GWUOHS Parent Newsletter May Edition

A Message from our Head of School

By Staci Kimmons


Dear GWUOHS Family,

We would like to extend an invitation to the entire GWUOHS school community to join us in celebrating the Class of 2015! We will be celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of our graduates on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th on The George Washington University Foggy Bottom campus in Washington DC.

Our weekend will begin with the presentation of Capstone Projects on Friday, June 26th. Individual presentations will take place between 9 am and 4 pm in Rooms 301 and 302 of the Marvin Center. Seniors will be given their individual presentation times in advance. We are happy to have faculty and representatives from GWU, as well as K12 Inc., to serve as evaluators this year. Family members, friends, and classmates are welcome to attend the presentations.

The graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 27th at 1 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Marvin Center. The ceremony will be followed by a reception for our graduates, their families, and other guests.

GWUOHS Spring Semester Exams

The Spring Semester exam schedule is listed in our ‘Important Upcoming Dates’. Please note these dates on your calendar. Students are required to complete all semester exams within the testing window. Exams submitted after the due date will not be accepted for credit, under any circumstances. Further, no requests for extensions/ late submission of exams will be considered.

In some instances, students may need to complete final exams early due to illness, pre-arranged travel, or other special circumstances. In such cases, students will need to submit a formal, written request to his/ her advisor no later than two weeks prior to the start of final exams. These requests will be reviewed and subsequently approved or denied by the GWUOHS Leadership Team.

Please note: Once a student has accessed the final exams, they will not have the ability to complete or submit any assignments or assessments for the course.

GWUOHS Spring Scantron Testing

All full-time school students in grades 6-10 are required to complete Scantron assessments twice a year. It is time for you to complete post-test Scantron assessment at this time. The post-test assessment window opened on April 22, 2015 and will remain open thru June 1, 2015.

Post test scores allow you and our school to measure your gains in both reading and math. The Scantron assessments will take approximately 40-60 minutes each and will pick up at the level where you left off in the fall. Once the assessments are complete, please k-mail your advisor and they will provide you with the results and an explanation/interpretation of these results.

Please follow the steps below to log in to complete this assessment. Although Science and Language Arts are available assessments to complete, you are only required to complete math and reading.


1. Read frequently asked questions (below). Grab scratch paper (no calculator) for the math assessment.

2. Go to:

3. Enter the site ID: 26-9376-1145

4. Choose a Subject (Math or Reading) and enter your student IDnumber.

5. Take necessary breaks every 30 minutes (Scantron will remember where you leave off)

6. Kmail your advisor once you have completed both reading and math so I may pull your results and send them to you

Hints: Login information is case sensitive. Information must also be typed in; do not copy/paste. Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome browsers tend to work best.


· Are you preparing for the ACT or SAT?

· Do you want to improve your ACT or SAT scores?

· Are you looking for a fun and productive summer activity?

· If so, join us for a free, online ACT/ SAT Prep Bootcamp!

Overview of Bootcamp Topics and Activities:

· General Test Taking Strategies

· ACT vs. SAT: Which is best?

· Critical Reading and English Strategies

· Writing Tips and Mock Essays

· Math Strategies

· Mock Tests

August 3-12, 2015

9 am – Noon EST

Open to all students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year.

Space is limited.

Contact Mrs. Maria Coyle via e-mail ( enroll.

GWUOHS Spring Semester Exam Study Day

We are excited to be holding our Spring Study Day Tuesday, June 9th 9-11am! It will be at the Gelman Library, Room 218a on The George Washington University Foggy Bottom Campus. Please RSVP to join us there by May 29th to Maria Coyle via kmail. In order to attend you must be registered with Mrs. Coyle by the 29th.

GWU Summer Immersion Program 2015

Summer Immersion Dates

(Mount Vernon Campus)

Session I July 5 – July 17

Session II July 19 – July 31

The Summer Immersion program is open to students in grades 9-11. This two-week highly-structured program provides interactive, non-graded experiential sessions that integrate lectures and seminars with applied activities and site visits. Courses are taught by GW’s faculty or expert practitioners. Class projects allow students to articulate their understanding of the field and demonstrate skills learned.

Areas of study include:

· The Arts

· Business & Economics

· English, Writing & Communications

· Engineering

· Medical & Health Sciences

· History, Culture & the Humanities

· International Relations, Law & Government

· Mathematics & Science

Co-Curricular Activities offer students the opportunity to experience college life in a vibrant and supportive community of peers. Students participate in workshops focused on U.S. higher education and the admission process, college and career readiness. During evenings and weekends, students participate in organized recreational social events, trips, and activities on campus and around Washington, D.C. GW Precollege students have full access to GW’s libraries, computer labs, health services, dining and recreational facilities. Students reside with other high school students in residence halls supervised by a Resident Advisor.

Application Deadlines

Priority deadline May 15

Early application is strongly recommended as courses fill quickly.

Late applications are accepted subject to availability

Application Fee Waived ($50)
Program Fees (tuition, program fee, supplies, room & board) $1929/session(reflects a @30% discount)
Financial responsibility per student Total $1929

For program information contact:

GW Pre-College Program c/o Sharon Testor


Phone: 202-994-6360


Spring Break Trip 2016

Our school mission emphasized the need for our students to be global citizens. Recently, ten GWUOHS students traveled to Ireland, Scotland and England for our annual Spring Break Trip. Among the many exciting experiences, student had the opportunity to tour Trinity College, the Edinburgh Castle, to visit Blarney Castle, and to go atop the Eye of London. It is experiences like these that set GWUOHS apart from other online schools.

The destination for our 2016 Spring Break Tour has been revealed! We will be traveling to Paris and the Riviera. Highlights of this our include a tour of the Palace of Versailles, a visit to the Eiffel Tower, a visit to the Louvre, as well as travel throughout Provence, Nice, Cassis, Cinque Terre, and Milan. We still have spots remaining! To learn more about this opportunity or to enroll for the tour, please click HERE.

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. – Ray Bradbury

Upcoming Events for April/ May

Upcoming Events for May/ June

Thursday, May 21st

Permanent Zero deadline for Assignments due Between May 1st and May 7th

Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day- No School

Thursday, May 28th

Permanent Zero deadline for Assignments due between May 8th and May 14th

Thursday, June 4th

Permanent Zero deadline for Assignments due between May 15th and June 4th

Tuesday, June 9th

Permanent Zero deadline for assignments due between June 5th and June 9th

Study Day at GWU Foggy Bottom Campus

Wednesday, June 10th

English and World Language Semester Exams

Thursday, June 11th

Mathematics Semester Exam

Friday, June 12th

Science Semester Exam

Monday, June 15th

History Semester Exam

Tuesday, June 16th

Elective Semester Exam

Wednesday, June 17th

End of Semester/ No School

Friday, June 26th

Senior Capstone Presentations

Saturday, June 27th

GWUOHS Commencement 1 pm

Thank you for all of the students who submitted photos for the 2015 issue of the GWUOHS Pioneer! Information for ordering your yearbook will be provided in the next issue of the parent/ student newsletter.

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.

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.

Should you want to contact someone directly please feel free to contact rhilliard


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