The students and staff at GWCS are so dedicated they have in the past come to school while ill. This year in an effort to minimize illnesses and still allow students and staff to participate, the school has implemented synchronous and asynchronous distance learning methods to keep germs, but not students out of the school.
October was a big month for charity fundraising at GWCS. On October 14th, GWCS participated in our 3rd Annual Wesley Housing mini-walk to raise $900 for the homeless, and on Halloween, GWCS students, parents, and staff participated in the American Cancer Society walk around Nationals Stadium that raised over $1000 for breast cancer research.
The star of the Breast Cancer Walk was undoubtedly science teacher Mr. Matthew Hartman who raised over $600 by agreeing to wear whatever costume was
Halloween was celebrated a day early at GWCS, as students and staff dressed up and had fun participating in a variety of activities planned by the SGA. Favorites included a costume contest, complete with dancing, and the doughnut eating contest, with falling doughnuts getting many laughs.
The GWCS Senior Essay Writing Retreat occurred October 21st – 23rd. Mr. Pereira often calls this annual event the best idea he’s ever had, and with good reason. Students worked hard on college essays (and perhaps learned a little about themselves) in the solitude and natural splendor of Lake Anna State Park. Seniors, along with Ms. Warden, Mr. Pereira, Mr. Hartman and Mr. Andrews Bashan, also connected over night-time ultimate Frisbee games, “Guesstures,” and stargazing sessions on the docks. The resulting essays were fantastic, with topics ranging from the future relationship between technology and mankind to the drive to be an artist and animator.