Monday, February 24, 2014

Global Scholars Program Informational Night/Open House Information

Global Scholars Program (2015 International Travel Informational Night)

Just prior to February vacation the freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes attended an assembly to learn about a new initiative, the Global Scholars Program. I have included a link to an article that will be featured in the upcoming issue of the school newspaper, the Barometer (see below).  The article details the genesis of the Global Scholars Program.  In addition, it provides detailed information about some exciting international travel opportunities beginning next spring.  

For anyone interested in the 2015 trips, we are holding an informational night on Thursday, February 27th in the high school Black Box Theater.  The presentation will begin at 6:00pm.  Each trip has limited capacity, so we strongly encourage students, and the parents of students, who are interested in learning more about these trips to attend on Thursday.  The ability to enroll in each trip will begin following this meeting.  

For additional information please follow the links below. The first link will bring you to the Global Scholars Program page on our website.  There you will find all necessary information including, but not limited to, our mission, information about EF Tours, and 2015 international travel opportunities (Pending School Committee Approval).  In addition, you will find a website specific to each of our customized trips.   Lastly, I have included a link to a brief survey attempting to gauge interest in the international trips. Said survey can also be found on the Global Scholars Program page.

Open House for current grades 9-12 (Tuesday, 25 February)

High school parent open house will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm.  There will be a brief presentation for high school parents in the Black Box Theater beginning at 6pm. At the conclusion of the presentation, high school parents will follow their son/daughter's Semester II/Quarter III schedule. Please arrive with your son/daughter's schedule in hand.  Student schedules can be accessed from iStudent or iParent.

Open House for 8th Grade Parents (Tuesday, 25 February)
By Marisa Brisson

It is that time of year when you begin to look ahead toward your high school experience. It is the goal of the high school staff to make this transition as seamless as possible. With the appropriate information and communication, the high school staff, in conjunction with your current 8th grade teachers, will guide you through the scheduling process. Your 9th grade year is the foundation of your high school experience and thoughtful planning is critical to your success.
We will begin the transitioning process on February 25, 2014 with an 8th Grade Parent Open House at the high school from 7:00-8:00pm. The presentation in the Black Box Theater will focus on:
  • Graduation requirements
  • 8th grade teacher recommendations
  • 2014-2015 scheduling timeline
  • Program of Studies
  • Logging in to the iStudent system
Due to limited space, 8th grade students should not attend, but it is critical that at least one parent attend the presentation. If you are unable to attend, all information distributed at the presentation will be posted to the High School website on February 14, 2014.
Additionally, on February 28, 2014 from 11:30 to 12:30, high school staff and current students will be at the middle school to present to the 8th grade class. During this presentation, students will be introduced to the GD high school culture, block scheduling, extra-curricular offerings and the course selection process. Students will receive their iStudent login information needed to begin the scheduling process. They will also be directed to the high school website to find the 2014-2015 Program of Studies, help guides and timeline for completing the scheduling process.
It is the hope of the high school staff that you and your student feel well informed and welcomed as you transition into the 9th grade. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

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