Weekly Crusader News

November 30, 2018

Students of the Month for October

Better late than never! Congratulations to these 8 amazing students. Students of the month are recognized by nomination from faculty members or other students. Students are nominated for displaying characteristics that model our Core Values of Perseverance, Balance, Integrity, and/or Respect.

Unified Champion School Banner Presentation

Because GD has met the 10 standards of a Unified Champion School through Special Olympics Unified Sports (Unified Basketball and Unified Track and Field),Inclusive Youth Leadership(Best Buddies) and Whole-School Engagement(Spread the Word to End the R Word Campaign), we have been nationally recognized and have been given a banner.

Next Wednesday, we will celebrate this great honor with a school wide assembly in the gym.

Congratulations to our Unified Athletes and Coaches for this tremendous honor!


Groton Dunstable Robotics Team Gears Up For 2019 Season...Susan Prescott; publicist.

The Groton Dunstable High School Robotics team, "The Robotomies" is gearing up for the 2019 FIRST Robotics “Destination: Deep Space” competitions. These budding engineers and future scientists have been meeting weekly since September.

At the end of last year, the upperclassmen reflected on the season and decided to improve upon the student Team Manager model. The Team Manager and the Senior Team Leads are running skills workshops like: Pneumatics, Woodworking, Programming, and Milling to educate and strengthen the team’s dynamics.

Presently, the team is busy with outreach activities. On November 16th, the team and the robot will attend a Providence Bruins game. During period breaks, the team will demonstrate the robot and answer questions. Also, some of the senior students are helping local Girl Scouts the earn STEM robotics and programming badge by teaching programming of LEGO MindStorms robots.

January 5th is the FIRST Robotics competition season kickoff! About 3000 high school teams are given the details of the FIRST Robotics challenge and their kit of parts. The team only has six weeks to design, build, program, and test the robot. The competitions are exciting events and we welcome your visit. For more information, visit the Robotomies’ web site at team1277.org or Facebook at “GD Team 1277”.

· The first competition - Salem, NH February 28 - March 2

· The second competition - Bedford, NH March 15-17

The Robotics team depends on volunteer mentors and funding. The team is looking for mentors who have experience in machining, engineering, programming, marketing, and project management. All funding for the Robotics team is privately raised as no money from the school budget is allocated for this team.

The Robotomies would like to thank the current sponsors who provide funding for the entrance fees for the FIRST competitions and for materials. Also, a thank you to Mr. Mark Rocheleau, the Engineering and Technology teacher at the High School. If you have questions or would like to help support the Robotics team, please contact Mark at mrocheleau@gdrsd.org.

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GD 'Peer Leaders' Give Back

Our Peer Leaders are teaming up with the Seven Hills Foundation to bring some holiday joy to the residents. Any students who would like to donate a gift for their holiday party can visit the Peer Leaders table during lunches.

Chamber Choir

The GD Chamber Choir will give a public concert at 2 p.m., December 2, at St. Joseph's Church (Our Lady of Grace), 28 Tarbell Street, in Pepperell. The concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Proceeds will help the group get to Spain for an exciting singing tour next year. The concert will include an hour of music with some special surprises, including a choral piece written by a rising young composer with local roots. Refreshments will be provided in the church basement immediately following the concert. Please come out and support this talented group of singers!

Travel Information 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.

Camp Sunshine and Give Kids the World Service Opportunities

Applications are available and are due soon if you would like to take part in these amazing service opportunities.

See Ms. Pratt for information on Camp Sunshine.

Applications for Give Kids the World are available in the main office.

Meg Hutchinson to perform at GDRHS

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 to begin next week.

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.


As required by law, we are passing along the following information regarding selective service registration.

Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.

The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. That means men are required to register with Selective Service sometime during the 30 days before their 18th birthday, their 18th birthday, and the following 29 days after their 18th birthday – that is a 60-day registration period.

Men who do not register with Selective Service within the 60-day window are technically in violation of the law and should register as soon as possible. Late registrations are accepted up to the 26th birthday. However, once a man reaches his 26th birthday and still has not registered with Selective Service, it is too late!

It’s important to know that even though a man is registered, he will not automatically be inducted into the military. Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military.

In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical, and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.

Click here to register