Principal's Desk

August 14, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

I truly hope everyone has enjoyed a restful summer! As we prepare for the opening of school I would like to remind our families of protocols that have been put into place.   All students have been assigned GBOE email addresses along with access to Microsoft Office 365 and accompanying class documents.  For this reason, it is imperative that the Student Computing and Network Policy be signed and returned to school.  Please note:  If we do not have a signed agreement on file for your child, he or she will not be permitted to use any school computers. Student email addresses and user agreements from middle school do carry to the high school.    


This is the only general mailing you will receive this year.  I recommend you become familiar with Parent Portal—this will allow you access to information pertaining to your child’s school records, including attendance, documents, announcements, progress reports and report cards.  These documents are not mailed home.    Take note that there is a ‘Documents’ link.  We will use that link to share information electronically.  If you do not have a Parent Portal password, please call the school office so that Portal information can be sent to you.  Also, be reminded that I have a GHS Twitter account that I use for general reminders as well as up to the minute announcements (such as changes in daily schedules). Feel free to follow me at @Principal_GHS.  The Twitter feed is also available on our GHS home page.  Take the time to become familiar with our school website for additional information.   


This packet contains several letters and forms. Please review each carefully and complete the appropriate forms and return to the school by Thursday, September 13th.  


The GHS Student Handbook will be available online, both on our GHS website on the Student tab and on Parent Portal in the Documents link. Students will also receive an email with a link to the Student Handbook.  As always, it will include calendars, schedules, school information, activity information, graduation and testing information and requirements, expectations, protocols and policies.  Please familiarize yourself with the handbook.  If you cannot access it online, please call the school office.  


 Freshmen and New Student Orientation


All freshmen and new students are required to attend an orientation program on Tuesday, September 4th beginning at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium.  During this time, students will receive their schedules as well as have an opportunity to tour the building with peer leaders.  Student dismissal will be approximately at 2:45 pm. 


All Students


The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5th.  Students can begin entering the building at 8:00 am. We will run a special one-session day schedule that will begin with students reporting to Homeroom (same as last year’s HR) by 8:30 a.m.


Emergency Cards


Emergency medical cards are enclosed in this mailing.  It is imperative that they are completed and returned to school.  It is essential that specific, up-to-date information is on file.  The information will be used by the school nurse and administration.  The phone numbers will be used for our district’s community notification system in the event of school closings/delays.  Please contact the school if any information changes throughout the school year.  Emergency cards must be submitted in order for students to be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities.


Other important notes:

  • For those students that do not have a GHS ID, photos can be taken on September 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Reminder:  Students are required to wear their ID’s during the school day.

  • Students will not be permitted to congregate before or after school at any entrance of the High School.
  • Students who arrive after 8:30 a.m. must enter through the main entrance and immediately sign-in as late with the Attendance Office.  Reminder:  students can lose academic credits due to tardiness to school and/or classes.
  • To keep everyone safe and keep traffic moving smoothly, students may not be dropped-off or picked-up at the front entrance of the High School.  Students are to be dropped-off and picked-up at the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts.
  • The District Uniform Dress Code Policy is in effect.  Please be reminded that students must comply by wearing collared shirts in purple with the district logo and khaki pants.  Any sweaters worn over collared shirts must also comply with the dress code.  Refer to the complete dress code (available on the GBOE website) for more details.  An email with additional information will be sent to all students and will be available on Parent Portal as well. 

  • Student schedules will be available on Parent Portal on or about September 1st.  Any schedule change requests will require a form that will be available in the Guidance office once school begins.  Changes will be made for legitimate reasons only (i.e. missing major subject, being enrolled in a course that the student has already passed, etc.).
  • Please familiarize yourself with the new district site:www.gboe.orgThe direct link to the GHS site
  • Please be sure to complete summer reading assignments.  Again, this information was shared with all students during the last school year.  Additional information can be found at: or on the district site.  
  • Per district protocol, if you need to come in to speak to any school personnel, an appointment is required. Appropriate ID must also be presented.  Please call or email ahead to make the appointment.    

    Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 27th  beginning at 6:30 pm.  More information will follow through Parent Portal.  Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation in completing and returning the forms that have been included in this mailing.  If there are any questions, please call the school office.   I am looking forward to seeing our students return and welcoming our new students.  On behalf of the entire GHS administration and faculty, let me extend my wishes to everyone for a successful school year!
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