East Granby High School Newsletter
Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Friends of EGHS,
As Thanksgiving approaches I recognize that that are many things for which I am grateful. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to lead a school that has such extraordinary young people. I am grateful for our talented and hardworking faculty and staff who come to work every day determined to do their best for our students. I am grateful for the continued support of the broader East Granby Community for our schools and our young people.
Last week the East Granby Veterans came to visit. This is one of my favorite days of the year. After a brief assembly in which they were recognized and thanked for their service, the veterans spent the rest of the day sharing their stories of peace, war, service and sacrifice with our students.
I hope that in the coming days that you find a few moments to spend some time with friends, family and loved ones as we all take a few days to remember that we have much to be thankful for.
David Peling, Sr.
Early Release - Wednesday, November 25th
No School - Thursday, November 26th & Friday November 27th
Early Release - Parent Conferences - December 2nd, 3rd & 4th
High School Winter Concert - Thursday, December 3rd
Spirit Week - Wednesday, December 16th - Tuesday, December 22nd
Pep Rally - Wednesday, December 23rd
Early Release - Wednesday, December 23rd
No School - Thursday, December 24th - Friday, January 1st
Early Release - Friday, January 8th
VETERAN'S DAY AT EAST GRANBY HIGH SCHOOL 2015
On Tuesday November 10th, East Granby High and Middle Schools welcomed 21 veterans from town to celebrate Veterans’ Day. The veterans were honored at a school wide assembly then spent the day speaking with students from the middle and high schools about their experiences. Lunch was prepared and served by Mrs McCabe’ s food classes and allowed the veterans time to sit back and converse with faculty, staff and students. The day was a success and both the veterans and the students are looking forward to meeting again next year.
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Congratulations to sophomore McKayla Langmeier. She not only placed 3rd out of almost 300 riders a few weeks ago, but just received the title of ASPCA National Maclay Finals Champion in Lexington, KY.
ASPCA National Maclay winner McKayla Langmeier watching the jumbotron with her mom, 1983 Maclay winner Linda Langmeier.
QUARTER 1 HIGH HONORS AND HONOR ROLL
BLACK OUT DANCE
Thrilla On The Hilla!!!
EG Travels Happenings
EG Travels is off to a great start this year! We kicked off the occasion with the sale of almost 200 dozen donuts. We will be following this fundraiser with an Autumn installment of The Thrilla on the Hilla this November 13th. Students will face off again against the faculty to retain their May, 2015 title! We've aptly entitled this event...the Faculty Brings the Heat! Do not miss out on the fun!
We are thrilled to announce we will be offering a trip to Quebec for the final weekend of January. This trip will include a great visit to the Parliament House, Old Town Quebec, the Aquarium, the Ice Hotel, and the Ecole de cirque. If last year's trip was great, this one is sure to be amazing! The final cost has not been determined, but it should be between $500-$600. As soon as we have a final itinerary and cost breakdown, we will send out an email to all parents. Hope to see some of you attend!
Our Europe trip is only 175 days away! We cannot be more excited! France and Spain and memories to last a lifetime will change your child's life forever. If you are interested in joining us, go to EFTours.com. Our tour code is 1744611CF. We have established a scholarship fund that will be used to help subsidize the costs for a deserving student. If you would like more information, we encourage you to check it out. Anyone who may be interested in contributing to the scholarship fund should make checks payable to East Granby High School and forward them to Mrs. Ash at your convenience.
A Bewitching Day in Salem!
On Thursday, October 29, fifty 11th and 12th graders from EGHS toured Salem, Massachusetts for the day as a follow-up to their study of Arthur Miller's famous play, The Crucible. Students enjoyed a tour of the Salem Witch Museum, participation in a live recreation of a witch trial, "Cry Innocent!", and a tour of Nathaniel Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables. There was plenty of free time to wander the picturesque cobblestone streets of Salem and have a bit of fun along the way!
Happy Halloween!!!! Can you guess who this is?
IN OUR CLASSROOMS...
Things have been engaged in the art room. The Crafts students have been concentrating on their wood burning and glass etching products. Besides learning the techniques of both they have had to build wooden baskets, stain, and polyurethane their projects! It is with saddened hearts that they move on, but we will be venturing into candle making, soap making, and counted cross stitch before the Annual Ginger Bread Contest coming up at the end of December.
