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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, March 6th
Math 3 Benchmarks during class
Grimsley Whirlettes Tryouts, 606 Old Cafe, until 6pm

Tuesday, March 7th
Junior take ACT on campus. All other grades are asynchronous.
Grimsley Band concert, 7pm, auditorium
Project Graduation/Senior Fest tickets sold in front of gym, 3-4:30pm
WorkKeys Makeups
Grimsley Whirlettes Tryouts, 606 Old Cafe, until 6pm

Wednesday, March 8th
WorkKeys Makeups
Grimsley Whirlettes Tryouts, 606 Old Cafe, until 6pm

Thursday, March 9th
Project Graduation/Senior Fest tickets sold between Main and Vocational, 12:40-2:20
Grimsley Whirlettes Tryouts, 606 Old Cafe, until 6pm

Friday, March 10th
Grimsley Whirlettes Tryouts, 606 Old Cafe, until 6pm

Dear Whirlie Nation,
March is here and it is jam-packed with events that I hope will interest you.  It is also when we start to plan for the next school year.  Shannon Roley (Secretary) and myself (President), will be rolling off the Exec Board because our students will be graduating this year.  We are in search of someone to lead our Nominating Committee to help us find candidates who are interested in leadership roles in our PTSA.  Grimsley is a special place with the PTSA providing an active partnership with our Parents, Staff and Students.  Please let me know if you are interested in leading up this search.  
Like I said above, March is full of a variety of PTSA events that I hope will interest you.  You can read more about these events in this newsletter.  Starting with our monthly meeting on 3/13 to Pie Day (3/14) and our townhall Supporting Healthy Teens & Families (3/20), Brixx Spirit Night (3/23), and a beautification workday wrapping up the month.  We appreciate your support with these events.  We hope to see you there.
Finally, due to the lack of ticket sales and interest we had to cancel the Spring Fling Dance.  If your student purchased a ticket, please have them come see me with their ticket in the Main Office for a refund.  
Lucky to be a Whirlie! 
Diane Creech
Grimsley PTSA President 
PTSA Board Meeting: Our next PTSA Board Meeting will be on Monday, March 13th at 5:30 PM in the Media Center.  All are invited to join.  We hope to see you there.
Let’s Celebrate Pi Day! Help treat our amazing faculty and staff to “Pi” and coffee on March 14. If you can donate bottled water, pies, or help set up and serve in the media center,  please sign up here! We appreciate your support!!/showSignUp/30e0b49afa629a57-3rdquarter
Supporting Healthy Teens & Families: A Town Hall on Teen Drug Trends and Prevention: The PTSA will be hosting a Townhall for Grimsley families on Monday, 3/20 from 6:30 – 7:30 in the Media Center to discuss Teen Drug Trends and Prevention.  We hope both students & parents can join us for this important event.


Weekly Whirlie Change: This is the last week that the Weekly Whirlie will be emailed to all subscribers. Starting with the next Weekly Whirlie, emails will only be sent to PTSA members. The Weekly Whirlie will still be available a link through the Grimsley Parents Facebook page. 
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

Math 3 Benchmarks: Students who are in Math 3 will be taking their benchmark test on Monday, 3/6, during their regular class period. This will be a normal school day for ALL students.

ACT for Juniors: On Tuesday, 3/7/2023, our Juniors will be taking ACT. Only Juniors will be on campus. 9th, 10th, & 12th grades students will be asynchronous which means they will be completing their assignments on Canvas from home.

Project Graduation/Senior Fest tickets: Tickets will be sold: 
Tuesday, March 7, from 3-4:30 pm in front of the gym and 
Thursday, March 9, during lunch (12:40-2:20) between Main and Vocational (3 points)

Spring Fling Social: Unfortunately, due to the lack of ticket sales we had to cancel the Spring Fling. If you purchased a ticket and have not received your refund, please bring your ticket to Mrs. Creech in the Main Office.

Yearbook: If you are still looking to purchase a yearbook, there are some available on a first come, first serve basis. Supply is very limited, so please act quickly. Yearbooks are $80 at while supplies last.

MSA Food Drive: Please help support the Muslim Student Association Food Drive during the weeks of 2/15 – 3/10. They are collecting non-perishable items and canned goods that will be donated to the Burlington Mosque to help support local refugee families. Items can be dropped off in Mrs. Mustafa’s classroom in New Science.

Service Learning: X2VOL support is available for Service- Learning help in the media center every Wednesday during both lunches.

Upcoming Important Dates:
March 6—Math 3 Benchmark (during regular Math classes)
March 7—ACT (only Jr’s come to school)
March 7 &8—WorkKeys Makeups
March 30—End of 3rd Quarter
March 31—Teacher Workday
April 5—Next Steps Career Fair
April 7—14 Spring Break
April 25-26— MAP Spring
April 27-28—MAP Makeup

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.
Grimsley Whirlettes Tryouts: The Grimsley Whirlettes will be having tryouts for the 2023-2024 dance season beginning Monday March 6th – Friday March 10th.  Tryouts will be held in Ms. Gilliard room (606 Old café) each day until 6pm. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Gilliard or Ms. Gerald.
Band Concert: Our talented Grimsley Band will be concert, Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.
Registration for 23/24 School Year: Registration Season is upon us!  Current Grimsley Students, grades 9-11 grades, will register for their classes for the 2023/2024 school year during their English classes March 13th – March 28th.  
Grimsley Goods Donations Needed: The GHS Clothing Closet is collecting semi-formal and formal wear for students in need for Prom (5/6). Please bring any donations to the counseling department.  We appreciate all your support!

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
Seniors and Parents,
We are embarking on the busiest time of the school year for seniors.  Please make note of the updated dates here.  Consult the PINK sheet from earlier this year for more specific details concerning dress codes for the events.
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.

Balances must have been 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.
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
  • March 11: SAT date
  • April 19: Cap and Gown delivery during the day. Late orders may NOT be here on April 19. You must show a 0 balance to pick up items.
  • May 6: SAT Date
  • May 6: Prom at The Terrace
  • May 18: Senior Tea - Blandwood Mansion 5:30 pm (Seniors only--no families, no guests)
  • May 24: Senior Awards Practice
  • June 3: SAT Date
  • June 5: Senior Awards--Cap and Gown event, MANDATORY - guests encouraged
  • June 6: Convocation - 6:30pm, Cap and Gown event, MANDATORY - guests encouraged
  • June 7, 10 am: Graduation Practice –MANDATORY- Tickets will be distributed at Practice. You will receive 10 tickets for guests to attend graduation. ONLY graduates should be in attendance.
  • June 9, 2 pm: Graduation - Guests encouraged with a ticket
  • June 9, 8pm-midnight: Project Graduation on campus. $10 tickets will be sold during lunch Feb. 27-March 2. Buy your ticket now to guarantee your t-shirt size.

Highlighted events are required for graduating seniors.  

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.

Notable Scholarships Available

  • Grimsley Alumni Scholarship
  • 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.

Project Graduation, June 9, 8pm-midnight:  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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