Tuesday, October 29, 2019


State representatives, school board and Dr Noonan listen to student's answer
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Four Stops in an Hour's Tour for State Reps

ME Henderson school logoThanks go out to Delegate Marcus Simon far left and State Senator Dick Saslaw center for taking time for their annual FCCPS visit to "walk a school" and understand some of the exciting initiatives and continuing work. This year they learned about a seventh-grade project in a CTE (Career and Technical Education) class, the study of different states of matter in an 8th-grade science class, the new humanities class for 8th graders combining English and history curriculums, and the work of the school counselors. It was an impressive variety of learning in their hour-long visit, joined by School Board members Shannon Litton, Erin Gill, and Superintendent Noonan for thoughts on policy and some views of the HS construction. See more photos here

Superintendent's Coffee: GM Construction Updates!

As the foundation of the new George Mason High School is almost complete, and steel is onsite and ready to be constructed, we would like to invite you to a Superintendent Coffee to update you on the past progress, current plans, and answer any questions about the project in general.
When: Wednesday, October 30th - 9:30 a.m.
Where: FCCPS Central Office - 150 S Washington Street, Suite 400
What: Superintendent Peter Noonan and officials overseeing the construction of the new George Mason High School to update the community on the project and answer any questions.
Students discuss provocations ahead of new unit
FCCPS Photo/Motrya Manalac

Introducing a New Unit with a Provocation

MT Daniel school logoPrimary Years Programme (PYP) units begin with a "provocation," which is an activity to preview what the new unit will cover. In How the World Works, second graders will focus on the scientific method, motion/force, matter, and weather. Laminated posters at stations around the room shared pictures of various topics. Students first did silent observations, then shared their thoughts with their small group. To finish the station, the scribe for the group wrote down one reflection from the conversation, then groups rotated. Students could see what the previous groups noted, and the teacher shared all their ideas at the end of the activity.

Celebrating Healthy Choices
This week is Red Ribbon Week

Thomas Jefferson school logoThe Red Ribbon Week program being run this week at TJ focuses on raising public awareness and mobilizing communities to support healthy choices for mind, body, and relationships.
Today's theme is Twin Day - Focus on having positive relationships, like friends! Plan with a friend to dress alike.
Tomorrow's theme is TJ Day - Wear TJ colors, blue and orange, to show unity in TJ's "Caring Community."
Mustang tackles opponent during Friday night's game
FCCPS Photos/Courtesy Student Stella Turner, and below, Charlotte Hyland

Ceremonies for Hall of Fame
A Comeback Falls One Point Short

George Mason sports logoFriday night's football game against Skyline saw the visitors from Front Royal getting out in front 14-0 early. The Mustangs had evened the score 14-14 with one quarter left and pulled ahead 20-14 with seven minutes on the clock. Sadly a late drive by the Hawks gave them a 21-20 win. The Mustangs play away this week at William Monroe and are at home for their last regular-season game on November 8th against Brentsville.
At halftime, recognitions were given to some of the Mustangs back in town for their inductions into GM's Sports Hall of Fame, including from left Violet Miller, Stephanie Cheney, and Leah Roth. Also joining the Hall of Fame: Cal SimmonsByron Mendenhall, Stephen Lubnow, Anthony AndrianarisonNick Smirniotopoulos, and the 2011 State Champion Girls' Soccer team.

Today's Calendar

Start times 

  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School  
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Preschool 
     + Student school pictures
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary
     + Red Ribbon Week - Twin day - plan with friends to dress alike
  4:20 p.m. - Boys X-Country at District Meet, Woodstock (Map)
  5:00 p.m. - Girls X-Country at District Meet, Woodstock (Map)
  6:15 p.m. - JV Volleyball vs Warren Country (MEH
  7:00 p.m. - School Board Special Meeting (Central Office
  7:15 p.m. - Volleyball vs Warren Country (MEH
Touch a Truck event a Public Library on Wednesday
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