The Gilbert School E-News

March 2022

JUNIORS: School Day SAT Is 3/23

The School Day SAT will be on Wednesday March 23. It is required that all Juniors take the SAT. It is free and scores can be used to send to colleges. For the first time, the SAT will be electronic and all students should bring their charged chrome book to the exam. Students must arrive by 7:40 am and report to the lobby of the gym.

Juniors may leave school at the end of testing with parent permission.

Please email Mrs. Kirsch at indicating your permission for your student to leave school at the end of testing at approximately 11:45am.

TGS Incorporates Cutting-Edge Technology To Enhance Science Laboratory Experience

By Patrick Cooke, Science Department Chair

This February, the Gilbert Science Department faculty underwent their second session in a series of professional development training to continue learning how to use and incorporate Vernier hardware and software in the science laboratory experience. Over the past year, Gilbert science teachers and students have been fortunate to use this sophisticated technology to enhance the experience of inquiry-based learning with real-time data collection.

So far, students have used the new technology in a range of activities and labs ranging from basic temperature collection using a steel temperature probe to advanced acid/base titration labs in AP Chemistry. Long gone are the days of using alcohol-filled thermometers and pH litmus paper. Different types of sensors and equipment allow students to wirelessly transmit data (change in temp, pH, voltage, just to list a few) to their Chromebooks for immediate observation and analysis of different phenomena in science.

For example, in a popular investigative lab studying alternative energy resources, students in 9th grade Physical Science built their own windmills, testing different shapes of blades, using the Vernier technology to measure and compare the voltages generated. We have only begun to scratch the surface of potential enhancing the students' learning experience in science.

IMAGES ABOVE: Students in Ms. Vinnikova's AP Chemistry class incorporating the Vernier technology into a February lab, using wireless pH probes to measure and transmit data.

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TGS Wingman Days Begin

On February 10, TGS kicked off the first monthly Wingman Day. Wingman Student Leaders led the student body in trust-building group activities designed to foster and inspire real connections between peers, in an effort to create a welcoming and inclusive school community.

Last October, Gilbert School Administration introduced the Wingman program to our student body through presentations by Ian Hockley, Executive Director of Dylan’s Wings of Change. Among the many objectives of the program is the primary goal of improving school climate and culture. Click on the button below the photos to learn more about the program.

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TGS Middle School Announces Quarter 2 Awards

Quarter 2 awards were presented on Thursday, February 24. Teachers and students gathered in the auditorium to review some school procedures and then celebrate all the hard work from quarter 2. Please congratulate the following students on their accomplishments.


  • Academic Achievement - Vincent Servantes
  • Band - James Slauta
  • Chorus - Ava Woronick
  • English - Hannah Guenther
  • Exploratory Latin - Trenton Conley
  • Exploratory Spanish - Sieanna Ricketts
  • General Music - Riker Napoleone
  • Language Arts - Lemon Dickens
  • Math - Austin Skok
  • Science - Ayden Gravel
  • Social Studies - Liam Remillard
  • Technology Award - Jayden Kent
  • Wellness - Jackson Decker


  • Academic Achievement - Sophia Sessa
  • Band - Ethan Cavajani
  • Business - Dominic Sogliuzzi
  • Chorus - Adrayni Sarmiento
  • Electronic Media - Stella Boucino
  • English - Nathan Della Valle
  • General Music - Keegan Connelly
  • Language Arts - Nicky Jiang
  • Latin I - Tobin Gangi
  • Math - Elizabeth Salmon
  • Science - Kate Hudak
  • Social Studies - Alan Gutic
  • Spanish I Award - Katie Marino
  • Technology Education - Madalyn Donovan
  • Wellness - Daisy Leach

Middle School Students: Minecraft Club!

Join the Torrington and the Winchester Youth Service Bureaus' virtual Minecraft Club to have fun while creating new worlds, being creative and interacting with peers on our own private creative server! Start date is March 8th! Click HERE to sign up.

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It’s a GREAT day to be a Yellowjacket!

By Buckley Morgan, Gilbert Director of Athletics

“If you persevere long enough, if you do the right things long enough, the right things will happen.”

-Manon Rheaume

Winter Sports Wrap-Up

Congratulations to the Gilbert Wrestling Team! With just seven wrestlers they managed to place second overall as a team at their February 12th Championship meet. They also took home two Berkshire - Valley League Championships in the 120 and 126 weight class. As you can see by the medals around their necks, they all placed in the top three for their weight class. Wrestling ended their regular season in 2nd place overall.

