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Gilbert High School's Newsletter - July 2018

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Principal's Message

Summer 2018

Dear GHS Student and Parent(s):

It sounds incredible, but this summer will mark a new chapter in our history of serving the young persons and families in our community! In August we will welcome our students to the 2018-19 school year. This year will mark the 102nd year of tradition and excellence here at Gilbert High School. As Tigers, we are all part of a legacy rich with achievement, scholarship and community. I again want to welcome you to this new school year. I am excited to go on this journey with you all!

One last look back: I would like to congratulate and send best wishes to the Class of 2018; what a fantastic group of young people! I would also like to thank all of our students, regardless of grade level, who each and every day work hard to make GHS an outstanding school. They all enrich our campus community and please know that they are most appreciated indeed!

Some key dates as we finish up our summer break:

Student schedules will be emailed home the week of July 9! In the email will be information on Counseling call-in days and other information to help make sure the start of school is a success!

Our Freshmen Orientation will be held in the GHS Gymnasium on Friday, July 27, 2018, from 9am to 11:30am! Parents are welcome to attend, as well!

School will start on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Our Annual Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at 6pm. We will have a modified bell schedule for the evening so that you can follow your students’ schedule. The Open House Night will conclude at 7:30 pm.

Last year was an awesome year and I was impressed as always with our students; they make Gilbert High School a special place for students to learn and for adults to work. I look forward to another positive and productive year at GHS. Our campus has as usual added some new faces to our faculty and staff this summer, and we are excited to work with all of you and help our students achieve the success that is typical of Gilbert High School.

As always, I expect our students to be positive reflections of our community and our high expectations. Their academic success and their behavior will continue will to shed a positive on our campus community.

On behalf of the faculty and staff here at Gilbert High School, we welcome you again to this new school year and we wish you and your student all the best!

Go Tigers!


Christopher Stroud


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Summer Office Hours

Our offices will be closed from July 2nd to July 6th.

Our front offices will re-open on Monday, July 9th and the hours will be 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Student schedules!

Keep on the lookout! During the week of July 16th, all GHS students and parents will receive detailed information regarding class schedules and related fees via email. Procedures for requesting a schedule change, making a payment or an additional school related purchase will be included along with the scheduled dates for Freshmen Orientation and Open House (see below for those, as well). Before long, our 2018-19 school year will be here!


Freshmen Orientation!

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Gilbert Public Schools District 18-19 Calendar


Open House & Back to School Night!

Our Annual Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at 6pm. We will have a modified bell schedule for the evening so that you can follow your students’ schedule. The Open House Night concludes at 7:30 pm.
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Save the Date(s) for School Council!

School Council will be held once a month in the GHS Career Center with Mr. Stroud. These are held on a Monday evening from 5pm to 6pm. Our membership includes two student positions, three “official” parent positions, three faculty members, one staff position and one member of the business community. Our schedule for the 18-19 school year is:

Monday, August 13, 2018, 5 – 6pm

Monday, September 17, 2018, 5 – 6pm

Monday, October 29, 2018, 5 – 6pm

Monday, November 19, 2018, 5 – 6pm

Monday, January 14, 2019, 5 – 6pm

Monday, February 25, 2019, 5 – 6pm

Monday, April 1, 2019, 5 – 6pm

Monday, April 29, 2019, 5 – 6pm

All are welcome to come and participate! Remember that all School Council meetings will be held in our Career Center up in the front office. Join us as we discuss and tackle pertinent and timely issues of interest to students, parents, and faculty and staff. We always have awesome treats made by our wonderful Culinary students under the direction of Mrs. Hinton, and kudos to Starbucks at Val Vista and Warner for providing coffee!


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Student Handbooks

Student handbooks are available from the district website at (Please note that these haven't been updated as of June - watch this space and we'll let you know once the new ones are live).

This handbook outlines our procedures, activities, rules, etc. Please be sure you and your student take time to review these important guidelines to ensure your student’s success at Gilbert High School. Please take the time to review the attached student dress code policy; it is important for our students and parents to understand the expectations of the dress code before they start purchasing new clothes for the new school year.


Chromebook Device Protection Plan Information


As part of Gilbert Public School’s 1:1 technology initiative, parents have the option to enroll in the Device Protection Plan (DPP). Enrollment in the plan will minimize the potential repair and/or replacement fees associated with the device.

By selecting this plan ​you agree to pay a fee of $25 to be enrolled in the DPP. If a device becomes damaged, your student will take it to the school’s library and fill out the ​Student Device Repair Form. The Technology Services repair department will repair the device. If​ the device is lost, a fee of $160 will be assessed. I​f the device is stolen while at school, the incident must be reported by the student to their teacher, librarian, or front office within 24 hours. If the device is stolen outside of school, the parent/guardian must file a police report within 48 hours. A copy of the report must be turned into the school’s front office.

