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Teacher Appreciation Week
 
With the closing of school this spring, the annual PTSA hospitality events for our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week won't be able to happen this year.  Instead, the team has planned to send encouraging messages each day of Teacher Appreciation week to let our wonderful teachers know how much they are loved.   WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE parents and students to email their teachers as well with personal messages of support and thanks.  More than ever, we can agree how talented, versatile and essential our teachers are to our children's lives.  WE APPRECIATE YOU!
Who Will be Marshall's Teacher of the Year??
NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY
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 has been extended to midnight on Monday, May 8th, 2020.  Voting on the nominations will take place after the deadline via Google forms.

Attention Teachers: Please submit your nominations for the Debbie Witherow award to us by tomorrow too!

Let's finish strong, Statesmen, and recognize our amazing staff for all they do!
Voting for Next Year's PTSA Board
 
We will conduct our voting for the Board positions at our May 20th meeting.  The slate of candidates is Carolyn Keehan (President), Sonia Lewis (Vice President), Marie Robles (Treasurer), and Elizabeth Keegan (Secretary).  Anyone who wishes to self-nominate may do so by contacting our Nominating Committee at jennifer.manise@gmail.com
Q & A With Superintendent Brabrand

Did you know that no other school district in the country has tried synchronous video learning for such a large number of students?

In case you mised it, watch it here: Fairfax County Council of PTAs Question and Answer with Superintendent Brabrand
 
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand joined Jane Miscavage, president of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, and Karen Jenkins, vice president of outreach, to answer questions about distance learning and other ways in which education is changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This 50-minute discussion covers three topics: 1. How did we get here? Understanding the rollout of face-to-face learning and clearing up some misconceptions. 2. What can we expect moving forward? 3. How will FCPS improve consistency and communication? Watch the VIDEO
Deadline Extended to Order Yearbook Online


  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.
 
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.
AWS Summer Internships for FCPS Seniors

Applications are now being accepted for high school seniors who are interested in a paid internship with Amazon Web Services this summer in Herndon. The program is limited to 40 FCPS seniors. Click HERE  to go to the link and the FAQ.
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.
Statesmen Shout Out
 
We have a lucky winner for the College Tuition Raffle!  Congratulations to Marshall Senior Sydney Leonard who will receive a $2500 check towards college tuition! She is heading to University of Oklahoma in the Fall!  

Please email us at secretary@gcmptsa.org if you have good news to share with our community!
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                                
Upcoming Events
May 8 - Deadline for PTSA Awards
May 20 - Last PTSA Meeting, 7 pm via Zoom
June 12 - Last Day of School