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Parent Workshop with the College Funding Coach The College Funding Coach We are happy to announce that we are hosting the College Funding Coach on November 30th @ 6.30 pm. This is a VIRTUAL event and is for any family wanting to learn how to pay for college (Preschool - High School).  This is a FREE event but registration is REQUIRED There is still time! Registration link is below. https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_38pDg6G9ToiW_FuPcRcfsg Holiday Market PTSA Holiday Market We are pleased to announce that the PTSA Holiday is back this year! We will have a variety of vendors, sweet treats, and holiday cheer! Come join us on Saturday, December 10, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Door 1, G100

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News and Announcements November 22nd Edition

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We are proud to support our community by providing those in need with food for the holidays!

Dear Major Families, 

As the holidays approach, I am reflecting on how thankful I am for the simple things in life that matter most. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such a caring community and am encouraged by the generosity of our students, staff and families every day.   Over the break, I encourage you to create special memories with your family, as time is precious and memories last a lifetime.  

On December 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm, I will hold a Principal Chat with multiple stakeholders to discuss safety and communication at MVHS.  I encourage you to add  questions and/or recommendations you’d like to discuss at this meeting in the form linked here.

Take good care and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Sincerely,

Principal Rogers

Parent Student Advocacy Handbook

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. It is designed to be particularly useful for families who may be less familiar with such a large school division and/or with schooling in the U.S.  Hard copies will be available at the school in the coming weeks, but an electronic version can be found here  Parent Advocacy Handbook | Fairfax County Public Schools 

Please mark our calendars with the important dates below.

Mount Vernon Holiday Ornaments

The Class of 2023 Celebration Committee is selling the 2022 Annual Mount Vernon Estate Ornament as a fundraiser for the Class of 2023's end of year graduation celebration.  $25 per ornament.  Below is a photo of the ornament.  The order deadline is December 7, 2022 and initial pickup of the ornament is scheduled for early December 2022.  You may purchase the ornament online via the following link:

https://mountvernonhsptsa.ptboard.com/formvw?store=3525&form=9

Class of 2023 Yard Signs

Senior Families, show your pride and say Congrats to our Mount Vernon High School Seniors with a Graduation Yard Sign!  Signs are $15 each and include a stake.  We will be offering various days/times to pick up your sign.  The first opportunity will be available in early December.  Use the attached flyer to pay in cash or with a check or, or pay online via the following link:

https://mountvernonhsptsa.ptboard.com/formvw?store=3525&form=8

Thank you and any questions, please email [email protected]

The Class of 2025 presents… Breakfast with Santa Fundraising Event

In order for this event to be successful, we need your MAJOR help!!!  Now until December 2nd, we are collecting the following donations in the Main Office and Lower C Subschool:

Supplies: Pancake mix (add water only) * Pipe cleaners * Beads for pipe cleaners * Glitter * Glue * Paper plates * Cotton ball * Popsicle sticks * Construction paper * Wrapping paper and bows * Felt (red, green, white, black, brown) * Envelopes * Markers * Poster boards * Ribbon * Large boxes * Tape * String

Gift Cards: Any Grocery or Craft Store (examples- Walmart * Target * Michael’s * Wegmans * Hobby Lobby) or Visa * Mastercard * 

If you have any questions, please contact Lashonda Reed, Class of 2025 Admin Sponsor. 

Need Volunteer Hours? Santa Claus and the Class of 2025 Need You!

Volunteers needed before, during and after our Breakfast with Santa fundraiser beginning on November 28th.

Your volunteer hours will be approved by the Class of 2025.

Scan the QR code or follow the link below to sign up!

https://forms.gle/b5F1sArUqRPc6Usy5

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News and Announcements November 18th Edition

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Congratulations to the new inductees to our National Honor Societies

Major Pride!

We are MAJOR Proud of Addison Brooks, who ran out of his mind, just missing a State Championship medal by one place (a few seconds) on the toughest course in NoVA.  His overall 16th place in the state is extraordinary, especially for a sophomore!  We are equally proud of his  teammates who turned out to support him. Check out some pictures here. 

Congratulations to our phenomenal cast and crew of this fall’s production of She Kills Monsters.  Tickets are still available.  Show times are Friday and Saturday.  Please note this show does have a content warning for adult language, derogatory language, sexual innuendo and the death of a sibling. 

Turkey Trot

Would you be willing to help volunteer for this Saturday's Turkey Trot?  

Below is a list of the main things we will need your help with.  Each bolded job requires an adult.  You can use the link below to sign up and volunteer or just email me back.  Thanks for considering this request!

FRIDAY 11/18 (Meet at Entrance #4 foyer) 3p-6pm 

  • Pre-Registration & Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up
  • in hallway/foyer
  • bring your laptop & charger pls
  • Dress Rehearsal with Student / Faculty Turkey Trot Band
  • in art gallery
  • Race Course Mile Marker Set-Up
  • Measure Course and drop flour at each mile marker

SATURDAY 11/19 (Meet at Entrance #4 - Start/Finish Timing Tent)

7:30am-10:30am

  • 5k Race Course Set-Up/Clean-Up & Volunteer Management
  • meet outside at the Rock & around the building
  • hand out assignments & materials to volunteers on course
  • potential use of the Gator to traverse & assist on the course
  • Walk-In Registration & Race Packet Pick-Up
  • in hallway/foyer
  • bring your laptop & charger pls
  • Gobblepalooza Bandstand Set-Up/Clean-Up/Perform/MC
  • transport gear from/to art gallery and sidewalk
  • run power extension from little theater to bandstand
  • 2 cables = 1 to bandstand & 1 to start/finish line
  • manage, support and perform with Turkey Trot band
  • assist MC with announcements
  • Expo Area Set-Up & MVHS Cares Volunteer Tent
  • 1 laptop needed for race results
  • check-in/out vendors & volunteers
  • use a premade map & list to set-up and give table & volunteer assignments
  • periodically check in with vendors, volunteers & timing tent for results
  • remind volunteers to send x2Vol service hour requests to me/Bria/you
  • display race results as they are updated from the timing tent

 

14th Annual MVHS Cares Gobblepalooza 5K Turkey Trot Wellness Walk Links:

 Volunteer & Fundraising Table Sign-Up Link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfDLdJIAqKfVv_02ovQBbsttVbeNeRlDS-S8aFXSK1j7y4hA/viewform

 Registration Link:

https://racewire.com/register.php?id=13276

 Event Details & Information Link:

https://fb.me/e/ebDVMHiIa

Fundraising Link:

https://racewire.com/fundraise.php?id=1194

What: Mount Vernon Food Pantry

Thanksgiving Drive Thru; this is a “first come first served” event as supplies are limited.  We will be giving away boxes of non-perishable food items for families of four to help during the holidays.  Since this is a drive thru event, MVHS Food Pantry volunteers will be delivering items to your car directly.

