McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 5/16/2022

Important Upcoming Dates

Check out the McLean Website to keep up to date with SOL testing, bell schedule changes, end of the year final exam schedule, Driver's Ed permit testing and much more.  

May 25 - Baccalaureate 7:00pm

May 26 - Convocation 9:00am

May 26- Last day for late buses

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - School closed

June 1 - Graduation - 2:30 Constitution Hall

June 2 - Physical Night at McLean High School

June 6-9 - Final exam schedule

June 10 - Last day of school - early release

Bell Schedule Change

The bell schedule will be adjusted May 18, 19, and 20 due to SOL testing.  We will send out reminders to students through Schoology and Instagram.

Link to bell schedule change

Underclassmen FCPSOn Laptop/Charger Collection

Underclassmen who no longer need their school laptop for finals:

  • Starting on Monday, June 6 and throughout the final exam week, any student that no longer needs access to their school laptop may stop by the Library Reference Room throughout the school day and turn in their school laptop and charger.  

Underclassmen who need their school laptop until their last exam:

  • Students will turn in their laptop and charger to their 7th period teacher upon completion of their 7th period exam and before the final dismissal bell on Thursday, June 9

Underclassmen enrolled in online summer courses:

  • Students who are enrolled in an online summer course will be permitted to keep their laptop/charger for the duration of their course. At the conclusion of their summer course, students should return their laptop/charger to the main office. Teachers will be given a list of summer course enrollments prior to June 9th to verify which students will need to keep their devices.

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

Underclassman:  Students and Parents will be notified by the Main Office or Administration that the laptop must be turned in ASAP.  If they keep the laptop over the summer without an approved reason, their laptop will be disabled, making it inoperable for the remainder of the summer.  

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

Underclassman:  Students and Parents will be notified by the Main Office that the charger must be turned in ASAP.  The laptop will be re-imaged and prepared for the next school year, but will not be re-issued until a charger is turned in or payment has been received through MySchoolBucks.

End of the School Year Medication Pick-up

As the end of our school year approaches, please be reminded that all medications kept in the Health Room must be picked up by the end of the school year.  Per FPCS regulations, any medications that remain in the Health Room after close of business on the last day of school must be destroyed.

For SENIORS:  The last day of classes will be May 20th.   Seniors who have medications may keep them in the Health Room until after AP testing and graduation activities are complete.

For ALL OTHER STUDENTS:  The last day of classes is June 10th.

Prescription Medications (Epi-pens, Inhalers, ADHD, etc.) :  Must be picked up by a parent.  Please sign in at the main office.  PLEASE NOTE:  if a student self-carries their epi-pen or inhaler and keeps one in the health room, they may pick it up.

Over-the-counter Medication:  Students may pick up these medications and take them home.  They may be picked up at the end of the day between 2:45-3:00pm any time before the end of the year.

All medications must be picked up by 11:00am, June 10th.

Please contact School Health Aide, Julie Gamboa, with any questions.

Moving over the summer?

If your student will not be returning to McLean High School for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete the Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form.  You can email the completed and signed form to the McLean HS registrar, Cindy Ramos, at

McLean Student Services Podcast

Podcast: The College Admissions Process

The McLean High School Department of Student Services would like to share its third, and final, parenting podcast of this school year.  Our topic is the college admissions process, hosted by Paul Stansbery, Director of Student Services, Kathleen Otal, School Counselor and 2021 Virginia School Counselor of the Year, and Ashley Lowry, Technology Specialist.

We discuss the many fears and anxieties that parents may have about the college admissions process and how parents can set their child up for future success.  This episode can benefit parents of students in high school, middle school, and elementary school as they look towards their child’s future.  Parents will gain valuable insights from the experts who are in a unique position to view the process from multiple perspectives.  You can listen to the podcast here.

During the podcast, we discuss the rumor in parenting circles that it’s “almost impossible” to get into college these days.  Watch Kathleen Otal use Naviance to demonstrate how students with B’s, C’s, and even D’s on their transcript still have many college options!  You can see that short video here.

Finally, we recommend listening to this Revisionist History podcast, in which the formula for determining college rankings is uncovered.  We believe that every parent should be aware of this process!

The McLean Student Services team is here to support students as they find the college that is the right fit for them.  We are dedicated to sharing helpful information for parents of students of all ages.  We hope that these resources will help to shed light on the process.

Freshman 101 - Register Now!

McLean High School teachers and administrators will offer a variety of in-person activities for students to choose from as they prepare to begin high school at McLean. Students will get to know staff members, connect with other students, and attend sessions designed to prepare them for success as they transition to high school.

Please note: Only students enrolled as 9th graders at McLean High School for the 2022-2023 school year are eligible for the MHS Freshmen 101 Program. Please complete this electronic form to reserve a spot. Prior to the program, please send a completed Emergency Care Form and email it to by July 11 to complete your registration; Emergency Care Forms are located on the MHS website. If you have any questions, please email Assistant Principal Jeff Barham at

Where: McLean High School

When: July 18th and 19th

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Transportation: Details forthcoming

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

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

All Night Grad Party - Volunteers Needed!

Please volunteer for The All Night Grad Party sponsored by the PTSA scheduled for June 1 from 9 pm - 1 am 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:



2022 Cappies Nominations


Join us in congratulating the following students for their 2022 Cappies Nominations!

Best Play - Airness: High School Edition

Marketing and Publicity - Clare A’Hearn

SFX - JT Fulkerson, Ethan Jone, Megan Wright

Hair/Make-up - Sabrina Beadie, Emery Graninger, Erin Sharpe

Sound - JT Fulkerson, Ethan Jones, Emma Springer, Matthias Zahinser-Renteria

Lighting - Collin Coerr, JT Fulkerson, Scott Fulkerson, Alessandro Martinat-Pilhaca

Costumes - Kyrsten Lewey, Bri Zawicki

Sets - MHS Set, MHS Set Decoration, MHS Paint

Ensemble in a play - Air Guitarists (Jack Abba, Charlotte Carson, Arielle Else, Idil Erdogan, Kate Fontaine, Jackie Stoll)

Supporting in a female role - Idil Erdogan

Supporting in a male role - Arielle Else

Critics Team - Clare A’Hearn, Arielle Else, Audrey Link, Kylee Majkowski, Miranda Simpson, Sophia Pandit, Allison Pflanz, Emily Reisman, Rebecca Sullivan

It's Academic


A total of 81 schools started out in this year-long competition from the DMV area, and both public and private schools were involved.  McLean faced off against four of the five past champions and won those matches. The last time an FCPS team won this tournament was in 1993 with TJ winning and before that in 1974 when Herndon won.  As you can see this quite an accomplishment for our team and our coaches.  The team consists of Noah Chin (junior), Ethan Zhou (junior), and Sam Asimos (senior). Our coaches are Jeff Brocketti and Lindsay Benedict. They all put hours upon hours into preparing for their quiz bowl competitions, and they all deserve a huge congratulations for this accomplishment!

Congratulations to our Quiz Bowl team and their accomplishments this year!

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.