Excel in Mind, Body and Character

George Mason High School Newsletter
Tyrone Q. Byrd, Principal June, 2011

Dear Mustang Parents & Guardians: It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula Leguin Congratulations to the entire George Mason High School community for the completion of another outstanding school year. The 2010 -11 school year was filled with scholastic, artistic, and athletic success from beginning to end. We truly distinguished ourselves as a leader among schools, and I could not be more proud to be first servant of this amazing institution of learning. Earlier this week we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2011. This group of exceptional young people continued the Mason tradition of excellence in Mind, Body, and Character and set the bar just slightly higher for future classes of talented and dedicated Mustangs. During our graduation ceremony School Board Chair, Joan Wodiska, challenged our graduates to live a life of service to others; our superintendent, Dr. Lois Berlin, reminded them of the opportunities they have before them; and our commencement speaker, former Secretary of the Army Mr. Pete Geren, encouraged our entire community to value integrity first, serve others, and achieve excellence in all we do. Daniel Drawbaugh, Anne Briggs, and Matthew Baker, Valedictory Scholars, vividly reminded us of how talented our students are with rousing speeches to their classmates. The bittersweet ceremony was also filled with performances from our amazing music and choral programs. Each speech, song, and musical piece raised our collective spirit and left us excited to welcome the next step in our lives as members of the global community. We will miss the class of 2011, but we eagerly look forward to the promise of the Classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and our newly arrived Class of 2016. These classes are filled with inquiring and knowledgeable risk-takers. Principled, open-minded thinkers who seek balance and are caring, reflective communicators. Our teachers are steadfastly dedicated to provide each of our students with relevant, engaging, and challenging educational opportunities. The members of our outstanding counseling department are prepared to work collaboratively with our children and their parents to develop and implement a plan to successfully accomplish academic goals. We are confident that we can reach our long-term academic and social goals through careful attention to that very next step. The nature of our close-knit community compels us to rely on the contributions of each member. I challenge you to do your part and help us make George Mason the best that it can be as we collectively strive for Excellence in Mind, Body, and Character. Your child’s final report card for the 2010 - 11 school year will be mailed on Friday, June 24th. If your student took the writing and/or non-writing SOLs in the spring, their scores will be included. We are quite pleased with the preliminary reports of our students’ collective performance on the SOL battery of exams which show that again we have surpassed state accreditation targets. We are very proud of our students’ performance and the superb level of instruction they are receiving in the classroom. Have a great summer and please look for another letter from your partners at Mason some time in August. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOUND IN THE REPORT CARD ENVELOPE: --Summer School Letter with Registration Form (if applicable) --New & Returning Registration Instructions w/SNAPCODE --Summer Reading List Sincerely, Tyrone Q. Byrd Principal



Our summer hours in the high school office are 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday Senior Portraits
Senior pictures (coat and tie for men, black drape—provided by the photographer—for women) will be taken July 8, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

News from the Counseling Office
• Your student's course request verification listing was enclosed with report cards. Please review this information carefully. Please note that this may include an alternate elective(s). Your student's course schedule will be finalized in August.

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Homeroom assignments will be posted in the George Mason High School office on Thursday, September 1. Student schedules will be distributed in a special Homeroom session on the first day of school.
Students who wish to take the SAT or SAT subject tests on October 1, 2011 may register online over the summer; the deadline is September 9. The web address is www.collegeboard.com. Students without access to the Internet can also register by requesting a 2011-2012 registration form from The College Board at: College Board SAT Program, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200. Students may also register for the ACT given on October 22, 2011; the deadline is September 16. The web address is www.actstudent.org. To order a paper form for the ACT, please write to: ACT Registration Department, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 522430414.

INFOSNAP Registration
New and returning student registration instructions were mailed with report cards. Corrections and approval of your child’s demographic data deadline is August 12. It is extremely important this data be updated on or before

August 12 so that our clinic has all the students’ emergency information before they return on September 6.

Back-to-School Night Thursday, September 15 7:00 p.m.



(sponsored by Mustang Ambassador Program)

8th Grade Orientation

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 1:30pm – 3:00pm George Mason High School Mustang Café
Details will follow in mid-July

The table below indicates the first scheduled practice dates for Fall Sports. Most teams have summer conditioning or events and new students should check our website for coach contact information: www.masonathletics.org! No student, returning or new, will be allowed to participate in any tryout or practice session until they have turned in a completed VHSL Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form #2. This form is different than the school entry physical and the school entry physical is not sufficient for athletic participation - even for tryouts and practices. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE PHYSICAL RULE CAN BE GRANTED - PERIOD!!! The Form is available on-line at: www.masonathletics.org. Program Football First Date/ Tryouts August 4, 2011 Equipment Issue Time 3:30 PM Location Equipment Room Summer Contact Coach Horn Hornt@fccps.org

August 8, 2011 * 3:30 PM Mustang Café Coach Horn th th * All 8 – 12 graders will report on this day. Practice will run Monday – Saturday throughout August. Please email Coach Horn about mini-camp August 1-4, 6-9pm!! Cross Country August 8, 2011 7:00AM Stadium Field Coach Bravin Bravinj@fccps org Coach Snyder snyderw@fccps.org


August 1 - 3, 2011



Please email Coach Snyder for tryout times and information! Varsity Volleyball JV Volleyball August 8,9,10 2011 * 9AM Mustang Gym at MEHMS Coach Healey healey@fccps.org

August 8,9.10 2011 Mustang Gym at Coach McCann 9AM * MEHMS walkerl@fccps.org * Please check with Coach Healey about camp at GMHS August 1-4! Daily Practice begins AFTER Tryouts – August 11, 2011 August 1-5 3:45PM GM Main Gym Coach Bird Birdb@fccps.org

Competition Cheer

NEW STUDENTS - Please check with the Guidance Dept. to be sure you are ELIGIBLE and ask them to contact Coach Horn at hornt@fccps.org when you register! SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS - Please contact your coach IMMEDIATELY if you will be unable to attend ANY sessions because of summer school. Please check our website daily over the summer for news and notes from the coaches!

At: www.masonathletics.org

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