Weekly Crusader News

December 7, 2018

Unified Champion School Assembly Recap

We were honored to be one of only 10 schools in Massachussetts and only 113 nationally recognized as a Unified Champion School. This is an honor shared by all of our staff and students and is a testament to our core belief in inclusivity in this district.

It was a great assembly and will go down as the largest crowd to attend a basketball game in our gymnasium!

SchoolBrains Progress Reports

We are approximately halfway through Quarter 2. As such you should expect that as of Monday, December 10th, all grades in the parent portal in SchoolBrains should be up to date and accurate.

2nd Annual Team Up for St. Jude's Children's Hospital

Mark your calendars for December 21st. On this date we will host a Varsity Basketball Doubleheader beginning at 5:30pm. Our girls and boys teams will both host Tyngsborough in a border showdown. This event marks the Second Annual "Team up for St. Jude's Children's Hospital" event. Both schools will collectively work to fundraise and raise awareness for the amazing work and research done at St. Jude's. We will have fun and games available as well as raffles. Tickets will be $4.00. We ask that you make it an even $5.00 and send a dollar to the cause.

Hope to see you there!

Winter Concert

Tuesday, December 11th at the PAC

Showtime is 7pm.

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Student Travel Information

Travel Information 2020

EF Tours options:

- Panama; Cost $3,200.00; February 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2137917MH or

see Mr. Rocheleau or Ms. Salemme

- Peru; Cost $4,445.00; February 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2139392MX or

see Ms. Penchansky

- South Africa; Cost $5,085.00; April 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2149969EE or

see Mr. Reid or Ms. McHugh

Chamber Choir:

-Spain: Cost $4095.00: April 2020

- This tour is only available to members of the Chamber Choir next year. See Mr. Savoy

Summer 2020:

- Germany, Austria, Italy; Cost $3265; July 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.explorica.com/My-Account/My-Tours/TourCenter.aspx

or see Mr. Arena.

Exchange Opportunity

- Costa Rica Exchange; Cost Estimated $1,500.00; Summer 2020 and host February 2021.

See Mrs. Liebold for more information.

From the Guidance Office

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018

Study Guide Online: December 17, 2018

Exam Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Click here for frequently asked questions.

Visit the guidance website to apply.


GD Students give back by volunteering at Seven Hills

This year the Groton Dunstable Peer Leaders are sponsoring a holiday giving tree to support the residents at the Seven Hills Pediatric Center in Groton. A tree loaded with gift tags, representing individual gifts off each child's wish list, was made available to students and staff to choose a gift tag from. Within the first two days the tree was available, most of the tags were taken and the gifts are already coming in. When all the wrapped gifts are collected the Peer Leaders look forward to making a special trip to personally deliver the gifts and to meet some of the residents and staff at Seven Hills.

Robotomies 2018-2019

Groton Dunstable Robotics Team Gears Up For 2019 Season...Susan Prescott; publicist.

The Groton Dunstable High School Robotics team, "The Robotomies" is gearing up for the 2019 FIRST Robotics “Destination: Deep Space” competitions. These budding engineers and future scientists have been meeting weekly since September.

At the end of last year, the upperclassmen reflected on the season and decided to improve upon the student Team Manager model. The Team Manager and the Senior Team Leads are running skills workshops like: Pneumatics, Woodworking, Programming, and Milling to educate and strengthen the team’s dynamics.

Presently, the team is busy with outreach activities. On November 16th, the team and the robot will attend a Providence Bruins game. During period breaks, the team will demonstrate the robot and answer questions. Also, some of the senior students are helping local Girl Scouts the earn STEM robotics and programming badge by teaching programming of LEGO MindStorms robots.

January 5th is the FIRST Robotics competition season kickoff! About 3000 high school teams are given the details of the FIRST Robotics challenge and their kit of parts. The team only has six weeks to design, build, program, and test the robot. The competitions are exciting events and we welcome your visit. For more information, visit the Robotomies’ web site at team1277.org or Facebook at “GD Team 1277”.

· The first competition - Salem, NH February 28 - March 2

· The second competition - Bedford, NH March 15-17

The Robotics team depends on volunteer mentors and funding. The team is looking for mentors who have experience in machining, engineering, programming, marketing, and project management. All funding for the Robotics team is privately raised as no money from the school budget is allocated for this team.

The Robotomies would like to thank the current sponsors who provide funding for the entrance fees for the FIRST competitions and for materials. Also, a thank you to Mr. Mark Rocheleau, the Engineering and Technology teacher at the High School. If you have questions or would like to help support the Robotics team, please contact Mark at mrocheleau@gdrsd.org.

Options Response Drill

On Thursday we conducted an Options Response or ALICE drill at GDRHS. This is something that we do multiple times per year with the intent of becoming more prepared should we be faced with a dangerous situation during the school day. Although nothing can fully prepare any school community for this type of situation, I take pride in the way in which our staff and students collectively work to practice our protocols for an event of this nature. I would like to thank our local law enforcement for their participation and assistance in coordination of these drills.