In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

October 11, 2018

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • America Spirit Wear T-shirt Deadline: Oct. 13
  • Yearbook Picture Order Deadline (K4-11th): Oct. 15
  • Dawgs Unleashed Golf Tournament: Oct. 15
  • Dawgs Unleashed Tennis Tournament: Oct. 16
  • Counselor Chats: Oct. 18
  • First and Second Grade Fall Musical: Oct. 18
  • Dawgs Unleashed 5K, Scary Scurry Run, & Fall Fest.: Oct. 20
  • Yearbook Pic. Retake Day: Oct. 30 (Rescheduled from Oct. 12)
  • Dawgs 360 Bonfire: Nov. 1

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

TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • Iowa Testing - seventh grade: Oct. 15 - Oct. 19
  • Iowa Testing - first, third, and fifth grades: Oct. 22 - Oct. 26
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Greetings from the GWA Admissions office,

Our office is diligently working to prepare for the 2019-2020 admissions season. Online applications will be posted in the coming weeks, private tours are scheduled on a daily basis and prospective family events are rapidly approaching. I am excited to announce that we already have several grades that are at capacity for the upcoming school year and we will be accepting “wait list only” applications for those grades...Read More.

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An EPIC Experience in Humanity

This year GWA launched a middle school initiative called EPICs. This stands for Extension Projects Inspiring {Children, Change, Compassion, Creativity, Community, Collaboration}, and is an intentional way to extend learning beyond the traditional curriculum, while exposing middle school students to alternate projects that address community or global issues.


This past summer, all middle school students and teachers read Linda Sue Park’s "A Long Walk to Water" which tells the story of Salva Dut, a “lost boy” refugee born in Sudan in the 1980s. Salva’s story has inspired thousands of young people around the world through his nonprofit organization, Water for South Sudan...Read More.

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Egg-ceptional Lessons in French Cuisine!

Middle and upper school students in Mrs. Gervais' French class served up a delicious assignment last week! Each student took turns whipping up a variety of omelets to learn French translations of the components involved in preparing this traditional French cuisine. What a creative technique Mrs. Gervais used to engage students and immerse them into French culture!
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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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"Demystifying Testing"

Join us for the next Counselor Chats meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8:15 a.m. to learn how the GWA counseling department supports students socially, emotionally, and academically. Enjoy a cup of coffee while we discuss how standardized tests are used, how to help your child prepare for them and how to understand the results. The meeting begins right after drop off in the Upper School Media Center.
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Call Times for Dawgs Unleashed Events

Golf Tournament, Oct. 15: 8 a.m. registration and practice, 9 a.m. shotgun start

Tennis Tournament, Oct. 16: 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. match time, 12:30 p.m. lunch

Road Races, Oct. 20: 5k Race--8 a.m., Scary Scurry Kids Runs (listed by age)--9:30 a.m. 10 to 12, 9:45 a.m. seven to nine, 10 a.m. six and under

Fall Festival Oct. 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., setup starts at 6:30 a.m.

A Dawg Day You Don't Want to Miss!

The 2018 Dawgs Unleashed Fall Festival is right around the corner! Join us for a fun-filled and exciting day, packed with a variety of fall activities for all ages--and it's open to the public, so spread the word! Vendor booths include an assortment of unique offerings from jewelry to hair bows, sweet treats to BBQ, and everything in between! Kids can bounce the day away in the jump zone, play games, and even sport a crazy hairdo or creative face paint, compliments of our very own GWA upper school student club members! Click here for further details and to register.

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Calling for some Doggone Good Volunteers and Donations!

The Dawgs Unleashed team is working hard behind the scenes and we need your help! We are in search of the following:


-Items for door prizes

-Large prizes for event winners

-Small items to go in swag bags

-Volunteers for the Road Race and Fall Festival


Please email Elizabeth McDonel at emcdonel@gwa.com if you can provide an item from one of these categories or are available to volunteer!

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Cross Country Races to the Top!

Bulldog runners led the pack once again at the Walton County Cross Country Championships last weekend! The meet took place at Loganville Christian Academy and was the final meet before state for the middle school girls and boys teams, and region for the varsity boys and girls teams. The middle school boys placed third with two top five runners– Sully Croker and Jake Stout, while the girls placed second with three top five runners--Mellie Fisher, Macy Campbell, and Taylor Jesel. Varsity boys placed fourth and varsity girls placed third. We certainly are proud of our cross country teams!

