LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... June 10 - 17, 2017

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This is the final newsletter for the 2016-2017 school year.  


FINALS WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017

  • Quilt Pin & Sew Meetup at GWCS with Linda Campbell beginning at 12:00 pm (info))
Click to access detailed final exam week schedule.

Click to access detailed final exam week schedule.

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

  • No Gym
  • 9:00 am - Senior Memory Boards Due (info)
  • 9:00 am - Senior Speeches Due (guidelines)
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am:  2nd Period Review
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am:  Advisory
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am:  3rd Period Review
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Lunch & Quilt Signing
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm:  2nd Period Final
  • No After School Activities

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

  • No Gym
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  3rd Period Final
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Lunch & Quilt Signing
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  4th Period Review
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm:  Advisory
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  6th Period Review
  • No After School Activities

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017

  • No Gym
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  4th Period Final
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Lunch & Quilt Signing
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  5th Period Review
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm:  Advisory
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  6th Period Review
  • No After School Activities

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017

  • No Gym
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  5th Period Final
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm:  Graduation Rehearsal (seniors & quilt givers)
  • --or--
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm:  Optional movie & games
  • No After School Activities

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

  • No Gym - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
  • Deadline to RSVP for Nats vs. Cubs Baseball Game on 6/29 (info)
  • 9:00 am - 11:30 am:  6th Period Final
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm:  Advisory & Setup
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm:  End of the Year BBQ (info)
  • No After School Activities

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

  • GWCS GRADUATION ~ Coyote Class of 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    George Washington Masonic National Memorial
    101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA  22301  (map)

    Graduation Ceremony followed by Reception
    Tickets Required for Admittance
    Allow for traffic and construction - arrive early and browse the memory boards!

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EXAM WEEK SNACK HACK...

Snacks make everything better -- even final exams.  Please SIGN UP HERE to donate apples, granola bars, grapes, cheese sticks, nuts and other treats.  Just drop off your snack of choice with your child and/or volunteer to help set up the snack table one morning next week.  The kids have really appreciated and enjoyed the snacks all year long.  Thanks to all the parents who have contributed this year!

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT:

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

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END-OF-THE-YEAR BBQ...

DATE/TIME:  Friday, June 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SIGN-UP:  Click Here to sign up to contribute to the BBQ

TRADITION:  It is a GWCS tradition to end the school year with a BBQ!  All students, teachers, parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome. Please help by signing up below to send in something for the BBQ.  

KEEP IT COOL:  We will not have refrigerator space, so if your item needs to stay cool, please send it in a cooler or on ice.  

LABEL:  Label all containers and/or utensils.  PLEASE remember to take containers home after the BBQ!

BRING:  A chair or blanket if you'd like something to sit on!

ENTERTAINMENT:  Some kind of fun game.  Wiffle Ball anyone?

RAIN:  In the event of rain, we will still BBQ in front of school and picnic and play games inside but we will have to limit participation to students and staff only.

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KEEP YOUR COYOTE MEMORIES ALIVE...

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Order Your 2016-2017 gWCS YEARBOOK today!

Price increases substantially after Friday, June 16th!

  • Print and complete the order form linked below

  • Turn it in to Ms. Mauney

  • Make check payable to GWCS


IMPORTANT DATES...

  • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm (graduates & quilt givers will leave from and return to GWCS)
  • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Masonic Temple, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (map)

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GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS... 

ONE WEEK TO GO, AWESOME VOLUNTEERS!  

Thanks to all of you for all you're doing!

Graduation Day logistical information will be emailed to all volunteers this coming week.

We are on schedule to have a great day!

REIMBURSEMENTS!

New this week!  This is the link to an easier online way to submit reimbursements.  

Note: The online reimbursement form link is also located on the GWCS website under Resources on the Coyote PAC page.

The deadline for all reimbursement requests is Wednesday, June 21st, but Julia would prefer to get them now, before graduation.

Cheryl Massey
PAC Graduation Chair
pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com

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GRADUATION QUILTS - PIN & SEW VOLUNTEERS:

Quilt-making at GWCS is in full swing!

FINAL MEET UP IS SATURDAY, JUNE 10th AT GWCS FROM 12PM - 4PM

After two very successful quilt meet-ups, Linda Campbell and her enthusiastic crew of volunteers will be finishing up all the senior quilts at the final Pin-and-Sew Meet-up on Saturday, June 10 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at GWCS.  

If you are planning to attend, contact:

Linda Campbell
PAC Volunteer Coordinator
pac-volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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GRADUATION
MEMORY BOARDS...

SENIORS, REMINDER THAT COMPLETED MEMORY BOARDS ARE DUE TO MS. MAUNEY ON MONDAY, JUNE 12TH!

Memory Boards will be proudly featured in a beautiful display for all our guests at graduation to see!

PLEASE CONTACT MELISSA MORGAN right away if you are having any difficulty, HAVE QUESTIONS, OR just need MORAL SUPPORT!

Melissa Morgan
Graduation Memory Board Chair
melissamorgan@live.com

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SUMMER FUN WITH FRIENDS AT GWCS...

Click image to for the complete 2017 summer events schedule!

Click image to for the complete 2017 summer events schedule!

Every summer GWCS teachers plan events for students to get together and have some fun.  Click Here to read all about the events planned for this summer.  Remember to RSVP for events in advance!  

READ THIS --> The first summer event is a day at the ball park for a Nats vs. Cubs baseball game with Mr. Fedinatz and the deadline to RSVP is Friday, June 16th!

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READY, SET, READ...

The entire GWCS community is invited to participate in our Common Book Project!  Students are expected to read three common books on our list and we hope parents and siblings will join in as well!  Ms. Warden is hosting six different book discussions over the summer.  Be sure to RSVP in advance!  


SUMMER STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED...

Would you like to help out at GWCS over the summer and get a jump start on your community service hours?

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GWCS is looking for a few good students who have free time over the summer and would like to volunteer to help with odd jobs around the school from time-to-time. If you are interested, please complete the form below to add your name to our summer volunteer 'CALL LIST'. We will contact you a few days in advance of when we need volunteers.

Thank you for offering to volunteer!


The Student of the Week this week is MEGAN LOWE for demonstrating the GWCS value of INVESTMENT

Megan was indispensable in the planning of Prom.  She was the mastermind behind the decorations and  she made sure we had all of the supplies the Student Government needed.  Additionally, she came to help set up, even though she was not able to stay for the dance. Megan has consistently displayed investment in the planning of all SGA events, and she encourages the investment of others as well. As she finishes her second consecutive year as an SGA MVP, the school thanks Megan for her hours of tireless work!

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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SNAPSHOTS FROM LAST WEEKEND...

GSA CAR WASH

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in the GWCS Gay-Straight Alliance car wash fundraiser on Saturday!  Your hard work and/or donation is greatly appreciated. We made $270.00 which will be donated to the Wanda Alston Foundation.  Thank you for coming out and supporting this fundraiser! ~Anne


INDIANA JONES PROM

The GWCS SGA, under the tutelage of Ms. Shumard,  planned and executed a fantastically adventurous Indiana Jones Prom!  D.J. Roger Muntu rocked the house with invigorating lights and up-beat music!  Special shout-out to Mr. & Mrs. Bowman for securing the location and to the following teachers and parents for chaperoning:  Dr. Garon, Mr. Lindner, Mr. Torres, Mr. Bowman, Mrs. Corrigan, Mrs. Cronin, Mr. Ginsberg and Mrs. O'Grady.  But... the most important ingredient to a successful prom: a fun-lovin', disco-dancin', silliness-havin' room full of GWCS students! 

"The energy was fantastic."  ~Rachael
"Loud but fun, glad I went." ~Christian
"Somebody once told me..."  ~Luke
"Prom was amazingly interesting." ~Molly Catherine
"I was dancing and jumping the entire night and I had my first slow dance ever.  I was relieved there was no stress and I could just have a good time!" ~Elizabeth

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PHYSICS - CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA

Dr. Cox's Honors Physics class made a splash - but did not sink - at Sunday's annual Lake Accotink Cardboard Boat Regatta.  Congratulations to Max, Zach, Josh and Titanic II!


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LOST & FOUND...

There is a table in the cafe with lost & found items.  Anything not claimed by Wednesday, June 21st will be donated to Salvation Army.

 


Congratulations to the GWCS Class of 2017!

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We will miss you!  Keep in touch and remember to come back and visit!

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Refer to GWCS ONLINE CALENDAR for details on all events.
2017 GWCS Summer Events Schedule

June 19: Nats vs. Cubs Baseball Game
July 18: Movie Marathon #1
July 26: Common Book Discussion - The Graveyard Book
Aug 2: Common Book Discussion - GO: A Kidd's Book to Graphic Design
Aug 2: Common Book Discussion - The Veldt
Aug 15: Yearbook Signing & BBQ
Aug 15: Movie Marathon #2
Aug 23: Common Book Discussion - Mindset (Adults Only)
Aug 23: Bowling Bash
Aug 29: Common Book Discussion - The Veldt (Adults Only)
Sept 5: The First Day of School!


Thank you for reading all the way to the end week after week after week!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... June 3 - 11, 2017


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017

  • SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS by Ms. Newton from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • GSA Car Wash Fundraiser at Exxon Mobile from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (info)
  • GWCS PROM at the Landings Community Center in Burke from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm (info)

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

  • Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink - Come out and cheer on Dr. Cox's Honors Physics students as they race their cardboard boat in the regatta!  Races begin at 11:00 am.  This is an annual Honors Physics tradition.  Read about the 2015 GWCS team HERE.   (regatta info)

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017

  • Fantasy Baseball with Mr. Fedinatz  during Workaround
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Invictus
  • Capsaicin Challenge with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm (info)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017

  • Food Chemistry with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017

  • GSA Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom from 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
  • Anime Club in Mr. Fedinatz's classroom with Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • OBX - Canoe Trip & Naturalist  at GWCS for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017

  • Quilt Pin & Sew Meetup at GWCS with Linda Campbell beginning at 12:00 pm (info)

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THE CAPSAICIN CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO EVERYONE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS SO SIGN UP TODAY!

The Date has Been Changed but the Challenge Remains the Same!


GSA CAR WASH FUNDRAISER...

Volunteer to wash cars and earn up to FOUR HOURS of community service and have fun in the process!

Everyone should stop by to get their car washed and donate to a worthy cause - The Wanda Alston Foundation


GWCS PROM...

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Who:  All GWCS students!

Theme:  Indiana Jones

Tickets:  For sale at the school store during lunch (checks payable to GWCS)

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  • $30 (May 30-June 2)
  • $35 (at the door)

Location:  Landings Community Center, Burke Centre (map)  Take a look at the drop-off map ----->

Guest:  Form for Non-GWCS Students (form)

DJ:  Roger Muntu will DJ the dance (GWCS Teacher Alumnus)  He will train you himself!

 

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George Washington Masonic National Memorial 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA  22301  (map)

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria, VA  22301
 (map)

IMPORTANT DATES...

  • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (graduates & quilt givers will leave from and return to GWCS)
  • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception at Masonic Temple, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (map)

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GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS... 

TWO WEEKS TO GO, AWESOME VOLUNTEERS!  

Thanks to all of you for all you're doing!  

Graduation Orders, Supplies, and Services 

  • All ordering, pre-ordering, and reservations should be completed, and all supplies should be received and ready by Monday, June 5th.  Please let Cheryl Massey know if anything will not be received or ready by this date. 

Committee Check-in

  • Please make sure that you have checked in with your committee chair by Monday, June 5th to be sure you are clear on what your task entails, where and who you will be working with, and the time to arrive for graduation.  (If you are not sure who your committee chair is, please contact Cheryl Massey).  

Reimbursements

  • Please email or hand-deliver all reimbursement request forms and receipts to GWCS care of Julia O’Grady (jogkog@msn.com).  The deadline for all reimbursement requests is Wednesday, June 21st, but Julia would prefer to get them now, before graduation.

If you don’t have a part yet in this fun and memorable event, there’s still a place for you!

Cheryl Massey
PAC Graduation Chair
pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com

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QUILT PIN & SEW VOLUNTEER MEETUP...

FINAL MEETUP IS saturday, june 10, 2017 AT 12:00 pm

Quilt prints have been smudged, in photos above, to keep the surprise alive!  Seniors do not know what their quilt will look like until they are displayed for signing.  The big reveal will be the last week of school!

GRADUATION QUILTS - PIN & SEW VOLUNTEERS:

We've had a wonderful turnout for the Grad Quilt Pin & Sew the past two weekends!  

Thirteen parents have joined the fun, including newbies Kathy Mohs and Annette McGee, which means so much joy and love is going into these quilts.  Our final meet-up is Saturday, June 10 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at GWCS.  To join, please contact Linda Campbell at pac-volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com.

Thank you to:

Lynn Nice, Annette McGee, Kathy Mohs, Kathy Ginsburg, Christine Conner, Robin Abatzis, Melissa Morgan, Andrea Spiegel, Jan Syers, Anne Quinn, Nancy Burns, Cheryl Corrigan, Peter Campbell, Ethan Campbell, and Rick Goldie.

