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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, December 5th
Spirit Night at Jason's Deli in Friendly Center, 4-9pm

Tuesday, December 6th
Jazz and Percussion Bands Performance, 7pm, Auditorium

Wednesday, December 7th
Buy Whirlie Wear, Aux Gym, 4:20-5:00pm
2nd Quarter Progress reports

Thursday, December 8th
Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm, Auditorium
Freaky Friday, 7pm, Southeast High Auditorium
Buy Whirlie Wear, Aux Gym, 4:20-5:00
Buy Whirlie Wear, Aux Gym, 4:20-5:00pm
Decorate cars, Stadium parking lot, 5:30-6:30pm

Friday, December 9th
Senior Ads for yearbook due
New ASVAB Testing date

Freaky Friday, 7pm, Southeast High Auditorium
WorkKeys Assessment, 9:30am, Media Center
Send off for Football Team, Campus Dr., 1:00pm
Championship Football Game, UNC-Chapel Hill, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 10th
Freaky Friday, 7pm, Southeast High Auditorium

What an exciting time to be a Whirlie!  

If you were at the football game this past Friday night you know what I mean. We have 2 more weeks before we are out for Winter Break and, boy, it is jam-packed. In lieu of our monthly Board Meeting we will be holding a Spirit Night at Jason’s Deli at Friendly Center on Monday, 12/5, from 4-9 PM. Cooking is definitely overrated during this busy time of year. Let Jason’s Deli cook for you. Mention Grimsley and a portion of your sale will go towards our PTSA. We really appreciate your support!
Go Whirlies!
Diane Creech
Grimsley PTSA President 
Jason’s Deli – 12/5: In place of our regular monthly PTSA Board Meeting we will be hosting a Spirit Night at Jason’s Deli at Friendly Center on December 5th from 4-9 PM. Let the cashier know you are with the Grimsley PTSA and a portion of the sales will go towards the PTSA. Thank you for your support!

Help With Holiday Lunch: The PTSA Hospitality Committee is excited to host our Grimsley Teachers & Staff for the luncheon on Dec. 15! We will need help with supplies for the event.  Please use the Sign-Up link to help with the items needed.  Thank you!
The Grimsley PTSA is looking for Corporate Sponsors for the 2022-23 Whirlie Way campaign. There are several donation levels:
    • $250+ Whirlie White (small logo on banner and social media post)
    • $500+ Twister Blue (medium logo on banner and social media post)
    • $1000+ 1899 Society (large logo on banner and “custom video” social media post)
    • You can pay online at Note the business name and contact information in the memo.
If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor or would like more information, contact Christina at Go Whirlies!

Join the Grimsley Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and Donate to the Whirlie Way Today! Membership cost $8. Fundraising Goal: $20,000

ASVAB Testing: New Date!: The ASVAB scheduled for 12/2/22 has been rescheduled.  The new ASVAB test date is 12/9/22.  Students can sign up in the counseling office or in JROTC.
WorkKeys Assessment – 12/9: The WorkKeys Assessment will be administered to select students on Friday, December 9th at 9:30am in the media center. Selected students are being notified. Students should bring their Chromebooks fully charged. 
Holiday Popcorn Cones - $1: Please support Grimsley’s Adapted Curriculum classrooms by purchasing “Holiday Popcorn Cones” for $1/cone. Look for the flyers around campus and pre-order yours, today! Pick up: Thursday, Dec. 15th during 1st and 2nd lunch, Old Café Room #605.
Toys For Tots Toy Drive: Welcome to the Whirlie Side, EmpowHER and Student Council are teaming up for a toy drive. We are encouraging every student to bring in a toy to their 1st period class. The class that collects the most toys will receive a Donut Party on Friday, December 16th. If you do not have a 1st period teacher and would like to donate a toy to a child in need this Christmas, please drop off your toy to Ms. Way’s room or the Main Office.  We will be collecting toys through Wednesday, December 14th.
PAWS Club – Animal Supplies Drive: The PAWS Club will be collecting animal supplies drive thru December 16th.  There are drop off boxes and posters in each floor of main where students can drop off their items.  Students can get service hours for each item they deliver!  Items we are looking for are clean/new towels and blankets, canned cat and dog food, treats, bones/toys.
Championship Week! Hey Whirlies! We are proud of our Varsity Football team and are excited to celebrate them this Friday!!! Check out the important information about Championship week festivities!!!
Buy your tickets by clicking the link below:
    • 4:20 - 5:00 buy your Whirlie Wear in front of the aux gym!
    • 4:20 - 5:00 buy your Whirlie Wear in front of the aux gym! 
    • 5:30 - 6:30 pm bring your car to student/stadium parking lot. We will have window paint markers so you can show your Whirlie spirit by writing on your windows! We will have stencils of the Whirlie and the G to help us get our school represented on our windows! We will also have streamers to put on your mirrors or door handles! This is for EVERYONE! 
  • FRIDAY :
    • 1:00 pm there will be a send off for the Football Team on Campus Dr. Parents, Fans and all of the Grimsley Community are invited to help send our Team off right! See the map below. You will notice green lines on the map. These are the locations designated for the Parents, Fans and Community. We encourage you to bring signs, your pompoms and be ready to show our Team that we are routing for them! Campus Dr. will be blocked off to traffic. You will need to enter the Student Parking lot via the entrances near Brooks Global Elementary School.
  • Before the game Friday, tailgate in CRAIGE PARKING DECK! Bring your cooler, a chair and your Whirlie Spirit! You will need to bring your own food and drinks for the tailgate. 
  • 6:00 pm GATES OPEN! Clear bag policy is in effect. You may not leave and re-enter. NO cash tickets.
  • 7:00 pm Game Kick-off!

