McLean HS: Dr. Reilly's Monday Message 9/19/2022

Important Upcoming Dates

2022-2023 School Year

September 26 - Student Holiday/Rosh Hashanah Religious Observance

October 3 - Partnership for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

October 5 - Student Holiday/Yom Kippur Religious Observance

October 10 - Student Holiday/Indigenous Peoples' Day Cultural Observance

October 12 - PSAT (10th & 11th)/SAT Day (12th)  - 2-Hour Early Release

October 22 - Homecoming Dance - 8:00-11:00pm @ McLean

October 24 - Student Holiday/Diwali Religious Observance

October 28 - End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

October 31 - Student Holiday


Mr. Brocketti

Mr. Jeff Brocketti on Wheel of Fortune!

Tune in on September 26th, at 7 pm, on ABC7, to watch McLean High School's very own Physics/Astronomy teacher, Jeff Broketti, compete on fan-favorite TV show Wheel of Fortune! He can't tell us how he did until the show airs but we are keeping our fingers crossed!

World Languages Credit Exam Registration

Registration for the 2022 World Languages Credit Exam is now open! This assessment will be administered on November 3, 9,and 10, 2022.  Students who have experience with languages other than English can earn up to three high school credits through this assessment. Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Please reach out to your school counselor for more information and to register. Registration closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted. Additional credit exam information can be accessed at: 

SEL Screener

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage ( Please contact Greg Olcott, our SEL screener lead, with questions.

At McLean High School, we intend to implement the SEL screener on October 17 during Highlander Time. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, complete the opt-out by October 14, 2022 via your SIS ParentVUE account, or complete the opt-out form and deliver to the main office. The opt-out form can be located in various translations here:

AMC 10/12

The AMC 10/12 provides an opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (see Invitational Competitions).

We will be hosting the AMC 10/12 Test here at McLean on November 10th during the 1st period of the day. Students would miss their 1st period class and be responsible for checking with their teacher before-hand to find out which assignments/assessments they may need to make up.

Students who would like to take the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 will need to register and pay ($5) in MySchoolBucks. Registration closes October 20th. Shortly after that date, each student who registered should receive an email from the sponsor with further instructions.

If you have any further questions regarding the AMC 10/12, please reach out to Steve Walker ( who sponsors the competition here at McLean.

PSAT/SAT School Day - October 12th

9th Graders- Stay home and do not report to McLean HS. Teachers will not provide work for students to complete on 10/12. However, students may have work previously assigned by their teachers to complete that is due 10/13 or later.

10th & 11 Graders- Report to McLean HS by 8:00 am to take the PSAT. All 10th & 11th grade students were automatically registered for the PSAT

12th Graders- If you did not sign up to take the SAT, stay home. Only the 12th graders who completed the intent to participate form were registered to take the SAT. Report to McLean HS by 8:00 am to take the SAT. 

All students testing should bring

  • Photo id
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils (not mechanical)
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks.

If you have any questions, please contact our Assessment Coach Elly Donlen (

Yearbook Pictures - September 27th and 28th

On Sept. 27 & 28, all ninth, tenth and eleventh graders will be photographed during their Health & PE or US History class. If your child does not take one of these classes on-campus, please tell them to check their email for directions about reporting during Highlander Time 8 on Sept. 27.

If your child is absent on picture day, the make-up day will be Friday, November 4.

Information about ordering pictures can be found here:


Yearbooks are available for sale in MySchoolBucks. Prices will go up on Oct. 2 so order today and save!


The Class of 2023 - it's time to schedule your senior portrait for the yearbook! You can schedule your senior portrait appointment at:

There is no sitting fee for yearbook portraits -- it is absolutely FREE! Students will receive proofs of their pictures and may order a variety of packages, if they wish. There is an additional sitting fee for those students who wish to be photographed in a variety of poses and outfits -- please see the website for more details. 

English 12 WorkKeys Testing

For the 2022-23 school year, all students enrolled in English 11 will take the WorkKeys® Business Writing test to earn their Writing verified credits. English 11 Honors students will be assessed in their English class during the October test window (October 17-21). English 11 on-level students will be assessed in their English class during the January test window (January 30-31). The WorkKeys® assessment will provide the required verified credit for writing while preserving classroom instructional time, as it is a single 30-minute assessment. 

If you would prefer your student take the Writing SOL in March in place of the WorkKeys writing, you will need to complete the WorkKeys opt-out form no later than October 3rd for English 11 Honors students and January 9th for English 11 on-level students

If you have any additional questions, please contact Elly Donlen (, McLean Assessment Coach.

Is your student self-studying for an AP Exam?

Self-studying means that a student wants to take an AP exam for a class they are not currently enrolled in. Please have your student complete the google form below to indicate which exam(s) they would like to register for as a non-Enrolled student. The non-refundable exam fee this year is $96 per exam, and should be paid in My School Bucks.

As your student considers self-studying for exams, please check the AP Exam schedule to ensure that they do not over-schedule themselves. Exams will only be moved to the late testing schedule for extreme circumstances. Your student can sign up here. If you have any additional questions, please contact Elly Donlen (, McLean Assessment Coach.

