Kiskadee Shop ‘Til You Drop!

All this week, our GWMS friends at Kiskadee are offering a percentage of sales to GWMS PTA.

Get your holiday shopping done and benefit the GWMS community!




GWMS PTA Meeting
Time: Nov 10, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tuesday, October 13 — 7:00 p.m. PTA MEETING!!


GW PTA Membership Meeting

October 13, 2020

ZOOM Info:

Introduction and Welcome Marie Randall

Approval of September Minutes Marie Randall/Angelia Hill


President’s Report and Approval of By-Laws Marie Randall

Treasurer’s Report Drew Deering

Fundraising Chairs’ Report Crislyn Lumia & Liz Klein

Principal’s Report Jesse Mazur

GW Counseling Report Greg Forbes

ADJOURN – links to website and to become a member and donate!


Upcoming PTA Meetings – agendas and speakers in process!


  • November 10
  • December 8
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8

First GWMS PTA Meeting — Tuesday, Sept. 15

First GWMS PTA Meeting ! 

Our first PTA meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15th. 

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Click here to access the meeting agenda!

Thanks and we look forward to this upcoming school year!


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Just One Week Until First (Virtual) Day!

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6th Grade Virtual Orientation — Wednesday, September 3


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This year — more than ever before — were going to need to stay in regular contact.

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2020/2021 Slate of Candidates for PTA

Wondering about the slate of candidates for next school year’s PTA?  See below for the slate!

Pres:  Marie Randall
Treasurer: Drew Deering
Secretary: Angelia Hill
VP Communications: Lisa Miller
VP Fundraiser: Crislyn Lumia

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] 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