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  • Monday Memo | September 21

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 9/21/2020

    Monday Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Monday Memo:

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • Students, when communicating with your teachers through email, please be certain to include the class period you have that teacher.
    • If you are still in need of a device and/or hotspot, please contact GMHS.
    • The Trojan Club is providing the opportunity to purchase Garner Trojan apparel online.  Please visit the school website under Athletics or visit the Garner Trojan website, Twitter, or Facebook for additional information.  Order deadline is this Sunday, September 27th.
    • Attention parents, Monday, September 28th is a teacher workday.  There are no online classes for students on that day.  Tuesday, September 29th will be a “B” day.
    • WCPSS is beginning its annual voter registration drive.  It will run through Friday, October 9th, which is the last day the Board of Elections will accept paper registration forms.  You can still register to vote after this date, but it must be in person.  Any student who will turn 18 years of age on or before Tuesday, November 3rd is eligible to register and vote in the 2020 election.  Specific information on how to register can be found on the GMHS website.  Teachers will also be posting this information in their learning platforms for students to review.  If you have specific questions, please contact Mr. Abruzzese or Mr. Henning.  Their email addresses are posted on the school’s website.
    • Trojan Books On-the-Go is now available! Students please visit the Media Center Google Classroom for instructions and library book pick-up information or contact the GMHS Media Center for more information.  Parents can also contact the GMHS Media Center should they need to make requests.
    • GMHS front office is open from 8:00 to 11:00 AM daily.  Should you need to come to the building, all visitors are expected to wear a mask and will have their temperature checked before entering the building.
    • Please visit the GMHS website for answers to many of your questions.  We are continuing to update information from the county.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please keep your students safe, keep communications open with teachers, and have a good evening.
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  • Monday Memo | September 14

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 9/14/2020

    Monday Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Monday Memo:

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • Students, when communicating with your teachers through email, please be certain to include the class period you have that teacher.
    • For those students who did not attend the material pickup a few weeks ago, please be in communication with your teachers.  Students and parents can pick up these resources daily between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 AM in the main office.
    • At this point, for those families who requested a laptop and/or an internet hotspot from WCPSS prior to Friday, September 11th, you should have received an email notification from Wake County as to when you can pick up these items. Please check you Junk Mail if you do not see the email.  Pickup locations are Apex, Enloe, and Knightdale High Schools. You will not pick up these items from GMHS.  If you are still in need of a device and/or hotspot, please contact GMHS.
    • Trojan Books On-the-Go is now available! Students please visit the Media Center Google Classroom for instructions and library book pick-up information or contact the GMHS Media Center for more information.
    • GMHS front office is open from 8:00 to 11:00 AM daily.  Should you need to come to the building, all visitors are expected to wear a mask and will have their temperature checked before entering the building.
    • Please visit the GMHS website for answers to many of your questions.  We are continuing to update information from the county.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please keep your students safe, keep communications open with teachers, and have a good evening.
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  • Monday Memo | August 31

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 8/31/2020

    Monday Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Monday Memo:

     

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • We began our regular Plan B Transition schedule today, August 31st.  This schedule follows our A/B-Day rotation schedule.  Please visit the GMHS website for more information.
    • Attention Freshmen: Freshmen class officer elections start this week.  The Freshmen class will elect a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and projects director.  This link for the intent-to-run form and a schedule can be found on the GMHS website under “Announcements,” the school twitter account, and through your ninth-grade teachers.  The deadline for intent forms is this Friday, September 4th.  You can email Mrs. Cottengim at jcottengim@wcpss.net if you have any questions.
    • Students, when communicating with your teachers through email, please be certain to include the class period you have that teacher.
    • Attention Seniors: In accordance with North Carolina State Law, all students attending public schools entering the 12th grade are required to receive a booster dose of the Meningococcal vaccine.  This is true for all 12th grade students, including virtual academy seniors.
    • For those students who did not attend the material pickup last week, please be in communication with your teachers.  Students and parents can pick up these resources daily between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 AM in the main office.
    • For those families who requested a laptop and/or an internet hotspot from WCPSS, you will receive a notification from Wake County as to when you can pick up these items.  You will not pick up these items from GMHS.  Please visit www.wcpss.net to determine the location closest to you.
    • GMHS front office is open from 8:00 to 11:00 AM daily.  Should you need to come to the building, all visitors are expected to wear a mask and will have their temperature checked before entering the building.
    • Please visit the GMHS website for answers to many of your questions.  We are continuing to update information from the county.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please keep your students safe, keep communications open with teachers, and have a good evening.
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  • Special Memo - GMHS Material Pickup | August 25

