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We want your feedback!

We are in the process of gathering feedback about the implementation of our Strategic Plan, Grading Policies, and the use of Major Time.  We invite you to share your feedback here to help us as we prepare for the 22-23 school year.

Major Pride! Our Theater Department is racking up the awards for Matilda.

Jess Shaw, our Theatre Teacher has been offered the chance to present on theatre curriculum at the 2022 Educational Theatre Association National Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  She’ll be presenting a workshop that explores developing student-centered project-based curriculum entitled "Creative Chaos: Student Voice and Choice in the Theatre Classroom".

The following students have been nominated for the following Cappies Awards: 

Props: Ervin Arquiza, Eva Cate Greek, Jaden Harris, Aubrey Kocen, & Crew

Female Vocalist: Yara Ammar

Yara Ammar has also been selected as a Brandon Victor Dixon Award finalist for Best Actress!

Congratulations to all our pyramid schools on an amazing Mount Vernon Pyramid Art Show! Congratulations to Mr. Rodriguez and the MVHS Orchestra!

They are hard at work preparing a commissioned piece Free Fall by Selena Ryan and are excited about giving the WORLD PREMIER on May 25th at our Spring Concert. Tickets to the concert are free, the event is open to the public. In addition to the concert, our students have also prepared an interactive “Free Fall” art collaboration headed up by Miss Gilliam and the IB Art courses. 

Check out our feature from News Channel 4:  https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-high-school-orchestra-to-perform-composition-written-just-for-them/3051187/

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander and Jewish Heritage Month

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

End of the Year Testing Dates

The end of the year is quickly approaching,  IB/AP and SOL testing is here.

IB/AP TESTING – IB/AP tests will continue to be administered until May 20th. Tests are scheduled to start at either 8:10am or 11:50am.  

SOL TESTING – SOL tests will be administered between May 10th and May 19th. Students have been emailed individualized test schedules (which includes testing dates, locations and times) to their @fcpsschools.net Gmail accounts. 

The complete testing calendar and schedules are posted on the school website and linked here

Adjusted Bell Schedule- On May 17th, 18th and 19th the bell schedule and lunch  will be adjusted for all students.  Students will only attend two classes.    

  • Tuesday, May 17 – 1st and 5th period only
  • Wednesday, May 18 – 4th and 2nd period only 
  • Thursday, May 19 – 8th and 7th period only 

Students will stay in their first Block until 10:40am.  They will then transition to their second block. Lunch will occur during that second block. There is a new lunch schedule for these testing days.  Students will find out what lunch they have from their teacher. 

Academy Students - Our adjusted bell schedule has been shared with our Academy Teachers.  Parents can excuse a student from Academy classes for SOL testing by contacting the Academy.  

  • Hayfield Cosmetology students and their parents/guardians may email their teacher directly Mrs. Janet Scheid [email protected] .
  • West Potomac’s bell schedule will remain unchanged, parents or guardians may call the attendance line 703-718-2750 or fill out the online attendance form: https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/attendance-form
  • Edison Academy students should email their Academy teacher to inform them they are remaining at their base school due to an altered schedule/SOL. 

A parent/guardian must also report their child’s absence via phone, email or electronic form.  Parents can call Edison’s attendance line at 703-924-8137 to report the absence, fill out the online attendance form at this link; https://edisonacademy.f  or send an email to [email protected].

Register for Dr. Reid’s Virtual Town Hall (May 17)

On Tuesday, May 17, incoming superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed.D. will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, from 7 to 8 p.m. Register online.

Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1. Stay informed about community engagement opportunities by visiting our website.

Trust Policy

The School Board voted to adopt the Trust Policy on April 28. The policy confirms the Board’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming space for all students and their families by aligning FCPS with Fairfax County’s Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy. This alignment ensures that FCPS students and families can access the school division’s benefits and services without fear that information will be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to federal immigration officials.

Spring Health and Safety

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and we understand families and staff have concerns and questions. Our commitment is to provide students with the education and support to help them succeed while maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. Our layered prevention strategies have served us well throughout this school year, and are fully supported by the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Virginia Health Departments. 

Vaccinations are available for school-age children five and up and are proven to reduce the severity of illness. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.

Currently, masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors. We encourage families and staff to consider wearing a mask when reports of COVID cases are high or if they or a family member is at high risk. CDC advises individuals to wear a mask when there is a lot of COVID in your community. See a full list of masking recommendations on the CDC website.

If Fairfax County transitions to high community level, FCPS will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors (except while actively eating/drinking) on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles). 

In alignment with the Code of Virginia, the parent/legal guardian of any child enrolled in an FCPS school may elect for such child to not wear a face covering while on school property (to include FCPS buildings). No reason or documentation will be necessary to elect for your child to not wear a mask.

One of the most important things we can all do is check for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to stop further spread from occurring. Employees are also advised to stay home and get tested when feeling sick.

The most up to date information is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document webpage. If you have questions or concerns unique to your child’s situation, please contact your school.  Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our schools safe and healthy so all our students have the opportunity for engaging in-person learning.

College and Career Center News

College and career Spanish 5-15-22

College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to college and university

Click this link to see who is still in USA and International accepting applications.

Future Force, June 4 and June 11th 

A two-day workshop series for local junior and senior high school students interested in careers in technology; One student will be selected to win a scholarship valued at $5000

To apply: click this link

 

Girls Fire and Rescue AcademyJune 21-24

Click Here for Application: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems - Applications are due on May 20th for this program that runs June 21-24th

 

Academic Success Week - Your Guide to Finals and Preventing Summer Slide

From May 15th to May 19th, The Princeton Review is hosting a series of online events, curated for 9th to 12th grade students, will include presentations as well as a new program called “The Digital SAT: What You Need to Know.” included is flyer here with clickable links to register for each event.

 

NOVA English Language (ESL) Placement and Registration Tuesday, May 10 at 9am or 4 pm for Summer & Fall Classes Where: Woodbridge campus, Bring a photo ID with you.  Please, children are not permitted.  Questions? Please email [email protected]FLYER HERE

FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance  

And scholarships are shared on College and Career Center Schoology Course             

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

JUNIORS WHO WANT TO PRACTICE FOR SAT   CLICK HERE

  • PLEASE begin using the Opportunity Scholarship to help Practice for the SAT

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOPEVERY MONDAY 3pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June.  Students will give and receive help finding and applying to various scholarships.   Working session, not a presentation.  Bring laptops! 

