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.


Empowering Young Women.... EmPOWER ME!







Join us for an empowering event on April 19 at 11am and 6pm for girls ages 9 and up that includes the documentary, a post film discussion, and concessions!
·      There will be two screenings, chose one or attend both!
·      At the 6pm screening EmPOWER ME! will be honoring a woman in the community who’s been a positive role model to young people!
         Where:  Ayer-Shirley Regional High School Auditorium        
141 Washington St., Ayer, MA
This event is FREE!!!
REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-empowerment-project-screening-tickets-33417562830?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing


Celebrate amazing women by joining EmPOWER ME! for our screening of the award-winning documentary.


From Tech & Engineering teacher, Mark Rocheleau....

On the left is Trevor Shrady and on the right is Nick Maciel.

This project is a culmination of our studies of fluid dynamics primarily but not strictly applied to propulsion systems.  Students are provided a balsa wood "blank" and are allowed to create any design they wish provided it adheres to strict competition and safety rules. They begin by sketching possible designs; they then decide on a final design and complete a detailed drawing of their dragster idea using either Sketchup or a multi-view hand drawing.  Some excellent examples may be seen hanging on the bulletin board in the hallway outside of room 211. Students are given the opportunity to use what they've learned in class to design their car as well as to investigate other related disciplines, such as aerodynamics, to further improve their design.

Once built and inspected, students test fire their dragster and speed is determined with a radar gun.  Some cars actually reach 42MPH!  That data is used to create a double elimination bracket.

Launching the dragsters involves a coordination of students and technology.  Dragsters are guided safely down the track using fishing line threaded through two eye hooks in each car.  CO2 cartridges are placed inside the cars and are punctured using 3d-printed caps which hold nails held securely against the ends of the cartridges.  A pneumatic pump is used to charge air tanks that are released on command using a manual lever.  The air simultaneously extends two pistons which strike the nails at the same time, launching each car.  Students volunteer for jobs including setting up, launching, recording video, recording slow-motion video at the finish line (for those too-close-to-call finishes), deceleration zone personnel (a large plastic bag is used to slow the cars to a stop before they hit the end) and finally, someone is responsible for operating the radar gun.

Students take great pride in their creations and are able to explore areas of study within and just outside the curriculum in an attempt to make the fastest car.  The hands-on aspect is critical to many.  For example, although we discussed gas laws governing the relationship between volume, temperature and pressure, some students are still amazed when they pick up a used CO2 cartridge and realize it's very cold.  Suddenly, the concept is real.

Photo Courtesy of Jon O'Connor

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quarter 3 Grades have posted

Quarter 3 Grades have posted and should be available for viewing on the parent portal.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Best of Luck

Best of Luck to our resident Poets!


The following students are competing in Boston's 6th Annual Louder Than a Bomb Festival.

Seniors: Michael Suchecki, Emmie Scalf, Kasia Jezak
Juniors: Jen Thorburn and Juliana Lazaris
Sophomore: Jordan Sweenie

They will compete in two bouts against three other teams, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, performing original poems and a group poem for a chance to move on to the semifinals.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Please consider helping raise the funds for our new field!

COME BE A PART OF IT!
GDatPlay is kicking off it's 2017 Community Capital Campaign with a 

First Annual "GD Alumni & Friends Spring Mixer!"  
Thursday, April 27th 6-10pm
THE BARN at GIBBET HILL

Tickets are available through leadership donation or can be purchased separately.  All Tickets While They Last.

To find out "what you need to know,"  make your tax-deductible gift to the field project, or donate through ticket purchase to this 25 Year Community Gift visit:

100% of all donations and event proceeds go to the GDRHS Field Renovations at the HS Main Stadium.  
This is a Public Private Partnership capital project with the GDRSC to benefit the GDRSD & our Community!
GDatPlay, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to bring safe, sustainable, playable and durable playing surfaces.
All donations are $100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Special thanks to our event sponsors and early pledgers of this project!  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scholarships!!!!

