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Teacher Appreciation Breakfast – Nov 25

Don’t miss out on showing your support for our teachers.  Click the link below to volunteer your food or your support for the next breakfast on November 25!


Upcoming Events — TAGAC Guest Speakers at Ferdinand T. Day School

Please Join Us



Monday, Nov. 18th 7-8:30pm

Ferdinand T. Day School

Dr. Jack A. Naglieri, PhD. is a Research Professor at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University.

Dr. Naglieri developed the NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) which uses minimal language and primarily diagrams for assessment, making it a good tool for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

ACPS administers the NNAT to all first graders every Fall as a means to identify students for Talented and Gifted Services.

Come learn how the test was created, what it identifies, and how it is used.

Monday, Dec. 16th 7-8:30pm

Ferdinand T. Day School 

Mr. William Knudsen, Director Government and Affiliate Relations, 

National Association for Gifted Children

He works at both the Federal and local levels with NAGC’s advocacy partners to break the impediments obstructing services for our gifted and talented students. Prior to NAGC, Bill held positions at the U.S. Senate, Committee for Economic Development and the Department of Education.

Topics to be Covered:         Federal Policy and Gifted Learners

Addressing Equity in Gifted Education

Local Advocacy Strategies

Translation Services Provided



People of the GW community, we’re raising $$ with a good old-fashioned Election Day Bake Sale!!

Won’t you sign up here and help the cause? 



GW Town Crier — Chock Full of Details

School pic info?  Check!

PTA Reflections Application form?  Check!

School Bully Spirit Week Deets? Check!

Stories of GW history? Check!

Click the link and find out more.  All the news you can use!!



The PTA has moved to REDUCE staff and teacher annual dues to $5.

According to the bylaws, we’ve got to give 30 days notice in writing to make a change to the by-laws.

Unless you object, the vote will occur in November 2019!


ACPS Safety Forum – Wednesday, October 20


Pizza, PTA and Rock & Roll

The Town Crier is a MUST-READ for all things GW PTA.


Click here to read this week’s edition!




October PTA Meeting MOVED TO Tuesday, Oct. 15th!!



The GW PTA October Meeting has been changed (cell phone policy discussion, also) to Tuesday the 15th (6:30 and 7:00, respectively).


Alexandria PTA Council (PTAC) Meeting Notes and School Board VOTE Tonight!

The Alexandria PTA Council (PTAC) held its first meeting of the year last night with a focus on the High School Project. The School Board will vote TONIGHT (Thursday, September 26th) on the selection of a one high school (connected high school network) or two high school model. It will also approve sites to be pursued based on the selected model.
As a reminder, the options for each model include —
  • Two High Schools Model (Comprehensive High School Model)
    • Option A: Build a second high school; either T.C. Williams or the new high school will focus on STEM; the other will focus on Humanities.
    • Option B: Build a second high school; T.C. becomes an International Baccalaureate, World Language and Arts High School and the new school would have a STEM, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment focus.
  • One High School Model (Connected High School Network)
    • Option A: A two-campus model with students taking courses at both a Humanities Center (King Street Campus) and a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics campus built to include STEAM-focused CTE courses (possibly at Minnie Howard location).
    • Option B: Expand the King Street Campus to include a new student hub building on Chinquapin Recreation area. This would reinforce a one-campus atmosphere, but would also require knocking down buildings at Minnie Howard to build a multi sports complex and fields for recreation and school use.
You’ll find additional information on the high school options here:
To share your thoughts with the School Board before tonight’s vote, you can email them here:
Upcoming ACPS Events
Community Budget Forum – ACPS Superintendent Hutchings and his leadership team will host an evening of conversation regarding the 2020-2021 ACPS budget, including the Combined Funds and Capital Improvement Program funds. Come learn and share your ideas about the ACPS budget priorities, long-term financial challenges, and critical areas of focus as we strive to achieve our ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan goals. Interpretation services will be provided.

