The Grizzly Growl

Parent and Student Newsletter for GFH--March 2020

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From the Bear Den

Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives

We are all looking for a bit of balance in our lives. Editors from have a few suggestions on how to help our students develop habits that encourage that balance.

From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to TV shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can stay in contact while they explore their independence. But it's easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices. Follow the steps below to tip the balance of the scale to healthy screen time.

Motivational Moment

Each Monday, a member of our staff sends a motivational message to our students during GNEWS. Mrs. Elise Krephco, is our award winning chorus teacher; watch her presentation here.

SAVE: Substance Abuse and Vaping Education

Parents and students are invited to attend Chesapeake Public School’s first ever Substance Abuse and Vaping Education (SAVE) workshop. Join us to hear from experts in the field on issues related to substance abuse and vaping including: legal ramifications; mental and physical health effects; warning signs in students; identification of substances; and how to talk to your child about drugs and vaping.

SAVE the date: April 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Grassfield High School

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After Prom

Every year, we ask all families to make a donation to the After Prom Fund that is equal to their child’s graduation year. The “pool” of money from their class will grow and be used for THEIR After Prom. Therefore, all students will benefit from this fundraiser.

Click on the following here if you would like to donate by cash or check.

Click on the following here if you would like to donate by credit card.

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Senior Success

Seniors should join the new Class of 2020 Google Classroom page. The class code is 34agr1k. This is where we will post important senior news, events, and graduation information. PLEASE JOIN AND STAY IN THE KNOW. Information can also be found on Grassfield website and on twitter and Instagram. Follow us @grassfield_hs and @grassfield 2020.

For graduating Seniors: All seniors need to stop by the appropriate table (A-G, H-O, P-Z) at lunch March 4-8 to verify the name that will go on their diploma. If you do not go to lunch, please stop by the tables at some point during the week to verify your name.

Graduation announcements will be mailed directly to students’ homes this year.

Cap and Gowns are scheduled for delivery April 21 and 22 during lunch periods. Seniors can pick them up at the concession stand.

Grassfield High School’s Senior Prom: Save the date, Class of 2020! Prom will be held Saturday May 16, from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. The event will take place at Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN, 100 E. Main St., Norfolk, VA. Tickets are $60.00 for Grassfield students and $70 for guests who are not Grassfield students. A completed permission slip, paid class dues, and all outstanding school obligations must be cleared before a ticket can be purchased. Ticket sale dates will be announced soon.

Students are invited to attend After Prom at Grassfield High School beginning at 11:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Students do not have to attend Prom to attend After Prom and admission is free.

ACCESS College Support

Seniors: If you have not completed the FAFSA, you can still do so at March 1 is the priority deadline for many schools! See Mrs. Moorhouse with questions, for help filing the FAFSA, or for help comparing financial aid offers that you receive.

Seniors: Signup is OPEN for College Commitment Day on April 28th. Join fellow Grizzlies and thousands of other local seniors to celebrate getting into any 2 or 4 year college. This is a free, half-day field trip to ODU’s Chartway Arena. Everyone who goes gets a free t-shirt, pizza for lunch, and there are scholarships and prizes given away during the event. See Mrs. Moorhouse for a permission slip; spots are limited and are first come, first serve.

Seniors: The ACCESS scholarship will open in early March, and the priority deadline will be March 26th. Visit to apply in March or see Mrs. Moorhouse. She will make a morning announcement when the scholarship application is available.

Juniors: It’s not too late to sign up for Khan Academy SAT Prep! This free, online tool gives you personalized SAT practice and can help you raise your SAT score. Signing up for this program with ACCESS allows you to earn prizes such as a movie ticket, candy, and a chance to win a $300 VISA gift card. Everyone who signs up gets 2 free SATs now ($96 value) & 4 college application fee waivers in senior year ($200+ value). Permission slips available in the front office.

It’s College Tour Season!

Seniors are visiting (or re-visiting) schools as admissions results are released. Juniors are considering which colleges to add to “the list”. Freshmen and sophomores might be tagging along with older siblings or starting to think about their own college interests.

Campus tours are an invaluable way to get a sense of a place a student may call home for four years…or more! Nothing compares as a means to see facilities, get a sense of campus culture, and picture (or not) your student studying, working, and living there. Additionally, some schools may factor into the admissions review if a student has taken a tour or not (“demonstrated interest”).

