In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

March 10, 2022

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Grandpirates' Day: March 18
  • Prom: March 18
  • LS Book Fair: March 21-25
  • GWA Open House: Sunday, March 27
  • MS Improv Showcase: March 30
  • Spring Break: April 4-8
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Going Green

By Brian Cole

Tending to the greenhouse is a daily task for the students in my Sustainable Living class. Watering plants, keeping photo records, and documenting the growth progress of seedlings are only a few of the many assignments students are responsible for in the greenhouse.


They are also conducting experiments in the greenhouse, like hydroponics versus soil. They have germinated the same varieties of leafy greens in both hydroponics and soil to see if one performs better than the other. These results and the results of other experiments will help to guide the direction and future plans of the greenhouse.


In the garden, a student designed and built a sled that deposits a top dressing of soil on our garden rows to prepare for planting later this month. Many of our plants have been started in the greenhouse and will be transplanted into the garden after the threat of frost has passed.

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Essay Winners

We would like to recognize Allie Marler, Chloe Walker, Jordan Smothers, Michael Mealor, Nicole Volk, Blakeney Sewell, and Anna Gray. These students participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest and their essays were chosen to represent George Walton Academy at the Chapter level.


Allie Marler and her essay on Thomas Paine's Literary Influence on the American Revolution was chosen as the Chapter winner. Her essay will move onto the State level. Congrats to all!
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Exploring Our Nation's Capital

GWA seventh graders have been busy learning about Washington D.C., becoming experts on its history, landmarks, monuments, and museums. They are honing their research and report writing skills while preparing to visit our nation’s capital.

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Spread the Word!

Please let your friends and neighbors know about our upcoming Open House (and about all of the amazing opportunities we offer at GWA!). They can visit the website to register for the event - it is our last Open House for the school year and spots are filling up fast!
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Foam Forms

Upper school sculpture students are creating animals- including a squirrel, cow, beluga whale, panda, and a lion, from foam insulation. They use knives, saws, and wire brushes to shape, carve and detail their sculptures. Once complete, they will coat with a thin layer of concrete and display their sculptures in the GWA garden. We can't wait to see the finished works!

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Pi Pong

Members of GWA’s Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) sponsored the Pi Pong Invitational during upper school LINX period on Wednesday. With Mac Geoffroy on the microphone and Mr. Terrell, Mr. Reynolds and six students competing, the tournament was competitive until the end. Finalists sophomore Logan Blalock and Mr. Terrell battled in a close match with Logan claiming victory. He won the opportunity to “pie” someone and earned his class a dress-code free day on Pi Day, Monday, March 14.

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Ready for a Grand Time!

We can't wait to welcome our grandparents and special friends on Friday, March 18! Be sure to check your invitation for event times and details.
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Another W for GWA!

The girls' varsity soccer team gets a 3-0 win against LCA at home last night. Goals were contributed by Sara Bryan, Charlie Jesel and Emily Music. The Lady Dawgs are 7-1 for the season and 4-0 in region play. Way to Go, Bulldogs!
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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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Meet Denise Schnieders

Third-grade teacher and GWA volleyball coach Denise Schnieders is enjoying her first year at George Walton Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early elementary education from the University of Kentucky. Denise is married to David Schnieders, our varsity volleyball coach. They have two daughters Hadley Schnieders (GWA class of 2022) and Georgy Schnieders (agricultural and medical biotechnology major at the University of Kentucky). The Schnieders have lived in Monroe since 2008 and love their small town. Denise spends her free time watching, playing, and coaching sports, reading books and she enjoys going to the beach.

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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Brysan Utilty Contractors, Inc. (brysanutility.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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