DEA Warning 

Recently, the DEA issued a press release warning of brightly colored fentanyl pills targeted at our youth. “Rainbow fentanyl—fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes—is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. Here is the full press release.

Student Achievement


In support of the over 15,780 kids who are diagnosed with cancer every year, students and teachers at McLean High School and our pyramid elementary schools wore their pajamas to school on September 15th. 


Weekly Reminders

Expunging High School Courses Taken in Middle School (Incoming 9th Graders Only)

Parents of incoming 9th grade students who completed a high school course (World Languages, Algebra, and Geometry) in the 2021-22 school year may request the final grades for these courses be omitted from your student’s transcript.  You must submit a Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School form to McLean High School Student Services, after the course is completed and prior to October 21, 2022.  This form may be obtained at the following link

Required Immunizations

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations. 

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. Appointments are required for most vaccination clinics. Don’t wait until the last minute when you might not be able to find an appointment. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of clinics or schedule with your family’s health care provider

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Meningococcal Vaccine Reminder - Class of 2023

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into one of its schools. All students in grade 12 are required to have been immunized with one dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine given at the age of 16 or older. Please read this information for submitting records to McLean.  Proof of immunization must be submitted to the school. These documents need to be returned prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year, preferably by July 1. For more information on this requirement, visit this FCPS website

New Asthma Form for the 2022-2023 School Year

Attention parents of students with asthma and rescue inhalers. Starting with the 2022-2023 school year, all students bringing an inhaler to school will need to have a signed copy of the Virginia Asthma Action Plan with them, in addition to an FCPS authorization form. The asthma action plan must be filled out by the physician and the authorization by the parent (and student for self-carry.) If you are planning to send in an inhaler in the fall and have not received an email with details, please reach out to the public health nurse at for more information.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Available

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • The application is now available on the webpage.
  • Paper applications will be available at schools (except ones designated as a CEP school) at a date to be determined.
  • Approved FRM eligibility letters may also be used to provide additional benefits. 

Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Parent Information Phone Lines

FCPS language lines are available in eight different languages to assist parents who do not speak English as their first language.

A school system employee will respond to your call in your preferred language within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. The caller will provide you with the requested information, arrange for you to speak with the appropriate school employee, or connect you with the resource that you are looking to find.

To use the parent information phone lines please call:

Amharic: 571-423-4957

Arabic: 571-423-4952

Chinese: 571-423-4953

Farsi: 571-423-4954

Korean: 571-423-4951

Spanish: 571-423-4950

Urdu: 571-423-4955

Vietnamese: 571-423-4956

Click HERE to be directed to the FCPS Parent Information Phone Lines site.

Partners in Safe Teen Driving Seminar (PSTD)

As part of the FCPS Health and PE curriculum, all 10th grade students enrolled in Health & PE 10 complete one quarter of classroom Driver Education.  As part of the Driver Education curriculum, students are required to attend the Partners in Safe Teen Driving Presentation, in person, with at least one parent or guardian. Successful completion of classroom Driver Education AND attendance by the student and parent/guardian enables the student to obtain the DEC-District 8 completion card needed to pursue obtaining a Virginia driver’s license.  While it is recommended that the PSTD seminar requirement be satisfied during the quarter in which the student is taking classroom driver education, students are welcome to attend any quarter within their 10th grade year. All seminars will be held in-person from 6:30-8:00 PM in the auditorium. Please arrive early. Doors will close promptly at 6:30. Attendees who arrive late will not be allowed entry and will not earn credit for attending.

The 90-minute PSTD presentation will be offered once per quarter throughout the school year. McLean High School’s dates for the 2021-2022 calendar year are below. Please make sure to use your student’s account to log in and fill out the form.

October 3rd  - 10/3 Sign-Up Sheet

January 9th -  1/9 Sign-Up Sheet

March 6th  - 3/6 Sign-Up Sheet

May 1st - 5/1 Sign-Up Sheet

Important: Students who successfully complete their classroom driver education quarter but have not satisfied the PSTD requirement will have earned an incomplete for the class grade until the requirement is met.

This program is available to FCPS students enrolled in grade 10 health and physical education at no charge. Students who are completing classroom instruction through a commercial driving school, are home schooled, are enrolled in another school division, or are FCPS students in grade 11 or 12 must register to attend the 90-minute PSTD seminar. A $30 fee applies, and registration is available through FCPS Adult and Community Education (

College Entrance Test Preparation Materials

McLean is pleased to share that we offer several resources to help students prepare for college entrance exams including ACT, SAT, and PSAT via two software platforms: and 

Students can access by joining the McLean HS College Entrance Test Prep class by following the instruction below:

  1. Visit
  2. Click “join class” and enter the code 292XJ9ST2DEMW 

Students in FCPS have 24/7 access to an online tutoring service called allows students to connect with a live tutor virtually at any time of day, spontaneously or scheduled in advance. Tutors are available via to support SAT/ACT and PSAT preparation. For more information, refer to the FCPS website. 

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

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