MHS PTSA eNews, April 13, 2022


Health & Wellness Therapy Dogs

Our therapy dog friends return on April 20th, from 11:00am-1:30pm.

We are expecting five or six pups, some “old” familiar furry faces, and some “first-timers” dog visitors to MHS!

Our thanks to the PTSA Health & Wellness Committee for organizing!

Please contact for more information.


Girls Leadership Committee Annual Networking & Panel Event

Join the Girls Leadership Committee on April 18th for the annual networking and panel event. Sign-up to attend this virtual event.   For more details, click here.

Volunteers Needed


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!

Baccalaureate Service for High School Seniors

Volunteers are Needed to Plan the Class of 2022 Service

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.

Details from past services are available to share.

Please email Elizabeth Hale at if interested. 

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AP Exam Proctors: 
Parent Volunteers Wanted!

Due to the large number of AP exams being given this year, we are in search of parent volunteers to help with proctoring between May 2nd  and May 17th. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring test takers and
  • Assisting with material distribution/collection.

All proctors will be asked to review a brief virtual training and sign a non-disclosure agreement from the College Board.

Please be advised that parent volunteers CANNOT proctor their own children (if your student is taking an AP exam, you cannot proctor that specific test).   

If you would like to volunteer your time to help proctor an AP Exam, please see the link below to a sign-up form including dates and times we are in need of volunteers. 

AP Proctor Volunteer Sign-Up Link.

Forms should be submitted by Wednesday, April 20th.

Thanks in advance for your help!  

Lemon Road Elementary PTA

Fulfill Service Hour Requirements by
Volunteering on April 23rd

After postponing its Fall Festival, the Lemon Road Elementary School PTA  (7230 Idylwood Road) will be holding its Spring Fair on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00am- 3:00pm.

The event is the Lemon Road Elementary School PTA's largest fundraiser and its success hinges on having enough volunteers to help bring the carnival atmosphere to life.

This is a great opportunity for students to fulfill service hour requirements.

Middle and high school volunteers will supplement adult volunteers and help run carnival games, face/arm painting, as well as help with setup and clean up.

You can view the SignUp Genius here and all slots for middle and high school volunteers are clearly marked.

If you have any questions reach out to the Lemon Road PTA at

The onsite coordinator will be in touch with you regarding signing service hour forms if you choose to volunteer.  

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 continuing to seek 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!

For the McLean High School Class of 2022

Hershey Park

Senior Trip to Hershey Park

Friday, April 15 is the last day to purchase tickets for the Senior Trip to Hershey Park.

The date of the trip is Friday, May 27th and the cost per ticket is $90 (covers ticket to park, transportation, and a light breakfast).

Tickets can be purchased on MySchoolBucks or by scanning the QR code below.

The Trip to Hershey Park is for Seniors Only

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Class of 2022

Graduation Party Tickets
are on Sale!

Click here for more information.


restaurant night

Local Restaurant Fundraisers

Show Highlander Spirit and Support Your Community

While Dining In or Carrying Out

Pie-tanza is Thursday!

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

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


Santini's Deli - 3rd Wednesday

April 20th, 11:00am - 9:00pm

1443 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102


Celebrate McLean High School Teachers


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.

Thank a Teacher

It's Your Chance to Thank a Teacher, Now Through May 6!

Each year, students, parents, and the general public are encouraged to send thank-you notes to Virginia’s deserving public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

This year, three student artists won the contest to have their artwork featured on thousands of thank-you notes distributed across the state!

The deadline to send a teacher a thank you note and enter them to win a vacation and $2500 to the school is May 6th.

For more information visit here.

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.

Mark Your Calendar

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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 

McLean Day

McLean Day: Celebrating
Our Hometown

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Time: 11:00am - 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.

Student Achievements


McLean High School Student, Ava Macomber, Participated in a White House Roundtable on Mental Health

On the last day of Women’s History Month, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice and Gender Policy Council Director Jennifer Klein hosted a roundtable at the White House with young women leading their communities in improving  mental health. 

Participants were joined by the leadership of national girl's  advocacy organizations, each of which has prioritized mental health policy and supported young women leaders tackling this issue.

Click here for the White House Briefing Room statement. 

Stay in the Know!

Virtual Helping Highlanders

Beginning in March, Math and English teachers began hosting virtual study sessions via Zoom in the afternoons/evenings.

Subjects offering study sessions include:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2 
  • Precalculus
  • English 10
  • English 11

The schedule for each session and Zoom links are posted to the All Students course in Schoology each week for all students to access.

Please consider encouraging your student to attend a study session for extra support in the offered subject areas!

After-School Counseling

The Department of Student Services will be offering counseling opportunities for all students every Wednesday and Thursday after school.

Select counselors will be available
to meet with students until 4:30pm.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of this extra availability and can meet with the counselors on staff regardless of their alphabetical designation.

Late bus transportation will be provided every Wednesday and Thursday for all students.  

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 


Youth Conservation Camp Applications are due April 29

Applications are now open for Youth Conservation Camp, held July 10-16 on the Virginia Tech campus.

The program brings together 70 students for a week of learning about Virginia's natural resources from hands-on experience with conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech.

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply and may receive a partial scholarship from NVSWCD. 

Learn more about Youth Conservation Camp, including how to obtain an application

Contact NVSWCD with questions.


Students: Apply to be the Next EQAC Student Representative

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) is accepting applications for its student member term running from July 2022 through June 2023.

EQAC’s primary function is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for improving environmental protection and enhancement.

The student member application is open to all interested high school sophomores and juniors who are in good standing. Interested students should apply by May 4.

 Learn more and apply to be the next EQAC student member.


CBF Leadership Expeditions
for HS Students

Registration for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2022 Student Leadership Summer Expeditions is now open!

Do you know a motivated high school student who wants to get involved with environmental education, advocacy, or leadership?

This program is open to students in grades 9-12 and financial aid is available.

The Virginia expedition will take place July 11-15, the watershed-wide expedition will take place July 25-29, and the orientation for both expeditions will take place May 25. 

Learn more and spread the word about CBF's 2022 Student Leadership Summer Expeditions!

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Youth Conservation Camp
Applications due April 29th

Applications are now open for Youth Conservation Camp, held July 10-16 on the Virginia Tech campus.

The program brings together 70 students for a week of learning about Virginia's natural resources from hands-on experience with conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech.

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply and may receive a partial scholarship from NVSWCD. 

Learn more about Youth Conservation Camp, including how to obtain an applicationContact NVSWCD with questions.


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.


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.

Parents and Students, Did You Know?

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.


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

April 14 - Pie-tanza Restaurant Fundraiser

April 15 - Good Friday Religious Observance

April 15 - Theravada New Year Religious Observance

April 20 - Santini's New York Deli Restaurant Fundraiser

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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