PTSA Monday Message January 15, 2017


Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2016/2017 school year!


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Jan 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – Schools & Offices Closed

Jan 17 – A Day (Tuesday)

Jan 17 – PTSA Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Principal’s Conference Room

Jan 19 – After Prom Kick-off Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium

Jan 21 – SAT Testing

Jan 24-27 – Student Exams

Jan 30 – Regional & Division Staff Development – No School for Students

Jan 31 – Third Quarter Begins

Feb 3 – Report Cards Issued






Jan 16 – Girls Basketball vs. Smithfield @ 2:00/3:30 p.m., Smithfield High School

Jan 16 – Boys Basketball vs. Poquoson @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Poquoson High School

Jan 17 – Girls Basketball vs. Tabb @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Tabb High School

Jan 18 – Varsity Wrestling Quad @ 5:00 p.m., Tabb High School

Jan 18 – Boys Basketball vs. Tabb @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Grafton High School

Jan 19 – Girls Basketball vs. New Kent @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., New Kent High School

Jan 19 – Boy & Girls Varsity Swim Meet @ 6:00 p.m., Hampton University

Jan 20 – Boys Basketball vs. New Kent @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Grafton High School

Jan 21 – Varsity Wrestling Invitational @ 8:00 a.m., Tallwood High School


* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at:


AP Testing Information

AP registration forms have been distributed in AP classes.  The cost is $93 per exam, with checks payable to Grafton High School (please include a parent contact number on the check).  Mrs. Huffines is collecting registration forms/money in her office (Rm 411).  Extra forms are also located outside her office, as well as attached in this message.  The deadline for the forms/money is Friday, March 3rd.



To All Class of 2017 Senior Parents – After-Prom Kick-off Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. at GHS in Senior Atrium.  19 Weeks until After Prom!!! 

Unfortunately, Prom nights see greater risks than other occasions when your child can assert independence.  Alcohol and drug use can accompany Prom night, putting our teens at risk for harmful physical side effects and traffic accidents.  After Prom is a PTSA sponsored event providing Prom goers a safe and secure place to “party” the night away.  Hosted from Midnight to 4:00 a.m., this event has become as popular as the Prom itself.  This is a self-supported event with the budget fund raised each year, party goers enjoy amusements, casino, great food, entertainment, and prizes throughout the night all with a safe carnival vibe.

Every year it seems to get harder to enlist volunteers for this event.  Although the After-Prom is sponsored by thePTSA, it actually has its own AP Chair and sub committees that are generally made up of Senior Parents.  Parents from other grades are always welcome and do from time to time get involved in readiness for their own Senior’s AP.

As of now nobody has stepped up to be the After-Prom Chair.  Please consider taking on this role or get together with another Senior parent and be Co-Chairs.  The sooner the planning begins the sooner everything will fall into place.  I have been contacted by some parents who have offered their help with many of the sub committees but we need that one (or two) person to take the lead and coordinate each part of the planning process.

I will be holding a kick-off meeting on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria to go through the various sub-committees and I have the Binders from last year’s committees for you to look through.  I have already booked the YMCA although no forms have been completed or monies paid.  I have booked the date for the 5K Run which is the biggest fundraiser for this event so sponsors need to be contacted and the race advertised so we have runners to support it.

I need parents to attend a meeting to find out how to get involved in the After-Prom.

The event itself takes place directly following Prom.  This year the Prom is on Saturday, May 27th at 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott in City Center.  It finishes around 11:00 p.m., giving the students time to go home and change into something more comfortable.  The After Prom then begins at 12:00 a.m. Sunday 28th and goes through until 4:00 a.m.

We cannot make After Prom a success without the Senior Parents involvement and anything you can do no matter how small DOES make a difference.

Sandra Di Gangi, GHS PTSA President





The Special Education department at Grafton High School is proud to present the financial education event, “The Reality Store”.  The event will be held for approximately 300 students grades 9-12 on Thursday, February 16th, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Grafton High School.

