2015 GWCS Summer Communications

Below are GWCS 2015 summer emails you may have missed or lost track of OR MAYBE YOU'RE NEW To gwcs...

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EMAIL:
From:  Warden, Alexa
Sent:  Wed 9/2/2015 12:36 PM
To:  Everyone
Subject:  Gym Schedule Change
Attachment:  Personal Fitness, Hiking Club, Basketball

Dear All-

Please note that we have a change to the gym schedule for the first week of school. Students should report to school at 8 AM on Tuesday, September 8th; Wednesday, September 9th; and Thursday, September 10th. OnFriday, September 11th, students should report to the gym in school clothes for an orientation at 7:55 AM.

The reason for this is that the locker rooms at Audrey Moore ReCenter will be under construction, and students will not have any area to change clothes.

ALSO, we haven’t heard back from a majority of families regarding which personal fitness class their student would like to take. PLEASE reply to this email to let us know which option you would like. We can’t move forward with teachers’ schedules until we know how many students we have in each class. Options are:

  • Hiking Club (no gym membership required)
  • Boys basketball
  • Girls basketball
  • Personal Fitness

Thanks in advance for your timely response.

Best,

Alexa

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EMAIL
From: Warden, Alexa
Sent: 8/20/2015 8:08 PM
To: Everybody
Subject: Victim Actors Needed

Hey Coyotes!

VICTIM ACTORS NEEDED!

If you don’t like excitement, blood, or gore--look no further! However, here’s a last minute community service event that can help you earn your needed 30 hours for the upcoming school year. It’s sure to be a lot of fun, but not for the faint of heart!

We regularly participate in CERT exercises and they are tons of fun. To check out what you may be in store for, click here: http://www.gwcommunityschool.com/news/victim-actors-for-cert

We will be posing as victim actors, concerned bystanders, and relatives of victims of a “tornado.” You may even get cast as a pesky reporter!

I will provide lunch for the first ten people who reply.

Lastly, this is not a dangerous location, as many of our past events have been, so Coyotes of all ages are encouraged!

I will send “Hold Harmless” agreements to all who respond.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Ms. W.
wardenac@gwcommunityschool.com

Time:  10am to 2:30pm
Date:  Saturday August 29th, 2015
Location:  Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, 3504 Gallows Road
Dress code:  Old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, bloody or ripped
Hold Harmless Forms:  Everyone needs to sign the hold harmless form.  Those under 18 years old will need an adult present to sign the form for them, or have it signed in advance.
Lunch:  Lunch WILL NOT be provided.  Bring a bag lunch to eat after moulage and before the exercise begins.

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BORROW A GWCS COMPUTER OR BRING YOUR OWN?


EMAIL
From: Sinichko, Cassie
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 6:28 PM
To: Everybody
Subject: It's Decision Time...


Hi Coyotes!

For this coming school year, do you plan to use a GWCS computer or bring a computer from home?  After discussing this as a family, please provide your answer on this very short survey no later than Friday, August 14, 2015.

Thank You!

Cassie

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Cassie M. Sinichko
Director of Operations
 

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Optional Summer Reading...

EMAIL
From: Sinichko, Cassie
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 11:35 AM
To: Everybody
Subject: GWCS Summer Reading

Raise your hand if you've finished reading the GWCS Summer 2015 Common Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.   Now bend your raised arm at the elbow and pat yourself on the back!  

If you haven't even started yet, no worries - there is still one month left of summer!  But, for those who have finished and might be looking for something else to read... have you heard about the recent release of Go Set a Watchman also by Harper Lee?  Yes, 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird was published it's sequel Go Set a Watchman was just published!  Its release is controversial and interesting to read about.  GWCS staff can not recommend this as a good summer read as none of us have finished reading it yet, and some will not read it due to the controversy, but we wanted you to know it was out there and is the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird!

Two of the thousands of articles about Harper Lee and the release of Go Set a Watchman:

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ATTENTION SENIORS...

EMAIL
From:
 Pereira, Daniel
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 4:34 PM
To: Seniors
Subject: College Summer Planning

Dear parents of rising seniors, 

I know that it's been a while since we talked about the college planning process. 

As we head into the final month of summer, I want to remind you that when we met in the spring, we asked you to spend some time this summer talking with your kids and coming up with a list of a least 5 colleges look which interesting to them. 

