The Grizzly Growl
June 2021 End of Year Edition
From the Bear Den
Hello Grizzly Families!
We made it! Through the collaborative effort of teachers, students, and families--we made it. Thank you for your flexibility, cooperation, encouragement, and determination to help us help the students get the best education, in the safest environment, that we could imagine in this unpredictable school year. It has truly been a team effort.
Seniors and families of seniors, be sure to check the link in the Senior Column for detailed information about graduation.
We are looking forward to next year when we can all be together again and get back to The Grizzly Way in academics, sports, and student activities. Explore the suggestions for self-care and preparation for returning to school.
A few reminders:
- Thursday, June 17 is an early release day.
- Please pick-up any medicine in the clinic before June 18. Call the clinic with any questions.
- If someone in your family received the first vaccine at the CPS clinic at GFH on May 24, please come back for the second dose Monday, June 14 from 4-8.
Summer Office Hours
The GFH Main Office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m-5:00 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
It's a great time to be a Grizzly! Be safe out there! And as always; Go, Grizzlies!
Mr. Michael Perez
Be sure to follow us on social media over the summer for important updates! Twitter and Instagram @grassfield_hs
Class of 2021 News
Semester 2 SOL Testing--Make-Ups
Make-ups for all SOLs (reading, math, science, social studies) will be Friday, June 11! Please encourage your child to attend make-up testing, if contacted!
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 counselors and the school testing team with specific details for their tests. Please contact the School Counseling Department with any questions or concerns.
Students should bring:
A CPS Chromebook (fully charged), if they have been assigned one. A Chromebook will be provided for any student without one.
Please see the flyer below with important information about final exams.
Fall Sports Tryouts
Mark your calendars for these important sports tryout dates:
Football and Golf - July 29th
Volleyball, Field Hockey, Cheer, and Cross Country - August 2nd
Specific information about summer conditioning or tryouts can be obtained by emailing the coaches directly. The coaches list can be found on the Grassfield High School website.
THE COUNSELING CORNER
School counselors do not return until August 26. Main guidance is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. For assistance, please call the school counseling department at 757-558-4509 or email the school counseling secretary and registrar at email@example.com
Course Request Letters – Course request letters for the 2021-2022 school year were available in StudentVue and ParentVue starting in March 2021. This was Grassfield High School’s official notification of the classes that students chose for next year. Changes were due by the end of March, 2021. At this time, course request changes will not be made unless there is an academic reason. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.
Summer School Registration – students are now able to register for summer school with their school counselors through noon on June 8, 2021. Summer School information is available on the Chesapeake Schools website - HS-Summer-Program-Guide_REVISED-2021-42821.pdf (cpschools.com) Classes are free, but there are a limited number of classes that are offered in summer school. Summer school classes will be asynchronous (no live instruction) online classes. In order to register, students or parents/guardians must contact their assigned school counselor by June 8 at noon. There will be no registration from June 8 (after 12:00) through June 21. Beginning June 22, students can register with the summer school counselor at Oscar Smith High School during designated hours located on the summer school flyer. June 22 – 9am – noon and from 2pm – 5pm and June 23 – 9am to noon. Students and parents/guardians can go directly to OSHS on June 22 and June 23 to register.
Who needs to go to summer school?
Students who have failed a course during the year and would like to make it up during the summer.
Students who are fall or winter athletes and need to take a class to meet VHSL requirements (must pass three out of four credit bearing classes this semester to be eligible for Fall and Winter sports)
Any rising senior who will need an extra class in order to graduate on time in June 2022.
Final report cards will be made available through ParentVue and StudentVue on June 22 in the afternoon. Please see the promotion requirements listed below.
Class of 2021 Graduation Information –College bound seniors are reminded to request a final transcript through Parchment to be sent to their college of choice. Colleges require that they receive these final transcripts to complete the registration process. Transcripts will be released to the colleges sometime between June 28 - June 30. Seniors should be aware that final transcripts won’t be ready until June 28, so plan your summer college registration days accordingly. Seniors are also reminded that their Parchment account will be attached to them forever, and that they should remember their e-mail address and password so that they may order transcripts in the future. After August 1, seniors will be considered alumni and there will be a fee for requesting transcripts through Parchment. Seniors are reminded that their Chesapeake School e-mail addresses will be inactivated after graduation so please update your email in Parchment.
This summer is a great time for self-care and preparing to come back to school in the fall.
Here are a few simple self-care strategies:
1. Maintain a daily routine with consistent sleep, activity and study patterns.
2. Stay connected with others, and try to find moments of humor.
3. Talk to people you feel comfortable with about your feelings or worries, then give yourself permission to stop worrying.
4. Eat breakfast every morning, plus snacks and meals at regular times throughout the day.
5. Limit coffee or energy drinks, as these will increase feelings of anxiety and make it difficult to relax.
6. Relieve times of high anxiety with physical activity; engage in regular aerobic exercise (e.g., walk, jog, yoga, dance).
7. Limit the amount of time you spend talking about or watching/listening to news media or social media if you are finding information overwhelming or distressing.
8. Do hobbies or activities that you enjoy, calm you down or focus your mind and body. These could be arts and crafts, physical activity, listening to music, reading, journaling, watching TV or movies, or chatting with friends by phone, videoconference or text.
9. Understand that the people around you are probably also finding this situation stressful, and they might also be having difficulty controlling their emotions. Try to resolve conflict.
10. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, out of control or unable to calm down after a period of weeks, seek help from a mental health professional.
11. Take time for yourself.
12. Be kind to yourself and each other.Check out this website for additional tips and resources on a healthy physical and mental habits
Class of 2021 and 2022 ACCESS College Support
All the hard work you put into applications and the college process has come to fruition! CONGRATULATIONS on graduation and moving towards the next stage of your lives. It's been my pleasure to work with you over the past 2 years. I wish each of you the very best in college and beyond!
It's time to set up your Common App account and begin your college applications! Even if you're still researching and compiling your college list, you can be completing demographic and family information, previous coursework, activities, and be working on your personal statement. While supplemental essay prompts for individual colleges won't be finalized until August 1st, the more you do before senior year, the easier your life will be in the fall (trust me on this).
It's been my pleasure to work with Grizzlies this year and for the last 4 years. There will be a new ACCESS Advisor at Grassfield in the fall. I wish each of you the best in your future endeavors!
Please contact Mr. Gabe Hall if you need assistance during the summer. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone is 757-558-5313 (office) or 757-469-7470 (cell).
Grassfield High School PTSA
Congratulations to the GFHS PTSA Scholarship Recipients. Garrett Hurst, Lane Strahan and Morgan Wecht
Please keep following our PTSA Facebook page for updates.
Thank you for your support throughout the year.
President- Leslie Wecht
1st Vice President- Ashley Orlando
2nd Vice- President- Lisa McCoy
Treasurer- Patti Oliver
Secretary- Kelly Poole
Leslie Wecht, GFHS PTSA President, Leslie.Wecht@cpschools.com
Media Center News
Library Book Return:
Please return all library books by June 4! Late fines are waived for this school year. Return books to the front office or the media center.
June Media Center Events:
Visit our Grizzly Media Center Google Site to participate in our last monthly contest for the school year. 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 June to access the activities!
Summer Virtual Book Club Interest
Follow us on Instagram (grassfield_mc) and Twitter (@GFH_Mediacenter)
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