In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

October 25, 2018

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Yearbook Pic. Retake Day: Oct. 30 (Rescheduled from Oct. 12)
  • Halloween Dress Up Day (all grades): Oct. 31
  • Coffee with Admin: Nov. 1
  • Dawgs 360 Bonfire: Nov. 1

  • Deadline to Submit Veterans Program Photos: Nov. 2

  • Fall Sports Senior Night at Varsity Football Game: Nov. 2

  • Student Holiday: Nov. 5

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2018 Dawgs Unleashed is in the Books!

That's a wrap for the 2018 Dawgs Unleashed "fun" raiser! This year's event was a tremendous success and we sincerely thank everyone who participated. We have a handful of Dawgs Unleashed t-shirts still available, so please stop by the front office if you are interested in purchasing one. Please click here to see the results of each of our exciting Dawgs Unleashed events!

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An Eye-Opening Experience

Coach Holly’s Global Health class visited Able Prosthetic Care, Inc. in Conyers last week. The students were able to learn about a career in prosthetics and the many different types of prostheses. Prosthetist, Danny Holzer, explained the process of making and building a prosthesis from start to finish and showed the array of tools used in the process. The students were most surprised at the level of detail in some of the hand, finger, and foot prosthetics. Also, an amputee came to show the students her above-the-knee prosthesis, how it works, how she takes it on and off, how she walks up and down stairs, and many other interesting facts about life as an amputee. This was an excellent learning opportunity and we thank Able Prosthetic Care for allowing the Global Health students to visit.

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Learning "Sew" Much about Colonial America

Seventh-grade social studies students in Mrs. Dolvin's class took a step back into colonial America! They enjoyed a special opportunity to make butter and whipped cream using methods colonial settlers would use. To further understand the need for self-sufficiency on colonial farms, students practiced their sewing skills by creating a colonial coin pouch.

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Exchanging Skills in Robotics

Alexander Kappelt is a 14 year-old short-term exchange student from Germany who joined Mrs. Stapp's high school robotics class in September. Starting from the first day, he was eager to join a team and help out. One team of seniors were troubleshooting their robot’s programming and Alex jumped in and told them how to fix it. They edited the code and the robot came to life! Alex learned a lot from his older brother and a German programming class. He’s also worked on building motors for small machines. He loves to go around the room to different robotic teams and help daily. He was a great asset to the class and will certainly be missed!

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Eli Lindsey, First Recipient of Whitley Scholarship

The Steven Whitley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the legacy of long-time educator Steven Whitley and provide both needs-based and merit-based awards for GWA students pursuing extraordinary academic, artistic, and leadership opportunities.


Eli Lindsey was selected as the first recipient of the Steven Whitley Memorial Scholarship after winning a coveted space in the prestigious Drum Corps International’s Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Only 150 students from across the globe are selected into this all-male group...Read More.

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Join us November 1st

Come pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and chat with Dr. Dolan! Our next Coffee with the Admin meeting is on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 a.m. in the upper school media center. Join us for an opportunity to spend time with administration and to hear the latest GWA news, ask questions, and discuss any rumors swirling around. (And Dr. Dolan assures that the rumors only get better as the year goes on!)
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Honoring Veterans

Please join us for our annual Veterans Day celebration at GWA on Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. in the Nicholson Center. If you would like to submit a photo for our Veterans Day video, please email the photos to gwavetpics@gmail.com. Photos must be in jpeg format. All photos must be submitted no later than Friday, Nov. 2.

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Are You #gwaproud?

Use the hashtag #gwaproud wearing GWA apparel and have a chance to win a $25 gift card to the GWA Dawg Shop!

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Good Luck Lady Dawgs!

GWA students, faculty, and staff gathered yesterday to send off the varsity softball team to play in the Elite 8 in Columbus! All their hard work this season has certainly paid off, and we couldn't be more proud of our Lady Dawgs! Good luck, ladies- we are all cheering you on!
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It's a White Out!

Our mighty Bulldogs football team secured yet another victory this past Friday, beating Athens Christian School 21-12. This has been an impressive season so far, and we are proud of our players and their achievements! Now it's time to gear up for the next game, so make plans to come out to Prince Avenue Christian School tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. to support the varsity football team as they take on our conference rival. Both teams hold a remarkable record of 7-1, with their only loss being against Athens Academy. It's a white out, so show up in your favorite white spirit wear, and get ready to cheer our team on to another victory. The Bulldogs have been working hard and are ready for battle!

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Varsity Volleyball Serves Up an Awesome Season

The varsity volleyball team had an amazing season! This team was a special group of young ladies who showed dedication, improved their skill levels, and poured their hearts into this season. The team's record for the 2018 season was 30-20 compared to 9-24 for 2017, and 14-22 for the 2016 season! They truly put their talents to the test and united as a team, which led to such an impressive winning record this season. Read More.

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Head of the Pack

GWA middle school cross country teams wrapped up an incredible season at Saturday’s Georgia Middle School State Championship in Cochran. The girls team placed first out of 12 teams (small school championship race) - ending Holy Innocents’ ten year state champ reign! Six GWA runners placed in the top 25 out of 145 runners. Congrats to Mellie Fisher (eighth) Campbell Macy (10th), Taylor Jesel (15th), Sarah Kate Bailey (17th), Payton Stone (18th), and Eris Johns (24th)! Read More.

