McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 5/9/2022

Important Upcoming Dates

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

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - School closed

May 26 - Convocation

May 26- Last day for late buses

June 1 - Graduation 

June 2 - Physical Night at McLean High School


Prom Tickets!

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. Buy your tickets on MySchoolBucks!

Prom Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help with this year's prom. Duties would include checking bags and monitoring various areas. Shifts are 8pm to 10pm and 10pm to 12am.

Prom is being held at the Hilton McLean, from 8 pm to 12:00 am on Saturday, May 14th. Light refreshment will be provided. 

Click HERE to volunteer. We would love to see you there!

Senior FCPSOn Laptop/Charger Collection 

 Seniors participating in HIP:

  • Seniors can turn in their laptops/chargers on Friday, May 13 during 7th period to the main office.
  • HIP seniors may hang onto their laptops should they continue to need them during their internship/planning their HIP presentation. 

Seniors not participating in HIP:

  • Seniors will have an opportunity to turn in their laptops/chargers following their last final (7th period) on Friday, May 20.
  • Once they finish their final, they can drop off their laptops/chargers to the main office.

Seniors Additional Collection Times:

  • Seniors can turn in laptops/chargers immediately after graduation rehearsals on Monday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 25.
  • We are encouraging all seniors to turn in their laptops by Friday, May 20 to avoid being placed on the obligations list.

What happens if students fail to turn in their FCPSOn laptop?

Seniors:  Students are put on the obligation spreadsheet for $481 (laptop replacement cost) and they cannot receive cap and gown until either the laptop has been turned in or payment has been received through MySchoolBucks.

What happens if students turn in their FCPSOn laptop without a charger?

Seniors:  Students are put on the obligation spreadsheet for $23 (charger replacement cost) and they cannot receive cap and gown until either the charger has been turned in or payment has been received through MySchoolBucks.

Please be sure to download and save your files from Google Drive before they are disabled in early August. You can find instructions on how to do this in Schoology. 

McLean HS Baccalaureate

The McLean High School Baccalaureate will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 25th at 7pm. The service will be live streamed and made available to those who can not attend. 

Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church

Time: 7:00pm

Last Day for Late Buses

The last day for Late Buses at McLean High School is May 26th. 

Learner's Permit Test at McLean

McLean High School is pleased to announce that students can take the Virginia DMV learner’s permit test online at the school. Students will be eligible to test if they are 15 years 6 months or older on the following dates:

Monday, May 16th, Silver Lab, 3:15-5:30

Monday, May 23rd, Silver Lab, 3:15-5:30

Please visit this link for all of the details to register.  15 people permitted per session.

E-Hall Pass

McLean High School is committed to providing our students with a safe and secure learning environment. With that in mind, we have an opportunity for a new pass system, called e-hallpass, that will replace our current paper pass system. We continue to focus on keeping our students in the classroom and engaged in learning and are excited to be piloting e-hallpass school-wide, with a plan to continue use next school year.

We will hold a meeting on May 9 in the auditorium starting 6:00 for parents to learn about the e-hallpass.  To learn more about the pass please visit this link.  We have videos and frequently asked questions posted.

All Night Grad Party - Volunteers Needed!

Please volunteer for The All Night Grad Party sponsored by the PTSA scheduled for June 1 from 9-1 pm at McLean High School. This McLean High School tradition celebrates graduates in a safe, supervised space the night they graduate.  There will be catered food, casino games, prizes ,a photo booth, dancing and even a hypnotist show!  We need many volunteers in the school community to make this event happen.  Please consider signing up to help with set up before the party or volunteer to help at the party.  In the past, parents who did not have a graduate helped with setting up.  Then parents of all grade levels helped out at the party.  Let’s give the class of 2022 a proper send off as they create memories with their class one last time!  Please view the Sign Up Genius to see the volunteer options that appeal to you.

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:


US Figure Skating Graduating Senior Awards

Taylor Olson had been awarded the PLATINUM level Graduating Seniors Award. 

The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school; awards are given at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, level based off a skater’s level of competitive achievement in high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors.

Student Awarded

Join us in celebrating with the McLean High School students listed below. They have been awarded either a Letter of Intent or Recruitment Contract Award. 

Mary Steinbicker 

Abigail Bryan

Abigail Criswell

Annika Fuglie 

Christopher Fuglie 

Benjamin Kelly 

Sofia Lopez 

Olivia Madsen 

Colin Reing 

Claire Smith

Shaylan Warren 

Creative Writing Field Trip

Creative Writing Field Trip


Here are some photos from our Creative Writing field trip to Kent Gardens yesterday that were too adorable not to share! We’ll be putting up a display of the project in the Library next week if you want to see more!

We surveyed kindergarten students for their favorite things and then created personalized children’s books for them based on the results. We took a trip to read the books to the kids and bring them popsicles (of course).

Creative Writing

VHSL Creative Writing Winners

For the 2021-2022 school year, McLean High School Creative Writing won 4th in the state of Virginia for best overall in the Virginia High School League Creative Writing Competition.

Two students also ranked for individual categories:

Taylor Konditi (10) – 3rd in state for Poetry – “My Throat is a Graveyard”

Rowan McMichael (11) – 3rd in state for Personal Essay – “Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder”

Our students are very proud of their hard work, and thankful to you all for your support of our Creative Writing program.

Weekly Reminders

Planning for Spring SOLs

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

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

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. 

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.