Monthly Archives: May 2016

GWUOHS Parent Newsletter May 2016

A Message from our Head of School

By Staci Kimmons

This month we bring you a message from our Product Development Team.

Coming Soon! New Email System!

We are excited to introduce a new email messaging system that will replace K-Mail for students, learning coaches and teachers. School Email will utilize the Office 365 platform providing staff, administrators and students an enhanced communication tool. Students will be assigned a school email address that will be used for school communications only. Learning Coaches will start receiving school notifications via their personal email address and no longer through K-mail inside the OLS. As always, for any messages a student sends or receives, the Learning Coach will be sent a copy of the message to their personal email address.

The switch to the enhanced communication tool will occur in July, 2016.  In preparation for the upgrade, Learning Coaches are strongly encouraged to go into My Account and verify the email address on file is accurate.

GWUOHS 2017 Trips

Last month we shared pictures and a summer of our 2016 Spring Break Trip to Paris and the French Riviera.  We are excited to announce that GWUOHS is offering two travel opportunities during the 2017 school year.

For the first time ever, we will be hosting a Service Learning trip during our semester break.  Designed to give students a travel, educational and service opportunity, this is sure to be a treat.  During this ten-day experience, students will earn a total for fifteen service hours, while touring Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

High up in the mountains where rolling greens lead to snow-capped peaks, students will journey into the remote villages surrounding Cuzco. As they explore the heart of Inca civilization, students will learn how locals preserve history, art and heritage, while also gaining insight into the challenges they face. Working together with community members, students will build long-term solutions to support economic sustainability, agriculture and access to education. As they foster meaningful relationships within the community, students will celebrate customs and help empower a village for generations to come.

To learn more about this tour, please visit our website

Our annual Spring Break trip will take us to Italy in 2017, where we will visit Florence, Venice and Rome.  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 Colosseum recall its long imperial reign.

Learn more about this tour by visiting our website

Information sessions for both trips will be held in late May.  Please check you Class Connect calendar for specific dates and times.  You can also contact Dr. Kimmons at (571) 308-6438, if you have immediate questions or would like to enroll.

Student Spotlight(s)


This month we are thrilled to introduce you to one of the finest student-athletes at GWUOHS, Stefani Deschner.  Stefani is an 11th grade student who has been at GWUOHS for three years.  In addition to being an exemplary student, Stefani is a world-class fencer.   She started fencing at age 11 just to give her a break from dancing.   Within the first month, she quit dancing and went to fencing full time.  She enjoys individual sports more than team sports and fencing provided the intellectual challenge while requiring the physical challenge.   It is called “physical chess”.   She started with a recreational coach in Virginia, and with him became the Virginia State champion for Women’s Foil at age 12 (beating all ages, including adult fencers!).  She has kept the title for Virginia State Champion every year since then.

When Stefani began competing at the national level, she moved up to a coach who has been the US National Team coach for Women’s Foil.  He has the youngest women’s foil fencer in US history to make the Olympics in 2012.   Stefani has been fencing with this fencer for the last 2 years.   She travels to Kentucky for practice, then returns home to see her parents when she can, or her parents travel to Kentucky to see her.   She practices 4 -6 hours per day, 5 days per week, and does school around that schedule and on weekends.  She competes in about 8 international tournaments throughout the fencing season (September through April) to try to make the World Championship team each year.   She has now made the team the last 3 years in a row!   She came in 5th last year for her age group (under 20), and won Bronze this year.

Stefani’s academic and athletic accomplishments have yielded many scholarship offers.  Having the ACT and being named a National Merit Scholar, Stefani is currently debating between Harvard, Columbia or Notre Dame.  These are excellent schools with excellent fencing teams.

Stefani’s mom, Dr. Bonnie Deschner shared, “Because of the necessary travel schedule, she would not be where she is without GWUOHS.  The school has provided for her the opportunity to get an excellent education while pursuing her dream for fencing”.

Stefani’s ultimate goal is the 2020 Olympics.  The GWUOHS community will be cheering her on!

A Putt MotoTrials Photo


My name is Andrew Putt and I am a professional MotoTrials rider for the Sherco USA MotoTrials Team.  I left public school for online school in the eighth grade in order to travel across the U.S. for competitions and training with my team.  MotoTrials is a sport that involves riding a specialized motorcycle through an obstacle course of natural obstacles (large rocks, logs, hills) in a slow, controlled manner with the goal of not putting a foot on the ground.  This sport is NOT the same as motocross.  It is very precise and technical and is not based on time.  Penalties are given each time a foot touches the ground during the course.  The goal is to maintain your balance and control in order to complete the course with no penalties.

I started riding MotoTrials when I was eleven years old. I attended my first U.S. National competition when I was twelve, and after that National, I was hooked.  We have not missed a National competition since.  In 2012, I won my first National championship in the 15 & under division, as well as the National Junior class.  In 2013, I won the 15 & under championship again. For the past two years, I represented the United States with three other team members in the Trial Des Nations, which is the Olympic equivalent event for MotoTrials.  Team USA placed third out of 17 countries.  In 2015, it was my first year to participate in the Pro class at the U.S. Nationals, and I placed second overall in the nation.  I was also able to participate in the World Championship in 2015, traveling to Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Andorra, Spain, and Portugal.  This was extremely competitive and I placed 16th overall. This winter, another teammate and myself traveled to France to represent the United States in two indoor competitions.

My goal in MotoTrials is to ultimately win the U.S. National Pro Championship. This year I will continue to compete in the U.S. National series, but will minimize my time in Europe for the World Championship due to my college preparation.  My biggest priority has always been my schoolwork, and I am excited to pursue my higher education in Finance and Economics.  GWUOHS has allowed me to pursue my goals in MotoTrials while obtaining a great education and preparing me for college.


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


Spring Term Exams

The school year is quickly coming to an end and it is now time to prepare for final exams.

The final exam window opens on Monday, June 20th.  While we recommend that students complete their exams according to the schedule below, they may elect to take them at any time between June 20th and June 24thExams will not be accepted after 11:59 pm EST on June 24th.

Monday, June 20                             English/ World Language Final Exam

Tuesday, June 21                             History Final Exam

Wednesday, June 22                      Math Final Exam

Thursday, June 23                          Science Final Exam

Friday, June 24                                 Electives Final Exam

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

2016-2017 School Year

Re-enrollment has begun for the 2016-2017 school year.  We want to make sure GWUOHS families are aware of the re-enrollment incentives currently being offered:

  • Families who re-enroll by May 31, 2016 will receive $1000 off tuition.
  • Families who re-enroll between June 1st June 30th, 2016 will receive $500 off tuition.
  • Families who refer a family to GWUOHS, will receive a $1000 tuition credit, once the newly referred family has been enrolled for a full school term.


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