And a special thank you to 2016 Grad parent Lynn Nice. She gave instructions on top-stitching the fabric and now all are addicted. 

contact:

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

 

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GRADUATION MEMORY BOARDS...

Seniors, reminder that completed Memory Boards are due to Ms. Mauney on Monday, June 12th!

Memory Boards will be proudly featured in a beautiful display for all our guests at graduation to see!

For Seniors in Memory Board panic mode:

Do not despair!   There are still two weekends to work on this at home. 

Memory Board Crisis Recipe:

  1. Reminisce and review old photos and memorabilia. Pick out your favorites. Start with the day you were born.  Or use a theme that helps people know who you are through pictures.  
  2. Get hard copies of all photos you might use.   Pick up trifold board from a craft store or CVS. At a craft store get colored paper, punch out letters, stickers, scrap booking glue dots/glue tape or anything else you might want to use. 
  3. Choose a location and style for your name. It should be prominently displayed.  Lay all your photos out and add colored paper mats, stickers or anything else you'd like. If you need to move the board before it's complete, take a photo or use ‘temporary’ glue dots to secure your items.
  4. When you love it, secure everything with craft tape or glue tape. Use a large plastic bag to store your board, in case anything falls off.
  5. Deliver to Ms. Mauney on June 12th. 

Please contact Melissa Morgan if you have questions, need help or moral support!

Melissa Morgan
Graduation Memory Board Chair
melissamorgan@live.com

MEMORY BOARD PARTY

Katie, Ben , Sabrina and Julie and her mom made a lot of progress on their Memory Boards while sharing creative ideas and fun stories at the Memory Board Party on May 31st at GWCS!


FINALS WEEK AT GWCS...

MONDAY, JUNE 12 - FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (NO GYM)

Please read over the final exam schedule carefully.  Know where you need to be on each day, where you should not be, what to bring with you, and how to inform school if you will not be present.


END-OF-THE-YEAR BBQ...

DATE/TIME:  Friday, June 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SIGN-UP:  Click Here to sign up to contribute to the BBQ

TRADITION:  It is a GWCS tradition to end the school year with a BBQ!  All students, teachers, parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome. Please help by signing up below to send in something for the BBQ.  

KEEP IT COOL:  We will not have refrigerator space, so if your item needs to stay cool, please send it in a cooler or on ice.  

LABEL:  Label all containers and/or utensils.  PLEASE remember to take containers home after the BBQ!

BRING:  A chair or blanket if you'd like something to sit on!

ENTERTAINMENT:  Some kind of fun game.  Wiffle Ball anyone?

RAIN:  In the event of rain, we will still BBQ in front of school and picnic and play games inside but we will have to limit participation to students and staff only.

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APPLES AND GRANOLA BARS...

Parents!  Let's finish out the school year strong and keep our students energized with apples and granola bars.  The bowls are filled in the morning, and our kids devour the snacks by the afternoon.   Please SIGN UP HERE to donate apples and granola bars.  It's a great and easy way to contribute if you're short on time (especially with Giant around the corner).  Thanks to all the parents who have contributed so far this year!

Questions?  contact:

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

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The Student of the Week this week is SCOTT MORGAN for demonstrating the GWCS value of KINDNESS

Scott goes out of his way to be kind to others while at the same time finding positive and friendly ways to stand up for what's right. Beyond treating others well, Scott encourages others to do the same, both by his example, and by his willingness to give good advice and wise counsel. 

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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SIGN UP NOW...

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Refer to GWCS ONLINE CALENDAR for details on all events.

June 12 - 16:  Final Exams (schedule)
June 12:  Senior Memory Boards Due
June 12:  Senior Speeches Due
June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal
June 16:  Last Day of School
June 16:  End of Year BBQ (click here to contribute)
June 17:  GWCS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception
2017 Summer Events - Coming Soon!


Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... May 27 - June 4, 2017


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NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

  • Graduation Quilt Volunteers Pin & Prep at GWCS beginning at 12:00 pm with Linda Campbell at GWCS (info)

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

  • No School - Memorial Day

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

  • Fantasy Baseball with Mr. Fedinatz  during Workaround
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Miracle
  • Capsaicin Challenge with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm (info)
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. The New School (Away at Thaiss Park) from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (map)
  • GWCS Foundation Meeting at GWCS from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Coyote Robotics Parent Meeting at GWCS with Mr. Lindner from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

  • Senior Memory Board Making Party at GWCS with Mrs. Morgan from 2:40 pm - 6:00 pm (sign up)
  • Food Chemistry with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. Chelsea (Away) from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (map)

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

  • GSA Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom from 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm:  Eddie the Eagle
  • Anime Club in Mr. Fedinatz's classroom with Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. Kingsbury (Home) from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (map)

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • OBX - Coyote Day at GWCS for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors
  • Food Chemistry Bonus with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017

  • SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS by Ms. Newton from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • GSA Car Wash Fundraiser at Exxon Mobile from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (info)
  • GWCS PROM at the Landings Community Center in Burke from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm (info)

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

  • Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink - Come out and cheer on Dr. Cox's Honors Physics students as they race their cardboard boat in the regatta!  Races begin at 11:00 am.  This is an annual Honors Physics tradition.  Read about the 2015 GWCS team HERE.   (regatta info)

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THE CAPSAICIN CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO EVERYONE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS SO SIGN UP TODAY!


GSA CAR WASH FUNDRAISER...

Volunteer to wash cars and earn up to FOUR HOURS of community service and have fun in the process!

Everyone should stop by to get their car washed and donate to a worthy cause - The Wanda Alston Foundation

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GWCS PROM...

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Who:  All GWCS students!

Theme:  Indiana Jones

Tickets:  For sale at the school store during lunch (checks payable to GWCS)

  • $25 (current price)
  • $30 (May 30-June 2)
  • $35 (at the door)

Location:  Landings Community Center, Burke Centre (map)

Guest:  Form for Non-GWCS Students (form)

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ACTION ITEMS - SENIORS ONLY...

#1 - COLLEGE UPDATE, PLEASE...

UPDATE GWCS
ON YOUR FUTURE PLANS
CLICK HERE NOW!

Unless you completed the college update/future plans survey before going to the beach, please click on the link above and fill us in on the latest!

#2 - SENIORS class song...

VOTE FOR THE GWCS
CLASS OF 2017
SENIOR SONG

Thank you for all your senior song suggestions.  Your options have been narrowed down to the TOP FIVE songs.  Please VOTE HERE by ranking in order of preference.  SENIORS ONLY!
(Survey will close Tuesday, May 30th at 4:00 pm.)

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#3 - MEMORY BOARD MAKING PARTY...

The  last Memory Board Party for seniors and their parents is this coming Wednesday , May 31st, from 2:40 pm – 6:00 pm  (during workaround and after school). Don't miss this chance to have a fun get-together sharing memories and pictures with other senior parents and seniors!

Melissa Morgan, Memory Board expert extraordinaire will be there to provide inspiration, tools, and supplies to help bring this all-important project to completion. 

Things you can bring to school on 5/31 for the party:

  • shoeboxes of photos and memorabilia that reflect the personality, interests, accomplishments or anything else you wish to highlight about the senior
  • a tri-fold science project type stand-alone board (36"x 44" available at craft stores)
  • any other supplies you have and may want to use

 Please RSVP on the sign up genius link by Tuesday, 5/30, whether or not you are able to attend, so we can plan for you. See you then and there.

Melissa Morgan
Memory Board Chair
Parent of 2016 Senior and 2018 senior-to-be! 
melissamorgan@live.com 

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IMPORTANT DATES...

  • May 18:  RSVP Deadline has passed!  If you did not RSVP please contact Ms. Mauney ASAP!
  • May 31:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS (sign up)
  • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple (graduates & quilt givers)
  • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception


GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS... 

Three weeks to go!

Thank you for all you are doing to ensure that the 2017 graduation is a success!

FOLLOW-UP:

Please be sure that all orders, reservations, and pre-orders are in, and that you have everything ready and lined up for graduation day.   

REIMBURSEMENTS:

Email all reimbursements and receipts as soon as possible to Julia O'Grady, PAC Graduation Treasurerat jogkog@msn.com.  

LOGISTICS:

Graduation Day logistical information will be emailed soon.  If you have any questions about your task please ask your committee chair or Cheryl Massey. 

CONTACT:

Cheryl Massey
PAC Graduation Chair
pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com  

If you don’t have a part yet in this fun and memorable event, there’s still a place for you.  

 

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FINALS WEEK AT GWCS...

MONDAY, JUNE 12 - FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (NO GYM)

Please read over the final exam schedule carefully.  Know where you need to be on each day, where you should not be, what to bring with you, and how to inform school if you will not be present.


EMPTY BOWLS...

Parents!  Let's finish out the school year strong and keep our students energized with apples and granola bars.  The bowls are filled in the morning, and our kids devour the snacks by the afternoon.   Please SIGN UP HERE to donate apples and granola bars.  It's a great and easy way to contribute if you're short on time (especially with Giant around the corner).  Thanks to all the parents who have contributed so far this year!

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The Student of the Week this week is ANNIE SYERS for demonstrating the GWCS value of INVESTMENT. 

The week of ‘Spring Things’ is a week of opportunity for many students to step out of their comfort zones, face new challenges, and demonstrate their school values.  Many of them did, but none seemed to stand out and distinguish themselves as Annie did!  In front of one third of the school, Annie volunteered without hesitation for game after game after game.  She rose to every challenge.  Then, when the other students returned from their trips, Annie eagerly encouraged all of them to stay to watch the improv show on Thursday afternoon.  Great job Annie!

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SPRING THINGS!

GWCS students were off in every direction this past week -- improvising, researching or beaching! Below are the three groups.  Details and lots more photos to come later.     Click images to expand.  

June 9:  OBX - Canoe Trip
June 10:  GSA Capital Pride Parade
June 12 - 16:  Final Exams (schedule)
June 12:  Senior Memory Boards Due
June 12:  Senior Speeches Due
June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal
June 16:  Last Day of School - End of Year BBQ (click here to contribute)
June 17:  GWCS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... May 20 - 28, 2017


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

  • Graduation Quilt Volunteers Pin & Prep at GWCS beginning at 12:00 pm with Linda Campbell at GWCS (info)

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

  • Seniors Depart for Beach Week - Corolla, NC at 9:00 am from GWCS parking lot

  • Cystic Fibrosis 5K Walk - Community Service Event with Mr. Connelly (info)

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No gym all week!
seniors: beach week
underclaSsmen: Spring Thing 1 & Thing 2
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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • Seniors at the Beach, Corolla, NC with Ms. Warden, Mr. Pereira & Ms. Shumard
  • Chesapeake Bay Field Station group departs from GWCS at 9:00 am with Ms. Newton
  • Improv Acting - Intensive Workshop with Jack Reda from 9:00 am - 3:15 pm at GWCS
  • Colleges that Change Lives - College Fair at Washington Hilton, DC at 7:00 pm (info)

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • Seniors at the Beach, Corolla, NC with Ms. Warden, Mr. Pereira & Ms. Shumard
  • Chesapeake Bay Field Station trip continues with Ms. Newton
  • Improv Acting - Intensive Workshop with Jack Reda from 9:00 am - 3:15 pm at GWCS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • Seniors at the Beach, Corolla, NC with Ms. Warden, Mr. Pereira & Ms. Shumard
  • Chesapeake Bay Field Station group returns to GWCS at @ 3:00 pm with Ms. Newton
  • Improv Acting - Intensive Workshop with Jack Reda from 9:00 am - 3:15 pm at GWCS

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • Seniors return from the Beach!  Pickup at GWCS at @ 2:00 pm
  • Chesapeake Bay Field Station group will participate in Wakefield Stream Cleanup and Analysis with Ms. Newton from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Improv Acting - Intensive Workshop with Jack Reda from 9:00 am - 3:15 pm at GWCS

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • OBX - Hemlock Adventure Links for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

  • Graduation Quilt Volunteers Pin & Prep at GWCS beginning at 12:00 pm with Linda Campbell at GWCS (info)

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

  • No School - Memorial Day

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LET'S TAKE A WALK... OR RUN TOGETHER!

THIS SUNDAY, May 21st!

GWCS students and families are cordially invited to come and join the Reston 5k Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 pm (check in opens at 1:30 PM) at Brown's Chapel Park. The walk is less than 3 miles and is a lot of fun. After the walk, there is food and hang-out time.

EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:

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

SENIORS AT THE BEACH CAN WALK:

We realize that May 21st is the first day of the Senior Beach trip, so we will be offering a beach trip CF Walk alternative. You will still have to register on TEAM LEWIS, but can walk at the beach with Ms. Warden in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 

REGISTER TODAY!

Click on the link below and register with TEAM LEWIS

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT:

Mr. Connelly
connellytp@gwcommunityschool.com

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THE Capsaicin CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO EVERYONE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 participants SO SIGN UP TODAY!


COLLEGE UPDATE, PLEASE...

Every Senior should CLICK HERE now!  
BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE BEACH.


IMPORTANT DATES...

  • May 18:  RSVP Deadline has passed!  If you did not RSVP please contact Ms. Mauney ASAP!
  • May 31:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS (sign up)
  • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

SENIORS ONLY...

