The Eagle Update!

Week of 03.24 - 03.31


Greetings, Eagle families and scholars! This is the seventh edition of The Eagle Update, a weekly newsletter to share news and information so our school community can be informed about all things GW. In this newsletter, you will find information about GW athletics, school counseling, upcoming events, clubs, and how parents can get involved at GW.

Counseling Corner

Our school counselors have been hard at work with scheduling adjustments to ensure our scholars have the courses they need. The counseling department at GW has been reorganized with one counselor responsible for all seniors while our scholars in grades 9 - 11 are broken up alphabetically by last name. An assistant principal is also attached to a counselor and case load. A breakdown of counselor case loads is listed below. Students who need to see their counselor must make an appointment using the Google form that was emailed to all scholars earlier in the year. Below is a link to the form.

Counselor/Admin. Case Loads

Lead Counselor - Weatherford

Guidance Secretary - Ratliff

Seniors - Goods/McLaughlin

Juniors - Perdue/Badger

Sophomore - Crews/Johnson

Freshman - Davis/Spencer

Appointment Request for School Counselor

School Safety

School safety drills are an important aspect of being prepared in the event of a school crisis. It is important that our scholars take these drills seriously and follow all directions during the drill. I want to share the types of drills that are practiced at GW.

Fire Drill - At the sound of the alarm, scholars line up in an orderly fashion and follow the evacuation route posted in the room.

Lock Down Drill (threat inside the building) - At the announcement of a lock down, scholars will move away from doors and windows. Students in the hallway will enter the closest room. Teachers will lock doors, turn off lights, and cover windows. All instruction stops and everyone in the room must remain quite.

Lock Out/Modified or Soft Lock Down Drill (threat outside the building) - At the announcement of a lock out, scholars will return to their class. Students should not move through the hallway, but instruction may continue in the classroom.

Tornado Drill - Are executed on a nation-wide date. Teachers will be informed via the intercom that we are under a tornado warning. Teachers will accompany their students to the assigned area (exit off of 2nd floor) and instruct them to sit facing the wall with their head between their knees. If they have a coat they should pull it over their heads. Teachers should check their roll to determine that all students are present in the assigned area. An announcement will be made to return to class when the danger has passed.

Parents and guardians, please have conversations with your scholar about the importance of following all faculty/staff directions during safety drills.

What's happening inside George Washington High School??? Look below!

GW NJROTC Wins Tunstall Drill Meet

On Saturday March 25th, the GW NJROTC Drill Team competed against other local teams in “The Throw-down Drill Competition hosted by Tunstall High School. The judges were from The Corps of Cadets at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). GW won 1st Place Unarmed Regulation Platoon, Colorguard, Armed Regulation Squad, JV Unarmed Regulation Squad and Unarmed Knockout (Cadet Ramsey Blewy). The team also had 2nd Place finishes in Varsity Unarmed Regulation Squad, JV Armed Individual, Unarmed Knockout (Cadet JaCory Smith) and a 3rd Place Varsity Armed Individual. The “Soaring Eagles” garnered overall 1st Place for the “Throw-down”.

The team wishes to thank all the Administrators, Teachers and Parents for their support during the drill season.

GW 1st HBCU Expo

On Thursday March 23rd, George Washington High School held its first HBCU Expo, in which several Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Greek organizations, Military representatives, community partners participated. GW students, as well as eighth graders, were able to find out more about the schools and organizations. In addition, middle school students were able to ask GW principals and counselors questions about attending high school, learning about the NJROTC program for information about joining, and hear from special guests like School Board members and City Council members.

Ms. Daubert's class learning how to grow sunflower seeds

2023 Military Ball

The Danville & Pittsylvania County JROTC Programs held their annual military ball on Saturday, March 18th at the Ole Dominion Agricultural Complex. The JROTC Programs from Chatham, Gretna, Dan River, George Washington and Tunstall High School were represented.

The GW NJROTC Varsity Colorguard started the event presenting the Colors for the program. Other highlights of the evening included recognition of our special guests DPS Superintendent- Dr. Hairston, DPS Board Members- Mr. Payne, Ms. Walker and the Director of CTE Ms. Gwen Stone.

Also recognized for their strong support of NJROTC were GW's Principal Deskins, Dr. Badger, Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Churchill in attendance.

