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Welcome to the Class of 2024

We'd like to welcome parents of the Class of 2024 to Marshall High and to the weekly PTSA news blast! We look forward to getting to know you these next four years.

A couple of items for you:
 
 In order for the class to have a successful high school experience we need parents who are willing to volunteer their time over the next few years to help with fundraising, activities, prom, homecoming, and graduation. If you are interested in becoming one of the parent liaisons for the Class of 2024 please contact Danielle Schoolcraft at dlschoolcraf@fcps.edu.  We look forward to working with you!

Also, please consider joining the GCM Class of 2024 Parent Facebook page by clicking HERE
First PTSA Meeting This Wednesday at 7 pm 

Please join us Wednesday, September 23rd for the first PTSA meeting of the school year.


Carolyn Keehan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
Topic: PTSA Sept Meeting
Time: Sep 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting

 
 
Meeting ID: 840 4390 2250
Passcode: 397386

Find your local number to call in: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbUjnl3Hgt 
Use the same ID and passcode.
 

Meeting Agenda:
1.President's Report
2. Audit of 2019-20

3. Budget for 2020-21

4. Principal's Report

5. Committee Reports

6. Closing

 

Upcoming Dates:
10/3 - ACT Mock Test
10/10 - SAT Mock Test
10/17-18 - SAT Bootcamp
10/21 - PTSA Mtg., 7:00 p.m. - The Study Pro

 
PTSA Meeting Dates for 2019-20 School Year
Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, April 21, May 19              
Please Complete the PTSA Parent Survey  

Parent Survey on Speakers/Topics

The PTSA would like to provide you with speakers and topics that are relevant to you. Last year, we offered the following at our monthly meetings:

-    Teens and Vaping (w/ FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists)

-     Teens and Screens 

-     Presentation on GCM Marching Band Trip to Hawaii 

-    Healthy Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture w/ Rachel Bailey                 (Psychologist and Parenting Expert)

For the 2020-21 school year, we have the following speaker planned for our October meeting:

-   To Parents from the Pros: Making Distance Learning Work w/ Debbie           Rosen, The Study Pro (October 21)

We would be grateful if you would complete the survey below to let us know what your interests are for this year. This survey requires that you have a google account (gmail). If you do not have a google account and you would still like to participate, please email president@gcmptsa.org.

Click below to complete the survey:

https://forms.gle/gNDjhR9LYBqwtCMM9                         
Don't Forget to Join the PTSA

Like everything else these past few months, the PTSA will look a little bit different this year. But we're excited to get started and look forward to supporting our amazing Marshall community! The Marshall PTSA provides support for student activities, technology resources, teacher wish lists for classroom items, individual class events, staff development and student awards. 

Please join and support the Marshall PTSA!
$20/adult 
$10/teachers and staff 
$5/student

To join the PTSA online, go to Pay4schoolstuff.com or get a paper Membership Form HERE and send your check to the school marked to the attention of the PTSA.  Join by September 30th and have your name entered in a drawing to win a Marshall sweatshirt! 
                                      
Our first PTSA meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept 23rd at 7pm via Zoom.
Please complete GCM Digital Consent by October 1

In order to comply with The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) each parent is required to give FCPS and Marshall High School consent to use certain digital tools that require a student to log in as themselves. Without consent from every parent in each class, our teachers will not be able to use these powerful learning tools after October 1st thus affecting the quality of education we can provide in certain instances.  
Therefore, please:
  1. Go to our website by clicking on this link: https://marshallhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources
  2. Read about the tools we will be using this school year.
  3. Click on the "Provide Consent" link which can be found in the middle of the page but can also be found here:https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure
  4. Enter your child's student ID number as well as a parent email address or phone number that we have on file in our SIS systems (the one you use to log into ParentVUE should work)
  5. Follow the instructions to provide consent for your child to log into, and use, these educational tools.
Once consent is given, it is good for the entire school year.
Urgent Need for Chair, Reflections Art Contest
 
Are you looking for a way to get involved this year? Marshall PTSA is in urgent need of a volunteer to chair the Reflections Arts Contest!
 
Chair, Reflections Arts Contest - The contest WILL be held this year, albeit virtually! The Chair leads our effort to participate in this national PTA contest.  Last year one of our Marshall student winners went on to be a finalist at the county level and win 2nd place at the NOVA district level. It's a fun and great way to showcase the talent of our amazing GCM artists!
Click HERE for more information on the Reflections program.
 
For more information please contact us at secretary@gcmptsa.org
Support the Marshall Market 

The cupboards are bare and we can REALLY use your help in stocking the shelves of the Market! We will be distributing 40 bags of food and toiletries every other week starting Sept 14th to our students and families who can use a helping hand. Please consider purchasing an item from our Amazon wish list.  It will be mailed directly to the school.

Click HERE to shop or Amazon wish list. If you have questions, please email us at pantry@gcmptsa.org. We are so grateful for your support!
Order Your 2021 Yearbook Now

           Yearbooks Are Now on Sale!
 
The 2020-2021 school year will certainly be one to remember! Help preserve those memories with a copy of The Columbian, Marshall High School's award-winning yearbook.
 
Even though students will be attending school virtually, the yearbook staff will continue to cover the important moments, activities, classes, sports, and more that take place throughout the GCM community. The student editors have been working throughout the summer to plan this year's coverage and are eager to create another great edition to celebrate and document this significant time for their classmates.
 
We are currently offering an early-bird special. If you order during the month of September, you can get your copy of the yearbook for just $60. That's a savings of $20 off the end-of-year price!
 
Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter order number 4039 to purchase your copy. The price will increase on October 1, so be sure to order today!
 
If you have any questions, please contact columbianyearbook@gmail.com for assistance.
Register for the Mock ACT Test on October 3rd









Emergency Contact Numbers

These are unprecedented and difficult times, both for students and their parents. If you are in need of help, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student's counselor or to any teacher or staff member.  Marshall Cares.

  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline:  703-527-4077
  • CrisisText:  Text NEEDHELP to 85511
  • Mobile Crisis Unit:  1-844-627-4747
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK or 1800-SUICIDE
  • Dominion Hospital Emergency:  703-536-2000
  • Merrifield Center Emergency:  703-573-5679; TTY dial 711
  • INOVA Emergency:  703-289-7560
  • Life Threatening:  911
  • PTSA Contacts

    Carolyn Keehan, President - president@gcmptsa.org
    Marie Robles, Treasurer - treasurer@gcmptsa.org
    Elizabeth Keegan, Secretary - secretary@gcmptsa.org
    Marshall Market - pantry@gcmptsa.org

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @gcmptsa 

    Our website is: www.gcmptsa.org
    Upcoming Events
    Sept 23 - Senior SAT day
    Sept 23 - First PTSA Meeting, 7 pm via Zoom
    Oct 12 - Indigenous Persons Day - School Holiday
    Oct 21 - PTSA Meeting with "The Study Pro"
    Oct 20 - End of First Quarter
    Nov 2-3 - Student Holidays