The Gilbert School E-News

February 2023

Upcoming TGS Student Events!

  • On Monday 2/6 students in grades 11 & 12 will participate in the Choices Matter program. In partnership with highway safety offices across the country, Choices Matter is a life-changing program for high school students using personal stories and interactive materials to inspire students to make the right choices both behind the wheel and in life. Choices Matter provides a critical component of education for students.

  • On Wednesday 2/8 TGS will hold class meetings for high school students. Advisory teachers will bring their advisory classes to the auditorium for class presentations. Faculty will review rules as well as give out student awards.

  • The Middle School will be conducting the annual spelling bee on Wednesday, 2/8 starting with period 2(A) in the auditorium. Each speller has either won or been the runner-up of the English class spelling bees. The winner of the school bee will be representing Gilbert at the Connecticut Spelling Bee taking place on March 5.
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7th Grade English Students Create Time Capsules

By Mrs. Tina Keegan, English 7 Teacher

7th grade English classes presented their time capsule book projects this week. Students each chose a work of historical fiction to read and created "time capsules" incorporating fictional elements of the story as well as historical facts from the period. Students enjoyed presenting their projects and discussing their reading experiences with each other.
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““Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

-John Wooden

It’s a GREAT year to be a Yellowjacket!

By Buckley Morgan, Gilbert Director of Athletics

It’s hard to believe January is already behind us. Although we have had a pretty calm winter season, there is no shortage of excitement on the courts, mats or tracks. . This winter Gilbert teams are limited in numbers of athletes but the talent on those teams is very good for having such a small number of players. At the time of this writing, the girls basketball team has a record of 8-5. Not bad for a team without enough available players to consistently play JV. The boys Basketball team has worked hard through the season. The Varsity team is very small with most games keeping the same five players on the court all four quarters.

Our wrestling team is made up of 11 wrestlers who are motivated, dedicated and “all in” at every meet. Wrestling and indoor track has been practicing daily. Wrestling is doing a great job of developing skills and understanding the concepts of leverage and balance in wrestling. Again the team is very small and can not compete in all 14 of the weight classes. Indoor Track has had several successful meets this year. They are in the hallways daily preparing for upcoming meets.

Cheer has been practicing daily and doing a great job of cheering our teams to victory. They are participating in several cheer contests this year. We have had the privilege of seeing some of the cheer routine during our halftime shows. They are clearly the best in the Berkshire League. We are planning to have a BL cheer invitational next year here at Gilbert.

Spring sports practice will be starting around March 18th depending on the sport. I will open registration for Spring sports on 10 February. Between 10 February and 17 March you will be able to register for spring sports if you go to the Family ID website. Parents/guardians need to meet up with your coaches and attend your student athletes team parent meeting. This is the best way to ensure a great meeting for our student athletes.

We have a new Baseball coach this year. He comes with years of experience and a very high recommendation from our outgoing Coach Cooke. I know Coach Pimentel is going to go on and do great things moving forward. He clearly understands the student first concept and is excited to get things going. He has some pretty big shoes to fill but he has a great foundation that is set for him as he begins his Yellowjacket coaching career.

Spring sports include, High School Tennis, Baseball, Softball, and Outdoor Track & Field. Middle school has Baseball and Softball. If you have any questions about a specific sport or would like to touch base with the coach, feel free to email them at the email listed below.

For Gilbert specific updates, and for up to the minute game results, navigate to and follow the TGS Athletic Department Facebook page, our Twitter page, Instagram, or visit the Gilbert Athletics webpage. You will find the athletics handbook on the website. All athletes should know it, front to back. To purchase athletic event tickets on line, navigate to GoFan. Once on the site, search for The Gilbert School. All home games are listed there. Tickets are also sold at


Contact the Gilbert Director of Athletics at: Middle school Athletic Director is Joshua Penn at: or call 860 379-3721.

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Gilbert Welcomes New Students for our Spring 2023 Semester

By Debra LaRoche Walls, Dean of Admissions

With the first day of the second semester, January 23, being a snow day, four new international students began their first day at The Gilbert School. Several of the students had never seen snow before which was both exciting and a very cold experience for them coming from their warm countries. For some of the students, this is their first time being in the United States.

