McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 1/19/2021

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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

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

Gradebook Dates

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.

  1. 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

 Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

  1. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures

3. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS Website for information on returning to school

Schedule 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

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
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

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.

Register for College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

1633 Davidson Rd McLean, VA 22101 | Main Office: 703-714-5700
Attendance: 703-714-5725 | Web | Twitter

McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 1/11/2021

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Important Upcoming Dates

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

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 Sate Teen Driving Session - 7:00-8:30pm (see below)

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

Gradebook Dates

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 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.

  1. 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

 Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

  1. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures

3. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS Website for information on returning to school

Schedule 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Student Recognition STEM Students

Congratulations to our STEM students who participated in the Technology Student Association Northern Virginia Region’s Fall Virtual events. Below is a list of our winners and the categories in which they competed:

Essays on Technology (HS)

1st place - Sarah Soltani

Music Production (HS)

2nd place - Alice Shen and Timothy Sullivan 

Promotional Design (HS)

4th place - Soeyoon Lee

Video Game Design (HS)

3rd place - James Hoadley, Ashwyn Koshy, Krishna Mehta,Joyce Qi, and Andrew Zhao

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
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

January Webinars Sponsored by FCPS Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! 

This webinar will focus on:

  • Higher Education Options
  • Financing Your Plans  
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC) 
  • Testing (SAT/ACT) 
  • Gap Year Experiences 

Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar.

Thursday January 14, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these:

  • What should parents be looking for?
  • What questions should you ask the school team?
  • What questions should you ask your student?
  • What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy?
  • How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning?

Thursday, January 14, 2021 10 a.m. – noon.

Registration Opens 12/14/2020

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

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

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.

Register for College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

1633 Davidson Rd McLean, VA 22101 | Main Office: 703-714-5700
Attendance: 703-714-5725 | Web | Twitter

McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 1/4/2021

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Announcements Bell Schedule Starting January 12

FCPS announced that beginning January12, the bell schedules for all schools will be revised to address concerns regarding the proposed later bell schedule for  elementary and proposed earlier start times for  middle school.  The revised bell schedule for high school is 8:20-2:50.   

Important Upcoming Dates

January 12 - Adjusted School Hours Begins - 8:20-2:50

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 19 - Teacher Prep Day (tentative)

January 20 - Inauguration Day Holiday for students and staff

January 21 - Teacher Prep Day (tentative)

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release - all 7 class will meet

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday/Freshman Orientation

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

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 on January 26, 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.

  1. 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

 Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

  1. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures

3. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS Website for information on returning to school

Freshman Orientation for In-person Students Only

We will hold Freshman Orientation on January 25th.  By Friday of this week, we will send out a detailed letter of the times, transportation availability, and expectations of the day for our freshmen.

Schedule 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.

Seniors – January 6th, 9:45-10:15am [Alumni Panel]

Juniors – January 13th, 9:45-10:15am [Course Registration Kickoff]

Sophomores – January 13th, 10:20-10:50am [Course Registration Kickoff]

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 will be on the website by January 7th.  

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, December 14.  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. Prior to the seminar date, 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Student Recognition

Congratulations to Olivia Zhang!  She has been recognized as a "Young Social Impact Hero."  She founded Cancer Kids First which works towards raising more awareness about pediatric cancer and supplies pediatric patients with such items as books, cards, care packages, and more.  We are quite proud of Olivia and the positive impact she is making in our community!

https://medium.com/authority-magazine/young-social-impact-heroes-why-and-how-olivia-zhang-of-cancer-kids-first-is-helping-to-change-our-22821b1ec60c 

 

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
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

January Webinars Sponsored by FCPS Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! 

This webinar will focus on:

  • Higher Education Options
  • Financing Your Plans  
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC) 
  • Testing (SAT/ACT) 
  • Gap Year Experiences 

Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar.

Thursday January 14, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these:

  • What should parents be looking for?
  • What questions should you ask the school team?
  • What questions should you ask your student?
  • What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy?
  • How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning?

Thursday, January 14, 2021 10 a.m. – noon.

Registration Opens 12/14/2020

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

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

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.

Register for College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 12/21/2020

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Announcements

FCPS announced that beginning January12, the bell schedules for all schools will be revised to address concerns regarding the proposed later bell schedule for  elementary and proposed earlier start times for  middle school.  The revised bell schedule for high school is 8:20-2:50.  After winter break, we will send out a new bell schedule to match our new start and end times.  

Over winter break, December 21 - January 1, our main office will be closed.  If you need assistance, please email your student's administrator. 

Performing Arts Orchestra

Enjoy some holiday tunes that our Orchestra students have been working on over the past two weeks. 

Video: https://youtu.be/gNyyVBiKolo

Program: https://tinyurl.com/2020WinterOrchConcertProgram

Chorus

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15nTiaNfCOV6KLXO5G_amW3pgyX-VSXKb/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zM96Q9pX7uTXFfDypP4zNaMudsXmm6i2/view?usp=sharing

Important Upcoming Dates

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 12 - Adjusted School Hours Begins - 8:20-2:50

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 19 - Teacher Prep Day (tentative)

January 20 - Inauguration Day Holiday for students and staff

January 21 - Teacher Prep Day (tentative)

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release - all 7 class will meet

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

Student Recognition

Our DECA student competitors had a very nice showing at the first-ever Virtual District competition!  McLean had 19 top three finishers (eligible for State competition)!  There were also 15 additional students receiving recognition for achievement in their tests and/or role play events.

Congratulations to all!

Melat Asmerom           Principles of Business Management 1

Charles Tang               Personal Financial Literacy 1

Min Soo Kim                Principles of Finance 1

Jenna Skoric               Principles of Marketing 1

Christina Ntep             Retail Merchandising 1

Tessa Kaplan              Selling 1

Jay Sequeira               Principles of Business Management 2

Rhea Chanda             Principles of Hospitality & Tourism 2

Philip Ermanoski        Selling 2

Jaz Bisset                   Sports & Entertainment Marketing 2

Rishica Peraka           Business Finance 3

Olivia Tennant            Food Marketing 3

Jay Shin                     Marketing Communications 3

Alisa Ahmad               Principles of Business Management 3

Gabe DeLeonardis     Personal Financial Literacy 3

Owen Hacker             Principles of Marketing 3

Samuel Urwin Selling 3

General Information Holiday Tips from the McLean Clinical Team

Take care of your mind. Be kind to yourself. Holidays may bring up different feelings. Accept how you feel and find healthy ways to manage these emotions.

Take care of your body. Rest, eat well, stay active.

