In Focus @ GWA
A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy
April 15, 2021
Key Deadlines & Dates
- Track Senior Night: April 15
- Literary Region Meet: April 16 at PACS
- Baseball & Golf Senior Night: April 16
- GWA Open House: Sunday, April 18
- Arena Registration: April 20
- Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting: April 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
- Counselor Chat (Virtual): April 22 (New Date)
- Field Day: April 23
Camp is Calling!
While school is out for the summer, our campus will continue to bustle with activity. This year’s summer camp offerings are so compelling that it might make you wish you could be a kid again! The opportunities are endless for all ages and interests – giving campers a place to create art, sing, dance, play lacrosse, learn to cook, play Minecraft, explore a variety of cultures, be a princess, play piano, learn to drive, and so much more.
The new Marching Band Fun Time Camp will introduce and provide beginning marching band fundamentals to students. Any and all area band students are welcome and encouraged to attend! Participants will learn how to read drill, move and play, basic choreography and more. Our camp will provide more individualized feedback to those who are just getting started or are thinking about joining marching band (from grades seventh – 12th). Assistant Band Director Lindsay Ferris said, “The most exciting part of this camp is the unique opportunity it provides students to march and play with others from different schools and create a connection of community through music!”
New Head Football Coach Logan Beer is thrilled to offer a football camp for younger players. This is a great opportunity to learn football fundamentals and improve agility. Participants will also have the chance to meet our GWA varsity football coaches.
This year, we will offer swim camp for the first time! Our swimmers and their coaches look forward to working with the future GWA Swim Dawgs and those looking to improve their skills in the pool. We have a great group of swim team members ready to help, guide, and mentor students in third grade and up.
Whether your child is sports-minded or into video games, summer camps are the perfect place to learn, grow, achieve goals, build confidence, make new friends, and try something completely new. Be sure to check out our summer camps webpage (HERE) for details and registration. GWA camps run from June through August and are open to all, so bring a friend or two and help us spread the word.
Let the summer adventures begin!
Myth to Movie
By Alana Thorpe
GWA Advancement Intern
Miss Pickens Latin Class is learning about Pyramus and Thisbe, a Roman Romeo and Juliet. It is a classic Roman transformation myth about a mulberry tree in which the berries are changed from white to red. Latin students completed a project in which they wrote a script for a modern telling of the myth but still included the same main points of the myth. Next they recorded their plays as short films during class time. Once the videos were uploaded and edited - the class enjoyed watching their creative works.
By Mac Geoffroy
Creative Writing Club Member
The Creative Writing Club is working on a literary magazine that will include works of writing, art, photography, and other literary works. Anything creative that you do, we would like to publish it in our magazine. The magazine will be a culmination of the school’s artistry. Be a part of it!
Students may submit works to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 26 to be published in the magazine, and we are running another raffle ($15 Dunkin Donuts gift card) for anyone who submits their work.
We’d love to see some great submissions from the creative students at George Walton.
The Creative Writing Club’s raffle winner of the $10 Chick-Fil-A gift card is Trip Turner!
Trip sent in a wonderful work of writing to email@example.com and won the raffle.
Tennis Advances to State
Mark your calendar for youth football registration for rising K5 through fifth grade students. K5-second grade play flag football and third-fifth will play tackle. Please see email from Grace Martin for complete details and information regarding physicals, required forms, registration fees and jerseys.
April 21 - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Nicholson Center Concession Area)
Registration is open to students who attend GWA and also students who do not attend GWA. If you know someone who is interested in playing youth football at GWA and would be a good fit for our program then please have them contact Grace Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open House is Sunday!
We will host an Open House event on Sunday, April 18. This is a great opportunity for your friends and neighbors to learn about our school community and the outstanding programs we offer.
You are our best source for marketing to new families and we have a few opportunities for you!
- Send us the contact info of anyone you know who would be a great addition to the GWA community, we’ll reach out and invite them to the Open House.
- Share our Open House posts on social media with details about why you love GWA.
- Join us on Sunday, April 18 to welcome the prospective families who are registered to attend the event.
Space for Open House is limited and sessions are offered throughout the day. Interested families should email Lamonique Pierre at email@example.com to register for a session.
Art Show Closes Today!
Stop by the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts to see our upper school art students’ works on display. The show will be up and running through this evening. The closing reception starts at 6 p.m. and representatives from SCAD will be there to award scholarships to winning artists!
Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts
205 South Broad Street
Monroe, Georgia 30655
The Joy of Music
Ms. Sherre’s K4 class is all smiles as they learn and play in Mrs. Dyer’s music class. This week’s lesson started with students playing echo rhythms to the “Time for Music” on their rhythm sticks. Next, they discussed how the earth changes during the spring season followed by a song entitled, “Sleeping Bunnies.” When the music is “largo” (slow), the bunnies are asleep. When the tempo changes to “presto” (fast), the little spring bunnies wake up and hop quickly to match the music. Our K4 “bunnies” love playing this game!
Teacher Appreciation Planned for May
GWA Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7. Please see the grid above for details and use the links provided below to sign up for events on Monday and Friday.
- Need several parents to provide 12 to 24 count snacks (prepacked items) to be dropped off to Elizabeth McDonel’s office in the Dawg House between 7:30 to 8 a.m. that morning. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0949A8A82DAA8-teach
Friday – VIP lunch (catered lunch courtesy of student council).
- Sign up with the link below to make a dessert for our faculty/staff luncheon.
- We are in need of lunchtime volunteers to watch classes (all grades) on May 7 from 12 to 1 p.m. for teacher appreciation week. Please contact Elizabeth McDonel to volunteer.
Thank you for showing our teachers your appreciation!