Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good Morning Gunston 4 Archive

Check out the awesome videos from the fourth and last Good Morning Gunston of 2010.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hornets For Haiti Part Two!

500 Pairs of Shoes
Bars of Soap
500 T-shirts

Check out this Network 21 commercial to learn more.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ms. MacKinnell's Fuel for School Part 1

It's not always what you eat...

Stay tuned for part two where Ms. MacKinnell offers great and healthy breakfast suggestions.

What do YOU like to eat for Breakfast?

Club Loud loves Bieber?????? WHAT?!?! HUH?!?!

Tell us your thoughts on current pop singing sensation, Justin Bieber.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eye On Gunston Episode 1

Check out out the first Eye On Gunston featuring Ms. Rogers.

Stay tuned for episode 2 coming in January.

Good Morning Gunston 3 Archive

Check out the third Good Morning Gunston! Watch awesome videos about career day, the breakfast rap, and much more.

Friday, November 19, 2010

GMG Three Slide Show!

Check out this fun Good Morning Gunston 3 slide show.
We will have the video on demand by Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gunston TV Goes Global!

Check out this incredible Gunston TV Google page views report from the last three months! Wow so many countries. How cool is that.

Hello Goodbye Complete!

On November 4th Gunston Middle School held an International Potluck. Our school celebrated all of the wonderful countries and cultures represented at Gunston. The night was filled with delicious foods, beautiful music, and fun entertainment. As a part of this celebration, Network 21 premiered Ms. Meyers' Hello Goodbye video. Enjoy and Share with others.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's a Math Story!

Watch this video by Ms. Formoso that includes a
special "mathy" twist on a popular Taylor Swift song!

Follow along with the lyrics shown below
(The chorus lyrics appear in the video.)

It was first grade when I first saw you,
I close my eyes, the flashback starts, I'm sitting there
In my little chair.
See the ones, see the twos and threes
See the fours, see the fives
So long ago.... little did I know

That you were math, you were my future
My daddy said stay away from counting on your fingers
Borrowing came next,
I was begging you please go slow....
And I said: (CHORUS)

I moved on; it was multiplication
Then on to the dread long division
Close my eyes; I can do this if I try.

You were math, you were my future
My daddy said stay away from counting on fingers
Algebra came next,
I was begging you please go slow...
And I said: (CHORUS)

Number line save me,
They try to tell me how to feel
The struggle's difficult, but it's real
Don't be afraid, I'll make it out of this mess
It's a math story
Everybody say YES.

I was calculating
Wondering, could the answer be found?
My faith in me was fading
When will I figure it out? (CHORUS)

And I said
Math, you're wonderful
I never have to be alone
I love you, and that's all I really know
You be the plus and I'll be the minus
It's a math story, everybody say.... YES

Special thanks to Mr. Rinker, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Costner, Ms. Formoso,
and the awesome student back up singers!

Monkey's Paw!

Check out this cool video produced by Ms. Lee's students.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Animation as a Pathway to College and a Career!

Check out this great Edutopia.org video on how learning animation can help you in so many ways!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


In honor of Teen Read Week, Club Loud offers three "beat era" works set to original music.

Video 1. Excerpt from Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Video #2 Excerpt from A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

Video #3 Excerpt from Chronology by Diane Di Prima

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010


Song #1 "Taco Dreams"
Oct. 4th 2010
Check it out and tell us what you think.
be nice.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Top Web 2.0 Tools for Fall 2010

New and exciting Web 2.0 tools are being developed and released every day. I would like to share a few of my recent favorites with you. Check them out and let me know what you think.

A simple tool to save web pages for reading later. I use this tool a lot when surfing the web. It allows me to click a button on my tool bar and quickly and conveniently save web pages.

The Printliminator is a bookmarklet with some simple tools you can use to make websites print better. One click to activate, and then... click to remove elements from the page, remove graphics, and apply better print styling. Saves Ink too!

Screentoaster is a free online screen recorder. Capture video of onscreen action and share instantly. Great for short tutorial videos.

Endless fun for kids and adults. Import a picture. Make it talk. Share your creation.

Create educational quizzes based on linked Youtube videos.

Video without the distractions. Watch Youtube videos without ads, comments, or tagged videos
cluttering up the screen.

Cool Tools for Schools is a great resource for many awesome Web 2.0 tools.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Breakout Careers!

