MHS PTSA eNews, June 1, 2022


Congratulations to the Class of 2022 on Your Graduation TODAY!

You have worked so hard to get to this day and it is finally here. 

We are all very proud of your hard work, you have truly earned this! Be sure to thank your family, teachers and friends who have supported you along the way. 

Look to the future with excitement about all that you can accomplish.

The MHS PTSA wishes you the best!


Freshman, Sophomore, Junior & Senior Parents

Help Make TONIGHT's 2022 All Night Graduation Party a Success

This event is sponsored by the PTSA and scheduled for June 1st from 9:00pm - 1:00am at the school.

This MHS tradition celebrates graduates in a safe, supervised space the night they graduate.  There will be catered food, casino games, prizes, 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 setup before the party or volunteer at the party! 

Let us 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.


Graduation Party Tickets are on Sale!

Attention McLean Agents-Class of 2022! 

Click HERE to purchase

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

When:  June 1st, 9:00pm - 1:00am

Where: McLean High School

Your Mission: Purchase Tickets NOW.

Tickets cost $85. Click here to purchase.


Health & Wellness Therapy Dogs Visit is CANCELED

Our last therapy dog visit of this school year has been canceled because of today's graduation-related early dismissal.

The PTSA Health & Wellness Committee would like to express their gratitude to the PAL Therapy Dog Organization and Emma Blankenbaker for making the restart of this beloved program so successful in the 2021-2022 school year.

Please contact for more information.


Congratulations to our 2022-23 PTSA Executive Board

President - Elizabeth El-Nattar
President Elect - Oscar Hernández
Secretary - Sooa Kwon
Treasurer - Sue Ellen Beggs
VP Programs - Savitha Sagar
VP Communications - Fernando Sabio
VP Fundraising - Connie Howell


Calling all Dancers!! 

McLean High School Dance Team Tryouts (2022-2023 Season)

Open to All Upcoming 9th - 12th- Grade Students!

June 13th and June 14th, 9:30 am –12:30 pm, McLean HS Dance Room

Sign-up using the MDT interest form available here.

The MDT Interest Form includes all tryout details!

Contact with questions or if you have a conflict with the tryout dates. 


Fun Fair - June 6th

After the first exam of the week all students will be released at 9:45 to come out to the practice football field and the stadium football field for some games, food, and just some fun.  With the help of the PTSA and the PE department, we are planning fun activities for all students to end the year like they started the year with a celebration.  This time will be similar to Celebrate McLean.


PTSA Reimbursement Request

As our school year draws to a close, the PTSA Treasurer would like to encourage anyone with outstanding receipts to turn them in with a completed reimbursement request by June 10th

All receipts must be reimbursed before the close of our fiscal year on June 30, 2022

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sue Ellen Beggs at

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed

PTSA Audit Committee

We seek one (1) more volunteer to join our three-person audit committee to perform the financial review of the 2021-2022 school year PTSA financials. 

The review is performed following the guidelines set out by the VAPTA, which provides a checklist and financial reconciliation to follow. 

The volunteer commitment for this role consists of a few hours once a year, typically in mid-July following the fiscal year closing on June 30th.  The review can occur in either the morning, afternoon, or evening depending on the consensus of member schedules.

This is a great way to get more familiar with the PTSA financials and perform an essential role in assessing our compliance with best practices. 

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please reach out to the current Treasurer, Sue Ellen Beggs, at


eNewsletter Team Needs Volunteers

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!



Congressional Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to our winners at the Congressional Art Competition!  Each spring a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S House of Representatives. Two Mclean student were recognized for their amazing talent and technique in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.

3rd  place “Soul Searching” – Emma Chen

Honorable mention “Self”- Aliya Lu

To view the winning artworks as well as this years entries, please check out the virtual gallery below:

2022 Congressional Art Competition Winners

Stay in the Know!

US News and World Report Logo

U.S. News & World Report
High School Rankings are Out!

Learn how U.S. World News finds their rankings and look here for the list of best VA high schools.

MHS is listed #3 public high school in Virginia; take a look here

In the Jay Mathews Challenge Index, MHS has the ranking of FCPS high schools on the list, which is based on a formula devised by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. The index is designed to identify public schools that challenge average students.

The list is available here


Are You a Parent Interested in Learning More About the
College Admissions Process?

The MHS Department of Student Services released this school year's third and final parenting podcast. This time they addressed the college admissions process. Listen to it here.

The podcast features Mr. Paul Stansbery, Director of Student Services, Ms. Kathleen Otal, School Counselor and 2021 Virginia School Counselor of the Year, and Ms. Ashley Lowry, MHS Technology Specialist.

They discuss the many fears and anxieties parents may have about the college admissions process and how parents can set their children up for future success. 

Listening to this episode can benefit parents of students in high school, middle school, and elementary school as they look toward their child’s future. Parents will gain valuable insights from the experts who are uniquely positioned to view the college admission process from multiple perspectives. 

Hope you enjoy it!

Thank you, Ms. Stansbery, Ms. Otal and Ms. Lowry, for sharing it.


In addition, the MHS Department of Student Services team encourages parents to watch Ms. Otal use Naviance to demonstrate how students with B’s, C’s, and even D’s on their transcript still have many college options! Take a look here.

The MHS Student Services team also recommends listening to this Revisionist History podcast, in which the formula for determining college rankings is uncovered.  

Remember that the MHS Student Services Team members are available to support students as they find the college that is the right fit for them. They are dedicated to sharing helpful information for parents of students of all ages.  

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.  

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, Opportunities,
Workshops, Selected Resources & Webinars 

Share of McLean

Internship Opportunity for a
MHS Student

Share is looking for a social media intern between June to September 2022.

This is an excellent opportunity for a MHS student interested in combining community service and hands-on experience. For more information, visit here and the deadline for the application is June 10th.

Share an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving economically distressed families and individuals, including senior citizens, immigrants, victims of spousal abuse, and the homeless.

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Breakthrough Junior Challenge Video Contest 

Students ages 13 through 18 are invited to create a short (under 90 seconds) video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.

Don’t miss your chance to win a $250,000 college scholarship. If you win, you’ll receive a college scholarship, your teacher will receive a $50,000 prize, and your school will get a new $100,000 science lab! 

Learn more about the Challenge and submit your entry at the Challenge website! 


Scholarship Information

You can access here a comprehensive list of scholarships for high school students to help pay for school during their first year of college and beyond.

Parents and Students, Did You Know?

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 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

June 1 - Therapy Dogs Visit

June 1 - Graduation at 2:30pm, Constitution Hall

June 1 - PTSA sponsored Graduation Party for seniors

June 2 - Physical Night at McLean High School

June 6-9 - Final Exam Schedule

June 10 - Last Day of School - Early Release

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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