Picking these colleges isn't a commitment to apply to them. It doesn't even mean that that your child has to be planning on college after high school at all. It just provides your kids with colleges to look at and discuss when we begin our college unit in English. 

And just to remind you again about the college unit: It lasts from the first day of school and leads up the college Essay Writing Retreat on October 21-23rd. During this unit, students will have the opportunity to envision their future, learn about the application process, and most importantly, brainstorm and write a personal essay suitable for using in their college applications. The activities and lessons of this unit involve skills and knowledge which are useful to all students regardless of their plans for next year. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I will have limited email access for the next two weeks, but will address any questions as soon as I can. 

Regards,

Daniel Pereira
pereiraad@gwcommunityschool.com

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UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR...

EMAIL
From:
 Warden, Alexa
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:41 AM
To: Parents; Students; Staff
Subject: GWCS Exciting News for Upcoming School Year

Dear Coyotes: 

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! This, our 17th year, is sure to be our best by far! It's a common misconception that teachers have summers off--at GWCS this is one of our busiest times. We have already met this summer to reflect on best practices, experiment with Office 365, develop new methods of communication with our students and parents, analyze our  pre and post-test scores, review policies and procedures, revise and refine our syllabi and lessons, and create quality extracurricular opportunities for our students.  

Though we remain committed to our core competencies and eight stated values, at GWCS we know we need to constantly evolve to best serve our student population. We are not afraid of change and we always embrace improvement. And, there will be many improvements at GWCS this school year, but I am excited to share some of them with you now.

Student Computer Use: Starting in the 2015 school year, students will be able to use their own laptops and tablets at GWCS. This has been something that students have asked for again and again over the years, and we are happy to be able to grant this request now that we are in the Cloud. (Our diehard MAC users are sure to rejoice!) Now that we have moved to the Cloud, our students will be able to access their files from almost anywhere. What's more is that each student will be able to download Office 365 on up to five different devices and unlimited tablets and smart phones. Parents, feel free to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Click Here for more information on how GWCS is using Microsoft Office 365.  If students do plan on using their own computers, they should plan on bringing them to school each day.  (Any new students who are interested in familiarizing themselves with O365 – please send us an email and we will provide you with your password and login info!)

 GWCS will continue to provide tablets and laptops to students who wish to use them, and will be phasing out our computer lending program over the next two years. However, we will continue to have a limited number of spare computers in each classroom to accommodate all of our students.

 Lunch Privileges: This year, lunch privileges will no longer be tied to weekly status reports. Our students are responsible and hardworking. We trust that they are making every effort to earn the best grades they can and we realize that a grade may drop in a given week due to a variety of factors. Parents, if you do not want your son or daughter to have off-campus privileges, simply indicate that on your Emergency Form, which can be updated at any time. Emergency Form  

 Status Reports for Seniors: With our move to the Cloud, we now have a variety of ways of disseminating information. We look forward to teaching our students how to access their grades, determine their progress, and communicate with their teachers proactively. These are all skills that all students will need to have mastered by the time they graduate. At GWCS we want to provide a smooth transition for students to their post high school endeavors. For that reason, seniors and their parents will have total access to review their grades, attendance, etc., but will not receive a weekly status report in their inbox. Advisors will be especially aware of this change for seniors this year. Seniors should feel free to discuss concerns about any of their classes knowing that their advisors are their advocates. All should be reminded of the workaround period when advisors and teachers host office hours.  

 Advisories: In order to better serve our students, our advisories will be smaller in the 2015-2016 school year. Smaller groups will allow for more individualized support that will allow each student to realize his or her full potential.

Opportunities for Parents: We know that a school where parents are connected is a healthy one. We want to make the 2015-2016 school year the most inclusive ever. With a newly structured PAC (Parents Acting Collaboratively) we look forward to providing our parent contingent with a multitude of ways to get involved, invested, and invigorated. GWCS parents make friendships that last a lifetime and we are thrilled to offer new and exciting ways to forge them.  More information on how you can get involved will be available at Back-to-School Night on September 24, 2015.

 I look forward to collaborating with all of you to make this year exceptional. I can’t wait to get back to school! In the meantime, I hope I to see you at some of our summer events and I hope that you are enjoying reading To Kill a Mockingbird!

All the very best,

Alexa

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Alexa C. Warden, Director
GW Community School
wardenac@gwcommunityschool.com
703.978.7208

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THIS SUMMER...