Yahoo is featuring an article titled 6 New Careers That Are Coming Of Age. Three of these careers stem from skills you can learn here at
Network 21!

Click Here!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hello and Goodbye with Ms. Meyers' Class!

Check out this awesome performance by Ms. Meyers' class. This song will be a part of a larger video about her student's real life "hellos and goodbyes". Look for the full video in two weeks!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Educate to Innovate

Anesh Chopra talks about the Importance of Technology in U.S. Schools.
Linked from the Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning Website.

NBC News has focused attention on improving the U.S. educational system with programming and events tied to its week-long Education Nation initiative. Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra talked with Spotlight earlier this year about one way schools can better engage kids—through digital media.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Good Morning Gunston 1 Archive

Check out the first Good Morning Gunston of the 2010-2011 school year. This is the first of many awesome shows.

Click Here

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is This a Good Idea?

Teachers using Facebook to connect with parents....hmmmm.
What do you think?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Who is this "David Davidson"?

Who is this man? What does he want? Why is he still in 8th grade?

Tune in and find out!

Video Book Report Contest

Check out this video about an awesome video book report contest! See Mr. Costner if you are interested. There are great prizes. This contest is sponsored by author Alan Sitomer.
Go here for more info.

Sitomer Promo for Digital Book Report from alan sitomer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Festival at Gunston

Come to the Gunston Fall Festival this Friday September 24th from 6-9 pm!

Youtube Video Application for College?

Wow. Some colleges around the country are encouraging students to submit a self made youtube video to supplement their application. “Say something about you,” reads the Tufts application. “Anything goes,” prompts William & Mary. Check out this Newsweek article about the new trend.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Do you know what a Ferule is?

From the New York Times....
A graphic history of classroom technology, from the writing slate to the electronic tablet.
Very Cool....Check it out!
Click Here!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Time Machine!

Travel through time with Youtube! Pick a year and check it out!
Go Here!

Welcome Back!

Gunston TV is very excited to begin another creative year at Gunston Middle School. Check out this fun video with footage from the first day of school.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Summer Photo Finalists

Every year we have a summer camp photo contest. Here are the finalists. Which one do you like the best? Tell us why in the comments section.

Summer Class Stuff!

I will be posting lots of great stuff from our summer video class over the next week. If you feel I left anything out drop me a line.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordle Cloud of Gunston TV

Above is a cool Wordle Cloud pulled from this blog. It has been quite a year. Thanks to all my awesome Network 21 students.
Go to wordle.net to make your own word cloud.

Friday, June 18, 2010



Wow. Everyone looked great. Here are a few pics of the Network 21 kids at the 8th Grade Formal 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

7th Grade Fun!

The 7th Graders in Mr. Costner's 2nd Semester, Video Class, have made some awesome, short videos. Tell us what you think of them (and if you think we left out any videos, tell us in the comments)!

The Art Show

Whiteboard Wedding Cake

How to Make Monkey Bread

Zero to Hero

Crazy for Cookies


Stop-Action Pacman

Friday, June 4, 2010

Spider Man Pez VS. Iron Man Pez

Who would win, Spider Man Pez or Iron Man Pez? Peter Parker vs. Tony Stark, Webs vs. Mad Genius, Spidey Power vs. Money, Tobey Maguire vs. Robert Downey Jr. Tell us who would win and why in the comments below...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What do you think? Tell us your opinion!

Gunston Tv is...

In the comments section below, tell us what think YOU think of Gunston Tv.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Still Haven't Seen The Mop?

Here is a link to our international award winning film "The Curse of the Golden Mop" Congratulations! Gunston Rocks! Click HERE.
(You Tube version)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Let's Meet the 2010 Knowledge Masters Team!

The 2009-10 Knowledge Masters Team is lead by Ms. Burgos! They competed in a competition against other States and nations around the world! It was a grueling challenge of smarts and speed, and the Gunston team scored 1100. After the competition, they enjoyed a party to congratulate their accomplishment. If you are interested in joining Knowledge Masters, find Ms. Burgos!

5 Cool Questions: Part 5.

Teacher Number 5: Ms. Formoso.

1) Tell us, what is your favorite kind of music?
Well, I guess you could say I'm a Van Morrison FREAK. Find out how many other people have ever heard of him. Start with Mr. Costner and
you MIGHT get lucky.

