tooze

Karin Tooze, long-time revered English teacher at George Mason HS, has been nominated for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award.

The City Council of Falls Church recognized the accepted Youth Representatives from George Mason High School to the various boards, commissions and civic organizations on October 27, 2015. After receiving various applications and undergoing several interviews, the City Council accepted 17 Youth Representatives. 

Quick Clip: Reasons for the Mt. Daniel Expansion

Mount Daniel School is currently 100 students OVER capacity. Just in the last two years, dedicated program areas such as art and music rooms, and even the library have been converted to general classrooms. Couple that with ADA deficiencies (lack of sprinklers, wheelchair ramps, small door widths, etc. and Mount Daniel (circa 1952) is in need of an overhaul.

George Mason High School’s Principal Tyrone Byrd announced the Commended Students for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Falls Church City Public Schools Class of 2014 had the second-highest graduation rate among regular Virginia public school divisions the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported this week.

Two Chileans, Francisca Lemus and Valentine Ale, make apple pie with their American "mom" Ellen Meinhart as part of their Chilean Exchange at George Mason High School.

7 Things You Need to Know 

THE BOND REFERENDUM WILL FUND...

Needed classroom expansion due to recent growth and modernization to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

THE COST WILL BE...

$15.6 Million

WE NEED TO BUILD BECAUSE...

The current building is over capacity by more than 100 children. We no longer have a library, and we no longer have a music room. Both have been transformed into needed classrooms. Three additional classes are being held in trailers. All current space is being utilized. TJ is also crowded. The expansion will allow us to move 2nd grade to MD, freeing up much-needed space on that site.

NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE...

Over 65,820 square feet (21,316 sqft remain intact) of brand-new classrooms, along with a new gymnasium, a separate new cafeteria, a new media center, and new day care offices.

THE BUILDING IS EXPECTED TO LAST...

At least 50 years. As for capacity, enrollment projections are hard to make for children who have not been born. However, we project that it will take at least 20 years to fill up 12 classrooms on each grade.

IF WE DO NOT EXPAND AT MOUNT DANIEL...

We would need to spend more on trailers, which cost more in the long run. We would still invest in ADA upgrades and additional sprinklers. Eventually, we would need to limit PE class as growth continues because the current gym also serves as the cafeteria. Children eventually would need to eat lunch starting around 10:45 am in order to get the lunches served in the shared space. We would lose valuable outdoor space for single-story trailers. TJ would also experience similar problems.

THE CITY’S FINANCING PLAN...

The city has an array of financing options for all capital projects. Funds can come through many sources, including local taxes, the proceeds from the water system sale, proffers dedicated for school use from current development, and the sale of bonds.


 

Questions and Answers

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Where will classes be held during construction?

The safety plan was a part of the Request for Proposals. Relocatable classroom buildings will house students on-site in excellent temporary space during construction. Once the building is completed, students will move into the brand new classrooms.

Will this be more safe and secure?

Mount Daniel was built in 1952, before safety features such as cameras, buzzer entrances, and ADA compliance became today’s standards. The new construction will address all of these issues, and also add sprinklers to a section of the building which currently is not sprinkled. If the bond fails, these items will not get fixed

CONSTRUCTION

What is the Construction Schedule?

Permitting would begin immediately following approval of the Bond Referendum, followed by construction. Planned completion is October 2016.

Why not place more trailers on site instead of expanding the building?

Trailers have a useful life of approximately 15 years. Schools are built to last for 50. Thus trailers would need to be replaced almost 3.5 times over the next five decades. As a result, using trailers would be more expensive than expanding Mt. Daniel as proposed.

What would it cost for a total tear down and replacement?

We are doing a total tear-down of all old spaces. The only rooms remaining are less than 10 years old.

Why Not Build Higher and Bigger?

The height (3 stories) is maximum for the space and the developmental age of the students.

What about storm water?

Storm water management will be enhanced per Virginia Code.

Why not put it on the GM/MEH Campus and sell the Mount Daniel land?

