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GW Town Crier - January 22, 2024

Upcoming Dates

  • January 23: First day of 3rd Quarter, 2nd semester electives begin

  • January 23: 8th Grade Reading, VA Growth Assessment testing

  • January 24: ACHS Academic Information and Curriculum Night 

  • January 25: GWMS Spelling Bee

  • January 26: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast

  • January 26: PBIS Store

  • February 2: GW Open House for rising 6th grade families 

  • February 5: National History Day

  • February 5: GW Elective Fair and Curriculum Night

  • February 7: Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser, Potomac Yard, 5-9pm

A Message from the President:

It’s another busy week at GW, as you can see from our upcoming dates!

Our January PTA featured the ACHS Program of Studies for 2024-25. Presentation slides will be posted to the PTA website. The ACHS Academic Information and Curriculum Night is Wednesday evening, 5:30-7:30pm in person, at ACHS.  An updated program for the evening outlining all of the available sessions will be shared by Monday, January 22nd.

Last week, the PTA Executive Committee sent a letter to the School Board and Superintendent Dr. Kay-Wyatt, echoing Principal Vinson’s budget request for an additional full-time employee to afford GW the opportunity to hire a third dean of students. The letter will also be posted to the PTA website. The FY 2025 Budget Planning Presentation and ACPS Proposed 2025 Budget are included for your review.

GWMS PTA is hosting a teacher and staff appreciation breakfast this Friday, January 26h, and we need our bakers and shoppers to bake and shop! Lots of slots to fill on the sign-up, and food can be dropped off the day before. So easy!! Please contact with any questions.

Greta Gordon

GWMS PTA President 2023-2024

Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser, February 7th

Take a night off from cooking, gather your family and friends, and join your GW community for dinner! Our next dine out fundraiser will be Wednesday, February 7th, from 5:00-9:00pm, at Chipotle, Potomac Yard location. What an easy and delicious way to support GWMS PTA!


National History Day

The 2024 National History Day Contest Theme is Turning Points in History. Students who are completing a National History Day project are given time and support in class as well as weekly after school support every Thursday. 

We will have our in-school National History Day Competition on February 5, 2024. The regional competition will be March 2 at West Springfield High School.

We will begin soliciting the staff and community for judges. If you are interested in judging our National History Day Competition please email: 8th Grade Civics Teacher, Dana Parks at

End of 2nd Quarter

Due to the snow day cancellations, the second quarter grading window has been extended to Wednesday, January 24th. The start of the 3rd quarter still begins on Tuesday, January 23rd.

Students can use this link to support them in identifying their semester 2 elective classes.

Rising 6th Grade Information

The Elective Fair and Curriculum Night will take place on Monday, February 5th, from 5:30-7:00pm. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about GW elective offerings and course expectations.  

The first open house for rising 6th grade GW families (parents and caregivers of students currently in 5th grade) will be on Friday, February 2nd from 9:00 to 10:30am.

Academic Advisement Letter

ACPS Licensed Staff Hiring Fair - February 10th

ACPS will be hosting a job fair for licensed professionals on February 10th. The event will be in-person or virtual and is by invitation only. Pre-registration is required.

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