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					Volume 6, Issue 2
November/December 2012
                    Gainesville Middle School Newsletter

                       “Home of the High Flying Hawks”

                               IMPORTANT REMINDERS

November 5 – Teacher Workday (No School for Students)
November 5 – Concussion Training at 7:00 p.m.
November 6 – Election Day (School Closed)
November 7 – PTO Coffee at 9:00 a.m.
November 7 – PTO Spirit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
November 7 - Concussion Training at 6 p.m. (Any Sport)
November 7 & 8 – “Four Little Words” Drama Performance at 7:00 p.m.
November 12 – Veterans’ Day (School Closed)
November 13, 14, 15, 16 – Sports Try-outs (Girls Basketball) from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m.
November 14 – Report Cards
November 16 – Honor Roll Assemblies – Gr 8 Einstein & Galileo at 8:15 a.m., Gr 8 Newton at
9:00 a.m., Gr 6 Liberty & Pride at 10:30 a.m., Gr 6 Spirit & United at 11:15 a.m., Gr 7 Polaris &
Sirius at 1:30 p.m., Gr 7 Supernova at 2:10 p.m.
November 17 & 18 – PTO Spirit Weekend at Five Below
November 18 – School Dance Sponsored by SCA from 3 to 5 p.m.
November 19 – Picture Retakes
November 21 – Half-Day Dismissal
November 22 & 23 – Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)
November 29, 30, December 1 – “Miracle on 34th Street” Drama Performance at 7:00 p.m. with a
mantinee at 3:00 p.m on December 1 as well
November 30 – Principal’s Pride at 8:00 a.m.
December 4 – Gr 7 & Gr 8 Girls Chorus Concert at 7:00 p.m. (At Patriot High School)
December 5 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
December 6 – PTO Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
December 6 – Gr 7 & Gr 8 Band and Gr 8 Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. (At GVMS)
December 7 – School Dance Sponsored by SCA from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
December 11 – Gr 7 Chorus Concert (Mrs. Doyle’s Class) at 7:00 p.m. (At GVMS)
December 14 & 15 - PTO Spirit Weekend at Five Below
December 18 – Gr 7 and Gr 8 Band and Gr 7 Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. (At GVMS)
December 20 – Principal’s Pride at 8:00 a.m.
December 24-January 2 Winter Break (School Closed)

                                   ATHLETIC TRY-OUTS

Winter athletic try-outs are coming up shortly for girls’ basketball on November 13-16 and boys
basketball/wrestling on January 22-25. Please make sure you have a PWC Middle School Sports
physical on file with Mr. Cadolino, along with the completion of concussion training. Parents and
students who have already attended a face-to-face training may take this year’s mandatory
concussion training online. Print out the certificate and staple it to the front of the completed
sports physical form. Middle school parents of students who will be trying out for a sport for
their first time in middle school must attend a face-to-face training with their student. The next
training will take place on November 5 at 7 p.m. in the main gym. This will be the place where
you will turn in your completed sports physical form as well, so please do not forget your
physical! -Mr. Cadolino (

                             PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS

We will be starting pre assessment fitness testing with our 6th and 7th grade Physical Education
classes. The students will be learning to goal set during this time. Each student will make their
goals based on individual results of pre tests. We will work with students to assure that they are
setting realistic and achievable goals. Our goal as a department is for each student to improve
from the beginning to the end of the school year in fitness tests. After fitness testing 6th graders
will be in team handball, floor hockey, and geo fitness units. Seventh grade classes will be in
basketball, badminton, and table tennis units. Teachers will rotate their classes through these fun
and engaging units throughout the months leading up to Winter Break.

Eighth graders are either in Health class or choosing an activity of their choice in PE class. You
can view when your class is going to be in health on School Fusion. Choice activity for physical
education class is a great way to give our 8th graders some say in the ways they want to work on
their fitness. We will be rotating classes in and out of health class through April.

We will also be having academic team competitions in PE class on November 8 and 9. Our
December academic team competitions will be on December 20 and 21. The goal of this is to
build teamwork skills, friendships, character, school pride, team pride, and reinforcement of core
SOLs. We will do these events the last Thursday and Friday of every month. The competitions
will involve the students working with their academic teams in physical events. The teams will
also have trivia SOL bonus questions to help support the core subjects. We are really excited
about these events and feel the students will learn a lot about being part of a team.
-Mr. Murgo (

                          HIGH SCHOOL SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

Students residing in Prince William County on January 1, 2012 must submit a required application form to
the high school program of choice by February 1, 2013 to be considered for admission. Please contact
Ms. Kaczkowski in the Gainesville Middle School Counseling Office at 703-753-2997 or if you need any further information.

