Weekly News

Thanksgiving Edition

"Feeling Grateful and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

- William Arthur Ward -

We all have much to be thankful for at GDRHS. Although the grind of the school year can be stressful and tiring for students, staff, and parents we are very fortunate to live in communities that have been very supportive of education. We have a safe place in which we can teach and learn and we succeed at high levels as a result of the many gifts provided to us.

Thanks to all staff, students, and families that make GDRHS such a special place.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Calendar of Events

November 28, 2019: Happy Thanksgiving! (10am Annual Football Game at Tyngsborough)

December 2, 2020: Winter Sports Begin.

December 13, 2020: Early Release

December 21, 2020 - January 5, 2020: Winter Vacation

January 20, 2020: No School (MLK Day)

January 24, 2020: End Quarter 2 / Semester 1

January 31 - Feb. 1, 2020: 11th Annual Festival of One Act Plays

February 15 - 23, 2020: February Vacation

March 12, 2020: Spring Open House (6:00 - 7:30)

April 3, 2020: End Quarter 3

April 3 - 4, 2020: A Midsummer Night's Dream

April 18 - 26, 2020: April Vacation

May 15, 2020: Junior Senior Prom (early release day)

May 27, 2020: Senior Class Dinner at Gibbet Hill

May 29, 2020: Graduation (6pm)

June 12, 2020: Scheduled last day of school

The Colonel's Cup is up for grabs on Thursday!

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In my opinion, there is no better way to start a holiday than with some high school football. The tradition of playing high school football is common in Massachusetts but is rare in other areas of the country. Win or lose, I am always thankful on this day each year for the many life lessons that the game of football and the coaches I had taught me.

I am honored to have been a part of each and every Thanksgiving Day Football game ever played between GDRHS and Tyngsborough High School. I was the Head Football Coach at Tyngsborough High School during the first ever contest between the schools in 2008, a game won by G-D on a very muddy field in Groton. The following year, Tyngsborough won the cup back in what was my final game as a coach, 25-24. For the past two years the Cup has been "On Loan" from our trophy case. Today I received a friendly taunt from my old friends in Tyngsborough. (see the picture above)

The trophy is named in honor of the founders of the communities involved, Colonel Tyng and Colonel Prescott. With your support, I hope our boys can bring the cup back home on Thursday.

Game time is at 10:00am at Tyngsborough High School.

Camp Sunshine

The Camp Sunshine Application for 2020 is now available! Camp Sunshine is a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. This camp supports families who have children in various stages of the illness. Its mission is to provide a retreat for the entire family – the ill child, the parents and the siblings. This program is free for the families and is staffed by thousands of volunteers each year. Camp Sunshine is located in Casco, Maine.

We will be running two different trips to Camp Sunshine in 2020, one in February and one in August.

Please be aware that students must be 16 at the time of the trip. Additionally, seniors are not eligible to travel on the August trip.

Applications must be turned in by 2 PM on Friday, December 6, 2019. Applications should be given to Ms. Pratt in room 106. Applications can be found outside room 106. More information regarding the trip can be found in the application.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Pratt at kpratt@gdrsd.org.

Give Kids the World 2020 Information Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2pm

GDRHS Library

We will have a meeting for any students interested in learning more about the opportunity to participate in our annual Give Kids the World Service Trip taking place next November. Please RSVP if interested in attending. This meeting is open to students and/or parents.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

2nd Annual Give Kids the World Service Trip a Hugh Success

Twenty-one students and staff recently returned from spending four days working at Give Kids the World Village located in Kissimmee, Florida. Their service helped make it possible for hundreds of families who have a child suffering from a potential life threatening condition to enjoy a week's vacation and enjoy their time at the GKTW resort and the surrounding Orlando attractions. Our GD group served food, bussed tables, hosted a Candy Land themed party and spent many more selfless hours doing whatever they could to make these vacations special. I am so proud of this group and look forward to many more years of GD students and staff participating in this experience.
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"Ever since last year when I first heard about Give Kids The World Village I knew it was a trip I wanted to go on and I was really excited when I found out it was a trip the school was continuing. This trip was truly inspirational and eye-opening and something I’ll remember forever. I hope to come back soon and volunteer with my family. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to be part of something bigger than themselves."

-Chloe Ashburn; Class of 2020

GD Chamber Choir and Friends in Concert December 7

Thanks to Mrs. Cartier for the submission...

Enjoy a wonderful evening of music featuring the award-winning Groton-Dunstable High

School Chamber Choir, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Joseph’s Church (Our Lady

of Grace), 28 Tarbell Street, Pepperell, Mass.

The program will include classical and contemporary chorale music performed by the

Chamber Choir, along with several individual classical performances by solo

instrumentalists and singers.

The event is open to all. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to

help defray the cost of the Chamber Choir’s singing tour of Spain in April 2020. Come

hear the choir in a great acoustic setting! Refreshments will be served following the


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More information about GD Chamber Choir is available on our website:


Or, follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Groton-Dunstable-Chamber-


3rd Annual "Team up for St. Jude's Children's Hospital" kicks off

Groton Dunstable Crusaders 3rd annual Team Up for St. Jude Club Kicks off Fundraising

with a Limited Edition GD/St. Jude T-shirt.

Pre-Order your size(s) and donate $10.00.

All orders must be paid in advance by December 3, 2019 (cash or check to GDRHS). Orders can be placed during all lunches at the high school or sent in to the high school c/o Cheryl Shea (school nurse and club advisor).

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Winter Athletics Registraion

Attention any WInter Athletes: Registration for the winter season is now open.

Please visit the athletics web-page to access the sign-up link.

Winter season begins on December 2, 2019


Travel Opportunities 2020-2021

International Travel

International Travel through EF Tours:



England & Scotland:




German Exchange

GAPP/ German Exchange:

email Mr. Schulingkamp


Operation Walacea; Scientific Research

Summer 2021

Operation Wallacea (Scientific Research); Amazon River, Peru:

email Ms. Salemme


From the Health Office

Dear Parents/Guardians of 10th Grade Students,

We will conduct state-mandated vision and hearing screenings for all 10th grade students on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

School-based vision and hearing screenings are intended to help identify common vision and hearing problems and do not serve as a replacement for regular comprehensive examinations by a doctor. If your child requires additional evaluation based on the results of the screening you will be notified in writing by the nurse.

If you would like your child excluded from the screening please submit a written request to the school nurse by December 2, 2019.

Please contact the school nurse, Cheryl Shea @ 978-448-6362 ext. 1018 or cshea@gdrsd.org if you have any questions.

Parent Volunteers Needed

This year we are beginning preparations for our decennial accreditation visit conducted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). As part of this process we will be conducting and writing a self-reflection. You may remember requests to fill out a parent survey earlier this year. We are looking for a few parent volunteers to participate in this process by contributing to some of the work our staff is doing on this. If you would be interested in participating, please email Mike Woodlock. mwoodlock@gdrsd.org


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!"

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