Weekly News

September 6, 2019

Calendar of Events 2019-2020

We will continually update these throughout the year.

September 26, 2019: Open House (6-8pm)

October 14, 2019: No School (Columbus Day)

October 15, 2019: No School (District Professional Development Day)

October 15, 2019: Travel Information Night. 6pm

TBD: Open Mic Night

November 1 & 2, 2019: Fall Theater; You Can't Take It With You

November 14, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 1/2)

November 15 -19, 2019: Give Kids the World Service Trip (Orlando, FL)

November 21, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 2/2)

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

Open House

Please join us for our Fall Open House which will take place from 6-8pm on Thursday, September 26th. During the Open House parents will have the opportunity to hear about programs offered at GDRHS and meet with their student's teachers as they follow their schedules. Administration and Guidance Counselors will be on hand to answer questions as well. Hope to see you there!

Open House Partners

Each year groups associated with the High School (boosters, community groups) set up tables during our open house in the fall in order to make all parents aware of the opportunities to participate or benefits that these groups provide. If you would like to reserve a table at this year's Open House, please email me to let me know. Thanks.


Fall Theater Performance

Auditions for the Fall Play, You Can't Take It with You, will be Monday, September 9th in room 139. Sign ups will be posted outside room 203. Please see Ms. Olson in room 203 if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

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Student Drop off in the AM

For anyone wishing to drop of students prior to the beginning of school please follow this procedure.

All students should be dropped off on the side of the school close to the Tennis Courts. Students are able to access the school from the side entrance in the morning.

Please do not drop students in front of the main entrance prior to the beginning of the school day as this is reserved for School Busses only.

We have many new drivers in the Parking Lot. Please do not drive through the student parking lot and drop off students there. It is already a bit hectic and more cars in and out can add to the issue.

Please do not drive down the driveway to the left of the school. This area is reserved for student van drop-off at the side entrance located there.

If you are dropping off a student after the beginning of school, using the driveway directly in front of the main entrance is fine.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

From our Guidance Department

Our Guidance Website:

Check out our GDRHS Guidance site!

PSAT Dates and Registration

The PSAT will be proctored at the high school on Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 am. Registration is now open, please register by September 30, 2019. Cash/Checks payable to GDRHS are due in guidance by October 4th.

Click here for registration page.

AP Testing

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.

G-D Students devote time to the Groton Historical Commission over the Summer.

Check out Connie Sartini's Groton Herald article about student volunteers Lindsay Koza and Ethan McNamara who volunteered for the Groton Historical Commission's summer project to inventory the Town Hall archives.


Picture Re-Takes

If you missed the opportunity to have pictures taken last week, re-takes will take place on Friday, October 4th.

Yearbook Information


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!

Travel Opportunities for this school year

It is not too late to sign up for travel opportunities this school year but time is running out.

We still have limited spots available for the following trips....

Peru (Language Immersion)... To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2139392MX or

see Ms. Penchansky

South Africa (Science, Culture, & History)... https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2149969EE or see Mr. Reid or Ms. McHugh

France / Italy (Art Focus)... See Ms. Kostich if interested... https://rsvp.eftours.com/xs4dcny

Panama (Science and Technology)... - To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2137917MH or

see Mr. Rocheleau or Ms. Salemme

Europe; Summer 2020 (with Homestay experience)... To register or get more information visit https://www.explorica.com/My-Account/My-Tours/TourCenter.aspx

or see Mr. Arena.

Travel Opportunities for next school year 2020-2021

Please join us at our annual Travel Information Night which will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 6pm. We have a number of opportunities for students currently in grades 8-11. We will have a variety of travel experiences available for our students.

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