Weekly News

October 11, 2019

MCAS RESULTS

MCAS results were distributed to students yesterday. If your student took the MCAS last year and you haven't received the report, please check to see if it may be in their backpack.

Calendar of Events



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


October 14, 2019: No School (Columbus Day)


October 15, 2019: No School (District Professional Development Day)


October 15, 2019: Travel Information Night. 6pm


October 17, 2019: MEFA College Funding Seminar


October 18, 2019: Homecoming


October 19, 2019: PSAT Testing


October 19, 2019: Homecoming Dance 7pm -10pm


October 22, 2019: School Council Meeting; 2:30-3:30pm


October 22, 2019: Financial Aid Information Night


October 25, 2019: Early Release Day


October 25, 2019: Open Mic Night


October 26, 2019: 2nd Annual Halloween Festival hosted by GD Student Council




November 1 & 2, 2019: Fall Theater; You Can't Take It With You


November 7, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 1/2)


November 14, 2019: Parent / Teacher Conferences (Day 2/2)


November 14 -19, 2019: Give Kids the World Service Trip (Orlando, FL)


November 28, 2019: Happy Thanksgiving (10am Annual Football Game at Tyngsborough)



December 2, 2019: Winter Sports Begin.


December 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020: Winter Vacation



January 20, 2020: No School (MLK Day)


January 24, 2020: End Quarter 2 / Semester 1



February 15 - 23, 2020: February Vacation



March 12, 2020: Spring Open House (6:00 - 7:30)



April 3, 2020: End Quarter 3


April 18 - 26, 2020: April Vacation



May 15, 2020: Junior Senior Prom (early release day)


May 29, 2020: Graduation (6pm)



June 12, 2020: Scheduled last day of school

2020-2021 Travel Night

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6pm

Black Box Theater GDRHS

Travel Night is next week!


Please join us. We have opportunities for exchanges, International Travel and Service Opportunities.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Travel Night is next Tuesday!!!!

Come learn about some of the exciting destinations pictured below.


Please RSVP on the link above!

FROM MS. PENCHANSKY (TOUR LEADER)

Spring 2020 Travel Opportunity!


Is your child interested in traveling to Perú this coming February for a once in a lifetime trip!? We have a few openings left for 9th-12th graders. No Spanish experience is needed! SIGN UP HERE! Here are the highlights:

  • 11 day trip during February vacation
  • Highlights include: Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu, a boat tour around the Las Ballestas Islands (considered one of the world's richest ecosystems), Paracas National Park- where the desert meats the ocean, Korikancha, Pisac Market, hands on activities, a cooking class, and so much more!
  • Authentic Language Learning: Students will have the unique opportunity be completely immersed in the Spanish language and will also be exposed to the dialects and languages of local tribes. Our bilingual director will lead language classes that are interactive and fully immersed in the language and culture of Perú.
  • Meaningful Service: Working alongside locals, we'll gain insight into the challenges they face and build lasting solutions to help empower their community. We will participate in a two day community service project.
  • Leadership Development: Our Field Director will take our global service experience even further, developing and strengthening leadership skills.
  • Live in the communities you serve—we will celebrate customs and form lasting connections with locals.


You can find more information and the link to sign up HERE. Feel free to email Nicole Penchansky with any questions at npenchansky@gdrsd.org.

from Mike Brown, Guidance Counselor


Attention parents and guardians of seniors applying to college.


We strongly suggest you fill out the FAFSA online which will qualify you for financial aid.


If you and your family would like help filling out the FAFSA, UMass Lowell is hosting a free FAFSA help day on November 6th from 5-8pm in the O'Leary Library.


Here is the registration link...if you can't make it that night, other FAFSA days are available in different parts of MA over the coming month or so:


https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/

Second Annual GD Haunted House sponsored by the GD Student Council

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Class of 2022 Fundraiser

Please support the sophomore class by shopping online at Yankee Candle! Online sales are open now and will ship directly to your house. Perfect for seasonal gifts! Click here to start shopping! (Group Number: 990072197) Online sales are open until January 8th.

MEFA College Financing Seminar

Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college, which will be held on Thursday, October 17th, at 6pm in the Blackbox Theater. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

GD Athletic Boosters Fundraiser

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COLLEGE FUNDING SERVICES OFFERS FREE SEMINAR

"How to Maximize Your Financial Aid"

Presented by College Funding Services

Tuesday - October 22, 2019

@ 6:00 pm

High School Library


Mastering the college financial aid application process can be a very tricky endeavor. In an attempt to assist parents further in the process, we are offering an additional financial aid night with a focus on finding ways to maximize the aid your family receives for your child’s education.


Please note that the presenting company, College Funding Services, is not affiliated with the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. However, their services have received many positive reviews in local communities such as Chelmsford. Please contact Mark Hennelly (mhennelly@gdrsd.org) with any additional questions.

From the Guidance Office

Our Guidance Website:

Check out our GDRHS Guidance site!



PSAT Dates


The PSAT will be proctored at the high school on Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 am.




AP Testing


All AP students are required to have a college board account.


  • for registration (AP teacher will provide an access code for each AP class).

  • for access to digital resources (New this year)

  • for receiving AP scores


Earlier AP test registration (moved from spring to fall semester)


  • Students taking a semester one AP or a full year AP are required to order their exams by November 1, 2019

  • Students taking a semester two AP are required to order by March 10, 2020

  • Exams are $100 for each exam

  • Registrations after the deadline will be assessed a $40 per exam late fee

More information will be provided by your student's AP teacher. If you have further questions email mcain@gdrsd.org.

Yearbook Information

SENIOR PORTRAIT DEADLINE

Reminder to the SENIORS of the Class of 2020 and their PARENTS: SENIOR PORTRAITS are due on OCTOBER 25. If you haven’t scheduled your photo session, do so as soon as possible.


Here is our information sheet containing PORTRAIT PHOTO SPECIFICATIONS to give to your photographer as well as SENIOR TRIBUTE AD design and purchasing information for PARENTS and FRIENDS of SENIORS.


Our official school photographer is MARK LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPHERS. They offer affordable portrait rates for GD seniors.


FALL TEAM PHOTOS AND ORDER FORMS

Our Mark Lawrence school rep, Lisa Dipalma, is working with our new Athletic Department to set the TEAM PHOTO date for our fall teams. ANY PARENT WISHING TO PURCHASE A SPORTS PHOTO PACKAGE for their child should open this link to open and print a pdf order form.


PARENT PHOTOGRAPHERS OF JV TEAMS

Although Mark Lawrence Photographers take team photos and action photos of varsity teams for us, we only contract with them to take the team photos for our JV teams. IF YOU ARE A PARENT WHO TAKES ACTION PHOTOS of your child's JV games, please share your best action photos with us. One of our goals this year is to get more complete coverage of our JV teams, and your photos would help us do that. You can email your photos as attachments to hsyearbook@gdrsd.org or drag them into this shared folder: JV Teams Parent Photo Submissions. Thank you in advance for sharing!

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