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GHS Update -February 26, 2017

 I hope that your vacation week was restful and enjoyable for you and your family.  There are many meetings this week as well as a celebration of GHS being an Inclusive Community. We will recognize our diversity all this week and end with a school-wide assembly in the gym on Friday where we will watch players from our Special Olympic teams play in a basketball game.

 Please carefully review the times and days of events/meetings.

 Course Selection Process for 2017-2018 School Year

** Please check with your child to see if they have registered for classes. We will follow up with them next week.

  • Beginning on February 13th through March 17th, Students in grades 9-11 will use Pick-A-Time to schedule an appointment with Guidance Counselors to review and finalize course requests.

  • March 15th & 16th, 8th Grade registration at the high school. Guidance Counselors will also follow up with students in grades 9-11 that did not use Pick-A-Time during that week.

  • March 20th-March 31st- Parents with students in grades 8-11 should review the student course selections on PowerSchool in “View Only” mode. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the recommended course level, parents must follow this process: Contacting the teacher, then, if needed, the Department Head.

 AP Mass Insight Updates

AP Math & Computer Science Students will attend a Saturday session at Millbury High School on Saturday, March 4th. These students will take the AP Mock Exam before April 8th.


AP Science Students will take the AP Mock Exam before April 18th  and they will attend a Saturday session at Millbury High School on April 29th.


AP English Students will attend a Saturday session at Sutton High School on Saturday, March 25th.

 Class or Programming Meetings this week:

Monday- Class of 2017 Meeting

Grade 12 students will meet during Extended Block with parents regarding the Bon Voyage Party and an upcoming fundraiser.


Tuesday- Guidance Meeting during Extended Block

Grade 11 students interested in Community Service, School Service, Independent Study and/or VHS for next year.  Also, any current Grade 9 or 10 students interested in VHS next year are welcome to attend.

Wednesday- Grades 9-12 Advisory Lesson

School-Wide Advisory (Please see details below under Technology Integration)

Grade 9 students will also attend an assembly in the auditorium at 12:30p.m. related to Technology

Thursday- Guidance Meeting to Discuss Local Scholarship Applications

Grade 12 students interested in applying for local scholarships must attend a meeting during Extended Block to hear about the types of scholarships and the process to apply for them.

Friday- School-Wide Assembly (Grades 9-12) in Gym to celebrate Inclusion Week

Inclusion Week - February 27th-March 3rd

Please read the information below from Rosellen Quist and Rachel Voellings regarding the video that they created as part of Inclusion Week. This video should be shown by teachers during first block class(period 1) on Thursday, March 2nd. Thank you for your help in helping to promote this week.

Monday- Name Tag Distribution

Tuesday- Signing of Banner

Wednesday- White Ribbon Day

Thursday- Video during 1st block classes

Friday- Extended Block-SW Assembly-Gym -Special Olympics/Unified Sports Presentation & Basketball Game


Technology Integration News- Wednesday, March 1st, the following activities will take place.

Extended Block-School Wide Advisory: Lesson connected to National Day of Unplugging, which will take place on Friday, March 3rd.

12:30p.m.-Grade 9 Student screening of Screenagers Movie

6:30p.m.-Parent screening 6:30pm, Breakout sessions to follow

Athletic Achievements

Congratulations to the student-athletes on our Boys’ & Girls’ Track Teams and Boys’ & Girls’ Swimming Teams for their outstanding achievements in both District and State Competitions.

We wish the best of luck to:

Girls’ Basketball Team as they play at home against Nipmuc Regional High School on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00p.m. in the 1st round of District competition.

Boys’ Basketball Team as they play  at Tyngsboro High School on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00p.m. in the Quarter Final game of district competition.  

Ice Hockey Team as they play at Lake Ave Rink against Hopedale on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00p.m. in The Quarter Final game of district competition


Guest Speaker-Wednesday, March 8th

We have an opportunity to have Sarah Pazau come to our school to speak to students about making good decisions as well as how we treat others. We will set up two assemblies (grades 9 & 10 and then grades 11 & 12) in the auditorium. A draft schedule is below

Period 5- 7:25.m.-8:30a.m.

Period 1- Grade 9 & 10 Assembly- 8:45a.m.-9:45a.m.

               Grade 11 & 12 Assembly- 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

Period 2- Lunch Period:

1st lunch-11:04a.m.-11:28a.m.

2nd lunch-11:33a.m.-11:57a.m.

3rd lunch-12:02p.m.-12:26p.m.

Period 3- 12:30p.m.-1:10p.m.

Period 4- 1:14p.m.-1:55p.m.

Math Team Fundraiser

The Math Team is having a fundraiser at Pepperoni Express on Wednesday March 1st.  A portion of the entire day's receipts will be donated to the Math Team.  These funds will be used to defray the costs of competing in the WOCOMAL League.

You can support the Team by ordering out or dining in.  No coupons are needed.  Feel free to mention the Math Team when you order.  Consider ordering out lunch or treating your family to a take-out order for dinner.  It's a  "win-win" situation!    Thanks, in advance, for your support.


Bon Voyage Party-Class of 2017- June 2, 2017 (FYI): ATTENTION SENIORS! WE NEED YOU!!

The parent organizers of the Bon Voyage Party will meet with the senior class during Extended Block on Monday, February 27th to discuss the Bon Voyage Fundraiser

Krispy Kremes are $10 a dozen. We need you to take orders and collect payment by March 9. Fresh doughnuts will be ready for pickup on Fri, March 24.

Sale starts : 2/27/17 the Monday after vacation and ends on 3/9/17 (all money collected). Support the Class of 2017 and enjoy some Krispy Kremes!

College Planning Meeting

Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on college admissions, which will be held on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 in the GHS Auditorium. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of college admissions, including building the college list, the college application process, and trends in college admissions. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — — to download a copy of the seminar presentation and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

Spring Sports Sign Up

All students interested in a spring sport must sign up by clicking on the link. Spring 2017 Sports Sign Up

 Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, March 1st- Math Department Can Drive Begins

  • Tuesday, March 7th- Class of 2018 Meeting-Extended Block -Fundraiser