Next Week at GWCS... March 14 - 22, 2015

This week's newsletter is packed full of great information and opportunities!
Fix yourself a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy...

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

The student of the week is EMILY SULLIVAN.  Emily does a great job of representing GWCS at the gym. She knows almost every member by name and always treats them with genuine KINDNESS.

When Ms. Warden forgot about a dentist appointment and was looking for toothpaste, Emily shared her toothpaste.  KINDNESS.

In AP US History Class Emily always asks if any of the students want her notes and even copies them for that person. KINDNESS in the classroom.

Emily recently had a frustrating situation to untangle with her NOVA professor and at the same time her computer was on the fritz.  She calmly turned to a few people for help.  As a thank you for the help she received Emily brought in homemade soup and bread and a bunt cake!   KINDNESS from her kitchen.

Once, when a GWCS student was injured off campus, Emily assisted him back to school and reassured him everything would be okay.  KINDNESS through words and actions. 

As a member of the girls basketball team Emily went out of her way to compliment the opposing team's players after a demoralizing defeat.  KINDNESS on the court.

Thank you Emily, for making our school a kinder place.

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


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Here’s What…

We encourage our kids to get involved with school activities (Investment). We encourage our kids to make new friends and reach out to those they don’t know (Team Play). We encourage our kids to help out in their communities (Service). We encourage our kids to learn to honor a commitment even if it’s a short one (Responsibility). We encourage our kids to go above and beyond (Excellence).

However, what’s the best way to instill these values? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s modeling.

So how about we model some of the GWCS values for our kids. Here’s an easy and fun way. Sign up to help put on the most important, special, and beautiful day of the GWCS year. It takes a village, people!

Thanks in advance!

Ms. Warden


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

  • SAT & Subject Tests proctored by Ms. Bowen from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Robotics STEM Demonstration at Chinn Park Library with Mr. Lindner from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. (map A few members of the GWCS Robotics Teams will be participating in a STEM Outreach event.  The Chinn Park Regional Library Robotics Demonstration and Exhibit will take place from 2:00-4:00 pm. Students from several robotics programs will be there to talk about their program, demonstrate their robots, and give visitors the chance to test drive the robots.  Stop by and give the robots a whirl!  ~ Mr. Lindner

Sunday, March 15, 2015

  • Auction Event: Beer & Bites from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Saile's Community Center 

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

  • No School - Teacher Workday

  • GWCS Foundation Meeting at GWCS with Annie Vroom at 7:00 pm 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015

  • XSTEM Drone Workshop scholarship application due by 3:15 pm

  • Robotics Design Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Theater Elective with Mr. Andrews Bashan & Eric Asker from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

  • Art Club with Ms. Warden from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  Sign up on CoyoteWeb

  • Magic:  The Gathering Club with Mr. Vanya from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  Sign up on CoyoteWeb

  • Robotics Programming Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Theater Elective with Mr. Andrews Bashan & Eric Asker from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015

  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  Sign up on CoyoteWeb
  • Robotics Design Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Theater Elective with Eric Asker from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Nintendo Club with Mr. Fedinatz & Ciara O'Brien from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  Sign up on CoyoteWeb
  • Basketball Banquet with Mr. Goldie & Mr. Connelly from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (map) (info)

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

  • Australia Interest Deadline - Last day to email Jette if you are at all interested (see below)
  • X-STEM Drone Workshop Scholarship Winners will be announced
  • History Through Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm:  Lincoln 
  • Magic:  The Gathering Club with Mr. Vanya from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  Sign up on CoyoteWeb
  • SGA Representative Meeting with Mr. Pereira & Ms. Bowen from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • Opportunity Expo & Job Fair at WSHS from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (see details below) 

FURTURE EVENTS

March 25 - AP Exam Orders Due
March 25 - So You're Turning 18
March 26 - Internship Training
March 27 - GWCS Contracts Due for 2015-2016 
March 30 - April 6 - Spring Break
April 10  - First day of junior & senior Internships
April 10 - First OBX event for freshmen & sophomores
April 10 - Event Night
April 11-13 - Astrophysics Field-trip to NRAO
April 12 - X-STEM Drone Workshop #1
April 15 - Parent PAC Coffee at Swiss Bakery
April 16 - End of 3rd Quarter
April 17 - No School - Teacher Workday
April 19 - X-STEM Drone Workshop #2
April 23 - PAC Parent Meeting
April 26 - X-STEM Drone Workshop #3
April 28 - X-STEM Symposium
May 3 - X-STEM Drone Flight Day


X-STEM DRONE BUILDING WORKSHOP

GWCS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DUE: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Workshops: April, 12, 19, 26 & May 3 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Microsoft Store in McLean

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Dear All,

I was so excited earlier this month when we established an X-STEM Club here at GWCS. The club is open to anyone who would like to participate, as are several of the trips, events, and classes we will offer.

