Greetings and Happy New Year,
GMS celebrated the holiday season with great excitement and is ready to take on the New Year. Students are working hard as they prepare for the end of the first semester and the second quarter. December was full of fun and enriching activities both in the classrooms and in the cottages. Our students put on an outstanding performance at our Winter Arts Showcase and students displayed their artistic talents. GMS’s Foundation and community partners hosted a wonderful “Christmas Without Lights” to celebrate the holiday and raise funds for the Foundation to support our students. The PTA held its first meeting of the school year and discussed transitioning to a Parent Community Organization (PCO), inviting everyone to get involved. Students and staff then enjoyed time with family and friends during the winter break. Though the winter break was nice, we are so thankful to have students back on campus.
GMS warmly welcomes parents/guardians, visitors, and guests to our school. To ensure an environment conducive to learning and the safety of our students, visitors are required to sign in at the front office Visitor’s Station. If visiting classrooms, appointments must be made with teachers and the front office. The policy can be found on pages 22 and 23 of the Governor Morehead School Handbook 2019-2020. To enhance the safety of our students, we are in the process of installing a proxy card system employees will use to enter our facilities. Visitors will use a video monitoring call system to request entrance to sign in at the Visitor’s Station in the front office. This measure of security is in line with the best practices guidelines of the Department of Public Instruction for school safety throughout the state of North Carolina and will be completed by the spring. More information will be announced as the system is installed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about our visitors' policy or the installation of our new system.
On January 14th the first semester ends. If students are taking a yearlong course, it will be the end of the second quarter. Report cards and progress reports will go home with the students on January 24th. Students' second-semester schedules will go out on January 17th and students will follow the new schedule starting January 21st. There is no school on January 20th as we observe Martin Luther King Day. Student transportation will be on that day. Our wrestling and cheerleading teams will leave on January 24th to head to The Maryland School for the Blind to compete in the Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) tournament. They will compete against five other Schools for the Blind. Best of luck to our athletes, Go Chargers!