December Newsletter - Grand Junction High School



December Newsletter - Grand Junction High School
Grand Junction
High School
December 2015
Ari Goldberg, Principal | Carol Coburn, Assistant Principal | Alicia Timbreza, Assistant Principal | Kyle Rush, Assistant Principal
Meghan Roenicke, Assistant Principal | Tom LeFebre, Dean of Students | Carol Sams, Director of Athletics
A Message From Principal Ari Goldberg:
Important Dates
Final Exams
December 16, 17, 18, 2015
Happy December Tiger Families!
Winter Break
Begins: December 21, 2015
Ends: January 1, 2016
December is such a great month. There are so many activities and events that happen
in our school and our community. The Annual Holiday Extravaganza is happening,
band and orchestra concerts, winter sports are starting their regular season games
and contents, and finals are coming up. We are already starting to plan for our course
selections for next school year, we reviewed the Unified Improvement Plan at our
School Accountability meeting, we will host the annual Holiday Tea for current and
alumni teachers and staff, and we had our first snow. In just a few weeks we will have
a winter break and half of the school year will be over with. By now, many of our
Freshmen have figured out how to navigate high school, while others might still be
figuring it out. Our upper classmen are most likely in the groove of their learning. I
am sure our Seniors are starting to realize that high school is almost over. We have a
wall across from the main office that holds an “accepted” poster where we are posting
where students have been accepted to college and universities. If your student has
been accepted to a college or university, please have them stop by the counseling
center so they can be added to the poster. It is a very impressive poster that I hope
gets really full throughout the remainder of the school year. It is worth checking out
if you are near the school. As you will see later in the newsletter, we are very proud of
the fact that over half of our seniors have already applied to a college or university.
Teacher Work Day
January 4, 2016
First Day of 2nd Semester
January 5, 2016
No School
January 18, 2016
February 4, 2016
3:30 - 7:30 pm
No School
February 15, 2016
Spring Break
Begins: March 21, 2016
Ends: April 1, 2016
In This Issue
AP Incentive Checks
Booster Club
Senior News
Letters of Intent
Final Exam Schedule
Tigers Roar!
Text Alerts
I want to share how impressed I am with our student population. Our students are
constantly doing things that amaze me. The No Makeup November challenge was
a huge success. Student clubs and groups are constantly working on fundraisers
and community outreach opportunities to help others. And really the students are
very active in whatever interests them. It has been fun meeting and watching GJHS
students grow over the course of this school year. I am excited for everything that
GJHS offers our students.
I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season.
Ari Goldberg
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AP Incentive Checks
AP students brought in a total of $20,000 in incentive money! If your student took an AP exam
in May and received a qualifying score of a 3, 4, or a 5 for a Math, English, or Science exam then
they have earned an incentive of $100 per qualifying exam. Please come see Mrs. Rigg in the
Main Office to sign for your check.
We are very proud of our AP students and our teachers for their hard work. Congratulate our
students and thank our teachers for their dedication to excellence.
From The GJHS Library: E-Resources and Reading
Q. What is Overdrive?
A. Overdrive is an app one can download to one’s phone or device and then use it to check out e-books or audiobooks
from the library.
When you download the app:
• Choose Mesa County Libraries and the Marmot Library Network
• Browse for books
• Sign in to your library account
• Get borrowing!
You will need a library card to check out books on Overdrive. Visit to get one!
Books are generally available in Kindle format, as EPUBs or on OverDrive Read (so you can read right in the Overdrive
This resource is really popular, but don’t worry: If a book is checked out, you can click on “Place Hold” and when it’s
your turn, they’ll send you an e-mail to let you know. Put several on hold at a time, and you will always have something
in your lineup!
Need help? Stop in and see Mrs. Middlemas in the library! Bring your device!
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Booster Club
The Grand Junction High School Booster Club is always looking for new members. In order for the Booster Club to
function and provide continued support of our 40 plus Tiger activities, we need more parent members and parent
involvement. Last school year the Booster Club was able to donate over $51,000 to many of the Tiger programs and
activities. Without this generous support of time and money, we would have to continue to cut back on programs and
what our programs are able to offer and accomplish for your students.
