Friday, April 17, 2015

Grades/Host Families/Mandarin Offering

Third quarter grades can be viewed in both iStudent and iParent.  With graduation just over a month away, I would encourage parents of seniors to have a discussion with their son/daughter to make sure they have earned all of the credits necessary to graduate; particularly those students who either failed or narrowly passed a 3rd quarter class.  

Host Families Needed
The 2015-2016 school year will mark year four of our international student program.  GDRHS has welcomed students from all over the world, and by all accounts the international student program has been a tremendous success.  The international students have enriched our school in many ways; adding diversity to our school and providing a global perspective to our classrooms are but two examples. 

We are actively seeking host families for the 2015-2016 school year.   Host families may choose to host a student for a semester or a full academic year.  Currently we are seeking three host families for the students highlighted below; however, we are in the midst of reviewing applicants so additional host families will be needed for next year.  Hosting an international student can prove a rewarding experience for both the student and the host family.  If you are interested in learning more please send me an email at, or I can be reached in the main office at (978) 448-6362.

By Nancy Liu

CCI Greenheart
By Ginger Smith

A German International student with a F-1 visa needs a host family so he may attend Groton-Dunstable Regional High School next year.  The family will be paid $1,000 stipend each month during the school year. He likes soccer, swimming and skiing. The student has his own spending money, insurance, follows family rules, helps with chores, participates in family and school activities and comes the middle of August and stays till school is out.  He needs to have his own bedroom with a place to study.  He can take the bus to school and will need transportation to his school activities as well as carpooling.

The student is allergic to cats but can be in a home with a dog with his medicine.  This has been confirmed by CCIgreenheart, the exchange student agency.  Call Ginger Smith 603-397-2494 or email  very soon.

Huayi Consulting Co. Inc
Host family is needed for an international boy from China who has been accepted to Groton-Dunstable Regional High School for the next school year.  He is 16 years old, loves drawing, traveling and is very skilled at “League of Legends”.  

The host family will receive a $1,000 per month stipend for the school year ($10,000).  Exchange students have their own spending money and insurance.  You will need to provide a bedroom with a table or desk and transportation for school activities.  Students follow family rules and participate in family activities and chores as any family member.  For questions please contact Hongbing Liu at or Mr. Mastrllo at

2015-2016 Mandarin Chinese Offering at GDRHS

I am pleased to report that Groton-Dunstable Regional High School has been selected to host a fully funded teacher of Mandarin Chinese as part of their 2015-2016 Teachers of Critical Languages Program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program is one of several State Department initiatives that supports U.S. youth, students, teachers, and professors in learning "critical world languages."  We notified our students of this exciting opportunity this morning and provided the following guidance.  

1) Mandarin Chinese will be offered in the fall and spring semesters

2) It will not count towards the two required foreign language credits

3) There are no prerequisites; therefore, students are not required to possess any Mandarin language skills to enroll in the course

4) Interested students are encouraged to fill out the Google Document that was shared with them. uK4anm3iX5kO2wfEbtZpl31Y74Tx3ZCVvc/edit?usp=sharing

5) The course is open to all students on a first-come first-served basis

Dr. Rodriguez highlighted the exciting news in her Weekly Roundup.  Excerpt below.

"You will soon see more information in a forthcoming press release but I want to thank Mr. Mastrullo and Dr. Novak for writing a well crafted competitive grant that will bring a Mandarin Exchange Teacher to the HS for the 2015-2016 school year.  This teacher is fully funded through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Mandarin 1 will be a new elective piloted this coming year. A hearty thank you goes to Mrs. Liebold  (our World Language Academic Advisor) for not only helping in the application process but offering to host this teacher and serve as his/her mentor. Also, thanks to Ms. Brisson for her support and contributions.  It was a great honor to personally help out during the semi-finalist round.  This was not an easy grant to win and I am proud of our staff and happy for this new opportunity for our students."

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