The school division does not believe it is in the best interest of small children to be located next to I-66 , Route 7, and the Metro.

Artists in grades two through five used a simple craft stick and markers to create an interesting and repetitive pattern. They focused on the 5 types of Line: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Curvy and Zigzag.

photo 10

It is always fun at the beginning of the new school year to renew old friendships and cement new ones with a play date after school.

As a reminder, as stated in the Parent Handbook, school bus transportation is not to used for play dates.  Students are expected to ride to and from school on the same bus daily.  Play dates should be scheduled after your child has arrived safely at home on his/her regular bus.

Select this link to view the Parent Handbook, pages 26-28 cover Bus Transportation.

It is especially important as we work out the daily bus dismissal routines that children use their assigned buses.  In addition, our buses are at capacity and we are unable to allow students to travel on any bus other than their own. If we are able to change this procedure in the future, we will let you know. 

An email blast was sent on Tuesday, September 16.  If you did not receive this email, please contact the school office.

Learn More http://goo.gl/K5m18c

Falls Church City Public School's state leading 2013-2014 SOL passing rates in Reading and Writing, as well as high state assessment passing rates in mathematics, science and history, have earned the division recognition today by the Virginia Department of Education as one of only 22 division in the state with all schools fully accredited for the 2014-2015 school year.

tooze

Karin Tooze, long-time revered English teacher at George Mason HS, has been nominated for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award.

The City Council of Falls Church recognized the accepted Youth Representatives from George Mason High School to the various boards, commissions and civic organizations on October 27, 2015. After receiving various applications and undergoing several interviews, the City Council accepted 17 Youth Representatives. 

Quick Clip: Reasons for the Mt. Daniel Expansion

Mount Daniel School is currently 100 students OVER capacity. Just in the last two years, dedicated program areas such as art and music rooms, and even the library have been converted to general classrooms. Couple that with ADA deficiencies (lack of sprinklers, wheelchair ramps, small door widths, etc. and Mount Daniel (circa 1952) is in need of an overhaul.

George Mason High School’s Principal Tyrone Byrd announced the Commended Students for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Falls Church City Public Schools Class of 2014 had the second-highest graduation rate among regular Virginia public school divisions the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported this week.

Two Chileans, Francisca Lemus and Valentine Ale, make apple pie with their American "mom" Ellen Meinhart as part of their Chilean Exchange at George Mason High School.

7 Things You Need to Know 

THE BOND REFERENDUM WILL FUND...

Needed classroom expansion due to recent growth and modernization to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

THE COST WILL BE...

$15.6 Million

WE NEED TO BUILD BECAUSE...

The current building is over capacity by more than 100 children. We no longer have a library, and we no longer have a music room. Both have been transformed into needed classrooms. Three additional classes are being held in trailers. All current space is being utilized. TJ is also crowded. The expansion will allow us to move 2nd grade to MD, freeing up much-needed space on that site.

NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE...

Over 65,820 square feet (21,316 sqft remain intact) of brand-new classrooms, along with a new gymnasium, a separate new cafeteria, a new media center, and new day care offices.

THE BUILDING IS EXPECTED TO LAST...

At least 50 years. As for capacity, enrollment projections are hard to make for children who have not been born. However, we project that it will take at least 20 years to fill up 12 classrooms on each grade.

IF WE DO NOT EXPAND AT MOUNT DANIEL...

We would need to spend more on trailers, which cost more in the long run. We would still invest in ADA upgrades and additional sprinklers. Eventually, we would need to limit PE class as growth continues because the current gym also serves as the cafeteria. Children eventually would need to eat lunch starting around 10:45 am in order to get the lunches served in the shared space. We would lose valuable outdoor space for single-story trailers. TJ would also experience similar problems.

THE CITY’S FINANCING PLAN...

The city has an array of financing options for all capital projects. Funds can come through many sources, including local taxes, the proceeds from the water system sale, proffers dedicated for school use from current development, and the sale of bonds.


