In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

March 24, 2022

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • College Panel: TONIGHT @ 6:30 p.m.
  • GWA Open House: Sunday, March 27
  • MS Improv Showcase: March 30
  • Spring Break: April 4-8
  • School Holiday: Good Friday, April 15
  • Aladdin: April 21 & 22
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Beyond the Classroom

Our eighth graders enjoyed a class trip adventure that covered points of interest and opportunities to engage in Tennessee and north Georgia. Starting in Chattanooga, students explored the Tennessee Aquarium, the Challenger Space Center, and the Chickamauga battlefield as they learned about important events in both science and history. They wrapped up day one with a fine dining experience on a moving train.


On day two, the group boarded the Incline Railway for a trip to Lookout Mountain. While conditions were foggy, students gained an understanding of the high vantage point for soldiers fighting a battle and learned about the movements of the Union and Confederate armies. Next, eighth graders traveled to Rock City and down an elevator to explore Ruby Falls. The day concluded with grade-level bonding by bowling and playing laser tag.


Students headed back to Georgia on their third day with stops at New Echota and the start of the Trail of Tears. They visited Etowah where they climbed mounds created by Native Americans and were able to relate them to the Native American myths studied during the first semester. The class made a final stop at the Tellus Museum to observe a planetarium show and a dinosaur exhibit, completing a three-day excursion into real-world experiences and learning beyond the classroom.

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Monumental Learning Experience

As a culmination of their research and report writing unit on Washington, D.C., seventh-grade students visited our nation’s capital to synthesize their class-based learning with real-life experiences and exposure. Students visited the monuments, memorials, and museums they researched, thus providing further civic and historical perspectives. Highlights of the trip included a stop at Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the monuments, memorials, and museums surrounding the National Mall.

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Sixth-Grade Space Campers

The sixth grade traveled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for three days at Space Camp. They spent three days and two nights immersed in all things science and space. While there, students participated in a simulated space mission, built and fired their own rockets, and explored the history of space exploration. They toured a replica of the International Space Station and learned how astronauts survive in space and how they spend their time. The simulators that replicated different aspects of space travel were the highlight for most students.
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Last Chance!

Visit the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts to view their Elementary Student Art Show - including the many wonderful works by GWA lower school students. The exhibit closes this evening with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m.
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Painted Signs

Mrs. Gahan’s ASL I students gave fifth-grade art students an introduction to American Sign Language – teaching them the hand signs for colors and the letters of the alphabet. After learning about the proportions of the hand – the fifth graders drew hands signing words of encouragement and kindness. To complete the project, they added a watercolor background that related to the word in the drawing. Kudos to our ASL and fifth-grade students on a successful collaboration!
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College Panel TONIGHT!

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Taking the Podium

Once a month Gavel Club members and faculty and parent sponsors gather in the cafeteria for an evening of speeches. The club, a high school version of Toastmasters International, is open to students in grades 9-12 and gives them an opportunity to hone their public speaking and speech writing skills. Each meeting brings different topics, a variety of engaging speeches as well as peer and sponsor speech evaluations. Members completing a total of ten speeches earn the Competent Toastmaster title. Senior members will deliver their final speeches next month before a crowd of invited guests during the end of the year banquet.


Club president Noah Hicks said, “Gavel Club has really benefited me both socially and as a public speaker, making me more confident and comfortable in front of a large crowd of people.” He advises underclassmen to join Gavel Club, and to “truly take it seriously because they will gain one of the more useful skills (public speaking) for any profession.”

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Helping Hands

By Amber Thomason


Last Friday, we had 14 ninth-grade students sign up to volunteer at the FISH Food Bank. When we arrived, they participated in a daily devotion led by one of the pastors who rotate at FISH. The pastor spoke about change and God’s plan for each person. Afterward, our students spent two hours sorting through donations, stocking shelves, and packaging hygiene items. At the end of the morning, the staff graciously allowed the students to raid the ice cream freezer. Staff at FISH complimented our students on their hard work and help and called them a “blessing.” I am so proud of all the students who came to help and look forward to holding more events like this in the future.