When: Monday, November 21st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Mount Vernon High, Door #1 (by Flag Pole), Car Drive Thru

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

The Class of 2025 presents… Breakfast with Santa Fundraising Event

In order for this event to be successful, we need your MAJOR help!!!  Now until December 2nd, we are collecting the following donations in the Main Office and Lower C Subschool:

Supplies: Pancake mix (add water only) * Pipe cleaners * Beads for pipe cleaners * Glitter * Glue * Paper plates * Cotton ball * Popsicle sticks * Construction paper * Wrapping paper and bows * Felt (red, green, white, black, brown) * Envelopes * Markers * Poster boards * Ribbon * Large boxes * Tape * String

Gift Cards: Any Grocery or Craft Store (examples- Walmart * Target * Michael’s * Wegmans * Hobby Lobby) or Visa * Mastercard * 

If you have any questions, please contact Lashonda Reed, Class of 2025 Admin Sponsor.

Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months. The families and caregivers of our current or prospective students can self-nominate or can be nominated using this form. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22.

Activities Office

Thank you to  Coach Fritts for 7 awesome years as the head football coach.  He has taken the program from the lowest of lows and built it up.  He took pride in the student athletes and gave them reasons to be proud of themselves.  I have coached against him on the other sideline and respected him as an adversary.  I have now stood on his sideline beside him, watched him build young men, and now respect him from a different lens.  We have a tremendous void to fill in our football program as those are unfillable shoes. Coach Fritts has built the program up in such a manner that it is prepared for future success so that the next coach can come in and continue the success the program has seen.  I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him in the activities office.

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News and Announcements November 11th Edition

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HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

We would like to express our gratitude to our Veterans for their service and sacrifices.  We honor you today and every day and are grateful for all you have done to protect our country.

Our students had an opportunity to learn from a panel of military heroes who represent the United States Army at Ft. Belvoir

"Major" Veterans

Melvin Burch-Bynum

Arturo Cabrera

Patricia Dutchie

Eric Nelson

Janice Robinson

Major Burch-Bynum Sgt. Eric Nelson Major Pride!

Congratulations to the following amazing chorus students who were selected to participate in the VACDA District 10 chorus festival in February!

Principal Chat

Principal Rogers is planning a community meeting to discuss safety and communication at MVHS.  This will be an opportunity to hear from multiple stakeholders in the community to include representatives from the FCPS leadership team as well as the Fairfax County Police Department. In order to align schedules with all involved, the Principal Chat that was scheduled for Thursday, November 17th has been postponed.  As soon as a new date has been identified we will share it. In the meantime, you can add questions and recommendations in the form here.

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Note from Athletics

Most of our Fall sports have completed their seasons.  The only one left competing is Addison Brooks for Cross Country.  Addison finished 9th in the Occoquan Region last week.  He is racing in the state meet on Saturday.  The race is at Oatlands at 11:15 AM Saturday Morning.  GOOD LUCK ADDISON!!!

We are in search of a head softball coach, someone experienced who can take our program and build it into the National District power that it has the potential to be.  Our players are hungry to be coached and pushed to be the best softball players that they can be.  If you are interested in leading our Major Softball Program, please contact: 

Brian Murphy, Director of Student Activities

[email protected]

(703) 619-3141

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Touch Base Reminder

Please join us today, November 11, 2022 from 12:30pm-3:00pm.  We are excited to bring back in-person Parent Teacher conferences via our MVHS Touch Base.  This will be the first time in many years that we have attempted a large scale parent-teacher connection event.  The purpose of this event is to invite parents/guardians in for a brief 5-7 minute conversation about your student’s overall school progress.  Veteran’s Day is the ideal opportunity to invite our families in for these important conversations.

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1st Quarter Honor Roll Awards Update

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Update on 1st Quarter Honor Roll Recognition

The MVHS 1st Quarter A and A/B Honor Roll Recognition will occur on Monday, November 21st during Major Time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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News and Announcements November 5th Edition

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 MCJROTC cadets volunteered at the Virginia Theological Seminary

Major Pride!

On Sunday, MCJROTC cadets volunteered at the Virginia Theological Seminary and helped to pack 10,000 meals to provide food aid for the needy which include refugees, disaster victims, and other vulnerable populations. Each meal contained rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix that includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Cadets did an awesome job, and they really enjoyed the experience of helping others.  Also, the folks at VTS were extremely impressed with the cadets! 

Congratulations to the following students who received onsite admissions acceptances from York College of Pennsylvania, Randolph College, Trinity Washington University and Shepherd University: Kayle Orellana Martinez, Jayden Wiredu, Emile Rose Taduran, Deborah Olorode, Hunter Donchantz, Samrina Khan, Sarah Merenda, Emily Rose Seballas, Zachary Navarro, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Katherine Funsaca, Jessica Manu, and Donovan Jones

Submit a Nomination for MVHS Outstanding Employee Awards 2022-2023

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for the Mount Vernon High School Outstanding Employee Awards, please complete this Google Form. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google Form has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 Outstanding Teacher nominee must:

  • Have completed at least three full years of teaching (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

  • Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination.

Outstanding New Teacher nominee must:

  • Be within the first three years of their teaching career (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.

  • Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination.                              

Outstanding Leader nominee must:

  • Currently work as a full-time or part-time Schedule C or School-Based administrator who has completed at least one contracted year of employment with FCPS in this position.
  • Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination.
  • Common positions in this category: Associate Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Activities.

Outstanding Professional Employee nominee must:

  • Have completed at least one year of contracted full-time or part-time professional employment in FCPS in their current position.
  • Currently work as a Schedule-B employee in an FCPS school or center, or in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership.
  • Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination.
  • Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist School Counselor, Systems of Support Administrator, Safety and Security Specialist other employee paid as a Resource Teacher who serves in a non-instructional or administrative role in the school.