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Calling All Young Athletes!

GWA Youth Sports is excited to announce the addition of a wrestling program! The league is open to all interested students in the community, ages K4 through fifth grade--so sign up, and bring a friend. Registration is currently underway and is free to participants. Practice begins on Monday, Oct. 29.
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The George Walton athletic department is moving full speed ahead with expansion into new sports and lacrosse is certainly generating steam! Join us for FREE lacrosse instruction clinics right here on the GWA campus. The final session will take place this Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Carpe Diem at the Latin Fall Forum

On Saturday, October 13th, Latin Teacher Cortney Pickens took four members of the GWA Junior Classical League to Fall Forum at North Gwinnett High School. Fall Forum is the annual kick-off meeting of Georgia Junior Classical League, and it’s a chance for Latin students from across the state to take part in academic, creative, and athletic contests as well as workshops taught by students and teachers alike..Read More.

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¡NUEVOLUTION! Latinos and the New South

Señora McElveen’s middle school Spanish class went on a field trip to explore the ¡NUEVOLUTION! exhibit at The Atlanta History Center. The exhibit explores the growth, development, and coming together of Latinos in the New South. The group also ate lunch at La Fonda Latina in Atlanta where the students ordered their meals in Spanish!

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Announcing Special Events for the Nov. 2 Football Game!

First grade parents: If your child’s senior plays football, manages football, plays in the band or runs cross country, please join us in honoring the seniors before the football game on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.! Meet at the field at 6:45 p.m. The first graders can run out on the field to greet/hug their Seniors!


The crowning of Miss Bulldog will also take place at the Nov. 2 game, and don't forget the theme is America- so show up sporting your patriotic spirit wear! Still want a GWA winning design America t-shirt? A limited supply is still available for purchase in the Dawg Shop.

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Yearbook retakes are on Tuesday, October 30th. Please send a note with your child that morning with their name, grade and homeroom teacher. Also, make your child aware if they are getting a retake made.


If you placed a picture pre-order, your order should be coming home with your child this week or Monday.

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Lower school buyers that purchase a yearbook by October 30th will get to pick a prize out of the yearbook treasure chest on Halloween. Middle and upper school students that buy a yearbook by October 30th will be entered into a drawing to win a Chick-fil-A or itunes gift card! The drawing will take place on Halloween.


You can buy your yearbook online by going to yearbookordercenter.com and entering our job number - 14485 or school name - George Walton Academy. If you would rather send a check, you can also do that. Just make it out to GWA for $75 per book and make sure to put it in an envelope with your child's full name and home room, ATTN: Liz Jones (and/or yearbook staff).


Thank you and happy yearBOOk week!

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Lower school music teacher, Mrs. Debbie Dyer, assembled yet another dynamic production! “Stone Soup” was on the musical menu last Thursday. First- and second-grade students did a “souper” job reminding us that if we are generous and share what little we have with others, everyone will have enough and be blessed!
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Today you are YOU, that is truer than true!

The Seussificiation of Romeo and Juliet is a whimsical reinvention of Shakespeare's tragic love story, complete with rhymed couplets, creative wordplay, and some very famous feuding families. The middle school drama class spent several weeks rehearsing. For many students, this production marked their very first performance in front of a live audience. Mr. Reagan’s photography class took headshots of all the actors, the art classes and Mr. Cole’s design classes also helped paint and create some of the set, including building several boxes for the show out of sheets of birch plywood. It’s been a fun collaborative process with all of the Fine Arts students.

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Rome (Georgia) if You Want To!

On Thursday, Oct. 18, members of the GWA High School Chorale traveled to Berry College for a day of rehearsals and final concert performance for the Third Annual Berry College High School Choir Festival. Over 250 high school students from 16 different schools attended the choir festival. Theater teacher Ammie Bruce truly enjoyed the opportunity to take some of her students to her Alma Mater to perform under the direction of her former voice coach and choir director, Dr. Paul Neal. Our very own GWA choir members were a part of the Mixed Choir for the day, performing two beautiful pieces: Lux Arumque by Eric Whitacre and In Meeting We Are Blessed by Troy Robertson & R. Gatsnahos. The GWA students who attended the festival are Jenni Anderson, Emma Boyer, Chambers Eckles, Katlyn Hughes, Emily Newsom, Jack Power, and Elle Pugh.

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A Different Kind of Homecoming

Alumna Whitney (Adams) Todd, class of 2006 and owner of Jitneys in Huntsville, Alabama, designs intricate planners, stationery and art prints for people who thrive on organization and love a soul-soothing bouquet of florals.


When asked how George Walton impacted her journey with Jitneys, Todd said “GWA had such a heavy influence in my life, particularly in the liberal arts dynamic...Read More.

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Demonstrated Interest as a Factor in College Admissions

By Michael Clancy, Director of College Counseling


There are several factors colleges consider when evaluating applications. It should come as no surprise that grades, rigor of courses and standardized test scores are the top three. As one scans the table below, there will be some familiar categories, and perhaps some not so familiar. One of the factors that many students are unaware of is a term called, “Demonstrated Interest.”...Read More.

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