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Gilbert High School's Newsletter - October 2019

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Principal's Message

October 2019

Dear Tiger families,

It has been a busy October here at Gilbert High School! We have come back from Fall Break ready for our second quarter and new challenges!

The weather is finally cooling off (I write that as a rather frustrated Alaskan who really has never fully embraced Arizona summers!) and we are fast approaching playoffs for many of our Fall sports. Stay tuned for which programs are in!

A few weeks ago we held the PSAT exam for our Sophomores and Juniors here at GHS. We are super excited as it was our largest group of students taking the PSAT in years! If your child missed the exam, please see their counselor and see if next year is an option for them.

This week, we held our first FAFSA night for families and we were pleased that over 70 folks came out to visit with representatives from Mesa Community College who volunteered to come out to help families navigate this admittedly-complicated process. If you have not started looking into this process, now is the time! FAFSA completion can unlock a host of benefits for your student, regardless of whether taking financial assistance loans are in your future. As the price of postsecondary education continues to soar in this country, I cannot emphasize enough how being smart consumers is so critical to your child's collegiate success. College is as much an economic decision as it is an educational decision. For any questions, please see either Mrs. Ramirez, GHS Career Center Coordinator, whose office is in GHS Stories, or your child's counselor!

Finally, a quick word on how proud I am of our students and campus community to come together to help one of our families during a uniquely challenging time in the loss of their child. As a dad, as an educator, as a principal, the most important thing in any of our lives in my opinion is our relationships with one another. I have never been more proud of our Tiger community than when I saw students, faculty, staff and parents taking care of one another. Thank you for all you do to help make our campus community a special one.


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 a Monday evening 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:

October 28, 2019

November 18, 2019

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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Senior Night

Attention GHS Seniors:

Our GHS Senior Night will take place on Wednesday, November 6th from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We are excited to have local college and university representatives, as well as FAFSA assistance for our families. Jostens will also be here to help students with ordering graduation related items. Come and enjoy this valuable, informational night with us and have some fun! (Seniors will have the opportunity to win some wonderful prizes during the event!!!) See you there!!!


Theatre News

GTE performed another fabulous production! Much Ado About Nothing was performed Sept 25-27th. Over 50 cast and crew members are now well versed in the bard and excited about the upcoming production of Peter and the Starcatcher in the spring!

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Orchestra News

GHS orchestra ensembles performed really well on Friday at the AZ Band & Orchestra Directors Assn Fall Orchestra Festival at Dobson HS.

Chamber Orchestra received a Superior rating (almost the highest) and Symphonic Strings received a Superior with Distinction rating (the highest), meaning that all three judges gave them a superior rating. Congratulations to all.

Seven GHS Students auditioned for and made the Arizona All State Vocal Jazz Choirs. This state-wide competition selects the top 10 in each voice part only for two choirs, a Jazz Choir and Jazz Clinic Choir. Over 350 students audition for this honor. We want to congratulate: Joanna Rita-Sunjo, Desmond Bunting, Austin Karrick, Levi Pettyjohn, James LeCheminant, Jesse Thatcher, and Brecklyn Godard for this outstanding achievement. The All State Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Festival takes place at Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ on Nov. 21-23 with a closing concert at 2:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Gilbert High’s Concert Choir and Advanced Women’s Ensemble for receiving Superior with Distinction ratings at the Arizona Choral Director’s Fall State Choir Festival held at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on 10/24/19. They perform their set of music, receive a rating and clinic, and then go into a musicianship/sight reading assessment and also receive a rating. You must earn Superior ratings in both the performance and musicianship to receive the “with Distinction” honor. Congrats to our GHS Tiger Choirs!

Holiday Boutique & Chamber Music Breakfast

The halls of GHS will be transformed into a fabulous holiday boutique featuring more than 40 artists and vendors, December 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. You'll find something for everyone on your holiday gift list at the event. Admission is free. From 8:30 - 11:30 that morning, GHS orchestra students will be performing chamber music at an annual fundraising breakfast sponsored by Brio Tuscan Grille. Tickets for the full hot breakfast buffet are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information about both of these events, email or visit
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GHS Orchestra Chosen as National Model

The GHS Orchestras and director Laura Reed have been chosen to create Model Cornerstone Assessments for the National Coalition of Arts Standards. During the rest of the school year, students will be testing out model assignments and assessments based on the new national standards in music that will be used as examples for orchestras around the country.


Chess Club

The GHS Chess Team took 1st place at their Region I State Individual Invitational in Flagstaff over the past weekend! They played against 16 teams from around the state! Congratulations!


Danceworks Company

Danceworks Company, our performing dance group at Gilbert High performs at all Pep Assemblies and will be performing in the Fall Dance Concert on November 21st and 22nd on the Gilbert High stage.
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Suicide Prevention Month

Bring Change to Mind Club

Natalie Johnson and her club members created and distributed stress balls to our Gilbert Tiger Family during Suicide Prevention Month. They also ran a booth during the lunch hours to support positivity and awareness.

Be The i in Kind!

Nico Alfaro, (GHS librarian extraordinaire), created a picture wall at the entrance to Stories. Isaac Lejman, a senior and member of the BC2M Club was one of the many teachers, students and staff had their pictures taken to support Suicide Prevention Month.
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Mindfulness Group

Students develop their intelligence 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 starting in September.
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Trunk or Treat

Please join us in the faculty parking lot on October 29th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm for our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat!
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Celebración de Día de Los Muertos

The Gilbert High School Student Council, Modern Language Department, Spanish and Art Clubs will be hosting una Celebración de Día de Los Muertos on Friday, Nov. 1st. Internationally recognized artist, Zarco Guerrero will again be joining us with his nine foot calaca puppet. The Spanish and Art Clubs will be selling memorabilia and paper flowers, a symbol of patronage and respect to our ancestors.
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Staff Spotlight

Brian Gray

My name is Brian Gray and I am the new automotive tech instructor.

The best thing about being an educator for me is to make a difference in someone’s life in a positive way. I look forward to working with students that want to go into an automotive career. We also welcome students that wants to know about how a car works including how to diagnose car issues and how to apply that to anything else in life. I was pleasantly surprised how genuine and helpful the staff has been with me. Stop by the shop and say hello. The shop has better equipment than a lot of professional automotive shops and is ready to go. I love to travel and explore new things around the world.

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Taylor Bird

Hello! My name is Taylor Bird and I am teaching Agricultural Engineering and Fabrication 1 and Lab Biology this year!

The best thing about being an educator is working with the students! I really have so much fun helping students learn!

I am absolutely amazed with my first impression of the Tiger campus community! All of the faculty, staff and students are outstanding here. I couldn't think of a better place to be!

I always have a hard time thinking about a fun fact about myself... I can say my alphabet backwards! That's fun!

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Health Office News

With the cold and flu season underway, here are some important tips to know on deciding whether or not to send your ill child to school. When your child has experienced any of these symptoms within the last 24 hours, s/he should be kept home from school:

-Fever 100 degrees or above



-Symptoms of Pink Eye (redness, itching, discharge)

-Skin rashes (open blisters, discharge)

Students exhibiting the above symptoms are considered contagious and, in general, are not feeling well enough to be in school. Once these symptoms have subsided for 24 hours without the use of medication (Tylenol, Imodium), they may return to school. Students who do not have any of the above symptoms, but may have some mild cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, cough or headache may attend school.


Parent Corner

In this section, I will provide interesting parent article 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, x184

12th grade, 9th grade H-N

Mr. Haasch, 480.497.0177, x169

11th grade, 9th grade A-G

Mr. Yanez, 480.497.0177, x156

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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