EMAIL
rom:
 Sinichko, Cassie
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2015 11:41 AM
To: New Parents; New Students
Subject: GWCS- This Summer

Dear New Coyotes, 

Welcome to GWCS!  We are so happy that you will be joining us in the fall.  Please click on the following links to access a list of GWCS Summer Events which are opportunities for you to get to know some of the other GWCS students and staff as well as information on our Common Book Project and the current 2015-2016 School Year Calendar 

Additionally, if you are active Facebook users, please send a friend request to the Goldie Warden Facebook page and we will add you to the GW Community School – Current Families Facebook group. 

Summer hours at GWCS are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Feel free to contact us with any questions that arise over the summer months.  Rest assured, you will hear from us periodically over the summer including email communication regarding 2015-2016 class schedules which will be determined mid-late August. 

Stay cool, relax and have fun! 

Cassie Sinichko 

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Cassie M. Sinichko
Director of Operations
GW Community School
9001 Braddock Road, Suite 111

Springfield, VA  22151
Email:  sinichkocm@gwcommunityschool.com
Website:  www.gwcommunityschool.com
Tel: 703.978.7208 x301   Fax: 703.978.7226

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Victim Actors Needed

Community Service Opportunity

VICTIM ACTORS NEEDED FOR EMERGENCY DRILL AT DULLES AIRPORT

DATE:  MAY 2, 2015
TIME:  5:00 AM - 1:00 PM
AGE:  18 YEARS OR OLDER
DEADLINE:  REGISTER TODAY - SPACE IS LIMITED

Dulles Airport Mass Casualty Exercise:  This is a large scale exercise being held by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority(MWAA).   They need to recruit 125 – 150 actors who will be participating in a mass casualty exercise at Dulles Airport to meet the airport’s FAA certification requirements.  Actors will probably need to arrive between 0500 and 0730; (arrival times will be staggered and specific times will be assigned by MWAA for each actor).  Moulage will range from bumps and bruises to more involved injuries – a little bit of everything!  Participants must be 18 or older.  The exercise will conclude by 1300, and all volunteers will receive lunch and an exercise T-shirt as a thank you for their participation.

To participate as an actor, please register on the Dulles Airport website athttp://www.mwaa.com/dulles/7698.htm.  Specific instructions on where to park, what to wear, what to expect, and required release forms will be sent in a confirmation email to each person registered.  Both the confirmation email and the release form must be brought with you to the exercise on May 2nd.   For more information, email events@fairfaxcountycert.org.

Dulles Airport Mass Casualty Exercise:  This is a large scale exercise being held by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).   They need to recruit 125 – 150 actors who will be participating in a mass casualty exercise at Dulles Airport to meet the airport’s FAA certification requirements.  Actors will probably need to arrive between 0500 and 0730; (arrival times will be staggered and specific times will be assigned by MWAA for each actor).  Moulage will range from bumps and bruises to more involved injuries – a little bit of everything!  Participants must be 18 or older.  The exercise will conclude by 1300, and all volunteers will receive lunch and an exercise T-shirt as a thank you for their participation.

To participate as an actor, please register on the Dulles Airport website athttp://www.mwaa.com/dulles/7698.htm.  Specific instructions on where to park, what to wear, what to expect, and required release forms will be sent in a confirmation email to each person registered.  Both the confirmation email and the release form must be brought with you to the exercise on May 2nd.   For more information, email events@fairfaxcountycert.org.

Dulles Airport Mass Casualty Exercise:  This is a large scale exercise being held by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority(MWAA).   They need to recruit 125 – 150 actors who will be participating in a mass casualty exercise at Dulles Airport to meet the airport’s FAA certification requirements.  Actors will probably need to arrive between 0500 and 0730; (arrival times will be staggered and specific times will be assigned by MWAA for each actor).  Moulage will range from bumps and bruises to more involved injuries – a little bit of everything!  Participants must be 18 or older.  The exercise will conclude by 1300, and all volunteers will receive lunch and an exercise T-shirt as a thank you for their participation.

To participate as an actor, please register on the Dulles Airport website athttp://www.mwaa.com/dulles/7698.htm.  Specific instructions on where to park, what to wear, what to expect, and required release forms will be sent in a confirmation email to each person registered.  Both the confirmation email and the release form must be brought with you to the exercise on May 2nd.   For more information, email events@fairfaxcountycert.org.