Outstanding Operational Employee nominee must:

  • Have completed at least one year of contracted full-time or part-time operational employment in FCPS.
  • Currently work on the Schedule-A, Schedule-H, or Classroom Instructional Support (CIS) Scale in an FCPS school.
  • Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination.
  • Common positions in this category: administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, all parent liaisons.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Haeyoung Lee at [email protected]

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Welcome Parents! November 11th MVHS Touchbase

Next Friday, November 11, 2022 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.  We are excited to bring back in-person Parent Teacher conferences via our MVHS Touchbase.  This will be the first time in many years that we have attempted a large scale parent-teacher connection event. The purpose of this event is to invite parents/guardians in for a brief 5-7 minute conversation about your student’s overall school progress.  Veteran’s Day is the ideal opportunity to invite our families in for these important conversations. 

Class of 2023 Parent Council

The Class of 2023 Parent Council will meet on November 10th at 7:00pm virtually to continue our discussions around fundraising and Seniorfest.  All are welcome!

Class of 2023 Parent Council

Thursday, November 10th--7:00pm – 8:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ghz-zwra-ua

Student Checkout Policy Update

We would like to reiterate the MVHS Student Check Out Policy. There are three ways that parents can check out students early from school.

  • Parents/guardians can send a written note with students for a prearranged Check Out.  Students take this note to their Alpha Sub School to obtain a check out pass.
  • Parents/guardians can email their student's Alpha Sub School Administrative Assistant
  • Parent/guardians can walk into the main office in person to check out students. Only those listed on the Emergency Contact may check out a student and must provide photo ID.

*** We strongly encourage parents to check out students prior to 2:30pm as the end of the day staff procedures for school dismissal are underway.***

MVHS Joint Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 pm in Bratten Hall (G100).  Enter the building through Entrance 1.

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News and Announcements October 28th Edition

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Purple Star Designation Award

It is with great pleasure that we announce that once again MVHS has earned the VDOE Purple Star Designation Award.

This award could not have been earned without the support of the community and staff as well as the efforts of the MVHS Purple Team, led by Mrs. Sarah Freeland and Caroline Miller.

Mount Vernon HS is proud of this extensive military-connected community and its service. We are additionally appreciative for the opportunity to continue serving those who serve our nation.

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

2023 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School (SRGS)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video

To be considered for an academic or VPA Governor’s school, students must complete the steps below.

  1. Complete the interest form linked below for either Academics or VPA. The form is a required part of the application process and is due November 11th. No late entries will be accepted. When completing the form, enter a personal email address and do NOT use an fcpsschools.net email address. VDOE cannot send communications to the fcpsschools.net domain.

 Academic Interest form

 Visual and Performing Arts Interest form 

  1.  Attend our school interest meeting which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 3pm. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged. 
  2. Complete the application for the specific program you wish to apply to and return to your school counselor who is supervising the Governor’s School application process.
    1. Academic applications are due to the school on December 9, 2022
    2. VPA applications are due to the school on January 31, 2023
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Mount Vernon High School is holding a special course designed for adults who regularly interact with youth.  Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a public education program which teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core 5 step action plan.

This offering is free of cost to MVHS community members to include families within our feeder schools.  Please email Melissa Mentzel at [email protected] with any questions.  Participants can scan the QR code or use link provided to register: https://bit.ly/3Sy6VQ0

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News and Announcements October 21st Edition

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MVHS Performing Arts Virtual Chew and Chat with Principal Rogers

Thank you all for joining us during our virtual chew and chat to discuss upcoming events at MVHS.  For those of you who were not able to attend, you can find the presentation here.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to the remaining meetings on the following dates:

  • November 17th @6:00pm
  • December 16th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • January 18th @6:00pm
  • February 14th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • March 15th @6:00pm
  • April 19th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • May 17th @6:00pm
MAJOR PRIDE!

Congratulations to our Marching Majors, who placed 1st at the US Bands Mid Atlantic Showcase this past Saturday at Stevenson University. The band also received awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, and Best Color Guard in Group IIA.

Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Tuesday, October 25th, your child will receive the annual Federal Impact Aid Form from their 3rd period Major Time teachers.  Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey back to your students’ Major Time teacher on October 27th

If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  Please sign/date at the bottom and return to school with your child.  All forms are due and will be collected during Major Time with a FINAL due date of Friday, November 4th.  All results are confidential.

Thank you for your prompt return of Federal Impact Aid forms as the county requests a 100% participation rate.

Red Ribbon Week and Opioids Lesson

To help combat the growing Opioid crisis, we are taking a proactive approach to educating our students and families.  We will share this lesson in Major Time November 1, 2022.  Please take the time to review this lesson and email our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Ms. Mohaupt at [email protected] with any questions you might have. Please also visit this FCPS website for more information.  Additionally, we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week in the following ways:

Virginia College Application Week

Virginia College Application Week (VCAW) is here.  Seniors from across the Commonwealth of Virginia will be applying to colleges next week October 24th - 28th, 2022 for free.  On this Google Site you will find information about all of the schools  that are participating as well as some helpful resources on the Common and Coalition Application.  

The Student Services Team at Mount Vernon has worked to give our students the opportunity to also attend a college and military information fair, get support with their college applications, and participate in on-site admissions. Students may register by clicking on the link below: https://forms.gle/CHkNdQNWLAUSi3qr6 or contact their school counselor for more information. 

Seniors should check their emails for a detailed plan of all VCAW sessions, dates and colleges who will offer on site admissions.  A similar email will be sent to all senior parents on Monday.   

Below is the list of colleges who will provide a VCAW fee waiver code.  Seniors can come to the Aux gym or contact their school counselor, October 25th -28th to receive the fee waiver code.

Please refer to the calendar below for important dates.  We also recognize and celebrate the following In October:

LGBTQIA+ History Month 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Disability History and Awareness Month

Mount Vernon Pyramid Night Student Activities

Varsity Field Hockey opened playoffs with a 4-1 win over Falls Church.  They fell in the semifinals 1-0 in OT to Annandale.  They will host Regionals on Tuesday vs West Potomac at 6:30pm.  Please come out and support the Majors in their playoff quest.  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

Volleyball will open district playoffs on Monday at Thomas Jefferson HS at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.  Please try to come out and support Volleyball.

