The Lion's Roar
Gloucester High School - Newsletter- January 5, 2018
Partnership. Performance. Pride.
2018 is off to a brisk start at GHS. We held homeroom meetings with both Juniors & Seniors before our Freshman & Sophomore meetings were derailed by the snowstorm. We emphasized with our Seniors the importance of them staring their life calendar in the eye at this time to sincerely assess:
If the fast-approaching mid-term exams were actually our final exams, would I know exactly what my post-GHS plans are?
Our time together in the staff-student relationship is quickly fleeting---there are only 13 weeks until the Senior trip to Walt Disney World and 23 weeks until graduation. Our goal every year is for all Seniors to graduate in June and walk away from the Commencement ceremony with both a diploma in hand and a detailed plan of what their life will look like in the first September since entering Pre-K 3 that they will not be told what to do. I ask that any 12th grade parent who is uncertain in any way of their child's post-GHS future call our Guidance Department today at 856 456 7000 (x1519) to schedule a meeting. We are here to help.
With our 11th grade students, we reviewed our plans to have every student link their PSAT scores in their College Board account to a Khan Academy account next week during Study Halls. This activity will lead to free, personalized SAT practice for all students. It is important that these students understand that they are each one of 3.5 million students across our country who took the PSAT in October. They are competing with these 3.5 million students as well as students across the globe for college acceptances and careers of the future. College Board's recent studies reflect that students who have spent 20 hours or more practicing for the SAT on Khan Academy have exhibited an average score increase of 115 points from their PSAT performance to their SAT performance. What could these 115 points mean? We identified multiple colleges and universities whose merit scholarship formulas indicated a difference of $25,000 or more across four years of undergraduate studies between two students with the same grade point average but a mere 150 point gap in SAT performance (1160 to 1310). We will meet with all 9th & 10th grade students on Tuesday to emphasize these same points.
School will be closed on Friday, January 12th, for professional development. I will communicate when this Thursday's snow day will be made up as soon as I am made aware. I hope to see you at parent conferences on Wednesday between 3:15 and 5 p.m.
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS
We shared highlights of a very powerful article with all Juniors this week written by a young man from Flint, Michigan who is currently a Freshman at the University of Michigan. This article, originally featured in the New York Times, illuminates the high levels of academic competition that exists amongst high school students today as well as the importance of committing to best preparing for the SAT. The article will be highlighted with 9th & 10th grade students next week. Check it out here...
The Power Point from the underclassmen college presentation this week is attached below.
THE WEEK AHEAD
- Junior meeting regarding Sr Trip & SAT Practice Test/SAT School-Day
- Rescheduled Freshman & Sophomore Homeroom Meetings regarding PSAT
- Parent Conferences (3:15 - 5 p.m.)
- Homeroom Meeting: Seniors going on Senior trip
- Staff Development (School Closed for Students)
- February ACT Registration Deadline
Monday, January 8th
- Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Pitman @ 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9th
- Bowling vs. Collingswood @ 3:45 p.m. (Westbrook Lanes)
- Boys Swimming vs. Schalick @ 3:15 p.m. (GCIT Main Pool)
Wednesday, January 10th
- Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Woodstown @ 5:30 p.m.
- JV Boys Basketball vs. Woodstown @ 4 p.m.
- Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Woodstown @ 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 11th
- Boys Swimming vs. Pitman @ 4:15 (GCIT)
Friday, January 12th
- Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Salem @ 5:30 p.m.
- JV Boys Basketball vs. Salem @ 4 p.m.
- Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Salem @ 4 p.m.
Photos of the Week:
- Right before winter break, we honored all of our student-athletes who received All Tri-County Conference Honors for their fall 2017 seasons (pictured above).
- The Lions Varsity Boys Basketball team won the 2017 Audubon Holiday Tournament by defeating by Audobon High School and Holy Cross High School. Pictured below are team captains, Steven Davis and Semonjay Wright, with the championship trophy.
January 15th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School Closed
January 15th - Winter Athletics Parent Appreciation Day
January 17th - Morning PD for Staff (Late entry for 9th, 10th, & 12th grades)
January 17th - Junior “SAT Practice Test”
January 19th - Class of 2019 1st Senior Trip Payment Opportunity
January 20th - Final Senior Trip Payment Due for Class of 2018
January 23rd-26th - Mid-Term Exams (Early Dismissal Schedule for Students)
January 29th - End of Marking Period 2/Semester 1
January 30th - ASVAB administration @ GHS
February 1st - “Gloucester’s Got Talent” Show
February 2nd - Groundhog Day
Week of February 5th - National School Counseling Week
February 9th - March SAT Registration Deadline
February 14th - Valentine’s Day
February 14th - PD Morning - Late Entry for Students
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College Board---Invaluable resources for nearly everything related to "College & Career Readiness"---PSAT's, SAT's, AP classes, college & major searches, scholarship searches, etc.
HESSA---Everything New Jersey families need to know about financial aid.
Federal Student Aid---US Department of Education's financial aid website.
AVID---Learn more about this application-based program which has proven to prepare all students for college readiness & success in a global society since 1980.
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Gloucester, NJ 08030
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