Parent Notices

4/13/18

posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:11 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 4:12 AM ]

Good Evening,

Mr. Mike Zulauf took 14 students to Youth and Government Day, in Concord, last weekend so they could immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and practice democracy. Here are some pictures.

New scholarships available here are American Legion Auxiliary Ann Tracy Memorial; American Legion Post 1; Virtual High School; Gilford P.O.P.S; NH Electric Co-op; Berghahn Family Nursing; Gilford Community Church; Manchester Artists Association; and Society of Women Engineers. 

Speaking of money, congratulations to Olivia Morea for winning 1st place at the AnnaleeThornedike Scholarship contest last evening.

I have attached information about the Rotary-Interact yard sale occurring on April 28th.

Click here to get your Gilford apparel. The sale is open from April 8-20.

Rotary 4 Way Speech contestants

Have a great weekend and I hope this is the last of the snow.

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

March

12-14     NH All-State Festival 

13           LEAD recognition

19           Art field trip 

23-27     April vacation

May       

3              NH Science assessment

4-6          Senior class trip

7              School Board meeting  6:00  GES


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, May 13, 2018:
Open House. CAP Hawk. 2018.pdf
yardsale.pdf

4/6/18

posted Apr 9, 2018, 7:26 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 7:26 AM ]

Good Evening,

 

Congratulations to our Rotary Four Way speech contest winner, Connor Leggett. Thank you to Aria Stephen, Kaelin Cegelski, and Joseph Sawyer for participating last evening.

 

Click here to get your Gilford apparel. The sale is open from April 8-20.

 

I have enclosed the results of our recent NEASC survey. A couple highlights…

            - 88.6% of parents reported, “I know who to go to if my child needs academic support”

            - 100% of parents stated, “I am familiar with the supports this school provides to my child “.

            -Thanks for providing feedback on the three questions I posed last week

 

Does your child have a chronic health issue (migraines, post-concussion, bowel issues, diabetes etc.) that makes them feel different or unable to connect with their peers in school? We are looking to gather students so they may have a place to be able to discuss (or listen to others) issues they face, in a safe environment, that other students typically do not.  We will meet a couple times this year and then regroup in the fall. This will be facilitated by Meg Jenkins RN, (HS nurse) and Monica Sawyer (GHS School Counselor). If this is something you would like more information about or have questions, please contact Meg Jenkins @ 527-9663 ormjenkins@sau73.org.

 

Please remember that Monday, April 9th high school classes begin at 7:24 and not 7:34. Please make sure your child is waking up a bit earlier.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

March

6 & 7      Youth & Government field trip

10           SAT make-up

                Policy meeting  7:30am GHS

               PTA meeting  6:30pm  GES

11           Early Release

                Biometric screening

12           ALICE training for students

12-14     NH All-State Festival 

13           LEAD recognition  7:40-8:00


3/30/18

posted Apr 2, 2018, 11:36 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 11:36 AM ]

Good Evening,

 

What a moving presentation that Judge Broderick spoke about this past Monday. Our students and staff had so many positive comments. Please read more here about what our students and staff members are doing to support each other.

 

Last month I asked that you complete the NEASC survey to improve our school. I will be sharing the results next week with all of you. We do have three clarifying questions we are seeking to gain more information on. Please take this 30 second survey to provide more feedback. I’m very interested in your comments. Thank you.

 

Come support the cast of “A Few Good Men” tonight or tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 in our auditorium.

 

I’ve attached the Gilford School District PTA Annual Poetry contest. Please check it out.

 

Also, attached is the Gilford Rotary 4 Way Speech contest taking place on Thursday, April 5 at 6:00pm in the library. If your child is strong in communication, this is the place for him/her to shine and win some money.

 

Have a wonderful Easter!

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

March

30           Spring Play “A Few Good Men”  7:00  auditorium

31           Spring Play “A Few Good Men”  7:00  auditorium

April

2              School Board meeting  6:00 GES

5              Rotary 4 Way Speech  6:00 library 

6 & 7      Youth & Government field trip

10           PTA meeting  6:30  GES

11           Early Release

12-14     NH All-State Festival 

13           LEAD recognition


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, April 29, 2018:
2018 poetry contest.pdf
4 Way Speech Contest.pdf

3/26/18

posted Mar 26, 2018, 4:05 AM by GHS Webmaster

Good Evening,

 

Trimester two is now behind us. Trimester three is full of activities and is easily the busiest! Please check our calendar frequently as there are constant updates.

