Middle School Weekly Update
Knights of the Week!
This feature of our newsletter highlights students who have been nominated by their teachers as upholding the school's core values of Integrity, Responsibility, and Service.
Congratulations to our Middle School Knights of the Week!
Jaylin - 7th
Jaylin has volunteered to help sweep classrooms and the entire gym. He also helped clean up the bleachers the morning after a basketball game before school. Thank you for your willingness to pitch in and help the school!
Averly - 6th
Averly helped a student who didn't understand a concept they were working on in Math during Study Hall. She showed the core value of service in supporting her classmate and was very kind and patient in how she helped her classmate understand what they were working on in class.
The Great History Challenge - Regional Competition @ GSDS
Prior to winter break, all students in 7th and 8th grades participated in an online competition event called The Great History Challenge where students were asked to answer history questions trivia style. All questions came from the NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) curriculum standards. We had quite a few students to score well enough to qualify for the Regional Championship Event which was held at GSDS last Thursday, January 26th. We are excited for this wonderful opportunity for our Middle School Knights! The following 18 individuals scored high enough on the initial classroom-based online competition to earn an invitation to participate in the Regional Competition at Gray Stone:
- Michael B. , Jackson D., Harlow J., Helen K., Brady L., Ruby M., Aaron M., Jeffrey S., Josiah T., Hena P., Kynley P.
- Jordan B., Taki C., Brooke D., Maddox L., Campbell P., Zorah T., Daleiah W.
11 of the 18 students invited, were able to attend and compete to represent Gray Stone in the Regional Competition. It is exciting to be able to host academic competitions like this at Gray Stone. Students from around the region, including 11 of our own, were able to showcase their history knowledge in a fun way! These students represented Gray Stone well and I am so proud of all of their accomplishments.
Front - Aaron
Middle row - Helen, Hena, Josiah, Michael, Brooke
Back row - Taki, Brady, Jeffrey, Kynley, Ruby
Casino Knight - Save the Date
Save the date for this extraordinary event to benefit the school. We look forward to an amazing night in support of the Gray Stone Educational Foundation! You must 21 or older to attend.
Casino Night - Sponsors Needed!
Yearbook News - Josten's YBK+
Exciting news about the Middle School yearbook! This year, using cutting-edge new technology, students are invited to share 10 of their favorite photos of the school year. When the yearbook comes out, they'll be able to scan the portraits in the printed book using their phone and digitally unlock each student's 10 favorite pics they submitted. Plus, they can add photos to a variety of School Life topics. Check out how it works here.
Upload yours today at ybkplus.com!
Historical Society Program
Dr. Eric Johnsen will be doing a program on Hwy 52 (from beginning to end) 2,072 miles. Since many of your students are familiar with Hwy 52 in Stanly and nearby counties, they might be interested to learn more about the history and geography of this Maverick highway. Dr. Johnsen will include a PowerPoint component with this presentation to highlight some of the unusual places along the route.
Dr. Johnsen’s program will be held in the Fellowship Center at Central United Methodist Church on Monday, January 30, at 7 o’clock.
We would love for some Gray Stone students and staff to attend. Registration is not required for this program.
GSDS Lottery for the 2023-2024 School Year
Gray Stone began accepting applications for new students for the 2023-2024 school year on January 9th.
Please click here to apply. Please keep in mind all new students must apply.
Prospective Student Night
All prospective students and families are invited to attend a Prospective Student Open House at Gray Stone Day School on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school. Guests will learn more about curriculum offerings, extra-curricular activities, clubs, and tour both the middle and high school.
Lunch Menu for January 30 - February 3rd
We will have our next Extended Period Day Schedule on February 23rd & 24th. This means that Friday, February 24th will be a half day for students. Middle School Students will dismiss at 11:55 on Friday, 2/24. Also, there will be no lunch served on the half-day Friday.
Looking Ahead... We will have another Extended Period Day Schedule on March 30th & 31st. This means Friday, March 31st will be a half-day for students with a dismissal of 11:55.