VOTE FOR THE GWCS
CLASS OF 2017
SENIOR SONG

Thank you for all your senior song suggestions.  Your options have been narrowed down to the TOP FIVE songs.  Please VOTE HERE by ranking in order of preference.  SENIORS ONLY!
(Survey will close Tuesday, May 30th at 4:00 pm.)

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GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS... 

Everything is lined up for a great day at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, June 17, 2017!   Our team of 35 parent volunteers (and soon many student volunteers) are working hard!

We are on schedule and in our final push to order/ pre-order all supplies and services by May 26th.

REIMBURSEMENTS:

Remember to send your reimbursement requests and receipts as soon as possible to Julia O'Grady, PAC Graduation Treasurerat jogkog@msn.com

Volunteers needed:

We are still looking for volunteers to help with clean-up from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the temple. Please contact Cheryl Massey as soon as possible if you can help us out!

CONTACT:

Cheryl Massey
PAC Graduation Chair
pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com  

If you don’t have a part yet in this fun and memorable event, there’s still a place for you.  

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GWCS PROM...

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Who:  All GWCS students!

Theme:  Indiana Jones

Tickets:  For sale at the school store during lunch (checks payable to GWCS)

  • $25 (current price)
  • $30 (May 30-June 2)
  • $35 (at the door)

Location:  Landings Community Center, Burke Centre (map)

Guest:  Form for Non-GWCS Students (form)

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GSA CAR WASH FUNDRAISER...

Volunteer to wash cars and earn up to FOUR HOURS of community service and have fun in the process!

Everyone should stop by to get their car washed and donate to a worthy cause - The Wanda Alston Foundation


FINALS WEEK AT GWCS...

Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16, 2017

9:00 am - 3:00 pm (no gym)

Click to view full GWCS final exam week schedule.

Click to view full GWCS final exam week schedule.


HUNGRY, HUNGRY KIDDOS...

Parents!  Let's finish out the school year strong and keep our students energized with apples and granola bars.  The bowls are filled in the morning, and our kids devour the snacks by the afternoon.   Please SIGN UP HERE to donate apples and granola bars.  It's a great and easy way to contribute if you're short on time (especially with Giant around the corner).  Thanks to all the parents who have contributed so far this year!

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The student of the week is LUKE HEILMAN for demonstrating the GWCS value of INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY .

Since the beginning of the year, Luke has been steadily teaching himself to play the bass guitar before school, during lunch, and after school on one of GWCS' many donated instruments. Intellectual curiosity is about following your passions where they lead, and when you hear the bass from Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" or Green Day's "Longview" coming from the couches, you know Luke is following his.     

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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Performance Night...

Thank you for a very entertaining, dramatic and enjoyable evening!  GWCS Performance Night, on Wednesday, May 17th, included music and theatrical drama.  Musical performances provided by Evelyn, Darkopap (Mr. Torres & Brian ) and Dr. Garon.  Incredible theatrical performances in the one-act-play - The Man with the Flower in His Mouth - by Brian, Nick and Delia! Special thanks to Mr. Goldie for his direction and time, to Gabby for all of her backstage efforts, and to the audience for showing up and singing "We'll Meet Again" as the finale.

May 27:  Graduation Quilt Pin & Sew
May 29:  No School - Memorial Day
May 30:  Softball Game vs. The New School (A)
May 30:  Capsin Challenge
May 30:  GWCS Foundation Meeting
May 31:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (A)
May 31:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party (how to)
June 3:  SAT & Subject Tests
June 3:  GSA Car Wash
June 3:  Prom - Indiana Jones (*NEW DATE!*)
June 4:  Lake Accotink Cardboard Boat Regatta (info)
June 9:  OBX - Canoe Trip
June 10:  GSA Capital Pride Parade
June 12 - 16:  Final Exams (schedule)
June 12:  Senior Memory Boards Due
June 12:  Senior Speeches Due
June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal
June 16:  Last Day of School - End of Year BBQ
June 17:  GWCS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... May 13 - 21, 2017


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

  • GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline (info)
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Hoosiers
  • Staff Meeting from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

  • All Seniors - Beach Week Meeting - MANDATORY FUN meeting with Mr. Pereira from 12:25 pm - 12:49 pm in P's classroom - grab lunch quickly - don't be late!
  • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

  • AP US History Makeup Exam from 8:00 am - 11:30 am (info)
  • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Theatre Performance Night:  One Act Play & Music from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

  • Graduation Fee and RSVP Due - All Seniors! (info)
  • Graduation RSVP Deadline - All Underclassmen (info)
  • AP Computer Science Extended Time Exam from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm (info)
  • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
  • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

  • No Gym!
  • OBX - Old Town Alexandria Tour for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm (no gym)
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

  • Graduation Quilt Volunteers Pin & Prep with Linda Campbell (info)

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

  • Senior Beach Trip departs GWCS for Corolla, NC at 9:00 am
  • Cystic Fibrosis 5K Walk with Mr. Connelly from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (info)

THE FOLLOWING WEEK...

may 21 - 25

  • Senior Beach Week - Corolla, NC - All GWCS Seniors!

May 22-25

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COLLEGEBOARD AP EXAMS...

REMAINING AP EXAMS BEING PROCTORED AT GWCS:

Wednesday, May 17th at 8:00 am
AP US History Makeup Exam

Thursday, May 18th at 8:00 am
AP Computer Science Principles (Extended Time)

MORNING TESTING TIME: 

  • Students meet in the café at 8:00 am.  Testing rooms will be announced in the morning.  Allow for traffic, arrive early and be ready to begin exam.  Students are not allowed late entry.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE TEST:

  • Bring sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers, and a dark blue or black pen.
  • Do NOT bring phones to the testing room.
  • Do NOT bring computers to the testing room unless you are a student with a computer accommodation.
  • Food and drinks may be eaten during breaks but not in the testing room.

AP STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO KNOW ABOUT...

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GWCS THEATRE...

One Act Play:  The Man With a Flower In His Mouth

Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost:  Free!

Bonus:  Musical Performances

Please come out and support Nick and Brian as they have worked tirelessly on memorizing their lines for this play!  They really deserve an enthusiastic audience.

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LET'S TAKE A WALK... OR RUN!

Register for:  TEAM LEWIS

Register for:  TEAM LEWIS

GWCS students and families are cordially invited to come and join the Reston 5k Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 pm (check in opens at 1:30 PM) at Brown's Chapel Park. The walk is less than 3 miles and is a lot of fun. After the walk, there is food and hang-out time.

EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:

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

SENIORS AT THE BEACH CAN WALK:

We realize that May 21st is the first day of the Senior Beach trip, so we will be offering a beach trip CF Walk alternative. You will still have to register on TEAM LEWIS, but can walk at the beach with Ms. Warden in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 

REGISTER TODAY!

Click on the link below and register with TEAM LEWIS

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT:

Mr. Connelly
connellytp@gwcommunityschool.com

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DEADLINE...

GW COMMUNITY SCHOOL
FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
APPLICATION DEADLINE

The GW Community School Foundation administers a needs-based scholarship program independently of GWCS. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and applicants must already be accepted as students to GW Community School for the 2017-2018 academic year. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Foundation website at:

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017. 

If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at gwcsfoundation@gmail.com.

Annie Vroom
GWCS Foundation President & Alumni Parent

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RECOMMENDED TALK FOR PARENTS...

PROTECTING CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
7:00 PM
$20 TICKETS (ORDER HERE)

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NEW ATTENDANCE REPORTING FORM...

Thank you to all the parents who have actively been using our new online attendance form!  This is a form that you can use to notify the school when your child will be late, leaving early, or absent for the full day. 

HOW TO REPORT ATTENDANCE:

  1. Webpage:  There is now an attendance web page on the GWCS website under the "Resources" tab.  Or, the URL is easy enough to remember:  www.gwcommunityschool.com/attendance
  2. Bookmark It!  We recommend that you click on this link - “attendance form” - and bookmark it NOW.
  3. Email:  Send Ms. Mauney an email at mauneyla@gwcommunityschool.com
  4. Call:  Leave a message at 703.978.7208

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Graduation Information below for Seniors as well as Underclassmen and parents!

#1 - SENIOR SONG...

HEY GWCS CLASS OF 2017...

it's time to select your SENIOR SONG!

Please complete the survey before Wednesday, May 17th!

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#2 - GRADUATION RSVP & FEE...

AND OTHER IMPORTANT DATES...

  • May 18th: Graduation RSVP Form & Fee Due!  (info)
  • May 21-25:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
  • May 31: Memory Board Making Party at GWCS 
  • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

#3 - GRADUATION QUILTS...

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PIN & SEW...

Each year, Ms. Warden personally selects a meaningful fabric print for each graduate's quilt. The print selected is based on the students' interests and personality. Parent volunteers sew the print fabric to a twin size comforter.

Before graduation, the quilts are laid out at school for an autograph party. Students, teachers, staff, and even alumni  happen to stop by, sign the back of the quilts (much like you would a yearbook) with fabric markers. The quilts are presented to each graduate at the graduation ceremony by fellow underclassmen.  It's a very meaningful GWCS tradition!

Quilt Volunteers will be meeting at 12:00 noon at gwcs on the following saturdays:

  • Saturday, May 20th

  • saturday, may 27th

Please send an email to Linda to confirm your meet up date or to sign up to help.

Linda S. Campbell
PAC-Volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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#4 - GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS... 

We are in full swing planning and preparing for this year’s graduation and reception at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA on June 17, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.    

Food, beverages, flowers and decorations are being ordered, signs and programs are being printed, caps and gowns are being readied, Memory Boards are being made, and volunteers are working to make it a great day for the GWCS community.

Thank you to all our many graduation volunteers!  Feel free to contact Cheryl Massey if you have any questions regarding your volunteer job.

If you don’t have a part yet in this fun and memorable event, there’s still a place for you.  

Please contact:

Cheryl Massey
PAC Graduation Chair
pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com  

Note to current volunteers:

The reimbursement request form is now on the Coyote PAC web page on the GWCS Website or press the link button provided here.

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#5 - ALL ARE INVITED TO GRADUATION...

ALL UNDERCLASSMEN STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE INVITED TO THE GWCS GRADUATION AND RECEPTION!    

Come and enjoy a unique and wonderful afternoon of celebration with the entire GWCS community.  ALL ARE INVITED!  

RSVP to Laura Mauney (mauneyla@gwcommunityschool.com or 703-978-7208) by May 18, 2017 to receive a ticket.



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GWCS PROM...

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Who:  All GWCS students!

Theme:  Indiana Jones

Tickets:  For sale at the school store during lunch

  • $25 (current price)
  • $30 (May 30-June 2)
  • $35 (at the door)

Location:  Landings Community Center, Burke Centre (map)

Guest:  Form for Non-GWCS Students (form)

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GSA CAR WASH FUNDRAISER...

Volunteer to wash cars and earn up to FOUR HOURS of community service and have fun in the process!

Everyone should stop by to get their car washed and donate to a worthy cause - The Wanda Alston Foundation


STRONG, HAPPY, HEALTHY & SATISFIED...

Dear Parents,

Imagine your child, sitting on a sofa in the GWCS cafe biting into a juicy apple after a good hard workout at the gym.  It happens, every day!  The apple and granola bars bowls are filled in the morning and are empty by afternoon.  

Please sign up to donate apples and granola bars so the kids can grab a healthy snack after gym or in between classes.  The students really appreciate it, and we see the results in our empty snack bowl.  SIGN UP HERE - it's a great way to contribute if you are short on volunteer time. Thank you to parents who have donated so far this year!

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The students of the week are NICK O'NEAL and BRIAN CONNER for demonstrating the GWCS value of INVESTMENT.

As many of you have heard, the spring play turned out to be cursed, resulting in many injuries, instabilities, and indiscretions.  After casting and scrapping three different renditions of the first show and one rendition of another show, all was lost.  There would be no spring show.  Still, they continued to show-up for rehearsal.  As it turned out, for Brian and Nick, ‘no spring show’ was not an option.  In the end, we selected The Man With A Flower In His Mouth to be our masterpiece.  It is a one act play, featuring two characters, intense dialog, and the macabre rantings of a man in distress.  This is not an easy piece under any circumstances, but Brian and Nick have been staying late every day to work on their lines and their staging so they can offer the community one more epic bit of theatre before the season closes.  Thanks guys, for your diligence, your dedication to your craft, and your perseverance! 

Please support Nick & Brian by attending their performance on Wednesday, May 17th from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm! 