Honors were rendered to NJROTC seniors who were escorted through a Ceremonial Saber Honor Guard Detail as their accomplishments were announced by Master Chief Green.

Cadet Terry Daniel

Cadet Ashley Motley

Cadet Ja’Cory Smith

Cadet Issac Ross

Cadet Vannessa Wilson

Cadet Le’Yonna Graham

Cadet Abigail Perez

Cadet Alexander McClanahan

Cadet Bria Ford

Most of these seniors have been in the program for 4 years. All will be sorely missed but the cadets they helped train will be their lasting legacy. Naval Science Instructor- Master Chief Grasty said, “We wish them well in all future endeavors”.

HOSA Future Health Professionals 43rd Virginia State Leadership Conference

On Thursday March 9th - Sunday March 12th, the GW HOSA organization went to Williamsburg, Virginia for the HOSA Future Health Professionals 43rd State Leadership Conference. While attending the HOSA State Leadership Conference, our students had the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication necessary as future health professionals. These students participated in at least 4 Education Symposiums each day with opportunities to meet other students from across the state with similar professional interests and future goals. Students also had the opportunity to volunteer as Courtesy Corps and Voting Delegates. There was also time for social events such as popcorn, and ice cream socials and HOSA Night. We would like to thank all that supported these efforts and our hope for next year is to increase our student interest and involvement in this wonderful opportunity for growth.

NJROTC Drill Meet at Cary High School

On Saturday March 11, 2023, the GW NJROTC Soaring Eagles Drill Team traveled to Cary High School to participate in a Drill Competition against 11 other high schools from North Carolina. The competition was extremely keen, GW garnered 2nd Place in Unarmed Squad Drill, 3rd Place for NS1 Colorguard and a 4th Place finish for Armed Exhibition Drill. The Unit Commanding Officer, Terry Daniel said, "We normally compete against local Army Units which are totally different so, I'm proud that we represented against Navy units in only our second Navy Drill Meet of the school year".

GW Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to the GW Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mrs. Frenita Griffin for received a Superior Rating for their District VI Concert Assessment this past Wednesday, March 8th. We are so proud of them for their hard work!!!

GW Wind Ensemble Concert Band

This past Thusday, March 9th GWHS is hosting the District VI Band Assessment from Thursday to Saturday, the first time in many years GW has done so. The GW Wind Ensemble performed Thursday under the direction of Mr. Cody Kesling and received a Superior Rating. Congratulations, we are proud of your hard work and accomplishments.

GW NJROTC Cadets engage with Johnson Elementary School students during their Career Day

On March 3rd, the GW NJROTC Cadets explain to Johnson Elementary students how taking ROTC in High School can serve as a springboard for a career in the U.S. Military. Cadet Ja’Cory Smith said; “My favorite interaction was how the students responded to some of the equipment we showed them. They were all especially impressed by the sword”. Hopefully they will want to join the program when they get to high school based on the memory we recreated today.” It is always amazing to see our GW scholars take action within the schools and the Danville community.

Picture above are Cadets Sol Mendoza, Ja’Cory Smith, Jackie Delgado and Vannessa Wilson

2023 High School All-District Chorus

On February 10-11, 2023, Rubi Gonzales Reyes represented the George Washington High School Chorus at the 2023 High School All-District Chorus Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia at Cave Spring High School. 32 schools were represented. She was one of over 240 delegates that attended a 2-day choral workshop with Clinicians, David and Lois Castonguay. Rubi brought back several musical nuggets to share with her peers and said that she enjoyed the experience! Rubi is looking forward to returning next year!

GW football team partners with Rise Against Hunger

The GW football team volunteered with Rise Against Hunger to pack over a 1,000 bags of food to send overseas to help stop hunger. Please congratulate these young men for their volunteer efforts. #wineverywhere

Touch the Troops

Students from Mrs. Abourjilie's, Ms. Daubert's and Ms. Johnson's Classes made Valentine cards for our Troops who are serving overseas. These students at George Washington High School wanted to show love and support for our servicemen and women by sharing a card with a note of thanks. They were mailed to 93.1 The Wolf radio show who is running the program to spread some love this Valentine's Day!

GW Scholarship Newsletter


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Scholarship Newsletter #7

March 07, 2023

NOTE: Seniors are responsible for mailing their own scholarships unless directed otherwise in the George Washington High School Scholarship Newsletter. Scholarship applications that do not have an internet link will be in the scholarship file cabinet in the Guidance office.

