Next Week at GWCS:
April 10 - 16, 2016


The student of the week is RYAN BURNS for demonstrating the GWCS value of INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY.

Ryan turned Intellectual Curiosity into an Intellectual Experience.  He took Algebra class to a higher level with his questions and then used what he learned about 3-D graphing function in the game Minecraft.  Ms. Shumard said her favorite Ryan question of the week was: "Do you thin Ms. Warden would get mad if I made lava in the parking lot?"

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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Dear Parents:

PLEASE RSVP YES, TODAY, to the PAC meeting that takes place next Wednesday, April 13th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm here at the school! Bring a dish of your choice and PAC will provide an assortment of libations. We will have door prizes, dinner, and a fabulous guest speaker, Angela Conerly of Mindworks Education. Angela will be speaking about the new SAT and the difference between it and the ACT. Senior parents, there will be something for you too! Some great updates on graduation and a few insider secrets!

Come as you are! Suits or swimsuits! Bring what you can! A bag of Doritos or Dover Sole!

I can’t wait to see you all! 


Ms. W. 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016

  • Heroes vs. Villans 5k Run/Walk - community service event with Mr. Connelly from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Bring the whole family  and friends and earn extra community service hours!

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up next week) 
  • CERT Training with Ms. Warden from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm


  • OBX Orientation for all freshmen & sophomores at the gym from 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Internship Training for all juniors & seniors in the cafe from 9:15 am - 10:15 am
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up next week)
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 - 5:15 pm:  Eight Men Out


  • Chemistry Field Trip to Barrel Oak Winery with Ms. Newton from 11:20 am - 3:15 pm
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up next week)
  • Anime Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Theater Club with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • All Parents' PAC Meeting and Guest Speaker at GWCS from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (RSVP)


  • X-Stem Science & Engineering Symposium with Mr. Pereira from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (info)
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up next week)
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: The Babe
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up next week)
  • Event Night for all students hosted by SGA from 6:00 pm - 9:00 am Saturday! (info)


  • Event Night Pick-up at GWCS at 9:00 am

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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.



A huge thank you to all who participated in this past weekend’s Lake Accotink Clean-up Community Service event. 

Despite the rain and chilly weather we had an excellent turnout.  Both Fairfax County Parks and The Nature Conservancy thanked the students, teachers and parents for helping out. 

GWCS Community Participants:

  • Alex Corrigan
  • Alexa Warden & Brian & Matthew
  • Amanda Rose Newton
  • Annie Syers & Jan
  • Ben Suskind
  • Delia O’Grady & Julia
  • John Mellor
  • Julie Berkowitz
  • Kelley Carlisle & Rob
  • Kevin Kochel & Kenny
  • Lewis Hagen
  • Lizzie Weber & Mox
  • Lucas Tucker & Tom
  • Max Ginsberg & Steve
  • Neel Devaiah
  • Ronan Taylor
  • Sabrina Castro
  • Xavier Miles & Barry
  • Scott Morgan & Melissa

Thank you,

Julia O'Grady, PAC Community Service Chair

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PAC #2)  Pajama Day

On Monday, April 2nd, GWCS students and staff wore their pajamas to school.  In the afternoon Karen Duffy, with the Pajama Program, came to talk to the students about how this very important program got started and why it exists.  Ms. Duffy is very excited to be working with GWCS.

"By distributing new pajamas and new books to children in need, we are able to help provide children with a comforting, nurturing bedtime and literacy support. Our reading center helps to bridge the 30,000,000 word gap and gives these children the opportunity to read one on one with an adult, something they may not otherwise experience."   ~ Pajama Program

As a community we will be collecting pajamas and books for the Pajama Program in the near future... details in next week's PAW Prints.

Thank you,

Julia O'Grady, PAC Community Service Chair

PAC #3)  Student Lounge Apple Bowl

Apple Donations Needed for the Student Lounge Apple Bowl

 Click on apples to sign-up for a week.

Click on apples to sign-up for a week.

