McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 1/24/22

Important Upcoming Dates

January 24 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

January 26 - Book Talk for Parents

February 1 - Lunar New Year

March 1 - Hidden In Plain Sight - Community Awareness Program

June 1 - Graduation at 2:30 at Constitution Hall


2022 Bell Schedule

Schoology Information


ParentVue Information


Schoology Training - recording

Back to School Night

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year, February 1

Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar or lunisolar calendar. Lunar New Year is particularly celebrated in East Asia, influenced by the Chinese New Year and the Chinese Calendar. 

Course Selection for 2022-2023

The course registration process for 2022-2023 is upon us. Last Thursday, during our Advisory period, students were given time to explore our Academic Advising website to learn about all of their options. We have also developed an Academic Advising Google Site that is shared with students. In both of these places there you can find helpful tips on selecting classes, videos from teachers describing their classes, graduation requirements, instructions on how to select classes in SIS, and more! While the Google site can only be accessed by students, the Academic Advising website is on the Student Services page of the McLean HS website and can be accessed by anyone.

All students will be meeting one-on-one with their counselor over the next two months for academic advising. Current freshmen will meet with counselors through their HPE 9 class starting on February 15th. Current sophomores with meet with their counselors through their HPE 10 class starting January 18th. Current juniors will meet with their counselors through their history course beginning January 27th.  

We encourage you to have a conversation with your kids as they prepare to make their course decisions. Please keep in mind our mantra of “Balance, Balance, Balance”.  While we certainly want to encourage academic development, it is just as important to develop the rest of themselves as well. Teenagers (like all of us) need time to spend with their friends and family, time to do the things they truly enjoy and time to do things that give them a sense of purpose and meaning. They also have to sleep at night. Happiness and well-being depend on all of these factors. If it means taking a schedule with fewer advanced courses in order to have time for the other important pieces of life, they will absolutely be better off doing that!

Schedule Change Deadline for 21-22 School Year is January 28

Any student still considering a schedule change at this point in the school year will need to submit the schedule change packet to their counselor by January 28.  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.

Hidden in Plain Sight - March 1, 2022

Hidden in Plain Sight is a community awareness program to educate parents through a hands-on learning experience that covers current trends and signs of risky business.  The program will outline alcohol use, marijuana, prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, illicit drugs, mental disorders, sexual behavior, and other risky business.

This program is open to adult audiences only.  The program is designed to educate parents on recent trends and to assist their child in finding the proper help if a risky behavior is detected.  The program is presented by the Fairfax County Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit.

The presentation will be held at McLean High School in the cafeteria starting at 7:00pm and ending at 8:30pm on March 1, 2022.

Masks will be required to be worn while in the building.

COVID-19 Screening Testing

Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime.

Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website.

Book Talk for Parents

This past October, the authors of the book What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home spoke to McLean and Longfellow parents virtually.  They offered much-needed practical parenting tips as our children came back to school.

On Wednesday, January 26, Kathleen Otal, one of McLean’s school counselors, will be hosting a book talk for interested Longfellow and McLean parents.  We will discuss the first half of the book as well as share struggles, ideas, and tips with one another regarding our own children and parenting experiences.  The event will take place in McLean’s Lecture Hall from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

If you are interested in attending this book talk, please register here.  If you need to purchase the book, you can do so here.

If you have not seen the author talk from October 2021, you can do so here.

Please contact Kathleen Otal, McLean School Counselor, for more information.  We hope to see you there!

McLean High School Coat Drive

Drop of your greatly appreciated coat and jacket donation in the Main Office and at other bins around the school this week!


Student Achievement


Scholastic Art Award Winners

Please join us in congratulating the students who participated in and won awards in the Regional Scholastics Art Contest. The categories included Photography, Drawing and Illustration, Ceramics and Glass, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Painting, Digital Art, Painting, Comic Art, and Art Portfolio.

Click HERE for the full list of students.


All-District Band Audition Results

Congratulations to all the MHS students that auditioned for the All-District Bands! We are proud to report that a huge number of our students have made the bands this year.

Click HERE for the full list of our winners!

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:

February 7

April 18

To register for the February 7th 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.

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.