National Latin Exam
Congratulations to Gunston 7th Grader Daniel B.(Latin I), and 8th Graders Tom B. and Ryan F.B. (Latin II), for their success on the 2014 National Latin Exam! Daniel & Tom each achieved a score of maxima cum laude and a silver medal. Ryan achieved a score of cum laude.
In March all Gunston Latin students joined 150,000 other students in taking the National Latin Exam. This exam is given in all 50 states and 12 foreign countries, and middle school students compete with other middle school students and high school students for these awards. Each year, four levels of distinction are given for high achievement on the exam. These levels are cum laude, magna cum laude, maxima cum laude plus a silver medal, and summa cum laude plus a gold medal.
NoVA Outside 2014 School Environmental Action Showcase
Ms. Luz Chamorro is taking her Earth Force team to the NoVA Outside 2014 School Environmental Action Showcase. This is the first time in several years that Gunston will participate in this regional event. Students in Earth Force include Xitlalli D., Rebecca G. L., Anna H., John L., Amelia M., Eva N., Justo O., Elisa P., Margaux R. and Bianca R. Eight of the students will present their project on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair
On March 2, 2014, twenty-five Gunston students took part in the Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair held at Wakefield High School.
Congratulations to the following students:
Congratulations to 7th graders Joanna M. who won First Place in Grades 6-8 for the Literary Contest and Akash C. who received Third Place. Students were asked to describe in writing or through visual art how Dr. King’s words relate to their lives. They were asked to use the following quote: “I’ve decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”The winning entries were chosen out of 1,500 submissions in this year’s contest, representing an increase of 50 percent over last year.
For the 2nd year, Gunston is the only school in Arlington that partners with OPower and CodeEd to teach computer science to girls in this after school program OPower staff from the Arlington, VA office use the CodeEd program to teach students to make websites about topics of their own choosing that are published on the CodeEd website. This program is sponsored by Ms. Winkey, Gunston's Business teacher.
The Gunston Knowledge Masters Team did an excellent job in the fall competition on Dec. 11, 2013. They answered 153 questions right on their first try and 26 on the second try for a total of 179 out of 200. The team is sponsored by Ms. Elizabeth Burgos. The Fall Knowledge Masters Team were 6th Graders Milo C. and Lukas W., 7th Graders Daniel B.,
John B. , Parker D., Isaac D., Emilio L. R., Mayu O., and Eli P., and 8th Grader Skylar M.
Gunston Middle School 8th graders from Mr. John Stewart's English classes were featured in a new public television documentary called The Boy Who Heard Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The students can be seen at the end of the film, each reciting a portion of of the speech. They are Ariel A., Bruno C., Trinity E., Kirk G., Grace H., Avery J., Loan L., Taylor M., Isabel M., Jack S. and Kate W.
GMS students James B., Cecilia P. and Megumi T. had their writing published in the Northern Virginia Writing Project's eleventh annual anthology, Falling for the Story. They were nominated last year by 7th Grade English Teacher Ms. Sharon Steen. The book will soon be available in the Gunston Library for checkout.