GWMS Weekly Bulletin

September 13, 2018

George Washington Middle School

51 N. Grandview Ave.

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 552-4800

Upcoming LEAP Programs for GWMS Students

LEAP, which stands for Leadership Enrichment After-School Programs, is free of charge to our GWMS students. To sign up for LEAP activities, students simply need to stop by the attendance office. Check out some of the LEAP offerings so far!

Mondays through Thursdays Beginning September 4: Homework Help
Take advantage of the quiet space to complete homework, plus assistance is available for those challenging assignments.
Provided by: Washington Middle School

Tuesdays and Thursdays Beginning September 11: Tennis
All equipment will be provided along with a snack! Sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks. The Instructor is our very own Ms. Kashmar!
Provided by: Washington Middle School

Wednesday, September 19: Paracord Bracelet
Geronimo! Using parachute cord, you will learn how to make a cobra knot creating a unique bracelet with a side release buckle.
Provided by: Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Tuesday, October 2: Rock Climbing (FIELD TRIP)
Put on a climbing harness and attempt routes of varying difficulty on our two-story climbing wall. Whether you’re new to climbing or have some experience, you will be able to test your skills with several climbs over the course of the trip.
Provided by: Creative Adventure Lab

Tuesday, October 9: Skull Diggery (FIELD TRIP)
Look at skulls and artifacts to learn more about animals.
Provided by: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Tuesday, October 16: Harry Potter
The next Fantastic Beasts movie is coming soon! Brew magical concoctions and discover your own wizardly powers at the magical LEAP program.
Provided by: Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Check out the link below to learn more about LEAP

Meet GWMS Counselor Ms. Sara Dowell

My name is Sara Dowell. I am the new School Counselor at Washington this year. For the last three years I have been the School Counselor at Edgewood-Colesburg Jr/Sr High School and worked as a Behavioral Health Counselor in the Dubuque community previous to that. I am very excited meet all of you and to be at Washington! I will typically work with houses 6-1, 7-1, & 8-1 for classroom lessons and other needs, but can meet with students from any house who come to my or Mrs. Fure's office. I welcome students and parents to please contact us if you need help with anything that may be affecting you or your child's ability to be the best they can be at school! Such as academic, social or emotional struggles, friendships, community resources, etc.

You can contact me by email: or by phone: 563-552-4806.

Mrs. Fure, our House 2 Counselor's contact info is: / 563-552-4808

I am looking forward to a great school year here at Washington!

Renaissance Distribution

Current 7th and 8th grade students received their Renaissance recognition this week! Students who earned all A's, B's, and C's from trimester 3 of the 2017-18 school year, received a Renaissance T-shirt and a "business" card. The t-shirts are funded through the Warrior Dash (always in the spring)! A huge thank you goes out to the following local businesses for their generosity in offering discounts and free items! Please thank them for supporting GWMS and academic success!

The River Museum

Happy Joe's


Ice Cream You Scream

Skate Country


House of China

Washington PTO

The Shot Tower

Nails 4 U

Mystique Ice Center

Burger King

Donut Boy

Carlos O'Kelly's

Big Apple Bagels

Students are able to take their "business" card, along with their 2018-19 student ID to the businesses to redeem their offers/rewards! Congrats to our students on their academic accomplishments and thanks to the above businesses for their sponsorship!

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Follow GWMS on Social Media

Follow GWMS and All the Houses on Facebook!!!

Many families have liked GWMS Wahawks on Facebook. Did you know that each house has a Facebook page too? That's right! You can follow your student's house on Facebook. Be sure to LIKE your student's house Facebook page today.

GWMS House Facebook Pages:
GWMS House 6-1 Pioneers

GWMS House 6-2 Crew

GWMS House 7-1 Sherpas

GWMS House 7-2 Stingrays

GWMS House 8-1 Knights

GWMS House 8-2 Dragons