In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

January 24, 2019

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Senior Night: Jan. 25
  • Prospective Family Open House: Jan. 27
  • Chili Cook Off & Bingo Night: Jan. 31
  • State of the School Address: Feb. 7
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As we all settle into the New Year, the GWA admissions office is shifting into our peak season. Prospective families are visiting campus and new student applications are arriving daily. We are hosting shadow students and conducting admissions testing on a weekly basis. Based on the activity in our office thus far, we anticipate a busy spring! That being said, we want to make you aware of a few things…


1. Our office is hosting another Prospective Family Open House this Sunday, Jan 27 at 2 p.m. in the newly renovated area called The Commons (formerly known as the Upper School Media Center). We would love for you to join us and bring a family who might be interested in learning more about our school and the amazing programs that we have available at all ages and grade levels. If you would like for our office to extend an invitation to someone you know, please forward the contact information to Amanda Riser ASAP at ariser@gwa.com. Our current families are our very best marketing partners because they often know other families like their own who would be a great fit for GWA!


2. We will debut our first ever PreK3 program in August 2019! The application for PreK3 admissions is posted on the GWA website under the Admissions tab. Space will be limited, so please spread the word and encourage families to apply right away.


3. Re-enrollment contracts for the 2019-2020 school year will be released on Friday, Feb. 1 by 3 p.m. for all students in good standing. Contracts will be posted in the family’s ParentsWeb account under the “Apply/Enroll” tab. Please be sure that your contact information is up to date in ParentsWeb and that all outstanding balances for tuition, aftercare, lunchroom, etc. are paid in full before February 1.


4. Completed contracts and a tuition payment towards the 2019-2020 school year are due by March 1 to hold each student’s spot for the upcoming school year. Contact our office if you have questions or concerns.


Wonderful things are happening at GWA and our office is looking forward to an exciting and prosperous spring!


Best,

CARI

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A Lesson in Real-Life Matters


GWA eighth graders participated in the Walton County Chamber’s Reality Check Program. Students were tasked with managing a monthly budget based on their assigned occupation, salary and family status. They had 45 minutes to visit life stations for each variable that may impact monthly expenses including utilities, housing, transportation and childcare. Eighth-graders soon realized that once the necessities of life were covered, there was little left over. One student remarked, “Kids are too expensive!” Students gained a meaningful appreciation for the value of a dollar and smart budgeting. Thanks to Teri Smiley, the Walton County Chamber of Commerce and all of the participating community business leaders for providing this fun and enlightening educational exercise.

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A Special Visitor for Second Grade

Second-grade students recently welcomed special guest and GWA parent, Maria Weke, to the classroom. Mrs. Weke is from the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania and spoke to the students about the present day way of life there as well as tribal life in the past. Also, she described what it is like to climb the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. She provided a slide presentation, wore traditional clothing and answered questions from our curious second graders. Students were able to take notes on their assigned topics for future reports. Thank you, Mrs. Weke, for sharing your story and fascinating information about your home country.
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Resumes– Not Just for Job Seekers

By Laura Nabors, Associate Director of College Counseling


GWA upper school students have a tremendous opportunity to gain fresh insights and experiences during the new Dawg Days Winter Term. With the first semester in the rearview mirror, it’s time to reflect, refocus, and set goals to move forward. Crafting a resume for college admissions is an important task for upper school students. It is much easier to build a resume as you go, rather than wait until your first college application to try to remember the details of the past four years...Read More.

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GWA Hits the Big Screen!

The trailer for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase has been released! Get ready to see some familiar backdrops in this exciting mystery film that will hit theaters on March 15. Click here to view the trailer.
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The State of the School meeting is an opportunity for GWA families to hear directly on how the school is doing on a number of fronts. This year’s meeting will include an update on the strategic plan as well as a review of the accreditation report – both the commendations and recommendations from the visiting team. The presentation will be followed by light refreshments. It is also one the few times per year that the Board of Trustees are present as a group. If you don’t know who they are or haven’t met them yet, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself.

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We Are Looking for More Families Just Like Yours!