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GW Club News

George Washington offers a variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities to keep our students engaged. Below is a list of clubs and their sponsors at GW.

Anime Club - Paul Dennis and Shemeka Ferrell

Art Club - James Lewis

Future Educators of Tomorrow - Renesha Myers

Gentlemen By Choice - Corey Williams

Green Club - Donna Fitzgerald

HOSA - Lisa Argyrakis

Japanese Club - Sharon Leigg

Poetry Club - Paul Dennis and Andrea Mann

National Honor Society - Frenita Griffin

Social Justice Club - Kenyatta Thomas and Bria McMillian

SCA - Corey Williams, Kristen Baggerly, Brooke Klett, and Sandra Simpson

GW Marching Eagles Drumline/Front Ensemble

The GWHS Marching Eagles second interest meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, March 22nd. All 8th-12th graders for the 2023-2024 school year are encouraged to take part in this amazing organization. The Marching Eagles will have Drumline/Front Ensemble auditions March 28-30 from 4pm to 6pm.
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Join the GWHS Poetry Society Club!

Who is your favorite poet/writer/creator?

Are you a poet/songwriter/creator?

Do you think creative writing is important in today's society?

Do you want to be a part of a club where you can express yourself in a judge free zone?

Poetry can help us express ourselves in a healthy and positive way. It can be a great outlet for our emotions and help us communicate our feelings in a safe and non-judgmental way. Writing poetry can also be a great way to process our thoughts and feelings about life experiences.

GWHS Poetry Society Club Interest Form

All Piedmont District

Congratulations to both young ladies. Saniyah Felton earned 2nd Team All Region 4D and Joslyn Cobbs earned Honorable Mention. Future looks great for Lady Eagle Basketball!

Senior Night!!!

Pictures from Boys and Girls basketball Senior Nights! Thank you to all that contributed to both special nights! Thank you to our senior student athletes!! If there is ever anything that the Athletics department can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask! #OnceAnEagleAlwaysAnEagle!!
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2023-2024 Class Registration Process

Download the DPS Mobile app

The Danville Public Schools App is finally here! It's as easy as 1 2 3 to download "Danville City Public Schools" from Google Play or the App Store. Stay connected with your school, and never miss any school happenings!


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Contact Principal Deskins

Please know that I am committed to our scholars, families, faculty/staff & the entire GW community.

Upcoming Events:

Girls Tennis vs Bassett

Monday, March 27th, 4:30pm

85 Riverside Drive

Bassett, VA

Boys Tennis vs Bassett

Monday, March 27th, 4:30pm

701 Broad Street

Danville, VA

GW Baseball vs Martinsville

Monday, March 27th, 5pm

Market Garden Field, Danville, VA, USA

Danville, VA

Boys Soccer vs Martinsville

Monday, March 27th, 6pm

Dan Daniel Memorial Park, Danville, VA, USA

Danville, VA

Girls Soccer vs Martinsville

Monday, March 27th, 6pm

351 Commonwealth Boulevard East

Martinsville, VA

Boys Soccer vs Magna Vista

Wednesday, March 29th, 5:30pm

701 Magna Vista School Road

Ridgeway, VA

Girls Soccer vs Magna Vista

Wednesday, March 29th, 7pm

701 Magna Vista School Road

Ridgeway, VA

GW Baseball vs Magna Vista

Wednesday, March 29th, 5pm

Market Garden Field, Danville, VA, USA

Danville, VA

Boys Tennis vs Martinsville

Wednesday, March 29th, 4:30pm

351 Commonwealth Boulevard East

Martinsville, VA

Girls Tennis vs Martinsville

Wednesday, March 29th, 4:30pm

701 Broad Street

Danville, VA

GW Track Team vs Piedmont District

Thursday, March 30th, 5pm

100 Trojan Cir, Dry Fork, VA 24549

Boys Soccer vs Tunstall

Friday, March 31st, 6pm

100 Trojan Cir, Dry Fork, VA 24549

Girls Soccer vs Tunstall

Friday, March 31st, 5:30pm

Dan Daniel Memorial Park, Danville, VA, USA

Danville, VA

GW Baseball vs Tunstall

Friday, March 31st, 5pm

100 Trojan Cir, Dry Fork, VA 24549