Monthly Archives: September 2015

GWUOHS Parent Newsletter September 2015


A Message from our Head of School

By Staci Kimmons

Dear GWUOHS Families,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at GWUOHS. We hope that your first week is off to a good start! As you get started in your courses, we would like to remind you of a few tips for a successful year:

  1. Pace Yourself– Each day your calendar tells you exactly which lessons/ assessments you should complete. Make sure you follow this calendar closely. In the event that you will miss a day of school due to travel, competitions, etc, plan to work ahead.       It is easy to get behind and very hard to get caught up. GWUOHS has very stringent guidelines for requesting extensions (see the parent/ student handbook). Extensions will not be granted for reasons other than those noted.
  2. Communicate– Your advisor will schedule weekly meetings with you to discuss your academic progress. Be sure to engage with your advisor for these meetings to celebrate your successes to get additional support. Your advisor is one of your biggest advocates at GWUOHS.
  3. Ask for Help– Our teachers are eager to help you to be successful. In addition to your class connect sessions, each teacher offers multiple Help Desk sessions each week. This is an opportunity to get individual and small group support. You can also schedule individual appointments with your teacher.
  4. Attend your classes– Class Connect sessions are designed to extend the learning opportunities provided in your lessons. It is important that students take advantage of these weekly sessions. For high school students attendance at Class Connect sessions is required and constitutes ten percent of your course grade. If you are unable to attend your class connect sessions, be sure to watch the recordings.
  5. Stay Connected– Check your k-mail at least twice per day. Important information is shared with you via this internal communication system.

Welcome to the Faculty


Dr. Angela Anderson
History Teacher and Academic Advisor

Dr. Anderson is the newest member of the GWUOHS History Team. She brings a wealth of experience in history education, leadership and online learning including: serving as a History teacher in Harford County Public School in Maryland and Department Chairperson and Curriculum Consultant with the Greater Works Academy in Pennsylvania. Most recently she was an online Social Studies teacher with The Keystone School. Outside of work Dr. Anderson enjoys sports and spending time with her husband and three children.

This term Dr. Anderson will be teaching Anthropology, Psychology, United States History, United States Government, as well as AP US History, AP Psychology and AP Government.

You can reach Dr. Anderson via Skype: dr.anderson.gwuohs or phone: (724) 635-4498.


Ms. Karyn Corell
College Counselor

Ms. Karyn Corell recently joined GWUOHS as the College Counselor. With over eighteen years of experience as a counselor, we are confident she will successfully help our students navigate the college preparation, exploration, application, and selection processes. Most recently, Ms. Corell worked as a counselor with Cobb County Public Schools in Georgia. Outside of school, Ms. Corell enjoys traveling, playing with her two dogs, and participating in marathons and triathalons.

Ms. Corell will teacher Journeys Symposium for all grade levels, as well as hosting a variety of parent night programs throughout the year. She also plans to hold informal drop in sessions, Coffee with Karyn, for students to bring individual questions and/or concerns they have regarding the college preparation, search, and application process. These drop-in sessions are open to all grade levels.

You can reach Ms. Corell via kmail. Her phone and Skype contact information is forthcoming.


Mark Your Calendars

Upcoming Events at GWUOHS

Thursday, September 17th, 6 pm EST, Freshman Parent Night
Our college counselor, Karyn Corell, will lead this session designed to educate parents about supporting students as they make the transition from middle school to high school.   We will also have some of our 9th grade teachers on hand to meet you and to participate in our question and answer session. We sincerely hope you will be able to attend this session. A link to the meeting room can be found by accessing the class connect calendar.

Friday, September 18th, 3 pm EST, NCAA Eligibility Presentation
Ms. Corell with meet with 11th and 12th grade students who are considering participating in a sport at the collegiate level. A link to the meeting room can be found by accessing the class connect calendar.

