The Lion's Roar

Gloucester High School - Newsletter- February 16th, 2018

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Partnership. Performance. Pride.

Hello Parents,

We are quickly advancing towards the end of February. Spring sports begin practicing in two weeks! Nearly all 2018-2019 course selections were entered by our our soon-to-be upperclassmen along with their guidance counselor. Wednesday's professional development sessions included staff members working on the Google Suite of Apps/Software for Education, Khan Academy, computer-based instructional warm-ups, and vertical teaming for faculty members within our Pre-AP/AP track. We had a lot of fun with the Winter Ball "Theme Days" & GHS Winter Olympics (check out the video below) and are looking forward to tomorrow night's dance.

I met with every 9th grade English and Math class throughout the week. I wanted to echo the message communicated at the outset of the school year that all members of the Class of 2021 are faced with the most challenging and stringent State testing graduation requirements of any class in New Jersey history. I am confident to my core in our staff members and know that all of our students have the necessary support in place to rise to meet these new challenges.

Parents of any Seniors who haven’t completed their FAFSA yet must plan on coming out to our final Financial Aid Workshop this Tuesday night at 6 p.m. This will be our second and final workshop of the school year. Financial Aid professionals will be at GHS to complete the forms with you. Deadlines are rapidly approaching. If 12th grade students do not complete these forms, they will not be eligible for any financial aid. For parents of students currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 who are anxious about the financial requirements along the path towards a college diploma, I have included some promising information below regarding two incredible financial assistance opportunities offered exclusively to New Jersey residents.

Lastly, I am looking forward to meeting the members of the Class of 2022 officially for the first time next week at both Gloucester Middle School and Alice Costello School. We will count on them to continue to build the Lions momentum towards the greatest of heights academically, athletically, and civically.

In Partnership,

Sean Gorman

G.H. S. Olympics 2018


A meeting will be held with our Juniors on Tuesday, 2/27, during homeroom to review qualifications for the Educational Opportunity Fund. This program and the NJ STARS program are two avenues towards financial assistance for college that all parents and students should be aware of. Many of our graduates have benefited immensely from both!

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    Monday, February 19th

    • President’s Day---School Closed

    Tuesday, February 20th

    • 2nd Financial Aid Workshop for Senior parents @ 6 p.m.

    • Senior trip payment opportunity for Juniors

    Wednesday, February 21st

    • Spring Athletic Physicals

    Thursday, February 22nd

    • Course Selection for Gloucester Middle School 8th Grade

    Friday, February 23rd

    Athletics Schedule

    Monday, February 19th

    • JV Girls Basketball vs. Highland @ 4:00pm
    • Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Highland @ 5:30pm

    Tuesday, February 20th

    • Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Cumberland @ 4:00pm
    • JV Boys Basketball vs. Cumberland @ 4:00pm
    • Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Cumberland @ 5:30pm

    Thursday, February 22nd

    • JV Girls Basketball vs. Deptford @ 4:00pm
    • Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Deptford @ 5:30

    Friday, February 23rd

    • JV Boys Basketball vs. Wildwood @ 4:00pm
    • Varsity Boys basketball vs. Wildwood @ 5:30pm
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    Photo of the Week

    Sophomore Cassidy Voll gives the thumbs up after her second successful ankle replacement surgery this week. We can't wait to see Cassidy back in the hallways at GHS...She is the definition of lionhearted!

    Upcoming Events:

    Week of February 26th - “College Week” Begins

    February 26th - Jr Prom Yankee Candle Fundraiser Begins

    February 26th - National Honor Society Announced-Jrs & Srs

    February 26th - 9th Grade: Dating Violence Program w/ GCPD

    February 28th - Musical In-School Performance

    March 1st through 3rd - Musical Performances

    March 1st - College Acceptance Celebration Lunch

    March 2nd - 3rd Marking Period Progress Report

    March 2nd - Spring Sports Begin Practicing

    March 2nd - “Read Across America” Day

    March 4th - 150th Anniversary of Gloucester City’s Incorporation Celebration Parade

    March 6th - National Honor Society Applications Due

    March 7th - Spring Athletics Parent Night

    March 8th - Camden County Consumer Bowl

    March 9th - April ACT Registration Deadline

    March 10th - SAT Administration

    March 14th - AM Professional Learning Community Morning - Late Entry for Students

    March 15th - Junior Homeroom Meeting Regarding Prom

    March 16th - Senior Homeroom Meeting Regarding Prom

    March 16th - Senior trip payment opportunity for Juniors

    March 16th - 18-19 Course Selections Shared w/ Parents & Enrollment Tallies Analyzed

    March 20th - 1st Day of Spring

    March 20th - "Camden County College for a Day" Senior Program

    March 21st - Parent Conferences/Early Dismissal

    March 21st - SAT School Day Testing for Juniors

    March 21st - Annual GHS “College Fair”

    March 21st - Rising Senior Night Presentation to 11th Grade Students & Parents

    March 22nd - Former NFL player, William Green, Substance Abuse Presentation

    March 23rd - Educational Support Professionals Appreciation Day


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