SHARED SCHOLARSHIPS (Click on scholarship, and encourage your senior to apply)

(No website, apply on Naviance)

*For any questions, please email Ms. Orr, College and Career Specialist, [email protected] *

Looking for Community Service Hours?

Please see attached flyer for more information on available community service hours. 

UC Flyer.pdf

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Dance Concert

On behalf of the Performing Arts Department, you are cordially invited to attend the Mount Vernon Dance Concert “Cultures and Creators” on tonight, May 13th at 7:00pm in the MVHS Little Theater. Please note that is this a correction to the date previously advertised.  

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Class of 2022 Carnival

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Volunteers Needed

The MVHS PTSA Senior Carnival committee is looking for volunteers who would be willing to support in any way possible the Senior Class Carnival on Friday June 3rd.  

If you are interested in supporting in anyway - please click on the following link for more information.

 

Senior Class Carnival Volunteers

 

We appreciate your support as we celebrate the Class of '22

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Mount Vernon Pyramid Art Show

On behalf of the Visual Art Department, you are cordially invited to attend the Mount Vernon Pyramid Art Show on Thursday, May 12th from 5:00pm-7:00pm in G100.

PTSA Post-Graduation Award

Attached is the application for one of three $500 post-graduation awards that will be given to graduating seniors.  Please submit the application along with the essay by May 31st.  There is a PTSA membership requirement, and you may already be a member if a parent or guardian signed up. If you are unsure, we can verify your status when you submit your application.  Awards will be given at the Senior Awards on June 3rd.

MVHS PTSA Post-Graduation Award Application.pdf

 

Sincerely,

Gary Gajewski

MVHS PTSA President 2021-22

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PTSA Meeting Tonight End of year Reflection with Principal Rogers

As we come to the end of another school year, We would like to invite you to join us tonight Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 6:30pm-7:30pm in G100.  We will reflect on this past school year and provide feedback on what is going well, what we want to preserve, and suggestions for improvement.  We hope to see you all there.

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End of year Reflection with Principal Rogers

As we come to the end of another school year, I would like to invite you to join us at the next PTSA meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 6:30pm- 7:30pm.  We will reflect on this past school year and provide feedback on what is going well, what we want to preserve, and suggestions for improvement.  I hope to see you all there. 

Major Pride!

Check out this amazing article about an opportunity of a lifetime for our Orchestra students. From Phoenix, Az., to Mount Vernon High School: The Performance of a Lifetime for Orchestra Students | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu)

Third Quarter Honor Roll Assembly

We are excited to announce our Third Quarter Honor Roll students.  Check out this video honoring them.

https://www.wevideo.com/view/2671315356

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Many people are and have experienced an increase in stress, isolation, and uncertainty which has had a huge impact on our well-being.  It is critical that we take care of our own well-being and support our friends and family.  Some suggestions for supporting mental health are maintaining positive relationships, being physically active, and staying present to enjoy all the wonderful things surrounding us.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) for parents

Mount Vernon’s Wellness team will be offering a one-day workshop for parents interested in learning more about ways to support students who exhibit or develop signs and symptoms of mental illness or emotional crisis.  You will learn a 5-step action plan: 

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm 
  2. Listen non-judgmentally
  3. Give reassurance and information 
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help 
  5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies 

The date is July 11th.  There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided

Parents may sign up using this Google Form

RISING SENIORS (Class of 2023)

Legacy, our new school photographer (https://seniors.legacystudios.com/), will be in the building to take senior portraits on May 26th and May 27th.  You can use the link below to sign up for a session.

https://seniors.legacystudios.com/mount-vernon-hs-alexandria-va/

Additional dates will be added; watch for future announcements.  Questions about senior pictures can be directed to Kellie Williams, [email protected].

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Let’s Keep Each Other Healthy

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online

End of the Year Testing Dates

The end of the year is quickly approaching, we are in the middle of IB/AP and SOL testing is right around the corner.

IB/AP TESTING – IB/AP tests will continue to be administered between April 28 and May 20. Tests are scheduled to start at either 8:10 am or 11:50 am.  See here for a complete list of IB exams and dates.  

SOL TESTING – SOL tests will be administered between May 10 and May 19. Students have been emailed individualized test schedules (which includes testing dates, locations and times) to their @fcpsschools.net Gmail accounts.

In order to accommodate testing space and staff proctoring, we are adjusting the bell schedule for the entire school on May 17, May 18, and May 19 to hold AM and PM testing sessions. On these days, there will only be two class periods per day.

 SOL Testing Schedule Summary
  • Tuesday, May 10 – Social Studies SOLs and Senior First Attempts
  • Tuesday, May 17 – 1st and 5th period only: Science SOLs (Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems)
  • Wednesday, May 18 – 4th and 2nd period only: Reading SOL
  • Thursday, May 19 – 8th and 7th period only: Math SOLs (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)
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College and career news 5-8-22 Spanish

College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to college and university

Click this link to see who is still in USA and International accepting applications.

 

POSSE FOUNDATION JUNIOR NOMINATIONS are open May 12th at 3pm

Interest Meeting May 12 at 3pm in the College and Career Center

  • This spring, Mount Vernon High School will nominate 10 Juniors to Posse Foundation: a scholarship competition for students to win free tuition at one of the partner colleges. 
  • This year, Virginia Posse is partnering with William and Mary and University of Virginia.
  • Any junior interested – come to the interest meeting on May 12th 3pm

Future Force, June 4 and June 11th 

A two-day workshop series for local junior and senior high school students interested in careers in technology; One student will be selected to win a scholarship valued at $5000

To apply: click this link

 

Girls Fire and Rescue AcademyJune 21-24

Click Here for Application: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems - Applications are due on May 20th for this program that runs June 21-24th

 

Academic Success Week - Your Guide to Finals and Preventing Summer Slide

From May 15th to May 19th, The Princeton Review is hosting a series of online events, curated for 9th to 12th grade students, will include presentations as well as a new program called “The Digital SAT: What You Need to Know.” included is flyer here with clickable links to register for each event.

 

NOVA English Language (ESL) Placement and Registration Tuesday, May 10 at 9am or 4 pm for Summer & Fall Classes Where: Woodbridge campus, Bring a photo ID with you.  Please, children are not permitted.  Questions? Please email [email protected]FLYER HERE

INTERNSHIPS

FCPS IT Internship Program is NOW accepting applicants 2022-2023 school year! (HS)

Interested students should visit the FCPS IT Internship website to learn more about these positions before applying. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted by the deadline on Monday, May 9, 2022.