Engage in self-care. Meditate, journal, color, knit, sew, read. Take time to ground yourself and notice how you feel.

Accept. Accept that things will be different this year and try to be present and open to new experiences.

Give Back. Giving to others, through your time and resources, helps you and your family to recognize what they have and to be grateful.

Value human connection. Enjoy the moments you have with the people who are important to you.

When the dust settles, we realize how little we need, what we have, and the true value of human connection.

Wishing you peace this Holiday Season,

The McLean Clinical Team

Marly Jerome-Featherson, Social Worker; Beverly Parker-Lewis, School Psychologist, Carol Ann Forrest, School Psychologist, Kendall Hunter, School Social Work Intern

Please see below for mental health resources:

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4011

CrisisText: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Suicide Hotline: 703-527-4071

Merrifield Mental Health Center:  703-536-2000

VA C.O.P.E.S. – 877-349-6428 (M-F 9am-9pm; Sa-Sun 5pm-9pm)

In case of a life-threatening emergency, Call 911.

PSAT Score Reports:

Scores for the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT are now available.  Students can view scores via the College Board website at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home using their student ID or access code. Access codes were emailed to student fcpsschools.net Gmail accounts on December 8th. Students who do not currently have a College Board online account will need to create one to view scores.  Please see this College Board video tutorial for help accessing scores.  

Helping Students Who Can't Access Their Scores:  After students log in to their College Board account, they should click "Add Scores". In the "Matching Tool", it is essential that the College Board account information matches what students entered on their PSAT answer sheet. For example, if a student bubbled "Elizabeth" on her PSAT answer sheet and created her College Board account using the name "Beth", her scores will not load. If students need to change their name, they must call College Board Customer Service at 866-433-7728. All other changes can be made right in their account. It is also important that students choose the correct test name and test year.  All students should choose the 2020 as the test year (students took the exam in October 2020). If still unable to populate the score, the student will be prompted to indicate which test they're missing and enter the access code to assist the match. Students should check their fcpsschools.net Gmail account for their access codes, or email Sara Wheeler sewheeler@fcps.edu.

Blackboard Updates

Friday, December 18 at 5:00 to Monday, December 21 at 6:00 am ParentVue and StudentVue will not be available.  Blackboard Learn will not be available due to an upgrade cycle during this time.

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 will be on the website by January 4th.  

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, December 14.  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. Prior to the seminar date, 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

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
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

January Webinars Sponsored by FCPS Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! 

This webinar will focus on:

  • Higher Education Options
  • Financing Your Plans  
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC) 
  • Testing (SAT/ACT) 
  • Gap Year Experiences 

Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar.

Thursday January 14, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these:

  • What should parents be looking for?
  • What questions should you ask the school team?
  • What questions should you ask your student?
  • What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy?
  • How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning?

Thursday, January 14, 2021 10 a.m. – noon.

Registration Opens 12/14/2020

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

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

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.

Register for College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Teacher Passing

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Dear McLean Community:

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Mr. James Bigger.  Mr. Bigger was our Latin teacher for 28 years at McLean High School and he was beloved by his students, families, and the staff at McLean High School.  He was a teacher whose class was quite rigorous and one that kept students on their toes.  His class was a joy to enter and students flocked to his class.  He had students stand to provide an answer, enunciate Latin phrases, sing out Latin vocabulary and grammatical rules, and every one of his students loved every minute of his class.  He is a legend in our school community, and we have truly lost a great teacher.  

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McLean HS: Outstanding Employee Award Winners

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Congratulations to our Outstanding Employee Award Winners! Outstanding New Teacher 

Melissa Duluc, Spanish Teacher

 

 

Outstanding Teacher 

Jamie Heath, Spanish Teacher

 

 

Outstanding Professional Employee

Sara Wheeler, Assessment Coach

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Jennifer Hill, Finance Tech

 

Outstanding Leader

Paul Stansbery, Director of Student Services

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 12/14/2020

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Dear McLean Community:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of McLean High School, I wish you all a wonderful Winter Break.  Everyone definitely needs a break from all of their technology and have some time to relax.  Upon return from the holiday, there  will be no assessments/homework/projects due the first two days back.  Everyone, including our teachers, needs some time to rejuvenate over the two week break.  

Our PTSA put out a request for gift cards for McLean families who are in need of support during this difficult year.  The McLean community stepped up and the amount of money that was raised is truly spectacular.  Last week the gift cards kept coming in the mail and parents were continually coming into the main office to drop off gift cards.  To date, we have collected over $12,000 for our families.  This is such a wonderful and supportive community.  We cannot thank you enough!

Presently, the plan is to start in-person learning for the students who chose this option on January 26.  We will keep you informed and will have much more information this coming week and when the break is over.  

Enjoy your Winter Break!

Important Upcoming Dates

December 14 - Parent Safe Driving Session

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 19 - Asynchronous day for students/PD for teachers

January 20 - Inauguration Day Holiday for students and staff

January 21 - Asynchronous day for students/PD for teachers

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release - all 7 class will meet

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information Holiday Tips from the McLean Clinical Team

Take care of your mind. Be kind to yourself. Holidays may bring up different feelings. Accept how you feel and find healthy ways to manage these emotions.

Take care of your body. Rest, eat well, stay active.

Engage in self-care. Meditate, journal, color, knit, sew, read. Take time to ground yourself and notice how you feel.

Accept. Accept that things will be different this year and try to be present and open to new experiences.

Give Back. Giving to others, through your time and resources, helps you and your family to recognize what they have and to be grateful.

Value human connection. Enjoy the moments you have with the people who are important to you.

When the dust settles, we realize how little we need, what we have, and the true value of human connection.

Wishing you peace this Holiday Season,

The McLean Clinical Team

Marly Jerome-Featherson, Social Worker; Beverly Parker-Lewis, School Psychologist, Carol Ann Forrest, School Psychologist, Kendall Hunter, School Social Work Intern

Please see below for mental health resources:

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4011

CrisisText: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Suicide Hotline: 703-527-4071

Merrifield Mental Health Center:  703-536-2000

VA C.O.P.E.S. – 877-349-6428 (M-F 9am-9pm; Sa-Sun 5pm-9pm)

In case of a life-threatening emergency, Call 911.

PSAT Score Reports:

Scores for the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT are now available.  Students can view scores via the College Board website at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home using their student ID or access code. Access codes were emailed to student fcpsschools.net Gmail accounts on December 8th. Students who do not currently have a College Board online account will need to create one to view scores.  Please see this College Board video tutorial for help accessing scores.  

