MHS PTSA eNews, Aug. 25, 2021

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August 25, 2021

Your Source for News about the Highlander Community

Welcome Back to School

Dear McLean High School Families,

We are excited to welcome you to school and hope that you and your families had a safe, healthy, and rewarding summer! Whether you are a newcomer to the school or a returning member of the McLean High School community, the PTSA wants to welcome you to the finest high school in Fairfax County. 

The PTSA is here to offer our support to the outstanding Highlander administrators, faculty, and our amazing students. Our goal is to make sure that there is a strong school-community connection.

We invite you to join the PTSA for your child because increasing our membership, by even one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues, and create a stronger school community. There is no wrong or right way to be involved — anything you can give, whether it is time or money, will support your child's potential.

Thank you and welcome back,

  • Sandra P. Buteau, President
  • Sooa Kang Kwon, Secretary
  • Sue Ellen Beggs, Treasurer
  • Savitha Parvataneni Sagar, VP of Programs
  • Olivia Ma, VP of Fundraising
  • Fernando Sabio, VP of Communications

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New School Year
PTSA Check List

Welcome to the new school year! Here are some quick links to get you started:

  • Set up AtoZ Directory account
  • Join our PTSA
                If are a returning family, please re-enroll
  • Make a Donation
  • Check if your company offers Corporate Matching
  • Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
  • Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
  • Find McLean PTSA on Facebook and Twitter
  • When shopping, link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to the PTSA

Thank you for helping us make a difference in our children’s lives and their futures!  

Upcoming Important Dates

August 26 - Senior Parent Night, 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium (masks required)

September 1 - Tysons Silver Diner Restaurant Fundraiser, 5:00pm-8:00pm

September 3 - Labor Day Holiday

September 8 - McLean Crew Student Interest Meeting, 3:30pm-4:30pm, MHS Cafeteria

September 9 - McLean Crew Parent Interest Meeting, 7:30pm-8:30pm, MHS Lecture Hall

September 17 - Celebrate McLean/Open House, 4:30pm-6:30pm

October 1 - Homecoming Game

October 2 - Homecoming Dance

October 4 - Partners in Safe Teen Driving - 6:30pm-8:00pm



Mock SAT and ACT Tests
in September

EC Tutoring is offering a mock SAT and ACT tests in July. These tests are available to students at area schools for $20.

*** Please remember to indicate your status as an MHS student on the registration form to ensure that the PTSA receives credit; the fees support our programs.

Mock SAT Test - September 11th 9:00am-1:00pm Registration Form

Mock ACT Test - September 25th 9:00am-1:00pm Registration Form


Volunteer & Fulfill Service Requirements

Volunteer Fairfax

A National Day of Service and Remembering

VolunteerFest, a countywide day of service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, to coincide with Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembering.

Participating students will earn service-learning hours and support their community. Make it a family day of service! Events registered with Volunteer Fairfax include Invasive Species removal at Lemon Road ES, Outdoor Living Classroom clean up at Katherine Johnson MS, Getting our Garden Learning Spaces Back on Track at Centreville ES, Outdoor Learning Area clean up and tender loving care at Burke School, and Courtyard Beautification at Marshall Road ES. 

Sign up to volunteer at Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest 2021 to support these 5 FCPS Get2Green projects or other projects as part of the 9/11 Day of Service. 

Lemon Road Elementary School Fall Festival

Lemon Road Elementary School (7230 Idylwood Road) will be holding its Fall Festival on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00pm- 3:00pm.

The event is the PTA's annual fall fundraiser and its success hinges on having enough volunteers to help bring the carnival atmosphere to life. This is a great opportunity for you to fulfill service hour requirements.

Middle and high school volunteers will supplement adult volunteers and help run carnival games, face painting, as well as help with setup and clean up.

You can view the SignUp Genius here and all slots for middle and high school volunteers are clearly marked.

If you have any questions reach out to the Lemon Road PTA at The onsite coordinator will be in touch with you regarding signing service hour forms if you choose to volunteer.

Humanitas4All mentorship program

Students Mentoring Students

The Humanitas4All (HumScouts) After School Program is an online program dedicated to helping elementary and middle school students stay on track with learning during the school term. The goal of this program is to provide homework help, fun activities, positive character development, and support to young students and their families.

The HumScout after-school sessions are offered for students in grades K to 7th grade and will occur after school via Google Meet. Students will be paired with mentors from Thomas Jefferson and Mclean High School, prepared with fun and educational activities for the classes.

Help spread the word about the opportunity for students to earn service hours by becoming mentors for the HumScouts Program. 

Students can sign up here to volunteer at and they will be contacted with more specific information.

Jessica Lin Mclean’23 

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Conservation Poster Contest

Conservation Poster Contest

The Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts poster contest is open to K-12 students, and scouts are eligible to receive a patch for participating. This year’s theme is “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities.” 

Learn more about the contest, eligibility, and how to submit a poster on Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District's poster contest webpage.

For more information, please visit this site.

The deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021. 

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Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ended on June 30. Our new learning management system, Schoology, is a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.  

Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. Links for more information on how to login and use Schoology:

FCPS Parent Resource Center

FCPS Parent Resource Center Workshops

The FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering workshops, information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

For a list of upcoming September events click here. 


Support the PTSA

Your contribution translates directly into academic enhancements, virtual programs, improved technology, and courtyard and facilities renovations.  

Click here to donate.

Remember to enroll in our rewards programs.

Helpful Links


Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Student Services

Student Activities

Special Education Resources

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours 

FCPS Return to School Site - Resource to find out which colleges will be test optional next year.

FCPS Support for Parents & Families

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

Provides access to information and resources to support all families, educators, and students, including those with special needs, learning challenges, and disabilities.

FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight (8) languages to assist with general questions about FCPS.