STELOS is a program created by GWA Kindergarten teacher Sara Hutson in 2016. The program allows GWA students from 2nd grade through 12th grade to volunteer their time on a Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM to tutor English to our staff’s children. Most of these children attend public schools around Casablanca. Tutoring at STELOS looks different than you may expect. English is taught through games, LEGOs, songs, yoga, sports, and art. All of this wondrous teaching and learning takes place right here at GWA. This really makes it an easy way to serve others in the community.
There is exciting momentum as George Washington Academy moves forward to become an International Baccalaureate authorized school*. The administration has filled all 11 IB teaching positions at GWA, with each teacher committing to a multi-year contract. Below is a personal update from each of our IB teachers, sharing why they are excited to teach IB at GWA and how they are already implementing IB teaching and learning strategies in the classroom. GWA’s final IB Verification Visit will occur in September, after which GWA will obtain authorization and officially be able to offer the IB Diploma Program to 11th and 12th grade students. This year’s 9th grade class will be the first students eligible to earn both a GWA diploma and an IB diploma.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IBO and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.
In late January, three GWA teachers collaborated to stage a reinterpreted performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The full-length play also included new, original scenes written by 9th grade students.
GWA Board member Dave Carlson receives the American Chamber of Commerce 2019 “U.S. Investment in Morocco” award from the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Miley on February 16th at the annual AmCham Gala at the Hyatt Regency Casablanca.
GWA’s FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League teams competed in the 4th Annual National Morocco FIRST LEGO League Competition last Saturday. 44 teams competed from all over Morocco. Way to go Mustangs!
GWA students and staff celebrated School Counseling Week, an annual event sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). More than 100,000 school counselors worldwide participated in the week's festivities.
Last fall, Dr. Greg Sawyer and Mrs. Michelle Sawyer both presented professional development sessions at the Rubicon Curriculum Summit in Porto, Portugal. They are two of numerous GWA faculty members presenting this year at conferences from Europe to the Persian Gulf.
Before the December Break, medieval Scotland and 21st century Morocco collided in Dr. Susan Martin’s 12th grade English Language Arts class.
On December 5th, 19 GWA Tech Club students and three chaperones (Mrs. Rachad, Mr. Zarzour, and Mr. El Mejdoub) had the honor of visiting the headquarters of 2M TV in Casablanca! The students were excited to explore the studios and to see how a professional TV station operates. Read below to hear from Mr. El Mejdoub about their field trip.
George Washington Academy is a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme.* We hope to begin offering IB courses in the fall of 2020, and while this may seem far away, GWA teachers and administrators already this school year have started the hard work of preparing to receive authorization.
Elections for the Most Important Organelle have become an annual tradition at GWA. At the beginning of November, Ms. Sando’s 9th grade Biology classes present their candidate organelles and work to persuade their classmates to vote for them. This year produced even more excitement as voting opened up to the whole school!
On November 1st, a group of 5th grade students held a bake sale to raise money for charity. The girls came up with the idea for the bake sale all on their own, and worked with the GWA administration to create a successful fundraiser.
GWA’s Lower School P.E. Teacher, Ami Wright, has added a wave of color to her classroom.
On September 27th, members of the GWA community had the opportunity to speak at the Second AmCham Women in Business Summit held here in Casablanca.
Evan David is a 10th grade student at GWA. Last summer, he created an incredible opportunity for himself to learn and practice landscape photography in the United States.