 

Questions and Answers

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Where will classes be held during construction?

The safety plan was a part of the Request for Proposals. Relocatable classroom buildings will house students on-site in excellent temporary space during construction. Once the building is completed, students will move into the brand new classrooms.

Will this be more safe and secure?

Mount Daniel was built in 1952, before safety features such as cameras, buzzer entrances, and ADA compliance became today’s standards. The new construction will address all of these issues, and also add sprinklers to a section of the building which currently is not sprinkled. If the bond fails, these items will not get fixed

CONSTRUCTION

What is the Construction Schedule?

Permitting would begin immediately following approval of the Bond Referendum, followed by construction. Planned completion is October 2016.

Why not place more trailers on site instead of expanding the building?

Trailers have a useful life of approximately 15 years. Schools are built to last for 50. Thus trailers would need to be replaced almost 3.5 times over the next five decades. As a result, using trailers would be more expensive than expanding Mt. Daniel as proposed.

What would it cost for a total tear down and replacement?

We are doing a total tear-down of all old spaces. The only rooms remaining are less than 10 years old.

Why Not Build Higher and Bigger?

The height (3 stories) is maximum for the space and the developmental age of the students.

What about storm water?

Storm water management will be enhanced per Virginia Code.

Why not put it on the GM/MEH Campus and sell the Mount Daniel land?

The school division does not believe it is in the best interest of small children to be located next to I-66 , Route 7, and the Metro.

Artists in grades two through five used a simple craft stick and markers to create an interesting and repetitive pattern. They focused on the 5 types of Line: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Curvy and Zigzag.

photo 10

It is always fun at the beginning of the new school year to renew old friendships and cement new ones with a play date after school.

As a reminder, as stated in the Parent Handbook, school bus transportation is not to used for play dates.  Students are expected to ride to and from school on the same bus daily.  Play dates should be scheduled after your child has arrived safely at home on his/her regular bus.

Select this link to view the Parent Handbook, pages 26-28 cover Bus Transportation.

It is especially important as we work out the daily bus dismissal routines that children use their assigned buses.  In addition, our buses are at capacity and we are unable to allow students to travel on any bus other than their own. If we are able to change this procedure in the future, we will let you know. 

An email blast was sent on Tuesday, September 16.  If you did not receive this email, please contact the school office.

Learn More http://goo.gl/K5m18c

Falls Church City Public School's state leading 2013-2014 SOL passing rates in Reading and Writing, as well as high state assessment passing rates in mathematics, science and history, have earned the division recognition today by the Virginia Department of Education as one of only 22 division in the state with all schools fully accredited for the 2014-2015 school year.

tooze

Karin Tooze, long-time revered English teacher at George Mason HS, has been nominated for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award.

The City Council of Falls Church recognized the accepted Youth Representatives from George Mason High School to the various boards, commissions and civic organizations on October 27, 2015. After receiving various applications and undergoing several interviews, the City Council accepted 17 Youth Representatives. 

Quick Clip: Reasons for the Mt. Daniel Expansion

Mount Daniel School is currently 100 students OVER capacity. Just in the last two years, dedicated program areas such as art and music rooms, and even the library have been converted to general classrooms. Couple that with ADA deficiencies (lack of sprinklers, wheelchair ramps, small door widths, etc. and Mount Daniel (circa 1952) is in need of an overhaul.

George Mason High School’s Principal Tyrone Byrd announced the Commended Students for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Falls Church City Public Schools Class of 2014 had the second-highest graduation rate among regular Virginia public school divisions the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported this week.

Two Chileans, Francisca Lemus and Valentine Ale, make apple pie with their American "mom" Ellen Meinhart as part of their Chilean Exchange at George Mason High School.

7 Things You Need to Know 

THE BOND REFERENDUM WILL FUND...

Needed classroom expansion due to recent growth and modernization to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

THE COST WILL BE...

$15.6 Million

WE NEED TO BUILD BECAUSE...