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 8/25/2020

    Special Memo: Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Special Memo concerning Material Distributions tomorrow:

     

    • Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26th, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM and 1:00 to 3:00 PM, GMHS will be distributing materials for those students who require school-based materials for their classes.  Teachers should have communicated with their students if they need to be present for the distribution.
    • For those picking up materials for Band & Orchestra, students will need to go to the student parking lot in the back area of the building.
    • For those picking up all other materials, students will need to enter through the carpool loop and proceed to the front of the building.   
    • Please note: This is NOT a pickup for WCPSS laptops and/or hotspots.  That information is being provided directly from Wake County to families who requested these items.
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  • Monday Memo | August 24

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 8/24/2020

    Monday Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Monday Memo:

     

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • We would like to welcome everyone to the 2020-21 school year.  This week’s schedule will continue to follow the orientation schedule.  We will begin our regular Plan B Transition schedule next Monday, August 31st.
    • Please visit the GMHS website for answers to many of your questions.  We are continuing to update information from the county as we receive it.
    • Students, when communicating with your teachers through email, please be certain to include the class period you have that teacher to help teachers better respond to your requests.
    • Attention Seniors: In accordance with North Carolina State Law, all students attending public schools entering the 12th grade are required to receive a booster dose of the Meningococcal vaccine.  This is true for all 12th grade students, including virtual academy seniors.
      This Wednesday, August 26th, there will be a material pickup for students who have received communication from teachers.  Times for the pickups are from 8:00 to 10:00 AM and 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  For those families participating in the material pickup, please use the carpool entrance and proceed to the front of the school.
    • For those families who requested a laptop and/or an internet hotspot from WCPSS, you will receive a notification from Wake County as to when you can pick up these items.  You will not pick up these items from GMHS.  Please visit www.wcpss.net to determine to location closest to you.
    • GMHS front office is open from 8:00 to 11:00 AM daily.  Should you need to come to the building, all visitors are expected to wear a mask and will have their temperature checked before entering the building.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please keep your students save and have a good evening.
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  • Summer Memo | August 11

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 8/11/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

     

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • Attention Seniors: In accordance with North Carolina State Law, all students attending public schools entering the 12th grade are required to receive a booster dose of the Meningococcal vaccine.  This is true for all 12th-grade students, including virtual academy seniors.
    • Plan B transition calls for all GMHS students to return to school online.  The first two weeks will primarily focus on orientation and material setup for all students (Plan B and Virtual) and teachers.  By the start of Week Three, all students will have transitioned into following their assigned online class schedules.  These schedules have been posted on the GMHS website this week.  All student schedules should be viewable in PowerSchools by the end of the day tomorrow, August 12th. 
    • Students and Parents: The first day for online classes for all students is next Monday, August 17th.  Students, please begin to check your school-based emails for “Welcome” information for each of your classes.  Teachers are expected to have these emails sent out to all students by the end of the day Friday, August 14th.  You can find more information concerning first-day classes on the GMHS webpage.  Look for the green banner on the Home Page.
    • For those families who requested a laptop and/or an internet hotspot from WCPSS, the first day to pick up these is Monday, August 17th at satellite locations.  Please visit www.wcpss.net to determine the location closest to you.
    • GMHS will have a material distribution on Wednesday, August 26th, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM and 1:00 to 3:00 PM, for students needing to pick up school materials.  Teachers should be communicating with their students if they need to come to the school to pick up materials.  More information on the material distribution will follow next week.
    • GMHS front office is open from 8:00 to 11:00 AM daily.  Should you need to come to the building, all visitors are expected to wear a mask and will have their temperature checked.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy the last few days of summer.
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  • Summer Memo | August 3