If you have never attended a Booster Club meeting and are interested in doing so, please come and check it out. The
typical agenda for a meet is: to first hear requests from school groups asking for money, then discussion and voting on
approving the requests, followed with a monthly financial report, and finally a discussion of Bingo business. We like to
keep the meetings to about an hour. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month during the school year at 6:00
pm in Room 115. There may be an exception to this if a Monday falls during a break or is a vacation day.
The next GJHS Booster Club meeting will be on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm in Room 115.
At the November Booster Club meeting, the Booster Board approved $2,495.00 for the Link Crew teacher training. Thank
you to our Booster Club and all of the volunteers for your continued support of Grand Junction High School students,
staff, and all of our activities.
If you are interest in becoming a Booster Club member or in volunteering, please contact: Booster Club President Trina
Brillhart at [email protected] or GJHS Athletic/Activities Director Carol Sams at 254-6900 or
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Counseling News
Information for 10th Grade Families
The counseling team will be coordinating a “Career Exploration Day” for sophomores beginning the next semester on
Jan. 12th. During this time all sophomores will be given the opportunity to tour Western Colorado Community College
(WCCC) and learn about all the programs they have to offer, such as Digital Design, Welding, and Medical Preparation
to name a few. Students will then have the option of filling out applications for classes they are interested in taking
their junior year. In conjunction with the WCCC tour, sophomore students will also learn about various careers:
including working conditions for those careers, salary levels, and educational requirements. Finally, students will be
presented with their 10th grade Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) lesson. ICAP is a state requirement for
all 9th – 12th grade students that helps them explore their unique talents and aspirations, participate in career and
postsecondary options, and create pathways to financial success after high school. Look for more information about
Career Exploration Day as the date gets closer.
11th grade: ACT prep options: in the Spring semester there will be an ACT prep class offered 8th hour and after school
with Lorena Thompson-more information will be coming out in advisory. Also there are plenty of tools on Naviance to
start preparing for the ACT on your own. There is March 2 Success which is a free resource, where you can sign
up for the question of the day, and College in Colorado. All of these are free online resources to start preparing today.
Dear students, parents, community members, and teachers:
Just a quick reminder that a GJHS Advisory Council meeting was held on Tuesday, December 1st. The council was
formed to help provide the counseling team at GJHS with input and support in its quest to provide a comprehensive
counseling program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become
effective students, responsible citizens, productive 21st Century workers, and lifelong learners. So anyone who would
like to join the counselors to find out what is happening at GJHS or would like to recommend suggestions for the team
are invited to attend a meeting. The focus of the December 1st meeting was the data gained from Senior Application
Week and the necessary procedures seniors need to follow to finish their steps for attending college.
Thanks for your support,
The GJHS Counseling Team
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Senior News
The class of 2016 has been busy planning for life after high school! As of November
19, 2015, nearly 60% of our 396 seniors have applied to college! We also have
several students who have committed to serve their country as a member of the
United States Military after graduation in May. We are so proud of the work these
students have done to get ready for the next phase of their future! If you have
questions or need help preparing for life after high school, please contact your
counselor. Good job class of 2016!
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Hey Seniors!
You’re senior class website is now up. Go check it out to locate recent news, calendar updates, and the final the results
for the senior survey! 20 weeks until graduation!! Stay tuned for more updates. Below is a list of important dates you will
want to keep track of as we head into the second semester. Keep up the pace, the finish line is just around the corner!
May 9th PM Senior FINALS/ Check-out forms distributes 1st and 3rd hours
May 10th AM Senior FINALS/Senior turn in Check-out forms & transcript requests – Auditorium Lobby @ 10:45
May 11th Final Day for Seniors to submit copies of scholarship offers/pay all fees & fines
May 12th Cap and gown distribution/voter registration, Baccalaureate practice 11:00-12:30, yearbook distribution 12:30-2:00 foyer of west gym, senior picnic 12:30-2:00 @ Sherwood Park, Springfest 3:00-5:00 @ GJHS
May 15th Baccalaureate 7:00 pm @GJHS Auditorium
May 16th Graduation Practice 1:00 pm @stocker stadium
May 17th Graduation!!! 8:30 am @stocker stadium
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National Letters of Intent
Final Exam Schedule
Grand Junction High School would like to congratulate three
outstanding student athletes who have recently signed
National Letters of Intent for college athletics.