The current building is over capacity by more than 100 children. We no longer have a library, and we no longer have a music room. Both have been transformed into needed classrooms. Three additional classes are being held in trailers. All current space is being utilized. TJ is also crowded. The expansion will allow us to move 2nd grade to MD, freeing up much-needed space on that site.

NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE...

Over 65,820 square feet (21,316 sqft remain intact) of brand-new classrooms, along with a new gymnasium, a separate new cafeteria, a new media center, and new day care offices.

THE BUILDING IS EXPECTED TO LAST...

At least 50 years. As for capacity, enrollment projections are hard to make for children who have not been born. However, we project that it will take at least 20 years to fill up 12 classrooms on each grade.

IF WE DO NOT EXPAND AT MOUNT DANIEL...

We would need to spend more on trailers, which cost more in the long run. We would still invest in ADA upgrades and additional sprinklers. Eventually, we would need to limit PE class as growth continues because the current gym also serves as the cafeteria. Children eventually would need to eat lunch starting around 10:45 am in order to get the lunches served in the shared space. We would lose valuable outdoor space for single-story trailers. TJ would also experience similar problems.

THE CITY’S FINANCING PLAN...

The city has an array of financing options for all capital projects. Funds can come through many sources, including local taxes, the proceeds from the water system sale, proffers dedicated for school use from current development, and the sale of bonds.


 

Questions and Answers

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Where will classes be held during construction?

The safety plan was a part of the Request for Proposals. Relocatable classroom buildings will house students on-site in excellent temporary space during construction. Once the building is completed, students will move into the brand new classrooms.

Will this be more safe and secure?

Mount Daniel was built in 1952, before safety features such as cameras, buzzer entrances, and ADA compliance became today’s standards. The new construction will address all of these issues, and also add sprinklers to a section of the building which currently is not sprinkled. If the bond fails, these items will not get fixed

CONSTRUCTION

What is the Construction Schedule?

Permitting would begin immediately following approval of the Bond Referendum, followed by construction. Planned completion is October 2016.

Why not place more trailers on site instead of expanding the building?

Trailers have a useful life of approximately 15 years. Schools are built to last for 50. Thus trailers would need to be replaced almost 3.5 times over the next five decades. As a result, using trailers would be more expensive than expanding Mt. Daniel as proposed.

What would it cost for a total tear down and replacement?

We are doing a total tear-down of all old spaces. The only rooms remaining are less than 10 years old.

Why Not Build Higher and Bigger?

The height (3 stories) is maximum for the space and the developmental age of the students.

What about storm water?

Storm water management will be enhanced per Virginia Code.

Why not put it on the GM/MEH Campus and sell the Mount Daniel land?

The school division does not believe it is in the best interest of small children to be located next to I-66 , Route 7, and the Metro.

Artists in grades two through five used a simple craft stick and markers to create an interesting and repetitive pattern. They focused on the 5 types of Line: Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Curvy and Zigzag.

photo 10

It is always fun at the beginning of the new school year to renew old friendships and cement new ones with a play date after school.

As a reminder, as stated in the Parent Handbook, school bus transportation is not to used for play dates.  Students are expected to ride to and from school on the same bus daily.  Play dates should be scheduled after your child has arrived safely at home on his/her regular bus.

Select this link to view the Parent Handbook, pages 26-28 cover Bus Transportation.

It is especially important as we work out the daily bus dismissal routines that children use their assigned buses.  In addition, our buses are at capacity and we are unable to allow students to travel on any bus other than their own. If we are able to change this procedure in the future, we will let you know. 

An email blast was sent on Tuesday, September 16.  If you did not receive this email, please contact the school office.

Learn More http://goo.gl/K5m18c

Falls Church City Public School's state leading 2013-2014 SOL passing rates in Reading and Writing, as well as high state assessment passing rates in mathematics, science and history, have earned the division recognition today by the Virginia Department of Education as one of only 22 division in the state with all schools fully accredited for the 2014-2015 school year.