This year's event is organized by students who want to change the world for the better. TEDxYouth@GDRHS welcomes the community to join us for an evening of inspiring speakers, idea sharing, and positive discussions. We’ll explore “The Pursuit of Creativity” through the eyes of art, science, psychology and the humanities. Friday evening, March 10th at 6pm in the Black Box at GDRHS. Tickets are only $10 and include refreshments. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the GDRHS library or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our goals this year, in unison with other district schools, is to engage in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports or PBIS.
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. To begin this process we need to establish Core Values for our school community. This includes our students as well as parents, staff and community members who work with schools. Last month, with a group of students, parents and staff members, we worked to create a working list of values which we would like to see promoted in our school community. We created a list of 11 values. Ultimately, our goal is to narrow this list down to four or five and we need your help. It is important for us that all stakeholders have input into this decision as our core values will help drive decision making in our school. Please consider taking a moment to weigh in on which values you would like GDRHS to identify with. It will only take a second. We will also be seeking input from all other stakeholders at a later date. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewor4-mQ4NarZdCi9vFMH1ta1f8pKhUoShBvaQEuKBq7xA6A/viewform
We hope everyone had a wonderful February Vacation. A reminder that Open House is tonight from 6-8pm. The evening will begin with opening remarks in the Black Box Theater and then parents will follow their student's schedules. Please bring a copy of your student's schedule.
Congratulations to Senior, Ben McEvoy, who was named one of six Distinguished Finalists in the state of Massachusetts for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. As a result of his dedication and service hours, Ben has also qualified as a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. This is a great honor for Ben and for GDRHS.
Below is the write-up that will be shared with local media.
Benjamin McAvoy, 18, of Dunstable, MA., a senior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, started a foundation that's working with sports and arts programs at his school to involve interested students with disabilities. Inspired by a friend with autism who liked hockey, Benjamin, who had been an active participant in other inclusion programs at school, worked with his principal, guidance counselor, coaches and parents on details ranging from mentor-pairing to making sure that every student had a ride home.
On Jan 31st a group of GDRHS teachers and coaches obtained their CPR/AED certification at the Groton Fire Department. GD schools give their thanks to Captain Susan Daly and Lieutenant Tyler Shute for volunteering the course and leading the training. Gratitude is also extended to High School Nurse Cheryl Shea for helping coordinate.
GD Technology Specialist / Freshman Boys Baseball Coach Joe Bisbee performs the Heimlich Maneuver on Fire Fighter/EMT David Dubey during CPR training at the fire station. The wearable stomach pack Dubey wears contains an air sack. The top pipe can be obstructed with a piece of rubber foam to be forcefully dislodged by trainees.
On January 4th, Art and Design Classes visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Because the morning was a quiet one for the MFA, GDRHS students and staff were fortunate enough to have the entire museum to themselves. Splitting into four groups, students took general tours that were tailored to their interests. Arts of the Ancient world, Impressionism, Contemporary Art, and American Art were just some of the highlights of the day.
Photo (J. O'Connor): Joseph Madden (2017) and Nicole Kessler (2017) explore the MFA's rich collection of musical instruments
GDRHS Drama Guild’s Festival of One-Acts
For the eighth year, the GDRHS Drama Guild brings you their annual winter Festival of
One-Act Plays! The festival is made up of four one-act plays, with each class producing one
play. All plays in this festival are directed by GDRHS students, and classes compete for the best
production. Judges are brought in from the community to choose best play, best actor, best
actress, and best director, among other awards. This year, there are four short comedies:
Superheroes (freshmen, directed by Alyssa Hecht),Santa-napped (sophomores, directed by
Naomi Young), Action News: Now With 10 Percent More Action (juniors, directed by Sydney
Considine and Calvin Parker), and Lose Not Thy Head (seniors, directed by Kasia Jezak).
Performances are Friday, February 3 at 7 P.M. and Saturday, February 4 at 2 P.M. and 7
P.M. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors in the GDRHS Black
Box Theatre. Don’t miss it: come on out and support your favorite class!