In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

December 20, 2017

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Merry Christmas! As we look forward to 2018, please click on the video below to enjoy memorable moments from 2017!

https://youtu.be/waQdrY2tUpo
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There's Still Time to Make a Difference!

Take advantage of year-end tax benefits by making your gift to the Annual Loyalty Fund by December 31st. Your gift is important each and every year and we are committed to being good stewards of your investment. We encourage you to give not only to strengthen the GWA experience but also to celebrate our exceptional students and faculty.


The year-end deadline is quickly approaching. Simply click on the link below, or email Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call or text her at 770-714-6238.

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20 Seconds to Help Us Reach Our GOAL

  • Contribute to the GOAL program and receive a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit.

  • Apply for a 2018 tax credit by contacting Jenni Cole at jcole@gwa.com or by taking 20 seconds to complete the form online at www.goalscholarship.org.

  • Payment is not required until 60 days after DOR approval, which will be mid-March of 2018.
  • Your contribution makes a significant impact on our school without costing you a dime – literally!
  • Click here for more information about GOAL.


Questions? Please contact Jenni Cole at jcole@gwa.com or 678-635-3830. Thank you for your participation and for your support of GWA!

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Paws for Presents

All was merry and bright as GWA Student Life and Student Council partnered with The Boys and Girls Club of Monroe and sponsored “Paws for Presents”. The Christmas spirit was in full force as GWA students shopped with students from the Boys and Girls Club to provide them with Christmas presents. “Paws for Presents” provides an opportunity to help others experience the joys of the Christmas season while forming relationships and serving as positive role models in our community.

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Driver's Education Camp

New London School of Driving will be conducting a Driver’s Education Camp during the Christmas Break. Joshua’s Law requires 30 hours of classroom time and six hours behind the wheel. The following dates will complete the 30 hours of classroom time required by the State of Georgia.


  • Saturday December 23nd
  • Wednesday December 27th
  • Thursday December 28th
  • Friday December 29th
  • Saturday December 30th


Once the classroom time is completed, the driving portion (3 lessons, two hours each) can be scheduled. Driving lessons are conducted seven days per week.


Seats are limited – please call 770.466.0410 or visit www.newlondondriving.com to sign up.

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The Humanities department is seeking Vietnam veterans who may be interested in participating in a special project designed to educate students and honor those who served. We will be sharing more about this interdisciplinary project with you soon, but as our planning continues, we are asking our faculty and parents who they know who might be interested in being a part of this educational experience. Our students can learn a great deal from those who have firsthand knowledge of the Vietnam War and are willing to share their experiences. Please email Karen Barrett to learn more and to suggest veterans who may be willing to participate. One of the faculty members will personally contact each veteran to explain the opportunities that will be available through this project which will run from January 10 to March 29. Click here to email Karen Barrett. To kick-off the project, we will have a "High School Sixties Day" on January 10th!
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The Art of Formal Letter Writing

Developing career and life skills are critical for today's students. One of the English curriculum requirements is to discuss and review the formatting of formal letters. Many of the freshmen recently wrote letters to our exchange students in Spain to update them on current events, such as preparing for Christmas celebrations and traditions. "We hope to continue correspondence throughout the year," said teacher Carolyn Steele, "especially until our students travel to their host families."
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The 12Ks Before Christmas

Coach Holly and two of her senior Sports Training students completed a virtual race running “12Ks til Christmas!”


"We completed the 12 kilometers the last week before finals as a celebration of the progress made in the students' endurance throughout the semester," explained Coach Holly. The finisher’s medal looks like a shoelace in the shape of a Christmas tree with 12K’s til Christmas imprinted on it. Each participant also received a red beanie. "We had a great time achieving this goal and the girls were really proud of their improvement in all areas of fitness and strength this semester."

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Lifesaving Lessons

Ninth-grade health students participated in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. 22 students were certified in child and adult CPR and first aid.
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BASKETBALL

Dec. 28 & 29 - Tournament at Bethlehem Christian

Jan. 2 – JV & Varsity @ Athens Academy: JV boys 4:30, VG 6:00, VB 7:30

Jan. 2 – MS @ HOME: Girls 5:30, Boys 6:30


WRESTLING

Dec. 21 & 22 - Eric Hill Invitational @ Loganville High School

Dec. 30 - Chamblee Scramble @ Chamblee High School

Dec. 30 – MS Round Robin @ Walnut Grove

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Taking It to the Mat

Three GWA Bulldogs placed second at Saturday's Redskin Rumble held at Social Circle High School. Congratulations to Thomas Ashley, Chris Sperin and Patrick Morris.
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Helping Kids Get Back On Track

Joanna Malcom, GWA ’08, transferred from neurotrauma acute care to join the Pediatric Rehabilitation Physical Therapy team at Spartanburg Regional Hospital in Spartanburg, SC. Joanna earned a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2012 from Mercer University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was recognized as a Tift College Scholar She completed her studies to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Carolina in 2015.

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Deferred, Now What?

In previous In Focus articles, the Counseling Department has celebrated GWA’s Class of 2018’s numerous early acceptances. Many colleges are reporting big upsurges in applicants applying early, meaning that word has gotten out that it's "easier" to be accepted early. The result, of course, is a significant drop in the percent being accepted and an accompanying rise in competitiveness.


While Emory and Georgia Tech have always been very selective, the greatest increase in early applications has occurred at UGA. According to UGA’s Office of Admissions, in October 2017, 15,000 students applied early and 8,000 were accepted. While some GWA students were in that pool, some received a polite "not now," a deferral until the regular decision round in the spring.


The first thing to keep in mind is that a deferral is not a denial and there is still hope. Read more.

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'Tis the Season to be...Tacky?

Students and teachers pulled out all the stops for this year's "Tacky Christmas Sweater" Day. Whether they wore a store-bought ensemble or grabbed glitter and a glue gun to create their own festive frock, plenty of fashion statements were made last Friday!
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Would you like to enter the Chili Cook-off competition?

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