Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Working on research for reconstruction unit
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Reconstruction Planning for Peace

ME Henderson school logoSixth-grade history students researched the historical ideas for post-Civil War Reconstruction and created their plans. Now they are debating, compromising, and voting for the ones that they believe will offer the best chance of long-lasting peace. Students created platforms advocating for ideas from history, including that 1/4 of the profits from cotton go toward rebuilding cities and towns, freedman gets fair employment opportunities, and the South gets taxed twice as much for six months after the war to fund reconstruction costs. The groups are presenting their plans, and each class votes on the one offering the best chance of peace, demonstrating the importance of their 15th amendment rights.
Students and staff ready for Unity Day with orange shirts
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Anti-Bullying Focus All Week

ME Henderson school logoAll this week, Henderson Huskies are dressing for and discussing anti-bullying messages. Tomorrow is Unity Day when the school celebrates and raises awareness for acceptance, kindness, and inclusion. Please plan to wear orange on the 23rd to show that you support the Henderson community uniting together against bullying.
Dress themes this week, created by the Student Council, are:
Today - wear favorite team jerseys to team up against bullying
Wednesday - wear orange to show unity for National Unity Day
Thursday - dress like one of the school's principals to be a Princi-PAL
Friday - wear pajamas to finally put bullying to sleep
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Community Meeting on the 2020-21 Calendar 

Revisions to the school year are under consideration for the 2020 Calendar. Community meetings have been taking place. The next one is on Thursday, November 14. Watch last week's meeting at the video above. 
In the meantime, got a question? Please email us:
Community Engagement Meeting Presentation Slides
2020-21 Holidays & Major Observances
2020-21 Month-By-Month Known Days
Frequently Asked Questions
Lasso Online Photo

Lasso Hosts School Board and Council Candidates

George Mason school logoMason's online student news publication, Lasso, hosted a forum yesterday morning for students, focused on student questions and issues. All four candidates for School Board and all four candidates for City Council came prepared to engage with students for over an hour. Read the Lasso's coverage here. The election is Tuesday, November 5th.
Students work on wish lists at Book Fair
FCCPS Photo/Brooke Davis

Wishing for New Books

FCEPTA Book FairTJ classes are taking time this week for students to visit the PTA's Book Fair in the school's Library to browse the offerings and make "wish lists." The evening hours for families from all the elementary schools to visit, peruse and shop are today, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The sales benefit the libraries at JTP, MD, and TJ. There are great book choices for preschoolers through middle-schoolers

Pumpkin Stand has Hundreds of Choices

FCCPS logoHead to the GMHS Robotics' pumpkin patch to pick your Halloween gourd! The proceeds go to the team’s upcoming season. The stand on the Haycock Road side of GM is open all day, every day, through the end of the month. Hardworking team members staff the stand after school Fridays and on weekends, but you can purchase pumpkins anytime with cash, check, or PayPal at the secure payment box in the booth. 

Tonight at 5:30 p.m.
Learn about The Odyssey of the Mind

Thomas Jefferson school logoThere is a meeting tonight at TJ at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the extra-curricular, mind-stretching, team building activity known as Odyssey of the Mind. To go paperless, the TJ coordinators have created an online sign-up form that can be accessed here. Tonight's interest meeting is in Room 241. Final registrations are due Friday, October 25. Please send any questions to

Friday and Saturday
New Inductees to Mason's Hall of Fame

George Mason sports logoThe George Mason High School’s Hall of Fame weekend will honor eight athletes and one team at halftime of the football game against Skyline High School on Friday night. All inductees will be further recognized and feted at ceremonies at the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

Today's Calendar

Start times 

  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School  
     + Dress to Show Spirit for Unity Week - Favorite Team Jerseys
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Preschool 
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
     + Kindergarten Field Trip - Kennedy, Bevan
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary


  5:00 p.m. - JV Volleyball vs St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (MEH)
  5:30 p.m. - Odyssey of the Mind Interest Meeting (TJ, Room 241
  5:30 p.m. - FCEPTA Book Fair Open for Family Shopping (TJ
  6:00 p.m. - Standards Based Grading Information Session (Mustang Cafe)
  6:30 p.m. - Volleyball vs William Monroe (MEH
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