Welcome to Duke Country!

The Main Office will be open Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you need to visit the building, please make an appointment prior to arriving.

GHS is increasing security within the school and requires all school visitors to provide photo identification when registering as a visitor to the school. ALL visitors must use the main entrance.

Annoucements
DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Friday, October 15, 2021

1.     MAKE UP PICTURES FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS (including senior make-ups) WILL BE ON October 21st in the auditorium.  Picture forms can be located in the main office.

2.    Attention Juniors and Seniors:  If you are interested in participating in a virtual college visit with a college admissions representative, please visit your Naviance account to sign up.  This week, virtual visits will be held with Richard Bland College, the University of Mary Washington, and Hampden-Sydney College.  Contact the Counseling Office if you have any questions.  

3.    There will be a Forensics interest meeting on Monday, October 18 at 3 pm in A-116.  

4.    There will be a Haunted Trail meeting on Wednesday, October 20, at 3 pm.  All who are participating will need to attend.

5.    Can the following be added to the announcements today through next Friday (10/22) E-Sports is holding a Smash for Cash, Super Smash Brothers tournament after school next Friday, 10/22.  Player entry fee is $15 and spectator entry fee is $10.  Price includes pizza and drinks.  Sign up now to reserve your spot in C149. 10/22 is the last day to pre-order your E-Sports “Raise Your Dukes” shirts and hoodies.  Order information can be found on the E-Sports flyers around the building.

6.    The Spanish Club will be starting soon! Please come after school next Wednesday on Oct. 20th if you are interested in what we are all about! The meeting will be held in Ms. Falkenberg’s room A-139. The club will provide supplemental hours for those that need them for the National Spanish Honor’s Society and all are welcome to join regardless if you have taken Spanish or not. We look forward to seeing you there!!!

7.    The library is hosting its book character pumpkin decorating contest.  Entry forms can be picked up in the library and are due back Monday October 18th. Pumpkins will only be given to students and staff that have returned the completed form.

8.    Softball workouts will continue Monday after school.

Duke Update  October  10, 2021


MAKE UP PICTURES 9 to 12 Grade - Make up pictures for all grades will be during the school day, October 21, 2021.  Picture forms can be located in the main office.

Senior Parents and Guardians, and Seniors.  An updated Financial Aid Presentation has been posted on the GHS website.  Look on the GHS main page under the Senior Corner banner or on the School Counseling page under the Financial Aid banner to link to the presentation.  If you have further questions after you watch the presentation contact Mr. Lord in the school counseling office. 

Seniors - the cookie fundraiser is still going on until October 20.  This is our biggest fundraiser to support senior activities.  See Ms. Thompson or Mrs. Zanette for more information.

Are you a junior or a senior looking to gain work experience and earn money?  The Gloucester Cooperative Education Partnership connects GHS juniors and seniors to local job opportunities and also allows you to earn transcript credit for your work experience.  There are over 20 paid internship positions currently available!  Visit the GHS homepage and scroll all the way to the bottom, where you will find the link to the Gloucester Cooperative Education Partnership page.  Don't delay, apply today!

The RCC scholarship application is open.  Seniors interested in attending RCC during the 2022/2023 academic year should apply for this scholarship. Students should apply online at rappahannock.edu/scholarships.  Tips for applying are located on your Naviance account as well as outside of Ms. Coles room in C149.  

At this time the transportation office is not allowing students to ride a different bus with other students.  If you have any questions, please contact the transportation office, 804-693-2127.

Yearbooks for the 2021-2022 school year are currently for sale exclusively online through Herff Jones at yearbookordercenter.com.  The order code for Gloucester High School is 4758.  Yearbooks will be sold for $45 with customizable add-ons available at an additional cost.  The price of yearbooks will increase on November 2nd.  More information can be found on the high school website.  Please contact Ms. Leszczynski with any additional questions.

Dukes Dispatch: The first semester journalism students are proud to announce the launch of the revamped and revised student newspaper, Dukes’ Dispatch!  Click on the link here https://ghsdukesdispatch.org/ to view the website.  Don’t forget to bookmark the site and check back every two weeks for new stories and updates on events at GHS.  In addition, the Dukes’ Dispatch is currently accepting student story submissions, club and activity announcements and story ideas and leads.  Please submit stories, announcements and ideas to laura.chernow@gc.k12.va.us.

Canvas: Parents, please be sure you have created your Observer accounts in Canvas so you can see your student’s grades and announcements for their classes.  The Duke Update is also sent out through Canvas each week, as well via email and posted on the GHS website.