It is HIGHLY recommended that students who are interested in applying to specialty programs attend
the individual program meetings.


          PROGRAM                             SCHOOL                      Date & Time (7:00 pm)

Center for Information             Battlefield High School           Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Technology                                                           Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Cambridge Programme                Brentsville District High         Thursday, November 1, 2012
                                   School                            Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Center for Environmental           Freedom High School               Thursday, October 30, 2012
 & Natural Sciences                                                  Thursday, January 10, 2013
Air Force JROTC
Center for International           Hylton High School                Thursday, November 15, 2012
Studies & Languages                                                  Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Auto Technology
Television Production
Air Force JROTC
Biotechnology Center               Osbourn Park High School          Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Auto Technology                                                      Thursday, January 10, 2013
Medical and Health Science
Practical Nursing
Advanced Placement Scholars        Patriot High School               Monday, December 10, 2012
Culinary Arts                                                        Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Project Lead the Way
International Baccalaureate        Stonewall Jackson High            Thursday, November 15, 2012
Program                            School                            Thursday, January 10, 2013
Air Force JROTC
Center for Fine &                  Woodbridge High School            Tuesday, November 15, 2012
Performing Arts                                                      Thursday, January 3, 2013

ALL students interested in specialty programs MUST submit applications by the deadline.
Applications are also required for students residing within the high school boundary. Students
accepted by specialty programs will be notified in the spring and will then complete a schedule
for the program they are accepted into.

                                HIGH SCHOOL SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

The University of Cambridge Program: (Brentsville High School) International pre-university
curriculum that focuses on an investigative approach to learning, project work, and individual
research. Students can qualify for an Advanced International Certification of Education

The Biotechnology Center: (Osbourn Park High School) Enriched and challenging science
curriculum with strong emphasis on technology, environmental, and biological sciences.

Center for International Studies and Languages: (Hylton High School) Emphasizes global
awareness/issues respective to cultures and languages, information and communication, and
political systems. Foreign language is required.

International Baccalaureate Programme: (Stonewall Jackson High School) Rigorous four-year
academic program authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization of Geneva,
Switzerland. Classes begin in freshman year. Students are eligible to receive an IB diploma.

Center for Fine and Performing Arts: (Woodbridge Senior High School) Trains young artists
for professions in fine and performing arts. Includes opportunities in creative writing, visual
arts, instrumental and vocal music, theater, dance, and music production. Deadline is
December 14, 2012.

Center for Information Technology: (Forest Park High School) Programs including graphics
and multimedia, hardware and networking, and math and computer programming.

Center for Environmental and Natural Science: (Freedom High School) Laboratory and field
investigation components. Integrates environment and other educational disciplines.

Advanced Placement Scholars: (Patriot High School) Provides instruction in pre-college and
college level courses with a collegial learning environment and rigorous academic focus.

Project Lead the Way: (Patriot High School) Advanced math and science program to prepare
students to enter the field of engineering.

Television Production: (Hylton High School) Four-year program that focuses on the practical
applications of broadcast productions.

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Programs: Military science and leadership.
Osbourn Park High School: Navy
Forest Park High School: Army
Battlefield High School & Stonewall Jackson High School: Air Force
Brentsville students apply to Stonewall Jackson High School

ALL students interested in specialty programs MUST complete and submit applications by the deadline. Applications are
also required for students residing within the high school boundary. ALL students will fill out a high school class schedule
form in January/ February for his/her base school. Students accepted by specialty programs will be notified in the spring
and will then complete another class schedule for the program they are accepted into.

                                THE EDGE FIELD TRIP
In October, Teams Liberty, Pride, Spirit, and United enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience at
George Mason’s Center for Experiential Education, The Edge. The challenge course in Manassas,
Virginia is run by George Mason University. Gainesville sixth grade students worked in groups to
learn trust, teamwork, and communication skills. Climbing the Alpine Tower was a personal
challenge for many.

