Monday, February 4, 2019

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8th grade science students at lab table
FCCPS Photo/Janet Lundin

Mixing Acids, Bases and Neutrals for Lab on pH

ME Henderson school logoEighth grade science students are finishing their studies of chemistry with a lab testing a variety of household solutions to determine the pH. Students are using red, blue, and universal litmus papers as well as red cabbage juice as pH indicators to determine which solutions were acids, bases or neutral. The acids and bases are also mixed and then the students predict the final pH of the combination. 

National School Counseling Week

GMHS Counselors
FCCPS Photo/Rob Carey

First Up: Thanking Mason's Counselors 

In recognition of National School Counseling Week which aims to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors, we're putting the faces and names of each school's counselors in the Morning Announcement. George Mason school logoWe start today with George Mason's team above from left, Elizabeth MacDonald a long term sub for Dana Quirine, Ilana Reyes, Valerie Chesley, and Brad McAdam. At GMHS, counselors help all students with course selections and post-graduation plans including college applications, while also running information sessions for parents throughout the year on topics they're well-versed in, including student stress, substance abuse, mental health, diploma types and graduation requirements. It's remarkable how many FCCPS students and families that counselors impact every day. Be sure to say thank you this week and all year long. 

Plan Ahead
Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

ME Henderson school logoOn Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the GM Mustang Cafe, parents of current 8th grade students, who are also known as "Rising 9th graders," are invited to an information session presented by the George Mason Counseling department. High school coursework planning will be covered as counselors outline course options for 9th grade and how to plan for all four years. The IB Diploma and IB courses available in the last two years of high school will also be covered.
Student made ground hogs
FCCPS Photo/Meaghan Hersey

Ground Hogs Popped Up Early

Jessie Thackrey preschool logoIn Jessie Thackrey Preschool on Friday, student-made ground hogs were popping up in the Fox classroom and students learned about what it means if the ground hog sees his shadow. Saturday's "official" ground hog in Punxsutawney did not see his shadow, meaning there will be an early Spring. The weekend's thaw made that seem promising. Alas. He's usually wrong.
Girls at Region meet
Boys at Region meet
FCCPS Photos/Courtesy Ari Autor

Two Teams Win at Region Swim Meet 

George Mason school logoBoth the Boys and Girls Swim teams took first place in the Region 2B meet on Saturday, taking home championship trophies for the team wins, the best individual swimmers, and for coach of the year for Coach Meghan Wallace. For the girls, Marie Roche and Ellen Chadwick shared the trophy for swimmer of the year, and for the boys, it was a three-way split of honors for swimmer of the year shared by Matt Ng, Adam Janicki, and TJ Roche. The teams earned 16 of 22 first place finishes and 6 Region records. Twenty-two swimmers will travel to compete at States held on Thursday, February 14, at the Swim RVA Aquatic Center in Richmond. Congratulations to all the swimmers! See all the trophies here
FCCPS Photos/Mason Wrestling

Wrestling Second in BR District

George Mason school logoOn Saturday at the Bull Run District meet, the GMHS Wrestlers beat three teams: Rappahannock 74 to 12; Madison County HS 70 to 12; and Clarke County HS 48 to 33. However the Mustangs fell to Strasburg 42 to 36 and finished in 2nd place overall. Bryan Villegas Sanchez was awarded Bull Run District wrestler of the year. Congrats! 
Three recognized at senior night
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Girls Basketball Senior Night

George Mason sports logoOn Friday night at home, in front of a great crowd, the Mustang Girls basketball team paused after warm ups to recognize its three seniors. From left Seniors Emma Gardner, team manager TiKa Wallace, and Maddie Lacroix were celebrated. Mason went on to win the game over Madison 60-43, bringing their conference record to 7-1 and making it six straight wins. The girls play Strasburg at home tonight, and Clarke on the road tomorrow to finish out the regular season. 
Photos: Girls Basketball vs Madison, and Senior Night

Monthly Activity Sheet Due Now

EarthWatch logoJanuary Operation EarthWatch activity sheets on Energy are due now. Please turn completed sheets in to school or by email or complete them online. You can get a new sheet at
The February sheets on Wildlife went out in folders last week -- be sure to join the Great Backyard Bird Count starting February 15!

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  
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
Extra Curricular  
  6:00 p.m. - JV Boys Basketball at Strasburg (Map)
  6:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball vs Strasburg (GM Main)
  7:00 p.m. - Special Education Advisory Committee Mtg (MEHMS)
  7:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball at Strasburg (Map)
  7:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball vs Strasburg (GM Main)
City's Summer Camp registration opening - flyer
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