Photo by Florian Pérennès 

Monday, February 11, 2019

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FCCPS AlertFalls Church City Public Schools and Offices are on a 2 Hour Delay Monday, February 11th. Day Care will open at 9 am. No drop-ins accepted.
Guided reading time in kindergarten
FCCPS Photos/Carol Sly

Reading and Writing New Words

Mt Daniel school logoDuring guided reading time in kindergarten, small groups read with teacher and the paraprofessional, while even smaller groups work independently at a variety of stations including listening to books on tape, reading on their own, practicing writing letters and words, and working with reading programs on tablets. With the teacher and para, students form words with plastic letters below, write new words, review past words from earlier books, cover concepts like the silent "e," as well as reading short stories out loud. See more photos here.
Working with plastic letters to spell
Writing out words
Dr. Noonan Announces FCCPS Plan Forward

Thursday, Last Day
Suggest a Name for the New Street

FCCPS logoThe school access street on the new GMHS/MEHMS campus needs a name, and the School Board is inviting FCCPS students to make suggestions. The street will follow the existing unnamed entrance from Haycock Road, and pass in front of both schools before exiting the campus on Leesburg Pike. Both Henderson and Mason will have their addresses on this street. Students from all grades are invited to suggest their ideas to Name Our New Street. The suggestion period is open through Thursday, February 14.
Students interview eachother about food preferences in Chinese III
FCCPS Photo/Kevin Clark

Speaking Chinese about Food

George Mason school logoIn Chinese III, students are learning how to ask questions about Chinese food preferences from eight different kinds of cuisine. Basic questions include what kind of food to you like and why, with details about taste and cuisine. During this unit on cooking, students have informal assessments, including writing information on the whiteboard, sharing knowledge through discussion, and peer to peer interviews. There is a field trip with food shopping and ordering a meal coming soon. 
FCCPS Photo/Margaret Gerhardt

Building Cooking Skills in FACS 

ME Henderson school logoIn Family and Consumer Science (FACS), students have been busy in the kitchens. In 7th grade, students left made pancakes last week and will cook several more dishes before participating in the Husky Chef competition at the quarter's end. Eighth graders made lemon bars right, and after reviewing some basics, they will continue to cook, with a focus on international cuisines and cultures.
Students dressed up for 80s Day at TJ
FCCPS Photo/Rob Carey

800 Tiger Stripes Lead to 80s Themed Day

Thomas Jefferson school logoAll the FCCPS schools have programs for PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, which are ways of reinforcing positive behaviors in school. At TJ, all Tigers aspire to be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible and they also work to convert those qualities into "stripes." Every time a teacher or administrator notices a student doing something awesome, they may get a stripe. The students add the stripe to the school-wide count by placing the slip of paper in the bin in the office. Once a total of 800 has been reached, there is a school-wide reward. For the second reward of the year, on Friday, students and teachers alike dressed up in gear reminiscent of the 80s. There was also 80's trivia and free seating in the cafeteria with 80's music. See more of the students and teachers in their colorful outfits here

Tonight - 7:00 p.m.
Parenting in the Digital Age

FCCPS logoThe Health & Wellness Advisory Committee is sponsoring a Parent Series talk: Parenting in the Digital Age: Technology and Youth. 
Christina Frank, LMFT, will speak at 7:00 p.m. in TJ's cafeteria. The evening is for all K-12 parents. The talk will touch on emotional/social and brain development, inappropriate content, family contracts, and more. Here's the link to the flyer.
MS district chorus participants
FCCPS Photo/Lauren Carpel

Choruses Perform in District Concerts

ME Henderson school logoCongratulations to the five Huskies who audtioned into the District 10 Honors Choir and earning the privilege of performing with students from the region this past weekend. The concert was held at Falls Church High School and also included 7th and 8th graders from Fairfax County and Alexandria City. From left Ailene Neal, Linda Crawford, Eva Geisinger, Emma Hart and Sasha Geisinger.
FCCPS Photo/Aaron Martinez

Wrestling is Second at Region Meet

George Mason sports logoFor the first time in at least 20 years, Mason placed in the top two at the Region Meet, earning the 2nd place team trophy behind Wilson Memorial on Saturday at Strasburg. Four Mason wrestlers placed in the Top 3, qualifying to advance to the State Tournament in Salem on Friday and Saturday. Congratulations go to Bryan Villegas Region Champion; West Hagler second place; Connor Murray third place; and Nick Zaenger third place. Three Mustangs also earned honorable mentions for their 4th place finishes: Daniel Martinez, Nate Jaramillo and Carlos Shields. Great job everyone!

Today's Calendar

Start times 
10:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS 
10:05 a.m. - George Mason High School 
10:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School  
10:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary
10:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary   
Extra Curricular  
  6:30 p.m. - Extended Day Care Advisory Board Meeting (Central Office)
  7:00 p.m. - GM Athletic Boosters Meeting (GM Mustang Cafe)
  7:00 p.m. - Health & Wellness Speaker Series (TJ Cafeteria)
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