Student of the Week...Ben Foster

Student of the Week for this week is Ben Foster for demonstrating the values of INVESTMENT and RESPONSIBILITY. Ben takes advantage of many of our extracurricular opportunities: he’s a basketball player, a member of the robotics team, and attends the history movies every Friday. In addition, he brings his own interests to our community, and recently organized a group going to this year’s MAGfest Music and Gaming Convention this weekend. He does all this while maintaining great grades, turning work in ahead of schedule. He is always prepared to work with a good attitude.

Check out the "Student of the Week" bulletin board near Mr. Pereira's classroom. Each week a student is recognized for his or her demonstration of one of the eight GWCS Values.

GWCS Values: Learning, Service, Kindness, Excellence, Responsibility, Investment, Team Play, Intellectual Curiosity


...You Need to Know About Midterms:

1. ATTENDANCE: All core classes have midterms. (Math, Science, History, English, Foreign Language) If student has an elective or study hall and no midterm, they are not required to be at school but parent must inform Ms. Mauney at least one day in advance. (See 'Quiet Room' below)

2. PICK-UP & DROP-OFF: To avoid interruptions, any students who are arriving for the second half of the day should arrive during lunch. Any students leaving early need to leave during lunch. Lunch is from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

3. BREAKFAST : PAC is providing breakfast snacks for students and staff to be eaten during advisory after the gym. Feel free to bring something from home as well.

4. EXTENDED TIME: Students who need additional time on an exam should report to Workaround on Tuesday/Wednesday or return to GWCS on Friday morning from 9:00 am – 11:30 am.

5. QUIET ROOM: A Quiet Room is assigned each period for students at school who do not have an exam. Students will not be allowed to hangout on the sofas in the cafe even if they promise to be quiet! All students will be in an exam room or the quiet room for the entire period.

6. BOOK: All students should bring a book to read. If students complete the exam early, they will be asked to sit quietly and read until the class is done. Students who do not have an exam but are at school will be asked to stay in the assigned quiet room and read silently.


-Ms. W.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS by Ms. Bowen from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Robotics FTC Eastern Qualifier for Team 965 in Norfolk, VA with Mr. Lindner (map) - (info)

Monday, January 26, 2015

School Beautification from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm with Mrs. Carlisle. Sign up on CoyoteWeb

Recycling from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm with Mr. Kochel. Sign up on CoyoteWeb

Ronald McDonald House from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm. Sign up on CoyoteWeb

GWCS Staff Meeting from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Varsity Basketball Game GWCS vs. Barrie at 5:00pm - Away (map)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2nd & 3rd Period Midterms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wed., Jan 28th: 4th & 5th Period Midterms

Thursday, January 29, 2015

6th Period Midterm & Advisory Activity

Varsity Basketball Game GWCS vs. Ad Fonts (H) at 5:00pm (map)

Last Day of 2nd Quarter

Friday, January 30, 2015

No School - Teacher Work Day

Recommended College Visit Days for Juniors and Seniors

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Recommended College Visit Days for Juniors and Seniors

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Recommended College Visit Days for Juniors and Seniors

Monday, February 2, 2015

No School - Teacher Work Day

Recommended College Visit Days for Juniors and Seniors

Future Events

GWCS Online Calendar

February 2 - No School, Teacher Workday 

February 3 - Start of 3rd Quarter 

February 3 - Varsity Basketball Game 

February 4 - JV Championship Game 

February 7 - PAC Get Together Pot-Luck Dinner 

February 8 - Run Your Heart Out 5K 

February 9 - V & JV Basketball Game 

February 10 - Varsity Basketball Game 

February 11-25 - PAC Silent Auction 

February 12 - PAC Parent Coffee 

February 13 - Varsity Basketball Game 

February 16 - No School - President's Day 

February 16 - Robotics Pre-State Scrimmage 

February 17 - Basketball Championships Begin 

February 18 - PAC Parents Meeting 

February 20 - Event Night 

February 23 - Add/Drop Deadline 

February 28 - Basketball Playoffs Begin 

February 28 - Robotics State Championship

CLICK HERE for Basketball Calendar

PAC Weekly Paw Prints

PAC = Parents Acting Collaboratively


January 27, 28 and 29

If you’ve already signed up to provide time and/or items for the “grab and go” appreciation breakfast event during midterms next week, Thank You!!!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, no problem! There are still opportunities to volunteer donations of food and beverage items, Peet’s cards and/or your precious time. Get all the specifics and sign up by clicking HERE.

