Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ryan's Story for Parents

Good Afternoon,


Just a reminder that there is a presentation for parents this evening at 6:30 in the Black Box Theater. John Halligan will share his heartfelt message with parents while educating us on what to look for when our teens are struggling.  Students in 9th and 10th grade attended a presentation this morning geared towards young people.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

College FINANCIAL AID Seminar

One month from today! 10/12 - 6pm in the Black Box (MEFA - https://www.mefa.org/) will be here to discuss questions with parents and students!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Class of 2018 Yearbook: Senior Submissions

Senior portraits are due on October 20

Follow this link is to a letter from The Key Yearbook Staff for parents and seniors. The letter contains detailed information about the deadlines and submission specifications for senior portraits and senior tribute ads, instructions for how to purchase yearbooks, and more!

Seniors who haven't scheduled a portrait session yet should do so immediately. Our official school photographer, Mark Lawrence Photographers, has affordable packages and will be happy to work with you get your session scheduled in time for the yearbook deadline.
Parents.
You are all invited on Thursday evening at 6:30pm to attend a presentation in the BBX theater. Ryan's Story is a presentation that will be shared with our 9th and 10th grade students during the day on Thursday. The parent presentation is not the same as what students will see and provides a much more practical presentation on lessons learned from a horrific experience. John Halligan has spoken to over a million students and their parents since he began his campaign to stop aggressive social behaviors amongst young people. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Parking Update

Any student who has turned in a complete Parking Application and paid the fee will be able to pick up their permit beginning on Monday, 8/21 at 11am.

Spots are still available for anyone who is just getting their license or has yet to apply.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017-2018 Parking information

For all students who wish to apply for a parking permit prior to the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.


Parking applications are currently available in the main office of the high school and will be available on the website soon.

Any student who completes the application and files all necessary information and payment prior to August 11th will be entered into the priority parking lottery. Students will be randomly assigned parking spaces with Seniors receiving priority over underclassmen.    Students who have their paper work and payment in by 8/11/17 will receive spots closest to the main entrance.  Students will not need to appear at the high school on a certain date as in years past.  Student can obtain their parking pass and parking spot number beginning on August 23, 2017.

Any student who does not have their paperwork and payment submitted by 8/11/17 will receive a parking spot on a first come, first serve basis.  Parking spots closest to the building will be assigned first.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Coaching Appointments

Thanks to all staff, students and parents who participated in the interview process.

Last Tuesday our Athletic Coach Selection Committee consisting of the Athletic Director, a faculty member, a parent and 4 current participants in our volleyball program interviewed 2 candidates for the position of Head Coach.  Upon deliberations it was agreed that Lori Herberich (formerly our JV coach) would be offered the position for the 2017 season.  She accepted the offer on Thursday and met with our incoming Freshmen class on Friday afternoon at the MS.  

Likewise, we seated the Athletic Director, a faculty member, a parent of a player and 3 current participants in our girls soccer program to interview 2 candidates for the position of Head Coach.  Upon deliberations, it was agreed that Sean Murphy (Physical Education teacher at GDRMS) would be offered the position for the upcoming 2017 season.  Mr. Murphy accepted the offer on Thursday and met with our incoming Freshmen class on Fridayafternoon at the MS.

We are excited to have such knowledgeable, fair and motivated coaches join our staff.  They are eager to lead our teams when participants return to Chicopee Row in August. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2018 Travel Opportunities

Spots are filling up for the 2018 travel opportunities.


If you have interest or would like information in any of these trips, please contact the trip leader asap.


Italy & Greece (April):  Jeannie Erickson
jerickson@gdrsd.org

Iceland (April):  Joe Bisbee
jbisbee@gdrsd.org

Peru and the Amazon (Summer):  Heather Salemme
hsalemme@gdrsd.org



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Friday/Monday schedule information

Dear Parents and Guardians,



I just wanted to make sure that all parties were aware of expectations and bussing for the last two days of school.  Although students may get dismissed without penalty after they complete their exams, Friday is scheduled as a full day of school.  Busses will run at normal times.