As your student heads out on college tours this spring, a list of great questions to ask is here…plus a few tips:

· Many departments offer events for students interested in a particular major or area. For example, Virginia Tech offers info sessions geared towards business, engineering, and Corps of Cadets/ROTC (more info here) that are separate from general tours and info. At any college, you might be able to connect with a particular department if your student contacts them in advance. Many are quite happy to talk with a prospective student about their programs.

· After the tour, stick around to get a more organic feel for campus. Does what you see look similar or different to the glossy photos in the brochure? If classes are in session, aim to be outside when they are changing and students are moving around. Check out posters and flyers posted around campus to see what’s going on. Eat in a dining hall and observe those around you. If your student is willing, he/she can approach a student and ask a few specific questions (How is the food? How does this school compare to what you expected? Are you happy you chose to come here?) Many college students remember their own college tours and are more than happy to engage with visiting high schoolers.

· Save the “best” for last. The more tours your student takes, the more they’ll start to better understand what they like/don’t like, must have/don’t care about, etc. If there’s a clear top choice, tour that college last so they can apply what they’ve seen/experienced on other campuses.

Good luck and happy touring!

Meghan Moorhouse

ACCESS Advisor

The Counseling Corner

We're Scheduling for 2020-2021

Student scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year is in full swing.It's imperative students make their course decisions wisely as course offerings for next year are based on those requests. Look here for information about block scheduling and advanced courses.

Scheduling Verification Letters will be sent home February 28. Please check your child’s proposed schedule carefully and return the letter by March 4.


    • Feb. 28 Students receive schedule verifications to take home
    • Mar. 4 All schedule changes due back to the School Counseling Office

    AP Test Registration

    Students may register and pay for AP exams from February 25-March 12. See the flyer below for more information.

    SCA News

    The Student Council Association is pleased to host the 11th Annual Laps for Lymphoma Walk. This event raises awareness as well as funds to aid in the search for a cure. Over the years, and with the help of the community, we have raised $191,000.00 to donate to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The event will be held on Saturday, April 4th. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the walk starts at 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Registration is $20.00 and includes a lymphoma awareness t-shirt. Please register or donate directly through our event's website. Follow the link below to donate/register:

    Students may also register during all lunches March 23-March 27. See Grassfield’s webpage for more information on registration.

    Grizzlies Giving Back Service Week is a Community of Excellence tradition at Grassfield High School. Students are encouraged to participate in the following service projects:

    Monday, March 25 – UNO, Connect 4, Small LED flashlight with batteries, Coffee tumbler, Coffee (k-cups), Gum/Tic Tacs/Mints, and Hard cover Journals for Roc Solid (Key Club)

    Tuesday, March 26 – Peanut Butter, Peanuts, Jerky, Protein Bars, Pop-Tarts/Breakfast Bars, Drink Mixes for We Care Marines (Rho Kappa)

    Wednesday, April 1– Cat Supplies for Cat Rescue Inc. (Anchor)

    Thursday, April 2 – Water, Powerade, Gatorade, Protein Bars, and Snack Food for Run for the Fallen (AP Government Classes)

    Friday, April 3 – Markers, Colored Pencils, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, and Baby Wipes for Chesapeake Public Schools Education Foundation (Dalia Tri-Hi-Y)

    Saturday, April 4 – Laps for Lymphoma (SCA)

    Recognize Someone Who Exemplifies the CPS Vision (click below for more information)

    Grizzly Greatness

    The winners of our Grizzly Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Awards: Garrett Hurst, Malaika McDuffie, Meadow Dyke.

    Congratulations to our girls basketball team for completing their season in 3rd place for the regular season.

    Students selected for All-Virginia Band and Orchestra

    Grassfield wrestlers headed for State finals

    Grizzly Swim 3rd and 4th place finishes in the region

    Our Multi-Cultural Committee for a fantastic array of activities and recognitions to celebrate Black History Month.

    Be sure to check our Twitter and Instagram pages for all the news about our great Grizzly happenings!

    Upcoming Events

    February 28-Students receive schedule verifications to take home

    March 3--Teacher Work Day--school holiday

    March 3--Winter Athletic Ceremony
    March 4-All schedule changes due back to the School Counseling Office

    March 12--TCC Placement Testing

    March 14--SATs at GFH

    March 18-28--11th grade SOL Writing testing

    March 30-April 3--GFH Service Week

    March 31--ASVAP Testing at GFH

    April 4--Laps for Lymphoma

    April 13-17--Spring Break--school's closed

    April 20--Substance Abuse and Vaping (SAVE) workshop

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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.

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