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News and Information - October 2021

GHS Principal Mr. Ralph F. Mayo

Dear GHS Parents,


School is now in full swing, the leaves are starting to turn and fall is upon us. We hope you all enjoyed meeting the teachers at Open House. If you were unable to connect on the 30th, please email the staff and they will discuss with you what was presented last Thursday. Our teachers are dedicated to bringing our classes back to normal while creating an exciting learning environment for all of our students.


We will continue with our mitigation strategies. Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times while inside the building and while riding the bus per the Board of Education policy. Students are asked to continue to walk in one direction in the glass corridor and as the weather gets cooler students should dress appropriately as we will continue to use our outside exits and entrances to get to class. The Student Center is open for breakfast beginning at 7:45 am. Students may access the Center during their opens and lunch and also have the option to sit outside weather permitting.


As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s house office. My office is also available as well.


Each month this newsletter goes out to all parents with news and updates from around GHS. It will also be posted on our GHS Info page on the GHS website. It is available in both English and Spanish. Any timely news or emergency information will be sent in a separate notification.


Sincerely,


Ralph F. Mayo

GENERAL SCHOOL NEWS AND INFORMATION......

Need tech help? Students and Parents can refer to the Tech Help page on the GHS Website for information on troubleshooting. Students can also fill out the "Tech Help Form" if they need support from a Library Media Specialist.


GHS YEARBOOK INFORMATION The 2022 Yearbook is available to pre-order online at yearbookforever.com the early bird price ends December 17, 2021. Prices increase December 18th, 2021.


Distribution date is June 7, 2022. Parents of seniors - celebrate your student's high school years with a Senior AD you create with photos and a message online at yearbookforever.com. The deadline to place an AD is December 17, 2021. More information can be found on the ghs website > Student Activities > Compass Yearbook

NEW!!! GHS FLEX TIME AND CELL PHONE POLICY

FLEX TIME: Every day from 2:45-3:15 pm we are running Flex Time. This is time dedicated for students to access activities beyond the normal school day.


Staff and students will be able to choose a Flex Time offering through a new software program called My Flex Learning. Students can sign up to get extra help from teachers, make up assessments, attend a club, or meet with our student support staff. Students who choose not to sign up for an offering will automatically be assigned to their Last Block Class during Flex Time.


Homeroom

This year we are scheduling Homerooms for all grade levels roughly 16 times throughout the school year from 10:24-10:54am. On these days we will run a special daily schedule and the last block class will run until 3:15 pm. There will be no Flex Time offerings on these dates. During Homeroom, students will participate in a variety of activities using a blend of in-person and virtual meetings to help build a positive school-wide culture and develop the personal and interpersonal capacities outlined in the Vision of the Graduate:


  • Traditional Homeroom: in-person activities with dedicated homeroom teachers to build relationships, set goals, and support social, emotional and behavioral growth

  • Counselor Advisory: includes grade level focused activities to support post high school planning and college & career readiness

  • Assembly: includes activities to build community, provide new learning, support well-being and provide access to programs such as Senior Options,etc.


NEW!! GHS CELL PHONE PROCEDURES:
GPS Cell phone policy:


(8) Electronic Devices (See GPS procedure E-040.15) Students may use electronic communication devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, beepers, and pagers on campus (except in the classroom) as long as the device does not create a disruption as determined by an employee of the Greenwich Public Schools. In the classroom these devices may be used for instructional purposes at the teacher’s discretion. An electronic communication device that creates a disruption will be confiscated. A confiscated device will be sent to the student’s House Administrator and the student will be responsible for contacting the House Administrator at the end of the school day to retrieve the device. Students are personally responsible for the security of their electronic communication devices. The school is not responsible for loss or theft of such devices.

GHS Cell phone procedure:

Research has shown that cell phone use for adolescents is on the rise, and that it is contributing to negative consequences for their academic and social-emotional growth. To mitigate the challenges posed by this technology, cell phone pocket holders have been purchased for each classroom, and we have created the following procedure. During class time it will be expected for students to have cell phones put away in either their backpacks or the cell phone pocket holder located in the classroom. Please note that some students need their cell phones for medical reasons and so must store it close to their side in their backpacks. School issued devices will be the best choice for students during class. Pocket holders need to be visible and in close proximity to the teacher.

