The Gilbert School E-News

September 2023

Dear Parents and Students:

A new school year has started and I’m happy to report that we have had an exceptionally smooth opening. Students and staff have acclimated well and seem to have gotten back to the routine of school.

With any new school year comes change. Please join us in welcoming the following new teachers, staff, and assignments:

  • Stephen Barone, Social Studies Department Chair
  • Michaela Cutarelli, Social Worker
  • Michelle Farrar, HS Science
  • Bridget Grady, Art
  • Sarah Guenther, Math
  • Craig Levesque, MS Science
  • Shannon McGrane, Social Worker
  • Josh Penn, Athletic Director (HS* & MS)
  • Maryanne Shaffer, Executive Assistant

* denotes TGS faculty in a new role

The Gilbert School is a wonderful school that offers tremendous opportunities for our students in and out of the classroom. I hope to see you all out and about at the many exciting events to come this year. Here’s to a happy and successful school year!


Greg P. Shugrue, Head of School

The Gilbert School

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Greetings Gilbert families!

I’m writing this as we are in full swing here after a few weeks of classes. We kicked off the year with an amazing three days of professional development for faculty and staff followed by meetings with each class where we set the stage for our expectations for the year. It was great to see many of you at our Open House night and other events thus far and I am certain that I will be seeing alot of you in the near future as well! Please know that your students’ teachers, counselors, and administrators are here to help make this the best year ever!

After my first year as building principal I can honestly say I am even more proud of our students, our Winsted community, and our partnerships with local and international agencies who help to create this wonderful learning environment we have up here on Williams Avenue! It has been a pleasure working with all stakeholders in my first year as Principal and receiving the CT Association of Schools’ Outstanding First Year Principal Award in the Spring was humbling and also energizing because we accomplished many great things last year but there are many more to come!

I am happy to say that our school social media accounts are rising in popularity! Please follow our Facebook and Instagram (gilbert_school) accounts where you are sure to see new photos, descriptions of events, and glimpses of life here at Gilbert! We are super excited to share our experiences with all of you and to celebrate our students and the entire Gilbert community! You are sure to see familiar faces from current TGS classes as well as some alumni news as well. Let’s make 2024 a year to be envied TOGETHER; here we go Yellowjackets!

With Yellowjacket Pride,

Miss Lewis

TGS Principal

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Students Learn About Drag Forces

Below: In the first week of class, Mr. Levesque had 9th grade science students working on drag forces. Students created parachutes, and explored the forces that are applied when falling.

Middle School Student Shutterbugs In The Making

Below: In the first week of class, Steve Hodges' middle school class explores the use of digital cameras.
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Students Get A Jumpstart On Research Skills

Below: Librarian Ms. Pfeffer helps students learn research skills for a project on Ancient World History during a visit from Ms. Rohlfing and Mr. Barone's World History Classes.

PowerSchool Registration Instructions

Unsure how to set up your PowerSchool account? No problem! Follow these simple steps:

  1. Begin at The Gilbert School Webpage
  2. From the Parent dropdown menu, choose PowerSchool
  3. Click on the PowerSchool logo
  4. Click the create an account button
  5. Completely fill out the form

(The Access ID is your child’s student ID number, and the Access password is the first 8 letters of your child’s last name.)


  • At least 7 characters
  • At least one uppercase and one lowercase letter
  • At least one number
  • At least one special character (!,$,&,*, etc.)

Should you need assistance, please contact

Senior Class Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

On Monday, October 2, the Senior class will be hosting a student and faculty/staff Red Cross Blood Drive during the school day. Please note:

  • Donors must be at least 16 years old.
  • Sixteen-year-olds must obtain a permission slip from Ms. Salvatore (room 303) or Mrs. Valigorsky (room 309) and bring it, with their parent/guardian signature, to the blood drive.
  • Students 17 and above do not need adult permission to donate blood.
  • Donors should drink plenty of water and eat well the day prior and the day of their donation.
  • Snacks, and a gift card "reward" (TBD) will be provided by The Red Cross.

Your donation could save one life! Please encourage your student to participate in this impactful event. Questions? email or

New TGS Parking Policies for Dropoff/Pickup 2023-’24

Due to roof-work, on-going construction, and safety concerns, we are implementing the following changes for this school year. These changes are going back to our policies we followed for a very long time. We are also trying to provide convenient parking during the day for parents/visitors.

