Monthly Archives: February 2015

GWUOHS Parent Newsletter February Edition


GWUOHS New Strong Start Program

Our latest tool to empower parents and students is our new GWUOHS Strong Start website. This site is designed to be a one stop shop for parents to get access to all their GWUOHS information.  Students will love it too. Check it out today and let us know what you think. We will be adding and improving the site over time, but we hope it becomes your go site for answers and important school resources.

As parents, you are part of the GWUOHS family.  We will keep you informed of all essential information concerning your students throughout the year. We sincerely appreciate your confidence in GWUOHS as we work to provide your students with the knowledge and skills they need for a life of academic and personal fulfillment.


A Message from our Head of School

By Staci Kimmons

Dear GWUOHS Family,

I hope this letter finds you well. We would like to extend a very sincere welcome to all of new students and families. You are joining a dynamic and supportive school community!

Spring Term

Fall term report cards have been distributed via k-mail. We are very proud of the overall academic performance of our GWUOHS students for the fall term. As we begin the spring term, I want to share a few tips to promote academic success:

  1. All students should create a daily schedule and stick as closely to it as possible. On average our students will spend six hours per day on school work.
  2. Familiarize yourself with course calendars.  Work ahead and do not depend on rolling deadlines (except in the event of an emergency). Rolling deadlines are built-in extensions for all students. By sticking to the course calendars, students eliminate the risk of cramming at the end or earning permanent zeroes. Also remember, extensions requests are only approved for the reasons outlined in the Parent and Student Handbook.
  3. Attend Class Connect sessions (or watch recordings).  One of the great benefits of attending GWUOHS is the great deal of teacher interaction and support.
  4. Attend Help Desk sessions to get individual and small group support.
  5. Keep your weekly advising appointments. Your advisor is here to help monitor your academic progress, offer suggestions/ support and serve as your advocate.       If you are unable to keep your weekly appointment, please let the advisor know in advance.



Leigh Horn

New Faculty Member

In addition to welcoming our new students and families to GWUOHS, I would like to welcome a new faculty member.   As many of you know Mrs. Coyle and I have been serving as the college counselor since late October. I am pleased to announce that after an extensive search Mrs. Leigh Horn has been selected as our new college counselor, effective February 17th. Mrs. Horn has over twenty years of experience in the field of education including serving as a Business Education teacher at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels, as well as online. Most recently she served as a middle and high school counselor, with Connections Academy. In this role she assisted students with academic, career, and college planning, taught online counseling classes, and participated in test administration. Mrs. Horn resides in Hiram, Georgia. We are very excited to have her on board!


Graduation Information

As we begin this new term, we also recognize the graduation is right around the corner. We are very pleased to announce that the GWUOHS Graduation Events will be held of the Foggy Bottom campus of The George Washington University this year. Event dates and times are listed below.


Capstone Presentations

Friday, June 26th, 9 am – 5 pm, GWU Marvin Center Rooms 301 & 302, 800 21st Street NW, Washington DC 20052

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, June 27th, 1 pm, GWU Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 800 21st St. NW, Washington DC 20052

This is a very special time for the GWUOHS community. We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate our seniors and their families.


For those who are looking for something fun, exciting, and meaningful to do over the semester break, Mr. Humphrey is hosting our first GWUOHS Service Learning Project from January 29th thru February 2nd, in Great Falls, Virginia. Students will be working with the organization Lift Me Up. If you are interested in participating, please send a k-mail to Mr. Humphrey for more details.

GWUOHS Mission

Join us in celebration of Mission Week the week of March 23 to 27

The mission of The George Washington University Online High School is to educate and inspire academically talented and motivated students who seek membership in a school community that values and cultivates hard work, integrity, appreciation of diversity, love of learning, compassion, and high personal expectations. Through intensive, interactive online collaboration, the GWUOHS experience prepares students to contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society.

The vision is to create a premier online high school designed with one goal in mind: to provide a personal educational experience that prepares students for success in high school, college, and life.

Calling All Students– Join our Mission Week Video Contest!  Details are provided HERE



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