GWMS Sunday Message

Week of December 14th

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Kudos to…

  • Mr. Belzer and leading the chorus in an uplifting veterans day concert and goes beyond the call of duty in everything he does. He maintains a positive demeanor while he works tirelessly to make sure his choir performs with excellence!
  • Ms. Dere as she is diligent and conscientious in her preparation for her classes and is often seen working in her classroom late at night. She faithfully mans the hallways and does a great job of making sure her students meet academic and prexie pride expectations.
  • Mr. Brown as he is always out in the hallway between classes, keeping kids safe and the traffic moving.
  • Ms. Barnes for all her work with the Prexie Press.
  • Ms. Palmer for filling in for Mrs. Peters in 6th grade.
  • 6th grade teachers for after lunch support.
  • Ms. Hein for helping with 6th grade science fair.
  • Mr. Boykin for filling in for Mrs. Madigan in 7th grade.
  • All Language Arts teachers for administering the SRI.


If you'd like to add your own Kudos the link is here.

Now it is time for our PBIS vocabulary game….. WORDS WITH FRACULTY

WORDS WITH FRACULTY! This week’s intellectually snobbish, impractical, obsolete, and vacuous word will be stated on the announcements. Students will be challenged to use the word in its proper context per the appropriate content area to gain prexie love in their classes.

THIS WEEKS WORD: tintinabulation - ringing of the bells

Staff Member of the Month

Each month we will highlight a staff member of the month. This person will get to use the “Staff of the Month” parking spot near Door 3. For December, the Staff Member of the Month is…Jim Draper, for his on-going support of technology in the classroom. Thank you for all you do.

GWMS Holiday Party

Join us on Thursday directly after school for the GWMS Holiday party. There will be an Ugly Sweater Contest, Cookie Exchange and a White Elephant Gift Exchange. There will be prizes for the ugliest of the sweaters and tastiest of the cookies. And if you bring a fun/silly/unique gift (no more than $10) you will get to go home with an equally fun/silly/unique gift as well!

Afterwards, we will move the party to Del Ray (I'm going to be contacting some local business managers to see if we can get a slick deal or two) to continue the fun!


Corey Olmstead will send out more information as the week progresses! See you there.

Professional Learning Re-Certification Points

You will now receive re-certification points for all in-house professional learning, this includes all of our Tuesday PD as well as our Professional Learning Days. We will be able to go back add in PD that we've already done this year and give you credit. More information coming soon about the new Professional Learning Management System. Click here to login and check it out.
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Care Packages for Soldiers

The seventh grade and the Builder's Club are teaming up to put care packages together for soldiers. The drive will run until December 17th and students are asked to bring in their donations to their seventh grade homeroom or to A120.


Possible donation items are:

  • beef jerky
  • Easy Mac
  • Ramen Noodles
  • candy (not chocolate)
  • packaged cookies
  • toothpaste
  • tooth brushes
  • Chapstick
  • lotion
  • baby wipes
  • and much more!


Please see Ms. Ferruzzi in A120 or Mrs. Soileau in C204 for more information.

Mail Chimp

Mail Chimp has proven to be a great way to keep our GW families in the loop with all of the fantastic things that go on at GWMS. Thank you to everyone for your contributions…..KEEP THEM COMING! You are doing great work with our students and the parental feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.


Continue to send your pictures and short write-ups to Ms. Barnes - adriane.barnes@acps.k12.va.us - to share all the wonderful things going on in your classrooms.


Thank you!

HALLWAY SUPPORT AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Please, please, please be a present force in the hallways during ALL passing periods. We need to perform as a unified team in this respect. The power of the many is what makes transitions smooth and orderly. Simply put, we cannot do this alone.

PBIS - December Pillar is DEDICATION

COOL TOOL to be sent out in your email for your PBIS lesson on Tuesday.

Restorative Justice

Continue with Activity #7. This was sent out in an email.
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Upcoming Week

Monday 12/14/15

8:00am - SST 8-3, 6-3, 7-3

WEB Academic Study Skills Follow-up (S. Thomas)

Choir Concert, 7:30pm


Tuesday 12/15/15

NO Professional Learning

Grade Level Meetings in the MPR with Ms. Jackson during:

  • 1st period (7th Grade)
  • 3rd period (6th Grade)
  • 7th period (8th Grade)

Department Meetings 3:30pm - 4:15pm - Various Locations

Band Concert, 7:30pm


Wednesday 12/16/15

Interim Grades Due - 4PM


Thursday 12/17/15

WEB for 6th Grade

Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm


Friday 12/18/15

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


See you on January 4th