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Who Will be the GCM Teacher of the Year??
TEACHER OF THE YEAR! STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR!
 
YOU TELL US!  Nominations are now being accepted for both the TEACHER OF THE YEAR and the STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR!

  The entire Marshall community - students, teachers and parents - is welcome to submit nominations.  Please email a short explanation to the PTSA 
 at secretary@gcmptsa.org and tell us why your nominee deserves to receive the award.  The deadline for these nominations is midnight on Monday, May 4th, 2020.  Voting on the nominations will take place after the deadline via Google forms.

Let's finish strong, Statesmen, and recognize our amazing staff for all they do!
Best High Schools in Virginia
 
Did you hear the exciting news? Our very own George C. Marshall High School was named the 4th best high school in Virginia in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report National High School Rankings!  We were also ranked as the #1 IB school in the state, and had the second highest college readiness score just behind Thomas Jefferson.  Go Statesmen!!
 
Click HERE  to see the full list of school rankings. 
Meeting Minutes from April 22nd PTSA Meeting
 
Please click  HERE to read the meeting minutes from last week's PTSA meeting.  Mr. Litz  provided us with the most up to date information he has so far.  You can also see them on the PTSA website at  www.gcmptsa.org.
 
Deadline Extended to Order Yearbook Online
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  The GCM yearbook staff is unable to accept orders by cash or check at this time. So we've decided to extend the deadline for ordering a yearbook online.
 
Please visit the Yearbook Order Center any time from now until June 1 to purchase a copy by credit card. But hurry! We only have about 100 yearbooks left to sell.
 
Across the country, schools and businesses are shut down due to COVID-19, but Marshall High School's award-winning yearbook staff remains committed to completing the 2020 edition and ensuring that the memories of this unusual school year are not forgotten.
 
From Homecoming to the abbreviated spring sports season, physical classrooms to online learning, Marshall's photojournalism students continue to document everything that has made 2020 "A little new. A little now. A lot of WOW."
 
As soon as distribution is safe and logistically feasible, we will do what it takes to get this book into students' hands! It may take a little longer than usual for this year's book to be shipped, but the yearbook staff can't wait to show it to the Marshall High School family once they've got it.

Click HERE  to place an online order.
 
Thank you for supporting our school's student journalism program. If you have any questions, please reach out to columbianyearbook@gmail.com.
Senior Wall Submissions Needed by May 1st
 
Calling ALL Senior Parents-  we still want you to submit the special pictures of your graduate for the Virtual Senior Wall. The wall is a fun way to honor your kids! (Details on how to access the wall are still to be determined. We will let you know as soon as we have specifics.) 

What to Submit:
Please submit THREE (3) high resolution photos of your senior. (JPG, PNG,TIF accepted) We suggest one current picture and 2 younger pictures (baby, pre-teen, or toddler). You will need to have one photo portrait oriented and 2 landscape oriented.Don't forget to add your graduate's preferred First and Last name. You will also be able to keep the final product once the Senior dinner is over!

Please email the pictures to: senior2020photowall@gmail.com.
If you have any questions please don't  hesitate  to email!
Vienna Optimist Club Vocational Scholarship

The Vienna Optimist Club Vocational Scholarship ($1500) deadline is extended to May 8, 2020. Eligible students will complete the application and mail or email it to the addresses below:
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Students eligible for consideration for the scholarships must reside within the Vienna Optimist Club's general service area defined by the boundaries of the FCPS school pyramids supporting Madison, Marshall, and Oakton High Schools (see http://boundary.fcps.edu/boundary/   ). The scholarships will be available to high school graduates enrolling in a recognized school providing training which will qualify the student to enter the work force in an occupation/trade, but which does not lead to a bachelor's degree.
For the purpose of these scholarships, an occupation/trade is defined as one requiring manual or mechanical skill /skillful use of the hands.
Examples of such eligible occupations/trades are:
*               * plumber,
*               * auto mechanic,
*               * auto body repairman,
*               * carpenter,
*               * HVAC technician,
*               * electrician,
*               * cosmetologist, and
*               * culinary arts practitioner/chef.

Click HERE to be directed to the application.
Food Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency breakfast and lunch at several school sites and is delivering grab and go meals by school bus in several school neighborhoods. FCPS is also offering curbside pickup at two schools.  Updates to locations can be found on the Food Resources page and below.

Meals will be provided to all students without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis, at the sites and times as follows:


Click  HERE for a complete list of food distribution sites and resources.

If you or your family are in need of help, please contact your student's counselor at:https://marshallhs.fcps.edu/student-services/staff
Fairfax County Emergency Numbers

HOTLINES

Emergency Basic Needs
703-222-0880, TTY 711

Emergency Mental Health (24/7)
703-573-5679, TTY 711   
         
Suicide Prevention (24/7)
703-527-4077 or
Text "CONNECT" to 85511 

Domestic & Sexual Violence (24/7)
703-360-7273, TTY 711     

Child Protective Services  (24/7)
703-324-7400, TTY  703-222-9452

Adult Protective Services
703-324-7450, TTY  703-449-1186                                
Statesmen Shout Out
 
Click HERE  to read how Marshall junior, Juliette Manise, has utilized her sewing skills to make 150 masks for health care workers through the Million Mask Challenge.  Thank you, Juliette - we are so proud of you! 

Please email us at secretary@gcmptsa.org if you know of other Statesmen doing great things during these difficult times!
Upcoming Events
May 4 - Deadline for PTSA Awards
May 20 - Last PTSA Meeting, & pm via Zoom
June 12 - Last Day of School