 

Senior parents- This is no joke! April 1st is the deadline to apply to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. Please click here for more information. More scholarships have arrived including the Nathan Babcock Memorial, the Amy Annis Memorial, the Dan Allard Memorial, the Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial, and a handful of scholarships from the state division of the American Legion (not all of them require membership in the Legion). Please continue to check our website and encourage your seniors to apply for these amazing local opportunities.

 

We’ve had a great response to the parents attending Judge Broderick’s presentation on Mondaybeginning at 10:00 in the auditorium. We will have follow-up activities for our students in advisory over the next few weeks.

 

Here are our Senior Scholar-Athletes that were recognized last week for having at least a 3.3 GPA, played at least two varsity sports, and participated in community service. Congrats to all.

 

Come support the cast of “A Few Good Men” on March 29, 30, 31 beginning at 7:00 in our auditorium. 

Good luck to our robotics students this weekend competing in Lewiston, ME!  

 

Enjoy the weather this weekend.

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

March

23-25     Robotics competition 

26           Judge Broderick  10:00  auditorium

28           Senior Citizen dinner and play

29           Spring Play “A Few Good Men”  7:00  auditorium

30           Spring Play “A Few Good Men”  7:00  auditorium

31           Spring Play “A Few Good Men”  7:00  auditorium 


3/9/18

posted Mar 12, 2018, 4:30 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 4:31 AM ]

Good Evening,

“What an amazing experience!” “It was the best time of my life!” These are just a few of the many positive comments that have been echoed by our students on the Costa Rica trip. Thanks to Janice Stowell and the chaperones that supported our students during this experience. 

With the trimester coming to a close next Friday, there will surely be a little-added stress on our students. Add that to everything else our students deal with each day, and it can be a lot. Please let them know they are welcome to speak with our School Counseling Department at any time.

Also from the School Counseling Department is a message that I want to make sure I put out there. All schedule changes for trimester 3 need to be done by the end of the day next Friday, March 16th. Students can email, call, or visit their counselor next week to make any changes.

It was a nice day out there today and one of our fire alarm sensors wanted to give students and staff a bit of fresh air at about 1:00. The students were accounted for and after fire personnel cleared the school, they reentered the building. Along with our emergency drills and evacuations like today, we have a variety of safety measures that our high school has in place to make sure your child and our staff members are safe. These precautions were reviewed with students on Tuesday to make them aware. Students then had discussions with their advisor on what else can be done. Some great feedback has already been collected to ensure your child’s safety.

Off to visit the basketball court where our unified team is playing in their playoff game. Looking forward to seeing some of you at Plymouth State tonight for the hockey team’s state semifinal match at 7:30. Have a good weekend.

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

March

12                           NHIAA Scholar Athlete Awards  9:30  Capitol Center for the Arts

Athletic Awards Night  6:00  auditorium

13                           PTA meeting  6:30  GES

14-16                     Final exams (schedule below)

15-17                     New England Music festival field trip

16                           End of trimester 2

               

Finals Schedule 

Wednesday, March 14

Block 1 exam 7:40-9:10 
   Block 2 9:14-10:11
   Block 3 10:15-11:17
   Regular schedule 

Thursday, March 15
Block 2 exam 7:40-9:10
Block 3 exam 9:25-10:55
10:55-11:15 lunch 
11:20 buses depart 

Friday, March 16
Block 4 exam 7:40-9:10
Block 5 exam 9:25-10:55
10:55-11:15 lunch 
11:20 buses depart

2/23/18

posted Mar 5, 2018, 9:37 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 9:37 AM ]

Good Evening,

A very good week at GHS! The students stepped up and rose to the challenge for winter carnival. I was most pleased with their behavior this week while having a lot of fun.

Our girl’s downhill ski team got second in the division last week. So close to winning a state title.

We wish our world travelers well as they depart for Costa Rica. Thank you to Janice Stowell for organizing such a worthwhile opportunity for our students so they get a taste of a different culture.

I want to inform you of a schedule change that will occur when students return from February break. Students currently have advisory twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:54-10:14. When students return from February break, they will have advisory on Tuesdays for the same amount of time. The Friday advisory time will be added back into our five instructional blocks as we revamp advisory by addressing the objectives below.   

Over the past few months, information has been gathered from students and staff members about advisory. It is clear from all that information I collected that students and staff would like for each advisory to work towards a common purpose. We will work to have greater consistency so that each student is exposed to the same activities throughout advisory.

