GCVS Newsletter Issue 9

Apr 26, 2019

A message from the Executive Director

Dear GCVS family,

Welcome back from spring break! I hope all of you had a relaxing and reinvigorating week, especially since we’ve entered the homestretch toward the end of the school year. It’s amazing how much we’ll accomplish in the next few weeks and how fast that time will fly by.

We’re very close to launching the new registration from for the 2019-2020 school year soon. We’re hoping to open that up to you in the next week or so and you should find the process even smoother than last year. We’ll send out an announcement shortly, along with a short set of instructions about what you need to do. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. We’re happy to help.

In this month’s newsletter, we also have a Student Spotlight that features a tenth grader who is training as a gymnast while looking toward her future education. Katlyn Sawyer is taking a full class schedule while also training for up to six hours daily. Her goal is to compete as a gymnast in college while also pursuing an education that will lead to a medical career. Read her spotlight to learn more and take some time to watch the video snippets of her competing. And  if you know of a student who we should feature here, let your Family Engagement Coordinator know!

Also in this issue is a link to our district report card. This is an evaluation and explanation of how we are doing as a school, and it takes into account multiple measures of our performance beyond MCAS scores. As you look at it, if you have any questions, please reach out to us and ask. We’re happy to help.

All the best,

Salah Khelfaoui

Re-Registration for 2019-2020 School Year

In the next few weeks we will be opening up registration for next year. We’re working to make enrollment even easier, and this year we are implementing a new auto registration for returning families.

This new system should be ready for you shortly, and as soon as it is available, we will let you know. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to your Family Engagement Coordinator.

Student Spotlight: Katlyn Sawyer

Katlyn, 16, of North Reading, is a grade 10 student at GCVS who trains in gymnastics almost six hours per day, and travels to 10 competitions around the country during the November-to-June season. Katlyn started competition-level gymnastics training at a recreational class when she was three years old and rapidly developed into a serious gymnast. She currently competes at the Junior Olympic level in USA Gymnastics events, and GCVS gives her flexibility to train the way she needs and to get the best education she can.

Learn more about Katlyn and her goals here.

MCAS Test Date Reminder

The next MCAS test dates that are coming up over the next few weeks of May:

  • Grades 3, 4, 5 Math – Wednesday, May 1
  • Grades 6, 7, 8 Math – Tuesday, May 7
  • Grades 5 & 8 Science – Wednesday, May 8

Make sure you bring your fully-charged Chromebook or laptop, your power cord, and a lunch on testing days. Your time at testing will count towards your school attendance each testing day.

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

The practice site is here: It may help your students feel more comfortable before testing to take a look at the practice exams.

Annual High School Dance
May 17, 2019

Our annual High School Dance is coming up on May 17 at the La Quinta in Springfield! We’d love to see all of our high school students (Grades 9-12) join us for a night of fun and to see GCVS staff try to dance. We want it to to be the night you want it to be, so come dressed in a gown or tux or jeans and a t-shirt! This night is about you!


  • 6PM- Appetizers:  Fruit, Hummus & Veggies, Assorted Dips and Crackers
  • 7PM- Pasta Station: Penne Pasta, Tri-Color Rotini, Linguine, Marinara, Alfredo & Mushroom, Marsala Sauce, Chicken, Italian Style Meatballs, Specialty Breads       
  • 7PM- Taco Station: Hard and Soft Shell Tacos, Seasoned Beef, Fire Roasted Chicken, Salsa, Sour Cream, Jalapenos, Black Olives, Tomatoes, Shredded Lettuce, Cheese, Tortilla Chips
  • 8PM- Dessert Station: Array of desserts including: Fruit and Cream Pies, Cakes, Parfaits, and Freshly Baked Cookie and Brownies


The cost is $10 per GCVS student and $25 for guests of students.

Guests should be of high school age and will need to have a waiver signed in order for them to attend. If you plan on bringing a guest, please indicate that when you RSVP. Ms. Powers will then contact you with the next steps to complete the waiver.

GCVS District Report Card

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas.

We have more information about the report card, as well as a link to the report card itself on our website here.