George Washington High School

"Volate Cum Aquilis"       (Soar with the Eagles)





GWHS 2016-2017

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George Washington High School will prepare students to enter the world of work or
post-secondary training and to become productive citizens who are accepting of diversity
and willing to face the challenges of the future.

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Survey Notice

George Washington High School and J.M. Langston Focus School 9th grade students will be participating in the nationally recognized Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, Self Efficacy and Leadership survey. The survey is anonymous and results will  be reported for the whole school. 

Then survey is being conducted through the Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice and Research.
To participate, click on the link








GWHS Volleyball Team Goes to Virginia Tech

The JV and Varsity Eagles Volleyball Team attended a college tour and were special guests for the Lady Hokies of the Virginia Tech Volleyball Match against UVA on October 7th.  The lady Eagles were able to meet and greet players and staff while embracing visions of collegiate play and academic life!


GW Students Attend Edgar Allen Poe Presentation
at Danville Historical Society

Left to right:  Nathan Fussell, Yvette Waters, Amyia Totten, Lexi Djuric, Justin Ephriam, and Inubia Nesanet.

On September 8, students from Mrs. McGregor’s AP/Dual Enrollment English class attended the Edgar Allan Poe program that was presented by the Danville Historical Society and the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.  The program was given by Richard Kopley, Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, from Penn State DuBois.  The program included stories written about Poe, poetry recitation, and information on Poe’s ties to Danville.  Also, artifacts from the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia were on display.

GW Teachers Attend UVA-Wise Technology Summer Program

Dawn Ball, Ettie Collins, and Debbie McGregor improved their technology skills this summer by attending a UVA-Wise Chromebook Class at the Southwest Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA.  The week was filled with valuable Google for Education information.




Cyber Camp 2016

Cyber Camp 2016! Students caught the craze? Danville Public School students participated in an innovative and exciting program this summer: Cyber Camp 2016! Cyber Campers learned beginning programming using Boe-Bots (small robots) and electrical circuitry. The camp also explored cyber security projects and careers. Students participated  in cyber projects and learned about and subsequently debated issues related to cyber security, cyber media, and cyber terrorism. Students then competed in Cyber Camp Olympics in multiple categories such as Boe-Bots, electricity, and Public Service. The camp, at GWHS, ran from June 6 through June 21, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A generous grant from the Department of Education obtained by Danville Public School administrator, Jackie Rochford, made this program possible. GWHS principal Randall Stokes and Danville Schools superintendent Dr. Stanley Jones attended the Cyber awards ceremony. Some great things happen at Danville Public Schools!


Teacher Appreciation Week

Gayle Breakley and some of our wonderful faculty and staff accepting a cookie tray gift from Piedmont Credit Union in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thank you Piedmont Credit Union!



Cavalier Wins Pacemaker Award

On April 16, the GW yearbook staff was notified of their Pacemaker win at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention. According to NSPA, "This award recognizes your staff for being among the elite student high school journalism publications in the country." This is the first Pacemaker win for yearbook journalism in GW history. In the picture, members of the 2015 yearbook staff hold both plaques received from NSPA, one notifying them of being a finalist and the other recognizing their win.


GWHS Business Class Wins in New York

Victory!!! Students competed with 146 high schools from around the world in competitions to display their class created businesses, marketing plans, commercials, and booth designs. GWHS won a silver award (2nd place) for originality and marketing concepts. Students were selected to appear on the local newscast and the NY International director stated,"great things are happening in little Danville." Students represented our school well!!!



GW Administrators Support Military Ball

Superintendent Jones and GW administrators support Commander Hitt and GW students at the area Military Ball.



GW Teachers Attend Technology Summit

A team of teachers from GWHS recently participated in Google Technology Summit held in Charlottesville. Attendees engaged in hands-on training in using the latest technology to more actively engage students in the learning process. Principal Randall Stokes (center), Assistant Principals Gayle Breakley and Michelle Ramsey, DPS central office staff Dr. Melissa Newton and Superintendent Dr. Stan Jones also attended.



GW Choir Travels to New York

Fifteen members of the GW Choir traveled to New York City over Spring Break.  They performed at St. Paul the Apostle Church and toured the city.  During their tour they visited the Lincoln Center, the Top of the Rock, the 9/11 Memorial and they saw the Broadway Musical "The Color Purple". 



GW Forensics Win

Mae Gayle Dalton is 3rd in the State for Original Oratory. She had an average score of 97% all day. Several judges gave her 100% when they judged her. She represented GW well.



