High School

Weekly Update - 9/10/21

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Principal Thoughts

When I was kid, I remember hearing my grandparents talk about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. What they would always tell me was they remembered exactly what they were doing when the news came on and announced what had happened in Dallas. Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of an event that, for many of us, we can remember exactly what we were doing when we first heard about the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center. I was in my early 20s at the time working as a loan officer at a bank in Chapel Hill. I remember the first customer that day who came in right when we opened at 9:00 a.m. and told us about the first airplane hitting the North Tower. We were all stunned to hear this, so we rolled the television from the break room out into the main lobby and were glued to the news for the rest of the day. The world changed fundamentally on that day, and our students don't know anything other than a post-9/11 world. The horror of that event was unimaginable, but one positive feeling I remember in the aftermath of 9/11 was the sense of unity we had as Americans. The people who attacked us weren't interested in our internal differences and the things we argued about with each other; they simply wanted to take down our country. Today, we are living through another event that has fundamentally changed our world. So, as we commemorate the lives tragically lost on that sunshine-filled Tuesday morning 20 years ago, I would like to think that we will also remember the things that bind us together as Americans, and we can set aside our differences, at least for a little while.

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Important Testing Information

All Juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 13 from 8:15-11:45. All other students will have an asynchronous learning day on that day.


All Sophomores will be taking the PreACT on Thursday, October 14 from 8:15-11:45. All other students will have an asynchronous learning day on that day.

Dress Code Reminders

We are still having a number of issues with students not complying with our dress code policies. In particular, many students are wearing running shorts to school, which are not appropriate in an academic environment. At minimum, shorts worn at school should cover to the mid-thigh. Students who are not in compliance will be asked to change or will be provided school-issued clothing to wear for the day. Students who choose not to wear the school-issued clothing must have parents bring them a change of clothing and will not be permitted to class until the issue has been corrected. Repeat offenders will face disciplinary consequences for insubordination. Parents, we are also asking for your support. If you see that your child is not in compliance with the dress code, please make them change before they leave for school. Dress code violations create a disruption to the learning environment and may cause your student to miss class time. Below is the entire dress code as outlined in the Student Handbook and shared previously in the newsletter:


  • Hats and hoods cannot be worn during the academic day

  • Clothing that displays or suggests sex, alcohol, drugs, or violent acts cannot be worn at school

  • Clothing that has offensive logos, labels, or phrases cannot be worn at school

  • Shorts, skirts, or dresses above mid-thigh on all sides cannot be worn at school

  • Pants or shorts with holes that expose skin above mid-thigh cannot be worn at school

  • Undergarments must be covered at all times

  • Pajamas, sleepwear, or loungewear cannot be worn at school

  • Leggings without another garment that completely covers the bottom cannot be worn at school

  • Leggings with sheer material above mid thigh are not allowed at school

  • Midriffs and cleavage should never be visible while at school

  • Tank tops and spaghetti strap tops cannot be worn at school

Athletic Results

Boys' XC


9/7 Finished 2nd at a YVC meet at Union Academy


Girls' XC


9/7 Finished 1st at a YVC meet at Union Academy


Boys' Soccer


9/9 v. Mt. Pleasant, W 8-1


JV Volleyball


9/7 v. Union Academy, W 2-0


9/9 v. J.M. Robinson, W 2-0


Varsity Volleyball


9/7 v. Union Academy, L 2-3


9/9 v. J.M. Robinson, W 3-0

Upcoming Athletic Events

Please click here for a list of next week's athletic events.

Upcoming Lunch Menu

Monday

Pasta (Meat or Alfredo Sauce), Salad Bar


Tuesday

Chicken Fried Rice, Veggies with Ranch, Mandarin Oranges


Wednesday

Beef Taco Bar, Side Salad


Thursday

Sloppy Joes, Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit, Side Salad


Friday

Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni)

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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.