News and Information - January 19, 2023
GHS Principal Mr. Ralph F. Mayo
Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of ParentLink for the 2023 school year. I hope that you all had a safe and restful holiday break and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2023.
We have received many accolades since our return from break. A few highlights coming up are five of our students have been named Regeneron Scholars; eighty-three of our musicians from the Band, Choral & Orchestra ensembles will be performing in the Western Regional High School Festival this coming weekend at Greenwich High School.
At the January 19th Board of Education Meeting, which will be held at Central Middle School at 7:00 pm many of our student athletes will be recognized for being named All State by the CIAC along with our 3 state championship teams: Boys Soccer, Boys Golf and Football. Our National Merit Semi-finalists and Commended Scholars will also be recognized. We will also be honoring one of our students who won the 2022 National Association for Student Songwriters Competition. Please join us as we celebrate these amazing young adults.
It’s hard to believe that next week marks the end of the first semester. Mid term exams will take place January 18, 19, 20 and 23. Ms. Tulotta, GHS Vice Principal has sent out the Mid Term Exam schedule This can also be found on the GHS Website.
Ralph F. Mayo
FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN
From the Desk of the Dean:
Mr. Pereira - the Dean of Student Life- will update you on what’s happening at Greenwich High School and any essential information.
Using Social Media Responsibly:
We encourage all GHS families to have ongoing and meaningful conversations with their children to use social media responsibly. One post, re-post, or screenshot with negative messaging, a satirical note, or a “private” message can spread like wildfire and cause undue panic through the halls of any school in our country, and GHS is no exception.
A recent social media event and a perceived threat to Greenwich High School prompted us to remind parents and students of the importance of responsible online activity and presence. We are glad to report that once we were made aware of the post, a quick response and investigation by GHS Administration and Greenwich Police Department deemed the threat not credible and allowed school to resume the next day.
To all of our families, if you see something questionable on social media, please alert us immediately through the many available reporting avenues such as calling the school, emailing the administration, or using Anonymous Alerts. We take each alert very seriously.
Our entire staff will continue to work in conjunction with our school community, parents, and students to help do our part to educate responsible online activity and presence.
Ordering Food from Outside Vendors, i.e. Uber Eats:
Please know that the High School does not have a specific policy; however, if you choose to order food and the food is left, you order at your own risk. Also, there is a table in the front circle where food is to be delivered, DO NOT prop any doors open for delivery, as this is a safety and security risk. Know that, if a student is caught stealing another’s order or compromising the security of the building by propping the doors, they may face disciplinary consequences
Please know that students with a Marking Period 2 progress report grade of C- or below will be locked into that corresponding class from Thursday, December 15th until Marking Period 2 grades are posted. The only exception is if an athlete has to leave early for a game. This will be noted in My Flex Learning.
Important Information for GHS Students from GHS School Resource Officers:
The Greenwich Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding GHS students driving above the posted speed limit, disregarding no parking signs, and illegally parking in the neighborhoods surrounding GHS. Please be aware that GPD will be enforcing any and all violations. GHS parking privileges will also be taken away from students committing these violations.
GHS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SPRING TRYOUT INFORMATION.....
IT'S ALMOST TIME TO REGISTER FOR SPRING SPORTS!
Spring Registration opens on Monday, January 30th! All student-athletes must be registered by a parent or guardian--go to the GHS Athletics website for registration instructions.
Spring tryouts begin on March 18. For specific tryout times and locations, students must join the sportsYou group for their team. Codes can be found on the website.
In addition to registering, parents must email the Health Office to confirm that a current State of CT Health Assessment Record (CT-HAR) is on file. A separate sports physical is no longer required. The CT-HAR can be found on the Athletics website.
Spring Sports include: Baseball, Girls Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Boys Volleyball, and Girls Water Polo. Go Big Red!
GHS Film Festival
GHS will be holding its 3rd annual all school film festival this coming May 2023. The festival is accepting films from a range of categories such as creative short pieces, news segments, documentaries, and free form (videos that don't fit those categories: example PSA's). Entries will be vetted when they first come in. Then, those chosen, will go through an extensive judging process and then have the opportunity to win. Only school appropriate films will be considered. Max 10GB per file upload. You may submit as many films as you want to any of the categories available.
If you have students making any type of movie in your class and you think it should be submitted, let them know. You can put the link up on your schoology pages (link is below)
SUBMISSION DATE: May 5th, 2023
There will be a total of 4 winners, one from each category.
If there are any issues or questions please email:
Film Festival Google Submission Link: https://forms.gle/TfXbFwUT4oMQQbpYA
IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION!!
- If your child feels ill during the school day please have them report to the nurse's office. The nurse will contact you to pick up your child. Students should not leave the building without reporting to the nurse first.
- Students may not be called out of individual blocks during the school day. If circumstances cause a student to miss a single block, a student may file for appeal to the House Attendance Team (House Administrator and/or Assistant Dean). Such appeals must be made promptly (either the next day or the first day the student is back in school) and will address the status (excused absence, unexcused absence or no fault absence) of the particular block that is being appealed.
- Non-emergency doctor and dental appointments should be scheduled for after-school hours. If after-school arrangements are not possible, then written notice from the physician is required for the absence to be considered excused. This written note must be on letterhead, signed and dated and presented to the house attendance assistant upon the student's return to school. Parents who have neglected to provide their student with a note from the doctor will be given a 24-hour grace period (i.e. before noon the next day) to provide such a note to the house attendance assistant. If there is no doctor's note within the 24-hour grace period, the status of the absence will not be changed, and the student's absence will be considered unexcused.