Tiger Nation Newsletter

Weekly Report for August 18, 2023

Tiger Nation:

The 4.5 week grading period is right around the corner. Please take some time to discuss with your child how they are doing in each of their classes. Getting off to a good start is critical to their success.

Fall sports are in full swing at GHS. Please come out and support our student athletes. The Varsity Football team hosts Mountain View Marana HS on Friday, August 25th with kick-off at 7 pm.

Attendance Matters

School attendance is not only a good habit, state law requires it. Arizona State Law (15-802.E, 15-803.) requires every person who has custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall make sure the child attends school for the full time school is in session unless unable to attend due to illness or another legitimate reason.

Please remind your students to bring and wear their ID badge to school every day. Spending time at the Bookstore to receive a temporary or replacement ID badge takes away from student learning/class time.

Gilbert High School has adopted a ``No Cell, Bell to Bell” expectation in all classes for the 2023-24 school year. In an effort to keep the focus on instruction and learning, students will not have access to their cell phones during class time. Students will continue to have access to their cell phones before school, during passing periods, at lunch and after school.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of Gilbert High School!

Principal Winter


Please do not access Gilbert High School to drop off students by way of Mesquite Elementary. Gates are open for GPS Bus and Van access only. Please use the parent dropoff loop via Gilbert Tiger Drive.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe.

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Have you completed your Annual Update?

It is crucial that all GPS families complete the online 'Annual Update' in Infinite Campus. The

information provided will be used by the district or your school to directly communicate with you

regarding your student, or in the event of an emergency on campus. Please log into your Infinite

Campus Parent Portal and complete the 'Annual Update' today!

Keep Student's Contact Information Up To Date | Gilbert Public Schools District


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Weekly Activity Report

Wednesday, August 23rd

Early Release (1 hour)

9:00am --------Jostens Senior Class Visit

GHS Club & Sports Fair (4th and 5th hr)

Thursday, August 24th

Choir Retreat

Friday, August 25th

Choir Retreat

Civis Testing (Seniors)

Jostens Senior Order Day (4th and 5th hr)

Saturday, August 26th

Choir Retreat

5:30am --------- GHS FFA Lamb & Goat Auction

Seniors - Save the Date!! A Jostens representative will be on campus August 23rd for your first class visit. They will walk you through the process of, not only ordering cool Class of ‘24 merch, but how to create experiences that champion a culture of belonging, achievement and pride.

Upcoming Events

HOMECOMING WEEK - September 11-15 - will include a Community Carnival (Sept. 14th), Homecoming Dance (Sept. 16th)* and many other fun activities our students and families won’t want to miss! Please encourage your students to attend as many as they can.

*Tickets for the Dance will be available through GoFan or with cash during lunch starting August 28th. Prices go up after Sept. 9th.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection

To give all students an equal opportunity to become their school's valedictorian or salutatorian, Gilbert Public Schools will use the following guidelines:

  • Class rank will be used to determine the Valedictorian/Salutatorian distinction. In addition, recognition will be made for students who are in the top 1% of their class. Weighted classes will be included when determining class rank and will be identified on a student's transcript.
  • Foreign exchange students will not be eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian position.
  • Mid-year graduates will not be eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian position.
  • The valedictorian and salutatorian must have taken a minimum of twelve and one-half (12.5) credits (25 semester courses) at the high school from which they are graduating and must be enrolled in a minimum of five (5) class periods (full time status) per semester.

Students who are interested in competing for the valedictorian or salutatorian position are encouraged to discuss this process with their school counselor.

Athletics Office

Monday, August 21st

3:00pm --------- Girls Golf vs. Highland HS

Tuesday, August 22nd

3:30pm --------- Badminton vs. Perry HS

Wednesday, August 23rd

3:00pm --------- Girls Golf @ Queen Creek HS

6:00pm --------- Freshman/Sophomore Football @ Queen Creek HS

6:00pm --------- Girls Flag Football Scrimmage

Thursday, August 24th

4:00pm --------- Badminton @ Dobson HS

Friday, August 25th

Boys Golf AZ Fall Preview Tournament

4:00pm --------- Girls Volleyball vs. Highland HS

7:00pm --------- Varsity Football vs. Mountain View

Saturday, August 26th

Boys Golf AZ Fall Preview Tournament


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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Looking to gain skills in becoming a resilient, self-motivated young person? The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme enables our teachers to develop resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive and contribute to making the world a better place. For more information, contact Meghan Gray at meghan.gray@gilbertschools.net or Autumn Sobol at autumn.sobol@gilbertschools.net

