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School News: December 22nd – 28th

MHS Robotics Team Looking for Sponsors

Ever want to build a robot? Or help pay for one? The Meridian High School Vae Victis 1418 Robotics Team is looking for sponsors and mentors for their 2023 build season (January-April).Visit for more information.

Support GIVE Day for FCCPS
GIVE Day (Get Involved, Value Everyone) will take place on MLK Day Of Service – Monday, January 16, 2023. All students across the division (Pre-K through 12th grade) are invited to the Secondary Campus to help with the community service projects set up by the GIVE Day Clubs. Please contact Erika Toman:

Nominate FCCPS Staff for Awards
The 2023 FCCPS Employee Awards program is open for nominations. Everyone is invited to recognize a teacher, specialist, or support staff employee for their dedication to students and schools. There are three awards: Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award, Professional Specialist of the Year Award, Support Staff Employee of the Year Award. For more information, visit

Meridian Offers MYP Certificate to Students
The Meridian Middle Years Programme (MYP) certificate is a new opportunity to recognize outstanding efforts and achievements by 9th and 10th-grade students. The Meridian MYP certificate will be offered for the first time to current 9th-grade students (class of 2026). The current 9th graders were introduced to the certificate during a recent Stable class.
All current 9th graders are eligible for this certificate because of the structure and support that occurs through their course completion, including Stable (advisory time) to complete the 10th-grade Personal Project and participate in some service opportunities during school. The certificate is an opportunity to engage in active and reflective work, much of what students are already doing to support and prepare for selected 11th and 12th-grade pathways. MYP Certificate participation is encouraged but not required and does not impact participation in the 11th and 12th-grade Diploma Programme (DP) or Careers-related Programme (CP) courses.

Tuba Player Performed at Kennedy Center
Henderson 8th grader Nicholas (David) Machak played Tuba on Monday, December 12th, in the Kennedy Center’s 49th annual “Merry TUBACHRISTMAS.” From the Kennedy Center website: 2022 is the 49th year of Merry TUBACHRISTMAS events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Since Paul Lavalle conducted the first TUBACHRISTMAS in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink, musicians of all ages have gathered annually to perform traditional Christmas music arranged by American composer Alec Wilder on the tuba and euphonium.

MHS Selected as IREX & National Science School
After a competitive application process, Meridian High School has been chosen to participate in the World Smarts STEM Challenge, a virtual exchange initiative that supports STEM education in the United States and Ghana, funded by the National Science Foundation and implemented by the global education and development organization IREX. The program aims to improve students’ STEM skills, strengthen cross-cultural communication, and develop global competence while enhancing students’ enthusiasm an commitment to STEM learning and careers. The program will take place from January – May 2023.