MHS PTSA eNews, March 30, 2022

Class of 2022

Graduation Party Tickets
are on Sale!

Click here for more information.


Baccalaureate Service for High School Seniors

Volunteers Needed 

Each year, McLean High School senior parents organize an interfaith Baccalaureate service of prayer and music for seniors and their families featuring representatives from local Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations.

Volunteers are needed to plan the Class of 2022 Service.

Details from past services are available to share.

Please email Elizabeth Hale at if interested. 

PTSA Volunteer Openings

YOUR PTSA NEEDS YOU and appreciates all that you do!


PTSA Board Nominations for

We Want to Hear From You!

The PTSA is always looking to have a diverse group of members from our broad community on the board.

Are you or anyone you know someone who would be great in a PTSA board position next year? 

We are looking for volunteers for the following positions:

  • President
  • President-Elect, and
  • VP Fundraising

Take a look at the openings and their related job descriptions.  

The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers leaders for our 2022-2023 PTSA Board, as well as chairs for committees, so contact them at with names and referrals.

Thank you in advance for your volunteering!


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!



Friday Breakfast
Station Sign-Up

April 15th, 22nd, 29th

Show our appreciation and treat our wonderful teachers and staff to some breakfast treats!

Help bring weekly Friday morning breakfast treats.

Sign up here for the week that best suits your schedule.

Thank you!

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming General
Membership Meeting

Our next PTSA General Meeting will take place on May 18th.

Details will be provided on our site soon.


McLean High School Spring Testing Tips and Information

Click this link to review the presentation of Jennifer Beach, MHS Assessment Coach, the PTSA's Guest Speaker in last week's general meeting.

restaurant night

Local Restaurant Fundraisers

Show Highlander Spirit and Support Your Community

While Dining In or Carrying Out

Silver Diner - Thursday, April 7th

April 7th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

8101 Fletcher Street
McLean, VA 22102


Pie-tanza - 2nd Thursday of the Month

April 14th, 11:30am - 9:30pm

Lee Harrison Center
2503B N. Harrison Street
Arlington, VA 22207


Mark Your Calendar

NOVA 2022 Vision

April 12, 2022, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering a virtual opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options at the post-secondary level. 

FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering a virtual opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options at the post-secondary level. The conference will include a presentation from Accommodations and Accessibility Services, a student panel, and a Q & A session. 

Visit both links to register:

1. Click HERE to register and receive the Zoom link.

2. Click HERE to complete the FCPS registration form.

McLean Day

Do You Want the Opportunity
to Perform for
Over 10,000 People?

Want to gain your band or performance group exposure?

Apply Today to Perform on the Main Stage at McLean Day!

Applications are open through April 1st, so work quickly if you want to get a spot on the stage.

Those performers whose applications are approved will get to perfom for 20-40 minutes in front of all attendees at McLean Day.

Detailed information about the community stage can be found here, and the application to perform on the stage is here


Northern VA Magazine
Teacher of the Year Award

Northern Virginia Magazine is launching its first annual Teacher of the Year Award, in which we will recognize the very best educators in our region.

The survey runs through April 24th.

FREE Event Next April 26th!

Julie Lythcott-Haims, NYT Best-Selling Author of How to Raise an Adult Returns to McLean

In partnership with The Potomac School, the Safe Community Coalition is pleased to share with you details of an upcoming FREE event on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Temple Rodef Shalom.  

Back by popular demand, former Stanford dean and New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims presents “Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Strategies for Raising Successful Kids.”

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

Student Achievements


2022 Student Peace Award Winner -

Olivia Zhang

Students from 23 Fairfax County public schools have been named recipients of the 2022 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, designed to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. Read more about the award winners here.

Olivia Zhang, McLean High School. Olivia Zhang is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Cancer Kids First which has thousands of volunteers in chapters around the world sending toys, books and care packages to over 50 pediatric hospitals.

MHS Collection Drives this Month - Last Call


Giving Back at McLean High School - PowerBars for Ukraine

Our students truly care about our school and the community.

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

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.


McLean Girls' Leadership Committee is Hosting a
Menstrual Product Drive

Many women and girls have trouble affording food and necessities. GLC is asking community members to drop off extra packages of products like pads, tampons, and panty liners at McLean High School.

Full details on Instagram @mcleanglc.


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!

Stay in the Know!


Parent's Guide to College Admissions

The college admissions process was stressful enough before the pandemic, and now it is more confusing than ever.

Fiona Rees, Board Chair of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), shares her top tips for supporting your teen.  

Listen now.

VA PTSA Volunteer of the Year

Virginia PTA Volunteer Awards

Nominate an outstanding PTA/PTSA volunteer from your school community for the 2022 VA PTA Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year Award (elementary, secondary, combination levels).