Dulles Airport Mass Casualty Exercise:  This is a large scale exercise being held by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).   They need to recruit 125 – 150 actors who will be participating in a mass casualty exercise at Dulles Airport to meet the airport’s FAA certification requirements.  Actors will probably need to arrive between 0500 and 0730; (arrival times will be staggered and specific times will be assigned by MWAA for each actor).  Moulage will range from bumps and bruises to more involved injuries – a little bit of everything!  Participants must be 18 or older.  The exercise will conclude by 1300, and all volunteers will receive lunch and an exercise T-shirt as a thank you for their participation.

To participate as an actor, please register on the Dulles Airport website athttp://www.mwaa.com/dulles/7698.htm.  Specific instructions on where to park, what to wear, what to expect, and required release forms will be sent in a confirmation email to each person registered.  Both the confirmation email and the release form must be brought with you to the exercise on May 2nd.   For more information, email events@fairfaxcountycert.org.

Microsoft Office 365 Software at Home!

Hey GWCS Students & Staff,

Did you know that you can download Microsoft Office 365 programs  (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook) on up to FIVE devices?  Obviously, one of those devices will be your school computer.  We have not taken this step on our school computers yet but we will be doing that together as soon as the email merge is complete.  But, if you would like to download the programs to any of your other devices and connect them to your GWCS 365 account, you can do that now!  

Note:  You  can install the mobile apps for free on an unlimited number of mobile devices (iPads, smartphones..) and this does not count against the 5 downloads of the full Office Suite to your computers.

This morning I downloaded all the software to my Mac at home.  The process was multi-step but pretty self explanatory.  Outlook (for your email) is a separate download and once the software is downloaded you will need to go to “tools” in Outlook and connect it to your MS Office 365 account.  Hey, if I can do it - so can you!

Simply login to your Microsoft Office 365 account (https://login.microsoftonline.com/).  As shown below, you should have the option to “Install Office on more devices”.  Click on the install link appropriate to your device and follow the instructions.  (Note – you will not have the Admin icon.)


PULL AN ALL NIGHTER WITH FRIENDS!

2015 GWCS EVENT NIGHT!

WHEN:  6:00 pm , Friday, April 10th until 9:00 am, Saturday, April 11th

WHAT:  If you've never been to a GWCS Event Night, well, you haven't lived.  Event Night is a GWCS tradition where students spend the night at school and stay up all night playing games, watching movies, being ridiculous, eating food...  It's a night you will never forget!

TICKETS:  Available at the school store during lunch.  Limited availability!

  • $25 for full-night (6:00 pm - 9:00 am) 
  • $15 for half-night (6:00 pm - 12:00 midnight) 

Tickets will also be available at the door of Event Night (if any are remaining), but the prices will be increased so pre-purchase yours today! 

EVENTS:  A Super Smash Brothers tournament, plenty of delicious food, video games, movies, and card games are only a small selection of the many great events that await you at the GWCS Event Night.

SPECIAL PERMISSION:  In addition to PG movies we will have an R-Rated movie room for students 18 and older or for those whose parents give permission in writing to Ms. Mauney or in an email to Ms. Bowen.

Your Excited SGA,

John, Nick, Trevor, Eric, Joseph & Hannah

GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Underclassmen Parents - Please Sign Up!

GWCS graduation is the perfect exemplification of the expression "it takes a village".   Although we are a very small school, our graduation is a huge celebration that goes on for three hours!  The ceremony includes speeches by our fearless Directors: Ms. Warden and Mr. Goldie as well as emotion and comedy filled individual speeches given by every single senior.  Then there are the various awards, the senior quote and quilt giving and, of course, the diploma distribution.  All of this is followed by a delicious catered reception and a walk down memory board lane.   

How can a small school like GWCS pull off such an incredible event?  Simple, our underclassmen parents step up to the plate every year to volunteer to take on bits and pieces of this celebration. With everyone contributing their part, this huge job is enjoyably manageable.  Please click on the image below to read about the various graduation volunteer positions and then signup for a way that you can contribute to the 2015 GWCS Graduation!  Volunteer positions vary in the amount of time and effort needed as well as when... some jobs need to be done in advance (like NOW), others during graduation and a few organizational efforts after the celebration.  Keep in mind, when your child is a senior you get to sit back and just enjoy all the graduation festivities!

