Weekly News

October 18, 2019

Schedule of Events

October 18, 2019: Homecoming

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

2020-2021 Trips Announced at Annual Travel Information Night

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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:




GAPP/ German Exchange: email Mr. Schulingkamp


Service Learning Domestic Travel

Camp Sunshine; Casco, Maine: email Ms. Pratt


Give Kids the World; Kissimmee, FL: email Mr. Woodlock


*Operation Walacea (Scientific Research); Amazon River, Peru: email Ms. Salemme


*pending School Committee Approval

Time is running out!!!!! Get involved in International Travel for this 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

Summer 2020:

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

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


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G-D Unified Basketball Highlighted on the Groton Channel

Take a moment to check out the feature on our amazing Unified Basketball team coached by Angus MacDonald, Joyce Bennet, and Ann Valacer. Last week they took on a faculty All-Star team and the Groton Channel crew was on hand to catch the game.



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:


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.


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!"


"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.

Congrats to G-D Students and Staff!

G-D students and staff received some well-earned recognition for their superior performance on the most recent MCAS tests. GDRHS ranked 10th in the state out of 352 high schools. At GDRHS we do not pride ourselves solely on standardized test scores as an indicator of success but it is nice to see all the hard work on the part of teachers and students be recognized.



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Tassels? We understand there is some confusion when ordering gowns and tassels on the Josten's site. There is no need to order anything but the basic package as we do not wear specialized tassels at graduation. We are sorry for any confusion. We have reached out to Josten's for instructions on what to do if the incorrect package was ordered. We hope to have more detailed information for you next week. Thanks for your patience.

From Our Guidance Office

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.

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Yearbook Information: Attention!!!!! Deadline for Senior Portraits is Approaching!!!!


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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