  • Who Qualifies? Rising FCPS Juniors and Seniors and pending/recent FCPS graduates who plan to stay in the area.
  • How many openings are there? There are five different paid positions students can apply for and serve as official FCPS employees.
FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance  

And scholarships are shared on College and Career Center Schoology Course             

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

JUNIORS WHO WANT TO PRACTICE FOR SAT   CLICK HERE

  • PLEASE begin using the Opportunity Scholarship to help Practice for the SAT

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOPEVERY MONDAY 3pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June.  Students will give and receive help finding and applying to various scholarships.   Working session, not a presentation.  Bring laptops! 

SHARED SCHOLARSHIPS (Click on scholarship, and encourage your senior to apply) (No website, apply on Naviance)

*For any questions, please email Ms. Orr, College and Career Specialist, [email protected] *

MVHS PTSA Senior Carnival Committee

The MVHS PTSA Senior Carnival committee is looking for volunteers who would be willing to support in any way possible the Senior Class Carnival on Friday June 3rd.  Anyone interested in helping out - please click on the following link.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054aacac2ca13-class

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2nd-6th is teacher appreciation week!  Please help us in celebrating all of our dedicated educators and the amazing work they do for and with our students and families. 

Morning Attendance Notifications

Dear MVHS Families, 

Morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails are suspended until June 10. Many of our students are involved in AP and SOL testing and are in designated testing sites during our normal attendance-taking time.  Evening attendance notification will continue.  Parents and guardians continue to use the normal absence reporting.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 703-619-3100.

Thank you,

Principal Rogers

Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

The following was shared with families and staff on April 27th. Please re-share with your community and staff as needed.

Dear MVHS Families,

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

Fairfax County Public Schools

Class of 2022 Carnival Volunteer Sign up

The MVHS PTSA Grad Party Committee has been working hard to organize a day of fun and celebration for the Class of 2022 Seniors, and is in need of support and volunteers.  If you are interested in supporting the PTSA committee to provide an outstanding experience for the senior class, please click on the link below.  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054aacac2ca13-class

Class of 2022 Senior Parent-Council Mtg Save the date - Thursday, May 12th 6:30pm MVHS Library Class of 2024 T-shirts

The Class of 2024 is selling the sophomore class shirts until the end of the year!  Shirts are $8 cash or check (payable to Mount Vernon High School). Stop by the 2024 Sub School for more details!

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

College and Career Center News Attention Seniors, MVHS and FCPS want to Celebrate Your Plans!

May 1st is National Decision day, we want to flood social media with all of the wonderful things our seniors are doing.  Tag us @MVMAJORS and @MVHS2022.  Use the hashtags:   #FCPSclassof2022 and #celebrateyourplan

On Monday, May 2nd,  MVHS will celebrate our seniors in front of the Career Center.  Using the theme “Follow your dreams into the galaxy ” each senior will be given a star to sign with their name and plan for after high school.  Students who are still unsure, please see your school counselor, Ms. Orr in the Career center or check out https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/college-and-career-resources/home for college and career resources (fcpsschool.net account required)

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to college and university

Click this link to see schools in the USA and Internationally still accepting applications.

 NOVA APPLICATION SUPPORT FOR SENIORS – during all lunches May 5th

NOVA admissions counselor - Ms. Torkornoo, and FAFSA champion - Ms. Rowsey will both be in front of the cafeteria helping seniors with NOVA and FAFSA/VASA applications. 

POSSE FOUNDATION JUNIOR NOMINATIONS open May 12th at 3pm

Interest Meeting May 12th at 3pm in the College and Career Center.  This spring, Mount Vernon High School will nominate 10 Juniors to Posse Foundation:  a scholarship competition for students to win free tuition at one of the partner colleges.  This year, Virginia Posse is partnering with William and Mary and University of Virginia.  

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy June 21-24

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy

Future Force, June 4 and June 11th

Future Force

A two-day workshop series for local junior and senior high school students interested in careers in technology; One student will be selected to win a scholarship valued at $5000.  To apply: click this link

Click Here for Application: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems Applications are due on May 20th for this program that runs June 21-24th

INTERNSHIPS FCPS IT Internship Program is NOW accepting applicants for the 2022-2023 school year! (HS)

Interested students should visit the FCPS IT Internship website to learn more about these positions before applying. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted by the deadline on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Who Qualifies? Rising FCPS Juniors and Seniors and pending/recent FCPS graduates who plan to stay in the area.

How many openings are there? There are five different paid positions students can apply for and serve as official FCPS employees.

FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance  

And scholarships are shared on College and Career Center Schoology Course      

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

JUNIORS WHO WANT TO PRACTICE FOR SAT   CLICK HERE

  • PLEASE begin using the Opportunity Scholarship to help Practice for the SAT

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOPEVERY MONDAY 3pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June.  Students will give and receive help finding and applying to various scholarships.   Working session, not a presentation.  Bring laptops! 

SHARED SCHOLARSHIPS (Click on scholarship, and encourage your senior to apply)

(No website, apply on Naviance)

*For any questions, please email Ms. Orr, College and Career Specialist, [email protected] *

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Mr. Alan Schwalb Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

You are cordially invited to celebrate the memory of our beloved Mr. Alan Schwalb at Mount Vernon High School.  This celebration will take place on Thursday, April 28th at 3:30pm.  Please use the google form below to RSVP for this event.  Feel free to forward this to all you think may want to attend.  

  RSVP for Mr. Alan Schwalb’s Memorial Celebration

In honor and celebration of Mr.Schwalb we are asking that you share a quote or favorite memory of him with us.  These will be shared at the celebration. Please use the link below.  

Favorite Quote or Memory of Alan Schwalb

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3rd Quarter Virtual Honor Roll Assembly

Our 3rd Quarter Virtual Honor Roll Assembly will take place, Monday, May 2nd at 6:00pm.  Honor Roll students and families will receive additional information about the ceremony.  Certificates will be provided during Major Time.

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Majors celebrated Autism Awareness by “Lighting it Up Blue” MVHS Staff supports our Military-Connected students and families! #PurpleUpforMilitaryKids 2022 MVHS West Point LEADS STEM Workshop

On Friday, April 22, students from Mount Vernon High School and Whitman Middle School had the opportunity to participate in a free Leadership Ethics and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) conference sponsored by West Point and the Chick-fil-a Foundation.  

