PTSA Monthly Executive Board Meeting

The next PTSA Executive Board Meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm

August 21,2018 – Executive Board Meeting Minutes

GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL PTSA

Executive Committee Meeting

August 21, 2018

Attendance: Nakeya Green (President), Courtney Engel (Vice President), Kaylin Haywood (Treasurer), Latricia Johnson (Monday Message), Gail Asher (Hospitality), Lisa Fazenbaker (Hospitality), Camisha Dickenson (Hospitality), Darlene Heinz (Webmaster), Whitney Cataldo (Principal)

Opening: Nikki called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.

Approval of minutes:  Darlene Heinz made a motion to approve the July 24, 2018 minutes, Lisa Fazenbaker seconded, and the motion was unanimously approved.

Treasurer Report:

  • Account balance: $3,575.70               After Prom balance:  $6,002.33
  • Taxes filed with IRS and a copy was provided to VA PTA.
  • Kaylin presented the proposed budget for 2018 – 2019. Gail Asher made a motion to approve the proposed budget.  Camisha Dickenson seconded the motion.  The proposed budget and audit will be posted on the PTSA website and the PTSA bulletin board for 30 days.  The proposed budget and audit will be presented at the general membership meeting on September 18th for approval.
  • We need to encourage families to register or renew their Kroger card with GHS PTSA. You can renew online.

President Report:

  • Nakeya attended the regional PTA training August 11th and shared the following note:
    • We can have electronic meetings or meeting using conference calls. We can not have an electronic meeting if a vote needs to be taken.
  • PTA has 4 proposed new legislatures to be considered this year. They are:
    • Virginia PTA supports legislation that implements and fully funds resources to support students’ mental health needs.
    • Virginia PTA supports legislation that implements and funds school safety measures and the effective use of Threat Assessment Teams to improve the learning environment of our public schools.
    • Virginia PTA supports legislation and policies that incorporate career and technical education (CTE) into K-12 classrooms, paying special attention to real-life career options and opportunities for training.
    • Virginia PTA supports legislation and policies that seek to recruit and retain effective educators, especially in high-poverty areas, remote locations and hard to fill positions.
  • The vote for the proposed legislation will be taken using survey monkey. Nikki will contact YCC PTA to see if they are creating an online voting option that we can share in the Monday Message.
  • This year we’d like to implement a program called Chalk the Walk. We use sidewalk chalk to write motivational messages on the sidewalk around the school.  We’ll write phrases such as “This way to success”, “Be Kind”, and “Do Well”.  Kroger has spray chalk or volunteers can pick up sidewalk chalk from the Dollar Tree.
  • During the teacher’s luncheon Nikki will have a suggestion box labeled “sail away to success” to get input from the teachers on ways the PTSA can support them.
  • PTSA will raffle off prizes to the teachers during the luncheon.
  • Nikki will implement a new program that uses the SAIL initiative started by Mrs. Cataldo. SAIL stands for Safety, Attitude, Integrity and Leadership. Each quarter teachers will be asked to submit a name that coincides with the letter for the quarter.  First quarter is S.  Second quarter is A.  Thirds quarter is I and the forth quarter is L.  The names will be placed in a hat by grade level and one name will be pulled from each hat.  The winners will receive a certificate and a $10 gift card.
  • We need a Reflections chair. We will advertise in the Monday Message and via ConnectEd.
  • During BTSN we need to stand out. We will wear name tags with our name and position. Nikki is buying blinking light necklaces for the executive board and committee chairs to wear to set us apart from all the other organizations.
  • Nikki would like to find ways to support students and teachers directly by offering tutoring.
  • We need more student involvement with the PTSA. In the past we have tried to get student leaders to attend (class leaders & SCA). This year we will try to get involvement by reminding the students they get volunteer hours for attending.  We will reach out to all students and we can bring our own students to the meetings to get input.

Principals Report:

  • Fall Sports, One Team. Coach Parker has started a program whereas each sport does a community service project.
  • Band Camp – Show this year is redemption
  • All teachers return August 22 – scavenger hunt then heading to putt putt golf
  • August 28 – Clipper Community Outreach – Taking backpacks filled with school supplies to neighborhood communities on the school bus to give away.
  • August 29 – Student orientation from 8:30 – 10:30, Snack break and membership drive at 10:30. We can ask the Athletic boosters if we can use their popcorn machine.
  • New hires: English – Ryan Sinclair, Kari Papas, Amy Brown (part time)

Science – Traci Fairheart

Social Studies – Kaylee Pierce

CTE – Kenneth Rolon

Math, Head football coach – Brandon Jarvis

PE – Kendell Lybert (JV Girls Soccer coach), Brooke Feiner (part time & Head Field Hockey Coach)

Offer made for attendance secretary

Assistant Principal – George Page

School Resource Officer (SRO) – Thomas Estes

  • We are numbering the parking spaces and students will be assigned a specific parking spot.

