Executive Committee Meeting – May 15, 2018

GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL PTSA

Executive Committee Meeting

May 15, 2018

Attendance:  Eve Mazaika (Vice President), Kaylin Haywood (Treasurer),Gail Asher (Hospitality), Whitney Cataldo (Principle), Lisa Fazenbaker (Hospitality), Shannon Davies, Trish Johnson (Recording Secretary), Nakeya Green

Opening: Eve called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm.

Approval of minutes:  Gail Asher made a motion to approve the minutes, Lisa Frazenbaker seconded, and the motion was unanimously approved.

Treasurer Report:

  • Account balance: $5,013.68
  • Receipt – $60 donated to hospitality, $628.90 received this quarter from Kroger, and $12 received from 2 members joining.
  • Disbursement – $22.50 was sent to state PTA for 6 members, we paid an online fee of $.07 and hospitality spent $177.

 After Prom balance: $11,137.40

    • Receipt – received $5,901.86 from fundraisers and donations
    • Disbursement – spent $8806.23 for activities and prizes

President Report:

  • We have not received any applications for the scholarship as of today
  • Nakeya attended the YCC board meeting
  • Sunday, June 3rd we will present the new board for elections prior to the band concert at 2:00pm
  • Please add the documents you are working on to google docs from now on to make it easier to share with incoming board members

Corresponding Secretary:

  • Sent birthday cards to staff, one get well card and one condolence card.

Principals Report:

  • Condolences: Fred Hilder, guidance office, passed away
  • Spring Musical was amazing and was a great collaboration with elementary school, middle school and high school students
  • 3-D Event is showing now on the community channel and was shown in school. It’s a video starring Grafton students take show the effects of drinking and driving on the person, the family and community
  • Grafton pageant was held this month.
  • Teaching positions – Vice Principal – Karen Moore is retiring this year
  • AP exams & SOLs are coming up soon
  • Teacher Appreciation week was amazing. Thank you so much for your love and support
  • YCSD Star Banquet – We honor people in the division
  • 200 Men Scholar’s Breakfast recognizes African American boys in the community even if they weren’t present
  • NHS induction – May 16th
  • SCA Campaigns are going on now
  • Prom/After Prom – May 19/20
  • Senior class day (breakfast) – May 25
  • APHG Service Learning celebration – donate animals
  • Blood drive sponsored by NHS – June 1st
  • Band concert – June 3rd

Faculty Delegate:

  • No report

Class Representative:

  • No Report

After Prom:

  • Our Plaza Azteca fundraiser brought in $270.
  • We have met our fundraising goals and are ready for the big event.

 Baccalaureate:

  • The baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 @4:00pm in the GHS Auditorium
  • Pastor Dr. Cynthia R. Higgins, First Presbyterian Church in Hampton has agreed to deliver the message at Baccalaureate this year. She was recommended to us by Martha Owens

Historian:

  • No Report

Hospitality:

  • In April, 34 volunteers donated 67 hours.
  • Our last Teacher Lunch is a Picnic in the Library, probably on Wednesday, June 6.
  • The Taco Bar Teacher Lunch on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, was well attended.
  • We need guidance in planning next year’s appreciation events. Are we doing something for every Appreciation Day/Week? What and when is the school (vs PTSA) doing Appreciation events so we don’t duplicate or plan on the same day? What is our budget for multiple Appreciation events?

Response:  We plan to recognize staff members to include custodians and bus drivers.  We can set our own schedule or do activities in line with York County.  Nakeya will work on a schedule for next year.

Special Projects:

  • The templates should be done on Friday.

Membership Report:

  • We have 899 members
  • Friday’s Red and Blue Crew is Sundaes
  • Staff Member of month for May is Janet Pierce (Special Ed Para)

Monday Message:

  • We are using Mail Chimp next year

Reflections:

  • No Report

Volunteers:

 Web Page:

  • No report

New Business:

  • Nakeya mentioned that we should have a teacher representative and a student representative at the board meetings to get feedback from them. She recommended we get kids from leadership class to be the student rep. We have teacher and student representatives but they have not been attended board meetings.

Eve adjourned the meeting at 7:45 pm.  Our next general membership meeting is Sunday, June 3rd at 1:45 in the GHS auditorium. The next board meeting is Tuesday, June 12 at 6pm at Plaza Azteca.  This is our turnover meeting.  Please bring your binders to pass to the incoming board member.

 

General Membership Meeting – June 3, 2018

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

June 3, 2018

Call to Order at 1:50 by Sandra DiGangi

  • Sandra presented the nominee for the 2018-2019 Grafton PTSA executive board.
    • Corresponding secretary – Kristin Teubert
    • Recording Secretary – Shannon George
    • Treasurer – Kaylin Haywood
    • Vice President – Courtney Engel
    • President – Nakeya Green
  • We did not receive any nominations from the floor
  • Sandra asked for a motion to approve the nominees. Rachel Nau made the motion.  Randy Tabor seconded the motion.  The motion was approved.
  • Sandra DiGangi asked for a motion to approve the May 15th minutes. Michele Nelson made the motion.  JoAnne Christie seconded the motion.  The motion was approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:55

 

 

 

Virginia Tax Free Holiday

Don’t forget this weekend Aug. 3-5 is tax free weekend.

https://tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday

 

Executive Committee Meeting April 16, 2018

 

Meeting Minutes – April 16 2018

 

GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL PTSA

 

 

Attendance: Sandra Di Gangi (President), Eve Mazaika (Vice President), Kaylin Haywood (Treasurer),Gail Asher (Hospitality), Lynda Kramer (Reflections and Corresponding Secretary), Darlene Heinz, David Hoegerman (Web Design), Tricia O’Grady (Volunteers), Michele Nelson (Baccalaureate)

 

Opening: Sandra called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.

 

Approval of minutes:  Darlene Heinz made a motion to approve the minutes, Lynda Kramer seconded, and the motion was unanimously approved.

 

Treasurer Report:

  • Account balance: $4,512.35
  • Receipt – $10 for hospitality donation and $12 for dues for 2 members
  • Disbursement – $44.88 Hospitality

 

  • After Prom balance: $3221.27
    • Receipt – $2050 5K sponsors, $980 5k registrations, $191.27 outback bake sale donations
    • Disbursement – $1632.25 5k run costs, $1542.34 door prizes & prize store

 

Unfinished Business:

  • Still waiting for templates from Jake Wright at New Horizons. Remaining monies will be put towards inside refurb next year.

