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School Board votes on a new school start date

Infographic by Liam Timar-Wilcox & Megan Clinton

Liam Timar-Wilcox and Megan Clinton

December 18, 2019

The start of September has always been marked as the start of school. However, after the recent school board vote, this will change. On December 17th, the Falls Church School board voted to select pre - Labor Day option B. This means that school will start on August 24, 2020, and end on June 10, 2...

Students pack the Auditorium for the Lasso Forum

The candidates running for City Council and School Board sit in chairs on stage while the audience watches. The City Council and School Board elections are on November 5th. (Photo by Sam Mostow)

Sam Mostow, Sports Editor

October 21, 2019

In an effort to keep the student body of George Mason informed about the upcoming City Council and School Board elections, a forum was held in the Mason auditorium during Block 3 on Tuesday where students could ask the candidates questions. The candidates that appeared for the City Council were Phillip D...

Learn more about the School Board Candidates

Learn more about the School Board Candidates

Charlie Adams, Opinion Editor

October 8, 2019

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the name of Philip Reitinger was incorrectly spelled and was combined the photo of another school board member. It has been updated in this version.  With School Board elections coming up this November, there is a lot at stake for students, teachers...

So, who runs this place anyways?

James Weichert, Contributor

May 29, 2019

Beginning in July 2019, Niharika Singhvi will start a new term as the student representative to the Falls Church City School board. For the past five years, a student from GMHS has served in a non-voting capacity on the school board to give students a voice in district-wide policy. This is one of the...

What’s going on with the School’s Budget?

Superintendent Peter Noonan proposes a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), which will increase the amount of money spent on salaries. (Photo via

Evan Jones, News Editor

March 10, 2018

Every year, our local government undergoes the task of establishing the following year’s budget. The City Council appropriates the city’s funds, but not before discussions are held with almost every political figure in our city. One of the government establishments with a large stake is our own s...

Get to know your School Board candidates

School Board candidate compilation 2017

Editorial Board

October 30, 2017

With School Board elections set to take place on November 7, The Lasso reached out to all six candidates. We asked them to identify two of the following seven issues facing FCCPS which they find to be the most pressing. New and/or improved high school Teacher salaries IB School system Gro...

Religion in schools: It’s complicated

Religion in schools: It's complicated

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

November 18, 2016

“It is the policy of the Falls Church City Public Schools to remain neutral in matters of religion,” said the FCCPS School Board Policy Section 6.8. Possibly due to the ambiguous nature of this statement, however, many students and teachers at GMHS have chosen to personally interpret this in diffe...

Lasso editor-in-chief rallies against prior review policy

The Lasso editorial board poses with its editor-in-chief Kate Karstens in their arms. (Photo by Peter Laub)

Liam Bridge

November 16, 2016

Student editor-in-chief of The Lasso, Kate Karstens, proposed a petition to revise and replace FCCPS School Board policy 9.46. Karstens spoke before an open School Board meeting to suggest a revocation of the policy on October 11.   “This policy of prior review serves only to cripple our newspa...

Full house in FCCPS

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Editorial Board

September 13, 2016

Each week, the Lasso Editorial Board will comment on an issue that is relevant to the students at George Mason High School. We strive to present a student-oriented opinion about topics big and small that matter to all of Mustang Nation. One thing was clear after the first week of school: FCCP...

Get to know Gabriel Perez

Get to know Gabriel Perez

Eliza Bonilla

June 21, 2016

If you care about what's happening at George Mason, then you need to get to know Gabriel Perez. Perez, a rising senior, has been chosen as the new student liaison for the Falls Church City School Board. He will replace graduating senior Dorian Charpentier as the student voice at the table of the...

Why the FCCPS budget keeps growing

Matthew Ng

May 30, 2016

The 2017 School Board and Superintendents school budget found itself motivated by many things. The raising enrollment of students, the rising costs of health insurance, retirement, and maintenance as well as keeping our teacher salaries competitive with our neighboring districts. Known enrollment...

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