Football will play at Edison on Friday October 21 at 7:00pm.  We will have senior night at our last home game next Friday vs Hayfield.  Seniors in football, cheer, band, and JROTC will all be recognized prior to the game.  Tickets are $5.

Cross Country will have district finals at Burke Lake on Thursday October 27.  The top 4 teams will move on to regional competition.  Good luck Majors.

Success is often measured in different ways:  Last week we had our final regular season cross country meet.  Our Boys Team finished the meet in 3rd place.  Nearly every runner set a personal record.  Their reaction upon finding out their team finish was a celebration.  You’d have thought Mount Vernon had won a State Championship!  After the meet an Annandale runner failed to show up at the finish line. As darkness set in, their team began a search effort to find him for nearly an hour after the race.  Eventually, the student was safely found miles off the course, having taken a wrong turn and just continuing on. Our Mount Vernon athletes insisted on remaining on site to assist when all the other teams departed. They even broke down the race official’s timing gear and returned it since he had left it behind to assist in the search with his vehicle. I was proud of our runners and the Annandale coach was enormously grateful/complementary about our terrific young adults.  The point is we are not only building athletes, we are building great people.  Good job Majors.

Class of 2025 Presents… Breakfast with Santa Class of 2025 Parent Council Meeting

Thursday, November 4th at 6:00pm in the Media Center/Library

Enter building through Door 4, near the football field

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PTSA Meeting

Please join us for a PTSA Meeting today, Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00pm.  This meeting will be held in G100.  Please enter through Door 1.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Principal "Chew and Chat" Reminder

Principal Rogers is excited to invite you to a virtual “Chew and Chat” today, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 11:00 - 12:00 pm.  This is an opportunity to learn more about what is going on in school, ask questions or provide feedback to ensure MVHS is a place where every Major achieves and thrives together with purpose and pride!  Please click here to join this meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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News and Announcements October 14th Edition

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MVHS Homecoming 2022 Virtual Lunch with Principal Rogers

Principal Rogers is excited to invite you to a virtual “Chew and Chat” Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 11:00 - 12:00 pm.  This is an opportunity to learn more about what is going on in school, ask questions or provide feedback to ensure MVHS is a place where every Major achieves and thrives with purpose and pride! Please help us prepare for this meeting by submitting any topics or questions you would like to have addressed here. 

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Change in Tardy Policy

Beginning November 1, 2022, all students will report to their alpha subschools to check in only during  first and second periods or if they are checking into school late for the first time (i.e. doctor’s appt.) Students who are tardy third - eighth periods will report directly to class and teachers will mark their attendance as UNT (unexcused tardy) or excused if they have a pass.

2022-23 AP/IB Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). 

FCPS and Mount Vernon High School encourage all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s). Steps to Opt-Out:

  1. Complete Opt-Out google form, also available from their IB teacher.  Students may also request a printed opt-out form from Mrs. Freeland (email: [email protected], or come to the IB Office).   
  1. Parent verification--Since the opt-out process requires parental signature, Mrs. Freeland, the IB/AP Coordinator will notify the parent/guardian listed on the Google form via email, and they will have to verify and validate their student’s Opt-Out request by sending a validation email response to Mrs. Freeland by October 21, 2022.  Or, parents may sign the printed opt-out form.

To assist in the decision-making process, students can request a report with their previous tests and current AP/IB course enrollment. Students who wish to view their SY 2023 Opt-Out report should email their request to Mrs. Freeland ([email protected]).  AP/IB students must make Opt-Out decisions by Friday, October 21, 2022, and parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests.  Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees

AP students who register for an AP exam after November 10th will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board. AP students who do not complete the Opt-Out form in October and cancel an AP exam will be assessed a $40 cancellation fee by the College Board. 

Class of 2026 Parent Council Meeting

The class of 2026 will be hosting our first Parent Council meeting on Thursday, October 27th in the Library at Mount Vernon HS from 6pm-7pm.  All Class of 2026 Parents are welcome to attend.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.

Attendance Matters

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD OR TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCHOOL

  • Know the school’s attendance policy–incentives and penalties.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school
  • Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Student Services Updates Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Mount Vernon High School is holding a special course designed for adults who regularly interact with youth.  Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a public education program which teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core 5 step action plan.

This offering is free of cost to MVHS community members to include families within our feeder schools.  Please email Melissa Mentzel at [email protected] with any questions.  Participants can scan the QR code or use link provided to register: https://bit.ly/3Sy6VQ0

College Exploration Events

Below is an updated list of upcoming College Rep visits to the MVHS College and Career Center.  Please note that dates and times are subject to change.  Students interested must register in advance in Naviance Student.

October 14th @ 11:15 Longwood University

October 14th @ 11:45 University of Maine

October 17th @ 9:45 Mississippi University

October 17th @ 9:45 United states Military Academy West Point

October 17th @ 12:30 Princeton University

October 18th @ 12:30 Univ of Mary Washington

October 18th @ 12:30 Saint Michael’s College

October 20th @ 11:15 Mount St. Mary’s University

October 20th @ 12:30 University of Mississippi

2023 FAFSA Open—College Access Fairfax Is Here to Help

Parents of current high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1? Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible—definitely before March 1, 2023—as you prepare for your child to begin college in the fall of 2023. Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and specific forms to complete. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA.

The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) application is available for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

Our partners at College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the FAFSA/VASA and finding/applying for scholarships over the next two months. Information on these programs and how to access them can be found at the College Access Fairfax website

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Interested families should email [email protected] to request an appointment. 

Ms. Katrina Rowsey, our Financial Aid Champion will be available to meet with students in families in the MVHS College and Career Center from 9:30 -11:00  Ms. Rowsey can help with both the FAFSA and the VASA.  She can also be reached via email at [email protected].  See below for her in-person Schedule:

  • October 18th
  • October 20th
  • October 25th
Financial Aid Information Night Virginia College Application Week

What is Virginia College Application Week?

For the past eight years, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has partnered with the Virginia Secretary’s Office on Education, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and national education non-profit ECMC to coordinate Virginia College Application Week (VCAW). Members of the Class of 2023 from across the Commonwealth of Virginia will be applying to colleges during the week of October 24th - 28th, 2022. On this Google Site (fcpschools.net account required) you will find information about all of the schools that are participating as well as some helpful resources on the Common and Coalition Application.  

