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The Joint George Mason/Mary Ellen Henderson Campus Steering Committee continued work today, discussing various ideas concerning the re-configuration of 34 acres for a new high school and commercial development.

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Nearly 50 new faculty members have arrived at Falls Church City Public Schools for a week's long orientation session.  This is the largest class of new instructional staff FCCPS has ever seen to lead the our growing student population.

On the first day of Personalized Learning Orientation, nearly 100 students and their parents attended Monday's three sessions. More than 20 more sessions are available between now and August 30th.

The 2014-2015 FCCPS Principals met together for a week of professional development sessions in preparation for the new school year.

GMHS student-athletes completed a summer training program provided by Body Dynamics. The eight-week strength and conditioning program was open to all GMHS athletes. Students focused on form and technique for speed and agility, strength and injury reduction.

There was a time the term "Summer School" would strike dread into the hearts of students.  But at George Mason High School more than a third of the student body is enrolled in this year's Summer Hybrid Learning Academy - and most of them asked to be there.  

Falls Church City Public Schools Food Services received top honors in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Food for Thought competition.

As you read this, probably most all of the George Mason Class of 2014 is - asleep.  180 seniors walked across the stage at DAR Constitution Hall before family, friends, and of course, their teachers before finally throwing their Mortar Boards high into the air - and quickly scurrying to get it back.

FCCPS Photo/Marybeth Connelly
When the George Mason Girls Soccer team began their unprecedented streak of Virginia State Championships forward Ava Roth was a 5th grader at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.  Now a junior, Ava kept the record going scoring both Mustang goals, including one from behind her back, in Mason's 2-1 title victory over Maggie Walker Governor's School. Great offense, greater defense, great team.

Starting this fall, the school day will begin later for most all Falls Church Public Schools. The moves come at the request of School Affiliate Organizations, including PTAs, who have been concerned with Mary Ellen Henderson's current 7:30 a.m. start time.

TJ students, teachers, and parents enjoyed an adventurous "World of Wonder" field day extravaganza. Students traveled through 16 stations such as the German Autobahn Race, Australian Kangaroo Hop, Italian Pasta Pull, Victoria Falls, and Volcano Country. Students had a blast, got soaked, and emerged better team members and friends.

Sara Corn, a 5th grader at TJ, was selected as winner of the AAA Safety Patrol of the Year. There are more than 35,000 safety patrols in this region. Sara was one of 13 students selected from Northern VA, Maryland and D.C. to receive this honor.

Mary Ellen Henderson seventh grade students visited Junior Achievement Finance Park, Friday, as part of their financial literacy coursework in Civics & Economics. Finance Park immerses students in the experience of being an adult for the day.

 
Thomas Jefferson fifth graders have been saying, 'Goodbye' to a multitude of butterflies they have nurtured since they were...well, caterpillars.  The 5th grade team purchased the butterfly habitats and supplies through a PTA grant.  

18 Mustang athletes are being honored in the 2014 All-Bull Run District Boys and Girls Soocer Teams including seniors Paul Darmstadter and Claire Trevisan taking top honors as First Team Players of the Year.

FCCPS Photo/Lisa Allan
Fourth grade students lately have been thinking about the ways in which we express ideas, feelings, beliefs, values - and (above) the symbols we use to be expressive and to communicate. This inquiry is part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme of studies.

Photo/Story by Carol Sly
The George Mason Girls Track team has won the 2014 Conference 35 Championship, and the Mason Boys were Conference runners up.

George Mason senior Sophie DeLeo has been nominated for a 'Cappie Award' for her vocal performance in the school's Fall musical, 'Oklahoma!'