GWHS Teacher of the Year

Please give Mrs. Ruby Hovatter a round of applause for being GWHS Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Hovatter is also a candidate for the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year award.



Congratulations to HOSA Students

Congratulations to the dental students who competed in the state HOSA  competition March 10-13, 2016.

Maria Salazar-1st in state in Job Interview Skills
Maria Salazar-2nd in state in Dental Terminology
Royal Lea, Jr.- 3rd in state in Dental Science
Tia Price-5th in state in Dental Science
MiAndra Gwynn- 5th in state in Oral Pathology & Film Mounting

GW was also recognized 10th in state for having the most increase in HOSA membership and for the dental students’ participation in HOSA Day events. Way to go, GW!

Nursing and EMT were represented at the Virginia HOSA in WIlliamsburg over the weekend.
There were over 900 competitors in 55 categories in competition. 
Many of our students had the opportunity to go to second round in competition.  All students worked hard toward their goals and appreciated the opportunity to compete.

Stephanie Altamirano and Stefani Carbajal went to second round in Home Health.
Zachary Adams and K'Shawn Baugh went to second round in Physical Therapy.
Mekhiya Gregory, Precious Elliott, Terrance Harper
and Miriam Gonzalez - Pacheco went to second round in the Biomedical Debate.
Miriam Gonzalez - Pacheco also placed second in Personal Care.

Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd are eligible to participate in National Competition in Nashville in June.

Go, GW!



GW Concert Choir President Wins Top Honor

Concert Choir President, Joyce Martin, wins first place in Vocal in the Bland Competition in South Boston on Sunday, March 6, 2016, performing Nella Fantasia by Enrico Morricone. She is 2nd from the Left in the photo.


GW Celebrates Black History Month

Recently, under the direction of Ms. Ann Anderson, GWHS celebrated Black History Month with an assembly that highlighted the accomplishments of successful African-Americans from Danville, Virginia. The program also showcased the GW Jazz Band (under the direction of Mr. Reginald Purvis) and the GW Concert Choir (under the direction of Mrs. Sheridan).


GWHS Virtual Class Students Land Coveted Invitation

Virtual Students participated in the annual GWHS Trade Show.  Students showcased their creativity and entrepreneurship skills to drive through the development and operation of two firms.  Eco-Living an eco-friendly apartment offering solar panels for electricity, steamed powered water, gardens, and other biodegradable products for construction and other usage.  Cloud IX is a cell phone charging clothing line eliminating the need for electrical charges.  Students created a modern and fashionable clothing line that allows consumers to simple place their phones in their pockets and charge through body heat energy. 
Students’ ingenious efforts landed them an invite to the NY International Trade Show in April where they will compete with other high schools from across the United States, Germany, Austria, and Brazil......Go Eagles!!


Japanese Business Community Members Visit GWHS Japanese Club

Japanese Business Community Members from JTI Leaf Services visited GWHS’s Japanese Club and gave a presentation on Japanese culture and language. Guest speakers from JTI were Mr. Keita Kawaguchi and his wife Mrs. Tomoyo Kawaguchi,  Mr. Takuya Oike, and Mr. Tatsunori Izumi. Students learned about various topics from Japanese history, American fast food in Japan (ex. マクドナルド Makudonarudo, McDonald’s), Japanese events and festivals (祭り matsuri),  manga まんが  (comic books)  and origami (おりがみ).  Mrs. Leigg, Japanese Club sponsor and teacher, said, とてもたのしかったです!(It was so much fun!) and a great time was had!”



Congratulations to GW Concert Choir

Congratulations to GW Concert Choir Students who attended All-District Choir on February 12-13, 2016 at Blacksburg High School (From Left, Ishmale Davis, Joyce Martin, Mae Dalton, Kendall Robertson and Kenneth McClary).



GW Band Students Place!

Nineteen students from the G.W. Band were selected to participate in the District Six All Region Band that was held at Blacksburg High School the weekend of February fifth.  These students were selected from an audition process that included 500 hundred students from the region.  They are:
Row1: Sam Roche, CJ Rader, Adrian Deshazor, Madison Osborne, Tahvon Davis, Augustin Errecalde-Gil, Jessica Brown, Nick Johnson.
Row 2:
Korey Hall, Neriah Ray-Saunders, Jameel Ferrell, Ishmale Davis, Malik Terry, Chris Glass, Kameron Walker, Daniel Davis, Kai Canty, Will Scearce, Noah Pruitt.

Seven Students were selected to Audition for the All Virginia Band on February 27th at James Madison University.  They are: Jessica Brown, Neriah Ray Saunders, Kai Canty, Nick Johnson,  C J Rader, Korey Hall, and Will Scearce.  Congratulations to all of these students!


