Governor Morehead School Newsletter for June 2021

Dear Governor Morehead School Community,


Graduation: On June 4, 2021, we celebrated our graduate, Shawn Tucker, with a ceremony at his house with his beautiful family. We had a wonderful time celebrating Shawn and his accomplishments graduating from GMS with his closest friends and families in attendance at the outdoor ceremony. The ceremony was traditional in some ways with Mr. Hutcheson being our guest speaker, presenting his diploma and medallion from the Governor Morehead Foundation, and the ringing of the school bell and Irish Blessing. In other ways it was not traditional at all with it being at our graduate’s house outside. The uniqueness of this celebration is what made it so memorable and fun for all who were able to attend in person or remotely. GMS students celebrated our graduate remotely in their classrooms. Their cheers and well wishes could be heard by all. Congrats again Shawn, we are proud of you!

A Happy Father’s Day to all dads on June 20,2021. On Monday, June 14 we welcomed back GMS students from a short break at the end of the year to continue learning, complete needed testing, and evaluations, and begin preparing for the remainder of summer programming that was opened to students across the state with visual impairments.

Summer School: The remainder of the summer program takes place June 21-July 2.  The planning for this year’s program was challenging as many community partners and the state re-opened from the pandemic at the same time as our team was planning. GMS continues to take all precautions seriously and has carefully selected this year’s activities to maximize safety.  All students, staff, and visitors will continue to be monitored for symptoms and are required to wear masks.    

We are so thankful for the opportunity to welcome back our summer programs to the Governor Morehead School (GMS). Our summer program is on the fast track to being a great time as we focus this year on “Sports Galore” and “Extreme Science”. Week two “Sports Galore” will focus on the fast-paced sport of goalball while students design and build model race cars in “Extreme Science”.  Students will have the opportunity to get up close to some of the fastest cars on the planet thanks to the Carolina Exotic Car Club and their willingness to brings their finest cars to campus.  We will celebrate this summer with cool dips in the community pools.

Week 3 will focus on fitness and the skills of hockey with “Sports Galore” while week 3 in “-Extreme Science” will be focused on the science of ecosystems, animal biology, animal calls, and the unique survival features of animals.  Piedmont Wildlife Center will be on campus to inspire students to develop a lifelong connection to nature and encourage conservation through education. Students will have the opportunity to go on nature hikes and bike rides followed by a whole group trip to First Fruits Farms to learn about the life cycle of plants and the importance of soil. We will tour the garden and participate in hands-on activities including how to plant a seed.  We have so many wonderful activities and events planned for this summer and we are so thrilled your child will be joining us. 

 Thank you to all our partnering organizations for providing wonderful learning activities for our students this summer. I am also very thankful to our students for joining us and our staff who have worked hard to plan lessons and activities for this year’s great program.

Matthew Mescall

Governor Morehead Principal