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 8/3/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

    All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”

    Attention Seniors: In accordance with North Carolina State Law, all students attending public schools entering the 12th grade are required to receive a booster dose of the Meningococcal vaccine.  This is true for all students, including virtual academy seniors

    For those parents who accidentally signed up their students for Virtual Academy and would like for them to be disenrolled, please contact GMHS this week.  The deadline for making this change is Friday, August 7th at 12:00 noon.

    Plan B transition calls for all GMHS students to return to school online.  The first two weeks will primarily focus on orientation and material setup for all students (Plan B and Virtual) and teachers.  By the start of Week Three, all students will have transitioned into following their assigned online class schedules.  These schedules will be posted on the GMHS website this week.  Please keep in mind that GMHS is in the process of recreating student schedules and looks to have them completed prior to the beginning of school.  For general information about Plan B Transition, please visit www.wcpss.net.

    The first day online classes for all students is Monday, August 17th.

    For those families who requested a laptop and/or an internet hotspot from WCPSS, the first day to pick up these is Monday, August 17th at satellite locations.  Please visit www.wcpss.net to determine the location closest to you.

    GMHS front office is open from 8:00 to 11:00 AM daily.  Should you need to come to the building, all visitors are expected to wear a mask.

    That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your summer.

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  • Summer Memo | July 28

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 7/28/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

     

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • We have received many calls about student report cards.  WCPSS agreed that student report cards would not be sent out at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Please review your student’s PowerSchool for an update on final grades.
    • The WCPSS online site for the Virtual Academy is currently open through tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29th at 5:00 PM.  During this time, students can enroll in the Virtual Academy, make changes to their current enrollment, or disenroll.  The key difference between the two is the following; Virtual Academy is all online instruction and will not change from this format; Plan B Transition begins online but will shift to a combination of face-to-face and online instruction as soon as health and safety data allows this to occur.  Students will no longer have the option to change once this occurs.
    • Plan B transition calls for all GMHS students to return to school online.  The first two weeks will primarily focus on orientation and material setup for students (Plan B and Virtual) and teachers.  By the start of Week Three, all students will have transitioned into following their assigned online class schedule.  Please keep in mind that GMHS is in the process of recreating student schedules and looks to have them completed prior to the beginning of school.  The GMHS Leadership Team will be meeting Thursday to discuss school opening and daily schedule details that need to be determined under this plan prior to the beginning of school.  These details will be communicated once decisions are made.  For general information about Plan B Transition, please visit www.wcpss.net.
    • Please note that, once WCPSS transitions students back to Plan B and students return to campus, to assure the health and safety of those on campus, GMHS will not allow Juniors and Seniors off-campus to lunch.  This expectation would be reconsidered should WCPSS move to Plan A.  
    • Parents, please take the time to complete the WCPSS technology survey for every WCPSS student in your family.  This survey will remain open through tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29th, a 12:00 midnight.  WCPSS is looking to support the technology needs of every student.
    • For those students needing to pick up materials left behind at the school, the front office will be opened on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  The time is also available to drop off school materials to take care of fees and fines. When turning in materials, they will need to be bagged and labeled with the student’s name and the materials they are returning.
    • The Department of Motor Vehicle DEC paperwork sign-off is available each Wednesday, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the front office area of GMHS by appointment only.  To sign up for an appointment, please email Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. If you do not make an appointment, we cannot complete your paperwork.
    • GMHS continues to be closed to the public except for stated hours.  We are hoping to make changes to this schedule in August.  As more information comes available, it will be shared with Trojan families.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your summer.
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  • Summer Memo | July 22

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 7/22/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

     

