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Journalism I-IV: One class. Two Publications. Endless Possibilities!

Journalism I-IV: One class. Two Publications. Endless Possibilities!

WANTED: Students to enroll in the journalism class and join The Em Vee Hi newspaper staff and Toilet Talk newsletter staff.

WHY TAKE JOURNALISM? :: TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD TAKE JOURNALISM :: WHAT DO JOURNALISM STUDENTS DO?

See the video here.

Talk to your counselor TODAY about taking journalism next year or contact Ms. Bloomquist mkbloomquist@fcps.edu or or Mr. Hedenberg sehedenberg@fcps.edu.

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Are you ready to stand up? To stand out?

Are you ready to stand up? To stand out?

Are you ready to stand up? To stand out?
Are you ready to jump in and make a difference?
Let’s make MVHS BETTER – STRONGER – TOGETHER.
Then join us – take Leadership!
Talk to your counselor or Ms. B in C206 for information on this elective course.

The application for the course is here.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed to provide an overview of the elements and principles of leadership, and provides an introduction to a broad range of concepts, theories, and practices important for a basic understanding of leadership. Students will explore these elements through readings, class discussions, debate, oral presentations, project planning, films, and community service. This course provides student leaders with opportunities to increase their understanding of and ability to apply contemporary leadership knowledge in personal and community service situations. The ultimate goal of this course is to empower students with the ability to achieve their ultimate leadership potential while making the MVHS community as a whole a better place to learn, work, live, and enjoy life.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Students will achieve the following objectives:

  • Refine planning and organization skills.
  • Master the skills necessary for effective leadership by holding key positions in the SGA.
  • Promote the MVHS Student Government Association by serving as spokesperson to school and community groups.
  • Learn the principles of good time and people management.
  • Students are also expected to attend local/regional gatherings, SGA meetings, SGA related events, etc. when possible and if recommended by the adviser.

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The 6th Annual Poetry Expo on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th in the Little Theater!

The 6th Annual Poetry Expo on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th in the Little Theater!

See the video here.

This event has become a MVHS tradition with guest poets, teachers and staff members from every department participating and sharing their passion for written and spoken word with our students.

HOW DID THIS GET STARTED?
The Poetry Expo began six years ago when a local poet, author, teacher (and friend) came to speak to Ms. Bloomquist's English 9 classes. A few other teachers heard about it and decided that they wanted to give their students the same opportunity. The first Poetry Expo was held in the cafeteria with one poet and about 5 classes in attendance.

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?
Every year since, the show has grown in size and popularity. The show moved into the little theater the very next year and performances expanded to all 6 class periods so that students could attend the show during their English class. There have been dozens of professional poets and authors as guest performers, as well as teachers (from all departments), students and staff. Last year, the theater was packed, students were lined up 10-12 deep to read poems, and the Major Time Poetry Passes were in high demand.

WHO PUTS THE SHOW TOGETHER?
This year the SGA leadership students will post flyers and help to prepare the programs. The Pen & Palette creative writing club and English Honor Society members will serve as student poets and ushers during the show as well. The student poets and hosts of the shows will also be selected from Pen & Palette and EHS poetry submissions. The show is completely funded by the PTSA and SGA.

WHAT'S THE SHOW LIKE?
During the shows, students can expect to see poetry read and performed by students, staff, admin, and of course, our guest poets. There are three "expo" performances each day for the different grade levels to attend during periods 2, 6, 8 on Thursday and 1, 5, 7 on Friday. Students report to the Little Theater for their English class instead of their regular classroom, to experience an in-school fieldtrip.

CLASS ACTIVITY: Many teachers will use a personal reflection response as part of the Poetry Expo experience. This is a great extension activity for any English level student, and an excellent tool for helping students make connections and extend their learning.

OBJECTIVES: Our goal is to encourage student creativity and expression through poetry, to raise awareness of publication opportunities, and promote student participation and engagement in English Language Arts. Students attend the performance during their English class, with three performances each day for the different grade levels to attend. This two day event also serves as a culminating activity for many English classes and addresses the following Virginia SOL Standards for ELA: Students use analysis of language to increase their knowledge and understanding of literature by (a) using reading aloud and oral interpretation to increase understanding of literature, and (b) listening to students, teachers, and other professionals read aloud or perform to increase understanding and knowledge of literature.

For more information please contact the Poetry Expo coordinator, Melinda Bloomquist at mkbloomquist@fcps.edu.

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Yearbooks for the 2013-14 school year are now available!!!

Yearbooks for the 2013-14 school year are now available!!!

Yearbooks for the 2013-14 school year are now available!!! Don't miss your chance to capture the moment forever!!!

To order, visit http://www.yearbookordercenter.com and use order 4224.

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SAT-ACT Preparation Program

SAT Preparation Program

Mount Vernon High School has purchased access to an SAT preparation program – FinalPrep. Click on this link for more information.

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Parents Get Your Own FCPS 24-7 Account/Blackboard Account!

Parents can now create their own account for FCPS 24-7/Blackboard. After registering and having their account validated at one of their children's schools, parents will have their own username and password to access all of their children's active courses, their high school students' career and college planning through Family Connection and will be able to update their children's emergency information through weCare@school. Updating weCare with the correct email address will ensure better communication via Keep in Touch. Details.

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