The Gilbert School E-News

May 2022

AP Exam Schedule

AP exams start Monday, May 2nd and run through Tuesday, May 10th. Click on the button below for a list of daily exams. Please direct questions to your student's AP teacher, or Mrs. Fiducia.

TGS Teacher Accepted To Summer Program At Prestigious Research Lab

The Gilbert School's Melissa Bryant was accepted to attend The Jackson Lab's "Teaching the Genome Generation (TtGG)" program for school faculty. The week-long summer program at Bowdoin College in Maine is designed to provide teachers with content knowledge, teaching strategies, and resources surrounding Genetics and Biotechnology. To read more about this STEM opportunity for TGS faculty, click here. TGS Science Teacher Melissa Bryant is excited about the opportunity to attend and to "bring back some cutting-edge, engaging, hands-on experiments to TGS students next year!"


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High School Arts Awards Banquet

The Connecticut Association of Schools held the 27th Annual High School Arts Awards Banquet to honor Connecticut’s outstanding visual and performing arts students on April 5th at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The Gilbert School selected seniors Samantha Hass and Kyla Madore as recipients of this year's award. The student winners demonstrated excellence in he performing and/or visual arts. The honorees received plaques for excellence and distinguished service to their schools and were treated to dinner as CAS guests. Congratulations Samantha and Kyla!

Attention TGS Alum & Supporters: The Blue & Gold Golf Tournament Fundraiser 5/14

Please join us for another exciting round of the Gilbert Blue and Gold Golf Tournament fundraiser. This year’s return of Gilbert’s major annual fundraising event will see the continuation of the very popular Blue and Gold Golf Tournament at the challenging and picturesque Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton, CT. We are also happy to announce the return of the Blue and Gold 5K run!

In the twenty years of previous Blue and Gold events, we have raised over $110,000. Proceeds from this year’s Golf and 5K fundraiser will go towards multiple beneficiaries of the Gilbert Athletic Department such as replacing deteriorating equipment, improving facilities, and providing student athletes with rewarding experiences. The Athletic Department has benefited from prior Blue and Gold tournaments in a number of different ways including gear for athletic programs, a long jump pit, indoor scoreboard, trophy cases, wrestling mats, and assistance for team trips to China, Florida, Cooperstown, NY and more. Your continued support of The Gilbert School Athletic Program is essential and very much appreciated by our school and our student athletes.

Click on the button below to register and for more information about the event (including lunch, the buffet dinner, raffle prizes, and so much more!)

SENIORS: Spring Events

PROM - May 13th at Fairview Farms. Tickets are on sale now.

SENIOR PICNIC - May 26th. Must be in school to attend.

SENIOR TRIP - May 27. Must be in school to attend.

GRADUATION - June 9th, 7:00 in the Auditorium.

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May 1, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians of 8th Grade Students:

The 8th Grade Move-Up Ceremony will be held on June 10, 2022, at 11:00 am in the school auditorium. Students must arrive at school that day no later than 10:30 am. Students should be dressed nicely.

  • Please dress for an important event: dress shoes if you have them, dresses, skirts, dress pants, and collar shirts.

  • Ties are optional.

  • Do NOT wear hoodies, blue jeans, or anything too short or revealing.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hurley at 860-379-8521 or


Greg P. Shugrue, Head of School

Maura Hurley, Middle School Associate Principal

Middle School Mental Health Awareness Week 5/9-5/13

The National Junior Honor Society will be holding a Middle School Mental Health Awareness Week from May 9-13 in order to develop awareness of the importance of good mental health and inform students of the resources available to them. The NJHS has scheduled the following activities:

  • Monday: Get a boost - Make a Mood Board
  • Tuesday: Mental Health Awareness Giveaways
  • Wednesday: 3TR Mood Music
  • Thursday: Affirmation Rocks & Suicide Prevention Assembly
  • Friday: Wear Green/ Mindfulness Walk

Information and positive messages will be posted throughout the school. Support has been provided by the Winchester Youth Services Bureau and the school social worker, Mr. Cerbone.

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It’s a GREAT day to be a Yellowjacket!

By Buckley Morgan, Gilbert Director of Athletics

“It doesn’t matter what you are trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline.”

-Wilma Rudolph

May has arrived and with it so has some nice Spring weather. Spring sports are well under way and our student-athletes are enjoying an outstandingly normal Spring season. While the past couple of years have negatively impacted our sports programs, we are clearly heading in the right direction now with higher enrollment numbers for almost every athletic program. Everyone is excited, and enjoying all the benefits that spring sports have to offer - fresh air, physical activity, and great comradery.

In April we had some work done on the middle school baseball field here at Gilbert. Darek Schibi and his crew spread and graded 44 tons of Duraedge infield mix. So far it has held up well after the rains and seems to be running water off as it should be. We hope to have the pitcher's mound rebuilt next year.

