PTSA Monday Message April 22, 2018

Apr 23 – “A” Day
Apr 28 – Mr. Grafton Competition at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
May 2 – Key Club Meeting
May 3 – After Prom Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Atrium
May 5 – SAT Testing
May 7-11 – Prom/Class Day/After Prom Tickets on Sale in the Atrium during Lunch Blocks
May 7-18 – AP Testing
May 10 – Choral Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
May 11 – Early Dismissal Day
Apr 23 – JV Baseball vs. Atlee @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Apr 23 – Girls Soccer vs. York @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field
Apr 23 – Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Great Bridge @ 6:00 p.m., Yorktown MS
Apr 23 – Varsity Baseball vs. Atlee @ 6:00 p.m., Atlee High School
Apr 23 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. York @ 8:00 p.m., Senior Night at CNU
Apr 24 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Tabb @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Apr 24 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Tabb @ 4:00 p.m., Tabb High School
Apr 24 – Varsity Baseball & Softball vs. Poquoson @ 4:30 p.m., Poquoson High School
Apr 24 – JV Baseball vs. Poquoson @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Apr 24 – Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Granby @ 5:00 p.m., Yorktown MS
Apr 24 – Boys Soccer vs. York @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field
Apr 24 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. First Colonial @ 6:30 p.m., Yorktown MS
Apr 25 – Boys & Girls Varsity Track District Meet @ 3:30 p.m., Bruton High School
Apr 25 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Princess Anne JV @ 6:00 p.m., Virginia Wesleyan
Apr 26 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Smithfield @ 4:00 p.m., Smithfield High School
Apr 26 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Smithfield @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Apr 26 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Tabb @ 5:00 p.m., Yorktown MS
Apr 26 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Lafayette @ 5:30 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #5
Apr 26 – Girls Soccer vs. New Kent @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., New Kent High School
Apr 27 – Varsity Baseball & Softball vs. Jamestown @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Apr 27 – JV Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:30 p.m., Jameston High School
Apr 27 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Ocean Lakes JV @ 6:00 p.m., Ocean Lakes High School
Apr 27 – Boys Soccer vs. New Kent @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field
Apr 28 – Girls Varsity Track Invitational @ TBD, Todd Stadium
* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at:
Inline image  KEY CLUB NEWS
Key Club will meet Wednesday, May 2nd after school to design bead bracelets for CHKD patients.  If you are a senior and graduating this year please see either Mrs. Harman or Ms. Glover. 
We will be manning a booth at the Kiwanis BBQ selling baked goods on Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We need volunteers to be at the booth and to help by baking some homemade goodies to sell.  When you come by to get some delicious BBQ and Brunswick stew don’t forget to stop and support the bake sale.
All proceeds are going to support an initiative to stop children’s hunger.  No child should suffer an empty stomach
Inline image  TESTING NEWS
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from April 24th to May 17th.  All sessions will run 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. except for Earth Science which will run until 4:15 p.m. 
Buses are available at 4:30 p.m. on each day.  See the attached schedule for more specific information. 
Tuesdays:  Reading/Science
Wednesday:  Social Studies 
Thursday:  Math 
Students will receive their SOL schedule/testing letter during 2AB on Monday, May 7th. 
Tuesday, April 24th at 8:50 a.m. in the Senior Atrium; students will receive passes.
Students will receive their AP Testing schedule on Monday, April 30th.
Please contact Mrs. Huffines at 898-0419 or if you have any questions.
AFTER PROM MEETING – The next After Prom meeting is Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Atrium.
SWEET FROG FUNDRAISER – Saturday, April 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Stop by Sweet Frog for a yummy treat and don’t forget to mention GRAFTON!!!
Inline image  MR. GRAFTON – Who will be crowned the next Mr. Grafton?  Come out on Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in GHS Auditorium to watch the competition. Tickets will be on sale during lunch from April 25-27th for $5. 
Bring extra money to cast your vote for Mr. Congeniality.  Boxes with all of the contestants will be out during lunch.  We are also selling Krispy Kreme donuts and water. 
We need volunteers to help sell tickets during lunch.  If you are available, please sign up below:
Inline image  CARWASH FUNDRAISER – Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at One Stop Auto, Route 17, Yorktown VA by Wal-Mart. 
We will need parent chaperones but it is important that the students get involved in this fundraiser. Please sign up and have your students sign up using the link below.
AFTER PROM MIDNIGHT CRUISIN’ VOLUNTEERS – May 19th/20th – We need LOTS of volunteers on the night of After Prom.  You can sign up even if you don’t have a senior this.  It’s a great way for parents of underclassmen to see what to expect.  Please sign up using the link below:
FOOD DONATION FOR AFTER PROM – Our seniors will be cruisin’ the night away and need yummy snacks and drinks for their voyage.  The kids will sail past the cafe on their way to games and activities all night long and they’ll need lots of energy to keep them afloat.  Be a Mate and sign up to donate today!