 

President Report:

  • Completed the Mission Statement and will ask David to upload to web page.
  • Trish has confirmed with Mr. Kirsch for 10 mins at start of concert on 3rd June for us to vote in new Board. We have a Recording Secretary – Shannon George and hopefully we have a VP too as Martha Owens has said she will do it if nobody else comes forward
  • Continue to have issues with Monday Message, this time with Shelley’s computer that died. Between her and I we got it out though.
  • All Board documents to be added straight to google docs in future.
  • Scholarship info has been in MM for last 2 weeks. Nothing as of Friday.
  • Darlene Heinz taking over from David as Web Design

 

Corresponding Secretary:

  • Sent birthday cards for all staff birthdays through April. Please let me know if any other cards (birth, condolences, etc.) need to be sent.  Card for Rhonda Chapman.

 

 

 

 

Principals Report:

  • Kristen Falk named Regional Librarian of the Year
  • Art Show!! We made the most money ever with Empty Bowls and one of the biggest turn out of visitors
  • 30 students attended a VHSL Leadership Conference this past weekend, 4/13-4/15
  • AP Parent Night – 4/17
  • Spring Musical – The Sound of Music 4/19-4/21
    • Shows at 7:00pm every night and 2:00pm on Saturday
    • Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
    • Tickets may be purchased in the main office
  • AP and SOL prep
    • AP exams begin May 7, 2018 SOLs begin May 21
      • Letters will be sent home the week of May 7 with more details of dates, times and schedules
    • Week of May 7 – Prom, Class Day and After Prom tickets go on sale
    • May 10 – Choral Concert
    • May 11 – Early release

 

Faculty Delegate:

  • No report

 

Class Representative:

  • No Report

 

After Prom:

  • The committee chairs that have things to set up in the YMCA are meeting with David the Y rep on Wednesday at 5:00. There were 2 ladies that couldn’t make it on Wednesday so we are meeting on Thursday at 5:30.
  • Committee chairs that still have supplies in the storage unit are meeting the Logistics chair at the Storage unit on Saturday at 2:30 to move their items to the second storage unit that was given to us by Morningstar storage. I have a second storage unit reserved. We have I254.  They are letting us use H239 as a staging area.
  • I will send an e-mail out this week with details about buying tickets. Students/Parents have to complete the senior packet and a guest packet if they are bringing someone. The info and packets have been posted on the graftonafterprom and PTSA website.
  • We have not met our prize budget goal. We still have a few Upcoming Fundraising Events:

Red Mango – 15 – 20 April

Carwash – April 21 from 9:00 – 2:00

Mr.  Grafton ticket sales – 24 – 26 April during lunch blocks

Mr. Grafton – April 28 at 7pm

Sweet Frog – April 28 from 3:00 – 11:00

After Prom ticket sales: 7 – 10 May

 

 

 

Baccalaureate:

  • The baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 @4:00pm in the GHS Auditorium
  • Pastor Dr. Cynthia R. Higgins, First Presbyterian Church in Hampton has agreed to deliver the message at Baccalaureate this year. She was recommended to us by Martha Owens
  • Half sheet flyers with details of the event were given to Ms. Logan on April 10th for inclusion in the senior packets
  • I have been in contact with Ms. Edwards to coordinate music for the service. I will soon make initial contact with other faculty members who will be supporting the event
  • I am making contact with some local businesses to seek donations to offset expenses.
  • I am currently working on the program, and script as well as coordinating details of the service and reception

Questions for the Board

 

  • Who will make the opening remarks?
  • Would Ms. Cataldo like to speak during the service?
  • Advertising – how to put something on Facebook page
  • Email invite to senior families only
  • Announcements in school – reach the students but not the parents

Please help us to spread the word to Senior families that Baccalaureate is a special farewell ceremony and a time for graduating seniors to hear an inspirational message and receive a blessing before moving on to their next endeavors.

 

Historian:

  • No Report

 

Hospitality:

  • Mailbox stuffer in March right before Spring Break was candy and an appreciation note.
  • In March, 25 volunteers donated 11 hours
  • Our next Teacher Lunch is this Wednesday, April 18, 2018. It’s a Taco Bar with crunchy and soft tacos, taco salad in tortilla bowls, fruit and desserts
  • Hospitality should have received $60 in donations the end of March through April 11. Who donated?
  • The Hospitality chairs and Taco Bar helpers will brainstorm Teacher Appreciation week ideas as well as appreciation ideas for other school positions during the Taco Bar. We welcome contructive input from everyone. Last year we stuffed mailboxes twice and had a self service Make Your Own Snack Mix Bar on Friday.
  • We need to find the best reasonably priced fried and grilled chicken in this area for the June Picnic teacher lunch. We used Farm Fresh last year but they have closed. Where do you recommend?

 

Special Projects:

  • No report

 

Membership Report:

  • We have 897 members
  • April has no RBC
  • Staff Member of month for April is Anita Petit

 

Monday Message:

  • No report

 

Reflections:

  • The 2018-2019 program theme is “Heroes Around Me.”  Lynda plans on sharing this information with GHS teachers/students in Monday Message.

 

Volunteers:

  • We had 74 volunteers with 367 hours in March.

 

Web Page:

  • No report

 

Sandra adjourned the meeting at 7:49 pm.  The next board meeting is Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm.

 

 PTSA Monday Message May 6, 2018

 Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!

