McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 2/14/22

Important Upcoming Dates

February 21 - Presidents Day

March 1 - Spring College Planning Night

March 1 - Hidden In Plain Sight - Community Awareness Program

March 3 - 2-hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

April 1 - Student Holiday

April 4-8 - Spring Break

June 1 - Graduation 


2022 Bell Schedule

Schoology Information


ParentVue Information


Schoology Training - recording

Back to School Night

Black History Month

At McLean High School, we believe unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. We are invested in creating a culture in which all students and staff experience belonging as Highlanders. As such, we will address all issues of racism and discrimination at our school.

In honor of Black History Month, our Black Student Union painted our rock. The rock included the acronym BLM to proudly state our belief that Black Lives Matter. This message is critical as these words bring awareness to the struggles, injustices and racism that black people have endured in this country for far too long. We were disheartened to see that this message was met with vandalism. We were uplifted to see how our student body came together to support one another. We are committed to keeping students at the center of our decisions and working alongside them to find a solution. As a school community we must continue to support and embrace one another. We are committed to learning and growing and building the best McLean High School for everyone.

PTSA Valentine's Day Breakfast

Last week McLean High School's amazing PTSA treated the teachers and staff to a special holiday breakfast catered by MHS alumni-owned business Cakes by Happy Eatery. Everyone got to start their Friday with a sweet or savory treat! 

PTSA Valentine's Breakfast


Counselor Appreciation Lunch

McLean High School celebrated our counselors with a potato bar lunch from the S. Davis Career Center last Thursday. Our counselors do an amazing job and we are lucky to have them working for our students every day.

Student Achievements

Presidential Scholars

United States Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

Four McLean High School students have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. The Scholars program  recognizes the accomplishments of some of our nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. 

Congratulations to Avery Barnett, Aleena Gul, Paul Kim and Jackson Chadwick!

Art Show

Virtual Art Show

The Art Department has a virtual Art show for you to view! This time, due to snow days and Covid, we decided to use a virtual format. The theme for this show was “Winter.” Many of the works were created during our snow week!

Click here for the virtual reality gallery link!

Scholastic Bowl Regional Winners

The McLean High School Scholastic Bowl team is moving on to States after winning Regionals! Congratulations to the team and their sponsors Jeff Brocketti and Lindsay Benedict!

Scholastic Bowl Winners

Weekly Reminders

Instruction 2 Industry

Instruction 2 Industry

Join us virtually on February 14 - 17, 2022


High School students are encouraged to join us for our upcoming regional career exploration event and participate in live virtual sessions held every night starting on Monday, February 14 through Thursday, February 17th, 2022. Students can choose from multiple available sessions each evening to learn about a wide variety of potential career paths and post-secondary options to prepare them for career success. 

The regional event will offer a connection to more than 100 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields across the region. Employers and industry experts will be represented from highly sought-after career clusters. 

High School students should check out the event schedule and register as soon as possible! The registration portal will remain open throughout the event. 

Click HERE for the event flyer

Hidden in Plain Sight - Register Now

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.

Please Register by using this link.

Spring College Planning Night

Join us on March 1st, at 6:00pm, in the MHS Auditorium for our Spring College Planning Night. We will be welcoming six college admissions representatives to speak with our students and families about finding the best fit college, the application components, how to make the most of your college experience, and more! Spring College Planning Night will give you practical next steps and the advice you need to have an amazing (and even fun!) college search. This event is highly recommended for 11th and 10th grade students and their families.

Immediately following, please join us in the cafeteria at 7:00 pm for Hidden in Plain Sight, our community awareness program. 

Course Selection for 2022-2023

The course registration process for 2022-2023 is upon us. On Thursday, January 10, students were given time to explore our Academic Advising website during their advisory period. 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 for academic advising. Current freshmen will meet with counselors through their HPE 9 class starting on February 15th. 

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!

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 last date for the 2021-2022 calendar year is:

April 18

To register for the April 18 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.

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.

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.