The Ceramics students just finished up coiling and have moved onto their first slab project. They created the perfect box and then they transformed it into an abstracted sculpture. The Advanced Ceramics students have been working on individualized totem poles and Japanese tea bowls. Both classes will be working on a group installation project right after Thanksgiving break. The Drawing class and Advanced Drawing students have shifted to charcoal and shading. These students have amazing abilities in this class and it is a pleasure to watch them explore the technique in their own way!
The AP Art History students are learning about the powerful Roman art period. They are exploring the emphasis of power and state with monumental buildings, unearthing the 4 painting styles of Pompeii, reflecting on the admiration of Greek sculpture, and the transformation over almost a thousand years. We will then move into the Late Antique period where they will look deeper into Early Christian and Jewish Art.
EGHS's 2015 issue of Voices Literary Magazine is now available on-line! Clink the link below to enjoy artwork, poetry and prose from our students. Did you know that you can order a hard copy of this magazine? Just contact Deborah Ott (email@example.com) for more information.
Our Child Development Class is preparing for Toddler Time, their child study program which is scheduled to begin December 8th. It will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am - 10:10 am. If you know of a toddler who would be able to join us, please contact any student in the class, or Mrs. McCabe. Flyers with further information are in the office.
Fashion and Clothing Construction
Thank you to the East Granby Quilters who donated fabric to us. Four of our students have made their first sewing projects with some of the fabrics donated. These and other fashions will be modeled at this Falls' Semester Fashion Show scheduled to be held on Thursday January 8th.
The students of Spanish III and IV attended a show called "Latin Rhythms" at the Theater of Performing Arts in Hartford on November 18 with Spanish teachers, Señora Duffy and Señora Mullane. A Latin Rhythms ensemble delighted our audience with songs such as "Guantanamera" and "Cielito Lindo" and a variety of music from South and Central America and Mexico. Kylie Geer, Melanie Kellogg, Alexandra Williams, Megan Hacia, Leah Wimpfheimer, and Señora Mullane, danced on stage along with the musicians. A delightful day was had by all!
The CT Physical Fitness Assessment was given to all sophomores during the last week of October Students were assessed on their cardiovascular endurance (Pacer test), muscle endurance (curl-up's), muscle strength (push-up's), and flexibility (sit and reach test). 44% of the boys and 66% of the girls met the standards on all 4 test items. Certificates will be coming!!!!
Congratulations to the following students:
Katarina Bade, Abigail Bouwer, Morgan Bradley, Jordan Comstock, Jamie Crane, Allie Davis, Sosie French, Kylie Geer, Kayla Gibbs, Lauren Houde, Olivia Kowal, Mckayla Langmeier, Lily McCarthy, Kiara Murdock, Vanessa Newman, Ivana Pratts, Tatum Strong, Alexandra Williams, Leah Wimpfheimer, Logan Burkett, Jake Gaudreau, Zach Hall, Jake Kittredge, Justin Lacharite, Jason Marin, Jake Ouellette, Jake Read, Elijah Williams and Jonathan Wilson.
Thank you to everyone who purchased fruit and Fan Cloth apparel to support the Music Dept.! The fruit should arrive within the first two weeks of December.
Congratulations to our Music Dept. students! They have had several performances! Members of the HS Band and MS/HS Color Guard performed with the UMASS Minuteman Marching Band and other Middle and High School Bands from across New England as part of the 31st annual UMASS Band Day at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on Octobert 24!
The High School Band and Choir performed for the Middle and High School Veterans' Day Assembly on November 10. They will perform for the East Granby Board of Education Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Monday, November 23 in the Alfred T. Lederman Auditorium at East Granby High School, and for the High School Pep Rally on Wednesday, December 23.
Please join us for the High School Winter/Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 pm. Our concert is free and open to the public! The snow date is Tuesday, December 8.
Congratulations to Sarah Calano, Kylie Geer, Claire Newhall, Ivana Prats, Jenna Sheridan, and Jesse Worlund! They performed in the NCCC Music Festival at Stafford High School on November 19th! Sarah played the bass clarinet with the band and Kylie, Claire, Ivana, Jenna, and Jesse sang in the Choir.
