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April Newsletter 2011

April Newsletter 2011

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George Mason High School Newsletter - April 2011
George Mason High School Newsletter - April 2011

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 Excel in Mind, Body and Character 
George Mason High School Newsletter
Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal April 2011
Dear Mustang Parents and Guardians,The third quarter report cards will be printed and handed out during Block 3 on April 6. The gradesreported constitute 40% of the semester grade for each of your child’s courses. The fourth quarter grade(40%) and the final exam (20%) are the other components of the semester grade which will be reported inJune. The one-half credit awarded for the successful completion of courses is made at the end of eachsemester. Each full-year course successfully completed earns 1.0 credit toward graduation.As we begin the fourth quarter let’s reconstitute ourselves to excellence in all we do. Endeavor toachieve the goals we established for ourselves in early September and commit to supporting one anotherthrough challenging times. This community has demonstrated amazing resiliency over the past severalmonths. Our collective resolve has been tested, but we have proven to be up to the task. There is more work to be done this year and we all must work collaboratively to ensure that each of our children has theopportunity to Excel in Mind, Body, and Character. Encourage your children to fully utilize the resourcesthey have available to them and help them navigate the numerous distractions that arise when the weatherimproves. We all look forward to the excitement that accompanies the Spring Play (To Kill a Mockingbird),spring sports, Spring Band Concert, Spring Choral Concert, JV Talent Show, Junior/Senior Prom, and of course graduation, and recognize that participation in these events enhances the Mason experience. Whilewe want our children to fully participate in these fun events, we must ensure that our collective priority isaddressing our academic responsibilities.Mustang seniors will receive a letter in early May which will provide specific information regardingthe numerous senior activities. This letter will also provide important final exam and graduation ticketinformation. Graduation will be held at
5:00 p.m. at Daughters of the American Revolution ConstitutionHall on June 15
.The George Mason faculty and staff thank you for your continued commitment to our community.Alexander Graham Bell said “
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus
.” Experiencing a successful close to the 2010 – 11 school year will require thatwe maintain our collective focus on completing the work we began in September. We are looking forward tocelebrating a task well done!Sincerely,Tyrone Q. ByrdPrincipal
Excel in Mind, Body and Character
GO MUSTANGS!
 
 
PAGE 2 GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
IMPORTANT DATES
Please note that some of these dates havechanged since the beginning of school and someother changes may still occur.
May 21April 6
Junior/Senior Prom –
Hearts Are Wild 
Report Cards Distributed8:30 – Midnight
April 6
Cherry Blossom YachtPTSA MeetingAlexandria City Marina7:30 p.m. – Library
May 23April 6
IB Exams EndCollege 101 – Senior Panel
May 24
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – LibrarySpecial Education Parent Meeting
April 7-9
8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.State BandMustang Café – B121Charlottesville High School
May 30April 13
Memorial Day/School ClosedParent Walk-In (PWI)All Staff Holiday7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
June 1April 13
PTSA MeetingEarly Release Wednesday – 1:45 p.m.7:30 p.m. – Library
April 13 – 14June 2
IB Art ShowSpring Band ConcertOpen to Public7:30 p.m. – Auditorium7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 8
Auditorium8-9 Grade Awards Assembly
April 18 – 22
1:30 p.m. – AuditoriumSpring Break 10-12 Grade Awards Assembly
April 26
7:00 p.m. –AuditoriumSpecial Ed Parent Meeting
June 9
8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Spring Chorus ConcertMustang Café – B1217:00 p.m. -- Auditorium
April 28-29June 13-16
Spring JV ShowEnd-of-year Exams for grades 8, 9, 10 and 117:30 p.m.—Auditorium
June 15April 30
Graduation 2011Solo & Ensemble FestivalDAR Constitution HallTwain Middle School5:00 p.m.
May 2June 16
IB Exams BeginLast Day of School for Underclassmen
May 4June 17
Early Release Wednesday – 1:45 p.m.Last Day for Teachers
May 11
Parent Walk-In (PWI)7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
May 11
Interims Available on AccessGM
May 12-14
Spring Play –
To Kill A Mockingbird 
7:30 p.m. – Auditorium
 
 
PAGE 3 GEORGE MASON HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
The annual IB art exhibition will be open to the public Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 and 14, from 7:00– 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Don’t miss this opportunity to see our students’ superb artwork! The GeorgeMason Relief Project (GMRP) will be hosting their third annual dinner preceding the IB Art show onThursday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the front lobby.
FINAL EXAMINATIONS
Final exams for grades 8 – 11 will be held Monday through Thursday, June 13 – June 16. A special schedulefor
senior exams
will be mailed home in May. Senior exams will begin
June 6.
 
APPROPRIATESTUDENT DRESS
The warm weather has certainly arrived and it is a good time to remember that student dress at school mustalways be appropriate. Clothing a student may wear on the boardwalk in Ocean City is quite possibly
not appropriate
at school. We ask all to be compliant with our simple request to dress modestly andappropriately in a non-distracting manner. Students who do not comply with this request will be sent hometo try again. We greatly appreciate everyone's
cheerful cooperation
in this!
High School Awards Assembly
The awards assembly for the GR8s and freshmen will be on
Wednesday
,
June 8
, beginning at
1:30 p.m.
inthe GM Auditorium. The awards assembly for
sophomores, juniors and seniors
will be held onWednesday
, June 8, at 7:00 p.m.
in the GM auditorium. Parents and guardians of students receiving anaward will be notified by mail.

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