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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May 21-25:  Senior Beach Trip
May 22:  Colleges That Change Lives Fair (info)
May 22-25:  Spring Thing 1:  Chesapeake Bay Field Station & Followup (info)
May 22-25:  Spring Thing 2:  Improv Acting Intensive Workshop (info)
May 26:  OBX - Adventure Link
May 27:  Graduation Quilt Pin & Sew
May 29:  No School - Memorial Day
May 30:  Softball Game vs. The New School (A)
May 30:  Capsin Challenge
May 30:  GWCS Foundation Meeting
May 31:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (A)
May 31:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party (how to)
June 3:  SAT & Subject Tests
June 3:  GSA Car Wash
June 3:  Prom - Indiana Jones (*NEW DATE!*)
June 4:  Lake Accotink Cardboard Boat Regatta (info)
June 9:  OBX - Canoe Trip
June 10:  GSA Capital Pride Parade
June 12 - 16:  Final Exams
June 12:  Senior Memory Boards Due
June 12:  Senior Speeches Due
June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal
June 16:  Last Day of School - End of Year BBQ
June 17:  GWCS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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ATTENDANCE:  GWCS Online Attendance Reporting Form
SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: May 6 - 14, 2017


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017

  • SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Auction Item:  Craft Beer & Hard Cider Tasting from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm (info)

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

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

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

  • AP Calculus Exam from 8:00 am - 11:00 pm (info)
  • Sophomore Student-Parent Conferences with Ms. Warden (info)
  • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm: Glory Road

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

  • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. Siena - Away - from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (map)

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

  • Add/Drop Deadline for 4th Quarter!
  • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
  • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017

  • OBX - Q?rius Lab for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm (no gym)
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors

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GWCS Coffeehouse Excerpt...

Coffeehouse, on Thursday, April 27th, was a huge success and oh, so much fun!  Watch for a news blurb in the future, for now... enjoy the highlight of Dr. G. performing his tribute to GWCS:

https://soundcloud.com/coyotesound/gw-high 

HELP - WE NEED COFFEEHOUSE PHOTOS!  If anyone in the audience took photos - please, please, please email a few to sinichkocm@gwcommunityschool.com  (Attach as large files, may need to send multiple emails.)  Thank you for your help!

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COLLEGEBOARD AP EXAMS...

remaining AP EXAMS BEING PROCTORED AT GWCS:

Tuesday, May 9th at 8:00 am
AP Calculus AB

Thursday, May 18th at 8:00 am
AP Computer Science Principles (Extended Time)

MORNING TESTING TIME:  8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Students meet in the café at 8:00 am.  Testing rooms will be announced in the morning.  Allow for traffic, arrive early and be ready to begin exam.  Students are not allowed late entry.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE TEST:

  • Bring sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers, and a dark blue or black pen.
  • Do NOT bring phones to the testing room.
  • Do NOT bring computers to the testing room unless you are a student with a computer accommodation.
  • Food and drinks may be eaten during breaks but not in the testing room.

AP STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO KNOW ABOUT...

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Register for:  TEAM LEWIS

Register for:  TEAM LEWIS

LET'S TAKE A WALK... OR RUN!

GWCS students and families are cordially invited to come and join the Reston 5k Walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30 pm (check in opens at 1:30 PM) at Brown's Chapel Park. The walk is less than 3 miles and is a lot of fun. After the walk, there is food and hang-out time.

EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS:

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

SENIORS AT THE BEACH CAN WALK:

We realize that May 21st is the first day of the Senior Beach trip, so we will be offering a beach trip CF Walk alternative. You will still have to register on TEAM LEWIS, but can walk at the beach with Ms. Warden in support of finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. 

REGISTER TODAY!

Click on the link below and register with TEAM LEWIS

Questions?  Contact:

Mr. Connelly
connellytp@gwcommunityschool.com

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK...

The GWCS Staff would like to thank all of our wonderful parents and students for the generous gifts, goodies and gobs of love during Teacher Appreciation Week!  Extra special thanks to the PAC Faculty Appreciation Chair, Mary Hill, for organizing a week of special stuff on our behalf.  We truly appreciated your appreciation.

  • Monday - Gas Card with bonus matchbox car (big hit!)
  • Tuesday - Delicious Take Home Family Dinners & Flowers
  • Wednesday - Amazon Gift Cards
  • Thursday - Massage by the magic hands of Jette & Treats from Peet's
  • Friday - Thoughtful Thank You Notes from students and parents

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DEADLINE...

GW Community School
foundation scholarship
application Deadline

The GW Community School Foundation administers a needs-based scholarship program independently of GWCS. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and applicants must already be accepted as students to GW Community School for the 2017-2018 academic year. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the Foundation website at:

 www.gwcommunityschoolfoundation.com

The deadline for submitting applications is monday, May 15, 2017. 

If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at gwcsfoundation@gmail.com.

Annie Vroom
GWCS Foundation President & Alumni Parent

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RECOMMENDED TALK FOR PARENTS...

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:00 pm
$20 Tickets (order here)


NEW ATTENDANCE REPORTING FORM...

Thank you to all the parents who helped us beta test the NEW ONLINE ATTENDANCE FORM.  This is a form that you can use to notify the school when your child will be late, leaving early, or absent for the full day.  We are now going to be fully implementing this form and ask that parents use this form when your child will be absent.  If you don’t have access to this form you can always call the school at 703-978-7208 or email Ms. Mauney, mauneyla@gwcommunityschool.com, with any attendance information.

Thank you for helping us keep track of your kids!

Where to find the Attendance Form:

We recommend that you click on this link “attendance form” and bookmark it NOW.  The attendance form is also temporarily linked on the red announcement bar across the top of the GWCS website.

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By this coming week...

Seniors should have (1) mailed your graduation announcements, (2) started collecting photos for your memory board, (3) jotted down a few ideas for your senior speech and (4) selected an underclassmen to be your quilt-giver. 

IMPORTANT DATES...

  • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date
  • May 18th: Graduation RSVP Form & Fee Due!  (info)
  • May 21-25:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
  • May 31: Memory Board Making Party at GWCS 
  • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

want to help?  CONTACT:


YOU ARE INVITED...

Dear GWCS Underclassmen Families,


NOM, NOM, NOM, NOM

HELP FILL OUR EMPTY BOWLS & STOMACHS! 

Parents!  Our snack bowl needs your help.  Please donate apples and granola bars so the kids can grab a healthy snack after gym or in between classes.  The students really appreciate it, and we see the results in our empty snack bowl.  SIGN UP HERE - it's a great way to contribute if you are short on volunteer time. Thank you to parents who have donated so far this year!

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The student of the week is ANTHONY LORD for demonstrating the GWCS value of LEARNING.

 Anthony's participation and engagement in class have been noted by many of his teachers; for example, in Anatomy and Physiology, Anthony has admitted to being a bit squeamish with blood, broken limbs, dissections, etc in the past and even though you could tell he was sweatin' it a bit, he managed to muster up the perseverance to participate in an optional dissection. It's inspiring to see students try in situations they are unfamiliar with and surpass everyone's expectations!

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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SIGN UP NOW...

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May 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline for 2017-2018 (info)
May 17:  One Act Plays
May 17:  Parent Talk:  Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
May 18:  Graduation RSVP and Fee due - Seniors
May 18:  Graduation RSVP due - Underclassmen Families
May 18:  AP Computer Science Principals Exam - Extended Time Students
May 19:  OBX - Old Towne Alexandria Tour
May 21-25:  Senior Beach Trip
May 22:  Colleges That Change Lives Fair (info)
May 22-25:  Spring Thing 1:  Chesapeake Bay Field Station & Followup (info)
May 22-25:  Spring Thing 2:  Improv Acting Intensive Workshop(info)
May 26:  OBX - Adventure Link
May 29:  No School - Memorial Day
May 30:  Softball Game vs. The New School (A)
May 31:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (A)
May 31:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party (how to)
June 3:  SAT & Subject Tests
June 3:  Prom - Indiana Jones (*NEW DATE!*)
June 9:  OBX - Canoe Trip
June 10:  GSA Capital Pride Parade
June 12 - 16:  Final Exams
June 12:  Senior Memory Boards Due
June 12:  Senior Speeches Due
June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal
June 16:  Last Day of School - End of Year BBQ
June 17:  GWCS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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ATTENDANCE:  GWCS Online Attendance Reporting Form
SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: April 29 - May 7, 2017


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

  • Auction Item:  French Country Cooking Class at Culinaria from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (info)

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm:  Four Minutes  
  • Staff Meeting from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

  • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm:  Sandlot

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

  • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

  • AP Government Exam from 8:00 am - 11:00 pm (info)
  • Senior Beach Trip Permission Forms Due!  Basket on Ms. Mauney's desk.
  • Sophomore Student-Parent Conferences with Ms. Warden (info)
  • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
  • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

FRIDAY, may 5, 2017

  • AP US History Exam from 8:00 am - 11:00 pm (info)
  • AP Computer Science Principles Exam from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (info)
  • OBX - Whitehall Farm for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm (no gym)
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. New School at 4:00 pm - Home at Audrey Moore (map)

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017

  • SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Auction Item:  Craft Beer & Hard Cider Tasting from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm (info)

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COLLEGEBOARD AP EXAMS...

AP EXAMS BEING PROCTORED AT GWCS:

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Thursday, May 4th at 8:00 am
AP Government & Politics

Friday, May 5th at 8:00 am*
AP US History

Friday, May 5th AT 12:00 PM*
AP Computer Science Principles

Tuesday, May 9th at 8:00 am
AP Calculus AB

Thursday, May 18th at 8:00 am
AP Computer Science Principles (Extended Time)

*Friday, May 5 Test Takers:  Parents need to pick up students after the test.  There are no afternoon classes due to the freshman/sophomore OBX field trip and junior/senior internships.

Morning Testing Time:  8:00 am – 11:30 am

Students meet in the café at 8:00 am.  Testing rooms will be announced in the morning.  Allow for traffic, arrive early and be ready to begin exam.  Students are not allowed late entry.

Afternoon Testing Time:  12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Students will be assigned a testing room after lunch.  Students are not allowed late entry.

What you need for the test:

  • Bring sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers, and a dark blue or black pen.
  • Do NOT bring phones to the testing room.
  • Do NOT bring computers to the testing room unless you are a student with a computer accommodation.
  • Food and drinks may be eaten during breaks but not in the testing room.

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK...

May 1-5, 2017 is Teacher Appreciation Week and, at GW Community School, we do it big! 

Table for 38, please

On Tuesday, May 2nd we (GWCS parents) are inviting our GWCS Faculty families to "dine in" by providing dinner for them to take home. Parents sign up to end in their our best home-cooked dishes and the faculty packages up what they need for their family for dinner that evening. The GWCS faculty reports this as one of their favorite ways to be appreciated -- so bring it on!  

CLICK HERE (ASAP) to read the details and contribute, if you choose.

Refer to your email (4/27/17) for the other 'teacher appreciation' plans that are not revealed in this school newsletter!

Thank You!

Mary Hill
PAC Faculty Appreciation Chair

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BE A BETA TESTER...

attendance form

  • GWCS has been experimenting with a few new online forms (thanks to the kindness and expertise of Peter Suskind) and we are ready for GWCS parents to beta test this attendance form.  Whether your child wakes up not feeling well or you have an appointment planned well in advance -- with the help of this form you can inform GWCS with just a few clicks.  

Bookmark

  • The tricky part is keeping track of the link to the attendance form.  We recommend that you click on the link now and bookmark it.  Fort the current beta testing time, the attendanced form is also linked on the red announcement bar across the top of the GWCS website.

beta test

  • Feel free to start using it today.  Take it for a test run (indicate in the 'reason' field that it is a test.)  You can also comment in the 'reason' field whether or not you think you would take advantage of this attendance form and feel free to make recommendations.  GWCS also needs to decide if it works on our end.  Regardless, you can always call Ms. Mauney at 703.978.7208 or send her an email at  mauneyla@gwcommunityschool.com about attendance.

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First Aid, AED & CPR Certification...

Who knew learning to save lives could be so much fun!

GWCS eighth graders, freshmen and sophomores participated in First Aid, CPR and AED training on Friday, April 21st as our kick-off OBX event (Out of the Box Education) for 2017!  All participants will receive their CPR certification card in a week or two.  Thanks to our fantabulous trainer, Brian, from Respond and Rescue!  Like them on --> Respond and Rescue Facebook Page


Graduation planning is in full swing!

TEMPLE TOUR:  Graduation Committee Chairs for Food, Beverages, Decorations, Balloons, Flowers, Ushers, and Memory Boards toured the Masonic temple on Saturday, April 22nd, and are busy planning a great day.

MEMORY BOARD MAKING PARTY:  Four GWCS seniors got a jump-start on their memory boards at Tuesday night's party.  They met with stacks of photos and had a great time sharing their stories while brainstorming creative ways to display them.  The next and final party will be on Thursday, May 31st beginning at 2:40 pm.  Start collecting your photos and 2-D memorabilia!  

WHO MAKES THE MEMORY BOARD?  In the past - some families have turned the Memory Board making into a family project; some seniors create their own memory board and; some parents make the memory board a surprise for their senior.  It's your call - have the conversation now so you are not frantically making a Memory Board right before graduation!  (info)

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT:

Cheryl Massey
PAC Graduation Chair
pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com  

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RUNNING ON EMPTY...

HELP FILL OUR EMPTY BOWLS & stomachs! 

Parents!  Our snack bowl needs your help.  Please donate apples and granola bars so the kids can grab a healthy snack after gym or in between classes.  The students really appreciate it, and we see the results in our empty snack bowl.  SIGN UP HERE - it's a great way to contribute if you are short on volunteer time. Thank you to parents who have donated so far this year!

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The student of the week is DELIA O'GRADY for demonstrating the GWCS value of RESPONSIBILITY.