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Volleyball Continues the Winning Streak

Varsity Volleyball dominated at Loganville Christian Academy’s Freedom Classic Playdate last weekend! They played four teams, scored 200 points, 40 of which were ACES, and never lost a set all day. Great job ladies!


Come out and cheer on the Lady Dawgs at home this Saturday! GWA is hosting the Varsity Regional Tournament here on campus, with the first match starting at 10:30 a.m. This tournament will determine whether we will travel, or if we will host the first round of the State Tournament.

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Shooting for Winning Teams!

Attention middle schoolers--bring your skills to the court! Tryouts are coming up for all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Please note that all students MUST have a physical before the first day of tryouts.


Girls basketball tryouts are Monday, Oct. 15 through Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the middle gym. Please contact Grace Martin at gmartin@gwa.com with any questions. On Wednesday night after the final tryout, Ashley Inman will have sign-ups for the seventh-grade girls league at 6 p.m. in the Nicholson Center concession area. Please contact Coach Inman at ashley_inman@hotmail.com or Grace Martin if you have any questions about the seventh-grade league.


Boys basketball tryouts will be on Monday, Oct. 15 in the middle gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Contact Lee Garrett at lee.garrett@libertyfirst.us for further information or to ask any questions.

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Calling All Fifth and Sixth Grade Hoopsters!

GWA will be offering youth basketball for fifth and sixth grade boys and girls. Sign-ups will be in the cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Please bring the following documents to registration: copy of birth certificate, most current report card, registration and concussion forms, and a check for $100 made out to GWAYB (this includes registration fee and insurance). Click here to access the forms. If you do not currently have a sports physical on file with the school for this school year, you will need this as well. Uniforms will be handled separately. Please email Jason Hill at jhill@stilllumber.com with any questions.

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Model UN Students Put Their Skills to the Test

George Walton Academy's mission is to provide challenging instruction, engaging experiences, and global perspectives designed to inspire lives of intellectual curiosity, integrity and purpose. Few activities come closer to meeting this objective than Model United Nations club.


As the name implies, Model United Nations is a simulation of the actual United Nations. School teams attend conferences to propose solutions to current issues facing the United Nations...Read More.

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Show Your American Pride!

Students have voted on the GWA American themed t-shirt for the Nov. 2 varsity football game. The winning design is now available! Click HERE to order. Deadline is midnight, Oct. 13. Also, if you ordered a homecoming shirt it is available for pick up in the Dawg Shop.
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A Soup-er Lesson in Sharing

Lower school music teacher, Mrs. Debbie Dyer, assembles yet another dynamic production! First and second graders have been diligently rehearsing for the musical “Stone Soup,” which is based on a folk tale that is several hundred years old. The story reminds us that if we all share what little we have with others, everyone will have enough, and all will be blessed. The students have been working on the musical since August, and are excited to perform it for their family and friends on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Redesigning a Rafael

Senior AP art student Caroline May makes a detour around conventional art! She is pushing her creativity beyond the comfort of simply recreating Rafael's famous renaissance painting "School of Athens," by adding a unique modern twist. The subjects in the painting will don traditional renaissance clothing in the painting's familiar setting, but she is inserting modern components such as a laptop, cell phone, and Coke can to achieve the desired artistic effect. Dr. Dolan and some other familiar faces may also make appearances in the painting as well! She said art teacher Mr. Reagan allowed her the autonomy to explore her creativity to the fullest with executing this project.
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Stop by the GWA Alumni Association table at the Dawgs Unleashed fall festival to learn more about upcoming alumni events!

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Show Me the Money!

By Laura Nabors, Associate Director of College Counseling


Jerry McGuire was on to something! Financial aid is money that can help you pay for college and should not be considered a dirty word. Some aid needs to be paid back or earned, some aid is a gift. This money is available to people from all walks of life. Financial aid can come from federal and state governments, colleges, and private organizations. Here are four quick things you need to know about financial aid...Read More.

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Today's In Focus is Proudly Sponsored by LIWAY TRANSFER & STORAGE, INC.

Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.

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