When: Tuesday, October 8th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: T.C. Williams High School, 2nd Floor Rotunda, 3330 King Street
School Safety Forum – ACPS, PTAC and Parents for Safe Alexandria Schools will co-host an open forum on school safety. Presentations will include the National & Virginia PTA stance on gun violence prevention, ACPS Superintendent Hutchings on our shared mission to prevent and reduce the impact of gun violence in our schools and community, ACPS Coordinator for Security & Safety John Contreras on the ALICE Violent Intruder and Say Something programs, ACPS Mental Health Specialist Faiza Jackson on anxiety issues created by the threat of gun violence in schools and how to talk to our children about the issue, and a representative from the Alexandria Police Department to discuss coordination of school safety issues between APD and ACPS.
When: Wednesday, October 30th from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: T.C. Williams High School, Minnie Howard Campus, 2801 West Braddock Road


Back to School Night — Sept. 24 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m.


Minutes from 1st PTA meeting

With a visit from the Superintendent, Mr. Mazur and the senior GW leadership team, the PTA meeting was well attended and super informative.

This link will take you to the minutes of the first meeting to read all about it. 



Save the Date!! Walk / Bike to School Day is October 2

Join Children and Adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking!

For more information, see the links below!

English / Spanish 


Intramurals Start TOMORROW!!


The Intramural Sports Program is a FREE after school activity and offered to all students.

Below is the link for more information about the programs and how to get involved.



PTA Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, September 10

Please do join us for the first meeting of the year.  We will be discussing Securly — the tech that makes it easier for us to monitor student’s Chromebook use; ALICE drills, and a handful of other key items.

**The City of Alexandria after school teen club program will have a table set up, as well. **

You won’t want to miss this!

George Washington Middle School PTA Meeting  

September 10, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. 


Note:  Spanish Translation services will be available.

Welcome Suzanne Berkey

Introductions of PTA/Staff Jesse Mazur

Overview of What the PTA Does Cynthia Skinner

PTA Business

  • Proposed Amendment to By-Laws Suzanne Berkey
  • Budget Overview and Approval Kevin Jahns
  • Fundraising Overview Hope Wolf
  • Communications Lisa Miller
  • Membership DeeDee Jennings

ALICE John Contreras

Principal’s Report Jesse Mazur

  • Focus of the Year
  • Facilities Update
  • School Wide changes

Advisory Schedule Changes Greg Forbes

Securly – Monitoring Chromebook Usage Jesse Mazur

Volunteer Needs

Upcoming Events



GW Town Crier for Week of 09-08-19

This week’s GW Town Crier is up and you don’t want to miss these updates!!


Confirm your email here for GW Town Crier!

The GW Town Crier is getting a facelift!

If you liked what you saw on Sunday night of this week, click the link below to confirm your address, please!!


GW PTA Needs YOU !!

Want to get more involved with the PTA?

Here are some roles we are looking to fill for this year. Please email [email protected]om if you are interested! 

PBIS/Celebration activities:  Positive Behavior promotes making good decisions. The school has PBIS celebrations throughout the school year for the students. Volunteers are needed to work with the Deans of students with a range of activities. 

History Day Coordinator: Help coordinate activities for National History Day and celebrations/competitions at GWMS. 

Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator: Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition that ACPS has offered in the past. There is a citywide coordinator but need someone to organize and coach an individual team. 

Fund-raising Sub-Committees:  Fundraising entails a lot of different activities – more than one person can do alone!  Help out by agreeing to coordinate one of the following? 

  • Barnes and Noble Holiday Fundraiser (December): Barnes & Noble often hosts school fundraisers in the holiday season. This has the potential to be a community event as well, with students from the school’s various musical program performing. Coordinator would need to do all of the coordination with Barnes and Noble (complete paperwork, secure date, etc.), coordinate with orchestra, band or chorus, and manage a volunteer sign-up for wrapping station.
  • Election Day Bake Sale: A coordinator is needed to organize and oversee a bake sale this year (Election Day Nov. 5).  Help raise money for the GWMS PTA- and at the same time support your fellow community members with caffeine and other treats!
  • Box Tops and Grocery Program:  Not a large time commitment but well worth the effort.  Help the PTA get linked to programs that help raise revenue both from when the groceries are purchased and when you enjoy them (win-win!) 
  • Restaurant Nights:  A coordinator is needed to work with local restaurants to schedule evenings throughout the year where proceeds from the restaurant will be donated to the GWMS PTA.
  • Spring2ACTion!:  One or more individuals are needed to coordinate with ACT for Alexandria related to GWMS’s participation in the 2020 Spring2ACTion! program.  This role is limited to just a few weeks of coordination and community outreach in the spring.