AM DROPOFF (7:00-7:45 AM):

Morning student drop-off procedures: Students may ONLY be dropped off in the student parking lot in the morning OR at the bottom of the hill on the faculty side. Parents may NOT pull up to the teacher lot and drop at the door unless students have significant physical impairments that require handicapped parking to drop off (ex: crutches, injury, etc.).


If you are dropping off paperwork to the office or making a quick stop to school, we will have a Short-Term Parking spot available for you to make a fast trip into the building and out with no worries of where to park. If you are here for a meeting with staff, please use one of our new “Visitor Parking” spots. They are located in the teacher lot and accessible for public

visitors during school or right after school hours.

PM PICKUP (School Dismissal 2:00-2:30 PM):

Afternoon pickup procedures: Students may ONLY be picked up in the student parking lot in the afternoon OR at the bottom of the hill on the faculty side. Parents may NOT pull up to the teacher lot and park in the teacher parking lot to wait unless students have significant physical impairments that require handicapped parking-which is where they may park to wait for dismissal (ex: crutches, injury, etc.).

The Gilbert Parent Ambassadors Committee Wants YOU!

Mr. Shugrue and The Gilbert School invite parents to become our community partners in enhancing the educational experience for our students. Click on the button below to learn more about this exciting collaborative opportunity.

Mark Your Calendars: Homecoming is 10/28!

It's almost time to show that Yellowjacket spirit! Spirit Week will be the week of 10/23-27, and will be filled with dress-up days, class contests, and wall building! The Homecoming Court will be announced at the Homecoming Football Game versus Seymour High School on Saturday, 10/28.

Mr. Affie Attends GenCyber Teacher Academy Program

Last spring, The Gilbert School's own Mr. Affie was selected to participate in the GenCyber Teacher Academy over the summer at the University of New Haven. The course included five instructors and 20 educators, and discussed many topics in computer science such as cybersecurity, cryptography (which scrambles information to keep it safe), programming languages and Social Engineering (which are techniques people use to steal our data). The program also included multiple guest speakers from the state, college, and business community to talk about the need for computer science students. Mr. Affie, Gilbert's CTE/Art/Music Department Chair, hopes to create an Intro to Computing class for GTS students in the 2024-2025 school year. Way to go, Mr. Affie!

Back By Popular Demand!

Fall Coffee House will return on Thursday, 11/9 in the TGS school library at 6.30 pm. Open to all grades, the Fall Coffee House is an evening of the arts-- music, poetry, and more. However, only high school students may perform at this open mic style event. If you are a high school student who would like to perform, you can find a signup sheet in front of room 308. Please be sure to submit your sign up sheet to Mrs. Daniele by Tuesday, 10/31. For questions, email her at

The Volleyball Team Needs Your Help

The TGS Varsity Girls Volleyball team is hosting a fundraising event. Mention The Gilbert School Girls Volleyball when dining in or getting take-out from Rowley's in Winsted, and 10% of the proceeds from your check will go to the team! Didn't make it to the grocery store to pick up something to make for dinner? No problem. Go to Rowley Grill & Tap! It's that simple - have some great food and help the Volleyball team to purchase needed equipment, uniforms, and more! Click on the yellow fundraiser flyer to peruse Rowley's great menu!

B.I.N.G.O. Momma Needs A New Bag!

The TGS World Language department is hosting a Purse Bingo Fundraiser to benefit the Classical Italy trip. Bingo round winners get to choose from several designer handbags! The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, 9/30 at the Winsted Elks Lodge. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. The event will be $40 per ticket - Cash Bar - BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks). Tickets are presale only and sales close on Wednesday, 9/20. Click HERE to purchase tickets. Click on the Purse Bingo flyer for more info about this fun event.

For more information about the Gilbert Classical Italy trip, please email

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Gilbert Yellowjackets Athletics

By Josh Penn, Gilbert Athletic Director

The fall season is officially underway! Girl’s soccer has played its first two games and is still looking for its first victory, but they have played hard and are going to be a force in the Berkshire League this season. Cross Country had its first official meet on 9/12. Sophomore Kate Hudak placed 3rd for females while Sophomore Alec Marvin placed 7th and Junior Richie Reeves placed 11th! Volleyball has also played two contests and has shown improvement in each set they have played in. Football had a tough week 1 matchup with perennial powerhouse Ansonia, but they battled for the entire game. Friday 9/15 they take on Kennedy under the lights here on Van Why Field. Cheerleading may have a smaller squad than last year, but they have just as much passion and energy as always. Golf has played in several matches so far and improved their team score in every match. Congratulations to Senior Aiden Blanchette for being medalist at Norfolk Country Club shooting a 39! Boy’s Soccer is still looking for more student-athletes to sign up, anyone interested should contact Mr. Penn or Coach Kelsey.