Just an observation from the mid-term breakfast - parents donated plenty of apples and as the following week went on, they dwindled day by day. It was good to see Coyotes munching on apples.

So, this is the start of a healthy Coyote tradition.

There is a plastic blue bowl in the Student Lounge area that we have been using to place apples in on a weekly basis. Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Gala, Golden, are conveniently available at the Giant Market next to GWCS. Five pound bags cost from $2.99 to $5.99 a bag.

Please sign up HERE for a week to make a donation of apples Student Lounge Apple bowl 

Then drop them off at school for the week that you volunteered for. You can place them in the blue bowl or leave the bag on Ms. Mauney's desk. (Students can wash their own apples...)

Students and Staff have been enjoying the treat when they appear. Please help with year-end studies and graduation preparations by keeping the Apple Bowl filled.

Thank You!

Linda Campbell, PAC Volunteer Chair

CLASS OF 2016...


GWCS Class of 2016 Webpage
GWCS Graduation Activity Planning Guide

  • April 6:  Seniors measured for cap and gown
  • April 7:  Order your Graduation Announcements by this date
  • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date
  • May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
  • May 19:  RSVP with total number of guests and submit graduation fee
  • June 13:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 13:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 16:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 18:  Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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 Get Excited!  Buy your Event Night tickets at the school store during lunch.  Make checks payable to GWCS.  The fun begins at 6pm Friday and ends at 9:00 am Saturday!

Get Excited!  Buy your Event Night tickets at the school store during lunch.  Make checks payable to GWCS.  The fun begins at 6pm Friday and ends at 9:00 am Saturday!





  • 4/?/16 :  Wakefield Run Stream Monitoring Project*
  • 4/29/16 - 5/1/16:  CERT Urban Search & Rescuedays and times vary (sign-up)
  • 5/?/16 :  Wakefield Run Stream Monitoring Project*
  • 5/2/16 - Ronald McDonald House from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • 5/9/16 - Ronald McDonald House from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • 5/22/16 - Annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk at 2:30 pm in Reston (sign-up)
  • 6/?/16 :  Wakefield Run Stream Monitoring Project*
  • Earth Sangha  and others TBA*

*Dates and times to be announced.

If you have completed community service outside of GWCS, please remember to complete the community service form and turn it in to Ms. Mauney ASAP.

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Apr 18:  CERT Training
Apr 21:  Last Day of 3rd Quarter
Apr 22:  Internships Begin
Apr 22:  No School - Student Holiday
Apr 25:  CERT Training
Apr 29:  OBX Begins
Apr 30:  CERT Urban Search & Rescue Community Service Event
May 2:  Ronald McDonald House Community Service
May 2:  CERT Training
May 5:  AP Calculus Exam
May 6:  AP US History Exam
May 7:  SAT/Subject Tests
May 7: CERT Final Exercise (Tentative)
May 9:  RonalRonald McDonald House Community Service
May 10:  AP Government Exam
May 12:  Graduation Announcements Mailed
May 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline
May 16:  Add/Drop Deadline for Fourth Quarter
May 19:  Graduation RSVP Deadline
May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week
May 22:  Cystic-Fibrosis 5K Community Service
May 30:  No School - Memorial Day
June 4:  Prom
June 4:  SAT/Subject Tests
June 13 - 17:  Final Exam Week
June 13:  Senior Speeches Due
June 13:  Senior Memory Boards Due
June 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Decision
June 16:  Graduation Rehearsal for seniors and quilt givers
June 17:  Last Day of School / Last Day of Fourth Quarter
June 17:  End of the Year BBQ
June 18:  GWCS Graduation
June 20-24:  GWCS Staff Inservice Week

July 11 - Aug 5:  Summer Cove camps for middle school students held at GWCS!


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SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
OFF-SITE EMAIL: GWCS Microsoft 365 Webmail
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
PARENT PORTAL:  Webpage with Links to School Related Documents & Forms  
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
COYOTE ROBOTICS:  GWCS Coyote Robotics Website

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