Friday, November 1, 2019


Student asks a question during Student Council Town Hall
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

First SCA Town Hall of the Year

ME Henderson school logoHenderson's Student Council Association began holding town halls last year to gather input on issues important to students. Yesterday, the first one of this year occured during Husky FLEX. The meetings are run by the student council representatives. There was time for administrators to give status reports on issues brought up last year, including clubs, bathrooms, and lunch offerings. New topics students brought up at yesterday's town hall ranged from class transition times, use of lockers vs. carrying back packs, and follow-ups on campaign promises. John Daniels, a constituent liaison from Congressman Beyer's office, was on hand to observe the democratic process. See more photos here
Entries for pumpkin decorating contest
FCCPS Photos/Carol Sly

Creative Pumpkins Roll into School

Thomas Jefferson school logoA rainy morning, after a late-night of World Series baseball, proved to be no hindrance to dozens of students who lugged their entries up to TJ's 3rd floor to a room repurposed for the day's pumpkin decorating contest. The students' creativity brightened the dry space. Note the Max Scherzer themed entry below left from a dedicated Nats fan and check out the incredible variety at the link below that also includes some topical baby sharks!
Nats themed entry
Student bringing in an entry for contest
Photos: Tigers Show Off Their Creativity with Pumpkin Entries
Kennedy Center musicians perform for GM and MEH students
FCCPS Photo/Mary Jo West

Kennedy Center Musicians Visit Jazz Ensembles

George Mason school logoME Henderson school logoOn Monday night, the GM and MEH jazz ensembles hosted a visit from Kennedy Center Jazz. Three musicians, Taurus Miten (bassist with Betty Carter), Tony Martucci, and Viktor Haskins (trumpet and EWI), performed an invigorating set including a piece both ensembles had previously performed, Chameleon. Following the performance, musicians led masterclasses with GM Jazz.
See a short video clip here

Lasso's Magazine is Out

Lasso logoThe Lasso has published another issue in its magazine series. The release to GM students was at the end of this week. Copies are available at the school. If you'd like to read an online version, click here. Also, this week, many new articles were posted to Lasso's online platform. Read them here

October Operation EarthWatch Sheets are Due

Operation EW logoPlease turn in your October Operation EarthWatch activity sheet on or before Wednesday, November 6th to your teacher, or complete it online, or email the completed worksheet to
November's new Reduce-Reuse-Recycle worksheet with many new, student-generated ideas is also out! Find all sheets, look at creative student submissions, and get ideas at
Coming up: November 15 is America Recycles Day, November 23 is a Habitat Restoration Event at Isaac Crossman Park, and all of November can be used to prepare for waste-free holidays.

Four More Sessions
Standards-Based Grading Explained

ME Henderson school logoGeorge Mason school logoIf you haven't had a chance to learn about the new Standards-Based Grading system being implemented in MEH and GM this year, there are four identical sessions on Monday, November 4th, which is a parent/teacher conference day. 
Henderson at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - in the Library
Mason at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - in the Library
Additional resources for parents include this website covering the broad points on how SBG works. 

Q1 Ends, Parents Meet with Teachers

FCCPS logoToday the first quarter of the school year comes to an end.
+ Monday and Tuesday, there is no school for students. During these two teacher workdays, there are parent/teacher conferences. All FCCPS schools handle how and when they offer them differently. Parents should have school communication about meetings, with questions directed to the schools. 
+ Tuesday, Election Day  Parents visiting TJ should plan for the added traffic and demands on available street parking on Tuesday with polling taking place in the TJ Gym. All voters need to access the polling station through the outside, Oak Street, gym doors. 
+ Wednesday  Only Jessie Thackrey Preschool has an early release on Wednesday. All other schools have a full day.

Fall Back
Daylight Savings Time Ends

FCCPS logoOver the weekend, at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Daylight Savings Time ends. Remember to turn your clock back one hour to enjoy the extra sleep or make good use of the morning daylight. Walkers and drivers, please be careful out there in the earlier darkness after school.

Today's Calendar

Start times 

  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School  
     + First Quarter Ends
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
     + First Quarter Ends
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Preschool  
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary   
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary  
     + Red Ribbon Week - Wear Red
  4:00 p.m. - Field Hockey at Charlottesville HS, Region QF (Map)
  7:30 p.m. - Football vs William Monroe at Albemarle HS (Map)


  9:00 a.m. - GM Learning Lounge (GM A127)
  2:00 p.m. - Cheer Team in Region Tournament at Brentsville (Map

Monday, No School for Students

  9:30 a.m. - Parent Info Session on Standards-Based Grading (MEH Library)
  9:30 a.m. - Parent Info Session on Standards-Based Grading (GM Library)
  3:00 p.m. - Parent Info Session on Standards-Based Grading (MEH Library)
  3:00 p.m. - Parent Info Session on Standards-Based Grading (GM Library)

Tuesday, No School for Students

  3:00 p.m. - Boys X-Country in Region Meet at Central (Map
  3:45 p.m. - Girls X-Country in Region Meet at Central (Map)
  6:00 p.m. - Volleyball Region QF (See
  7:00 p.m. - Field Hockey Region SF (See
Flyer for City Polling location changes
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