 Contact the Monday Message at:  themondaymessage@yahoo.com

 

​ UPCOMING DATES

May 7 – “A” Day

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

May 15 – PTSA Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Principal’s Conference Room

May 17 – Interim Reports Issued

May 19 – Class of 2018 Senior Prom from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the Marriott

  

​ STUDENT SECTION

SPORTING EVENTS

May 7 – Girls JV Lacrosse Playoff vs. Great Bridge JV @ 5:30 p.m., PAAC #8

May 7 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse Playoff vs. York @ 7:30 p.m., Warhill #1

May 8 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Woodrow Wilson @ 4:00 p.m., Woodrow Wilson HS

May 8 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Woodrow Wilson @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School

May 8 – Varsity Baseball & Softball vs. Bruton @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School

May 8 – Girls Soccer vs. Smithfield @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field

May 8 – Boys Soccer vs. Smithfield @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Smithfield High School

May 9 – Boys & Girls Varsity Track District Meet @ 3:30 p.m., New Kent High School

May 9 – Varsity Baseball vs. Kecoughtan @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School

May 9 – JV Baseball vs. Kecoughtan @ 4:30 p.m., Kecoughtan High School

May 9 – Varsity Softball vs. Woodgrove @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School

May 11 – Boys & Girls Varsity Track Invitational @ TBD, Southern Track Classic

May 11 – Varsity Baseball & Softball vs. Tabb @ 4:00 p.m., Tabb High School

May 11 – JV Baseball vs. Tabb @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School

May 11 – Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Warwick @ 5:30 p.m., Bailey Field

May 11 – Boys JV Lacrosse Playoff vs. TBD @ 6:30 p.m., Norfolk Collegiate #2

May 11 – Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Warwick @ 7:00 p.m., Bailey Field

 

* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at: http://www.bayriversdistrictva.org/

  GRAFTON NEWS

“We are Grafton” t-shirts will be sold this week during all lunches, and at several Grafton varsity home sporting events for $10. Cash only please.

ALL of the money will go to the family of Toby Spruill (a GHS junior) who is currently battling stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will soon undergo a stem cell transplant.  A special thanks to Coach Parker for gifting the Leadership Class with the shirts.

  SENIOR NEWS

2018 SENIOR PROM

Prom packets were given out to students in Government classes last week.  Prom is Saturday, May 19th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at the Marriott in City Center.  Tickets will be sold May 7-11 during lunch blocks for $50 each.  Guest forms and prom contracts must be turned in before purchasing tickets.  Extra copies of forms are available in the Main Office or from Mrs. Logan or Mr. Auth.

CLASS DAY INFORMATION

“Class Day” will he held on Friday, May 25th.  We will host a breakfast for seniors who purchase a ticket for $5 followed by a slide show and variety show in the auditorium during 2AB.  Tickets for Class Day can be purchased at the Prom table May 7-11.  (Students can use one check for both events, but After Prom must be paid separately.)

Additionally, we would love to have some parent volunteers to serve food at 7:30 p.m. on the 25th and will be asking for food donations as well.  This sign up will come out in an email to senior parents directly.

Lastly, we will be asking students to provide photos for the slide show, but wanted to give parents the opportunity to send in photos as well.  We want to represent as many members of the Class of 2018 as possible!  Photos can be emailed to Mrs. Logan at jlogan@ycsd.york.va.us or Mr. Auth at mauth@ycsd.york.va.us before MAY 18th.

GRADUATION INFORMATION

Parents will receive a mailed packet with graduation information and rehearsal dates in the next week.

YEARBOOK NEWS

LAST CHANCE FOR A YEARBOOK

Last day to preorder a Yearbook is May 18th!

The advisor anticipates selling out quickly so be sure to place a preorder from Jostens at the link below if you want to be guaranteed a book.

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1025054/Grafton-High-School/2018-Yearbook/2017072104234575360/CATALOG_SHOP/

KEY CLUB NEWS

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.

 

 

TESTING NEWS

SOL INFORMATION

AFTER SCHOOL SOL REVIEW SESSIONS:

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

SOL TESTING

Students will receive their SOL schedule/testing letter during 2AB on Monday, May 7th.

AP TESTING

AP Testing Begins on Monday and runs through Friday, May 18th (see the attached schedule).  There are afterschool buses (Tuesdays-Thursdays at 4:30) for students to ride if they are testing at noon.

However, for the Psychology exam (Monday, May 7th), the APUSH exam (Friday, May 11th – half day) and for the European History exam (Friday, May 18th), students will need to find their own transportation home.

Please contact Mrs. Huffines at 898-0419 or shuffines@ycsd.york.va.us if you have any questions.

 ​PARENT AND TEACHER SECTION

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS

Is your student full of school spirit and active in the GHS school community?  Do they want to lead their peers by making changes around the school or helping their class with activities?  If so, your child is encouraged to apply for the GHS SCA (Student Council Association) or for a Class Officer position.

Applications are in the main office or can be found at ghssca.weebly.com/elections. All applications are due by Tuesday, May 8thbefore 2:05 p.m.  If you have questions, visit the SCA website (ghssca.weebly.com/elections) for an explanation of details or contact Holly Conradi (hconradi@ycsd.york.va.us) or Jennifer Zwirschitz (jzwirschitz@ycsd.york.va.us).

AFTER PROM NEWS

AFTER PROM TICKET SALES – Ticket sales begin Monday, May 7th during all lunch blocks.  Before student can purchase a ticket they MUST complete an after prom packet for themselves and their guest.  The packets can be found at http://www.graftonafterprom.com/

*Note:  Students need to have some form of ID to get into after prom.  They will not be admitted without a photo ID

PLAZA AZTECA FUNDRAISER – Enjoy dinner at Plaza Azteca on Highway 17 on Thursday, May 10th from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Mention Grafton and After Prom gets 10% of the proceeds.

AFTER PROM MIDNIGHT CRUISIN’ VOLUNTEERS – May 19th/20th – We need LOTS of volunteers on the night of After Prom.  Please sign up using the link below.  If we don’t have enough volunteers we will have to eliminate some areas at the YMCA and the students will not be able to enjoy all the fun things we have for them.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0948A8A82DABFE3-class

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!

http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/10c0848a9ad23a0fa7-food

PTSA NEWS

FRESH AIR FUND

Have you heard of the Fresh Air Fund?  Do you have the ability to offer a child from New York City an unforgettable summer?

The Fresh Air fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.  Visiting the home of a supportive and encouraging volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to a New York City child.  Volunteer host families provide Fresh Air children with a unique and fun summer experience in a new environment.

If you are interested in becoming a Host Family please check out the attachment for more details and a local contact or go directly to their website at www.freshairfund.org.

 

 

SUMMER READING SKILLS AND SPEED READING PROGRAMS

Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies

If you are looking for summer programs to help your students improve their reading skills please check out the attached flyer (2 pages) for classes in Hampton and Williamsburg.  The classes offer help in phonics, fluency, comprehension, love of reading, textbook skills and speed reading.

 

 

PTSA STANDING COMMITTEES

We still have the following 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 – reflections@graftonptsa.org

Michele Nelson – baccalaureate@graftonptsa.org

They are the current chairs in those positions and will be able to answer your questions.