Monday is scheduled as a release day.  On Monday all high school students who have work to be made up, have detentions that have not been served or have scheduled attendance appeals are expected to be in school.  Any student who has completed all of their work and has taken all exams are not required to be present.  Bussing will be provided as usual so that any student required to attend will have transportation.


Sincerely,


Mike Woodlock

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sharing Good News

Congratulations to Junior, Ethan Axon and Senior, Tim Crandall who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout this past year.  What an amazing accomplishment!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

GROTON GREENWAY RIVER FESTIVAL


Groton Greenway River Festival will be held Sunday, June 11, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., sponsored by Groton Greenway Committee, complete with the famous cardboard canoe races.  All events are free.  There will be canoeing and kayaking all day courtesy of Nashoba Paddler, LLC.  There will also be lots of environmental displays and children’s activities and musical guests,including Native American drummers.  Food will be available for purchase from Groton Firefighters Association.  The festival is held on the banks of the Nashua River at Petapawag Canoe Launch, Groton, with parking and shuttles from Deluxe parking lot at 500 Main St.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/GrotonGreenwayRiverFestival.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

GD Ultimate Frisbee

GD Ultimate Team Impresses at State High School Tournament

Congratulations to the Groton-Dunstable Ultimate Frisbee Team for its strong showing at last weekend's Massachusetts High School Division III Ultimate Team Championships in Northampton, Mass. GD's mixed team finished ninth out of the 21 teams competing in the tournament, compiling a 3-1 record, including winning it's last three matches in a row. 

GD's performance in this year's tournament was particularly impressive given that only six of the 20 team members had competed in Ultimate before this season. The team was led by Captains Jennifer Kenney ('17), Patrick O'Reilly ('18) and Zach Miller ('18). Special thanks to coaches Richard Dorff and Bart Yeager for volunteering their time to guide the team this year. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

1/2 day this week

We have received a few calls at the HS regarding when the release day is this week.  Although it was originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th....it was changed a while back and is now scheduled for this Friday, June 9th.

Yearbooks available

For anyone interested....

There are 10 yearbooks still available.  The cost is $75.00 each.  Please email Mrs. McNulty if you are interested.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Reserving seats for graduation

Please be advised that, other than seats reserved for specific purposes by GDRHS employees.. parents, friends and families may not place reserved signs or any other items on the seats available to the general audience.  All are welcome to enter at 4:30 and seating is first come first serve.

Thank You.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Graduation

Graduation will continue as planned tomorrow evening at 6pm.  Should the forecast change dramatically before tomorrow evening we will move the ceremony indoors.  Forecasts at this time indicate the slightest chance of a passing shower so lets all hope it stays that way.  We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of all of our graduates.

Friday, May 19, 2017

RAD: Self Defense for Women

Introduction to RAD: Self Defense for Women
Want to know how to stay safe and protect yourself? Officer Mead and the Groton Police Department is teaching an introductory class on RAD!

All women are encouraged to attend, so bring your friends, your mom, or your sisters!

Attendees must be at least 12 years old




Where:
Black Box

When:
May 22, 2017

Time:
2-3:30 pm

For more information
Contact

Off Mead  rmead@gdrsd.org

Or

Carolyn Hill
Junior Class

GD's Top 10 of 2017

Congratulations to the following amazing scholars.....

Matthew Warren
Emma Rasmussen
Sandra Roper
David Heffernan
Zachary Gavel
Zachary Adams
Amy Sjoberg
Alexis Mottram
Nathaniel Martinez
Caitlin Trout

Opioid Awareness Presentation

There will be a presentation on Opioid Abuse on June 6th at 6:30pm in the Dunstable Public Library.

The training will be an overview of the disease model of addition, a discussion of why youth are particularly at risk and an overview of the best practices for screening and treatment.

There will also be time after the presentation to field questions concerning opioids, marijuana, vaping, etc...

This presentation is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Dunstable Police Department.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

College Financial Planning Seminar Tonight

Just a reminder that Merrimack Financial College Planning is offering a free seminar this evening at GD.  The presentation begins at 6:30pm in the Black Box Theater.