At Mount Vernon students will have the opportunity to attend a college and military information fair, complete college applications, and participate in college On-site admissions and apply to participating colleges for free. There will be sessions to assist students with completing the FAFSA and VASA and much MORE!! Sign up for sessions through the VCAW Link on Schoology and Naviance. Deadline to sign up for the MVHS sessions is Tuesday, October 18th.  

Students may register by clicking on the link below: https://forms.gle/CHkNdQNWLAUSi3qr6 or contact your school counselor for more information.

James Madison University Workshops College 101 Conference High School College Forum Naval Academy Information Session Scholarships Free Student Bus Pass Program for Connector and Cue

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Fall Festival FOOD FOR NEIGHBORS

Would you like to help students in our area receive the healthy food they need to succeed in school? We’re partnering with Food For Neighbors to stock the food pantry in our school and supply supplemental weekend food to our students who struggle with food insecurity outside of school hours.  

FFN is looking for Red Bag Donors to donate food 5 times per school year, volunteers to drive and pick up the food and sorters to help organize and pack the food on event days. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and can make a huge difference in the lives of local teens! Visit the website at www.foodforneighbors.org/get-involved to donate food and volunteer. Thanks for your support!

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Military-Connected Families

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation for Military-Connected Families October 13, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community and the unique perspective of military-connected families. This hybrid event will be held in the 1st floor cafe at the FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church VA 22042.  Free parking is available in the underground garage.  Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. If you can attend, either in-person or virtually, please register to attend.

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

2022-23 AP/IB Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). 

FCPS and Mount Vernon High School encourage all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s). Steps to Opt-Out:

  1. Complete Opt-Out google form, also available from their IB teacher.  Students may also request a printed opt-out form from Mrs. Freeland (email: [email protected], or come to the IB Office).   
  1. Parent verification--Since the opt-out process requires parental signature, Mrs. Freeland, the IB/AP Coordinator will notify the parent/guardian listed on the Google form via email, and they will have to verify and validate their student’s Opt-Out request by sending a validation email response to Mrs. Freeland by October 21, 2022.  Or, parents may sign the printed opt-out form.

To assist in the decision-making process, students can request a report with their previous tests and current AP/IB course enrollment. Students who wish to view their SY 2023 Opt-Out report should email their request to Mrs. McHugh ([email protected]).  AP/IB students must make Opt-Out decisions by Friday, October 21, 2022, and parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests.  Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees

AP students who register for an AP exam after November 10th will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board. AP students who do not complete the Opt-Out form in October and cancel an AP exam will be assessed a $40 cancellation fee by the College Board. 

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Student holiday/Staff Development Day) October 10

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Disability History and Awareness Month

 

During October, Disability History and Awareness activities provide an opportunity to create greater public awareness for individuals with disabilities, with the goal of full inclusion in our community.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

The Parent Resource Center will host an open house for parents to learn more about dyslexia and how to support students with dyslexia on October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn more about PRC events on their website. 

The FCPS Dyslexia handbook also provides information and resources to families. It reflects a division-wide commitment to ensure that the needs of students with dyslexia are met as a result of collective responsibility and collaboration across general and special education contexts.

National School Lunch Week October 10th-14th

Background: President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom.

Walk to School Day

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 12. 

Wednesday, October 12thPSAT/SAT School Day
  • Wednesday, October 12, we are administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders, and the SAT to 12th graders who previously signed up.  We will operate on a two-hour early release schedule. Test takers and adapted curriculum students will report to the building at normal arrival time (8:00am) and will be dismissed at 12:55pm.Academy classes and shuttles are canceled. Room assignments were emailed to students and parents/guardians earlier this week.  

A final reminder will be sent to students and parents/guardians on October 11th. On October 12, students should report directly to their assigned testing room.  It’s important to be on time as we will start testing shortly after school begins and students cannot join testing after it begins.  Students must bring their own calculators. 

As a reminder: 

  • 9th graders do not report to school on Wednesday.  They are encouraged to use the day to make up any missing work as we are a couple weeks from the end of the 1st Quarter. 
  • 12th grade students who are not registered for the SAT are encouraged to participate in civic engagement, or other independent college and career preparation activities.  
  • 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT. Students are reminded to bring all materials needed for testing (pencils, calculator, water/snack optional). Cell phones and electronic devices cannot be accessed during the test. More information and practice items can be found on the following College Board website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.  

Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.

Student Services Updates

Below is an updated list of upcoming College Rep Visits, dates and times are subject to change.  Students interested must register in advance in Navicance Student.

October 11th @ 11:45 Hollins University

October 11th @ 12:30 Radford University

October 14th @ 11:15 Longwood University

October 14th @ 11:45 University of Maine

October 17th @ 9:45 Mississippi University

October 17th @ 12:30 Princeton University

October 18th @ 12:30 Univ of Mary Washington

October 18th @ 12:30 Saint Michael’s College

October 20th @ 11:15 Mount St. Mary’s University

October 20th @ 12:30 University of Mississippi

October 26th @12:30 Christopher Newport University

Alfred Street Baptist Church 20th Annual HBCU Festival

DATE:  October 7-8, 2022

LOCATION:  University of DC-Van Ness Campus and Virtual

This event will bring 83 historically Black colleges & universities to the area. For students attending this hybrid event, some colleges will offer onsite admissions decisions, music auditions, scholarships & seminars. There will be giveaways for the virtual audience, too. Pre-registration is required. Visit:  https://www.alfredstreet.org/hbcu-fest/

FCPS College Fair and Postsecondary Week

DATE:  October 16 - 20, 2022

LOCATION:  Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University and Virtually 

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS College Fair and Postsecondary Week events.  Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events.

Financial Aid Information

Ms. Katrina Rowsey, our Financial Aid Champion will be available to meet with students in families in the MVHS College and Career Center from 9:30 -11:00  Ms. Rowsey can help with both the FAFSA and the VASA.  She can also be reached via email at KHRSee below for her in-person Schedule:

  • October 18th
  • October 20th
  • October 25th

Region 3 will be hosting Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents on October 20, 2022 at Lewis HS in the auditorium from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

PTSA Corner

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Class of 2023

Class of 2023 please join us tonight for our College Senior Night in the Little Theater, 5:30pm-7:00pm.  The Class of 2023 Parent Council Meeting is immediately following College Senior Night at 7:00pm in the library.  You can enter through Door 4.  We will be discussing fundraising options including our Spring Mulch Sale, and the Seniorfest activity (formerly All Night Grad Party) scheduled for June 9th.  We hope to see you there.

