Here’s hoping you and your family are enjoying the summer break. Nothing does the “Mind, Body and Character” more than the occasional break from the norm. During this time at George Mason, we are becoming more excited with each passing day as we get closer to the launch of the Personalized Learning program at Mason and throughout Falls Church City Public Schools.
Those of you who have been with us for the last three years know the intensity of our preparation for the launch of a truly transformative learning initiative. In 2011, we began getting our digital infrastructure in place. In 2012, we started retrofitting classrooms with 21st century technology, and transforming our curriculum to take advantage of these new tools. Last year, our robust wireless internet network was completed and opened for student use. We also updated our digital roadmap to the future - The Instructional Technology Plan - with help from some of the brightest minds in the business.
And now we’re ready for you! Beginning August 11th, the George Mason Digital Learning team and school administration will begin conducting one-hour Personalized Learning sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to provide students, and parents/guardians with our rationale for instituting this initiative, distribute MacBook Air laptops, and discuss the appropriate use and care for this dynamic learning tool. We will also use our time together to address parental controls options, insurance, and maintenance. It is essential that students, accompanied by at least one parent/guardian, attend one of these sessions. In addition to learning about the topics addressed above, parents/guardians will be asked to sign and submit the attached agreement. We appreciate the hectic nature of summer vacation and that family commitments might make attending a challenge. This allotment of your time and attention would not be requested if I did not feel that it was warranted. Together we must continually provide our children with opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they will need to compete in and contribute to the global community and economy. This tool, and the skills and abilities our children will develop while using it, will help us achieve that promise. We fully expect to begin utilizing this new resource at the onset of the 2014-15 school year as we continually work to prepare our children for the diverse opportunities that exist today and those that will be present tomorrow.
SIGN UP: Personalized Learning Orientation Sessions
Daytime and evening sessions are available. Sessions are limited to 30 families each, on a first-come, first-served basis.
During the sessions, and soon on the website, you’ll find more information about Personalized Learning, and get any questions you may have answered. For those new to George Mason this year, let me just say that Personalized Learning will ensure equal access for every student with each starting from the same place. Having 24/7 access to the laptop and software they use in their classroom levels the playing field for our students as they listen to class lectures, review teacher and student notes, and collaborate with one another in and outside the classroom - an invaluable advantage to advancing their learning.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me directly, or submit a question on the website. None of this would have been possible without your support, and that of the Falls Church School Board, City Council and, most importantly, the Falls Church City community.
Please review, sign and bring the attached agreement with you to your Orientation Night.
Sincerely,Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal
George Mason High School