The Eagle Update!

Week of 05.26 - 06.02


Greetings, Eagle families and scholars! This is the seventh edition of The Eagle Update, a weekly newsletter to share news and information so our school community can be informed about all things GW. In this newsletter, you will find information about GW athletics, school counseling, upcoming events, clubs, and how parents can get involved at GW.

Improvement Plan Surveys

Dear Community/Business Stakeholder,

Please take a few moments to answer the following questions. We value your opinions as a school partner and participant in our annual needs assessment process. Responses will be summarized and analyzed in order to plan for the next fiscal year.

The estimated time to complete the survey is between 2-4 minutes. Thank you for taking the time to help us.

Community Stakeholder Survey 2023-2024 Annual Needs Assessment for Federal Grant Programs

Dear Parents,

Please take a few moments to answer the following questions. We value your feedback as a student, school partner and participant in our annual needs assessment process. Responses will be summarized and analyzed in order to plan for the next fiscal year. The estimated time to complete the survey is between 3-5 minutes.

2023-2024 Parent Survey/Annual Needs Assessment

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your child will not be allowed to register for classes or receive his/her schedule without the appropriate immunizations. Please feel free to contact your child's School Nurse if you have questions.

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IMPORTANT Information for the 2023 - 2024 school year!!!

Next year, GWHS will transition to a seven period schedule with year long classes. We also want to offer a zero (Sunshine) period. Sunshine period will give an opportunity for scholars to take an additional credit bearing class. The Sunshine period would start at approximately 7am. DPS is working on a transportation schedule to ensure scholars will be able to participate. This form is to gauge the interest of scholars and families in enrolling for specific classes during Sunshine Period. Please complete the form and list the top three courses you would be willing to take during Sunshine Period. This information will be used to confirm the exact course offerings during this period. Please complete all required fields. The form will close at 8pm, Thursday April 27.

Sunshine Period Interest Form

GWHS Graduation Ceremony

The George Washington HS 2023 Graduation Ceremony will be on Saturday, June 10th @ the Averett North Campus Grant Center. Doors will open at 1pm. Ceremony begins promptly at 2pm.

There will be 8 tickets per graduate.


Please make sure you open and read it thoroughly! The second page can be printed out and turned into the GW Main Office. Extra copies of the form will be on the counter in the main office and PA office, as well.




Final Transcripts can be requested through Parchment and should be marked as “HOLD FOR GRADES”. Once grades have been finalized and transcripts updated, we will process FINAL TRANSCRIPT requests marked as such in Parchment. The portal for Parchment can be accessed through the Parchment/GW Link:

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Counseling Corner

Our school counselors have been hard at work with scheduling adjustments to ensure our scholars have the courses they need. The counseling department at GW has been reorganized with one counselor responsible for all seniors while our scholars in grades 9 - 11 are broken up alphabetically by last name. An assistant principal is also attached to a counselor and case load. A breakdown of counselor case loads is listed below. Students who need to see their counselor must make an appointment using the Google form that was emailed to all scholars earlier in the year. Below is a link to the form.

Counselor/Admin. Case Loads

Lead Counselor - Weatherford

Guidance Secretary - Ratliff

Seniors - Goods/McLaughlin

Juniors - Perdue/Badger

Sophomore - Crews/Johnson

Freshman - Davis/Spencer

Appointment Request for School Counselor

School Safety

School safety drills are an important aspect of being prepared in the event of a school crisis. It is important that our scholars take these drills seriously and follow all directions during the drill. I want to share the types of drills that are practiced at GW.

Fire Drill - At the sound of the alarm, scholars line up in an orderly fashion and follow the evacuation route posted in the room.

Lock Down Drill (threat inside the building) - At the announcement of a lock down, scholars will move away from doors and windows. Students in the hallway will enter the closest room. Teachers will lock doors, turn off lights, and cover windows. All instruction stops and everyone in the room must remain quite.

Lock Out/Modified or Soft Lock Down Drill (threat outside the building) - At the announcement of a lock out, scholars will return to their class. Students should not move through the hallway, but instruction may continue in the classroom.

Tornado Drill - Are executed on a nation-wide date. Teachers will be informed via the intercom that we are under a tornado warning. Teachers will accompany their students to the assigned area (exit off of 2nd floor) and instruct them to sit facing the wall with their head between their knees. If they have a coat they should pull it over their heads. Teachers should check their roll to determine that all students are present in the assigned area. An announcement will be made to return to class when the danger has passed.

Parents and guardians, please have conversations with your scholar about the importance of following all faculty/staff directions during safety drills.

GW Scholars!!! Very important Info for YOU!!!

