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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, February 13th
PTSA Meeting, 5:30pm, Media Center
WIDA Testing
Theatre Booster Club Rose Pickup, lunches and after school

Tuesday, February 14th
WIDA Testing
Theatre Booster Club Rose Pickup, lunches and after school
IB Tuesday Tour, 2:30-3:30

Wednesday, February 15th
Madrigal Audition Day
WIDA Testing

Thursday, February 16th
Senior Class Picture, End of 2nd period, Main Gym
Yearbook Interest Meeting, after school, Vocational Building 867
WIDA Testing

Friday, February 17th
WIDA Testing
JROTC Blood Drive, Aux Gym

Saturday, February 18th
Learning Hub open, 9am-1pm, Cafeteria

Dear Whirlie Family,

Our monthly PTA Board Meeting will be on Monday, 2/13/23 at 5:30 in the Media Center.  This month we will have a special guest from the Health Department, Anita Ramachandran, to discuss school health and why it is important, and to bring awareness to the school nurse's role.  After her brief presentation we will continue with our regular meeting.  We always like to invite any parent or student who would like to get involved with Grimsley and the PTSA to come, so feel free to bring a friend to the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Diane Creech
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

PTA Board Meeting: Our monthly PTA Board Meeting will be on Monday, 2/13/23 at 5:30 in the Media Center.  This month we will have a special guest from the Health Department, Anita Ramachandran, to discuss how school health, why it is important, and bring awareness to what the school nurse's role.  After her brief presentation we will continue with our regular meeting.  We invite any parent or student who would like to get involved with Grimsley and the PTSA to come.
See you at the Bash! The Grimsley Athletic Booster Club will be hosting the Booster Bash at Natty Greene’s on February 25th at 5:30 PM.  This event is an Adult only event.  Tickets can be purchased at (See the Athletics section below for more information.)
Madrigal Singers: Did you know that the Alma Mater is sung LIVE every Friday afternoon?  Did you know that there is a class you can take where you get to travel and perform all over North Carolina and across the country?  Make history and leave your own legacy at Grimsley by singing with the Madrigal Singers, the premiere singing ensemble of Guilford County Schools since 1966.  Voicings are being held Monday and Tuesday to qualify for the official Madrigal Audition Day on Wednesday, February 15th.  Visit MJ right away upstairs in the music building for all the info you need.  Don’t miss your chance to do something amazing!  If you can sing, it’s simply silly not to try.  See MJ TODAY!
Senior Class Group Picture: Seniors: On Feb 16 during seminar, we will take the Class of 2023 picture in the gym.  At the end of 2nd period, you will go directly to the Main Gym for the picture.  Order forms will be available in Seminar or in the gym.  Examples of the picture are in room 413.  Do NOT interrupt a class to see them.
Yearbook Interest Meeting: There will be a Yearbook interest meeting after school for students who want to Yearbook next school year on Thursday, February 16, in room 867 of the Vocational Building. Please see Mr. Ringrose if you are unable to attend.
SAGA:  SAGA will be holding a food and toiletries drive for a local nonprofit, Triad Health Project, to help stock their pantry for clients. Please visit first floor main, second floor main, the library, and the cafeteria to find bins for donations and to get further info on the drive.
Black History Month Activities: 
  • The African American History Scholars will be selling candy grams during 1st and 2nd lunch during the week of February 21st-24th while supplies last! Purchase one for $2 for the opportunity to win a $20 gift Card!  
  • We are also hosting the Black History Door Decorating Contest for seminar classes. Doors will be judged on February 24th. The winning seminar class will receive Black History themed cupcakes.

ACT & SAT Prep Resource:

Upcoming Important Dates:
February 13—17—WIDA Testing
February 17—JROTC Blood Drive
February 20—No School
February 24 – Last Day to Pre-order Yearbook
February 28—Progress Reports             
March 7—ACT
March 30—End of 3rd Quarter
March 31—Teacher Workday
April 7—14 Spring Break

