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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Students from one class demonstrate experiment for students from another class
FCCPS Photo/Christine Stillwagoner

Sharing Science Experiments

Thomas Jefferson school logoOne second grade class visited another to share their science experiments as part of the final learning engagement for the "How the World Works" PYP unit. Students worked in groups while following the scientific method to perform a science experiment on weather, matter or magnets. They shared the experiments in presentations to each other and another class. Students reflected on their experiments to see if their hypothesis were correct.

American Sign Language to be offered at MEH, GM

Mary Ellen Henderson logoGeorge Mason LogoThe Falls Church School Board unanimously approved adding American Sign Language (ASL) to the World Language course offerings at Mary Ellen Henderson and George Mason. The Virginia Department of Education recognizes ASL as a Foreign Language that can satisfy the requirement for credits toward an Advanced Studies Diploma. The Board sees the addition as increasing opportunities for students, specifically those with disabilities and other struggling learners. If there is sufficient interest expressed this Spring, the course could be offered beginning next fall.

End of 2nd Quarter Extended by One Week

This week's weather disruption, administrators have decided to extend the end of the 2nd Quarter by one week - until next Thursday, January 24th. The decision, announced by Chief Academic Officer Lisa High at last night's school board meeting, is to allow students and staff more time to prepare for exams and projects. Final semester grades will now be due on January 25th.

Student uses small plastic bears to create alternating pattern
FCCPS Photo/Jackie Harper

Creating Patterns with Shape and Color

Mt Daniel school logoThis kindergarten class has math workshop buckets grouped with activities for self-directed learning during math instructional time. This student is creating an alternating color pattern from the cue card for the activity. 
Student with a brown egg
Cracked eggs
FCCPS Photos/Heather Van Gorder

Eggs as a Way to Teach Diversity

Mt Daniel school logoYesterday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and while it will be celebrated as a Monday holiday on the 21st, the day was perfect for a lesson on some of the words and ideas presented by MLK during his lifetime. First graders wrote descriptions about white and brown eggs, and then cracked them open and described what they found inside. Students observed the differences on the outside and similarities inside, and also reflected on some of MLK's quotes. 

Plan Ahead: Thursday Morning
Principal's Coffee on Wellness

ME Henderson school logoJoin Principal Valerie Hardy on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Henderson library for a discussion about student wellness including mental health, and aspects of the school's race action plan. Discussing the book, "The Gift of Failure" by Jessica Lahey will also be a part of the hour long coffee.

Pre-Season Optional Practices have Begun

George Mason sports logoTrack practices are being offered after school Tuesdays and Thursdays, inside Henderson when weather is bad like yesterday. Students were getting their steps in, running up the stair wells. All students are welcome to the sessions focusing on strength, conditioning and building cardio. Athletes from other sports who are looking to stay in shape or get in shape are welcome to join in. 
Spring Sports: more information about pre-season and tryouts for 8th-12th graders for baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track is at Mason Athletics
 

Fundraiser for PTSA
Student Practice for SAT/ACT Testing

GMHS PTSA logoOn Saturday, January 26 the GMHS PTSA through Catalyst has organized a hybrid SAT/ACT practice exam for students in a simulated testing environment. Enroll here by Wednesday, January 23rd to attend the Saturday session at MEHMS from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $25. No walk-ins can be accommodated so plan to sign up before the deadline.

Calendar Notes

FCCPS logoToday -All schools have an early release.
Friday - Students do not attend school. It is a teacher work day.
Monday is a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all FCC Public Schools are closed. The FCEPTA is hosting GIVE Day at TJ from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All elementary students and their families are welcome.
Tuesday - All schools will reopen at their regular times.

Today's Calendar


Start times 
  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS  Early Release - 12:10 p.m.
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  Early Release - 12:10 p.m.  
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School  Early Release - 12:40 p.m.
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  Early Release - 1:15 p.m.
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary  Early Release - 1:15 p.m.
Extra Curricular  
  6:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball at Madison County (Map)
  7:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball at Madison County (Map)
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