High School Weekly Update


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Counselor's Corner

ESP and A Magic Wand!

What do these things have in common? Simple, if any of us had them both we could make everything around us better in an instant. Know what else they have in common? None of us have either of them.

I often tell the people I work with that counseling school did a lot for me but when they conferred my degree, they did not give me a magic wand to make all of the difficulties just go away. I also wasn’t born with ESP and cannot read minds which makes it very difficult to help other people. I mean, if I could instantly know what is happening in your mind and had a magic wand to wave, I could certainly make life much better for you when you are experiencing an issue.

Instead, I have to rely on other ways to find out what is on your mind and discover avenues to help. One of the ways I do that is by asking questions. I ask lots of questions in person and through the internet; all with the goal of understanding and being able to help. To start the year, I send out a needs assessment to our students. I also share those results with our families. I recently sent out a Google Form to our high school students to help me understand their concerns more fully. Here are a few of the results.

72 of our 398 high school students responded to questions about academic and social/emotional concerns.

The number 1 social/emotional concern of these responses is anxiety.

Two other significant issues reported by students are sadness/depression and body image.

The number 1 academic concern of these responses is academic stress.

Two other significant issues reported by students are anxiety due to presentations and motivation.

Incidentally, a lot of of the responses listed no concerns at this time which is encouraging.

I have 2 reasons for sharing this with you.

  1. I want to help. I am here to help. But, I cannot read minds and I do not know whether you would like some help unless you share that with me. You do not have to struggle alone and you do not have to carry this burden by yourself. Let’s carry it together to make it more manageable. I cannot make it go away, but I can help provide you with the tools you need to make it easier to move forward.

  2. There is still a lot I do not know about you. I need your help. I am grateful for 72 responses but would very much like to hear from more. If you are a student and you have not yet responded, I would encourage you to visit this link and share your thoughts. I do not single anyone out and what you share is totally voluntary. Also, I would like to hear from parents. I have created a copy of the same assessment I shared with your student(s) so that you can share your perspective. If you would be interested in sharing or just in seeing what the students are being asked, visit this link. The student version can only be accessed with a Gray Stone account. This one can be accessed by parents.

While I do not have ESP, these assessments help tremendously when I work to develop ways to help our students with their struggles here at school. I hope you will consider helping provide the insight that will enable me to be more helpful to your family.

Oh, and if you happen to come across a magic wand as you check out a yard sale, consignment store, or on the internet, be sure to let me know. When I meet with a student who has a broken heart or an overwhelming situation, it pains me to know I cannot simply make it all better in an instant. However, with your help and our partnership we can certainly try. I thank you for your trust.

You Matter!

Roy Morgan

Knight of the Week

This week's winner of the Knight Award is Mark Lappin for the leadership he displays both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Recently, Mark went above and beyond helping one of his fellow runners who was struggling with the intense heat.

We're proud of you, Mark!

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Together in Education

Knight Families, did you know you can support the school every time you buy groceries? Please visit the link below to find out more information!


Supplies Needed

We are in need of Clorox wipes and Kleenex. We would appreciate any donations of these items you are able to make. If you are able to contribute, please have your child bring the items to Mrs. Lisk in the Main Office.

Drop Off/Pick Up

This is a friendly reminder that student drop off and pick up occurs between the middle and high schools. Please do not drop off or pick up in parking lots or in front of the school. Also, please do not drop off or pick up anywhere on Pfeiffer's campus. Thank you for your help with this.

Scholastic Art Showcase

We are still looking for interested students that want to put a team together for the Scholastic Art Showcase this year. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Phillips at mphillips@graystoneday.org. If you have already contacted Mr. Phillips, you have already been added to the list.

If you are unsure what the Scholastic Art Showcase is, the link below can give you an introduction to what the Showcase is about.


Spirit Wear

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.

Please email gsdsspiritshack@gmail.com with questions.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Are you looking forward to a great year? Yearbooks are ready to order! For only $80.00, you can purchase a yearbook full of memories from cover to cover. Buy yours today on Jostens' website: jostensyearbooks.com, or call 1-877-767-5217.

Senior Ads are also available for purchase and need to be sent in online by February 9th (2/9/2023). Please send an email (yearbook@graystoneday.org) to the yearbook staff if you are interested in buying an ad, starting at $90.00.

Let's have a great school year!

Next Week's Lunch Menu

September 19-23

Monday Pasta (Meat or Alfredo Sauce), Garlic Bread, Side Salad

Tuesday Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Chips, Side Salad

Wednesday Beef Taco Bar, Salad Bar

Thursday Beef Tips, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Side Salad

Friday Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni)

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.