The Grizzly Growl

March 2021

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From the Bear Den

Hello Grizzly Families!


We are excited to see our student athletes on the field and on the court again! I hope you will join in the excitement by watching the events on NFHS Network, especially on Homecoming, Friday, March 12.


Grassfield High School is committed to improving our awareness of the needs of our students through acceptance and a focus on inclusivity and diversity. We will continue to take equity into action. This month, we recognize the achievements and contributions of all women during Women's History month.


Be safe out there! And as always; Go, Grizzlies!


Sincerely,

Mr. Michael Perez

Principal

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Athletics is Back!

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Tennis


There will be an informational meeting for all boys and girls who are interested in trying out for tennis on Monday, March 15th at 4:00 p.m. at the tennis courts (weather permitting). If there is inclement weather, the meeting will occur while socially distanced in the cafeteria. All those trying out must have a completed VHSL physical on file with the Athletic Director or turned into the coaches. Coach Cutchin and Coach Ward will be accepting physical forms at the meeting and leading up to tryouts.

For more information contact: Boys tennis coach - Coach Stephen Cutchin, sw10is@aol.com Girls tennis coach - Coach Collin Ward, collin.ward@vbsch

Deadline to Order AP Tests: Wednesday, March 3

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COVID-19 Safety Agreement

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If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has a close exposure, please contact our school nurse, ryan.hill@cpschools.com, for important instructions.

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Spring Break is April 5-9!

Semester 2 English 11 Writing SOL Test

SCHEDULE:

Short Paper March 19

Multiple Choice March 26


The Virginia Department of Education has determined that SOL testing will still take place during semester 2. Grassfield High School has determined that the safest and most efficient way to administer the required SOL tests is to test on the Friday Online Student Support Days. On those days, Option 1 AND Option 2 students will need to report to the building to test. Students may provide their own transportation or ride the bus assigned to their route (even if they are Option 2 students). Additionally, we will offer school breakfast and lunch to any student coming to test.


Students should arrive to school between 8:40 a.m and 8:55 a.m.. Students with their own transportation will be able to leave at the end of the test session. Students who ride the bus will remain at school with supervision until the end of the school day and then ride the bus home.

Students who will need to take an SOL will be contacted by their teachers with specific details for their class. Please contact the School Counseling Department with any questions or concerns.


Thank you for your understanding.

CPS Chromebook Distribution

We are in the process of distributing Chromebooks to all Option 1 students. After your child receives a Chromebook, they should not bring their own device to school. There are many advantages to using a CPS provided device: on-site tech support; added online security features; quick and reliable access to programs and applications used by your child's teacher; and more efficient teacher monitoring of your child's progress and participation through Schoology.


Your child's teacher will include a Chromebook Loan Agreement with the syllabus, or find one here. The loan agreement must be signed and returned to receive a device.


If you have an Option 2 student who needs a Chromebook, please contact the main office at 757-558-4749, and we will schedule an appointment to distribute a device.

Please report your child's absence electronically.

Learn more about this convenient tool here.
If your child is an Option 1 student who has decided not to return to the building this semester, please notify School Counseling so we can change your student to Option 2. This will help us maintain accurate numbers for health mitigation procedures.

THE COUNSELING CORNER

Thank you to our school counselors who work so hard for our Grassfield Grizzlies and their families. We APPRECIATE you!

2021-2022 Course Scheduling

Parents and Guardians--Please review your child's course request.


Course request verifications for next school year are now available in ParentVue and StudentVue. It is very important that parents and students review and finalize these course requests as this determines the classes we will offer next year. Requests to change your child's courses after this step and deadline are not guaranteed.



February 24 – March 4, 2021 Parents/guardians go to ParentVue or their student’s StudentVue account and click on the DOCUMENTS tab for the course request verification. On the form is a link to a Google form. Use this link to confirm that the classes listed are correct or to indicate any necessary changes. Please do not e-mail the counselors with course request changes. Please use the link on the Course Request form.


*If your student has selected any CVA classes, there is an additional link that must be opened for you to complete the CVA agreement information.

Please note that any courses that have CVA in the title or course number are fully online classes that your student picked and may not be taught by GFH teachers. Please double check to make sure these are correct. If those classes need to be changed, please do so on the linked form.


March 4, 2021 4:00pm Final deadline to make course request changes for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Class of 2021 and 2022 ACCESS College Support

Hello Class of 2021 and 2022!


Seniors:

The ACCESS Last Dollar scholarship application is open! Head to https://www.accesscollege.org/access-scholarships for more information and to apply.


Many colleges have experienced a substantial increase in the number of applicants, leading to even lower acceptance rates and more students being waitlisted. If you've been notified that you're on a college's waitlist, what can you do?


First, review the college's instructions. Some schools allow you to update information, while some won't accept additional materials. Some schools will accept a statement of continued interest-- if so, this is your chance to make a plug for why you'd really like to attend XYZ university (highlighting that XYZ University is your top choice and including any additional information that might not have made it into your original application). If you can submit additional info, do it.


Second, if you haven't already-- connect with a college via social media, attend a virtual event, take a campus tour, etc. Demonstrated interest can be a substantial factor in who is offered a spot from a waitlist.


Third, know that a waitlist offer can come well into the summer or even as late as into the start of the fall semester. This might be OK for some students/families, but for others this long-lasting limbo might not be worth it. Think about how long you're willing to wait for an offer and how waiting impacts your alternative plans.


Finally, don't despair. While disappointment over being waitlisted is inevitable, focus on the options you do have and where you've been accepted that will be the best fit for you.


