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Robotics at Gunston


Dr. Wilson's Robotics course covers introductory robotic engineering, including design, construction, and programming. Students work in teams to build robots to solve specific challenges. They will learn problem-solving techniques in a group setting while drawing on topics in science, technology, engineering, and math to complete their projects.

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New Gunston Students Arrive by Boat

Embarkation 2017


On Tuesday, September 5, Gunston held its annual Embarkation ceremony. As a 107-year old school, Gunston has many traditions, but few are as meaningful as Embarkation—all new students and faculty arrive on their first day to campus by boat. Gunston's sixty-four new students and seven new faculty and staff members departed from the Centreville Wharf, traveled down the Corsica River, and arrived at the school's waterfront, where they were greeted by the school's Headmaster, Mr. John Lewis. After shaking the Headmaster's hand, each student signed the school's honor code—Responsibilities of the Community, then climbed the stairs of the embankment and proceeded to shake the hand of every member of the student body, faculty and administration. "This ceremony is meaningful and symbolic" commented Lewis, "as it celebrates our unique connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and also celebrates our strong sense of community." Many of Gunston's new parents were on hand to witness the event.

This year, Gunston—a co-educational college preparatory high school–is opening at a historically high enrollment of 195, and welcomes new students from Queen Anne's, Kent, Talbot, Cecil, Caroline, and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Delaware. Gunston also welcomes a number of students from overseas, with students arriving this year from Switzerland, Japan, and China. Lewis said, "We're excited to be welcoming such a large and talented class of new students, and with our largest enrollment, we are looking forward to a great year."

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Freshman Retreat Builds Confidence and Camaraderie

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On Tuesday, August 22, The Gunston School welcomed fifty-two ninth grade students and kicked off their school year with a special orientation program including icebreakers and group challenges, a pool party, picnic with upperclass leaders, and an overnight stay at Camp Pecometh. On Wednesday, joined by several new students in tenth and eleventh grades, they learned more about the school's program and specific efforts in environmental sustainability, global awareness, and digital citizenship. In reflecting on the challenge course and his overnight experience, one student commented: "I was a little nervous about staying the night, but I had a lot of fun! I've already made a group of friends at Gunston."

"While academic classes don't begin until Tuesday, September 6, TGS's 9th Grade Retreat experience is designed to help the class grow together as a group and to alleviate some of the social anxieties of entering a new school, as students learn what to expect from the intellectual challenges of Gunston's rich academic program. Headmaster John Lewis, Assistant Head Christie Grabis, and student leaders spoke with the freshmen Tuesday evening, asking them to consider both their hopes and their fears as they look forward to the growth they will experience in the coming years. In discussing their goals and aspirations for this school year, students were excited about meeting new friends, learning to organize their time in the high school environment, and getting involved in athletics and other student organizations on campus.

"Every year I look forward to these two days and the chance to welcome another talented and engaged incoming class that reflects our mission and our values so well," affirmed Mark Wiening, Dean of Students. "It is already clear that this group of students will both work hard and play hard, with each other and with their faculty mentors, throughout their Gunston experience together. I am excited to watch as the Class of 2021 defines its own legacy of creativity, camaraderie, and academic excellence in the coming years."



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TGS is excited to welcome Mr. David Miller, the new Director of Global Programs. David comes to Gunston from New York where he worked for the Global Journeys department at Avenues: The World School, a private Nursery-12 school in Manhattan. This fall David will receive a Master's of Arts in International Education with a focus on secondary education. In his free time, he loves to cook, travel, and play tennis. David is also an avid language learner with proficiency in Spanish, Chinese, and basic French.

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Gunston Students Earned Medals on the National Spanish Exam


Front row left to right: Ben Byerly '17, Isabelle Schmittinger '19, Becky DeFino '19, Emma Johnson '17, Elyssa Merton '19, Tyler Judd '18. Back row left to right: George Bowie '17, Griffin Hecht '19, Henry Parkhurst '18, Davy Song '19, and Spanish Teacher Ms. Avis Wheatley

Congratulations to world language students from the Gunston School who recently attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations, earning a total of 1 gold, 3 silver, and 6 bronze medals along with 16 honorable mentions.

"Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, "because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017."

Gold medalists at level 1: Haorui Song

Silver medalists at level 1: Griffin Hecht, Elyssa Merton

Silver medalists at level 5: George Bowie

Bronze medalists at level 1: Rebecca DeFino, Isabelle Schmittinger

Bronze medalists at level 2: Emma Johnson

Bronze medalists at level 3: Tyler Judd

Bronze medalists at level 4: Ben Byerly, Henry Parkhurst

Students receiving honorable mention at level 1: Rick Archambault, Philip Ashley, Tirza Enriquez, Zack Goss, Brennan Paddy, Garrett Rudolfs; at level 2: Chad Angelini, Simon Cawley, Emma Hottel, Hopewell Murphy, Ryleigh Paskoski, Neel Patel; at level 3: Alice Agee, Alex Papadopoulos, Maddy Romberger; at level 5: Abigail Miller.

The students were taught by Spanish teachers, Juan Angarita and Avis Wheatley. This is the fifth year Gunston has participated in the exams.

The National Spanish Examinations are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

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