Weekly News

September 27, 2019

Calendar of Events

October 2, 2019: Mid-Term Grades updated on SchoolBrains

October 4, 2019: Picture Re-takes

October 14, 2019: No School (Columbus Day)

October 15, 2019: No School (District Professional Development Day)

October 15, 2019: Travel Information Night. 6pm

October 17, 2019: MEFA College Funding Seminar

October 19, 2019: PSAT Testing

October 22, 2019: School Council Meeting; 2:30-3:30pm

October 22, 2019: Financial Aid Information Night

October 25, 2019: Early Release Day

October 26, 2019: 2nd Annual Halloween Festival hosted by GD Student Council

TBD: Open Mic Night

November 1 & 2, 2019: Fall Theater; You Can't Take It With You

November 14, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 1/2)

November 15 -19, 2019: Give Kids the World Service Trip (Orlando, FL)

November 21, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 2/2)

November 28, 2019: Happy Thanksgiving (10am Annual Football Game at Tyngsborough)

December 2, 2019: Winter Sports Begin.

December 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020: Winter Vacation

January 20, 2020: No School (MLK Day)

January 24, 2020: End Quarter 2 / Semester 1

February 15 - 23, 2020: February Vacation

March 12, 2020: Spring Open House (6:00 - 7:30)

April 3, 2020: End Quarter 3

April 18 - 26, 2020: April Vacation

May 15, 2020: Junior Senior Prom (early release day)

May 29, 2020: Graduation (6pm)

June 12, 2020: Scheduled last day of school

Parent Survey

In preparation for the upcoming Self-Reflection that our school will be completing as part of the NEASC Accreditation process, all students, families, and faculty members will complete surveys designed to provide our school with important feedback on our work. We hope to learn more about what is working well for our students and identify areas for growth and improvement. Every student had an opportunity to complete the survey last Thursday. We ask that every family complete one survey. You do not need to complete multiple surveys if you have more than one student in the school. The survey is mobile-ready and can be completed on a computer, tablet, or phone.

A link to a survey was shared with you via email today. It is intended for parents and guardians only.

A message from GDEF

So thankful for all this organization does for GDRHS and all of our schools....

GDEF? Do you know about the Groton Dunstable Education Foundation and what they do for our schools and our children? GDEF supports all 5 District Schools with grants above and beyond the school budget, directly benefiting GDRSD students! Check out https://www.gdefinc.org/ for more information.

Picture Re-takes

Picture Re-takes will take place next Friday, October 4, 2019.

Travel information Night for 2020-2021

A number of new trips are set to be unveiled at our annual Travel Information Night! We have domestic trips, international trips, exchange opportunities and service opportunities. Most of these trips are available to students currently in grades 8-11. Representatives from EF Tours and GAPP (German American Partnership Program) will be on hand to answer questions regarding some of the international travel and exchange opportunities. We hope to see you there. We will answer any questions that you have and, if you want to secure your place on one of these adventures, you can even sign up that evening.

Travel information night will take place on Tuesday, October 15th beginning at 6:00pm in the Black Box Theater.

GDRHS Junior Receives Engineering Honor

Congratulations to Junior, Ruba Khan who was recently selected into the BAE Women in Engineering Program. Only 24 students in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire were selected to participate in this program. Ruba currently participates in our Robotics program at GD.

Postural Screening for Freshmen

From our Medical Office

Dear Parents/Guardians of Freshman Students,

Groton Dunstable Regional High School will conduct state-mandated postural screenings during Physical Education classes throughout the school year for Freshman students. If your child is not enrolled in a PE class this school year then your child will be screened in the Spring.

The Postural Screening Program is intended as a supplement to your child’s primary health care. The purpose of postural screening is to detect signs of spinal curvature at the earliest stages to prevent its progression. Postural screenings are performed annually in grades 5 through 9, the time of the most rapid growth and when signs of spinal curvatures typically appear.

The school nurses will conduct these screenings. Boys and girls will be screened separately and privacy will be maintained at all times. The screening is a simple 30 second observation of the back with the shirt/top removed. If your child has any unusual findings, you will receive a letter recommending further evaluation by your child’s physician.

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the postural screening, or if your child is being monitored by your healthcare provider please make the request to cshea@gdrsd.org by September 30, 2019.

Please call the school nurses, Cheryl Shea or Leah Caruso at 978-448-6362 ext. 1018 if you have any questions.

Class Of 2022 Fundraiser

Please support the sophomore class by shopping online at Yankee Candle! Online sales are open now and will ship directly to your house. Perfect for seasonal gifts! Click here to start shopping! (Group Number: 990072197) Online sales are open until January 8th.

MEFA College Financing Seminar

Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college, which will be held on Thursday, October 17th, at 6pm in the Blackbox Theater. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

College Funding Services offers free seminar

"How to Maximize Your Financial Aid"

Presented by College Funding Services

Tuesday - October 22, 2019

@ 6:00 pm

High School Library

Mastering the college financial aid application process can be a very tricky endeavor. In an attempt to assist parents further in the process, we are offering an additional financial aid night with a focus on finding ways to maximize the aid your family receives for your child’s education.

Please note that the presenting company, College Funding Services, is not affiliated with the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. However, their services have received many positive reviews in local communities such as Chelmsford. Please contact Mark Hennelly (mhennelly@gdrsd.org) with any additional questions.

From Our Guidance Department

Our Guidance Website:

Check out our GDRHS Guidance site!

PSAT Dates and Registration

The PSAT will be proctored at the high school on Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 am. This is the last week to register. Cash/Checks payable to GDRHS are due in guidance by Friday, October 4.

Click here for registration page.

AP Testing

All AP students are required to have a college board account.

  • for registration (AP teacher will provide an access code for each AP class).

  • for access to digital resources (New this year)

  • for receiving AP scores

Earlier AP test registration (moved from spring to fall semester)

  • Students taking a semester one AP or a full year AP are required to order their exams by November 1, 2019

  • Students taking a semester two AP are required to order by March 10, 2020

  • Exams are $100 for each exam

  • Registrations after the deadline will be assessed a $40 per exam late fee

More information will be provided by your student's AP teacher. If you have further questions email mcain@gdrsd.org.

Yearbook Information


Reminder to the SENIORS of the Class of 2020 and their PARENTS: SENIOR PORTRAITS are due on OCTOBER 25. If you haven’t scheduled your photo session, do so as soon as possible.

Here is our information sheet containing PORTRAIT PHOTO SPECIFICATIONS to give to your photographer as well as SENIOR TRIBUTE AD design and purchasing information for PARENTS and FRIENDS of SENIORS.

Our official school photographer is MARK LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHERS. They offer affordable portrait rates for GD seniors.


Our Mark Lawrence school rep, Lisa Dipalma, is working with our new Athletic Department to set the TEAM PHOTO date for our fall teams. ANY PARENT WISHING TO PURCHASE A SPORTS PHOTO PACKAGE for their child should open this link to open and print a pdf order form.


Although Mark Lawrence Photographers take team photos and action photos of varsity teams for us, we only contract with them to take the team photos for our JV teams. IF YOU ARE A PARENT WHO TAKES ACTION PHOTOS of your child's JV games, please share your best action photos with us. One of our goals this year is to get more complete coverage of our JV teams, and your photos would help us do that. You can email your photos as attachments to hsyearbook@gdrsd.org or drag them into this shared folder: JV Teams Parent Photo Submissions. Thank you in advance for sharing!

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