As exams approach in the upcoming weeks, it's important to start preparing early to ensure success. Here are some tips that may help:

1. Start studying early: Don't wait until the last minute to start studying. Begin reviewing material at least a few weeks in advance.

2. Create a study schedule: Create a schedule that includes time for reviewing each subject and stick to it.

3. Practice with old exams: Try to obtain old exams and practice answering questions to get a feel for what will be expected on the exam.

4. Ask for help: If there are concepts you're struggling with, ask your teacher or a tutor for help.

5. Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise. Your body and mind need to be in top shape for optimal performance.

Remember, preparing for exams is not just about getting a good grade. It's also about developing good study habits that will serve you well in college and beyond. The ONLY thing that is stopping YOU is YOU!!! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS!!!

*Below is your testing schedule, it is IMPORTANT for you to know when you will be testing.*

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Preorder yourself a 2023 GW Yearbook!!!

If you haven't ordered yours yet, be sure to do it soon before it’s too late! You don't want to miss out on this keepsake.

The link is

Yearbook ID Code is 14800923.

$60 online

$30 in-person

GW Scholarship Newsletter


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Telephone (434) 799-5108

Fax (434) 799-5251

Scholarship Newsletter #8

March 23, 2023

NOTE: Seniors are responsible for mailing their own scholarships unless directed otherwise in the George Washington High School Scholarship Newsletter. Scholarship applications that do not have an internet link will be in the scholarship file cabinet in the Guidance office.

Latest Edition of the GW's Scholarship Newsletter #8

GW's Scholarship Newsletter (1 - 7)

GW's College and Scholarship Resources

What's happening inside George Washington High School??? Look below!

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GW Spring Chorus Concert

Congratulations to the GW Chorus on their outstanding Spring Concert yesterday evening. They have done an amazing job this school year, taking part in multiple events in-school and out. Thank you Mrs. Lisa Cash and our musical scholars for representing George Washington High School in a positive and creativity way.

GW NJROTC receives High Honor

GWHS receives- the Distinguished Unit Award

The GW NJROTC has been recognized as a top unit and awarded the Distinguished Unit Award for the 2022-23 school year. The "Soaring Eagles" rank in the top 20 among 60 units in Virginia, Maryland, DC and Delaware. In order to become a distinguished unit, cadets of GWHS NJROTC had to submit all their accomplishments for the calendar year to the JROTC headquarters and demonstrate their skills through a successful drill and competition season. However, this award is not limited to just the competitive teams. Every cadet in the unit contributed to this achievement through their leadership training, test scores, orientation trips, ROTC scholarship submissions, combined GPA, community service hours, school support hours, team participation, parades, leadership positions within the school, and Annual Inspection results. Everyone in the unit this year is authorized to wear the Distinguished Unit Ribbon. Congratulations Soaring Eagles!!!

GW ROTC Change of Command and Awards Ceremony

The GW NJROTC unit recently held its Annual Change of Command and Awards Ceremony at George Washington High School. C/LCDR Jackie Delgado relieved C/CDR Terry Daniel assuming the position as Cadet Commanding Officer for the 2023-2024 school years. C/CDR Daniel plans on enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Master Chief Grasty, Naval Science Instructor, said, ”Cadet Commander Daniel did an outstanding job as the Commanding Officer for the 2022-2023 school year and we will intently follow his track to success as he heads off to Navy boot camp.” Master Chief Green, Naval Science Instructor said, “We welcome our first Latina CO in the 50 year history of the unit. I know C/LCDR Delgado will do a great job” During the Awards Ceremony cadets received awards, promotions, and jobs based on accomplishments throughout the year.

GW Band 2023 Awards Banquet

On Saturday, May 23rd, the GW Band had their 2023 Band Banquet to celebrate their accomplishments.

2023 Band Banquet Slideshow

Signing Day!!!

Wednesday, May 17th, two of our GW Football players did their signings to play college football following graduation from George Washington HS. Congratulations to Wide Receiver, Anthony Brawner and Tight End, Elijah Bass. Anthony Brawner will be attending and playing at Bluefield University and Elijah Bass will be attending and playing at the Virginia Military Institute.

Spring Dance Showcase

This past Tuesday, Mrs. Murdock our GW Dance Instructor and her Dance Class had their Spring showcase. Congratulations for an outstanding performance and congratulations to our seniors on their last performance.

Senior Walk at Gibson Elementary!!!

This past Monday our GW Seniors went by Gibson Elementary school for a senior walk. Thank you E. A. Gibson Elementary School for letting our seniors walk through your hallways and celebrate with your wonderful scholars!!!

Recap for Teachers' Appreciation Week!!!