 

GHS PTSA SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS

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 BOOSTER CLUB BOARD

The Grafton Athletic Booster Club is pleased to announce that we were able to award 10 Summer Camp Athletic Scholarships this year.

Athletes in the following sports were awarded scholarships:  Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Soccer and Wrestling. Thank you for supporting the GABC!

ATTENTION GRAFTON SENIOR ATHLETES!!

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.

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.  You can join the GABC on-line too.

http://gabc.ch2v.com/index.asp?PageID=0

 

COUNSELING NEWS

SUMMER ACADEMY INFORMATION

Registration for Summer Academy at Grafton High School starts this Tuesday, May 1st – Tuesday, June 8th.  Tuition for a Virtual High School Academy course is $550 for an original 1.0 credit course, $450 for a 1.0 credit recovery (repeat) and $300 for 0.5 (semester) credit.  Checks are made out to Grafton High School.

Students may earn up to 3 credits, 1 course for original credit and no more than 2 courses for repeat credit.  Virtual High School Academy will offer an on-site computer lab at Grafton High School Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The onsite option is a structured environment which includes teachers to help monitor students’ progress.

To register, students must first see their school counselor to complete a registration form.

Please see the attached PDF with the full program details.

PARENT NIGHTS

Join us for one of our upcoming Parent Nights and discover what Thomas Nelson is all about.

Registration Link: https://mailchi.mp/tncc.edu/parentnight

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.

 

 

 ​NEWS YOU CAN USE

FACEBOOK

  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!!

 

 

 

STUDENT PORTAL

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:

http://go.ycsd.york.va.us

Be sure to check out the student portal!

 

HELPFUL WEBSITES

The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:

 

  1. Grafton High: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS
  2. GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Teachers/Staff link)
  3. After Prom:  www.graftonafterprom.com
  4. Guidance: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Guidance
  5. Clinic: http://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Clinic
  6. Band: www.graftonband.com
  7. Athletics: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Students/Athletics
  8. Clubs & Activities: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Clubs/Activities link)
  9. YCSD Calendar: http://yorkcountyschools.org/docs/studentCalendar.pdf
  10. School hours: http://yorkcountyschools.org/schools/schoolHours.aspx
  11. Attendance Requirements: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/School_Info/Attendance
  12. School Board Meetings & Dates: http://yorkcountyschools.org/aboutUs/schoolBoard/meetings.aspx
  13. Lunch Prices: http://yorkcountyschools.org/parents/studentInfo/lunchMenu.aspx
  14. Curriculum Info: http://yorkcountyschools.org/parents/parentResources/curriculumGuides.aspx
  15. YCSD website: http://yorkcountyschools.org
  16. Videos on math topics: http://www.khanacademy.org/
  17. Step-by-Step homework problems review: http://hotmath.com/

** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book

  1. Explanations & examples for math topics: http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/algebra.html
  2. Free graph paper: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

 PTSA Monday Message April 29, 2018

 

 Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!

 Contact the Monday Message at:  themondaymessage@yahoo.com

 

​ UPCOMING DATES

Apr 30 – “B” Day

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

  

​ STUDENT SECTION

SPORTING EVENTS

Apr 30 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Dinwiddie @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School

Apr 30 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Dinwiddie @ 4:00 p.m., Dinwiddie High School

Apr 30 – JV Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 5:00 p.m., Jamestown High School

Apr 30 – Boys Soccer vs. Bruton @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bruton High School

Apr 30 – Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Grassfield @ 7:00 p.m., Yorktown MS

May 1 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Lafayette @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School

May 1 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Lafayette @ 4:00 p.m., Lafayette High School

May 1 – Varsity Baseball & Softball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., York High School

May 1 – JV Baseball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School

May 1 – Girls Soccer vs. Bruton @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field

May 1 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Tabb @ 7:30 p.m., Warhill #5

May 2 – Girls JV Soccer vs. Tabb @ 5:30 p.m., Bailey Field

May 2 – Boys JV Soccer vs. Tabb @ 7:00 p.m., Bailey Field

May 2 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Kellam JV @ 6:00 p.m., Virginia Wesleyan

May 2 – Girls Lacrosse vs. Cox @ 6:30/8:00 p.m., Norfolk Collegiate #2

May 3 – Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Tabb @ TBD, Tabb High School

May 3 – Boys & Girls Varsity Track District Meet @ 3:30 p.m., Bruton High School

May 3 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Gloucester @ 4:00 p.m., Gloucester High School

May 3 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Gloucester @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School

May 3 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Cape Henry @ 5:30 p.m., Cape Henry

May 3 – Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Tabb @ 5:30 p.m., Tabb High School

May 4 – Boys & Girls Varsity Track Invitational @ TBD, University of Virginia

May 4 – Varsity Baseball & Softball vs. New Kent @ 4:30 p.m., New Kent High School

May 4 – JV Baseball vs. New Kent @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School

May 5 – Boys & Girls Varsity Track Invitational @ TBD, University of Virginia

 

* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at: http://www.bayriversdistrictva.org/

YEARBOOK NEWS

LAST CHANCE FOR A YEARBOOK

Last day to preorder a Yearbook is May 18th!

The advisor anticipates selling out quickly so be sure to place a preorder from Jostens at the link below if you want to be guaranteed a book.

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1025054/Grafton-High-School/2018-Yearbook/2017072104234575360/CATALOG_SHOP/

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.

 

 

TESTING NEWS

SOL INFORMATION

AFTER SCHOOL SOL REVIEW SESSIONS:

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

 

SOL TESTING

Students will receive their SOL schedule/testing letter during 2AB on Monday, May 7th.

 

AP TESTING

Students will receive their AP Testing schedule on Monday, April 30th.

Please contact Mrs. Huffines at 898-0419 or shuffines@ycsd.york.va.us if you have any questions.

 ​PARENT AND TEACHER SECTION

AFTER PROM NEWS

AFTER PROM MEETING – The next After Prom meeting is Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Atrium.

 

CARWASH FUNDRAISER – Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at One Stop Auto, Route 17, Yorktown VA by Walmart.

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.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0845adab22a7f94-after

 

 

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:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0948A8A82DABFE3-class

 

 

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!

http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/10c0848a9ad23a0fa7-food

 

 

GRADUATION GARDEN FLAGS FOR SALE

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.

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER APRIL 30th — LAST DEADLINE!

Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or richnwen@yahoo.com.