Advisory serves the purpose of showing that the school community takes collective responsibility for the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being of every student and can demonstrate how each student is known, valued, and connected to the school community. Gilford High School will achieve this purpose by...

 

  • Advising students about academic decisions and monitor academic achievement
  • Providing developmental guidance (both formal and informal)  
  • Fostering communication between the home and school and among members of the school community
  • Encouraging supportive peer relationships and practice conflict resolution
  • Promoting an awareness of diversity and acceptance
  • Undertaking community service both within and outside the school
  • Facilitating community governance and conversations
  • Preparing students for life transitions including career development and post-secondary opportunities
  • Promoting character development and explore moral dilemmas
  • Exploring the process of group development and have fun

 

We will continue to evaluate advisory by speaking with students and staff members as we move forward so that we can provide an experience that will allow for each child to feel valued and connected at Gilford High School.

Good luck to our robotic engineers as they compete at WPI next weekend!

I hope you all have an enjoyable break with your child.

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

February

24                          Girl’s basketball quarterfinal  6:00  home

24-March 4           Vacation

24-March 5           Costa Rica trip

March

1-3                          Robotics competition  WPI

5                              School Board meeting  6:00 GES

6                              Winnisquam Ag Center tour  8:30-11:00

7                              Red Cross Blood drive 

10                           NHETG Regional Theatre festival  Concord High School

12                           Athletic Awards Night  6:00  auditorium 


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, March 24, 2018:
HUOT Open House.PNG

2/16/18

posted Feb 19, 2018, 7:48 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Feb 19, 2018, 7:49 AM ]

Good Evening,

 

Today, I met with each grade level in the auditorium to discuss some behaviors that are happening in many high schools as well as ours. I discussed the risky behavior of vaping and jeweling and also asked students to lead by example for being more respectful to one another. In anticipation of winter carnival next week, I reminded them of the importance to be good people. Hopefully, they’ll talk with you about today’s meeting.

 

The always important question has been asked by students and I want to explain Graduation. With a tentative last day for students on or around Thursday, June 21st,Graduation will not be before June 14th. Under Ed. 306.18, the school year for high school seniors may be reduced by no more than 5 days or 30 hours of instruction, whichever is less. If we pursue Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, we will not receive confirmation until 60 days prior to our event. As soon as I have more information about Graduation, I will update you.

 

Our teachers have been finalizing a consistent reassessment procedure to implement next year that allows students to reflect and relearn material they did not acquire during their assessments. This reassessment procedure will allow opportunities for students to gain a deeper knowledge of the material based on an agreed upon plan established between the student and teacher. I’ve attached an article that our team leaders grappled with recently in a meeting. The article, titled “Redos and Retakes Done Right”, points to some current grading practices already implemented at GHS. This procedure will be fully implemented next fall. Rick Wormeli is an American educator and national consultant referred to as the guru on grading practices.

 

Senior parents: Check here for the latest scholarships. New scholarships are the Franklin Savings Bank and the NH Land Surveyor’s “Moran Family” scholarship.

 

Here are the New Hampshire PTA entries that won the PTA Reflections Program. Congratulations!

Literature:

Olivia Trindade- First Place, and will move onto the National Level

Nathan Hudson- Third Place

Lydia Meserve- Honorable Mention

 

Visual Arts:

Mae Kenny- First Place, and will move onto the National Level

Harrison LaFlamme- Second Place

 

Our students will have their dancing shoes on tonight for the kickoff of winter carnival. The dance ends at 9:30. Have a good weekend.

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

February

16                           Winter Carnival dance  7:00-9:30

24-March 4           Vacation

24-March 5           Costa Rica trip       


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 18, 2018:
Redos and Retakes Done Right.pdf
GGL Election Day Food Drive Flyer 2018.pdf

2/9/18

posted Feb 12, 2018, 11:16 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

Good Evening,

 

Last week we recognized about 25 students that were nominated for our LEAD program. This means that these students were “caught” Learning, Excelling, Achieving, or Dreaming. Congratulations to all of them!

 

Kudos to Ryan Witham for being selected to Jazz All-State. 400 students were chosen to audition and 108 were selected. Congrats Ryan!

 

We are excited to share that next week, we are participating in the Granite State’s Respect Week. GHS will be spreading awareness about teen dating violence and looking to continue to create an overall respectful environment. This week-long campaign is being organized by the School Counseling Department and a few students. We are looking forward to sharing this important and meaningful information as we spread the word about RESPECT and help by promoting respectful relationships.

