Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Important Upcoming Dates
January 19 - Red Day
January 20 - Inauguration Day Holiday for students and staff
January 21 - Red Day
January 22 - Silver Day - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release
January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
February 8 - Parent in Safe Teen Driving Session - 7:00-8:30pm (see below)Important Links
ParentVue/StudentVue will close January 22 at 4:00pm and open again on January 30 at 6:00am.
Grades will be finalized on Friday, January 29.January 22 - 2-hour early release schedule HPE 10 – 2nd Quarter Driver’s Education
Classroom Driver Education in Virginia has a state-mandated hour requirement. Because of FCPS's distance learning schedule, this hour requirement cannot be met in one quarter. In order to meet the state-mandated hour requirement, students will remain in their Driver Education classes through the end of 2nd quarter, spanning into the following 3 weeks of the 3rd quarter. Because SIS requires a grade to be entered and the course has not been completed yet, at the end of the 2nd quarter, students will receive an "I" in SIS under the "Driver Education 10" gradebook. This "I" will be changed to a "P" if in finishing the course over the next 3 weeks of the new quarter, students finish with a passing grade and have satisfied the state's PSTD seminar requirement.Changing from In-Person to Virtual Learning
We have received many questions about the ability to change from in-person to virtual learning for the remainder of the school year. If you are currently scheduled to return to school in-person, and wish to change your selection to virtual learning, you may still do that. Please use this electronic form to indicate your choice.In-Person Students Only
Students who have chosen in person learning must fill out the "commitment form" and return it to the school before beginning in-person learning. This form can be
1. mailed to the school by clicking on link and printing or
2.filled out in ParentVue electronically.
- Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVue This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions
- FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures
3. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS Website for information on returning to schoolSchedule Change Deadline for 20-21 School Year is January 29
Any student still considering a schedule change at this point in the school year will need to submit the schedule change packet by January 29. After that date, students will need to finish the school year in the courses they are currently taking. Please reach out to your counselor if you would like to request a schedule change.Course Selection for 2021-22
The course selection process for next school year will begin this month with a series of information sessions run by counselors to help prepare students as listed in the Counselor’s Corner information below. AP, Dual Enrollment and electives teachers are preparing videos that we will be adding to our Academic Advising page next week. Students will also be given access to an Advising Google Site which will include several resources regarding course descriptions and selecting courses in SIS.
Each Health/Physical Education class will have a scheduled time for their students to meet with counselors to choose courses. The schedule for current 10th graders begins the week of February 2. The schedule for current 9th graders begins the week of February 16. Counselors will set up individual meetings with current 11th graders on Mondays and other times outside of class time, so that they do not miss any instruction. That will begin to happen the week of January 19th.Counselors’ Corner
The next round of Counselors’ Corner meetings by grade level is listed below. A reminder will be sent to student emails and posted in the grade level Google Classroom the week of, with information on how to access this session through BBCU. Please note: The Course Registration Kickoff will outline pertinent information to prepare for selecting courses for the 2021-2022 school year! Feel free to reach out to your school counselor with any questions.
Juniors – January 13th, 9:45-10:25am [Course Registration Kickoff]
Sophomores – January 13th, 10:30-11:00am [Course Registration Kickoff] << NEW START TIME
Freshmen – January 27th, 9:45-10:15am [Course Registration Kickoff]General Information Student Parking Passes
Student parking fees will be waived for the school year 2021. Although no parking fees will be collected, McLean High School will still issue parking passes. Information on how to apply for a parking pass is now on the website.Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information
Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information
McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, February 8, 2021 and Monday, February 22, 2021. Students must virtually attend with a parent or legal guardian and fill out an attendance form at the end in order to earn credit. Attendance of a PSTD seminar is a state requirement in order to pass classroom Driver Education as part of the Health and Physical Education 10 curriculum and obtain a DEC-8 (pink) card. While this seminar is intended for and free of charge for students currently enrolled in Health and Physical Education 10, any juniors who were unable to satisfy this requirement during the 2019-2020 school year are welcome to attend free of charge as well.
