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Editorial: Make smart choices so we can go back to school

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November 21, 2020

Distance learning sucks. This is not the fault of George Mason or FCCPS as a whole, both of which have handled distance learning very well, especially given the circumstances. But it sucks. Every day,...

5 ideas for a Covid-19 friendly Halloween

jack o lantern with mask
October 25, 2020

Halloween is coming up and no one knows what to expect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Halloween 2020 takes place on a Saturday so there is no need to worry about staying up late for school the next...

Cross country up and running

a photo of runners on a track
October 21, 2020

With fall sports pushed back to the spring, it seems strange to see a team of runners on the track of George Mason high school training, but the cross country team is already up and running (no pun...

Let seniors lead the way to reopening GMHS

The new high school
October 14, 2020

As discussion about the reopening plans continue, some students and community members have called for seniors to be phased into the hybrid model a few weeks earlier than is currently planned. Senior Evan...

Need a break? Refresh with these Learning Support activities

Sophomore Erin Tarpgaard shows off her homemade smoothie bowl. (Photo by Erin Tarpgaard)
October 14, 2020

When they don’t have a scheduled appointment with a teacher during Learning Support, many Mason students find themselves searching for relaxing self-care activities in an effort to get off of the computer...

Mason’s virtual schedule: Flawed, but does the job

The current Virtual Bell Schedule in George Mason High School. (Screenshot by Harshini Velmurugan)
October 13, 2020

The first week of school, I kept going to the wrong classes—let me tell you, it is so frustrating to go to the wrong class and have to exit. I asked many teachers about CCE, and many were uncertain...

The VHSL condensed sports schedule, explained

Player shoots free throw
October 11, 2020

Many aspects of our lives have been adjusted due to COVID-19, from school to eating out at restaurants. The VHSL sport schedule has also been adjusted to accommodate for the pandemic.  Sports are delayed...

GMHS in-person school delayed until new building and new year

Dr. Noonan
October 1, 2020

“I am recommending that we hold on bringing back 6 - 12 students until the end of the first semester,” announced Falls Church Superintendent Peter Noonan during the September 22 school board meeting....

National poll worker shortage prompts political activism at Mason

outside city hall
September 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is still plaguing America, and the democratic process is not immune. 58% of poll workers in the 2018 midterm election were over 60 years old, according to the U.S. Election Assistance...

Guide to a socially distanced hangout

Cherry Hill Park, located just beside the Falls Church Community Center, is the perfect scene for a picnic with friends. Photo via fallschurchva.gov
September 27, 2020

After months of isolation, many students are desperate to see their friends. Here are Lasso writer Tucker Ward's top six ways to safely get together with all the people you’ve been longing to see since...

Pandemic puppies: A trend worth hopping on

Great Dane puppy
September 27, 2020

Finding a brightside during a global pandemic is not an easy thing to do. There's bad news left and right, not to mention the very limited social time everyone seems to have. But no need to worry--...

Girls basketball bounces back

Girls' basketball players run sprints up and down the turf field
After a lack of practice for over six months, the team makes its return to play.
September 17, 2020

“Have you experienced symptoms of muscle aches, shortness of breath, loss of taste, loss of smell, fever, or chills in the past 14 days?” While this may seem like an unusual question, it has become...

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