McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 11/15/2021

Important Upcoming Dates

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

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.  


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!

McLean Matters Holiday Gift Card Drive Continues!

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

FCPS Family Workshops

Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

December 3, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Postsecondary Education Considerations for Students with Disabilities

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn about postsecondary education options available for students with disabilities.

  • College: Two-Tear and Four-Year
  • Career and Technical Education/Trade School
  • Gap Year
  • Military
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment

December 9. 2021 10 a.m. - noon

Register for Postsecondary Education Considerations for Students with Disabilities

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.