Spread the word! Our next Prospective Family Open House is coming up. We can’t wait to show interested families all that GWA has to offer! Contact Cari Bailey at cbailey@gwa.com with questions or prospective family recommendations.
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Time's running out to sign up for the Dawgs 360 Chili Cook Off! Spots are filling up quickly, so please contact Elizabeth McDonel at emcdonel@gwa.com to enter the competition or volunteer! If making chili isn’t your thing- just join us for a fun night of chili tasting and bingo. Stay warm, Bulldogs!
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The GWA Beyond the Bell after school program offers more enrichment opportunities for students! Guitar is open to all third through 12th graders. Students meet every Wednesday immediately after school dismissal and the cost is $250 for the semester. Taekwondo meets on Tuesdays and is open to all first through fifth graders. Students meet every Tuesday immediately after school dismissal and the cost is $60 per month plus a one time fee of $30 for the uniform. Please contact Stacy May at smay@gwa.com to register or acquire further information.
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As part of Fine Arts Winter Term studies, Mr. Reagan’s art students took a field trip to different art galleries in Buckhead to see the current fine arts market and get an idea of pricing, quality, size, and marketability. The galleries were located on Miami circle, which is an enclave of private galleries.


While visiting the Ann Erwin Gallery, a representative talked candidly about the business of fine art sales, both locally and internationally. The owner, Mrs. Erwin, was thrilled to see the students’ enthusiasm and enjoyed sharing about an ancient painting technique called encaustic wax painting, and its recent insurgence into modern painting.


They also attended a guided tour of Rienze Fine Arts, one of the oldest privately owned galleries in Atlanta that was founded just after the depression. It began as an art school for the affluent and later became a gallery.


Mr. Reagan believes the field trip was a great success, and said “I think the students realized they have the talent and ability to work in this area in some capacity if they are willing to work hard.”

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Last Home Games for JV and Varsity Basketball!

Come out and support your Bulldog basketball teams for their final home games Friday night! Watch the Bulldogs take on Hebron starting with JV girls at 4 p.m., JV boys at 5:15 p.m., varsity girls at 6:30 p.m., and varsity boys at 8:30 p.m.
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Middle School Basketball Gears Up for a Big Weekend!

The middle school Bulldog basketball teams are heading to Athens Academy to compete in the Athens Area Middle School Tournament this weekend. Show your GWA spirit and come out to cheer these teams to victory! Middle school girls tip off Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and boys start time is 10:15 a.m. Go Bulldogs!
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George Walton Academy is excited to introduce the brand new lacrosse program for students of all ages and experience levels. Please join us Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria to learn more about the opportunity for upper school students to play lacrosse at GWA.
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We are excited to announce the first ever youth track program at GWA! Students in grades first through fifth grade are invited to lace up their running shoes and race to the start of a brand new season with us! Want to learn more? A parent information session will be held tonight, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Lower school track team practice will begin on Monday, Feb. 4.
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One Session Left!

The GWA Bulldog baseball program is hosting a three-session camp for students in first through sixth grades. Each session focuses on a specific skill, and is divided into age groups. Contact Todd Shelnutt at tshelnutt@gwa.com for more information and click here for the schedule and registration form. It's open to the community, so sign up and bring a friend!
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George Walton is excited to announce the re-creation of the GWA Alumni Association! The Alumni Association will be led by council members Ronnie Reeves (‘75), Jon Dial (‘76), Dana Pennington (‘82), Janet Townsend (‘84), Kim Gunnin (‘86), Loy Turner (‘93), Matthew Whitley (‘08), Jordan Shumate (’08) and Matt Reynolds (’09). If you are interested in serving on the alumni association council or any of the various committees, please email Ashley Short at ashort@gwa.com for more information.

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Register to Win the Trip of a Lifetime!

Click HERE to download a raffle flier. You do not have to be present to win! Turn in your raffle forms with payment to the Development Office.

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It’s the “CAN’T MISS” event of the year... and tickets are going quickly!

This delightful evening includes a delicious dinner, silent and live auctions, and concludes on the dance floor! It's our largest fundraising event of the year with proceeds making a lasting difference in the lives of our students. Please join us for an event you don't want to miss!

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