We now have the unique opportunity to attend a four-day drone building workshop at the Microsoft Store in McLean that is being sponsored by the Kashmir World Foundation

Because the cost of the drone materials is high, 600 dollars, GWCS will be providing the funds for the materials (thanks to the PAC Auction). The cost of the workshop is 160 dollars per person and is the responsibility of the student/parent.

Click here for the application for this partial scholarship. Note that it includes an essay component. The four winning essayists will represent GWCS at the drone workshop. This opportunity is available to ALL GWCS students.

Please read the application carefully and do your best on the essay. Applications and essays are due to Mrs. Mauney by 3:15 PM on Tuesday, March 17th.  Decisions will be made by Friday, March 20th.

Good Luck!

Ms. Warden

P.S. - Check out the GWCS X-STEM Club on the USA Science & Engineering Festival website.


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 at http://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 at http://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.


Underclassmen Parent Volunteers Needed NOW!

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!

Click on the image above to access the GWCS Parent Volunteer Sign-up Genius.

Click on the image above to access the GWCS Parent Volunteer Sign-up Genius.

Questions?  Contact the 2015 GWCS Graduation Chairs:

Bob Carter - rwcarte@verizon.net
Kim Carter - kglowder@verizon.net
Jette Hansen - jettes.email@gmail.com


GW Community School/Coyote Robotics

Summer 2015 Trip to Sydney, Australia!

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 event 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 20th.   Please include the following information:

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

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


PAC PAW PRINTS

Looking Ahead to Teacher Appreciation Week

The week of May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation week.  We are looking for five individual parents to each “take a day” of that week and take charge of implementing a teacher appreciation event (brunch/lunch, raffle, flowers/coffee, etc. ).

Please contact Kelly at hendersonhagen@verizon.net if you can help.  We will hold one quick conference call (TBD) before Spring Break to plan and assign the week’s activities and then let the parent volunteers take charge of their assigned days! ALL families will have opportunities to help out that week at the various events!

Craft Beer and Bites Party (Auction buy-it-now event)

We still have a few spaces available for our Craft Beer and Bites Party  - our auction winners know who they are - anyone interested in coming is still welcome, please call Sharon for details at 703-901-1235.  We'll be serving two craft beers from each of three different styles, and all from Virginia award-winning breweries.  We've planned six hearty appetizers to go with the craft brews - from cheeses through chile and meatballs to shrimp and a brie+mushroom bread bowl.  Plus a bonus dessert round.  No need to bring anything but yourselves.  See you at Sharon's Community Center, located at 1432 Towlston Road, Vienna VA from 4:30 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 15th.   -Sharon Saile and Pat Quarti

Sincerely,

Your GWCS PAC 

 


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Opportunity Expo & Job Fair

Saturday, March 21, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
West Springfield High School Cafeteria (map)
6100 Rolling Rd, West Springfield, VA 22152

If you're looking for a part-time or summer job, internship or volunteer opportunity this is the event for you. If you're an employer looking for part-time or summer staff, this is your opportunity to fill the need.

Although the job fair is not strictly for students and young job seekers, our area high school organizations are making a push for students and parents to take advantage of this event to line up after-school employment, an internship, volunteer opportunities or a seasonal position for the summer.

This job fair is an opportunity to connect our businesses with our young job seekers, and I am happy to partner with the Greater Springfield Chamber, the West Springfield PTSA and our local high school's business clubs to achieve this goal. Having a job as a teenager was a rewarding and educational experience for me and one that we need to promote for our youth. For employers this fair will connect them face to face with young and ambitious candidates. It is a win-win.

Sponsored by: Supervisor Pat Herrity
West Springfield High School PTSA
Area chapters of SGA, DECA and FBLA
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

- See more at: http://business.springfieldchamber.org/events/details/opportunity-expo-job-fair-2122#sthash.ZnWZCuNB.dpuf


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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
SIGN-UP FOR ACTIVITIES:  GWCS CoyoteWeb Activity Sessions
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Outlook Webmail
BASKETBALL WEBPAGE:  GWCS Coyote Basketball Schedule 
COYOTE ROBOTICS:  GWCS Coyote Robotics Website 
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation  
FORMS & INFO:  GWCS PAC Webpage

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