GWMS Sunday Message

Week of May 9

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Kudos to…

  • Congratulations to Mr. Seracino and the Jazz Band for their outstanding performance at the Apple Blossom Festival at Shenandoah University on Friday, April 29th. They received 1st place in their category (Class C - middle schools) as well as 1st Place Overall (including middle & high school bands). Well done!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Planning Committee, thank you for all of you help and organization,
  • Mr. DeRigge and family for the birth of their daughter.
  • Jen Podgorski for completing her Google Teacher Certification. Jen completed her exam this week showing that she is proficient in Google Apps for Education and is skilled in at integrating technology into learning. Great job, Jen!
  • Ms. Edmond, Ms. Hall, Ms. King and all teachers who coordinated the World Language International Film Festival. It was an educational and enjoyable experience.

If you'd like to add your own Kudos the link is here.

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Each month we will highlight a staff member of the month. This person will get to use the “Staff of the Month” parking spot near Door 3. For MAY, the Staff Member of the Month is Blanca Mata. Ms. Mata stays with students at lunch and after school almost daily. She arranges for support on Saturday with her students outside of Saturday School, she has excellent communication with parents and is an essential member to the success of team 6-3. Ms. Mata also goes out of her way to support morning duties which is always greatly appreciated.

Now it is time for our PBIS vocabulary game….. WORDS WITH FRACULTY

WORDS WITH FRACULTY! This week’s intellectually snobbish, impractical, obsolete, and vacuous word will be stated on the announcements. Students will be challenged to use the word in its proper context per the appropriate content area to gain prexie love in their classes.

THIS WEEKS WORD: Enigma - a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation

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In preparation for the SOL's, all student laptops will be collected on Wednesday, May 11th .

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Mandatory SOL

Tuesday, May 10th, 8:45am-3:15pm

1005 Mount Vernon Avenue

Alexandria, VA

During Periods 1, 3 and 7 SOL training by grade level. ALL core teachers, SPED, ELL, paraprofessionals and all non-instructional staff (coaches, librarians and all of SST) are required to attend. PE and electives teachers are excused staff, NOT to attend.

PBIS Pillar of the Month - DEDICATION

  • Look for some exciting lessons in your inbox for homeroom as we revisit Integrity.
  • Be sure to give out your hooked on pride tickets for classroom and school-wide incentives daily/weekly.
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SOL Pep Rally

Friday, May 13th, 2:15pm

1005 Mount Vernon Avenue

Alexandria, VA

Pep Rally Friday! We will follow the 1 hour early release schedule. Students will bring backpacks with them and will be dismissed from the gym. Names of one boy and one girl from each grade level are still needed by Monday May 9, to represent each team and ultimately their grade level. A PowerPoint with logistics will be sent Sunday night and must be reviewed everyday this week to ensure expectations are followed.

AVID Organization - Homeroom

AVID Homeroom lessons will be sent to you at the beginning of the week. Mondays will be for planners and Thursdays will be for binders. Look for these in your email.

Mail Chimp

Mail Chimp has proven to be a great way to keep our GW families in the loop with all of the fantastic things that go on at GWMS. Thank you to everyone for your contributions…..KEEP THEM COMING! You are doing great work with our students and the parental feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Continue to send your pictures and short write-ups to Ms. Barnes - - to share all the wonderful things going on in your classrooms.

Thank you!


Please stand in the middle of the hallways and actively monitor and support students on their way to class. We need to perform as a unified team in this respect. The power of the many is what makes transitions smooth and orderly. Simply put, we cannot do this alone.

Saturday School

There IS Saturday School this Saturday.

Please make sure you fill out the Saturday School referral form and send all work to the 7th grade office for Ms. Benitez to have ready for the students when they check in.

Upcoming Dates:

May 14

May 21

Upcoming Week

Monday 5/9/16

6th Grade Science Fair

Tuesday 5/10/16

Staff Meeting

Wednesday 5/11/16

Spring Band Concert 7pm

Thursday 5/12/16

HR Open Enrollment Library

Friday 5/13/16

Pep Rally

Saturday 5/14/16

Saturday School 9:00am - 12:00pm