Want to take a moment to appreciate all teachers for all that you do every single day. Your dedication, hard work, and passion for teaching make a difference in the lives of your students and their families. You inspire, encourage, and guide our scholars to reach their full potential, and your impact extends far beyond the classroom. Thank you for all that you do, and for making the world a better place, one student at a time. Happy Teachers Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!! The Senior Nurse Aide II surprised their Instructor, Mrs. Argyrakis with gifts!!!

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Opening Ceremony for the JT Christopher Stadium at GWHS

On Wednesday, May 10th, the opening ceremony for the George Washington High School's track and field facility at J.T. Christopher Stadium took place. Mayor Alonzo Jones and members of Danville City Council joined members of the Danville School Board, DPS facility and staff, Averett University President Tiffany Franks and Averett's staff. The track will be used by GWHS, Galileo Magnet High School and the Averett University Cougars.

Happy Senior Day to these ladies of GWHS Tennis!

Thank you ladies for your contributions to the program! Good luck next week in the PD tournament.

JT Christopher Stadium is ready!!!

GW NJROTC Drill Team goes to Annapolis

On April 29th 2023, the GW NJROTC Drill Team visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Cadets toured the scenic and historic campus known as “The Yard”.

Executive Officer Ashley Motley said, we really enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at midshipmen life. Hearing about all the history was also informative. I think the fact we studied about the Academy in class made it even more meaningful. The tour guide was extremely impressed with our knowledge of the Academy and the history. I feel like we really represented. On behalf of the team, the 7 seniors would like to thank both of our Master Chiefs!

The GW NJROTC would also like

to thank our bookkeeper Ms. Robinson, the DPS Finance Office- Ms. Wright-Lawson and her staff that went above and beyond to make the trip a success.

NJROTC visits NC Central

On April 26th, 2023 all the classes of GW NJROTC (45 cadets) visited the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. On the way to the campus the cadets stopped at the historic Bennett Place homestead in Durham. The location of the Confederate Army’s southern surrender to the Union Army in 1865.

Senior Cadet Isaac Ross said, I thought it was interesting Mr. Bennett was a farmer that didn’t own any slaves and he sold corn liquor to help make a living. I also liked the live fire weapons demo. We got to see how the repeater rifle helped win the Civil War.

When asked about the NCCU Campus visit- Cadet Commanding Officer Terry Daniel said, the best part for me was the good food and all you can eat lunch. I had 3 plates. The tour was of course great too! All the old historic buildings mixed with new modern buildings and on going construction was impressive.

Congrats to our GW Scholar who scored a high test score on the ASVAB Test!!! The United States Coast Guard stopped by to talk with students about great opportunities!!!

Greatness is happening in GW's Spring Sports!!!

Our athletes are enjoying the spring sports season! Encouraging and supporting our scholars to participate in extracurricular activities is crucial for their personal growth, skill development, and overall academic success. Let's empower them to explore their passions and interests in and out of the classroom!" #EaglePride #EagleStrong

Hoppity hop! Follow the bunny trail.

A special guest stopped by the Eagle’s Nest to say hello and left some gifts for our Eagle scholars just before the start of Spring Break.

Juniors Nurse Aide takes action around GWHS

Wednesday, April 5th, Mrs. Argyrakis and her Junior Nurse Aide I HOSA Students assisted in a trash pickup and cleanup service project around GW.

GW Club News

George Washington offers a variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities to keep our students engaged. Below is a list of clubs and their sponsors at GW.

Anime Club - Paul Dennis and Shemeka Ferrell

Art Club - James Lewis

Chess/Debate Club - George Hampton

E-Sports - Jeremy Lovelace

Future Educators of Tomorrow - Renesha Myers

Gentlemen By Choice - Corey Williams

Green Club - Donna Fitzgerald

HOSA - Lisa Argyrakis

Japanese Club - Sharon Leigg

Poetry Club - Paul Dennis and Andrea Mann

National Honor Society - Frenita Griffin

Social Justice Club - Kenyatta Thomas and Bria McMillian

SCA - Corey Williams, Kristen Baggerly, Brooke Klett, and Sandra Simpson

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Download the DPS Mobile app

The Danville Public Schools App is finally here! It's as easy as 1 2 3 to download "Danville City Public Schools" from Google Play or the App Store. Stay connected with your school, and never miss any school happenings!


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Contact Principal Deskins

Please know that I am committed to our scholars, families, faculty/staff & the entire GW community.

Upcoming School Events

Cheer Tryouts in the GW Gym

Saturday, May 27th, 8am-5pm

701 Broad Street

Danville, VA

GW End of the Year Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 30th, 6pm

701 Broad Street

Danville, VA