Tiger Nation Newsletter

Weekly Report for September 29, 2023

Tiger Nation:

We have completed the first quarter of the school year. Progress report grades will be posted this afternoon. Please take some time to discuss your child’s current grades and progress as well as establish some goals for the final quarter of the first semester.

GHS will be on Fall Break from October 2nd - 13th. Students and staff will return to campus for the start of the second quarter on Monday, October 16th.

Congratulations to the following Gilbert Accelerated Middle School Choir Students for making the AZ STATE Cantaremos Honor Choir: Mons Larson, Landon Mariner, Charlee Farr and Ketziah Joseph. These students prepared and submitted an audition and competed against students in grades 7- 9 across the State!

Congratulations to the Gilbert Tiger Pride Marching Band for their recent first place finish in their competition at Highland High School! They received top scores for Division 2 in the areas of Music, General Effect, Visual and Percussion. Saturday, September 30th, the band will be competing in the Basha Marching Invitational.

Congratulations to GHS Senior Gabriel Lopez. He was recognized at the GPS Governing Board Meeting this past week for being named a National Merit Semifinalist!

Congratulations to the 134 GHS students that earned a passing score (3 or higher) on an Advanced Placement Exam last year. They all received an AP Yard Sign to celebrate this outstanding achievement!

Congratulations to the Gilbert High School Boys’ Golf team for winning their multi-meet at the Mesa Country Club on Tuesday September 26th. They topped Chandler, Coronado, and Apache Junction High Schools.

Fall Break is a great opportunity for students to expand and improve their literacy skills by taking time to relax and find something fun to read. Independent reading has been shown to improve comprehension as well as increase vocabulary.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of Gilbert High School!

Principal Winter

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Thank you GHS PTRO & Judd Orthodontics!

Big shout out to our PTRO and Judd Orthodontics for providing all GHS Staff with some awesome swag! THANK YOU!!!
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Don't forget to Order Yearbook Photos!

Order by September 30th to receive FREE shipping to the school. Orders after September 30th will be mailed home for an additional fee.
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Gilbert High School is a closed campus. This means that students are not permitted to leave campus during their school day. Once students arrive on campus, they are required to stay through their last scheduled class period. Students will not be allowed to leave unless a parent physically comes in to sign their student out. Please plan appointments accordingly.

Students that drive may not access their vehicle during their school day.

We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.

GHS Administration

Have you completed your Annual Update?

It is crucial that all GPS families complete the online 'Annual Update' in Infinite Campus. The

information provided will be used by the district or your school to directly communicate with you

regarding your student, or in the event of an emergency on campus. Please log into your Infinite

Campus Parent Portal and complete the 'Annual Update' today!

Keep Student's Contact Information Up To Date | Gilbert Public Schools District

Graduation Tracker

Parents and students can use the Graduation Tracker tool in the Infinite Campus portal to see if your student is on track for graduation. This tool will show the credits a student has earned and the credits the student has planned for future years.

Freshmen students will not have any credits shown in the Graduation Tracker until the end of the first semester. Once freshmen have completed their 4-year plan with their counselor during Freshman visits in September, the credits and classes planned for future years will show up in the tracker.

Please Login to your Infinite Campus Portal to access the Graduation Tracker:

Campus Beautificaiton!

Thanks to our awesome AZ941 ROTC cadets for their dedication to GHS!

Band Concert

Amazing band performance earlier this week by our GHS Band. Shout out to Mr. Andre and our Tiger Band students! On another note…our Tiger Pride Band placed 1st place at the Highland High School Invitational and 1st place Caption Awards in Music, General Effect, Visual and Percussion!!! We are so proud of you all.

Choir Concert

Encore! Another spectacular show by our talented GHS Choir!

Colorful Fun Run

Join our IB Club on October 21st from 7 to 11 a.m. for their Color Fun Run at GHS!!! Help them support the Autism Science Foundation by signing up today through GoFan or through the QR code below!


