GWMS Sunday Message

Week of May 23

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Kudos to…

  • Sybil Currie-Boyd for winning VA Lottery Teacher of the Year! What a surprise for her and a well deserved honor. We are proud of you!
  • Ms. Smith, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Clark, Ms. Boydstun, Ms. Brown, Mr. DeRigge and Ms. Shoemaker for a successful first week of testing.
  • Ms. Shoemaker for filling in at Testing Coordinator while Ms. Smith was out during 8th grade SOL testing
  • Jim and Kyle for their tech support.

If you'd like to add your own Kudos the link is here.

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Each month we will highlight a staff member of the month. This person will get to use the “Staff of the Month” parking spot near Door 3. For MAY, the Staff Member of the Month is Blanca Mata. Ms. Mata stays with students at lunch and after school almost daily. She arranges for support on Saturday with her students outside of Saturday School, she has excellent communication with parents and is an essential member to the success of team 6-3. Ms. Mata also goes out of her way to support morning duties which is always greatly appreciated.

Now it is time for our PBIS vocabulary game….. WORDS WITH FRACULTY

WORDS WITH FRACULTY! This week’s intellectually snobbish, impractical, obsolete, and vacuous word will be stated on the announcements. Students will be challenged to use the word in its proper context per the appropriate content area to gain prexie love in their classes.

THIS WEEKS WORD: Spurious - not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit

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Tuesday, May 17th, 8am

1005 Mount Vernon Avenue

Alexandria, VA

Remember ALL proctors must read all Examiners Manuals carefully before the administration of the online SOL.

Civics SOL Online Test Directions

Grades 6, 7 and 8 Online Test Directions

Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II Online Test Directions

Please reference emails from Ms. Smith for further information about our upcoming testing window.

PBIS Pillar of the Month - DEDICATION

  • Look for some exciting lessons in your inbox for homeroom as we revisit Integrity.
  • Be sure to give out your hooked on pride tickets for classroom and school-wide incentives daily/weekly.

AVID Organization - Homeroom

AVID Homeroom lessons will be sent to you at the beginning of the week. Mondays will be for planners and Thursdays will be for binders. Look for these in your email.

Mail Chimp

Mail Chimp has proven to be a great way to keep our GW families in the loop with all of the fantastic things that go on at GWMS. Thank you to everyone for your contributions…..KEEP THEM COMING! You are doing great work with our students and the parental feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Continue to send your pictures and short write-ups to Ms. Barnes - - to share all the wonderful things going on in your classrooms.

Thank you!


Please stand in the middle of the hallways and actively monitor and support students on their way to class. We need to perform as a unified team in this respect. The power of the many is what makes transitions smooth and orderly. Simply put, we cannot do this alone.

Upcoming Week

Monday 5/23/16

Tuesday 5/24/16

8th Grade MATH SOL

Wednesday 5/25/16

7th Grade MATH SOL

Thursday 5/26/16

6th Grade MATH SOL

Friday 5/27/16

8th Grade Science SOL