The goal of this event is to help students learn basic skills in financial planning, goal setting, decision making and career planning.  The Reality Store will help students examine their attitudes about their futures and career expectations.  After their trip through The Reality Store, students will have developed a more realistic idea of the financial impact their future decisions will have.

We need volunteers to help staff the booths the day of the event.  There will be 15 Reality Store Booths and 2 volunteers will be stationed at each booth.  Volunteers will have a booth description at their station which outlines the cost of each product your booth “sells” (i.e. vehicle, insurance, home, groceries) – no experience necessary.  Students select their purchase and deduct the cost from their checkbook register and record the new balance.  Every 15 minutes a group of students will rotate in/out of The Reality Store as it takes approximately one hour for a group of students to visit all the booths.  We hope that volunteers will enjoy the event as much as the students.

On behalf of the Special Education staff at Grafton High School, we appreciate your commitment to our area youth and look forward to your participation and support in this most exciting event.  Should you have any questions, please contact Shannon Ison at or (757) 362-7551. Volunteers should respond by Friday, January 20th.

Below is a link to an on-line sign up for volunteers.  You can sign up to work at the Booths or to help with Hospitality.

If you are unable to volunteer your time for this event, then we need donations for the hospitality that will available for the volunteers.


Shannon M. Ison, Special Education Teacher, Grafton High School


​ 2017 Citizenship Essay Project

DEADLINE:  February 1, 2017 

Virginia PTA is proud to sponsor the 2017 Citizenship Essay Project, with the theme “We the people…why vote?”  This essay project allows students to express their views and opinions on character or citizenship.  Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children—tomorrow’s leaders.

Who Can Enter? – All Virginia students in grades K – 12 presently enrolled in schools with active PTA/PTSAunits in Good Standing.  A PTA in Good Standing is one who has paid state and national dues by December 1, and whose bylaws are current, having been revised within the past five (5) years.  The Special Writer Division is non-graded and limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines.  Qualifying students entering this division create their own essay but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult.

Criteria:  Students in grades 9 – 12 must write a minimum of 750 words, typed and double-spaced with Times New Roman 12 Font and 1” margins.

Special Writers may submit entries typed or handwritten.

In all categories, adherence to the theme, originality, clarity, thought, and skill in standard written English will be judged.

The theme must be used as the essay title and cannot be changed or altered in any way.

Awards – Winners in each age group are notified and will be honored at an awards ceremony in the spring.  First place winners are forwarded to the State level for judging.

Questions?  Send essays and completed applications to your District Chair for district judging at 100 Leanne Court Yorktown, VA 23692.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Peninsula District PTA Citizenship Essay Chair, Laurel Garrelts, at or 757-817-1103.

Please see the attached Citizenship Essay Form and Rules.





GABC Volunteers

The winter season games will be starting up soon and we will need help with concessions for both Boys and Girls Varsity and JV Basketball games.  Don’t forget when you sign up to work concessions you get into the games

for free on that night.  The link to sign up is:

Remember 100% of all profits made at the games goes back into the athletics for tournaments, equipment, banquets etc.

If you have any question you can contact Tricia O’Grady at

Thanks again for your support!

GABC Membership

Interested in supporting Grafton’s Sports Activities?  Consider joining the GABC for only $10.00.  You may be wondering where the money goes.  All of your $10.00 returns back to the athletes in equipment for each sport as well as hosting the end of the season banquet.  Senior recognition is also supported by the booster club, along with scholarships.  Look for the GABC table at Open House and Back to School Night to join and check out our website for more information and news.






  GHS PTSA has a Facebook Page!!!  Search for Grafton High School PTSA the next time you’re on Facebook.  We’ll try to keep you up to date the new old fashioned way!!  Please share the page with your friends and family.

Did you know the school has a Facebook page too?  Search for Grafton Clippers.  This page is updated by the school and has lots of info that may not make it home via your student!!





Parents – did you know that YCSD students have access to a wide variety of online educational resources, both at school and at home, to support their academic success?  Tools such as Homework Help/Office 365/Power School and Hot Math.  You can have access to all these tools too, just sign in to the portal using your student’s username and password.  The website is:

Be sure to check out the student portal!

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