While there are many games left to play in the Spring season, we also have some key dates to be aware of for the next several weeks:

May 14 - The Gilbert School Athletics Department is bringing back The Gilbert Blue and Gold Golf fundraiser. We currently have 97 golfers signed up and are looking for more. The goal is 144 golfers. If you're not a golfer, you are encouraged to come and enjoy the dinner meal following the golf game and participate in the raffle of numerous great prizes. For more information click here, or contact the Director of Athletics or any Gilbert coach.

May 22 - The 39th Annual Connecticut High School Scholar Athlete Awards Program will be held. Along with Scholar Athletes from across the state, we will be honoring two of Gilbert's highest achievers in academics and athletics. Seniors Ajla Gutic and Nathen Fields

June 1 - (5:00 PM) The Gilbert Spring Sports Award Ceremony will be held in the Gilbert Auditorium. All spring athletes and their families are encouraged to come and celebrate their student athlete.

June 2 - (6:00 PM) Berkshire All-Star Banquet - The following Gilbert All-Stars and their parents are invited to attend this event: Emily Arel (Girls Basketball), Sam Goncalves (Wrestling), Hosam Abdullah (Wrestling), and Jonathan Eagan (wrestling). Great job being selected for All-Star status.

June 6 - (6:00 PM) The Senior Athletes Banquet, sponsored by the Lions Club, will be held in the Gilbert Cafeteria and catered by the Railway Cafe. All Senior student-athletes and their guests are invited. There will be awards handed out at this final Senior Athletics recognition ceremony. Athletes' meals are paid for by the Lions Club. Please submit checks made out to Gilbert Athletics for $15 per additional guest by May 10.

We still have about four weeks of regular season sports. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the weather while watching Gilbert student athletes perform on the field, court or track. It truly means a lot when our kids can look out in the stands and see friends and family watching them play.

To follow any of the Gilbert Spring Sports teams and their schedules, navigate to our Athletics webpage where you will find the schedule for each of the Spring teams. We hope you get out to watch as many of the games as possible. The athletes love to see the bleachers full of parents, family and friends. For Gilbert athletic updates, navigate to and follow or like the TGS Athletic Department 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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News from the TGS School Counseling Office

By Mrs. Kim Fiducia, School Counselor

SENIORS: Free NCCC Pre-Manufacturing Program

If you're a soon-to-be graduating senior and are still unsure about what your future holds for the fall, Northwest Connecticut Community College (NCCC) is offering an exciting FREE program in Pre-Manufacturing. Students who participate will earn their OSHA 10 card, and two NIMS certifications, and get three college credits. Again, the training is FREE for local residents. This exciting opportunity will make you employable to manufacturing companies. If you have questions please reach out to Ms. MCarthy at NCCC at, or click on the button below for more information and/or to register for the program.

GRADES 9-11: SAT & ACT Test Dates

On March 23rd, all junior students participated 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!

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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.
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News From The TGS Health Office

By Kelli-Ann Gilbert, Director of Health Services

New Phone Number? Have you Moved?

If any of your contact information has changed throughout the school year, please contact the Main Office to make sure we have the correct information on file.

Physicals for Students in Grade 9

All students in Grade 9 need to have a physical examination by their physician. “Blue” physical forms should be submitted to the nurse’s office before they start Grade 10. The physical forms can be found in physician’s offices, TGS main office and nurses office, and the website. If you have any questions regarding this state mandated requirement, please contact the nurses. If your child has already had a physical and you would like to have your physician fax a copy, the confidential direct fax number is 860 738 9651.

Postural/Scoliosis Screening

The State of Connecticut requires scoliosis screening for girls in Grade 7 and boys in Grade 9. If the school has record of the screening that was performed during their physical examination by their physician they will be exempt. Screenings are performed by the nurses in a private area.

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. The last day of Project COVID Detect testing will be Monday, May 23, 2022.

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.

What if I test Positive for COVID?

If your child tests positive for COVID, he/she should isolate for 5 days. Your child can return to school on Day 6 if he/she is feeling better. The student should wear a mask from Day 6-10 and refrain from singing and playing an instrument for Days 6-10. We no longer do contact tracing at school. Please notify the nurses if your child is sick.

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A Request From TGS Food & Nutrition Services

Lynn Metcalf, TGS Food Service Director shares the Cafeteria Connection, the informative flyer below, detailing the many advantages for both families and the school district, of applying for the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. TGS is requesting that all families complete an application now, for the 2022-23 school year. Click on the button below the flyer to apply.
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Important Dates to Remember

Early Dismissal

5/11 (12:16 pm)

NGSS Testing

5/16 (Grades 8 & 11, during science classes)

SBAC Testing

5/16 (Grades 7 & 8)

Wingman Day


Activity Day

No School

5/30 - Memorial Day

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