Delia is always happy to step up and help out when a task absolutely has to get done, and she does it while maintaining her own obligations as well. Even when she suffered a concussion, Delia maintained a can-do attitude and persevered. Her sense of responsibility extends from herself to our community and truly enriches it. 

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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Alumni update sent in by Richie Catherina (GWCS Class of 2014).  Currently a student at George Mason University.


May 9:  AP Calculus AB Exam
May 10:  Softball Game vs. Siena (A)
May 11:  Add/Drop Deadline for 4th Quarter
May 12:  OBX - Q?rius Lab
May 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline for 2017-2018 (info)
May 16:  Theater Production:  The Actor's Nightmare
May 17:  Theater Production:  The Actor's Nightmare
May 18:  Theater Production:  The Actor's Nightmare
May 18:  Graduation RSVP and Fee Due
May 19:  OBX - Old Towne Alexandria Tour
May 21-25:  Senior Beach Trip
May 22-25:  Spring Thing 1:  Chesapeake Bay Field Station & Followup
May 22-25:  Spring Thing 2:  Improv Acting Intensive Workshop
May 29:  No School - Memorial Day
May 30:  Softball Game vs. The New School (A)
May 31:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (A)
May 31:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party

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SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... April 22 - 30, 2017

NEWSLETTER QUICK LINKS:

|  Next  Week  |  Theatre  |   Batting Cages  |  Senior Memory Boards  |  Graduation  |  Apples  |  Student of the Week  |  Sign Up Now  |  Future Events  |  Links  |


NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

  • Graduation Committee will tour the Masonic Temple at 9:00 am with Cheryl Massey

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

  • Theatre Casting Call during lunch in Connelly's classroom from 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm (read more...)
  • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm: The Natural
  • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

  • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  
  • Batting Cages with Mr. Fedinatz from 3:40 pm - 5:30 pm (info)
  • Senior Memory Board Making Party at GWCS with Mrs. Morgan from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  *Date Changed from May 2* (info)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

  • Howler Newspaper Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom
  • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
  • Act I Practice during Workaround in Mr. Goldie's Classroom
  • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  Raging Bull
    (Note:  this is a boxing movie - adult themes)

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

  • Honors Anatomy & Physiology Field Trip - INOVA Dome Experience with Ms. Newton from 6:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
  • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Softball Game:  GWCS vs. Chelsea from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Home (map)
  • Coffeehouse performances at GWCS from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (FREE!)

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

  • OBX - Newseum for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm (no gym)
  • Spring Co-Ops for all juniors and seniors

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

  • Auction Item:  French Country Cooking Class at Culinaria from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (info)

 

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    THEATRE UPDATE...

    CASTING CALL ON MONDAY!

    It's true...Bunbury is dead, but GWCS Theatre lives on!  We are going to stage the amazing one-act play, The Actor's Nightmare!  Time is of the essence, so we are meeting in Connelly's classroom during lunch on Monday (4/24/17).  Anyone interested in acting or supporting should be there at the beginning of the lunch period.  Food will be provided!  Cake or bread and butter...

    Mr. Goldie
    goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com

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    BATTER UP...

    Join Mr. Fedinatz and Mr. Ginsberg for an afternoon at the batting cages!

    • When:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • Depart: GWCS at 3:40 pm
    • Return: to GWCS for 5:30 pm pick up
    • Wear:  Closed-toe shoes (requuired!)
    • Bring: $10 cash or credit
    • Who:  Open to all students - all levels!

    There are only 12 seats available in the school van so check your family's schedule and sign up today.  This may be a reoccurring event - if there's enough interest.

    Questions?  Contact:
    Mr. Fedinatz
    fedinatzgs@gwcommunityschool.com

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    SENIOR MEMORY BOARD MAKING PARTY...

    BREAKING NEWS! 

    Date Change...

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (not 5/2)
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    RSVP HERE 

    Due to unforeseeable circumstances, we’ve had to change the date of the Memory Board Party at GWCS!  The party will now be held this coming Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (not 5/2).  We know it’s short notice, but don’t miss this chance to have a fun get-together sharing memories and pictures with other senior parents and seniors!

    check your email (4/20) for further details!

    If you haven't started your Memory Board (or aren’t sure what a Memory Board is), no worries!   This is a great time to see examples of Memory Boards, explore ideas, find your inspiration and get started.  If you have already started the project, you can use this time to keep going.  The goal of the evening is to have fun!

    The Memory Board tradition at GWCS is a wonderful way to highlight the achievements and good times of graduating seniors on their special day. The boards are displayed in a dedicated Memory Board room at the Masonic Temple during the GWCS graduation and reception, and gives others a chance to know the graduates and what has been important in their lives.  Memory Boards are a tradition at GWCS and truly make the graduation day special for everyone. 

    Please RSVP:

    Click Here to RSVP by Monday, 4/24 indicating whether or not you are able to attend, so we can plan for you.   See you then and there!

    Questions?  Contact:

    Melissa Morgan
    GWCS Graduation Memory Board Chair

    Parent of 2016 Senior and 2018 Senior-to-be! 
    melissamorgan@live.com

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    IMPORTANT GRADUATION DATES:

    GWCS GRADUATION PLANNING GUIDE

    • Apr 25:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS (info)
    • May 4:  Beach Trip Permission Forms due by this date
    • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date*
    • May 18:  Talley your total number of guests and submit graduation fee*
    • May 21-25:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
    • May 31: Memory Board Making Party at GWCS 
    • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
    • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
    • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
    • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception at The George Washington National Masonic Temple

    *Note:  Five guests including family are included in Graduation Fee.  Additional guests are $25 per person. Each senior table at the reception has eight seats (though more than eight may attend if you wish).

    QUESTIONS?  CONTACT:

    Cheryl Massey
    PAC Graduation Chair
    pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com  

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    HUNGRY COYOTES IN SEARCH OF APPLES AND GRANOLA BARS... 

    Parents!  Our snack bowl needs your help.  Please donate apples and granola bars so the kids can grab a healthy snack after gym or in between classes.  The students really appreciate it, and we see the results in our empty snack bowl.  SIGN UP HERE - it's a great way to contribute if you are short on volunteer time. Thank you to parents who have donated so far this year!

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    The student of the week is LAURA MASSEY for demonstrating the GWCS value of LEARNING.

    Teacher's rave about Laura's focus and commitment to class; she is consistently engaged, positive, and productive, whether she's taking a class in her favorite subject or in her most challenging one. 

    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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    SIGN UP NOW...

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    May 4:  AP Government Exam
    May 5:  OBX - Whitehall Farm (*date change from originial OBX schedule)
    May 5:  AP US History Exam
    May 5:  AP Computer Science Principles Exam
    May 5:  Softball Game vs. New School (H)
    May 6:  SAT & Subject Tests
    May 6:  Auction Item:  Craft Beer Tasting
    May 9:  AP Calculus AB Exam
    May 10:  Softball Game vs. Siena (A)
    May 10:  One Act Plays at GWCS
    May 11:  Add/Drop Deadline for 4th Quarter
    May 11:  One Act Plays at GWCS
    May 12:  OBX - Q?rius Lab
    May 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline for 2017-2018 (info)
    May 16:  Theater Production:  Importance of being Ernest
    May 17:  Theater Production:  Importance of being Ernest
    May 18:  Theater Production:  Importance of being Ernest
    May 18:  Graduation RSVP and Fee Due
    May 19:  OBX - Old Towne Alexandria Tour
    May 20:  Prom!  Indiana Jones
    May 21-25:  Senior Beach Trip
    May 22-25:  Spring Thing 1:  Chesapeake Bay Field Station & Followup
    May 22-25:  Spring Thing 2:  Improv Acting Intensive Workshop
    May 29:  No School - Memorial Day
    May 30:  Softball Game vs. The New School (A)
    May 31:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (A)
    May 31:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party

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    SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
    EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
    SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
    BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
    SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
    PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
    PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
    PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
    MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
    COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
    STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
    INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
    FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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    Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

    LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: April 8 - 21, 2017


    NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

    APRIL 8 - 15, 2017

    APRIL 8 - 17, 2017

    • No School - Spring Break

    THE WEEK AFTER SPRING BREAK...

    TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

    • First Day of 4th Quarter!
    • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  
    • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Food Chemistry Field Trip to The Melting Pot with Ms. Newton from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (map)

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

    • Chemistry Field Trip to Barrel Oak Winery with Ms. Newton from 11:00 am - 3:15 pm
    • Howler Newspaper Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom
    • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
    • Act I Practice during Workaround in Mr. Goldie's Classroom
    • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
    • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  42

    THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

    • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
    • Coffeehouse Auditions from 2:40 pm - 3:15 pm
    • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Batting Cages with Mr. Fedinatz from 3:40 pm - 5:30 pm (info)

    FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

    • OBX - CPR Certification for all freshmen & sophomores from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm (no gym) (info)
    • Spring Co-Ops begin for all juniors and seniors (info)
    • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 7:15 pm

     

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      TREATS FROM PEET'S...

      Thank You PAC Parents!

      On Wednesday, GWCS teachers and staff were treated to surprise end of the quarter treats from Peet's Coffee with a fun little note that said "3 more days! I think I can, I think I can"  Thank you for the thoughtful, unexpected, and much appreciated boost.

      GET WELL SOON...

      Delia is on the mend from her recent collision with a softball and resulting concussion and she would like to say thanks to her Coyote friends for the get well wishes.

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      Dear Parents:

      It’s been so good to get together with you at the last few parent coffees. As those in attendance know, we talked a lot about parenting concerns. Following up on that, please check out this blog post that really hit home for me.

      Hope you enjoy!

      Alexa

       

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      GWCS R.E.A.L. TERM SPRING CO-OPS...

      BEGIN FRIDAY, APRIL 21st! 

      GWCS juniors & seniors

      All GWCS juniors and seniors attended internship training on Tuesday afternoon, April 4th.

      I.  POWERPOINT:  Ms. Stombres shared a PowerPoint presentation and discussed important guidelines for student interns.  Seniors shared their intern experiences from last year.  (download presentation)

      II.  CONFIRMATION PACKET:  Each student intern received an envelope with the following information:

      1.    A super-duper informative and important letter from Ms. Warden (PLEASE READ!)

      2.    Two copies of final confirmation information.  Where to go, what time, who to ask for…

      3.    A Liability/Emergency form to complete and give to your supervisor on the first day.  Please, do NOT turn this in to GWCS.

      4.    A Parental Authorization form for parents to complete and return by Friday April 7th.

      III.  EMAIL:  Each student intern sent an email to their Co-Op host.  Sample email included on page 13 of PowerPoint presentation.

      Please take the time to go over this information as a family.   If possible, take a day during spring break to do a practice run to the Co-Op location.

      Students who missed the training

      Please (1) review the PowerPoint presentation, (2) send your host an email,  (3) read through your confirmation packet, and (4) discuss transportation plan with parents.

      Questions?  Contact:
      Kristen Stombres 
      GWCS Co-Op Coordinator
      stombreskl@gwcommunityschool.com

      Have fun, work hard, play hard, learn lots, stretch, grow and be a proud Coyote!

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       2016 OBX - SCI-TECH: Wildlife Forensics DNA Lab

       2016 OBX - SCI-TECH: Wildlife Forensics DNA Lab

      EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING...

      freshmen & sophomores

      OBX (Outside the Box Education) is an eight-week program that takes place every Friday during fourth quarter for all GWCS freshmen and sophomores.  While the juniors and seniors are off-campus interning at their Co-Ops, freshmen and sophomores are on and off-campus for collaborative and experiential learning activities.

      Please do not schedule doctor appointments for Fridays during 4th Quarter.  We have an exciting line-up of events for the next eight Fridays.  Watch for an email each week with more detailed information about that week's OBX objective as well as what to wear and what to bring!

      • April 21, 2017 – CPR Certification 
      • May 19, 2017 – Old Town Alexandria Tour 
      • April 28, 2017 – Newseum 
      • May 26, 2017 – Hemlock Overlook Park 
      • May 5, 2017 – Coyote Day 
      • June 2, 2017 – Whitehall Farm 
      • May 12, 2017 – Natural History Museum 
      • June 9, 2017 – Canoeing: Fountainhead Park 

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      BATTER UP...

      Join Mr. Fedinatz and Mr. Ginsberg for an afternoon at the batting cages!

      • When:  Thursday, April 20, 2017
      • Depart: GWCS at 3:40 pm
      • Return: to GWCS for 5:30 pm pick up
      • Wear:  Closed-toe shoes (requuired!)
      • Bring: $10 cash or credit
      • Who:  Open to all students - all levels!

      There are only 12 seats available in the school van so check your family's schedule and sign up today.  This may be a reoccurring event - if there's enough interest.

      Questions?  Contact:

      Mr. Fedinatz
      fedinatzgs@gwcommunityschool.com

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      WATERSHED WINS...

      A big THANK YOU to the watershed clean-up crews! 

      Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, VA

      At Lake Accotink Park, Ms. Newton was joined by Josh B., Christian and Mr. Bowman, Emily, Kelley and Mr. Carlisle, Elizabeth, Neel, Max and Mr. Ginsberg, Danny, Laura, Delia and Mrs. O'Grady, Rachel, and Ben S.  

      Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA

      At Riverbend Park, Ms. Warden was joined by Alex and Mrs. Corrigan, Jack, Ben F, Charlie and Mr. Petty, Julie, Alejandro and Ms Delgado, Cecilia, and Preston and his brother.  

      COMING SOON:  Save the date for our next community service event - the Cystic Fibrosis Walk on May 21.  Details coming soon!

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      ASTROPHYSICS STUDENTS' CELESTIAL EXPERIENCE...

      Dr. Cox's has an annual tradition of taking her Honors Astrophysics students on a weekend trip to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).  Following is her account of the 2017 trip that took place the weekend of March 31st:

       

      Last weekend the Astrophysics class took our field trip to Green Bank, WV to the Green Bank Observatory, home of the largest fully steerable telescope in the world.    The Green Bank Telescope (known as the GBT) is used by astronomers worldwide to study astronomical objects that emit radio and microwave radiation.  It is particularly well suited to the study of pulsars, which are rapidly rotating stellar remnants with strong magnetic fields.   We toured the observatory and got an up-close view of this giant telescope, which is about as tall as the Washington Monument, and has a collecting area about 330 feet across.

      A much smaller telescope, only 40 feet across, is available for student use.  We used this telescope to map a region of the sky that includes the constellations of Orion and Taurus.  Our radio map shows bright radio emission from the star forming region in Orion's Belt, and the supernova remnant in Taurus known as the Crab Nebula.  The Crab is host to a young, rapidly rotating pulsar, although the radio light we see in our map is mostly due to the hot ionized gas leftover from the supernova explosion rather than the pulsar.

      We observed Friday night, reduced our data on Saturday morning, made a contour map on Saturday afternoon after taking the observatory tour, and came home on Sunday.  Evenings were spent playing chess, air hockey and pool in the observatory residence hall.

      Thanks to Marcelle Miles and Sharon Saile for transportation and chaperone services!

      Dr. Caroline Cox
      GWCS Science Teacher
      coxc@gwcommunityschool.com

       

      CORRIN FOR THE WIN...

      2017 GWCS SUPER SMASH BROS. TOURNAMENT

      On Tuesday, April 4th,  the GWCS SGA honored the lost-but-not-forgotten GWCS Smash Bros. Tournament tradition. GWCS had not sponsored a Smash Bros. Tournament in three years. The last champion (two years in a row) was former student Bobby Sunderland, back in 2014.   Students fought as their favorite Nintendo characters trying to win it all.

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       Students battled as their favorite Nintendo characters trying to win it all.  The competition was fierce and came down to the final minutes. There were many twists and turns as the stage ruined the chances of many promising contenders.  Congratulations to Danny S. (Corrin) who won by defeating Josh C. (Marth) in the final round. Danny K. (Captain Falcon) took third place by beating Christian (Kirby) in a close third place round. Everyone had a good time and can't wait till the next tournament, and with Danny S. graduating the championship will be up for grabs. 

      -Josh Clark, SGA Rep (also graduating)

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      IMPORTANT GRADUATION DATES:

      • April 25:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS (*Date Changed from May 2*)
      • May 4:  Beach Trip Permission Forms due by this date
      • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date*
      • May 18:  Talley your total number of guests and submit graduation fee*
      • May 21-25:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
      • May 31: Memory Board Making Party at GWCS 
      • June 12:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
      • June 12:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
      • June 15:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
      • June 17:  Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony & Reception at The George Washington National Masonic Temple

      *Note:  Five guests including family are included in Graduation Fee.  Additional guests are $25 per person. Each senior table at the reception has eight seats (though more than eight may attend if you wish).

      Questions?  Contact:

      Cheryl Massey
      PAC Graduation Chair
      pac-graduation@gwcommunityschool.com  

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      HUNGRY COYOTES IN SEARCH OF APPLES AND GRANOLA BARS... 

      Parents!  Our snack bowl needs your help.  Please donate apples and granola bars so the kids can grab a healthy snack after gym or in between classes.  The students really appreciate it, and we see the results in our empty snack bowl.  SIGN UP HERE - it's a great way to contribute if you are short on volunteer time. Thank you to parents who have donated so far this year!

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      The student of the week is NICK O'NEAL for demonstrating the GWCS value of INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY.

      Nick’s is a conscientious student who pursues every assignment with gusto!  Nick is always prepared for class, he often comes to class with more work prepared than was assigned.  In Nick’s review of Jared Diamond’s book Collapse, he not only analyzed the complex issues presented by Diamond, he also synthesized counter-arguments of his own!  Nick is never completing his assignments just so he can get them done, Nick is completing his assignments to see how much more he can learn!

      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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      Apr 25:  Softball Game vs. New School (A)
      Apr 25:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party
      Apr 27:  Honors Anatomy & Physiology Field Trip to INOVA Dome
      Apr 27:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (H)
      Apr 27:  Coffeehouse
      Apr 27:  Screenagers Viewing at Robinson Secondary
      Apr 28:  Co-Ops (all juniors & seniors)
      Apr 28:  OBX - Newseum (all freshmen and sophomores)
      Apr 30:  Auction Event:  French Country Cooking Class at Culinaria
      May 4:  AP Government Exam
      May 5:  OBX - Coyote Day
      May 5:  AP US History Exam
      May 5:  AP Computer Science Principles Exam
      May 5:  Softball Game vs. New School (H)
      May 6:  SAT & Subject Tests
      May 6:  Auction Item:  Craft Beer Tasting
      May 9:  AP Calculus AB Exam
      May 10:  Softball Game vs. Siena (A)
      May 10:  One Act Plays at GWCS
      May 11:  Add/Drop Deadline for 4th Quarter
      May 11:  One Act Plays at GWCS
      May 12:  OBX - Q?rius Lab
      May 15:  GWCS Foundation Scholarship Deadline for 2017-2018 (info)
      May 16:  Theater Production:  Importance of being Ernest
      May 17:  Theater Production:  Importance of being Ernest
      May 18:  Theater Production:  Importance of being Ernest
      May 18:  Graduation RSVP and Fee Due
      May 19:  OBX - Old Towne Alexandria Tour
      May 20:  Prom!  Indiana Jones
      May 21-25:  Senior Beach Trip
      May 22-25:  Spring Thing 1:  Chesapeake Bay Field Station & Followup
      May 22-25:  Spring Thing 2:  Improv Acting Intensive Workshop
      May 29:  No School - Memorial Day
      May 31:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (A)
      May 31:  Graduation Memory Board Making Party

       

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      SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
      EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
      SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
      BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
      SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
      PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
      PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
      PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
      MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
      COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
      STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
      INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
      FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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      Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

      LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: April 1 - 17, 2017


      NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

      SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017

      • Astrophysics Class Field Trip to National Radio Astronomy Observatory with Dr. Cox
      • Honors Ancient Literature Class Field Trip with Dr. Garon to see "Our Trojan Wars" at Alden Theater in McLean from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (map
      • Watershed Cleanup Community Service with Ms. Newton & Ms. Warden (info)
      • Auction Item:  Gourmet Belgium French Dinner at 7:30 pm - for Buy-a-Spot winners only! (info)
      • Seniors - Have you ordered your graduation announcements yet? (info)

      SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

      MONDAY, april 3, 2017

      • OBX Permission Form Due - all freshmen and sophomores (OBX Form)
      • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
      • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Victory
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

      TUESDAY, april 4, 2017

      • Co-Op Training with Ms. Stombres from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm for all juniors and seniors
      • OBX Meeting with Ms. Warden from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm for all freshmen and sophomores
      • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  
      • Italy Trip Meeting (mandatory for all spring trip goers) with Mr. Torres in Room #4 from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Super Smash Bros. Tournament sponsored by the SGA from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm (info)

      WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017

      • Howler Newspaper Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom
      • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
      • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
      • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm:  A League of Their Own

      THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

      • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Batting Cages with Mr. Fedinatz departing at 3:40 pm and returning to GWCS by 5:30 pm
      • National College Fair in Prince Georges County from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (info)

      FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017

      • Last Day of 3rd Quarter!
      • Softball Scrimmage with Mr. F. at Audrey Moore at 7:30 am - meet on the field!
      • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
      • Improv with Dr. Garon from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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      APRIL 8 - 15, 2017

      April 8 - 17, 2017

      • No School - Spring Break

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      STILL TIME TO SIGN UP...

      WATERSHED CLEANUP

      Reminder:  GWCS students are required to earn at least 30 hours (or 7.5 per quarter) of community service by June 17th.  Here's an opportunity to have fun, contribute to the community, and earn 2.5 hours!  Sign Up Today!

      Help The Nature Conservancy and Fairfax County Park Authority to clean up your watershed on SATURDAY, APRIL 1st from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. 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 and Fairfax County and, by recording what you remove, you’ll be helping scientists, ecologists and environmental organizations in their efforts to improve our environment. Snacks, give-a-ways and other free, fun stuff (like historic house tours and educational opportunities) will take place at the work sites. 

      ONE DATE, TWO LOCATIONS

      1. Ms. Warden will lead the Riverbend Park Cleanup
      2. Ms Newton will lead the Lake Accotink Cleanup

      Dress:  Remember to dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes!!

      Bring: gloves and water

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

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      SUPER SMASH BROS. TOURNAMENT...

      TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
      3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

      Have you ever played Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU? Really? Me too!  We should have a tournament!  Let's have it after school on Tuesday, April 4!  And let's have some super-secret prizes!

      Be sure to sign up!  Limited Space.

      Playfully,

      Your SGA
      sga@gwcommunityschool.com

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      BATTER UP...

      Join Mr. Fedinatz and Mr. Ginsberg for an afternoon at the batting cages!

      • When:  Thursday, April 6, 2017
      • Depart: GWCS at 3:40 pm
      • Return: to GWCS for 5:30 pm pick up
      • Wear:  Closed-toe shoes (requuired!)
      • Bring: $10 cash or credit
      • Who:  Open to all students - all levels!

      There are only 12 seats available in the school van so check your family's schedule and sign up today.  This may be a reoccurring event - if there's enough interest.

      Questions?  Contact:

      Mr. Fedinatz
      fedinatzsg@gwcommunityschool.com


      SCREENAGERS MOVIE...

      GET YOUR TICKET FOR a FREE SHOWING in fairfax!

      ABOUT THE FILM

      Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

      In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

      Above description taken from the Screenagers Website


      GRADUATION COUNTDOWN!

      IMPORTANT GRADUATION DATES:

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      The student of the week is ELIZABETH CRONIN for demonstrating the GWCS value of EXCELLENCE.

      Even though she is already getting good grades in her classes, Elizabeth always wants to do better. She meets with her teachers during Workaround to discuss what they can do to help her and to ask advice about ways that she can improve.

      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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      Apr 19:  Chemistry Field Trip - Barrel Oak Winery
      Apr 19:  Coffeehouse Auditions
      Apr 20:  Coffeehouse Auditions
      Apr 21:  Co-Ops Begin (all juniors & seniors)
      Apr 21:  OBX Begins - CPR Training (all freshmen & sophomores)
      Apr 25:  Softball Game vs. New School (A)
      Apr 27:  Honors Anatomy & Physiology Field Trip to INOVA Dome
      Apr 27:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (H)
      Apr 27:  Coffeehouse
      Apr 28:  Co-Ops (all juniors & seniors)
      Apr 28:  OBX - Newseum (all freshmen and sophomores)
      Apr 30:  Auction Event:  French Country Cooking Class at Culinaria 

       

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      SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
      EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
      SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
      BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
      SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
      PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
      PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
      PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
      MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
      COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
      STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
      INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
      FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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      Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

      LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK... March 24 - April 2, 2017


      NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

      FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

      • No School - Student Holiday
      • Staff Inservice at GWCS from 9:00 am - 2:15pm

      MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

      • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroom
      • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm: Unbroken
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

      TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

      • Coffee Break with Alexa from 8:15 am - 9:00 am at Swiss Bakery (info)
      • Fantasy Baseball Club Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm  
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

      WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

      • Howler Newspaper Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom
      • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroomFood Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
      • Northern Virginia Regional College Fair at GMU from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (info) (map)

      THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

      • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

      FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

      • Astrophysics Class Field Trip to National Radio Astronomy Observatory with Dr. Cox departing at 9:30 am
      • French II Class Field Trip to Bistrot du Coin with Ms. Shumard from 11:15 am - 2:00 pm
      • Improv Club Coffeehouse Prep during Workaround in Dr. G's classroomImprov with Dr. Garon from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Hexagon Political Satire Musical Revue with Mr. Goldie from 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm (info)

      SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017

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      WITH ALEXA...

      Tuesday, March 28, 2017
      8:15 am - 9:00 am

      The Swiss Bakery
      Ravenswood Shopping Center
      5224 Port Royal Road
      Springfield, VA  22151  (map)

      GWCS Parents!  Get caffeinated while you meet, greet and gab with Alexa.  Stop by the Springfield Swiss Bakery after gym drop-off; it's in the strip mall right across from Audrey Moore Rec Center.  Meet other parents, ask questions and get the lay of the GWCS land.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

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      13th ANNUAL HEXAGON EXTRAVAGANZA...

      reminder - IF YOU PURCHASED A HEXAGON TICKET, HERE'S THE PLAN...

