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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.

FCCPS Photo/Marybeth Connelly
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.  

18 Mustang athletes are being honored in the 2014 All-Bull Run District Boys and Girls Soocer Teams including seniors Paul Darmstadter and Claire Trevisan taking top honors as First Team Players of the Year.

FCCPS Photo/Lisa Allan
Fourth grade students lately have been thinking about the ways in which we express ideas, feelings, beliefs, values - and (above) the symbols we use to be expressive and to communicate. This inquiry is part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme of studies.

Photo/Story by Carol Sly
The George Mason Girls Track team has won the 2014 Conference 35 Championship, and the Mason Boys were Conference runners up.

George Mason senior Sophie DeLeo has been nominated for a 'Cappie Award' for her vocal performance in the school's Fall musical, 'Oklahoma!'

Seventeen remarkable FCCPS employees were recognized in front of a full house at the Celebration of Excellence Tuesday evening. Administrators, school board & city council members, parents, family members, students, colleagues, and community members honored the outstanding contributions these individuals make to our students. A full list of honorees can be found here and include Stephen Erick, Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year, Shey Wakeley. Congratulations!

Nathan Sperry (3rd from left), an 8th grader at MEH, won first place in Chemical Sciences Section C at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Research Symposium.

Michael Addo-Ashong was named the male District Athlete of the year. He had 33 points in the meet, coming in first in the 110 Hurdles, 2nd in the 100 dash, 3rd in the 300 Hurdles, 1st in the Triple Jump and 6th in the Long Jump.

Mary Ellen Henderson never seems to disappoint in finding ways to get students energized for two weeks of the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests - which begin today.

Falls Church City Public Schools is providing notice to all that records for students with disabilities who graduated in 2009 will be available until August 1, 2014.

Meet Pink Fluffy Unicorn (left) and Bob, two chicks who hatched in Room 7 at Mt. Daniel.

FCCPS Photo/John Wesley Brett
Tuesday night, May 13th Thomas Jefferson Elementary 3rd grade teacher Stephen Erick (center) received his crystal apple and monetary award from the Washington Post for being Falls Church's Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year.