In Focus @ GWA
A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Girls Place in County Meet
Top Ranking Athletics
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.
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:
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.
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!