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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Cultural Exchange: Chinese Students Visit FC

George Mason school logoArriving late Friday afternoon, the 19 Chinese students and their teachers met their Mason host families and headed out for a weekend exploring the DC region. Yesterday, the students from the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University, in Beijing, shadowed their host students in classes and, at the end of the day, everyone participated in a celebration of the Chinese New Year complete with the making and eating of steamed dumplings, along with other treats, playing Chinese games, and watching favorite movies. Today is the last day of the students' visit to George Mason.
Photos: Visiting Students and Their Hosts for Chinese Exchange

Bus Route Updates Coming

Beginning this Thursday morning, January 31st,  updated FCCPS school bus routes are being implemented to make our transportation of students to and from school more efficient and reliable.

While there are NO changes to bus stops, you will notice route adjustments including route names, arrival times, and the buses used for all schools except for Jessie Thackrey Preschool.

FCCPS School Bus Routes
Two students in front of some of the book collection
Heading down the grand staircase
FCCPS Photos/Sarah Mihm

Visiting the Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson school logoThird graders were able to look at Thomas Jefferson's library and talk about how he organized his books during their visit to the Library of Congress. In the children's reading room, students discussed their collections and how they will organize them. They were able to browse the reading room and make observations about how it is being reorganized. The field trip is part of the current PYP unit, How We Organize Ourselves, and its study of how societies and people use the organization to make sense of the world around them.
FCCPS Photos/Kathleen Johnson 

Discussing and Explaining at Science Fair 

ME Henderson middle school logoThis year Henderson students from 7th and 8th grade completed 30 projects for the Science Fair, some in teams, some as individuals. The research and completion of the presentations took 15 weeks. Ten volunteer judges from the community came at the end of last week to ask questions and hear from the students. The top 15 projects from MEH have been invited to move on to the Arlington Regional Fair. Additionally, about half the students are developing their work into research papers to submit to the Virginia Junior Academy of Science with the goal of being invited to the Research Symposium at the end of May. See more photos here

Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Plan to Attend TJ's STEAM Night 

Thomas Jefferson school logoThe annual STEAM Night at TJ is Thursday with demonstrations and activities for students and their families. In attendance will be GM's Robotics team and Virginia Tech Thinkabit. Also, TJ students are running stations with drones, straw rockets, coding, cryptography, maracas, paper airplanes, and a scavenger hunt.
Parent volunteers help make the evening go smoothly -- over a dozen more are needed. 
Click Here to Volunteer for STEAM Night

Taking a Love of Baseball Deep into Math

FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Mary Asel
George Mason school logoOver the past few months, Mason student Johnny Asel has been working with teacher Will Snyder on a baseball-related extra-curricular math project. On Saturday, Johnny was the first speaker at the meeting of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). His talk about “Inherited Runners” was presented to the leading minds in baseball analytics. Read more here

District X Jazz: Performing with the Best

Three students at Jazz event
FCCPS Photos/Mary Jo West
George Mason school logoHenderson school logoThe District X Jazz Event was held in Alexandria last weekend. Clinicians included Kevin Day from Jacksonville Commons Middle School and Bryan Kidd, retired US Navy Jazz Ensemble. Students had auditioned on scales, improvised solos, prepared etudes and sight-reading to be part of this.
The following students auditioned into and performed at this highly successful jazz event: from left GM's Max Vagoun and MEH's Ryan Vagoun and Casey Dimock. Congrats all!

Today at 8:00 a.m.
Beginning Band to Demonstrate Progress

Thomas Jefferson school logoThis morning in the TJ Gym, before school, the woodwinds and half of the percussionists in Beginning Band will perform in their rescheduled concert. The students are excited to show off their skills and play some classic hits including Hot Cross Buns and Jingle Bells.

Today's Calendar


Start times 
  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS 
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School
     + Rebound Week - Tie Dye day
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School 
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
     + Second Beginning Band Concert, in Gym - 8:00 a.m.
Extra Curricular  
  6:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball vs Strasburg (GM Main
  6:30 p.m. - Parent/Adult English Classes - Beginner Level (TJ)
  7:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball vs Strasburg (GM Main
Lego in Library program flyer
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