Masks: Masks are still required for all students, visitors, and staff inside school buildings.  All students are required to wear masks on the school bus.  Students bring a mask with them to the bus stop each day and put it on before getting on the bus.  

Attendance Policy:  Just a reminder that three unexcused tardies, to the same class, may count as one full day unexcused absence.  Any student who misses more than fifty percent of a class period will be counted as absent for the class. Please referrer to the Gloucester County Code of Conduct for more information on absences and receiving class credit. 
 

Rules for Gloucester Got Talent.
  1. Student will sign up through Canvas.
  2. Students will comply with Student Code of Conduct (Remember you are representing Gloucester High School and Gloucester County Public Schools.
  3. Student must be an enrolled student of Gloucester County Public Schools.
  4. All Students involved in G.G.T. must be an enrolled Gloucester High School student. 
  5. Student will choose a category, and stay with at category if they move forward.  (i.e. if you choose to sing, then singing will be your platform).
  6. Entries will be uploaded into Canvas for preview and acceptance into the viewing round.
  7. All Videos must be 4 minutes or less. 
  8. All Videos entered will be viewed by adult/staff panelist. (copyright rules apply)
  9. Voting will only be done by Current Enrolled Gloucester High School students.
  10. Voting will be done through Canvas. 
  11. Student’s will only be able to vote once through Naviance/Canvas login.
  12. Timeline will be decided weekly draw. 
  13. Quarter Finalists (4 of these) will be awarded to Final Stage at the end of the year.
  14. Top 4 Finalist for Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4 will take to the stage for the VOTING OF G.G.T


Sign up:
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION FOR FIRST QUARTER ENTRIES WILL BE BEFORE NOVEMBER BREAK (I.E 1ST QUARTER IS OVER)
Sign up for your SLOT on G.G.T will be done through FORM found on Canvas.  Students will make sure they have parents fill out the waiver to participate.  Drawings for the weekly slot will be limited to space, but if not chosen then you will remain in the pot for being drawn the next week.  Voting will be done each week and closeout on Friday.  The next groups will be viewed and uploaded the following Monday.  Voting will only be done by Current Enrolled Gloucester students.  This is your chance to see if you have what it takes to be Gloucester Got Talent Winner!  An Award will be given to the top 4 finalist! 
 
The Spanish Club will be starting soon! Please come after school next Wednesday on Oct. 20th if you are interested in what we are all about! The meeting will be held in Ms. Falkenberg’s room, A-139. The club will provide supplemental hours for those that need them for the National Spanish Honor’s Society and all are welcome to join regardless of you have taken Spanish or not. We look forward to seeing you there!!!
 
NHS members should use the online payment portal to submit their dues for this year.

Click here to create your account or pay them now!
The GHS STEM Academy is looking for new members!  If you are a freshmen or sophomore interested in pursuing a career in a STEM-related field or have an interest in STEM-related subjects, please fill out the application at this link:  https://forms.gle/igfAjE75wpn44Ley6.  Applications will be accepted until 3pm on October 18, 2021.  If you have any questions, please email them to elizabeth.scott@gc.k12.va.us.
 
Click here to view our flyer with information on how to create a Canvas Observer account.

Click here to view information regarding PowerSchool accounts for Parents.

Click here for a Canvas Course on setting up and using your Observer account.
With the Parent/Student Portal, you can:
Follow your student's progress throughout the school year online in one secure, convenient location
Access your student's individual course assignments and teacher information
View your student's grades, attendance information and student schedule
Communicate with teachers and learn more about your student's individual workload and responsibilities

PowerSchool Parent Portal help  https://www.powerschool.com/parent-student-resource-center/

If you already have a Parent Portal account or you had a Unified Class account, then use your email address to log in and click on Forgot Password

If you are new to Parent Portal contact your student’s school to get the necessary access id and password. 

