McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/8/2021

Important Upcoming Dates

November 8 - Partners for Safe Teen Driving

November 11 - Veteran's Day - 2-hour early release

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

December 8 - Bodhi Day - Religious and Cultural Observance Day

December 20-31 - Winter Break

June 1 - Graduation at 2:30 at Constitution Hall


Bell Schedule

Schoology Information


ParentVue Information


Schoology Training - recording

Back to School Night

Veteran’s Day Service - November 11 at 11:00

American Legion Post 270 will hold their annual Veteran’s Day event at McLean High School at 11:00am in the Memorial Garden (front of the school). This year’s Veteran’s Day event will be held in partnership with the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, a national initiative to thank Vietnam Era veterans for their service.

All living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are especially invited to attend at to receive a commemorative Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin as a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks to them, and to their families, for their service during the era.

Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Here is the bell schedule for the two-hour early release day.

Nominations Now Open

McLean HS is now accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 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.                                                                                                                                     
  5. Outstanding Leader: Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Activities.

All nominations for McLean Teachers & Staff are due by Monday November 22.  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 

The links to each nomination form are here:

  1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: Teacher
  2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: New Teacher
  3. Outstanding Professional Employee: Professional
  4. Outstanding Operational Employee: Operational 
  5. Outstanding Leader: Leader

Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize our McLean High Staff; your input is HIGHLY valued and GREATLY appreciated.  


ParentVue and StudentVue will close this Friday at 4PM and reopens November 13 at 6AM.


The SGA is holding a drive for personal care items during the week of November 15-19.  Items such as bar soap, toothbrushes/paste, deodorant, ad chapstick may be brought to the main office or activities office.  Thank you for your support and generosity!

Governor's School Information

The 2022 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. 

Ms. McNeill will hold an interest meeting for Visual & Performing Arts Governor’s Schools at 3:00 on Wednesday, October 27 in the Career Center located in Student Services.

Mr. Allman will hold an interest meeting for Academic Governor’s Schools at 3:00 on Wednesday, November 3 in the Career Center located in Student Services. 

Ms. McNeill will hold an interest meeting for World Language Governor’s Schools at 3:00 on Wednesday, November 10 in the Career Center located in Student Services. 

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, 2021. 

Students interested in Visual and Performing Arts SRGS programs will need to complete this Student Interest Form by November 9, 2021. 

Students interested in the World Language Governor’s Academies are asked to complete this WLGA Student Interest Form by November 19, 2021. 

VDOE SRGS website:

FCPS SRGS website:

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

World Languages Credit Exam Registration Open

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, 2021.  Students who have experience with languages other than English can earn up to three high school credits through this assessment. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Please reach out to your school counselor for more information and to get registered. Registration closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted. Additional credit exam information can be accessed at:


Parent Coffee and Panel Discussion on Mental Health and Trends

Friday, November 12, 2021

8:30am to 9:30am 

@ MHS Dance Room

Please join us for Parent Coffee on the morning of November 12th. We organized a panel discussion for you to share information on mental health of students, impacts during COVID, and how we can help students in our various roles at the school, FCPS, law enforcement, and more importantly as parents and guardians. Our panelists include: experts in their field from the McLean High School clinical team, CarolAnn Forrest and Marly Jerome-Featherson, the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Kelly Rankin, and the school SRO Officer Davis. Assistant Principal, Emily Geary, will be moderating the panel discussion. It is an opportunity to meet other parents, ask questions of the panelists and school administrators, and exchange views on how we can collectively help our students. Space is limited, so please register for the event here.

Questions? Email

Here is some additional information to build awareness on substances available in the market. On July 1st 2021 Virginia became the first Southern State to legalize marijuana. The FCPS substance abuse prevention specialists teamed up to create a video explaining the law and what it means to our community.  McLean High School’s substance abuse prevention specialist Kelly Rankin was part of that team.

Here is the link to the video is English 

Here is the link to the video in Spanish 

McLean Matters Holiday Gift Card Drive Begins Today!

McLean High School has approximately 75 students who are at, or below, the poverty level. Some are homeless. If you would like to contribute to this important community effort, please click HERE to sign-up to donate $25 or $50 gift cards to Safeway, Target, 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 Safeway Gift Cards, Target Gift Cards, or Walmart Gift Cards and purchase “plastic gift card(s)” to mail/drop off to Sue Tabish.
  3.     Go online to Safeway Gift Cards, 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.

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 Friday, December 3rd.

NOTE: Please indicate the $ amount of the gift card(s), when you mail/drop off your cards.Let's show our fellow Highlanders some love this holiday season because McLean Matters!

If you have any questions, please contact McLean Matters Chair Emma Blankenbaker at

Weekly Reminders

Partners for Safe Teen Driving - Virtual

McLean High School will be offering Partners for Safe Teen Driving (PSTD) seminars throughout the school year. All students enrolled in classroom driver education must attend one 90-minute PSTD presentation. The presentation is connected to classroom instruction and must be completed in addition to successful completion of classroom instruction in order for a student to receive a DEC-District 8 (pink) card.

McLean High School’s dates for the 2021-2022 calendar year are:

November 8

February 7

April 18

To register for the October 4 PSTD seminar, students can register with a parent or legal guardian here. To access the registration form, students must be logged into their account.

All seminars will be held from 6:30-8:00 PM virtually via Schoology Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the PSTD ZOOM Meeting Link prior to the meeting. We encourage registrants to enter the meeting ten minutes prior to the meeting to avoid technical issues. Attendees who arrive late will NOT BE allowed entry and WILL NOT earn credit for attending. Students and a minimum of one of their parent/guardian(s) must attend a presentation during the calendar year in which the student is enrolled in 10th grade Health and PE. While it is recommended that the PSTD seminar requirement be satisfied during the quarter in which the student is taking classroom driver education, students are welcome to attend any quarter. Important: Students who successfully complete their classroom driver education quarter but have not satisfied the PSTD requirement will have earned an Incomplete for the class grade until the requirement is met.

This program is only available to FCPS students enrolled in grade 10 health and physical education at no charge. Students who are completing classroom instruction through a commercial driving school, are home schooled, are enrolled in another school division, or are FCPS students in grade 11 or 12 must register to attend the 90-minute PSTD seminar through FCPS Adult and Community Education (; a $30 fee will apply. Students enrolled in grade 10 health and physical education do not have to register.

Helping Highlanders

Helping Highlanders

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:

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,

Beverly Parker-Lewis, School Psychologist,

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker,

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

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.