      DATE:  Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

      DEPART:  Hexagon Extravaganza goers will depart GWCS at 4:30 pm.  (If you prefer to meet at the restaurant, please communicate directly with Mr. Goldie to make arrangements.)

      DINNER:  5:15 pm at Guapo's Restaurant, 4515 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

      THEATRE:  8:00 pm at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW,  Washington DC 20016

      PICKUP:  Between 10:45 pm - 11:00 pm at GWCS

      DRESS:  Remember to bring a change of clothes to school!  Semi-casual - jacket and tie optional but no jeans, no tennis shoes, no t-shirts.  

      HEXAGON INFO:  http://www.hexagon.org/

      QUESTIONS?  Email Mr. Goldie: goldiera@gwcommunityschool.com

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      WATERSHED CLEANUP...

      APRIL 1ST!  NO FOOLIN'!

      Reminder:  GWCS students are required to earn at least 30 hours (or 7.5 per quarter) of community service by June 17th.  Here's an opportunity to have fun, contribute to the community, and earn 2.5 hours!  Sign Up Today!

      Help The Nature Conservancy and Fairfax County Park Authority to clean up your watershed on April 1 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. 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 and Fairfax County and, by recording what you remove, you’ll be helping scientists, ecologists and environmental organizations in their efforts to improve our environment. Snacks, give-a-ways and other free, fun stuff (like historic house tours and educational opportunities) will take place at the work sites. 

      ONE DATE, TWO LOCATIONS

      1. Ms. Warden will lead the Riverbend Park Cleanup
      2. Ms Newton will lead the Lake Accotink Cleanup

      Dress:  Remember to dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes!!

      Bring: gloves and water

      Any questions please contact:

      Julia O'Grady
      Coyote PAC Community Service Chair
      PAC-Com-Serv@gwcommunityschool.com

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      SUPER SMASH BROS. TOURNAMENT...

      Tuesday, April 4, 2017
      3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

      Have you ever played Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU? Really? Me too!  We should have a tournament!  Let's have it after school on Tuesday, April 4!  And let's have some super-secret prizes!

      Be sure to sign up!  Limited Space.

      Playfully,

      Your SGA
      sga@gwcommunityschool.com

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      THE LEAGUE OF INCOMPETENT GENTLEMEN BELIED THEIR NAME...

      Coyote Robotics

      Last weekend, GWCS Coyote Robotics FTC Team 965 “League of Incompetent Gentlemen” belied their name by making a strong, competent showing at the FTC Eastern Super Regional Championship Tournament at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. There they faced off against 71 of the best teams from West Virginia and Ohio through Vermont and New Hampshire.

      Their Logo brags of a 95% Competence in Autonomous, and in fact during their nine qualifying matches, when they were designated to claim the two beacons in Autonomous Mode, they were 100% successful, claiming twelve out of twelve! They also demonstrated a strong defensive autonomous program and a unique defensive Tele-Op strategy that involved rotating the goal to cause their opponent’s shots to miss! Their alliance won 5 out of 9 qualifying matches to finish ranked 15 out of the 36 teams in their division.

      Unfortunately, they were not chosen to join an alliance for the elimination rounds (a decision some teams who lost now probably regret.) It is unlikely therefore that they will receive an invitation to the World Championship, but there is still a slim chance.

      The Gentlemen, with sometimes-mustachioed lady Kelley as Captain and her teammates Preston, Michael, Nick and Christian, all had a great time and captured a vision of the possibilities to motivate them to further excellence in coming seasons. Thanks also to coaches Rob Carlisle, Doug Fuller and Isaac Weeks for helping them get there and succeed. They made all of us proud!

      Gary T. Lindner
      GWCS Robotics Lead Mentor
      lindnergt@gwcommunityschool.com

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      CAPS & GOWNS...

      GWCS SENIOR WEBPAGE

      On Monday, March 20th, thanks to Cheryl Massey (PAC Graduation Chair) and her trusty helper Julia O'Grady, the hanging rack full of silky royal blue graduation gowns suddenly appeared at GWCS.  All afternoon, gasps were heard around school as seniors saw the gowns and realized, this is really happening!  Some squealed with excitement, others moaned with uncertainty and sadness.  Regardless of the emotion - the reactions were spontaneous, audible and genuine.  On Thursday, March 23rd, Debbie & Doug Fuller (PAC Graduation Volunteers) spent time with each senior taking measurements for caps and gowns and confirmed - yes, this is really happening.  

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      COUNTDOWN!

      On March 9th, Ms. Mauney displayed the 100 day countdown calendar.  Predictably, graduation keeps getting closer and closer!

      IMPORTANT GRADUATION DATES:

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      HONEY TASTING IS THE BEE'S KNEES...

      Ms. Newton hosted her honey tasting for the lucky GWCS PAC Auction winners this past weekend.  She mixed in some teaching with the tasting, so the group learned about bee keeping, honey extraction techniques and hive culture. Who knew bees are transported non-stop by truck from the middle of the United States to California to pollinate the almond orchards?!  Everyone received the Honey Connoisseur Color Guide and the Aroma & Tasting Wheel to try their hands...er, taste buds... at identification.  Ms. Newton paired snacks with various honey samples from her own bee hives, along with a tasting of mead, or 'honey wine,' brewed by Ms. Newton herself in an old whiskey barrel.  It was an amazing event and definitely a (bee) keeper for next year's auction!

      READ MORE...

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      The student of the week is ANNE CALLAWAY for demonstrating the GWCS value of SERVICE.

      Anne founded and has taken a leadership role in the Gay-Straight Alliance, which raised over $100 for the Human Rights Campaign and is getting ready to plan a second fund-raiser soon. Anne has exhibited resilience in dealing with the challenges of leadership in the GSA, and she has done it all while being an active member of the school community, official book keeper for the basketball teams, taking photographs for the newspaper, and assistant director and a lead character for the upcoming performance of The Importance of Being Earnest

      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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      Apr 4:  Super Smash Bros. Tournament (sign up)
      Apr 4:  Co-Op Training (all juniors & seniors)
      Apr 4:  OBX Meeting (all freshmen & sophomores)
      Apr 7:  Last Day of 3rd Quarter
      Apr 8-15:  Spring Trip to Italy
      Apr 8-17:  No School - Spring Break
      Apr 21:  Co-Ops Begin
      Apr 21:  OBX Begins (CPR Training)
      Apr 25:  Softball Game vs. New School (A)
      Apr 27:  Softball Game vs. Chelsea (H)
      Apr 27:  Coffeehouse (tentative date)
      Apr 28:  Co-Ops - all GWCS juniors & seniors
      Apr 28:  OBX - all GWCS freshmen and sophomores
      Apr 30:  French Country Cooking Class at Culinaria - Auction Event

       

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      SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
      EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
      SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
      BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
      SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
      PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
      PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
      PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
      MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
      COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
      STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
      INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
      FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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      Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

      LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: March 18 - 24, 2017


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      NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

      SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017

      • Robotics FTC Eastern Super-Regional Competition with Mr. Lindner in Scranton, PA (info).  Watch Team 965's robot in action on Saturday and Sunday via the Live Stream at: http://new.livestream.com/ESR-Hopper

      When to watch:  Saturday, March 18:  GWCS will be competing between 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 5:15 pm.  Sunday, March 19:  GWCS will be competing between 8:30 am - 9:30 am (and hopefully afterwards as well) on Sunday.  We won’t be in every match, but all our matches will be during those time frames.  Watch for Team 965, The League of Incompetent Gentlemen!  Cheer them on from afar!

      SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

      • Robotics Super Regional Championship with Mr. Lindner in Scranton, PA (info)
      • Honey Tasting Experience (Auction Event) with Ms. Newton at GWCS from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  (a few spots left!)

      MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

      • GWCS 2017-2018 Enrollment Contracts Due  (info)
      • AP Exam Orders Due (info)
      • Softball Begins (info)
      • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm: Sea Biscuit
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

      TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

      • Fantasy Baseball Club Interest Meeting in Mr.Fedinatz's classroom from 2:40 pm- 3:15 pm (info)
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm 

      WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

      • Ham & Cheese Paninis for Sale for $3 during lunch - made and sold by Mr. Torres' Advisory
      • Howler Newspaper Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom
      • Food Chemistry Field Trip to Jaleo in Crystal City with Ms. Newton from 3:50 pm - 7:00 pm

      THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

      • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
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      • Senior Cap & Gown Measurements will be taken from 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm by PAC Graduation Volunteers: Debbie & Doug Fuller
      • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm 
      • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

      FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

      • No School - Student Holiday
      • Staff Inservice at GWCS from 9:00 am - 2:15pm

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      AUCTION ITEM #705

      Honey Tasting Experience with Ms. Newton

      Sunday, March 19th
      4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
      GW Community School cafe

      On Sunday, our wonderful science teacher and apiarist, Ms. Amanda Rose Newton, will lead a culinary experience in Honey. Did you 'Buy-a-Spot' for this event on the PAC online auction?  If not, but you are interested - there might be a spot left for you.  Participants will enjoy tasting food pairings with various honey collected from Ms. Newton's own bees. Buckwheat, clover, sage, poplar, and wildflower... for example.  Participants will learn how honey can enhance flavor in cooking, while gaining an education on bee keeping, our natural environment, and even some health benefits.  Participants will also receive a honey bear to take home to extend their experience.

      At the time the newsletter was published, there were 11 spots purchased and 4 spots still available for purchase for $50/each for Ms. Newton's Honey Tasting Experience.  If interested, contact Deiadre Rauch at 571-422-8935 before 5:00 pm Saturday, March 18th.  

      PLEASE, No drop-ins.  Only attend if you purchased a spot in advance.  

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      2017-2018 GWCS ENROLLMENT...

      In February, GWCS Enrollment Contracts for the 2017-2018 school year were mailed home to all underclassmen families with a due date of Monday, March 20th.  For your convenience, the contents of this mailing are linked below:

      Other places you can find this information:  Parent Portal Page and Email sent in February.

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      SPRING AND OF COURSE, SOFTBALL!

      Last season was the GWCS inaugural softball season, and a successful season on all levels. Students who never played softball before were integral players on our team. We truly had fun, won some games, enjoyed some ice cream and pizza post-game, and most importantly, built relationships and memories with our peers.

      Monday, March 20th we will meet in the gym for our first practice. All are welcome and will have a week to decide if they want to join softball for the season.

      Practices: M-F 7:55 am - 8:40 am: Any inclement weather including temps below 40 we will practice in the gym otherwise we will be out on the soccer field. Come on spring!

      What to Bring: Glove and good attitude

      Season: Mr. Goldie is scheduling between 7-12 games for us this season, hopefully with a few home games (inside Fairfax County).

      Coach Shumard and I are really looking forward to our second season and coaching a great group of kids. Let us have some fun, learn some new skills, and become a team. See you Monday.

      Coach Fedinatz
      fedinatzgs@gwcommunityschool.com

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      IF YOU ARE TAKING AN AP CLASS...

      IT IS TIME TO ORDER AP EXAMS! 

      If you are enrolled in an AP class and plan on taking the AP exam, please complete the AP Exam Order Form and return it with payment to Ms. Mauney by Monday, March 20th.  If you are not currently enrolled in an AP class but would like to take an AP exam in any subject, please complete the form accordingly. 

      SCHEDULED 2017 AP EXAM DATES
      FOR GWCS AP CLASSES:

      • Thursday, May 4th
        AP Government & Politics
        8:00 am
         
      • Friday, May 5th
        AP US History
        8:00 am
         
      • Friday, May 5th
        AP Computer Science Principles
        12:00 pm
         
      • Tuesday, May 9th
        AP Calculus AB
        8:00 am

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      A NEW GWCS CLUB:  FANTASY BASEBALL...

      First Meeting:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017
      Time:  Workaround 2:40 pm - 3:15 pm

      Hello GWCS students and staff,

      Have you ever been interested in fantasy baseball or maybe you have played before? Come join me, Mr. F., in my classroom on Tuesday, March 21st during Workaround for our initial meeting. We will create a head to head (H2H) category weekly league on ESPN. An auto draft is set for Monday, March 27th.  The next meeting on Tuesday, March 28th we will discuss our teams and set our lineups for the first week.  Weeks run Monday through Sunday. This is all for fun, and of course free. We can have up to 20 teams so if you have any interest, please come to my room on Tuesday.
      SEE YOU THEN!   

      http://www.espn.com/fantasy/baseball/

      Mr. Fedinatz
      fedinatzgs@gwcommunityschool.com

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      WHAT WILL OUR JUNIORS & SENIORS BE DOING ON FRIDAYS, 4TH QUARTER?

      What’s a Co-Op?

      Each spring, GWCS high school juniors and seniors take part in an experiential learning program that introduces them to possible career paths, fosters academic interests, and offers meaningful, first-hand work-based experiences.

      Every Friday from April 21-June 9 our students will go to their “jobs” rather than school.

      Co-Ops provide meaningful, hands-on learning encounters for our students, enabling them to gain real-world experiences.  Our students gain exposure to a professional atmosphere and through their experiences get a sense of a specific field of interest BEFORE heading off to college.