During this full day conference our students participated in workshops led by West Point and Howard University ROTC Cadets. In addition to the fun and engaging workshops our students and staff received words of welcome, inspiration and had the opportunity to interact with several distinguished guests and presenters.  Below are a few of our guests:  

  • Mr. Joe Alexander, Senior Executive Service, Army Research Lab, DEVCOM 
  • 1LT Simone Askew is a Rhode Scholar and First African American Woman First Captain for the US Corps of Cadets
  • Major Karl Davis,  Major Carlton Jones and Dr. Anelyn Purifoy
  • Dr. Debra Yourick, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) 
  • 1LT Nailah King, West Point Admissions

LTG-R Leslie Smith, : LMI Board of Directors and former Inspector General of the US Army

AP/IB and SOL Testing Dates

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means that IB/AP and SOL testing is right around the corner.

IB/AP TESTING – IB/AP tests will be administered between April 28th and May 20th. Tests are scheduled to start at either 8:10am or 11:50am.

SOL TESTING – SOL tests will be administered between May 10th and May 19th. Students will be emailed individualized test schedules (which includes testing dates, locations and times) to their @fcpsschools.net Gmail accounts. In order to accommodate testing space and staff proctoring, we are adjusting the bell schedule for the entire school on May 17th, May 18th, and May 19th to hold AM and PM testing sessions.  On these days, there will only be two class periods per day.  We are currently in the process of finalizing the bell schedule.

SOL Testing Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 10 – Social Studies SOLs and Senior First Attempts
  • Tuesday, May 17 – 1st and 5th period only: Science SOLs (Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems)
  • Wednesday, May 18 – 4th and 2nd period only: Reading SOL
  • Thursday, May 19 – 8th and 7th period only: Math SOLs (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

3rd Quarter Virtual Honor Roll Assembly

Our 3rd Quarter Virtual Honor Roll Assembly will take place, Monday, May 22, 2022 at 6:00pm.  Honor Roll students and families will receive additional information about the ceremony.  Certificates will be provided during Major Time.

College and Career Center News

College and Career News Spanish

College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

MVHS SPRING JOB FAIR

Saturday, April 30th 9:30am-1:30pm

Located in the Mount Vernon Hall of Fame at MVHS

For all students, including our graduating seniors

CLICK HERE FOR FLYER – to learn more

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to college and university

Click this link to see who is still in USA and International accepting applications.

Virtual College and Career Fair by Army Child and Youth Services April 28th

To Register Click Here Opportunities in post-secondary education, leadership, and careers

 

NOVA Virtual GMU ADVANCE INFO SESSIONS for students and families

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.- “Advance” Session in English: Zoom link

Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.- “Advance” Session in Spanish: Zoom link

FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO MILITARY ACADEMIES

Virginia Congresswoman Wexler - VA-10 Academy Day 2022 April 30th 10am

Representatives from the Service academies will be there to answer questions and go over the application process.  FOR ALL INFO CLICK HERE

CAREER EXPLORATION

Virtual Exploring Physicians Assistant Session April 26th @ 3pm Sign up Here

How are PA’s different from doctors, nurses, and other staff and why such a great career?

  • Are you interested in healthcare, nursing, or medicine? Come learn about becoming a Physician’s Assistant, a very prestigious in demand occupation in the USA.

Speaker: Dr. Sapre, MSc, PA-C, CAQ-EM practices emergency medicine in Falls Church, Virginia.

INTERNSHIPS

Urban Alliance - Lunch Blocks   April 25th Monday! Rescheduled from April 19th

For Flyer, Click Here. During Lunch blocks, Urban Alliance will go over summer and senior year internships, and share applications with junior and seniors. 

 

FCPS IT Internship Program is NOW accepting applicants 2022-2023 school year! (HS)

Interested students should visit the FCPS IT Internship website to learn more about these positions before applying. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted by the deadline on Monday, May 9, 2022.

  • Who Qualifies? Rising FCPS Juniors and Seniors and pending/recent FCPS graduates who plan to stay in the area.
  • How many openings are there? There are five different paid positions students can apply for and serve as official FCPS employees.
TUITION FREE OFFER FOR SENIORS

NOVA JumpStart2NOVA Application Closes at 5pm on April 29th

  • Who/What: Qualified seniors graduating this spring may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition
  • When/How: Classes offered through NOVA Online and run May 31st through August 8th, 2022.
  • Students are required to pay for textbooks or other course materials.
FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance  

And scholarships are shared on College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

JUNIORS WHO WANT TO PRACTICE FOR SAT   CLICK HERE

  • PLEASE begin using the Opportunity Scholarship to help Practice for the SAT

SAVE THE DATE - FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00pm

Virtual Financial Aid Night for Region 3 – Wed, 4/27 at 7:00pm.  A link will be shared soon.

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOPEVERY MONDAY 3:00pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June.  Students will give and receive help finding and applying to various scholarships.   Working session, not a presentation.  Bring laptops! 

SHARED SCHOLARSHIPS

(Click on scholarship, and encourage your senior to apply)

The Rotary Club of Alexandria April 29th

Alfred Street Baptist Church FoundationApril 30th

Emily and Fred Ruffing ACCA ScholarshipApril 30th to Ms. Orr

Horatio Alger Association ScholarshipsJune 15th

*For any questions, please email Ms. Orr, College and Career Specialist, [email protected] *

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Mt. Vernon Pyramid Schools

Hello MVHS Community,

I am Beth Mohaupt, the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Mt. Vernon pyramid schools. I can be reached at [email protected] with any questions regarding substances or substance use concerns. We have a few events that are happening over the next couple of weeks:

DEA Drug Take Back Event

Saturday, April 29th is National Drug Take Back Day. Bring your unused medications (over the counter and prescriptions) for proper disposal. Mt. Vernon Police Department is hosting the event from 10am-2pm for the MVHS area, but other drop sites are also available in the county. I will be there providing information and support for the event, so stop by and say hi (don’t forget to bring your unused meds!).  The flyer for the Drug Take Back Event and sites can be found here

FCPS and Fairfax County Government Partnering to Provide Substance Abuse Webinars on April 20, 26, 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 20, April 26, and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.
  • In-depth opioid information.
  • Reasons why youth use substances.
  • Ways parents can support their children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online

.Youth Substance Use Trends Event - English

Youth Substance Abuse Trends - Spanish

Girls Fire And Rescue Academy Applications due May 20

Please see attached flyer for more details on Girls Fire and Rescue Academy.

girls-academy-2022

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Leading Ladies Global Inheritance Leading Ladies Global Inheritance

Our mission is to create a pathway for under served high school females to reach their potential through STEM education,internships, and leadership development training.

