The Grizzly Growl

Parent and Student Newsletter for GFH--November 2019

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From the Bear Den

Did you know that over one third of the students surveyed by the Cyberbullying Research Center have experienced cyberbullying in their lifetimes. Examples include: mean and hurtful comments; rumor spreading; and posting or tagging in unflattering pictures.

Grassfield is proud to participate in National Block It Out Day on November 14th.

We have one goal--to block negativity from our digital lives, and by doing so, make the world a better place. Each of us has the power to choose what we give our attention to online. We can all choose to block out the online hatred, trolls and bullying. So let's block the negative messages we receive from social media, create a safe and positive online space, and encourage and empower others to do the same.

We encourage you to join us by sending messages of hope, praise, and kindness with the hashtag #BlockItOutDay.

Block It Out Day is not about likes vs. dislikes--it's about POSITIVITY!

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. Mr. Fulford shared his thoughts on being a life-long learner. Read what he shared with students or watch his presentation here.

The greatest thinkers on the planet believe that they are habitual learners and students of reality. The person that we will become in 5 years is defined by the people we spend time with today and the books that we read today. That is why who we associate with, who we spend time with, will define what is on our mind. If you are looking around and you find yourself being the smartest person in the room, change rooms, you are in the wrong room. When we focus on improving ourselves, we surround ourselves by people who challenge the way we think and question the way we behave. You want to be around people who lift the way you think. When we realize that we are students for life, instead of making people see how powerful we are, we want people to understand how powerful they are.

I will end with a quote from Brian Herbert: “The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill, but the willingness to learn is a choice”

Senior Success

The Senior Tailgate will be on November 1, 2019 from 5:30 – 6:30 in the Courtyard. Admission is free for all members of the class of 2020. There will be food, beverages, games, prizes, and music provided by DJ Winfield. All seniors wearing their official Class of 2020 t-shirt will receive free admission to the football game.

If you missed out on the first order of Class of 2020 t-shirts, another order will be placed in the next few weeks. Listen to GNews or follow grassfield2020 on Twitter and Instagram for more details.


Please consider becoming a member of and volunteering with the PTSA for the 2019/2020 school year. Membership is $7 and helps the PTSA support our educators and students.

Join us and Support After Prom! Come to the PTSA meeting November 18 at 6:00 in the Media Center. At 6:30 we will discuss plans for After Prom.

Follow us on Facebook at Grassfield High School PTSA

GHS Field of Valor Veterans Day Salute

Our tradition of the Field of Valor is aimed at generating a visual and heart-felt salute to military service members through a display of American flags. Individual miniature flags can be sponsored to recognize family, friends, Grizzly alumni, Chesapeake Gold Star Service Members as part of our Veterans Day Salute. Flag sponsorship is just $2 and flags are labeled in honor of the service member. All proceeds go to benefit Chesapeake veterans. Sponsorship forms are available on the main GHS web page and can be submitted in the main office through Monday, November 4th. The Field is planted by our students and ready for observance of the holiday. Flags are planted alphabetically for those wishing to visit. Our hope this year is to sponsor over 1,200 to flags to fly in front of Grassfield High School and around the Cody Childers Memorial. Please consider supporting this wonderful service-learning activity.

Field of Valor Craft

In an effort to support flying flags in honor of all our Grizzly alumni service members and Chesapeake’s 477 Gold Star Service Members – those who gave their lives in service, we are hosting a crafting event Thursday, November 7th from 6pm to 8pm in the Food Court. Join us as we make a traditional “Home” sign, which offers four interchangeable shapes for the letter O, or a patriotic version. The cost is $30 and $10 of every registration goes toward our Field of Valor. Sign up through Facebook. Search “Here’s Your Sign Party Field of Valor Fundraiser” and follow the registration instructions. We hope to see you there!

The Counseling Corner

Who are School Counselors?

School counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.

School counselors help all students:

  • apply academic achievement strategies
  • manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
  • plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, work force)

Duties include providing:

  • individual student academic planning and goal setting
  • school counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards
  • short-term counseling to students
  • referrals for long-term support
  • collaboration with families/teachers/ administrators/ community for student success
  • advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings
  • data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges

Contact your child's counselor directly with any questions or concerns.

Fun Facts about our counselors!

Dr. Angela King (Counseling Director)--She is a PADI certified night scuba diver

Mrs. Annette Thompson (A-Co)--She likes to play the drums

Mrs. Nicole Lewis (Cr-Gr)--She was an IRHS Homecoming Queen

Mrs. Lisa Creamer (Gu-La)--She went to high school with Pharell

Mrs. Tiosha Macklin (Le-O)--She is from Nashville, NC--not TN

Mrs. Haylee Davis (P-Sm)--She loves to go horseback riding

Ms. LaRhonda Brinkley (Sn-Z)--She loves to travel and has visited 32 states

Ms. Lydia Boerio (Special Projects)--She likes to bungee jump and repel

Mrs. Chris Wynn (Registrar)-- She is a beekeeper

Mrs. Mary Brickhouse (SOL Clerk)--She is fluent in French and Spanish


Lead2Feed, a national student leadership program, has been re-branded this year as Lead4Change. Leadership Development students from the Governor’s STEM Academy participate in this authentic learning program by planning and implementing service leadership projects to benefit our school and community.

Students on this year’s team are called The Can-Do’s with a slogan of “Health Body, Healthy Mind.” Our L4C students have voted to work on issues related to food insecurity and mental health.

Upcoming events include the following:

  • Halloween Costume Food Drive, October 31, 2019 – students will bring in 3 cans of food to participate and will be eligible for the costume contest held during all lunches.
  • Holiday Food Drive/Food Baskets – November 18-22, 2019 – students will bring in cans of food to their homerooms (healthier food items will be an emphasis this year)
  • Mental Health Student Forums – students will be surveyed to determine current mental health concerns and their knowledge of the available resources offered by Grassfield High School. Along with our school counselors, students will meet once each month during One Lunch to discuss the most important topics identified by the survey.

For more information on Lead4Change, please visit here.

Grizzly Greatness

Congratulations to:

Grizzly Cheer--3rd place 6A Competition Cheer

The Marching Grizzlies earned straight Superior ratings at the VBODA Marching Assessment at Kempsville HS, completing one half of the requirement to be a Virginia Honor Band. If band, chorus, and orchestra all earn superior ratings, Grassfield will continue to be a Blue Ribbon Music School.

Upcoming Events

October 21-November 1--Registration and payment for AP tests

November- End of marking period 2

November 5-ASVAB testing at GFH (register w/counselor by November 1)

November 11-Veterans' Day, No School

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 23-End of 1st Semester

January 24-Teacher Work Day

January 27-Start of 2nd Semester

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