Grand Blanc High School
January Newsletter 2023
1/3 - School Resumes
1/4 - Attendance Contracts Due
1/11 - Bobcat Time
1/13 - Remote Learning Day
1/16 - MLK Day- No School
1/18-20 - Final Exams (Half Days)
1/20 - End of 1st Semester
1/23 - Records Day (No School)
1/24 - First Day of Second Semester
1/27 - Final Day for Yearbook Purchase
1/29 - Seniors - last day to order cap & gown at base price!
2/8 - District Count Day
2/17 - Professional Development (No School)
2/20 - Presidents Day (No School)
2/23 - Parent Teacher Conferences (FULL day for students)
This link leads you to the announcement slides that run on our televisions around campus.
FROM THE DESK OF MR. FRAY
Happy New Year!
I hope all of our Grand Blanc High School family was able to relax, refresh, and recharge over the recent winter break. While the break serves as the unofficial halfway point of the school year, our high school students are quickly approaching the true half way point of semester exams. Over the course of the next two weeks it is crucial that students are prioritizing a strong finish to their semester course work and preparing to perform at their best on the exams. Our upcoming Bobcat Time on January 11 will focus on best practices for studying for exams and we encourage all families to discuss this topic at home prior to the exam days on January 18, 19, and 20. As a reminder, high school students permanent academic record is based on grades and credits earned at the end of each semester. If you have any concerns regarding a specific course please contact the teacher.
PLEASE NOTE: All semester exams are in-person on the scheduled exam days and the expectation is that ALL students complete their exam during the scheduled time. Exceptions will only be considered for extenuating circumstances that receive prior approval from school counselors or administration.
Thank you in advance for the support and encouragement you will provide your student during this time. I am confident with proper preparation they will find success!
Happy New Year and Go Bobcats!
Principal – GBHS
FIRST SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
7:20 — 8:56 ................ 5th Hour
8:56 — 9:11 ..................... Break
9:11 — 10:43 ..............6th Hour
Thursday, January 19, 2023
7:20 — 8:56 ................ 3rd Hour
8:56 — 9:11 ..................... Break
9:11 — 10:43 ...............4th Hour
Friday, January 20, 2023
7:20 — 8:56 .................1st Hour
8:56 — 9:11 .....................Break
9:11 — 10:43 ..............2nd Hour
DECEMBER HIGHLIGHT - HONORS CHOIR
Student Attendance Reminder
- Parent/Guardian must call in first to check the student out.
- The student then checks in with the office to get an exit pass prior to leaving.
Students have been leaving the building during the day and parents are calling in at a later time to excuse the absence. If an emergency were to take place in the building, we must be able to account for every student currently believed to be present. For those safety reasons, we will NOT retroactively excuse the attendance of any student that leaves the building without following the proper procedure.
Senior Local Scholarships
Senior local scholarships will be available January 23rd through February 24th. All applications/supporting documents are due by 3:15 p.m. Friday, Feb 24th.
No late applications will be accepted.
To view a list of descriptions now, visit: https://www.gbcs.org/Page/1551 (it will be in the documents on right hand side)
Scholarship applications will be available to view, print, and apply to at: https://www.gbcs.org/Page/3307 starting January 23rd.
If you have any questions, you can email Ms. McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in the counseling office.
GRADUATION CAP & GOWN!
- Thank you to the 475+ seniors who have placed their cap & gown order.
- If you haven't yet, IT IS TIME! Prices officially go up February 1.
- Please note - New gowns will need to be ordered for all seniors this year as our graduation gown has changed and older sibling gowns will not be able to be used!
- Link to Letter from Principal Fray on 9/23 explaining gown ordering.
- Link to Jostens Video introducing products available
- Link to Cap & Gown Ordering
LAST CHANCE TO GUARANTEE A GBHS 2023 YEARBOOK!
Grand Blanc has a history of award winning yearbooks! Check out our website for information and order your 22-23 Yearbook here!