As financial aid offers come out and scholarships are awarded, Mrs. Moorhouse is happy to help you compare offers and understand bottom-line costs. Email her at mmoorhouse@accesscollege.org if you want to set up a financial aid review.


And if you haven't filed a FAFSA--- you still can! Let Mrs. Moorhouse know if you need help or have questions.



Juniors:

Waivers are still available for ALL JUNIORS to take 2 SATs at no cost! Email Mrs. Moorhouse (mmoorhouse@accesscollege.org) for more info on how to sign up.


It's PRIME TIME to be thinking about what's important to you in a college, researching schools, starting to compile a rough list, etc. I will be offering upcoming workshops with tools to help you think about college characteristics (outside of simply location and school size), so keep an eye on the announcements for dates/times.


Do a "brain dump" of things you've read/listened to/watched/attended, both in and out of class...and update regularly. These things can be books, music, articles, podcasts, websites, blogs, artists, lectures, presentations, etc. Sometimes colleges will ask for these things specifically (ex: Columbia University), and sometimes these can be great starter material for the essays you'll need to write later.


Should you take the SAT or ACT? Some comparisons and thoughts here and here. The SAT essay is going away and most students do not need to take the ACT essay, either.


ACCESS can help cover the cost of SAT/ACT/AP/college application fees; you must fill out the confidential ACCESS Fee Waiver Application and the ACCESS Information Release to be considered.


Are you interested in intelligence careers? Great opportunities for high school students and undergrads here.


MyMajors helps students learn what college majors match their interests, academic strengths, and preferences. Grassfield students can up a free account here; it takes about 15 minutes to complete.


If you're interested in summer programs, keep an eye on my Padlet as I share info on summer opportunities there. Many great programs are low-cost and/or offer scholarships.



Now is the time to be reflecting on what's important (and what's not!) to you in a college-- academically, socially, and financially. Mrs. Moorhouse has great tools to help with this, and she loves meeting with juniors to help them find programs/colleges that are a great fit. Sign up for a 1-1 counseling session at https://calendly.com/accesscollege/ghs-1-1


Summer opportunities, scholarship information, college info events, and more on Mrs. Moorhouse's Padlet-- updated constantly! https://padlet.com/ACCESS_GHSandGBHS/InfoandUpdates


Meghan Moorhouse | Access Advisor

Grassfield High School | Great Bridge High School

757-550-0149

mmoorhouse@accesscollege.orgwww.accesscollege.org

College news, scholarship info, events, & more: https://padlet.com/ACCESS_GHSandGBHS/InfoandUpdates

Zoom Appointment Scheduler:


GHS Seniors/Juniors: https://calendly.com/accesscollege/ghs-1-1

GHS class of 2021 Remind group: Text @ac3d26 to 81010

GHS class of 2022 Remind group: Text @c736bk to 81010

Class of 2021 News

The last day to order caps and gowns is this Thursday, March 4th. Go to Balfour for more information.


Virtual Senior Banquet: Join us for the Live Premiere of our first Virtual Senior Banquet on YouTube, Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 (YouTube link will be posted on the Seniors 2021 Schoology Page, Senior Instagram Page, GFH Twitter Account, and GFH Webpage)


Join us for Senior Night at the football game on March 26th


Be sure to check the Senior Class website here and follow us on social media for the most up-to-date news.

TCC News

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SCA

The Grassfield SCA is working hard to keep everyone connected while we learn in person and online. Be sure to be a part of our Grizzly community!


Follow us on social media for more updates. Twitter and Instagram @grassfield_sca

Be a Part of Homecoming Week!

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Food Distribution

Chesapeake Public Schools will continue to provide drive-up service for food distribution during the the temporary virtual instruction. All students are welcome to receive food, so please take advantage of this opportunity.
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Grassfield High School PTSA

Seniors! Don't forget to apply for the following scholarships!


Please follow the GFHS PTSA on twitter @GrizzlyPTSA and our Facebook page is GrassfieldPTSA.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me. I look forward to getting to know you this year! Thank you!

Leslie Wecht, GFHS PTSA President, Leslie.Wecht@cpschools.com

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Media Center News

Library Book Pick Up Reminder:

Visit our schoology page (55JB-G3FF-9FVGG) or GMC Google site to access Destiny to place your books on hold. We are offering library book pick up for option 2 students by appointment. Option 1 students can pick up books from the media center.


February Contest Winner:


Congratulations to Sonika Kumar for winning our February Amazon gift card drawing! Check out our Grizzly Media Center Google Site to enter this month’s drawing!


Virtual Book Club:

Join our virtual book club on Schoology. The Code is FFQB-D28K-NSNS9. We are reading The Girl and the Grove.


Literacy Jam:

Calling all writers! The Literacy Jam is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate student authors at the middle and high school levels. Each grade level will have one winner that will get their winning submission published in a citywide journal. You may write to the VSLA theme of “Illuminating the Path to Literacy” or on a topic of your choice! Entries are due April 2.


For more information email the media specialists or visit the GMC Google Site!


March Media Center Events:

Visit our Grizzly Media Center Google Site to participate in our monthly activities. For every activity you participate in your name will be entered into our monthly drawing for an Amazon gift card! Click on the tab labeled February to access the activities!

  • Celebrate Women’s History month

  • Read Across America Day (March 2)

  • St. Patrick’s Day

  • National Return Your Library Book Week (March 1-7)


Follow us on Instagram (grassfield_mc) and Twitter (@GFH_Mediacenter)




Contact Mrs. Dusty Gabel or Mrs. Kim Rosenbaum for more details.

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Grassfield High School

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