Weekly Crusader News

November 26, 2018

Volleyball Wins State Title!

Congratulations to Coach Herberich and our Volleyball Team as they captured their first ever State Title on 11/18/18 with a win over Minnechaug at Worcester State University! This is a tremendous group of student-athletes. Well deserved!


Music Districts 2018; Summary written by Taryn Emerle

This past Saturday, around 25 dedicated students from GD’s music program auditioned for the Central District Massachusetts Chorus and Concert Band. Each of these ensembles are comprised of over 100 kids from a variety of schools in Central Massachusetts joining together to perform in a grand concert in Mechanics Hall (which will take place this January). 10 students made it into the Chorus: Josh Booth, Jem Booth, Taryn Emerle, Matt Liliedahl, Andrew McCusker, Finn McGillivray, Emily Miller, Neil Prestia, Olivia Ray and Matt Sucheki; 3 students made it into the Concert Band: Henry Vandermillen, Emily Rimkus and Max Wheeler. Not only that, but 6 students got All-State recommendations: Taryn Emerle, Andrew McCusker, Matt Liliedahl, Matt Sucheki, Henry Vandermillen and Max Wheeler.

These are very impressive numbers for GD’s music program, and students like Andrew McCusker are very excited to partake in this concert. Andrew has sang in the District Chorus for the past 2 years, and says “It’s something I always look forward to, it’s great to meet and connect with so many people. Performing in a choir of that size and in such an incredible venue is so exciting.” Andrew is also a longstanding member of GD’s Chamber Choir, which has a number of exciting events coming up, such as a fundraising performance at St. Joseph’s Church in Pepperell on December 2nd at 2 pm. Looking forward, GD’s Winter Concert will be taking place on December 11th at 7pm, and will showcase the talent and dedication of the entire music program, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Meg Hutchinson

Recording artist, Meg Hutchinson, will be performing and speaking to our Junior class next Friday. This will be Meg's Second time at GD.

In recent years, as a result of the messages in her songwriting and her dedication to mental health literacy, Meg has increasingly been asked to be a keynote speaker at universities, conferences and teaching hospitals around the country.

For more information on Meg, her songs, and her message please check out her website.


Hearing and Vision Screenings

Grade 10 Vision and Hearing Screening-Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We will be conducting state-mandated vision and hearing screenings for all 10th grade students on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

School-based vision and hearing screenings are intended to help identify common vision and hearing problems and do not serve as a replacement for regular comprehensive examinations by a doctor. If your child requires additional evaluation based on the results of the screening you will notified in writing by the nurse.

If you would like your child excluded from the screening please submit a written request to the school nurse by November 30, 2018

Please contact the school nurse, Cheryl Shea @ 978-448-6362 ext. 1018 or cshea@gdrsd.org if you have any questions.

Travel 2020

EF Tours options:

- Panama; Cost $3,200.00; February 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2137917MH or

see Mr. Rocheleau or Ms. Salemme

- Peru; Cost $4,445.00; February 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2139392MX or

see Ms. Penchansky

- South Africa; Cost $5,085.00; April 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2149969EE or

see Mr. Reid or Ms. McHugh

Chamber Choir:

-Spain: Cost $4095.00: April 2020

- This tour is only available to members of the Chamber Choir next year. See Mr. Savoy

Summer 2020:

- Germany, Austria, Italy; Cost $3265; July 2020

- To register or get more information visit https://www.explorica.com/My-Account/My-Tours/TourCenter.aspx

or see Mr. Arena.

Exchange Opportunity

- Costa Rica Exchange; Cost Estimated $1,500.00; Summer 2020 and host February 2021.

See Mrs. Liebold for more information.

GKTW Recap

Thanks to the amazing group that traveled to Florida last week to volunteer at Give Kids the World! You all made a difference in the lives of people who needed some help at that moment and you should all be proud of what you did. While we were at GKTW we were assigned so many different jobs. We were largely responsible for making sure that three meals were served to over 500 people staying at the resort. We hosted a Pirate/Mermaid/Knight/Princess party on our first night there. We worked as Nail Technicians at the Spa, Castle Attendants, Ice Cream Scoopers, Locomotive Engineers, Tea Party Hosts, Photo Assistants, Horse Poop Shovelers, and Dish Scrapers. Every moment of it was special. I can't wait to go back!

There is a meeting for any student interested in next year's trip...tomorrow during break in the Black Box.

Congratulations to Coach Hennelly

Girls Basketball Coach, Mark Hennelly was the recipient of the Division 2 Coach of the Year at the Massachusetts Basketball Coach's Association Annual Awards Dinner on November 25th. The ceremony was held at the Hogan Center on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.

Good Luck to Coach Hennelly and his girls this season!

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Thanksgiving Football Highlight

Congrats to Lain MacDonald who opened this year's Thanksgiving Day game with a touchdown to remember!




The deadline for submitting senior tribute ads for the yearbook is fast approaching. You can build your ad online (which is, by far, the most popular choice for GD's parent) or, if you still have print-only photos you want to include in your ad design, you can go "old school" and have our staff design an ad for you. Here is the link to help you get started.