High School

Weekly Update - 10/8/21

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Principal Thoughts

When I was a kid, Michael Jordan was far and away my favorite athlete. The Chicago Bulls of the 1990s dominated their era like few teams ever have. Of course, it's not possible in a team sport for one individual to do it alone, and there were certainly many talented players on those teams. However, Jordan was the driving force behind all those victories. I think it's pretty clear that without him, those teams would have still been good, but I don't think there's any way they would have won six NBA championships.

Michael Jordan's success came at a price, however, and this is what often gets overlooked. In a commercial from that era, Jordan said, "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." In other words, Jordan would not have been the great champion he was if he had been afraid to fail. What most folks tend to remember about Jordan is the glory that came with winning all those championships, but few people think about the countless hours of practice and missed opportunities it took Jordan to become the greatest basketball player of his time.

If you had asked a much younger version of myself what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a basketball player. Reality hit me a little hard on that one because even if I had put in twice the effort Michael Jordan did (which I didn't), I was never going to be a basketball player. However, that doesn't mean I can't emulate Jordan in other ways. Success, in whatever field one chooses, is not possible if one is afraid to fail. I think this is an important message for our students as well. When we are babies, we aren't afraid to fail. Just watch a small child learning to walk and talk. They make mistakes all the time until they finally figure it out. Fear of failure is something we are taught and must spend the rest of our lives fighting against. My hope for our staff and students is that when they are asked to take the "game winning shot," they aren't afraid of missing. There will be another "game" and another opportunity.

Important Testing Information for Next Week

All Juniors will be taking the PSAT on campus on Wednesday, October 13 from 8:15-11:45. All other students will have an asynchronous learning day on that day.

All Sophomores will be taking the PreACT on campus on Thursday, October 14 from 8:15-11:45. All other students will have an asynchronous learning day on that day.

There will be no school for students on Friday, October 15.


A mandatory meeting will be held for all Juniors on Monday, October 25 at 8:30AM in the Gym. Our Jostens rep will be providing order info for Class Rings. They will return on Thursday, November 4th to collect orders during lunch in the Commons.


A mandatory meeting will be held for all Seniors on Tuesday, October 26 at 8:30AM in the Gym. Our Jostens rep will be providing order info for Cap & Gowns. They will return on Thursday, November 4th to collect orders during lunch in the Commons.

Knightfest Update

Knightfest has been rescheduled to Friday, October 29. Please see below for more information regarding wristband sales.

Due to the schedule change for Knightfest, wristband sales will be as follows:

1. Sales will occur October 28-29 during Knight Time and lunches (price remains $10).

2. New wristbands will be issued to those who have already purchased. This will happen the week of October 29. Yellow wristbands can be discarded.

3. If a student cannot attend Knightfest, they should see Mrs. Eudy (room 102) for a refund.

4. Knightfest is for GS students only.

Counselor's Corner

Last week, I ran across an article that piqued my interest. It was about how being in nature can improve mental health. This is no surprise to me, as I am an avid lover of the outdoors and recognize how much personal benefit it brings to step outside and breathe fresh air. Thus, I started digging into the research, and I found article after article about how nature can improve mental and emotional health. I wanted to share with you some of the benefits that nature can provide:

  • Lower levels of hostility, aggression, and anxiety

  • Improved creativity and abstract thinking

  • Decreased stress levels due to decreased cortisol levels

  • Improved emotional outlook

    • Less pessimistic and fearful thinking

  • Improved working memory, cognitive flexibility, and attentional control

  • Increased self-control behaviors in children and teens

  • Increased energy

  • Increased positive affect and positive social interactions

The most interesting part of the research shows that spending any amount of time outdoors can produce positive results. In addition, numerous studies showed that listening to nature sounds or even looking at pictures of nature led to improved mental and emotional well-being.

Our lifestyles have us spending much time behind screens. The average for most people is 10 hours daily. Our students may spend even more time behind screens depending on their interests. Here are some things that we can do to encourage our students to incorporate nature into the daily lives of our students.

  • End the day with a short walk with your student.

  • Notice one thing in nature everyday while in the car with your student.

  • Plant something with your teens and teach them how to care for it.

  • Have dinner outdoors in the evenings.

  • Watch a sunset with your teen.

  • Visit a park with your teen (we are never too old for parks!).

  • Take a drive with the windows down with your teens (phone free time).

  • Start small: Devote 5 minutes a week to sit outside with your teen and chat with them. Then, build on that…

Be well,

Mrs. Allred-McGee

Athletic Results

Boys' XC

10/5 - Finished 2nd vs. N. Stanly, S. Stanly, JROB

Girls' XC

10/5 - Finished 1st vs. N. Stanly, S. Stanly, & JROB

Girls' Golf

10/4 - Won YVC Championship at Piney Point with four finishers in the top 7

Boys' Soccer

10/6 - v. N Stanly, W 5-1

10/8 - v. Mountain Island Charter (Homecoming), TBD

Girls' Tennis

10/4 - v. S. Stanly, W 8-1

10/5 - v. Chatham Charter, L 3-6

JV Volleyball

10/6 - v. J. M. Robinson, W 2-0

Varsity Volleyball

10/6 - v. J. M. Robinson, W 3-0

Upcoming Athletic Events

Next Week's Lunch Menu

Monday Pasta (Meat or Alfredo Sauce), Garlic Bread, Side Salad

Tuesday Southern BBQ, Mac & Cheese, Fruit

Wednesday No Lunch Served

Thursday No Lunch Served

Friday No School

Driver's Ed

All classes are scheduled through Stanly County Schools. You can find available classes & register at www.stanlycountyschools.org (Departments > Student Services > Driver's Education). For any questions, please reach out to Kristy Roland, Student Services at Stanly County Schools: 704-961-3800 or kristy.roland@stanlycountyschools.org.

The Spirit Shack

The Spirit Shack has new items in stock! They will be available online and on Fridays in the Spirit Shack. We accept cash, credit cards and Apple Pay.


About Us

Gray Stone Day School is a regional school that provides a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 6 - 12. While developing strong character, students engage in highly challenging courses that will require them to work diligently in and out of the classroom. A high caliber teaching staff prepares a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.