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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, January 30th
First day of 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester
GAP Applications Due

Tuesday, January 31st
Theater Booster Club Rose Orders Due
IB Program Tuesday Tour, 11am-noon

Thursday, February 2nd
Winter MAP Testing
Cap and Gown Pictures for Seniors (Parent Volunteers needed), Auditorium
Project Graduation Tickets on Sale, Main Hall

Friday, February 3rd
Winter MAP Testing
Cap and Gown Pictures for Seniors (Parent Volunteers needed), Auditorium
Project Graduation Tickets on Sale, Main Hall

Saturday, February 4th
Learning Hub open from 9am-1pm, Cafeteria 

Dear Whirlie Families,
I don't know about you, but January has flown by.  As we enter into this 3rd Quarter of the school year it will be jam-packed full of events for students and parents, with a little spoiling for our Staff.  The Weekly Whirlie is jam-packed full of information, so be sure to read all the way through it.   The last section is dedicated especially for our Senior Families.  Mrs. Whiting is our Senior Advisor extraordinaire and has provided us with a lot of information.  Seniors will have Cap & Gown pictures this coming week, February 2nd & 3rd,  and should make a reservation at the booking link provided.  
Our February PTSA meeting will be on Monday 2/13 at 5:30 PM.  We hope you will be able to join us for our meeting and all the other events planned.
Whirlie Pride!
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
Start of 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester:  The end of the 1st Semester and 2nd Quarter was on January 26th.  Report cards will be mailed home on February 7th.  Make sure you are talking to your students about staying on top of assignments and starting this second half of the year strong.
This Monday will be the first day for the 3rd Quarter and 2nd Semester.  All students who failed the SEMESTER will be given a grade recovery opportunity.  Contracts will be given to students Monday, January 30th.  Grade recoveries must be completed by Friday, February 10th. 
Spaghetti Dinner for Grimsley Band: The Grimsley Band will be presenting the Spaghetti Sessions (an evening of food and music) on February 11th from 5-8 pm at Centenary Methodist Church. Tickets to this event are being sold by the band students and can also be purchased on Mr. Ray’s website (
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 signup 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.
Upcoming Important Dates
February 2-3—Winter MAP         
February 6—17—WIDA Testing
February 10—Biology Benchmark
March 17—JROTC Blood Drive
February 20—No School
February 28—Progress Reports             
March 7—ACT
March 30—End of 3rd Quarter
March 31—Teacher Workday
April 7—14 Spring Break

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 will be selling Wooden Roses in celebration of Valentine’s Day by Pre-Sale only. To Place an order, you can Scan the QR code on the flyers throughout campus.  There will also be an opportunity to pre-order during lunch and after school on January 31st.  You must complete the Google form and submit payment by January 31, 2023!!  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.
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 you 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 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 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!
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 

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.      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 in the AUDITORIUM.  You 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.
PARENTS: 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!
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

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.
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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