Weekly Activity Report

October 2nd - 13th - FALL BREAK

School Resumes Monday, October 16th

Thursday, October 19th

7:00am ---------- Picture Retakes

The Den

The Den is now open every Tuesday and Thursday during 4th/5th hour lunch. Great news, we take debit/credit cards now!!! Come pick up a cold drink, snacks, and some really cool merch!!!

Opportunity for GHS Juniors

Does your 11th grader want to travel the world this summer? The 2024 Gilbert Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program is the program for them! Gilbert Sister Cities is a nonprofit organization that offers Juniors in Gilbert a chance to host an exchange student in their homes and travel for free to either of our sister cities in China or Northern Ireland.

In addition to providing an opportunity for students to visit Leshan, China, or Antrim-Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland (all for free next summer), the 2024 Youth Ambassador Program will include workshops on essay writing, fundraising, interviewing, and networking. Taught by local business leaders, these clinics will help participants develop skills that will help them with the college admission process, scholarship applications/interviews, job interviews, and in the workforce itself.

Participants will have a variety of opportunities to practice what they have learned during group and individual interviews, social events, and fundraisers.

Please visit our website at: gilbertsistercities.org, and visit our Facebook and Instagram @gilbertsistercities for more information. If you have any questions, please email lori.schuermann@gilbertsistercities.com.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection

To give all students an equal opportunity to become their school's valedictorian or salutatorian, Gilbert Public Schools will use the following guidelines:

  • Class rank will be used to determine the Valedictorian/Salutatorian distinction. In addition, recognition will be made for students who are in the top 1% of their class. Weighted classes will be included when determining class rank and will be identified on a student's transcript.
  • Foreign exchange students will not be eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian position.
  • Mid-year graduates will not be eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian position.
  • The valedictorian and salutatorian must have taken a minimum of twelve and one-half (12.5) credits (25 semester courses) at the high school from which they are graduating and must be enrolled in a minimum of five (5) class periods (full time status) per semester.

Students who are interested in competing for the valedictorian or salutatorian position are encouraged to discuss this process with their school counselor.


PSAT and Late Start Information

Gilbert Public Schools will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT© to all currently enrolled 10th grade students free of cost on Tuesday, October 24th. Additionally, any 11th grade students who previously registered and paid to participate will also take the exam on this date and time.

The PSAT/NMSQT opens doors to college. Its unique benefits include free, personalized practice; college application fee waivers; scholarship opportunities; increased access to AP courses; and much more.

October 24th, 2023 will be a Late Start Day for students in grades 9, 11, 12. All students enrolled in grade 10 are eligible for the PSAT/ NMSQT administration and will arrive at school at the normal start time. Transportation will be provided on this day for all students who normally ride buses.

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Athletics Office

Wednesday, October 4th

6:00pm --------- Freshman/Sophomore Football vs. McClintock HS

Friday, October 6th

7:00pm --------- Varsity Football vs. McClintock

Tuesday, October 10th

4:00pm --------- Girls Badminton @ Desert Vista HS

5:00pm --------- Girls Flag Football @ Maricopa HS

Thursday, October 12th

5:00pm --------- Girls Flag Football @ Desert Ridge HS

Friday, October 13th

7:00am --------- Cross Country Epic Tourney XC Invite

Saturday, October 14th

7:00am --------- Swim & Dive AMGD Invite

Monday, October 16th

4:00pm ---------- Girls Badminton @ Queen Creek

Tuesday, October 17th

4:00pm ---------- Girls Volleyball vs. Queen Creek HS

5:00pm ---------- Girls Flag Football vs. Marana HS

Wednesday, October 18th

4:00pm ---------- Girls Volleyball @ Desert Ridge HS

6:00pm ---------- Frosh/Soph Football @ Dobson HS

Thursday, October 19th

4:00pm ---------- Girls Volleyball @ Corona Del Sol HS

5:00pm ---------- Girls Flag Football vs. Queen Creek HS

Friday, October 20th

7:30am ---------- GHS Badminton State Tournament

4:00pm ---------- Swim & Dive vs. Williamsfield HS

7:00pm ---------- Varsity Football @ Dobson HS


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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Looking to gain skills in becoming a resilient, self-motivated young person? The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme enables our teachers to develop resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive and contribute to making the world a better place. For more information, contact Meghan Gray at meghan.gray@gilbertschools.net or Autumn Sobol at autumn.sobol@gilbertschools.net

