Willy Wonka, Jr. Casting Complete!

on Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:52.

Wonka Student Read Through
Auditions have wrapped for this year's musical, "Willy Wonka Jr." We had over 85 talented students audition for the production and every single student did a fantastic job. This version of Willy Wonka Jr. is based off of the original novel by Roald Dahl, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. It will include many fan favorite songs such as "I've got a golden ticket", "Pure Imagination", "I want it now!" and of course an Oompa Loompa ensemble will be singing throughout the show.
The rehearsal process has already begun with our first full cast read through, pictured above. The show opens Thursday Feb.23rd and runs through Saturday Feb. 25th.
Wonka Student Directors  Wonka Cast Wonka Actors



FFEL Awards Super Grants to MEHMS

on Monday, 31 October 2016 09:12.

Teachers are presented with awards.

On Thursday, the Falls Church Education Foundation made the rounds to all the schools to bestow $58,655 to the winning applicants for Super Grants. The FCEF raises funds through the Run For the Schools, the Annual Gala in the spring, and Academic Booster donations from the community. For Super Grants, teachers apply for grants and the FCEF board makes the awards.



Projects Include:

Outdoor Amphitheatre and Foyer Furniture

This FCEF Super Grant provides funding for two nontraditional learning venues. The grant will be used to build an outdoor amphitheatre/classroom that will accommodate 60 students. Sisler's Stone is donating the materials at or below cost and MEH will use parent, staff and student "sweat equity" to build the structure. Entry foyer furniture will not only provide a welcoming atmosphere to the school and allow students and others to sit and gather while they are waiting for events, but will be used as an additional learning space for students, especially for those who might need some time away from class or for special needs students.

Demonstration Table for the Family Consumer Services Classroom

This FCEF Super Grant provides funding for a cooking demonstration table with electric range and mirror, which will allow the teacher to "show the necessary skills to all kids at once", so she can move around the classroom once cooking begins as opposed to breaking the groups down and showing each group individually.

Equipment for STEAM classes and Makerspace at Henderson (M@H)

This FCEF Super Grant funds new types of equipment and technology that will benefit all middle school students through the STEAM classes and M@H. New technology includes Ozobots, Bloxels, Arduinos, Glowforge laser cutter, KEVA planks. In addition to bringing new equipment to MEH, Mr. Erick, Ms. Fogle and Ms. Slifer will be holding tutorials after school to show students how to use the equipment. They will also implement a "Maker Buddy Board" where students can find peer mentors to help them with projects. This grant helps M@H and STEAM classes expand their outreach and offerings to all MEH students and parents.

Four Standup Desks, Four Balance Ball Chairs and Sensory Items for 7th Grade Special Education Students

This FCEF Super Grant funds items to provide students with movement while they are learning. Standing desks "allow for movement, which increases attention, engagement, and student learning." Students who have standing desks have health benefits, such as preventing orthopedic degradation and dysfunction, repetitive stress injuries, pelvic floor dysfunction, and knee and hip disorders. Balance ball chairs help students with ADHD engage in needed movement, help to increase alertness and attention and strengthen core muscles.


Focus On: The Environment Club's Garden Team

on Friday, 21 October 2016 13:37.

Student and hydroponic lettuce

The Environmental Club Garden Team is almost ready to harvest its first crop of lettuce!

Environmental Club offers a way to get students energized about taking care of the Earth and helping out the community! Students learn about environmental issues facing the 21st century and gain hands on experience through working with hydroponic units to raise vegetables in the MEH garden.

The club meets after school on Thursdays with Ms. Smolarek. 


Focus On: Uniting Peers Student Group

on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:51.

Uniting Peers Student Group


Uniting Peers, aka UP, is a club based on creating a more inclusive school where everyone feels like part of our community. In the past, we have done lunch bunches with life skills students, worked on banning unkind words and helped to sponsor a Special Olympics track meet. This year we look to build upon our past with new endeavors while we continue to try to impact the culture of the school.

UP is a precursor for the Best Buddies Club at the high school. It provides opportunities for students with special needs to interact with peers that might not have special needs. 

UP meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in Mr. Block's classroom (#214).

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Principal: Valerie Hardy
Assistant Principal: Rory Dippold 
School Counselor: Alyssa Jacobson
School Counselor: Matt Sowers
School Counselor: Tara Filmyer

MEHMS is committed to creating an innovative learning environment that excites, engages, and empowers ALL of its members to become internationally-minded citizens who are active, compassionate, and reflective lifelong learners.