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This Week at Grimsley

Monday, February 20th
No school in observance of Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 21st
Senior Picture orders and payment due to Ms. Whiting
African American History Scholars sells candygrams during 1st and 2nd lunch

Wednesday, February 22nd
African American History Scholars sells candygrams during 1st and 2nd lunch

Thursday, February 23rd
African American History Scholars sells candygrams during 1st and 2nd lunch
"All in the Timing" performance by Grimsley Theater Ensemble, 7pm

Friday, February 24th
Guest forms for Spring Fling due in Main Office
Mr. Whirlie interest meeting, 4:30-5:30pm, 417 Old Science
Last day to pre-order a yearbook
African American History Scholars sells candygrams during 1st and 2nd lunch
Judging for Black History Door Decorating Contest
"All in the Timing" performance by Grimsley Theater Ensemble, 7pm

Saturday, February 25th
Learning Hub open, 9am-1pm, Cafeteria
Grimsley Athletic Booster Club Booster Bash, 5:30pm, Natty Greene's (adult only)

Dear Whirlie Family!
I hope this spring-like weather we have been having sticks around.  In just 2 weeks we will be joining Project Graduation and the Student Council in hosting our first Spring Fling dance.  We hope to be saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring "Whirlie Style" by dancing the night away with our awesome DJ.  We will also have a photo booth, light refreshments, games, and a balloon artist!  This is the first time we will be hosting this event.  It will be on March 4th , in the Grimsley Cafeteria from 8-11 PM and is for 9-12 grades.  Come decked out in what makes you spring happy.
The last day to turn in a guest form to bring a guest from a non-Grimsley school is this Friday, 2/24 (no exceptions!).  You can find the guest forms in the Main Office.  Tickets will be $10 and will be on sale during both lunches February 27-March 2nd.  All proceeds for the dance will go towards supporting the Project Graduations event for Seniors after graduation on Jun 9th.  
We are still in need of volunteers to help make this event successful.  Please check out the Spring Fling Sign Up Genius, , to see where you can help.  A huge thank you to Debbie Yoder and her Committee for all the planning for this event!  

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's Party.'" -Robin Williams.  Come on Whirlie Nation and let's have some fun!
Diane Creech
Grimsley High School PTSA President
Student Council and the PTSA are excited to host a Spring Fling! It will take place on March 4 from 8pm-11pm in the Grimsley cafeteria and it is for ALL Grimsley students. There will be a DJ, photo booth, games and light refreshments. To make the night a success, we need volunteers! Please consider giving your time and energy to help set up, work during the event or clean up after the event. Below is a list of volunteer needs. Please review and sign up where you are able. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!  Link: Spring Fling
Due to a change in price structures for Mailchimp, after March 10, the Weekly Whirlie will only be emailed to PTSA members. It will remain available as 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

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.
No School Monday, 2/20/2023 In observance of the President’s Day Holiday school will be closed Monday, 2/20/2023.  School will be closed for both Staff and Students.
No Ski-Mask or Balaclavas: Due to recent events, Grimsley is now banning all ski masks/balaclavas while on school campus including all extra-curriculum activities, beginning the Week of Feb. 20th. This will drastically increase our ability to identify Grimsley students from non-Grimsley students. As always thank you for your support as we move along together to make Grimsley High school safer for all of us.
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.
Class of 2023 Picture Orders Due! Any Senior who is interested in ordering the Class of 2023 picture that was taken this past week must turn in order forms and payment for the picture to Ms. Whiting (room 413, Old Science) by noon on Tuesday, 2/21.
 Mr. Whirlie Interest Meeting: The Mr. Whirlie Talent Show is a long-time Grimsley tradition for the Senior Class Fundraiser.  Senior guys, if you are interested please go to the Interest Meeting in Ms. Way’s room, # 417 Old Science, February 24th from 4:30 – 5:30.

Upcoming Important Dates
February 20—No School
February 24 – Last Day to Pre-order Yearbook
February 28—Progress Reports
March 4—Spring Fling
March 6—Math 3 Benchmark
March 7—ACT
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
See you at the Bash! The Grimsley Athletic Booster Club will be hosting the Booster Bash at Natty Greene’s on February 25th at 5:30 PM.  This event is an Adult only event.  Tickets can be purchased at (See the Athletics section below for more information.)
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.
Black History Month Activities: 
  • The African American History Scholars will be selling candy grams during 1st and 2nd lunch during the week of February 21st-24th while supplies last! Purchase one for $2 for the opportunity to win a $20 gift Card!  
  • We are also hosting the Black History Door Decorating Contest for seminar classes. Doors will be judged on February 24th. The winning seminar class will receive Black History themed cupcakes.

ACT & SAT Prep Resource:

Grimsley Theatre Ensemble: The Grimsley Theatre Ensemble will present “All in the Timing” by David Ives, which consists of three short one-act plays, on February 23 and 24 in the auditorium. The IB Theatre class will also be presenting an original short play called “Once Upon a December” as a part of this performance. Performances start at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $5 online for students and $7 at the door. Tickets for adults are $6 online and $8 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Please be advised that some of the short plays contain mild language and situations that may not be appropriate for all audience members.
Yearbook Deadline: The deadline to pre-order a yearbook is February 24th. After this date, we cannot guarantee that everyone who wants a yearbook will be able to get one. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $80 at
Early Dismissals: To expedite the early dismissal process, please email Ms. Peterson or send a paper note with your student to the Attendance Window on the day that the student is to be dismissed early.
Your student will have an early release slip waiting for them to pick-up at the Attendance Window if the early release time is not at a class change time.  The early release slip allows the student to be released from class at the designated time.
If you have any questions, please ask the Attendance Office or call them directly at 336-370-8183.
District Message regarding email communications: Technology Services is aware that emails from addresses that are provided by Google (For example:, are having trouble reaching or being sent by our GCS email address. GCS Technology team has been implementing changes, working with vendors, and will update you as soon as we continue to make progress.
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.
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:
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 

Please take note of the updated dates below!

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.      Questions should be directed to Mrs. Whiting via remind or email (  DO NOT INTERRUPT HER CLASSES WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.
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.

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
  • Feb 21, by noon: Turn in order forms/payment for 2/16 Class of 2023 picture to Ms. Whiting (rm 413)
  • March 11: SAT date
  • March 1: Cap and gown orders must be paid in full. Pay online at See your receipt or email confirmation for more details
  • May 6: SAT Date
  • May 6: Prom at The Terrace
  • 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 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.

Scholarships: Bookmark the Senior Page on the school’s website for updates and important information.
Project Graduation:  June 9, 8pm-midnight. Save the date!! Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free celebration at Grimsley the night of graduation just for seniors. There are drawings for prizes and cash.  Must be present to win. Tickets are $10 and will be sold Feb. 27-March 2 during lunch. Buy your ticket early to guarantee your t-shirt size!
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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