A Message From The Administration:

Greetings Patriots! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’d like to begin this week’s edition of the Patriot Express by expressing how thankful we are of the students and staff at GNGHS and their participation in our first ever S’WINTER CARNIVAL which took place last week.  This included academic and athletic challenges between the classes designed to boost class pride and school spirit.

We had a snow sculpture competition; a Parade of Banners; a lip-sync battle; a volleyball tournament; and 24 other activities designed to promote problem solving, teamwork/collaboration; effective communication; tech integration; and just being an involved citizen within our school community – all components of the Maine Guiding Principles incorporated into a week of FUN activities for all!  Congratulations to the Class of 2021 for being the Runner-Ups; and to the Class of 2022 for being this year’s S’WINTER CARNIVAL Champions!!!!

The GNG Destination Imagination Teams will be competing at the State Competition in Bangor later this month and we want to wish them the very best! They are in the process of selling raffle tickets for a chair (please see below) to offset their expenses for the State and (possible) National Competitions.  Tickets are $1 each or 5 for $6.  If interested, please contact Tim Terranova at timterr@post.harvard.edu.  In advance, the DI Team would like to thank you for your support!

Battle of Libby Hill: We’d like to thank our Patriot Parents for putting on the 3rd Battle of Libby Hill (an unconventional basketball game between the middle school and high school staff) with performances by the Diamond cheerleaders; the middle school cheerleaders; our Unified Basketball Team; and a couple of friendly dinosaurs!  A special thanks to Mike Smith, Rich Peterson (the announcer),  and all the parent volunteers as well as the staff members who participated in the game.  Congratulations to our high school staff team who is now 3 – 0 in the Battle of Libby Hill!

From Our Guidance Department: The Maine College of Health Professionals will be in the Guidance Office to speak with interested students on Tuesday, March 19th, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Stop by the Guidance Office if you would like to hear the presentation.

On Thursday evening March 28th from 6:00 – 7:00, GNGHS will be hosting an informational program for Juniors and their parents focused on Financial Aid and College Planning.

Mark your calendars! All Juniors are invited to attend the NACAC College Fair this spring at the Augusta Civic Center on May 23rd. Transportation will be provided.

Maine Community Foundation Scholarships: Scholarship applications are updated and available for 2019, with restored links and current information here:  https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/

Reminder: We will be running our Early Release B day schedule on Wednesday (03/20).  This means NO morning advisory and one lunch for all between 11:25 – 11:50.  Juniors and Seniors with privileges will be allowed to sign out at 11:25.  All other students will be dismissed at 11:50.  There should be no students hanging around after school on 03/20 as the staff will be in meetings until 3:00pm.

Robotics Team: Our Robotics Team left Friday after school for Reading, MA to compete in a Robotics Competition which was held this weekend at Reading High School.  We will be sure to report out how our team did in next week’s edition, since we don’t have the final results at this time.  Stay tuned!

Talent Show: The Senior Class will be hosting this year’s Talent Show on Tuesday evening (03/19) from 7:00 – 9:00 in the high school cafeteria.  There is an admission fee with all proceeds going to the Class of 2019.  If your schedule permits, we’d love to have you join what should be an evening a fun and talent being showcased for all to enjoy!

A reminder to all students that the 3rd quarter comes to an end in ten school days (0n 03/29)!  If you owe work and/or are struggling in ANY class, please connect with your teacher(s) and do what you need to do to end the quarter on a strong note.  Seniors – you are down to 48 school days remaining of your Pre K – 12 experience!  You have access to PowerSchool.  Check your grades; make sure you have met (or you are completing) what is needed for graduation.  Take advantage of the Tuesday & Thursday academic support time (during advisory as well as after school until 4:30).  Students in grades 9 – 11 are reminded that you don’t need to wait until Summer Academy to recover credit from previous quarters.  Make arrangements with your teacher(s) NOW to avoid having to attend Summer Academy and/or having to take the course(s) all over again next year.

Please Take Note:  Ms. Genovese (Guidance Coordinator) and Ms. Smith (Lead HS Secretary) will be part of a team attending a PowerSchool Master Schedule Build Workshop this week.  They will be out from Monday afternoon (03/18) attending this training in MA for the rest of this week.  If you are looking to speak with Ms. Genovese, please leave a message with Ms. Chaplin (Guidance Secretary) and she will get back to you next week when she returns.  If you are looking speak to Ms. Smith (who is the primary secretary for the Principal and Assistant Principal), please contact ext.305 and Ms. Hotham will direct your call.  Thanks!

That concludes this week’s edition of the Patriot Express!  We hope you have a great week!

Mr. Ted Finn, Principal

Ms. Sadie Grealish, Assistant Principal

Last updated 3/18/2019