Below is the list of local available scholarships.  Students should see Mrs. Cain in Guidance for any additional information.


ScholarshipDescription
Acton Toyota of Littleton ScholarshipLeadership in school, community or the athletic field.
Allison Myrick Memorial ScholarshipAverage student and has made strides in helping self and others.
Brian C. Kane Class of 1999Average grades, team player, good character.
Brian C. Kane MemorialAverage grades, attending a four year college. Artistic.
Dunstable Grange 31Dunstable resident with a GPA of B or above. Required essay.
Dunstable Grange 31 June L. Tully MemorialDunstable resident with a GPA of B or above. Required essay.
Dunstable Police Union Scholarship #1College bound senior majoring in the field of criminal justice or public safety.
Dunstable Police Union Scholarship #2Graduating Dunstable resident attending college.
Engine & Hose Company 1Graduating groton resident entering fire supression and/or protection.
Edward T Fjeld MemorialGoing into a field working with animals
Friends of NVMCPursing an education in a health related field.
GANF Bic Pen Memorial ScholarshipDemonstrates community service.
GCS Chris Barton MemorialGroton Community School Alumni.
GCS Taylor Benjamin Young MemorialGroton Community School Alumni.
G-D Athletic Booster ClubParticipated in athletics and booster club activities.
G-D Arts BoosterStudent majoring in some branch of the fine arts, defined as visual or graphic arts, film, music, voice, theater, dance.
G-D Educators AssociationAttending college for teaching/education
G-D Drama GuildDrama Guild Member
G-D Youth Basketball ScholarshipParticipated in the G-D Basketball League.
Groton Garden ClubMajoring in: Horticulture, floriculture, landscape design or architecture, conservation, forestry, city planning, environmental studies, land mgt, botany, biology and allied subjects.
Groton GrangePursing study in natural sciences as they apply to plant proudction in agriculture or animal science or husbandry as they apply to agriculture.
Groton Lions ClubFinancial need is very important because we want to help make it possible for someone to attend college who might not be able to without help. Grades are important but not the ultimate criteria.
Groton Police Patrolman AssociationGraduating senior entering law enforcement or criminal justice.
GRTC Patriotic ScholarshipGraduating senior, attending college, community service & volunteering
GWC Groton Woman's ClubGraduating Groton.
Babcock ScholarshipDunstable Resident.
John C. Madigan, III Memorial ScholarshipSenior who displays loyalty and dedication to GDRHS community throughout their high school career.
John Nutting Memorial ScholarshipPursuing or has a strong interest in Space Exploration
Justin J. Maynard Memorial STEM InnovationGraduating member of Robotics team for pursuing a career ditectly related to Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math. Team player, good character.
Kathleen C. Peabody MemorialAttending college for teaching/education.
Keller WilliamsFinancial need, self motivated, dedicated and good character.
Leonard W. Qunity MemorialAbility/courage to overcome obstacles. Possibly entering teaching. Shows enthusiasm for school in general and extracurricular activities.
AACN Merrimack Valley ChapterSenior entering nursing school.
Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation3.0 or higher Jr & Sr year. Community service, financial need, academic improvement and made a positive change in their life.
Murphy Insurance Agency ScholarshipInitiate- Be brave, make the most of every opportunity. Insight - Be passionate, express insight. Innovate - Be fresh, be original. Integrity Be active, do the right thing.
Pages for PeaceMember of Bookmakers & Dreamers Club
Richard C. Bacon MemorialResident/grades volunteer work and community citezenship
Squannacook River RunnersAt least one season of cross country or track
Town of Groton Scholarship FundStrong financial need, community service, extra-curricular activies
Town of Groton Trust Frank Waters Vocational Educational FundGraduating Groton resident attending a two year vocational educational school.
Town of Groton Trust Maria Belitsky ScholarshipHorticulture, landscape, floral design, forestry, farming conservation of environmental studies.
Town of Groton Trust Peter E. Bertozzi Scholarship TrustStudying conservation and/or environmental studies.
Town of Groton Trust Peter Twomey MemorialGraduating senior.