Weekly Crusader News

3/22/19

Schedule of Events

March 26 & 27: ELA MCAS


April 3, 2019: Course selection forms due for 2019-2020 school year.


April 5 - 6, 2019: GDRHS Drama Spring Play


April 15 - 19, 2019: April Vacation


  • Spain Trip


May 4, 2019; Prom


May 6 - 16, 2019: AP Exams


May 8-11, 2019; Band Trip to Disney


May 21 & 22, 2019: Math MCAS


May 23, 2019: Spring Concert


May 29, 2019; Senior Dinner at Gibbet Hill


May 30, 2019: Class Night (seniors)


May 31, 2019: Graduation (6pm)


June 4 & 5, 2019: Science and Technology MCAS


We will continually add to this list as some events are finalized but some people are planners so I hope this is helpful. If you have questions about certain events, please send them in and we will add those events to the list.

Annual Phone-a-thon Underway to Support GD Athletics


Please see the message below from our generous Athletic Boosters


The GD Athletic Booster Phone-A-Thon has begun. For the next two weeks you’ll be receiving phone calls from high school students on Wednesday evenings asking for your support. The Boosters serve athletics at all levels from Middle through High School. Last year the Boosters contributed $10,000 to the expansion and updating of the weight room at the High School benefiting every student and staff member. In addition, the Boosters awarded $8,000 in scholarships, funded $4,000 for turf time for fall and spring teams, offset additional Ice hockey fees by $1,200, supported the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams winter game at the TD Garden, funded Volleyball coach training and provided range privileges for the Golf Team. Through the years, the Boosters have been able to support just about every G-D team. Visit their website at https://sites.google.com/site/gdboosters to learn more about specific grants made by the Boosters or to make a secure, tax-deductible donation. The Boosters are grateful for the continued generosity of their community.

St. Jude's Club

From Cheryl Shea, Club Advisor


Kids helping kids.

Five of our GDRHS students are part of one of the largest fundraising groups for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the country. These students are part of the Fitness For a Cure Team and devote their time and energy to raise money in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's mission to advance cures and prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases.

The team raised over $607,000 this year!

(From left-right: Anna Bushnell, Evan Beigel, Ryan Donaruma, Sarah Bushnell and Katherine Shea)

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Robotomies is on a roll!

From Mark Rocheleau, Club Advisor



The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School FIRST Robotics team, known as “The Robotomies” is proud to have achieved another second place finish during this past weekend’s Southern New Hampshire Event held in Bedford, NH, March 15-17.


In a deja-vu performance, the team dealt with minor technical issues while utilizing other components of the robot during matches and proving themselves to be a strong potential asset. The team put on an impressive showing of defensive capabilities and was noticed by the 2nd and 5th seed teams as having denied the most number of points while playing defense. The three-team alliance played undefeated throughout the quarter and semifinals and nearly overcame the favored first seed alliance in a rare 4-game tournament. The team’s alliance played the first game to a perfect 77-77 tie, won the next 72-60, lost the next 83-69, and finally fell to the other alliance 63-50 when one of the Robotomies’ teammates’ robot was significantly damaged after a collision during competition. The unfortunate turn of events may very well have made the difference in the final score, but such is the nature of FIRST competitions, and the students are thrilled to have brought home yet another trophy.


Due to the excellent performance of the team, they are hopeful to qualify for the New England District Championships to be held at WPI, April 10-13. Final ranking will not be known for a couple more weeks as additional competitions still need to be played. In order to join this competition, the team must raise additional funds to pay for the $4000 registration fee. With so little time to raise money, all donations are greatly appreciated.


The Robotomies is made up of approximately 30 students and 10 mentors. They are fully supported by the generous donations of many of our parents and businesses including L3 Advanced Programs, IBM, Raytheon, The Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation, Society of American Military Engineers, the Justin J. Maynard Memorial STEM Innovation Scholarship, The Ted Lapres and Connie Keeran Fund, 4C Test Systems, and SolidWorks. For more information or to support the team, please contact faculty advisor Mark Rocheleau at mrocheleau@gdrsd.org.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Groton Historical Commission seeks student volunteers.


What: Inventory of historical archives from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The archives are in bound volumes; including town records of Birth, Marriage, and Death; Property Deeds, Town Articles, and the like. Inventory requires details of each volume be recorded onto forms and a bookmark tag be placed into each volume.


When: Four to eight weeks at 10 to 15 hours per week during the months of July and August, 2019; schedule is flexible.


Where: Groton Town Hall, 173 Main Street - 978-448-1100


Who: Under the auspices of the Groton Town Clerk, Michael Bouchard, the project will be administered by the Groton Historical Commission members Michael D. Danti PhD, RPA, FSA; Paul W. Keen, PhD; and Michael F. LaTerz II.


Contact:


Michael LaTerz

mlaterz@hotmail.com

cell: 978-496-6049

home: 978-448-2151

Chamber Choir Annual Fundraiser

The Groton-Dunstable High School Chamber Choir will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year on March 30, 6-10 p.m. at Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA. It’s a fun night with music and dancing to two local bands (that have connections to the music program), performances by the Chamber Choir and GD Jazz Band, complimentary appetizers, a menu to order from and cash bar, as well as a great silent auction with some amazing items (like a weeklong stay at a resort in Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado). The event is appropriate for the whole family, and proceeds will help Chamber students travel to Europe next year for a singing tour of Spain.

Tickets are available from any Chamber student, or by calling (978) 905-1201, or online through our website: www.gdchamberchorus.org

More information is also available by emailing: tracy.cartier@verizon.net

International Teachers visit GD

Today at GDRHS as well as other schools in the district we were happy to entertain a visit from a delegation of teachers from Singapore. In addition to learning some of the basics about American schools, the teachers were particularly interested in seeing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in practice. Eight teachers from Singapore visited many of our classes including one of our art classes. In the picture below you can see our delegation posing with Senior Catrin Shrady. Our visitors were really impressed with the dragon costume she made in just over a week!
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Yearbooks on Sale Now

Just a reminder to order your 2018-2019 edition of the yearbook, The Key. It can be ordered online at www.herffjones.com. Simply enter Groton-Dunstable Regional High School under the yearbook tab and choose "order your yearbook". The cost is $75 for the book and $6 for the senior only supplement. Don't miss out on all the exciting events from this year.