Grand Blanc High School

Newsletter ~ September 2015

Parental Support

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A Message From Dr. Hammond

Welcome back to the 2015-16 school year! This is going to be a great year at Grand Blanc High School. We have hired several new staff members and are fortunate to have such a highly qualified and excellent group of new employees.

• Amanda Bruin, English

• Kari Clark, Guidance Office Secretary

• Robert Coon, Social Studies

• Jeff Cushman, HS Maintenence Foreman

• Cynthia Decker, German

• Nick Ender, English

• Meghann Davis, Special Education

• Kay Fritzsching, Parapro

• Judy Minier, Library Technician substitute

• Tine Mueller, Special Education

• Lindsay Parish, English

• Rebecca Seeds, Special Education

• Sarah Seiter, Medical Occupations

• Susan Shaw, Special Education

• Bodhi Shebak, Physical Education/Health.

Another important update for the school year is the State of Michigan testing program. The State of Michigan has adopted the new SAT test as part of the MSTEP. All members of the junior class will be expected to take the MSTEP test in April, the week after spring break. The MSTEP will now include the SAT, the Work Keys tests and shorter Michigan-developed tests for science and social studies.

To adequately prepare students in the Class of 2017, juniors will take the PSAT on October 14. By participating in the PSAT, juniors will then have experience taking the exam as well as receiving a personalized remediation program to best prepare for the SAT in April. Teachers will also have access to student results and will be able to adjust their instruction to meet the needs of our students.

The State of Michigan has also adopted the PSAT for students in grades 9 and 10. These tests will take place in April and all exam fees are paid for by the State of Michigan. Freshmen and sophomores will receive their college admission score as well as a remediation plan for preparing for the SAT, required their junior year. There will be more testing information throughout the school year.

If I can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

-Dr. Hammond

GBHS Family Picnic

Thank you to the following vendors for supporting the 2015 GBHS Staff Family Picnic!

Mike Martin


Bobby Maksymowski Horace Mann Insurance


Josh Jablonski DJ Services

Upcoming Events

September 22nd - Queen's Court (During School), Powder Puff Game 6:00 p.m.

September 25th - 1/2 Day of School, Homecoming Game 7:00 p.m.

September 26th - Homecoming Dance 8:00 p.m.

October 7th and 8th - Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00 - 8:00 pm

October 9th - 1/2 Day of School

October 14th - PSAT Testing for 11th Grade

October 15th and 16th - Josten's Ring and Graduation Ordering during all lunches

October 28th - Choir Fall Concert

~ Important Senior Dates ~

Click on this link to view important senior dates for the 2015-16 school year!

Counseling News

Check out new upcoming counseling news by clicking this link!

8 Ways to Raise Calm, Happy Kids!

Read here, how Sean Grover, therapist and child development expert, shines light on how to boost your child's social skills, school performance, and overall well being.

Grand Blanc Community Schools Technology Bond 2015

Vote November 3rd!

Grand Blanc Community Schools will be asking voters to consider a technology bond on November 3rd. If approved by the voters, this bond would provide new classroom technology, update our network, and replace aging technology required for safety. Bring your neighbor and vote on November 3rd.

Polls are open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm. Absentee voter ballots are available September 19th. The last day to register to vote in this election is October 5th. Have questions? Please email


Juniors, Class of 2017 will be taking the PSAT on October 14th at 7:20 a.m. More information is to come!

If there are any questions, you can contact Mrs. Briggs in the East Campus Guidance Office.



You are running out of time to turn in your professional senior portrait to be pictured in the yearbook. This is a reminder that your school ID photo will not be used in the yearbook. Seniors must turn in their professional portraits for the yearbook by October 1st.

If you have taken your photo with your own photographer, make sure they know to visit to upload the photo.

If you have taken your photo with the school’s photographer during an appointment this summer, make sure you choose your portrait from the Prestige website.

If you have not taken a photo yet, there are three Saturday dates for a free portrait session at high school east. Visit to sign up for September 12th, 19th, or 26th. Or you can make an appointment with a local photographer to take your portrait.

Senior Quote: Back by popular demand! Seniors, visit to submit your favorite meaningful and appropriate quotation to be published with you senior photo.

Order YOUR Yearbook!

Pre-order your yearbook for $75. After January 1, the price increases to $80. Visit Last year yearbooks sold out fast, make sure you pre-order to get your hands on them before they're gone!

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Career & Technical Education

Click here to view the monthly Career and Technical Education (CTE) information.

CTE Public Announcement

Click here to view Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs avalible to Grand Blanc High School students.