High School

Weekly Update - 11/19/21

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Principal Thoughts

I came across a great article today about a young man named Jelani Williams who plays basketball at the University of Pennsylvania. He has suffered three torn ACLs, the first came when he was a senior in high school. It took him five years, but he finally got to play in a basketball game again last night. After going through so much adversity, I don't think anyone would have held it against him if he would have decided to give up on playing basketball, but he chose to persevere. After the game, Williams stated, "I gained a lot of gratitude in those couple months...I gained a lot of thankfulness for the support system that I had and all the love that was around me." It would have been easy for Williams to focus on all the things that had been taken away from him due to the circumstances, but he has chosen to be thankful and focus on the things he does have.

The last couple of years have been hard on all of us. We have had to make many sacrifices, and there has been a lot of loss. However, I am trying to remain positive and focus on the things I do have and be thankful for those. Next week, we will celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is the perfect time to reflect and show gratitude to the people we care about. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic in one way or another, and I am eternally grateful for all the essential workers who have answered the call during this difficult time. I count myself lucky to work with a fine group of essential workers who have gone above and beyond for our students and will continue to do so. Much of the work of teachers goes unseen, but I have been witness to the struggles they have faced as a result of trying to teach during a pandemic. Through it all, they have been there for our students, and they will always be there to help, support, and educate. During this time of reflection, I hope some of you might send a note of thanks to a teacher who has gone above and beyond for your child. They don't hear that nearly as much as they should.

Counselor's Corner

This week, I wanted to relay to families some information that was shared with students in English classes. Two years ago, we introduced the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS), which allows students (or parents) to anonymously report any concerns that they have about other students. The program was started by the non-profit, Sandy Hook Promise, in response to the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The goal of the Sandy Hook Promise is to prevent the loss of lives by gun violence.

The Say Something App was created for students to share anonymous tips when they know that someone is being bullied, thinking of harming themselves or others, or are engaged in dangerous activities. They are able to interact with trained individuals via text, no matter the time of day or night. These individuals gather additional information, assess the risk, and notify authorities if there is immediate risk. They then notify our school administration and counselors of the report so that we can intervene as needed. It is important for students to know that they have a safe place to report their concerns. We encourage all students to download the app, or to view the website so that they can use this when necessary. You can view the videos that students watched during their English classes here:

Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Intro

What students are saying about Say Something Anonymous Reporting System-SS-ARS

My hope for all families next week is that this will be a time to push pause, to reset, and to enjoy the gift of time. ~ Be well, Mrs. Allred-McGee

Prospective Student Night

Please share the following Prospective Student Night with any families who may be interested in becoming a part of Knight Nation! Masks are required.

Wednesday, December 15 @ 6:00 p.m.

Athletic Results

The Gray Stone swim team won their first meet of the year on Thursday with a score of 426 points!

Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl 'Twelve' State Finals will be held on Saturday, November 20th. Best of luck to both our middle & high school teams!

Lunch Menu, Week of 11/29

Monday Pasta (Meat or Alfredo Sauce), Garlic Bread, Side Salad

Tuesday Chicken Fried Rice, Veggies w/ Ranch, Mandarin Oranges

Wednesday 12/1 Taco Bar

Thursday 12/2 Hot dogs, mac & cheese, salad

Friday 12/3 Pizza

Thanksgiving Break

Gray Stone will be closed the week of November 22-26 for Thanksgiving.

Driver's Ed

All classes are scheduled through Stanly County Schools. You can find available classes & register at www.stanlycountyschools.org (Departments > Student Services > Driver's Education).

About Us

Gray Stone Day School is a regional school that provides a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 6 - 12. While developing strong character, students engage in highly challenging courses that will require them to work diligently in and out of the classroom. A high caliber teaching staff prepares a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.