The Grizzly Growl

Parent and Student Newsletter for GFH--January 2020

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From the Bear Den

Grizzlies Giving Back

Part of the Grizzly Way is to serve and give back to our school community, and our students and staff focused on that in December. We are humbled to share just a few examples of how we were able to help our community in the following ways:

  • The Winter Gear and Toy Drive for Truitt Intermediate School garnered 27 boxes of items for our sister students.
  • Grizzly Cheer made and donated 140 blankets to CHKD.
  • GFHS DECA served the homeless at a local church.
  • The Can-Dos collected nearly 10,000 canned goods through Lead for Change for the local foodbank.

Grizzlies Moving Forward

As we enter into the new decade of 2020, we extend wishes to the entire Grizzly family for good health and good luck. Let us remember that we are at our best when we serve ourselves and others through patience, kindness, gratitude, and grace.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @grassfield_hs. Our website is updated regularly for additional information.

Motivational Moment

Each Monday, a member of our staff sends a motivational message to our students during GNEWS. Mrs. Leslie Wecht, our assistant bookkeeper has an important message about kindness; watch her presentation here.
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After Prom

Every year, we ask all families to make a donation to the After Prom Fund that is equal to their child’s graduation year. The “pool” of money from their class will grow and be used for THEIR After Prom. Therefore, all students will benefit from this fundraiser.

Click on the following here if you would like to donate by cash or check.

Click on the following here if you would like to donate by credit card.


PTSA Executive Board Meeting and After Prom Meeting- January 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the media center.

The AfterProm Winter Dance will be held February 8. Tickets will go on sale the week of January 27-31 for $10.00 for GFH students and $20.00 for guests. The week of February 3, tickets will cost $15.00 for GFH students and $20.00 for guests.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Wecht @

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Senior Success

College application season is in full swing. Check out this month-by-month timeline to keep you on track as you navigate through senior year and complete your college applications. Some dates and information may vary, depending on the college or your own circumstances.

2020-2021 Calendar Options

Please review the Chesapeake Public Schools 2020-2021 calendar options and survey. The survey is open through January 24. Indicate your preference here. Your vote matters!

ACCESS College Support

Seniors: If you haven’t filed the FAFSA, NOW is the time! You don’t have to be done with your applications to complete it, and it’s important to file the FAFSA as soon as possible to be eligible for the most college financial aid. Complete the FAFSA with your parent or contact Mrs. Moorhouse, ACCESS Advisor, to make an appointment for her to complete it for you (

Juniors: If you are interested in (or already) using Khan Academy for SAT Prep, make sure to see Mrs. Moorhouse, ACCESS Advisor to earn prizes such as movie tickets and a raffle entry for a $300 VISA gift card. Khan Academy offers free, adaptive SAT practice—the software adjusts the questions based on a student’s PSAT/SAT results. In the past 2 years, GHS juniors who used Khan Academy raised their SAT scores as much as 160 points--- that can make a HUGE impact on your chance of acceptance to your dream college.

**Juniors who sign up for Khan Academy can also take the SAT for free in the Spring—a $48 value!** See Mrs. Moorhouse ( for more information or to sign up.

The Counseling Corner

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

Our school is preparing to participate in an important district initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).

PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing school-wide and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. It is also an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn. As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members will use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. We feel we already have a strong foundation for PBIS through our commitment to The Grizzly Way and the Community of Excellence. In this team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation, we look forward to working with all members of the Grassfield community to develop and refine our program.

Grizzly Greatness

Congratulations to:

Mrs. Patricia Cawley for earning the Chesapeake Reading Council Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Lee Mongold for earning the VFW National Citizenship Education Award. She is the winner for Post 2894, District 2, and the state of VA.

Upcoming Events

December 21- January 1- Winter Break- School Closed

January 2—School reopens

January 16—Rising Freshman Night (Elective Fair at 6:00; Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.)

January 20-Martin Luther King Day, No School

January 22 and 23-Semester 1 Exams

January 21-Junior Class Ring Ceremony

January 23-End of 1st Semester

January 24-Teacher Work Day

January 24-Junior Ring Dance

January 27-Start of 2nd Semester--To begin semester 2, students will report to their first semester homerooms to receive their semester 2 schedules. An announcement will be made for students to report to their new homeroom.

January 28-College, Career, and Beyond Night (Auditorium at 6:30)

February 6-2nd Semester Open House and Elective Fair

Grassfield High School

Enjoy this edition of The Grizzly Growl, yet another way we strive to increase communication and strengthen our Grizzly community. Your feedback is welcome.