In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

October 5, 2017

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High School Guidance Counselor Michael Clancy Discusses Finding College Scholarship Money

On October 1, the Department of Education (DoE) opened its online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This is earlier than previous years and is in response to the number of students who now apply early to college. What follows is some advice for applying for financial aid. While this will be most useful to parents of seniors, parents of juniors and sophomores should also take a look so they know what to expect. Here is link to the FAFSA: https://fafsa.ed.gov/


The FAFSA might not be the only form you and your child will have to complete. Some universities require completion of the CSS (CollegeBoard Scholarship Services) Profile https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ while other institutions have their own forms. The FAFSA does not cover state aid. For that, one would need to complete an application on the GA Futures site: https://www.gafutures.org/.


A representative from GA Futures will be at George Walton Academy on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. to speak to the parents of seniors. She will return on February 6, 2018 to speak to parents of juniors and sophomores.


Click HERE to read the full article.

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GWA Lunch & Learn

Our first prospective family event will be next Thursday, October 12. Spread the word to friends, neighbors and other family members who would like to learn more about our school!


Details: Lunch & Learn About GWA

Join us in the Alumni Commons for an informal lunch with current parents, students and teachers to learn a little more about GWA. Lunch will be followed by a short campus tour. Space is limited; reservations are required. Click HERE to register.

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Congrats to Our Homecoming King and Queen

Homecoming week festivities wrapped up on Friday and Saturday night with the crowning of our Homecoming Queen and King, respectively. Congratulations to Morgan Robertson, Grant McDonel and the entire Homecoming Court.

Pictured above:

Freshmen- DoriLord McCullers, Claire McNulty

Sophmores- Melissa Gish, Spring Rawl

Juniors- Syndney Senical, Taryn Shelnutt

Seniors- Morgan Robertson, Baylee Bowers, Molly Downey, Stevi Lee Manning, Libby Lee McDaniel, Grant McDonel, Gabe McCullers, Bo McWaters,Torey Zanders

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Looking For Parents and Community Leaders to Share Career Information

Mr. Michael Clancy, the GWA Director of College Counseling, is looking for individuals who would like to speak to high school students about their career.


Presentations are typically 20-25 minutes and use the following format:

· What does a(n) __ do? What is a typical day like in your profession?

· What are some misconceptions people have about your profession?

· What skills are needed to be successful in this career?

· What academic preparation is needed (i.e. high school diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s, master’s, board certification, etc.)?

· Are you willing to describe your journey?

· What are employers in your field looking for in entry-level applicants?

· What does the future of your industry/profession look like? What areas (types of jobs) are growing? What areas are shrinking?


If you are interested and can be available on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., contact Mr. Clancy at mclancy@gwa.com.

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Body Biographies Bring Literary Characters to Life

Seniors in Ms. Crowell’s British Literature class work on body biographies of characters from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. A body biography is a life-size portrait of a literary character that includes symbols, colors, and quotations to create a complete picture of the character’s inner and outer characteristics.

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Thinking Outside the Box with 3D Printing

In the 3D Printing and Design class, students are working on their first quarter project which is based off of the Future Engineers Challenge sponsored by NASA to create an object that astronauts at the International Space Station could use. The catch is the object must have at least two different functions since space is limited in the station. The grand prize winner of the competition will get to have their object 3D printed in Space as well as a trip to Washington D.C. to meet several space experts. It is a fun project that really makes the students think outside of the box since basic living and daily activities in space are different due to gravity and the student have to take that into consideration for their designs.

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Middle School and Lower School Collaborating in Spanish

Señora McElveen's middle school Spanish students read books in Spanish to Mrs. Sisk's second grade class. Collaborating with younger students is part of the middle school Spanish curriculum.

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Busy Week With GWA Athletics

It is a busy week for the Dawg Nation. We are hosting both softball and volleyball tournaments this week. Volleyball begins today at the Nicholson Center at 4:30 p.m. Finals are Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Softball plays again today at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. at Criswell Park.


Be on the lookout next week for an informational meeting for a possible rifle team being added to our student offerings.


Varsity Football hosts Athens Christian tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Keith Henderson Field. A big region match up with play-off implications on the line. Thanks for your attendance last week for homecoming. We hope to see you tomorrow night for a big game!


Mark Whitley

Athletic Director

Seventh & Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts

We will be having Try-outs, October 10, 11, and 12th from 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. in the Middle Gym. Please contact Lee Garrett at leegarrett92@gmail.com or 678-283-9528 if you have questions.

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New Fencing Club

GWA is excited to announce we have a fencing club. They meet on Mondays and are in their second week of learning new skills.
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ParentsWeb (RenWeb) Got You Confused?

Not sure how to check your child's grades, assignments, change your family information or access school news? Sign up for our ParentsWeb class for parents on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Session will be held in the auditorium. Click HERE to sign up.

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Marching Band and Color Guard Hit the Road

It is competition time for our marching band and color guard. On October 7, they kick off their competition season at the Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands at Chestatee High School at 7:35 p.m. They head to Rockmart, GA to compete at the Yellow Jacket Classic on October 21 at 8 p.m. A third competition will be on October 28, with the location to be announced soon. They wrap up their season at at Southern States in Chattanooga, TN on November 4, 2017.
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  • K4 dismissal 11:30 a.m.
  • Lower School dismissal 12:30 p.m.
  • Middle and High School dismissal 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch provided for Lower School only
  • Buses will run at 1:05 p.m. with no aftercare
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