Thursday, September 24th, 6 pm EST, Senior Parent Night
Ms. Corell with meet with parents of our 12th grade students. This is a very important program, as GWUOHS processes and procedures for the completion and submission of college applications will be presented. We will also discuss important senior information such as FAFSA, scholarships and graduation weekend. A link to the meeting room can be found by accessing the class connect calendar.

Friday, September 25th, 10 am EST, GWU Campus Tour and Lunch
GWUOHS students will have a guided tour of the GWUOHS Foggy Bottom Campus. Following the tour, you will be treated to lunch with members of the GWUOHS administration and faculty. Space is limited for this event, so please contact Mrs. Coyle to RSVP, as soon as possible.


Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 2                  Last day to drop a course/ withdraw for a full refund (no ‘W’)

Friday, October 2                  NHS Induction Ceremony Time: TBA

Thursday, October 8             Permanent Zero Date for assignments due between 9/2- 9/10*

Monday, October 12             Columbus Day- No School

* Please refer to the GWUOHS Parent & Student Handbook for the guidelines for consideration for an extension. Requests that do not meet the criteria outlined in the handbook will not be approved.


GWUOHS Presents: Writing the College Application Essay

This five-week series teaches students how to successfully write a personal narrative essay for any college application.


September 11th – Understanding the Narrative & Finding Your Topic

September 18th – Point of View & Getting It Down

September 25th – “Big Picture” Editing & Second Draft

October 2nd – Self- Editing & Third Draft

October 9th – Pulling It Together & Finishing It Up

Each session will be held at 2pm EST. Please find the link on the class connect calendar.



The annual Art Contest is back, and we want to showcase your student’s talents!

In honor of the 10th Annual K12 Art Contest, our theme is Decades.

We want to see what decades look like to your child, whether it’s the music of the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression in the 30s, the colors of the psychedelic 70s, a view of the world today, or a vision of the future.

This year, your student(s) can submit multiple entries. Artwork can be realistic or abstract. And your child can submit work in any medium: painting, photography, drawing, collage, digital illustration, or three-dimensional pieces (submitted as a photograph) in clay, origami, etc.

Visit for more information. When submitting artwork, please be sure to also include a story of what decade your student is illustrating and why he or she chose it.

The Art Contest closes October 30.


New K12 Online High School Tips

By Jennifer Matuza

How A Student Can View Teacher Locker Items

  1. In your specific course, go to Tools and select Class List
  2. Once in class list, look for your specific teacher’s name
  3. Click the drop-down arrow next to the teacher’s name
  4. From the drop down menu click “view shared locker files.”

You should then see a separate window appear of that teacher’s specific shared Locker items.

How a Student Can View Teacher Comments on Assignments

There are actually three different ways for you to view comments from your teacher

Option 1:

  1. Click on the Grades tab from the tool bar

A new window will appear with current graded assignments and comments visible.

Option 2:

  1. Click on Progress
  2. Once in the Progress screen; from the left hand tool bar click on Grades
  3. Once in the grades section, you can expand the units that you wish
  4. Once the units are expanded, you can click on feedback below the assignment.

The feedback on that specific assignment is then visible to you.

Option 3 (If the assignment is a dropbox item):

  1. Click on Tools
  2. From the drop-down menu select Dropbox
  3. Once in the drop-box screen find the specific assignment that you want to view feedback
  4. To the right of that specific assignment there is an option to view feedback.
  5. Click on the talk bubble/view feedback

A new screen will open with the assignment and feedback.

You can click done and it will be bring you back to the dropbox home screen.

Check out and  bookmark our Strong Start Site so you do not miss out on important information, updates, and a library of resources that will help all GWUOHS students get off to a strong and successful start.

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

College Acceptances

The following is a listing of the institutions to which GWUOHS graduates have been accepted from 2012 – 2015. Click here to see a PDF version of the list of college acceptances.

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘ commencement exercises’. Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.
Orrin Hatch


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