School News & Notes

GMHS Hosts Back-to-School Night

George Mason High School‘s Back-to-School Night will be held from 7 – 9:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 11, for parents of all grades.

GR8 Tailgate and Back-to-School Dance

The GR8 Tailgate, hosted by the Mustang Ambassadors, will start at 6 p.m. at Moore Cadillac Stadium at George Mason High School on Friday, Sept. 12. The Back-to-School Dance kicks off at 9 p.m. after the George Mason varsity football team plays Stonewall Jackson High School.

Falls Church HS Hosts Band Fundraiser

The Falls Church High School marching band will host a fundraising dinner at UNOS Pizzeria (3058 Gatehouse Plaza, Falls Church) on Monday, Sept. 15. All proceeds will go to support the band program. For more information, call 703-207-4000.

GMHS Holds Parent Nights

GR8 Orientation and Freshman Parent Night, geared specifically towards parents of 8th and 9th graders, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Mustang Café at George Mason High School. A Senior Parent Night will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the same location. For more information,call 703-248-5500.

O’Connell Coach Earns 500th Win

Bishop O’Connell Soccer Coach Alberto Starace, the head coach of the girls’ soccer team since 1985, achieved his 500th win with a 2-1 victory over Flint Hill High School on Sept. 3. Since taking the position at O’Connell, Starace, a native of Italy, has coached four All Americans, more than 30 girls that have gone on to Division 1 college soccer, and over 80 girls that have played at the Division 2 or 3 college levels.

Parent Orientation for New Families

On the last Friday of every month Fairfax County Public Schools will host orientation seminars for parents of families new to the FCPS school system. The orientations will be delivered in English, Korean, Arabic and Spanish, and will address ways that parents can be involved in their children’s education and school activities, as well as ways to foster cultural development in the educational community. For locations, times and other information, call 703-277-2626 or visit

McLean Students Named Finalists in Contest

The newspaper staff of McLean High School was named as a finalist for the Group AAA Newspaper category of the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Writing, Photo, and Design Contest. The contest winners will be announced at the 2008 VHSL Championship Journalism Workshop in Richmond on Oct. 18 – 19.

Early Release Day for MEHMS Students

Students of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (MEHMS) will be released at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17. MEHMS will host its Back-to-School Night at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. For more information, call 703-720-5700 or visit

Development Screenings for Preschool Children

On the first Wednesday of every month Child Find will host a Child Find Day from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Daniel Elementary School (2328 N Oak St., Falls Church). Children will be tested for difficulties in speech, fine or gross motor skills and cognitive skills and if eligible, will be able to receive special education services through Falls Church City Public Schools.

Picture Day at Mary Ellen Henderson

Friday, Sept. 12 is Picture Day for students attending Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.

New Fairfax County Administrator Named

Kim P. Dockery, principal of Westlawn Elementary School, has been named the new assistant superintendent for special services for Fairfax County Public Schools. Dockery was hired in 1995 at Mantua Elementary School as a special education lead teacher, where she worked with children in preschool to grade 6, and she has also served as a special projects administrator at Haycock Elementary School. She plans to assume the responsibilities of her new position by the end of this month.

FY2010 Budget Open for Discussion

Concerned citizens will be able to voice their opinions and share their ideas for the creation of a formal FY 2010 budget. The Fairfax County School Board, along with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, will host 20 dialogue sessions to foster discussion and reach resolutions about the 2010 budget deficit. To register for a session or to find more information on the sessions and other ways to provide input, visit