Principal’s Letter

Dear Families:

Welcome to George Washington Academy, home of the Patriots!
We are grateful for the privilege of working with your child and your family this 2019 – 20 school year and are excited about all the learning adventures that lie ahead.

George Washington Academy is a Kinder – 7th grade school with an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, a strong focus on families, personal responsibility, and basic American values. We teach reading through our Success for All Reading Program and spelling and writing with the Spalding methods and materials. Our math program is centered on the Saxon math curricula. All of these programs are evidence based and have been proven to increase student success in these key curricular areas.

We teach using differentiated instruction, based on the needs of the individual students’. We have found that this has helped increase student learning achievement. Our school is currently rated a B school and is on it’s way to becoming an A school. In grades 4 – 7, students will be asked to choose a Personal Interest Project based on that term’s theme. They will then research, write, create, and make an oral presentation of their findings for the class. Parents are invited to attend their child’s PIP (Personal Interest Project) presentation.

Additionally, our electives program for grades 3 – 7 allows the students’ the opportunity to select an enrichment class for Mondays and Wednesdays, and a separate class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The selections are made quarterly, so the students have the opportunity to participate in up to 8 enrichment classes a year. Current elective classes include Band, Orchestra, Choir, Drama, Peer Mentoring, Yearbook, Cheerleading, Clogging, Leadership, STEM, Art, Spanish, Sign Language, Silent Reading, and Study Hall. The K-2 classes also participate in electives in their homeroom classroom, and we encourage our amazing parents to come in and share their hobbies and special talents with our students.

GWA is so blessed to have such talented and willing parents, and encourage parent involvement. If you wish to visit our school, please sign in at the front office and obtain a visitor’s pass before going to your child’s classroom. This helps promote safety. GWA is also a member of the Desert Pines Sports League and

competes with other small schools in the area. Our sports include Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer, and are open to grades 4 – 7. Our beautiful gym is the host of many of these sports activities.
Children attend school Monday through Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.

We encourage student involvement and have a student council. We would love to increase our clubs and organizations, so if you are interested in sponsoring or helping with a club or organization, please contact the school at 928-440-6228.

We are very thankful to have such an amazing Parent Advisory Committee and Site Council who meet monthly to discuss upcoming school events and other important information for the school. We strive for excellence in communication and send out a weekly newsletter that includes important information, as well as the lunch menu.

Thank you for choosing George Washington Academy. Together, we will work hard to make sure every child is known and create the leaders of tomorrow.

Respectfully,

Beth Kulish

Principal

George Washington Academy