The After Prom Committee is selling graduation garden flags for $22! 
Flags are sold for $22 each which includes one name and year.  There is a $2 charge for an additional name and year. 
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or
Nominations for the GHS PTSA Executive Committee for 2018-19
The current slate of Officers for the GHS PTSA Executive Board 2018-19 open positions are:
President – Nakeya Green
Recording Secretary – Shannon George
VP – still vacant
The closing date for Nominations is Friday, April 27th and the final candidate names will be posted by Friday, May 4th.
Please consider the position of VP.  As a committee we meet once a month for an hour and the VP supports the President in their duties if they are unable to fulfil them; run the GHS PTSA Board Meeting, attend the York County PTA quarterly meeting etc.  This position does not require lots of time.
As well as the vacant position above we also have a couple of standing committee vacancies for next year:
Reflections – National PTA sponsored art contest that runs from mid-September to end of October.  Grafton has performed very well over the last couple of years and has sent some student entries onto District and State level.  The time needed for this committee is concentrated at the beginning of the school year and is finished by end of October.  This committee chair works with the GHS Fine Arts Department and the English Department to encourage student participation.
Baccalaureate – A non-denominational faith-based ceremony that celebrates the graduating class and recognizes not only their achievements up to this point, but also focuses on their personal growth in their future.  This committee chair will organize the elements that make up this ceremony such as a faith-based speaker, a choral or band performance, refreshments and volunteers to help set up.  This committee begins  planning around the month of March/April and the ceremony takes place on a Sunday in June just before Graduation.
If you have an interest in either of these committees and would like more information please contact:
Lynda Kramer –
Michele Nelson –
They are the current chairs in those positions and will be able to answer your questions.


The PTSA is pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the Grafton High School PTSA Volunteer Excellence Scholarship for 2018.
The Volunteer Excellence Scholarship was established by the Grafton High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) to recognize GHS seniors who perform outstanding volunteer service of a sustained, direct, and consequential nature to our school and local community; and can best articulate the impact their volunteerism has made on their school, community and self.
The application form and the rules are attached, they are also available on the PTSA website.  This scholarship is open only to current Seniors who are 2017-18 PTSA members.  Please read the rules carefully then print the application form and present it along with any supporting documentation in a sealed envelope marked PTSA Scholarship to the front office by end of the school day on Tuesday 29th May.  Scholarship winners will be presented at the Senior Award Night.
Good luck.
Grafton Athletic Club is pleased to announce the continuation of its Post-Secondary Program.  Any senior athletes interested in applying, and meet the eligibility requirements, please complete the application and return it to the guidance office by Friday, May 11th.  Applications are available in the guidance office or on the GABC website:  Grafton Athletic Booster Club – Home
The scholarships will be in the amount of $1,000 each.  The sole purpose of the Booster Club is to support GHS/GMS athletic programs and our athletes.  Therefore, we offer this scholarship to assist with continuing education and to show our appreciation for student’s efforts while at Grafton High School. 
Interested in supporting Grafton’s Sports Activities?  Consider joining the GABC for only $10.00.  You may be wondering where the money goes.  All of your $10.00 returns back to the athletes in equipment for each sport as well as hosting the end of the season banquet.  Senior recognition is also supported by the booster club, along with scholarships.  You can join the GABC on-line too. 
Join us for one of our upcoming Parent Nights and discover what Thomas Nelson is all about.
Learn about our academic programs, campus life, and opportunities for your student to transfer to a 4-year college or university. Our staff will be on hand to answer your questions and assist you with enrolling your student at Thomas Nelson.
Hampton campus – Moore Hall, College Board Room from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 24 – REGISTER
Thursday, June 7 – REGISTER
Thursday, July 26 – REGISTER
Historic Triangle campus – Student Services, Suite 117 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, June 25 – REGISTER
Monday, July 9 – REGISTER
Can’t make it to our campus?  No problem.  Join us from wherever you are for a special Parent Night webinar. Same information, same chance to get your questions answered and your student enrolled.
Inline image 3  GHS PTSA has a Facebook Page!!!  Search for Grafton High School PTSA the next time you’re on Facebook.  We’ll try to keep you up to date the new old fashioned way!!  Please share the page with your friends and family.  
Did you know the school has a Facebook page too?  Search for Grafton Clippers.  This page is updated by the school and has lots of info that may not make it home via your student!!
Parents – did you know that YCSD students have access to a wide variety of online educational resources, both at school and at home, to support their academic success? Tools such as Homework Help/Office 365/Power School and Hot Math.  You can have access to all these tools too, just sign in to the portal using your student’s username and password.  The website is: 
Be sure to check out the student portal!
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:
6.  Band:
8.  Clubs & Activities: (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website:
16.  Videos on math topics:
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review:
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics:
19.  Free graph paper: