High School Weekly Update


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Counselor's Corner

The holiday season is getting into full swing and you know what that means?

Yep, exam time is almost here. I know…Ugh, right? Well, if you have a bit of a sense of dread about midterm exams, today’s Counselor’s Corner may be able to help. Exams can be a bit of a stressor in the life of a student for sure. You have a lot of information that you have incorporated over the past few months and yet you are unsure of what you will be asked to recall or use. Even a study guide may not be enough to help you focus on what you need to know. If you find yourself a bit tense about upcoming exams, give these tips a try.

  1. Start reviewing now. Review in small chunks over an extended period. It has been proven that you will be able to remember more by studying small amounts repeatedly than if you try to study a large amount the night before the test.

  2. Practice unpacking. Unpacking is a concept that involves packaging a large amount of something into a single container and then using the container as the trigger for your memory. Consider it like packing a suitcase for a trip. Once you do this, then you can remember almost everything inside by simply looking at the suitcase. You can do a similar process with information you have learned.

  3. Get plenty of sleep the night before your tests. When you are well rested, you will be more relaxed and in a better position to process the questions on your exams.

  4. Eat a sound meal before you come to school. Protein, fruits, and vegetables will be better options than a carb heavy breakfast. Your body will regulate better and you will do better on the test.

  5. Finally, breathe! During the exam, we tend to tense up and hold our breath. When that happens, blood flow is restricted and oxygenation is reduced. Deep, purposeful breaths will increase oxygen in your blood and improve blood flow to your brain. The result of this is that your recall will improve and your results should also improve.

Any and all of these tips will help you when exam time arrives. Pick one or more and begin to practice them today. I am excited to hear how they help you. If you would like more tips to help you do your best on your exams, stop by my office or send me an e-mail. I have more that can help. So, do your best and remember that one test does not define you or how much you have learned so far. It is simply a spot check of a larger process. Keep it in perspective. And, above all, never forget that no matter your score…

You Matter!

Until next time…

Mr. Morgan


Monday, 12/5... Christmas Lights Day

Dress with your grade level to make the hallways bright!

6th/9th grades: White

7th/10th grades: Green

8th/11th grades: Silver and Gold

Seniors: Red

Tuesday, 12/6... BLING day

Break out all your Holiday BLING...socks, jewelry, headwear, etc.

Wednesday, 12/7... Ugly Sweater Day

You've waited all year for this! Pull your ugliest sweater out of the back of your closet and rock it!

Thursday, 12/8... Throwback Thursday: Ghosts of Decades Past

Choose any decade you want and represent. Extra props if you accomplish it in Christmas style!

Friday, 12/9... Santa's "Hoopers" Day

Wear your GSDS Spirit wear and your holiday helper headwear for a great combo to support our basketball team's home game while spreading some holiday cheer! Santa hats, elves hats, reindeer ears...so many choices!

Monday 12/12... Christmas Vacation Wear

Dress as though you're headed out to your favorite vacation spot.

Tuesday, 12/13... Christmas PJ Day

Do we really need to explain this one? Nah! Just keep it school appropriate.

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Upcoming Safety Drill

At Gray Stone, one of our top priorities is the safety of our students. We have a safety team that meets regularly, and we perform a variety of different drills throughout the year. At some point next week, we will perform a Lockdown drill as part of our safety protocols. The purpose of this drill is not to intimidate or instill fear in any way. This week, teachers reviewed the procedures with our students so they will be well prepared for this upcoming drill.

2nd Semester Schedule Change

Beginning the week of January 16, the high school will begin using a new daily schedule on Wednesdays only. Classes will end by 2:20, and we will have Knight Time from 2:25-3:25.

Knight Time will be a time for the following activities to occur: clubs, tutoring, quiz and test make-ups, etc. Students who drive are permitted to leave if they do not have anything scheduled. However, if a student leaves campus but needs to return to retrieve a sibling or attend a practice, they should not return back to campus until after dismissal at 3:25 to accommodate middle school dismissal. Students who will remain on campus but do not need to meet with a teacher must wait in the Commons for their ride.

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Knight of the Week

This week's Knight of the Week is Olivia Marcoccia. One of Olivia's teachers wrote,

"Olivia is one of those kids I would trust to work with just about anyone and treat them well, she always does her best to do the right thing, and she’s one of the most responsible students I’ve ever encountered."

We are proud of you, Olivia!

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Teacher Spotlight

This week's spotlight features Ms. Harrington (now Mrs. Little) who teaches Yearbook and English. This is her first year teaching at Gray Stone.
Gray Stone Day School Teacher Spotlight: Ms Harrington

Upcoming Athletic Events

Mid-term Exam Schedule

Wednesday, December 14

1st Period Exam, 8:25-9:55

Break, 9:55-10:10

2nd Period Exam, 10:15-11:45

Thursday, December 15

3rd Period Exam, 8:25-9:55

Break, 9:55-10:10

4th Period Exam, 10:15-11:45

Friday, December 16

5th Period Exam, 8:25-9:55

Break, 9:55-10:10

6th Period Exam, 10:15-11:45

Please note that students must remain in their testing room the full time and check-outs are not permitted during exams.

Driver's Ed

If you are interested in registering for Driver's Ed classes, please click here.

Together in Education

Knight Families, did you know you can support the school every time you buy groceries? Please visit the link below to find out more information!


Spirit Wear

The Spirit Shack is full of new GSDS wear! Check out our online store at https://gray-stone-store.square.site. Select your items and pay online. We will have your order ready for pickup the following Friday at the Shack. The Spirit Shack is also open during all lunches on Fridays.

Please email gsdsspiritshack@gmail.com with questions.


Next Week's Lunch Menu

Monday Pasta (Meat or Alfredo Sauce), Garlic Bread, Side Salad

Tuesday Chicken Fried Rice, Fruit, Salad Bar

Wednesday Beef or Chicken Tacos, Black Beans, Rice, Salad Bar

Thursday Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Side Salad

Friday Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni)

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Are you looking forward to a great year? Yearbooks are ready to order! For only $80.00, you can purchase a yearbook full of memories from cover to cover. Buy yours today on Jostens' website: jostensyearbooks.com, or call 1-877-767-5217.

Senior Ads are also available for purchase and need to be sent in online by February 9th (2/9/2023). Please send an email (yearbook@graystoneday.org) to the yearbook staff if you are interested in buying an ad, starting at $90.00.

Let's have a great school year!

About Us

Gray Stone Day School is a regional school that provides a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 6 - 12. While developing strong character, students engage in highly challenging courses that will require them to work diligently in and out of the classroom. A high caliber teaching staff prepares a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.