MHS PTSA eNews, April 27, 2022


Administrative Assistant's Week 

A Big Heartfelt Thank You!

Our gratitude to the wonderful professionals who make McLean High School a better place due to their work ethic and caring nature.



Health & Wellness
Therapy Dogs

Our therapy dog friends return for a special pop-up visit from 11:00am-1:30pm as part of "Stress Less, Laugh More Week".

We are expecting three dogs (pictured here):

  • Sydney, an Australian Shepherd
  • Livius, a Husky 
  • Daisy, a Labrador retriever 

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

Contact for details. 

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Last General
Membership Meeting
for the Academic Year 2021-2022

Our last PTSA General Meeting will take place on May 18th in the MHS Cafeteria from 7:00 pm-8:15 pm.

Come join us to celebrate a wonderful year! We are also going to thank all the PTSA volunteers for their amazing generosity and dedication.

Details are provided on our site.

Volunteers Needed


Seeking PTSA
Executive Board Volunteers

The PTSA works to directly benefit the teachers, students, parents and staff at McLean HS.  It is also a wonderful way to meet other parents, get to know our staff and students, and give back to our school. 

We are 100% volunteer driven!  Please consider one of the following open positions:

  • President-Elect
  • VP Fundraising

For more information click here or contact:


Donations &Volunteers Needed 
Appreciation Week Luncheon for MHS Teachers & Staff
Friday, May 6th

MHS PTSA is hosting an Appreciation Week Fiesta Luncheon honoring our Teachers and Staff on Friday, May 6th.

To make it a success, please donate an item from the SIGNUPGENIUS to compliment a taco bar catered by Taco Rock. 

Volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up are also needed. 


Friday Breakfast Station Sign-Up
April 29th & May 6, 13, 20, 27th

Last chance to sign up for the school year!

May is the last month for the PTSA's Friday Breakfast Station for teachers and staff! And what a busy month it is: Appreciation Week, AP Exams, SOLs, Final Exams, end of 4th Quarter.

Let's show our appreciation and treat our wonderful teachers and staff to breakfast treats in May.

Sign-up here for April 29th

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

Thank you!

2022 Graduation Party Team Needs YOUR Help! 

We are all parent volunteers planning a celebration for the Class of 2022! We need your help to make this happen. You can help in multiple ways to make this a memorable celebration  for your students:

- Donate gift cards for raffle prizes – To make the 2022 Graduation Party even more fun for our seniors, we give away gift cards throughout the event. If you are able to donate a gift card, please sign up here. Any amount you are able to give is great; the most popular amounts are $10, $20, $50, and $100. Contact Karie Toro at with any questions.

- Volunteer to help on the day of the event (June 1st evening) – This is a Senior event, every year we have parents of Juniors and underclassmen help supervise and chaperone with this event and pay it forward. Please contact Solat Zaidi at


eNewsletter Team
Needs Volunteers

Without Help the Last eNews is June 8th

Training, tools, and support are available to ensure a smooth transition into the next school year. 

Please contact if you are interested in any of the following positions:

eNews Co-Chair and Members

Responsible for sending weekly PTSA e-newsletter. Share relevant information, promote events and enhance parent engagement.  Proofreading skills are a plus.

eNews Proofreader

Review draft of the e-newsletter to test links, catch typos and verify consistency with format standard.

eNews Publisher

Use the GovDelivery tool to enter prepared content, images, links, and .pdfs provided. Follow committee-developed format standards. Send a test version to the proofreader and incorporate changes. Schedule the final version in the tool for publishing at noon on Wednesdays.

Thank you in advance for volunteering!

For the McLean High School Class of 2022

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. 

grad party tix

Graduation Party Tickets
are on Sale!


What:   Graduation Party for Class of 2022 - Diamonds are Forever

When:  June 1st, 9pm - 1am

Where: McLean High School

Attention McLean Agents-Class of 2022! 

Your Mission: Purchase Tickets NOW.

You will have a chance to win raffle prizes and grand prizes such as a $250 gift card, all whilst you sip on mocktails, mingle and munch on hors d'oeuvres. 

This "Diamonds are Forever" party will have casino games, fun activities, DJ, photo booth, hypnotist show, and much more. You don't want to miss a fun time with your friends and fond memories of your high school graduation.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and early bird discount pricing ($65) ends on April 29th. Ticket prices will increase to $75 from April 30th. Click here to purchase.

Grab a chance to Raffle Prizes when you purchase tickets!

We are currently doing a raffle for all seniors that purchased their 2022 Graduation Party tickets.

This week's winners are: Laine Phillips, John (JT) Fulkerson, Tobias Thierer, and Eve GinsbergPlease reach out to Pam Williams at to claim your prize. 

The next raffle winners will be announced on May 11, 2022. Seniors - Make sure to purchase your tickets for a chance to win. 


Prom Tickets are on Sale! 

Juniors and Seniors may purchase their tickets through MySchoolBucks for $65. 

Prom will be at the McLean Hilton from 8:00pm-12:00am on May 14th.  


Graduate Yard Signs PickUp

Thank you to all the parents and family members who picked up your MHS Graduate Yards Signs last week!  For those of you who did not make it to our distribution sessions, Pam Williams has graciously volunteered to work with you to set up a pick up day & time near McLean HS.  Please email Pam at to coordinate pickup location, date and time.


Recording of the Senior Parent Coffee

Held on March 25th @ McLean High School Lecture Hall

Thanks to all the parents who attended the Senior Parent Coffee on March 25th. For those of you who were unable to attend, Mr. Sean Rolon, Assistant Principal and Senior Class Administrator, prepared a recording of the information for your reference. Access it here

Questions? Email us at

restaurant night

Local Restaurant Fundraisers

Show Highlander Spirit and Support Your Community

While Dining In or Carrying Out

Sweet Leaf Cafe is TODAY!

April 27th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

1359 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102


Silver Diner - 1st Thursday

May 5th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

8101 Fletcher Street
McLean, VA 22102


Celebrate McLean High School Teachers

Thank a Teacher

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

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


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


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 April 28th. Kelly Rankin, McLean's Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, will be one of the presenters. 

Here is the link if you are interested.

Student Achievements


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 Mathematical 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

Stay in the Know!





National PTA Statement On Gun Violence

"Our association stands with all of the families, schools and communities impacted by gun violence and we again call for legislative action to make our schools and communities safer for everyone."

Virtual Study Sessions

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

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.  


Free Online Tutoring Services

As of April 14, FCPS students have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through at no cost to families.

Student participation is optional, and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services.

Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to


April - Month of the
Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of Virginia’s youngest heroes, over 80,000 military-connected children.

Wear purple TODAY to celebrate military kids!

Purple references the joint environment of the military, encompassing all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans. Purple combines each branch’s colors into one: the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all use shades of blue, the Army uses green, and the Marines use red.


Autism Acceptance Month 

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. 


Arab American Heritage Month

An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute, with ancestries traced to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. 

Please join us in celebrating the rich history, contributions, and culture of our diverse population of Arab Americans.

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 

Student Equity Ambassador Program

Student Equity Ambassador Leaders

Students' voices are 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 students' voices 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 6th

SEAL Information


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 4th.

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


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 Reminders

Calendar Reminder

April 27 - Sweet Leaf Cafe McLean Restaurant Fundraiser

May 2 -  Eid al Fitr Religious Observance

May 18 - Therapy Dogs Visit

May 6 -  Highlander Appreciation Lunch for Teachers & Staff

May 14 - Prom at McLean Hilton

June 1 - Therapy Dogs Visit

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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