The four new students are; Akinori Go, grade 11 from Japan, Youssef Nahali, grade 11 from

Qatar, Yui Lee, grade 7 from South Korea, and Miu Hasegawa also from Japan. Each student

comes to us with their unique and dedicated talents. Aki is a business entrepreneur author,

Youssef is a competitive swimmer, Yui has studied taekwondo for the past seven years and Miu is an accomplished artist. We look forward to their amazing contributions to our school


We wish them all a great start at The Gilbert School in their studies and making new friends. We extend our best wishes to Aki, Youssef, Yui, and Miu as they begin this educational journey.

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SENIORS: Remember To Update Naviance

Seniors are continuing to receive college admissions decisions. It is important for students to log into Naviance to indicate “accepted”, “denied” or “deferred”. Don’t forget to notify your school counselor regarding these decisions and add a pennant to the college acceptance wall for all college acceptances. We look forward to celebrating your successes with you!

SENIORS: Deciphering Your Financial Aid Offers

In the United States, there is no standardization in financial aid offers. Colleges and universities don't have to list their total cost of attendance per year on your offer - which can make it challenging to determine the exact out-of-pocket expense for each of your schools.

Try a free Financial Aid Offer Comparison Tool to help you unravel the mystery of your offer, and show you the bottom-line cost for each school where you've been accepted:

SENIORS: Scholarships

Check Naviance “Scholarships & Money” to see the scholarships that are coming in to Gilbert. See Mrs. Kirsch or your school counselor for assistance.

SENIORS & PARENTS: Free FAFSA Workshops For CT Residents

Reminder for Seniors!

The free online FAFSA application for the 2023-24 school year is open. Everyone seeking financial aid and scholarships needs to apply online. Be sure to note the FAFSA deadline for the colleges on your list.

Click on the button below to catch a free FAFSA workshop for Connecticut residents.

Financial aid professionals will be available to help students and families navigate the process of need-based federal aid. Those who sign up will receive a checklist of items that they will need and support to successfully complete the process. Click on the button for more info and to register for one of their events.

GRADES 9-11: SAT & ACT Test Dates

In spring 2023, all junior students will be participating in the Connecticut SAT School Day here at The Gilbert School (date to be announced). However, any student (not just juniors!) can register online to take the SAT and/or to take the ACT throughout the year - as many times as you choose. Additional testing dates are listed below. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you'll get!

*Please note that The Gilbert School is no longer a testing site and will not be hosting SAT testing on alternate dates.


Khan Academy, in conjunction with College Board, is offering free customized SAT prep based on a student's performance on the PSAT. Generated SAT practice is tailored specifically to focus on those areas in which the student requires the most practice. Click on the button below to find out more information!

GRADES 9-12: Upcoming College Fairs

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at an upcoming in-person college fair. Don't miss these free, one-day events for high school students and families. See the list of fairs below.

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Attention Students, Families, Faculty and Staff!

Ensure that you get a 2023 yearbook by purchasing yours soon. We will be submitting our final order in early March and after that, a limited number of yearbooks will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis. You can purchase a yearbook directly from Mrs. Daniele or click here to order a high school yearbook online.

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News From The TGS Health Office

By Kelli Gilbert RN BSN, Director of Health Services

Dental Care Available Through Community Health Center, Inc.

Click on the flyer below for more information about the services offered!

How can TGS help your family this winter?

Winter Coats

Need a winter coat? We have new and gently used coats available for anyone that needs one! Contact Mrs. Gilbert at 860 379 8521 x1431 or email at

Nutrition Backpack Program

Did you know about the nutrition backpack program? It is designed to assist families with additional grocery items to help on the weekends. Items such as cereal, pasta, sauce, rice, peanut butter, jelly, etc, are packed into a backpack and sent home with your child once a week, usually on Fridays.

Influenza and COVID Vaccinations

Influenza season is here! Please consult with your child’s pediatrician if an influenza vaccination is recommended for your child. COVID booster vaccinations are also available now if you would like your child to get a booster vaccination if they haven’t already.

COVID Update

We are continuing to see sporadic cases in all grade levels. Our COVID positive numbers have dramatically reduced in the past couple of weeks! Below is a chart on current COVID protocols.

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Important Dates to Remember

Early Dismissal (12:16 PM)


No School

2/20 - 21 - Winter Recess

Club & Activity Day


Wingman Day


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