The Lion's Roar

Gloucester High School - Newsletter- December 11, 2017

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Partnership. Performance. Pride.

Hello Parents,

Words can not express the levels of our pride & joy after being notified by The College Board on Wednesday that we have achieved placement as one of 447 school districts across the United States and Canada named to the "AP District Honor Roll." Of the 447 schools honored, we are one of only 31 who have a free and reduced lunch rate of 30% or more. This is the 2nd consecutive year that we have achieved this honor.

Our AP participation rates have improved drastically over the past three years:

Spring of 2015---76 AP tests administered

Spring of 2016---105 AP tests administered

Spring of 2017---181 AP tests administered

Impressively, GHS student performance on AP national exams has improved while access has been expanded across a far less exclusive portion of our student population. This has been the result of a tremendous amount of work by staff and students along with calculated approaches. We have added three new AP courses at GHS. Curriculum & instructional strategies have been analyzed and improvements have been implemented by both the teachers of our AP courses as well as the teachers of the courses students enroll in earlier in their high school years to prepare for AP success. Counselors and many other staff members are dedicated to ensuring that all of our students know that we believe in them and their ability to excel at the highest levels with commitment.

Research consistently exhibits that passing two or more AP courses during high school is one of the greatest indicators of a high school student's likelihood to achieve their college diploma. As we continue to grow our newly-established AVID program, strengthen our Pre-AP offerings, and introduce new AP courses taught by our staff on our campus, I have no doubt that the levels of success our students experience in high school and beyond will continue to flourish to the highest of levels in our community's history.

With winter break approaching quickly, it is hard to believe that we will arrive at the Progress Report mark of the 2nd marking period on Friday. The middle of the year is always a good time to ensure that your family is taking all of the necessary steps along the path to college and career readiness regardless of what high school grade level your child is currently in. We have included some invaluable resources to help you with this under this week's "College & Career Readiness" section.

I hope to see you in our auditorium on Thursday night. Come out with your family at 7 p.m. to enjoy our annual Winter Concert featuring performances "full of holiday cheer" by our Concert Band and Choir.

In Partnership,

Sean Gorman


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The Week Ahead

  • December 12th - Junior Class Ring Orders Taken During Lunches
  • December 14th - Holiday Sweater Day
  • December 14th - Art Department Gingerbread House "Smackdown"
  • December 14th - Holiday Concert @ 7 p.m. in Auditorium
  • December 15th - Winter Athletics Pep Rally
  • December 15th - 2nd Marking Period Progress Reports

Lion's Pride:

  • Nearly 50 students from Cold Springs School visited GHS along with staff members to participate with us in the global "Hour of Code" movement. This program aims to demystify coding and broaden the field of computer science. It was clear that there is no age limit to the love of Minecraft!

Upcoming Events:

  • Week of December 18th - First College Acceptance Celebration Lunches of 2017-18
  • Week of December 18th - English & Math Benchmark B Administered
  • December 18th - 20th - Junior Class Secret Santa-Gram Sales
  • December 19th & 20th - Junior Class Pictures with Santa During Lunch Periods
  • December 20th - Club Picture Day
  • December 21st - First Day of Winter
  • December 22nd - Early Dismissal for Students & Staff
  • December 22nd - Cragge Bowl
  • December 25th - January 1st: Winter Break
  • January 12th - Staff Development (School Closed for Students)
  • January 12th - February ACT Registration Deadline
  • January 15th - Martin Luther King Day (School Closed)

Photo of the Week:

The 2017 -2018 GHS Concert Band rehearsing for Thursday's holiday concert.
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Saturday, December 9th-Scrimmage

  • Girls JV Basketball vs. Camden County Tech. @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Varsity Girls Basketball vs. County County Tech. @ 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12th-Scrimmage
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Sterling @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Sterling @ 4:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15th- OPENING DAY

  • Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Deptford @ 4:00 p.m.
  • JV Boys Basketball vs. Deptford @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Deptford @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Swimming vs. Deptford @ GCIT-7:30 p.m.

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