Gilbert Accelerated Middle School

Gilbert High School is the home to the Gilbert Accelerated Middle School this incoming 2023-2024 school year! Students will be immersed in honors and accelerated curriculum with access to the resources of a comprehensive high school, while in a supportive cohort of other 7th and 8th-grade students. The learning experience is both academically rigorous and well-rounded, based on the application of knowledge and reflection, project-based learning, critical thinking, cross-curricular portfolio building, and student-centered learning approaches. Students gain access to the instructional expertise of high school/college-level faculty and are encouraged and supported to develop strong leadership and study skills, preparing them for a successful future in high school and beyond. If you are interested in registering, complete the Gilbert Accelerated Middle School Registration Form today!

GAMS August 2023 Newsletter

College and Career & Dual Enrollment

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Dual Enrollment Tuition Assistance

Dear Student,

The Dual Enrollment Tuition Assistance application for the fall/spring 2023-2024 school year is now available at cgc.edu/dual. This is a grant funded program and not FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) eligible.

If awarded, students can be eligible for up to 6 dual enrollment credits for the school year. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2023, and students must be registered for both fall and spring classes by the deadline or they could lose their eligibility.

A Spanish version of the application is available here.

A Tuition Assistance flyer is available for download here.

If you have any questions, please email us at DEtuitionassistance@cgc.edu.

Thank you,

The Dual Enrollment Team

Gilbert Public Schools News

Here Comes the Bus® School Bus Tracking App

GPS families whose students commute to campus via the school bus can download the 'Here Comes the Bus' app to track their child's bus on a map! Download it today from the App Store® or Google Play Store®. Features include the real-time location of your student's school bus, knowledge of when your student boards or exits the bus using their GPS Student ID, and push or email notifications when the school bus is near.

Sign Up Instructions for Parents and Families:

  1. Download 'Here Comes the Bus' app or visit herecomesthebus.com
  2. Click the Sign Up button
  3. Enter school code 85861, click Next, followed by Confirm
  4. Complete the User Profile box
  5. Under the My Students section, select add and enter your child's last name with their Student ID number
  6. Once you confirm your information, you are ready to begin using the app.

Updated Dress Code Expectations

All GPS schools will begin using this newly updated Dress Code Expectations for the 2023-2024 school year.

Families can APPLY TODAY for Free & Reduced Meals

Applications are open now for the Free & Reduced Meals program for the 2023/24 school year! New this year, students in qualified households will receive free breakfast AND lunch combo meals. A grant from the state of Arizona will pay for the reduced price portion of the meals. Families can apply today through the LINQ Family Portal. Families who previously created accounts through the Titan Family Portal can use their same username and password in LINQ. | View Application

**GHS does not allow food deliveries such as Uber Eats, Door Dash, Restaurants, etc...

ALL GPS families urged to do the Annual Update

It is essential that our GPS families complete the Annual Update in their Infinite Campus portal, even if your contact information has not changed. The Annual Update ensures that the district and your school can communicate with your family regarding your student(s), or in the event of an emergency. Please contact your student's school directly if you need assistance with your Infinite Campus account. | Review Here

GPS Families Hub

The Families Hub offers a wide range of resources to help you and your student(s) throughout the

school year, including back to school updates, menus, nutritional information, enrollment details and




Download the GPS Mobile App

The GPS App includes a link to IC, as well as access to your student’s school calendar, meal information, bus routes, and other helpful information for parents and students. Visit www.gilbertschools.net/app for more information.

See Something? Say Something!

The confidential GPS Tip Line was designed to promote school and student safety and wellbeing. Students and parents can report a threat or potential threat about a student or school. The Tip Line also provides information on other topics, which may affect our students, staffs, or schools.

GPS School Calendars Approved

Gilbert Public Schools recently conducted a survey in which our families and employees voted in favor of continuing the 2-2-2 calendar for the 2024-2025, 2025-2026, and 2026-2027 school years.

We would now like to update you that the Governing Board approved these calendars at their meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Please click here to view all calendar information including next year’s calendar, already approved, and the new calendars for the 2024-2025, 2025-2026, and 2026-2027 school years.

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