Opening Day at Fenway and the Rally for the Jimmy Fund – and a #GCVSKindnessChallenge!

At long last, it looks like spring is actually on the way! Yesterday was opening day for Major League Baseball and next Thursday, April 5th, is Opening Day at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. For the second year in a row, Team GCVS will be participating in the Rally for the Jimmy Fund in honor of students and family members of students and staff who are battling cancer. The Jimmy Fund is the fundraising organization of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. We are encouraging staff and students to join me in celebrating by wearing your Red Sox gear to school that day.

If you would like to join our team and make a donation, go to and search for Team GCVS. You can sign up and make a donation of any size and wear your Red Sox gear!

If you would like to just wear your Red Sox Gear, I am issuing a challenge. For the first 50 students and staff members who send me a picture of you in your gear, I will donate $5.00 each for a total of $250.00. This is my #GCVSKindnessChallenge to you with the Jimmy Fund as the recipient! Every dollar raised goes to research for a cure and treatment for patients. So wear your gear and send your picture to or post it to GCVS’ Facebook page!

Re-registration for Next Year for Returning Families

We will be soon starting the process to re-register families for next year. Unlike years past, the process will be much easier if you are a returning family. We will be sending you a request to tell us if you are re-registering. If the answer is yes and you are staying at your current address, all we will need is a copy of your child’s physical exam and completion of the free and reduced lunch application form. If you are planning to stay with us and will be moving to a new address, the additional piece of information will be a proof of residency. We will also need to know if any of your contact information has changed (phone numbers, emails, emergency contacts). And that’s all you will need!

We will be opening a portal on our web site very soon for re-registration – so stay tuned! We will also have postcards with QR codes on them available at MCAS testing sites that you can pick up, scan, and do what you need to do from your smartphone or tablet. And speaking of MCAS…

MCAS Season is Upon Us

MCAS testing started for grade 10 this past week and we had an excellent turnout! Thank you to all our families and to the staff who had to travel to testing sites. MCAS testing for grades 3-8 will be starting the week after the April vacation. Families will receive more detailed information soon, but here are some things you should know to get ready for the tests:

  • Grades 3-8 will be taking computer-based tests this year. If you have a school-issued Chromebook, you need to bring it with your charger to testing each day. We will be deploying the application you need for testing from our office onto your Chromebooks so you will be set to go!
  • Grades 3-8 ELA tests will take place April 24-27.
  • Grades 3-8 math tests will take place May 8-9 (morning only).
  • Grades 5 and 8 science tests will take place May 8-9 (afternoon only).
  • Grades 3-8 families will be contacted regarding where you need to be for testing before the April break so you can make plans.
  • Grade 10 math tests will take place May 23-24 (these will be paper-based, no computers necessary).
  • Grade 10 biology tests will take place June 6-7 (these will be paper-based, no computers necessary).

Please mark these dates on your calendars. Please note that there is not a way to opt out of testing in Massachusetts. The purpose of these tests is to give you, as families, information on how your children are doing in relation to learning the state’s curriculum and to give us, as a school, information on how to better teach your children. Attendance counts with regard to our standing as a school in the state, so it is important that your child participates. Our ability to continue to operate as a school depends on attendance at MCAS in part. If you want us to remain as an option for your children, we need your help. Thank you.

If you have any questions about these news items, feel free to call the office at 413.475.3879 or send an email to

Regards, Dr. Judith Houle, Executive Director