Monthly Archives: October 2016

GWUOHS Parent Newsletter November 2016

A Message From Our Head of School



I hope this message finds you well, as we welcome the beginning of November.

I continue to be so proud of the involvement of our GWUOHS students and families within our school community.  This is because it is so important to us that our students, parents, and families get involved and stay involved.  Our involvement allows us to stay connected with GWUOHS through positive relationships, a sense of community, and participation in extracurricular opportunities;  from the first day of school to the last.

In October we had many successful sessions and activities, and we are so appreciative of your participation.  Many of you joined us for our Meet-and-Greet on George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom Campus – It was such a pleasure meeting our families face-to-face and to hear the difference that GWUOHS is making in our students’ lives.  Also, thank you to those of you who participated this month in our College-Counseling Sessions and Parent Nights, presented by our College Counselor, Lisa Bell.  We look forward to many more of these college-preparatory and relationship-building activities during this school year.

To name just a few of these types of activities…In November, we will have our Academic Assembly, in which we will acknowledge our students and their academic performance.  Also, our Learn2Serve club will be traveling to New York City in December to take part in a service-learning trip.  We also will have another service-learning trip next semester, where our National Honor Society students will travel to Washington, D.C.  And, of course, we are looking forward to our Spring-Break Trip Abroad to Italy, where our students will have the opportunity to tour Florence, Venice, and Rome!

As always, I encourage you to share your ideas of the types of activities you would like us to incorporate.  We will continue to strive to integrate events that will build relationships and help your child grow academically and personally.

Again, thank you for being such an instrumental part of our school and community.  I hope you have a terrific November.

All my best,
Alison Mistretta

College Counseling Corner

Lisa Bell, College Counselor

Happy Fall! I hope all of you are enjoying your school year so far!

We’ve been covering some great topics in Journeys! If you have been unable to attend live, I hope you have been gaining tons of information from the recordings! Some of the topics we have already covered include;

  • Setting Goals
  • Time Management
  • College Lists
  • Updating Family Connection
  • Common Application
  • The Common App
  • College Deadlines
  • College Essays

Taking the SAT/ACT/AP Exam(s)?

  • Don’t forget our CEEB Code! 471066

Seniors/Senior Parents!

  • Please keep me informed of:
    • College Applications-where are you applying, acceptances, denials, waitlist
    • Scholarships/Grants received
    • Where are you planning to attend
    • If not college, what are you after high school plans? Gap Year? Other?
    • Don’t forget to update your Family Connections with this information!

Please look in your CC Recordings for the following sessions if you were unable to attend live:

  • PSAT Night
  • NCAA Night
  • Senior Parent/Student Night
  • Freshman Parent/Student Night
  • Junior Parent/Student Night

Virtual Admissions Presentations!

So far, we have been fortunate to have had UC Berkeley and GWU present, our next upcoming will be The University of Arizona on Dec. 2nd, though I am still working to see if I can line one up for November! Keep an eye out on Class Announcements and Class Connect links!

News and Announcements

GWUOHS Graduate Success

Curious to find out where our students go after they graduate from GWUOHS? Look no further! 100% of our graduates are accepted to one or more colleges, including schools such as Harvard or UC Berkeley. Additionally, our students received $2.8 million in scholarships, both in 2015 and 2016. As both our profile and population grows, we look forward to seeing what our 2017 class is capable of! Best of luck during this college application season, seniors!

Maria Coyle, Associate Head of School

maria_coyle_photo_small_2Dear GWUOHS community,

September 30th marked a wonderful in person experience for our amazing staff and fantastic students!  Meeting at the Foggy Bottom Campus of GWU we started the day with a presentation from the Admissions Office and student guided tour of the campus.  After the tour, we met with our GWUOHS Admissions Representative, Ricky Owens.  Students and parents had the opportunity to talk with him about the GWU admissions process and ask any specific questions they may have had.  Mr. Owens is a wonderful resource for our GWUOHS students and will be presenting virtually, October 28th.  Check your calendars for the Bb link to join us.  We ended the day with lunch together where we were able to chat and get to know one another.

A big thank you to all who attended!  Please keep an eye out for upcoming in person and online events.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.


GWUOHS Spring Break Trip 2017
Joseph Chernich


This year’s Spring Break Trip will take place in Italy, where we’ll be visiting Milan, Florence, and Rome, March 31-April 7!  Deadline to get started is November 7. Please contact our Group Leader Dr. Chernich at right away if you are interested in attending.

diane_zieman_photo-250x348GWUOHS Math Lab
Diane Zieman

Hello GWUOHS students! Starting on November 1st, the GWUOHS Math Lab will be offering a math test prep question of the day with explanations.  If your student is interested in participating, please log into the Math Lab, the link to which is available on your student’s ClassConnect calendar.  They will have access to the answer and our terrific tutors to help with any math test prep questions.


K12 Online ACT/SAT Test Preptestprep_k12courses_carousel

Are you looking to improve your student’s ACT/SAT test scores? K12’s online test prep programs can help strengthen their performance on these high stakes exams. There are both teacher-led and independent study options available.

The next sessions start soon, which will coorelate with upcoming administration dates for both the SAT and ACT. Learn more today at the ACT/SAT Test Prep webpage:


2016-17 School Calendar

Be sure to bookmark this year’s school calendar, linked above. The calendar provides our complete schedule for the year, along with holidays, dates on which our terms end and begin, exam dates, and upcoming events.

November 2016 Spotlights

Teachers & Staff

Mr. Lucas Humphrey  

Mr. Humphrey is an English teacher and advisor at GWUOHS, and this is his third year with the school. Along with teaching English, he also serves as the adviser for the l.humphrey_0 (1)GWUOHS National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, the latter of which is in its first year of operation at GWUOHS. Prior to teaching at GWUOHS, Mr. Humphrey taught in a variety of settings, including public brick-and-mortar school, a blended learning environment, and a public virtual school in his home state of Georgia.

Mr. Humphrey lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife Stephanie and their dog Sammy. He enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, music, and playing video games when time allows.

Has your student recently accomplished or participated in something particularly noteworthy? We’d like to know! Feel free to send information and/or pictures to for possible inclusion in a future newsletter.

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