Next Week at GWCS:
April 16 - 24, 2016


The student of the week is EVELYN SCHULMAN for demonstrating the GWCS value of LEARNING.

"To say Evelyn exemplifies the value of learning is an understatement. I am pretty sure she is off memorizing the periodic table as we speak! Did I mention she isn't even in chemistry yet? Evelyn finished her third quarter project while still in second quarter, gets every possible point on tests, and will probably diagram the Krebs cycle for you if you ask. Evelyn's love of learning is contagious and certainly makes my job more fun!" ~Ms. Newton

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 All,

Thank you all so much for attending Wednesday night's PAC Meeting! The food was incredible and it was so great to see you all face to face. I know that many of you made your best effort to get there, and thanks for communicating on that front—I still owe you a few emails :) which will come shortly. Highlights and lowlights of the meeting follow:

We had a great speaker in Angela Conerly, Executive Director of Mindworks Education! Angela was incredibly entertaining and knowledgeable regarding best approaches to standardized testing and the best ways to go about preparing for and taking both the SAT and the ACT. I’ve worked with Angela for years, and we share the same educational philosophy when it comes to standardized testing, which is very refreshing in northern Virginia—a space so crazy that it deserves its own zip code—one with 18 numbers. Though I could never recreate all that Angela informed us of, here a few of the things that Angela and I agree wholeheartedly on:

  • Maintaining GPA is more important than trying to raise test scores.
  • ANY Test prep course should be aimed at: 1. Familiarizing the student with the test. 2. Taking the time to reteach any spotty content. 3. Preparing students for “game-day” mishaps and how to handle them. 4. Teaching students to deal with test anxiety. 5. Providing problem-solving strategies that will benefit the student far beyond what the college application process entails.
  • The point of taking a test-prep course is NOT to raise your child’s scores so that you can get into an “out-of-reach” college where your child will have to work 90-hours a week to keep up. Rather, it is to allow students to best show what they know, feel great about taking the tests, and get money. Yep, I said it. Get money.

Secondly, I had planned on providing those in the audience with much more information regarding graduation and our own college process. What are senior quilts? What’s up with that college essay retreat both Angela and Alexa referenced?  What are the graduation volunteer positions that still need to be filled? Who goes to graduation? And what about the Pajama Drive?

Here’s what. I had totally planned on discussing all of those things with you and more, but when I looked out into the audience and saw all of our senior parent faces, I knew that this was their last PAC meeting. I became overwhelmed with emotion. Senior parents, I love you all so much. You have given our kids and our school so much. I just couldn’t go on. I will miss you more than you know, but hope I won’t have to. (I’m having lunch with the mother of a graduate from ’04 next week. Her son, and our alumni, is now a pediatric cardiac surgeon.) So keep in touch.

Here’s a hint about graduation that you should take to heart. You should be sure to come:

“ I didn’t attend graduation for my son’s freshman year.  My thought was that it had nothing to do with our family.  I couldn’t have been more wrong!  After a casual conversation with a fellow parent, we attended the following year.  We ALL were SO GLAD that we attended!!! It was such a heartwarming and moving experience!   I joined the graduation committee thereafter, and looked forward to graduation day.  It was a time when the whole school came together and celebrated what it meant to be a GWCS Coyote!”  The transformations and accomplishments of these gifted students were on full display at graduation!  It was a brilliant day wrapped in encouragement, love, and celebration for the next chapter of our students’ lives!”   -Jeanine Ferguson

Until next week,

Ms. W. 



  • Event Night Pickup at GWCS at 9:00 am

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $40 (price will go up again next week) 
  • CERT Training with Ms. Warden from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm


  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $40 (price will go up again next week)
  • Hot Dog Lunch by master grillers Escher and Wade - $2/each
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 - 5:30 pm: Fly Boys


  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $40 (price will go up again next week)
  • Chess Club with Mr. Hickman from 2:40 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 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


  • Last Day of Third Quarter!
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $40 (price will go up again next week)
  • Softball Team to the Batting Cages with Mr. Fedinatz and Ms. Shumard from 2:40 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm: The Lost Battalion
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

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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.


