The Grizzly Growl

Parent and Student Newsletter for GFH--December 2019

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From the Bear Den

As we enter the season of giving and receiving, we want to encourage our Grassfield community to practice gratitude. Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as a thankful appreciation for what we receive. Expressing gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, deal better with adversity, and build strong relationships—this includes relationships with teachers and peers. Educational research reveals that showing gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness in students and can improve their mood, mental health, and performance and attitude about school.

It’s easy to find ways to express gratitude:

· Keep a gratitude jar at home. Have family members write something for which they are specifically grateful and share with the family.

· Practice random acts of kindness.

· Write a quick note to someone to express your gratitude.

· Keep a gratitude journal.

Show your thanks for a Grizzly staff member by filling out this Grizzly gratitude form. Thank you for making someone feel special today!

Check out this video on the science of gratitude, and please know that we are THANKFUL for YOU and your support.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @grassfield_hs. Our website is updated regularly for additional information.

Motivational Moment

Each Monday, a member of our staff sends a motivational message to our students during GNEWS. Dr. King, our School Counseling Director, shared her thoughts on Making It Happen; watch her presentation here.

Senior Success

College application season is in full swing. Check out this month-by-month timeline to keep you on track as you navigate through senior year and complete your college applications. Some dates and information may vary, depending on the college or your own circumstances.

Any college applications due in January and/or Parchment requests due in January that require school counselor attention must be submitted to your counselor by December 7, 2019. The counselors do not work over the holiday break and will need time to process the request.

The Senior Banquet will be held December 14th at 6:00 pm. Join us for dinner, Senior Superlatives, and dancing

Interest is high for the Powder Puff-- Seniors vs Juniors- -game. Join us December 18th at 4:30 pm. to watch the action. Gates open at 4:00.


After Prom

Every year, we ask all families to make a donation to the After Prom Fund that is equal to their child’s graduation year. The “pool” of money from their class will grow and be used for THEIR After Prom. Therefore, all students will benefit from this fundraiser.

Click on the following here if you would like to donate by cash or check.

Click on the following here if you would like to donate by credit card.


PTSA General Meeting- December 10th at 7pm (before the Band Concert)

PTSA Executive Board Meeting and After Prom Meeting- January 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Wecht @

Follow us on Facebook at Grassfield High School PTSA

ACCESS College Support

Seniors: If you haven’t filed the FAFSA, NOW is the time! You don’t have to be done with your applications to complete it, and it’s important to file the FAFSA as soon as possible to be eligible for the most college financial aid. Complete the FAFSA with your parent or contact Mrs. Moorhouse, ACCESS Advisor, to make an appointment for her to complete it for you (

Juniors: If you are interested in (or already) using Khan Academy for SAT Prep, make sure to see Mrs. Moorhouse, ACCESS Advisor to earn prizes such as movie tickets and a raffle entry for a $300 VISA gift card. Khan Academy offers free, adaptive SAT practice—the software adjusts the questions based on a student’s PSAT/SAT results. In the past 2 years, GHS juniors who used Khan Academy raised their SAT scores as much as 160 points--- that can make a HUGE impact on your chance of acceptance to your dream college.

**Juniors who sign up for Khan Academy can also take the SAT for free in the Spring—a $48 value!** See Mrs. Moorhouse ( for more information or to sign up.

The Counseling Corner

As the holidays approach, it's NOT the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. Stress, anxiety, and depression can creep in and quell your holiday spirit. But with a little planning, and realistic expectations, you can minimize stress this holiday season. Follow some of these tips:

  • Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
  • Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  • Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.
  • Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings.
  • Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Seek professional help if you need it--that includes students' school counselor.

For more tips, read this article.

Grizzly Greatness

Congratulations to:

Mrs. Kimberly Hammers--our 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year

The Lead4Change Can-Dos for collecting an unprecedented amount of food for the annual holiday food drive. The collected over 6,000 canned goods! For more information on Lead4Change, please visit here.

The Grassfield Theatre Company for an amazing performance of Twelve Angry Jurors

Our Field of Valor was planted with more than 1,750 flags to honor those who have served in our Armed Forces.

Upcoming Events

November 27—Early Release Day, One Lunch

November 28 and November 29—No School - Happy Thanksgiving!

December 11- End of Marking Period 3

December 16- SOL World History 1

December 17- SOL VA/US History and SOL World History 2

December 21- January 1- Winter Break- School Closed

January 2—School reopens

January 16—Rising Freshman Night (Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.)

January 20-Martin Luther King Day, No School

January 22 and 23-Semester 1 Exams

January 21-Junior Class Ring Ceremony

January 23-End of 1st Semester

January 24-Teacher Work Day

January 24-Junior Ring Dance

January 27-Start of 2nd Semester

Grassfield High School

Enjoy this edition of The Grizzly Growl, yet another way we strive to increase communication and strengthen our Grizzly community. Your feedback is welcome.