PTSA NEWS

FRESH AIR FUND

Have you heard of the Fresh Air Fund?  Do you have the ability to offer a child from New York City an unforgettable summer?

The Fresh Air fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.  Visiting the home of a supportive and encouraging volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to a New York City child. Volunteer host families provide Fresh Air children with a unique and fun summer experience in a new environment.

If you are interested in becoming a Host Family please check out the attachment for more details and a local contact or go directly to their website atwww.freshairfund.org

 

 

SUMMER READING SKILLS AND SPEED READING PROGRAMS

Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies

If you are looking for summer programs to help your students improve their reading skills please check out the attached flyer (2 pages) for classes in Hampton and Williamsburg.  The classes offer help in phonics, fluency, comprehension, love of reading, textbook skills and speed reading.

 

 

Nominations for the GHS PTSA Executive Committee for 2018-19

Congratulations to our slate of officers for 2018-19.  The vote will take place on Sunday, June 3rd before the Band Performance.

 

President – Nakeya Green

Recording Secretary – Shannon George

VP – vacant

PTSA STANDING COMMITTES

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 – reflections@graftonptsa.org

Michele Nelson – baccalaureate@graftonptsa.org

They are the current chairs in those positions and will be able to answer your questions.

 

GHS PTSA SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS

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 BOOSTER CLUB BOARD

The Grafton Athletic Booster Club is pleased to announce that we were able to award 10 Summer Camp Athletic Scholarships this year.

Athletes in the following sports were awarded scholarships:  Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Soccer and Wrestling. Thank you for supporting the GABC!

ATTENTION GRAFTON SENIOR ATHLETES!!

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.

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.  You can join the GABC on-line too.

http://gabc.ch2v.com/index.asp?PageID=0

COUNSELING NEWS

SUMMER ACADEMY INFORMATION

Registration for Summer Academy at Grafton High School starts this Tuesday, May 1st – Tuesday, June 8th.  Tuition for a Virtual High School Academy course is $550 for an original 1.0 credit course, $450 for a 1.0 credit recovery (repeat) and $300 for 0.5 (semester) credit.  Checks are made out to Grafton High School.

Students may earn up to 3 credits, 1 course for original credit and no more than 2 courses for repeat credit.  Virtual High School Academy will offer an on-site computer lab at Grafton High School Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The onsite option is a structured environment which includes teachers to help monitor students’ progress.

To register, students must first see their school counselor to complete a registration form.

Please see the attached PDF with the full program details.

PARENT NIGHTS

Join us for one of our upcoming Parent Nights and discover what Thomas Nelson is all about.

Registration Link: https://mailchi.mp/tncc.edu/parentnight

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.

 ​NEWS YOU CAN USE

FACEBOOK

  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!!

STUDENT PORTAL

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:

http://go.ycsd.york.va.us

Be sure to check out the student portal!

HELPFUL WEBSITES

The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:

  1. Grafton High: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS
  2. GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Teachers/Staff link)
  3. After Prom:  www.graftonafterprom.com
  4. Guidance: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Guidance
  5. Clinic: http://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Clinic
  6. Band: www.graftonband.com
  7. Athletics: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Students/Athletics
  8. Clubs & Activities: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Clubs/Activities link)
  9. YCSD Calendar: http://yorkcountyschools.org/docs/studentCalendar.pdf
  10. School hours: http://yorkcountyschools.org/schools/schoolHours.aspx
  11. Attendance Requirements: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/School_Info/Attendance
  12. School Board Meetings & Dates: http://yorkcountyschools.org/aboutUs/schoolBoard/meetings.aspx
  13. Lunch Prices: http://yorkcountyschools.org/parents/studentInfo/lunchMenu.aspx
  14. Curriculum Info: http://yorkcountyschools.org/parents/parentResources/curriculumGuides.aspx
  15. YCSD website: http://yorkcountyschools.org
  16. Videos on math topics: http://www.khanacademy.org/
  17. Step-by-Step homework problems review: http://hotmath.com/

** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book

  1. Explanations & examples for math topics: http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/algebra.html
  2. Free graph paper: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

 PTSA Monday Message April 22, 2018

​ UPCOMING DATES
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
   
 
​ STUDENT SECTION
SPORTING EVENTS
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: http://www.bayriversdistrictva.org/
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
SOL INFORMATION
AFTER SCHOOL SOL REVIEW SESSIONS:
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 
 
SOL TESTING
Students will receive their SOL schedule/testing letter during 2AB on Monday, May 7th. 
 
AP INFORMATION
AP PREADMINISTRATION MAKEUP SESSION:
Tuesday, April 24th at 8:50 a.m. in the Senior Atrium; students will receive passes.
 
AP TESTING
Students will receive their AP Testing schedule on Monday, April 30th.
 
Please contact Mrs. Huffines at 898-0419 or shuffines@ycsd.york.va.us if you have any questions.
 
 ​PARENT AND TEACHER SECTION
AFTER PROM NEWS
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!
 
 
GRADUATION GARDEN FLAGS FOR SALE
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. 
LAST CHANCE TO ORDER APRIL 30th — LAST DEADLINE!
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or richnwen@yahoo.com.
 
PTSA NEWS
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.
 
PTSA STANDING COMMITTES
 
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 – reflections@graftonptsa.org
Michele Nelson – baccalaureate@graftonptsa.org
 
They are the current chairs in those positions and will be able to answer your questions.

 

 
GHS PTSA SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS
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 BOOSTER CLUB BOARD
ATTENTION GRAFTON SENIOR ATHLETES!!
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. 
 
 
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.  You can join the GABC on-line too. 
COUNSELING NEWS
PARENT NIGHTS
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.
 
 ​NEWS YOU CAN USE
FACEBOOK
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!!
STUDENT PORTAL
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!
HELPFUL WEBSITES
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:  www.graftonafterprom.com
6.  Band: www.graftonband.com
8.  Clubs & Activities: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website: http://yorkcountyschools.org
16.  Videos on math topics: http://www.khanacademy.org/
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review: http://hotmath.com/
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics: http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/algebra.html
19.  Free graph paper: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

Meeting Minutes – March 22 2018

Meeting Minutes – March 22 2018

 PTSA Monday Message March 25, 2018

Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!
 
