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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, November 7th
Pre-ACT for 10th Graders at Grimsely.
9th, 11th, and 12th Graders stay home and work asynchronously.
PTSA Board Meeting, 5:30pm, Media Center
Report cards mailed home.

Tuesday, November 8th
GCS Teacher Workday. No school for students.
Election Day

Wednesday, November 9th
Herff Jones reps at Grimsley during lunch and from 4:30-6:30 in Main
Support Project Graduation by shopping/dining at select stores in Friendly Center
Women's Lacrosse Interest Meeting, 4:30pm, Media Center

Thursday, November 10th
Herff Jones reps at Grimsley during lunch

Friday, November 11th
Veterans Day. School closed for everyone.
Online ordering for Herff Jones opens

Dear Whirlie Familie,
We will be having our PTSA Board Meeting tomorrow, Monday, 11/7 at 5:30 in the Media Center.  You do not have to be a Board Member to attend and would love to see you there.  We will be discussing and planning events, and we value your input for what you think we need at Grimsley.  I truly believe that parent involvement is a key part of what makes a school a positive place for our students and Staff. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

Go Whirlies!
Diane Creech
PTSA President
  • PTSA Board Meeting: The PTSA Board will be having their November Board Meeting in the Media Center on Monday, 11/7, at 5:30 PM. All are welcome to join!
  • Collecting Gift Cards: We need your help! PTSA hopes to give every teacher/staff member a gift card at the holidays, but we need 155 of them! Please sign up here to donate!
  • 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

  • Schedule for 11/7-11/11: Please take note of the following schedule changes for this coming week.
    • Monday, 11/7, we will be administering the Pre-ACT for Sophomore students. Only 10th Grade Students will on campus. Once testing is complete students can be dismissed if they have their own transportation. The buses will run on their regular schedules for students that normally ride the bus. Our 9th, 11th, & 12th grade students will have an asynchronous day with their assignments posted on Canvas.
    • Tuesday, 11/8, will be a GCS Teacher Workday for Election Day so there will be no school for students. Be sure to vote!
    • Friday, 11/11, is Veterans Day and school will be closed for everyone. Thank you to the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
  • 1st Quarter Report Cards: Report cards will be mailed home on Monday, November 7th. Please take this opportunity to review them with your child. Celebrate their success but also help them develop strategies in the areas that they need to improve. Our learning Hub is a great place to receive the extra support they may need. We offer it Monday-Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 PM with transportation on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
  • PTSA Board Meeting: The PTSA Board will be having their November Board Meeting in the Media Center on Monday, 11/7, at 5:30 PM. All are welcome to join!
  • Support Project Graduation: Support Project Graduation 2023! Start your holiday shopping anytime on November 9th at Friendly Center’s Kendra Scott & Swoozies retail stores and then finish with dinner at 5 Guys between 5-9 pm. Tell them you’re with Grimsley for discounts on your purchases and/or money back to PG2023!!
  • Upcoming Important Dates
    • November 7—PreACT for 10th grader
    • November 8—Teacher Workday
    • November 11—No School (Veteran’s Day)
    • November 15—Club Photos
    • November 21-22—Math 1 Benchmark
    • November 23-25—Thanksgiving Break
    • December 7—2nd Quarter Progress Reports
    • December 19—January 2—Winter Break
    • January 3—Teacher Workday
  • 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
    • Attention Seniors: You have until November 30 to select your poses for the yearbook. You must choose one formal pose and one casual pose. You can choose your poses at Due to an issue with the website, you can only select one pose online. You will need to call Prestige at 1-800-736-4753 to select the second pose. If you do not select either pose, or only select one, the pose(s) will be selected for you. 
    • Senior Ads for the Yearbook are currently on sale. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate your senior in the yearbook. The deadline for ordering and paying for senior ads is November 18th. You can create and pay for your ad at There will be a help session for senior parents wanting to create an ad for their student in the yearbook on Tuesday, November 15, from 5:30-7:00 in room 867 of the Vocational Building. Please make sure to bring digital files of any pictures you want to use for the ad. Computers will be available, but you may bring your own device if you would prefer.
    • If you use a name that is different than what is on file at school (a middle name, first and middle name combined, a shortened version of your first name, a different last name, etc.), and you would like that name to appear in the yearbook, please fill out the following form. By filling out this form you are acknowledging that you have consulted with your parent(s)/guardian(s), and they are in agreement regarding the change. Serious inquiries only.November 11th and is open to anyone and everyone. 
  • PTA Reflections – Deadline November 13th: The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. It offers students opportunities to express their creatively by creating original works of art in six different art categories: Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Musical Composition, Dance Choreography, or Film Production.
    • For more details and guidelines on submissions please visit NCPTA's Reflections page. This year the theme is Show Your Voice!
    • Entries must be the student's own independent work and must be based on the student's interpretation of the theme. Students that participate must have a student PTSA membership.
    • Our school will receive all Reflections entries through an online submission process to Student submission forms are due by November 13th, 2022.
    • We hope to see your art!
  • GAP Community Night –Tuesday, November 15th at The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum from 6-8PM. Come meet multiple companies of interest and explore the possibilities of being a GAP apprentice. 
  • Service Learning: The Service- Learning Ambassadors are now available every Wednesday during both lunches for X2VOL support in the media center. If you have any questions about how to enter or track your hours, we'll be glad to help.
  • 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.
  • Women’s Lacrosse Meeting: Women’s lacrosse will have an interest meeting for any girls interested in playing lacrosse in the spring after school on Wednesday, November 9th from 4:30 to 5:15 in the Media Center. Come meet the new coach, get information about pre-season workouts, and completing all the paperwork. For additional questions, find Mrs. Younts in the back of the media center.
  • Men’s Golf Meeting: There will be a Men’s Golf interest meeting on Nov. 14 at 4:30pm in the media center.
  • All athletic schedules can be found only on
  • GABC Memberships can be purchased at  
  • Whirlie Wear can be purchased at
  • Athletics for this week:
    • Thursday 11/10, 6:00pm: Boys Varsity Basketball, Scrimmage vs. Reidsville HS, Home
    • Friday 11/11: Boys Varsity Football, Open NCHSAA 2nd Round, Home

  • Senior Supply Orders: Seniors and Parents: Unfortunately our senior class meeting with Herff Jones was cancelled. Order packets for caps, gowns, and other senior items went home with seniors on Nov 4. Herff Jones reps will be here Nov 9 during lunch and 4:30-6:30 in the Main Building to take orders. They will return on Nov 10 during lunch only. A deposit is required to place orders. The online site for ordering will open Nov 11. The on-time order deadline to ensure all items will arrive for graduation is Nov 15. The directions in the packet are pretty clear.  Please read them carefully. The important pages are the white page of instructions with the order dates, the orange sheet, the green sheet, and the order form.  The head sizer is in the booklet.  Please tell students to be careful not to lose it. 
    Big Take Aways:
    • Fill in the top part of the order form.  Height without shoes.  Accurate weight.
    • If only ordering a cap and gown, it’s Option D.
    • The white GHS stole is included as part of the package.
    • If ordering the “In the Bag” special, the back of the orange sheet must be completed. 
    • A deposit is required.  NO personal checks will be accepted.
    • Online orders will open Nov 11.
    • On time orders are those placed by Dec 15.  Anything later will incur late shipping fees. 
    • See the images below for examples for guidance.

  • 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                    Dec 3, Mar 11, May 6, Jun 3
Nov 9                            Senior Supply Orders lunch and 4:30 – 6:30 (Alcove Main Building)
Nov 10                          Senior Supply Orders lunch only (Alcove)
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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