Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Principal's Notes

On behalf of the entire high school staff we want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  

Tyngsboro/GD Breakfast
Team captains and school administrators enjoyed our annual breakfast before the Thanksgiving Day Game.  

Gianna Hitsos
Autism Speaks asked Gianna to blog about her college application experience. The link is below. The next installment is next week. So proud of Gianna always spreading. 


NHS Extra Help
The NHS help center continues for those students 
needing help with homework on Tuesday and Thursday, 
from 2-3pm in the Library. Stop by!

December Newsletter
The December Newsletter is now available for viewing on the high school website.

Important Dates

6 Star Search @ BBX 
10 Winter Concert @ PAC/ 7:00PM 
12 Progress Reports 
12 Curriculum – Half day 
14 Art & Craft Fair @ HS 11-5:00PM 
Art Show (Snow date Dec 15th)
21-31 Holiday Vacation 
31 New Year’s Eve 

1 New Year’s Day – 2014 
2 School resumes 
20 MLK Day – No School 
24 End of Term – Finals schedule TBA

Morning Announcements
Morning announcements are now available for viewing on the high school website. 

Math League News
The second NEML exam was given on Tuesday, 
November 12. Congratulations to the top scorers: 

Grade 12 - (5 points each): Kevin Kong, Chris Marsh, 
Dan Shapiro 
Grade 10 - (5 points): Felix Shen 

The cumulative top scorers after 2 exams are: 
Grade 12 – (11 points) Kevin Kong
Grade 10 – (8 points) Michael Ho

The third exam will be administered on Tuesday,
December 10. Please see Mr. Conlon for details.


VHS Information
December 17 - Fall semester ends
January 3rd - Term 2 and Final grades due

January 10th - Term 2 and Final Incomplete updates due

Celina & Sisi

Congratulations to Sisi Liu and Celina Antonellis for receiving the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence Award.  Pictured below is Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tony Bent, presenting Celina and Sisi with their well deserved awards. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Music District Awards/Pep Rally/Spirit Week

The Following students auditioned for and where accepted into Mass Music Districts:

Drew Cartier
Nick D'Angelo
Matt Lambright
Danika Manalo
*Greg Preston

*Greg also received the Highest Vocal Audition score for the entire state of Massachusetts earning  
107 out of 110.

Pep Rally Itinerary

November 27, 2013

9:15 – 9:20
Call down to gym
Mascot gets crowd fired up
9:20 – 9:35
Jazz Band performs

Drum Corp performs

Chamber performs

Phillipino Traditional Dance (Villagomez briefly speaks about Typhoon and how we are helping)
9:38 – 9:42
Freshman Dance
9:42 – 9:46
Sophomore Dance
9:46 – 9:50
Junior Dance
9:50 – 9:54
Senior Dance

9:56 – 10:00

Drama Guild Recognition/Performance in Black Box

Asadoorian Speaks
Football Team Enters Gym.

10:00-10:50            Dismiss to Faculty/Student Football game
                                Black Box /Drama Guild Performance

                      Spirit week 2013

Spirit Week Activities begin with the traditional Penny Wars. Penny jugs are placed in the front commons and the annual competition begins between the four classes.
            The rules:
            Pennies add to the pot.
            Silver money (nickels, dimes, quarters) deduct from the pot.
Change is counted and the class who finished the least in the negative or the most in the positive will win all of the money. The funds will be added to the class treasury. Money will be counted on Monday 11/27/13.

Each day’s theme:
            Thursday 11/21: Hawaiian Day
            Friday 11/22: Decade Day (Each Grade dresses as a different decade)
            Monday 11/25: America Day
            Tuesday 11/26: Character Day (Dress as any character, celebrity, superhero, cartoon, comic, etc.)
            Wednesday 11/27: Class Colors/Powder Puff Attire
Class Colors
                        Freshman: Grey
                        Sophomores: Maroon
                        Juniors: White
                        Seniors: Black

Football Games under the lights will be on Wednesday 11/27/13 from 6:00pm-7:30pm-
6-6:30 pm: Freshman vs. Seniors
6:30-7:00 pm: Juniors vs. Sophomores
7:00-7:30pm: Championship

On Tuesday night all classes are invited to decorate the gym. This will go from 6-8 pm.

There will also be a Typhoon Relief fundraiser for the Philippines. We will be selling     t-shirts for $10 throughout the week and at the game. Proceeds will go to Kawayan Elementary School in the damaged area.

There will be a Pep rally held in the gym where the girls from each class will perform their Powder Puff dance. This will be followed by the traditional Faculty/Student Football Game.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Upcoming Drama Guild Performance

"Join the Groton-Dunstable Drama Guild for their upcoming performances of You Can’t Take It With You. This comedy follows the lives of the members of a crazy family, including the only member of that family that wants to be normal. The performances will be at the Groton-Dunstable High School Black Box on Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $10 for everyone on the Saturday matinee. Tickets will be sold at the door. We hope to see you there!"