Upcoming Important Dates
  • December 7—2nd Quarter Progress Reports
  • December 19—January 2—Winter Break
  • January 3—Teacher Workday
  • January 16—No School (MLK Day)
  • January 26—End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 27—Teacher Workday
  • February 2-3—Winter MAP
  • February 6—17—WIDA Testing
  • February 20—No School
  • February 28--Progress Reports


Jason’s Deli – 12/5: In place of our regular monthly PTSA Board Meeting we will be hosting a Spirit Night at Jason’s Deli at Friendly Center on December 5th from 4-9 PM. Let the cashier know you are with the Grimsley PTSA and a portion of the sales will go towards the PTSA. Thank you for your support!

Winter Music Opportunities: Don’t miss the many opportunities to enjoy holiday music with our Grimsley Bands & Orchestra throughout the month of December.

  • On December 6th, the Grimsley Jazz & Percussion Bands will be performing in the Auditorium at 7PM.
  • On December 8th, the Orchestra will be performing their Winter Concert at 7 PM in the Auditorium.
  • December 12th, the Grimsley Band Wind Ensemble & Consort Band will perform at 7PM in the Auditorium.

Freaky Friday: The Southeast & Grimsley Playmasters present a collaborative production of Disney's Freaky Friday One-Act Edition Thursday-Saturday, December 8-10 at 7 pm at the Southeast High Auditorium.

If you enjoyed their collaborative production of Frozen, Jr. last year, then you won't want to miss this show about a mother and her teenage daughter magically swapping places! Based on the 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films.
Online tickets: Students $6 Adults $8
At the door: Students $8 Adults $10
Tickets are available online and at the door. Get online tickets at .
IB Diploma Ceremony: The IB Diploma Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 16th at 6 PM in the Grimsley Auditorium.  We will recognize our IB Juniors with IB Pins, IB Seniors will receive their honor cords for graduation, and we will celebrate our IB Diploma recipients from the class of 2022 and hear about their accomplishments in their first semester of college.
Duke STAR Program: The Summer Training in Academic Research (STAR) Program provides a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students, high school students, and middle and high school teachers during the summer academic break.  The eight-week program is held at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C and will give participants who are interested in science and medicine real hands-on experience in research methodology and writing. The Duke STAR Program 2023 application period is November 21, 2022 to January 6, 2023. There will be no extension.  The program will take place June 20 to August 10, 2023. Questions may be submitted via email (
JROTC Sock Drive: Please join us as we collect socks for the homeless.  Last year’s goal was 500 pairs of socks and we were fortunate to collected over 1000 pairs.  This year’s goal is another 500.  Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office through December 16th.

FREE Fresh Mobile Market: The Out of the Garden Project will host a monthly FREE Fresh Mobile Market at King's Cross Church (Address: 1411 Benjamin Pkwy, Greensboro, NC 27408) on the 4th Friday of every month at 2:30 pm. At our Fresh Mobile Markets, we distribute free fresh produce and non-perishable items to members of the community. These drive-thru style food distribution services are intended for all families with school-age children in need of food. ALL families who meet this criterion are welcomed regardless of immigration status. You can learn more about the work we do at .
Grimsley’s Yearbook: The price of the yearbook is now $80. You can order and pay for your book at
Service Learning: X2VOL support is available for Service- Learning help in the media center every Wednesday during both lunches.
Register for AP Exams: All AP students should have used the join code provided by their AP Teacher to enroll in AP Classroom and register for the AP Exam. Students must complete this process for each AP Class they are enrolled in. This includes online AP classes. If your student cannot access their account, they MUST call the College Board helpline to unlock their account or reset their password. College Board Student Helpline: 888-225-5427.

