Eagle Nation: Weekly GWHS News

Back 2 School Edition: Vol 1. Issue 8/ October 20, 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Eagle Nation,

I hope that you and your families are all still well and managing to keep safe. As we begin the second 9 weeks grading period, I wanted to start by thanking you all as parents and carers for your fantastic support over the last 9 weeks. I am particularly appreciative for everything that you have been doing to support our safety initiatives and high academic expectations. With two teenage children myself, I know how difficult it is to juggle working with supporting your own children with their schooling, and this is of course in addition to dealing with all of the normal challenges of family life. The school has received a number of messages of thanks and support from so many of you over these past few weeks, and these are all received with a very grateful heart. Thank you.

I would like to thank once again all of the teaching staff who have continued to work exceptionally hard to ensure that the students of George Washington High School receive the best quality education possible. I hope that your son/daughter has shared with you some of the fantastic initiatives that we are rolling out here at GW such as FEV tutoring, a free online tutoring service available to all GW students (more information below) and E-Hall Pass. As said previously, nothing can replace the impact of students being in school to receive the direct instruction and immediate feedback from their teachers, that is why it is so very important that students are in school daily eager and ready to learn. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the GW attendance policy regarding Covid related absences or truancy, please reach out to Mr. Antoine Fullerwinder, the AP in charge of attendance, or to your student's guidance counselor.

Have a fantastic week Eagles,

Dr. Johnnie M. Simmons

Proud Principal

George Washington High School

Important Dates:

Upcoming important dates:

  • 10/18: Underclassmen Make-Up Pictures
  • 10/19: Volleyball vs. Martinsville (Regular Season Final)
  • 10/19: Report Cards Go Home
  • 10/20: Term Grad (Cohort 2022) SOL Testing
  • 10/21: Term Grad (Cohort 2022) SOL Testing
  • 10/20:: Faculty Meeting
  • 10/21: JV Football @ Bassett High School
  • 10/21: Teachers as Advisors Session (Modified Bell Schedule)
  • 10/21: NJROTC Annual Review
  • 10/22: Grade Level SCA/SGA Meetings (9th @ 1st block; 10th @ 2nd Block; 11th @ 3rd Block; 12th. @ 4th Block)
  • 10/22: Football vs. Bassett (Senior Night)
  • 10/25: Virtual Learning Practice Day

FEV Tutor is Now Available!!

Are you experiencing difficulties in any of your classes? Do you need one on one help? Have you signed up for a tutoring session with FEV tutoring. Starting September 7, DPS began offering free 1-to-1 virtual tutoring service to all Danville Public Schools students! See more information on how to take advantage of this support below.

Ask your teachers if you have any questions or want to be signed up for a session. Did I say that it was free???

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Congratulations to the GWHS Homecoming 2021 Kings and Queens

We proudly present to you our 2021 Homecoming Court! Congratulations to our Kings and Queens!

Freshman Baron and Baroness:

Xavier Smith and Kennedy Kernodle

Sophomore Lord and Lady:

Darrell Mabin and Camari McCain

Junior Duke and Dutchess:

Fernando Abelino and Elise Davis

Senior Prince and Princess:

Jermeh Fuller and Madelyn Saunders

And finally - Your King and Queens (We had a tie!)

Ahmad Poole, Angel Pritchett, and Darriel Mabin

Congratulations to all 2021-22 SGA & SCA Representatives!

The George Washington High School Student Government Association (SGA) is a group of students that are charged with managing a wide range of events, activities, programs, policies and initiatives around school. It is comprised of the class officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) from each grade level's Student Council. Some members are elected by the student body, and others may be appointed by the elected officials to help with specific tasks or areas of interest. The George Washington grade level Student Council Association is comprised of an elected group of students that have regular meetings about their class. They make decisions for their class and are in charge of any class activities. We will host our first SGA/SCA meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 2:15 in the cafeteria. If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns that you would like presented to the SGA/SCA, please be sue to speak with your homeroom representative prior to this week's meeting.

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to the GWHS Fighting Eagles Drill Team

Please help me congratulate the GW NJROTC Drill Team. On October 9, 2021 the Fighting Eagles won the Dan River High School "Wildcat" Drill Meet.

According to Master Chief Green, the cadets performance was 'absolutely outstanding" and one judge shared that he "got chills" from their precision and execution.

We took 1st Place JV Squad Unarmed, 1st Place Varsity Squad Unarmed, 1st Place Varsity Squad Armed, 1st Place Armed Individual, 2nd Place Platoon Unarmed, 2nd Place Inspection Team and 1st Place Overall. Cadet Rachel Martin also came in 3rd Place (out of 80 Cadets competing) in the Knockout Competition (a game similar to Simon Says).

Master Chief Greene would also like to thank all the parents that attended the Drill Meet in support. He went on to share, "I'm proud of all the cadets and particularly our first year marchers! Special shoutout to our mentor LCDR Frank Hitt for his now 25 years of dedication to this program".

I couldn't have said it any better Chief! Way to represent Eagles...way to represent!!!!!!!

Have You Signed Up for Your Club Yet?

If you have not signed up for a club yet, please make sure that you do so by the end of the week. We will have our first club day the last week of September. Thanks.


NJROTC Annual Review

This week's issue spotlight's the GWHS NJROTC program. As we prepare for this week's Annual Review. I found it fitting to share with you the hard work that the cadets and instructors put in every day in preparation. I hope that you enjoy this video from the 2019 annual review, and cadets, we hope that you know just how proud we are of you!!! Keep up the good work!