The Gilbert School E-News

October 2022

TGS Teacher Recognized By The AP Program

In a recent letter to Mr. Shugrue, Terry Redican, Vice President of the AP Program in Princeton New Jersey, recognized TGS Math faculty member Christopher Affie for his role in the AP exam reading process. In June of 2022, Mr. Affie joined a group of more than 1100 AP Statistics teachers and college faculty to score over 200,000 AP Statistics exams taken in May by students from across the country.

According to Redican, "the careful evaluation of students’ work by Christopher and other highly qualified educators is one of the most important aspects of the AP Program." Selected by the College Board's AP Program for his proficiency in the subject area, Mr. Affie spent between 60-70 hours over nine days - scoring close to 800 individual questions. As an AP Stats teacher here at TGS for seven of the past eight years, Mr. Affie is uniquely qualified for the task. Redican explains in the letter, "Credit through AP is largely made possible by the evaluation and scoring process that reflects the high standards of AP Readers who, by virtue of their experience and expertise, have appropriate student performance expectations within their respective disciplines."

Before the pandemic, AP exams were scored in a central location. However, like most organizations, the AP has gone to a hybrid model, with some readers in Kansas City, and some remote. Mr. Affie scored the AP exams remotely, and described the experience as "one of the best PD (professional development) opportunities to see how the exam is graded and how I might adjust my teaching in the future."

Thank you Mr. Affie, and congratulations on your accomplishment!

Spirit Week & Homecoming 10/17 - 10/22

Student Council is actively planning our annual Homecoming dance and Spirit Week Activities. Students are choosing locations for their wall themes and working diligently to ensure we have a fun week of spirit dress activities during the school day and at lunch. They will be participating in various competitions throughout the week and ending our school week with a Pep Rally on 10/21 where our fall sports teams will showcase their talents and our classes will take each other on to determine the illustrious winner of the coveted Spirit Week championship trophy. The Homecoming Court will be announced at the Homecoming Game versus Crosby High School on 10/22.

Monday, 10/17 - Merica Day

Wear red, white, and blue! (Please note, students should not wear flags or anything political.)

Tuesday, 10/18 - Color Day

  • Freshman - WHITE
  • Sophomores - BLUE
  • Juniors - GREY
  • Seniors - BLACK
  • Eighth Graders - RED
  • Seventh Graders - YELLOW
  • Staff - Rainbow

Wednesday, 10/19 - Adam Sandler Day

Wear your best big shirt and big pants combo or dress up as your favorite character Adam Sandler's Character.

Thursday, 10/20 - Country vs Country Club

Dress in your cleanest cowboy boots or your newest polo!!

Friday, 10/21 - Blue and Gold Day

Rep your school colors in leading up to the end of spirit week.

UNDERCLASSMEN Picture Day Is 10/7

Reminder: Fall picture day is on Friday, October 7th in the small gym!

Wingman Student Leaders Selected

We are proud to announce Year 2 of the Wingman program at TGS is off to a great start! We have been busy recruiting new Wingmen for the 2022-23 school year. 70 + students either applied or were nominated to participate. Those students each received a contract outlining the expectations of participation and signed contracts were then reviewed by a faculty committee. A cross selection of almost 50 students from Grades 7 -12 were then selected to attend a two-day interactive Wingman training workshop to prepare them to become role models and peer leaders for Wingman community building activities throughout the school year.

The Wingman training workshop for middle school students takes place on Monday and Tuesday, October 3rd and 4th. High school students' workshops takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 5th and 6th. This year, Robb Armstrong, Wingman Master Trainer and Program Director for Dylan’s Wings of Change will work with almost fifty participating Gilbert students to prepare them for leadership roles in The Gilbert School community.

TGS Clubs & Activities

What is Club & Activity Period?

The Gilbert School offers a special program of co-curricular, non-athletic clubs and activities that meet during the school day and/or after school. Once per month, the daily schedule is changed to offer an activity period during the school day. Our first Club & Activity Period will be on Wednesday, 10/19.

