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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, December 12th
Spirit Week: Favorite Movie Character Day
Grimsley Band concert

Tuesday, December 13th
Spirit Week: Santa's Workshop Day

Wednesday, December 14th
Spirit Week: Ugly Sweater/Crazy Socks Day
Character Ed Breakfast for Kindness
Grimsley Teachers and Staff Holiday Lunch
Last Day to Donate for Toys for Tots

Thursday, December 15th
Spirit Week: Winter Wonderland/White Out Day
Herff Jones Orders Due

Friday, December 16th
Spirit Week: Polar Express PJ Day
IB Diploma Ceremony, 6pm, Auditorium
Senior Quotes Due
Last Day to Donate for PAWS Club Animal Supplies Drive
Last Day to Donate to JROTC Sock Drive

Dear Whirlie Nation,
If you ever wanted to know what it felt like to be a Whirlie, this past Friday was what Whirlie Nation is all about - our community coming together and supporting each other. Although it was not the outcome we were rooting for, We Are Whirlies and you couldn't help but feel it in your core.  Thank you to our Coaches and student athletes that have worked so hard.  We are proud of you.
This week is our last week of school before our Winter Break and our last Weekly Whirlie for 2022.  Our Student Council is making sure we are all in the spirit of the season with a special Holiday Spirit Week and door decorating contest.  We have several school clubs collecting items for different charities, the Character Ed Breakfast will recognize 60 students for Kindness, and our PTSA Hospitality Committee is hosting a holiday lunch for our Teachers & Staff from Cafe Pasta.  Thank you to Dawn Martin, her committee, and all who have donated to help make this a special week.
As we enter into the colder months our Grimsley Goods Closet is always looking for donations. While we have a little extra time off during the break if you feel like cleaning out your closets, we will gladly welcome your gently used clothes, shoes, and jackets of all sizes for our Grimsley families that may need some extra support.  Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office.  Our Grimsley Goods Closet also welcomes non-perishable food items.
I personally would like to wish everyone the best during this holiday season.  No matter how you celebrate, I hope it is safe and full of joy.  I look forward to catching back up in the New Year!
Merry, Merry!!
Diane Creech
Grimsley High School PTSA President
Help With Holiday Lunch: The PTSA Hospitality Committee is excited to host our Grimsley Teachers & Staff for the luncheon on Dec. 15! We will need help with supplies for the event.  Please use the Sign-Up link to help with the items needed.  Thank you!
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

Holiday Spirit Week
This is our is our last week before the Holiday Break.  To celebrate we will be having a special Holiday Spirit Week.  Our last day before the break is on Friday, 12/16.  We look forward to welcoming students back from Winter Break on Wednesday, 1/4.  We wish everyone the best during the break!
  • Monday: Favorite Holiday Movie Character Day (i.e. The Grinch, Frosty, Santa, Elf)
  • Tuesday: Santa's Workshop Day (Dress as elves, reindeer, presents, Santa or Mrs. Clause, etc.)
  • Wednesday: Ugly Sweater/Crazy Sock Day (Holiday themed or just an ugly sweater/socks)
  • Thursday: Winter Wonderland/White Out (Puffer jackets, goggles, ski or snow attire, white clothes)
  • Friday: Polar Express PJ Day (Wear your favorite pajamas)

Character Ed Breakfast for Kindness This month we will be celebrating Kindness at our Character Ed Breakfast.  We will be recognizing 60 students during our breakfast on Wednesday, 12/14.  Thank you to all the Staff Members who have nominated them.  Please sign up to help provide items for the breakfast by clicking the link below:
Upcoming Important Dates
  • December 19—January 2—Winter Break
  • January 3—Teacher Workday
  • January 16—No School (MLK Day)
  • January 26—End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 27—Teacher Workday
  • February 2-3—Winter MAP
  • February 6—17—WIDA Testing
  • February 20—No School
  • February 28—Progress Reports

Holiday Popcorn Cones - $1: Please support Grimsley’s Adapted Curriculum classrooms by purchasing “Holiday Popcorn Cones” for $1/cone. Look for the flyers around campus and pre-order yours, today! Pick up: Thursday, Dec. 15th during 1st and 2nd lunch, Old Café Room #605.
Toys For Tots Toy Drive: Welcome to the Whirlie Side, EmpowHER and Student Council are teaming up for a toy drive. We are encouraging every student to bring in a toy to their 1st period class. The class that collects the most toys will receive a Donut Party on Friday, December 16th. If you do not have a 1st period teacher and would like to donate a toy to a child in need this Christmas, please drop off your toy to Ms. Way’s room or the Main Office.  We will be collecting toys through Wednesday, December 14th.
PAWS Club – Animal Supplies Drive: The PAWS Club will be collecting animal supplies drive thru December 16th.  There are drop off boxes and posters in each floor of main where students can drop off their items.  Students can get service hours for each item they deliver!  Items we are looking for are clean/new towels and blankets, canned cat and dog food, treats, bones/toys.

Winter Music Opportunities: Don’t miss the many opportunities to enjoy holiday music with our Grimsley Bands & Orchestra throughout the month of December.

  • December 12th, the Grimsley Band will perform their winter concert at 7PM in the Auditorium.

IB Diploma Ceremony: The IB Diploma Ceremony will take place on Friday, December 16th at 6 PM in the Grimsley Auditorium.  We will recognize our IB Juniors with IB Pins; IB Seniors will receive their honor cords for graduation, and we will celebrate our IB Diploma recipients from the class of 2022 and hear about their accomplishments in their first semester of college.

Duke STAR Program: The Summer Training in Academic Research (STAR) Program provides a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students, high school students, and middle and high school teachers during the summer academic break.  The eight-week program is held at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C and will give participants who are interested in science and medicine real hands-on experience in research methodology and writing. The Duke STAR Program 2023 application period is November 21, 2022 to January 6, 2023. There will be no extension.  The program will take place June 20 to August 10, 2023. Questions may be submitted via email (
JROTC Sock Drive: Please join us as we collect socks for the homeless.  Last year’s goal was 500 pairs of socks and we were fortunate to collected over 1000 pairs.  This year’s goal is another 500.  Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office through December 16th.

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

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

Senior Quotes, due 12/16: Seniors be sure to submit your Senior Quote for the yearbook by this Google Doc by December 16th. 
  • Your quote will be limited to 50 characters
  • No profanity, lewd, or graphic content
  • You will need to submit the author/creator of your quote. If it is you, write your name.
  • If your quote author is unknown, write unknown
  • If you do not give a quote you will receive the generic quote: “And remember as always, Go Whirlies.” Ged O’Donnell-

Senior Herff Jones Supplies due 12/15: 
If you haven’t yet ordered your cap and gown, please do so by Dec 15 to ensure on-time delivery.  You can order it at  Just the cap and gown unit is OPTION D.  

If you are planning to use a cap and gown from a previous year, you need to let me know ASAP with the year it was used so I can verify the color.  Additionally, there is a $45 fee to cover the cost of the dated stole, tassel and diploma cover.  Herff Jones will no longer accept personal checks.  You can bring the $45 to me (413, Old Science) in cash or a money order made payable to Herff Jones.  If you’d prefer to order from Herff Jones, you’ll have to call them at 336-228-7770 and place your order over the phone.  
Class of 2023 Important Dates and Information

SAT Dates                    Mar 11, May 6, Jun 3
Dec 15                          Supply Orders Due
Dec 16                          Senior Quotes due
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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