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June Newsletter 2011

June Newsletter 2011

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George Mason High School newsletter to parents for June 2011
George Mason High School newsletter to parents for June 2011

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Published by: Falls Church City Public Schools on Jun 24, 2011
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  Excel in Mind, Body and Character 
George Mason High School Newsletter
Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal June, 2011
Dear Mustang Parents & Guardians:
 It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
 Ursula LeguinCongratulations to the entire George Mason High School community for the completion of anotheroutstanding school year. The 2010 -11 school year was filled with scholastic, artistic, and athletic success frombeginning to end. We truly distinguished ourselves as a leader among schools, and I could not be more proud to befirst servant of this amazing institution of learning.Earlier this week we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2011. This group of exceptional young peoplecontinued the Mason tradition of excellence in Mind, Body, and Character and set the bar just slightly higher for futureclasses of talented and dedicated Mustangs. During our graduation ceremony School Board Chair, Joan Wodiska,challenged our graduates to live a life of service to others; our superintendent, Dr. Lois Berlin, reminded them of theopportunities they have before them; and our commencement speaker, former Secretary of the Army Mr. Pete Geren,encouraged our entire community to value integrity first, serve others, and achieve excellence in all we do. DanielDrawbaugh, Anne Briggs, and Matthew Baker, Valedictory Scholars, vividly reminded us of how talented our studentsare with rousing speeches to their classmates. The bittersweet ceremony was also filled with performances from ouramazing music and choral programs. Each speech, song, and musical piece raised our collective spirit and left usexcited to welcome the next step in our lives as members of the global community.We will miss the class of 2011, but we eagerly look forward to the promise of the Classes of 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, and our newly arrived Class of 2016. These classes are filled with inquiring and knowledgeable risk-takers.Principled, open-minded thinkers who seek balance and are caring, reflective communicators. Our teachers aresteadfastly dedicated to provide each of our students with relevant, engaging, and challenging educationalopportunities. The members of our outstanding counseling department are prepared to work collaboratively with ourchildren and their parents to develop and implement a plan to successfully accomplish academic goals. We areconfident that we can reach our long-term academic and social goals through careful attention to that very next step.The nature of our close-knit community compels us to rely on the contributions of each member. I challenge you to doyour part and help us make George Mason the best that it can be as we collectively strive for Excellence in Mind,Body, and Character.Your child’s final report card for the 2010 - 11 school year will be mailed on Friday, June 24
. If your studenttook the writing and/or non-writing SOLs in the spring, their scores will be included. We are quite pleased with thepreliminary reports of our students’ collective performance on the SOL battery of exams which show that again wehave surpassed state accreditation targets. We are very proud of our students’ performance and the superb level of instruction they are receiving in the classroom.Have a great summer and please look for another letter from your partners at Mason some time in August.Sincerely,Tyrone Q. ByrdPrincipal
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOUND IN THEREPORT CARD ENVELOPE:--Summer School Letter with Registration Form (if applicable)--New & Returning Registration Instructions w/SNAPCODE--Summer Reading List
Our summer hours in the high school office are 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Senior Portraits 
Senior pictures (coat and tie for men, black drape—provided by the photographer—for women) will be taken July 8,from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
News from the Counseling Office
Your student's course request verification listing was enclosed with report cards. Please review this informationcarefully. Please note that this may include an alternate elective(s). Your student's course schedule will befinalized in August.
Homeroom assignments will be posted in the George Mason High School office on Thursday,September 1.
Student schedules will be distributed in a special Homeroom session on the first day of school.
Students who wish to take the SAT or SAT subject tests on October
1, 2011
may register online over the summer;the deadline is September
. The web address iswww.collegeboard.com. Students without access to theInternet can also register by requesting a
registration form from The College Board at: College BoardSAT Program, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200. Students may also register for the ACTgiven on October
; the deadline is September
. The web address iswww.actstudent.org. To order apaper form for the ACT, please write to: ACT Registration Department, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243-0414.
INFOSNAP Registration
New and returning student registration instructions were mailed with report cards. Corrections and approval of yourchild’s demographic data deadline is August 12. 
It is
extremely important
this data be updated on or before
August 12
so that our clinic has all the students’ emergency information
they return on September 6.
Back-to-School NightThursday, September 157:00 p.m.
Grade Orientation
(sponsored by Mustang Ambassador Program) 
Wednesday, August 31, 20111:30pm – 3:00pmGeorge Mason High School Mustang Café
Details will follow in mid-July 

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