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2013-2014 Awards & Honors
Gunston Staff Accomplishments
Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia presented the Area Award for Arlington to Gunston Middle School and Ms. Elena Rodriguez, in honor of the Outstanding RIF Distributions that have been organized at Gunston since the program began in 2001. Thanks to Ms. Danielle Schwartz, who attended the RIF Ordering Meeting on April 8, 2014 and accepted the award on behalf of Gunston.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Advisory Council
Ms. Wendy Fox was a delegate to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Advisory Council Meeting on March 15th, 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to to develop a framework for the future of the association's members practicing in the fields of Speech, Language Pathology and Audiology and to lobby Congress on behalf of the professions. Ms. Fox worked with legislative aides on issues related to the Special Education and General Education settings.
Blue Ridge Earth Science Collaborative
Sixth Grade Teacher Ms. Luzdary Chamorro has been accepted into the Blue Ridge Earth Science Collaborative Astronomy course for teachers. She will be attending the course at the University of Virginia in Charlottsville in June 2014.
Ms. Gene Pohl, Gunston's orchestra director, has been writing reviews of new music published for school string orchestra programs, as well as lesson books on string instruments. The American String Teacher Journal, a national publication of the American String Teacher Association, published two of her reviews in February as well as a short biography of her.
The American String Teacher Journal
The Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations (ESRI) Conference
Gunston Assistant Principal Dr. Monica Roaché was selected to be on a panel of six alumni to discuss the realities of life after graduate school at George Washington University in The Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The panel, Transitions: Life After Grad School, takes place on Friday, Mar. 21, 2014. It is part of The Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations (ESRI) Conference.
Virginia ESL Supervisors' Association (VESA) Conference
Ms. Lisa Welde
Ms. Saundra Simonson
Mr. Josh Merck
Mr. Richard Roberts
Library Administrative Assistant
Mr. Robert Dillard
Night Custodial Supervisor
Ms. Chamorro co-presented again on the i-Tree project with Mary Van Dyke on December 11, 2013 at the Assess Your Watershed Tree Canopy Workshop For Educators sponsored through Earth Force.
Ms. Luzdary Chamorro was accepted into the ACS Science Coaches program for the 2013-14 school year. She will be partnering with a chemist for the rest of the year and Gunston will receive a $500 grant to support the partnership.
Three Gunston teachers presented at the Latino-Youth Leadership Conference on Nov. 22.on the following career topics at the conference: Ms. Ruth Valverde - Education, Mr. Felix Herrera - Military Careers and Ms. Vanessa Zuniga - Counseling, Social Work, & Psychology. Ms. Juanita Gibbons chaperoned the 17 GMS HILT students who attended and Ms. Marlene Cordero served on the planning committee for the conference. Check out the article about the conference in the Washington Post, Latino Students in Arlington Explore Careers.
Congratulations to Ms. Nadia Robles, 8th Grade Science Teacher who is now a National Board Certified teacher.
Eighth Grade English Teacher Mr. John Stewart attended the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in Boston in November and presented on his paperless writing workshop, Morning Madness.
Drama Teacher Ms. Caitlin Chapuis also attended and co-presented with Mr. Stewart on using drama strategies in the Language Arts classroom, Beyond Tableau: Easy to Use Drama Strategies for the ELA Classroom.