LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: January 28 - February 3, 2017

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STUDENT OF THE WEEK...

The Student of the Week is JOEY KELLEY for demonstrating the GWCS value of KINDNESS

Joe has made a point of speaking up about the value of kindness in our community, and making sure that every student is respected and cared for. He is always ready to listen to other students, and to step up and help them out when they need help, whether it's buying them lunch when they didn't have the opportunity to go get it, or giving a passionate speech about the importance of respecting every student at a recent GSA meeting. 

Check out the 'Student of the Week' bulletin board near Mr. Pereira's classroom. Each week a student is recognized for his or her demonstration of one of the eight GWCS Values.

GWCS VALUES: LEARNING, SERVICE, KINDNESS, EXCELLENCE, RESPONSIBILITY, INVESTMENT, TEAM PLAY, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY

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NEXT WEEK AT GWCS...

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

  • Robotics - Southwest Virginia Qualifying Tournament in Cedar Bluff, VA with Mr. Lindner (info)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017

  • Robotics - Southwest Virginia Qualifying Tournament in Cedar Bluff, VA returns with Mr. Lindner (info)

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017

  • Midterm Reviews - All core classes - normal schedule
  • History in Movies with Mr. Goldie from 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm:  Cinderella Man
  • Boys Varsity Basketball:  GWCS vs. New School (Away) 4:30 pm tip off (map)
  • Staff Meeting at 3:30 pm

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

  • Midterm Reviews - All core classes - normal schedule
  • Robotics Elective with Mr. Lindner from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Girls Varsity Basketball:  GWCS vs. Siena (Home) tip off at 4:00 pm (map)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball:  GWCS vs. Siena (Home) tip off at 4:00 pm (map)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017

  • 2nd Period Midterm Exams for 2nd period core classes from 9:30 am - 11:30 am (schedule)
  • 3rd Period Midterm Exams for 3rd period core classes from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (schedule)
  • Early Dismissal - 2:30 pm
  • No 7th period electives

THURSDAY, february 2, 2017

  • 4th Period Midterm Exams for 4th period core classes from 9:30 am - 11:30 am (schedule)
  • 5th Period Midterm Exams for 5th period core classes from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (schedule)
  • GSA Meeting in Mr. Pereira's classroom during lunch
  • Early Dismissal - 2:30 pm
  • No 7th period electives
  • Girls Varsity Basketball:  GWCS vs. Barrie (Away) tip off at 4:00 pm (map)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

  • 6th Period Midterm Exams for 6th period core classes from 9:30 am - 11:30 am (schedule)
  • Early Dismissal - 11:30 am
  • Last Day of 2nd Quarter!
  • Boys JV Basketball Playoff Game #2:  GWCS vs. Siena (Away) tip off at 3:00 pm (map)

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THINGS TO REMEMBER...

MIDTERM EXAMS

 ATTENDANCE:  All core classes have midterms (Math, Science, History, English, Foreign Language).   If student has an elective or study hall and no midterm, they are not required to be at school but parent must inform Ms. Mauney at least one day in advance.  Not sure of your child’s schedule – refer to CoyoteWeb.

PICK-UP & DROP-OFF:  To avoid interruptions, any student arriving for the second half of the day should arrive during lunch.  Any student leaving early should leave during lunch.  Lunch is from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Wed. & Thu.

BREAKFAST:  PAC is organizing breakfast snacks for students and staff to be eaten during advisory after the gym.  Feel free to bring something from home as well.

QUIET ROOM:  A Quiet Room is assigned each period for students at school who do not have an exam but are at school.  Students will not be allowed to hang out on the sofas in the café even if they promise to be quiet!  All students will be in an exam room or the quiet room for the entire period.

BRING:  All students should bring a book or magazines to read.  If students complete the exam early, they will be asked to sit quietly and read until the class is done.  No electronic devices.  Students who do not have an exam but are at school will be asked to stay in the assigned quiet room and read silently.

BASKETBALL PRACTICE will begin at 8:00 am on midterm days (Wed., Thu. & Fri.) instead of 7:30 am.

7th PERIOD ELECTIVES are canceled on midterm days (Wed., Thu. & Fri.)

EARLY DISMISSALS:  Please note that school is closing at 2:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and at 11:30 am on Friday.  Make necessary transportation arrangements and/or coordinate your alternative pick-up location.

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GWCS ONLINE AUCTION IS ALMOST HERE...

FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 3, 2017

WE NEED YOUR AUCTION ITEMS NOW!

We are soliciting donations now for this year's online auction, which will run from February 21st through March 2nd. Funds raised will support three specific areas: Technology, Student Activities and Professional Development.  All money raised from the auction will be spent in 2017, so you will see immediate benefits from your donations and purchases. 