Corresponding Secretary:

  • No Report

 

Faculty Report:

  • No Report

 

Class Reports:

  • No Report

 

Hospitality:

  • We inventoried our supplies and Camisha bought what we need.
  • The first Teacher “Lunch” is a Breakfast bar at Play A Round on Wednesday, Aug 22. We only asked for monetary donations because the event is earlier than usual.  We bought or made all breakfast selections.  We’ll have five stations set up so teachers can choose their breakfast items quicker.
  • We will have separate appreciation events for the custodians and bus drivers in conjunction with YCSDs Appreciation Days for them. We show appreciation for all other YCSD Grafton High School subgroups every month with either a lunch or mailbox treat so we will not have separate events for each subgroup. We will put an announcement in the PTSA Monday Message for each YCSD Appreciation Day/Week.
  • Whitney Cataldo will contact the YCSD to find out when we are recognizing custodians, bus drivers and nurses.
  • Nikki will email YCC PTA President to find out when we are recognizing custodians, bus drivers and nurses.

 

 

Membership Report:

Category May
Parents 417
9th Grade 115
10th Grade 95
11th Grade 101
12th Grade 74
Special Ed
Total Students 383
Staff 99
Total 901

 

  • We ended last year with 901 members which is 15 members less than 2016-17.
  • Will not be partaking in Staff Welcome Back Breakfast. Eve is working with Whitney on a date for staff membership drive. Eve will need a couple of volunteers.
  • Everything is printed and ready for back to school functions – membership cards/Kroger instructions/homework pass instructions/PTSA discounts, pens.
  • Sandra is working on getting volunteers for Open House (August 29), if anyone is available from 8:15-11:00 we would be very appreciative.
  • Gail will hopefully be able to provide us with 4 laptops so people can join on-line at Open House.
  • At least 5 people have joined on-line directly with National PTA. We have a couple of questions about this for VA PTA which we are waiting the answers to.  We will encourage our members to join up with us and then upload that info as we did last year until we are confident that the system at National is fully operational.  Some of our issues last year were never solved.
  • Back to School Night is Thursday 13th September and we will need volunteers that night.
  • Red & Blue Crew – Friday 28th September – Ice Cream Sundaes.

Reflections:

  • We need a chair
  • The theme is “Heroes Around Me”
  • Nikki will contact the Art and English teachers to get their help in pushing the initiative in class.

Monday Message:

  • We are using MailChimp to send out the Monday Message. The first message will go out Sunday, August 26th.

Volunteers:

  • No Report

 Web Page:

  • Darlene is getting up to speed with the website.

 

After Prom:

  • Sandra would like to confirm the date of Prom 2019 because it is much later than the last few years. If it is 1st June 2019 then After Prom will be 2nd June 12:00am – 4:00am.
  • We have a tentative date of April 20th for the 5K. It is on the calendar with Denise Smith and Sandra has emailed the 2 parents who are willing to take care of it again and is waiting to hear back from them regarding their availability.
  • We have chairs for the Prize Store and Food.
  • Sandra will approach the new SRO to make sure he can be available once I know the date is the 2nd
  • I will hold the first meeting in October once Guidance has input the info from the student record cards that parents complete. That way I will be able to get a full list of all senior parent emails.

Baccalaureate:

  • Juanita Jones and Latricia Johnson are chairing this committee.

Special Projects:

  • We have $2,000 for a special project. We discussed updating the teachers lounge.  Whitney is looking at ideas.
  • The stencils have been completed and Whitney will ask Coach Parker if she can get students together to paint the sidewalk as part of a service project.

Upcoming Events:

  • 29 August at 8:30am – Student Orientation/Open House
  • 29 August at 10:30 am – Teacher snack break and membership drive
  • 4 September – first day of school
  • 4 September – Hospitality mailbox treats
  • 10 September – First Monday of school mailbox treats
  • 13 September at 6:30 – Back-to-School-Night
  • 28 September – Red/Blue Crew – Ice Cream Sundae

 

Nikki adjourned the meeting at 8:26 pm.  The next meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

 

Meeting Minutes – Executive Board Meeting – 7/24/18

GHS PTSA

Budget Proposal Mtg Minutes

July 24, 2018

 

Attendance:  Nakeya Green- President, Courtney Engel- Vice President,            Kaylin Haywood- Treasurer, Shannon George- Recording Secretary.

Kaylin Haywood called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm.

Approval of minutes:  Shannon George approved minutes from June 3, 2018 meeting and Courtney Engel second.

Treasurer’s Report:  Kaylin discussed the SY 18-19 proposed budget and changed some line items.

Starting balance for PTSA- $3575.70

Starting balance for After Prom- $6,002.33

President’s Report:  Nakeya expressed how she would like for the PTSA to give more to all grades, teachers, increase membership, and get more students involved.  The present board members agreed and discussed various ways we could accomplish this goal for the new school year.  Fall sport and SY 18-19 schedule/calendar were handed out.

Nakeya expressed how Mrs. Cataldo would like to see more Teacher Appreciations before Winter Break.  She would also like to see more of a streamline calendar.  It was suggested that the PTSA meetings be moved to 6 pm if possible to help with everyone’s schedules.

Upcoming Events:  August 22, 2018 is the “Back to School” Breakfast.  Hospitality will provide the breakfast, setup is 8:00 am and staff will be arriving at Play A Round Family Fun Center at 8:30 am.

June 1st– Prom

June 14th– Graduation and GHS is the first graduating class 😊

Adjournment:  Nakeya adjourned the meeting at 8:04 pm.  Next meeting will be voted on via email.

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

 

 

 

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 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.
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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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