Tori Catlett, daughter of Tamara and Jim Catlett, and Jill
Payne, daughter of Jody and David Payne will both be
attending Colorado Mesa University next year. Tori will join the
Women’s Basketball team and Jill will be joining the Women’s
Track & Field team. Tyson Zanski, son of Susan and Andy
Zanski, will be attending St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud,
Minnesota. He will become a member of the Husky’s Baseball
team. Congratulations athletes!!
Grand Junction High School
Final Exam Schedule
December 16-18, 2015
Wednesday, December 16
7:25 – 9:00 1st & 2nd Period classes
9:05 – 10:40 3rd & 4th Period classes
10:40 – 11:30 Lunch
11:35 – 1:10 5th & 6th Period classes
1:15 – 2:50 8th Period Final Exam
Thursday, December 17
7:25 – 8:55 1st Period Final Exam
9:05 – 10:40 3rd Period Final Exam
10:40 – 11:30 Lunch
11:35 – 1:10 5th Period Final Exam
1:20 – 2:50 7th Period Final Exam
Friday, December 18
7:30 – 8:55 2nd Period Final Exam
9:05 – 10:40 4th Period Final Exam
10:40 – 11:30 Lunch
11:35 – 1:10 6th Period Final Exam
1:20 – 2:50 Check Out/Make up
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Athletics at Grand Junction High School
In need of a Grand Junction High School Tiger T-shirt or hoodie for a holiday gift
this year? Stop by the Athletic/Activities office, to purchase your GJHS apparel.
With tryouts completed, Girls Basketball has assembled a team ready and eager
to defend their SWL Championship. A varsity mix of outstanding veterans and
talented newcomers promise an exciting and competitive season as the Tigers
roar toward the State Playoffs. A high level pre-season schedule along with an
always competitive league schedule will prepare the Tigers well for their march
into the playoffs in late February. Good Luck Girls Basketball! Have a great
After a long off season of camps, weight training, and individual skill building, the boys’ basketball team is excited to
be back in the gym for the 2015-2016 season. This year’s team consists of 31 players at 3 levels, and is a good mix of
returning and new players. We are looking forward to defending last year’s Southwestern League title, attempting
another run in the 5A State Tournament, and continuing the proud legacy of Grand Junction Boys Basketball.
The GJHS Girls Swim & Dive team started the season with much work on stroke technique (butterfly, backstroke, breast
stroke, and freestyle). There are a total of 26 girls on the team this year with 3 divers and 23 swimmers. Several of the
girls are first time swimmers and are making large improvement on their strokes. The returning GJHS girls are looking
strong, also. The GJHS coaches have been very impressed with how hard the girls are working. Good Luck to the GJHS
Swim & Dive team this season!
The GJHS Wrestling team is excited to start what looks to be another promising season. The wrestling team will be
attempting to win their third consecutive SWL team title and improve upon last year’s 3rd place finish at the State
Tournament. Individually, the team will be led by state placers Josiah Rider (3rd place) & Dylan Martinez (4th place).
The Tigers also return state qualifiers Tyren Castonguay, Cody Lacy, & Shawn Garcia.
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Concussion Management
If your son/daughter has sustained a concussion this school year, and intends to participate in any Grand Junction High
School sports team during the school year, he/she has to be cleared by a physician in order to begin the Return to Play
process. If your child has been cleared to begin the RTP process by your Physician, you will need to contact our Certified
Athletic Trainer Ms. Erin Glavan at the Saint Mary’s Life Center, Wellness Department, at 970-250-1131 to schedule time
to begin and complete the RTP process. If you have questions, please contact Athletic Director Carol Sams at
[email protected] or 970-254-6900.
Tigers Roar!
