GWUOHS Parent Newsletter February 2016

A Message from our Head of School

By Staci Kimmons

We are very excited to welcome five new families to the GWUOHS community, as well as to have our returning students back for the spring term. In keeping with the theme from our recent All-School Assembly, this term represents a new beginning. If you did well in your fall term classes, this is an opportunity to keep the momentum going as you begin this term. If you did not do as well as you had hoped, this is a chance for a fresh start. For our seniors, it represents an especially exciting time as they make their final college selections and prepare to start the next chapter of their lives. This month is all about new beginnings and we are here to support you. A couple of tips to help you have a great start to the term:

  • Make sure to stay on track with completing your assignments. While we realize that from time to time events arise that may cause you to get behind, you should use your course calendar as a guide to what you need to complete each day. Our rolling deadlines are in place to give you some cushion, in the event of an emergency, but should not be used as due dates.
  • Keep your weekly advising appointments. Academic advisors are here to monitor your academic progress, answer your questions and to provide support and guidance, as needed. Be sure to meet with you advisor each week, to stay on track.
  • Don’t forget that GWUOHS offers a number of academic supports for students including: Math Lab, Writing Center and regular Help Desk sessions. If you find yourself needed additional help or even wanting to ask a quick question, take advantage of these resources. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Be an active member of our school community. If you attended our recent Club Rally, you know that GWUOHS has something for everyone. Joining a club will allow you to pursue your interest/ passions, while also getting to know your classmates. Colleges/ universities also like to see well rounded students, who have been active participants and leaders with their schools. Try to join at least one club or attend at least one activity this term.


GWUOHS Service Learning

Service and Leadership at the LEAD Conference and Kid Power Project in DC

Lucas Humphrey, GWUOHS NHS Adviser

This past month, the GWUOHS National Honor Society chapter held two events—the LEAD Conference, a student leadership conference hosted by NASSP , and a service learning project with Kid Power DC , in which students assisted with Kid Power’s after school program and participated in one-on-one tutoring with students at Barnard Elementary School in DC.

During the conference, students enjoyed networking with other NHS students and strengthening student leadership skills. Students had the choice of many sessions during each hour of the conference, including sessions focusing on characteristics of a leader, service, digital literacy, and ideas for new programs and initiatives that NHS chapters can sponsor.

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Speaking of the conference, Mia Davies, a GWUOHS student and NHS member, shared,

“While I never thought of myself as a leader, the conference really helped me understand how to step into that role. Most importantly, though, by meeting some of my classmates in person, I felt much more involved in the GWUOHS community, and I felt that we had become more united — which was a huge theme of the conference!”

GWUOHS Student and NHS member Noah Dakaud stated,

“The LEAD conference was a very dynamic experience in that you were able to choose various workshops and sessions that specifically suited your goals.”

Ashley Hum, also a member of our NHS chapter, offered praise of the LEAD Conference.

“At LEAD, I learned a lot of things, from how to start a conversation to how to apply for college, but one thing that has stuck with me is the butterfly effect – how one perfectly ordinary action can result in an extra-ordinary action. LEAD taught me that, as one student presenter said, ‘true leadership is…whose lives we touch.’”

The Kid Power project directly followed the LEAD Conference during the week of February 1st. Students worked with groups of elementary school students each day of the week, assisting with one-on-one homework help and managing students during planned activities and free time.

Overall, our students learned how to improve their leadership skills and were excited to have the opportunity to work with young students in the DC area. The National Honor Society hosts in-person service learning projects annually. For more information, please contact our NHS adviser, Mr. Lucas Humphrey.

Spring Break Trip 2017

We’re excited to announce that a group of students and teachers from GWUOHS are traveling on an educational tour to Venice, Florence and Rome during Spring Break 2017. At one time or another, each of these cities was among the most important in the world. Venice was a major naval power, and it still has a firm grip on the world’s romantic imagination. Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and that artistic tradition still thrives. In Rome, majestic sights like the Coliseum recall its long imperial reign.

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



We are thrilled that so many of you are starting to receive your college acceptance letters! As you receive admission decision letters, please remember to update your status in Family Connections to ‘Accepted’, ‘Denied’ or ‘Waitlisted’. This is extremely important as we maintain our records on college admissions.

For those who are still completing admissions applications, remember that you must submit all materials and link your Common App and Family Connections accounts at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. We cannot guarantee that school materials will arrive on time, if you do not adhere to this request. Further, official transcripts must be request via eScript Safe. Please follow the instructions provided in your Journeys Symposium class.

Finally if you are awarded any scholarships or awards, please notify Ms. Corell via k-mail. Students receiving scholarships/ awards will be recognized at our commencement ceremony in June.

College Acceptances to date

  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Ohio University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • University of Georgia
  • University of New England
  • University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg & Rochester)
  • University of Waterloo
  • Virginia Tech
  • Western Carolina University

Click here to see a PDF version of the list of college acceptances from 2012 to 2015

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


Important Upcoming March Events

Friday, March 11                    Last day to drop a course/ withdraw for a full refund (no ‘W’)
Virtual Admissions Presentation: Johns Hopkins University 11 am

Thursday, March 17               Permanent Zero Deadline for Assignments due: 2/10-2/18

Monday, March 21                 Spring Break Begins

Monday, March 28                Classes Resume

GWUOHS Class of 2016 Graduation Weekend Save the date for GWUOHS Graduation Weekend 2016 at the GWU Foggy Campus in Washington DC.

  • Saturday, June 25th
  • Capstone Presentations
  • Time: TBA
  • Sunday, June 26th
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • Time: 1pm



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