Best-selling auction items are "experiences" like vacation houses, cultural dinners, parties for students or parents, cooking lessons, beer tastings, wine parties, Ladies Night Out parties, etc.  If you have a contact at a local business, please consider asking them for a donation.  

Bidding opens on February 21st but you can start browsing our 2017 Auction items now.  In 2015-2016 we raised over $18,000.  This year our goal is $19,000.   

Already know what you want to donate?  Download and complete the AUCTION DONATION FORM and drop it off with Ms. Mauney at school (label donation "GWCS Auction") or email your form to:

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

You can also email Deiadre with any questions, or call her at 571-422-8935.  Thank you! 

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EVENT NIGHT...

Delia & Sabrina -The Fastest Hands Tissue Challenge at GWCS Event Night 2016

Greetings, Knights of the Event:

Get excited for THE BEST EVENT!

On Friday, February 10, we're having our annual lock-in EVENT NIGHT!  There will be movies, music, games, tacos at 2am and more!  Event Night begins at 5:00 pm on Friday and ends at 8:00 am on Saturday.

Tickets for Event Night are on sale at the School Store every day during lunch !

  • $25 - Tickets for the full night (5:00 pm - 8:00 am)
  • $15 - Tickets for half-night (5:00 pm - 12:00 midnight)

Space is limited so buy your ticket ASAP to make sure you've got a spot at the best event EVER!

Eventiciously,
Your SGA
sga@gwcommunityschool.com

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WITH ALEXA...


We all have questions and want advice, whether it's about school, chores, allowance, screen time or looking ahead (hello, college?!). Join Alexa for a casual get-together on Thursday, February 9th at 2:00 pm at Peet's Coffee (in the Kings Park Shopping Center next to the school).   All topics welcome.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Andrea Spiegel
PAC Communications Chair
PAC-Communications@gwcommunityschool.com

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JANUARY PAC MEETING...

We had an excellent turn out for the January PAC Meeting.  Forty-six parents turned out to learn and share about some of GWCS's more innovative and intimate programs and traditions.  Special thanks to Linda Campbell, our PAC Volunteer Coordinator, for organizing this special event.

Co-Ops

Every Friday during 4th Quarter
April 21 - June 9, 2017
All GWCS Juniors & Seniors

Parents learned the history behind, and pedagogy of, our R.E.A.L. Term Spring Co-Op.  Kristen Stombres, our Co-Op coordinator, highlighted the flexibility of the program and the individualized experiences our students can have, explained the process and timeline of the program and fielded questions.  Several returning parents shared their child's experience from last year, including Kebby Kelley, who raved about her son, Joe's, work at the Children's Science Center.  Julie Corrigan remarked that her son, Alex, loved working with Mrs. Stombres and was really excited about his prospects this year.

We wrapped up this portion of the evening with a plea for contacts who might sponsor Co-Ops this year in the fields of Cyber Security, Nursing and Journalism.

Please reach out to Kristen with any questions you may have about the REAL Term Spring Co-Op or any potential leads in the areas listed above at stombreskl@gwcommunityschool.com

OBX

Every Friday during 4th Quarter
April 21 - June 9, 2017
All GWCS Freshmen & Sophomores

We then turned the conversation to our OBX (Outside the Box) events for freshmen and sophomores.  After hearing about several teachers' favorite trips and how experiential learning translates back to the classroom, we segued into the importance of the online auction, which funds the OBX experience.

AUCTION

February 21 - March 3, 2017

Deiadre Rauch, our PAC Fundraising Chair, stressed the need for 100% participation in the auction to not only fund the OBX experience, but teacher development, technology, trips and traditions.  To contact Deiadre with questions about or contributions to the auction, email her at PAC-Fundraising@gwcommunityschool.com

GRADUATION

Saturday, July 17, 2017
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduation was the next item on the agenda and several parents spoke about how moving and special it is.  Parents also shared about the fun they had volunteering before, and the day of, and the wonderful friends they made in the process.  Cheryl Massey, our PAC Graduation Chair, received rave reviews from last year's volunteers for her organization, communication skills and grace.  All GWCS underclassmen parents and students are highly encouraged to volunteer and attend graduation.  To reach out to Cheryl, email her at PAC-Graduation@gwcommunityschool.com

Overall, it was a fun and festive evening!  The reoccuring theme of the night was "It Takes a Village."

Perhaps that's why we made "Community" our middle name.

Alexa Warden, 
GWCS Director

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CLASS OF 2017 GRADUATION...

GRADUATION FORMS & INFO

Dear GWCS Class of 2017: It is time to start planning for your high school graduation!  At GWCS, graduation is an unforgettable day of reflection and celebration.  Please visit the GWCS Senior Webpage often to keep track of info, forms and dates regarding graduation.  Comprehensive GWCS Graduation Information Packets were either picked up at the January 24th PAC meeting or sent home with seniors.

GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

  • Dear GWCS Underclassmen Families:  Graduation is an experience not to be missed by anyone at GWCS!  We depend on our underclassmen families to plan and implement graduation.  Then, when you are a senior, you can sit back and soak in this glorious day.  Thank you to everyone who signed up at the PAC meeting to be on the graduation team, but there are still many slots to fill!   Come join in the fun!    For more info and to volunteer, feel free to reach out to:
    Cheryl Massey
    Coyote PAC Graduation Chair
    PAC-Graduation@gwcommunityschool.com

GWCS CLASS OF 2017 COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

  • Congratulations to the GWCS seniors who have already been accepted into college!  Watch this college acceptance list grow as we get closer to graduation!  Seniors - remember to send Mrs. Sinichko an email with the name of the colleges where you are accepted and details about any scholarships you were offered.

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SUMMER COLLEGE PROGRAMS...

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Interested in getting a taste of college over the summer?

NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY!

Visit the GWCS Summer Programs webpage for a running list of some fascinating opportunities for high school students!

If you have participated in a summer college program in the past and you feel it should be added to our list, please send an email with the college name and a link.

SUMMER COLLEGE PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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CRUNCH AND MUNCH...

The Student Lounge Apple Bowl has been such a hit that we are adding granola bars to the mix. 

SIGN UP today today to provide apples or granola bars and you will automatically receive an email reminder two days before your scheduled date. 

This is a simple (and delicious!) way to volunteer and contribute if you are short on time.  

Thank you,  

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

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LOVE TO BAKE?

The GWCS GSA would love to support your love of baking by inviting you to contribute to their upcoming bake sale!  

Bake Sale:  Please donate baked goods for the GSA's first fundraiser - a bake sale on February 9th & 10th.  All proceeds from the bake sale will go to the Human Rights Campaign.

GSA Meetings:  Every Thursday during lunch in Mr. Pereira's classroom.  All are welcome.

Questions?  Contact:

Anne C. at annec@gwcommunityschool.com
-or-
Mr. Pereira at pereiraad@gwcommunityschool.com

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JUNIOR COLLEGE CONFERENCES...

ALL GWCS JUNIORS AND THEIR PARENTS!

Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th

Thank you to all of our junior families for signing up for a college conference with Ms. Warden & Mr. Pereira! 


THIRTEENTH ANNUAL GWCS HEXAGON EXTRAVAGANZA...

LIMITED AVAILABILITY - GRAB YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Join Mr. Goldie for an evening of laughter!

WHAT:  Hexagon is a nonprofit organization composed of people whose purpose is to create and stage an original, political, satirical, musical comedy revue each year, both to have fun entertaining and to raise money for local charities. 

WHEN:  Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm  (Theatre at 8:00 pm)

WHERE: Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW,  Washington DC 20016  (map)

COST:  Dinner + Ticket + Ride + Fun = $50.  This is a 'first come, first served' event (limited number of seats). If you like political, musical, satirical theatre then bring a fifty dollar check (per person) to school made out to GWCS.

DRESS: semi casual (no jeans, no tennis shoes, no t-shirts) 

THE PLAN:   We will leave after school at approximately 4:30 pm, drive downtown, eat dinner together (at Guapo’s on Wisconsin Avenue or something similar), then drive a few blocks to the theatre which begins at 8:00 pm. We should be back at the school around 10:45 pm.  

INFO:  http://www.hexagon.org/

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

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FUTURE EVENTS...

Refer to GWCS online calendar for details. 
GWCS Basketball online calendar

Feb 6:  No School - Student Holiday
Feb 6-7: Junior College Conferences (info)
Feb 7-9:  Gap Year Fairs (info)
Feb 9:  Coffee Talk
Feb 9 & 10:  GSA Bake Sale (sign up to bake)
Feb 10:  Event Night (info)
Feb 15:  Cake Decorating Class
Feb 16:  Museum of Natural History Field Trip - Biology Class
Feb 20:  No School - President's Day
Feb 20:  Robotics - Pre-States Scrimmage at GWCS
Feb 21 - March 3:  PAC Silent Auction (info)
Feb 25:  Robotics - Virginia State Championship
Feb 28:  Add/Drop Deadline for 3rd Quarter
Mar 1:  PAC All-Parents Meeting
Mar 3:  Co-Op Data Form Due (all juniors & seniors)
Mar 11:  SAT & Subject Tests Proctored at GWCS
Mar 15:  Last Day to Donate to SGA Live Auction
Mar 17:  SGA St. Patrick's Day Live Auction
Mar 20:  Enrollment Contract for 2017-2018 Due
Mar 22:  Rose's Luxury - Food Chemistry Field Trip
Mar 23:  Coffee House
Mar 24:  No School - Student Holiday

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HELPFUL SCHOOL LINKS...

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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