GCVS 2019 Newsletter Issue 2

Oct 10, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

This year has gotten off to a great start for us and we hope it has for you as well. We’ve launched a few new programs, met a few new staff members, and we are about to open our first in-person support center in Greenfield. This is a pilot program that’s designed to help students who might need a little more assistance than an at-home Learning Coach can provide, and while this is the first of its kind, we hope to introduce more of them around the state in the future. This is all part of our mission – to personalize education so that it fits your students’ needs and gives them the best education possible.

In addition to the student support center, we started our Dual Enrollment Program for high school students. It is completely online and gives motivated students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. This is a partnership with Greenfield Community College, and the students who have started the program are as excited as we are about the opportunity it gives them.

Additionally, we have upcoming meet-ups across the state for students that are focused on learning about our environment and history. Several of our staff will be presenting at the MassCue conference about building community, and we will also be attending the annual social work conference in Worcester at the end of the month.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend, and, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Important Dates to Remember

October 14 – No School

October 16 – High School Salem Historic Tour Meet-up

October 18 – Grades K-8 Apple Orchard Meet-up

November 1 – End of Quarter

Monthly – LCC Meetings. Check the Canvas calendar for when yours is scheduled. 


Tips for Success

Start every day with your student, go over their class schedule and coursework for the day. Make a plan together. End the day together, making sure all assignments due for the day have been completed/submitted.

Have You Heard About Dual Enrollment for High School Students?

GCVS students have an amazing opportunity to start earning college credits while they are still in high school! Our dual enrollment partnership with Greenfield Community College is 100% online and 100% fee-free, and gives students more opportunities to learn and earn credit that can be applied toward GCC or potentially transferred to other colleges.

GCVS students in the dual enrollment program may enroll in up to ten classes each year for two years if they meet all of the requirements. Depending on the class, this might include passing a placement test, prior completion of other classes, good performance on AP exams, or permission from their guidance counselor. The credits earned are accredited college credits and can also be used to satisfy high school graduation requirements at GCVS. 

If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about the program, contact your guidance counselor or click on the link below!

Coming Soon: The GCVS Student Support Center in Greenfield

In an effort to support students who need a little more help, we are piloting a new student support center at our headquarters in Greenfield. Eligible students will work with on-site professional learning coaches in a GCVS program while learning in an environment designed to support their needs. Everything families have come to expect from us are still in action, but students who benefit from more behavioral assistance and academic help will have one-on-one support.

This support center will offer transportation to students in communities surrounding Greenfield, up to about an hour away. The goal is to eventually open other support centers around the state.

The GCVS Student Support Center is expected to open its doors to eligible students on November 1. If you have any questions or are interested in the program, please feel free to call us at 413-475-3879 or email us at


Remember, please check your Canvas account daily for communications coming directly from teachers and staff members that pertains to your students.

If you haven’t already created your own observer/learning coach account in Canvas, please do so as soon as possible! This lets you personalize your notification preferences, keeps you connected with teachers and staff, and lets you monitor your student’s grades and progress.

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

Reminder About 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. 

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.

This trip will happen rain or shine.