Grimsley Theatre Ensemble: The Grimsley Theatre Ensemble will present “All in the Timing” by David Ives, which consists of three short one-act plays, on February 23 and 24 in the auditorium. The IB Theatre class will also be presenting an original short play called “Once Upon a December” as a part of this performance. Performances start at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $5 online for students and $7 at the door. Tickets for adults are $6 online and $8 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Please be advised that some of the short plays contain mild language and situations that may not be appropriate for all audience members.
Yearbook Deadline: The deadline to pre-order a yearbook is February 24th. After this date, we cannot guarantee that everyone who wants a yearbook will be able to get one. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $80 at
Early Dismissals: To expedite the early dismissal process, please email Ms. Peterson or send a paper note with your student to the Attendance Window on the day that the student is to be dismissed early.
Your student will have an early release slip waiting for them to pick-up at the Attendance Window if the early release time is not at a class change time.  The early release slip allows the student to be released from class at the designated time.
If you have any questions, please ask the Attendance Office or call them directly at 336-370-8183.
District Message regarding email communications: Technology Services is aware that emails from addresses that are provided by Google (For example:, are having trouble reaching or being sent by our GCS email address. GCS Technology team has been implementing changes, working with vendors, and will update you as soon as we continue to make progress.
JROTC Blood Drive: Grimsley staff and community please support the JROTC Red Cross Blood Drive on February 17th in the Aux gym – students that are 16 need a parent consent – anyone under 16 cannot donate.  Students, sign up in the JROTC classroom. 
Spring Fling Social: The Project Graduation Team, PTSA, and Student Council will host the Spring Fling Social in the Grimsley Cafeteria on March 4th.  This is going to be a casual event for ALL grade levels (9th – 12th grades) to say "Goodbye!" to Winter and "Hello!" to Spring!  There will be a DJ, photobooth, games, and refreshments.  Guest forms are available in the Main Office and are due February 24th, no exceptions.  Tickets are $10 each and will be sold on campus during lunch February 27th – March 2nd.   You must have your ticket and One Card to enter the event.
Learning Hub News!Starting in February the Learning Hub will be open on Saturdays from 9AM – 1PM in the Grimsley Cafeteria to focus solely on math 1, 2, 3, 4 and credit recovery for all subjects.  Math tutoring will be available.  Students who are failing or have a “D” in math for the 1st semester will receive information about the Saturday Learning Hub opportunities with their report cards.

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.
Theatre Booster Club Rose Sale: The GHS Friends of the Theatre Booster Club have sold Wooden Roses in celebration of Valentine’s Day by Pre-Sale only. Order Pick-up dates will be during lunches and after school on February 13th & 14th.  Cash, card, & Venmo will be accepted.  All proceeds will go to helping students pay for the States trip in March.

Save the Date for Prom: 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:
IB Tuesday Tours: The IB Program will be hosting a Tuesday Tour on the following date:
Feb. 14:  2:30 - 3:30 PM 
Please contact Ben Barnard at for tour reservations
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 .

Swimming News: After an impressive showing at the Regional Championship Meet last Saturday where Junior Maeren McGonigal set a new school record in the 100-yard Breaststroke, the Swim & Dive team has qualified 11 team members for the State Championship. The State Meet for Diving will be Thursday at NC State and for Swimming will be Friday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, NC. Good luck to our Swim and Dive team!"

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 


  • Senior Class Group Picture

Seniors:  On Feb 16 during seminar, we will take the Class of 2023 picture in the gym.  At the end of 2nd period, you will go directly to the Main Gym for the picture.  Order forms will be available in Seminar or in the gym.  Examples of the picture are in room 413.  Do NOT interrupt a class to see them.

Senior Updates from Mrs. Whiting
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.      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 in graduation.  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.     On Feb 16 during seminar, we will take the Class of 2023 picture in the gym.  At the end of 2nd period, you will go directly to the Main Gym for the picture.  Order forms will be available in Seminar or in the gym.  Examples of the picture are in room 413.  Do NOT interrupt a class to see them.

4. 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.
5.      Questions should be directed to Mrs. Whiting via remind or email (  DO NOT INTERRUPT HER CLASSES WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.
Notable Scholarships Available
  • Grimsley Alumni Scholarship
  • SECU Scholarship (17 UNC System schools)
  • George C. Simkins Scholarship
  • Emergency Medical Services Scholarship
  • Aubrey Lee Brooks (NC State, UNC-CH, UNC-G)
  • NCAT Gate City Scholarship

 Scholarship information is sent out via student emails and can be found in the counseling office.Seniors, please read Ms. Taylor's Counseling Newsletter to learn more about additional scholarships that are available.

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 16                         Senior Class Picture in Gym (no make-ups)
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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