In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

October 4, 2018

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Coffee with Admin: Oct. 4
  • Fall Break: Oct. 8-9
  • Order Yearbook Pictures by: Oct. 15

TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • PSAT 8/9 Testing - eighth and ninth grades: Oct. 10
  • PSAT Testing - 10th and 11th grades: Oct. 10
  • Iowa Testing - seventh grade: Oct. 15 - Oct. 19
  • Iowa Testing - first, third, and fifth grades: Oct. 22 - Oct. 26
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A Spotlight on Fine Arts

By Brian Cole, Fine Arts Department Head


Our first ever dance showcase is quickly approaching. On Nov. 30, the GWA dance ensemble will be performing their adaptation of the "Nightmare Before Christmas." Their performance will be a mixture of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance, showcasing the talents of our middle and high school students.


Collaboration is a good label for our Art department for the beginning of the semester...Read More.

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A "Forceful" Experiment in Physics

Upper school students in Dr. Bae's physics class explored the principle of applied force using a rather unconventional object--an SUV! The experiment allowed students to examine the "force multiplier effect" by pulling an SUV uphill, which simulated a car ditched in a trench. The SUV was tied to a nearby tree with a strap and...Read More.

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The Reading Race Continues Throughout Lower School!

Pictured above are the top girl and boy from each grade level who had the highest number of Accelerated Reader (AR) points for September. These winners are selected based on the total of number of AR points earned during September. Monthly winners’ names are displayed in the lower school library and on the lower school library blog each month (www.gwalsl.blogspot.com). Fantastic work readers!


Pictured above:

Front Row: Addie Trinh, Landry Atkinson, Oliver Reid, Ryver Bailey, Benton Yeater

Back Row: Caleb Eubank, Phillip Akin, Addie Belle Hayes, Maisen Rogers, Nancy Bailey

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Inspiration with a Twist

Through a unique combination of humor, magic and juggling stunts, this year's Secio speaker, Mark Robinson, delivered a relatable message of inspiration to our upper school students. He advised students to set their goals high, treat others well and enjoy each phase of their lives. Laughter filled the room when Mr. Robinson made Walker May’s twenty-dollar bill appear to burn and then magically reappear. He impressed students by juggling a bowling ball, an egg and an orange to illustrate balancing issues in life that carry different weights. Mr. Robinson gave a crowd-pleasing performance and offered well-received words of wisdom!

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Faculty Spotlight

At George Walton, faculty and staff members enjoy teaching the students and also enjoy participating in diverse events in the local community. Dr. Leo Bae, the new physics teacher, has been practicing Korean traditional painting since his twenties and started participating in the annual Atlanta Korean Art Exhibitions during his study at Georgia Tech. He continued his practices during his research career in Korea early this decade and collected seven prizes from the art competitions in Korea. Back in Atlanta, he joins the same annual exhibition, now combined with annual Korean Festival Atlanta, and will exhibit his own painting along with other's works during the three day festival. Dr. Bae intends to be present at the exhibition on the evening of Friday, Oct. 12, and potentially during the day on Saturday, Oct. 13, and is willing to provide guided tours if any GWA families attend the festival. Click here for festival information.
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Connect With Your GWA Community

Come pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and chat with Dr. Dolan! Our next Coffee with the Admin meeting is tonight, Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the upper school media center. Join us for an opportunity to spend time with administration and to hear the latest GWA news, ask questions, and discuss any rumors swirling around. (And Dr. Dolan assures that the rumors only get better as the year goes on!)
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Flaunt Your GWA Pride!

We encourage our GWA families to show your Bulldog spirit while out and about! Wear any of your GWA gear out in the community, snap a pic, then post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #gwaproud and you will automatically be entered into a contest to win a $25 gift certificate to the Dawg Shop! We will announce the winner in the first issue of In Focus each month.
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A Dawg Day You Don't Want to Miss!

The 2018 Dawgs Unleashed Fall Festival is right around the corner! Join us for a fun-filled and exciting day, packed with a variety of fall activities for all ages--and it's open to the public, so spread the word! Vendor booths include an assortment of unique offerings from jewelry to hair bows, sweet treats to BBQ, and everything in between! Kids can bounce the day away in the jump zone, play games, and even sport a crazy hairdo or creative face paint, compliments of our very own GWA upper school student club members! Click here for further details and to register.


Dawgs Unleashed upcoming events:

Oct 15: Golf Tournament (sold out)

Oct. 16: Tennis Tournament (spots still available)

Oct. 20: Fall Festival, Scary Scurry Kids Run and 5K Run!

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Beware! Dancers on the Prowl

A thrilling treat is in store for fall festival goers on Oct. 20! In the spirit of the Dawgs Unleashed theme, Mrs. Wiggins' dance company class will be performing the famous dance routine from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" throughout the day of the festival. These ladies have been diligently preparing for the flash-mob style exhibition and their performance will certainly delight the audiences!
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Calling for some Doggone Good Volunteers and Donations!

