Friday, February 8, 2019

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8th graders in Community Showcase
FCCPS Photo/Rory Dippold

Service on Display

ME Henderson school logoOver 50 eighth grade students participated in the pilot of the Community Project Showcase this week, sharing their summary boards and presentations about their service projects with parents, classmates, and administrators. The students' service and action, along with their teachers and community mentors, all deserve recognition and appreciation for making this pilot a success. Next year the entire 8th grade is slated to participate in the project which is similar in scope to the 10th grade's MYP Exhibition. 
Sixth grade math students during a review
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Rotating for a Review

ME Henderson school logoSixth graders in Math 7 had students moving from desk to desk, on a two minute timer, to solve a problem taped to each desk. The review not only got their blood flowing, it covered over 20 sample problems ahead of quiz, focusing on proportional reasoning, including
similar and congruent figures and solving for indirect measures. Try this one: The scale of the map is 1 inch:10 miles. Find the map distance if the actual distance is 17.5 miles.
Jump Rope for Heart Assembly
FCCPS Photo/Julie Huber

Assemblies Focus on Heart Health

Thomas Jefferson school logoThe kick off event for PE's annual Jump Rope for Heart took place Wednesday morning in two assemblies at TJ. Students learned about the importance of exercise, drinking water, minimizing salt intake, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding smoking. TJ's PE program has worked with the American Heart Association on this event for 11 years with great results. Parents can check their students backpacks for more information about the optional fundraising part of the program. The students above have started strong, already topping $150 each. Parent volunteers are needed to help with jump rope activities in PE classes February 25 through March 1. Sign up here.
Middle school students in district honor band
FCCPS Photo/Jonathan Mills

Students Excel in District Honor Band

ME Henderson logoCongratulations go to the 7th and 8th grade band students who performed in the VBODA District X Honor Band last weekend.  Students auditioned in December alongside other student musicians from Alexandria City and Fairfax County. Then between last Thursday and Saturday spent 6 hours rehearsing a challenging program of music and performing in concert. Congrats to from left Ryan Vagoun baritone sax, William Hahn clarinet, Viktor Vollen trumpet, and Megan Carpenter clarinet.

Monday at 7:00 p.m.
Next in the Series: Parenting in Digital Age

FCCPS logoMark your calendars for a presentation this Monday, February 11,  for Parenting in the Digital Age: Technology and Youth. The Health & Wellness Advisory Committee is sponsoring a Parent Series talk. Did you know that teens and tweens spend an average of more than 5 hours a day on screen time (excluding schoolwork), and devices are often used to displace emotions? Christina Frank, LMFT, will speak at 7:00 p.m. in TJ's cafeteria. The evening is for all K-12 parents. She'll touch on emotional/social and brain development, inappropriate content, family contracts, and more. Here's a report on some apps you've never heard of that students are using, and a link to the flyer for this event.
Black History month book display
FCCPS Photo/Lisa Myklestad

Celebrating Black History Month

George Mason school logoThe George Mason HS library is offering a large display of books available for check out, all thematically related to this month's celebration of Black History Month. This is a small view of the books displayed for students to consider, checkout and enjoy.
Student section at basketball game
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Tuesday: Mustangs in District Semi-Finals

George Mason sports logoPlan for a great night of basketball on Tuesday when both Mustang teams play their Semi-final District tournament games at home in the Pit. Due to their first place ranking in the Bull Run District, both teams earned a bye for the quarter-final round. 
On Tuesday, the Girls start at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of tonight's QF game between Clarke and Central-Woodstock.
The Boys follow with their tip off at approximately 7:30 p.m. against tonight's winner of a QF game between Clarke and Madison.
Come out and cheer! Fill the stands again: admission for District games is only $5 and for this round you can see both games for one ticket. No passes are accepted. 
Photos: Boys Senior Night and Win over Clarke

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. - Henderson SCA School Dance (MEH)


  8:30 a.m. - Youth Mental Health First Aid - Option 2 (GM)
  9:00 a.m. - GM Learning Lounge (GM Rm A127)
  9:00 a.m. - Driver's Education Session for Parents/Students (GM Rm F003)
11:00 a.m. - Wrestling in Region Tournament at Strasburg (Map)
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