Last Week at GWCS:
June 13 - 18, 2016


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The last student of the week for the year is CATALINA SMITH for demonstrating the GWCS value of EXCELLENCE.

Catalina strives for excellence in seemingly all her endeavors. Whether she is asking her teachers for constructive guidance on how to make her work A + material, acclimating to the GWCS community without sacrificing her fiercely independent spirit, or laughing loudly and boldly, Catalina does it with determination, thoughtfulness and self-assurance.

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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Click for full final exam schedule.

Click for full final exam schedule.

FINALS WEEK AT GWCS...

GWCS ONLINE CALENDAR

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

  • 9:00 am - Senior Graduation Speeches Due!
  • 9:00 am - Senior Memory Boards Due!
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: 2nd Period Review
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am:  Advisory
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am:  3rd Period Review
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm:  2nd Period Final Exam

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  3rd Period Final
  • 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  4th Period Review
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm:  Advisory
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  6th Period Review

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  4th Period Final
  • 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  5th Period Review
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm:  Advisory
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  6th Period Review

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  5th Period Final
  • 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm:  Graduation Rehearsal
    --or--
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm:  Movie and Games

Click to Contribute!

Click to Contribute!

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  6th Period Final
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm:  Advisory & BBQ Set-up
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm:  End-of-the-Year BBQ
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  Staff vs. Students Basketball Game

Click for Directions.

Click for Directions.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016

  • GWCS Graduation - Way to Go Class of 2016!

    George Washington Masonic National Memorial
    101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA  22301  (MAP)
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Graduation Ceremony followed by Reception
    Tickets Required for Admittance

MON - FRI, JUNE 20-24, 2016

  • GWCS Staff Inservice Week from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

  • Lost & Found:  Last Day to claim Lost & Found items (everything left behind will be donated to Salvation Army)

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ORDER YOUR GWCS YEARBOOK...

Click on the image above for a 2015-2016 GWCS Chronicle order form.

Click on the image above for a 2015-2016 GWCS Chronicle order form.


SUMMER EVENTS...

Click on image above for the full 2016 GWCS Summer Events Schedule!

Click on image above for the full 2016 GWCS Summer Events Schedule!


SUMMER READING...

Click on image above for complete information on the GWCS Common Book Project.

Click on image above for complete information on the GWCS Common Book Project.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP...

Click above for camp details.  July 11 - Aug 5:  SUMMER COVE CAMPS for middle school students held at GWCS!  One week / half-day sessions - 32 different classes to choose from! 

Click above for camp details.  July 11 - Aug 5:  SUMMER COVE CAMPS for middle school students held at GWCS!  One week / half-day sessions - 32 different classes to choose from! 


STUDENT LAPTOP REQUIREMENTS...

All GWCS students will provide their own laptop beginning fall 2016.  Click above for detailed information on GWCS student laptop requirements for 2016-2017.

All GWCS students will provide their own laptop beginning fall 2016.  Click above for detailed information on GWCS student laptop requirements for 2016-2017.


NEXT YEAR...

Click above for the one-page 2016-2017 School Year At-A-Glance Calendar

Click above for the one-page 2016-2017 School Year At-A-Glance Calendar


PAC PAW PRINTS...

Coyote PAC is a GWCS program designed to more formally incorporate the wealth of parental resources and talents that are so obviously abundant in our community.   PAC Paw Prints is a section of the weekly newsletter where you can catch-up on all PAC related news and events.

PAC Year-end recap:

It has been my pleasure to serve as PAC Secretary this past school year.  I enjoyed meeting and working with you, if not in person then vicariously through the various project team leads.  GWCS is blessed with a vibrant and involved PAC and it shows through all the work we did.  Here’s a brief, non-exhaustive list of activities:

  • The Auction raised over $18,000 with over 100 donations and over 500 bids.  This money will be used to improve the school experience for our children.  Ms. Warden will be sending out more details at a future date.
     
