the Schools, will be held on Sunday, September 16, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
 Register your family today!
Underclassmen Portraits will be taken on Wednesday, September 19, in the auditorium.  Make-up portraits will be taken on Thursday, October 25.

Senior Make-up Portraits will be taken on Thursday, September 20, in the auditorium.  One last make-up session will be held on Friday, October 26.

JV Show is Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Please take a minute to join!


Band Boosters

Athletic Boosters
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
Does your student need a tutor or a quiet place to study? 
Saturday Learning Lounge starts September 22
Check out the link below:
Saturday Learning Lounge

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