GWCS Graduation 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Graduation Ceremony followed by Reception
Tickets Required for Admittance

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA  22301  (MAP)




GWCS Basketball Banquet

TICKETS:

  • Please send check in to Ms. Mauney by Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Make checks payable to GWCS.
  • Indicate in signature line the number of tickets needed.
  • Tickets will be sent home with student.

Note:  If you plan on attending but not eating - that is fine but, we need to know so that enough tables and chairs are set-up.  Please include this as part of your RSVP by March 13th.

WHO GOES TO THE BANQUET?

This banquet is open to all GWCS basketball players, managers, videographer, photographer, scorekeepers, statisticians, parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches and any other fans!  Everyone must purchase a ticket in advance.

DINNER:

Buffet dinner with a little something for everyone including chicken, beef, pasta, salad, dessert, hot and cold drinks.

ENTERTAINMENT: 

Coach’s speech, highlight video and varsity awards.

DRESS CODE:

Semi-formal

GWCS GOES DOWN UNDER

SUMMER 2015 TRIP TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA!

GW COMMUNITY SCHOOL/COYOTE ROBOTICS

WANT TO KNOW MORE?  SEND JETTE AN EMAIL BY FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 

The GWCS/Coyote Robotics, Inc. Robotics Team is going to Sydney, Australia this summer to represent Virginia in the 2015 FTC Asia Pacific Invitational Tournament!  The competition will take place July 12 – 14, 2015 at Macquarie University in Sydney.  To reduce the cost by making a larger group (and to get fans in the stands!) we are opening the trip to ALL INTERESTED members of the GW Community School community.

Jette Hansen (the mother of Paul Whittington, FTC 3749 Robot Driver), who grew up in Australia, is organizing the trip.  If you have any possible interest, please email Jette at jettes.email@gmail.com by Friday, March 27th.   Please include the following information:

1)      Desired Length of Stay (# of weeks)
2)      Desired Points of Travel (Sydney, Melbourne, etc.)
3)      Desired Price Point
4)      Number of People Traveling

It’s sure to be a legendary trip.  This is your chance to go Down Under!  Please contact Jette as soon as possible.   Go Coyotes!   

Gary T. Lindner – Robotics Team Coach

R.E.A.L. TERM INTERNSHIPS

FRIDAYS ONLY FROM APRIL 10 - JUNE 6, 2015

So far, approximately 50% of the GWCS juniors and seniors have been placed with a host company for this spring.  It's the other 50% that **we could really use your help with!** Parents, could you please consider hosting a student at your place of employment?  Talk with your your boss, your neighbors, your friends, and even locations you frequent that may be a potential R.E.A.L. Term host. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Below is a list of the interest areas where we would like to place students but do not have any viable leads:

  • Aerospace/Civil/Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Drone Technology
  • Graphic Art
  • Sales/Marketing

Following is a list of possible hosts we have been waiting for a reply/commitment from.  Maybe you know someone, or have a similar industry contact that would be willing to host an internship.  

Historically, when you have a direct relationship with a host, they are more inclined to say YES!

  • The Tech Shop, Arlington, Va (Cutting Edge Equipment)
  • Studio V, Herndon, Va (Music Recording Studio)
  • Sun Design and Build, Burke, Va. (Interior Design)

Send all leads to Kristen Stombres at stombreskl@gwcommunityschool.com

Click here for --> R.E.A.L. Term Information Sheet

PAC ONLINE AUCTION ENDS ON WEDNESDAY @ 10PM!

FEBRUARY 11 - 25, 2015

We are nearing the end of our PAC Online Auction!  We have made over $12,000 in donations so far; getting close to our goal of $15,000!  

We have had some great new additions since the beginning of the auction, including a donation from Convergence (the company that designed the GWCS website) for the design and creation of a new website, valued at $6,000!  This would be an amazing buy for someone looking for a new website!   Pam Matthews has donated another beautiful quilt, and we have some new restaurant certificates.  

We only have a few Buy a Spots left for Bunko, English High Tea and the "Craft Beer and Bites" Event, get one quickly before they sell out!

Check out all of the great items on http://www.32auctions.com/gwcommunityschool2015

Don't forget that the auction will end on Wednesday, February 25th at 10:00 p.m.


PLACE YOUR BID HERE!

Deiadre Rauch
Email:  DeiadreRauch@me.com
Home:  703-444-6425
Mobile: 571-422-8935