The Dawgs Unleashed team is working hard behind the scenes and we need your help! We are in search of the following:


-Items for door prizes

-Large prizes for event winners

-Small items to go in swag bags

-Volunteers for the Road Race and Fall Festival


Please email Elizabeth McDonel at emcdonel@gwa.com if you can provide an item from one of these categories or are available to volunteer!

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Lady Dawgs Climbing to the Top!

Congratulations to the varsity softball team on a huge victory against Hebron! The Lady Dawgs stomped the Lions 8-0 and are ready to prevail in the next round of the region tournament against Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 4. Come out to East Jackson park in Nicholson on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. to support the Lady Dawgs!
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La-crossing Over into a new GWA Sport

The George Walton athletic department is full speed ahead with expanding into new sports, and lacrosse is certainly generating steam! The on-campus skills instruction clinic has been underway for four weeks now, and participants have enjoyed the opportunity to learn the basics of lacrosse from a true expert. "Coach Mitchell does a fantastic job teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse. The kids, both boys and girls, have a great time and he keeps it moving fast and fun for everyone!" said David Boyle, a parent of one of the participants in the clinic.


Join us for FREE lacrosse instruction clinics right here on GWA campus! Sessions will continue on Saturday Oct. 13, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please note that there will be no clinic on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Click here for more details about the Lacrosse clinic!

Clinics are free and require no pre-registration. Just show up this Saturday and participate!

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Support the Dawgs and Join in on the Festive Theme Night!

We couldn't be more proud of our GWA Bulldog football team! Please show up to cheer them on to victory against Athens Academy tomorrow night! Go Bulldogs!
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Calling All Fifth and Sixth Grade Hoopsters!

GWA will be offering youth basketball for fifth and sixth grade boys and girls. Sign ups will be in the cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Please bring the following documents at the time of registration: copy of birth certificate, most current report card, registration and concussion forms, and a check for $100 made out to GWAYB (this includes registration fee and insurance). Click here to access the forms. If you do not currently have a sports physical on file with the school for this school year, you will need this as well. Uniforms will be handled separately. Please email Jason Hill at jhill@stilllumber.com with any questions.

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Vaping: A Hazardous Habit

Thanks to Officer Duff and Captain Vinson of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for speaking with middle and upper school students about the very real dangers of vaping- which is now epidemic among U.S. teens. The information they shared was timely, forthright, relevant and beneficial.
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A Senior Adventure to Remember

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the senior class will journey to Stone Mountain for the annual Senior Stone Mountain Field Trip! All students except the Snellville residents must arrive at GWA to load the bus at the field house at 8:15 a.m. The Snellville group will be picked up at Home Depot in Snellville at 9 a.m.
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Show Your American Pride!

Students have voted on the GWA American themed t-shirt for the Nov. 2 varsity football game. The winning design is now available! Click HERE to order. Deadline is midnight, Oct. 13. Also, if you ordered a homecoming shirt it is available for pick up in the Dawg Shop.
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Swing Your Partner Round and Round!

Students and parents were all smiles as they learned to sashay, do-si-do and curtsy during Mrs. Dyer's folk dancing event last week. It looks like Mrs. Dyer may have started a new GWA annual tradition for third and fourth graders and their families!
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A Matter of Perspective

Is this Rubik's Cube playing tricks on you? Students in Mrs. Sims' middle school art class are putting their creative minds to the test to learn about perspective. They are working on projects that demonstrate linear perspective and anamorphic perspective, which play on illusions. Linear perspective is the practice of drawing objects using vanishing points to create the illusion of depth on a flat surface. Anamorphic perspective is a distorted form of perspective that when the object is viewed from the single correct point it is perceived as three dimensional.


Eight graders, Reese Baker and George Zupko worked together to create an anamorphic drawing of a giant Rubik's Cube. If you stand in the correct spot the object appears to be three dimensional. However, if you view the Rubik's Cube from the wrong position it will look completely distorted.

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#freebreakfast

A group of George Walton alumni, who are attending the University of Alabama, recently had the opportunity to grab breakfast at a local spot with Dr. Dolan...Read More.

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Standardized Test Tips for Parents

By Lindsey Bailey, Lower School Counselor


Suddenly it is October and almost time for standardized testing. Standardized tests are a useful tool for schools and families, but they can also be an added source of stress for parents and students. Here are some tips to help you ease the burden on your student so he or she can focus on doing their best:


  • Mark testing days on the calendar and inform your student several days ahead of time, especially if they have difficulty with changes in schedule...Read More.
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Mark your calendars for these important upcoming events!

Dawgs Unleashed Golf Tournament: Oct. 15

Dawgs Unleashed Tennis Tournament: Oct. 16

First and Second Grade Fall Musical: Oct. 18

Dawgs Unleashed Road Race and Festival: Oct. 20

Yearbook Picture Retakes: Oct. 30

Dawgs 360 Bonfire: Nov. 1

Senior Night at Varsity Football Game: Nov. 2

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Today's In Focus is Proudly Sponsored by New London School of Driving

New London School of Driving is offering all five driving classes over Thanksgiving break through a Driver's Education Camp. Click here for more information regarding the camp. To learn more about London School of Driving visit the website at www.newlondondriving.com.



Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.

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