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • We have received many calls about student report cards.  WCPSS agreed that student report cards would not be sent out for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please review your student’s PowerSchool for an update on final grades.
    • Yesterday, the WCPSS Board of Education approved the county’s Return-to-School Plan as Plan B transition.  This plan calls for all GMHS students to return to school online.  The first two weeks will be focused on orientation and material setup for students and teachers.  During Week 3 all students will begin to follow their assigned online class schedule.  The GMHS Leadership Team will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this schedule and many other details that need to be determined under this plan prior to the beginning of school.  These details will be communicated once decisions are made.  For general information about Plan B Transition, please visit www.wcpss.net.
      WCPSS has agreed to reopen the online site for the Virtual Academy from Monday, July 27th at 12:01 PM through Wednesday, July 29th at 5:00 PM. 
    • During this time, students can enroll in the Virtual Academy, make changes to their current enrollment, or disenroll.  The key difference between the two is the following; Virtual Academy is all online instruction and will not change from this format; Plan B Transition begins online but will shift to a combination of face-to-face and online instruction as soon as health and safety data allows this to occur.  Students will no longer have the option to change once this occurs.
    • Please note that, once WCPSS transitions students back to Plan B and student return to campus, to assure the health and safety of those on campus, GMHS will not allow Juniors and Seniors off-campus to lunch.  This expectation would change should WCPSS move to Plan A.   
    • Parents, at some point today, you will be receiving a request from WCPSS to complete a technology survey for every WCPSS student in your family.  This survey will remain open until next Wednesday, July 29th.  WCPSS is looking to support the technology needs of every student.  Please take the time to complete this survey.
    • For those students needing to pick up materials left behind at the school, the front office will be opened on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  This includes seniors who still need to pick up their high school diplomas. The time is also available to drop off school materials to take care of fees and fines. When turning in materials, they will need to be bagged and labeled with the student’s name and the materials they are returning.
    • The Department of Motor Vehicle DEC paperwork sign-off is available each Wednesday, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the front office area of GMHS by appointment only.  To sign up for an appointment, please email Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. If you do not make an appointment, we cannot complete your paperwork.
    • GMHS continues to be closed to the public except for stated hours.  We are hoping to make changes to this schedule in August.  As more information comes available, it will be shared with Trojan families.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your summer.
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  • Summer Memo | July 14

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 7/14/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • WCPSS Board of Education approved the county’s Return-to-School Plan as Plan B earlier this month.  This plan calls for the GMHS student population to be divided into thirds; where one-third of the student population would return to school, one week in school, and two weeks of remote learning.  The first day of school is Monday, August 17th. Students can also sign up for the separate WCPSS Virtual Academy.  Many details need to be determined under this plan prior to the beginning of school.  Governor Cooper also spoke earlier today concerning all North Carolina schools.  For more information on this plan, please visit www.wcpss.net.  The GMHS Administrative Team in conjunction with school leadership is working on school details that more directly impact our students.  These details will be communicated once decisions are made.
    • The window for applying for the WCPSS Virtual Academy is through next Monday, July 20th.  Please visit www.wcpss.net for more information concerning the Virtual Academy and to sign up.
    • After careful review of COVID-19 trends in Wake County and in the state of North Carolina, WCPSS has determined that it is not prudent to resume athletic and co-curricular activities at this time, nor for the foreseeable future. Therefore, all voluntary workouts and practices are suspended indefinitely.
    • Attention Seniors: In accordance with North Carolina State Law, all students attending public schools entering the 12th grade are required to receive a booster dose of the Meningococcal vaccine.
    • For those students who requested “Request to Post Numeric Average” to change a second semester PC-19 to a numeric grade, this process should be completed by the end of the week.  If you have questions about this, please contact Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. 
    • For those students needing to pick up materials left behind at the school, the front office will be opened on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  This includes seniors who still need to pick up their high school diplomas. The time is also available to drop off school materials to take care of fees and fines. When turning in materials, they will need to be bagged and labeled with the student’s name and the materials they are returning.
    • Department of Motor Vehicle DEC paperwork sign-off is available each Wednesday, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the front office area of GMHS by appointment only.  In order to sign up for an appointment, please email Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. If you do not make an appointment, we cannot complete your paperwork.
    • GMHS continues to be closed to the public except for stated hours.  We are looking to expand school-based hours to the public in the next week or two.  As more information comes available, it will be shared with Trojan families.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your summer.
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  • Summer Memo | July 6