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Community Conversations with Dr. Reid

Don’t forget -- Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Mount Vernon High School on October 3, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. If you plan to attend, please register today using this link.  We hope to see you there!

Senior Portraits

We know some of our seniors were not able to get their senior portraits taken yet.  We are working to add 3 dates to the calendar.  Once we have the dates finalized, we will send information out to all seniors who have not had their pictures taken.  Please watch for information on Schoology and in e-mails from the school.

Challenge Materials Committee Parent Reps Needed

We are still in need of 2 parents/guardians to serve on our Challenged Materials Review Committee.  As detailed in Regulation 3009, principals are required to submit a list of individuals who are available to serve on a Challenged Materials Review Committee if a school committee is needed.  Names of a teacher, librarian, two parents, and two high school students are required. Parents must not be employed by FCPS and contact information should be provided. 

The list of potential committee members will be maintained at central office.  Names are randomly chosen to serve if a central departmental committee is required to review a challenged material.

Contact Ms. Boyd at [email protected] if you are considering serving on this Committee and have questions or if you would like to serve on this Committee.

Homecoming

Homecoming Code of Conduct & Guest Form 2022

Homecoming Spirit Day Video

MVHS Homecoming Spirit Days 2022

Please see below how to access link

 

LGBTQIA+ History Month is recognized in October nationwide. We acknowledge and celebrate that LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families are an integral component of our nation.

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Activities Office

Congratulations to Adam Peverall and Robert Hall for doing well at the National District Meet and qualifying for the Occoquan Regional tournament.  The team overall placed fourth in the district.  Good Job Majors.

Varsity Field Hockey is currently 2-0 in National district play.  They continue district play this week.  Congratulations to the Majors.

Congratulations to Addison Brooks from Cross Country.  He has placed first in the National District meets that he has run in so far.  Cross Country continues this week with another National District meet.

August Female Athlete of the Month: Amarianna Kerr.  

“In our first home opening match, on Monday, August 29th, Mari had 95% serving rate, with 7 Aces. In addition, she added 7 Kills, 7 Digs, 5 Assists, and 1 block in our win against Unity Reed”

August Male Athlete of the Month:  Addison Brooks

“Sophomore Addison Brooks is nominated as the MVHS August Athlete of the Month for his stellar performance in the team’s National District opening XC race at Mason District Park on August 31. Following an exceptionally strong month of training in the summer heat, Addison turned in a near-perfect run. Running with the leaders for the first two miles of the race, he took command going into the final mile and destroyed the field. Over the final 800 meters he left a talented and favored Khalid Hamid (Lewis HS) behind by an astounding 19.7 seconds. Addison’s time of 16:56 leads the National District after all eight schools have run the 5 km course. His start to the season is deserving of this recognition and has everyone looking forward to the start of the invitational schedule.”

Community Event

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Principal Chat

The first Principal Chat was a success.  We were able to engage in dialogue around effective family-school partnerships and how we can continue to strengthen our partnership.  You can review the slidedeck here. We look forward to having you join subsequent meetings on the following dates:

  • October 18th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • November 17th @6:00pm
  • December 16th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • January 18th @6:00pm
  • February 14th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • March 15th @6:00pm
  • April 19th @11:00am (Virtual)
  • May 17th @6:00pm

We are also thrilled to announce our new PTSA Executive Board.

  • Kristin Whitridge--President
  • Kate Offringa--Vice President
  • Tracey Hubbard--Treasurer
  • Mary Christesen--Secretary

The next PTSA meeting dates are October 19th and November 16th.  More dates to be announced soon.

Parent Council Meetings

Join families in your child’s “class” (Class of…) to learn more about level-specific information such as fundraising, PSAT,  IB classes, College Preparation, MYP personal project, course selections, and life after high school.  Meeting dates can be found below:

The Class of 2023 Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for October 6, 2022, immediately following the College Senior Night.  Senior Night is scheduled in the Little Theater, 5:30-7:00, and Parent Council will meet at 7:00 in the library.  You can enter through Door 4.  We will be discussing fundraising options including our Spring Mulch Sale, and the Seniorfest activity (formerly All Night Grad Party) scheduled for June 9. 

The Class of 2024 Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 26th at 6:00pm in the Library.  Please enter through Door 1. We will be discussing plans for Homecoming, the PSAT schedule, and upcoming fundraising events (i.e. Fall Mulch Sale, Prom).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Class of 2025 Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th at 6:00pm in the Library.  Please enter through Door 4. We will be discussing plans for Homecoming, the PSAT schedule, and upcoming fundraising events (i.e. Breakfast with Santa and Valentine’s Day Candy Grams). We will also be brainstorming other fundraising ideas that we can host this school year.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Class of 2026 Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 27th at 6pm in the Library.  Please enter through Door 4.  We will be discussing various fundraising activities that the class will engage in throughout the year, as well as discussing attendance, academic success, building relationships, and getting connected!  We look forward to seeing you there. 

Fall Mulch Sale

The Class of 2024 is holding the Fall Mulch Sale Fundraiser! Each bag is $7.  Order forms are in the front office and on the MVHS School Website.  The last day to order is Friday, October 7th.  The mulch distribution day is Saturday, October 15th.  Volunteers are needed for delivery!  

If you have a My School Bucks account, you may purchase online using this link.

Thank you, we appreciate your support!

Please mark your calendars with the important dates below.

E-Hallpass

During our September’s Principal Chat we introduced E-Hallpass, a digital pass management system, to parents. By implementing E-Hallpass we will have the ability to manage hall traffic and strengthen our security measures within the building. If you were unable to attend and have questions regarding this new system, please submit your questions here. This new system is scheduled to go live mid to late October.

Yearbooks are on SALE now!

From now until Friday, September 30th you can get your yearbook for ONLY $55! Prices go up to $65 starting on October 1st, so you want to make sure you buy NOW!

Just go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and the code 4224 to order now.

Don't have enough money RIGHT NOW? Don't worry, if you pay using Paypal, you can break up your $55 payment in 4 smaller monthly payments!

