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!

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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  
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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