In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

March 3, 2016

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Please remember that contracts were due on March 1st. To avoid late fees, complete the contract for your student and submit payment before March 10th. Contact Cari Bailey with questions or concerns.
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New Bus Service Route

GWA bus service for students in the Bold Springs and Bethlehem area will begin on Monday, March 7th. Stops will include the Bold Springs Fire Station (at Providence Club), Home Depot parking lot in Bethlehem, and the Bethlehem Community Center (on Hwy 11). A bus contract must be on file with the school. Please contact Jenni Cole at 770-207-5172 ext. 229 or jcole@gwa.com for more information.
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2016 Winter Choir Concert

On Thursday, February 18th, the GWA 5th - 12th Chorus and Literary Team Members performed their Winter Choir Concert at the First United Methodist Church in Monroe. The 5th Grade Chorus performed selections from "Seussical the Musical." The 6th - 8th Chorus students performed selections that will be used in their Six Flags Competition later this year. The 6th Grade Honor Chorus students and High School Literary Team also performed selections from their events held at the end of February. The men's solo and quartet songs were broadcast in HD during the performance due to the men being out of town for District Band Festival. Mrs. Donaldson and the chorus students also taught their audience how to sight read music during the performance. Students pictured on the front row with Mrs. Donaldson from left to right are ladies from the High School Literary Team: Mandy Parks, Sydney Senical, Erica Webb, Josie Walton, Lily McDaniel, and Wallis Lucas.

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GWA Places Second at Region Literary Competition

Congratulations to the Literary Team. They won second overall at the region tournament. The following students qualified for the state competition on March 13th at Wesleyan College in Macon: Amy Rees in Personal Essay, Cody Carrell in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking, Jonathan Arrue in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Bryant Bolds in Humorous Oral Interpretation, Wallis Lucas in Dramatic Interpretation, the team of Bryant Bolds and Thomas Murphy in Duo Interpretation, and the team of Jason Dokes, Chad Richards, Joseph Johnson, and Eric Downing in Quartet.
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Mariam Goreish and Blake Heard Win Honorable Mention in the Georgia Poetry Society’s Annual Youth Poetry Contest

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Georgia Honor Chorus Representatives

On Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, five students represented George Walton Academy at the Georgia Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus in Athens, Georgia. The students selected were Jack Boyer, Ben Ellerbee, Nicole Volk, Allie Marler, and Ella Smith. They practiced many hours after school with Mrs. Dyer and during Honor Chorus weekend in preparation for the concert at the Classic Center. Over 500 top elementary chorus students from the entire state of Georgia participated in the final performance.

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Ren Grimsley Wins 1st Place Representing GWA and Walton County at 4-H DPA

Ren Grimsley attended the 4-H District Project Achievement competition on February 13 at Rock Eagle, representing GWA and Walton County. In the category of General Recreation, he competed against 18 other students and won first place for his presentation on juggling. His program included information on the history of juggling, the physical and mental benefits of juggling, and a demonstration of how to learn to juggle.

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Spelling Bee Finalists

Congratulations to Claire McNulty and Claire Volk who represented George Walton Academy at the GISA middle school spelling bee at Mount De Sales Academy in Macon on February 11, 2016. Claire McNulty advanced to round 2, which was held at The Atlanta Academy in Roswell on February 23, 2016.

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Class of 2008 Matthew Whitley Presents GWA With Flag Flown In Combat Mission

Class of 2008 1LT Matthew Whitley recently presented Mr. Nicholson and GWA with a flag that was flown on board a United States Army Apache attack helicopter. This helicopter provided close air support for American ground forces during a combat mission over Afghanistan in support of the global war on terrorism. Matthew is a 2012 graduate of West Point. He recently returned from his deployment to Afghanistan and is currently stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, where he is the AH-64E Platoon Leader and a helicopter pilot.
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AP Government Field Trip

AP Government classes recently visited the Walton County Courthouse and toured the Walton County Jail. They had the opportunity to observe criminal motions day in Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn’s court. Also, Sheriff Joe Chapman met with students to share instructions for their tour of the jail and to discuss the constitutional nature of the sheriff’s office. AP students gained first-hand information about local and state government criminal proceedings and procedures.

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Third Grade Field Trip to the World of Coca-Cola

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Fourth Grade Visits the Georgia Aquarium

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3D Printing at GWA

Last week, 6th graders from Mr. Reynolds' social studies classes learned how to 3D print pieces for their Medieval Board Game project.

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Kindergarten Pajama Day!

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Important Dates at a Glance

March 4: Early release for all students at 1:00 p.m.

March 7-11: Class trips week for Middle & High School

March 16: Report cards will be posted after 3:30 p.m.

March 18: Grandparents Day

March 18: Prom

March 23: Preview GWA tour

March 25: School Holiday - Good Friday

Full Calendar of Events

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