Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Principal's Notes

Heating Concerns
Earlier this week we had a boiler issue that caused heating issues.  That problem was rectified on the same day and the school has been quite comfortable since.  We are required by law to provide an environmentally appropriate teaching environment, and the heat has remained on the entire winter minus one morning earlier this week when the boiler was down.  

PARCC Testing
I am pleased to announce that the PARCC testing went very well.  The state mandated time allotted to complete the exam was more than we needed; therefore, we will complete the testing during scheduled class time on Friday, March 28th.  There will be no testing tomorrow.

Summer Opportunity For Female Students

BU is pleased to announce that Summer Pathways will take place July 11-18, 2014.  Summer Pathways, now in its eighth year, is an exciting seven-day, residential program for high school girls entering their junior or senior year in September 2014 The program targets girls from Boston area high schools who show promise and/or interest in science, math, or engineering.  The program will include an overnight on the historic Roseway, a 137 schooner built in 1925.  Tuition is $675 and includes room, board, all travel and activities. Scholarships of up to $575 are available to students with demonstrated financial need.

Participants will live in a BU dormitory, and during this week, will have the opportunity to engage in many hands-on science activities and gain first hand knowledge of a wide range of careers in STEM disciplines. Participants also visit laboratories, listen to career panels, visit local companies, and learn about the college admissions process.  On the Roseway, they will learn about marine life, the physics of sailing, and be active participants alongside the crew.

Information about the program can be found at: Students who would like to participate in the program should complete and submit an online application via the website. In addition, each applicant is required to obtain two recommendations from past or present teachers.  Teacher recommendations also should be submitted via the website.  All applications and letters of reference must be received by May 1, 2014.  If you have any questions, please send email to

If you have any questions, please send email to

p.s. you can download the program brochure at
English News
Groton-Dunstable Regional High School has received a $4,800 STARS Residency Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

From March through May, two nationally recognized performers, Johnny Lee Davenport and Regie Gibson, will be our Cultural Partners, visiting seven English classes to coach students in poetry interpretation, recitation, and presentation styles as our students participate for the third year in Poetry Out Loud.

With his Shakespearean background, Mr. Davenport will inspire students to discover the need to say what they have to say by embodying the text of the poem. He will also work with students on the technical aspects poetry interpretation and articulation. Mr. Gibson, a national poetry slam champion, will inspire students to develop their stage presence and connect with the audience. Simply, Mr. Davenport will help students work within the parameters of the poem and Mr. Gibson will help students expand their conception of what is possible in a recitation performance. Both will serve as role models not only to students but also to teachers who want to become more skilled in teaching the art of poetry recitation.

The 21st century student skills employed through this generous grant are the following: Creativity/Innovation, Critical thinking/Problem solving, and Communication/Presentation.

Common Core goals met by the students participating in this grant include the following: 1) To understand their poem deeply (Common Core: RL Craft and Structure-analyzing their poem in a variety of ways, including becoming empathetic with the speaker); 2) To demonstrate their comprehension of the speaker's point of view by reciting in a way clarifies the rhetorical choices of the poet (Common Core: SL 3 Comprehension-evaluating a speakers POV and use of rhetoric); and 3) To expand their "comfort zone" in the types of presentations they give in class (Common Core: SL 6 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas-adapt a speech to a variety of contexts).

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