The Leading Ladies Initiative provides students between10th -12th grades an opportunity to break the barriers of women entering the STEM industry through a work-based learning program. During the program students will experience first-hand how STEM is applied in various careers and gain an understanding of how both high school course selection and college preparedness equips you for a STEM career.

www.globalinheritance.net

[email protected]

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Good Afternoon Major Families, 

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! This month we are celebrating the rich diversity of our community to include Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Autism Awareness Month, and Month of the Military Child. We hope you all are enjoying these celebrations with your family.  

As we wind down the school year, we are in the process of reflecting on what has gone well and opportunities for growth.  It is important to us that we hear from you as we plan for the future.  We will offer an opportunity for families to provide feedback in May, but we would like to begin to collect that feedback here.  

As a follow up to our parent presentation on recognizing and preventing substance abuse, we have provided lessons during our advisory period (Major Time) for all students. We are also following up with 10th grade students during Health and PE to discuss the impact of substance abuse on the brain, addiction, and dispel myths associated with substance abuse.  If you have not had an opportunity, I implore you to review the recording of the meeting facilitated by Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist here. 

We are also celebrating wellness this month and hope you and your family engage in some of the self-care activities we’ve shared today and every day.  We also celebrated our amazing administrators this week so please be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them.

With Major Pride, 

Principal Rogers

Major Pride!

The Breaking Through event through Genesys Works is celebrating the work of the Young Professionals in the class of 2022 and have selected MVHS as the 2022 “School Partner of the Year."  We are grateful to our student services department for their work with our students in providing these opportunities. 

Congratulations to Keira Wankowski and Keely Bailey-Parsley for  winning  2nd place in the VATE's Literacy Explosion book cover category.

Congratulations to the following Majors who have been chosen for

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Purple Team Spirit Week Month of the Military Child Virtual College and Career Fair WEST POINT LEADS CONFERENCE AT MVHS

For Sophomores and Juniors, and Families

April 22nd 8:30am-2:30pm at MVHS

Featuring a Parent/Educator Workshop 11:00am to 1:30pm

Students are exposed to leadership, ethics and STEM.  

Earn Prizes/Gift Cards and Lunch is provided by Chick Fil A

Check out these clips from previous years.  We are very excited to welcome this amazing program exclusively to MVHS students.   

West Point LEADS Workshop by West Point

West Point LEADS Video Created By Howard University Students

West Point LEADS Workshop Promo

Click Here to Register 

Registration closes 3:00pm Wednesday, April 20th

Wellness Week 4/18/22-4/22/22

Please see a list of activities available for students to participate in below.  Registration required for activities during Major Time.

2022 Flash Forward

2022 Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families. 

When:  Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where:  W.T. Woodson High School (Cafeteria A & B)

             9525 Main Street, Fairfax VA 22031

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services for a FREE in-person workshop!  Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school. Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment, community programs, and services will be available. 

Schedule

6:30 – 7:30      Information Tables

7:30 – 7:45      Overview of Postsecondary Options

7:45 – 8:30      Breakout Sessions

Register online NOW!

https://bit.ly/3tqFfBv

MVHS Theatre Arts presents   Matilda the Musical Prom Tickets on Sale

The Class of 2023 is hosting prom at The Torpedo Factory on May 6th, and we would love it if you could help!  There are opportunities to assist with set up from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and shifts available to chaperone.  If you can help us on May 6, please use this Sign Up Genius to let us know!  Please contact Karen Boyd, [email protected], with questions. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AA8A82EA5FDC43-mvhs

College and Career Center News

Noticias del Centro Universitario y Profesional 16/04/2022

College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

WEST POINT LEADS CONFERENCE AT MVHS

For Sophomores and Juniors, and Families

April 22nd 8:30-2:30 at MVHS

Featuring a Parent/Educator Workshop 11:00am to 1:30pm

Students exposed to leadership and organization in STEM careers

Earn Prizes/Gift Cards and Lunch is provided Click Here to Register

Registration closes 3:00pm Wednesday, April 20th

MVHS SPRING JOB FAIR

Saturday, April 30th 9:30am-1:30pm 

Located in the Mount Vernon Hall of Fame at MVHS

For all students, including our graduating seniors

CLICK HERE FOR FLYER – to learn more

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to colleges and universities

Click this link to see who is still in USA and International accepting applications.

NOVA

NOVA Information Session for FCPS Students and Families April 20th

NOVA is hosting a virtual information session specifically for FCPS seniors and their families to learn about opportunities, services, and resources at NOVA. Students interested in or considering NOVA are encouraged to attend.  For questions, contact: [email protected]                     

Click Link for Flyer and to Register

NOVA APPLICATION SUPPORT FOR SENIORS – during lunch blocks April 21st

NOVA admissions and FAFSA champion - Ms. Rowsey - in front of cafeteria helping seniors with NOVA and FAFSA/VASA applications. 

  • Please mark your calendar if you’re a senior and need to apply to NOVA or financial aid for Fall 2022.

NOVA Virtual GMU ADVANCE INFO SESSIONS for students and families

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.- “Advance” Session in English: Zoom link

Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.- “Advance” Session in Spanish: Zoom link

FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO MILITARY ACADEMIES:­­­­­

  • US Senator Mark Warner - Academy Day 2022 April 23rd 10am-12:30pm

Families interested in attending please email: [email protected] to be added to the invitation distribution list. This session will be held virtually on April 23rd.

This is an excellent session to hear about the application procedures for congressional nominations to the academies as well as speakers

  • Virginia Congresswoman Wexler - VA-10 Academy Day 2022 April 30th 10am

Representatives from the Service academies will be there to answer questions and go over the application process.  FOR ALL INFO CLICK HERE

CAREER EXPLORATION

Becoming a Judge or Law Clerk - Why Become One? April 21st at 3:30pm

Enter at MVHS Door 1– All families and staff welcome - to sign up, click HERE

The Honorable John Tran, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge, with Samantha E. Lewis, Judicial Law Clerk to The Hon. Carroll A. Weimer, Jr. Prince William County Circuit Court 

  • This is a great (and rare) opportunity to get up close with our county judge

Virtual Exploring Physicians Assistant Session April 26th @ 3:00pm Sign up Here

How are PA’s different from doctors, nurses, and other staff and why such a great career?  

  • Are you interested in healthcare, nursing, or medicine? Come learn about becoming a Physician’s Assistant, a very prestigious in demand occupation in the USA. 

Speaker: Dr. Sapre, MSc, PA-C, CAQ-EM practices emergency medicine in Falls Church, Virginia.

INTERNSHIPS

Urban Alliance - Lunch Blocks   April 19th 11am-1:30pm

For Flyer, Click Here. During Lunch blocks, Urban Alliance will go over summer and senior-year internships, and share applications with junior and seniors.