Nominations should be submitted by noon on Saturday, April 2nd to and for consideration.

McLean Day

McLean Day: Celebrating
Our Hometown

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - to 5:00pm

Location: Lewinsville Park
               1659 Chain Bridge Road 

Admission is free for patrons with carnival rides, gourmet food trucks, games, and other family-friendly activities. 

Exhibitors can sign up online.

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

For more information check here.

Support Your McLean High School PTSA


PTSA Funds Enhance Student Learning

Please consider making a tax-free donation to the PTSA.

Your contribution translates directly into academic enhancements, virtual programs, improved technology, and courtyard and facilities renovations. 

Click here to donate.

Student Contests, Programs,
Workshops, Selected Resources & Webinars 

VPTA video

Senior Scholarship Awards

Categories: University, Technical, Fine Arts, Special Education

Applications are due Today Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Submit applications to 
Applications available at Virginia PTA - VAPTA Scholarships


FCCPTA Scholarships

A great opportunity for the Seniors! 

Each spring, FCCPTA awards (5) PTSA member students with $1,000 scholarships to assist in their pursuit of post-graduation learning.  Scholarship Criteria:

  • Be a current and verified member of your school PTSA.
  • Attend an accredited trade school, college, or university during the following academic year.
  • Be a current FCPS high school senior.

Apply here by April 15th to be considered for this scholarship.

For additional details visit FCCPTA Scholarship website. Contact with any questions.


Outstanding Character Award for Teenagers

The McLean Citizens Association is again sponsoring Teen Character Awards to recognize teens of exceptional ethical and compassionate character. Teens who have, on their own and without compensation or formal recognition, cared for elderly relatives or younger siblings, or who have helped out in the neighborhood or community (defined as the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area), deserve to be recognized not only for themselves but as an example to others.

The award is not a competition. All teens whose nominations indicate they meet the criteria will receive an award. The McLean Citizens Association Education and Youth Committee will review nominations to determine compliance with the criteria. The criteria are listed in the description of the award.

A nomination application is available in the following: Application - Outstanding Character Award for Teenagers. 

The award consists of a certificate that will be presented on the stage at McLean Day on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 3:00pm. Names of award winners will be provided to local newspapers to highlight recognition of the teens' achievements. 

Nominations must be submitted via email to the McLean Citizens Association no later than Friday, April 22, 2022

For further information email Jim Beggs, MCA Education & Youth Committee Chair, at


Scholarship Information

You can access here a comprehensive list of scholarships for high school students to help pay for school during their freshman year of college and beyond.

college transitions

Competitions and Contests that Boost Your
Admission Prospects

list of 70 academic competitions and contests selected by the College Transitions.

Parents and Students, Did You Know?


School Safety & Threat Assessment

Parents and Students: View training modules on threat assessment and learn about FCPS' anonymous Tip Line

Fairfax County Public Schools has a well-established policy and protocol for responding to threats of violence in our schools. We have collaborated with the Youth Violence Project of the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education as part of our efforts to educate parents and students on how to help reduce threats and increase safety in our schools.

We invite parents and students (12 and older) to view the training modules on threat assessment here. These brief modules will help you understand the threat assessment process used in our schools and how it can help prevent violence.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Prevention Support at McLean High School McLean High School has a Full-Time Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Kelly Rankin serves as a resource for students and parents interested in finding out more information on substance use or discussing concerns about use and addiction.

If you need more information, take a look at this flyer.

Calendar Reminder

Calendar Reminders

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

April 1 - Student Holiday

April 2 - First Full Day of Ramadan Religious Observance

April 4-8 - Spring Break - McLean HS Offices will be closed

April 7 - Silver Diner Restaurant Fundraiser

April 15 - Good Friday Religious Observance

April 15 - Theravada New Year Religious Observance

April 23 - Mock SAT

April 23 - Last Day of Passover Religious Observance

May 2 -  Eid al Fitr Religious Observance

June 1 - Graduation at 2:30pm

Helpful Links


Bell Schedule

Red/Silver Calendar

Office and Support Staff

Student Services

Student Activities

Special Education Resources

Virtual Back to School Night

Teacher Office Hours 

FCPS Return to School Site - Resource to find out which colleges will be test-optional next year.

FCPS Support for Parents & Families


Parent Information Phone Lines

FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight (8) languages to assist with general questions about FCPS.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

FCPS Parent Resource Center Workshops

The FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering workshops, information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

For a list of upcoming events click here. 


Multilingual Parent Podcast

Listen and subscribe to an FCPS multilingual family podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

Listen and subscribe:

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