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Action-Packed Evening

Our GWA lacrosse teams celebrated their ten senior players between games against Duluth High School on Wednesday night. The girls played tough but came up short on goals while the boys earned a 7-4 victory over Duluth. Congrats to our senior athletes!
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On to Nationals!

Taylor Jesel won first place at Zone Four Finals at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort and Hailey Wudtke took third place in her division! These GWA riders are bound for IEA - Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania next month! Congrats, Taylor and Hailey!
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Something to Cheer About!

Youth Cheer registration is open! Please use the link below that pertains to your cheerleader to sign up. Please see additional information below about uniform fittings and registration fees.


  • Link for K5-2nd Grade- click HERE

  • Link for 3rd-4th Grace- click HERE

  • Link for 5th-6th - click HERE


1) Uniform fittings for K5-6th grade cheerleaders. You do not have to attend both fittings. Please choose one:

· Monday, March 28, 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

· Wednesday, March 30, 3-5 p.m. in the Nicholson Center.


2) Registration will be due at the uniform fitting. Registration is $75 and checks will need to be made out to GWA. All of the gear below will be purchased through Varsity (vendor) at the fitting.

We will accept check, cash or credit card. Please be prepared to pay for:

K5-2nd grade prices:

· Uniform ($114)

· Skirt only ($73.95)

· Poms ($32.50)

· Cheer Shoes ($58.95)

3rd-6th grade prices:

· Uniform ($170.50)

· Poms ($32.50)

· Cheer Shoes ($58.95)


Please contact Grace Martin or Michele Bowen with any questions concerning youth cheer. The information above may also be found on our website.


Grace Martin- gmartin@gwa.com

Michele Bowen- michelebowen85@yahoo.com

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We Are Ready for Football!

Youth football 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 send them the links below. They must send a current report card and set up an interview with our coaches and athletic director. Please use the link below that pertains to your player to sign up.


  • Link for K5-2nd Grade Flag- click HERE.

  • Link for 3rd & 4th Grade Tackle- click HERE.

  • Link for 5th & 6th Grade Tackle- click HERE.


Sign Up Requirements:

1) Coaches will need to have a current physical form from your child's doctor on file by July 1, 2022.

2) Jersey fittings for Tackle will be after school on March 28 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

3) Please pay the registration fee ($50) by check. If you have a jersey from last year that can be used, you will only pay the registration fee. The school will order jerseys. See jersey prices below:

Flag jersey- $35 (Please make the check out to GWA for $85- jersey and reg. fee)

Tackle jersey- $70 (Please make the check out to GWA for $120- jersey and reg. fee)

4) Additional items for Flag:

  • Cleats, black athletic shorts, mouthpiece is optional.

5) Additional items for Tackle:

  • Matte black helmet (school provides decal), pads, black football pants, cleats, mouthpiece


Any parents who are interested in coaching a flag team or helping coach a team, please contact Grace Martin at gmartin@gwa.com. This information is also availbale on our website.

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Join Us This Summer!

GWA Summer Camps are filled with summer fun and enrichment in the arts, athletics, science, technology, crafts, games, and more. Stay tuned for camp details and registration - available soon on our website.
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We left off an ad in our Partners Promos in error. We are sharing it here since it is timely information. We thank all of our Corporate Partners for their support!
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Still Available For Purchase

Two items from the gala did not sell. Surely it was because they were overlooked with all the fabulous items to view and bid on. It isn’t too late to make one of these items yours. Available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please text Jeanie Beach at 770-714-6238 to be first to claim one of these fabulous items:


  • Aurora Princess Bridal Veil - Buy it now for $125 ($450 value)
  • Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream Wifi 6 Router - Buy it now for $50 ($250 value)

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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Pure Talk USA (www.puretalkusa.com). Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.
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