GW Students Win Prizes!

Tahiyah Wilson, grade 9, won a $10 gift card to Chick-Fil-A, and Shavazz Payne, grade 12, won a $10 gift card to Sheetz in recent drawings among students in Ms. Eva Cassada's English classes. Students are eligible to win if they demonstrate good behavior all month. Grades are what they earn for themselves, Cassada tells them, but behavior is what they do for others. The gift cards are a way of thanking students who are consistently respectful and cooperative.
The March gift card will be for McDonald's.


Cavalier Named Crown Finalist

Congratulations to the Cavalier yearbook staff for the 2015 Cavalier being named a Crown finalist with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Only 65 yearbooks of the hundreds submitted from around the country were so honored. 





GW Orchestra Visit Washington D.C.

On December 11th the members of the George Washington High School orchestra under the direction of Mrs. Frenita W. Griffin, traveled to Washington, DC.  On Friday, students toured the Smithsonian Museum of American History, National Archives, and saw a performance at the Kennedy Center that featured Stephanie J. Block who has appeared in various Broadway productions, and the von Trapps who are the grandchildren to the original von Trapp family from The Sound of Music.  Students were also able to meet Mr. Steven Reineke, the conductor of the symphony.
On Saturday, the students toured several monuments including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King Memorial. CBS was filming “Persons of Interest” near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, so some students were able to take pictures with the actors.






Congratulations to the members of the G.W. Marching Eagles for earning 1st place honors at the USBANDS Virginia Beach Regional Held this weekend at Frank Cox High School in Virginia Beach.  The marching band was awarded 1st place in Class 5 open along with awards for best Musical Presentation, Best Visual Presentation, Best Colorguard, and Best overall Effect.  Thank you to everyone who had part in making our trip for our students a success.






Credit: Aquila Theatre/Richard Termine


Fifty-two English 9 students of Mrs. Deborah Slayton and Ms. Eva Cassada saw Aquila Theatre's production of "Romeo and Juliet" at The Prizery arts center in South Boston on Oct. 8. The New Yorker magazine describes Aquila's productions as “The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging” while The New York Times raves, “an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.” Based in New York City, the cast's actors were all trained on the London stage; one was born in Singapore, and another in Istanbul. Students also visited The Prizery's art gallery and took in its Revolutionary War exhibit that details the Dan River's role in the campaign for American independence.



GWHS Supports Breast Cancer Awareness "Pink Week"

GWHS Theatre Guild Presents



More From Story Theatre

What happens when you take eleven actors and give them 53 parts? More From Story Theatre  comes to life. Come and bring your children or come and bring a date. Children of all ages will love these traditional tales from England, Arabia, and Celtic lore. Come and join us for a night of magic. All DPS employees are free with ID. We hope to see you at the theatre! Please click here for flier of additional information.





GWHS 9th Graders Attend Career Expo

The 9th graders had the opportunity to attend the Career Expo at the Olde Dominion Agriculture Complex in Chatham.  Chaperones, administration, and students had an EXCELLENT field trip!  Various members exclaimed on how well-behaved and conscientious our students were on this trip. One of the directors of the program stated that this made him proud to be an alum of GWHS! English 9 teachers, please thank the students who attended the field trip for their great behavior and representation of GWHS, and let us all please give a special thanks to the following teachers for all of their help: Ms. Stone, Mr. B. Pearson, Ms S. Jones, Mr. Henderson, Ms. Logan, Mr. Staten, Ms. T. Jones, Mr. Southerland, Ms. Anderson, Ms. McKinnie, Ms. Cassada, Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Schneider and Ms. Giles. Thank you so much!  GREAT JOB!





GWHS raised 1446 pounds of canned food for God's Storehouse in the WSLS First and 10 food challenge where GW triumphed over EC Glass. EC Glass had less than 300 pounds of food collected. Go Eagles!
Make Every Day Count!

George Washington High School commends our students who are coming to school each day and on time, with zero instances of tardiness!  We recognize that attending school daily and being on time shows their commitment to learning and their ability to fulfill responsibilities.

To date, our Sophomore Class has the greatest number of students with Perfect Attendance, but our Senior Class has the highest percentage of perfect attendance.  We congratulate all students with Perfect Attendance, and we look forward to honoring them at the end of each nine weeks.  We thank our families for encouraging our students to attend school.  We are looking for interested students, staff, parents, and community member to work with us developing ways to improve student attendance.  Please email us or give us a call.






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George Washington High School
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Danville, Virginia 24541
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