Navigating the College Process: Shift_ed (formerly Say Yes) has provided students and parents an opportunity to schedule a 1-1 timeslot for support in the areas below. 
  • FAFSA Completion
  • College App Assistance
  • NC RDS
  • shift_ed Scholarship Question

Senior Quotes, due 12/16: Seniors be sure to submit your Senior Quote for the yearbook by using the Google Doc that was sent to you by December 16th. 
  • Your quote will be limited to 50 characters
  • No profanity, lewd, or graphic content
  • You will need to submit the author/creator of your quote. If it is you, write your name.
  • If your quote author is unknown, write unknown
  • If you do not give a quote you will receive the generic quote: “And remember as always, Go Whirlies.” Ged O’Donnell-

Senior Ads – Deadline Extended to 12/9: The deadline to create and purchase a senior ad for the yearbook has been extended to December 9. You may create and pay for your ad at
Senior Herff Jones Supplies due 12/15: 
If you haven’t yet ordered your cap and gown, please do so by Dec 15 to ensure on-time delivery.  You can order it at  Just the cap and gown unit is OPTION D.  

If you are planning to use a cap and gown from a previous year, you need to let me know ASAP with the year it was used so I can verify the color.  Additionally, there is a $45 fee to cover the cost of the dated stole, tassel and diploma cover.  Herff Jones will no longer accept personal checks.  You can bring the $45 to me (413, Old Science) in cash or a money order made payable to Herff Jones.  If you’d prefer to order from Herff Jones, you’ll have to call them at 336-228-7770 and place your order over the phone.  

Class of 2023 Important Dates and Information

SAT Dates                    Mar 11, May 6, Jun 3
Dec 9                            Senior Yearbook Ads due
Dec 15                          Supply Orders due
Dec 16                          Senior Quotes due
Week of Feb 12 TBA   Cap &Gown pictures during English classes
Mar 7                             ACT – another College Visit day
May 18                          Senior Tea  - Blandwood Mansion 5:30 pm (Seniors only)
June 7 10 am               Graduation Practice –Coliseum
June 9 2 pm                 Graduation
June 9                          Project Graduation – on campus - $10
**** Keep the week of June 5 open and free of scheduling conflicts for required senior events.****
TBD: Events in BOLD are required by graduating seniors.  Cap and Gown Delivery (April), Prom (April), Senior Awards (May), Convocation (June)

Dress Code for Senior Awards, Convocation, and Graduation: No jeans, no tennis shoes, and no casual sandals. If you choose to wear pants, you must wear a white dress shirt and tie with dark dress pants, dark socks, and dark dress shoes. If you choose to wear a dress, you should wear a scoop neck or v-neck white dress or appropriate nice dress underneath the gown: no bold patterns or colors that will show through the robe. If your dress is longer than the gown, it must be WHITE.Shoes worn with dresses should be black, blue, tan or white dress shoes (no bright colors, no tennis shoes, boots, loafers, flip-flops or casual sandals). Be mindful of the height of your heels.  You will have to walk up and down stairs.  Save the 4+ inch heels for another event. Graduates will be “on display” to the visitors and should look proud of themselves. Caps are to be worn flat on your head with the tassel on the right. Do NOT put anything on the top of the cap.

Best All-Around Male and Female Graduate
Each year, the senior class votes on the Best All-Around Male and Female of the class.  It is the most prestigious award given at Senior Awards.  It is a serious award and needs to be treated as such.   Be thinking about your votes for the one male and one female who best represents Grimsley High School’s Class of 2023. Voting will take place in the Spring.
Class of 2023 Remind:  Text @whirlie23b to 81010 to receive updates of class information.

Scholarships: Bookmark the Senior Page on the school’s website for updates and important information.
Project Graduation:  June 9 Save the date!! Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free celebration for seniors only and it takes place at Grimsley the night of graduation. There are prizes, games, food and more.  There is a $10 fee to attend.  Attendees will receive a special t-shirt and cash prizes.
If you are planning to use a cap and gown from a previous Grimsley graduation, you MUST notify Mrs. Whiting ASAP ( with the year of the graduation to ensure the color will match. Herff Jones does change dye lots periodically.  You will need to purchase the dated stole, tassel, and diploma cover for graduation.  The fee is $45.  You can bring that in the form of a check made payable to Herff Jones to Mrs. Whiting (room 413).  Be sure to include the name of the graduate with the payment.  If you choose to make the payment online when online ordering is available, you still MUST let Mrs. Whiting know you are using a previous year’s cap and gown.  There is an additional shipping fee if you order online.   After January 1, Herff Jones will NOT accept personal checks.  Payments made after Jan 1 MUST be by credit card, cash, or money order.
Please do NOT purchase a cap and gown from another vendor.  The colors will not match the dye lot used by Herff Jones and you will be without a usable cap and gown for our graduation.
If you are not sure if you will graduate in June, it is better to go ahead and purchase the cap and gown unit in November to incur the minimal shipping costs.  If it is determined that you will not be participating in graduation in June, the cap and gown can be returned, unopened, for a refund of the cost of the cap and gown.  The shipping fees CANNOT be refunded.  Shipping fees increase dramatically the closer we get to graduation.

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