McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 4/25/2022

Important Upcoming Dates

May 2 - Eid al Fitr (Sunset May 1 to sunset May 2)

May 14 - Prom at Hilton McLean - 8:00pm-12:00am

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday

June 1 - Graduation 

June 2 - Physical Night at McLean High School

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Information

All information regarding Advanced Placement (AP) testing, including this spring's testing schedule, can be found on our AP Testing Information page

Planning for Spring SOLs

For up to date information regarding the SOL testing schedule, logistics, policies & procedures, check out our SOL Testing Infromation page

Senior Events & Graduation

All of the information you need to help celebrate your senior and plan for graduation can be found on our Senior Events page. Check back often for updates. 

AA Week

Administrative Assistant's Week 

Thank you to the wonderful professionals who make McLean a better place due to their work ethic and caring nature.

Head Over Heels

Theatre McLean's Production of: Head Over Heels

Visions, vacations, and a vapid princess. Experience Theatre McLean’s production of Head Over Heels the musical. Featuring music from the Go-Gos, this jukebox musical follows the journey of the royal family of Arcadia as they leave their kingdom to flee from the unfavorable prophecies prescribed to them by the Oracle. Watch as King Basilius and Queen Gynecia, accompanied by their daughters Pamela and Philoclea, try and escape their fate, learning lessons of love, loss, and loyalty along the way. 

The production runs from April 28 through May 1 at McLean High School. “Get Up and Go” buy tickets, $8 for students and $15 for adults, which can be purchased at

Suspension of Attendance Notifications

In order to accommodate the expanded student testing windows for SOLs and AP tests, morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails will be suspended during the AP and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools only. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.  Note that we are only suspending attendance notifications.  Here are the dates during which morning attendance notifications will be suspended:

  • High school:  April 25, 2022 through the last day of school, June 10, 2022.
  • Middle school:  April 25, 2022 through the last day of school, June 10, 2022.
  • Elementary school: No change to morning notifications.

Virtual Helping Highlanders

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 and Precalculus, English 10 and 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. 

Student Equity Ambassador Leaders

Student voice is imperative for the implementation of Equity centered work we strive for in FCPS. Our students have the answers and it’s time that we empower them. Student Equity Ambassador Leaders is a leadership program that amplifies student voice and provides an increased understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity through leadership development, projects and relevant experiences. The goal is to empower students to take an active role in fostering a school culture of inclusiveness and creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for students, families and staff. All applications are due by May 6, 2022

SEAL Information

SEAL Application

Physical Night - June 2

McLean Sports Physical Night is Thursday, June 2nd. If you are interested in playing a sport during the 2022-23 school year you must have a sports physical on file at the school dated after May 1 of 2022.  This will satisfy that requirement. Details below

When: Thursday, June 2

Where: McLean HS

Cost: tax deductible donation of $50 (all proceeds go to the athletic training program for supplies and equipment.)

MySchool Bucks link coming soon!

Student Registration:

We are in need of volunteers for this event. If you, or someone you know, think you might be interested in volunteering, please email Michael Tierney, for more information.  We are in need of medical professionals, specifically MDs, DOs, PAs, and NPs.  We are also looking for PTs as well. If you would like to register as a volunteer, please follow this link:

DEA Drug Take Back Event

Saturday, April 30th is National Drug Take Back Day from 10am-2:00pm. Bring your unused medications (over the counter and prescriptions) for proper disposal. The McLean District Station is a drop-off site, and there are other available sites in the county. The flyer for the Drug Take Back Event and sites can be found here


Prom tickets are on sale!  Juniors and Seniors may purchase their tickets through MySchoolBucks for $65.  Prom will be at the McLean Hilton from 8:00-12:00am on May 14.  

AP Exam Information

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.  Forms should be submitted by Wednesday, April 27th. Thanks in advance for your help!  

AP Proctor Volunteer SIgn Up Link


All VA-Band and Orchestra

The students listed below were accepted by audition into the All-VA Band and Orchestra this year. The event was held Thursday through Saturday at Christopher Newport University. McLean has more students accepted than any other high school in Virginia!  These students are the best of the best.

Yanni Aknine and Hannah Sim, Oboe

Jake Barnard, Trumpet

Nicole Chan, Kian Choi and Belinda Li, Clarinet

Tieran Holmes, Piccolo

Brian Horrigan, Tuba

Catherine Kim, Basoon

Robert Klein, Percussion

Julia Tan - Flute

Clara Marks, Horn

Daniel Ahn and Christina Wu, Cello

Alexander Bills, Ryan Chun, Donghwa Shin, Caleb Wang, and Joshua Wang  - Violin

Mikayla Li, Viola

McLean Highlander Math League 

Join us in congratulating the McLean Highlander Math League (MHML) members' outstanding achievements!

Ethan Zhou qualified for the 2022 USA Mathematical Olympiad - 2022 USA Mathematical Olympiad

Aiden Feyerherm, Minseo Kim, Ethan Zhou, Youngmin Kwon, Daniel Leverett and Christopher Tillotson received an overall Honorable Mention in the 2022 Purple Comet! Math Meet - 2022 Purple Comet! Math Meet

Aiden Feyerherm qualified for the 2022 USA Junior Mathetical Olympiad -   2022 USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad

McLean High School won 1st place in the Virginia Math Leage, with Ethan Zhou as the league winner - April 2022 High School Score Report Summary


Parent Events

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends and Support Webinar

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends, Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on youth substance use trends and supports.

The topics covered will be:

  • Most Commonly Used Substances
  • In Depth Opioid Information
  • Reasons Why Youth Use Substances
  • Ways Parents Can Support their Children
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources
  • Ways Students, Parents, and Community Members can connect with Support Providers

It is being offered virtually in every language at 7:00PM on 4/20, 4/26 and 4/28.  Kelly Rankin, McLean's Alcohol and Other Drug counselor, will be one of the presenters.  Here is the link.

McLean Community Center Photo Updates for Students

Is your current profile picture outdated? Is it a cropped picture from Prom or Homecoming? If so, sign up now to get a professional headshot made at MCC! You can use this headshot on your social media profiles, résumé or collage applications. Hilary Schwab Photography will be onsite to provide you with a professional headshot, all you have to do is register for a 15-minute time slot on Wednesday, April 27th at the McLean Community Center. A limited number of time slots are available, so sign up quickly if you want access to an amazing new headshot! Sign-ups for the event can be found here

How to Raise an Adult

April 26 - Book Talk with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Former Stanford dean and New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult Julie Lythcott-Haims explains why our culture of over-parenting is hurting our children and making them ill-equipped for college and adulthood.

Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings, How to Raise an Adult is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

This FREE program takes place April 26th from 7-9pm at Temple Rodef Shalom. It’s open to all, but registration is required.  Visit the Safe Community Coalition website for more information and registration:

Brought to you through a partnership between the Safe Community Coalition and The Potomac School. 

Upcoming Cultural and/or Religious Days

Eid al Fitr

May 2, 2022 (Sunset May 1 to sunset May 2)

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the lesser Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. (The Muslim use of a lunar calendar means these dates begin between 10 to 11 days earlier each year.) Muslims congregate that morning for Eid Prayers. It is a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graves of relatives are visited. The most common way to wish someone a Happy Eid al Fitr is Eid Mubarek, which means “blessed feast” (or festival). FCPS has designated Eid al Fitr as a religious and cultural observance day designed to allow students the opportunity to miss school for observances not already designated as school holidays.   Eid-al-Fitr ( is from sunset May 1 to sunset May 2).

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:

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.