Monday, January 28, 2019

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Blacksmith demonstrating his trade
FCCPS Photo/Carol Sly

Re-enacting Colonial Professions

Thomas Jefferson logoThe time-tested formula of research and re-enactment proved to be successful again for the 4th grade's Colonial Day on Friday. Each student researched a colonial era profession, created a poster to summarize their knowledge, and brought materials for a demonstration to share with fellow 4th graders, students from other grades, and parents and family members. After the open-house, they enjoyed ham, corn muffins and apple sauce provided by parents, and performed colonial dances in the gym.
Photos: Fourth Grade's Colonial Day Presentations
Rep and two GM students in committee room after testimony
FCCPS Photo/Tina Heartney

Testifying in Support of a State Bill

George Mason school logoOn Friday, GM's Robotics Team members Sofia Heartney center and Anuragi Thapliya right traveled to Richmond to testify in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education in support of HB 2780, a bill introduced by Delegate Hala Ayala left. The bill aims to provide funding for FIRST and other STEM programs to economically underprivileged K-12 schools in Virginia. Hear their testimonies here. Both Mason students are mechanics on Mason's FRC Team #1419
Top three in Geography Bee
FCCPS Photo/Farrell Kelly

Geography Bee
Fierce Competition to Get from Nine to One

ME Henderson school logoHenderson narrowed the field from nine finalists to one winner for the Geography Bee on Friday. Finishing first was Ketevan Gallagher left, with Eli Vennebush right in second place and Stella Turner center in third. The competition was fierce, going into eight sudden death tiebreaker rounds in the final. Held in the library, the school and visiting parents of the competitors were able to watch over closed-circuit TV. Ketevan will take a test to determine if she qualifies as one of the top 100 winners in the state, and if she does, she'll go to Longwood College for the State Bee in March.
FCCPS Photo/Heidi Lang

Geography Bee
Crowning a School Champ

Thomas Jefferson school logoA group of impressive 4th and 5th graders tackled the National Geographic GeoBee recently at TJ, after preliminary classroom rounds. Through many additional rounds, top students answered hundreds and hundreds of questions, putting their knowledge of geography on display. Aven Calvert, Greyson Carney, Stephen Colby, Pete Fesler, Sebastian Perlaza Adkins, and Claire Weatherly all joined Catherine Buchholz, who finished in 3rd place, for several impressive rounds. In the final round, it came down to Atticus Kim and John Steyn above who emerged victorious and was crowned TJ school champion. Congrats to everyone!
Boys with district trophy
Girls with District trophy
FCCPS Photos/Jenny York

District Champs!
Bringing Home Four Trophies 

George Mason sports logoBoth the Boys & Girls Swim teams took their undefeated seasons into Bull Run District competition on Saturday and, no surprise, they came out on top! Congratulations to all the members of both teams and their coaches, and a special shout out to the high point winners for the boys, Adam Janicki and TJ Roche who tied, and the high point winners for the girls, who also tied, Ellen Chadwick and Marie Roche. The Region Meet will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Wakefield HS in Arlington. 
Performers of one of the songs at concert
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Broadway Desserts Fills All Seats

George Mason school logoHenderson school logoThe Henderson cafetorium was packed for both Friday night's and Saturday afternoon's performances of Broadway hits by members of the Mason and Henderson choirs. The mix of talented students performing songs from popular musicals and the huge spread of desserts at intermission proved to be a popular combination. In its second year, the event grew in performers and cake eaters, and is bound to be back for an encore.
Photos: from Friday's Chorus performance of Broadway tunes

Mustangs: Want to Go to Puerto Rico?

George Mason school logoGM Science is offering students a Citizen Science trip to Puerto Rico in the first week of June. The educational travel package is offered through the district approved travel company, A La Carte Travel. Students should see Dr. Mecca or Ms. Pollack to add their names to the list of interested students by end of day Wednesday, January 30. 

GMHS Rebound Week

Bouncing Back after 1st Semester

George Mason school logoRebound Week, a longstanding tradition to mark the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second, is adding some variety to school at GMHS this week with themes:  
  + Today Pajama Day
  + Tuesday Tie Dye Day
  + Wednesday Groutfit Day (grey outfit)
  + Thursday Sports Day (favorite team jersey or t-shirt)
  + Friday Mason Day (any Mason/spirit wear)

Today's Calendar

Start times 
  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS 
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School
     + Rebound Week - Pajama day
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School 
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
Extra Curricular  
  6:00 p.m. - JV Boys Basketball vs Park View (GM Main)
  7:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball vs Park View (GM Main)
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