Good luck to Alexander Cannon, Mazwi Cele, Ivana Prats, and Jenna Sheridan! They will be auditioning for the CMEA Northern Region High School Music Festival. The audition is Saturday, November 21 at Avon High School.
Save the Date! The 15th annual EGHS Pops Concert is Friday, March 4 at 7:00 pm in the High School Old Gym. This year's theme is television. Join us for an evening of music, food, and fun and enjoy your favorite tv themes!
UMass Band Day with EGHS alum Jackie McDougall with her sousaphone
The Guidance Department is in the midst of the college application season. Many early action and early decision deadlines are finishing up. Students are working closely with their school counselor to get the job done. Acceptances will be rolling in!!
The PSAT scores will be arriving and we will be meeting with all sophomores and juniors to review the results.
Sophomores will be taking the “Do What You Are” personality type inventory. The “Do What You Are” has helped hundreds of thousands of people find truly satisfying work. “Do What You Are” introduces Personality Type - how you process information, make decisions and interact with the world around you - and shows you which of the 16 types describes you best!
Congratulations to all of EGHS Fall Athletes and to those athletes that were recognized at the Fall Sports Awards on November 17th, 2015.
Congratulations to Valarie Winalski who signed her letter of intent to play softball for St. Thomas Aquinas in New York next year! Way to go Val!
This years Cross Country season official ended on Tuesday evening at the awards ceremony. The Girls team ended up fifteenth out of nineteen in the Class S division. Allie Davis was the Most Valuable Player, she came in first on the team for every race this year including winning the Enfield and East Windsor meet. Ailing Li received the Most Improved Player, she took over eleven minutes off of her time throughout the season. Her passion and dedication was put into every practice which paid off!. Haley Comstock received the Coaches Award, her dedication to the team has brought all of the boys and girls together. She was the glue that kept practice moving forward when runners were struggling the most. The Boys team placed twenty-second out of twenty-six teams to end the season at the Class S meet. Jonathan Kelly received the Coaches Award for keeping the boys team together, his leadership on the courses and at practice was a wonderful help. Alexander Cannon took home the Most Improved Player award for shaving ten minutes off of his overall time and dedicating himself in every practice and meet. Finally, Nate Orkney was the Most Valuable Player, for placing first or second on the team throughout the season. We are looking forward to an amazing season in 2016 and wish both Haley Comstock and Ailing Li best wishes in their future endeavors.
A special thanks goes out to the parents who brought apples and waters to all of our meets and for planning the two home course food buffets for all the teams! Your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated! Also, a special thanks to Mr. Rusnock who builds and maintains our courses. Your passion for the town and the cross country team is an amazing testament to your love of running! Finally, we would like to thank the Booster Club for our tents! We can now stay dry and warm throughout the cross country and track seasons! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Soccer Under The Lights
The girls soccer season took the first steps towards creating an exciting and high level program in the future as they gained 3 more wins this year than the before, and more than doubled their scoring output. Coming off a rebuilding year last year, an influx of new freshman, experienced sophmores and one junior coming back, the team was able to come away with four wins, including a spectacular under the lights performance beating Stafford 1 to 0 on a Caitlin Strzegowski goal with 7 seconds left in the half. With all players coming back, and only one senior next year, this program will continue to grow. Jordin Comstock led the scoring with 13 goals, and assisting with many of the other goals. Abigail Bouwer and Kayla Gibbs helped to anchor the defense, as Amber Bourgault gave a great performance as a Freshman goalie. The future will be exciting to follow as this program quickly continues to grow.
Congratulations to our award winners:
Coaches Award: Katarina Bade
Offensive MVP: Jordin Comstock
Defensive MVP: Abigail Bouwer
The EGHS boys' soccer team had a successful fall season (finishing 7-8-1) and qualified for the state tournament. This is a tremendous accomplishment given the highly competitive conference we play in, and our current status as the smallest public high school in the State. Our entire program was comprised of 22 boys; all worked diligently and trained together each day to achieve the primary objective of making the post-season. Our philosophy was to out-possess other teams and not just kick-and-chase. The boys practiced relentlessly at drills, fundamentals, skill-moves, set-plays, and at improving their conditioning. We were competitive in every game, even against soccer power-houses like Suffield and Ellington, and never lost a game by more than three goals. During the regular season, we scored a total of 36 goals while only allowing 25. Coach Baird and Schipper could not have been more proud of how the boys played this fall.