Special Events: Help support special initiatives sponsored through the PTA such as Career Day, the Power Plates program (a competition for healthy recipes) or a Citizenship Essay contest (this year’s theme:  What is a good citizen?). How about celebrating Military Kids? Reach out to the PTA and let us know if you would like to help organize one (or all!) special events.

School Safety Liaison:  Help make the school a safer place and act as the school safety liaison. Help get information out on bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Support Bike to School day Oct. 2. 

Grade level socials: Each grade level has a budget for a social. In years past, it has been a dance, but doesn’t have to be a dance. Each grade can establish a committee to create an event that the students would enjoy. The events are in late winter/spring.  Volunteers are needed to assist in logistical planning with grade level contacts and students, and needed to man the events from set up to clean up. Feel your party planning blood boiling? Sign up to help coordinate the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade socials in late May or June 2020!

8th Grade Picnic/Promotion: These are two separate events. The picnic is held during school hours and provides the students with lunch as well as activities. Volunteers are needed for both events. The picnic will need set up and clean up as well as manning stations during the event. For the 8th grade promotion, volunteers are needed to help with a light reception following the ceremony.

Nominating Committee:  Each year a nominating committee is formed to identify potential candidates for the next year’s PTA executive committee.  Come help identify people to ensure that the entire GWMS community is reflected!

By-Law Committee:  This year the GWMS will have to renew its bylaws.  Interested in reviewing the by-laws and making suggestions?  Join the committee and set the stage for future GWMS PTAs!

Social Media:  Help with making information more accessible, updating the website, etc.

Other:  Have an activity you think would be a good fit for the GW community and are willing to lead? Or want to support another initiative already in the works? Let us know!  Some other efforts already in the works and for whom we already have committee leads include the following:

  • Teacher/Staff Grants
  • Facilities Liaison
  • SpiritWear
  • Reflections
  • Hospitality
  • Spelling Bee
  • Community Partners
  • TC Sports Liaison



Honor Roll of Donors Needs You!

We plan a multitude of programs for our teachers and students, but we are unable to support these efforts without the generous donations from our school community. No amount is too small. Please consider giving today: so much for the support!

  • Teacher Education Grants that promote and enable innovative teaching
  • After School Tutoring Support
  • Science Fair Support
  • National History Day Support
  • School Play
  • Community-Building Events, such as dances
  • Student Directory
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Cultural Enrichment with Field Trips
  • Resources to Provide Important and Timely Information to Parents

Thanks the GW PTA!


Ten Things to Know Before the First Day of GW Middle School

  • School Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 
  • Bus service will not be perfect on the first few days. If you have concerns alert ACPS Transportation via your student’s grade level admin.  
    • Wanda Thrash (6th)                703-706-4515
    • Jacqueline Vasquez (7th)        703-706-4534
    • Vanessa Solano (8th)               703-706-4518
  • Set up a cafeteria account.  To put money into account, write a check made payable to “GW School Nutrition Services,” with child’s name on it.  Alternatively, you may use  All free and reduced cost lunch information will be included in the welcome packet the first week of school. 
  • PE uniforms consist of a t-shirt and shorts.  During the first few weeks, your child will be asked to bring in $20 dollars for that uniform.  Don’t expect to see much of this uniform. It tends to stay in the locker throughout the year. 
  • If your student will be late or absent, call GW 703-706-4500 and ask for your child’s grade office to alert the school. 
  • If you need to take your child out of school for an appointment, buzz yourself into the rear entrance of the building, then go to your child’s grade office to sign out your student at that time.  To return to school, have your student bring a written note from the doctor and sign in at the office. The parent does not need to accompany the child into school.  
  • There is a NEW cell phone policy. All personal electronic devices are to be turned off and stowed away in a safe place for the entire school day.
  • Sign up for the weekly GW Town Crier newsletter.  Confirm your email by using this link:  
  • The PTA website is  Take part in your child’s middle school, by donating your time, your money or both.  
  • Checking student grades can be easy.  Signup for PowerSchool and Canvas online.  All information can be found at

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