With March finally here, winter sports are winding down for the season. The only thing left going as of this date is Girls Basketball and Cheer. After taking second in the Berkshire League playoffs, I look forward to seeing Girls Basketball progress through the State playoffs. Boys Basketball made it into the first round of the BL playoffs before they suffered a season ending loss. They fought a hard fight all season with barely enough players to make a varsity team. However, they're looking very good for next year.

For Boys Basketball, congratulations go out Adam Biraga who was selected to "Second Team" Berkshire League All Star. The Girls Basketball team had two players selected to All Star status - Emily Arel was selected for 1st Team, and Ajla Gutic was selected for 2nd Team. Way to go Yellowjacket hoopsters!

Cheer will be going to their final competition Saturday (March 5). We have really enjoyed their halftime routines at our home basketball games. We wish them great success at their competition this Saturday.

Lastly, Indoor Track finished up their regular season this month as well. On March 10, we will be holding our Winter Sports Awards Celebration from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Gilbert Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing all of our winter sports parents and student-athletes there.

Spring Sports Update

Spring sports will be starting on March 19th with some aspects starting before that. Spring sports registration is open now at the Family ID website. Registration will close on April 19. Parents of student-athletes who plan to play in Spring sports, mark your calendar for an orientation on March 8th at 5:00 pm here in the Gilbert Library. If you attended the Fall or Winter orientation then you do not need to attend the Spring orientation. You do need to meet up with your coaches and attend their team-specific meeting.

Spring sports include, High School Boys & Girls Tennis, Baseball, Softball, and Outdoor Track & Field. The Middle School has Baseball and Softball. The Outdoor Track team has two meetings set for those interested to attend, March 2 and March 16 at 2:30 in the Health classroom. If you have any questions about a specific sport or would like to touch base with the coach, feel free to email them at the email listed below.

For Gilbert athletic updates, navigate to and follow or like the TGS Athletics Page on Facebook.

We also recommend parents and student-athletes visit the Gilbert Athletics webpage where you will find the Athletics Handbook. All athletes should know it, front to back.


Contact the Gilbert Director of Athletics at: or call 860 379-3721. The Middle School Athletic Director is Josh Penn, who can be contacted at:

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GRADES 8-11: 2022-23 Course Selection

Students in grades 8-11 will begin course selection over the next few weeks. Counselors will be meeting with students to review courses for next year and ensure graduation requirements are being met. If you would like to be a part of this meeting, please contact Mrs. Kirsch, 860-379-8521, ext. 1428 to schedule an appointment for you and your student. Meetings will be scheduled in 15-20 minute blocks.

GRADES 8-11: Upcoming Elective Fair 3/11

For grades 8-11 there will be an Elective Fair on March 11 at the end of the day. There will be an adapted schedule and seniors will be dismissed early for the day (at 1:32). The four grades participating will be listening to presentations from each department on elective courses that they are able to take in high school. Seventh grade will have an alternate activity with their teachers. The adapted schedule and more information will be sent shortly and posted online.

JUNIORS: Planning & Junior Parents Night 3/30

March is an important month for Juniors. It is the beginning of post secondary planning in order to prepare our Juniors for life after TGS. The counselors have already been in junior classes to provide an overview of post secondary options and further explore alternatives in Naviance (ask your student what that is!!)

The counselors will be holding a Junior Parent Night in the library on Wednesday March 30 at 6pm to provide parents information and answer any questions regarding the planning process over the next year. In addition, counselors will be setting up individual appointments with Juniors during March to complete course selection and continue the post secondary planning process. We encourage parents to be a part of this meeting and you may schedule an appointment with your student’s counselor by contacting Mrs. Kirsch at 860-379-8521 ext. 1428.

GRADES 10-12: ASVAB Testing 4/1

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test will be given to all interested high school students on Friday April 1st in the Gilbert library. There is no military obligation if students elect to take this test. It is an aptitude test that will provide students with information about possible careers that best utilize their acquired aptitudes and skills. Students in grades 10 through 12 are eligible to take the exam. Students interested in taking the ASVAB should sign up in Guidance or email your counselor before March 18th. Results will be reviewed on April 29th.

