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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, January 16th
No school in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Submissions for 20th Annual Poet Laureate Contest due

Wednesday, January 18th
Support Project Graduation by eating at Chipotle on Westover Terrace from 4-8pm

Friday, January 20th
National Honor Society applications due

Dear Whirlie Families,
The winter weather keeps teasing us with cold and semi-warm days.  That is why I love living in North Carolina.  On our cold days we want to make sure all of our Whirlies are able to have clothes to keep them warm.  Our Grimsley Goods Closet is a resource for students and their families who need assistance with clothing and non-perishable food items.  They are currently looking for donations of new and gently used hoodies and sweatpants of ALL sizes.  Donations can be dropped off in the Counseling Office during regular school hours. 
On Monday, January 16th, school will be closed for Students and Staff in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr – Day of Service.  On this day it is encouraged to be a national day of service and make it a “day on, not a day off.”  His advocacy for civil rights and his love for mankind is an example of how we should all try to live our lives daily.  Go out and do good things but most of all be kind to All.

--Diane Creech
Grimsley High School PTSA President
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

No School Monday, 1/16:  In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr there will not be school on Monday, 1/16.
Grimsley Goods Donations Needed: With the cold weather upon us, the Grimsley Goods Closet is looking for donations of new or gently used hoodies and sweatpants of all sizes.  Donations can be dropped off in the Counseling office during regular school hours.
ANYDAY: The Counseling Department is working with NCCJ (North Carolina for Community and Justice) to bring their ANYDAY workshop to Grimsley.  NCCJ has conducted the workshop at Grimsley several times in the past and we are excited to have them back!  The workshop will be held January 24th in the Media Center at Grimsley.  This will be all day.  Lunch will be served.  Counselors will be present along with the NCCJ representatives.  Parent permission forms are required for participation.
Please visit the NCCJ website for more information:

See a brief description below:
ANYDAY is a 6-hour workshop for up to 25 students and co-facilitated by NCCJ’s ANYTOWN Ambassadors (high-school age graduates of our flagship youth leadership program.) It combines activities and conversations to help students understand the root causes of bullying and harassment and the many forms they take in schools. The final session of the day focuses on action planning and asks students to brainstorm about ways they can be leaders in creating a more welcoming and inclusive school climate.
GAP Applications due 1/30: Juniors and Seniors- the deadline to submit your GAP applications to Ms. Hunt is Monday, January 30th. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Hunt ASAP! Please do not wait until the last minute.
Unified Club: Do want to make a difference and be a leader of inclusion? Are you looking to be a peer helper and engage with students with disabilities?  Grimsley High School’s Unified Club is looking for students who want to make an impact by having fun and modeling what inclusion is all about. If you are interested, please see Coach Aponte in Home EC Office 502-6 or Coach Gilliard in Old Café Room 606. You can also email us at or
Save the Date: Mark your calendars for these fun events coming in March & April.  The Spring Fling Social is for ALL grade levels and the Prom is for Juniors & Seniors.  Guest form information and ticket sales information will be announced soon!

