GCVS 2019 Newsletter Issue 1

Sep 27, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

Welcome to a new year at GCVS! To our new students and their families, we’re glad that you’ve decided on our school for your education and we will work hard to help you succeed here. And to returning GCVS familes, we’re happy to see you back and look forward to continuing and building on the achievements of last year. If any of you have any questions or need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our teachers, guidance counselors, family engagement coordinators, technology team, and administrators are all here for you.

We’ve kicked off the year with a meet-ups for our elementary school and high school, where students and teachers got to meet face-to-face and get to know each other. Our Family Engagement Coordinators are changing their roles slightly, all with the goal of meeting your needs better than before. And we’ve added a few programs over the summer, including a flex program that is perfect for independent learners and a dual college enrollment at the high school level.

All of us at GCVS are looking forward to great year, and I hope you are, too! If you know of anyone who is interested in a school like ours, please let them know we have some space remaining and it’s never too late to make a fresh start. We have something for everyone!

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Family Engagement Coordinators, Redefined

GCVS is proud to announce a redefined vision for our Family Engagement Team. The new team will be led by our long-time high school Family Engagement Coordinator, Sue Powers, and include 3 Family Engagement Liaisons who will work directly to support you, your students, and families.

In the past, FECs were organized by grade level, but we’re changing things so that they work with families based on your geographic location. Families with multiple students will have one point of contact regardless of grade levels, letting us support you as a whole family in a more cohesive manner. Our team is excited to start planning events and opportunities to meet with you in your area, support your needs, and continue to strengthen our GCVS Family connections.

Be sure to check your Canvas inbox for future invitations to events and meet ups!


Upcoming Meet-Ups

Apple Picking for K-5

October 18, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Three locations: Northborough, Belchertown, and Amesbury

Learn about apple orchards, what apples can be used for, how they grow, and more while apple picking with classmates and their families. We’ll meet you at the location closest to your home, explore the orchards, and then have lunch together – bring a bagged lunch full of what you want to eat. Orchard locations are:

Tougas Family Farm
254 Ball Street, Northborough, MA 01532

Cold Spring Orchard
391 Sabin Street, Belchertown, MA 01007

Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, MA 01913

Field trips will still be conducted in drizzle or light rain, so plan ahead. If weather is very bad, they will be cancelled.

Please RSVP by October 11.


Salem Historical Tour for High School

October 16, 2019 at 10:30am

Discover why Salem is the true birthplace of the United States of America with the best
history tour in the city. Explore over four centuries of Salem’s remarkable history from its illustrious founding in 1626, to its place as a thriving 21st Century city. The witch trials made Salem infamous, but there’s so much more. Explore Salem’s critical role in the American Revolution, how it led the great Age of Sail, and all about the many important and famous people who’ve called Salem home. The United States just wouldn’t be the same without Salem. (This tour is about non-witchcraft history). Access to tour locations is subject to city regulations.
Cost- GCVS Students- $5.00 per student, non-refundable
Other Family Members Attending- $10.00 per person, non-refundable

If attending the outing, please submit the below RSVP form and a non-refundable check or money order made out to GCVS to:

238 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Sue Powers
Payments MUST be postmarked by October 1st.

Open and print the Salem RSVP here.


High School Hike

September 25, 2019

On September 25, GCVS high school students met across the state to go for a hike, meet each other in person, and enjoy the fresh air. It was a beautiful day at all of the hiking sites – Skinner State Park in Hadley, Wachusett Mountain State Park in Princeton, and Castle Island in Boston. All told, 45+ students walked, talked, and laughed together while hiking the trails and learning about their environment.

Caine’s Arcade K-12

September 13, 2019

On Friday, September 13, GCVS students and their families met up with teachers and staff in Middleboro and in South Hadley to learn about Caine’s Arcade and put their imaginations to work. With what they learned about Caine and his cardboard arcade, they built games, puzzles, and more out of cardboard and recycled materials.

Remember, Attendance Counts!

Attendance Counts! Please have a back up plan ready to go in case your child has any connectivity issues. Students can use a smartphone, tablet, an laptop or even a computer at most local libraries. Of course, you can always reach out to us and we can help you with a back up plan.

Canvas Tips

Learning Coaches, please make sure that you have created your own observes/learning coach account in Canvas. This will allow you to personalize your notification preferences, keep you connected with GCVS staff and monitor your student’s grades and progress.

If you need step-by-step instructions, our tech support team has created them here: