McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 5/23/2022

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


Attendance Form

Moving forward, McLean High School will no longer use the electronic attendance form. Parents/Guardians will need to call the attendance office, send a written note with your student, or send an email  to mcleanattendance@fcps.edu. 

All Day Absences: 703-714-5725

Early Release: 703-714-5726

*As a courtesy please do not call for early release after 1:30pm. 


Requesting a MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Refund

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.


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.  jgamboa@fcps.edu


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 cpramos@fcps.edu


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 mcleanhighschool@fcps.edu 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 jbarham@fcps.edu.

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. 


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.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054DA4AD2FA02-version


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:  https://forms.gle/dSNCjto7nUtkr4Uk7

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, mstierney@fcps.edu 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: https://forms.gle/zJrGabyD7xunnvYS9


Recognitions

theatre

Over the weekend, Kylee Majkowski and Dylan Freeman had the honor of competing in the inaugural Brandon Dixon Awards at the National Theatre.

13 public, private, and charter high schools located within a 25 mile radius of The National Theatre were invited to participate by submitting their fully-staged musical theatre productions for consideration. 

Dylan and Kylee competed against 18 other students throughout the region, and Kylee Majkowski was selected as one of the top 5 Actresses in the region. On Sunday May 22nd, she had the opportunity to perform on the National theatre stage as her character in TheatreMcLean’s production of Head over Heels. Way to go!


Teen Character Awards

On Saturday, May 21st, the McLean Citizens Association awarded 4 Mclean High School students with Teen Character Awards.  Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Elaine Tholen, Dranesville District School Board Member; and Scott Spitzer, McLean Citizens Association President presented the awards. 

This award honors teens who demonstrate outstanding character. Teens who have, on their own and without compensation, helped out in their neighborhood or community, are being recognized not only for themselves but as an example to others.

Please join us in celebrating the following students for winning this award. 

Max Blacksten – Junior at McLean High School

Max serves on the McLean Community Center Governing Board. He participated in the Teen Town Hall in March, attends the monthly board meetings, and serves on the board’s Finance and Program Committees. In these meetings he listens carefully and contributes meaningful points by stating his opinion. He is articulate and calm in managing diverse viewpoints. He expresses new ideas confidently for discussion and helps the board move forward in collaboration. By raising the concerns and interests of his fellow peers, Max makes sure that MCC’s program offerings are effectively marketed to teen demographic and that programs are nuanced to what teens are interested in.

Caroline Klein – Junior at McLean High School

During the pandemic, Caroline took on additional responsibilities so her parents could continue working outside the home. She cared for her younger sister and prepared some household meals. She helped make sure her sister was ready for virtual school each day. She initiated activities with neighborhood children, helping students stay engaged and giving other parents a much-needed break. Even after the pandemic restrictions were lifted, she continued to help the elementary-aged children in the neighborhood with their activities. She can aways be counted on for solace, enthusiastic support of other children’s accomplishments, and spending time outside playing games with them. She is mature and trusted by the families in her neighborhood.

JoJo Philipps - Junior at McLean High School

JoJo’s parents both work and often travel, so a couple of years ago JoJo started cooking dinner one night a week. She plans the meal, buys groceries, cooks it, and cleans up afterwards. She also helps out in the neighborhood. One neighbor wrote that, when her husband died three years ago, JoJo began mentoring her three young children. One afternoon she offered to watch them and secretly took them shopping so they could buy their mother a Mother’s Day present. Since then she has taken the children to buy Christmas, birthday, and Valentine’s presents for their mother. She plays a special role in two other children’s lives—children who would not get special attention without her. She is a model citizen for the kids of her neighborhood and a source of comfort for the very young ones.  She is intuitive, nurturing and mature beyond her years. 

Sam Rakowski – Freshman at McLean High School

Since 2019 Sam has led a project with an organization called Shoes That Fit to deliver brand new shoes to underserved children at Cora Kelly Elementary School in Alexandria. Sam works with the school social worker who identifies the students to receive new sneakers. She gets their shoe size and favorite color. Then Sam collects funds from neighbors and friends and shops for the students. He has distributed more than 250 pairs of shoes He wants to help close the gap between socio-economic groups by gifting brand new and very cool brand name shoes that children are proud to wear. The kids have been very excited to receive their shoes each season and better yet, it enables them to participate in school and sports fully. 


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

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:

https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/


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, CMForrest@fcps.edu

Beverly Parker-Lewis, School Psychologist, baparkerlewi@fcps.edu

Marly Jerome-Featherson, School Social Worker, mjeromefeath@fcps.edu

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

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