SENIORS: Scholarships

The Gilbert Trust Scholarship and the Locascio Scholarship applications are now open to our seniors. Each year, the Scholarship Committee awards Gilbert Trust Scholarship money to all seniors in good standing who apply on time. Seniors can also apply for the Locascio Scholarship, which awards one senior $40,000 to be dispersed over four years.

Counselors frequently email seniors and post scholarship application information to Naviance. Paper copies may also be available in the Guidance office. We encourage seniors to continue applying to local scholarships. Please make sure to apply for these by the following deadlines:

  • Locascio Scholarship - March 7th

  • Gilbert Trust Scholarship - April 1st.

SENIORS: Workers' Memorial Day Scholarship Essay Contest

An essay of 1,000 words or less could win you $500 to $1,500. Not bad for an hour or so of your time! Each year during Worker Memorial Day ceremonies on April 28th, workers, legislators, members of organized labor unions, worker advocates and others gather together to honor the memory of those workers who have lost their lives because of workplace injuries or illnesses. The ceremonies highlight the sacrifices made by these workers and of the families left behind and inspire us all to work harder on behalf of the welfare of all workers.

This year the Connecticut AFL-CIO Health and Safety Committee, as part of its efforts to “mourn the dead but fight like hell for the living”, is offering a scholarship essay contest to inspire high school seniors to think about the importance of workplace health and safety, of the consequences that arise when workers are forced to toil in unsafe working conditions and of the role that organized labor has played in protecting workers both in the past and present.

In this year’s scholarship essay contest, Connecticut high school seniors are asked to respond in 1,000 words or less to ONE of the three questions below with serious thought, some research, and, most importantly, awareness of the true cost of workplace hazards on the lives of workers.

All entries will be judged anonymously. 1st Prize is $1,500 2nd Prize is $1,000 3rd Prize is $500. This essay contest is open to all Connecticut high school seniors.

Please email the completed essay and application to or send it to ConnectiCOSH 683 North Mountain Road Newington, CT 06111 ATTN: Pamela Puchalski The essay and application must be received by April 1, 2022. The link to their website and the application itself is posted on Naviance.

GRADES 9-11: SAT & ACT Test Dates

On March 23rd, all junior students will be participating in the SAT School Day here at The Gilbert School. However, any student (not just juniors!) can register online to take the SAT and/or to take the ACT throughout the year - as many times as you choose. Additional testing dates are listed below. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you'll get!

*Please note that The Gilbert School is no longer a testing site and will not be hosting SAT testing on alternate dates.


Khan Academy, in conjunction with College Board, is offering free customized SAT prep based on a student's performance on the PSAT. Generated SAT practice is tailored specifically to focus on those areas in which the student requires the most practice. Click on the button below to find out more information!

SENIORS & PARENTS: FAFSA Workshops Continue

Still need assistance with your FAFSA? Sign up for an in-person or virtual FAFSA workshop, right here in Connecticut. You can also check out these great FAFSA resources for CT residents.

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Southern Connecticut College & Gap Year Fair 4/3

It's never too early to start exploring college options! Spring Recess is the perfect time to plan a college visit/tour. If you already have plans for the break, consider attending a college fair the week before. Fortunately, you won't have to go far to attend one of the largest in-person fairs in the area: the Southern Connecticut College & Gap Year Fair. The event will be held Tuesday, April 12 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the new outdoor Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT. Click here for more information.


CONNect Virtual College Fairs 5/3

The Connecticut State Universities and UCONN are a virtual chat-based College Fair this spring semester on 5/3, from 6:30-8pm. The college fair is free to all students and parents. Click on the image/flyer to register.


NACAC College Fairs (multiple dates)

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at the upcoming spring NACAC Virtual College Fairs listed below. Click on the image/flyer for more information.

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News From The TGS Health Office

By Kelli Gilbert RN BSN, Director of Health Services

Spring Sports and Physicals

Spring sports are just around the corner. Just a friendly reminder that students must have an up to date physical on file in the nurse’s office in order to participate. Any questions, please contact the nurse’s office.

Free PCR Testing 3/2

Sick student? Need a home COVID test kit?

Rapid home COVID antigen test kits are available from the nurse’s office should you need one at home for a sick child. Please contact the nurse’s office to arrange for pick up. In the event that your child tests positive for COVID, please keep your child home and notify the nurse’s office. Students who test positive for COVID may return to school on Day 6 if they are feeling better.

