PTSA Monday Message October 23, 2016

Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2016/2017 school year!  


Contact the Monday Message at:


Oct 24 – A Day

Oct 24-28 – Spirit Week

Oct 24 – Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Oct 25 – York County Marching Band Expo at 7:30 p.m. at Bailey Field

Oct 28 – Senior Class Picture at 9:15 a.m. at the Anchor

Oct 28 – Red & Blue Crew in the Cafeteria

Oct 28 – Homecoming Pep Rally & Football Game

Oct 29 – Homecoming Dance from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Oct 31 – Underclass Portrait Make-ups in the Auditorium & Atrium

Nov 2 – PSAT Test

Nov 5 – SAT Test





Oct 25 – Girls Volleyball vs. Jamestown @ 5:30/6:30 p.m., Grafton High School

Oct 25 – JV Football vs. Jamestown @ 6:30 p.m., Wanner Stadium

Oct 26 – Field Hockey Conference Semi-Finals @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School

Oct 27 – Conference Cross Country @ 4:00 p.m., Eastern State

Oct 27 – Field Hockey Conference Finals @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School

Oct 27 – Girls Volleyball vs. Smithfield @ 5:30/6:30 p.m., Grafton High School

Oct 28 – Varsity Homecoming Football vs. Jamestown @ 7:00 p.m., Bailey Field


* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at:






Homecoming Dance ticket sales will begin on Monday, October 24th during all lunches only!  No tickets will be sold on Friday and no tickets will be sold at the door, so you must buy your tickets in advance!  Tickets cost $12 each and checks can be made out to GHS.  Students can buy their tickets on the assigned class days only:

Monday – Juniors & Seniors

Tuesday – Freshmen & Sophomores

Wednesday – Freshmen & Sophomores

Thursday – Juniors & Seniors


Wednesday, October 26th – Immediately after school:  Homecoming Court rehearsal

Thursday, October 27th – Immediately after school until 10:00 p.m.:  Hallway decorating

Friday, October 28th:  Pep Rally.  Homecoming Football Game at Bailey Field; Homecoming Court presented & King/Queen Announced

Saturday, October 29th:  Homecoming Dance from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.





Monday, October 24th is American Pride – Don your best Patriotic gear for ‘Merica Monday.

Tuesday, October 25th is Superhero vs. Villain – It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Superhero vs. Villain Day!  Go it alone or grab your trusty side-kick and gear up for the ultimate showdown.

Wednesday, October 26th is Country vs. Country Club – Boots or boat shoes, pearls or straw hats, popped collar or overalls … it’s a battle of lifestyles.

Thursday, October 27th is Around the World – Become a citizen of your classes’ city.  Dress up as monuments, landmarks, famous people, cultural clothing, etc.

(Tokyo – Freshmen; Sydney – Sophomores; Paris – Juniors; and Rio de Janeiro – Seniors)

Friday, October 28th is Big Red Day – Show that Clipper Pride!  Get creative – dress up like a sea captain, pirate, or other nautical character.  Dress in Clipper gear from head to toe.  Show school spirit and rock your class color.

Freshmen – White

Sophomores – Gray

Juniors – Blue

Seniors – Red


Each day of Spirit Week, each 2AB class will send its best dressed, most spirited, most creative student to compete for prizes.  Show your pride in the #ClipperNation by going all out for Spirit Week!  Remember, the dress code still applies!  Hats cannot be worn unless they are part of a costume!



The York County Marching Band Expo is this Tuesday, October 25th, at 7:30 p.m., at Bailey Field.  All four York County High School Marching Bands will perform their half time shows, play pep music between shows, and then perform two songs together on the field.  Admission is free.  Concessions are provided by Bruton Band Boosters.




The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) Marching Assessment is the Marching Band’s equivalent of an SOL test.  The bands are adjudicated and given a rating based on music, visual performance, and general effect.

The highest rating is Superior.  The Grafton High Band has been a Virginia Honor Band for 12 years in a row, meaning the marching band and highest level concert band, Wind Ensemble, received Superior ratings each year.

This year’s assessment is this Thursday, October 27th, 8:45 p.m., at Warhill High School.


The first ever Grafton High School Lip Sync Battle will take place on Thursday, November 10th in the Middle School Kiva.  Unfortunately, we have had to move this event from the Auditorium to the Kiva because of the damage from the rain.

For those of you who can’t sing, this is the competition for you as there is NO singing required!!  Choose a song, brush up your lip syncing skills and put your costume together then sign up for the contest.  There will be a prize for the winning act.  The evening will start at 7:00 p.m. and go until 9:30 p.m. with a short break in the middle and time at the end for the final scores to be added up.  The cost of entry is $4 ahead of time and $5 on the night of.  Ticket pre-sale times will be advertised nearer to the event.