Helping Students Who Can't Access Their Scores:  After students log in to their College Board account, they should click "Add Scores". In the "Matching Tool", it is essential that the College Board account information matches what students entered on their PSAT answer sheet. For example, if a student bubbled "Elizabeth" on her PSAT answer sheet and created her College Board account using the name "Beth", her scores will not load. If students need to change their name, they must call College Board Customer Service at 866-433-7728. All other changes can be made right in their account. It is also important that students choose the correct test name and test year.  All students should choose the 2020 as the test year (students took the exam in October 2020). If still unable to populate the score, the student will be prompted to indicate which test they're missing and enter the access code to assist the match. Students should check their fcpsschools.net Gmail account for their access codes, or email Sara Wheeler sewheeler@fcps.edu.

Blackboard Updates

Friday, December 18 at 5:00 to Monday, December 21 at 6:00 am ParentVue and StudentVue will not be available.  Blackboard Learn will not be available due to an upgrade cycle during this time.

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 will be on the website by January 4th.  

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, December 14.  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. Prior to the seminar date, 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Student Recognition McLean’s yearbook staff has been named Crown Award Finalists by CSPA

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced their list of yearbook Crown finalists and The Caledonia yearbook staff is one of just 41 high school yearbooks nationwide to have been selected for this prestigious honor.  Caledonia will receive either a Silver or Gold Crown at the award ceremony at Columbia University in March.

McLean’s yearbook has been on the CSPA Crown list consistently for quite a few years, but our teacher Meghan Percival is especially proud of our 2020 journalists and most especially, the three editors in chief: Mary Scalia, Lan-Anh Dang-Vu and Julia Raymond, because they had to finish the book during COVID.  Because of earlier start dates to their school year, many books from around the country, especially those in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California, had already submitted their final book when quarantine began. Our students were judged against those schools and still came up as one of the best of the best!

McLean is one of just 5 schools nationwide to have BOTH their yearbook and news publications represented on the Crown list!

Updates from Athletics New Athlete Registration Site

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various activity and athletic opportunities.  While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. 

The new registration site is available here: https://mclean-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Please contact Stefanie Evers with any questions about the new registration site: severs2@fcps.edu

Winter Sports 

Winter Sports will be starting on December 7th (Boys & Girls Basketball) and December 14 (Gymnastics, Swim & Dive, Winter Track, Wrestling). Tryout schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Please contact the Head Coach with any questions about a specific program. Coaches contact information can be found here

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
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

January Webinars Sponsored by FCPS Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! 

This webinar will focus on:

  • Higher Education Options
  • Financing Your Plans  
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC) 
  • Testing (SAT/ACT) 
  • Gap Year Experiences 

Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar.

Thursday January 14, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families

Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these:

  • What should parents be looking for?
  • What questions should you ask the school team?
  • What questions should you ask your student?
  • What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy?
  • How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning?

Thursday, January 14, 2021 10 a.m. – noon.

Registration Opens 12/14/2020

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

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

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.

Register for College 101: A Webinar for Families of Students with Disabilities 

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 12/7/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

December 14 - Parent Safe Driving Session

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information Blackboard Updates

Friday, December 18 at 5:00 to Monday, December 21 at 6:00 am ParentVue and StudentVue will not be available.  Blackboard Learn will not be available due to an upgrade cycle during this time.

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 will be on the website by January 4th.  

Freshman Class Meeting - Wednesday, December 9 during Highlander Time

Greetings Freshmen!

There will be a Freshman Class Meeting On Wednesday, December 9th, from 9:45am – 10:00am. All freshmen are expected to attend. We will discuss important topics as we head into our holiday break, healthy ways to start 2021, and review the importance of attending our McLeadership Connect Groups. Connect Groups have been a part of the McLean High School culture for 20 years, and they are a valuable and beneficial way for freshmen (Little Macs) to connect to upper-class students. During Connect Groups, our mentors (Big Macs) help freshmen with the transition from middle school to high school, teach freshmen best practices for staying organized and on top of their classes, assist them with course selection, and help the freshmen in any way they need. Big Macs and Little Macs remain in contact long after the Connect Groups are over and are an added layer of support that we have for all freshmen at McLean. After the Freshman Class Meeting, we will move right into a Connect Group, where you will meet with your junior and senior mentors. Additionally, we will have a second Connect Group meeting on Friday, December 11 during the first half of Highlander Time Flex (9:45-10:25). Attendance is mandatory for the meeting and both Connect Groups. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Olcott at gtolcott@fcps.edu.

See you then!

McLean Matters

There is still time to donate to support our families-in-need!!!

The McLean High School parent community has been overwhelmingly responsive. Thank you to the parents and teachers that have signed up to deliver gift cards. If you would still like to donate, the cards will go directly to these student families to provide much needed support.

Please click HERE to sign-up to donate $25 or $50 gift cards to SafewayTarget, or Walmart for McLean High School families-in-need to assist them over the holidays.

There are two ways you can purchase gift cards:

  1. Go to a Safeway, Target, or Walmart store and purchase gift card(s) for $25 or $50
  2. Go online to Target Gift Cardsor Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “plastic gift card(s)” to mail directly to Sue Tabish at McLean High School

Please use the following address for all mailed gift cards:

Sue Tabish  McLean High School 1633 Davidson Road McLean, VA 22101

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The deadline for Gift Cards is this Friday, December 11th, by the end of the day, so that we may distribute the cards before the winter break.

Let's show our fellow Highlanders some love this holiday season because McLean Matters!

Updates from Athletics New Athlete Registration Site

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various activity and athletic opportunities.  While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. 

The new registration site is available here: https://mclean-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Please contact Stefanie Evers with any questions about the new registration site: severs2@fcps.edu

Winter Sports 

Winter Sports will be starting on December 7th (Boys & Girls Basketball) and December 14 (Gymnastics, Swim & Dive, Winter Track, Wrestling). Tryout schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Please contact the Head Coach with any questions about a specific program. Coaches contact information can be found here

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 Nov. 2.

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.

Counselors’ Corner

Through Counselors’ Corner, students will meet with their counselors regularly by grade level to go over information that is pertinent for each grade.  The schedule of upcoming lessons by grade level is below.  The time for these lessons will be from 9:45-10:15am.  Students will receive a BBCU link via their student email to access the lesson.  Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

Seniors – November 4th

Juniors – November 18th

Sophomores – December 2nd

Freshmen – December 9th

The deadline to register for the American Mathematics Competition is this Friday, December 4th, at 11:59pm.

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, December 14.  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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/30/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information There is still time to donate!!!

Please click HERE to sign-up to donate $25 or $50 gift cards to SafewayTarget, or Walmart for McLean High School families to assist them over the holidays.

