In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

January 25, 2018

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The Case for Cursive

While George Walton Academy empowers students to learn in today's most innovative and effective ways, there's also something to be said about getting back to basics. We take pride in utilizing technology, the latest teaching methods, and modern curriculum, but we also recognize the power of certain aspects of traditional education.


This is especially the case when it comes to teaching our elementary school students cursive handwriting. In a world that is constantly changing and becoming more digitized every day, many schools believe cursive is a thing of the past and are removing it from their required curricula. However, Lower School Principal Mr. Kevin Cloud points out that studies have proven time and time again that learning cursive engages the creative parts of the brain, builds brain cells and develops better motor skills for students, and helps connect the language and auditory parts of the brain.


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*New Time for State of the School*

In order to make it easier for you to attend "Winnie the Pooh" which begins at 7:30 p.m., the State of the School time has been changed to 6 p.m. All parents are encouraged to attend. The State of the School will begin with remarks from the chair of our board of trustees, Michael Geoffroy. In keeping with the role of the board, Mr. Geoffroy’s remarks will include an update on how the school is advancing our strategic plan, which focuses on five key components: Faculty, Programs, Community, Facilities and (Financial) Sustainability. Following his remarks, the board will be available to answer questions.
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Congratulations to Student of the Month, Evan Fennell

Congratulations to Evan Fennell for being selected as the January Rotary Student of the Month! Evan chose Ms. Carolyn Thigpen to join him as the Teacher of the Month.


Evan is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and has the honor of being an AP Scholar. He also placed second in the school’s American Mathematics Competition, a rigorous math test given to select high school students each year. He also serves as a mentor for the GWA Band, Camp Invention and the Chess Club.


Evan plans to attend Berry College next fall to pursue a degree in engineering.

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Our Interns Do More Than Get Coffee!

GWA is pleased to announce that for the first time ever, the school is offering internship positions in various fields. Two interns can already be found working on campus.


Cody Brown is an intern helping Athletic Director Mark Whitley with the ins and outs of the athletics at GWA; he also will be working as a coach for the soccer program this season. Through this internship, Brown hopes to gain “knowledge into what it takes to be an athletic director”. Brown is currently finishing his degree in Sports Management; he ultimately hopes to attend graduate school and become an athletic director himself. During his free time, Brown enjoys spending his weekends simply relaxing.


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Vietnam War Intensive: Sharing Their Stories

This week, GWA begin implementing ideas of the school’s Vietnam Intensive “I Did It for You” in several different aspects of the curriculum.


Mrs. Jo Taylor’s AP Literature class engaged with wartime poems via a discussion led by assistant headmaster Mr. Kevin Cloud. They read poetry from Walt Whitman and Bruce Wiegl; they also looked into music and art influenced by the Vietnam War in order to have a well rounded view of art during that time.


AP Language students wrote veterans letters explaining the hopes and goals of the Intensive and inviting these servicemen to come to GWA and tell their stories.


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Breathe... Just Breathe

As fourth grade students are learning about the different systems of the body, teachers are creating fun and interactive ways for their classes to understand the inner workings of the human body. To learn more about the respiratory system, they made “lungs” out of balloons and bottles, representing how people breathe. Although their studies with the respiratory system are over, students have several exciting activities yet to come, including “making blood” in the circulatory system!

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All Systems Go For Robotics Team

GWA’s Middle School Robotics Team, “Technical Difficulties,” attended their first VEX Robotics Competition in Cumming, GA this past weekend. They competed against 30 other middle school teams from Georgia. Team members are now gearing up for their next competition on Feb. 3. Click here to learn more about GWA Robotics.
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Rock On, Third Grade!

This week, GWA third grade students attended a field trip at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center to participate in a program called “Mineral Mania.” Students participated in many stations allowing them to explore many aspects of geology and geography. Students learned about erosion, different types of soils and their respective saturation levels, and the properties and characteristics of various minerals and rocks.

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We Are the Champions

George Walton was proud to host the first annual GWA Bulldog IEA Classic at Wellspring Farm in Monroe. GWA high school and middle school both won their respective competitions; and the middle school team qualified to show at their region finals which will be held Feb. 17.


The middle school team also won several individual accomplishments at the show. Josie Evans was the Reserve Champion Open Rider. Josie, Madison Smith, Avery Jesel and Kendall Thornton all qualified for the region finals in their individual events. GWA was happy to host exhibitors from across Georgia and South Carolina, and the equestrian team looks forward to hosting a similar event in September.


GWA would also like to give a special thanks to the Carter family, who are GWA grandparents, for donating their facilities, so that this show could be a successful event.

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GWA Wrestling Is Back in Business

The GWA wrestling team had a successful showing at the Archer Invitational this weekend. GWA, the only A team competing at the invitational, placed eighth overall out of 15 teams. Chris Sperin won the 126 weight class. Patrick Morris placed third, Beau Mitchell and Bryson Williams fourth, and Darius Barnum fifth, each in their respective weight classes.

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100 Days of School Celebration

To celebrate the 100 days that the kindergarten class has been in school this year, students celebrated by dressing up as people who are 100 years old. As you can see, the results were adorable!
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GWA's Premier Musicians Spend Weekend at JanFest

GWA was pleased to take 16 high school students to UGA’s 68th Annual January High School Band Festival, typically known as JanFest, in Athens this past weekend. At the beginning of the weekend, students auditioned to be placed in a band; their bands were chosen based on skill and age. The students were given a short etude, or a short musical composition, to learn prior to their audition, and then were placed into their designated band. Then, throughout the weekend, they were provided instruction and time to practice. The pinnacle of the weekend was when the various bands performed what they had learned. The weekend also included performances from renowned bands such as Okayama High School from Japan, several Georgia high school bands and many groups from UGA. The weekend was rounded off by exploring local Athens restaurants and spending time with their fellow band members.


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Adventure in the Land Down Under

GWA alumnus Stephen Kuni (’11) is currently living abroad in Australia for a year with the Outdoor Education Group, helping Australian school groups by facilitating outdoor experiences such as rafting, hiking, climbing and more. Before beginning this new adventure, Kuni graduated from Young Harris College with a degree in Outdoor Leadership and was working with Whitewater Express in Tennessee after his graduation.


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Power-Packed Calendar for College Counseling

by: Michael Clancy, Director of College Counseling


The next two months will be filled with opportunities for our students to explore colleges and universities, learn more about researching and applying, and discover a variety of career options.


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