Monthly Archives: January 2017

GWUOHS Parent Newsletter January 2017

A Message From Our Head of School


Greetings GWUOHS Parents and Learning Coaches,

Happy New Year!

As we know, the incorporation of service-learning activities is one aspect that sets our school and students apart from others.  I am always so impressed with the drive of our students, families, and staff to make our world a better place.

One example of this drive and determination is the recent service-learning trip in which our Learn2Serve club members and sponsor recently participated.  In December, they traveled to New York City; and in just a few short days, they helped countless individuals in need.  From collecting donations to buy and wrap presents for homeless children, to assisting at a food pantry that helps fight hunger – this group went above and beyond in making a difference in so many lives.  We could not be more proud.  Thank you to our Learn2Serve sponsor (Dr. Angela Anderson), our club members, as well as all of you who donated funds/toys.  You truly are making a difference.

And, coming up will be our National Honor Society’s trip to Washington, D.C, at the beginning of February. In addition to attending a leadership conference, these students will volunteer their time at an organization that provides services to the needy in the D.C. area, as well as a charitable group that gives care to shelter animals.  Again, this is just yet another example of how our students continue to significantly contribute to our society.

So as we begin this New Year, may we all be inspired by the amazing contributions of our GWUOHS students and staff.  I look forward to seeing the differences they will continue to make in 2017.

All my best,
Alison Mistretta

College Counseling Corner

Lisa Bell, College Counselor

Welcome Back! I hope all of you had a very enjoyable Winter Break and are off to a great start in the New Year!

As we wrap up Journeys this semester, you can look forward to some of these great remaining topics!

  • Gap Year
  • Learning Styles
  • Communication
  • Preparing for Final Exams

**Please submit any missing assignments ASAP!**

There will be tons more in the Spring!

  • College Essay
  • Capstone
  • Volunteerism
  • Financial Aid
  • College Entrance Exams
  • And many, many more!

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!

College Acceptances and Scholarships!!

Our Seniors are off to an amazing start! Several have already been accepted into college! Some of the acceptances received so far: Pace University, Siena College, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, New York University, George Mason University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Miami University-Oxford, New York Institute of Technology, and more!

As of January, our Seniors are already approaching $800,000 in scholarships! Way to Go!

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, GWU, Drexel, and the University of Arizona present. Our next upcoming will be St. Mary’s  College of Maryland, February 10th at 2 PM EST

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!

GWUOHS Marketing

As we work to keep our school community vibrant and growing, GWUOHS is always looking for any ideas that may help us better market our school to prospective students and parents. If you have any suggestions (or would like to contribute to our marketing efforts), don’t hesitate to reach out to our marketing team at

National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society
Lucas Humphrey

The GWUOHS NHS/NJHS chapter is excited for our trip to Washington, D.C. on January 31st – February 5th! We will be participating in our annual service project, as well as attending the LEAD Conference, a student leadership conference held by NASSP (the parent organization of NHS/NJHS). We are happy to be representing GWUOHS at this conference once again this year.

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.

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
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
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.

January 2017 Spotlights

Student Spotlight

“Le Coucher du Soleil” by Dina Sofair

Congrats to Dina Sofair for winning the GWUOHS Photography Contest! Her photo, above, is titled “Le Coucher du Soleil.”

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Lisa Bell

Mrs. Bell is the College Counselor and Journeys Symposium instructor at GWUOHS, and this is her first full year with our school. Mrs. Bell joined GWUOHS in February 2016, after being an Academic Coach and Admissions Advisor with the International Academy since 2012. Prior to her work with GWUOHS and International Academy, Mrs. Bell was an Education Counselor in Italy for military members and their families, she also taught English as a Second Language to Italian adults, and worked as a substitute teacher for all grades K-12. Mrs. Bell lived in Italy for seven years, and was fortunate to see a great deal of Europe during her time there. She has also taught English as a Second Language with Berlitz, working with adult students from all over the world. Mrs. Bell’s first experience in the Education field was as a fourth grade teacher in a brick and mortar school in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Mrs. Bell originally hails from Elkridge, Maryland. She lived there until moving to South Korea during sophomore year, and finished High School on an American military base. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, three children, and dog. She is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan, loves to travel, read, and spend time with her friends and family.

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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