Days before the Club and Activity Period a list of all clubs and activities will be posted throughout the school as well as discussed in Advisory for students to become familiar with what is being offered. On 10/19, the students will attend the club and activity period of their choosing.

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Here is what’s been happening in seventh grade at The Gilbert Middle School:

A message from our building principal:

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We are in full swing here at The Gilbert School with our 7th graders, the newest members of our school community! All of the teachers are excited to be working with their new students and we are delighted to have them here as well. After a fantastic orientation day filled with fun and informational activities led by our teachers and high school student leaders, we made a smooth transition to all that comes with being a middle-schooler. This new group of 7th graders seem to be transitioning well and are full of energy and enthusiasm which is infectious! We are excited for everything that this year brings! If you need anything at all, please reach out to us; we are here to help!

Miss Lewis, Principal

The Gilbert School

MATH, Ms. Noh: All 7th grade math students have been learning the class and homework routines. We are nearing the halfway point of Q1 and students need to make sure they are checking their homework so it is completed to the best of their ability while answering all parts of the problems and submitting them on time. As we begin to learn about various types of numbers, expressions, and operations using those numbers, I would like to suggest that students keep practicing their number facts (especially multiplication facts) at home whenever possible! This will greatly enhance their efficiency and productivity in math class throughout the school year.

Parents/guardians are more than welcome to join Google Classroom where you may get information about what the students are working on in class as well as their homework assignments! Also, checking PowerSchool on a regular basis is highly recommended in order to keep the students on track. +++Extra Math Help! If extra math help is needed, students may make arrangements with Mrs. Noh for either before or after school hours. Just be sure to ask beforehand!

ENGLISH, Mrs. Keegan: We have a great bunch of readers and writers in seventh grade this year! All seventh graders have been introduced to our TGS library and have had an opportunity to check out a book. Seventh graders will be completing a book project each quarter based on a fictional book that is self-selected. The quarter one book project will be assigned one chunk at a time. When each section is submitted, students will have the opportunity to revise their work before a final project grade is given. Book projects will focus on narrative elements - character, setting, conflict, rising action, climax, resolution/falling action, and theme. All due dates for the book project are posted in Google Classroom.

SCIENCE, Ms. Louis: Students have been observing bath bombs and have started to develop questions on how they do what they do. After comparing store bought bath bombs to homemade ones, students will continue to run tests and gather evidence to develop an explanation that answers the question, “How do bath bombs work?”

SOCIAL STUDIES, Mr. Harbach: Your students are doing fabulously! Just completed: Each class has learned the difference between a primary source and a secondary source and how to recognize which type of sources are primary and which are secondary. Up next: Introduction to latitude and longitude. In this unit, students will be able to define latitude and longitude and plot locations on a map using coordinates. Also, students will be able to locate and name important latitude and longitude lines on a map or globe. Please contact me with any questions at or 860-379-8521 x 1205.

LANGUAGE ARTS, Mr. Toomey: Away we go! It is very exciting to have all of the seventh graders in the building and so far they are doing a great job. In Language Arts, the students are “falling into nonfiction” as we begin to explore a variety of informational, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive texts. We are off and running!

LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER, Mrs. Pfeffer: Students have completed Library Orientation and most have checked out their first book of the year. 7th Graders will be participating in a Library Skills UA during the year. We will be focusing on Digital Citizenship as well as STEAM activities.

LATIN, Ms. Frechette: Salvete, omnes! Mihi nomen est Magistra Frechette. Latin class is off to a great start proving that Latin is NOT a dead language after all. Latin class is a combination of reading, writing, and speaking in Latin, and learning about ancient Roman culture and history. We have been practicing conversational phrases and answering questions, learning the meanings of Latin roots, reading a timeline of Roman history, and we’ve even started reading Latin sentences. Soon, we will begin our mythology unit just in time for autumn and Proserpina’s descent into the Underworld.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING, Mrs. Thompson: It's been fun getting to know your 7th graders while bonding over the starting of this next chapter in a new school together! Schedule requests are slowing down as everyone adjusts to their schedules, routines, and expectations. Please know that I am here for all MS students - to support them academically, socially, and emotionally whether that be in school, at home, or elsewhere. I look forward to partnering with you and TGS community as we help prepare your students for high school and beyond!


MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK CLUB: Yearbook Club is having its first meeting Wednesday, October 5th in the art room after school 2:30-3:15. Middle school students who are interested in helping create this year's yearbook are invited to attend. Please bring your chromebook.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS: Will be held on alternating Mondays beginning September 26 from 2:16 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center. To sign up, please contact Mrs. Pfeffer at The club will be limited to 20 students.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL: Interested in planning events for our school community or have great ideas to make our school a better place? Consider joining the Middle School Student Council!. The middle school student council will begin September 28 and meet alternating Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining, please contact Ms. Louis or Mr. Harbach.

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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

- John Dewey

It’s a GREAT day to be a Yellowjacket!

By Buckley Morgan, Gilbert Director of Athletics

Fall sports are well underway and near the halfway point of regular season play. All of our teams are enjoying the opportunity to play sports and are improving their skills daily. I am seeing great motivation and excitement at all of our games.

GNH Football held their first home game in the NVL on the 24th of September against Wilby. They won that game and are now 2-2 for the season. A new league and new uniforms for the GNH team but the same determined and hard working team.

The concession stand at Van Why field is getting some improvements. It is getting a fresh coat of paint and some new weatherproof trim and siding along the bottom as well as a few other touch ups. The ground around the building has also been graveled. No more muddy ground on those rainy football game days. Thanks to Darek Schibi and volunteers for putting a new face on our concession stand.

The annual Blue and Gold 5K Run will be held on homecoming weekend. It will start at 10:00 am on October 22nd. We will also hold a 400 yard dash at 9:15. We encourage everyone to come and enjoy the day with a run and a football game on Van Why field while supporting Gilbert athletics. Click HERE for more details and the registration form.
Registration for Winter sports will open the 20th of October. If you are interested in joining any of the winter sports teams, you must register on Family ID. Do it as soon as it opens up. Many students waited till the last minute resulting in them missing games and practices. Registration will close on December 2nd coinciding with the first day of winter sports practice.

We still have lots of Fall sports to come. Stay informed by keeping an eye on the CIAC website, and for Gilbert specific updates, navigate to and follow or like the TGS Athletic Department Facebook page.


Contact the Gilbert Director of Athletics at: or call 860 379-3721.

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Grades 8-11 Students: PSATs are October 12

This is a reminder that on 10/12 students in grades 8-11 will be taking the PSAT for the day, which is a half day for the students. The students in grade 12 will be participating in various activities ranging from college essay writing to real world budgeting. The PSAT is a very important benchmark for college and career readiness for all of our students so please encourage them to take the test seriously in order to measure progress from last year. Registration is not required.

College Planning

Our seniors are beginning the college application process now and are working on narrowing down college choices. The senior English classes are finalizing college essays which will be ready to go very soon. There will be a financial aid workshop here at Gilbert on October 27th at 6pm in the library. Workshops will also be held for seniors on October 12th during the half day schedule. Mrs. McDougall is also coming out of retirement in order to help with college applications so we are lucky to have her working with our seniors as well as Mrs. Fiducia. If you have any questions regarding the college application process or your student’s progress please contact the Guidance office.

College Visits Begin at TGS

College Admissions Representatives are coming to Gilbert! Seniors are receiving Google Form invitations and can view the fall college visit schedule on their Naviance accounts. Thus far, we have visits scheduled from the University of Connecticut, Western Connecticut State University, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, University of Saint Joseph, University of New Haven, and Lasell University. The schedule is updated throughout the fall.

  1. Log into your Naviance account weekly to see which colleges want to meet with Gilbert students!
  2. Open the "Colleges" tab and click on "Visits" to register now.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Fiducia!