Social Media Landmines Presentation / Parent Access
Just in case you missed the email sent from the School Counselor for the HS, Roy Morgan...
Earlier this month, we conducted an assembly on the topic Social Media Landmines. We also conducted a parent session of the same topic. As part of our partnership with Dynamic Influence, we were given access to his online resources and also to a copy of the Parent Session recording. Below, you will find that information and links/access codes to be able to obtain those resources. If you are a parent and were unable to attend the session, I encourage you to take a look. There is a lot of great information that was shared.
For the students (High School):
Through our “edutainment” portal you will get access to the curriculum for the high school students. The curriculum breaks down the presentation by topic. Each topic has a video for the teacher to play in front of the class. After each video there is a class discussion question along with a interactive class activity and/or assignment. The curriculum was designed to be extremely flexible. You can either watch the videos and do the lessons in order OR you can plug it into your existing curriculum/lesson plans.
For the Parents (ALL):
Here is the link to the recorded “Parenting in a Digital Age” presentation: https://dynamicinfluence.com/parenting-in-a-digital-age-presentation-for-parents-of-gray-stone-day-schools/
To access the video use code: graystone
Here is the link to the parent social media resources: https://dynamicinfluence.com/digital-and-social-media-resources-for-parents/
Middle School Revised Wednesday Schedule
Click below for a printable PDF
Newly Revised A/B Day Calendar
Due to the changes in our Wednesday schedule, the A/B calendar has also been revised since Wednesdays are no longer in the A/B rotation. The way the days worked, the weeks prior to Spring Break, every Monday/Thursday will be B days and every Tuesday/Friday will be A days. This will flip after spring break and Monday/Thursday will be A days and Tuesday/Friday will be B days. Please download the attached A/B schedule calendar for reference as needed.
Click below for a printable PDF
Click the button below for the latest Winter Athletic Schedule from our Athletic Director, Mr. Wolfe.
Basketball DIGITAL Tickets ONLY: tickets.graystoneday.org OR GoFan.co
Swim - cash only - $5 at the door
Knights & Families,
Here are a few helpful reminders about how athletics work for students/spectators at Gray Stone.
Tickets or passes are needed for home events. Tickets or passes are DIGITAL only - no cash is accepted at the gate. They may be purchased on GoFan 5 ways:
graystoneday.org - under athletics
GoFan.co - search gray stone
scan QR code at the game & purchase on your device
*IF you can access your ticket or pass on your phone, that's all you need.
*Students (or fans) who do not have tech access to the ticket (no phone, etc)... purchase at home in advance, and print your ticket. If you purchase a pass (all sports for all year) send me your receipt and I'll get you a paper pass.
Students staying to attend events will be dismissed at 3:25 to the Commons. They must sit in the Commons until released to the event. They will not be permitted back into the MS building - so they must take their belongings with them. Students should be picked up from events at the conclusion of the event - this process is up to you.
Students staying must attend the event. Students may not roam in the building(s) (nor other random places - Pfeiffer, Richfield, etc.) when we have events.
Any students that do not follow these expectations could lose the privilege to attend future after school events.
We are excited for a fun fall sports season! Thanks for your cooperation!
Let us know if you have questions.
Middle School Yearbook Staff Requesting Photos
The yearbook staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school or sporting events of you and your friends, we’d like to see them. Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.
The last day to submit your photo for consideration is February 14, 2023. The earlier the better.
To submit photos, click on the button link below
• Click on “Select My Images.”
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click “Upload Chosen Images.”
It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!
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.
Check out the Spirit Shack commercial created by the HS Broadcasting Class
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Don't forget to reserve our spirit wall for upcoming special occasions. Renting the wall will allow you to display school spirit, celebrate your child’s birthday, or post staff/student appreciation. Please read the guidelines attached in the below PDF before contacting the front office to reserve.
Reservations will be available on a first come, first served basis.