In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

September 23, 2021

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • V Volleyball Senior Night: TONIGHT @ 6 p.m.
  • V Football at Mt. Vernon: Sept. 24 @ 4:15 p.m.
  • V Softball Senior Night: Sept. 27 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Homecoming Week: Oct. 4 - 8
  • Early Dismissal: Oct. 8 - all grades, see below
  • Homecoming Dance: Oct. 9
  • Dawgs Unleashed Golf: Oct. 11
  • Dawgs Unleashed Tennis: Oct. 12
  • Dawgs Unleashed 5K & Fun Run: Oct. 16
  • Yearbook Picture Make Up Day: Oct. 26
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Guaranteed T-shirt Deadline is TODAY!

It's time to sign up for all Dawgs Unleashed events- including the 5K, Fun Run, Tennis Tournament and Golf Tournament as a participant and/or a volunteer. Go to our website (under Events tab) or HERE for details and registration. The deadline to get a guaranteed t-shirt is Sept. 23 (midnight TONIGHT). Contact Elizabeth McDonel with any questions.
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Where We Live

In global studies, first-grade students learned that they live in many different places- all at the same time. With the help of the set of nesting dolls, they demonstrated how our community fits in the larger world. They created flip booklets in graduating sizes: our planet, our continent, our country, our state, our town, and our school.
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Science Rocks!

On Monday the sixth grade hosted Diamond Del's Gem Mining Adventure. This is an extension of the rocks and minerals unit being covered in class. This is an opportunity for students to gain experience with the process of identifying and classifying fifteen different rocks and minerals. Students got hands on practice panning, one of the many ways used to separate minerals from the less desirable mining ore without leaving campus.
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GWA Hosts College Fair

GWA hosted the Walton County Probe College Fair today in the Nicholson Center. Five local high schools brought juniors and seniors to our campus to interact with admission representatives from 70 colleges and universities. Students inquired about schools' entrance requirements, campus traditions, and program opportunities. It was great to see students engaged and exploring future opportunities.

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Going Pink

This year's pink out was greeted with so much spirit and support. Thank you to all who went pink for cancer awareness! A portion of the sale proceeds from the pink out t-shirt, pink pom poms, pink hair bows, and pink glitter ribbon tattoos, a portion of each sale was donated to George Walton Cure Dawgs. Christie Johnson (Dawg Shop) is ecstatic to announce that we raised $4,200!


What is Cure Dawgs?

In 2006, a group of George Walton Academy teachers, staff, and moms, came together to form George Walton Academy Cure Dawgs. Their mission was to raise awareness and to lend support to GWA family members whose lives had been touched by cancer. A few years later, the Cure Dawgs mission expanded to include GWA families that have been touched by life threatening illnesses and diseases. At that time the Cure Dawgs began a scholarship fund to support a graduate whose life has been touched or changed by any of the events.


Thank you GWA for your incredible support!

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Fifth-Grade Photographer

Evan Weke is a GWA fifth grader, an avid photographer, and the youngest member of the GWA photography club. We are thrilled to share some of his photos from last week’s Friday night lights! Evan said, “I like taking photos because it is a way to capture a moment and always remember it.” Great job, Evan!
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New Afterschool Bells Class

WHO: Mrs. Dyer is the instructor

AGES: K3, K4, K5 & 1st grade students at GWA

WHAT: Resonator Bells and Prodigies curriculum, 8 weeks course

WHEN: Tuesdays in October and November (except Thanksgiving Break)

WHERE: Mrs. Dyer’s music room (Mrs. Dyer will pick children up in

after care and will escort them to and from her room).

TIME: 3:30-4:30pm

COST: $70 per month (includes class use of bells and materials)

ADDITIONAL INFO: Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students. FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Mrs. Debbie Dyer ddyer@gwa.com

-To sign up, email smay@gwa.com and send a check made out to GWA to the attention of Stacy May. Put “Bells Class” in the memo.

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Bring Your Bible to School Day is October 7

Bring Your Bible to School Day is a nationwide, student-led movement to read and treasure Scripture as God’s Holy Word, to encourage others with the hope we have in Christ Jesus, and to celebrate our religious freedoms in the United States. Click HERE to learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day.
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Early Kickoff for the Bulldogs

Our GWA varsity Bulldogs face Mt. Vernon on the road this Friday – kickoff at 4:15 p.m. If you can’t make it, be sure to tune in on the NFHS network (subscription required). Click HERE for the link. Go Bulldogs!
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Strike a Pose

Third-grade students are learning about gesture drawing. Students learned that gesture drawings are quick drawings of a model/figure and do not have a lot of detail. Students looked through many examples of gesture drawings. This week, students had the chance to put their knowledge into practice. Students were divided into groups and each group took turns posing and drawing gesture drawings. This is a fun challenge for students. They started by posing for 40 seconds, then 30, then 20. It is fabulous to see students complete a drawing in 20 seconds when they began the class thinking they could not complete a drawing in 40 seconds.
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Bulldogs Perform at JSU

This past weekend, GWA had 12 of our GWA marching band students attend this year's Jacksonville State official Marching Southerners Band Day. This event was held during the JSU football game at their home stadium in Jacksonville, Alabama.


There were over 1,600 band students from all over Alabama and Georgia that came together with the 500 member JSU Marching Southerners and practiced four songs with the group and got to perform with them at halftime. It was a super fun and amazing experience for our students and the crowd! There were over 2,200 people on one field for a fantastic performance.


We presently have two of our former GWA students attending JSU and they both are members of the JSU Marching Southerners. Brody Lindsey ‘20 and Madison Smith ‘21 were both there on full music and leadership scholarships. We are so proud of them and were in absolute awe of their performance and the chance for our kids to perform with them this past Saturday.

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Meet Liz Jones

This is Liz Jones’ fifth year at GWA. She works in the Advancement office as the Graphic Design Coordinator for the school. She is also the Yearbook Advisor and teaches graphic design. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2001. She lives in Loganville with her husband, attorney Austin Jones, and two kids – tenth grader Owen and fourth grader Oliver.
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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Apex Painting & Decorating (https://apex-paint.com/). Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.