There are three ways you can purchase gift cards:

  1. Go to a Safeway, Target, or Walmart store and purchase gift card(s) for $25 or $50
  2. Go online to Target Gift Cards or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “plastic gift card(s)” to mail/drop off to Sue Tabish at McLean High School
  3.  Go online to Target Gift Cards or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “electronic gift card(s)”, print out the paper copy, and mail/drop off to Sue Tabish at McLean High School

Please use the following address for all mailed gift cards:

Sue Tabish  McLean High School 1633 Davidson Road McLean, VA 22101

Gift cards are needed by December 7th.

           Let's show our fellow Highlanders some love this holiday season                                          because McLean Matters!

Headset Donation Charity Wish List is COMPLETE!

Thank you to those parents that purchased 75 headsets from the charity wish list. Student services can now provide a headset for each and every MHS student in need. Your generosity makes a difference in these students’ lives!

If you have any questions, please contact McLean Matters Chair Emma Blankenbaker at mcleanmatters@mcleanptsa.org

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  You can apply to work in the McLean pyramid and work at one of our local schools.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Job Description

Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.  Pay is paid hourly and the position ends at the end of this school year.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Student Recognition The Highlander

The Highlander newsmagazine is one of just 24 high school newspapers/newsmagazines in the nation to be honored with the Pacemaker distinction this year.

Additionally, individual staff members from The Highlander were awarded several individual awards in a variety of contests. McLean High School is the only school in Fairfax County to earn awards in any of the individual contest categories—not just one, but FIVE of them:

Social Justice Reporting

Second

Coming Clean

Heran Essayas, Kyle Hawley, Nicholas Lohman, Ava Rotondo

Story of the Year: News Story

Fourth

Supporting Future Changemakers

Marina Qu

Newsmagazine Cover

Fifth

Coronavirus edition

Dasha Makarishcheva

Portfolio: Artist of the Year

Fifth

Dasha Makarishcheva

Local Climate Change Reporting

Honorable Mention

A Scorched Earth

Ben Brooks, Dua Mobin, Marina Qu, Rebeka Rafi

For more information on both Pacemaker and Individual Awards: http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards-2/

Fine Arts in the News

On Thanksgiving Day, one of our clubs was featured on the WDVW news channel as well as the FCPS Fine Arts Newsletter! See the article and video below:

Article: https://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/mclean-youth-harmony-club-creates-virtual-concerts-for-people-in-hospitals-and-more/

Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CIE022EJz6B/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

FCPS Fine Arts newsletter: PDF attached

Alicia Kang started a club last year called the “McLean Youth Harmony Club.” Originally, they started as friends gathering after school once a week who would then travel to perform mini concerts at local nursing/retirement homes in the McLean area. Once the pandemic hit and such locations closed to visitors, they opened up the club even more by putting together virtual concerts that they send on to local hospitals and more. Leadership for the club are working hard to make it a non-profit organization and start chapters of the club at other schools. In addition to virtual concerts, they started an instrument donation drive this fall. On November 9th, the McLean Youth Harmony club was able to donate 4 fractional sized violins to Clearview Elementary Schools in Herndon (photo attached). Their next project is to try and start recording short demonstration videos on how to play different songs within the Essential Elements method books on each instrument. Then, they would share these videos with local elementary school students so they can learn and play along as an additional tool during virtual learning.

We are so proud of all the students who help promote music education and wanted to share their accomplishments with you!

Updates from Athletics New Athlete Registration Site

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various activity and athletic opportunities.  While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. 

The new registration site is available here: https://mclean-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Please contact Stefanie Evers with any questions about the new registration site: severs2@fcps.edu

Winter Sports 

Winter Sports will be starting on December 7th (Boys & Girls Basketball) and December 14 (Gymnastics, Swim & Dive, Winter Track, Wrestling). Tryout schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Please contact the Head Coach with any questions about a specific program. Coaches contact information can be found here

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 Nov. 2.

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.

Counselors’ Corner

Through Counselors’ Corner, students will meet with their counselors regularly by grade level to go over information that is pertinent for each grade.  The schedule of upcoming lessons by grade level is below.  The time for these lessons will be from 9:45-10:15am.  Students will receive a BBCU link via their student email to access the lesson.  Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

Seniors – November 4th

Juniors – November 18th

Sophomores – December 2nd

Freshmen – December 9th

The deadline to register for the American Mathematics Competition is this Friday, December 4th, at 11:59pm.

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/23/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Dear McLean Community:

The faculty and staff at McLean High School would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope that you all have restful and safe holiday with your family.  Even though we are in the midst of a pandemic, we still have so many things to be thankful for at the school and in the community.  
At the school we are fortunate for our teachers, custodians, clinic support, cafeteria workers, administrators, counseling team, and bus drivers who are so caring and supportive of our students and families.

Also, as a school we are grateful for the support our parents provide the school.  With truly appreciate the efforts of our Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, Chorus Boosters, Orchestra Boosters, and Theatre Boosters.  Finally thanks to our PTSA for the programs they lead for all of our students at McLean High School!

 

Our Leadership students have created a video to share what they are thankful for this school year:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G0QtU7R2bm4YBpK1te7DXBjhLbzNil8d/view?usp=sharing

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information

We have completed processing all verifications of parents’ online or in-person preferences for their students.  We are now engaged in the multi-week process of preparing our master schedule.  The final numbers are below:

Grade                   Online                                                  Virtual 

Total                      34% (785 students)                         66% (1505 students)

 

9                              31% (171 students)                         69% (389 students)

10                           38% (225 students)                         62% (372 students)

11                           38% (212 students)                         62% (343 students)

12                           31% (177 students)                         69% (399 students)

McLean Matters Holiday Gift Card Drive and Headsets Charity Wish List

McLean High School has approximately 75 students who are at, or below, the poverty level. These student-families need our help more than ever. Please click HERE to sign-up to donate $25 or $50 gift cards to Safeway, Target, or Walmart for McLean High School families that need our help over the holidays. Donated gift cards can be dropped off or mailed to Sue Tabish in the main office at MHS, 1633 Davidson Rd, McLean VA 22101. Gift cards are needed by December 7th. Let's show our fellow Highlanders some love this holiday season because McLean Matters!

 

 There are 3 ways you can purchase Gift Cards:

  1.     Go to a Safeway, Target, or Walmart store and purchase gift card(s) for $25 or $50
  2.     Go online to Target Gift Cards or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “plastic gift card(s)” to mail/drop off to Sue Tabish at McLean High School
  3.     Go online to Target Gift Cards or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “electronic gift card(s)”, print out the paper copy, and mail/drop off to Sue Tabish at McLean High School
Safe Community Coalition Rolls Out Managing the Moments Video Series

The Safe Community Coalition has launched a series of short videos for the community featuring the psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers of the SCC’s mental health committee. 