Additional details can be accessed in the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B10WJSuPNCnUb1FEQnNUVmhjdHc/view



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring Concert...PAC...5/25/17 at 7pm

From: Josh Marion (class of 2017) Public Relations Officer; GD Music Honor Society


This past weekend, the Groton-Dunstable Music program participated in the annual Music in the Parks music competition in Boston against several of other music-savvy schools from the area, spending a few days exploring what the city had to offer. While the weekend promised rain and cloudy skies, the entire group’s mood lightened after snatching 1st place in all performance categories, a “Best Overall Choir” award for the mixed chorus, and a “Best Jazz Soloist” medal for Sophomore Charlie Peterson.  “A lot of hard work and dedication went into that piece” stated Peterson.  “I practiced day after day and worked out every little detail to prepare for the competition. It was also super for me to be in sync with Nate (drummer), so I worked with him a bunch beforehand to tighten things up. The band did a fantastic job too, and everyone put in hard work on their individual parts to get the right sound and have everything come together in the end.”  Brenna McAllister, saxophonist, also shared that “It felt good to come out on top after taking a year off of competing.”

However, the trip did not solely focus on competition, as the students also filled their time with touring around the historical sites of their capital, catching, and even participating in, a Blue Man Group show, and sitting in with a live band at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge.  A few of the students were called up to perform with the group, including oboe player and vocalist Celeste Vandermillen.  Once home, Celeste expressed “I think the competitions are great for the music program because they give us a chance to perform with expert musicians, experience new venues, and get suggestions on how to improve as musicians”.

The musicians, happy with their victories, will be holding their spring concert at the Groton Dunstable Middle School May 25th at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center, and just like the trip, it's bound to be a smashing success.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mock Auto Accident at GD this morning

This morning we staged a mock car accident on campus for our Juniors and Seniors. At this time of year, statistically, young people have a greater chance of being involved in an auto accident. The purpose of the presentation today was to provide a glimpse of what one poor decision could result in. We understand that the presentation could be disturbing given the realistic nature of the portrayal. We encourage you to talk with your children about it. Thanks to Mrs. Erickson for organizing this presentation. Also, a very special thanks to the Groton Fire Department, The Groton Police Department and the student and faculty who played a role in the presentation itself.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NHS Sponsors Color Run to benefit the Joey MIddlemiss Big Heart Foundation

Join us at the Groton Dunstable Regional High School on May 20th for the Color Fun Run! The registration will open at 2:00 pm and the race will begin promptly at 3:00 pm.
The Groton Dunstable Color Fun Run is designed to emulate The Color Run©. The course is around 2 miles, and there will be 5 color stations along the running path. Each station will be a site for participants to run through clouds of colorful chalk! Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts to reflect the color they accumulate. This is an informal race where running, jogging, and walking are accepted! Stay after the race for free refreshments, live music, and continued fun.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation. Thank you for your support!
For more information, view our registration link, or email us at grotondunstablecolorfunrun@gmail.com

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GD excels at the Fitchburg State Math Competition

Congratulations to our amazing mathletes and their teachers!!!!!



G-D once again had a strong showing at the 37th annual Elizabeth Haskins Memorial Math Contest at FSU last Friday.  G-D performed the best out of the 17 schools that participated claiming 4 of the 9 top awards and the vast majority (37) of the honorable mention awards.  Sophomores Dylan Han (1st) & Tyler Barlow (3rd), Junior Jacob Booth (1st), and Senior Nate Martinez (2nd) all placed in the top 3 of their class year.  41 of our total 84 students were recognized.  There were over 500 participants.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Travel Photos

I had a request today to post some photos of our recent trips to Japan as well as the Chorus trip to Italy and Croatia.  It seemed like an appropriate time to post photos from England & Scotland and Argentina as well.

For anyone interested in travel opportunities for next school year, there is still room on the Iceland trip as well as the Greece & Italy trip.  There will be an informational meeting regarding these trips on June 7th.  More information will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Argentina




Japan





Scotland and England










Chorus in Italy and Croatia





There are also some great videos posted on our Facebook page.  What an amazingly talented group!














GDRHS Music Program excels during competition

Last weekend our Band/Chorus embarked on a rainy trip to perform and compete against other local programs.  I joked before they left that the most important thing was to bring back some trophies.  I think they took me seriously!

