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Message from the Principal

GLOW Students & Families,

We hope you've had a great weekend!

At the beginning of August each year, before students have returned from summer break, I meet with our staff and introduce the theme that will drive our work for the coming year. This past August when we met I shared what I believe...that this year is a pivotal one for GLOW as we make good on the vision set forth seven years ago that "she will graduate, go to college, and succeed in life." Our staff theme for this year is "Our Time is Now!" As we both celebrate the graduation of our first class of seniors and work with intentionality and urgency to prepare our 6th-11th graders for future success, we use this theme to acknowledge the significance of the 22-23 school year at GLOW.

Our Time is Now is certainly playing out for our seniors, as this season IS "their time." At Thursday's Senior Breakfast we shared some pretty incredible numbers already accrued by this senior class. 94.1% of our seniors have applied to college and on average these students have applied to 7 schools. As of January, 84.3% have been accepted to college. Most incredible, however, is what our students have been offered in merit based scholarships...$1,736,000!

We are so proud of our seniors and know that this is just the beginning of the good news that will come from this first graduating class. We also recognize that these students didn't do this work alone. We are so grateful for the instruction, support, and opportunities these students have received from their teachers, staff, and especially from our College Access Team at GLOW. These accomplishments remind us of the impact our work has on our students' long term success. Our joy extends to our 6th-11th graders, as we know we will only continue to grow and improve in our practice and that all GLOW students will reap the benefits of that work.

Parents, our students' success is so dependent on what you provide for them outside of school, but also the relationships you build with staff at GLOW. When we are working together, the possibilities are endless for these students. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in this work.

Wishing you all a great week ahead,

Kate B. Tayloe



No School Monday, January 16th

Reminder: Monday, January 16th is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. In observance, GLOW Academy will not be in session. We look forward to welcoming students back on campus, Tuesday, January 17th.

MLK Day Parade

We invite students & families to join us at the MLK Day Parade in downtown Wilmington, either riding on our GLOW Academy bus or walking. Please meet at the staging area on the corner of 2nd Street & Hanover Street between 10 and 10:30 am. Look for the GLOW Bus!

Bus Update

Update: We are excited to welcome our new bus driver on Tuesday. We, unfortunately, have a bus requiring maintenance work and will utilize our combined bus plan (Cougars, Wildcats, and Seahawks) through Friday, January 20th. Student stops may be a bit delayed, but all students will be picked up and dropped off at their usual stops. Thank you for your understanding.

Esports Tryouts

Reminder that tryouts for Esports is Tuesday, Jan. 17th from 3:30 -4:30 in room 618. Any 8th-12th grade student is welcome to try out. Please make sure your ride is here on time.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Kirby, Mr. Mitro, Mr. Monroe, or Mr. V.

Last Chance! Summer Venture Opportunity for the Class of 2025 & 2026

Sophomores and Juniors - Take time this summer to discover your interests at Summer Ventures! Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You will have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty and get hands-on experience at a university.

Learn more at

Applications are due by January 17, 2023 for program dates in Summer 2023.

Please direct questions to Ms. Lexi at

Upcoming Financial Aid Webinar Series

As part of Financial Aid Awareness month in February 2023, NCSEAA and CFNC are pleased to bring you the How to Pay for College webinar series.

Students and their families are often confused about how to bridge the gap between family funds, financial aid and the total cost of paying for college. Funding a college education shouldn’t be a mystery. Having a better understanding of the funding landscape can help families build a sound plan so students can focus on their studies.

We will cover all the important topics you need to know to pay for college:

Week 1: How to Pay for College, February 2nd, 6-7 p.m. - Register here

Week 2: Scholarships "Ask the Experts" panel, February 9th, 6-7 p.m. - Register here

Week 3: FAFSA;s done - show me the money!, February 16th, 6-7 p.m. - Register here

Week 4: Comparing financial aid award letters, February 23rd, 6-7 p.m. - Register here


Parents, our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) Team is working in January to further educate parents about PBIS and how it is implemented as our Core Behavior Plan at GLOW.

What is PBIS?

PBIS helps schools create a common language around student behavior expectations and focuses on teaching expectations, preventing problems, and using logical consequences. At GLOW, we have established a common language by identifying 4 key expectations (respectful, responsible, safe, and kind) for all students. PBIS requires that we focus first on educating students about expectations and recognizing students who exhibit these behaviors (respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness).

Students have been provided instruction regarding what it means to be respectful, responsible, safe, and kind in all school environments. When we communicate with students about behavior that requires redirection, we use these 4 key words to communicate with students and re-teach expectations, as needed.

To learn more, you can find our PBIS Expectations Matrix HERE, as well as our school PBIS posters that are displayed in all settings HERE.

We encourage you to also use the language of GLOW's expectations when communicating with your student about behavior in and out of school. We believe that all behavior (appropriate an inappropriate) can be aligned with these 4 expectations.


Book Fair is Back!

Our 2nd Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be open Monday, January 30th - Friday, February 3rd!

Not only does the Book Fair raise money for GLOW Academy, it is a celebration for our students, brings our families together, and encourages lifelong learning.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week. Please take a look at shopping hours HERE and sign up for a shift as you are able. Thank You!

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🤧 Cold & Flu Season is Here

Cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu, GLOW will be following the recommendations and guidelines outlined by the CDC and New Hanover County Health Department:

Please do not send your child to school if she has or has had:

  • fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours (must be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Symptoms that make it hard for your child to participate in school such as frequent coughing, headache, body aches, fatigue, earaches.
  • Strep Throat- until on antibiotics 24 hr.

Additionally, tips for staying healthy can be found in the image below!
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COVID Testing Available

COVID diagnostic testing will be available to students at GLOW for the 2022-23 school year. Online registration must take place before testing can occur (Note: registration from last school year is no longer valid). Please register as soon as possible in anticipation of future testing throughout the school year. Use this link to register Coqui Health Registration for GLOW. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Valerie at



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Uniform Coupons

As we work to build our collection of uniform pieces in the GLOW Uniform Closet for students in need of temporary uniform solutions, we are partnering with Custom Logoware to offer $1 Custom Logoware coupons for each piece of gently used clothing that is donated to the GLOW Uniform Closet. Uniform pieces that your student has outgrown can be dropped off at the front office GLOW or at the February 2nd Curriculum Night.