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