Congratulations to Mr. Savoy and our wonderfully talented students.




See the information from Mr. Savoy below.



This past Friday and Saturday the HS music department competed at the 6 Flags New England competition.

Results:

Concert Band 1st place
Jazz Band 1st place
Mixed Chorus 1st place

Best Overall Choir: Groton-Dunstable Regional HS Chorus

Best Jazz Solo: Charles Peterson

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trivia Night is tomorrow! Don't miss out on the fun.


GDEF Annual Trivia Night
Saturday, May 6th, 7:00pm, gather a team of friends and family to attend Groton Dunstable Education Foundation’s (GDEF) Annual Trivia Night.  The event will take place at the Groton Country Club located at 94 Lovers Lane, Groton.  Admission is $15, cash only, per person and may be paid at the door.
What is Trivia Night?
You’ll have lots of fun while supporting enrichment grants to Groton Dunstable district schools!  Teams of 3-6 people answers 7 short rounds of questions in writing then scores are tabulated for each round, as well as a total for the night, and prizes are awarded to each member of the winning teams. Catch up with friends and neighbors while you enjoy snacks and a cash bar in a fun, casual atmosphere. Come with your own team, or come alone and we’ll help you form a team.
GDRHS National Honor Society Students volunteer to run trivia night and the evening will be emceed by Daniel Siracusa.  Proceeds benefit the Groton Dunstable Education Foundation.  
What is GDEF?
GDEF is a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to enhancing the success of our public schools by funding grants for innovative, inspiring programs, materials and professional development opportunities that fall outside the normal school district operating budget.
To date, GDEF has funded 345 enrichment grants totaling over $475,000 – grants that foster our teachers’ creativity and improve student academic achievement. GDEF grants span all curriculum areas and benefit staff and students at all 5 district schools (pre-school through high school).
Website http://www.gdefinc.org   Twitter @GDEFinc  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GDEFinc/

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mrs. McCracken wins Mass educator award!

Just received this information from the MA Secretary of Education.  What an amazing staff we have at GDRHS.

"Melanie McCracken has been selected to be recognized with a Secretary’s Award for Excellence for  “Ecology Teacher Leader”

13 reasons Why


Good Morning,

Please see the attached letter regarding the Netflix Series, 13 Reasons Why.

Parent/Guardian Letter

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Please take a moment to read about all of the amazing experiences our students in the Internship Program have enjoyed.

Internship Program

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lockdown Drill

To all parents:
This morning, in cooperation with the police departments of both Dunstable and Groton, we conducted a lockdown drill. Please do not hesitate to talk to your students about what the options are in an emergency/dangerous situation.

Monday, April 24, 2017

College Financial Planning Workshop

Planning how to pay for college is a scary thought.

I am excited to offer this opportunity.  I have attended this workshop on several occasions and have had very positive feedback from those who have attended.  This is open to all G-D families from pre-K-High School.  The workshop will take place on Thursday May 18th beginning at 6:30 in the Black Box Theater.

Click the link for all the information.
https://goo.gl/suYc8l

Summer Internships

The Groton Channel will be offering a limited number of paid High School Internships again this Summer. I've attached the description and application.

If interested please contact Mr. Woodlock.

Friday, April 14, 2017

College Planning & Funding Workshop

FREE College Planning & Funding Workshop
Thursday, May 18th @ 6:30 pm
Groton-Dunstable Regional High School
Open to All Groton-Dunstable School District Families

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School is pleased to partner with Merrimack Financial College Planning by inviting you to attend a FREE College Planning & Funding workshop on Thursday, May 18th @ 6:30pm in the Black Box Theater at the High School.

Learn how to send your children to college without having to sacrifice your life savings and retirement.  Explore “last minute” strategies to help families position themselves and their students to receive maximum merit money and financial aid.

Most middle class families fall victim to the financial aid system because they don’t know the rules.  This workshop will help teach you how to make college more affordable, regardless of your income level.  

It will be here before you know it!    Now is the time to plan.   Let us help you save thousands off the college bill and help your children earn their degree.     What’s  your plan to pay for college?    Sign up Today online @ www.YourCollegePlanningTeam.com or call 978-851-4411.


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