  • The Graduation Committee has been in full swing busily preparing to send off this year's graduating class in style. Thirty-five parent volunteers have been engaged in such varied tasks as measuring seniors for caps and gowns, making quilts for each senior, helping seniors and their parents create Memory Boards, preparing decorations, ordering food and beverages for the reception, and a multitude of other tasks necessary to make this special day a success. 
     
  • The GWCS Community was very active in service to others:

o   Parent volunteers made over 600 sandwiches for McKenna's Wagon in in DC.

o   We and the SGA collected over 200 pairs of socks for the homeless and gave them to the Lamb Center in Fairfax.

o   We and the SGA ran a pajamas and books drive for children and teens living at The Katherine Hanley Family Shelter (part of Fairfax's Shelter House)

o   GWCS helped bring Christmas to the students attending Accotink Academy by helping to fill a child's wish list. We helped the Accotink students bring Christmas to their families by donating gently used items for a Christmas Shop at Accotink Academy. 

o   On a rainy Saturday in April a hearty troop of students, teachers and parents (led by Ms. Warden and Ms. Newton) helped with watershed cleanup at Lake Accotink in honor of Earth Day.

o   Many students (and Ms. Warden) participated in a CERT exercise in Lorton as victim actors in May.

o   The above were the projects under the Pac Community Service Umbrella. Our students, parents and teachers led our school in many other community service projects: Ronald McDonald House, Runs, Walks and food drives.

o   Look for possible garden and parking lot yard sale Community Service opportunities this summer

  • The Coyote PAC provided quarterly teacher appreciation events including brunch/lunches and surprise coffee deliveries. For teacher appreciation week, the first full week of May, special activities and events were planned for each day. This year, these included a gift card raffle, notes of appreciation to all staff members from both students and parents/caregivers, a catered-in lunch, clean outs of staff cars (including window washing!) courtesy of our students, and coffee and treats.
     
  • We painted some more classrooms, and Cassie’s office.  Cubbies, classrooms and offices will be painted over the summer. 
     
  • New couches for the common area and projectors for the classrooms were acquired.
     
  • Various facility enhancements were investigated, but not yet implemented such as new electrical service for the projectors and kitchen area, and new flooring for the science and robotics labs.

Thank you for your efforts, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Warmest regards,

Bob Carter, PAC Secretary
pac-secretary@gwcommunityschool.com

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GWCS FOUNDATION...

2015 - 2016 ANNUAL FUND

The GW Community School Foundation is wrapping up our 2015/16 Annual Fund.  Currently, we have raised over $28,000 in the fund.  We are in the process of giving out scholarships for the 2016/17 school year.  

If you haven't had a chance to contribute to the Annual Fund, please feel free to make a donation of any size you are comfortable with (100% participation is our goal!), at the foundation donation link:  http://www.gwcommunityschoolfoundation.com/support-us.html

All funds raised by the foundation are utilized to pay for scholarships for current GWCS students who have financial difficulties arrive in their time at the school, or for prospective students whom would be a good fit for the school but who don't have the financial means available to them for full tuition.  Please consider how GWCS has benefited your child, and consider passing on that opportunity to another student who might not have the chance to experience GWCS.  

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2016!

Click above to view the lovely, long list of colleges where these silly, sensational students were accepted!  Wishing you all the best in your life of accomplishments and adventures.  Come back and visit us often!

Click above to view the lovely, long list of colleges where these silly, sensational students were accepted!  Wishing you all the best in your life of accomplishments and adventures.  Come back and visit us often!


CARDBOARD BOAT RACE...

Although the official Lake Accotink Cardboard Boat Regatta was canceled due to anticipated thunder storms (which never arrived), Dr. Cox arranged for her Honors Physics students to race their boat, The Ugly Duckling, against a previous years boat, Luminiferous, at Lake Barcroft on Thursday, June 9th.  Thanks to the parents, students and alumni who helped make this happen, especially the Miiles family who made it possible for us to use Lake Barcroft.  After all of their hard work it would have been really disappointing to not have this opportunity.


HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE:  2016-2017 School Year Schedule
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365 Webmail
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
PARENT PORTAL:  Webpage with Links to School Related Documents & Forms  
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS Cloud 
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
 

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end week after week after week!