Saturday, November 16, 2013

December 14th: Art and Craft Fair Hosted By GDRHS Art Club

The GDHS Art Club is hosting the 2nd annual Art and Craft Fair this 2013  holiday season, this year held at the High School front and back commons.  We have invited professional artists and artisans from the community, working in all media to participate in this event. This is a fundraiser event for the GDHS Art Club and Art Scholarships for GDHS students.  We seek to promote and build the arts community in the greater Groton-Dunstable region to benefit both arts professionals and for the cultural benefit of our schools and communities.  New this year will be a juried student exhibit and public choice awards!

Local Artists and GD Organizations include:  Robert Bicknell, Tamara Gonda, Sue Hampton, Leonard Haug, Lisa Heffley, Diane Johnson, Douglas Kolb, Michelle Kolb, Cheryl Z. Miller, Karen B. Mitchell, Kelly Ryder, Three Sisters Art, Oaxaca -Arte Mexicano, GD Arts Boosters, GDRHS Women's History Month Committee,  GD Student Artists including: Serena Scharn, Heather Mischel,  Rob Neff, and Emily Gaines….and more artists to be announced!

Come and enjoy baked goods, hot chocolate, and other goodies! The GD Art Club will have raffles, art activities like wire art, face painting, henna art, and pottery wheel trials.

Stop by to vote for your favorite art in the student art exhibit!  Raffle winners and Student Art Awards at 4:30.   

Event Entrance is free and open to the public!
Date of Event: Saturday, December 14th (Snow date: 15th )   
Time: Open to the Public: 11am-5pm
Event Location: The Groton-Dunstable High School (front and back commons)
                       703 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA 01450

Contact:    elecei@gdrsd.org

Principal's Notes

Mock Trial Community Volunteers Needed
We are asking for volunteers from our community to help in the creation of the Groton-Dunstable RHS Mock Trial Team. We are looking for people with legal training or have interest and experience with the mock trial competition.  The time commitment involves at least one hour a week for three months.

We have a lot of raw talent in our school community needing your help. Currently, 16 students have signed up for this Massachusetts Bar Association-sponsored competition. We will be competing against some of the state's best teams, including Newton North HS, Marshfield, Pioneer Valley Charter, and Lowell Catholic. 

If you are interested, please contact  Mr. Villagomez, our new social studies teacher, who is helping establish our team.  He is willing and happy to work with you on this worthwhile endeavor. His email is javillagomez@gdrsd.org.

New Honors Thespians:
GD’s chapter of International Thespian Society would like to welcome, Danika Manalo, Caroline Phelps, Laura Donavan, Renee Hampton and Emily Olson as the newest members of their ranks. To enter the honors/service organization students demonstrated their dedication to theater. Each new member has worked on stage and/or behind the scenes to make theater happen at GD and in the community. 

New member Emily Olson is entering at the highest rank of International Honor Thespian. All are ready to support and act in the 2013-2014 GD production schedule. Currently they are busy with You Can’t Take it With You, which will run November 22 and 23 at the high school black box.

Metal Health Awareness Week
For more information please follow the link provided.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Boys Soccer/Grades/Google Camp

First Quarter Grades

First quarter grades are available for viewing on iParent and iStudent.  If you do not have an account please visit our website for instructions on how to register.  Report cards will not be mailed; however, if you wish to have a hard copy sent home with your child please call our Guidance Office.

Boys Soccer

Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team.  They had a tremendous season and suffered a heartbreaking loss in the third round of the playoffs.  Congratulations to Dan Mc Guinness, Matt Straw, Anthony Resca, and Ryan Hardy for being named League All Stars.  Jamie Bailey was Honorable Mention.  The team also won the Team Sportsmanship Award.  Well done boys!

Cloud Camp ~ For Schools Using Google Tools @ GDRHS 
Saturday, November 9th 8:00am - 4:00pm
This (BYOD) event with be chock full of fun and inspiration for educators, administrators and like minded professionals looking to leverage the cloud! Expect a full day(s) of sessions with Google Apps Certified Teachers and Trainers that will facilitate and lead collaboration and sharing.  This will be an 'interactive' day. Whether you are new to Google or a seasoned Googler looking to further your pursuit in the cloud, plan to 'get going' or 'level up!'


Monday, November 4, 2013

Girls Volleyball and Girls Soccer Tonight

Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball Team for their 3-1 first round victory over Worcester North.  They will play tonight at Medfield High.  The match begins at 6pm.

Good luck to the Girls Soccer Team.  After receiving a first round bye they play tonight at Wachusett.  Game time is 5pm.