Weekly News

October 25, 2019

Calendar of Events

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

Trips for 2020-2021 School Year Announced

Click on the Link below to access the slideshow from our Travel Information Night Presentation.


International Travel through EF Tours:

An early enrollment discount of $200.00 is available to anyone who signs up before the end of October!



England & Scotland:




Service, Exchange, and Scientific Exploration Travel

GAPP/ German Exchange:

email Mr. Schulingkamp


Service Learning Domestic Travel

Camp Sunshine; Casco, Maine:

email Ms. Pratt


Give Kids the World; Kissimmee:, FL: November 2020.

email Mr. Woodlock (picture; right)


Scientific Exploration

Operation Walacea (Scientific Research) Summer 2021; Amazon River, Peru:

email Ms. Salemme


Time is running out on Travel Opportunities for this School Year

Spring 2020:

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

France/Italy: April 2020 (Art based trip)

https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2268632CZ ro

see Mrs. Kostich

Summer 2020:

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

- To register or get more information see Mr. Arena or email him at


Come see the fall play You Can’t Take It With You

Watch as chaos ensues when the crazy Sycamore family meets the well reserved Kirby’s. Tickets are sold at the door, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $10.00 for adults. Showtimes are Friday, November 1st at 7:00pm, and Saturday, November 2nd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
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FAFSA Information


Attention parents and guardians of seniors applying to college.

We strongly suggest you fill out the FAFSA online which will qualify you for financial aid.

If you and your family would like help filling out the FAFSA, UMass Lowell is hosting a free FAFSA help day on November 6th from 5-8pm in the O'Leary Library.

Here is the registration link...if you can't make it that night, other FAFSA days are available in different parts of MA over the coming month or so:


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Students Currently Taking AP Courses.... AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus (AB & BC), AP Studio Art, AP Statistics, and any VHS AP course must register by November 1st.

An email has been sent to all students with the details. Please email Mrs. Cain if you have any questions regarding deadlines, policies or fees.

If you do not wish to take the exam you have to inform Mrs. Cain and your AP teacher that you wish to opt out.

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.

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Class of 2022 Fundraiser

Perfect for seasonal gifts! Click here to start shopping! (Group Number: 990072197) Online sales are open until January 8th.

The class of 2022 is hosting a Yankee Candle fundraiser. The class of 2022 thanks you in advance for your support!"

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are scheduled for November 7th and 14th.

If you are interested in signing up for a parent conference, please be on the lookout for an email early next week which will provide sign-up information.

Seniors, RE: Cap and Gown orders

Seniors and Senior parents. We have contacted Jostens and expressed our concerns for what we feel was misleading organization of the website. Please click on the link below to access the least expensive cap and gown package. To be clear, all graduating seniors will have the same tassel. If you would like to purchase a souvenir tassel, please do, but we have made it clear to Jostens that all of our Seniors will have the same caps, gowns and tassels.

If you have purchased a higher priced package and wish to cancel that order and purchase the less expensive package, please....


Yearbook Information

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Our Mark Lawrence school rep, Lisa Dipalma will be at GDRHS on OCTOBER 29 to take TEAM PHOTOS of 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!


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.

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