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Gilbert High School's Newsletter - November 2019

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Principal's Message

November 2019

Dear Tiger families,

I write these words the week before Thanksgiving and it is amazing to think how deep into the holiday season we are already!

I want to thank our outstanding Air Force JROTC program, AZ-941, for their hosting an incredible Veteran's Day assembly for the student body last week. They did an amazing job showcasing all of the branches of the US Armed Forces and the impact that their shared sacrifice has on all of us. It's an amazing program and I appreciate all that they do.

I am looking forward to supporting the GHS Tiger Pride Marching Pride as they march in the Gilbert Days parade this upcoming Saturday, November 23! Multiple GPS schools will be participating and we are proud to be a part of it, as well.

As we move into December, we will naturally be heading into final exams and other end of semester assessments. Please help us by making sure your student gets good rest and nutrition as we move towards those exams. Their classroom teachers will help them with their studies and to be academically prepared and we rely on your help for the critical home preparation as well.

Thank you for all of your continuing support to our campus community and our Gilbert Public Schools family. We appreciate you sharing your most precious resource with us, your children! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving season, everyone!

Go Tigers!


Christopher Stroud



Save the Date(s) for School Council!

School Council meetings will be held once a month in the GHS HUB (formerly known as the Career Center) with Mr. Stroud. The meetings are always held on selected Monday nights from 5 pm to 6 pm. Our membership includes two student positions, three “official” parent positions, three faculty members, one staff position and one member of the business community. Our schedule for the 19-20 school year is:

January 13, 2020

February 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

April 20, 2020

All are welcome to come and participate. Join us as we discuss and tackle pertinent and timely issues of interest to students, parents, faculty and staff. The Hub is located inside the counseling office. We always have awesome treats made by our wonderful Culinary students under the direction of Mrs. Wright!


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GHS Seniors:

Jostens Information

Wednesday, March 4th

Senior Cap and Gown Deliveries - The Hub

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Early Release Day

Friday, May 1st

Senior Cap and Gown Deliveries - The Hub

Last day to purchase cap and gowns

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Culinary Class News

Chopped Competition

We are very proud of our students for receiving second place in the District Chopped Competition. The theme was Hawaiian food. They had to run and select foods from a table and create an entree and side dish without a recipe. Each high school had a judge come and evaluate the food and team of students. A big thanks to Magda Gonzales for coming to help us. Our students who competed are Karla Quinones, Victoria Guzman, Marissa Mandarino, and Claudia Pomonis. We have Culinary Club after school each month and would love to have students join us in room 1102.

Advanced Culinary Catering

GHS Advanced Culinary is off to a good start. They have catered for the Principal's Site Council meeting each month. They recently catered the swim team banquet for 120 people. Great food prepared by great students!


FFA News

National FFA Convention

Nine Gilbert FFA Members represented Arizona in national competition at the 92nd Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Nearly 70,000 FFA members from all 50 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico attend the convention annually. Blake Stringfellow, Izzy Taft, Sophia Kolb, and Delanie Christensen competed in the Food Science and Technology Career Development Event and received a Silver. Grace O’Conner and Sophia Alger presented their Agriscience Fair Project and won Silver. Competing in the National Meats Evaluation contest were Kira Schiermeyer, Mikayla Haynes, and John White; they received a Bronze.


AG Dept News


Theatre News

AZ State Thespian Festival

Gilbert Theatre Ensemble participated in the AZ State Thespian Festival Nov. 15th and 16th. GHS won 2nd place in the tech challenge for prop quick changeover, took Excellent for their one act from performance theaters, and won Gold Honor Troupe.

Students participated in numerous workshops throughout the event and watched main stages with Thespians from all over Arizona!


Orchestra News






Mindfulness Group

Students develop their knowledge in school and strengthen their bodies though sports or exercise. Now they can develop and strengthen their minds through the Mindfulness Small Group that will be offered in the Counseling Department.



Health Office News


Staff Spotlights

Caitlin Alfonso

Hello! My name is Caitlin Alfonso and I am the new Intervention Specialist. I can be found in the counseling department. My favorite part of my job is getting to know students at GHS and finding fun ways to talk about serious issues while working on skills to cope with stress. My first impression of the Tiger campus community was - FRIENDLY!! I have felt so welcomed into the school and enjoy everyday. THANK YOU!

One fun fact about me is that I love traveling. I lived in Italy 7 months.

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Holly Kellog

My name is Holly Kellogg and I teach Resource English and Co-Taught US/AZ History.

The best thing about being an educator is its prestige and that it's a valuable job that helps people make their way in life. The prestige in teaching comes because the teaching profession is difficult and challenging. I am in awe of how many students want to come to school and are engaged during class! One fun fact about me is I played D1 softball at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

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Debra Moeller

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Parent Corner

In this section, I will provide interesting parent articles to help our teens navigate our 21st Century world. As I come across articles that I think can help my family, I will be sure to post them here for yours, as well. -Mr. Stroud


Link for the GHS Parent Calendar


Dress Code Reminders

Please stress to your student the importance of dressing for success and to be dressed appropriate for school. The weather of course is still very warm and will be for some time, but we need to make sure we are not dressing for the summer while here on campus. Please refer to the District Student Handbook for guidance, and reach out to the GHS Administration Team if you have any further questions.

Mrs. Gonzales, 480.497.0177, ext. 6515

12th grade, 9th grade H-N

Mr. Haasch, 480.497.0177, ext. 6534

11th grade, 9th grade A-G

Mr. Yanez, 480.497.0177, ext. 6517

10th grade, 9th grade O-Z

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Parking Lot Procedures

Parents, please remember to use the parent drop-off loop in the morning and after school. Please do not drop off or pick up in the faculty lot on the west side of campus as this is used by students who walk and for bus transportation purposes. For everyone’s safety, please use the loop between campus and Elliot Road just north of the building.

As a note of caution to all of our campus community, please know that Gilbert Police will at some point do a traffic enforcement sweep on Elliot Road. We ask everyone to always drive safe and practice patience.

We appreciate everyone’s commitment to the safety of our students!

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Reminder for "Opt In" for Emergency Communication

Remember to opt-in for SMS messages in the event of an emergency on campus. Please note that GHS will only use the SMS feature to communicate with you in the event of an emergency. Thank you for your assistance in this matter!
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Student Handbooks

Student handbooks are available from the district website at (Please note that these haven't been updated as of June - watch this space and we'll let you know once the new ones are live).

This handbook outlines our procedures, activities, rules, etc. Please be sure you and your student take time to review these important guidelines to ensure your student’s success at Gilbert High School. Please take the time to review the attached student dress code policy; it is important for our students and parents to understand the expectations of the dress code before they start purchasing new clothes for the new school year.


Athletics Information

In order to try out for an athletic team at Gilbert High School, students must have completed the online athletic registration at The requirements include completion of the 2019-2020 Annual Pre-participation Physical Evaluation packet (which needs to be cleared and signed by a doctor); the Brain Book Concussion Course (for first-time high school sport enrollment); and online documents, e-signed by parent/guardian and student. Additionally, an athletic fee of $100.00 is required for each sport (due after try outs and before regular competition season starts). There may be additional fees required per sport. Ask the coach for further details.

Due to many year-round sports, we encourage parents to plan on the completion of the online registration and AIA physical forms before the school year starts, or as soon as possible. We also request this so there is no added delay in an athlete being able to participate in our interscholastic athletic programs. Please log on to to register your child. For any questions concerning Athletics, please contact our office at (480) 497-0177, ext. 6534.



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