In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

September 6, 2018

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FAQ: Flex Block, Advisory, and Study Hall

If you had a child in middle or upper school last year, you've probably noticed the change to his or her schedule for this school year. Not only does school start 15 minutes earlier and end 15 minutes later, but the timetable on Thursday and Friday differs from Monday through Wednesday. You may have heard references to “Advisory” or “Flex Block” and wondered what that's all about. And then there's the introduction of study hall for all upper school students, not just juniors and seniors. So, let's break it down:


Why BLOCK SCHEDULES?

The practice of extended class periods or “block schedules” is nothing new. In fact...Read More.

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Ready 4(H) Some Fun!

4-H is officially underway for 2018-2019! GWA fifth grade students will meet with Walton County 4-H Agent, Cassandra Hainsworth, each month and develop leadership, citizenship and life skills through project work, group activities and club meetings. Fifth-grade students will go on their annual two-night field trip to the Jekyll Island 4-H Center in April. What a great program for our young students to "Learn by Doing!"

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Congratulations, Super Readers!

The reading frenzy is well underway in the lower school library and classrooms. Shown in this photograph are the top girl and boy from each grade level in first through fifth grade who had the highest number of Accelerated Reader points for the month of August. Accelerated Reader...Read More.

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Dawgs 360 Does It Again!

Your Dawgs 360 Team is hosting valuable programs and events to benefit your family!


Parent Socials (all from 6-7 p.m. in the cafeteria)

Sept. 6: Ninth and 10th Grades

Sept. 12: 11th and 12th Grades


"Why do middle school students act like that?"

Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium

Guest Speaker: Dr. Catherine Bagwell, Professor of Psychology


Tailgate Party

Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the GWA Alumni Pavillion

Join us for a season kickoff tailgate party with food and music before the big game!


Want to join Dawgs 360?

Sept. 30: Membership drive ends!

This is your passport to volunteering and supporting student life at GWA!


Dawgs Unleashed

Oct.15: Golf Tournament

Oct. 16: Tennis Tournament

Oct. 20: Fall Festival, Fun and 5K Run!

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CROSSing the Finish Line Strong

Congratulations to our Cross Country Bulldogs on another stellar performance! Both GWA varsity teams competed this past Saturday in the Athens Academy Invitational, bringing home a third place win for the girls and a fourth place win for the boys.


Individual Results:

Girls: Eliza Malcom--sixth, Rae Maddox--18th, Graham Lucas--19th, Callie Ward--23rd, Thea Bergan-Antonsen--26th, Emmie Mitchell--47th

Boys: Noah Hicks--17th, Parker Houck--19th, Joe Brown--25th, Jamie Jacoby--43rd, Will Bailey--45th, Dominic Williams--55th

Watch GWA Sports Anytime, Anywhere!

GWA is excited to announce that our fall sporting events including football, volleyball, and softball will be covered by the HiCast Sports Network. We're putting the games in your hands so you can watch live or on-demand using your mobile device or computer, and save and share your favorite game highlights. Watch Anytime. Anywhere. On any device. Check out this video demo to see the HiCast Sports App in action.

Join the HiCast Sports Network and try it free for the first hour, then just $9.99/month for a single user pass, or $14.99/month for a family pass (up to four family members) to watch GWA home games, and save and share as many game/match highlights as you like. Share the Moments That Matter™ with the people who matter most.

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Beyond the Bell invites students to explore after-school courses to expand their horizons outside of the classroom. Courses including Dancing, Stop Motion Video Camp, Musical Theater, and sports activities are available and provide a way to enrich the GWA learning experience. Contact Stacy May at smay@gwa.com for more information and to sign up.
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Who Will Capture the Crown?

Congratulations to our 2018 GWA Homecoming Court!


12th Grade: Caroline Hart, Rae Maddox, Chloe McGraw, Sydney Senical, and Taryn Shelnutt

11th Grade: Melissa Gish and Ashley Carter

10th Grade: DoriLord McCullers and Claire McNulty

Ninth Grade: Graham Lucas and Anna Swope


Mark your calendar to join us for the crowning of the 2018 Homecoming Queen on Friday, Sept. 14 at the varsity football game.

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Homecoming Tickets on Sale

Homecoming is right around the corner! Student Council is selling tickets during break in the cafeteria until Sept. 11 for $10 each. Tickets at the door will be $15 each. The dance is Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8-11 p.m. in the Nicholson Center, for upper school students only. This year's theme is "Día de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead- Mexican Holiday).

Homecoming T-shirt Delivery

Homecoming T-shirts are on the way! Shirts ordered for lower school students will be delivered to their classroom next Monday, Sept. 10. Middle and upper school students or parents may pick up shirts starting Monday, Sept. 10 in the Dawg Shop from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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A Distinctive Front Entrance

Creativity comes in all forms at GWA--even in the form of faux shrubbery! Students in Mr. Cole's sculpture class were hard at work this week completing a unique, eye-catching project at the school's front entrance lawn. They constructed a jumbo "GW" out of wood, then covered the letters in a durable shrubbery-like material to give the appearance of a natural hedge sculpture. The inspiration for this project came from a similar creation Mr. Cole had previously seen at The Savannah College of Art and Design.
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Coach Don Williams - A Lasting Legacy

When asked what Coach Don means to him, Class of 2004 Devin Shivers said: “Coach Don is the epitome of a coach. He is one of the most gracious leaders of young men you will ever find. Coach Don not only expected, he also inspired his players to do the right thing on-and-off the field and to always carry themselves with dignity and integrity. The life lessons and experiences I took away while being on the George Walton football team continue to play a vital role in my life both personally and professionally. Coach Don has impacted a lot of young people throughout his coaching career and I am fortunate to be one of those impacted.” Devin was a part of the 2003 football team that went on to win the State Championship with a 14-0 record.

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By Lynn Robinson, Middle and Upper School Counselor


Middle Schoolers are very special people. They are unique, fun, humorous, inventive and unpredictable. Let’s face it, life with them is rarely dull. The unique challenges they face only occur during the “tween” years, making life seem pretty tough. Everything about them is changing. They are physically growing faster than their minds can adjust. They are wondering who they are and if they are normal, and they are asking the big question, “Am I a child or a teenager?” It’s enough to drive the students, and their parents, crazy.


I do have good news for GWA parents. Help is on the way...Read More.

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Upcoming University Visits


Open to ALL upper schools students. Parents are also welcome to drop in.


Sept. 6: Agnes Scott College during break in the Upper School Media Center

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Today's In Focus is Sponsored by PURETALK

We appreciate PURETALK and the McFarland family for their support of GWA and for sponsoring this week's issue of In Focus.

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

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