 

Parents of Seniors: In December, you received a letter from Mr. O'Riordan, our Yearbook teacher, with instructions on how to submit a parent message for your child in the 2018 yearbook. Please be advised that this message must be submitted by February 16th. This date is out of our control and cannot be extended. If you have any questions, feel free to call Mr. O'Riordan at x329 or email soriordan@sau73.org.

 

Please remember to sit with your child next week to speak with them about course selection for 18/19. Enjoy your weekend.

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

February

12                          Costa Rica parent meeting 5:30

12-16                     Course sign-ups

13                           Policy meeting  7:30  GHS

13                           PTA meeting  6:30  GES

15                           Sophomore Night/Junior College Night  6:30 

16                           Winter Carnival dance  7:00-9:30

24-March 4            Vacation

24-March 5            Costa Rica trip       


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 11, 2018:
Softball.pdf

2/2/18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 9:04 AM by GHS Webmaster   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 9:05 AM ]

Good Evening,

 

We kicked off the start of our scheduling process for the 18/19 school year. This is an exciting time for our students because they have the opportunity to look to the future and match their interests to their courses they will enroll in. Today, our departments went on tv and highlighted how their classes are applicable to certain jobs and real-world application.

 

During our scheduling process, Dan Caron, our Technical Education teacher has scheduled 18 professionals to speak with GHS students during the last two weeks of February. These individuals will speak about their careers and explain how they use language, science, math, technology, etc. every day as part of their jobs. Essentially, the speakers will help explain, "Why do I have to learn this?” This is one of the components our teachers have been focusing on with their transfer goals in writing curriculum. I have attached the speakers in case your child is interested in hearing one of them.

 

Congratulations to our 18 talented artists who had their work accepted by the New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards. Olivia Morea, Abigail Warren, and Taeylor Plante earned Gold Keys and move onto the national level. Click here to see a slideshow of the work and winners.

 

SENIORS AND PARENT OF SENIORS! Please keep checking our website for scholarship information. We are into scholarship season full force and receive information almost daily about opportunities. Some of the most recent postings include the NEACRAO George Coleman Scholarship, the Ed Wentzell Child Nutrition Scholarship, and the Fisher Cats Scholarship.

 

Enjoy your weekend and Go Patriots!

 

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School

 

February

3                              Jazz All-State festival

5                              School Board meeting 6:00 GES

6                              Departments promote their classes for next year

6                              School Deliberative session  7:00  auditorium

7                              Math meet  Gilford

9                              Interested sophomores visit HUOT  8:30-10:30

12-16                     Course sign-ups

13                           Policy meeting  7:30  GHS

13                           PTA meeting  6:30  GES

15                           Sophomore Night/Junior College Night  6:30 

16                           Winter Carnival dance  7:00-9:30


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 04, 2018:
Speaker Schedule.docx

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1/26/18

posted Jan 29, 2018, 7:03 AM by GHS Webmaster

Good Evening,

I was talking with students this afternoon about how this was the first full week in a while for them but they made it. We have four weeks to go until their next break.

Today, during advisory, all students reviewed their grades with their teacher. For students that may need a little extra support, our hope is that they put a plan together. Please check in with your child if you can regarding this.

From Nurse Jenkins- Flu season is upon us and I would like to include some recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as to when you should keep your child home.https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm

Students and staff are encouraged to stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever breaks. Also of concern is the risk for post-flu pneumonia. Local school nurses attended an educational talk with Dr. Racicot and Dr. Santos last week. A concern, especially this year, for the pediatric population is the risk for pneumonia AFTER the flu when a child is seemingly on the rebound. If they start to exhibit signs of illness again, it is imperative that you call your PCP and/or bring them to urgent care or the emergency room.

The most widely watched meme of 2018 so far is what is called the "Tide Pod Challenge". It involves students eating the Tide pods. The Gronk is even trying to help. I’ve included a clip on this.

Enjoy your weekend!

Anthony Sperazzo

Principal

Gilford High School 

January

27                           UNH Choral Gala

31                           EARLY RELEASE 

February

1 & 2                      Jazz All-State festival 

2                              Departments promote their classes for next year

3                              Jazz All-State festival

5                              School Board meeting 6:00 GES

6                              Departments promote their classes for next year

                                School Deliberative session  7:00  auditorium

7                              Math meet  Gilford

9                              Interested sophomores visit HUOT  8:30-10:30

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