Buy your yearbook NOW!

Senior Portraits

Seniors will be able to sign up and take their senior portrait pictures for the yearbook during the last week of September, the 26th-30th from 3pm-9pm. This is the LAST and ONLY window left for taking senior pictures. There will be NO retake or makeup days after that week. While students are getting their pictures taken, they will be able to choose their photo for the yearbook right then and there, so they can see their pictures as they are taking them. Students will also receive their student ID at the picture session.

The yearbook picture is FREE, anything in addition to that will have to be paid for. If you are not sure if you have signed up for your picture yet or you still need to sign up, please go to the following website (https://seniors.legacystudios.com/mount-vernon-hs-alexandria-va/).

Senior Yearbook Ads

You can buy a senior ad for your student now! Just go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/product/yearbook_ads and enter the code 4224 to select which senior ad page option you would like. A FULL PAGE is $250, a HALF PAGE is $135, a QUARTER PAGE is $80, and an EIGHTH PAGE is $50. Buy now to celebrate your senior and support the creation of their school's yearbook.

Yearbooks are on sale now! You can buy it for as little as $55 until September 30th! Prices will go up to $65 starting on October 1st! You can buy online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and just enter the code 4224! Buy now before this promotional offer is gone!

Message From Dr. Reid About Attending Sporting Events

We appreciate all of our fans who attend high school sporting events. Before attending any games, we ask caregivers review the following, and discuss relevant information below with their children:

  • No backpacks or other bags are allowed in stadiums. (Students and adults)
  • No outside food or drinks. Concession stands are available.
  • We cheer FOR our teams and not against our opponents. All cheers should be positive.
  • All students should pre-arrange for transportation and plan to leave immediately after the game.
  • All elementary and middle school-aged children should be supervised by an adult.
  • Anyone who leaves must pay to re-enter.
  • Whistles and similar noisemakers are not allowed.
  • Anyone caught trying to enter the game without paying will be removed and can be banned from attending future games.

Our goal is to create a positive community event. Any behaviors that take away from this goal may result in being removed from the game and not being allowed to attend future games.

Student Services Updates

The MVHS College and Career Center is open!  Students can come to receive help with college applications, scholarship searching and financial aid.  The College and Career Center will be open on odd days, even days during lunch and after school on late bus days Monday and Thursdays.      

Below is an updated list of upcoming College Rep Visits, dates and times are subject to change.  Students interested must register in advance in Naviance Student.  

  • Sept 23rd @ 12:30 Gettysburg College (PA) 
  • Sept 27th @ 11:15 Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
  • Sept 27th @ 11:45 William & Mary
  • Sept 28th @ 9:45 George Mason University
  • Sept 28th @ 11:15 VCU
  • Sept 29th @ 11:45 Marymount University
  • Sept 30th @11:45 Virginia Tech

This is how students register to hear a college representative.

1) Login in: https://www.fcps.edu/ Naviance (or when on Schoology, top right of page look for 4 little square dots and find Naviance)

2) Scroll down that page and find "Student Naviance Log In"

3) Scroll down your page to find a heading called “What’s New”

4) Click on more information for that school, and it will open up

5) Click on the BIG teal colored “Register Now” button

College Fair and Post-Secondary Week

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS College Fair and Postsecondary Week events.  

The College Fair, which will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad, will be held at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. Postsecondary Week will be held virtually Monday, October 17, to Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Postsecondary week will feature virtual workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities.  

Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS College Fair and Postsecondary Week events.  

The College Fair, which will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad, will be held at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. Postsecondary Week will be held virtually Monday, October 17, to Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Postsecondary week will feature virtual workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities.  

Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events

SAT & PSAT/NMSQT Test

Wednesday, October 12th will be a 2-hour Early Release schedule for Mount Vernon High School.  We will administer the PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th and 11th grade students and the SAT to the 12th grade students who signed up.  9th grade students will stay home.  More details will be shared from Ms. Ihle, our Assessment Coach, at a later date.

Financial Aid Information

Region 3 will be hosting Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents on October 20, 2022 at Lewis HS in the auditorium from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. College Access Fairfax will be presenting.

Mount Vernon will host a FAFSA Completion event on October 26th. More details are coming soon.

Virginia Application week is coming back to Mount Vernon

For the past ten years, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has partnered with the Office of the Secretary of Education, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and national education non-profit ECMC to coordinate Virginia College Application Week (VCAW). This year’s events will be held during the week of October 24-28, 2022. The purpose of Virginia College Application Week is to provide a structured opportunity and support for under-resourced Virginia high schools to assist seniors in applying to at least one postsecondary institution. 

Scholarships
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators Foundation Scholarship – deadline Nov. 7, 2022 - $1,000 - Application in Naviance.
  • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - deadline Nov. 13, 2022 - $4,000 - https://hispanicheritage.org/programs/leadership/youth-awards/
  • Anthony Richard Tilghman Memorial Scholarship – deadline March 1, 2023 - $5,000 - Application in Naviance.
  • Harris Goodall Squires Memorial Scholarship – deadline April 1, 2023 - $5,000 - Application in Naviance.
Enrichment Programs

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Principal Chat and PTSA Meeting Reminder

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The first “Principal Chat” of the year will be tonight, Wednesday, September 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at MVHS in room G100.  Directly following the Principal Chat, we will have our first PTSA meeting.  We hope to see you there.

We will discuss the following:

  • Strategies for Strengthening the Parent/School Relationship
  • Goals for the 22-23 school year
  • Hot Topics

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Principal Chat and PTSA Meeting

The first “Principal Chat” of the year will be Wednesday, September 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at at MVHS in room G100.  Directly following the Principal Chat, we will  have our first PTSA meeting. 

We will discuss the following:

  • Strategies for Strengthening the Parent/School Relationship
  • Goals for the 22-23 school year
  • Hot Topics

It isn’t too late to submit questions you would like to have answered during the “Hot Topics” session. 

"It's that time of year. We need your voices. Help us get the school year off to a great start and help support our school and its students. Join Us Now! 

To join today: https://mountvernonhsptsa.ptboard.com/home

Underclassmen Pictures

Picture Days for underclassmen are on September 21 and 22!

As part of Legacy's E-Pics program, everything is done digitally, so physical order forms are not provided.  Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be prompted to pre-order online and all packages ordered will ship DIRECTLY to STUDENTS' HOMES after picture day. PICTURES WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED AT SCHOOL.  Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be able to order online after picture day, as well.  

