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Opinion: We need to go back as soon as it’s safe

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November 21, 2020

FCCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan has announced that the return to school for grades 6-11 will be, at the earliest, January 12. The completion of the new high school, the return to school close...

Give us a break

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Mason’s independent learning days failed to give students and staff the break they deserve
November 10, 2020

The workload with online school is overwhelming. As soon as a big assignment is turned in, two more are assigned. It’s hard to catch a break and relax. It’s a never ending cycle of stress where...

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...

An insider look into virtual theatre and art classes

Sophomores Erin Tarpgaard and Matthew Bloss-Baum talk in a breakout room with _________ during theatre class.(Photo taken by Erin Tarpgaard)
October 4, 2020

Electives, which were once an escape from the rigorous demands and monotonous requirements of high school, have called for unprecedented, innovative twists. “Doing any class online is tough, but...

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....

Top 10 virtual clubs to join

Model UN members in early 2020 at a conference. The club will still be holding virtual conferences and meetings this year. (Photo courtesy of Umika Pathak)
September 13, 2020

Instead of the usual club fair in the GMHS gyms, on Thursday, September 10, Mason students viewed a video and slideshow about the dozens of clubs still offered during the virtual term. You may be feeling...

We’re still in a pandemic. Keep expectations for students reasonable.

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September 11, 2020

The GMHS community is still living through unprecedented times. We know, you hear that too often, but it’s true. None of us have ever done this before. Mason teachers have never had to structure their...

Grading the first week

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August 30, 2020

As Mason continues to move through uncharted territory, the first week of the new school went... pretty okay. Overall, the Lasso gives it a B+. Despite technology issues and, well, the very fact that school...

A first week like no other

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August 29, 2020

The first week of school often entails catching up with friends and watching freshmen get lost on their way to class. No one could have predicted that we’d be starting off the year in our own houses,...

It’s official: FCCPS will begin the school year with virtual learning

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July 23, 2020

In a virtual School Board meeting on July 23, the board unanimously passed a motion endorsing FCCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan’s recommendation for the first nine weeks of the school year to operate...

Online school is virtually a reality

Online school is virtually a reality
November 16, 2016

School. The first things that come to mind are crowded hallways, loud classrooms, wooden desks and metal chairs. But what if all of your schoolwork could be done from the comfort of your home? Isabella...

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