GCVS Newsletter, Issue 5

Mar 5, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

Welcome back from winter break! I hope everyone was able to relax and recharge, and maybe do something you’ve been wanting to do. These breaks in our routines are good for us, and they help us get ready for learning in the spring, where we have a lot of opportunities, events, and even some testing. At GCVS, we’re ready to work hard through the spring.

We have some MCAS retesting right around the corner for high school students, and there are other scheduled MCAS dates later in the month. We know these tests can be stressful for some students, and our teachers and family engagement coordinators are here to help. There are also practice tests available so students can be comfortable with how the test is run and know what to expect.

We’re also starting our “Student Spotlights” this month. We’ll be highlighting achievements in and out of school of our students and alumni. This month, we’re pleased to tell you about a recent graduate who has been accepted into an exciting internship program. She’ll start the program in May after she graduates from college, and we wish her the best of luck! If you know of any student achievements that we should know about, please get in touch with us.

Our first PTO meeting was held on Tuesday, and everyone is starting to get comfortable in their roles, with the PTO’s goals, and with how the group will work. Everyone is welcome to join us in our meetings (held every week at 4:30 p.m.), and we will keep you informed in our newsletter as well. If you’d like to take part in the PTO, you can also email Family Engagement Coordinator Nancy Oliveira at noliveira@gcvs.org to find out how you can help.

In the meantime, stay warm, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email us!

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Upcoming Learning Coach Meetings

Every month, our schools host meetings for learning coaches, which can help with the learning process, specific challenges, and technology. Each grade level hosts their own meeting, sometimes with specific subject areas. The times and days are below.

Grades K-5 Power Hour – Developing Good Behavior in Your Child

Friday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Grades 9-12

Monday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grades 6-8

Monday, March 11 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Student Spotlight

Royyale Clay, Class of 2017

Royyale Clay, member of the GCVS Class of 2017, graduates from college this spring and has been accepted into the 2019 cohort of the Hack.Diversity internship program.

Hack.Diversity recruits underrepresented, highly-skilled minority computer science and engineering students into Boston’s fastest-growing companies, and accepted students go through career and internship coaching before being placed in a paid internship.

High School MCAS retest reminder! The retests will held be March 4-8, and the students who will complete tests have been notified.

Other MCAS test dates coming up this month and next are:

  • Grade 10 English – March 26, 27
  • Grades 3, 4, 5 English – April 1
  • Grades 6, 7, 8 English – April 9

Make sure you bring a lunch on testing days. Your time at testing sessions will count toward your school attendance each testing day.

Students can benefit from practicing their test-taking skills before the date of the test itself. It’s important for students to become familiar with computer-based testing and the reference sheets available to them.

The practice site is here: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student/

Please spend some time with your students helping them feel comfortable before testing.

Old Sturbridge Village Trip – April 26, 2019

We’re meeting at Old Sturbridge Village on April 26 and we hope you can join us!

The day begins at 10 a.m., with activities and events scheduled through 2 p.m. There will be plenty of time to explore on your own, and there will also be teacher-led educational activities and lessons ongoing throughout the day. Lunch will be on your own.

The cost for GCVS students in grades K-8 is FREE, and each chaperone will be expected to pay $15. Admission for non-GCVS siblings is $10. Please submit a check to GCVS by Friday, April 12.

We hope to see you there! In-person attendance is not mandatory, however it is counted. If you do not plan on joining us in-person, students will need to be present virtually. A link to join in virtually will be provided closer to the day of the trip.

Please fill out the form here to indicate if you are going to join us!

Pi Day Virtual Event – March 14, 2019

GCVS students in grades 6-12 will celebrate Pi Day on March 14, 2019, with Pi Day activities led by our math teachers throughout the day, culminating with a teacher from the middle and high school being “pi’ed” at the end of the day! Activities include:

  • Kahoot! math games
  • “Pi-ku”/”Pi-word” challenges
  • Math lessons about the significance of pi in the natural world
  • Pi-line graphic
  • Pi coloring

To participate in the event, students can visit https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/190506dba93144c1bc0a624db5431d55 on March 14. Only students who participate can vote for the teacher who gets “pi’ed!”

Don’t Forget

Setting up Canvas

If you have not yet set up an account for yourself in Canvas, please do so! We use Canvas as one of the primary ways we communicate with our families.

If you need help, the steps to help get your account up and running are here: https://gcvs.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/33000231269-how-to-pair-your-observer-a