Students worked together to meet challenges in an outdoor setting. While working cooperatively,
students learned how to use the four Ps of problem solving: planning, practice, patience, and
perseverance. These important life skills will be helpful to students in the future. –Mrs. Craig

                      “FOUR LITTLE WORDS”

Thirteen of Gainesville Middle School’s advanced drama students prepare for the Virginia
Theatre Association Young People’s Festival Competition on Nov. 9 & 10 in Lynchburg, VA.
These students, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara White - Director and Mrs. Stacey
Pannebecker - Producer will perform, “Four Little Words” by Edward Finnegan. An eccentric
director needs one last actress to finish his glorious play. All she needs to say is; “your taxicab is
waiting.” What he gets is more than he bargains for and thus begins the comedy. We will be
performing two shows for the public on November 7 & 8 at 7 p.m. at GVMS. Admission is: $5
Adults, $4 Students & Seniors, children under 3 are free. Come out and show your support for
this well-rounded group of students as they strive to bring home the GOLD.

The cast members are Aliyah Desautels, Theresa Waggoner, Ian Dickson, Jennifer Chong,
Brysson Torfin, Natalie Rauch, Jessica Logan, Jacob Boon, Morgan Sagun, Riley Hanna, Nicole
Chomicki, Maddie Penn & Carleigh Hopkins.

–Mrs. White (

The Gainesville Middle School Drama Club will be presenting the classic play, "Miracle on 34th
Street" on November 29, 30, and December 1 at 7 p.m. at GVMS. In addition, a 3 p.m. matinee
will also be presented on December 1. The play is the heartwarming story of Kris Kringle, a
kindly, old gentleman, who truly believes that he is not only the spirit of the season but that he
really is Santa Claus. His working relationship with the Macy's Department Store and a little girl,
named Susan, proves that believing in the goodness of a complete stranger, can prove to be a
wonderful and positive experience for many people. Admission is: Adults -$7, Students/Seniors
-$5, children under 3 are free. *If you bring in a new toy, $1 will be deducted from your ticket.
All toys will go to charity. -Mrs. White (

                               WHY LEARN FRENCH?

You will find French speakers on all continents around the world.
French is the native language of some 200 million people and is the second language of millions
more. In Europe, it is spoken in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. In the
Americas, it is an official language of Canada and spoken in the Caribbean.

It is the language of the well educated in parts of Southeast Asia, North Africa and much of
Western and Central Africa. Being able to speak French is an asset for anyone interested in
working in international organizations such as the Peace Corps.

French is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. I hope your student will consider
studying it here at GVMS, if possible, or at the high school level. If you have any questions about
studying French, please email Madame Hyde (

                               FLU AND COLD SEASON

With flu season upon us, it is important that we work together to keep our children and school
healthy. By keeping our children flu-free, we benefit the community as a whole.

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the lungs, nose and throat. It is usually
spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.

It is often confusing trying to distinguish between symptoms of a cold and the flu.

                 Common flu symptoms include:
                      high fever
                      severe headache
                      muscle and body aches
                      dry cough
                      occasionally may see nausea, diarrhea and vomiting

                 Common cold symptoms include
                      stuffy nose
                      sore throat
                      hacking cough

Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regarding the
best way to prevent your child from getting the flu

                         taking your child to get a flu vaccine
                         washing hands frequently
                         covering mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and
                         disposing of the tissue in a proper trash receptacle
                         avoid sharing drinks, water bottles or silverware with others

If your child does get the flu, call your doctor early. Some children may benefit from an antiviral
medication which may help lessen the duration of the virus and reduce the risk of complications,
such as pneumonia. While they have the flu it is important for them to stay home from school,
rest, and drink plenty of fluids.

Additionally, notify the school/school nurse if your child has the flu. Monitoring flu incidence at
Gainesville Middle School will help keep our students, faculty and community healthy.

-Nurse Schumacher (

                              ART DEPARTMENT NEWS
The Gainesville art department kicked off a new program this year, After School Art Projects
(ASAP). This is a fun way for any students/staff/parents to stay after school and make creative
projects that would normally not be made in class. To cut down on supplies and make things
more personal, the participants need to come to the activity with simple supplies. For the first
meeting, students and parents brought in various rolls of duct tape and learned about basic duct
tape construction. Everyone involved had a great time and many went home and created more
things out of duct tape!