TUITION FREE OFFER FOR SENIORS

NOVA JumpStart2NOVA Application Closes at 5pm on April 29th

  • Who/What: Qualified seniors graduating this spring may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition.
  • When/How: All classes offered through NOVA Online and run May 31st through August 8th, 2022. Students are required to pay for textbooks or other course materials.
FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance  

And scholarships are shared on College and Career Center Schoology Course             

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

JUNIORS WHO WANT TO PRACTICE FOR SAT   CLICK HERE

  • PLEASE begin using the Opportunity Scholarship to help Practice for the SAT

SAVE THE DATE - FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00pm

Virtual Financial Aid Night for Region 3 – Wed, 4/27 at 7:00pm.  A link will be shared soon.

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP

EVERY MONDAY 3:00pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June.  Students will give and receive help finding and applying to various scholarships.   

Working session, not a presentation.  Bring laptops! 

SHARED SCHOLARSHIPS

(Click on scholarship for link, and encourage your senior to apply)

Mount Vernon Lee Chamber BusinessApril 23rd

The Brain Initiative ChallengeApril 25th

Alfred Street Baptist Church FoundationApril 30th

Emily and Fred Ruffing ACCA ScholarshipApril 30th to Ms. Orr

Horatio Alger Association ScholarshipsJune 15th

*For any questions, please email Ms. Orr, College and Career Specialist, [email protected] *

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Major Pride!

Congratulations to our 2022 Atlantic Indoor Associations silver medalists! We are so proud of our Winter Guard Majors!

Environment EXPO

Come out to Fort Hunt Park on Saturday, April 23rd between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for the 4th Annual Mount Vernon District Environment Expo. This FREE family-friendly festival will feature loads of activities and exhibitors sharing information about climate action, environmental challenges we face and solutions we can participate in to make Fairfax County, and the world at large, a healthier, more sustainable place.

Attendees will be treated to workshops, live music, live reptile and owl demonstrations, nature walks, giveaways, solar cooking and robot demonstrations, and more. Learn more online and mark your calendar for this fantastic event!

Expo Flyer 2022 - bilingual.pdf

Programming Flyer 2022 - bilingual.pdf

Please mark your calendars with the below important dates.

RSVP for our beloved Alan Schwalb's Memorial Ceremony

You are cordially invited to celebrate the memory of our beloved Mr. Alan Schwalb at Mount Vernon High School.  This celebration will take place on Thursday, April 28th at 3:30pm.  Please use the google form below to RSVP for this event.

 RSVP for Mr. Alan Schwalb’s Memorial Celebration:

https://forms.gle/ZskxrxUwGqRdiNWP8

College and Career Center News

College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

MVHS JOB FAIR

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 30th 9:30am-1:30pm

MVHS Job Fair for MVHS Students at MVHS

MORE DETAIL COMING SOON!

CAREER EXPLORATION

Becoming a Judge and What/Who is Law Clerk and Why Do I Want to Become One? 

April 22, 2022 at 3:30pm at MVHS enter Door 1

All families and staff welcome

The Honorable John Tran, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge, with Samantha E. Lewis, Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Carroll A. Weimer, Jr. Prince William County Circuit Court.

This is a great and rare opportunity to get up close and personal with our county judge and judicial clerk To sign up to attend, click HERE.

Virtual Exploring Physicians Assistant Session 4/26/22 @ 3pm

Sign up here

How are PA’s different from doctors, nurses, and other staff and why such a great career?

Are you interested in healthcare, nursing, or medicine? Come learn about becoming a Physician’s Assistant, a very prestigious in demand occupation in the USA.

Speaker: Dr. Sapre, MSc, PA-C, CAQ-EM practices emergency medicine in Falls Church, Virginia.  She has 10 years of experience as a PA with previous experience in neurosurgery and interventional pain medicine.

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to colleges and universities click this link to see who in the USA and International are still accepting applications.

West Point Leads Conference at MVHS for Sophomores April 22nd 8:30am-2:30pm at MVHS SIGN UP HERE password: 2022ncr

Are you interested in leading an organization one day, or building your leadership skills now?  Are you interested in a career in STEM?  If you said yes to either of these questions, the West Point LEADS Workshop is for you! The workshop will take place here at MVHS on Friday April 22 from 8:30am-2:30pm. Please view this linked flyer for more details.  This will be a good program.

NOVA Virtual Information Sessions for FCPS Students and Families April 20th

NOVA is hosting information sessions specifically for FCPS seniors and their families to learn about opportunities, services, and resources at NOVA. Students interested in or considering NOVA are encouraged to attend. For questions, contact: [email protected].  Click Link for Flyer and to register.

NOVA Virtual GMU ADVANCE INFO SESSIONS for Region 3 students and families Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00pm

“Advance” Program Information Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm

Session in English: Zoom link

Session in Spanish: Zoom link

US Senator Mark Warner - Academy Day 2022 April 23rd 10am-12:30pm

This session will be held virtually on April 23rd. Families interested in attending please email: [email protected] to be added to the invitation distribution list. This is an excellent session to hear from representatives from the Virginia congressional delegation about the application procedures for congressional nomination to the academies as well as speakers.

INTERNSHIPS

Urban Alliance - Major Time and Lunch Blocks

April 11th, 9:30am-1:30pm and April 19th 11:00am-1:30pm – just lunch blocks for Flyer, Click Here. During Major time in the College and Career Center UA will go over summer and senior year internships, and will have a table in front of Cafeteria during lunch blocks for both days, Click here to Sign up for this session during Major Time and get a pass.

TRAINING APPRENTICE

Alexandria Seaport Foundation April 13, 3:30pm, Virtual Session Sign up here Ms. Seifert, Executive Director will be virtual talking to seniors about an apprentice program with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation - Excellent choice for grads who would like to get training in carpentry, construction, marine work and as seaport staff.

TUITION FREE OFFER FOR SENIORS

NOVA JumpStart2NOVA Application Closes at 5pm on April 29th NOVA is pleased to announce JumpStart2NOVA for summer 2022.

  • Who/What: Qualified seniors graduating this spring may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition?
  • When/How: All classes will be offered through NOVA Online and run May 31st through August 8th, 2022. Students are required to pay for textbooks or other course materials.
FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SNAPSHOT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance

And community scholarships are on College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

 

SAVE THE DATE - FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm

Virtual Financial Aid Night for Region 3 – Wed, 4/27 at 7pm. A link will be shared soon.

 

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP– EVERY MONDAY 3pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June. Students will give and receive help applying to various scholarships.

