GWUOHS Parent Newsletter April 2016

A Message from our Head of School

By Staci Kimmons

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Class of 2016 Graduation Meeting on April 1st.  During this meeting, we covered important topics such as:

  • Dates and locations for our upcoming Capstone Presentations and Commencement Ceremony
  • Instructions for ordering your cap and gown
  • Our 2016 Student Commencement Speaker Contest
  • Information related to ordering your final transcript

If you were unable to attend this meeting, please make sure to watch the recording.  We also encourage you to read the Graduation Information Packet that was sent to you via kmail.

GWUOHS Spring Break Trip 2016


This March, a group of GWUOHS students attended our annual spring break trip—this time, to Paris and the French Riviera. Our trip began in Paris, where we spent three days exploring the city—including visits to Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées.


From Paris, we boarded a train to the beautiful Provence region of France, where we visited the towns of Avignon, Arles, and Aix-en-Provence. In Avignon, we visited the medieval Palais des Papes, or Pope’s Palace, which hosted several French Popes in the 14th century. We visited several real-life locations that inspired the work of Vincent Van Gogh, and even stopped for a bite at the Café Van Gogh.


From the Provence region, we boarded our bus to beautiful Nice, in the French Riviera region. Nice is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in France, along with much of the charm of both France and Italy, as the Italian border is only moments away. We also visited the principality of Monaco to view the changing of the guard and take in the beautiful views and pristine beaches.

Throughout the trip, our students were led by our tour guide Jean-Jacques (JJ) who kept us informed and educated throughout our visit. Our students were also provided the ability to form friendships and get to know one another on this trip better than they ever could have in the online setting. Speaking on this, group member Josie Denson stated, “I enjoyed meeting new people, having fun and making memories with them.” This was truly an experience to take in the best of French culture, sights, food, and to make friends along the way.

Spring Break 2017

Next school year we will be traveling to beautiful Italy to tour Florence, Venice, and Rome.  To learn more about this tour visit: 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

Student Spotlight


Adam Kadlec

Born on September 3, 1999 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. From very early on, Adam had a passion for ice hockey. He first skated before age 2, and was playing hockey at 4 years old in a developmental league.  He is a right-handed Center.  The Kadlec family billeted Junior players ages 18 to 20 so Adam essentially grew up in a hockey rink and around hockey players. When he was 9, Adam represented Chicago and played on the Chicago Junior Blackhawks team which competed against the best young hockey players from all over North America in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in the Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament.  He, along with 3 teammates, won the Skills Competition.  He then went on to play, as the youngest league player, on the Team Illinois AAA Squirt team in Bensenville, Illinois which won the Tier 1 AAA Midwest Championship.  He was then selected to play on the Wisconsin Fire AAA Pee Wee and Minnesota Machine AAA Pee Wee teams, both teams ranked in the top 3 in the country.

The Kadlec family moved to Edina, Minnesota to pursue his hockey career further. Adam skated before school, after school, on weekends, and during the summers over 300 days a year, and that level of commitment has continued ever since.  Kadlec won the Ace Bailey Got Skills Competition in Chicago held at the Blackhawks home rink, the United Center, and was awarded 4 Gold Medals from Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks Defenseman.  Adam played on a Selects Team in Prague, Czech Republic.  His team also traveled to Berlin, Germany.  Adam received the Player of the Year award from Selects Hockey.

In 2014 Adam was drafted by the Prince George Cougars of British Columbia in the Western Hockey League (an affiliate of the Canadian Hockey League).  He played two years for the Boston Junior Bruins, and played “up” on the U18 AAA team this past season as a 16-year-old.  Last summer, Adam participated in the Avon 39 2-day walk covering 39.3 miles and also volunteered to train youth hockey players.  He was recognized for raising an extraordinary amount of money for the Avon walk which goes to cancer research and treatment.  Adam was asked to train with Victor Teleguine, an ex-Russian Red Army player, and current professional development and training coach.  Adam insisted on getting the additional ice time with Victor.  He woke up before sunrise and drove an hour from Boston to Providence, Rhode Island for 2 hours of intensive training plus off-ice training with Andrew Sherman and Michael Macchioni of Northeast Sports Training.  As a result of this choice, Adam enrolled in The George Washington University Online High School because of the aggressive curriculum and its academic reputation.  The online program structure and support received from the teachers and his academic advisor has been invaluable.

In 2015 Adam was drafted into the USHL by the Omaha Lancers.  In early February, Adam signed a professional player agreement with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL.  He relocated from one end of the continent to the other.  Being in northern British Columbia, Adam’s road trips can be 2 to 5 days in length with multiple stops and games.  He and his teammates travel from Prince George to places like Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Victoria Island, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Brandon, Manitoba; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and other far reaching towns.  Adam has embraced the small town kindness in Prince George, and the remarkable hockey club and fans. While moving from Chicago to Edina to Boston and now to Prince George Adam has maintained a 97% GPA.  His level of compete and commitment is incomprehensible.  Adam and his family will live in Chicago this summer and Adam will train in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Toronto.  Adam has also pledged as a volunteer to train youth hockey players in Chicago, and participate in multiple charity walks on the Chicago lakefront.


We are so pleased with the number of acceptance and the amount of scholarships that our seniors are receiving.  To date, our seniors have been awarded over one million dollars in scholarships and awards.  In addition, they have been accepted at prestigious colleges/ universities including:

American University of Paris
Bloomsburg University
Bowling Green University
California Institute of Technology
Drexel University
Elon University
Emory University
Fordham University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Global College
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
McDaniel College
Miami University at Oxford
Penn State University
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Stetson College
St. Mary’s College
University of Connecticut
University of Findlay
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Maine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Texas
University of New Haven
University of California at San Diego
University of Southern California
University of South Carolina
University of  Tennessee at Knoxville
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Waterloo
Virginia Tech
Westchester University
Western Carolina University
Wheaton College

All seniors should notify our college counselor, Mrs. Beasley, when you receive your admissions decisions and/ or notification of any scholarships and awards.  We recognize both of these at our commencement ceremony and want to make sure you are included.

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


Advanced Placement Exam Simulation

On Wednesday April 27th, the school will be holding AP Exam Simulations for all full year and half year AP courses offered by the school. A morning and afternoon session will be held in a Blackboard room proctored by a teacher to simulate exam like settings. The AM session will be held from 8:30-11:30 am ET and the PM session will be held from 12:30-3:30 pm ET; in the morning the Science and English exams will be given, and History and Math in the afternoon. If a student has a conflict with the proposed schedule please reach out to Mrs. Guzman via kmail. As an incentive, all students who sit for their spring semester AP Course Simulation will be given two weeks’ worth of CC participation points! This is a great opportunity for our students to practice and prepare for their AP national exam under timed, exam like settings; they will be given the scoring for the multiple choice sections of their exam and will be given teacher feedback for the written responses prior to their national exam.

If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Guzman.

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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