Thursday, December 5, 2013

Principal Notes (Important: Cell Phone Use In School)

Cell Phones/ Electronic Communication
We encourage parents to speak with their son/daughter about the proper use of cell phones and other electronic forms of communication.  Too often teachers are wasting valuable class time attempting to control cell phone use in class.  Cell phones are confiscated on a daily basis.  Instead of banning them altogether, we would prefer to treat students like the young adults that they are, and set reasonable limitations as to where and when cell phones can be used properly. When confronted in class students often comment, "my mother/father was texting me, and I was simply responding."  Although we recognize this as a convenient excuse, we are equally surprised at the amount of communication between school and home via cell phone during school hours.  Please be cognizant that students do not wait until lunch time, or other acceptable times during the day, to respond.  They are often responding during class, which can lead to class disruptions and disciplinary action.  Please call the main office if you must relay important information to your son/daughter during school hours. We appreciate your help with this matter.

It is important to note, that some students view the recording of students and staff without their permissions  as a seemingly innocuous act.  Recording and taking pictures of students and staff without prior consent is a serious offense that will lead to disciplinary action.  In addition, posting the content on the Internet could lead to police involvement.   Lastly, students often communicate using the application Snapchat.  This application allows students to send pictures and/or videos to each other, and the sender can limit how long the content is viewable by the receiver.  The notion that the image or video can be "deleted" provides a false sense of security. Some students tend to be more brazen with content produced and sent with the false notion that the image will vanish.  Again, I would encourage all parents to talk with their children about the proper use of technology.

AFL-CIO Scholarship
The AFL-CIO, offers a scholarship program providing hundreds of scholarships totaling over $900,000 to union members, and any non-union Massachusetts high school seniors (which is all of you).
This scholarship requires a Labor & History exam which will be given in February.  If you would like to sign up for this exam you must fill out an application and submit it to guidance by December 16, 2013. Please see your guidance counselor or Mrs. Cain if you have questions about this exam and scholarship.

Thanksgiving Day Win
Groton-Dunstable quarterback Quintin Forbes started all four Thanksgiving games against Tyngsboro in his career, but he saved the best performance for last.G-D 35,Tyngsboro 21
Groton-Dunstable Art & Craft Fair 12/14
Winter Concert
The HS Winter Concert is Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm in the PAC. 

Trivia Night
The Drama Guild is hosting a Jeopardy-style Trivia Night and we would like to invite student members of clubs and activities to form a team. The Trivia Night will be on December, 13 at 7 pm in the Black Box Theatre. 

Club/Team Advisors, if you are interested in joining, every team can consist of up to five people, and each team must pay $15 to participate (your group can have as many teams as you would like). The entry fees will be split between the winning team’s club and the Drama Guild. Teams must have their entry fee in to Ms. Martell by Wednesday, December 11th. There is a limited number of spots, so sign up quickly!

Audience members will also be entered to win a prize for correctly answering all questions, so please join us on the 13th for your chance to win!

Thank you for your consideration!
Emily Olson
GD Drama Guild Treasurer 

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

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!

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

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