The short segments, approximately 10 minutes each, touch on a wide variety of topics designed to help parents and students in dealing with a range of issues, from younger children’s challenges staying focused while distance learning to effective communication strategies when families feel the strain of too much togetherness. 

The first six videos include:

  • Deescalating Conflict
  • Effective Communication
  • How to Talk to Your Parents
  • Brain Breaks During Distance Learning
  • Self Care and Calming Techniques
  • How Are You?

Additional videos will be rolling out in the weeks to come. 

All videos and any accompanying tip sheets are free and available on the SCC website, mcleanscc.org 

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  You can apply to work in the McLean pyramid and work at one of our local schools.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Job Description

Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.  Pay is paid hourly and the position ends at the end of this school year.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Recognitions

McLean's two chamber ensemble submissions to the Virginia Music Educators Association  were selected to be performed at this year’s VMEA conference. The students put a lot of time and effort into these projects, we are proud of them at excelling and learning a different way to make music together. 

The performance will be streamed together with other selected groups as a block on Friday at 5:30PM, Saturday at 10:30 AM, and Saturday at 5:00 PM on the VMEA Facebook page.

Congratulations!

Tracy Waagner, Senior was just announced the winner of the Virginia Music Teachers National Association Senior Voice Competition for high school students ages 15-18. She will move on to represent Virginia in the Southern Division competition.

 She sang classical art songs in four languages: 'Amiamo' (Italian), 'Vergebliches Standchen' (German), 'Notre Amour' (French) and 'The Red Dress.' (English) 

Congratulations Tracy!

http://www.mcleanconnection.com/news/2020/nov/17/mclean-high-student-wins-voice-competition-advance/

Vachel Thevenot, 10th grade student, just published his book! He finished writing it last year and it has taken him about another 6 months to edit the text and get the artwork commissioned. It's now on Amazon. Check it out  https://tinyurl.com/legendsoftess

He also recently won a creative writing spooky short story for Halloween. The prize was that his story gets read by a professional voice actor. 

Updates from Athletics New Athlete Registration Site

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various activity and athletic opportunities.  While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. 

The new registration site is available here: https://mclean-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Please contact Stefanie Evers with any questions about the new registration site: severs2@fcps.edu

Winter Sports 

Winter Sports will be starting on December 7th (Boys & Girls Basketball) and December 14 (Gymnastics, Swim & Dive, Winter Track, Wrestling). Tryout schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Please contact the Head Coach with any questions about a specific program. Coaches contact information can be found here

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 Nov. 2.

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.

Counselors’ Corner

Through Counselors’ Corner, students will meet with their counselors regularly by grade level to go over information that is pertinent for each grade.  The schedule of upcoming lessons by grade level is below.  The time for these lessons will be from 9:45-10:15am.  Students will receive a BBCU link via their student email to access the lesson.  Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

Seniors – November 4th

Juniors – November 18th

Sophomores – December 2nd

Freshmen – December 9th

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/16/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

November 18 - PTSA Meeting with Elaine Tholen

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

Virtual Fall Band Concert

To view the Fall Virtual Band Concert, please click on the link below to download the concert program pdf. Once you open the program, you will find another link that will take you to the full performance. We hope you enjoy our students’ work and thanks for your support!

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D692234_09621058_8246675 

General Information Driver Education Grades

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 their assigned quarter, spanning into the following 3 weeks of the new quarter. Because SIS requires a grade to be entered and the course has not been completed yet, at the end of the quarter in which the class began, 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.

Safe Community Coalition Rolls Out Managing the Moments Video Series

The Safe Community Coalition has launched a series of short videos for the community featuring the psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers of the SCC’s mental health committee. 

The short segments, approximately 10 minutes each, touch on a wide variety of topics designed to help parents and students in dealing with a range of issues, from younger children’s challenges staying focused while distance learning to effective communication strategies when families feel the strain of too much togetherness. 

The first six videos include:

  • Deescalating Conflict
  • Effective Communication
  • How to Talk to Your Parents
  • Brain Breaks During Distance Learning
  • Self Care and Calming Techniques
  • How Are You?

Additional videos will be rolling out in the weeks to come. 

All videos and any accompanying tip sheets are free and available on the SCC website, mcleanscc.org 

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  You can apply to work in the McLean pyramid and work at one of our local schools.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Job Description

Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.  Pay is paid hourly and the position ends at the end of this school year.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

PTSA General Membership Meeting on November 18th (Wednesday) at 7pm

Please join us for a conversation with Elaine Tholen, Dranesville School Board Member, to hear what the school board is working on and ask questions. Parents, guardians, family members, and students are invited! It will be a moderated session, please ask your questions here  prior to the meeting, so they can be addressed during the meeting.

McWelcomers’ Transfer Student Get Together

Are you a transfer student to McLean HS? Are you new to the McLean area, Virginia, or the U.S.? This event is for you! Join us November 18th for the 2nd half of Highlander Time 10:25AM-11:00AM to meet other transfer students, Big Macs, and get to know a little more about McLean HS! BBCU links will be sent to your school emails that Monday. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this Google Form as an RSVP. Formal invitations will be sent to your school emails. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your counselor. See you then!

Outstanding Teacher and Staff Awards Nominations

McLean HS is now accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 Outstanding Teacher & Staff Awards in the following categories:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years’ teaching experience. 2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: Less than (3) three years’ teaching experience. 3. Outstanding Professional Employee: Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, SOSA. 4. Outstanding Operational Employee: Administrative Assistant Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.                                                                                                                                      
  2. Outstanding Leader: Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Activities.

All nominations for McLean Teachers & Staff are due by Tuesday, November 24.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them; it is up to you!  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Tzeitel Barcus at tabarcus@fcps.edu.

The links to each nomination form are here:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: OT Nomination
  2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: ONT Nomination
  3. Outstanding Professional Employee: OPE Nomination
  4. Outstanding Operational Employee: OOE Nomination
  5. Outstanding Leader: OL Nomination
Updates from Athletics New Athlete Registration Site

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various activity and athletic opportunities.  While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. 

The new registration site is available here: https://mclean-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Please contact Stefanie Evers with any questions about the new registration site: severs2@fcps.edu

Winter Sports 

Winter Sports will be starting on December 7th (Boys & Girls Basketball) and December 14 (Gymnastics, Swim & Dive, Winter Track, Wrestling). Tryout schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Please contact the Head Coach with any questions about a specific program. Coaches contact information can be found here

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 Nov. 2.