The next ASAP will involve crazy creations out of paper towel tubes on November 7 from 3-5
p.m. BYO paper towel or toilet paper tubes, scissors, glue/glue stick. Students must have a
permission slip to attend, which are available in the hall outside the art rooms. – Mrs. Fodor-
Wilson (

During the year, teachers like to have volunteer speakers visit their classes who can provide
enrichment in various curriculum areas. You are invited to become a part of these enrichment
activities by occasionally sharing your skills, talents, travel experiences, career, foreign language,
or hobby with our students. Speakers’ names, their topics, and contact information is maintained
in a database available to all teachers. Teachers follow School Division guidelines, including
getting prior approval from their principals, before inviting volunteers to speak on curriculum-
related topics.

If you are interested in joining our Resource Speakers Program, please complete the registration
form available on the “Volunteer Resource Speakers Program” page of the PWCS Web site
(found under Communications & Technology, Communications, Community Relations). Return
the form to the Community Relations Office, Prince William County Public Schools, P. O. Box
389, Manassas, VA 20108 or email to The information you
provide will be added to the list used by teachers to schedule speakers.

If you are currently a volunteer speaker at one of our schools and are willing to be contacted by
other schools, please indicate this on the registration form. If you would like additional
information about the Resource Speakers Program, please contact the Community Relations
Office at 703.791.8720 or

                              GVMS PTO NEEDS YOU!
The PTO is currently launching a membership drive to increase our School Year 2012/13
membership. If you are not currently a member, look for a letter and application in the mail soon
that will explain the benefits of membership

                                            ●    ●    ●
                                       Upcoming Meetings
                                    Wednesday, Nov 7, 9:00 am
                                          Lecture Hall
                                 Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 pm
                                              ● ● ●
PTO Gives Back
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our FIRST Micro-Grants, focused on enhancing the
learning experience of students. Teachers that are PTO members can apply for a maximum of
$200 to support initiatives for the classroom, clubs, or other school sponsored activities. The
September recipients were the Sprench Club (combined Spanish and French Club) for the
International Cuisine Exposure experience and Mrs. Klassen, for the purchase of a classroom
eReader to encourage reluctant readers to explore the world of eBooks. Look for more
information on these and other investments on the PTO Fusion Page.

Current Fundraisers
Discount Cards for Local Businesses only $10 – There are 20 businesses on the card plus one
removable key fob for Buffalo Wild Wings.

                #10 Good for one FULL year (through Oct 15, 2013)
                #9 Unlimited use. Go back to your favorites again and again.
                #8 Pays for itself, usually the first time you use it!
                #7 Supports local businesses.
                #6 Discounts at the places you already shop.
                #5 Unique – Compliments other schools’ cards (carry both)!
                #4 Easy to Use – No coupons to clip, just carry it in your wallet.
                #3 It’s Inexpensive (only $10).
                #2 Makes a GREAT gift (stocking stuffer, client appreciation, teacher)
                #1 100% of profits go directly back into our school.
Box Tops for Education – You’re familiar with this from elementary school. Yes, keep sending
them in! Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. It really adds up quickly!!
Spirit Nights – You must bring the fliers, available on School Fusion, Facebook, and outside the
school office.
        November 7 – Buffalo Wild Wings – 10% of all purchases will be donated back to
        November 19-21 – Five Below – 10% of all Sales will be donated back to GVMS
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                                    LIBRARY NEWS

Book Fair
The October Book Fair was a success and we were able to add over $2,000 in books to our
collection. Many students pre-ordered the newest book in the Wimpy Kid series, The Third
Wheel, which will be published in mid-November. When we receive them here at GVMS, they
will be delivered to students’ classrooms.
We would like to thank our PTO volunteers who worked tirelessly in helping set up and take
down the fair, and who monitored students during Book Fair. Their efforts are greatly

Book Club
A great group of students is involved in Book Club this year. If your child is interested, please
have him/her stop by the library to pick up a permission form; it can also be found on the
Library’s home page. We meet twice a month on Mondays after school. Upcoming meetings are
scheduled for Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. We’re currently reading Sapphique by Catherine Fisher.
Copies are available in the library for Book Club members; ask the library staff for one.
-Mrs. Ware (

The Gainesville Hawks Cheerleaders will be competing in their first of four competitions on
December 15 at Hylton High School. The competition begins at 9:30 a.m. in the main gym. Come
out and show your school spirit and support for our GVMS Cheerleaders! The cheerleaders are
also cheering at all of the home football games, and will also be cheering at the Gainesville vs.
Marsteller game at Patriot High School. Come out and watch the girls cheer under the high school
lights and also get a sneak peak at some of their competition routine! GO HAWKS!


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