2)What’s your favorite food?
Cuban food is REALLY good. Picadillo, Ropa Vieja, platanos, maduros, arroz con leche, frijoles negros, tostados, and too many more to mention.Of course cafe con leche.

My standard poodle's name was "Tinta", (black ink in Spanish, but I guess maybe you knew that). I had to send her to my sister to live because every night when we came home from work, my husband would say "Can we get rid of the dog, can we get rid of the dog, can we get rid of the dog....."I got SICK of it. So she got a sedative and was put on a plane to Florida where she lived out her days happily with another dog, Bershey and two cats, Fluffy and Flash. She died a couple of years ago at the ripe old age of 15.

4)Favorite movie or T.V. show at the moment?
Hmmmmmm. At the moment. Well, at any moment, my favorite movie is "The Commitments" (again, ask Mr. Costner). But at the moment, I guess it would have to be the TV series "Mad Men." There's always "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report."

5)Favorite place?
A quiet place by a river where I can sit on a rock and listen to
the water rushing by.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cool Science Video Contest!

K-12 Students: Tell us why Science is Cool!
Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival/Kavli Science Video Contest!
Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo in Washington D.C.!

Videos only have to be 90 seconds! Top prize is $1000.00 plus a $500 electronics gift card!
Here is the link for the official rules. See Mr. Costner today to make your video!


Friday, April 30, 2010

Top 12 Must See Teacher Movies!

This post is for our great staff here at Gunston.
TeachHub.com has an interesting article ranking the top 12 "Must See Teacher Movies" Here is the link.

It is an interesting list. Have you seen all/some of them? What do you think of the list? Feel free to comment below.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Golden Mop at Shortie!

The Curse of the Golden Mop has been chosen as a finalist in the 9th annual Shortie awards!
The festival is Sunday May 23rd at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. The finalist screenings and awards will be from 3-5 pm. If you would like to attend this event please RSVP with Mr. Costner before May 10th at 8pm. For more information about the event visit

Go here to see the trailer!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Network 21 in Action

Check out this cool compilation of images and video we have shot over the past 5 years. How many kids can you name? In the comments section let's try to list everyone's names. (no last names only last initial) Give it a shot!
Are you in this video?

Heidi Headbanger 2006

This was a fun series that Network 21 produced back in 2006. Do you think we should bring it back? Heidi rocks out and headbangs to different bands. Here she rocks with ac/dc. What band should she rock out with next?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Gunston Fiesta FUNdraiser April 16th!

Fun, food and fundraising for Gunston are what you can look forward to on April 16, 2010 at the Fiesta FUNdraiser! Parents, students, siblings and teachers are all invited to this outstanding event to be held at Gunston from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy yummy food for sale, $1 prize raffles, a silent auction, entertainment, and free games for the kids.

Check out this cool commercial our Network 21 students made!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

5 Cool Questions: Part 4.

Teacher number 4: Mr. Roberts.

1) What is your favorite kind of music?

-Band: U2, MercyMe, Live
-Singer: Bono, Bart Millard, Ed Kowalczyk
-Genre: Rock (anything from Classic to Modern rock)

2) What's your favorite food?

-Restaurant: Crisp'N'Juicy in North Arlington
-Food: Italian or good ole fashioned American food
-Food: Anything involving chicken or turkey

3) Pets?

-Cat named Squeaks (she doesn't meow, she squeaks.)

4) Favorite movie or T.V. show at the moment?

-TV: Lost
-Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

5) Favorite place?

The Puget Sound area near Seattle, WA

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Curse of the Golden Mop Trailer!

Come see our movie after school on Wed. April 7th
8th or 9th period in the TV Studio
Free Snacks!
Trailer by Alphonso M.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

5 Cool Questions: Part 3.

Teacher #3: Mr. Kolody.

1) What is your favorite kind of music?

Rock 'n Roll/Metal Green Day, Iron Maiden, Breaking Benjamin.

2) What's your favorite food?

Seafood, Sushi, Mike's American Grill, Japanese Steakhouse.

3) Pets?

Dog, Golden retriever.

4) Favorite movie or T.V. show at the moment?

I do not watch TV.

5) Favorite place?

Hawksbill Peak, Shenandoah Mountains.

Get the New Gunston Yearbook!!!

The Gunston Yearbook sponsored by Billay Maze
Get it now only 30 dollars.
Go here to order online
Buy it today!

Monday, March 8, 2010

4th Quarter Claymation Class!

