A Message From The Administration:

We knew February was going to be a short month (as far as school days are concerned) with only 15 scheduled due to the February break.  As you are aware, we had two snow days this past week so the best case scenario is that we’ll have ten school days remaining this month, assuming the weather is cooperative.  Regardless of the number of days remaining this month, the mid-quarter grade checks for eligibility purposes will be based on whatever grades are in PowerSchool up through Friday (02/28).  Grades will be pulled on Tuesday (03/03).  As we ask often, please keep up with your academics and if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers to get whatever help you need.  Thanks!

Welcome Ms. Kaley Sawyer! GNGHS is proud to officially welcome Ms. Kaley Sawyer to our Guidance team, serving students with last names beginning with P – Z.  Ms. Sawyer is originally from Cumberland, ME, graduating from Greely High School in 2013.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early & Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State University in 2017 and her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine in 2019.  We are excited to have Ms. Sawyer as a member of the GNG family, and would like to invite everyone to reach out and welcome her as well.

Dance: The dance that was supposed to happen on Friday (02/07) had to be rescheduled (again) due to the weather.  The Class of 2021 WILL get to host their dance, and as of this newsletter, we are looking at Friday – March 20th.  Details about this dance will be out sometime in March.

Heartwood update: Thank you to all who have already submitted your creative work. 41 students have submitted 18 written pieces and 68 art works. We are going to have a great book this year! Due to snow days, Heartwood will continue to accept work through the end of the day Monday. Use this link:  https://bit.ly/Heartwood2020

Project Graduation Update: The details of project graduation are coming together nicely. We are still taking registrations! Students can earn raffle tickets for prizes at the event by volunteering and participating in fundraisers!  Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30pm in the Library. All are welcome!

Advisory Project: Ms. Clark’s advisory group is collaborating with Mrs. Simons’ advisory group to support Operation Stand Down, which is administered through the Veterans Administration at Togus.   This project provides needed supplies and services to homeless veterans.  They are collecting personal care supplies that include, but are not limited to shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, foot powder and new socks.  Travel sizes are fine!  They have a collection bin in room 120 (band room) to collect these items.  Anything you can contribute would be deeply appreciated!  In advance, both advisory groups would like to thank you for your support!

Attention Seniors:  The administration has had several conversations with members of your class about working together to make the final few months of school as enjoyable and positive as possible.  We were impressed by what we heard from our Seniors (as far as taking ownership and responsibility for their behaviors/actions), so we decided to put into effect the following changes:  Beginning on Monday (02/24), any Senior with a school-registered vehicle AND who has Senior Privileges will be allowed to park in the tear-drop parking lot (located directly in front of the East Wing).  Also, beginning on Monday (02/24), the Senior Corner will reopen during block 3 and will be available to those Seniors with privileges during blocks 1, 2, 3, & 4.  During both lunches, we are going to allow ANY Senior to use the Senior Corner as long as the noise level and behaviors are appropriate and as long as our Seniors pick-up after themselves.  We are in the process of planning an off-campus Senior Breakfast (which will take place in early April) at which point we will discuss anything/everything pertaining to graduation week activities to include Graduation.  Finally, we are still taking names of any Senior interested in going on the white-water rafting trip in May.  Please let Cloie Smith know by Wednesday (02/12) if you are planning to participate in this optional event.

That concludes this week’s edition of the Patriot Express!  Take care.

Mr. Ted Finn, Principal &

Ms. Sadie Grealish, Assistant Principal   


Last updated 02/10/2020