Did you know? GWMS quick facts compiled by Melynda

posted Jan 24, 2011, 6:57 PM by Chris Miller
Programs and activities offered or supported financially by the PTA:
* Communication with parents and teachers…Subscribe to the e-mail newsletter, the GW Town Crier, bysending a message to webmaster@gwmspta.org ... Visit the PTA website at www.gwmspta.org … Follow the GW PTA President on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MelyndaW
* Field trips, classroom materials and enrichment opportunities through the PTA Educational Grant and Field Trips Program
* In-school and after-school tutoring…Volunteer tutors needed on Wed. during lunch and Fri. mornings
* Reflections…Last spring GW had a National PTA Reflections winner in the Literature category
* Science Fair
* Dances for each grade level…Held in the afternoon or evening, with refreshments and a DJ, chaperoned by teachers and parent volunteers
* School Play…April 8-9, 2011… “Water for Sudan,” based on the true story of a Lost Boy from Sudan who is now helping to bring clean water to his homeland
* Art on the Avenue
* Community of Concern dinner to help parents and children begin conversations about alcohol and drug use
* GW Buddy Program…Pairs veteran parents with parents of new students...someone to call with questions
* Staff Spotlight Award…Recognizes a GW staff person who does a particularly good job of communicating with GW families
* Student Directory
* Open House and Lunch for Parents of Rising Students
* Second-Tuesday-of-the-Month membership meetings that include guest speakers making presentations on topics of interest, such the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, or how your 8th grader can participate in TC sports
* Teacher appreciation and outreach events which celebrate our dedicated staff and help us learn how we may best support them
Other school programs and activities:
* International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme…for all students in both schools
* First-class band, orchestral and choral programs…GW is one of a small number of “blue-ribbon” schools in Virginia, meaning that all three music programs have received superior ratings at District festivals…Visit the GW Band Boosters at http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/GWMSBandboosters and view band performances at the Boosters YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/gwbandbooster ...Join the Friends of the Orchestra by sending an e-mail to foto@gwmspta.org …The 8th-grade choir recently sang the National Anthem at a Wizards game
* AVID… Advancement via Individual Determination…special elective for promising students with a B
average or better who would be the first in their family to attend college
* World languages offered beginning in 6th grade: Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish
* German exchange program…GW students take a 2-week trip to Germany during the summer and German students visit Alexandria and stay in students’ homes in the fall
* National Junior Honor Society
* Scholastic Book Fair
* Bring Your Parent to School Day… traditionally on Columbus Day
* After-school activities and intramural sports
* 8th-graders are eligible to participate in TC sports programs