In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

January 13, 2022

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Admissions Testing: Jan. 14, No School for K3-K5 ONLY
  • MLK, Jr. Day: Jan. 17, School Holiday
  • Red Cross Blood Drive: Jan. 28, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Yearbook Deadline: Jan. 31 (see below)
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Coffee Brewed with Purpose

Students in Coach Beer’s Business and Marketing class are engaged in hands-on learning as they kicked off the semester with the opening of their student-run coffee shop. They take orders using a Google form (sent to faculty and staff) and deliver the coffee to classrooms and offices throughout campus. Students rotate jobs with some gathering orders, some making the coffee and others delivering the beverages. As the project continues, additional items will be added to the menu, including smoothies, tea and hot chocolate. The project allows students to apply the business and marketing concepts they have learned, and the operation of the coffee shop gives them experience in working with suppliers, managing inventory and sales, developing marketing strategies, and managing distribution.


The business is run with the following core values:


  • Work Ethic- “How we do anything, is how we do everything”
  • Customer Service- be like Chick Fil-A
  • Attitude- Christ-like attitude
  • Grit- it’s the tough things that make you great
  • Passion- allow your passion to become your purpose, and one day it will be your profession


Faculty and staff are thrilled to play a part in this purposeful project – the freshly-brewed, hand-delivered coffee is a treat! Next, students plan to involve a panel of parents. Dawgs 360 will invite interested parents to campus for free taste testing and feedback. If you are interested in becoming a panelist, email Elizabeth McDonel at emcdonel@gwa.com for an appointment time.

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Doing the Research

GWA third graders are researching animals and learning the proper way to write a research paper. They have been exploring sources of information, including books and articles while learning how to paraphrase instead of copying written content word-for-word. They will use art and technology to enhance and present their research to their peers. This assignment is giving students great basic skills needed in third grade and beyond.
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Congratulations to these talented and hardworking musicians!

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Keeping Up with Swim Dawgs

By Ella Rowan


This past Friday, the Swim Dawgs took on Cherokee County at Etowah High School's 'JanuEagle 2022' Swim Meet. The meet highlights include:


  • Baylor Lingner earned second place in the Mens 100 Yard Backstroke, dropping two seconds.
  • River Morrow swam an amazing 1:02 in the Mens 100 Yard Freestyle.
  • Riley Root and Reese Behnke impressed everyone in the Womens 100 Yard Individual Freestyle Event, dropping 6 and 5 seconds.
  • Reese Behnke also tried out racing the Womens 100 Yard Backstroke for the first time.


Watch out for the GWA Swim Dawgs to make waves this Friday at the University of Georgia. Keep up the hard work!

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Tickets On Sale Now!

Make plans to join us for our 2022 Lucky Dawg Gala and Benefit Auction! This year's event will be held in Monroe at The Factory at Walton Mill. Not only will the most-anticipated event of the year take place at a new venue, we will be welcoming Seth "Your Rocktioneer," and enjoying delicious food provided by Epting Events. We want to thank our sponsors and invite others to join us for an evening to benefit our students. We are also currently soliciting items for the event. Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com if you would like to donate something to the auction.


Click HERE for more details about the event and to purchase tickets/sponsorships.

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Choose Your Destination!

This year we have kicked our raffle up a notch and we are allowing you to pick from FOUR fabulous locations when you purchase a raffle ticket! Click HERE to download a flier with rules and information. Forms need to be turned in to Jeanie Beach in the Advancement Office to be entered into the raffle. The drawing will be held at the Lucky Dawg Gala and Benefit Auction on Saturday, Feb. 26. You do not have to be present to win. Sales are limited to only 100 tickets - so don't delay and miss out on purchasing a ticket.

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Admissions Event

Be sure to let friends and neighbors know about our upcoming Open House event! We look forward to welcoming prospective families on Sunday, February 6!
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Time is Running Out!

Go to Jostens.com to reserve your copy of the 2022 yearbook today! January 31 is the last day to order.

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Save the Date!

The GWA College Counseling Office is hosting an Admissions College Panel Event on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 pm. Eight college and university admission representatives from large, small, private, public, in-state, & out-of-state schools will be participating. George Walton Academy students and families will not only learn about these respected institutions but also about the college admissions process in general. There will be time for Q & A as well.


The College Panel Event is required for all sophomores. Freshmen, juniors, and high school parents are highly encouraged to attend. Please email lnabors@gwa.com or jterrell@gwa.com with any questions.
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Todd Shelnutt Takes on a New Role

GWA is happy to announce that Todd Shelnutt is taking on a new role at GWA as Director of Facilities Maintenance and Operations. In his many years with GWA, Todd has held a multitude of positions and is very familiar with the duties this new role entails. Though he will no longer be in the classroom, he will continue as head coach of the baseball team and softball coach. Todd will oversee our maintenance team led by Barry Stowe, the custodial and transportation departments, and campus security. His duties will also include administration of outsourced services in these areas. In the coming weeks a new ticketing system will be implemented to help streamline communication and better manage maintenance/custodial issues that arise on campus. Please join us in congratulating Todd and welcoming the formation of the Facilities Maintenance and Operations team!
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Try This Recipe!

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and warm your heart on a cold winter morning with a cinnamon roll recipe from GWA parent Annette Penley (mom of first grader Wesley) who made these for the senior first-grade breakfast. She makes the cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning for her children. Annette prepares them the night before and puts them in the refrigerator before the second rise. She bakes them Christmas morning while the kids are opening their presents. Monday’s school holiday and snowy forecast might just be the perfect time to bake Annette’s amazing cinnamon rolls! Click HERE to print her recipe.

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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Suburban Construction. Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.
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