Thursday, February 7, 2019

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GM student mentors group in TOPS
FCCPS Photo/Jeanne Seabridge

Students Mentoring Students at TOPS

Thomas Jefferson school logoGeorge Mason school logoThe after school program for English language learners at TJ is called TOPS (Tiger's Operation Success). Through the hard work of the teachers and the help of student volunteers from GMHS, the TJ students get to practice and improve their developing language skills. The card game above is a way to facilitate speaking and introducing new students to the group in a social setting. From January through April, TOPS meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

National School Counseling Week

MD Counselor, Jed Jackson
FCCPS Photo/Rob Carey

Promoting Smiles and Friendship

FCCPS has many counselors to celebrate during National School Counseling Week. The goal of the week is to focus attention on the unique contribution of school counselors. This week we're focusing on each school's counselors.
Mt Daniel logoToday we highlight Jed Jackson above who is the counselor for Mt. Daniel. All through the school year, he visits MD classrooms to share age-appropriate books and lessons on friendship, bullying, and conflict resolution. He also works on the Hippo Hooray positive behavior reinforcement program and supports all classrooms and school-wide efforts to create a great school environment, including individual counseling sessions and friendship groups. Take some time this week to thank all our school counselors, whose work touch so many students and families all year long. 
FCCPS Photos/Carol Sly

Friends with Presidential Puppets

Mt Daniel school logoPart of the study of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln ahead of Presidents Day involves making a puppet of each! After learning about the leaders, kindergartners enjoyed an activity where they answered their teacher's questions by holding up the puppet of the correct president, and the teacher put the fact in the correct space in the room's Venn diagram: was it just one or the other,
or both men, who are on the penny, who lived in the White House, who grew up in a log cabin? No school on Monday, February 18 in observance of the federal holiday honoring Washington and Lincoln's birthdays.
Students work with Sphero during math unit
FCCPS Photo/Torey Fay

Sphero Robots with Tie-in to Math Curriculum

Thomas Jefferson school logoFifth graders are using block coding to familiarize themselves with the Sphero robots. In the coming weeks, the students will work on using the Spheros to complete tasks like mean, median, mode, and range as well as working with angles and speed ratios while working within a cooperative group.

Book Swap
Donate Children's Books to TJ

Thomas Jefferson school logoTJ is holding an all-student book swap the week of February 25 - March 1. Donations are needed to augment the supply of gently used children's books. All students are being asked to bring books. The goal is to make sure that there is an excellent selection from which to choose for everyone. To donate books, please drop them off in the TJ office by Wednesday, February 27. For more information, contact TJ librarian Brooke Davis.

Today: Morning Coffee and Evening Session
Two Chances: Course Selection Info for HS

ME Henderson school logoThis morning there will be a Parent Coffee at 9:45 a.m. in the Henderson library where GMHS counselors will talk about the rising 9th grader's course selections. It is most of the program that will be fully presented tonight at the Course Selection Information Night for 8th-grade parents in the Mustang Cafe at 7:00 p.m.
The evening program will outline of the course options for 9th grade and the progression to complete course plans for a student’s high school career. Tonight, counselors will also cover the IB Diploma and IB courses available in the last two years of high school. Head to the Mustang Cafe tonight at 7:00 p.m. FCC-TV is The session is videotaping for anyone not able to who cannot attend.
Some of GM's team in scholastic bowl competition
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Scholastic Bowl, Third in Region Meet

George Mason sports logoLast night, Mason hosted the Region meet for Scholastic Bowl, competing against Clarke County, Luray and Robert E. Lee high schools. Questions for the competition are complex and wide-ranging covering history, science, poetry, literature, art, geography, grammar, current affairs and so much more. Mason won their first match against Robert E. Lee 195-165; lost their second to Clarke 310-65; and while GM was up at the end of the second set against Luray, Mason fell by a final score of 210-175, concluding their season. Clarke finished first and advances to States. 
See more photos here

Mustang Winter Sport's Post Season

George Mason sports logoKeep up-to-date with post-season competition at Mason Athletics. Mustang student-athletes are competing all week.
+ FRIDAY  Both the Boys and Girls Basketball teams are top seeds for their District Tourneys. Quarter-final games are Friday night. Times, locations and opponents TBD.
+ SATURDAY  Wrestling competes in the Region meet at Strasburg beginning at 11:00 a.m. Fourteen wrestlers have advanced to Region competition.
+ WEDNESDAY  Both the Boys and Girls Swim teams travel to Richmond for States with competition beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Twenty-two swimmers will be competing for Mason.

Order Hardwood Mulch 

George Mason sports logoFewer than 50 days to spring! How's your yard looking? Consider placing an order for double-shredded hardwood mulch through the Athletic Boosters sale. See the link here. Place your order by March 27. Delivery by Mustang athletes is on Saturday, April 6.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Mandatory Session for Driver's Permit

George Mason school logoThe GMHS PE department is offering its third, and final, parent-driver education presentation of the year this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Room F003. Parents and students are required by the State to attend the sessions to receive permits for 16 and 17-year old driving students.

Today's Calendar

Start times 
  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS 
     + 8th Grade Parent Coffee on Course Selection - 9:45 a.m.
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School 
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School  
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary
     + Field Trip, First Grade - 9:00 a.m.   
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary   
Extra Curricular  
  6:30 p.m. - Parent/Adult English Classes - Intermediate Level (TJ)
  6:30 p.m. - Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee Mtg (Central Office)
  7:00 p.m. - Parents of Rising 9th Graders - Course Selection Info Night (GM Cafe
Flyer for Public library program
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