Questions? Please contact Kelly Henderson Hagen at THANK YOU!


We are still in need of some generous and selfless parent volunteers to help with Ronald McDonald House over the next few months. CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer.

Need more information? You can find detailed instructions HERE.

Thank you for your time and energy!


Saturday, February 7, 6-8pm: 

PAC get-together at the Rose/Voight Home at 1553 Forest Villa Lane, McLean, VA 22101.

* Parents: To sign up CLICK HERE 

* GWCS Teachers and Staff: Please come, but no need to bring anything except yourselves!

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: 

All-Hands, parent PAC meeting.


Victoria Delgado, Fresh/Soph Liaison:

Ann Marie Ternullo, Junior/Senior Liaison:

Community Service


Please join GWCS for the Run Your Heart Out 5K on Sunday, February 8, 2015. This race is in celebration of Valentine's Day and more specifically for GWCS to raise awareness and funds for POTS, a condition two of our students lives with each day. We encourage you to wear your best red outfit, exercise your heart, and run with your loved ones. Runners will enjoy running through a beautiful scenic lollipop loop through the paved pathways of Fairfax Corner. Each race registrant will receive a gender specific Nike dri-fit commemorative shirt and a valentine goodie!

WHAT: Potomac River Running - Run Your Heart Out 5K

WHEN: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM (Plan to arrive by 8:30 am to get your shirt & bib)

WHERE: 11895 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, VA 22030

COST: $35 January 18 – February 6, 2015 (online registration closes at 8 p.m. on 2/6 if the race is not already sold out), $40 February 7, 2015 (packet pickup)*

▪ Note there will be no race day registration available.


• Go to: 

• Select: Register for Run Your Heart Out – Feb 8, 2015 

• Select: 5K 

• Register & Create Account


You can pick up your packet at the registration table on the day of the race.


Students who run will receive three hours of community service and an extra three hours for every friend or family member who registers to run!


Email me and let me know when you have successfully registered for the race. Include the number of participants you will be bringing to the race.

Thank you, 

Mr. Connelly

Vote for GWCS Faculty of the Month

Parents, Students and Staff - Please Vote Once for January Faculty Member of the Month

GWCS PAC Fundraiser


February 11 - 25, 2015

This week's focus for the upcoming online auction is DONATIONS! We have some great donations in our auction already! Check out items on the auction site currently at Now, for the suggestions for our community to make a donation to the auction-the best donations are ones that come from our community. Do you have a vacation place or a time share? Do you have a special talent like cooking, sewing, tutoring, fishing that you could offer as a donation? Do you have a favorite bottle of wine that you would like to donate? Would you be able to donate a dinner at your house? Is there a company/business that you frequent that might like to make a donation to the auction? There are lots of great donations that make our auction special, have a look at the site for more suggestions!

If you have a donation you would like to make, please fill out an online donation form at -or- to print, complete and submit a paper form CLICK HERE.

For questions about the acution, please contact Deiadre Rauch: 


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Mobile: 571-422-8935

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Helpful School Links

SCHOOL EVENTS: GWCS Online Calendar 

SIGN-UP FOR ACTIVITIES: GWCS CoyoteWeb Activity Sessions 

BASKETBALL WEBPAGE: GWCS Coyote Basketball Schedule 

COYOTE ROBOTICS: GWCS Coyote Robotics Website 


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