Working session, not a presentation. Bring laptops!

 

SHARED COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

(Please click on scholarship for link, and encourage your seniors to apply)

Prom Dress Pop-Up at West Potomac High School

West Potomac High School is having a Prom Dress Pop-Up Shop on 

Saturday, April 16, 10:00am- 3:00pm

For more information please see flyer below.

West Potomac Prom Dress Pop Up Shop

8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria VA 22309 |  Phone: 703.619.3100
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Dear Major Families, 

Happy Spring Break!  I hope you and your families find time to reconnect, enjoy the somewhat-spring like weather, and recharge.  It is hard to believe that we are coming to the close of another quarter, but here we are.  As we wind the school year down, we are preparing many end of the year celebrations such as graduation, awards ceremonies, and lots of fun!  We are also working hard with students to stay the course to prevent “senioritis” and overall apathy. This is an important time for students and we encourage you to engage in conversations with your children about goals they have to finish strong and specific actions they need to take to accomplish those goals.  

Remember, life is about balance so this is a great time to get the rest and peace we all need. 

Principal Rogers

Farewell Mr. Steele, Ms. Ashley and Mrs. Jordan

Prior to Spring Break we said our farewells to Mr. Derek Steele, Ms. Janice Ashley, and Mrs. Mary Beth Jordan who are now happily retired.  We would like to thank them for their service, commitment, support and love for MVHS!  They will truly be missed, and we wish you the absolute best in your retirement.

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

College and Career Center News

college and career news en espanol

College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

MVHS JOB FAIR

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 30th 9:30am-1:30pm

MVHS Job Fair for MVHS Students at MVHS

MORE DETAIL COMING SOON!

COLLEGE FAIR

NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL COLLEGE FAIR April 7th, 6:30-8:30pm at GMU for all information - Make connections with over 200 institutions nationwide. Bring all questions for admissions teams. Click that link for all information.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Becoming a Judge and What/Who is Law Clerk and Why Do I Want to Become One? 

April 22, 2022 at 3:30pm at MVHS enter Door 1

All families and staff welcome

The Honorable John Tran, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge, with Samantha E. Lewis, Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Carroll A. Weimer, Jr. Prince William County Circuit Court.

This is a great and rare opportunity to get up close and personal with our county judge and judicial clerk To sign up to attend, click HERE.

Virtual Exploring Physicians Assistant Session 4/26/22 @ 3pm

Sign up Here

How are PA’s different from doctors, nurses, and other staff and why such a great career?

Are you interested in healthcare, nursing, or medicine? Come learn about becoming a Physician’s Assistant, a very prestigious in demand occupation in the USA.

Speaker: Dr. Sapre, MSc, PA-C, CAQ-EM practices emergency medicine in Falls Church, Virginia.  She has 10 years of experience as a PA with previous experience in neurosurgery and interventional pain medicine.

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

Seniors continuing applications to colleges and universities click this link to see who in the USA and International are still accepting applications.

West Point Leads Conference at MVHS for Sophomores April 22nd 8:30am-2:30pm at MVHS SIGN UP HERE password: 2022ncr

Are you interested in leading an organization one day, or building your leadership skills now?  Are you interested in a career in STEM?  If you said yes to either of these questions, the West Point LEADS Workshop is for you! The workshop will take place here at MVHS on Friday April 22 from 8:30am-2:30pm. Please view this linked flyer for more details.  This will be a good program.

JUNIOR DAY AT GMU April 5th 10am-2pm, hosted by GMU.  GMU Invitation for High School Juniors to visit, tour, hear from admissions, faculty and learn life at Mason.  To Register CLICK HERE.

NOVA Virtual Information Sessions for FCPS Students and Families April 20th

NOVA is hosting information sessions specifically for FCPS seniors and their families to learn about opportunities, services, and resources at NOVA. Students interested in or considering NOVA are encouraged to attend. For questions, contact: [email protected]Click Link for Flyer and to register.

NOVA Virtual GMU ADVANCE INFO SESSIONS for Region 3 students and families Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00pm

“Advance” Program Information Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm

Session in English: Zoom link

Session in Spanish: Zoom link

US Senator Mark Warner - Academy Day 2022 April 23rd 10am-12:30pm

This session will be held virtually on April 23rd. Families interested in attending please email: [email protected] to be added to the invitation distribution list. This is an excellent session to hear from representatives from the Virginia congressional delegation about the application procedures for congressional nomination to the academies as well as speakers.

INTERNSHIPS

Urban Alliance - Major Time and Lunch Blocks

April 11th, 9:30am-1:30pm and April 19th 11:00am-1:30pm – just lunch blocks for Flyer, Click Here. During Major time in the College and Career Center UA will go over summer and senior year internships, and will have a table in front of Cafeteria during lunch blocks for both days, Click here to Sign up for this session during Major Time and get a pass.

TRAINING APPRENTICE

Alexandria Seaport Foundation April 13, 3:30pm, Virtual Session Sign up here Ms. Seifert, Executive Director will be virtual talking to seniors about an apprentice program with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation - Excellent choice for grads who would like to get training in carpentry, construction, marine work and as seaport staff.

TUITION FREE OFFER FOR SENIORS

NOVA JumpStart2NOVA Application Closes at 5pm on April 29th NOVA is pleased to announce JumpStart2NOVA for summer 2022.

  • Who/What: Qualified seniors graduating this spring may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition?
  • When/How: All classes will be offered through NOVA Online and run May 31st through August 8th, 2022. Students are required to pay for textbooks or other course materials.
FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SNAPSHOT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance

And community scholarships are on College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G27S276SST

 

SAVE THE DATE - FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm

Virtual Financial Aid Night for Region 3 – Wed, 4/27 at 7pm. A link will be shared soon.

 

WEEKLY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP– EVERY MONDAY 3pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June. Students will give and receive help applying to various scholarships.

Working session, not a presentation. Bring laptops!

 

SHARED COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

(Please click on scholarship for link, and encourage your seniors to apply)

Prom Dress Pop-Up at West Potomac High School

West Potomac High School is having a Prom Dress Pop-Up Shop on 

Saturday, April 16, 10:00am- 3:00pm

For more information please see flyer below.

West Potomac Prom Dress Pop Up Shop

8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria VA 22309 |  Phone: 703.619.3100
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Majors achieve and thrive together with purpose and pride!

MAJOR PRIDE!!