News from GHS Special Education......

The Community Connections Program (students ages 18-22) continues in its role to provide students with Functional Academics, Vocational Skills and Leisure Activities. COVID has made it a challenge to access community activities due to job site closures. We continue to search for vocational/employment opportunities for our students.. If you have or know of anyone who has any employment opportunities, i.e. jobs, short term projects (mailings, clerical tasks, etc.), please contact: Christopher_Lovermi@greenwich.k12.ct.usat Greenwich HS. We appreciate your consideration on behalf of our students.


Autism Speaks: Workplace Inclusion Now:

Save a spot at the New England Pathways to Employment!

RSVP Today!

Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (EST)

The event will cover:

  • Connect Job Seekers, Community Organizations and Employers
  • Bring awareness and education about autism into the workplace
  • Educate about employing and hiring individuals with autism, providing an inclusive infrastructure, and how businesses have realized the benefits of inclusive hiring
  • Offer resources to autistic job seekers, students and employees, their caregivers, families, and other supports as needed.

P.S. Accommodations are available to participate, email WIN@autismspeaks.org

Note: By registering for this event; 1) you will receive periodic email communications from Autism Speaks. You can unsubscribe at any time, 2) you acknowledge the event sessions may be recorded for future use and c) you are eligible to receive follow up contact from the Autism Speaks Autism Response team.

SPECTATOR AND WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION INFORMATION FROM GHS ATHLETICS...

Greenwich High School Spectator Guidelines:


Swimming and Diving, Water Polo:

Masks Mandatory; 2 Parents Per Swimmer; Social Distancing Required


Volleyball:
Masks Mandatory; No Spectator Limit; Social Distancing Required


Soccer, Field Hockey, Football:
Masks Recommended but not required; No Spectator Limit; Social Distancing Recommended


Guidelines for Away Contests can be found at:
https://www.fciac.net/1187069/spectator-and-mask-policies-for-fciac-schools-volleyball-and-swimming






Attention Student-Athletes. WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION will open on October 15! Please keep checking the GHS Athletic Website for updates regarding specific WINTER SPORTS SEASON starting days and times. All Student-Athletes must register on the GHS Athletic Website by a parent or guardian BEFORE TRYOUTS. They must also email the High School Health Office at sportsphysicalsghs@greenwich.k12.ct.us with an updated sports physical or to confirm a current sports physical is on file. The following are sports offered during the winter season: Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Skiing, Boys Swimming, and Wrestling. Go Big Red!

GREENWICH READS

Each October, as part of Greenwich Reads Together, the Greenwich Alliance collects Children’s Books to give away to children participating in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. This year’s distribution will take place at the BGCG on the afternoon of October 20th.

From October 1st – 20th, please drop off new and gently used children’s books (up to middle school age) in collection bins located at the Greenwich, Cos Cob and Perrot Libraries.

The GHS Roots&Shoots Club is also sponsoring a collection bin right here at Greenwich High School! Look for the collection bins near the Main Office, Student Activities, and outside each House office.

Please ONLY donate books in great condition – nothing musty or dusty, no reference books or books inappropriate for children.

PHYSICAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY EDUCATION

Please read the PE, Health and Safety newsletter to find out about after school intramurals and what is coming up for each grade level.

GHS OUTREACH CLUB


The annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™ is scheduled for October 23-31. Since its beginning in 1988, the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of millions of people around the world in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Wearing a Red Ribbon is a symbol of one's commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America, and to educate and encourage youth participation in drug prevention activities.

NEWS FROM THE GHS LIBRARY

Check out the October 2021 Cardinal Bookmark for news about Greenwich Reads Together 2021, the GHS Library Art Contest, the library's fancy new chess table (many thanks to the GHS PTA for providing beautiful chess pieces for the table!), new books, and some thought-provoking articles.