Good Afternoon,

I hope your child enjoyed the long, four day weekend. It's time to focus on the remaining two weeks of school before winter break.

I would ask that you stress the importance to your child to complete their blizzard bags within 48 hours. Our district must obtain 80% completion rate in order for the day to count. This replaces a day in late June so please help. I went on the news, Wednesday, to stress this to the students.

Have a great week!

Anthony Sperazzo
Principal
GHS Engineering Students Named Finalists in ITEEA’s REACH Challenge
The Gilford High School “Go Baby Go!” Engineering Team recently discovered that their REACH Challenge project earned an award through the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). REACH Challenge is an Adaptive & Assistive Technology (AT) design-thinking project for high school STEM programs. 
The GHS team of Christian Dumont, Sage Merrill and Claire Bartley worked on the custom seat and 3D printed toy holder for a student's Power Wheel “Go Baby Go” Jeep. 
We celebrated National School Counseling Week last week. Our School Counseling Office works tirelessly being advocates for your child. On behalf of GHS, I thank them for all the services they provide.
Career Speakers during February
GHS has scheduled over 25 professionals from the area to speak to students about their careers during the three weeks of February. Speakers are scheduled in a variety of blocks and days. 

Encourage your child to check the list for careers they want to know more about. At least two days before the presentation, they should contact their teacher so they will be sure they won't miss an important lesson or test.

Our list of speakers includes: civil, nuclear & aerospace engineers, military, law enforcement, human services, graphic design, digital security, banking, meteorology, marketing, construction trades and other careers. 
If you wish to participate as a speaker there are still a few time slots open. Please contact Dan Caron at  dcaron@sau73.org  for more details or to be added to the calendar.



Wealth Management Advisor Joel Arsenault spoke to Ms. Laliberte’s Reading and Writing for The Workplace Senior English Class last week. Mr. Arsenault discussed money management and financial strategies that will help the graduating seniors reach their own financial goals. A big “Aha Moment!” for students was learning the benefit that tucking away a little money from each paycheck now, at age 18, will have on their future retirement income.
A NOTE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
2020-2021 Course Scheduling 
Have you started looking forward to the 20-21 school year yet? It is hard to believe it but in the School Counseling Office, that is exactly what we are doing as we start the course selection and registration process for the 20-21 school year. February 10-17 will be course selection and registration. Teachers will be providing overviews of course offerings and discussing options for students. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their teachers on Tuesday 2/11 during LEAD block to discuss recommendations. Teachers will recommend the next appropriate course that best fits a student’s academic path, interests and post-secondary plans. Once the core classes are recommended, students will be given their transcript and course selection sheets with instructions for entering their requests on line. Please follow the instructions, print the final selections, and have a parent or guardian sign it. These should be turned in to the School Counseling Office by Monday, February 17th.

The 20-21 GHS Program of Studies is on the high school web page for families to review. Parents will approve the courses students are interested in taking. It is important to remember that these are course requests and not a schedule. All elective courses are subject to interest as to whether or not they are run. If you have any questions please email ghsguidance@sau73.org.
Please encourage your child to complete their blizzard bag assignment within 48 hours. Last year we received 78% and 79% completion rate. This year we received 82%. The district needs to receive an 80% completion rate for the day(s) to count. Thanks for your support in getting these completed.
Senior Parents- Yearbook Info
You recently received a letter from our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. O'Riordan, with information concerning your opportunity to put a message to your senior in the Yearbook. Please be advised that the deadline for completing that is February 16. That date is the yearbook publishers deadline, GHS has no control over that, so please do not delay. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. O'Riordan at  soriordan@sau73.org .
Seniors!!!
February 14, Destination College Speech Contest
March 2, Skrungloo Farm Inc.
March 30, Annalee Thorndike Art Competition Scholarship (Also have to fill out the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation application)
Actuarial Science Camp - Lebanon Valley College
 Tuesday, February 11

Wednesday, February 12
Early Release
Gilford High School
88 Alvah Wilson Road
Gilford, NH 03249