What a wonderful way to celebrate “Music in our Schools Month”! The MVHS Sinfonia Orchestra (Intermediate Ensemble) scored a rating of “Excellent” from all judges for their stage performance and earned an incredible rating of “Superior” in the sight reading room. Our MVHS Chamber Orchestra (Advanced Ensemble) earned “Straight Is,” or, a rating of “Superior” from all judges both on stage and in the sight reading room. This achievement by Chamber Orchestra, coupled with the “Superior” ratings earned by our MVHS Symphonic Winds and the MVHS Madrigal Singers means that for the first time in a very long time, Mount Vernon High School has won the “Blue Ribbon Award” from the Virginia Music Educators Association. The distinction of a “Blue Ribbon School” is only presented to high school music programs in the Commonwealth whose top groups from all three disciplines (band, orchestra, and chorus) earn overall Superior Rankings at district concert assessment. Musical excellence abounds on Old Mount Vernon Road! We are so proud of our Majors Musicians and our outstanding teachers, Richard Bacz, Al Rodriguez, and Kevin Lackie.

Recording of Substance Abuse Prevention Session

Thank you all for joining us for Lunch with Principal Rogers.  We were joined by Ms. Elizabeth Mohaupt, our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist who shared a very informative presentation called, Drug Trends in Teens: Hiding in Plain Sight. For those who were not able to join us, you can review the recording here.  We look forward to continuing to partner with you to ensure our Majors are safe and thriving.

End of Third Quarter Two Hour Early Release, Teacher Workday and Spring Break

Third quarter ends on Thursday, March 31, 2022 with a two-hour early release for students and teacher workday on Friday, April 1st.

Spring break is April 4th - 8th, 2022. The building will be closed during Spring Break.  Report cards will be available to parents in SIS on Saturday, April 16th and mailed home on Tuesday, April 19th.

Pre-Spring Break Spirit Week MVHS Food Pantry Event

Date: Thursday, March 31st

Time: 11:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Mount Vernon High School, Door #5, Back of School

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

College and Career Center News FAMILY MILITARY NIGHT

3/29 at 6pm – at West Springfield High School

Come and learn about military service and post-secondary educational opportunities To view Flyer with details, Click HERE Please fill out Google Doc if you plan to attend

(Must do so through your student’s fcpsschools.net account)

MVHS JOB FAIR

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 30th 9:30am-1:30pm

MVHS Job Fair for Students

MORE DETAIL COMING SOON!

COLLEGE FAIR

NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGIONAL COLLEGE FAIR April 7th, 6:30-8:30pm at GMU For all information - Make connections with over 200 institutions nationwide. Bring all questions for admissions teams. Click that link for all information.

COLLEGE and CAREER PLANNING

JUNIOR DAYS AT GMU April 5th 10am-2pm at GMU, hosted by GMU

GMU Invitation for High School Juniors to visit, tour, hear from admissions, faculty and learn life at mason. To Register CLICK HERE

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NOVA Virtual Information Sessions for FCPS Students and Families April 20th NOVA is hosting information sessions specifically for FCPS seniors and their families to learn about opportunities, services, and resources at NOVA. Students interested in or considering NOVA are encouraged to attend.

For questions, contact: [email protected]

Click Link for Flyer and to Register

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NOVA Virtual GMU ADVANCE INFO SESSIONS for Region 3 students and families

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.- “Advance” Program Information Session in English:

Zoom link

Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.- “Advance” Program Information Session in Spanish: Zoom link

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US Senator Mark Warner - Academy Day 2022 April 23rd 10am-12:30pm

This session will be held virtually on April 23rd. Families interested in attending please email: [email protected] to be added to the invitation distribution list. This is an excellent session to hear from representatives from the Virginia congressional delegation about the application procedures for congressional nomination to the academies as well as speakers

INTERNSHIPS

Urban Alliance - Major Time and Lunch Blocks

April 11th, 9:30am-1:30pm AND April 19th 11am-1:30pm – just lunch blocks For Flyer, Click Here. During Major time in the College and Career Center UA will go over summer and senior year internships, and will have a table in front of Cafeteria during lunch blocks for both days, Click here to Sign up for this session during Major Time and get a pass.

EMPLOYER SESSION

Alexandria Seaport Foundation April 13, 3:30pm, Virtual Session Sign up here Ms. Seifert, Executive Director will be virtual talking to seniors about an apprentice program with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation - Excellent choice for grads who would like to get training in carpentry, construction, marine work and as seaport staff.

TUITION FREE OFFER FOR SENIORS

NOVA JumpStart2NOVA Application Closes at 5pm on April 29th NOVA is pleased to announce JumpStart2NOVA for summer 2022.

· Who/What: Qualified seniors graduating this spring may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition.

· When/How: All classes will be offered through NOVA Online and run May 31st through August 8th, 2022. Students are required to pay for textbooks or other course materials.

FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIP SNAPSHOT

View all scholarship detail and enrichment here: www.fcps.edu/naviance

And community scholarships are on College and Career Center Schoology Course

Course code: GP9G-27S2-76SST

 

SAVE THE DATE - FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm

Virtual Financial Aid Night for Region 3 – Wed, 4/27 at 7pm. A link will be shared soon.

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SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP– EVERY MONDAY 3pm-4:30pm

Seniors – come visit the college and career center Mondays after school from now until June. Students will give and receive help applying to various scholarships. This is a working session, not a presentation. Bring your laptops!

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ACE CORE Opportunity and Scholarship

FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) is offering CORE - an introductory class and a great way for students with little or no experience to get started in the trades. Students earn 80 apprentice hours that will count towards any specific trade apprenticeship (electrical, hvac, plumbing, carpentry). The course schedule can be viewed here. The ACE Education Foundation is offering $500 scholarships for this course to students that qualify. To view the ACE scholarship application, click here.

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Scholarship Snapshot

· The Northern Virginia Business and Professional Women’s – April 3rd

· Alpha Kappa Alpha, Lambda Kappa Omega – April 10th

· George Washington’s Mount Vernon - The John S. and Emma B. McDonnell Memorial Scholarship - April 14th

· Mount Vernon Lee Chamber Business Scholarship – April 15th

· Ira Dorsey Foundation Scholarships – April 16th

· OKK Foundation Scholarships – May 6th

*For any questions, please email Ms. Orr, College and Career Specialist, [email protected] *

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Lunch with Principal Rogers

 Lunch with Principal Rogers is tomorrow, March 23, 2022 from 11:00-12:00 pm.  We will be joined by Ms. Elizabeth Mohaupt, our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. The meeting will be held virtually, using this link.

Sophomore Night

Sophomore night has been postponed.  Please look for more details to come.

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