Legacy Studios will send a few email reminders to parent(s)/guardian(s) leading up to picture day. 

Ordering your underclass school pictures

  • Before, on or after picture day, go to shop.legacystudios.com
  • On the page titled: View and Purchase Your Portraits, click on the image of the student on the left that says Underclass
  • On the next page, you'll be asked if you have your online code 
  • Click on the blue button marked YES - Take me to my Gallery
  • Enter code 4527F23
  • Review package and product offerings and make your selections
  • When you've made your selections, click on the green button on the bottom right of the page marked Checkout
  • On the next page, you'll find options for retouching, teeth whitening, etc. as well as your portrait background choices
  • Make your selections and click on the blue button on the bottom right of the page that says Next
  • From there, you'll enter your student's information and proceed to checkout by clicking the blue Next button
  • Keep in mind that all packages and products will be sent to the home or mailing address provided.  Pictures are not returned to the school for distribution.
  • For assistance, please contact Legacy Studios Customer Care team directly at [email protected] or 716.512.6336.  Please do not contact the school.

Please mark your calendar with the important dates below.

Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Fall Mulch Sale

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event please use the link below to sign-up.  

Fall mulch Sale volunteers 2022.pdf

Please support the Class of 2024 and order mulch using the link below.

Fall mulch Sale 2022_OrderForm.pdf

Student Services Updates

The MVHS College and Career Center will open for students on Monday, September 19th! The Career Center will be open on odd days, even days during lunch and after school on late bus days Monday and Thursdays.      

Each Fall many college admissions officers visit our College & Career Center to highlight unique programs and scholarship opportunities for their institutions, and to provide application information that is not always readily available on their websites. Visits are scheduled to last 30 or 45 minutes.  Juniors and seniors, please sign up for college visits through Naviance Student.  Below is a list of upcoming September/October MVHS Career Center College Rep Visits.  

  • Sept 23rd @ 12:30 Gettysburg College (PA)
  • Sept 28th @ 9:45- George Mason University
  • Sept 30th @ 9:45 VCU
  • Sept 30th @11:45- Virginia Tech
  • October 4th  @  12:30 Loyola University Maryland
  • October 11th @ 11:45 Hollins University
  • October 11th @ 12:30 Radford University
  • October 12th @ 9:45   St. Olaf College
  • October 14th @ 11:15 Longwood University
  • October 14th @ 11:45 University of Maine
  • October 18th @ 12:30 Univ of Mary Washington
  • October 18th @ 12:30 Saint Michael’s College
  • October 26th @12:30 Christopher Newport Univ
  • October 28th @ 12:30 Mount St. Mary’s University
FCPS College Fair and Post-Secondary Week

FCPS College Fair is Oct.16th 4pm-7pm at Eagle Bank Arena. Register at: https://bit.ly/fcpspostsecondary 

  • Upon registration, students will receive a barcode allowing college representatives to retrieve student information electronically. Barcodes can be scanned from mobile devices. Approximately 250 colleges and universities will be represented!   

Post-Secondary Week is Oct. 17th-20th Virtual from 5pm-8pm. Join us for Fairfax County Public Schools Virtual Postsecondary Week and participate in one or all the live virtual sessions. You will learn how to be better prepared for the next chapter of your educational journey. Register at https://bit.ly/fcpspostsecondary

Scholarships

The Gates Scholarship – deadline Sept. 15, 2022 - Fund full cost of college that isn’t already covered - https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship 

School House Connection Scholarship – deadline Oct. 15, 2022 - $2,000 - https://schoolhouseconnection.org/youth-leadership/scholarship-program 

LawnStarter Lawntrepreneur Scholarship – deadline Dec. 31, 2022 - $1,000 - https://www.lawnstarter.com/scholarship

Enrichment Programs

Guided Pathway Support Program – event date School year 2022-2023 - https://rbsgps.com/ 

Exploring College Options – event date Sept. 18 at 6pm, Sept. 19 at 7pm, Oct. 2 at 6pm, Oct. 3 at 7pm - https://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/ 

Longwood Academic Immersion Days - event date Sept. – Nov. 2022 - https://www.longwood.edu/admissions/visit/immersion-days/ 

Banson NYC Fashion Week Adventure – event date Feb. 9 – 13, 2023 - https://www.bansonnyc.com/ 

Banson NYC high School Fashion Summer Camp – event date June 18 – 24, 2023 or July 9 – 15, 2023 - https://www.bansonnyc.com /

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News and Announcements September 9th Edition

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From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  MVHS will be celebrating with a spirit week, a selfie station, music, dance, a parade, and trivia.

Principal Chat and PTSA Meeting

The first “Principal Chat” of the year will be Wednesday, September 21st from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at at MVHS in room G100.  Directly following the Principal Chat, we will have our first PTSA meeting. 

We will discuss the following:

  • Strategies for Strengthening the Parent/School Relationship
  • Goals for the 22-23 school year
  • Hot Topics

It isn’t too late to submit questions you would like to have answered during the “Hot Topics” session. 

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Mount Vernon High School on Monday, October 3, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments.  Please register here to attend.

Back to School Night

Thank you to everyone that joined us for Back to School Night and all that stayed to attend the football game after.  The maroon shirt allowed for us to see how much PRIDE we have here at Mount Vernon.  If you were not able to attend BTSN please visit our Back to School Night page on our website.

Please update your calendar with the important dates below.

Fall Mulch Sale

The Class of 2024 is looking for volunteers for this event.  If interested use the link below to sign-up.

Fall Mulch Sale Volunteer Sign-Up

To order mulch please use the link below.

Fall mulch Sale 2022 Order Form

Student Services Updates FCPS College Fair -- Look to the Future

The annual FCPS College Fair will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Approximately 250 colleges and universities will be represented, including two-and four-year colleges and US Service Academies. 

Following the fair, Virtual Postsecondary Week will be held on Monday, October 17 to Thursday, October 20, 2022, each night from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. High school students and their families are encouraged to participate in the week's events. These events will help students be better prepared for the next chapter of their educational journey.  Students may register here: https://bit.ly/fcpspostsecondary.  

Senior Portraits

Don’t miss out on getting your senior portraits taken!

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