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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Four students dressed in Roman "togas"
FCCPS Photo/Meg Flajser

Roman Forum to Express Opinions

Thomas Jefferson school logoFor an in-room "field trip," these third graders spent some time in ancient Rome as part of their PYP unit How We Organize Ourselves. They are learning how the Romans used both social hierarchy and government for social organization, and how they also used myths to make sense of the world around them. Students enjoyed a "cheesecake" similar to what ancient Romans ate, and some staples of Roman's diets -- grape juice and bread. After studying the importance of the Forum for the Romans to express their opinions, the class held their own. Student orators spoke passionately about what they thought the class's next compliment party should be.

National School Counseling Week

Henderson's counseling group
FCCPS Photo/Rob Carey

Smiles for All the Hippo Friends

FCCPS has many counselors to celebrate during National School Counseling Week which has the aim of focusing public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors. This week we're focusing on each school's counselors in the Morning Announcements.
Henderson middle school logoToday we highlight the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School team who are from left Tara Filmyer, Heidi Gilmore, Alyssa Jacobson, and Matt Sowers. This group gives direct instruction to all sixth grade classes through the Approaches to Learning (AtL) on social/emotional themes; they spearhead all schoolwide efforts on advisory and teacher/student interactions and relationships; they work through the course selection process with students; and excel at numerous other initiatives including lunch bunches and career day. Send your appreciation their way this week and all year long.
Leveling the parking area ahead of paving
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Parking Lot Progress

Mt Daniel construction logoThe beautiful weather this week has allowed for work on the Mt. Daniel parking area to resume. Loads of fine gravel were being delivered yesterday and distributed and leveled with the help of a variety of equipment. It shouldn't be long before teachers can all finally park on site! 
Mixing soil for sea grass planting
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Helping with Seagrass Restoration 

Thomas Jefferson school logoIn an effort to expand the prairie of seagrasses in the Chesapeake Bay, yesterday Ms. Mueller's fifth-grade class followed directions to mix dirt and sand into three tubs proportionally. Then they opened seed pods to plant sea grass, placing the tubs in a huge water filled container set up in their room. The project has connections to a unit on instructional writing and is also tying into their understanding of watersheds, pollution, the health of the bay, and all the creatures that rely on seagrass. If all goes well, the class will take the grass to Mason Neck Park in a few months, all part of a Chesapeake Bay Foundation initiative.

Tomorrow: Rising 9th Grade Parents Info Night
Course Selection and IB Information at GMHS

ME Henderson school logoThe parents of current 8th-grade students are invited to attend a comprehensive program at GMHS covering important information on high school coursework plans. The Mason Counseling department will outline course options for 9th grade and course plans for a student’s high school career. They will also talk about the IB Diploma and IB courses available in the last two years of high school. Head to the Mustang Cafe on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The session will be videotaped for anyone who cannot be there. 

Save the Date
Band Info Night for Students & Parents

ME Henderson school logoGeorge Mason school logoOne week from tonight, on Wednesday, February 13th, the MEH 8th Grade Advanced Band and the GMHS Wind Ensemble will be presenting a Pre-Assessment Clinic Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the MEH Cafetorium. A joint reading of MEH music played both groups will be followed by a performance of the GMHS Wind Ensemble's assessment music. This is an open concert clinic for MS and HS parents as well as friends and relatives. Hear the progress of the musicians as they continue to work on their music in an open clinic format. The FCCPS Band Boosters will provide refreshments. Parents are encouraged to attend!
Student at Turkey's booth last year
Germany's booth last year

Interest Meeting for International Night

FCEPTA International night logoThe FCEPTA International Night is Friday, March 22, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Always a remarkably engaging family activity, the event relies on JTP, MD and TJ parent and family volunteers. Would you be interested in hosting a country table; making a dish for participants to sample; sharing your child’s or your performing art from another country; or having your child say their school's morning announcement in another language? An optional interest meeting for table hosts is on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7:00 p.m. Please fill out the Interest Form here to learn more! 
Eight seniors
FCCPS Photos/Courtesy Carol Sly

Senior Night: Setting Records, Hitting Milestones

George Mason sports logoAt last night's home boys basketball game, the Mustangs took time to recognize their 8 seniors before the tip off: from left Seid Lejlic, Jay Nesson, Connor Fletchall, Jeffrey Nugara, Max Ashton, Hollman Smith, Brendan Fletchall, and Scott Graffam. There were also two pauses in the game -- one to recognize Hollman Smith below left who hit his 1000th point, and a second to recognize Max Ashton below right for breaking the all-time scoring record, now with 1207 points for GM boys basketball! The record had previously been held by Robert Tartt in blue t-shirt who was in the house to congratulate Max. The home stands were full and loud for the Mustang's win over Clarke, 64-33, taking GM's conference record to 10-0. District quarter-final play for the boys and girls teams begins on Friday with the times, opponents, locations to be announced. 
Hollman hit 1000 points
Max Ashton with most points for GM Boys basketball ever

Today's Calendar


Start times 
  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS 
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School 
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School  Early Release - 12:40 p.m.
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  Early Release - 1:15 p.m.
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary  Early Release - 1:15 p.m.
Extra Curricular  
  5:00 p.m. - Scholastic Bowl in Region Tourney (GM - Rm D130)
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