Next Week at GWCS: March 19 - 28, 2016 and
March 29 - April 2, 2016


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is RYAN MCCAFFERTY for demonstrating the GWCS value of INVESTMENT.

For the second year in a row, Ryan has brought the school community together by running GWCS's March Madness bracket pool. This year there 29 participants, showing what a great job Ryan has done of being inclusive and making it fun. 

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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NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SPRING BREAK - MARCH 19-28, 2016

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."  ~Proverb

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THE WEEK AFTER SPRING BREAK...

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016

  • Anime Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Northern Virginia Regional College Fair at George Mason from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (info)

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: TBA
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016

  • Hexagon with Mr. Goldie from 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm (info)

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016

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

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BASKETBALL BANQUET... 

After 54 GWCS basketball games and countless numbers of hours spent in practice, the season came to a close at the 15th annual basketball banquet.  Nearly every player from all three teams, the managers, their families, their coaches and Ms. Warden were all decked out in their finest evening gear.  There was much conviviality leading to fine dining and entertainment.  There were speeches, stories, awards, gifts and trophies.  The centerpiece of the evening was the highlight/interview video compiled by Coach K.  Such a good time was had by all that we going to do it again next year!


SGA ST. PATTY'S DAY AUCTION RESULTS...

FAST & FURIOUS BIDDING

Thank you to everyone who contributed their treasured junk to the Annual SGA Live St. Patty's Day Auction which took place Thursday, March 17th, of course.  In addition to the contributions, thank you parents for filling your child's pockets with auction cash!  SGA earned $460 auctioning everything from old GWCS sofas to big floppy fake flowers, a dog water bottle, a pea pod serving dish, shiny purple arm warmers, a music stand that was auctioned as a mad max mask, and even a single lost shoe sold. Our ridiculous auctioneers, Ronan Taylor and Josh Clark made us feel like we just could not live without each and every item they auctioned.   Their quick wit and creativity was more entertaining than the crazy stuff they were auctioning.  The Live Auction proceeds will go towards SGA sponsored events such as the upcoming Prom.

"May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty." ~Irish Saying

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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.

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PAC #1 - LAKE ACCOTINK WATERSHED CLEANUP

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY!

  • Date:  Saturday, April 2, 2016

  • Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Location:  Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA  22150 (map) (info)

  • Sign-up:  HERE

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.

Sign-up here -->  Accotink Watershed Cleanup

Questions?  Contact: Julia O'Grady @ PAC-Com-Serv@GWCommunitySchool.com

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TURTLE CARE UPDATE & REMINDER...

Our Coyote Turtles are adapting really well to their beautiful new habitat.  A lot of time and effort has gone into getting the aquarium setup and developing a care program.  After spring break a few students will be trained to feed and medicate the turtles daily as well as how to clean the tank weekly.  The following is a really important message for ALL of our community!  Salmonella are naturally occurring bacteria with turtles.  Therefore, if you put your hand in the water or pickup a turtle, PLEASE REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS!

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TWELFTH ANNUAL GWCS HEXAGON EXTRAVAGANZA...

Join Mr. Goldie for an evening of laughter!

  • WHAT:  Hexagon is a nonprofit organization composed of people whose purpose is to create and stage an original, political, satirical, musical comedy revue each year, both to have fun entertaining and to raise money for local charities. 
     
  • WHEN:  Friday, April 1, 2016 from 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm  (Theatre at 8:00 pm)
     
  • WHERE: Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW,  Washington DC 20016  (map)
     
  • COST:  Dinner + Ticket + Ride + Fun = $50.  This is a 'first come, first served' event (limited number of seats). If you like political, musical, satirical theatre then bring a fifty dollar check (per person) to school made out to GWCS.
     
  • DRESS: semi casual (no jeans, no tennis shoes, no t-shirts) 
     
  • THE PLAN:   We will leave after school at approximately 4:30 pm, drive downtown, eat dinner together (at Guapo’s on Wisconsin Avenue or something similar), then drive a few blocks to the theatre which begins at 8:00 pm. We should be back at the school around 10:45 pm.  
     
  • INFO:  http://www.hexagon.org/
     
  • QUESTIONS? Email Mr. Goldie: goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com

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COMING COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS...

REFER TO GWCS ONLINE CALENDAR FOR DETAILS:

  • 3/14/16:   CERT Victim Actors from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

  • 4/?/16 :  Wakefield Run Stream Monitoring Project*

  • 4/2/16:  Accotink Watershed Clean-Up from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (sign-up)

  • 4/4/16:   CERT Victim Actors from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

  • 4/10/16:  Heroes vs. Villans 5K Run for Justice at 9:00 am (sign-up - choose 'GWCS Coyotes' Team!)

  • 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.

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 4:  Pajama Day
Apr 4:  CERT Training
Apr 12:  Internship Training (juniors & seniors)
Apr 12:  OBX Orientation (freshmen & sophomores)
Apr 13:  Chemistry Field Trip
Apr 13:  PAC All Parents Meeting
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

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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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