Friday, March 7, 2014

Principal's Notes: Progress Report Info. & Much More

National Merit Scholarship  
In October 2012 1.5 million students took part in the PSAT exam.  Finalists for a National Merit Scholarship have been narrowed down to 16,000.  GDRHS senior Steven Pei is one of those 15,000. Congratulations Steven.  For more information please follow the link.

Global Scholars Program
We are pleasantly surprised to receive such overwhelming support for this new initiative.  The service learning trip to Peru, and the language/cultural immersion trip to Spain filled up completely in less than 3 days. As we noted in the presentation, we intend to offer similar trips for the years to come.  In fact, a service learning trip and a language immersion trip are scheduled to depart in 2016. There is one trip still available for next year. Details on the Global Scholars Program can be found here:

 Below you will find details on the Costa Rica trip scheduled to depart in March 2015.  

Global Scholars News-There is Room For You!
Jane Goodall Speaking at EF's Costa Rica Leaders Summit

By Lead Chaperone, Carol Case
Our trips to Peru and Spain have been filled, but for any students who are still interested in traveling in 2015, the Costa Rica Leaders Summit in March is still open for applications. 

Are you passionate about in Environmental Sustainability? Your ideas are valuable, and we’d like you to join us! Don’t let our application process intimidate you! We’re looking for participation and input from all types of students.  If you are interested in this trip, we are interested in you! Tell us what you’ll to bring to the conference, and what you’d like to bring back to our community.

The keynote speaker has just been announced, and we’ll be honored to hear Jane Goodall speak to us about her experiences, and what we can contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.  Ms. Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. 

Applications are due in the Guidance Office by March 31st and can be obtained from Ms. Case (Rm 219), Mr. O’Connor (Rm 213) and the Guidance Office, or can be downloaded at:

EF is honoring our application deadline, and all participants will receive the $100 discount for enrollment.

Check out the details at and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to work with Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist and recipient of the UN Messenger of Peace Award. 

Sports Update
TGD Swim & Dive
Congratulations to the GD/Tyngsboro swim team on earning the 2013-14 Midland Wachusett League Championship.

Girls MIAA South Sectional Swimming & Diving Championship Runners-up
Competing from Groton-Dunstable  - Captain Renee Bonnett, Johanna Fischi, Jillian Onishi, Alexandra Sinnery and Lauren Duhamel. These girls also participated in the MIAA State Swimming & Diving Championship at MIT and placed 7th overall.

Leominster Athletics Co-op: 
PJ Kendall and Christian Curll participated and performed well this winter as members of the Leominster High School Varsity Wrestling team.  PJ was named Team Captain.

Girls Ice Hockey:
Caitlyn Berube participated and performed well for the Girls Ice Hockey team scoring 2 goal and totaling 4 points on the season.

MCAS Review
The HS English Department will be offering several prep sessions next week for sophomores who will be taking the MCAS on March 18, 19, and 21. Here are the dates and times:

Monday, March 10, from 2-4 p.m. in room L24
TuesdayMarch 11, from 2-4 p.m. in room 227
WednesdayMarch 12, from 2-4 p.m. in room L24
ThursdayMarch 13, from 2-4 p.m., in room 227
ThursdayMarch 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in room 227

Progress Reports
Progress reports will be available for viewing in both iStudent and iParent by 5pm tonight.

March Newsletter

New England Math League
The fourth NEML exam was given on Tuesday, 
February 11. Congratulations to the top scorers: 

Grade 12 - (4 points each): Bryce McLaughlin, 
Justin Pang, Steven Pei 
Grade 11 – (4 points each): Lucas Acaba, Nick 
Freiter, Eric Yanchenko 
Grade 10 – (3 points each): Jack Battles, Samantha 
Ferraro, Michael Ho, Nick Pellizzari 
Grade 9 – (4 points): Jack Marson 

The cumulative top scorers after 5 exams are: 

Grade 12 – Bryce McLaughlin (24 points) 
Grade 10 – Andrew Cahoon (17 points) 
Grade 9 – Andy Zhao (13 points) 

The sixth (and final) exam will be administered on 
Tuesday, March 11. If you wish to take this exam, 
you can take it after school that same day. 

AP Exams
AP Exams will be held the weeks of May 5th and May 16th. You can register for for AP exams on Naviance. The cost is $89 (per test) and monies must be in by March 28th in order to have an exam ordered. There is a $13 cancellation fee for any test that is ordered and then not taken. If you do not have a Naviance account, please see your guidance counselor or Mrs. Cain. 

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