In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

April 21, 2022

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Aladdin: April 21 & 22 @ 6 p.m.
  • Counselor Chat: Sunday, April 24 (see below)
  • Rising 9th Grade Meeting: April 26 @ 6:30 p.m. in cafeteria
  • Dance Showcase: April 27 @ 4 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Spring Band Concert: April 28 @ 7 p.m.
  • Cinderella: April 28 & 29
  • Field Day: April 29 (see below)
  • Rising 6th Grade Meeting: May 3 @ 6 p.m. in auditorium
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By Collin Dibble

How hot is natural gas? Upper school Chemistry students used the Laws of Thermodynamics to answer this question. Each group selected a nail and heated it until it became red-hot in a Bunsen burner flame. They then dropped the glowing nail into a sample of water which absorbs heat from the nail. Since heat is theoretically conserved, students are able to determine the temperature of the flame. Turns out it's over 1000 degrees Celsius!

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Exploring Southern History

By Jere Lin Hutter

GWA fifth graders enjoyed three fun-filled days in Charleston, South Carolina this week starting with a bus tour of historic downtown Charleston. Students also ventured to Fort Sumter, Boone Hill Plantation, the H.L. Hunley Museum, and the Powder Magazine. They also took an unforgettable historic ghost tour as they wandered through the streets of Charleston at night. This trip serves as an amazing culminating experience to accompany their Civil War unit in the classroom.

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Comparing Colonies

By Jeanie Collin

Fourth-grade students researched one of the thirteen colonies. They created Google slide presentations about their colony along with a life-size brochure persuading other colonists to join their colony. Dylan Carter says, “Pennsylvania is the colony to live in because the land is great for farming.” Bethany Pham encouraged others to consider her colony, “Maryland is a colony located on the coast, and fishing is our main food source.” Grant Hamilton touted his colony, “New York allows the colonist to practice freedom of religion.” Students did a great job researching and promoting the benefits of living in their respective colonies!

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Giving Shelter

By Janet Bishop

The first-grade classes are creating a National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife habitat. The students first learned about pollinators and butterflies and then planted wildflower seeds. They made their own 3D pollinators to act as a marker for their section of the garden and to decorate the space while we wait for the flowers to grow. After discussing what makes a good habitat, students created “insect hotels” by placing materials they collected inside recycled cups. This will provide a place for the insects to find shelter and food. We are excited to see how our wildlife habitat turns out!

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Paint Your Path

With their school logos applied and handprints stamped on shorts and skorts - our senior class continued a fun GWA tradition, Paint Your Path, on the lawn of the Dawgs 360 house. After first graders left their mark and garments were laid out to dry, the group played a lively game of Simon Says.
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Aladdin Opens TONIGHT!

Don’t miss the upcoming GWA production of Aladdin, Jr. on April 21 and 22 at 6 p.m. The show is a collaborative effort between upper school drama, dance, and art students. For the first time, prosthetics made by Mr. Jameson and his art students will be used to enhance the stage appearance of specific characters. The show is directed by Paula Gerhardt, with choreographer Genie Wiggins, music director senior Allison Carter, and dance captain senior Anna Swope.

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Dance Show Next Week

Mark your calendar for April 27 and attend the GWA Dance production of “Lights, Camera, Action,” as our dance students perform to tunes from some of their favorite movies! Hope to see you there!

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Round Two

Our girls’ varsity tennis team defeated Lakeview Academy 5-0 in Round 1 of GHSA State Playoffs and advance to the next round. They face Whitfield Academy on Tuesday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. on the home courts. Be sure to come out and cheer the girls on!
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Lacrosse Shutout

A big congratulations to our boys’ varsity lacrosse team on their 16-0 win over Mount de Sales – their first shutout in school history! Peyton Collin led the way offensively with six points (three goals, three assists), Ren Grimsley and River Morrow each chipped in two goals, and nine other players contributed at least one goal. Defensively the shutout was split between goalies Tim Jackson and Robby Perkins.

The team heads to Macon on Friday to play Calvary Day. Good luck, Bulldogs!

Photo credits: Beth Baldwin

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Bringing Home the "W"

Congratulations to our GWA girls' lacrosse team on their recent win over Pinecrest Academy on the road! They broke the 6-6 tie in the final two minutes of the game to finish at 7-6. Way to go, Bulldogs!
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Important Informational Meeting

On Sunday, April 24, we will be hosting our second and final parent informational meeting on Body Safety from 2 - 4 p.m. in the auditorium. Detectives Alicia Chandler and Kristilee Cavoretto will join us to talk about sexual abuse, reporting, and internet safety. The detectives will return on April 27 during LINX to speak with our ninth graders on this topic. We encourage parents of all grades to attend and ask questions, so you have the tools to have those conversations with your student at home. If you cannot attend in person, please email Amber Thomason,, for a Google Meet link. We hope to see you there!
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Spots Still Available!

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 - 6) is a special time to honor the individuals who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. We hope all GWA families are excited to recognize and show gratitude to our steller educators with special activities. We encourage you to thank our faculty by signing up to help with the following events - snacks for mailboxes, breakfast treats, desserts and in-kind donations.

It's easy to sign up - just click HERE and fill in an available slot. Questions? Please send them to Elizabeth McDonel, Dawgs 360 at Thank you!

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Ready for Summer Fun!

GWA activities don’t stop when the school year ends! Our camps begin May 30 and run through July 25. Check out the exciting camp offerings for Summer 2022!

Click HERE for complete details and registration. Please contact Ashley Kirkpatrick with any questions.

  • 3D Design with Mr. Gasaway
  • Basketball Skills Camp with Coach Lamonique and Coach Grace
  • Basketball w/ Coach Reynolds
  • Build the Future (3D city software) with Mr. Gasaway
  • Christmas in July Camp with Mrs. Scott
  • Cooking Camp with Mrs. Gervais
  • Craft Camp with Mrs. Scott
  • Crochet Camp with Mrs. Feinstein
  • Dot and Dash Robots with Mr. Gasaway
  • Draw, Paint, Create Art Hosted by The Sketch Pad
  • English SAT Prep Rising 11th – 12th grades
  • English SAT Prep Rising 9th – 10th grades
  • Flight 2050 (Learn about aviation) with Mr. Gasaway
  • Girl’s Youth Basketball with Coach Hines
  • LEGO Camp with Mrs. Power
  • Melty Bead Camp with Mrs. Scott
  • Minecraft and Video Game Camp with Mrs. Bellah
  • Mission to Mars with Mr. Gasaway
  • New London Driving classes
  • Outdoor Sports Camp with Ms. Shupe
  • Princess Camp with Mrs. Bellah
  • Reader’s Theater with Ms. Shupe
  • Soccer Camp with GWA Soccer Coaches and Players
  • Stay and Play with Ms. May (Offered all weeks camp is offered)
  • SUMO Robot Camp with Mr. Gasaway
  • Tennis Camp with Coach Chiara
  • Theater Basics Camp with Ms. Gerhardt
  • Wrestling Camp with Coach Sperin
  • Youth Football Camp with Coach Beer
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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by A Polished Finish, Inc.( Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at or call 678-635-3812.
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