According to their website, “The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to a Washington, D.C. Metro area History or Social Studies teacher who brings creativity and passion to his or her classroom, instills a love of learning in students, and deepens student understanding and appreciation of history.” Congratulations to Lindsey Fisher for being this year’s runner-up!
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Mr. Bigger has been named the 2017 recipient of the Classical Association of Virginia’s Angela Lloyd Book Award for his teaching, dedication, and accomplishments in the field of classical education.
Congratulations to the sponsors of the National English Honor Society, Christina Shin and Lisa Beskenis! Our chapter was named the Outstanding NEHS Chapter for the 2014-2015 school year.
According to NEHS Director Dave Wendelin, “Of particular importance to the review committee were ‘Operation Gratitude,’ ‘Youth Mentoring,’ and the ‘Speak Up Initiative.’ These outreach efforts must have been so welcome to the soldiers receiving letters as well as to the students at Haycock Elementary and Stanton Elementary who had the opportunity to interact with and learn from your members.”
This week, the McLean NEHS chapter inducted approximately 50 new members.
Today, June 19th, marked the last day of the 2014-2015 school year. This school year, our students have found success in and out of the classroom. I have enjoyed sharing the many accolades our students and staff received over the course of the year here on Reilly’s Raves, and I can’t wait to continue with it next year.
This year’s graduating class is well-prepared to take on the next challenges in their lives.
*The Class of 2015 has 8 National Merit Finalists.
*As a class, 95% will be attending a post-secondary institution, 6 students will attend U.S. Service Academies, 5 students will enter the United States Armed Forces, and 2.3% will enter the workforce and engage in other activities to determine their future goals.
*This year’s class will be matriculating to 137 colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
*The Class of 2015 has been offered and accepted over 8.1 million dollars in scholarships.
A special thanks to our PTSA officers: Elia Femia, Alison Senold, Sophia Bruner, Kirsten Huber, Jeannie Thomas, and Laura Przypyszny. Their continued support of our students and teachers remains appreciated by all. Also, thank you to Beth Raymond and Jen Herzberg for organizing our faculty luncheons, and to the Abi-Najm family for providing the staff a delicious end of the year lunch from Lebanese Taverna. Finally, I’d like to thank all of the parents and students who made special treats and brought food Friday mornings. The staff truly appreciates your generosity and thoughtfulness.
During the summer, I will send updates about the opening of school as the date draws near. Students who have graduated will be removed from receiving Keep In Touch messages and rising freshmen will be added during the summer. To add or remove your email address from a school, go to http://www.fcps.edu/kit/. Please check the McLean High School website for updated information, and I will send out KIT messages to keep you informed.
On behalf of the faculty and staff at McLean High School, we wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer!
I am extremely proud to announce that McLean High School was awarded the 2014 Virginia Index of Performance Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. Congratulations, Highlander team!
Congratulations to Mark Thompson, our 2014 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Thompson’s work with the Special Olympics basketball team and this year’s McDance-A-Thon was phenomenal, on top of all he does for McLean students each and every day. We are so proud and lucky to have him as part of our Highlander community.
Our school resource officer (SRO), Police Officer First Class Scott Davis, is the winner of the Distinguished SRO of the Year award. The students and staff all appreciate his hard work and dedication, as well as the positive presence he brings to McLean. Congratulations, Officer Davis!
I’m pleased to announce that last weekend at the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers J Day, Lindsay Benedict was honored with the Washington & Lee Young Adviser Award. We are proud of Ms. Benedict and grateful for her dedication to our students and the Journalism program.
Assistant Principal Ben Nowak successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Student’s First and Fourth Amendment Rights in the Digital Age: An Analysis of Case Law.” Congratulations, Dr. Nowak!
We are proud to announce that Dawn Allison is a finalist for Support Employee of the Year. Ms. Allison is our Career Center Specialist and has made a dramatic impact on our students and their parents. She works collaboratively with our Student Services department to develop programs for our students that will assist them and their families as they advance to life beyond high school. Congratulations to Ms. Allison, and we wish you all the best!