Friday, November 21, 2014

HS Quiz Show/Hour of Code/ITS

High School Quiz Show

Last Sunday Ms. Brisson and I accompanied four students to take part in the qualifying round for the WGBH High School Quiz Show that is hosted by Billy Costa from 107.9.  One-hundred and twenty schools competed and sixteen will qualify for the televised competition. The students performed brilliantly scoring 940 points out of a total of 1275. We will be notified soon if we qualify for the televised portion of the competition. 

Fiona Henry
Eric Yenchenko
Dan Evans

Ben Navetta

From Left: Ben Navetta, Eric Yenchenko, Dan Evans, Fiona Henry

Hour of Code
GDRHS plans to participate in the Hour of Code in early December.  Last year our  students participated alongside some 10 million students world wide.  This year the Hour of Code 
has the audacious goal of reaching more than 100 millions students.  During the Hour of Code event high school students will present and assist with a variety of programming activities in classrooms across the district.   Thanks to the hard work and effort of the tech team, staff members, and our student ambassadors, we will reach every student in the district.  Each building will have a series of coding activities.  Information about these activities can be found at  

The Benefits of the Hour of Code

  • Creativity, Communication, Collaboration & Critical Thinking Skills
  • Build awareness of student opportunities
  • Peer to peer teaching and modeling
  • Foster computational thinking
  • Demystify the belief that coding is only for smart, white and Asian men
  • Get kids excited and engaged…. have fun!

The following short video "What is code?" provides an informative, albeit brief, introduction to coding.  

Additional Resources

CS Ed Weeks startling infographic.

International Thespian Society

GDRHS drama students demonstrated their commitment to theater at the high school as well as their lives when they joined the International Thespian Society.  To join this international drama society each student must play an active role in GD drama productions.  In addition,  they are required to demonstrate a commitment to community service.  Students in the honor society act, design sets and costumes, manage front of house, build sets, produce, and direct GD theater productions.   Many of the students also volunteer at the high school and community theater projects.  Collectively these students have volunteered literally hundreds of hours.  Congratulations and welcome to our new inductees.  

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