ARISE: Involved

EAGLES ARISE is our motto and an acronym for our behavior standards. The 'I' stands for 'Involved.' When teachers or other adults in the building see students involved in class or other school activities, they give them one of our blue ARISE tickets. These tickets were used by students at our Santa's Workshop in December. They can also be used at our school store or to enter raffles that are held from time to time for bigger items.

We now have new GWHS hoodies and beanies available! Keep earning ARISE Tickets in order to purchase this year's official GWHS items!

Mark Your Calendar!

February 21st GWHS will be having a Mardi Gras themed Family Night. Join us from 5:00 - 7:00 for dinner, prizes, fun activities, a chance to meet with community partners and more. Watch for more details in February.

Principal's Message

As part of Utah State Board of Educations quality assurances, the State Office looks at several factors to help schools best serve their communities. The USBE has designated George Washington High School as a school for Comprehensive Support and Improvement to help increase our graduation rate. Last year we improved our rate to 70%! The State is going to help us maintain that rate by providing targeted assistance and support.

As part of our improvement plan, we will need a couple of parents who are willing to participate in two or three meetings over the next year with representatives from the USBE and the school to help provide ways to improve our school and learning. If you are willing to be part of this process, please contact me by email, and I will let you know the next steps.

Thank you for your continued support!

Joshua Bell, Principal GWHS

Student of the Month: Tide Thornton

Tide Thornton was our student of the month in December. Ever since he joined GW at the beginning of last year, he has been one of our most consistent attenders, and he has also been one of our hardest workers. Tide has had excellent grades and will graduate more than a year early. Some of the comments from teachers include:

“He is intelligent, great to talk to, and respectful to all. When most of the class is not in the mood to participate or speak aloud, I can always count on Tide to raise his hand and interact in whatever activity we are currently doing.”


“He has been a hard worker for me in all of the terms I've had him in, and I've enjoyed all of our personal conversations concerning books, D & D, and video games. He is not affected by his peers' discussions or lack of focus--he starts on his work as soon as he is able and stays focused until he finishes it. He is a wonderful advocate for himself when he has questions or needs help, and he is one of the few students I can depend on to be in class almost every day. He is almost always positive and can transfer that positivity to people around him.”

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Library Makerspace

Ms. Mackey's biology class has been making DNA strands with materials from the library makerspace. She had students start by mapping out the structure of the DNA molecule. Then, her classes came to the library and students were shown what makerspace materials were available. They were each able to choose how to make their model. It was really fun to see how each student built his or her model; they were unique. Check out the pictures!

Counseling Center: 11th Grade CCRs

11th Grade CCRs will begin soon. Watch for a letter or a text message containing information on how sign you and your 11th grade student up for a meeting!
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Free Online Tutoring. 24/7

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