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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.

The Falls Church City Public Schools’ 2014 Summer Enrichment Camp offers students in grades 2-8 the  opportunity to pursue individual interests during a 9-day enrichment academy. All instructional activities will be developed and delivered by FCCPS educators. The summer enrichment camp will run Monday, June 23 – Thursday, July 3, 2014. The registration packet and more information is available here.

Falls Church is a wonderful community filled with talented individuals who come together collectively to create one of the best small cities in America.  As our School Board carefully considers my proposed budget request that will fund the next school year, the theme is similar to the past few years: FCCPS continues to see rapidly increasing student enrollment.

The Extended Day Care Program has experienced tremendous enrollment growth for the last few years. Soon the program will face a decrease in usable space as current areas will become additional classrooms to service Mount Daniel's incredible growth. At TJ, Day Care faces the challenge of hiring a sufficient number of staff to manage the large numbers of children in our care. Because of these issues, we anticipate a Wait List may become necessary for the first time in 38 years.

 
From February 3-14 the GMHS Student Council Community Outreach Community is having a cereal drive. This is an attempt to help stock the Arlington Food Assistance Center shelves for families in need. Collection boxes will be placed outside the library.

Two George Mason High School students have earned national recognition as National Merit Scholarship finalists. Noelle Darling (left) and Elinore McLain today received letters notifying them that they are among an elite group of students nationwide who are eligible to compete for the prestigious academic scholarships.

Falls Church City Public Schools is one of only six Virginia school districts to make the 2014 College Board AP District Honor Roll.