What are the rules for contestants?

Send a YouTube video of the song you are going to lip sync as it needs to be checked for school appropriate content (so send the version you will be using), and make sure you do that byFriday, November 4th.  The song cannot be longer than 3 minutes and first 14 acts will be guaranteed a spot on the night.  You can do a solo lip sync or get together with friends to do a duet or group number.  Just make sure you stay within school rules for appropriate content and clothing.  The contest is open to students and staff!!  Participation in this contest is free.

Any questions and to send the YouTube video:

Let’s start this 3 day weekend off with some FUN!!





Thank you to the 41 GHS students who submitted entries into this year’s Reflections Program and shared their personal story with us through their artistic medium of choice.

Congratulations to the following students for their first place winning entries in the PTA Reflections Art Contest:

Emma Bryant for Dance Choreography                

Brittany Lawrence for Film Production

Katharine Lewis for Literature

Hannah McAllister for Visual Arts                           

Sydney York for Photography



The search is on for the 2018-2019 National PTA Reflections program theme!  The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be announced at the National PTA Convention and Exhibition in June 2017.

Attached is the Reflections Theme Search entry form.  Place fully completed forms (with student and parent/guardian signatures) in the Reflections Folder in the GHS main office by 10/28/16.

Contact Lynda Kramer at with any questions.




PSAT testing schedules will be given out on Tuesday during 1B classes for the November 2nd test which will run 7:20 a.m. to approximately 10:40 a.m.  All students will report directly to their testing location and/or displaced rooms.

Students testing are encouraged to bring #2 pencils and a calculator (4 function, scientific or graphing-their choice).

Students who do not have a 1B class should arrive to school by 10:30 as there will not be a 2AB class.  Students who leave school early (ROTC, New Horizons, SOA, etc…) are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Please contact Mrs. Huffines at or 898-0419 for any questions.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given twice at Grafton in room 410, on November 17th and 18th at 7:30 a.m.  Sign up is in the school counseling office. The ASVAB is an excellent civilian career exploration tool and includes a follow-up interpretation session on December 6th.

At the request of our school, recruiters are not informed of the ASVAB results without parent/student consent.  The test will be offered again in February.




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!





  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!!





The Grafton High School Band invites you to participate in this year’s Fruit Sales Fundraiser by purchasing delicious Florida citrus delivered direct from the Grove to you via a band student.  “Your Band” showcases seasonal concerts in addition to fantastic halftime shows during the football season.  Our fundraising, along with your support, enables the band to continue its award winning tradition and lasting legacy for Grafton High.

Go to: to place an order.

Email us at if you have any questions.

Thank you!






The total number of GHS households who have registered their Kroger card to support the PTSA has jumped from 18 to 27!!  Thank you to everyone who has chosen to help fundraise this way.  We would love to have more of you sign up, there’s nothing easier than shopping and supporting a fundraiser at the same time.

The link below will take you to the instructions on the PTSA website:

 or go straight to Kroger Community Rewards:

Let’s see if we can beat last quarter’s $143.


Monday Message

Recently we have had emails from PTSA members who have suddenly stopped receiving the Monday Message for this year even though they have rejoined and have received them up to now.  We are finding that sometimes the Monday Message hits people’s Spam Folder for no apparent reason.  To try and avoid this happening we suggest you add the Monday Message email address to your address book:



Thank you to everyone who voted in the Proposed Legislative Program, it is now closed and the results have been sent onto National PTA.


GABC Volunteers

Do you enjoy MS/HS sports?  Want to get into a game for free?  The GABC is in need of volunteers to assist with concessions at various fall sporting events, especially during the varsity football games.  To sign up go through Sign Up Genius at the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact Tricia O’Grady at  Thanks for your support!

GABC Membership

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.  Look for the GABC table at Open House and Back to School Night to join and check out our website for more information and news.





Governor’s Summer 2017 Residential Programs

The Virginia Department of Education announced that the 2017 Governor’s Summer residential Program will include 7 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools and 5 Governor’s Foreign Language Academies.  This program is for gifted high school students that are currently in the 10th or 11th grade.


The following website will provide families with information about the Academic and Mentorship Programs:


The following website will provide families with the information about the Foreign Language Immersion Academies:


For further information please contact your School Counselor.



College Visits

College Admission Visits to GHS – Representatives from many colleges will be coming to Grafton to meet with seniors and juniors, provide information about their college, and in some instances offer on-site applications.  The schedule is posted in the atrium and school counseling office.  Sign up is in the school counseling office.