Bobcat Time continues to be a great success. Staff and students are engaging in interactive lessons and activities with an emphasis on positive behaviors around discipline, academics, and social interactions. All students engage in the same activities, designed to align with the current happenings at the school. Our hope for this time is to develop a stronger community in our classrooms and hallways, while also promoting behaviors that increase student success. All of our Bobcat Time lessons, activities, and materials are available to students and parents through the Bobcat Time website.
Themes for January:
1/11- Exams, review goals from 1st Semester
1/25 - Set Goals for 2nd Semester
Donate Cosmetic Bags!
We are collecting new or gently used small cosmetic bags so we can provide period starter packs for elementary girls during their sex ed classes on the reproductive cycle.
Please consider donating any pouches you are not using. They can be dropped off to East Campus Nurse Office (In the Admin office)
There is no deadline for donations, accepting year-round 😊
REPEATED INFORMATION (BUT STILL IMPORTANT) LISTED BELOW
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THE EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM
GBEC Volunteer Hours
What you do matters!!
Each year, Grand Blanc High School hosts an annual Youth Volunteer Recognition Banquet. This annual ceremony, is held, in part, to recognize those students who have achieved at least 20 hours of volunteer activity. Awards are presented based on hours of service.
GBEC Award Categories:
20-39 hours- Recognition Level
40-99 hours- Merit Level
100+ hours- Presidential Level
(Students at this level will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award)
In addition, any senior who has 2 or more Presidential Awards will be awarded a medallion for graduation.
LINK TO ENTER GBEC VOLUNTEER HOURS – CLICK HERE
Questions? Contact Mrs. Clark at email@example.com or 810-591-6336.
Follow this link to find out more details about Early College and complete the application.
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
GRAND BLANC DINING SERVICES
School Breakfast… We encourage all students to eat a nutritious breakfast which will better prepare them for their school day. Research shows that students who eat breakfast:
*Score better on standardized tests.
*Improve academic achievement
*Have fewer health issues
*Behave better in class.
ALL STUDENTS are eligible to participate in the school breakfast program.
If you walk, take a bus or come to school by car, you may still have breakfast at school.
If you receive a free or reduced price lunch you also receive a free or reduced price breakfast. There is no extra paper work required.
Breakfast is a bargain at $1.75
Reduced Price Breakfast is $ .30
Free priced students receive a free breakfast
Breakfast is served at both East and West Campus Cafeteria.
Breakfast is served from 7:00am - 7:20am
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS - WE NEED YOU!
Interested in Substitute Teaching - contact www.EDUStaff.org. Subbing requires 60 college credits. The current district base rate, paid through EduStaff, is $95 per day plus bonus plan. See our website for details. https://www.gbcs.org/Page/3146
To be a substitute Paraprofessional, Clerical, Noon Hour, Kitchen Help, Bus driver, or bus aide - contact Century Temps at (810) 695-1606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2022-23 Locker Info
GBHS has an online program to sign up for lockers. They are not automatically assigned.
1. One locker per student (Either East or West campus). Once you sign up you can’t change, so please choose wisely.
2. If you have another program that assigns you certain
lockers,(ie. Band, CSS, Woods) do not sign up for one with this
3. The program will be open to students starting August 16,
4. Save this web address on your device as it will be the way to get
your combination should you forget it.
5. Locker sign up is optional. Students may opt to not sign up for a locker and simply carry their books/supplies with them throughout the day.
NEW ADDITION TO ATTENDANCE - REPORT ABSENCE ONLINE!
Grade Specific Google Classrooms!
College & Career Resource for the Class of 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026
All students are required to join their grade-specific Google Classroom. Students - Please verify that you are in your grade-specific classroom. This will be used to communicate resources and assignments for your EDPs, resumes, Junior interviews, and other important information.
Class of 2023 Google Classroom
Class of 2024 Google Classroom
Class of 2025 Google Classroom
Follow this link to our Friday episodes, recorded weekly by our very own GBTV students.