Next Week at GWCS:
April 2 - 10, 2016


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is KEVIN KOCHEL for demonstrating the GWCS value of LEARNING.

Kevin is apparently immune to the dreaded disease of Senioritis. His diligent work and desire to improve have been noticed by his teachers. Mr. Connelly notes that he makes every class he is in better and more focused by his presence. Thanks, Kevin!

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...

X-STEM SYMPOSIUM - APRIL 14, 2016

We have reserved 12 student tickets to the USA Science Festival’s X-STEM symposium taking place April 14th in DC. Spaces will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.  In order to reserve your spot YOU AND A PARENT MUST BOTH EMAIL ME. I will send you a confirmation email once I have received both emails.

Please note that this is a conference event. You will hear several different presentations that will be absolutely fascinating, but this is not  a hands on or experiential event. Find out more here:

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/schoolprograms/x-stem-extreme-stem-symposium.html

Last but not least, a huge thanks to Sharon Saile who secured our tickets!

X-STEM - presented by MedImmune - is an Extreme STEM symposium for middle through high school students featuring interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These top STEM role models and industry leaders are sure to fuel your students’ curiosity through storytelling and live demonstrations.
This all day event will feature multiple presentation sessions covering a wide array of subject areas including space exploration, paleontology, bio-inspired robotics, marine biology, alternative biofuels, eco-friendly vehicle innovation and much, much more! Student attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on multiple engaging presentations, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
Don't miss this truly unique educational opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the nation's most noted STEM professionals representing top universities, corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. 

See more at: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/schoolprograms/x-stem-extreme-stem-symposium.html#sthash.kpDiy20X.dpuf

Love,

Ms. W. 


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016

  • Accotink Watershed Clean-up community service event from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (info)

monday, APRIL 4, 2016

  • Pajama Day!  Everyone, wear your pjs to school!
  • Prom Tickets go on sale for $35 (Checks payable to GWCS.  The price will keep increasing so get your's today!)   Prom is Saturday, June 4th from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm.  More details next week. 
  • Environmental Field Trip to Shirlington with Dr. Cox from 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
  • Pajama Program Guest Speaker in the cafe at 2:30 pm (info)
  • CERT Training with Ms. Warden from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • CERT Victim Actors Needed - community service opportunity from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up soon)
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm:  Hester Street

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up soon)
  • 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
  • Prom Meeting with SGA from 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm in Mr. P's classroom for any students interested in helping with the planning of this year's prom

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up soon)
  • Graduation Announcements - Seniors, order your announcements by today! (How To)
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm: Iron Jawed Angels 
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $35 (price will go up soon)
  • SGA Sponsored Movie Night in the cafe from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    1. The Rock (6:00 pm - 8:15 pm)
    2. Fire Birds ( 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm)
    • Movies are free
    • Concessions will be for sale ~ movie style but not theater prices

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!

GWCS students and family can register under the team name, GWCS Coyotes

Questions?  Contact Mr. Connelly at connellytp@gwcommunityschool.com

Come join the battle for the HEROES vs. VILLAINS 7th Annual Run for Justice 5k benefiting the Fairfax Law Foundation.  Join us on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ready to run (or walk) in your favorite hero or villain costume.    Prizes awarded to top finishers and best costumes – individuals, duos and groups.  

The Run for Justice 5k will again feature ChronoTrack System timing.  The event also includes a Kid’s Fun Run and family friendly post-race activities.  All participants in the 5k race will receive a premium T-Shirt.  All children participating in the Fun Run will receive a medal.  

Stick around after the race to enjoy our famous post race buffet spread!

This event has raised over $60,000 to benefit the Fairfax Law Foundation and its many community and pro bono legal programs.  This year we look forward to continuing the tradition.

  • Register under GWCS Coyotes Team 
  • Map to Potomac River Running Store in Fairfax Corner 
JOIN THE GWCS COYOTES SUPER HERO TEAM - REGISTER TODAY!

JOIN THE GWCS COYOTES SUPER HERO TEAM - REGISTER TODAY!


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 #1 - LAKE ACCOTINK WATERSHED CLEANUP

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY!

Date:  Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time:  8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Location:  Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA  22150 - Pay attention if you're using GPS because there are two different entrances! (map)

Directions: To front entrance of Lake Accotink Park - 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA:  From I-95 take Old Keene Mill Road (VA-644 west one mile. Right on Hanover Avenue. Left on Highland Street. Right on Accotink Park Road. Park entrance is first left. Follow park road one mile to parking lot by dam. Parking is limited ahead - park at the dam and continue walking along the road to the marina.

Meet:  Ms. Warden and Ms. Newton at the Lake Accotink dam parking lot at 8:50 am. 

Dress:  Remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes and old clothes that can get muddy.

Bring:  Bring a water bottle and a snack in your back pocket. 

Sign-up:  HERE

Photo Release:  Please complete the photography release form (click here or pick up a copy from Ms Mauney's desk) and bring it with you on Saturday.

Please join The Nature Conservancy and Fairfax County Park Authority to clean up your watershed. This spring cleaning will remove tires, plastic bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways, preventing trash from reaching the nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. The volunteer effort provides a healthy checkup for local waterways in Fairfax County. And, by recording what you remove, you’ll be helping scientists, ecologists and environmental organizations in their efforts to improve our environment. Student efforts will count as community service hours. And Ms. Warden will be there to join the fun. An appreciation lunch and other free, fun events like hikes and campfire programs will take place after the workday. Please dress comfortably in clothing that you don't mind getting dirty in. Please wear closed shoes or boots that can withstand wetness.

Questions?  Contact: Julia O'Grady (Coyote PAC Community Service Chair) @ PAC-Com-Serv@GWCommunitySchool.com

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SPECIAL THANKS...

The GW Community School Staff, Faculty, Students, and Turtles would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Steve Ginsberg for providing materials to build shelves to house our new reptilian friends! Due to this generous donation, the science classes will have more space for adopting new animals which in turn leads to more opportunities to learn AND have fun.  Thanks, Mr. Ginsberg!

And "thanks a latte" to Kelly Hagen and our wonderful PAC for the unexpected delivery of special Peets' drinks to all the staff this week.  Each drink included a sweet note attached that said "April Showers of Gratitude".   Well, right back at'cha with lots and lots of gratitude for our GWCS families!

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COMING COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS...

REFER TO GWCS ONLINE CALENDAR FOR DETAILS:

  • 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.

gwcs COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

The GWCS community service requirement is listed on student transcripts along with the number of hours performed each year and includes the following explanation:

"Community service is an important principle at the GW Community School. Students are expected to complete 30 hours of community service during the course of one full school year (7.5 hours per quarter). Accordingly, students whose transcripts show more than 30 hours went above and beyond what was expected, and students whose transcripts show less did not meet expectations. We hope that this information allows you to form a more complete picture of our students as participants in our community and in the world at large.   Community service hours completed prior to attending GWCS are not recorded."

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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FUTURE EVENTS...

Apr 12:  Internship Training (juniors & seniors)
Apr 12:  OBX Orientation (freshmen & sophomores)
Apr 13:  Chemistry Field Trip
Apr 13:  PAC All Parents Meeting & Guest Speaker
Apr 14:  X-STEM Science & Engineering Festival
Apr 15:  Event Night
Apr 18:  CERT Training
Apr 21:  Last Day of 3rd Quarter
Apr 22:  Internships Begin
Apr 22:  No School - Student Holiday
Apr 29:  OBX Begins

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


HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
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
COYOTE ROBOTICS:  GWCS Coyote Robotics Website
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
 

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