Greensboro Day School Hosts Winter Term

Greensboro Day School Upper School students will participate in the school's Winter Term, January 4 - 13, 2017. During this time all students will participate in this innovative learning opportunity, taking part in intensive study opportunities through a course options. Read the full Winter Term offerings here.

Students will also participate in a variety of Explorations opportunities and these are open to parents and the GDS community to attend.

Explorations runs from 11:10 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. each day, inserted as a break between the first and second academic blocks.

Wednesday, January 4 – Perspectives on Careers: Voices of GDS Alumni – A panel of alumni spanning the four decades of graduates of GDS will reflect on their careers, their career paths and the relevance of their experiences while students at GDS.

Thursday, January 5 – Politics and Citizenry: The NC Institute of Political Leadership – Executive director Ross Harris, a former GDS trustee, is bringing a group of graduates of this Greensboro-based program to discuss their experiences at the Institute and the meaning of informed political discourse.

Friday, January 6 – Philanthropy: The Power of the Hand and the Heart – President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, Michelle Gethers-Clark, will share her perspectives on leadership and philanthropy gleaned from her 32-year career during which she has held roles with leadership responsibilities around the world.

Monday, January 9 – Major Research in the Micro World: The School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering – Founding dean of the School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Dr. James Ryan, will give an overview of what’s going on at this unique school and research facility which is located here in Greensboro as a joint project of NCA&T and UNCG.

Tuesday, January 10 – Touring Theater of North Carolina – This professional acting company is bringing us its production of Let your Children Tell. Drawing its script from the actual diary entries of four young people who lived through the horrors of Nazi Germany, this play vividly conveys the tragic inhumane consequences of unchecked racial prejudice, injustice and hate. There will be a short time after the performance for the audience to have a “talk-back” with the actors.

Wednesday, January 11 – All That Jazz – Returning from their performance at the JENerations Jazz Festival in New Orleans, the GDS Jazz Band will perform parts of their program while also sharing some of their experience in New Orleans and educating us about jazz and its influence on popular music.

Thursday, January 12 – Sandra Hughes – Widely recognized newscaster and public figure in the Triad (and former GDS parent and current GDS grandparent) Sandra Hughes will share thoughts about “living, loving, learning and leadership.” She will recount her story of growing up on a tobacco farm and being taught always to do her best. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Hughes was the first African American woman in North Carolina to host a daily television talk show.




School News

LS Director Letter: January 6
Posted 01/06/2017 10:00AM

Dear Lower School Parents, 

Welcome back!  We sure did miss you and your children, and we trust you had a relaxing and fun-filled break.  For many, the New Year is a time for reflection and goal setting.  We met as a faculty on Tuesday to do just that – reflect upon the first part of the year, dig into curriculum and set goals for the remainder of the year.  We are excited about what is in store for your children, some of which is listed on the calendar below. 

Speaking of excitement, we are already abuzz about the potential for winter weather this weekend.  Please make sure you have signed up for alerts by clicking here so that you can receive the most up to date information about any changes to our school schedule.

Third grade students are continuing to rehearse for the production of The Noble Gnarble which will go live on Friday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss the fun!

As Lower School parents, you may not be aware of what happens in other divisions.  This week and next, Upper School students are experiencing Winter Term.  In addition to the 25 different course options, students will experience Explorations which provide opportunities to hear from distinguished alumni, the Director of the Institute for Political Leadership, the President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, the founding dean for the School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, the Touring Theater of North Carolina, the GDS Jazz Band and newscaster, Sandra Hughes.  I don’t know about you, but I want to go back to high school!

  • Wednesday, January 11 – Aarvy Aardvark visits with 3rd grade to talk about managing grief and loss
  • Monday, January 16 – No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. observance
  • Tuesday, January 17 – Late start for students
  • Wednesday, January 18 – Mark Daniel, Magical Storyteller
  • Wednesday, January 18 – Parent move up meeting for current Junior Kindergarten families (noon until 1 p.m.)
  • Friday, January 20 – The Noble Gnarble at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Bundle up!   

Gillian S. Goodman, M.Ed., M.B.A.
Lower School Director  

  • January 21, 2017
    January 24, 2017
    • Technology Book Talk - The Big Disconnect 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    January 25, 2017
    • Admission Be a Bengal for a Day Rising Grades 2-11 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Admission Be a Bengal for a Day Rising Grades 2-11 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    January 26, 2017
    January 27, 2017
    • Homecoming Games 5:30 PM to 9:00 PMDillard Gym

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