Middle School Sports started on 9/11 and will play their first contests on Thursday 9/21, good luck to all of our Middle School student-athletes.

Fall Sports:

Important Dates:


  • October 27 - Girls Soccer will take on Thomaston on Van Why Field here at Gilbert.
  • October 28 - Football takes on Seymour for their first of three straight home games.

Miscellaneous Information:

  • We will be eliminating the Fall, Winter, and Spring sports awards and having one big “Espys” style sports award ceremony at the end of the school year. Teams are encouraged to have team events at the end of the season where they can present their varsity letters and patches. More information to come.

  • Travel Release Form → On the Gilbert Website and is an online form. Once completed the Athletics Office will receive a notification.

  • Game schedules are posted on the Gilbert Athletics website. I look forward to a great fall season and hope to see the stands filled with Blue and Gold!


Contact the Gilbert Director of Athletics 7-12 at: or call 860 379-3721 with any questions regarding Athletics. If you have specific questions regarding practices and games please contact the coach directly.

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Gilbert Welcomes Ten New International Students

By Debra LaRoche Walls, Dean of Admissions

On Thursday, August 24, Dean of Admissions of the international program, Debra LaRoche Walls and CEO Director, Tim Cronin, travelled to JFK Airport, New York in a Dattco Coach Bus to pick up and welcome ten new and three returning international students. Students traveled from Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Germany, Vietnam and China to share an American experience at The Gilbert School.

Each of these international students brings their own unique talents, accomplishments and excitement to make new friendships and have amazing experiences as a Gilbert student. One commonality that each of these students share is the global experience of traveling to more than four countries with their families already in their young lifetime. Many play musical instruments, enjoy all types of sports, and share the love of travel.

During a welcome lunch at Rowley Grill in Winsted, each student introduced themselves, shared their travel experiences, and what they are most looking forward to in joining the Gilbert school community. Making new lasting friendships was the first on most of their lists. Joining a sports team and seeing the highlight areas such as Boston and New York City were both on each students list.

Returning international students who are in their senior year are Eric Nguyen and Jay Tran from Vietnam, and Andrew Park from South Korea. We wish each of our international students the very best as they begin this new school year. Thank you for choosing to be an amazing cultural addition to our school community.

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New students (from left to right): Steven Shin (South Korea), Rafael Gonzalez (Mexico), Lars Nunes (Germany), Austin Jang (South Korea), Debra Walls, Sophia Peixoto (Brazil), Maja Busse (Germany), Maria Castilla (Brazil), Chloe Shin (South Korea), and Mary Yen Ho (Vietnam).

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Grades 8-11: PSATs are October 18

PSAT testing will take place in school on October 18 for all grade 8, freshmen, sophomore, and junior students. More information to follow. Registration for the PSAT is not required.

College Rep Visits at Gilbert

Admissions Reps for the colleges/universities listed below will be visiting The Gilbert School this fall. College rep visits are for junior and senior students, and will take place in the library. Students should sign up in Naviance. Students are responsible for all missed classwork. Check future issues of the newsletter for an updated list, as additional colleges/universities are being added daily!

  • 9/21 - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - 9:15 AM
  • 9/26 - University of Saint Joseph - 10:30 AM
  • 9/27 - Western Connecticut State University - 8:00 AM
  • 9/28 - Western New England University - 11:15 AM
  • 9/28 - Merrimack College - 12:30 PM
  • 9/29 - University of Rhode Island - 9:15 AM
  • 10/2 - Central Connecticut State University - 12:30 PM
  • 10/3 - Savannah College of Art & Design - SCAD - 8:00 AM
  • 10/6 - University of New Haven - 10:30 AM
  • 10/13 - Endicott College - 10:30 AM
  • 10/16 - University of Connecticut - 11:00 AM
  • 10/17 - Emmanuel College - 12:00 PM
  • 10/24 - Dean College - 11:00 AM
  • 10/26 - Sacred Heart University - 11:00 AM
  • 11/3 - Westfield State University - 12:00 PM
  • 11/6 - Rutgers University-New Brunswick - 9:15 AM
  • 11/17 - Southern Connecticut State University - 10:30 AM

