Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Students work in pairs on guided reading
FCCPS Photo/Sarah Mihm

Small Groups Respecting Flow of Conversation

Thomas Jefferson school logoIn the small groups for guided reading in third grade, these students are learning to communicate without raising their hands. The class discussed how at home most of them don't raise their hands at the dinner table, but they still understand the structure and flow of conversation in a small group setting. They are practicing and applying those skills to the discussions about nonfiction texts and what they expected to learn from the books.
IB Film students set up for filming
Subjects of film are ready for their roles
FCCPS Photos/William Bates

Film Action: Writing, Directing, Acting, Editing

George Mason school logoThis group of IB Film Study, HL 2, students are creating a short film-documentary about a high school student's journey. The students have complete artistic freedom to come up with their own story and script. Each student is playing a specific role in the project, including Director, Screenwriter, Sound Designer, Editor, Actor(s), etc. but they are all working collaboratively on the same project. These students are benefiting from a great working relationship with the FCCTV staff that includes the use of their state of the art equipment to complete this project. Students submit the Collaborative Film Project for assessment.
Student at board doing activity
FCCPS Photo/Julie Custer

Finding the Related Clues to Get the Answer

Mt Daniel school logoGifted teacher Ms. Green is visiting all the second-grade classrooms to play the "String Game," which uses Venn Diagrams and sets of shapes. The students practice putting labels above the circles and then placing the shapes in the appropriate spots. Next, in teams, the game is played with labels turned backward. The students don't know what they say and will have to use the information gathered during the game to figure it out. The object is to correctly place all of the shapes and then accurately identify what the labels say.
Students dress for them of team jerseys ahead of first World Series game
Students wear orange to show unity in addressing bullying
FCCPS Photos/Courtesy Suzanne Hladky, Carol Sly

Wear Orange Today
Making Ending Bullying the Common Goal

ME Henderson school logoHenderson Huskies are dressing for and discussing anti-bullying messages all this week. Yesterday students left, and staff wore favorite team sports jerseys to "team up against bullying." Today is Unity Day when the school celebrates and raises awareness for acceptance, kindness, and inclusion. All Huskies are encouraged to wear orange today to show support for the Henderson community uniting together against bullying.
The remainder of the dress themes for this week:
Today - wear orange to show unity for National Unity Day
Thursday - dress like one of the school's principals to be a Princi-PAL
Friday - wear pajamas to finally put bullying to sleep

FCEPTA Meeting
It's All About Reading

FCEPTA logoCombine tonight's PTA meeting on the topic of nurturing a love of reading with a trip to the Book Fair! The Elementary PTA is hosting local and school librarians on the subject of "Creating and Celebrating a Love of Reading." The meeting will also feature special guest speaker, Melissa LaSalle, who is known as The Book Mommy for her popular website, What to Read to Your Kids. The Book Fair's evening hours tonight and tomorrow are 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Both are at TJ, and both are for all elementary parents from JTP, MD, and TJ. 

Winter Sports Tryout Information

George Mason sports logoThe Mason Athletics website has all the information that athletes, from 8th through 12th grade, need to know about tryouts and all the forms that parents need to complete for participation. Please refer to the Winter Tryouts link. Tryouts begin Monday, November 11th. 

Today's Calendar

Start times 

  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School  
     + Dress to Show Spirit for Unity Week - Wear orange to show unity
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Preschool  Early Release - 12:40 p.m.
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  Early Release - 1:15 p.m.
     + Kindergarten Field Trips - Rooms 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary  Early Release - 1:15 p.m.
     + Field Trip - Third Grade to Colvin Run: Lauer, Schimmoller, Kim


  5:30 p.m. - FCEPTA Book Fair Open for Family Shopping (TJ
  6:00 p.m. - Cheer at District Competition, Millbrook HS (Map)
  6:30 p.m. - FCEPTA Meeting: Creating and Celebrating a Love of Reading (TJ)
  7:00 p.m. - State Mandated Safe Teen Driving Presentation (GM Auditorium)
Flyer for weekend activity at public library
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