The Lion's Roar
Gloucester High School - Newsletter- January 12, 2018
Partnership. Performance. Pride.
The first weeks of the New Year have brought weather that is speeding up an already busy time. This past week included a couple of delayed openings, another successful round of parent conferences, a day off for students, and professional development for staff. As the first semester nears its end and 2018-2019 student course selection peaks on the horizon, look no further than the expansive list of our "Upcoming Events" towards the end of this week's newsletter to appreciate how quickly the months of January and February will pass by all of us.
We are excited for multiple events scheduled for next week. We will honor the parents of all Seniors participating in winter athletics between the JV and Varsity Boys basketball games on Monday evening. On Wednesday morning, we will lead all of our Juniors through an SAT practice test. American politician, Stephen C. Hogan, is quoted as stating, "You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic." With this SAT practice test session and many other initiatives we lead our students through, we try to remind our students of this quote and highlight the critical need for them to embrace the certainty that their levels of commitment and determination to any of life's pursuits will be most influential on the outcome. Juniors will report to school at regular time on Wednesday morning while all other students will be on a delayed opening schedule (9:55 a.m. report time). The results of this SAT practice test will serve to further personalize each Junior's Khan Academy account. The extent that each Junior uses this free practice tool over the 63 days leading up to our March 21st School Day SAT Testing (and beyond) will undoubtedly impact their level of satisfaction with their performance.
As we head into the final week of school prior to mid-term examinations, please keep in mind that we will have a day off on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King powerfully stated: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" We try to keep the spirit of Dr. King and so many other civic and service-minded individuals alive and thriving at GHS. Below, I have shared a recent contribution that I made to the Gloucester City News regarding service activities that take place throughout each school year at GHS. Service is an integral phase of every individual's growth and education.
2017 Educators of the Year
- 2017 Teacher of the Year: Mr. Neil Rossiter
- 2017 Educational Services Professional of the Year: Mrs. Kasey Bobo
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS
- Check out College Board's two pages of SAT "Tips for Parents" by clicking here...We will lead 11th grade students through all of these recommended steps to take. All students have to do is commit to practicing!
- "One question a day, zero excuses"...Learn more about the Daily SAT Practice app by clicking here. This is available for all Apple and Android devices.
- Access Khan Academy's SAT practice by clicking here.
THE WEEK AHEAD
- School Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Winter Athletics Parent Appreciation Ceremony
Tuesday, January 16th
Homeroom Meeting: Student Council & Class Officers regarding Winter Ball Dance on 2/17
Wednesday, January 17th
Morning PD for Staff (Late entry for 9th, 10th, & 12th grade students)
Junior “SAT Practice Test”---Begins at 8:15 in Media Center and Cafeteria.
Thursday, January 18th
Homeroom Meeting: Freshmen & Sophomores PSAT results
Friday, January 19th
Final Senior Trip Payment Due for Class of 2018
Class of 2019 1st Senior Trip Payment Opportunity
Monday, January 15th
JV Boys Basketball vs. Freedom Prep @ 4:00
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Freedom Prep @ 5:30
Tuesday, January 16th
Bowling vs. Gloucester Catholic @ Westbrook Lanes-3:45
JV Girls Basketball vs. Pennsville @ 4:00
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Pennsville @ 5:30
Thursday, January 18th
Bowling vs. Salem @ Westbrook -3:45
JV Boys Basketball vs. Penns Grove @ 4:00
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Penns Grove @ 5:30
Friday, January 19th
- Wrestling V/JV vs. Pitman @ 6:00
Saturday, January 20th
- JV Boys Basketball vs. Gateway @ 10:15 a.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Gateway @ 10:45 a.m.
Photos of the Week:
18 of our Seniors are preparing to begin their Spring semester courses at Rowan College at Gloucester County. We are very proud of these students and their commitment to experiencing both the levels of excitement and challenge that exists on a college campus in their final year of high school. We feel strongly that this program further ensures that a student will persevere through the first full year of college which we all know can bring moments of self-doubt along with it.
- January 23rd - Period 1 & 2 Midterm Exams (Early Dismissal Schedule)
- January 24th - Period 3 & 6 Midterm Exams (Early Dismissal Schedule)
- January 25th - Period 7 & 5 Midterm Exams (Early Dismissal Schedule)
- January 26th - Period 8 & 4 Midterm Exams (Early Dismissal Schedule)
- January 26th - 2018-2019 Course Selection Newsletter sent to parents
- Week of January 29th - Prescription Drug Awareness Week
- January 29th - End of Marking Period 2/Semester 1
- January 29th - 2018-2019 Course Selection Presentations to Grades 9-11
- January 30th - Study Hall Presentations regarding NCAA recruiting and eligibility
- January 30th - ASVAB administration @ GHS
- January 31st - Jrs complete Naviance College Search Process
- February 1st - “Gloucester’s Got Talent” Show
- February 1st - Soph’s complete Naviance Career Interest Inventory
- February 2nd - Groundhog Day
- February 2nd - Elective Fair
- Week of February 5th - National School Counseling Week
- February 5th - Soph & Jr Study Hall Meetings - Interpreting Naviance Results
- February 9th - March SAT Registration Deadline
- February 10th - February ACT Administration
- Week of February 12th - Theme Days leading up to Winter Ball
- Week of February 12th - 18-19 Courses Selected by all 9th-11th Grade Students
- February 14th - Valentine’s Day
February 14th - PD Morning - Late Entry for Students
February 16th - Staff Development: School Closed for Students
February 16th - Senior Yearbook Forms Due
February 17th - Winter’s Ball Dance
February 19th - President’s Day
February 20th - Senior trip payment opportunity for Juniors
February 20th - 2nd FAFSA Workshop for Senior Parents @ GHS
FEATURED COLLEGE OF THE WEEK
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