High School

Weekly Update - 10/14/21

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Principal Thoughts

This week marks the end of the first quarter of school. One saying that I have always believed describes the academic year (and life in general) is, "the days are long, but the years are short." Oftentimes in life, when we are in the midst of something challenging, it feels like it is taking forever to end. Then, all of sudden, the end is upon us, and we think to ourselves, "where did all the time go." I know the transition back to "normal" school, while greatly appreciated, has also come with many challenges. Personally, I would have been fine had I never had to wear a tie again, or at least not on a daily basis! However, I wouldn't give up what we have right now for anything. Seeing students fill the hallways, eat lunch together, and compete during their regularly scheduled athletic seasons has been such a joy to see. Parents, please take note that teachers will be updating their Canvas pages by the end of the day on October 18. When you have a moment next week, take some time with your students to review how they are currently performing in each of their classes. Right now, students still have the luxury of time to correct something if they are off course; however, it's important to remember that sooner than our students might think, this time will pass them by, and the end of the year will be upon them. I hope everyone has an excellent Fall Break, and we are excited to begin the second quarter on Monday!

Counselor's Corner

This week, our staff had the opportunity to come together to view a film called “Listen.” This movie was created to emphasize the power of listening, especially in schools, and particularly with our students. Listening can be defined by phrases such as “to give one’s attention to a sound,” or “to take notice of and to act on what someone says.” I think it is important to focus on the words “attention” and “take notice.” When we really listen, we observe, we seek to better understand, and we then respond in some way (which is not always with words). As a parent and a counselor, listening to our students is one of the best gifts that we can give our young people. Listening helps us to really know who our students are, what they carry, and what they need. Listening requires focus… it is not possible to multitask while truly listening. When we are distracted with tasks of daily life, when we are busy, when we are overwhelmed with our own thoughts and emotions, it is difficult to listen. Our students need our attention, our time, our presence. I am challenging all of us to make listening to our students a priority—if for only five minutes per day. Let’s give our students this gift.

Be well,

Mrs. Allred-McGee

Gray Stone to Host YVC Conference Tournament

Gray Stone will be hosting the XC Conference Championship on Tuesday, October 19. The team would love to invite the student body to cheer them on at 4:30! What-A-Burger will be coming out from 3:30-6:30 for anyone to purchase.

Junior Meeting: Class Rings

A mandatory meeting will be held for all Juniors on Monday, October 25 at 8:30AM in the Gym. Our Jostens rep will be providing order info for Class Rings. They will return on Thursday, November 4th to collect orders during lunch in the Commons.

Senior Meeting: Class Rings

A mandatory meeting will be held for all Seniors on Tuesday, October 26 at 8:30AM in the Gym. Our Jostens rep will be providing order info for Cap & Gowns. They will return on Thursday, November 4th to collect orders during lunch in the Commons.

Knightfest Update

Knightfest has been rescheduled to Friday, October 29. Please see below for more information regarding wristband sales.

Due to the schedule change for Knightfest, wristband sales will be as follows:

1. Sales will occur October 28-29 during Knight Time and lunches (price remains $10).

2. New wristbands will be issued to those who have already purchased. This will happen the week of October 29. Yellow wristbands can be discarded.

3. If a student cannot attend Knightfest, they should see Mrs. Eudy (room 102) for a refund.

4. Knightfest is for GS students only.

Athletic Results

Boys' XC

10/12 - Finished third in a YVC Meet at North Stanly

Girls' XC

10/12 - Finished first in a YVC Meet at North Stanly

Girls' Golf

10/11 - Defeated Mt. Pleasant with a score of 137

Boys' Soccer

10/11 - v. Union Academy, W. 3-2

10/13 - v. J.M. Robinson, W 3-0

Girls' Tennis

10/12 - v. Chatham Charter, L 3-6

10/14 - YVC Championship @ J.M. Robinson, TBD

Varsity Volleyball

10/12 - v. South Stanly, W 3-0

10/13 - v. Albemarle, W 3-0

Next Week's Lunch Menu

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

Tuesday Hamburgers, Mac & Cheese, Fresh Veggies

Wednesday Beef & Chicken Tacos, Side Salad

Thursday Chicken & Rice, Sweet Peas, Roll

Friday Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni)

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.