Welcome to the PTSA Weekly Blast
Advisory is a place to build relationships between students and also give them the occasional reminder that it is healthy to take a break and play. Games provide a wonderful way to facilitate peer to peer connection, as well as teacher to student. We are asking you to consider donating a gently used or new game to Marshall to build out our game lending library. Ideal games are childhood favorites like Connect Four, Clue, & Monopoly. Games that allow 4-8 players or more are ideal (Apples to Apples, Scattergories, Cranium, etc.) but exceptions can be made for a great one like Connect 4, Battleship, etc. We are also in need of basketballs. Your game expertise is welcome – simple tends to be better as the students only have about 20-25 minutes to play. All donations can be dropped in the main office in the box labeled “Game Donation for Advisory”. Donations accepted starting on Wednesday.
Thank you in advance from the GCM Counseling Staff!
Marshall Choir Fall Concert
Marshall Choir will host a live, in-person Fall Concert on Thursday, October 7th at 7pm in the Marshall High School Auditorium. Please join Director, Mrs. Kelli Pierson, and our five Marshall choir ensembles as they perform a variety of choral arrangements. Parent orientation and choral student reception to follow the concert.

Calling All Artists!
Does your student enjoy art and music or have an interest in writing or taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Will Change the World By...,” calls for student’s own unique interpretation through the arts.
1.   Choose a category: visual art, music, photography, or creative writing,

2.   Request submission guidelines and an entry form today from

3.   Submit your entry form and art by midnight October 18, 2021.
Artist parents – are you interested in volunteering to judge submissions or have a professional artist, musician, or photographer in the family? Please email reflections@gcmptsa.org and let us know!
Celebrate Your Senior's Achievement with a Yearbook Ad
Each year, dozens of students, groups, and families submit their favorite photos and sincerest messages to be published in the yearbook. (Baby pictures are a frequent favorite!) Be one of the first to create an ad for the 2021-2022 edition. But hurry! You must place your order by October 31 to guarantee we'll have a spot!
Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com (order number 4039) to purchase your ad, choose a design, and upload your photos. Prices start at $90 for an eighth of a page.
Time is Running Out for the Yearbook’s Early-Bird Special
Have you ordered a copy of the yearbook yet? If you order before September 30, the yearbook costs just $60. That is our lowest price of the year and a savings of $20 off the end-of-year price. Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter order number 4039 for details.
To order by cash or check, or to pay using our installment plan, please download an order form at https://gcmnews.net/yearbook
Sign Up for Test Prep
Attention all 9th through 12th graders!! Prepare for the October PSAT and SAT by taking a mock test from the comfort of your own home!

to sign up for a mock test!
Click HERE to read the minutes from last week's PTSA meeting.

If you haven't done so yet, please join the PTSA at https://gcmhighschool.memberhub.com/store

Interested in helping with International Night in the spring? There is an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 6th at 7pm. Please email president@gcmptsa.org for details.
Special Education Events

Dyslexia Virtual Open House
Fri. Oct 8, 10-11 am,
Gain an overview of dyslexia supports in FCPS, an update on equitable access to literacy plans, and tips to help your child thrive in school.

ADHD and Reading Difficulties: Prevention and Problem Solving
Tue. Oct 12, 7:00-8:30 pm
Gain a sense of how ADHD can impede reading, what to watch for, and the kinds of interventions that may be needed.

For more information on special education events and resources, check out the PTSA website at www.gcmptsa.org!
Upcoming Events
Sept 28 - Classes of 2023-24 Coffee with Mr. Litz, 8:30 am
Oct 5 - Class of 2022 Coffee with Mr. Litz, 8:30 am
Oct 11 - Student Holiday
Oct 13 - PSAT/SAT Day