AP Students: May 2023 Exam Registration

Our AP courses are in full swing. Students completed summer work for each course and are already starting to progress through their rigorous college-level curriculum. Fees for the mandatory AP tests (required for the course) will be due to Mrs. Fiducia soon; listen for the announcements on when and where to turn in your payments. Those students who pass the test will be refunded money back as an incentive from Gilbert. Also, most colleges accept scores 3 and above for college credit (check specific university/college requirements for credit). Students who take AP courses in high school are proven to perform better academically in post-secondary programs than those who do not. If you have any questions about AP courses, please contact your school counselor.

For 2023 testing information and dates, please visit this link on the College Board website.

GRADES 9-12: Upcoming College Fairs

In New England: Attend an IN-PERSON NEACAC College Fair

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling is holding several in-person college fairs this fall! Visit the NEACAC website for more information and to see a list of hosting New England colleges and universities, and the colleges and universities that will be attending.

Nationally: Attend a NACAC College Fair

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

SENIORS: Apply FREE To The Connecticut State Universities On 11/15

In an effort to minimize the expense of applying to college, all five of the Connecticut State Universities will offer an application fee waiver for Connecticut residents on Tuesday, November 15. That's great news for seniors applying to Central, Eastern, Southern, Western and UCONN through the Common App.

To qualify, seniors should complete and submit the FAFSA by 11/15. Then submit your completed Common App on 11/15 to CCSU, ECSU, SCSU, WCSU and/or UCONN, and select the "Application Fee Free Day" waiver for Connecticut Residents. Usually, it would set you back $50 per application to apply to any of the sister schools, and $80 to apply to the University of Connecticut. That's a potential cost savings of $280 if you're applying to all five schools. But don't delay - the free application is a one-day-only event! Stay tuned for more information.

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!

More Free FAFSA Workshops For CT Residents

Can't make the TGS Financial Aid Workshop on 10/27? Catch one of these workshops for Connecticut residents. In partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, the College Board, New Haven Promise, the Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, ECMC The College Place, and the University of Connecticut are joining forces to host a series of FAFSA workshops for the Class of 2023.

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.

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A Birthday Celebration Bowling Style

By Debra LaRoche Walls, Dean of Admissions

What day can be more important for a young teenager than that of their birthday. On Saturday, September 3, Residential Coordinator and ELL instructor, Ms. Lauren Hunter, chaperoned three of the international students to The Bass Pro Shop, to Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill Bowling in Bridgeport. They were going to celebrate the birthday of international student, Joanne Kang.

That day was the actual birthday of Joanne who turned 14 and came to The Gilbert School from South Korea. She is an amazing and independent 8th grade student. Joanne, who’s Korean first name is Minseo, was joined by fellow international students; Ivan Lyu, grade 12 from China and Gabriel Maia, grade 11 from Brazil.

The day started with Ivan giving Joanne a birthday card in the residency hall and the group playing “Happy Birthday” in Korean as they enjoyed cake and ice cream after a fun hour of bowling. Joanne made a wish for her first American birthday celebration. We hope all of Joanne’s wishes come true as we are grateful, she has chosen to be a successful student at Gilbert. The group enjoyed more celebration and fun in the Arcade that is part of the bowling venue. All of the students and Ms. Hunter shared a great day together.

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PowerSchool Registration Instructions

Unsure how to set up your PowerSchool account? No problem! Follow these simple steps:

  1. Begin at The Gilbert School Webpage
  2. From the Parent dropdown menu, choose PowerSchool
  3. Click on the PowerSchool logo
  4. Click the create an account button
  5. Completely fill out the form

(The Access ID is your child’s student ID number, and the Access password is the first 8 letters of your child’s last name.)


  • At least 7 characters
  • At least one uppercase and one lowercase letter
  • At least one number
  • At least one special character (!,$,&,*, etc.)

Should you need assistance, please contact

Network Use Agreements

Please bring in your signed network usage agreements as soon as possible. This will allow students to receive their Chromebooks quickly before or after school, or during advisory. Completed forms should be submitted to the IT Department. If students need another copy please visit the Main Office before/after school, or during a study hall.

