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Message from the Principal

GLOW Students & Families,

We hope you've had a great weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead!

Please be sure to check out all of the information in the newsletter below. Many of our after school clubs are starting back up this week. Students receive information about after school opportunities in the morning announcement video that are also posted on our website. There are many opportunities for students to get involved at GLOW!

While we have just begun 2nd Semester, it's also time to start thinking about next year. 8th-11th graders will begin registering for HS courses for the 2023-2024 school year in February. We hope you will make plans to attend our Curriculum Night on Thursday, February 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM to learn more about the academic opportunities for students in our high school!

We are also in our Open Enrollment Season! If you know a rising 6th-9th grade student who might be interested in GLOW, please share with them the Enrollment Application information found in this newsletter or have them contact Jennifer Wilson-Mathis, our Admissions Director.

Wishing you all a great!

Kate B. Tayloe



Senior Breakfast

We want to remind parents of seniors about our Senior Breakfast on Thursday morning at 8:30 AM (invitation below). Please be sure to RSVP using this form. Also, when you arrive on Thursday, you do not need to check in at the front office. Instead, please enter through the gate closest to the Saklad Hall Student Center. Someone will be there to greet you.

We look forward to celebrating our Seniors and our College Bound Program on Thursday!

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Reminder: Combining Buses

We are down a bus driver for one more week, so will need to utilize our combined bus plan (Cougars, Wildcats, and Seahawks). Student stops may be a bit delayed, but all students will be picked up and dropped off at their usual stops. Thank you for your understanding.

Gaggle - Google Monitoring System for Student Safety

We want to make students and parents aware that GLOW is now utilizing Gaggle, a service that supports student safety and well-being when using school provided technology.

Gaggle is a scanning program that reviews student Google files (Gmail and Drive) for inappropriate images and/or content identified by keywords. Gaggle will flag content referencing intentions of violence, drug and alcohol use, sex, self-harm, profanity, hate speech, pornography, etc. It will also analyze images to block pornography and obscene visuals from reaching students.

Gaggle representatives review google files throughout the day and night and send alerts to school administrators. Depending on the type of alert received, if school administrators receive an alert indicating potential student self-harm, parents/guardians will be contacted when the alert is received. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, administrators will contact local law enforcement to request a well-check on students of alerts regarding threats of self-harm.

All school rules apply to the content on a student’s Google Drive. Students are encouraged to practice responsible digital citizenship and ensure that they are following GLOW's Acceptable Use Policy.

Class of 2026 - College Discovery Day

College Discovery Day is on Tuesday, January 10th, at UNCW for current 9th grade students. A printed itinerary will be sent home for parents/guardians to review, sign, and return January 10th

Please direct questions to Ms. Lexi at

Final Reminder

Students who were in high school art last semester may stop by room 602 to take home any work they are missing! Please do not let this great work be unloved! Work will be available until next Friday, January 13. After that date, unclaimed work will be discarded.

Summer Venture Opportunity for the Class of 2025 & 2026

Sophomores and Juniors - Take time this summer to discover your interests at Summer Ventures! Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You will have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty and get hands-on experience at a university.

Learn more at

Applications are due by January 17, 2023 for program dates in Summer 2023.

Please direct questions to Ms. Lexi at

✅Enrollment Season is Here!✅

GLOW Academy is thrilled to announce our 2023-2024 School Year Application is now LIVE!

This form is only for new, rising 6th through rising 9th grade students. If your child is a current student attending GLOW Academy, you do not need to reapply.

Siblings of current students will need to complete an application, and may do do by clicking HERE.

Please help us spread the word by telling your friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

Help Us Spread the Word!

We will be hosting Parent Information Sessions for families currently not enrolled at GLOW Academy throughout January. These sessions provide a great opportunity to visit our campus and learn more about the programs & opportunities available. Help us spread the word & tell your friends and neighbors.


The spring tournament for our Esports gaming league will begin on January 23rd. We are still looking for players to complete our roster and compete in the different games available in the tournaments. The spring games will be; League of Legends, Brawlhalla, Valorant, MineCraft and Rocket League. If you are a high school student, OR an 8th grade student and are wanting to compete in any of these games, there will be an interest meeting on Monday, January 10th from 3:30 to 4:15 in room 618. Current Esports team members should attend the meeting as well.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Kirby, Mr. Mitro, Mr. Monroe, or Mr. V.

MLK Day Parade

Monday, January 16th is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. In observance, GLOW Academy will not be in session.

We invite students & families to join us at the MLK Day Parade in downtown Wilmington, either riding on our GLOW Academy bus or walking. If you are interested in participating, please email Jen Wilson-Mathis.


Parents, our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) Team is working in January to further educate parents about PBIS and how it is implemented as our Core Behavior Plan at GLOW.

What is PBIS?

PBIS helps schools create a common language around student behavior expectations and focuses on teaching expectations, preventing problems, and using logical consequences. At GLOW, we have established a common language by identifying 4 key expectations (respectful, responsible, safe, and kind) for all students. PBIS requires that we focus first on educating students about expectations and recognizing students who exhibit these behaviors (respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness).

Students have been provided instruction regarding what it means to be respectful, responsible, safe, and kind in all school environments. When we communicate with students about behavior that requires redirection, we use these 4 key words to communicate with students and re-teach expectations, as needed.

To learn more, you can find our PBIS Expectations Matrix HERE, as well as our school PBIS posters that are displayed in all settings HERE.

We encourage you to also use the language of GLOW's expectations when communicating with your student about behavior in and out of school. We believe that all behavior (appropriate an inappropriate) can be aligned with these 4 expectations.


Book Fair is Back!

Our 2nd Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be open Monday, January 30th - Friday, February 3rd!

Not only does the Book Fair raise money for GLOW Academy, it is a celebration for our students, brings our families together, and encourages lifelong learning.

Volunteers are needed throughout the week. Please take a look at shopping hours HERE and sign up for a shift as you are able. Thank You!

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🤧 Cold & Flu Season is Here

Cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu, GLOW will be following the recommendations and guidelines outlined by the CDC and New Hanover County Health Department:

Please do not send your child to school if she has or has had:

  • fever of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours (must be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Symptoms that make it hard for your child to participate in school such as frequent coughing, headache, body aches, fatigue, earaches.
  • Strep Throat- until on antibiotics 24 hr.

Additionally, tips for staying healthy can be found in the image below!
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COVID Testing Available

COVID diagnostic testing will be available to students at GLOW for the 2022-23 school year. Online registration must take place before testing can occur (Note: registration from last school year is no longer valid). Please register as soon as possible in anticipation of future testing throughout the school year. Use this link to register Coqui Health Registration for GLOW. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Valerie at




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