If you are an existing user of the PowerSchool Mobile App and are having trouble logging in:
1. Completely log out of the app. To do this go to More...Account...Sign Out
2. From the login screen you will be able to go back to the district code page.
3. Try changing the district code to something else random and then switch it back to
THDS.
4. This should force it to reload the district info which should correct the URL.
5. Login
If this fails, completely uninstall the application, and re-install it.
2021-2022 Advanced Placement Testing Registration Information
In order to register for an advanced placement exam, please follow the instructions below:
  • Test registration for 1st Semester and Year-Long Advanced Placement classes will open on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and will close on Friday, November 5, 2021.  No further test registrations will be taken for 1st semester and year-long advanced placement classes after Friday, November 5, 2021 until Monday, January 31, 2022 when 2nd semester testing registration opens.  However, if you register for a 1st semester and year-long advanced placement test after Friday, November 5, 2021, the cost for each exam is 136 dollars due to College Board charging a 40-dollar late registration fee with Tuesday, March 8, 2022 being the last day to register even with the late fee registration.  If you register for an exam, but you are absent on the date of your testing or withdraw from testing after registration, College Board charges an unused exam fee, therefore you will not receive a full refund of 96 dollars.   
  • In order to register for an advanced placement exam, students must have joined at the College Board website, the advanced placement class in which you are enrolled.  Your advanced placement teacher would have given you the code to join the class at the beginning of the school year.  College Board will not finalize the authorization to test if the student has not joined the class in which he/she is enrolled.  Therefore, if a test is registered for through our online payments site or with our bookkeeper in which the student has not joined the class, the student will not be able to test and their payment will be refunded.
  • The cost for each advanced placement exam is 96 dollars and must be paid at the time of test registration.  In order to register/sign-up/pay for an advanced placement exam, one must go to the Gloucester High School website and pay through the online payment application for advanced placement testing.  Parents- please remember to use your student’s name when registering for the test.  If you cannot pay using the online application, you may register with Ms. Early, the bookkeeper, in the main office in which checks need to be made payable to:  Gloucester High School
  • Listed at the bottom of the page are the 1st semester and year-long advanced placement exams that students may register for through Friday, November 5, 2021.  Registration for 2nd semester advanced placement classes will open on Monday, January 31, 2022. 

Semester 1 and Year-Long Advanced Placement Tests Available for Registration
  • Art AP Portfolio (Testing Date:  Friday, May 6, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Calculus AB (Testing Date:  Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Chemistry (Testing Date:  Monday, May 2, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • English 11 Language (Testing Date:  Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • English 12 Literature (Testing Date:  Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Government (Testing Date:  Monday, May 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Modern World History (Testing Date:  Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Music Theory (Testing Date:  Friday, May 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Physics 1:  Algebra-Based (Testing Date:  Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Psychology (Testing Date:  Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Spanish 5 Language (Testing Date:  Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Statistics (Testing Date:  Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • U.S. History (Testing Date:  Friday, May 6, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.)
If you have any questions, please contact:  Carol L. Belvin, Assistant Principal, via email at cbelvin@gc.k12.va.us .
 
2021 PSAT/NMSQT Registration Information

Per College Board, registration is open only to students who are classified as 10th or 11th graders.


Testing Date:  Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Testing Time
  • 8:00 a.m. at Gloucester High School
  • Students will receive their testing room location pass prior to the testing date
  • The duration of the test is approximately 3.5 hours

Testing Fee
  • Cost is 20 dollars and must be paid at the time of registration.  Testing registration opens on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.
  • Students need to register with Ms. Darlene Early, the bookkeeper, in the GHS main office or online using our online payments application.
  • Testing is limited to 100 students; When the testing slots/sections are filled, registration will be closed
  • If you are unable to attend on the testing date, the testing fee is non-refundable 
  • Make checks payable to:  Gloucester High School

Materials Students Are Required to Bring on Testing Day
  • Two No. 2 pencils
  • Calculator
PSAT Student Benefits
  • Prepare for the SAT- on average, students who take the PSAT score 146 points higher on the SAT than those who do not.  The PSAT and SAT measure the same skills and have the same format, directions and question types.
  • Improve Their Skills- the PSAT Score Report gives students comprehensive, personalized feedback on their test performance, allowing them to see which questions they answered incorrectly and which academic skills they should work to improve.
  • Enter Scholarship and Recognition Programs- the PSAT provides entry into the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition for juniors as well as other scholarship and recognition programs.
If you have questions regarding the PSAT, please contact Ms. Carol L. Belvin, Assistant Principal, at cbelvin@gc.k12.va.us
 

SchoolCash Online is our preferred method of payment

Gloucester County Public Schools is striving to improve safety and reduce risk wherever possible. One safety measure is minimizing cash and check payments at our schools. To accomplish this, we use SchoolCash Online for all school items and activity fees. If you haven't already created a free account, we encourage all parents to register, so you'll be ready to make online payments from home: both now and in the future as more school items become available again.

Benefits to parents and schooLs

You will help increase efficiency and security at your school by making payments directly into your school's bank account. This limits the number of people entering the school, reduces risk of lost payments, and allows teachers and office staff to focus on helping students and not counting cash. In addition, you are automatically informed about school activities!

Register now!