Mr. Fitz and Mr. Costner will be offering an awesome after school claymation class 4th quarter!
Students will make clay figures, build sets, and learn computer animation techniques. The class will run Tuesday and Thursdays afterschool.
The class begins on April 6th.
Sign up with Mr . Fitz or Mr. Costner today.
This class is limited. Below is an example of some past claymation projects Gunston has produced.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Remembering Go-Go George

In 2007 Gunston Tv produced a documentary on Arlington's Green Valley. As part of this film, we highlighted the Brother 2 Brother motorcycle club and the great things they do for the community. We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to interview Go-Go George and his bother Herb.
In the comments section feel free to share any thoughts or memories. (comments take some time to appear in the blog)

HAPPY 2000!

2,000 HITS MARK!

Monday, February 22, 2010

African Dance Assembly: Teacher Dance-A-Thon!

Teachers danced in our African Dance Assembly held at Gunston. Check out the sweet moves we caught on tape!

5 Cool Questions: Part two.

Teacher number 2: Ms. Woodbury.

1)What is your favorite kind of music?

I'm a 70's classic rock girl -- my teenage formative years include Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, etc.

2)What's your favorite food?

My favorite food to eat out is Thai and my favorite food to cook in is pasta.

3) Pets?

I have 4 cats at my house and I love all animals. Cats are easy to take care of and they are easy to pick up for hugs and kisses! Their names are Gracie, Nellie, Buffy (a.k.a. BB) and Boy (the only boy kitty and he milks his cuteness for all its worth!)

4)Favorite movie or T.V. show at the moment?

Favorite TV show of the moment is Modern Family on regular T.V. and Men of a Certain Age on cable.

5) Favorite place?

My favorite place is at the beach or hiking.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

5 Cool Questions!

Gunston T.V. decided to ask 7 of our favorite teachers the same 5 questions!
Here's what we found out!
Every Friday we will showcase a new teacher. Stay tuned.

Teacher #1: Mr. Stewart.

1) What is your favorite kind of music?

I appreciate talent; that is, I prefer to listen to anyone who is excellent at doing what they do. Check out Jerry Douglas on the dobro, Liz Phair or J. Mascis on the guitar, Stewart Copeland on the drums,Pharrel Williams on the mixer, the voices of Casey Dienel, Lykke Li, Leon Redbone, Natasha Khan, or Ghostface.

2) What's your favorite food?

I enjoy going to Afghani restaurants during Ramadan; I enjoy making gyoza during Chinese New Year (or latkes at Channukah); and I will forever eat Mike and Ikes.

3) Pets?

I think keeping animals as pets is an inhumane act; early domestication may have been a necessity for food and labor, yet centuries of breeding for hair color, size, and sound of bark has created entire species of ridiculous,neurotic,and uncomfortable animals. Say "No" to pets (unless, of course, you are rescuing one of these unfortunate life forms).

4) Favorite movie or T.V. show at the moment?

The Winter Olympics
Jersey Shore makes me weep for our world.

5) Favorite place?

Room G12
Long Branch Nature Center
Antalya, Turkey
Biloxi, MS

Remember to tune in next week for Teacher #2: Ms. Woodbury.

Best of the Decade!

Network 21 students created this fun video about the first decade of the 21st Century!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Apple Tablet Buzz! Written by Patrick M, Edited by Sarah W.

The Apple Tablet, a long rumored device from Apple, has been getting a lot of hype lately and the internet is on fire with rumors and buzz. Sites say everything from the tablet looking like a big iPhone to the "iSlate" causing a revolution communication. Quotes from Apple executives and former employees make the rumors all the more believable. The speculation of what this Tablet can do for the world is astounding. Some say it will revive print media, others say students of the future should all have one, and still others say that it will contribute to a decrease in television and radio ratings. Anything is possible for Apple and Steve Jobs, and his team always finds a way to outsmart everyone. The following sites have some juicy news and exciting previews of what should be an amazing step forward in technology. Apple wants to steal the thunder from the Consumer Electronics Show as other companies race to find a rival for the Tablet.






http://daringfireball.net/2009/12/the_tablet" http://daringfireball.net/2009/12/the_tablet

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Check out these cool videos from network 21.

Thanks to Sarah W. and Lena M. for the lyrics.
Thanks to Evan W. for his production skills and Darrin
for the rap.

Put those germs in Detention!