End of summer Guidance Newsletter.

I hope that you all are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing summer!  A great deal of planning and preparation is taking place by the school administration and the guidance department in order to ensure a smooth school opening.  Schedules will be emailed to all students before the first day of school.  Please have your child use the new schedule on the first day and not use the draft they were given at the end of last year.


Here are some helpful ways for you and your child to start the year off right.


  • Get to know your child’s teachers and guidance counselor as soon as possible.  As a parent you know your child best and you should share that knowledge with teachers.  Are there areas in which your child needs special help?  Does he or she have a particular learning style that helps them best?   It may help to email your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns or if you need academic updates beyond what you see on the Portal.
  • Don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teachers and guidance counselor about sensitive issues.  Remember what goes on at home can affect your child’s performance in the classroom.
  • Be familiar with what the school expects of your child, e.g., how much homework is usually assigned in each class on a nightly and/or weekly basis?  We often advise parents to ask teachers the amount and type of homework he or she usually assigns.  It’s a good way to monitor whether your child seems to be spending too little or too much time on homework.
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact the guidance office if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help resolve problems and can help your child in a number of ways, as well as support your efforts.


Upcoming dates to keep in mind:


Tuesday, August 17th (10-11am) Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic in the GMHS Cafeteria.


Tuesday, August 24th (10am-1pm): There will be a freshman orientation for all incoming ninth graders.  The presentation will start in the auditorium and end with each student meeting his or her mentor for the year at the GYCC at the Perley school (pickup at 1pm at Perley).


Mid-September: Guidance counselors will be presenting college application information to all seniors in their English classes.


Late-September & Mid-October: Guidance counselors visit freshmen in their Creativity classes and then again in their English classes for guidance seminars.


Late September: There will be a senior college planning night for parents of seniors, more information will be sent home about the specific date and time.


Mid-October: PSAT exams will be taking place at the middle-high school, sign-up information will be forthcoming but all 10th and 11th graders are encouraged to take this test.


Enjoy the remainder of the summer and I wish everyone a successful 2021-2022 school year!




Julia Robinson

Director of Guidance