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.

Counselors’ Corner

Through Counselors’ Corner, students will meet with their counselors regularly by grade level to go over information that is pertinent for each grade.  The schedule of upcoming lessons by grade level is below.  The time for these lessons will be from 9:45-10:15am.  Students will receive a BBCU link via their student email to access the lesson.  Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

Seniors – November 4th

Juniors – November 18th

Sophomores – December 2nd

Freshmen – December 9th

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/9/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2-hour Early Release

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information First Quarter Grades

The SIS Gradebook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed  through Wednesday, November 11th at 6 a.m.

Report cards will be available to view in ParentVUE on Friday, November 13th and mailed the week of Monday, November 16th.

Driver Education Grades

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 their assigned quarter, spanning into the following 3 weeks of the new quarter. Because SIS requires a grade to be entered and the course has not been completed yet, at the end of the quarter in which the class began, 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.

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  You can apply to work in the McLean pyramid and work at one of our local schools.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Job Description

Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and non-instructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.  Pay is paid hourly and the position ends at the end of this school year.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

PTSA General Membership Meeting on November 18th (Wednesday) at 7pm

Please join us for a conversation with Elaine Tholen, Dranesville School Board Member, to hear what the school board is working on and ask questions. Parents, guardians, family members, and students are invited! It will be a moderated session, please ask your questions here  prior to the meeting, so they can be addressed during the meeting.

McWelcomers’ Transfer Student Get Together

Are you a transfer student to McLean HS? Are you new to the McLean area, Virginia, or the U.S.? This event is for you! Join us November 18th for the 2nd half of Highlander Time 10:25AM-11:00AM to meet other transfer students, Big Macs, and get to know a little more about McLean HS! BBCU links will be sent to your school emails that Monday. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this Google Form as an RSVP. Formal invitations will be sent to your school emails. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your counselor. See you then!

Outstanding Teacher and Staff Awards Nominations

McLean HS is now accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 Outstanding Teacher & Staff Awards in the following categories:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years’ teaching experience. 2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: Less than (3) three years’ teaching experience. 3. Outstanding Professional Employee: Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, SOSA. 4. Outstanding Operational Employee: Administrative Assistant Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.                                                                                                                                      
  2. Outstanding Leader: Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Activities.

All nominations for McLean Teachers & Staff are due by Tuesday, November 24.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them; it is up to you!  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Tzeitel Barcus at tabarcus@fcps.edu.

The links to each nomination form are here:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: OT Nomination
  2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: ONT Nomination
  3. Outstanding Professional Employee: OPE Nomination
  4. Outstanding Operational Employee: OOE Nomination
  5. Outstanding Leader: OL Nomination
Updates from Athletics New Athlete Registration Site

Beginning Wednesday, November 4th, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various activity and athletic opportunities.  While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. 

The new registration site is available here: https://mclean-ar.rschooltoday.com/

Please contact Stefanie Evers with any questions about the new registration site: severs2@fcps.edu

Winter Sports 

Winter Sports will be starting on December 7th (Boys & Girls Basketball) and December 14 (Gymnastics, Swim & Dive, Winter Track, Wrestling). Tryout schedules will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Please contact the Head Coach with any questions about a specific program. Coaches contact information can be found here

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 Nov. 2.

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.

Counselors’ Corner

Through Counselors’ Corner, students will meet with their counselors regularly by grade level to go over information that is pertinent for each grade.  The schedule of upcoming lessons by grade level is below.  The time for these lessons will be from 9:45-10:15am.  Students will receive a BBCU link via their student email to access the lesson.  Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

Seniors – November 4th

Juniors – November 18th

Sophomores – December 2nd

Freshmen – December 9th

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Advanced Placement Test for Non-Enrolled Students

Students who are not currently enrolled in an AP course, but would like to sit for an exam in May, should contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu) for exam registration information. McLean HS offers non-enrolled tests based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at McLean HS. For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The standard non-enrolled exam fee is $95.00 per exam.  Registration requests after November 10th will incur an additional $40 late test fee (per exam).

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/2/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

November 2 and 3 - School Planning Day - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2-hour Early Release

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

Return to School Selection

In July, FCPS surveyed parents to determine their preference for their student's learning (virtual or in-person learning) for the 2020-2021 school year. As FCPS prepares to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future, we wanted to provide an opportunity for parents to indicate whether their preference for their student has remained the same or changed.

Please log in HERE to make your selection for In person or Online learning in January.

This form must be completed by November 6, 2020. If we do not receive a response by November 6, 2020, your original choice from the July, 2020 survey will stand.

Driver Education Grades

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 their assigned quarter, spanning into the following 3 weeks of the new quarter. Because SIS requires a grade to be entered and the course has not been completed yet, at the end of the quarter in which the class began, 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.

Outstanding Teacher and Staff Awards Nominations

McLean HS is now accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 Outstanding Teacher & Staff Awards in the following categories:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years’ teaching experience. 2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: Less than (3) three years’ teaching experience. 3. Outstanding Professional Employee: Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, SOSA. 4. Outstanding Operational Employee: Administrative Assistant Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.                                                                                                                                      
  2. Outstanding Leader: Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Activities.

All nominations for McLean Teachers & Staff are due by Tuesday, November 24.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them; it is up to you!  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Tzeitel Barcus at tabarcus@fcps.edu.

The links to each nomination form are here:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: OT Nomination
  2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: ONT Nomination
  3. Outstanding Professional Employee: OPE Nomination
  4. Outstanding Operational Employee: OOE Nomination
  5. Outstanding Leader: OL Nomination
General Information Counselors’ Corner

Through Counselors’ Corner, students will meet with their counselors regularly by grade level to go over information that is pertinent for each grade.  The schedule of upcoming lessons by grade level is below.  The time for these lessons will be from 9:45-10:15am.  Students will receive a BBCU link via their student email to access the lesson.  Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

Seniors – November 4th

Juniors – November 18th

Sophomores – December 2nd

Freshmen – December 9th

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 Nov. 2.

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.

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

Advanced Placement Test for Non-Enrolled Students

Students who are not currently enrolled in an AP course, but would like to sit for an exam in May, should contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu) for exam registration information. McLean HS offers non-enrolled tests based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at McLean HS. For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The standard non-enrolled exam fee is $95.00 per exam.  Registration requests after November 10th will incur an additional $40 late test fee (per exam).

Weekly Reminders Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 10/26/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 29 - PSAT for Juniors

October 30 - Two-hour Early Release

October 30 - End of the first quarter

November 2 and 3 - School Planning Day - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2-hour Early Release

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

End of the Quarter

October 30 is the last day of the quarter.  Also, October 29 is PSAT day for Juniors.  For students who are not taking the PSAT, October 29 is an asynchronous day.

