Friday, January 25, 2019

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Students work on song lyrics about government
FCCPS Photo/Jeff Buck

Rapping on Three Branches of Government

ME Henderson school logoIn seventh grade Civics, students continue to increase their knowledge of the Federal government. This week, they are writing their own songs about how the three branches interact using Flocabulary Lyric Lab. The start of a sample lyric created by student Riley Chirico goes "Three branches, gettin' things done, Legislative where the laws have begun, Draftin' bills so the President can sign 'em, He's on top of the Executive Branch, no lyin', The President can choose to veto, revoke, But Congress can override with a 2/3 vote..." Students are tasked with incorporating as many of the key vocabulary words in their lyrics as they can. 
8th grader reads with kindergartner
8th grader reads with kindergartner
FCCPS Photo/Ross Mandel

Engaging in Service Learning

MYP LogoFor this year's pilot of the MYP Community Project the focus is on service. Eighth-grade students are coming up with their ways to interact with, and help out in, the area. Working alone or in small groups, since September students have developed a proposal and stated their goals. These personal projects focus on education, animals, environment, and health. Huskies above are reading to, and listening to, kindergartners at Mt. Daniel. The MYP students use a journal to record their thoughts, problem solve, reflect and note research. The community will be able to see all the projects in a "gallery walk" at Henderson the morning of Tuesday, January 29th.
Photo of some of the ensemble
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Carol Sly

Middle School Play in Rehearsal

Henderson school logoWith less than three weeks to opening night, and the production on the stage at George Mason for the first time this year, there are many moving parts to pull together ahead of Aladdin's opening night on Thursday, February 14. The huge cast will perform for three consecutive evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the GMHS Auditorium and it's going to be great! Tickets are on sale now for $10 per person through the MEHMS PTSA website's online store.
More photos here.

Today at 8:00 a.m.
Beginning Band Shows Their Progress

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

Tonight and Saturday
Broadway Tunes, Dessert at Intermission!

George Mason school logoME Henderson school logoThe GMHS and MEHMS choirs perform "Broadway Desserts" featuring Broadway favorites and, at intermission, a fantastic spread of delicious desserts for the audience to enjoy. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 2 are free. Plan to come tonight at 7:00 p.m. or Saturday at 2:00 p.m. to the Henderson cafetorium. 

Tomorrow, 8:00 p.m.
Parents Night Out for Henderson

Henderson PTA logoTomorrow from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., join fellow Henderson parents at the annual Parents Night Out event. Take yourselves out to dinner at one of the participating restaurants in this flyer. After dinner, head to Viget, located above Four P's, to socialize with fellow parents. Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35 until 9:30 p.m.  

Sunday's Town Hall Series
Community Updates on Development

FCCPS logoCity sealThere are two major, linked developments planned for the George Mason and Mary Ellen Henderson campus area. Keep up with all the progress at Sunday's Town Hall Series meeting in the Community Center at 2:00 p.m. Learn about the West Falls Church Economic Development and the High School Campus project.

Plan Ahead
New Driver? Mandatory Session for Permits

George Mason school logoThe GMHS PE department is offering its third, and final, parent-driver education presentation of the year on Saturday, February 9th, at 10:00 a.m. in Room F003. Parents and students are required by the State to attend the sessions to receive permits for 16 and 17-year old driving students.
Seniors on the two swim teams
FCCPS Photo/Courtesy Ari Autor

Swim Teams
Undefeated in Season, Recognizing Seniors 

George Mason sports logoGeorge Mason Boys and Girls Swim teams have both completed the regular season undefeated! They head into the District Tournament tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center pool. Last Saturday in the break in the middle of the meet, the teams took time to recognize and celebrate their seniors. Front row, from leftAnnika Britton, Charlotte Gregory, Sophie Pittaluga, Manuela Cox, Sigrid Edson, (not pictured Sara Posey). Back row: Ryan Fry, Marko Hine, Hayden Abbott, TJ Roche, Adam Janicki, Matt Ng, (not pictured Jason Mueller). See all the Senior Night recognition photos here.

Arriving Today
Cultural Exchange Students from Beijing 

George Mason school logoA group of 19 students and two teachers from High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University in China will visit GMHS beginning today. There are 11 Mason host students and 12 day partners to help guide the guests to classes on Monday and Tuesday. The entire group will have a Chinese New Year celebration with the making of dumplings, "Tang Yuan," and tasting of Chinese New Year snacks on Monday after school in the Mustang Cafe.

GMHS Rebound Week

Bouncing Back after 1st Semester

George Mason school logoThis morning there will be a Pep Rally in GM's main gym to kick-off Rebound Week, a longstanding tradition to mark the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second. Today is Class Color Day: Freshmen - grey; Sophomores - white; Juniors - red; and Seniors - black.
Next week's themes are:
  + Monday 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 begins, Pep Rally - 9:43 a.m.
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School 
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
     + Beginning Band, Morning Concert in Gym - 8:00 a.m.
Extra Curricular  
  6:00 p.m. - JV Boys Basketball at Central-Woodstock (Map
  6:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball vs Central-Woodstock (GM Main)
  7:00 p.m. - Broadway Desserts (Henderson Cafetorium)
  7:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball at Central-Woodstock (Map
  7:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball vs Central-Woodstock (GM Main)


  9:00 a.m. - GM Learning Lounge (Rm A127)
  2:00 p.m. - Broadway Desserts (Henderson Cafetorium)
  2:00 p.m. - Boys & Girls Swim in District Tourney (Map)


  2:00 p.m. - Town Hall Meeting at Community Center (Map
     + Update on West Falls Church Development and High School Campus
Public Library program on Saturday
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