Next Week at GWCS:
May 7 - 15, 2016


STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The student of the week is PRESTON SULFSTEDE for demonstrating the GWCS value of LEARNING.

Preston puts his heart into every assignment in every class every day, and has faithfully done so all year.  Preston is always motivated to start the next page, chapter, step of a new journey at all times.  One teacher told me, regarding Preston, "I have never had to ask him to get ready for class, but on several occasions he has had to ask me!"  His classes are enhanced by his presence.  That should be every student's goal!

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...

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016

  • SAT/ Subject Tests proctored at GWCS by Ms. Mauney from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $45 (price will keep going up, get your tix today) 
  • CERT Training - final class and review from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Ronald McDonald House Community Service with Mrs. Ternullo from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Senior/Parent Memory Board Party with Kathy Easley at GWCS at 6:30 pm (info)

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

  • AP Government Exam from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (students taking the exam should arrive at GWCS by 7:45 am!)  (info)
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $45 (price will keep going up, get your tix today)
  • Hot Dog Lunch by Mr. F's advisory, every Tuesday for the rest of the school year!
  • Music Club with Mr. Andrews Bashan from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Prom Decorations Creation Party with SGA from 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Casablanca

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016

  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $45 (price will keep going up, get your tix today)
  • Improv/Theatre with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 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
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. Siena (Away) at 4:00 pm (map)

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016

  • Seniors - you should have your graduation announcements in the mail by today!  (info)
  • Prom Tickets on sale during lunch for $45 (price will keep going up, get your tix today)
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm:  The Tuskegee Airmen

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

  • Internships! [juniors & seniors] Questions?  Contact Mrs. Stombres at stombreskl@gwcommunityschool.com
  • OBX!  [freshmen & sophomores] Hemlock Team Building from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm - no gym

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

  • CERT Final Exercise & Graduation for Class 106 from 7:15 am - 12:00 pm-ish.  Meet at GWCS.  Test location is a surprise.
  • CERT Victim Actors Needed - Community Service Opportunity from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm-ish!  Email Ms. Mauney if you are interested.  Parents, students, siblings welcome but you must sign-up in advance!

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

  • GWCS Foundation Scholarship application due date (info)

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS WALK...

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

GWCS students and families are cordially invited to join the GWCS team at the annual Reston Great Strides 5K Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 pm (check in opens at 1:30 pm) at Brown's Chapel Park off Baron Cameron Ave, across from Lake Anne. The walk is less than three miles and is a lot of fun. After the walk, there is food and hang-out time.

This may be the last major community service opportunity of the year and a great cause. If you do not have your hours, it is imperative that you go. You will receive three hours for yourself and three additional hours for each friend or family member you bring along.  

We realize that May 22 is the first day of the Senior Beach Trip, so we will be offering a beach trip CF Walk alternative. Seniors will still need to register on "Team GWCS Coyotes", but can walk at the beach with Ms. Warden in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 

Click on the link below to register. 

Thank you and I hope to see you there,

Mr. Connelly

Above:  GWCS Coyote Team for the Cystic Fibrosis Walk in 2015

Above:  GWCS Coyote Team for the Cystic Fibrosis Walk  in 2009  

LET'S SEE IF THE GWCS COYOTES TEAM CAN EXCEED 30 WALKERS IN 2016!


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) Teacher appreciation week synopsis

The GWCS staff were treated to a Teacher Appreciation week full of goodies and special surprises.  GWCS students wrote personalized thank you notes to individual teachers and parents were invited to do the same. 

Other events to honor our wonderful teachers this week included a choose-your-own gift card “raffle”,  vacuumed cars and clean car windows, dashboards and cup-holders courtesy of Melissa Morgan and GWCS students, and a catered-in lunch with homemade desserts.

Friday, Coyote teachers and staff were treated to coffee drinks and treats for Coyote Day.  A big thank you to all the parents who helped make the week extra special by donating their time to plan and run events!

PAC #2)  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.

To help students get the process started, a Memory Board Party will be held at 6:30 pm on Monday, May 9th. 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.

Looking forward to seeing you on May 9th!

Kathleen Easley
Email:  kaseasley@icloud.com

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PAC #3)  STUDENT LOUNGE APPLE BOWL & FINALS SNACKS

Thank you for contributing to the Student Lounge Apple Bowl. It has been a success.

For the end of the school year, we have added a list of snack contributions. Particularly for Finals Week! Please take a look at the Apple Bowl link to contribute a treat for the end of the school year.

Thank you for keeping the Coyotes spirit and energy up and running with the pack!

Thank You!

Linda Campbell, PAC Volunteer Chair
pac-volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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GWCS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS...

GWCS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR ARE DUE MAY 15, 2016.

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WE APPRECIATED THE APPRECIATION...

The GWCS teachers and staff sincerely want to say THANK YOU to all the students and parents who made them feel extra appreciated this past week!

Surprises and treats included thank you notes and hugs galore, gift cards and cupcakes, personalized interior car cleaning, a delicious catered staff lunch with yummy homemade dessert bites and breakfast with special hot drinks from Peet's!  Wow!

Additionally, we THANK YOU, GWCS families, for sharing your incredible children with us all school year.  Their curiosity, wit, kindness, intellect, investment, humor, energy and acceptance inspire and challenge us and make us want to go to work every day!

Special thanks to Kelly Henderson Hagen and the PAC Faculty Appreciation Committee for all their organization and orchestration!

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CLASS OF 2016...

IMPORTANT DATES & INFO

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
  • April 21:  Beach Trip Permission Forms due by this date
  • May 9:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS at 6:30 pm
  • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date
  • May 19:  RSVP with total number of guests and submit graduation fee
  • May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
  • 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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FUTURE EVENTS...

May 16:  Add/Drop Deadline for Fourth Quarter
May 18:  Softball Game
May 19:  Graduation RSVP Deadline
May 20:  OBX - SciTech Forensics and Maryland Science Center
May 22:  Cystic-Fibrosis 5K Community Service
May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week
May 27:  OBX - Understanding Nutrion Needs of Exotic Animals at the Reston Zoo
May 30:  No School - Memorial Day
June 1:  Softball Game
June 3:  OBX:  Fountainhead Canoe Trip & Naturalist Tour
June 4:  SAT/Subject Tests
June 4:  Prom at The Patriot Hall
June 10:  OBX - College Life at University of Mary Washington
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 all quilt givers
June 17:  Last Day of School / Last Day of Fourth Quarter
June 17:  End of the Year BBQ (contribute)
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 

July 11 - Aug 5:  Summer Cove camps for middle school students held at GWCS!  One week sessions - 32 different classes! 

 

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LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR...

Wondering when the first day of school is next year or when you should plan your spring break vacation for next year?  Maybe you're hoping to go on the Staunton Shakespeare Trip or the MIT Splash Trip and want to add the dates to your calendar now?  Next year's school year schedule is available on the GWCS online calendar as well as on a one-page at-a-glance calendar, both are linked below.  (Events and dates are subject to change - although unlikely.)


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
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
 

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