October 30 is now an asynchronous day.  Teachers and students need a day to catch up and finish quarter grades while many Seniors will will be finishing college applications.  Thanks for your understanding.

November 2nd and 3rd are teacher work days and student holidays.  The main office will be closed both days.

Virginia Board of Education Exemplar Performance Award

Thursday evening at the  School Board meeting, McLean High School was recognized as a recipient of the Virginia Board of Education Exemplar Performance Award/Continuous Improvement.  This award is given to schools that are progressing towards the objective of achieving equity in opportunities and outcomes for all students

“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support professionals and students of all of these schools and divisions for the achievement, innovations and hard work recognized by these awards,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “I believe the success of these schools and school divisions will inspire learning communities across the commonwealth as they plan for the reopening of school and prepare to meet the instructional and social-emotional needs of students — especially students most impacted by the closure this spring.”  

Virtual Band Performances

Our band teachers and students have been working hard this quarter.  Please take a moment to enjoy these virtual performances.

Wind Ensemble - Old Hundredth Chorale

https://vimeo.com/469288040/1d74d12723?fbclid=IwAR2t_0vffyuQvvmTyeqSsWPLW12mGdD4NS_1B68Dmrk7DoIz75FQZULm7z4

Symphonic Band - Bach Chorale

https://vimeo.com/469279196/7e8025633c?fbclid=IwAR1aTtrnzk1kdYNCpt9rmjLv4J3cej5uoxPo3lTSvinTnotSW3FSNHvefYc

General Information 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 Nov. 2.

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.

2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School

The 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School is beginning its application process. This one-month summer program is for highly motivated current 10th and 11th grade students seeking an intellectually challenging and enriching summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, Agriculture, Humanities, Math/Science/Technology, Medicine/Health Science, Engineering, and Marine Science. The selection process is extremely competitive. Selected students usually rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile or above on standardized tests. Residential programs run from late June to late July. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. You are only permitted to apply to one SRGS program.

Mr. Allman will hold an interest meeting for Academic Governor’s Schools at 1:00 on Monday, October 26 here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5a30d93b4c6c459fb0970cbc0f11bea7

Ms. McNeill will hold an interest meeting for Visual & Performing Arts Governor’s Schools at 1:00 on Monday, October 26 here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f179c03733ce4c77b6af17275dd12119

Ms. McNeill will hold an interest meeting for World Language Governor’s School Academies at 2:00 on Monday, October 26 here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f179c03733ce4c77b6af17275dd12119

For additional information please visit the VDOE and FCPS links below.

Students interested in Academic SRGS programs will need to complete this Student Interest Form by November 9, 2020.

Students interested in Visual and Performing Arts SRGS programs will need to complete this Student Interest Form by November 9, 2020.

VDOE SRGS website:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

Sign up for the American Mathematics Competition.  It will be held virtually on February 10.  Go to My School Bucks to register.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to all the 11th and 12th grade students who have been accepted into McLean High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society!  Applications for NHS have been reviewed and students were alerted of their acceptance status by email on Friday, October 16th.  The induction ceremony to formally welcome accepted students into NHS will be held virtually on Monday, October 26th at 1:00pm.  Participation in the induction ceremony is encouraged, but not mandatory to join NHS.  We also invite families to join their students for this extraordinary recognition ceremony.  Further information will be sent later this week on how to access this event.

Advanced Placement Test for Non-Enrolled Students

Students who are not currently enrolled in an AP course, but would like to sit for an exam in May, should contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu) for exam registration information. McLean HS offers non-enrolled tests based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at McLean HS. For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The standard non-enrolled exam fee is $95.00 per exam.  Registration requests after November 10th will incur an additional $40 late test fee (per exam).

Weekly Reminders Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS 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

1633 Davidson Rd McLean, VA 22101 | Main Office: 703-714-5700
Attendance: 703-714-5725 | Web | Twitter

McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 10/19/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 29 - PSAT for Juniors

October 30 - Two-hour Early Release

October 30 - End of the first quarter

November 2 and 3 - School Planning Day - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2-hour Early Release

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School

The 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School is beginning its application process. This one-month summer program is for highly motivated current 10th and 11th grade students seeking an intellectually challenging and enriching summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, Agriculture, Humanities, Math/Science/Technology, Medicine/Health Science, Engineering, and Marine Science. The selection process is extremely competitive. Selected students usually rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile or above on standardized tests. Residential programs run from late June to late July. Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. You are only permitted to apply to one SRGS program.

Mr. Allman will hold an interest meeting for Academic Governor’s Schools at 1:00 on Monday, October 26 here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5a30d93b4c6c459fb0970cbc0f11bea7

Ms. McNeill will hold an interest meeting for Visual & Performing Arts Governor’s Schools at 1:00 on Monday, October 26 here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f179c03733ce4c77b6af17275dd12119

Ms. McNeill will hold an interest meeting for World Language Governor’s School Academies at 2:00 on Monday, October 26 here https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f179c03733ce4c77b6af17275dd12119

For additional information please visit the VDOE and FCPS links below.

Students interested in Academic SRGS programs will need to complete this Student Interest Form by November 9, 2020.

Students interested in Visual and Performing Arts SRGS programs will need to complete this Student Interest Form by November 9, 2020.

VDOE SRGS website:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to all the 11th and 12th grade students who have been accepted into McLean High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society!  Applications for NHS have been reviewed and students were alerted of their acceptance status by email on Friday, October 16th.  The induction ceremony to formally welcome accepted students into NHS will be held virtually on Monday, October 26th at 1:00pm.  Participation in the induction ceremony is encouraged, but not mandatory to join NHS.  We also invite families to join their students for this extraordinary recognition ceremony.  Further information will be sent later this week on how to access this event.

Fairfax County Public Library Checkout Now Available to All Students

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) are able to check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.  

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches.

Freshman Unit Part Two

On Monday, October 19th, from 1:00 – 2:00, school counselors will be presenting part two of the Freshman Unit to all freshmen. In this presentation, students will learn about the roles of school counselors, graduation requirements, transcripts, and participate in a student-led discussion on equity at McLean. All freshmen are expected to participate. The specific links for each counselor’s session will be mailed out later this week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Greg Olcott – gtolcott@fcps.edu, or Jennifer Fernandez - jcfernandez1@fcps.edu.

Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Forms

Parents will receive an Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Form in the mail this week listing the number of AP tests for which their student is currently registered, as well as the total number of tests their student has taken. Students have the opportunity to opt out of any test(s) using the online AP Opt-out form available on the McLean Website:  https://mcleanhs.fcps.edu/ap-opt-out.   The online AP Opt-out form must be submitted by Friday, October 23rd.  Note: Students planning to take all of their AP exams this May should NOT complete this form.  Please contact Sara Wheeler, AP Test Coordinator, at sewheeler@fcps.edu with any questions regarding the AP Opt-out process. 

Advanced Placement Test for Non-Enrolled Students

Students who are not currently enrolled in an AP course, but would like to sit for an exam in May, should contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu) for exam registration information. McLean HS offers non-enrolled tests based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at McLean HS. For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The standard non-enrolled exam fee is $95.00 per exam.  Registration requests after November 10th will incur an additional $40 late test fee (per exam).

Student Recognition Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned for and were accepted into the 2020-2021 Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra:

Violin:

Eshan Parkash, 1st violin

Tyler Park, 1st violin

Michelle Kim, 1st violin

Donghwa Shin, 1st violin

Joshua Wang, 2nd violin

Ella Park, 2nd violin

Cristina Pak, 2nd violin

Caleb Wang, 2nd violin

Elif Murat, 2nd violin

Viola:

Eleanor David

Mikayla Li

Cello:

Jacob Daniels

Christina Wu

Isaac Cho

Brittany Peng

The above students auditioned in a virtual setting alongside students from Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria City, Falls Church City, private and home schools. While all Senior Regional Orchestra events and concerts have been cancelled throughout the state of Virginia due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the students listed above will have the chance to go on and audition for the All-Virginia State Orchestra! McLean High School is extremely proud of the hard work that all of the students who auditioned put in for this year's Senior Regional Orchestra audition process. 

Weekly Messages Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

PSAT Registration for Juniors

On Thursday, October 29,  the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at McLean High School to eleventh grader students who registered for the test by the October 9th registration deadline. Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

For more information regarding test day protocols, please see the McLean HS website . The FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891). 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at McLean High School, please contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu)

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS Parent Sessions Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series 

9/24 Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures & Expectations                              

  • Overview on establishing and maintaining routines, procedures, and expectations. 
  • Strategies to teach and reinforce routines, procedures, & expectations   

10/22  Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control

11/19  Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond

12/17  All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication        

01/21  Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors 

02/18  Teaching your Children to Follow Directions 

03/18  Effectively Communicating with Your Child 

04/22   Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence           

Thursday September 24, 2020, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Register for Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations

FCPS 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

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McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 10/12/2020

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Important Upcoming Dates

October 29 - PSAT for Juniors

October 30 - Two-hour Early Release

October 30 - End of the first quarter

November 2 and 3 - School Planning Day - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2-hour Early Release

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day Holiday

January 22 - End of 2nd quarter - 2 hour early release

January 25 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Important Links

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours

Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Attendance

Student Services

Student Activities

General Information Freshman Unit Part Two

On Monday, October 19th, from 1:00 – 2:00, school counselors will be presenting part two of the Freshman Unit to all freshmen. In this presentation, students will learn about the roles of school counselors, graduation requirements, transcripts, and participate in a student-led discussion on equity at McLean. All freshmen are expected to participate. The specific links for each counselor’s session will be mailed out later this week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Greg Olcott – gtolcott@fcps.edu, or Jennifer Fernandez - jcfernandez1@fcps.edu.

Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Forms

Parents will receive an Advanced Placement Test Opt-Out Form in the mail this week listing the number of AP tests for which their student is currently registered, as well as the total number of tests their student has taken. Students have the opportunity to opt out of any test(s) using the online AP Opt-out form available on the McLean Website:  https://mcleanhs.fcps.edu/ap-opt-out.   The online AP Opt-out form must be submitted by Friday, October 23rd.  Note: Students planning to take all of their AP exams this May should NOT complete this form.  Please contact Sara Wheeler, AP Test Coordinator, at sewheeler@fcps.edu with any questions regarding the AP Opt-out process. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

PSAT Registration for Juniors

On Thursday, October 29,  the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at McLean High School to eleventh grader students who registered for the test by the October 9th registration deadline. Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

For more information regarding test day protocols, please see the McLean HS website . The FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891). 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at McLean High School, please contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu)

Go Paperless

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless"  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

Parent Required Signatures

1. Digital Tool Permission

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

1. Parent Digital Tool Permission Application

In an ongoing effort to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  An online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting.  This process has been designed to meet the legal requirements for authenticating parent identities under FERPA.  The MHS Website has a list of all of the digital tools used at McLean.

2. Student's Rights and Responsibilities Signature Page

Students will review the SR&R on September 11, 2020.  The SR&R booklet can be found on the FCPS website (Sept. 2).  FCPS will release the link to the SR&R Signature page once the SR&R is finalized and updated on the website.  Please review the SR&R with your student.  The final SR&R will be available online at  

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/student-rights-and-responsibilities/video-and-resources

Behind the Wheel and PSTD Information

McLean High School will be offering Partners in Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars twice during first quarter. These seminars will be held virtually through BBCU from 7:00-8:30 PM on Monday, 10/19 and Monday 10/26. 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 for one of these two dates HERE. Prior to the seminar date, 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 beginning in October. 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:

https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1.

Questions related to ACE classes ACE seminars may be directed to Jard Shoemake at: wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

Club Participation Information
  1. Go to Clubs-and-organizations for a list of all of our clubs.
  2. Each club will have a Google Classroom link
  3. If you are interested in that club, click on the Google Classroom Link to join the club classroom
  4. In the classroom, there will be a link to join club meetings during Highlander Flex Time(Only FCPS students can enter)
  5. 9:45am-10:25am- Clubs that start with the letter A-L

    10:25am-11:05am- Clubs that start with the letter M-Z

  6. 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.
  7. 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
McLean HS Tech Support for Students

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

FCPS Help Desk for Tech Support for Parents and Students

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.

Social-Emotional Support Information Mental Health and Wellness Support Services and Resources

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, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

For more Mental Health and Wellness Information, please check out these Student Wellness Resources, FCPS’s  Healthy Minds Blog and the FCPS’s Parent Resource Center.

 Emergency Resources

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                             911

FCPS Parent Sessions Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series 

9/24 Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures & Expectations                              

  • Overview on establishing and maintaining routines, procedures, and expectations. 
  • Strategies to teach and reinforce routines, procedures, & expectations   

10/22  Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control

11/19  Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond

12/17  All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication        

01/21  Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors 

02/18  Teaching your Children to Follow Directions 

03/18  Effectively Communicating with Your Child 

04/22   Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence           

Thursday September 24, 2020, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Register for Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations

FCPS 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

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