Contact the Monday Message at:  themondaymessage@yahoo.com
 
 
​ UPCOMING DATES

 

Mar 26 – “B” Day
Mar 29 – Grafton Art Show in the Atrium from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mar 30 – Early Dismissal
Apr 2-6 – Spring Break
Apr 9 – Fourth Quarter Begins
Apr 13 – Report Cards Issued
Apr 14 – ACT Testing
 
 
 
​ STUDENT SECTION

 

SPORTING EVENTS
Mar 26 – Varsity Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 26 – Varsity Softball vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 26 – JV Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 26 –Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Warhill @ 5:30 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #1
Mar 27 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 27 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 27 – Varsity Baseball vs. New Kent @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 27 – JV Baseball vs. New Kent @ 4:30 p.m., New Kent High School
Mar 27 – Varsity Softball vs. New Kent @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 27 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Tabb @ 7:00 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #5
Mar 27 –Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Maury @ 7:30 p.m., Hugo Owens MS
Mar 28 – Varsity Baseball vs. Bruton @ 4:30 p.m., Bruton High School
Mar 28 – Varsity Softball vs. Bruton @ 4:30 p.m., Bruton High School
Mar 28 –Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Gloucester @ 5:30 p.m., Gloucester HS
Mar 28 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Grassfield JV @ 6:00 p.m., Norfolk Collegiate #1
Mar 29 – Girls Soccer vs. Gloucester @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Gloucester High School
Mar 29 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Grassfield @ 7:30 p.m., Virginia Wesleyan University
Mar 30 – Boys & Girls Track Invitational @ TBD, Todd Stadium
Mar 30 – Girls Soccer vs. Chancellor @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Chancellor High School
Mar 31 – Boys & Girls Track Invitational @ TBD, Todd Stadium
* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at: http://www.bayriversdistrictva.org/
  ART NEWS
The Grafton High School Art Department would like to invite you to our annual Art Show: Encompass, Thursday, March 29th, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Atrium.  We will have over 20 Senior Showcases and over 1,000 art pieces including drawings, paintings, sculpture, crafts, photography and mixed media.  Every student in a GHS art class will have a piece on display.  During the art show, ceramics bowls will be sold as part of the Empty Bowls Project. All proceeds will benefit the York/Poquoson Food Closet.
Thank you so much for your support of our GHS Art Students.  We look forward to seeing you! Remember, you will need to sign in at the office to attend the show. Bring ID.
CLIPPERS CARE NEWS
‘Spring’ into Volunteering – Grafton High School’s Clippers Care program promotes and facilitates community service by GHS students.  Community service is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community; is an outstanding addition to competitive college applications; and is recognized at graduation at both the county and state levels.
The attached flyer provides a sprinkling of community service opportunities in the local area.  Students are reminded that community service hours should be recorded and submitted to Mr. O’Regan in Room 400.
For more information, and to obtain a blank GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE LOG, go to www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Students/Guidance/Community_Service_Information or contact Mr. O’Regan at goregan@ycsd.york.va.us.
 ​PARENT AND TEACHER SECTION

 

  AP NEWS
Has your student signed up for an AP course for the 2018-2019 School year?
Grafton High School would like to invite you to attend:
AP PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT – Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the GHS Auditorium.
By attending you will meet the teachers of AP courses and learn about the content and rigor of these college level courses.
We look forward to seeing you there!
SENIOR NEWS
ATTENTION ALL SENIORS 
Please make sure you turn in your community service hours to the school counseling office to qualify for either the YCSD Community Service Seal or the Excellence in Civics seal placed on your diploma.
Please turn in your college acceptance letters to the School Counseling Office.
Also, all scholarships offers that are shared with the School Counseling Office will be included in the graduation program.  Even if the scholarship is not being accepted by the student these will still be included in the program.
AFTER PROM NEWS
RED MANGO NESTLE TOLL HOUSE CAFÉ FUNDRAISER – March 25th to 31st from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Tech Center, 12080 Jefferson Ave, Bldg. 900, Suite 940.
Cruise over to Red Mango for a yummy treat!!  Grab some friends and enjoy frozen yogurts, fruit smoothies, parfaits, fresh juices and much more!  YUM!!!!
**Bring in a copy of the attached flier and GHS After Prom receives 20% of proceeds.
MR. GRAFTON – Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in GHS Auditorium.
It’s the pageant of all pageants … it’s Mr. GRAFTON!!  Calling all guys 9th -12th grade!!  Pick up an application in the main office or print a copy attached to sign up to be a contestant for Mr. Grafton.  
Contestants will be judged on Spirit Wear, Swim Wear, Talent, Formal Wear and the Interview.  Judges will look for originality, school spirit and stage presence.  Return your application to the main office or you can give it to any of the following:  Christina Sabochick 871-3583 or Michael Caraballo 870-4890, our emcees, or Martha Owens 879-1943.
AFTER PROM – Sunday, May 20th from Midnight to 4:00 a.m. at Victory YMCA.
Theme:  Midnight Cruisin’
Help us make this a fun and safe evening for the senior class of 2018.  We need lots of volunteers on the night of After Prom.  Please sign up using the link below:
  GRADUATION GARDEN FLAGS FOR SALE
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.  Deadline to receive garden flag orders and payment is:  April 20th
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or richnwen@yahoo.com.
PTSA NEWS
PTSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Nominations for the GHS PTSA Executive Committee for 2018-19 – The following Officer positions on the Board are currently vacant for next year.  The election for these positions will take place in May at the final General PTSA Meeting of the year.  The closing date for Nominations is Friday, April 27th and candidate names will be posted byFriday, May 4th.
Vice President
Recording Secretary
If you are interested in either position or would like more details, please let one of the Nominating Committee know as soon as possible.
Below is a brief list of duties for each position:
Vice President
The vice president may be called upon at any time to assume temporarily the place of the president;
The vice president is responsible for:
• Performing specific duties as provided for in the bylaws
• Assuming responsibility for duties designated by the president
• Representing the president in her/his absence or upon request
• and is a standing member ex officio of the membership committee.
Recording Secretary
The recording secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meeting.
The secretary is responsible for:
• Recording minutes of PTA meetings, motions (recorded exactly as stated) and action taken
• Keeping secure official, permanent PTA records, including all originals of approved minutes and maintaining a copy of current bylaws, standing rules, and a membership list
The secretary should have these items on hand at all meetings:
• Minutes of the previous meeting
• Copies of the previous treasurer’s report
• List of unfinished business to be discussed
• Agenda
• Current bylaws and standing rules
• Current membership list
• List of committee chairs
• Materials for note/minute taking
PTSA MEMBER DISCOUNTS
Don’t forget as a PTSA Member you can 10% off at the following establishments:
• Ben & Jerry’s (Yorktown location)
• Plaza Azteca (Yorktown location)
• Thai Erawan (Yorktown/Shady Banks)
• Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta (Yorktown location)
• Andrea’s Italian Restaurant (Yorktown location)
• Thai Siam Cuisine (Yorktown/Grafton Station)
• Yorktown Pub
• Gus’s New York Pizza (Yorktown location)
• Li Chinese Restaurant (Yorktown/Shady Banks)
• Bay Haven Grill (Dine-In only)
• 3 Amigos (Nelson’s Grant)
• The Pizza Shop (Yorktown Location)
• Party Essentials (located off Route 17 in Grafton)
• Holy Mackerel Seafood & Smokehouse
• Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill $5 off $15 (Yorktown/Grafton)
OTHER DISCOUNTS:
• Riverside Wellness Center Corporate Membership
• Victoria’s Day Spa 15% off Mon/Tues/Wed only
• YMCA – Join with no registration fee ($100 value)
• Mathnasium Math center free $100 assessment
To check out your National Member Benefit Providers
Click on the link below:
GRAFTON ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB BOARD
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.  You can join the GABC on-line too.
  COUNSELING NEWS
PARENT NIGHTS
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.
Special Parent Night Webinar – April 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
 ​NEWS YOU CAN USE