AP Students: May 2024 Exam Registration

Our AP courses are in full swing. Students completed summer work for each course and are already starting to progress through their rigorous college-level curriculum. Fees for the mandatory AP tests (required for the course) will be due to Mrs. Fiducia soon; listen for the announcements on when and where to turn in your payments. Those students who pass the test will be refunded money back as an incentive from Gilbert. Also, many colleges accept scores 3 and above for college credit (check specific university/college requirements for credit). Students who take AP courses in high school are proven to perform better academically in post-secondary programs than those who do not. If you have any questions about AP courses, please contact your school counselor.

For 2024 testing information and dates, please visit this link on the College Board website.


Khan Academy, in conjunction with College Board, is offering free customized SAT prep based on a student's performance on the PSAT. Generated SAT practice is tailored specifically to focus on those areas in which the student requires the most practice. Click on the button below to find out more information!

GRADES 9-11: SAT & ACT Test Dates

In spring 2024, all junior students will participate in the Connecticut SAT School Day here at The Gilbert School. However, any student (not just juniors!) can register online to take the SAT and/or to take the ACT throughout the year - as many times as you choose. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you'll get!

*Please note that The Gilbert School is no longer a testing site and will not be hosting SAT testing on alternate dates.

GRADES 9-12: Upcoming College Fairs

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at an upcoming in-person college fair. Don't miss these free, one-day events for high school students and families. See the info about the next fair below.

Upcoming JOB FAIR October 11!

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News From The TGS Health Office

By Darlene Webb RN BSN, Director of Health Services

Physicals for Students in Grades 7 & 9

Reminder: all students in Grades 7 & 9 need to have a physical examination by their physician. “Blue” physical forms should be submitted to the nurse’s office. The physical forms can be found in physician’s offices, TGS main office and nurse's office, and the website. If you have any questions regarding this State mandated requirement, please contact the nurse. If your child has already had a physical and you would like to have your physician fax a copy, the confidential direct fax number is 860 738 9651.

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EdAdvance Food Service Program Begins at The Gilbert School

Click on the button below to read the Welcome Letter from EdAdvance, The Gilbert School's new Food Services provider!
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An Important Note From The Main Office

The Main Office reminds all parents to submit your student's school forms as soon as possible, if you haven't done so already. The school forms were included in the Back to School Packets that were sent to each Gilbert family in August. If you've misplaced your child's packet, please email Mrs. Battista at

Bus Information for 2023-24

Click on the button below for bus stop and pick up information for bussing to and from The Gilbert School.

UNDERCLASSMEN: School Picture Day is Friday, 9/22. You will be receiving order forms in your Advisories. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, reach out to Mrs. Daniele at

SENIORS: The second round of senior portraits will be on 9/26 and 9/27. You should have all received an appointment code via email and/or mail, but if you have not, please reach out to Mrs. Daniele to schedule your appointment. Click HERE to schedule your portraits.

2024 High School Yearbooks are on sale now!

Purchase now to get Early Bird Pricing!

Yearbook Prices:

  • $55 until 9/30
  • $65 from 10/1-11/31
  • $75 from 12/1-12/31
  • $85 from 1/1 through end of the school year

To order HIGH SCHOOL yearbooks, click HERE or contact Mrs. Daniele.

Senior Parents/Guardians: Buy An Ad For Your Senior

Personal yearbook ads are available for purchase until December 1st! Personal ads for your students are a great way to support them and show them how proud you are of all their accomplishments! Ads can be purchased and created on the yearbook website, or you can submit physical ads and payments to Mrs. Daniele. Additionally, we have a special back to school discount on business and personal ads that will expire at midnight on Tuesday, 9/19; use the code BTS2324 on the website to receive a 10% discount when purchasing your ads!

Important Dates to Remember

No School

10/9 - Columbus Day

Early Dismissal (12:16 PM)


School Picture Day


Senior Portrait Days


PSAT Testing


Spirit Week


Pep Rally


Homecoming Game


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