Interested in the Naval Academy: The application processes for the Naval Academy’s two summer programs (the Naval Academy Summer Seminar – NASS - and the Naval Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Program – STEM) have opened and will close on April 15th. These programs are excellent opportunities for students to visit the Naval Academy and participate in exciting activities while they are there.  You can learn more about the process here:
Upcoming Important Dates
January 23—English II Benchmark
January 26—End of 2nd Quarter
January 27—Teacher Workday
February 2-3—Winter MAP         
February 6—17—WIDA Testing
February 17—JROTC Blood Drive
February 20—No School
February 28—Progress Reports
March 4 – Spring Fling
March 7—ACT
March 30—End of 3rd Quarter
March 31—Teacher Workday
Support Project Graduation By Eating Chipotle! Hungry for burritos or bowls? Stop by Chipotle on Westover Terrace on January 18th from 4-8pm and help support Project Graduation! You must let the cashier know you are there for Grimsley in order for it to count. You can order online (for pick up only), but be sure to use promo code 86XXATX and press "Apply" when ordering to credit Grimsley. Orders must be picked up during the fundraiser time. Thank you for your support!
IB Open House: Our IB Open House and panel discussion with IB teachers and students will be in the Media Center on Wednesday, January 25th from 6-7 PM.
We will also be hosting Tuesday Tours on the following dates:
Jan. 31:  11 AM - 12 noon
Feb. 7:  2:30 - 3:30 PM
Feb. 14:  2:30 - 3:30 PM 
Please contact Ben Barnard at for tour reservations
Cap & Gown Volunteers Needed! Cap and Gown pictures for seniors will be taken February 2nd and 3rd and we need volunteers to help the students dress and prepare for their photos.  Please click the Sign-up Genius link below to sign up. Thank you!
National Honor Society: Applications for Spring Induction into the Grimsley chapter of the National Honor Society are now available through the Student tab on the Grimsley homepage.  The due date for all applications is 1/20/23. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ms. Allen or Mr. Darden.
Winter Popcorn Cones:  Please support Grimsley’s Adapted Curriculum classrooms by purchasing “Winter Popcorn Cones” for $1/cone. Look for the blue flyers around campus and pre-order yours, today – Jan. 24th! Pick up: Thursday, Jan. 26th during 1st and 2nd lunch, Old Café Room #605.
20th Annual High School Poet Laureate Contest: Mrs. Worrells is now accepting submissions for the High School Poet Laureate Contest.  Students may submit up to 3 poems – typed, single sided only.  Please print your name and contact on the back of each page. 
Deadline for Submissions is January 16.  See Mrs. Worrells if you have questions.
The price of the yearbook is now $80. You can order and pay for your book at
Student Parking Passes – SOLD OUT! Our parking passes are sold out for the school year 22-23.
Please look out for announcements when we will start back in the school year 23-24.
Service Learning X2VOL support is available for Service- Learning help in the media center every Wednesday during both lunches.
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 .

  • Tickets – ALL tickets will be sold through Go Fan. NO cash ticket purchases for any home contest at Grimsley. - We only accept credit/debit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.Please help spread this information to your coaches and parents. Links to our athletic contests can be found prior to contests using this link:

All athletic schedules can be found only on 
GABC Memberships can be purchased at
Whirlie Wear can be purchased at 


  1. It is beginning to look a lot like Graduation Season. Pay attention to announcements, the Daily Bulletin, the Weekly Whirlie, and the Remind to stay “in the know”.  If you haven’t registered with the class Remind, please use the code @whirlie23b as the two other groups are full and are not accepting new participants. 
  2. I have received the most up-to-date list of cap and gown orders.  Only 300 of the 497 on the potential grads list have purchased a cap and gown in some way, shape or form.
    • A cap and gown is REQUIRED for participation.  If you know you haven’t yet taken care of your cap and gown and are planning to participate in the June 9 ceremony, you’ll need to do one of the following:
    • Order at ASAP.  Shipping costs are increasing and orders placed after Jan 31 have no guarantees to be here on time for graduation.
    • If you are using a sibling/cousin/neighbor’s cap and gown, you need to let me know what year it was used AND bring me $45 to cover the cost of the dated tassel, stole, and diploma cover.  These are required to participate.
    • If you are not planning to participate in the ceremony, you need to let Mrs. Whiting and your counselor know ASAP.
  3. Balances must be paid by MARCH 1 for delivery on time.  You can pay online at  You should have your receipt, either the paper copy or an email if you ordered online and can verify your order number and balance owed.
  4. Cap and Gown pictures are scheduled for Feb 2-3.  Students will need to use this link to sign up for an appointment time (  CAPS AND GOWNS WILL BE PROVIDED for the pictures.  There is no purchase necessary.  We are asking ALL seniors to have a picture taken so we can use these to create a Class of 2023 picture. 

    Feb 2-3 are MAP testing days.  Please schedule your appointment early in the day so we can accommodate all seniors to have a cap and gown picture taken.
  5. Tickets for Project Graduation ($10 cash) will be on sale in the Main Hall on Feb 2-3.  You can purchase your ticket after you’ve had your cap and gown picture taken.  Cap and gown pictures will be on the stage in the Auditorium.     
  6. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Whiting via remind or email (  DO NOT INTERRUPT HER CLASSES WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.

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

Class of 2023 Important Dates and Information

SAT Dates                   Mar 11, May 6, Jun 3
Feb 2 and 3                 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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