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 7/6/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • Last Thursday, July 2nd, the WCPSS Board of Education approved the county’s Return-to-School Plan as Plan B.  This plan calls for the GMHS student population to be divided into thirds; where one-third of the student population would return to school, one week in school and two weeks of remote learning.  Many details need to be determined under this plan prior to the beginning of school.  Governor Cooper is also expected to make a statement in the upcoming few weeks about all North Carolina schools.  For more information on this plan, please visit www.wcpss.net.  The GMHS Administrative Team is working on school details that more directly impact our students.  These details will be communicated once decisions are made.
    • PowerSchools is currently down for annual maintenance and reset for the 2020-2021 school year and cannot be accessed by anyone.  It is expected to be back up by the end of this week at the latest.
    • For those students who requested “Request to Post Numeric Average” to change a second semester PC-19 to a numeric grade, this process will be completed once PowerSchools is back up.  Student services were working on the final completion of these requests when PowerSchools went down.  If you have questions about this, please contact Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. 
    • For those students needing to pick up materials left behind at the school, the front office will be opened on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  This includes seniors who still need to pick up their high school diplomas. The time is also available to drop off school materials to take care of fees and fines. When turning in materials, they will need to be bagged and labeled with the student’s name and the materials they are returning.
    • Department of Motor Vehicle DEC paperwork sign-off is now available each Wednesday, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the front office area of GMHS by appointment only.  In order to sign up for an appointment, please email Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. If you do not make an appointment, we cannot complete your paperwork.
    • GMHS continues to be closed to the public except for stated hours.  We are looking to expand school-based hours to the public in the next week or two.  As more information comes available, it will be shared with Trojan families.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your summer.
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  • Summer Memo | June 29

    Posted by Carter Hillman on 6/29/2020

    Summer Memo – Good evening Garner Nation; this is Principal Carter Hillman with a Summer Memo:

     

    • All information provided in this Memo is posted on the GMHS website under the “Principal’s Message.”
    • Attention Senior Graduates:  Here is information to request final transcripts.  For in-state schools, you will need to request your FINAL transcript to be sent to the college of your choice by going into your CFNC account and requesting your final transcript to be sent.  CFNC began sending transcripts on Wednesday, June 24th. You must do this before tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th.  For out-of-state schools, please use the SCRIB order.  Please to go the GMHS webpage for more specific details.  Look for Students, then College Planning.  
    • Underclassmen:  For those students who requested “Request to Post Numeric Average” to change a second semester PC-19 to a numeric grade, the change will not occur immediately.  WCPSS has given schools through the end of this month to complete.  Once these changes have been made, the grade will appear in PowerSchools.  Thank you for your patience.
    • For those students needing to pick up materials left behind at the school, the front office will be opened on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  This includes seniors who still need to pick up their high school diplomas. The time is also available to drop off school materials to take care of fees and fines. When turning in materials, they will need to be bagged and labeled with the student’s name and the materials they are returning.
    • Department of Motor Vehicle DEC paperwork sign-off is now available each Wednesday, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the front office area of GMHS by appointment only.  In order to sign up for an appointment, please email Jennifer Ciaccio, Dean of Students, at jciaccio@wcpss.net. If you do not make an appointment, we cannot complete your paperwork.
    • GMHS continues to be closed to the public except for stated hours.  As the State of North Carolina and Wake County Public Schools is working to the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, I will be providing information throughout the summer months.
    • That ends your announcements for this evening.  Please continue to stay safe and enjoy your summer.
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