In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

March 25, 2021

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Book Fair Ends: Tomorrow (see below)
  • Tennis Senior Night: April 1
  • Spring Break: April 2 - 9
  • Soccer Senior Night: April 13

  • Lacrosse Senior Night: April 14
  • Track Senior Night: April 15
  • Baseball & Golf Senior Night: April 16
  • GWA Open House: Sunday, April 18
  • Field Day: April 23
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Unleashing Bulldog Greatness

With our three Dawgs Unleashed events “in the books” – it feels like mission accomplished! As a community, we stepped up to run races, cheer on runners, hit the links with a foursome, enjoy friendly competition on the tennis courts, sponsor events, and most of all get involved with other Bulldog families and friends to support each other while having a wonderful time! These events give parents, students, and faculty an opportunity to engage, build stronger bonds, and make GWA more than just a school. Our 50 plus volunteers set the best possible example for our young people and none of these events would succeed without them. It’s a great time to be a GWA Bulldog!


Thank you from the bottom of my Bulldog heart!

Elizabeth McDonel


Mark your calendar - our fall Dawgs Unleashed events are in the works!

October 11, 2021 Dawgs Unleashed Golf Tournament

October 12, 2021 Dawgs Unleashed Tennis Tournament

October 16, 2021 Dawgs Unleashed 5K & Fun Run

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Prize-Winning Art

We want to give kudos to fifth-grade student Haylee Sprague for volunteering her talents to create original works of art which were included in the prize options for the Dawgs 360 Tennis and Golf Tournaments. Great job, Haylee!
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Water Awareness

In celebration of World Water Day (March 22), lower school students learned about the value of water for the well-being of the planet, now and in the future. Using cross-curricular lessons in Global Studies and STEM class, our third and fourth graders made their own water filters, tested the pH of water samples, discussed pollution from water bottle trash, and learned about the dire need for access to clean water in many regions of the world.

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Off to the Races

By Ann Schlumper


It’s time for egg car races! After a culmination of learning about speed, acceleration, and momentum, eighth-grade students are using their skills and knowledge to construct cars made from three sheets of paper, four wheels, two axles, and a straw. Their goal is to create the fastest and safest car. These cars are occupied by a raw egg and will hurtle down a seven meter track to collide with a cinder block at the bottom of the track. The ultimate objective is a safe and secure egg. The cars will be assessed based on fastest speed and most protection for their egg.

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Raku Inspired Pottery

By Steve Reagan


Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Our Art II raku involved removing the pottery from a repurposed electric kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into a container with combustible materials, paper shreds and saw dust. Once the materials ignited, the container was closed. While still hot the pots were plunged into cold water to create a crackled effect in the glaze. With the success of this first attempt, we plan to continue with more ambitious raku projects. The pottery pieces are on exhibited in the display case in the Fine Arts building.

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Check Out the Show!

If you are in downtown Monroe in the next few weeks, stop by the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts to see our upper school art students’ works on display. The show will be up and running through April 15 (the closing reception is April 15). You don’t want to miss this impressive exhibit from our very talented young artists!


Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts
​205 South Broad Street
Monroe, Georgia 30655

Tuesday - Thursday from 11 – 4

Friday & Saturday 10 - 5

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Winning Ways

GWA tennis teams each earn a big region win by defeating Prince Avenue on the home court on Tuesday afternoon! The girls finished 5-0 and boys won with a final of 4-1. The girls went on to win 4-1 over Oconee High School yesterday. Sophomore Avery Collin clinched the match giving GWA the win at number 2 singles. Way to go, Bulldogs!
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Bulldog Tough

Our girls JV lacrosse hosted the first ever home game on Wednesday night against Pinecrest Academy. While the final score was not in our favor, GWA players showed plenty of grit and determination. Most of the players on our team are completely new to this fast-paced sport and we look forward to seeing the group improve during the season.
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Girls Place in County Meet

Congratulations to our girls varsity track and field athletes! They placed third in the county meet on Wednesday. Great job, ladies!
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Top Ranking Athletics

GWA participates throughout the year in the Georgia Athletic Director's Cup. It's based on the performance of all of the sports in the region and state competition. They take the top nine sports that each school score in and rank them in the region and in the state. We are currently second in our region and 15th in Georgia.
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New Partnership


George Walton Academy is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and we've invested in new technology that will bring you games from the Nicholson Center and Don Williams Stadium LIVE.


Join the NFHS Network for full access to:


· All GWA live and on-demand sports broadcasts

· All other sporting events from around the nation


To watch – visit www.NFHSnetwork.com, search George Walton Academy, subscribe and follow.

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Click HERE for athletic events on the GWA March calendar.
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There are still spots available for spring pictures TODAY and TOMORROW!


George Walton Academy will not be hosting spring pictures this year at the school. Our school photographer, Elena De La Rosa is kind enough to offer spring sessions at her studio in downtown Monroe on March 25 & 26 at the same price she would’ve charged if the kids were having spring portraits at the school! This is exclusive to GWA students! You can view pricing and book online using this link:


https://180725094236.proofingphotos.com/booking-calendar/gwa-spring-portraits/

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Field Day Update

We are thrilled to host Field Day this year! It was originally scheduled for April 30, but has been moved to Friday, April 23. Seniors will not be in class that day, and it is a regular school day (B day) for all others in middle and high school. In lower school, grades K4 through fifth will participate and details are forthcoming.

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Bulldogs Unscripted

In Mrs. Gerhardt's (Beyond the Bell) Improv Comedy class, GWA third, fourth and fifth graders were introduced to the fundamentals of improvisation through exercises that helped develop strong ensemble skills. They focused on the rules of improv: say “Yes And,” use teamwork, and be confident! Also, students all learned patience, communication skills, and a respect for other performers as their creativity blossomed!

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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Sugarloaf Wealth Management (www.swmllc.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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