 

FACEBOOK
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!!
STUDENT PORTAL
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!
HELPFUL WEBSITES
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:  www.graftonafterprom.com
6.  Band: www.graftonband.com
8.  Clubs & Activities: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website: http://yorkcountyschools.org
16.  Videos on math topics: http://www.khanacademy.org/
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review: http://hotmath.com/
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics: http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/algebra.html
19.  Free graph paper: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

 PTSA Monday Message March 18, 2018

 
Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!
 
Contact the Monday Message at:  themondaymessage@yahoo.com
 
 
​ UPCOMING DATES


Mar 19 – “A” Day
Mar 20 – Help! My Child is Almost a Senior in the Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Mar 22 – PTSA Meeting in the Principle’s Conference Room at 7:00 p.m.
Mar 23 – Red & Blue Crew
Mar 24 – GHS Color Me Red & Blue 5K Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m. at GHS
Mar 30 – Early Dismissal
Apr 2-6 – Spring Break
 
 
 
​ STUDENT SECTION


SPORTING EVENTS
Mar 19 – Girls Lacrosse vs. Kellam @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Yorktown MS
Mar 20 – Varsity Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 20 – Varsity Softball vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 20 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Warhill @ 4:00 p.m., Warhill High School
Mar 20 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Warhill @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 20 – JV Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 20 – Boys Soccer vs. Chancellor @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field
Mar 20 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Lafayette @ 6:00 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #5
Mar 21 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Maury @ 5:30 p.m., Yorktown MS
Mar 21 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Cox JV @ 6:00 p.m., Norfolk Collegiate
Mar 21 – Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Princess Anne JV @ 7:30 p.m., Yorktown MS
Mar 22 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Poquoson @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 22 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Poquoson @ 4:00 p.m., Poquoson High School
Mar 23 – Varsity Baseball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 23 – JV Baseball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., York High School
Mar 23 – Varsity Softball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 23 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Jamestown @ 5:00 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #1
Mar 23 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Hickory JV @ 6:00 p.m., Yorktown MAC #5
Mar 23 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Menchville @ 8:00 p.m., Yorktown MAC #5
* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at: http://www.bayriversdistrictva.org/
CLIPPERS CARE NEWS
‘Spring’ into Volunteering – Grafton High School’s Clippers Care program promotes and facilitates community service by GHS students.  Community service is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community; is an outstanding addition to competitive college applications; and is recognized at graduation at both the county and state levels.
The attached flyer provides a sprinkling of community service opportunities in the local area.  Students are reminded that community service hours should be recorded and submitted to Mr. O’Regan in Room 400.
For more information, and to obtain a blank GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE LOG, go to www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS/Students/Guidance/Community_Service_Information or contact Mr. O’Regan at goregan@ycsd.york.va.us.
 
