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Mary Ellen Henderson 8th grader, Greg Wohlford, placed 2nd out of 325 entries in the Virginia International Aviation Art Competition. Based on the theme "Flying Saves Lives," Wohlford's work will be featured with other winners soon on the Virginia Department of Aviation website and Virginia Aviation newsletter. Pictured above is MEH art teacher Debbie Baird, Wohlford, and Principal Seidah Ashshaheed.

The George Mason High School Team 1418 Vae Victis (above, middle) picked up 2nd place in the FIRST Robotics Virginia Regional competition this weekend in Richmond. They also won the competition's Industrial Design Award for their robot. This weekend the team will compete in the Greater DC Regional at GMU's Patriot Center Thursday - Saturday.

George Mason High School's Lasso Online picked up a Silver Crown Award for outstanding scholastic publication during the 90th annual meeting of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University.

Mount Daniel's youngest FCCPS team "The Owls" participated in the Primary division of the Odyssey of the Mind tournament.  6 were kindergarteners and 1 was a first grader. They did an awesome job! Students are Jahan Smith, Solomon Modell, Katie Trombo, Ellie Shin, Tiberius Schmittel, Tessa Papadopolus and Adam Batchelor Riera. Their coach was Michelle Schmittel.

Nineteen students brought some fierce competition to the 1st Annual 7th grade Battle of the Books.  Over the course of 3 months, participants read books from the 2013 Virginia Reader's Choice books trying to remember the plot twists, characters, settings, and conflicts so they could answer questions about the books.  

Photo Courtesy/Jennifer Cipriano
FCCPS schools were well represented at the Odyssey of the Mind NoVA Prime Regional Tournament this weekend. Staged alongside 190 regional teams, TJ's 18 competitive teams brought home 8 award ribbons. Six other Primary teams from TJ participated, making 24 total teams from TJ. Both Mary Ellen Henderson teams also received awards, including a tie for first place and 3rd place. Mount Daniel also had one team who participated in the Primary division. Additional pictures of the fun and specific results are available.

 
As students may have noticed, Officer Steve Rau is no longer Mason’s School Resource Officer, as he has been promoted and replaced by Officer Markus Bristol. Though Bristol may be new to the Mason community, he is certainly familiar with the city.

Mary Ellen Henderson 7th Grader Sameer Miglani recently scored among the top 100 school level geography bee champions in Virginia and thus won the title of Virginia National Geographic Bee Semifinalist.  

MEH 7th grader, Estelle Timar-Wilcox was awarded the Raudenbush Scholarship at the George Mason International Dinner last Thursday in the Mustang Cafe.

Every day in Falls Church, we benefit from thriving partnerships. Classroom visitors, Career Fair presenters, PTA fundraisers, service learning opportunities and field trips bring volunteers and partners in contact with our schools. See the full list of Business and Community Partnerships. (Warning: give yourself some time to be impressed and grateful!)

The Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair honored three MEH Huskies by nominating them for the Broadcom MASTERS competition!  Judges selected the top 10% of middle school projects to participate in the event.

The Falls Church School Board voted unanimously last night to name the City's newest school Jessie Thackrey Preschool in honor of the beloved civic leader who passed away last fall at age 100. The school, which is undergoing major renovation on Cherry Street, is scheduled to open this fall.

The George Mason Wrestling team concluded its season Febuary 23rd and had much to be happy about. Three wrestlers from George Mason made it to the state tournament, seniors Jack Stricker, Grant Hagler, and Max Aifer.

The Mason Swim Team continued its great success in the 2013-2014 season. The regular season was a victory and that continued on into the post season.

Principal Ty Byrd presents Senior Maeve Curtin with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President's Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

The 2014 Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Career Fair packed the gym on Thursday!  Over 85 volunteers from varying professions such as surgeons, real-estate agents, judges, reporters, and teachers, etc. showcased their careers to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes, sharing stories and projects with the students.

 
"There's an app for that" wasn't true for MEH before 8th-graders Carlos Mercado and William Langan (l to r) created one. Their entry at the Intel NoVa Regional Science and Engineering Fair brought home the Best of Fair Grand Prize and will be moving on to the national competition.  The top award grants a monetary prize of $25,000.

The TSA Northern Spring Regional Fair, held Saturday at Mount Vernon High School, provided leadership development activities and competitive events for students who are members of the Technology Student Association. Special congratulations goes out to 7th Grader Casandre Rice (above), who placed third in the Digital Photography event. She will now advance to statewide competition at Technosphere '14.  

  As part of the MEH inaugural Science Olympiad team, 6th and 7th grade students have studied, researched and practiced since October in events ranging from studying diseases and public health, rocks and minerals to building small scaled helicopters.  MEH Huskies had a strong first showing medaling in several events and winning top dog in one!

 
Ever wonder who the big group of kids are that flock into Ms. Dean-Pratt’s room about once a month, and leave with a large bag of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? This group of students is not there to eat though; they are part of one of George Mason’s new clubs, Key Club. Key Club is a high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International and members of the club perform acts of service in their communities.