In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

February 18, 2021

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Key Deadlines & dates

  • Counselor Chat: Feb. 18 (see details below)
  • Spring Sports Picture Days: 2/19 & 2/22 (see details below)
  • Lucky Dawg Gala/Auction (virtual): Feb. 20 @ 7 p.m. (pre-show @ 6:30 p.m.)
  • Clothing Drive Donation Deadline: Feb. 26
  • Book Drive Donation Deadline: Feb. 26
  • Re-enrollment Contracts Due: March 1
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Lights! Camera! Action!

How do you host a beloved social event virtually? Well…you get your auctioneer, your favorite emcee, and staff members and head to the studio. We hope our families will gather in small groups and join us this Saturday by clicking on this link HERE or go to Events at gwa.com to register for bidding and to access the link. While we would rather be together as a group, there are some benefits to a virtual event. For the first time in the history of the gala, anyone can bid on the live auction portion. And this event is not just open to our families, you are welcome to invite friends and neighbors to participate too! All you have to do is be prepared to pick up your items from the school the week of February 22.


Lots of time has been invested into creating some of the best grade projects we have ever had. Long hours have gone into preparing for the studio portion and we look forward to raising funds to benefit every student here at GWA! We want to thank the parents who organized the grade projects and those that have helped secure items for the silent auction. Most of all we want to thank the families and friends who will tune in and join us on Saturday to help continue our tradition raising the funds needed to provide our students with challenging instruction, engaging experiences, and global perspectives designed to inspire lives of intellectual curiosity, integrity, and purpose.


There will be a pre-show starting at 6:30 p.m. and we go live promptly at 7 p.m. See you on the big screen on Saturday!

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Sustainable Seating

Mr. Cole’s Sustainable Living class was challenged to make functional chairs from recycled cardboard (left over from a previous school project). Each student designed and assembled a unique chair and were judged on four criteria – function, aesthetics, craftsmanship and level of completion during their presentations. The winners were Charlie Stout and Nicholas Lo (tied for first) and Colt Ratliff in second place.

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Prepare to Launch

“We have an opportunity to create the future and decide what’s that like.”

- M.Jemison


Mrs. Bishop is incorporating Black History into her STEM class lessons. Third and fourth graders recently discussed the accomplished life of Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black female space shuttle astronaut. Next they learned about rockets, propulsion and how to record distance using metric measurements – followed up by making and launching their own space shuttles.

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Give Them a Hand!

Fifth-grade students in Mrs. Carver’s art class have studied the proportions of the hand and learned to draw them – a difficult task for most artists. Mrs. Carver said, "I am so proud of their perseverance to practice drawing hands as they strengthen their artistic abilities.”


The class also collaborated with Mrs. Gahan’s ASL ll class during the project. Upper school ASL students visited with fifth graders to teach them how to sign the ASL alphabet, colors and more. Mrs. Carver was impressed, “I am exceptionally proud of the ASL ll students for their ability to learn and teach this language.”


The final projects show hands using signs for words of encouragement with colorful backgrounds to reinforce the theme.

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Celebrating Black Performers

In drama, students learned about significant moments in black theater history. Going all the way back to 1898 when the first all-black cast show was produced by a major house in NYC, to the recent past in 2016 when, for the first time, all four musical acting categories at the Tony’s were awarded to black performers.


Students have enjoyed watching segments of "The Wiz" and the 1967, Broadway produced and all-black production of Hello, Dolly staring Pearl Bailey - who won a special recognition Tony in 1986 for her performance.

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Welcome Coach Beer!

George Walton Academy welcomes new head football coach Logan Beer!. Click on the link below to learn more about Coach Beer and his vision for the GWA football program.

https://www.smore.com/u4j30-staffing-announcement
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State Bound Hoopsters

Varsity boys basketball finished second in region last night after playing Tallulah Falls. This is the first time since 2005 that the boys have been in the State Playoffs, and we will host the first round (boys) here at GWA next week. Our Lady Dawgs will play away in round one of State. Good luck to all!
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Riding into Region Finals

It is Region Finals for our high school and middle school riders! The competition is at the Georgia International Horse Park this weekend, however spectators are not permitted. Senior and team captain Josie Evans will be the first GWA student to compete with the GWA equestrian team all four years of high school. Good luck to all!


Photo credit: Elena De La Rosa

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Solid Start

Our varsity boys and girls tennis teams defeated Morgan County High School last night. The boys finished string with a final and the girls pulled through with very tight matches to win it 3-2. This follows their 5-0 wins over Bethlehem Christian, way to go GWA tennis!
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Baseball Opener

Varsity baseball celebrated a 4-3 win at last night's season opener against Alcovy High School. With a walk-off to end the game, the Bulldogs are taking this momentum with them as they play tomorrow against Hart County. Go Dawgs!
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Spring sports photo schedules are below (please confirm with your coach). Photo order forms should be available from your coach, the athletic office and/or the main front office.

Feb. 19 - TOMORROW!

8-9 a.m.: Soccer - MS girls, MS boys, VG and VB (Football Field by lower school gym)

9:15-10 a.m.: SENIOR banner pictures in the Nicholson Center (ALL spring sports seniors, including soccer, tennis, baseball, lacrosse, golf, track and any senior managers/trainers)

10:15-11 a.m.: Tennis- MS girls, MS boys, VG and VB (Tennis Courts by the cafeteria)

11:30-12:15 a.m.: Baseball- MS and Varsity (Baseball field)

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Varsity Lacrosse – boys and girls

Feb. 22 (location and times TBD)

Track- Youth, MS and HS athletes

March 1 (location and times TBD)

Golf- MS and HS athletes

SENIORS WILL HAVE THEIR BANNER PICTURE TAKEN ON FEB. 19 AT 9:15 IN THE NICHOLSON CENTER.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A UNIFORM, PLEASE WEAR A GEORGE WALTON POLO.

For any questions, please contact Liz Jones or Grace Martin.

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Click HERE for athletic events on the GWA February calendar.
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Thank You, Walton EMC!

GWA was fortunate this year to receive two grants from the Walton EMC School Empowerment grant. Totaling at $12,811, these grants will strengthen STEM offerings for our students. High School teacher Kellie Watts applied for and received $6,080 to upgrade the high school physics lab equipment. This will allow her to perform hands-on experiments in topics such as optics, kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, electricity and waves. Her teaching philosophy mirrors Benjamin Franklin when he said, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I’ll remember, involve me and I will learn.”


Lower School STEM teacher Janet Bishop applied for and received $6,731 for funds to improve STEM foundations for lower school. Funds from the Walton EMC grant will allow the school to provide a better foundation for our K-2 learners with the purchase of materials to create paper circuits, motorized ArtBots, light up mask projects that use electronics, games and supplies to create a maker showcase. Third through fifth grade students will learn about gears and simple machines with the purchase of several kits that allow for STEM educational creation projects. Funding from this grant will also allow for the addition of several games and kits that will allow students to learn how to problem solve and new microscopes to grow our lower school science program.

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Click HERE for more information about Dawgs Unleashed - including event registration and some AMAZING volunteer opportunities!
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Share the Warmth

What you can spare, they can wear! The GWA Interact Club is hosting a winter clothing drive through Feb. 26 to help share the warmth with the Atlanta homeless population. Drop off your gently used items (coats, rain jackets, sweaters, pants, socks, gloves, beanies, blankets) in Mr. Reagan's room in the Fine Arts building, at a designated "Winter Clothing Drive" box located around the main building and in the Lower School library.
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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Andersson Supply. Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.
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