GCVS 2019 Newsletter Issue 3

Oct 25, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful fall weather we’ve been having, and maybe even getting out to view the vibrant colors of the foliage. Our school community has been very active the past few months, and I’m happy to say that we’ve been able to join you at some of our outdoor meet-ups to learn about and explore our state.

Most recently, our high school students took a historic walking tour of Salem, learning about the important roles the city and its residents have played throughout the history of the United States. Our elementary and middle school students visited apple orchards in Amesbury, Belchertown, and Northborough for a day of learning about apples and agriculture while getting to know everyone in the GCVS community. We still have time for a few more meet-ups this fall, and you can read more about those below. 

Our school nurse continues to conduct health screenings near you, with visits to Watertown and Springfield in the next few weeks. In academic news, some high school students have MCAS re-tests this month, and if this applies to you, you will have received notification in your email. All you have to do is respond and confirm your attendance.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Important Dates to Remember

November 1 – Last Day of First Quarter

November 4 – First Day of Second Quarter

November 6-8 – High School MCAS Re-Test. Click here for more info.

November 7 – Learning Coach Community Meeting at 3:15 p.m. All Learning Coaches are welcome.

November 13-14  – High School MCAS Re-Test. Click here for more info.

November 12 – High School Meet-up to see Romeo & Juliet

November 20 – K-8 Meet-up at Old Sturbridge Village or Plimoth Plantation


ELA MCAS Re-Test for High School from November 6-8

Math MCAS Re-Test for High School from November 13-14

Students who are participating in the re-test have been notified by email. Please check your email and confirm your attendance.

Not all high school students are participating in this re-test. Only students who have been notified are taking part. 

Recent  Meet-Ups

High School Trip to Historic Salem, Massachusetts

Students, teachers, and their families joined a walking tour of Salem, Mass. to learn about the history of the city.

Elementary and Middle School Students Visit Apple Orchards

Elementary and middle school students met up with each other to explore apple orchards across Massachusetts.

Have You Heard About School Health Screenings Near You?

Our School Nurse, Bill Marrapese, RN, MSN, is traveling the state to provide free health screenings to our students. These hearing, vision, and postural screenings are required by state law and can be conducted by the school nurse or your pediatrician.

Mr. Marrapese will be in Watertown on November 8 and in Springfield on November 12 to conduct screenings.

For more information and translations of school health screening details in Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish, click on the link below. 

Reminder About Upcoming Meet-Ups

Romeo and Juliet for High School

November 13, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Performed by the Unity House Players in Springfield
245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield

Experience this classic tale and then join a “talk back” session with actors, where you’ll be able to ask questions about the play itself and about performing it.

GCVS Students are FREE
$5.00 each of non-GCVS students

There are 50 tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

Please return your payment and RSVP form by November 5.

Download the RSVP form here

K-8 Meet-up at Old Sturbridge Village or Plimoth Plantation

November 20, 2019 from 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

Explore how the earliest European settlers lived in America with your friends, classmates, and teachers. Join us at Plimoth Plantation or Old Sturbridge Village for day of walking, discovery, and learning.


Plimoth Plantation: GCVS Student- $6.30; Non GCVS Student (in K-8)- $12.60; Adult- $22.50

Old Sturbridge Village: GCVS Student $5.00 per student; Non GCVS student (in K-12)- $10.00; Adults- $15.00

RSVP forms and Payment must be received in the GCVS office by no later than November 11th. Payments are non-refundable.

Download an RSVP From for Sturbridge and Plimouth



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.

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