Registering takes Iess than two minutes: visit https://gcps.schoolcashonline.com

Yearbooks for the 2021-2022 school year are currently for sale exclusively online through Herff Jones at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/.  The order code for Gloucester High School is 4758.  Yearbooks will be sold for $45 with customizable add-ons available at an additional cost.  Families will have a choice to pick up the yearbook at school, or can have it shipped directly home for an additional $10.  The price of yearbooks will increase to $50 on November 2nd and then increase again to $55 on January 4th.  More information can be found on the high school website.  Please contact Ms. Leszczynski with any additional questions.
 
To view/download/print the form, please select 'More"
Select "More" to read about this program.
 
Non-Profit Corporation established to create a public/private partnership to implement public school improvements approved by the School Board.

Gloucester Educational Foundation Page
Click here to view the class ring ordering information and instructions.
If you are looking for student bus numbers or pick up/drop off times, click here to navigate to our new Bus Information Tool.

This is for long-term (longer than 1 week) dual ridership. 
To request your child to be picked up and/or dropped off at a location other than their home of residence, please complete Section I and Section II of the linked form. Please allow three (3) business days for processing.  Once approved, the Transportation Office will notify you and the school.  To expedite the process, e-mail the completed form to; tdirector@gc.k12.va.us. Asterisk items below require completion.  Transportation will assign the Bus, Bus stop and approximate time. Forms received after mid-August may not be processed for the beginning of the school year.

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Senior Corner
Attention Seniors and families!  Please join the Remind app for importation information and updates.  Search for GHS Class of 2022 and the class code is @2022dukes.  Your senior class sponsors, Ms. Thompson and Mrs. Zanette, have important information to share about the upcoming year, so join now. 
 
Seniors, please note that your Naviance access is now available via your school Google account.  After you sign in with your GCPS credentials, navigate to the Google app waffle to find the Naviance icon.

Click here to view the senior graduation ordering information.
Click here to view the ordering instructions and information for class ring orders.
Click here to be redirected to the Seniors 2021 page.  This page will be available through October 1, 2021.

Click the link below to purchase home event tickets online!

Gloucester High School Events and Tickets by GoFan 

Sports Conditioning:

1.    Wrestling conditioning will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 at the wrestling room. *weather pending – listen to announcements for changes*

2.    Indoor Track and Field Conditioning starts Monday, Sept. 27 @ 3:15-5:00pm and will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Stadium. *weather pending – listen to announcements for changes*

3.    Girls Basketball 
Month of October (3-4:30)
•    October 14 @ GHS Main Gym
•    October 18 @ Track/Weight Room
•    October 20 @ Track/Weight Room
•    October 25 @ Track/Weight Room
•    October 27 @ Track/Weight Room
Month of November (3-4:30) - November 1 @ Track/Weight Room
•    November 3 @ Track/Weight Room

4.    Baseball conditioning is Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, until around 4:30pm
*weather pending – listen to announcements for changes*

5.    Softball workouts will be Mondays & Thursdays after school, until around 4:30pm
*weather pending – listen to announcements for changes*

6.    Boys basketball will have conditioning on Mondays & Tuesdays – 7:00 – 8:30pm at GHS

Coaches Names and Emails are found on the GHS website @ https://ghs.gc.k12.va.us/athletics

To tryout/practice you must meet ALL grade eligibility requirements & have a physical turned in that is dated after May 1, 2021. 

Winter Tryout/Practice Dates:
Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Track & Field – Monday November 8th

Spring Tryout/Practice Dates:
Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track & Field, Tennis – Monday February 21st 
 
VHSL & GCPS Athletic Eligibility Requirements For All Athletes:

Virginia High School League Eligibility Rules:
  • A student athlete must take and pass 3 or more classes the semester before the desired sport season. (3 of 4 classes when in a 4 x 4 schedule).
    • For Fall and Winter Sports seasons this is determined by grades in the 2nd semester (3rd & 4th quarters combined).
    • For Spring Sports this is determined by grades in the 1st semester (1st & 2nd quarters combined) of the corresponding school year.
The Gloucester County Public School 2.0 Requirements:
  • A student athlete must have at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) from the previous semester or have a 2.0 overall GPA. Unlike the VHSL rule there is a waiver application for the 2.0 requirement.  This waiver is a one-time chance; a student cannot use more than one waiver during high school. Waiver applications are on the GHS website and are due by the deadline dates before the seasons start.
    • For Fall and Winter Sports seasons this is determined by grades in the 2nd semester (3rd & 4th quarters combined).
    • For Spring Sports this is determined by grades in the 1st semester (1st & 2nd quarters combined) of the corresponding school year.
 
If you have further questions please contact Athletic & Activities Director Ms. Hunter at khunter@gc.k12.va.us or 804-693-3866
GHS Master Plan
Please visit the GHS Master Plan Page on the GCPS site for links and the most current information.

GHS Master Plan

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