      Our goal for our students is for them to have a positive experience, learn something about themselves, and attain problem solving skills.  It’s not so much about figuring out what they are going to do for the rest of their life, it’s more about getting a taste of the real world, uncover their strengths (and weaknesses) and know that their contributions are valuable.

      Spring 2017 - Where will our students go?

      Here are a few of our confirmed hosts for this spring’s program:

      • River Bend Nature Center
      • Children’s Science Center
      • Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space
      • Mix Masters Pro Studios
      • George Mason University Robotics
      • George Mason University Observatory
      • Sunrise Senior Center
      • Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, District Office
      • Columbia Elementary School, PE Instruction
      • Vienna Elementary School, 3rd Grade Instruction
      • George Mason Elementary School, ESL Instruction
      • Hidden Pond Nature Center
      • Whitehall Organic Farm

      How You Can Help:

      We are still looking for a few opportunities for our students. If you or someone you know may be able to sponsor one of our students, we are currently looking for Co-Ops in the following areas:

      • Film
      • Journalism
      • Spa Services
      • Nursing
      • Computer and administrative work
      • Law Enforcement
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      CONTACT:

      Reach out to our Co-Op Coordinator, Kristen Stombres, at stombreskl@gwcommunityschool.com with your lead.

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      The student of the week is CHRISTIAN BOWMAN for demonstrating the GWCS value of INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY.

      Christian has been a pleasure to have in class since he joined GWCS back in February.  He is always ready for class, he is always eager to learn, and he loves when he is given any assignment described as ‘a challenge.’  Christian pursues answers beyond the classroom, works on geometry proofs that were not assigned, and completes every assignment with pride and pleasure.  Christian never has to worry about where the bar is being set—he is planning to exceed that level anyway!   ~Mr. Goldie

      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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      Mar 28:  Coffee Talk with Ms. Warden at Swiss Bakery
      Mar 29:  Northern Virginia Regional College Fair at GMU (map)
      Mar 31:  Hexagon
      Mar 31-Apr2:  Astrophysics NRAO Field Trip
      Apr 1:  Watershed Cleanup Community Service Event (info)
      Apr 1:  Gourmet French Dinner - Auction Event
      Apr 4:  Super Smash Bros. Tournament
      Apr 6:  Co-Op Training (all juniors & seniors)
      Apr 7:  Last Day of 3rd Quarter
      Apr 8-15:  Spring Trip to Italy
      Apr 8-17:  No School - Spring Break
      Apr 21:  Co-Ops Begin
      Apr 21:  OBX Begins (CPR Training)
      Apr 27:  Coffeehouse (tentative date)
      Apr 28:  Co-Ops - all GWCS juniors & seniors
      Apr 28:  OBX - all GWCS freshmen and sophomores
      Apr 30:  French Country Cooking Class at Culinaria - Auction Event

       

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      SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
      EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
      SENIORS:  GWCS Senior College and Graduation Info Webpage
      BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
      SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
      PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
      PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
      PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
      MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
      COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
      STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
      INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
      FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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      Thank you for reading all the way to the end!

      LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: March 11 - 19, 2017


      NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

      SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

      • SAT & Subject Tests proctored at GWCS from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm with Ms. Newton (College Board)

      SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

      • Daylight Savings begins at 2:00 am!  Remember to turn your clocks FORWARD one hour!  (why?)    

      MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

      • Coffeehouse Auditions from 2:40 pm - 3:15 pm (check out 2015 & 2016)
      • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm:  Cinderella Man 
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Staff Meeting from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Free College Workshop at Reston Regional Library from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (map)(sign up)

      TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

      • Coffeehouse Auditions from 2:40 pm - 3:15 pm
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm 

      WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

      • Last Day to Donate to the SGA St. Paddy's Day Live Auction!
      • Ham & Cheese Paninis for Sale for $3 during lunch - made and sold by Mr. Torres' Advisory
      • Howler Newspaper Meeting during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom
      • Food Chemistry Elective with Ms. Newton from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

      THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

      • GSA Meeting during lunch with Anne & Mr. Pereira - all are welcome!
      • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm 
      • Anime Club with Mr. Fedinatz and Ciara from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Music Club with Mr. Torres from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Basketball Banquet at PJ Skidoos from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (info)

      FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

      • Robotics Super Regional Championship with Mr. Lindner in Scranton, PA (info)
      • SGA St. Paddy's Day Live Auction  from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm (info)
      • Improv with Dr. Garon from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Theatre Rehearsal with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

      SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017

      • Robotics Super Regional Championship with Mr. Lindner in Scranton, PA (info)

      SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

      • Robotics Super Regional Championship with Mr. Lindner in Scranton, PA (info)

      Note: 2017-2018 Enrollment Contract & Fee and AP Exam Orders are due Monday, March 20, 2017!

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      BASKETBALL BANQUET...

      BANQUET DATE:  Thursday, March 16, 2017 (RSVP/Purchase tickets by March 6th!)

      LOCATION:  PJ Skidoos, 9908 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA22030 (map)

      TIME:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      DINNER:  Buffet dinner with a little something for everyone including chicken, pork, pasta (vegetarian), salad, dessert, hot and cold drinks.    

      TICKETS:  Everyone who purchased tickets to the banquet should have received them by now.  Please contact Ms. Mauney if you have not received your ticket and/or your name does not appear on this RSVP list

      ENTERTAINMENT:  Coach’s speech, highlight video and varsity awards.

      DRESS CODE:  Semi-formal

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      ST. PADDY'S DAY LIVE AUCTION...

      Live Auction:  On Friday, March 17th, we will host the school's superior bidding war, the St. Paddy's Day Auction! This is different than the PAC auction - our target audience is the student budget!

      Donate:  If you have any items you would like to donate, drop them off in Ms. Shumard's room by Thursday May 16th! Goofy and wacky items are appreciated and tend to be our best sellers!  Don't judge.

      All proceeds will fund PROM!

      Triumphantly,

      Your SGA

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      THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
      Read about the Coyote Robotics Teams' exciting accomplishments at the Virginia State Championship on February 25, 2017 and where they're going next! 

      QUOTE WORTHY - EVENT NIGHT 2017
      A collection of quotes from the most anticipated event of the year.

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      MISSED THE ONLINE AUCTION?  

      THERE ARE Still a few things you can win!  

      We've now raised more than $20,000 in our 2017 GWCS Online Auction!  If you missed out, here's your chance to purchase one of the remaining items:

      • Several beautiful hand knit scarves from Marian Foster, Ben's Grandmother.  The scarves are in Alexa's office so you can check them out when you are at school.

      Contact Deiadre Rauch at deiadrerauch@me.com to purchase an item.  You can also still make a cash donation by clicking on the "Donate Now" button on the auction site or leaving a check with Ms. Mauney at the front desk.  

      Many thanks to our entire community for their generosity!  We are so excited to have hit the $20K mark, and the entire faculty at GWCS is thrilled for what the auction funds will bring to the school.  We will keep you posted on where and how the funds will be used!

      Deiadre Rauch
      Coyote PAC Fundraising Chair
      PAC-Fundraising@gwcommunityschool.com 

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      CRUNCH TIME...

      Tremendous thanks to parents for donating apples and granola bars to keep Coyotes energized!

      Demand is high and the snacks go quickly. Please consider signing up and dropping off a bag of apples or granola/ cereal bars. When you SIGN UP you'll receive an email reminder to make it super easy.

      Thank you,  

      Linda Campbell
      Coyote PAC Volunteer Chair
      PAC-Volunteer@gwcommunityschool.com

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      WATERSHED CLEANUP PROJECT...

      GWCS participants at Lake Accotink Watershed Cleanup in 2016

      APRIL 1st!
      NO FOOLIN'!

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      Earn Community Service Hours:

      Help The Nature Conservancy and Fairfax County Park Authority to clean up your watershed on April 1 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. 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 and Fairfax County and, by recording what you remove, you’ll be helping scientists, ecologists and environmental organizations in their efforts to improve our environment. Snacks, give-a-ways and other free, fun stuff (like historic house tours and educational opportunities) will take place at the work sites. 

      Two Groups:  

      1. Ms. Warden will lead the Riverbend Park Cleanup
      2. Ms Newton will lead the Lake Accotink Cleanup

      Dress:  Remember to dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes!!

      Bring: gloves and water

      Any questions please contact:

      Julia O'Grady
      Coyote PAC Community Service Chair
      PAC-Com-Serv@gwcommunityschool.com

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      The student of the week is JOSH CLARK for demonstrating the GWCS value of  LEARNING.

      Ms. Newton writes: "Josh has been doing consistently well in Anatomy & Physiology throughout the year but this past unit he has just been on fire! Between turning in detailed (to scale) drawings of bones, taking his coloring exercises to the next level (they are put on the refrigerator at home worthy). Watching him in action during dissections is also something! It’s like watching a meticulous surgeon getting down to business. I am thoroughly impressed with Josh’s sense of humor, dedication, and enthusiasm for this subject."

      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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      2017-2018 GWCS ENROLLMENT...

      In February, GWCS Enrollment Contracts for the 2017-2018 school year were mailed home to all underclassmen families with a due date of Monday, March 20th.  For your convenience, the contents of this mailing are linked below:

      Other places you can find this information:  Parent Portal Page and Email sent in February.

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      IF YOU ARE TAKING AN AP CLASS...

      It is time to order AP Exams! 

      If you are enrolled in an AP class and plan on taking the AP exam, please complete the AP Exam Order Form and return it with payment to Ms. Mauney by Friday, March 20th.  If you are not currently enrolled in an AP class but would like to take an AP exam in any subject, please complete the form accordingly. 

      Scheduled 2017 AP Exam Dates
      For GWCS AP Classes:

      • Thursday, May 4th
        AP Government & Politics
        8:00 am
         
      • Friday, May 5th
        AP US History
        8:00 am
         
      • Friday, May 5th
        AP Computer Science Principles
        12:00 pm
         
      • Tuesday, May 9th
        AP Calculus AB
        8:00 am

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      SPRINGFIELD:  In an upset victory, 'Make Prom Great Again' has won as this year's prom theme!  Even though 'Under the Sea' won the Popular Vote, 'Make Prom Great Again' won the electoral college in a landslide.  The landslide was huge.  Really the best, the biggest landslide.  And this is going to be the greatest, hugest prom ever!

      Rioting has reportedly begun, as local Joey Kelley has flipped a chair on accident.

      Prom will be held on May 20th at Patriot Hall in Vienna.

      Corruptly,

      The SGA

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      GW Community School is partnering with Whitehall Farms this spring.  OBX will include a full-day at the farm and some of our juniors and seniors will be co-oping at Whitehall Farm every Friday during 4th Quarter!  Read about the Whitehall Farm's history and philosophy.  Visit their indoor market on the weekend and learn about their upcoming events which are open to the public such as nature hikes, yoga, photography, and bee keeping classes - to mention a few!  And, yes they do have a CSA!  Join the Whitehall Farm mailing list to learn about all of their upcoming events in detail.


      THANK YOU...

      The female staff at GWCS would like to thank the PAC Teacher Appreciation committee for the beautiful and fragrant red roses on International Women's Day, Wednesday, March 8th.  A very thoughtful, unexpected and appreciated surprise.

      Sincerely,

      Ms. Warden, Ms. Mauney, Ms. Shumard, Ms. Sinichko and Dr. Cox

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      Mar 20:  Enrollment Contract for 2017-2018 Due
      Mar 20:  AP Exam Orders Due
      Mar 22:  Food Chemistry Field Trip to Jaleo
      Mar 23:  Coffee House
      Mar 24:  No School - Student Holiday
      Mar 24:  Staff Inservice
      Mar 29:  Northern Virginia Regional College Fair at GMU (map)
      Mar 31:  Hexagon
      Mar 31-Apr2:  Astrophysics NRAO Field Trip
      Apr 1:  Watershed Cleanup Community Service Event (info)
      Apr 4:  Super Smash Bros. Tournament
      Apr 6:  Co-Op Training (all juniors & seniors)
      Apr 7:  Last Day of 3rd Quarter
      Apr 8-15:  Spring Trip to Italy
      Apr 8-17:  No School - Spring Break
      Apr 21:  Co-Ops Begin
      Apr 21:  OBX Begins (CPR Training)

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      SCHOOL EVENTS:  GWCS Online Calendar
      EMAIL & ONEDRIVE LOGIN: GWCS Microsoft 365
      BASKETBALL:  Coyote Basketball Schedules
      SCHOLARSHIPS/DONATIONS:  GWCS Foundation
      PAC APPLE BOWL:  Sign Up to Contribute
      PARENT PORTAL:  School Related Forms & Info  (pw=gwcscoyotes)
      PARENTS - COYOTE PAC:  GWCS PAC Webpage 
      MICROSOFT OFFICE 365:  GWCS 365 Cloud Info 
      COYOTE WEB:  Student's Grades, Attendance and More  
      STAFF CONTACT INFO:  GWCS Teacher & Staff Emails & Phone Numbers
      INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY:  GWCS Closings & Delays 
      FACEBOOK:  Friend Request Goldie Warden to be added to the GWCS Current Families Group

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