Weekly News

October 4, 2019

Schedule of Events

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 19, 2019: Homecoming Dance 7pm -10pm

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

October 22, 2019: Financial Aid Information Night

October 25, 2019: Early Release Day

October 25, 2019: Open Mic Night

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

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

November 7, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 1/2)

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

November 14 -19, 2019: Give Kids the World Service Trip (Orlando, FL)

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

Attention all Seniors

Important Graduation Information from Jostens....

Groton Dunstable Seniors:

Here is a link to order your Caps & Gowns – and other Graduation Items:

Groton Dunstable RHS – GRAD ORDERS – click here!


You can also call 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) and place you order over the phone.

Congratulations to our Students of the Month

Each month during the school year staff submits candidates to be recognized as students of the month. The basis for these submissions are students actively demonstrating one or more of our Core Values which are Respect, Balance, Perseverance, and Integrity. There are no other requirements.

September Students of the Month

Meg Webber; nominated by Mr. Hennelly for Respect.

Patrick Daly; nominated by Mrs. Smyth for Balance.

Abby Hamill; nominated by Ms. Reid for Perseverance.

Kieran Scofido; nominated by Ms. Reid for Respect.

Gabi Blosil; nominated by Ms. Gounis for Respect.

Wendell Packard; nominated by Ms. Foye for Perseverance.

Finn Keane; nominated by Ms. Reid for Respect.

Cate Bolton; nominated by Mr. Brown for Respect

Ajay Eggimann; nominated by Ms. Bartel for Perseverance.

Class of 2022 News... from the Class Advisors

The class of 2021 will be selling hot chocolate, pizza, hot dogs, candy & drinks at the concession stand tonight!

Homecoming tickets are on sale during all four lunches for $10. The homecoming dance is on October 19 from 7 - 10. Doors open @ 6:30.

Minding Your Mind Invitation

The GDRMS PTO invites parents of students in grades 5-12 to attend a free evening presentation on October 7th, 6:30 - 8:00pm in the Middle School PAC. The organization, Minding Your Mind reaches out to students, parents, teachers and communities about the importance of understanding mental health in our adolescents.

  • Just Talk About It is a clinician-led workshop covering adolescent mental health topics such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, disordered eating, substance use, social media, and suicide. This workshop is 60-90 minutes and features a Young Adult Speaker to provide dual perspective. This also allows the adults to observe the same speaker as the students.

Travel Information Night for 2020-2021

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6pm

Black Box Theater at GDRHS

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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

From Ms. Penchansky (Tour Leader)

Spring 2020 Travel Opportunity!

Is your child interested in traveling to Perú this coming February for a once in a lifetime trip!? We have a few openings left for 9th-12th graders. No Spanish experience is needed! SIGN UP HERE! Here are the highlights:

  • 11 day trip during February vacation
  • Highlights include: Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, a boat tour around the Las Ballestas Islands (considered one of the world's richest ecosystems), Paracas National Park- where the desert meats the ocean, Korikancha, Pisac Market, hands on activities, a cooking class, and so much more!
  • Authentic Language Learning: Students will have the unique opportunity be completely immersed in the Spanish language and will also be exposed to the dialects and languages of local tribes. Our bilingual director will lead language classes that are interactive and fully immersed in the language and culture of Perú.
  • Meaningful Service: Working alongside locals, we'll gain insight into the challenges they face and build lasting solutions to help empower their community. We will participate in a two day community service project.
  • Leadership Development: Our Field Director will take our global service experience even further, developing and strengthening leadership skills.
  • Live in the communities you serve—we will celebrate customs and form lasting connections with locals.

You can find more information and the link to sign up HERE. Feel free to email Nicole Penchansky with any questions at npenchansky@gdrsd.org.

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 Hannah Dean and Claire Schwartz

Hannah Dean and some of our other students have participated in this amazing league for a number of years. Hannah is working with Claire who is representing our Service Club. They asked if we would pass this along, as The Miracle League is short on volunteers this fall.

Miracle League of Acton is in dire need of volunteers to help individuals with special needs have a great time playing baseball! Every player would love to be part of the Buddy System where they can have a friendly face helping them out to hit the ball. The games are on Saturday mornings and the times they start at are below:

  • 9:00 - must be 16 and older to volunteer

  • 10:15 and 11:30 - must be 14 and older to volunteer

  • 12:45 PM - must be 12 and older to volunteer

If interested, please register using THIS LINK.

Any questions? Contact info@miracleleagueofma.com or call (978) 263-3043.

The last Saturday of the 2019 season is October 19 so lets help the Miracle League out and end the season on a wonderful note!


from our Guidance Department

Our Guidance Website:

Check out our GDRHS Guidance site!

PSAT Dates

The PSAT will be proctored at the high school on Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 am.

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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