Students can register to attend with a parent or legal guardian HERE. Registration will close the day before the seminar is presented. Prior to the seminar, the STUDENT will receive a BBCU invite to the virtual seminar that will be sent to their fcpsschools.net email account. The student must sign into the seminar before 7:00 PM and a parent or guardian must watch the seminar with them. Virtual Attendance after 7:00 PM will not be permitted. PSTD seminars are only available for attendance by students in grades 10-12. Any 9th graders who attend will not receive credit, as they are not enrolled in the Health and Physical Education 10 course.
If students or parents cannot virtually attend a PSTD seminar during the week, FCPS ACE (Adult and Community Education) will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving seminars on Saturdays. These seminars are only open to students grades 10-12. Students who attend these Saturday seminars regardless of grade, must register online through the ACE website and pay the $30.00 registration fee, as these seminars are held on the weekend.
Lastly, FCPS ACE is now accepting registration for behind-the-wheel (in-car portion) Driver Education classes. Registration is available on the ACE website.
The FCPS ACE website can be found here:
Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: firstname.lastname@example.org.Weekly Reminders Online Attendance Form
Parents can now report a student absence by using our online attendance form at https://mcleanhs.fcps.edu/about/attendance-form. The attendance phone line will also be available at 703-714-5725.Library News: Curbside Pickup for library books every Monday
Starting Monday, Nov. 2, students will be able to pick up books they put on hold through the online catalog. The student will login to the catalog using their FCPS login credentials. When a book is available in the catalog, the student will see book, and be able to click the Hold option. Once a student places a hold, Mrs. Kong will email the student to sign up for a Curbside Pickup appointment on Mondays from 9:00-2:00. Curbside pickup will be available every Monday except holidays.
A masked library staff member will take the book(s) to the student’s car at the front entrance of the school (Door #1). All occupants of the car must wear a mask. The student’s Name and Student ID Number should be on a sheet of paper and placed on the passenger’s side dashboard. The library staff member will place the book(s) either in the trunk or the back seat.Club Participation Information
- Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
- Each club will have a Google Classroom link
- If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
- In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L
10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z
- If the Club says “Inactive” that means we have the club, but currently do not have a sponsor. If a student is interested in activating the club a teacher sponsor would need to be identified.
- To learn more about student clubs at MHS, as well as information on the process of starting new clubs, please join Mr. Hays’ MHS Clubs class in Google Classroom using class code: euwkxvv
If you are experiencing issues with your FCPS issued laptop, please use the link below to enter your information. The tech support team will then get back to you as soon as possible.
We will continue to support students remotely as much as possible. If a computer has been identified as needing hands-on repair, we will schedule an appointment for you to come to the school to exchange it.
Description: This form should be filled out by a student if they are experiencing issues with their FCPSOn laptop.
Please click on the link below to access the Tech Support Request Form.
Parent/Student Support Portal Link:
To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will enter a support ticket on behalf of the parent/guardian to escalate the issue to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.
FCPS has also set-up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support request ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the TSSpec at the appropriate site to expedite service. text.SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs
The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:
- Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
- Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
- Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
- Play games and have fun!
Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
Monday, January 25, 2021: *Teacher workday – students are not attending school
Two time slots are available: 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sessions run 1-1.5 hours
Discover questions you should ask to begin the college conversation. Explore the differences between high school and college experiences and crucial skills needed for college success.
This webinar will focus on:
- Learning about college options
- Navigating disability services
- Navigating college accommodations.
Presented by Beth Felson, Success Coach at Spectrum Transition Coaching LLC.
Friday January 29, 2021 10 -11:30 a.m.
McLean’s Clinical Staff are available to consult with parents and students regarding mental health related concerns and behaviors. They are also able to provide community resources as needed. Please see their contact information below:
Carol Ann Forrest, School Psychologist, CMForrest@fcps.edu
Beverly Parker-Lewis, School Psychologist, email@example.com
Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Crisis Link Regional Hotline 703-527-4077
Crisis Text Text NEEDHELP to 85511
Dominion Hospital Emergency 703-536-2000
INOVA Emergency 703-289-7560
Merrifield Center Emergency 703-573-5979 TTY dial 711
Life Threatening 911FCPS Cares
Do you know a McLean High School or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.My School Bucks
Learn more about this online payment portal for many school fees. Parents can set up an account which they link their student(s) to so there is one account per family. Course fees, lunch funds, some ticket events can be taken care of online. MySchoolBucks eliminates the need for students to carry cash to school and for multiple checks to be written. Learn more and sign up at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home