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This Week at Grimsley
See Something, Say Something Week

Monday, March 13th
PTSA Meeting, 5:30pm, Media Center

Tuesday, March 14th
Pi Day for faculty and staff

Wednesday, March 15th
Student Council Interest Meeting, after school, Ms. Way's room

Thursday, March 16th
Project Graduation/Senior Fest tickets for sale during lunch

Friday, March 17th
Project Graduation/Senior Fest tickets for sale after school

Dear Whirlie Nation!
I have to admit that sometimes it is a struggle to decide what to write about each week. This week, not so much, so I will do my best not to overload you with information.
I am in the unique situation that not only am I a Grimsley parent, I am also a staff member.  In light of the events that happened on Friday, I have to say that I am extremely proud of how quickly our campus responded to a situation that turned out to be a prank.  It is unfortunate that this type of thing has become more frequent in schools.  School safety is our top priority, and we are fortunate that Mr. O'Donnell is always transparent with his communication.
On March 20th , our PTSA will be hosting a Townhall for Grimsley families called Supporting Healthy Teens & Families: A Town Hall on Teen Drug Trends and Prevention from 6:30 – 7:30 in the Media Center.  We hope both students & parents can join us for this important event. Thank you to Palmer McIntyre and Kelly Graves for organizing this event.  There will be a panel that has experience from an EMS, parent, and student aspect.  Educational materials will also be provided. This is a heavy subject, but it is extremely important to educate yourself in case it is something you may be living with or a witness to drug use.
This week, as a school, we will be recognizing "Say Something Week".   We are fortunate to have an Admin Team, SRO, and Staff members that listen and support each other, especially students and parents who report concerns they may have.  Say Something Week reinforces the power students have to prevent tragedies and encourages us to Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting themselves or others.  Each day this week we will highlight reasons why it is important to Say Something.

On a lighter note, I would like to highlight one way our Whirlie Way funds are being used to impact our own Grimsley students globally.  Heather Ellington, one of our fabulous Art teachers applied for a PTSA Departmental Grant to help fund a project called The Memory Project.  Please click the link from Fox 8 News to learn more about how this project impacted our students. 
This Monday, March 13th, we will be hosting our monthly meeting in the Media Center at 5:30.  As you have heard me say before, I truly believe parent involvement is an important part of the equation to what makes a school successful.  I hope you can join us to see how we are partnering with our Parents, Staff, and Students to make Grimsley High School the best school in Guilford County.

We Are Whirlie Nation!  

Diane Creech
Grimsley High School 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
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

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.

Project Graduation/Senior Fest tickets: Tickets will be sold: 
Thursday, March 16, during lunch 
Friday, March 17, after school
See Something Say Something Week - March 13th - 17th: Grimsley High School will be celebrating See Something, Say Something Week. This Week reinforces the power students have to prevent tragedies and encourages us to Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting themselves or others.  Each day this week during the announcements, we will address why it is important for students to have open communication with a trusted adult to help when they see or know of a situation that needs to be addressed.  Please encourage your students if they see something, they should say something.
Registration for 23/24 School Year: Registration Season is upon us!  Current Grimsley Students, grades 9-11, have the opportunity to pre-register for the 2023/2024 school year by the end of the day, Sunday 3/12, through Power School. Each student will have the opportunity to meet with their counselor to discuss their schedules and set goals for graduation during their English classes over the next several weeks.
Student Council Applications: Calling all student leaders! There will be an interest meeting, Wednesday, March 15th after school in Ms. Way’s room for anyone interested in running for a position in the 2023-24 Student Council. Student Council applications are available in the Main Office and in Ms. Way’s room. Applications are due by Thursday, April 6th. No exceptions.
Powder Puff Interest Meeting: There will be Powderpuff Football interest meetings on Wednesday, March 22nd before and after school in Ms. Way’s room.
Free Prom Attire: The Greensboro Youth Council are hosting a Pop-Up Shop for teens to receive prom attire for FREE March 29-31!

Camille’s Closet & Theo’s Threads Pop-Up Shop

Location: 410 Four Seasons Town Centre Greensboro, NC 27407 – 1st floor across from Forever 21.
Times: March 29, 5-7pm; March 30, 5-7pm; March 31, 11am-5:30pm

Summer Opportunities for Students
  • NC A&T Transportation Institute: This year, the NC A&T Transportation Institute is re-introducing their residential program, so students will live on campus and get a taste of college life at the nation’s #1 historically black college/university. Still 100% free.  Rising juniors and seniors with a 2.5 or higher GPA and any kind of interest in transportation are encouraged to apply for the program. More information about the program can be found here,
  • miRcore Volunteer Program (MVP), a branch of the non-profit research organization, miRcore (vision: democratize medical research) will be offering summer camps to highly motivated high school students! Our camps provide a great opportunity for students to build research skills and learn more about the intersection between biology and computer science.

Upcoming Important Dates
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

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.

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

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 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
  • 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:  Project Graduation is on campus and is a drug and alcohol free celebration for seniors only.  There are prizes, games, food, and more. There is a $10 fee to attend. Attendees will receive a special t-shirt.

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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