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2012-2013 Awards & Honors
Gunston Staff Accomplishments
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) annually recognizes programs in the arts in Arlington's public Middle and High Schools. In 2013, Gunston Drama teacher Caitlin Chapuis and 8th Grade English teacher John Stewart are the winners of the $500 award for their production of Maritza on the Fritz.
Fifty students participated in the premier of the new work. Students were able to shape the play, suggest alternative lines and blocking, and develop their own costumes, thus participating in the creative process, themselves. The production played to packed houses for two nights. The three-act play tells the wacky story of an overnight field trip gone wrong. Maritza, an organized and efficient teacher, tries to keep a motley crew of students in line, until she breaks down herself and must be saved by those around her.
The Arlington Branch of AAUW is pleased to honor their work with the Elizabeth Campbell Award for Excellence in the Arts in the Arlington Public Schools. The will receive their awards at a luncheon at Army Navy Country Club on May 4. Congratulations to all the Gunston participants in this production and to their leaders, Caitlin Chapuis and John Stewart.
Virginia ESL Supervisors (VESA) Conference Presenters
Gunston Middle School's Exemplary Project Teacher, Harry Costner and Amy Markowitz, 6th grade HILT teacher, co-presented at the Virginia ESL Supervisors (VESA) Conference on February 1, 2013. The theme of their talk was “Enhancing Communication through Media”. This workshop highlighted the successful ways Gunston HILT students are learning the new SOL media literacy standards through dynamic media production projects. The presentation included examples of student persuasive videos and a hands-on workshop to familiarize attendees with the simplicity of using flip cameras to create student media. Examples of this HILT project can be found at http://bit.ly/14S9Ia3
Congratulations, GMS Staff Members of the Year!
Teacher of the Year
Support Employees of the Year
Congratulations to Gunston teachers Linda Allen (8th Grade Math) and Greg Cabana (7th Grade American Studies) who are now National Board Certified teachers. We are delighted that these outstanding teachers have the national recognition that they deserve!
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