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Students participate in the mini-golf course offered by the golf team at McLean.
Students and families come together for Celebrate McLean
Sabrina Boughanem, Managing Editor • September 10, 2023

On September 8th, Highlanders attended Celebrate McLean. This annual event is hosted by McLean High School...

Junior Kailyn Kim studies for her upcoming AP Physics test, anxious to see how the new grading policy will affect the classs first exam of the year.
FCPS reintroduces the zero grading policy for the 2023-2024 school year
Minsong Ha and Tanya Engelmeier September 5, 2023

In August of 2023, McLean High School’s administration received notice from Fairfax County Public Schools...

Students eat lunch in the courtyard, one of the four areas currently available for them under the new policy.
McLean implements new lunch policy
Sophia Weil, News & Copy Editor • September 1, 2023

McLean administrators are enforcing a new regulation regarding where students are permitted to eat lunch...

The Kennedy Center welcomes the commencement of the Cappies.
TheatreMcLean attends the Cappies
Sophia Weil, Reporter • June 14, 2023

TheatreMcLean celebrated the success of their winter production Claudio Quest at the Cappies Gala, held...

Fairfax County Public Schools Gatehouse Administration Building, where the administrative leadership and Superintendents office of the school system is housed.
FCPS introduces collective bargaining
Zakareya Hamed, Online Editor-in-Chief • June 9, 2023

The Fairfax County School Board voted to approve collective bargaining rights for thousands of teachers...

Sophomore Precalculus with Trigonometry student Soyam Ammanuel studies for her math final. Ammanuel took the Honors version of the course during the 2022-23 school year.
Precalculus Classes switch to AP curriculum
Elise Walker and Liyat Amman June 8, 2023

McLean High School is making a bold move to further enhance the mathematics curriculum along with the...

New chemistry teacher Cat Gamboa poses in her lab, excited to meet new students.
The formula for a successful classroom
Kaelyn Mackay, Advertising Manager • September 18, 2023

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Cat Gamboa spent all of her childhood moving to different schools in Virginia because her father was in the military. Moving frequently for young students is very stressful...

A McLean bathroom pass hangs by the door of a classroom. Starting during the 2022-2023 school year, McLean administration required students to use passes to go to the bathroom.
McLean’s regulations to prevent bad behavior misdiagnose the problem
Philip Rotondo, Editor-In-Chief • September 10, 2023

Starting with e-hallpass back in early 2022, McLean administration have been looking for a behavioral silver bullet for years now. Policies to keep students in check have included mandating physical hall...

McLean defenders swarm the Marshall ballcarrier, hoping to pull the ball out for a fumble.
McLean football defeats Marshall, 27-24, in double overtime to secure best win of the 2020s
Tanner Coerr, Editor-In-Chief • September 23, 2023
Olivia Rodrigo’s newest album, “GUTS,” released Friday, Sept. 8. (Courtesy of Geffen Records)
Olivia Rodrigo spills her “GUTS” in latest album release
Audrey Link, A&E Editor • September 11, 2023
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