(April 13 – April 30)

Since our sock drive was so successful, we've decided to hold another drive! This time, we're going to be collecting NEW pajamas and NEW books for children and teens that are part of the Pajama Program. This program supplies pajamas and books for less fortunate children, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. This drive starts right now and ends on April 30th. We are looking for:

  • NEW teen and toddler sized pajamas
  • NEW teen and toddler appropriate books

Be sure to donate! Have your child bring in any donations and donate them in the bin labeled "Pajama Drive" (located in the cafe).  If you would like to learn more about this amazing program, please visit the website:

pajama program Mission

Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received.

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PAC #2) Teacher AppreciDATE!

(May 2 – May 6)

We will honor our fabulous GWCS teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation week, May 2-6. Volunteers are needed to take a "date ". Parents are encouraged to choose one day, Monday through Friday,  and plan something special for the staff for the day. We have suggestions or you can come up with something original!  

Interested? Contact TA chair Kelly Henderson Hagen at

Thanks in advance!

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Pac #3)  graduation memory board party

(may 9 @ 6:30 pm)

The Memory Board tradition at GWCS is a wonderful way to highlight the achievements and good times of graduating seniors on their special day. Please start gathering photographs, memorabilia, and items that reflect your personality, interests, accomplishments and anything that you wish to say and share about yourself and your experiences – here at school and beyond. All items need to be glued or taped to a 3-sided poster board, and completed Memory Boards are due to the school on Monday, June 13th.

Click for larger view of sample GWCS Memory Boards from years-gone-by.

To help students get the process started, a Memory Board Party will be held on Monday, May 9th at 6:30 pm. Senior parents and students are encouraged to attend. Please bring your pictures, poster board and supplies if you are ready to get started. If you are stuck and having trouble feeling inspired, I have lots of ideas and some samples of previous Memory Boards to help inspire you.

Often parents create the memory board as a surprise for their graduate.  Whether it's a surprise or completely designed and created by the senior is up to you!

Looking forward to seeing you on May 9th at 6:30 pm!

Kathleen Easley:

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PAC #4)  Student Lounge Apple Bowl

(Now thru to the end of the school year)

Apple Donations Needed for the Student Lounge Apple Bowl

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.

 Click on apples to sign-up for a week.

Click on apples to sign-up for a week.

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

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CLASS OF 2016...



  • 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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Mr. Hickman is hosting Chess Club at GWCS on Wednesday afternoons!  Students who do not have Workaround can start playing at 2:40 pm and others may join in during 7th period from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  All levels are welcome.  Never played?  Mr. Hickman will teach you how!  We have a few chessboards but would welcome donations or loaners!

"You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas."  ~Stanley Kubrick

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  • 4/?/16 :  Wakefield Run Stream Monitoring Project*
  • 4/29/16 - 5/1/16:  CERT Urban Search & Rescue - days 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.

IF you are not sure how many community service hours you have earned this year, ask your Advisor.

IF you did not know you are supposed to have 30 hours of community service by the end of the year, revisit page 22 of the GWCS Parent/Student Handbook.

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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 28:  Grad Volunteer Temple Tour
Apr 29:  OBX Begins
Apr 29:  Pajama & Book Collection Ends
Apr 30:  CERT Urban Search & Rescue Community Service Event
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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 9:  Ronald McDonald House Community Service
May 9:  Graduation Memory Board Party
May 10:  AP Government Exam
May 12:  Graduation Announcements Mailed
May 14: CERT Final Exercise (Tentative)
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
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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

SUMMER!  Looking for Summer classes and camps?  We have lots and lots of links on the GWCS Summer Page 


 One week sessions - 32 different classes!

One week sessions - 32 different classes!

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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