Connecticut Laws for New Drivers

A reminder for those students who drive to school: with driving, comes new responsibilities. Connecticut State laws state that newly licensed individuals, for the first year of driving, are not allowed to have any passengers with the exception of immediate family members. We ask that you not come on campus with other students in your car. You risk losing your license and you risk losing the privilege to drive on campus. For more information on teen driving restrictions, visit the Connecticut DMV website.

Yearbooks Are On Sale Now!

2023 High School Yearbooks are on sale now! Purchase now to get Early Bird Pricing!

Yearbook Prices:

  • $65 from 9/18-11/31
  • $75 from 12/1-12/31
  • $85 from 1/1 through end of the school year

To order High School Yearbooks click HERE or contact Mrs. Daniele.

Attention Senior Parents and Guardians: Personal yearbook ads are available until November 1st! Personal ads for your students are a great way to support them and show them how proud you are of all their accomplishments! Ads can be purchased and created on the yearbook website, or you can submit physical ads and payments to Mrs. Daniele.

Food Services Update

During the transition back to regular school operations in the school year 2022-23, The Gilbert School has opted into the School Meals Assistance Revenue for Transition (SMART) funds to provide meals (breakfast and lunch) at no cost for all students at the beginning of the school year. Please note that meals at no cost to all students are unlikely to last all year and are subject to the availability of district funds.

Since the availability of meals at no cost will expire when all funds have been expended, it is critical that households submit a free and reduced-priced meal application as soon as possible to determine a student’s eligibility for this school year and avoid unpaid meal charges.

Completing and submitting an application will also help TGS raise additional funds to help us make meals available to all students at no cost for as long as possible. Click HERE to apply. The district will notify parents and guardians of the date when students who are not directly certified or have no approved application on file will be expected to pay for their meals.

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News From The TGS Health Office

By Kelli Gilbert RN BSN, Director of Health Services

TGS 2022/2023

COVID Return to School Guidelines


  • Return to school on Day 6 from when you tested positive for COVID or your symptoms started. You should be free of a fever for 24 hours without medication and your symptoms should be improving.
  • If you are able to do work at home, homework for all classes is posted in google classroom. You can submit your work to your teachers while home.
  • Wear a mask until Day 10. If you need a mask break, come to the nurse’s office anytime!
  • If you have Band during Days 5-10, you can practice fingering on your instrument, just not blowing. You can begin to play your instrument normally on Day 11.
  • If you are in Chorus during Days 5-10, you should wear a mask.
  • If you have PE during Days 5-10, you can watch PE or your teacher will have you involved in the class in a less physical way until your doctor clears you for physical activity.
  • If you participate in a sport, you cannot participate until Day 11. You will need a doctor’s note to return to sports. Your doctor will decide how long you need to participate in a return to play protocol with the athletic trainer before you return full time to your sport.
  • Consult with your physician about returning to sports and physical education. Ask your doctor for a note when you can return.
  • Provide the nurse’s office with the note from your doctor.

Any questions, come to the nurse’s office! We are here to help!

Outdoor Resource Guide from FitTogether

This is a great time of year to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise! Living in the Northwest Corner allows us access to so many beautiful areas. Do you know all the places you can go to in our area and enjoy some outdoor time? Look no further and check out the outdoor resource guide below!

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Important Dates to Remember

No School

10/10 - Columbus Day

Early Dismissal

10/12 - all students will be dismissed at 12:16 pm

Picture Day




Club & Activity Day




Spirit Week


Homecoming Game


SENIORS & PARENTS: TGS Financial Aid Workshop 10/27

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (otherwise known as the FAFSA) opens on October 1st for any student entering their freshman year of college next fall. To assist families with completing the FAFSA, Gilbert's High School Counseling Office is hosting an important Financial Aid Workshop for parents and guardians on Thursday, October 27th at 6 pm in The Gilbert School library. Bring your senior and finish both parent and student sections of the FAFSA together.