We are very excited and proud to announce that three of our seniors are semi-finalists for the Boettcher Scholarship! It
is very rare that this many GJHS students make it to the second round because this scholarship is so competitive. We
would like to congratulate Andrea Lielkoks, Mari McCarville, and Samuel Shaver for making it into the finalist round.
We are proud to recognize and congratulate the following 76 Fall Sports Student Athletes who were selected as CHSSA
All-State Academic or Honorable Mention Student Athletes.
Cheerleading: All State Academic-Audrey Bissonnette, Amber Church, Shannen Cook, Jordyn Hand,
Honorable Mention-Tasalyn Anderson, Mariah Barfoot, Nathaniel Hale
Cross Country: All-State Academic- Nicholas Duncan, Jed Wilson, Carolena Campos, Andrea Lielkoks, Emily Pitcher,
Kristina Sewell
Honorable Mention- Tyler Nelson
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team (Girls)**
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team (Boys)**
Football: All-State Academic-Jax Nourse, Angel Bautista-Ponce, Jeffrey Cesark, Malik Jackson, Michael Rogers
Honorable Mention-Shawn Garcia Jr., Bryce Keever, Tyler Mower, Michael White, Brody Cupp, Michael Martinez
Golf (Boys): All-State Academic-Drew Derrieux, Trevor Olkowski
Honorable Mention- Carlos Vendegna
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team**
Pompons: All-State Academic-Grace Bumgarner, McKenna Kuhlman, Madison Leal, Haley Walker
Honorable Mention-Destiny Martinez
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Tigers Roar! (cont.)
Soccer (Boys): All-State Academic-Isaac Burton, Samuel Flynn, Logan Hahn, Andrew Hansen, Christoph Kessler,
Taylor Meer, Colton O’Gara, Trevor Urban
Honorable Mention-Austin Tanksley, Jose Torres, Zachary Carris
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team**
Softball: All-State Academic-Camryn Sanchez, Rhiannon Friel, Mauryn Lard, Claire Mundt, Mary Rankin
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team**
Student Senate: All-State Academic-Ryan Bowen, Grace Bumgarner, Isaac Burton, Thomas Oakley, Dennis Page,
Ashley Troester, Samuel Welling, Carly Burkart, Tori Catlett, Caroline Jones, Taylor Meer, Kristopher Nickel, Haley
Honorable Mention-Elizabeth Hirschbuhl, Brody Cupp, Ian Hegstrom
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team**
Tennis (Boys): All-State Academic- Ryan Bowen, Jacob Lapkin, Samuel Shaver
Honorable Mention- Matthew Miller, Samuel Welling, Ian Hegstrom
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team**
Volleyball: All-State Academic-Vanessa Garcia, Tiarra Wright, Madison Younker, Katelynn Olsen, Jennifer Strothman
**Recognized as an Academic All-State Team**
Student of the Month
Congratulations to the following Grand Junction High School December Student of the Month nominees. The Daily
Sentinel Student of the Week for December is Samuel Shaver. Sam is the son of Beth and John Shaver. The Alpine Bank
Students of the Month for December are Rebekah Nielson, daughter of Deborah and Ed Nielson, and Samuel Jordan,
son of Laura and Ashley Jordan. The Kiwanis Student of the Month for December is Cassandra Smith, daughter of Lisa
and Matt Smith. Grand Junction High School is proud to recognize these students for their outstanding work in the
classroom, and for the leadership they demonstrate in our school.
Text Alerts
District 51 has invested in a district-wide communication system (called SchoolConnects) that
will allow all schools and the district to contact you regarding important news, events, and
emergency or safety- related situations. Schools and the district can only send texts to phones
who have subscribed to receive the messages. If you want to receive SMS text messages from
the school or district, you must first do the following:
1. Ensure that your child’s school has your cell phone listed in the student database
under “Mobile”.
2. From the SMS-capable telephone where you want to receive the text messages, text
the word Join to the number 56360. If our messaging system finds a match for your
phone number in its database, you receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining school alerts. If
our messaging system does not find a match for your phone number in its database, you will receive a me
3. Create a contact on your phone with the name of your school or school district, or another meaningful name,
and the phone number 56360. Then, when you receive a text from this number, you know who is sending it.
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