Gilbert Accelerated Middle School

Gilbert High School is the home to the Gilbert Accelerated Middle School this incoming 2023-2024 school year! Students will be immersed in honors and accelerated curriculum with access to the resources of a comprehensive high school, while in a supportive cohort of other 7th and 8th-grade students. The learning experience is both academically rigorous and well-rounded, based on the application of knowledge and reflection, project-based learning, critical thinking, cross-curricular portfolio building, and student-centered learning approaches. Students gain access to the instructional expertise of high school/college-level faculty and are encouraged and supported to develop strong leadership and study skills, preparing them for a successful future in high school and beyond. If you are interested in registering, complete the Gilbert Accelerated Middle School Registration Form today!

GAMS September 2023 Newsletter

College and Career & Dual Enrollment

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Gilbert Public Schools News

Here Comes the Bus® School Bus Tracking App

GPS families whose students commute to campus via the school bus can download the 'Here Comes the Bus' app to track their child's bus on a map! Download it today from the App Store® or Google Play Store®. Features include the real-time location of your student's school bus, knowledge of when your student boards or exits the bus using their GPS Student ID, and push or email notifications when the school bus is near.

Sign Up Instructions for Parents and Families:

  1. Download 'Here Comes the Bus' app or visit herecomesthebus.com
  2. Click the Sign Up button
  3. Enter school code 85861, click Next, followed by Confirm
  4. Complete the User Profile box
  5. Under the My Students section, select add and enter your child's last name with their Student ID number
  6. Once you confirm your information, you are ready to begin using the app.

Updated Dress Code Expectations

All GPS schools will begin using this newly updated Dress Code Expectations for the 2023-2024 school year.

Families can APPLY TODAY for Free & Reduced Meals

Applications are open now for the Free & Reduced Meals program for the 2023/24 school year! New this year, students in qualified households will receive free breakfast AND lunch combo meals. A grant from the state of Arizona will pay for the reduced price portion of the meals. Families can apply today through the LINQ Family Portal. Families who previously created accounts through the Titan Family Portal can use their same username and password in LINQ. | View Application

**GHS does not allow food deliveries such as Uber Eats, Door Dash, Restaurants, etc...

ALL GPS families urged to do the Annual Update

It is essential that our GPS families complete the Annual Update in their Infinite Campus portal, even if your contact information has not changed. The Annual Update ensures that the district and your school can communicate with your family regarding your student(s), or in the event of an emergency. Please contact your student's school directly if you need assistance with your Infinite Campus account. | Review Here

GPS Families Hub

The Families Hub offers a wide range of resources to help you and your student(s) throughout the

school year, including back to school updates, menus, nutritional information, enrollment details and




Download the GPS Mobile App

The GPS App includes a link to IC, as well as access to your student’s school calendar, meal information, bus routes, and other helpful information for parents and students. Visit www.gilbertschools.net/app for more information.

See Something? Say Something!

The confidential GPS Tip Line was designed to promote school and student safety and wellbeing. Students and parents can report a threat or potential threat about a student or school. The Tip Line also provides information on other topics, which may affect our students, staffs, or schools.

GPS School Calendars Approved

Gilbert Public Schools recently conducted a survey in which our families and employees voted in favor of continuing the 2-2-2 calendar for the 2024-2025, 2025-2026, and 2026-2027 school years.

We would now like to update you that the Governing Board approved these calendars at their meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Please click here to view all calendar information including next year’s calendar, already approved, and the new calendars for the 2024-2025, 2025-2026, and 2026-2027 school years.

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