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Message from the Principal

Happy New Year, GLOW Students & Families!

We are excited to welcome students back to school on Wednesday, the first day of 2nd semester!

As we enter 2023, we are reminded that since GLOW first opened in August 2016, 2023 has been a year often mentioned with excitement and anticipation, as GLOW's founding class will graduate in 2023! We couldn't be more proud of all these seniors have accomplished, but we are even more excited to see what their futures hold.

Our school's vision is becoming a reality as we review College Application and Acceptance data, as well as Scholarship offers for our current seniors. We wanted to share our current data with you, as well!

  • 94.1% of our seniors have APPLIED to college
  • 84.3% of our students have been ACCEPTED to college
  • $1,460,000 in Merit SCHOLARSHIPS have been offered to our seniors

While we all excitedly anticipate GLOW's first graduation, we have one more very important semester to complete before reaching that milestone.

This next semester is not only important for our seniors, but for ALL students!

Our teachers are ready to not only teach new standards in Semester 2, but also to prepare our students for end of year testing in May. Attendance and active participation is vital for all students, and we appreciate the support of our parents and families to ensure student success.

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Kate B. Tayloe



Leadership Advisory at 8:15 AM on January 4

Students will report to their Leadership Advisory Class at 8:15 AM on Wednesday to get new schedules for 2nd Semester. We will make an announcement at 8:25 AM for students to transition to 1st period.

Combining Buses

We are down a bus driver for the next two weeks, so will need to utilize our combined bus plan (Cougars, Wildcats, and Seahawks). Student stops may be a bit delayed, but all students will be picked up and dropped off at their usual stops. Thank you for your understanding.

Gaggle - Google Monitoring System for Student Safety

We want to make students and parents aware that GLOW is now utilizing Gaggle, a service that supports student safety and well-being when using school provided technology.

Gaggle is a scanning program that reviews student Google files (Gmail and Drive) for inappropriate images and/or content identified by keywords. Gaggle will flag content referencing intentions of violence, drug and alcohol use, sex, self-harm, profanity, hate speech, pornography, etc. It will also analyze images to block pornography and obscene visuals from reaching students.

Gaggle representatives review google files throughout the day and night and send alerts to school administrators. Depending on the type of alert received, if school administrators receive an alert indicating potential student self-harm, parents/guardians will be contacted when the alert is received. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, administrators will contact local law enforcement to request a well-check on students of alerts regarding threats of self-harm.

All school rules apply to the content on a student’s Google Drive. Students are encouraged to practice responsible digital citizenship and ensure that they are following GLOW's Acceptable Use Policy.

✅Enrollment Season is Here!✅

GLOW Academy is thrilled to announce our 2023-2024 School Year Application is now LIVE!

This form is only for new, rising 6th through rising 9th grade students. If your child is a current student attending GLOW Academy, you do not need to reapply.

Siblings of current students will need to complete an application, and may do do by clicking HERE.

Please help us spread the word by telling your friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

Help Us Spread the Word!

We will be hosting Parent Information Sessions for families currently not enrolled at GLOW Academy throughout January. These sessions provide a great opportunity to visit our campus and learn more about the programs & opportunities available. Help us spread the word & tell your friends and neighbors.


The spring tournament for our Esports gaming league will begin on January 23rd. We are still looking for players to complete our roster and compete in the different games available in the tournaments. The spring games will be; League of Legends, Brawlhalla, Valorant, MineCraft and Rocket League. If you are a high school student, OR an 8th grade student and are wanting to compete in any of these games, there will be an interest meeting on Monday, January 10th from 3:30 to 4:15 in room 618. Current Esports team members should attend the meeting as well.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Kirby, Mr. Mitro, Mr. Monroe, or Mr. V.

MLK Day Parade

Monday, January 16th is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. In observance, GLOW Academy will not be in session.

We invite students & families to join us at the MLK Day Parade in downtown Wilmington, either riding on our GLOW Academy bus or walking. If you are interested in participating, please email Jen Wilson-Mathis.


Parents, our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) Team is working in January to further educate parents about PBIS and how it is implemented as our Core Behavior Plan at GLOW.

What is PBIS?

PBIS helps schools create a common language around student behavior expectations and focuses on teaching expectations, preventing problems, and using logical consequences. At GLOW, we have established a common language by identifying 4 key expectations (respectful, responsible, safe, and kind) for all students. PBIS requires that we focus first on educating students about expectations and recognizing students who exhibit these behaviors (respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness).

Students have been provided instruction regarding what it means to be respectful, responsible, safe, and kind in all school environments. When we communicate with students about behavior that requires redirection, we use these 4 key words to communicate with students and re-teach expectations, as needed.

To learn more, you can find our PBIS Expectations Matrix HERE, as well as our school PBIS posters that are displayed in all settings HERE.

We encourage you to also use the language of GLOW's expectations when communicating with your student about behavior in and out of school. We believe that all behavior (appropriate an inappropriate) can be aligned with these 4 expectations.


Book Fair is Back!

Our 2nd Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be open Monday, January 30th - Friday, February 3rd!

Not only does the Book Fair raise money for GLOW Academy, it is a celebration for our students, brings our families together, and encourages lifelong learning.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week. Please take a look at shopping hours HERE and sign up for a shift as you are able. Thank You!

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🤧 Cold & Flu Season is Here

Cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu, GLOW will be following the recommendations and guidelines outlined by the CDC and New Hanover County Health Department:

Please do not send your child to school if she has or has had:

  • fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours (must be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Symptoms that make it hard for your child to participate in school such as frequent coughing, headache, body aches, fatigue, earaches.
  • Strep Throat- until on antibiotics 24 hr.

Additionally, tips for staying healthy can be found in the image below!
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COVID Testing Available

COVID diagnostic testing will be available to students at GLOW for the 2022-23 school year. Online registration must take place before testing can occur (Note: registration from last school year is no longer valid). Please register as soon as possible in anticipation of future testing throughout the school year. Use this link to register Coqui Health Registration for GLOW. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Valerie at




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