Students who have purchased the DPP during the 2018-2019 school year and have not had a claim for damage to their device during the school year, will have their fee rolled over to the 2019-2020 school year and their device will remain covered under the DPP. The yearly roll over of the original DPP purchase will remain in place until the student is no longer a GPS student or has a claim. Devices will be periodically inspected to ensure the device is in good working condition and a claim is not being avoided.

There will be no refunds given on the original DPP purchase if a student leaves GPS or upon graduation. Special circumstances will be evaluated by school administration in collaboration with Technology Services.

Enrollment in the DPP does not begin until the $25 payment has been received and must be completed by August 30th, 2018. Students enrolling in Gilbert Public Schools after August 30th, 2018, will be given 2 weeks after their official GPS enrollment date to enroll in the Device Protection Plan.

Here is the link to the District site for DPP information!


Athletics Information

In order to try out for an athletic team at Gilbert High School, students must have completed the online athletic registration at The requirements include completion of the 2018-2019 Annual Pre-participation Physical Evaluation packet (which needs to be cleared and signed by a doctor); the Brain Book Concussion Course (for first-time high school sport enrollment); and online documents, e-signed by parent/guardian and student. Additionally, an athletic fee of $100.00 is required for each sport (due after try outs and before regular competition season starts). There may be additional fees required per sport. Ask the coach for further details.

Due to many year-round sports, we encourage parents to plan on the completion of the online registration and AIA physical forms before the school year starts, or as soon as possible. We also request this so there is no added delay in an athlete being able to participate in our interscholastic athletic programs. Please log on to to register your child. For any questions concerning Athletics, please contact our office at (480) 497-0177, ext. 169.



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Boys' Tennis

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-----Department News-----


Shout-out to our outstanding US Air Force JROTC unit, AZ-941, who were selected as a Distinguished Unit of Merit by the USAF for the 17-18 school year! We appreciate the leadership of Major Heim and Sgt. Kemp, as well as the hard work by all of our awesome cadets in the program!

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Gilbert High School FFA participated at the State Leadership Conference and did a fantastic job! They were outstanding representatives of our campus community and we appreciate them and Mr. Bushong, Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Goodner so very much!


Hunter Lopez and Mikayla Haynes pose in front of the Gilbert FFA Chapter Display.

Enjoying dinner at Casa Molina on our last night at State Leadership Conference.

A total of 18 Gilbert FFA students attended this years State Leadership Conference.

Alex Kulaga placed 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Delanie Christensen poses with Izzy Taft's state pin for Plant Systems AgriScience Fair Division winner.

Third place Gilbert FFA Conduct of Meetings team. From left to right, Emily Crawford, Chaille Driggers, Blake Stringfellow, Sophia Kolb, Katie Heitmann, and Delanie Christensen. Not pictured - Izzy Taft.

AgriScience Fair participants. From left to right - Ella Jackson, Ariah Zeigler, Chaille Driggers, Blake Stringfellow, Sophia Kolb and Delanie Christensen. Not pictured - Izzy Taft.

State FFA Degree recipients from left to right, Maci Stewart, Carrigan Partridge and Karlie Kronewitter. Not pictured, Abby Deam and Greg Guzman.

2018-2019 State FFA Vice-President At Large Abby Deam

Congrats Tigers!


Tiger Yearbook Information!

GHS 2019 senior yearbook portraits will be taken on campus this year

and seniors will have three different backdrops from which to choose.

Please watch for student and parent emails coming via Infinite Campus later

this summer with all the dates and details for those and senior tribute submissions.

Questions? Please email Tiger Yearbook at


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FACS wins Program of the Year!

Congratulations to our very own GHS FACS program for winning the state's Program of the Year award! Great job Mrs. Lazar, Mrs. Hinton, Mrs. Rowley, and Mrs. Wright!!



Congratulations to Gilbert High School's Early Childhood Education TOYBOX program who was awarded the Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Program of the year for the state of Arizona! The TOYBOX Program is an Career and Technical Education program where the high school students complete a program of study covering an approved sequence of Early Childhood courses, work towards attaining industry certification and meet the ADE ECE standards. The TOYBOX program includes an early learning center within a high school laboratory setting. The high school students observe, plan, and work with the children under the direction and guidance of the ECE Instructor/TOYBOX, Connie Rowley. Great job Mrs. Rowley!!


Tiger Town!

Tiger Town 2018 is scheduled for October 26th 27th and 28th. This will be Gilbert High Schools 19th Tiger Town event. All are welcome!
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