The Bobcat Bulletin

News from GBS: August 11, 2021

From the Principal's Dask

The Countdown is On!


Only 20 days until we welcome all of our Bobcats back into the building for the start of the 2021-2022 school year! Today, I put a letter into the mail for all students to let you know which house you are in, who your Advisor is, and your assigned entry/exit door. You will get more detailed information about your teachers and any necessary supplies very soon from your Advisor. Please know that we have extra supplies (backpacks, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, folders, etc) if you are unable to get supplies please let us know.


As the year goes on, your first point of contact will be your child's Advisor. We have created very small advisories this year (generally between 8 -10 students) so that every student has a trusted adult with whom they are checking in everyday.


It is my goal to send out weekly updates primarily through this platform. This newsletter also gets posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on the school's website (please see the end of this newsletter for links).


The school board will be discussing the Fall 2021 Reopening Plan this Thursday. The agenda is posted below in this newsletter. Once the details are finalized, the updated plan will be made available.


As always, you should feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.


See you soon,

Katherine Foecking

Daily Schedule

Below is the daily bell schedule for both middle schools. Students will arrive and report directly to their first block class. Staff will help direct students to their first class on the first day of school. Attendance and lunch count will take place with the first block teacher. Each quarter the blocks will rotate which will allow teachers and students to have some variety as to how they begin and end their day:


  • Quarter 1 will begin with Block 1
  • Quarter 2 will begin with Block 6
  • Quarter 3 will begin with Block 5
  • Quarter 4 will begin with Block 4


Bus schedules will be out soon and will be posted on the website and printed in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

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GBS Orientation for all Families

We are so excited to open our doors and welcome our families to the 2021-2022 school year!


We will begin with a family orientation night on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.


Our 5th grade families are invited to join us from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will welcome our newest Bobcats and their families to the building, provide tours and be available to answer questions about what to expect at GBS.


From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, all families are invited to join us to take a look around, and to learn more about the music and sports opportunities that will be available in the fall. Our music teachers, Jahna Moncrief and Patrick Cogan, will be on hand, as well as representatives from Ellis Music.


The coaches for Fall sports will also be onsite:

Cheryl Jessie - Cross-Country (5th - 8th)

Scott Baldwin - Boys’ Soccer (6th - 8th)

Riley Beliveau - Girls’ Soccer (6th - 8th)

Cassie Anderson -Girls’ Field Hockey (6th - 8th)


In the meantime, our staff will be connecting with your student to help get ready for a smooth transition to middle school. We look forward to seeing you and getting to know you all better!

Sports and Co-Curricular Updates

As of now, we are planning on having fall sports and co-curriculars up and running in the fall.


Tryouts for our fall sports teams will begin on September 1. Please reach out to Scott Baldwin, GBS's Athletic Director, with any questions (sbaldwin@conval.edu).


The following sports are available this fall:


  • Cross Country (grades 5 - 8)
  • Boys Soccer (grades 6 - 8)
  • Girls Soccer (grades 6 - 8)
  • Field Hockey (grades 6 - 8)
  • Girls Volleyball (grades (6 - 8) @ SMS


Please note: If your daughter is interested in playing volleyball, please email Scott Baldwin (sbaldwin@conval.edu) as the team practices at SMS and transportation is the responsibility of the families. Mr. Baldwin will help connect interested families for carpooling.


Late Bus Information

There is a late bus for students living in the towns of Hancock, Francestown, and Bennington. The bus drops all students at the town center and there is not a late bus available for Antrim.


Information regarding our co-curricular activities will come out once the school year gets running.


We also have a new policy regarding eligibility for sports an co-curriculars. This will also be published in our handbook.


Eligibility Requirements

Participation in athletic and co-curricular activities is considered a privilege granted to students. Since students participating in interscholastic teams represent Great Brook School, their academic and behavioral performance must be exemplary. A student's academic performance and/or behavioral performance, while in school or on school grounds, will affect their privilege to participate in such activities.


In order to participate in interscholastic teams or in other co-curricular activities, it is required that the student athlete maintains 65% or greater in all classes. The previous quarter will determine eligibility for the beginning of the current athletic season. If at any point after the season begins, the grade drops below 65% during a reporting period, the student will be ineligible for game participation until the next reporting period. The student will continue to be a member of the team, participating in practices and team events.


Any student that is absent from school (must arrive before 11:00am) will be ineligible for practice or game participation. Any student that receives disciplinary action on the day of a game or practice, will be ineligible to play that day. If a student receives disciplinary action prior to a vacation or a weekend and the disciplinary action is not completed until after the vacation or weekend, then the student is ineligible to participate in practices and games. Coaches, teachers, and administration can determine eligibility for participation in games or practices that exceed the standards of this policy.


There are no waivers to this eligibility policy.

Instrumental and Choral Programs are Back

We are excited to announce that beginning in September, both Instrumental and Choral programs will be offered as classes at GBS! All GBS students (grades 5 - 8) will have the option to choose Instrumental and/or Choral, or General Music. All levels are encouraged to sign up for Band and/or Chorus. GBS is committed to ensuring that all students who would like to play an instrument have the opportunity, regardless of their ability to pay for instrument rentals.


Please let us know your child's preference by completing this survey.

Spanish at GBS

At GBS we are committed providing students with a variety of academic experiences during their four years. One of these opportunities is Spanish. Our goal is that all 5th and 6th grade students experience at least one quarter of Spanish in their first two years at GBS. We strive to provide more instruction to those students who are especially interested. For students in 7th & 8th grade, we provide the option for students to continue their studies in Spanish if they are interested. Our Spanish teacher, Senora Pacheco will be at GBS for Quarters 1 & 2 this year. We would like to know if your child is interested in taking Spanish this year or not.


Please let us know your child's preference by completing this survey.

Staff Spotlight

Josh Phillips - Health and PE

I was born and raised In West Amwell New Jersey, a very small and rural town. Here I was involved in and enjoyed any physical or outdoor activity. In High School I was a part of the football, basketball, and baseball teams, but I have experience coaching track and field, basketball, and soccer. I recently graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Health and Physical Education. I am looking forward to beginning my career as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at the ConVal School District. I believe the main component of physical activity and physical education class should be fun! I am also very excited to be in New Hampshire where I will have more opportunities to do my three favorite activities, rock climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding!


Gina Squatrito - Health (part-time)

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine where I spent all of my time outdoors, swimming, hiking, biking and skiing. I earned a degree in Sports Management/Physical Education from Lyndon State College where I also met my husband. After graduating, we moved to New Hampshire and started our family. We have two amazing boys; Andrew, 20 and Nicholas, 16. I have had the absolute privilege of being a stay at home mom to them both while moving all over New England over the past 20 years. We have lived in Milan and Derry, New Hampshire along with Bristol, Rhode Island. Our most recent move has brought us to Peterborough. I still enjoy all the adventures the outdoors brings; skiing, hiking, kayaking, campfires and most of all family and friends. I am looking forward to being part of the Great Brook Family and to this next adventure in my life.

School Board Agenda: Thursday 8/21/2021

Link to watch the livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZEhIjHQeoE
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