GWUOHS Parent Newsletter December 2016

A Message From Our Head of School


Dear GWUOHS Parents and Learning Coaches,

Season’s Greetings!

During this special season, I hope we all take time to pause to reflect upon those individuals and aspects of our lives in which we are thankful.  During my own reflection, there is so much that this school brings to me every day for which I am grateful. I am deeply thankful for the collective talent, energy, and dedication of our students.  I am also so very appreciative for our staff, who devote so much of their lives to our students – academically and personally.  And, of course, I am thankful for the enduring and essential commitment of our parents and our GWUOHS community.

I would just like to remind everyone that students will be on break Thursday, December 22nd, through Wednesday, January 4th.  We hope your child and you take that time to enjoy the holidays and break.  The GWUOHS academic staff also will observe this Winter Recess.  However, we do encourage students to take this time to catch-up on any past-due assignments, and officially begin 2017 with a successful start.

Once again, thank you for your commitment to this school and your child’s future.  I hope this season brings you happiness, peace, and many special memories.

All my best,
Alison Mistretta

College Counseling Corner

Lisa Bell, College Counselor

Happy December! I hope you all are enjoying your Fall as we head into Winter!

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.

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!

Yearbook Club
Joseph Chernich

We are looking for some more help to put together our school yearbook! This is an exciting opportunity for students to participate in the design and content of our yearbook, which is published annually. Contact Dr. Chernich or Ms. Leighton if you are interested.

GWUOHS Spring Break Trip 2017
Joseph Chernich


The signup deadline is fast approaching!  Join those who have already reserved their spot!  Dr. Chernich will be the chaperone as we travel to Milan, Venice and Florence.  The trip coincides with Spring Break: March 31 – April 7, 2017.  We need to know if you are going by December 8th! Here is the link to register:

Learning Coach Tips
Marguerite Pavloff, GWUOHS Learning Coach

One of our parents, Marguerite Pavloff, is sharing a few tips this month for our GWUOHS Learning Coaches.

  • “Print and post everything where everyone can see it (in our case, the kitchen).
    • Academic calendar with days off and permanent-zero deadlines
    • Weekly ClassConnect schedule
    • Advisor Check-In times
    • Weekly Help Desk schedule
  • Use the new email system to keep up-to-date with everything and ensure student is aware of the information.
  • In the past, utilized the attendance tool to keep track of how much time spent on each class.
  • Each morning, look at posted information and find out where the student intends to work on that day.”

If you are a Learning Coach and also have some tips to share, please email to share your tips!

K12 Online ACT/SAT Test Preptestprep_k12courses_carousel

One of the items within the college preparation list is taking the SAT or ACT exam.  This exam, along with your child’s courses, grades, and extra-curricular activities will help determine the colleges they apply.  To help your child prepare for the SAT/ACT exams, K12 is now offering Test Prep courses.  The Test Prep sessions are adaptive online prep courses which can help strengthen a student’s performance on the SAT or ACT exams.  Each session occurs right before the test date to ensure your child feels prepared and ready to take the exam.  We offer 2 different types of sessions throughout the school year:

 Instructor-Led sessions COST $899

  • Synchronous Sessions with experienced, energetic, certified teachers
  • 3 one hour English sessions and 3 one hour Math sessions
  • Asynchronous Lessons with practice questions, quizzes, and easy to understand explanation videos
  • Access to library of video resources
  • Individual help sessions by appointment
  • 3 full length practice tests

Guided, Self-Study sessions COST $299

  • Asynchronous Lessons with practice questions, quizzes, and easy to understand explanation videos
  • Access to library of video resources
  • Drop-in help desk sessions
  • 3 full length practice tests

Visit or call 855-534-6298 for complete details and ordering information.

SAT Test Date SAT Prep Session
Jan 21, 2017 Dec 5-Jan 13
Mar 11, 2017 Jan 23-May 3
May 6, 2017 Mar 20-Apr 28
Jun 3, 2017 Apr 17-May 26
ACT Test Date ACT Prep Session
Feb 11, 2017 Dec 26-Feb 3
Apr 8, 2017 Feb 20-Mar 31
Jun 10, 2017 Apr 24-Jun 2



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.

December 2016 Spotlights

Student Spotlight

Balancing Ballet with High School by Taylor Lim

Photo Credit: Rachel Neville Photography

Being an online school student is very demanding, especially with my rigorous ballet schedule, and living on my own in New York City (my family lives in California). Balancing all of my work and responsibilities is difficult, but I have learned to take advantage of every minute of the day. I dance at minimum five hours a day, five days a week, and have additional rehearsals on the weekends. I am also responsible for grocery shopping, cooking my own meals, and laundry. I do the bulk of my schoolwork in the evening after I get back from ballet, and on the weekends. I also try to wake up early to squeeze in a few assignments before I leave for the day. The hard work is worth it to be able to be in New York at a high caliber ballet school, pursuing my dreams.

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.

The mission of The George Washington University Online High School is to educate and inspire academically talented and motivated students who seek membership in a school community that values and cultivates hard work, integrity, appreciation of diversity, love of learning, compassion, and high personal expectations. Through intensive, interactive online collaboration, the GWUOHS experience prepares students to contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society.

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