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Six George Mason seniors are among the nearly 16,000 teens named semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Falls Church City Public Schools Food Services received top honors in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Food for Thought competition.

FCCPS kicked off the school year with high hopes for all students and a mixture of excitement, anxiety and wonder among the young people and their parents.

How about a real quick peek into Thomas Jefferson's new modular classroom building. An amazing space that replaces several trailer classrooms that were - quite literally - falling apart!

The 2014-2015 School Bus routes are now available.

The Falls Church Police has revised the traffic pattern around Thomas Jefferson Elementary.

The Joint George Mason/Mary Ellen Henderson Campus Steering Committee continued work today, discussing various ideas concerning the re-configuration of 34 acres for a new high school and commercial development.

Nearly 50 new faculty members have arrived at Falls Church City Public Schools for a week's long orientation session.  This is the largest class of new instructional staff FCCPS has ever seen to lead the our growing student population.

The 2014-2015 FCCPS Principals met together for a week of professional development sessions in preparation for the new school year.

GMHS student-athletes completed a summer training program provided by Body Dynamics. The eight-week strength and conditioning program was open to all GMHS athletes. Students focused on form and technique for speed and agility, strength and injury reduction.

There was a time the term "Summer School" would strike dread into the hearts of students.  But at George Mason High School more than a third of the student body is enrolled in this year's Summer Hybrid Learning Academy - and most of them asked to be there.  

As you read this, probably most all of the George Mason Class of 2014 is - asleep.  180 seniors walked across the stage at DAR Constitution Hall before family, friends, and of course, their teachers before finally throwing their Mortar Boards high into the air - and quickly scurrying to get it back.

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When the George Mason Girls Soccer team began their unprecedented streak of Virginia State Championships forward Ava Roth was a 5th grader at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.  Now a junior, Ava kept the record going scoring both Mustang goals, including one from behind her back, in Mason's 2-1 title victory over Maggie Walker Governor's School. Great offense, greater defense, great team.

Starting this fall, the school day will begin later for most all Falls Church Public Schools. The moves come at the request of School Affiliate Organizations, including PTAs, who have been concerned with Mary Ellen Henderson's current 7:30 a.m. start time.

TJ students, teachers, and parents enjoyed an adventurous "World of Wonder" field day extravaganza. Students traveled through 16 stations such as the German Autobahn Race, Australian Kangaroo Hop, Italian Pasta Pull, Victoria Falls, and Volcano Country. Students had a blast, got soaked, and emerged better team members and friends.

Sara Corn, a 5th grader at TJ, was selected as winner of the AAA Safety Patrol of the Year. There are more than 35,000 safety patrols in this region. Sara was one of 13 students selected from Northern VA, Maryland and D.C. to receive this honor.

Mary Ellen Henderson seventh grade students visited Junior Achievement Finance Park, Friday, as part of their financial literacy coursework in Civics & Economics. Finance Park immerses students in the experience of being an adult for the day.

Thomas Jefferson fifth graders have been saying, 'Goodbye' to a multitude of butterflies they have nurtured since they were...well, caterpillars.  The 5th grade team purchased the butterfly habitats and supplies through a PTA grant.