Coyotes got into the Halloween spirit last Thursday as they participated in the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Many participants chose to go traditional, but others got more adventurous, and we wound up with Pumpkin Death Stars, gunshot wounds, and initials. Friday morning the community voted on best pumpkin and the winner was Trevor Ferguson. Though Trevor's pumpkin face started out somewhat traditional, the pumpkin guts spilling out of orifices and the many nails driven into the pumpkin forehead gave it a look of awesome horror. As winner, Trevor received a 10 dollar gift card to Caribou Coffee and the title of Pumpking 2012.
This year, the Environmental Science class took a canoeing trip with Dr. Cox and Mr. Goldie to Pohick Bay. Shortly after arriving and unloading our canoes, the naturalists at the Northern Virginia Park Authority taught us about different species of plants and animals. Did you know that female bald eagles are actually larger than the males by a few inches? We saw beaver dams, which are incredibly beneficial to the bay because they stop flooding. We all ate lunch together after pulling our canoes aside and finding comfortable tree stumps to sit on. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience that I hope many others get to do as well.
Who are you? What’s the most important event that has ever happened to you? What do you want to do with the rest of your life? If these kinds of questions make you anxious, you’re not alone; the college essay process can be stressful, but for the past nine years, GW Community School has had the answer to one of the toughest parts of senior year: the College Essay Writing Retreat. This October 10-12, two teachers and eight students traveled to lovely Lake Anna to disconnect from the pressures and hassles of the modern world and reconnect with themselves and with each other. Over the course of the three days, the students took lessons on writing, participated in group activities, and ultimately produced a polished college essay. With this hurdle removed, they are prepared to finish their applications confident in the knowledge that colleges will get to know who they really are. And as a bonus, they got to learn so much about each other as well.
Kudos from Mr. Connelly, one of the "Walk for Paws" coordinators as well as a GWCS teacher:
I wanted to thank all in the GWCS community who attended the Walk for Paws Saturday morning. It was great and you were amazing. We were able to raise awareness and a significant amount of funds for Bully Paws.
Our all-school morning workouts are off to a great start. We are working hard and already beginning to see results! The physical results aren't the only benefit, Brian (junior, basketball) says "It's really nice because after you workout in the morning you're awake and ready for the day." Sophomore, Matt adds "It's actually really fun. Before I thought it was going to be some kind of forced thing, but it's not. The only problem is I go home sore every day." This month students and teachers could choose from trail walking, group fitness, basketball or swimming and everyone seems to be really pleased with their choice. Sophomore Josh sums it all up in two words “HARD CORE!”