In Focus @ GWA
A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy
Putting Skills to the Test
GWA Honors Global Health students have been working hard learning some medical skills that will allow them to screen for hypertension, diabetes, and malnutrition. This class typically culminates with a trip to Belize to screen part of the population there during Winter Term. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students will not be able to travel this year. Instead, the students will have a chance to practice their skills by screening a faculty member as their final skills check-off. The students have practiced many times on each other, but now have the chance to practice on someone less familiar, or possibly even a stranger – in order to simulate a similar experience to screening in Belize.
During the screening, students take temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, height, weight, calculate body mass index, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Then, the harder part comes when the students need to give advice on lifestyle modifications that will improve the “patient’s” health. We have worked on being relational and compassionate when giving advice and not just giving textbook information. These students have worked hard this semester and are already putting their knowledge to use daily in making their own choices that influence their personal health.
Mrs. Jones' graphic design students were assigned to mock "clients" (faculty and staff members) that needed logos and a promotional piece for their "business" (some real and some theoretical). Each faculty member met with their student designer to tell them about their business. They provided a description of their business, the name of the business and what they wanted to achieve with their logo and promotional piece. They met multiple times to give feedback and work on revising their designs. Through this process, students were able to understand what it takes to design and create for a business while strengthening their abilities to interact with adults and receive constructive criticism. Students had the challenge of creating a logo using the skills they've learned throughout the semester to cater to a specific client. The project offered students real-world learning through design and communication.
A Taste for Reading
Eighth-grade English students learned to sample books and find options that interest them. They will choose a book to read at the start of the new semester with one group making their selection from the unit “A Deep Study of Characters” and the other choosing a book offered in their unit, “Dystopian Book Clubs.” The goal of “book tasting” is for students to be able to choose something that interests them so they will be more invested and independent in their reading.
Mr. Jameson’s upper school art students recently completed their first portrait pieces using drawing basics and their understanding of value scales as well as light and form to execute their projects monochromatically. During the semester, they succeeded in rendering basic shapes, to complicated scenes and still life(s) in various drawing media and techniques. Following Mr. Jameson’s demonstration of subtractive charcoal technique on toned paper, students paired up with a classmate to create their portraits. They had the freedom to choose which technique to use (one learned during the semester) and worked to make a full-value rendering in monochromatic tones accurate to the likeness of their classmate models as their final project.
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Best Wishes, Vickie Rollins!
After 30 years of service and friendship, Vickie Rollins has decided it is time to retire from GWA. She has worn many hats during her time here and we will miss her greatly. Thank you, Vickie and best wishes in retirement! Please see her message below.
Dear GWA family,
Retiring is such a tough decision to make, and my time has come to do so. I want to say thank you for the many years of memories and happy times here at GWA. A lot of you know GWA is my extended family, and I will miss seeing everyone. I want to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Blessings to all!
MS Swim Wraps Up
Our middle school swim team wrapped up their season last Saturday at the 42nd annual Middle School Championship at Marist School in Atlanta. Congrats to Anthony Pham on his first-place championship win in the 200 IM – he finished first out of 26 teams! Coach Power is proud of the middle school swim dawgs and the improvement they demonstrated over the course of the season, “I am so proud of these swimmers. Each one has shown perseverance, dedication, and resiliency in their own way this season. I look forward to the years to come with this talented group of swimmers.”