 ​PARENT AND TEACHER SECTION


  SENIOR NEWS
ATTENTION ALL SENIORS 
Please make sure you turn in your community service hours to the school counseling office to qualify for either the YCSD Community Service Seal or the Excellence in Civics seal placed on your diploma.
Please turn in your college acceptance letters to the School Counseling Office.
Also, all scholarships offers that are shared with the School Counseling Office will be included in the graduation program.  Even if the scholarship is not being accepted by the student these will still be included in the program.
HELP … MY CHILD IS ALMOST A SENIOR!
Attention Parents of Juniors and Sophomores!  Please join us on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the GHS Auditorium.
The Grafton High School Counseling Department has brought together a group of experts to give you the information you need to help your rising junior and senior make decisions about their future.
AFTER PROM NEWS
GHS COLOR ME RED & BLUE 5K FUN RUN/WALK
Saturday, March 24th at 9:00 a.m. at Grafton High School Complex 
Only one week away from the Grafton 5K Color Me Red & Blue Fun Run! Get your hype on!!  We need more runners!!  We’ll have a table in the cafeteria March 21st & 22nd during lunch to register runners. Get a group together and come run/walk with us!  The cost is $25 and the first 300 to register get an event t-shirt.
You can register on-line at www.graftonafterprom.com anytime from now until the day of the race or you can drop or mail in the attached registration form to:
Grafton High School PTSA After Prom 5k Fun Run/Walk
403 Grafton Drive
Yorktown, VA 23692
  WE NEED YOUR HELP!! – We need more volunteers!!  We need help with cleanup and the color station (volunteers to throw powder at runners).  We also need photographers.  Cameras will be provided.
Visit www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4ea8a82da4f49-2018 to sign up for a slot that fits into your busy schedule!
  RED MANGO NESTLE TOLL HOUSE CAFÉ FUNDRAISER – March 25th to 31st from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Tech Center, 12080 Jefferson Ave, Bldg. 900, Suite 940.
Cruise over to Red Mango for a yummy treat!!  Grab some friends and enjoy frozen yogurts, fruit smoothies, parfaits, fresh juices and much more!  YUM!!!!
**Bring in a copy of the attached flier and GHS After Prom receives 20% of proceeds.
  MR. GRAFTON – Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in GHS Auditorium.
It’s the pageant of all pageants … it’s Mr. GRAFTON!!  Calling all guys 9th -12th grade!!  Pick up an application in the main office or print a copy attached to sign up to be a contestant for Mr. Grafton.
Contestants will be judged on Spirit Wear, Swim Wear, Talent, Formal Wear and the Interview.  Judges will look for originality, school spirit and stage presence.  Return your application to the main office or you can give it to any of the following:  Christina Sabochick 871-3583 or Michael Caraballo 870-4890, our emcees, or Martha Owens 879-1943.  
  AFTER PROM
Sunday, May 20th from Midnight to 4:00 a.m. at Victory YMCA
Theme:  Midnight Cruisin’
Help us make this a fun and safe evening for the senior class of 2018.  We need lots of volunteers on the night of After Prom.  Please sign up using the link below:
  URGENT NEED!!
We need a Logistics Person.  Logistics involves leading a team of volunteers in moving items from the storage unit, moving items to specified rooms in the YMCA, setup, teardown, and moving items back into the storage unit.  The storage facility Morningstar Storage is located off of Magruder Blvd.  The manager graciously rents a unit for free to Grafton After Prom.  Morningstar also lets us use their moving van for free on that weekend – Friday night move the day before the event and Sunday morning to move everything back.  Everything you need to know is in the Logistics binder. You’ll lead the charge but will have lots of help moving. Grab a buddy and volunteer!  We need to fill this position soon.
GRADUATION GARDEN FLAGS FOR SALE
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.  Deadline to receive garden flag orders and payment is:  March 29th
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or richnwen@yahoo.com.
PTSA NEWS
PTSA MEETING
The next meeting of the PTSA Board is Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Principal’s Conference Room.  All are welcome.  Notice the change in day, we usually meet on a Tuesday but there is a conflict with another event that is happening on Tuesday the 20th so we have moved our meeting.
RED & BLUE CREW
The next Red & Blue Crew is Friday, March 23rd in the cafeteria during all lunch blocks.  We will be serving yummy home-made brownies.  Remember to visit the RBC table during lunch to get your brownie.  If you remember your PTSA membership card you will get extra candy!!
If you are able to bake some brownies for our event please click on the link below and sign up:
 
 
  PTSA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Nominations for the GHS PTSA Executive Committee for 2018-19 – The following Officer positions on the Board are currently vacant for next year.  The election for these positions will take place in May at the final General PTSA Meeting of the year.  The closing date for Nominations is Friday, April 27th and candidate names will be posted by Friday, May 4th.
Vice President
Recording Secretary
If you are interested in either position or would like more details, please let one of the Nominating Committee know as soon as possible.
Below is a brief list of duties for each position:
Vice President
The vice president may be called upon at any time to assume temporarily the place of the president;
The vice president is responsible for:
• Performing specific duties as provided for in the bylaws
• Assuming responsibility for duties designated by the president
• Representing the president in her/his absence or upon request
• and is a standing member ex officio of the membership committee.
Recording Secretary
The recording secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meeting.
The secretary is responsible for:
• Recording minutes of PTA meetings, motions (recorded exactly as stated) and action taken
• Keeping secure official, permanent PTA records, including all originals of approved minutes and maintaining a copy of current bylaws, standing rules, and a membership list
The secretary should have these items on hand at all meetings:
• Minutes of the previous meeting
• Copies of the previous treasurer’s report
• List of unfinished business to be discussed
• Agenda
• Current bylaws and standing rules
• Current membership list
• List of committee chairs
• Materials for note/minute taking
PTSA MEMBER DISCOUNTS
Don’t forget as a PTSA Member you can 10% off at the following establishments:
• Ben & Jerry’s (Yorktown location)
• Plaza Azteca (Yorktown location)
• Thai Erawan (Yorktown/Shady Banks)
• Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta (Yorktown location)
• Andrea’s Italian Restaurant (Yorktown location)
• Thai Siam Cuisine (Yorktown/Grafton Station)
• Yorktown Pub
• Gus’s New York Pizza (Yorktown location)
• Li Chinese Restaurant (Yorktown/Shady Banks)
• Bay Haven Grill (Dine-In only)
• 3 Amigos (Nelson’s Grant)
• The Pizza Shop (Yorktown Location)
• Party Essentials (located off Route 17 in Grafton)
• Holy Mackerel Seafood & Smokehouse
• Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill $5 off $15 (Yorktown/Grafton)
OTHER DISCOUNTS:
• Riverside Wellness Center Corporate Membership
• Victoria’s Day Spa 15% off Mon/Tues/Wed only
• YMCA – Join with no registration fee ($100 value)
• Mathnasium Math center free $100 assessment
To check out your National Member Benefit Providers
Click on the link below:
FUNDRAISING
REMEMBER we have passive fundraisers at Kroger and Farm Fresh running all the time and with Easter coming there will be plenty of opportunity to shop and earn money for Grafton.  Just shop as you normally would!!  Spread the word about these fundraisers and you can even involve friends, family and neighbors.  You do not have to be a PTSA member to take part in any of them.
If you shop at Kroger please consider registering your Kroger Plus Card on-line and selecting Grafton PTSA as the beneficiary.  Every time you shop you will earn monetary rewards for GHS PTSA which we collect in the form of a check every quarter.  Last year we earned over $1500 with this fundraiser alone and that was with only 47 Grafton families enrolled.
If you shop at Farm Fresh then remember to show the Grafton High School key fob you received when you joined the PTSA.  The key fob is registered to GHS PTSA so you don’t have to do anything else. The Farm Fresh rewards are redeemed via a catalogue enabling the Administration to choose items that will benefit the school.
Use the link below to check out all of these fundraisers and have fun shopping!
GRAFTON ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB BOARD
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.  You can join the GABC on-line too.
 ​NEWS YOU CAN USE


FACEBOOK
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!!
STUDENT PORTAL
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!
HELPFUL WEBSITES
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:  www.graftonafterprom.com
6.  Band: www.graftonband.com
8.  Clubs & Activities: https://www.edline.net/pages/GraftonHS (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website: http://yorkcountyschools.org
16.  Videos on math topics: http://www.khanacademy.org/
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review: http://hotmath.com/
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics: http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/algebra.html
19.  Free graph paper: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/
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