McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 3/21/2022

Important Upcoming Dates

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

April 1 - Student Holiday

April 4-8 - Spring Break

April 15 - Good Friday Religious Observance

April 15 - Theravada New Year Religious Observance

April 23 - Last Day of Passover Religious Observance

May 3 - Eid al Fitr Religious Observance

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday

June 1 - Graduation 


2022 Bell Schedule

Schoology Information


ParentVue Information


Schoology Training - recording

Back to School Night

Senior Parent Coffee

Friday, March 25th from 8.30am-9.30am

@ McLean High School Lecture Hall

Join us for a PTSA sponsored Senior Parent Coffee to learn about expectations for the remainder of the year for Seniors, and information on commencement, graduation ceremony, and the all night graduation party. You will hear from the school’s Senior Class Administrator, Sean Rolon. He will be joined by Emily Geary, Systems of Support Advisor, and the Senior Class Sponsors, Cameron Keuning and Melissa Duluc. 

You will have a chance to purchase yard signs and graduation party tickets at this event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, please register here for the event. Questions? Email at

Change in Observance Day

Eid al-Fitr will be observed by Muslims around the world this May 2nd and May 3rd. The date of Eid services/celebrations can shift due to the lunar calendar and can vary by community and country. At the time the FCPS calendar was developed, local Eid observances were expected to occur on May 3rd, but because local Eid observances shifted to May 2nd, the FCPS Employee Newsletter on February 8th announced a change in the Religious and Cultural Observance day in FCPS for Eid-al-Fitr from May 3rd to May 2nd, 2022.

Opportunity to Apply for Student Representative to the Board

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC).  Applications are due March 23, 2022.  The application and related details can be found at Student Representative to the School Board.

Deadline Date

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 12:00

Additional Links:

  • Application Site to access the “Application for the 2022 Student Representative to the School Board”
  • Spotlight: Location where the Application can also be found. 

AP Exam Information

AP Exam Schedule

After careful consideration, FCPS leadership decided to continue with the established AP exam schedule for May 2, 2022. Students registered for  AP exams on May 2nd (Chemistry, Spanish Literature, Japanese Language, US Government) will need to request late testing if they are unable to attend due to the Eid religious observance. May 3rd exams that were previously rescheduled for May 17th will remain on May 17th.

Requesting a late AP Exam due to May 2nd Eid Observance

Students who are unable to attend May 2nd AP exams (Chemistry, Spanish Literature, Japanese Language, or US Government) at McLean High School due to the Eid religious observance need to contact Jennifer Beach, Assessment Coach ( no later than April 22nd to request late testing. Late testing follows the College Board Late Testing Schedule. The dates and times for the May 2nd late testing are listed in the table below.


Parent Events

April 12 - MHS Student Services Book Talk

The McLean Student Services Department is excited to announce that Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, the authors of the book, What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home will be speaking in person at McLean.  Last fall, these authors spoke virtually to our Longfellow and McLean parents.  The event was very popular and parents wanted a chance to ask the authors more questions!  

Our in-person author talk will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 PM in the McLean Lecture Hall.  The authors will discuss how parents can engage in respectful and effective dialogue with their teens, discuss boundaries around technology, and improve communication.  Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice from the experts. 

We invite all parents from McLean and Longfellow to attend!  Purchasing the book is not required, but if parents do want to purchase they can do so at this link.  Please fill out this form to register for the event.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

April 26 - Book Talk with Julie Lythcott-Haims

In partnership with The Potomac School, the Safe Community Coalition is pleased to share with you the details of an upcoming FREE event on Tuesday, April 26th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Rodef Shalom. 

Fromer Standford dean and NewYork TImes best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims presents "Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Stratefies for Rainsing Successful Kids" 

This FREE program is open to all and the link can be found on our website:

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.

Student Achievements

McLean Entrepreneurship Club Semifinalists

Entrepreneurship Club

Congratulations to the team of McLean Juniors Zoe Li and Ben Woods (co-counders of McLean's Entrepreneurship Club), with TJ Junior Mules Bao, on becoming semifinalists in the Diamond Challenge 2022 Competition. The team of three have been invited back to the University of Deleware for the final rounds of the International Diamond Challenge Summing this April. We wish Zoe, Ben and Myles good luck!

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Students


CONGRATULATIONS to both groups on outstanding performances at the VBODA District 12 State Assessment!
Wind Ensemble received two "Superior" ratings and two "Excellent" ratings.
Symphonic Band received "Superior" ratings from all four judges.

Congratulations to all!

Cynthia Ma - Global Leaders of Fairfax County

McLean HS student Cynthia Ma participated in a Global Leaders of Fairfax County event last week. She joined the visit of EPA Administrator Michael Regan to Flint Hill ES. Cynthia is one of only a handful of FCPS students who was invited to participate in this event. As part of the visit, Cynthia was able to ride on a new FCPS electric school bus and participate in a press briefing with Administrator Regan and Congressman Gerry Connolly.

Cynthia Ma

Weekly Reminders

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:

Giving Back at McLean High School

Our students truly care about our school and community. This school year, our students have shown this care for others by holding a variety of collection drives. 

PowerBars for Ukraine

Many McLean High School students have voiced their concern about the war in Ukraine. As a result we have decided to collect PowerBars to send there. Please drop off your PowerBars in the marked boxes in the Main Office. 


GLC Menstrual Product Drive

The McLean Girls' Leadership Committee is hosting a menstrual product drive throughout the month of March. Many women and girls have trouble affording food and basic necessities. Especially now during the pandemic, expensive yet necessary menstrual products can take a toll on families living paycheck to paycheck. Drop off your items in the marked boxes in front of the Main Office

Book Drive

MHS Book Drive - March

In honor of National Reading Month, we will be hosting a book drive to donate books to elementary and middle schools in our pyramid. Bins will be placed in the main office so be sure to drop off your gently used books!



McDance-a-Thon is a student-led fundraising club that raises money for Children’s National Hospital. In 2019 McDance-a-Thon successfully raised $55,726.44, and in 2020 they surpassed that with $61,986.99! Every year the biggest event the club has is our 7-hour dance, where we dance, play games, push fundraising, and then at the end of the night reveal how much money we have raised throughout the year. Check out the video below, showcasing the energy and environment from previous dances. 

This year we are so excited to get back to an in-person dance!

McDance-a-Thon will be hosting our 7-hour dance in the main gym at McLean High School on Saturday, March 26th from 4:00 - 11:00 PM. We will provide food and are so excited to also have a DJ! 

Because our club's message surrounds children's health, masks will be required at the dance but there are outdoor locations where students will be able to take them off. 

Interested in supporting McDance-A-Thon? 

Donor Drive 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

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