While it took all 22 boys to help achieve the collective team "goal", some boys had especially strong seasons and earned individual awards. Because Mathew Borsari led the defense and was always relentless in pursuit, he earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Nick Fersch routinely dominated the game, played like a warrior, and earned the Crusader Award. Co-captain Connor Rosenberger could play any position on the field, led the team in offensive points, and was honored with the Most Versatile Player Award. Co-captain Ryan Baird had an outstanding season and earned the team's Most Valuable Player Award; he was also awarded (for the second year in a row) to the All-Conference Team. In addition, and because of their tremendous commitment to EG soccer and the team, Adrian Eaton and Marco Laureno earned the "Coach's Award". Because 13 seniors just completed their last soccer season at EGHS, the team is looking for new recruits to follow in the foot-steps of this successful team. Come on, give it a kick.
National Honor Society
By Lynn Ash
The National Honor Society students are now available for tutoring during many periods at the High School Library. These students will work one to one with peers helping them past some challenges in various classes. Studies show that student working together are often more successful than those forced to work alone.
If you have any questions regarding the Peer to Peer Tutoring Program, please feel free to contact Lynn Ash, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mathew Ryan, email@example.com.. We would be happy to work out a schedule that works best for the needs of your child.
Student Council has a huge crew this year that is looking into helping multiple organizations through monetary donations and supply donations. They are also planning several events for the student body. Last month, they had the Annual Black Out Dance and brought a photo booth to Bonfire. This month Student Council raised money for both Juvenile Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer through a "Purple Day" and a "Hat Day". Next month, they will be co-hosting a Toy/Giving Drive with NHS. Please look for the giving tree in the main lobby and take home a hat, mitten, or heart to provide hats, mittens, and toys to local families! Points will be attached to the annual Pep Rally coming up before Winter Break. Let's fill the boxes which can be found in your advisers rooms! The Council will be having a Gingerbread House Evening...look for upcoming details!
East Granby Middle and High School Drama Club would like to announce the upcoming winter musical....Disney's CAMP ROCK! Performances at EGHS will be held Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd.
Auditions for all students interested will be held December 16th,17th and sign-ups will start in December. Rehearsals beginning in January are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Please see Mrs. Mullane or Ms. Gilbert with questions.
Connecticut Youth Forum is part of The Connecticut Forum, and is open to all East Granby students although space is limited for some events. Students may also participate in some Youth Forum activities such as the leadership network on an individual basis and free student tickets to Connecticut Forum events are available. Visit the board in the main hallway or their website for more information and meeting dates. The next regular monthly meeting is February 9th, 2016.
On October 20th, 14 East Granby students attended the school session at the Academy of Aerospace and engineering in Windsor. The topic was mental health and stress. The students learned about and participated in Text,Talk, Act, a program aimed at creating a nationwide conversation on mental health and how to help a friend in need.
The East Granby Crusaders put up a valiant effort versus defending champion Holyoke High School in the 55th season of As Schools Match Wits. After falling behind early, 90-30, the Crusaders mounted their comeback during the middle rounds of the competition. They cut the deficit to 20-points making the score 115-95 going into the closing rounds of the competition. Holyoke charged back and eventually earned the victory by a score of 180-100. The team, coached by Mr. John Cirillo, consisted of seniors Sarah Martin, Amanda Samuel, Kevin Shelley, and junior Sarah Soucy. The competition will be broadcast on WGBY TV on January 23rd at 7:00 pm and rebroadcast on January 25th at 7:30 pm. A big thank you to Mrs. Ash who was on hand to take photographs of our team during the competition!
It's yearbook season...isn't it always??? Of course it is because we want the East Granby High School Yearbook to improve with every year! Seniors should be in the process of already submitting their senior portraits, baby photos, third page photos and senior quotes via Google Classroom Yearbook. If you have not signed up for the Classroom Yearbook yet, your access code is 1iawz. Please do so immediately because if we do not have your photos, you will not be represented in the Yearbook! If you have not had a Lifetouch photo or independent photo taken and need one, please see Mrs. Ash ASAP. She will happily shoot a portrait for you so that you have a beautiful image to take home and use for the yearbook. Let's all work together to create the best yearbook possible this year. It all starts with you!