Project Covid DeteCT Continues

Project Covid Detect is a weekly testing program that is offered through the State of Connecticut. Weekly testing will be continuing on Mondays for those students who are currently registered.

In collaboration with the Connecticut State Departments of Public Health and Education, The Gilbert School is participating in this unique no-cost, voluntary COVID screening program entitled Project COVID DeteCT for students in Grades 7-12.

This program is funded through a federal grant to provide weekly screening and does not cost the district or family any money, nor will the family’s health insurance be charged for the screening services. Regular screening testing is a safe, effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our schools open for in-person learning.

Many people with COVID-19, especially children, don’t have symptoms but can still spread the virus, so regular screening helps find infections before they can spread to others. Programs like this will help keep schools open and allow students to take part in the other activities they love.

How does it work?

The Gilbert School is partnered with Quest Diagnostic Labs or Progressive Labs, LLC, which will be visiting the school on a predefined day and time each week. Students whose parents have signed the consent agreement for their child to be screened/tested each week will be brought to the screening testing room where technicians from the testing lab will assist the students with self-swabbing (or complete swabbing for those students who are unable to self-swab). The Q-tip swab is inserted into the lower nasal passage and twirled around in the student’s nostrils. This is not the “brain tickler” test that many people experienced during the early days of the pandemic. This process will take a short amount of time out of the learning day each week.

Each swab is then taken by the lab technician to the lab and tested using the highest standard PCR molecular COVID test. Individual results will be provided to the parent’s school and DPH within 24-48 hours. The benefits of this program will allow us to:

  • Keep students and staff safe: catch cases before they spread to other students & staff
  • Keep our schools open: prevent further time away from in-person learning & friends by knowing whether it’s COVID, a cold, or the flu
  • Stop the spread: prevent infecting another member of your household or community

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school nurse, Kelli Gilbert at 860-379-8521 X 1431 or

Community Health & Wellness Is Now Accepting New Patients

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COVID Vaccination Clinic

We will be hosting a COVID vaccination clinic for our students, staff, and any member of the Winsted community. It will be held on March 9, 2022 from 3 PM-6 PM in the small gym at TGS. No pre-registration is needed. Families are welcome to come! This is a FREE vaccination clinic. Please bring a health insurance card and a photo ID if you have them, but it is NOT necessary to have health insurance to receive the vaccine. Anyone 5 and older may attend. Parents/guardians should accompany their children.

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Eat At Chipotle on 4/27 & Support The Junior Class

Save the date! April 27th the Class of 2023 will be having a fundraiser at Chipotle in Torrington from 5:00-9:00 pm. Present a copy of the flyer in the restaurant to help support the Junior class.

March Flower Sale!

The Sophomore class held a carnation sale for Valentine's Day, delivering nearly 120 cards and flowers throughout the school. Class officers appreciated the support, and were happy to spark enthusiasm and spread good cheer.

The Junior Class will be selling flowers during the month of March. Please see a member of the Class of 2023 for more details.

Purse Bingo Fundraiser 3/26 to Support Project Graduation

Please help support The Class of 2022! The parents of the senior class are working hard to fundraise for Project Graduation. They are holding a purse bingo event in the Gilbert Cafeteria which will be held on March 26th! Purse preview is from 6pm-7pm! Bingo starts at 7pm! Tickets can be purchased from Joann Bunel. Tickets are pre-sale only & sales close Monday, March 21st!

SENIORS: Pay Class Dues To Participate In Senior Events

Senior Trip, Outing, Prom and other activities are fast approaching. This is a reminder that class dues must be paid in full to take part in these events. Also, be sure to check your email for the information regarding the Munson's Chocolate fundraiser to benefit the Class of 2022 that is currently underway. Please contact Mrs. Nardine or Mr. Penn with any questions.

New Audio Drama Production Club

Interested in writing, acting, or editing? Interested in writing, acting, or editing? If so, then our new Audio Drama Production club is right for you. You and your fellow peers will take part in the creation of one or multiple podcasts, be it fiction or non-fiction. The club is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of skill. If you're interested or have any questions, please email Mr. Tarabara or stop by room 213.

Important Dates to Remember

No School

3/4 - Schools Closed for PD

Early Dismissal

3/16-18 (12:16 pm)

Activity Day


Wingman Day


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