Thursday, November 7, 2019


Second graders work on a classroom news broadcast
FCCPS Photo/Scott Daugherty

Preparing a Weekly News Broadcast

Mt Daniel school logoMrs. Stillwagoner's second-grade class videotapes a weekly news show. Working together, the students write the script, and then the school's technology educator, Mr. Daugherty, films them using a green screen, like TV newscasters. The students report on their favorite special of the week, favorite classroom activity, any special events happening in the classroom. The broadcast also covers the student of the week and any birthdays in the room. 
FCCPS on YouTube

Click here for an example of the students' most recent news show. 
peter noonan tweet congratulating newly elected school board members
Second grader visits Washington Post
Washington Post Photo

Making Weather Connections

Mt Daniel school logoThe Capital Weather Gang, Washington Post's group of weather gurus, tweeted out this photo of Arlo Rude, a second-grader at Mt. Daniel, who dressed up like the CWG's Jason Samenow for Halloween. They met up in the Post's newsroom, and the tweet noted, "We see Arlo taking Jason's job in another 15 years. He was a pleasure to meet." 

FCEF Stewarding Seasonal Gifts
Seeking Family Assistance Fund Donations

FCEF logoThe Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) is honored to steward the FCCPS Family Assistance Fund for the second year. All contributions specified for this fund are used by our four school social workers to assist our community. Students and families receive school supplies, meals, emergency transportation, and shelter. The goal for 2019-20 is to raise $20,000. Please contribute as you are able; donations may be made online at by choosing "Donate Now" and specifying "Family Assistance Fund," or by check mailed to FCEF, 150 S. Washington Street, Suite 400, Falls Church, VA  22046.
XC Teams at Region Meet after qualifying for States
FCCPS Photo/Jeff Buck

X-Country Teams Heading to States

George Mason sports logoThe GM Girls may have needed a tie-breaker on Tuesday at the Region meet, but they made it, qualifying for States again, making it 21 years in a row! The Girls' team tied for third with Warren County at 89 points. When that happens, you determine a Cross Country race's score by the 6th runner's finish. Mason's sixth runner was ahead of Warren's, and the Mustang Girls move on to States. Lauren Mellon, in 12th place, led the GM girls earning All-Region.
The Mason Boys also earned their spot in the State meet. The boys' team came back to beat Central, after a narrow second-place finish to them at Districts, placing third. Colson Board (13th) and Victor Gedeck (15th) led the boys with their All-Region finishes. The Boy's team qualified for States for the 4th year in a row. The teams will compete next Saturday at the Class 3A State Meet at Green Hill Park in Salem, a new location for States.
Photos: Boys and Girls X-Country Teams at Region Meet

Congrats and Good Luck
Fall Sports Round-up

George Mason sports logoWhile many students had time off from school earlier this week, fall athletes competed through the break, running above and playing in post-season games. Read on: 


On Tuesday, the girls took on Maggie Walker HS in the Henderson Gym and triumphed 3-0 in their Region QF game. Tonight at home, they play in the Region SF at 6:30 p.m. against Independence HS out of Ashburn.

Field Hockey

On Friday, the Field Hockey team played Charlottesville HS in the Region QF for a 1-0 win. The finish advanced the Mustangs to the Semi-final against James Monroe in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, which GM lost. The Mustangs play the consolation game tonight, away against West Albemarle at 6:00 p.m.


Still in their regular season, last Friday, Mason lost to William Monroe on the road, taking their record to 4-5. This Friday night at home, the Mustangs take on Brentsville at 7:00 p.m. in their last regular-season game, with senior night recognitions at the half. Their post-season play is TBD. 

Save the Date
Henderson PTA Hosts Movie Night

MEHMS PTA logoHusky students are invited to attend a movie night next Friday, November 15th, at the school. The PTA will be showing of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. It will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. with pizza sales before, starting at 5:45 p.m. Admission is $5.  

Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Parent Session: GMHS Student Services Night

George Mason school logoThe GM counseling department is hosting an information session tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. Parents will have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of sessions. They include Mindfulness; Executive Function Fixes; The MYP Project; Counseling Programs by Grade; Community Resources; and the new Mental Health curriculum. Please plan to attend. The evening begins in the Mustang Cafe. 

Today at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Chalk Chats with Principal Swanson

Thomas Jefferson school logoThe first of the year's "Chalk Chats" with Principal Swanson are today. Attend a session at either 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. in the TJ Library. The parent discussions begin with a 3-5 minute overview of a program, event, or happening at TJ. The meeting then transitions into a town hall-style event with parents able to ask questions about any topic they wish. Chalk Chats are 45 minutes long, with more scheduled for December 12, February 13, April 2, and June 11.

Today's Calendar

Start times 

  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School  
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
     + Q1 Grades available in PowerSchool 
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Preschool 
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary   
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
     + Chalk Chats with Principal Swanson - 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

  6:00 p.m. - Field Hockey at West Albemarle (Map
  6:00 p.m. - JV Football at Brentsville (Map
  6:30 p.m. - Volleyball vs Independence (MEH
  7:00 p.m. - GM Student Services Information Night (GM
Flyer for Public library program
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