Michael Mastrullo

Mar 272015
This entry is part 53 of 53 in the series At The High School
Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Drama Guild presents their Civil War rendition of William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Romeo & Juliet on April 10 and 11

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Drama Guild presents their Civil War rendition of William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Romeo & Juliet on April 10 and 11

Navigating The College Admissions Madness

Very interesting article on navigating the college admissions madness. It is more about the false perception that one must be accepted to a top school or bust: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-survive-the-college-admissions-madness.html

2016 International Travel Update

A few trips are nearing capacity. There are, however, spots available for all trips. The $100 dollar enrollment discount ends on March 31st at midnight. If you are still interested please register this weekend. Follow the link provided for additional information on each trip. Each individual website provides a detailed itinerary along with information on how to enroll online: http://www.gdrsd.org/GDRHS/Portal/225-Global-Scholars

G/ D Arts Boosters 2nd annual “Dance Dance Dance!” Fundraiser

When: Saturday, March 28th from 7-11 p.m.
Where: Groton Country Club (Over 21 years of age only)

A DJ will be playing the best of 70s and 80s music. There will also be complimentary refreshments, silent auctions, and raffles. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Drama Guild presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet

By Christine Olson

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Drama Guild proudly presents their rendition of William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Romeo & Juliet.

In this Civil-War era rendition, tension is raised between two families, the Capulets of the North, and the Montagues of the South, over the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, of the Montagues, becomes infatuated with Juliet of the Capulets. The results? Feud, bloodshed, and love that can never be broken.

It takes teamwork to put on a show. In addition to the 27 actors and large crew and tech team, many people have helped make R & J possible. Romeo & Juliet is directed by Latin teacher and drama adviser Michael Hoffman with assistant director, Emily Olson. A great deal of assistance has been offered by others. English teacher, Brian Tuomi participated in the audition process. Former theater teacher, Allison Martell is our guest fight choreographer. Science teacher, Heather Salemme, is teaching the students Reel dancing. Parent, Suzanne Hampton, is performing her magic with costumes. A student band is working on period appropriate music. A student team is leading set design and decoration, including the creation of a silo. Alumni, Andrew Patenaude, as always offers construction and safety advice for the troupe. Drama adviser and History teacher, Christine Olson, is working on production items such as photography, playbill, and finances, along with painting set. Williams Barn generously offered us the opportunity to take photos on site. A special thank you to everyone who has helped with the show!

Performances will be held on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Black Box Theatre, 703 Chicopee Row, Groton.

Tickets cost are $10 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Feb 232015
This entry is part 52 of 53 in the series At The High School
Tuesday, February 24th — Semester II Open House

Open House will begin with a brief presentation starting at 6 p.m. in the BBX Theater.  The presentation will cover scheduling for the 2015-2016 school year, travel opportunities for the 2015-2016 school year, and recent highlights and accomplishments. After the presentation parents will have the opportunity to follow their son/daughter’s four period schedule.  Each class will last approximately 10 minutes. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.

Wednesday, February 25th — Global Scholars 2015-2016 Travel Opportunities Presentation.

We will hold an informational night highlighting the 2016 travel opportunities on Wednesday, February 25th at 6 p.m. in the BBX Theater. These trips are part of the Global Scholars Program we initiated last year. In short, we are offering thematically based trips around service learning, leadership, language and cultural immersion. In addition, in 2016 we are offering a science expedition in the Amazon. At the conclusion of the presentation students will have the opportunity to register for the upcoming trips. Space is limited and students will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

Before highlighting the upcoming trips I would like to share information regarding a service learning trip that transpired over February vacation. Thirty-two students and four chaperones spent a week in Peru. Students immersed themselves in the culture of Peru, learning about local cuisine, touring the Sacred Valley, and visiting modern and colonial parts of Lima. In addition, they learned about ancient and contemporary art, explored Machu Picchu as well as other sacred Inca archaeological sites. The trip culminated in a two day service project at the Yachay Wasi kindergarten.

See the Peru Trip Group Blog

2016 TRIPS: 

February 2016

Dominican Republic
Service Learning
Lead Chaperon: Keith Woods kwoods@gdrsd.org
February 2016 
French Language Immersion Tour of Nice
Language Immersion
Lead Chaperon: Dominique Sutherland dsutherland@gdrsd.org
Tour Website: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1711873XN
April 2016
Service Learning
Lead Chaperon: Audra Kaplan akaplan@gdrsd.org
April 2016
Rome: The Eternal City
Cultural Immersion
Lead Chaperon: Katie Martin katherinemartin@gdrsd.org
June 2016
London and The Hague
Leadership Summit
Traveling with Tyngsborough High School
Leveraging STEM to Protect Human Rights
Lead Chaperon: Jocelyn Smith jsmyth@gdrsd.org
June 2016
Pacaya-Samiria Natioanl Reserve, PERU
Science Expedition
Operation Wallacea — Science Research Themed Trip

Jan 152015
This entry is part 51 of 53 in the series At The High School

Jackie Coy

Jackie Coy

Jackie Coy

My name is Jackie Coy and I am currently a junior at G-D. I’m 17 years old, and I have lived in Groton since 2005. Following my graduation in 2016, I plan on pursuing forensic psychology and criminal justice, preferably at a school in the D.C. area or even in Europe. My dream job would be working for the FBI, but I would settle for any form of law enforcement. Besides these areas of interest, I also enjoy the English field – writing novels and short stories as well reading any form of literature just happens to be my favorite past time. Additionally, I’ve found my high school experience to be rewarding as I explore new activities and opportunities.

Avery Ferrante

Avery Ferrante

Avery Ferrante

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona in the June of 1998. At an early age I moved to New England and have gone to Groton-Dunstable Schools ever since. During my time in high school I’ve joined the Art Club and have been the Financial Advisor for the last year.

Andrew Femia

Andrew Femia

Andrew Femia

My name is Andy and I am a junior at G-D who plans to become an engineer when I go off to college. I play football as well as participate in Student Council and the ever so competitive rec basketball league here in Groton. What I love about G-D is how evident it is that the teachers are on our side, and want to see us succeed just as much we do. Going to G-D has put all of us in a great position to succeed in life.

Pamela Marino

Pamela Marino

Pamela Marino

My name is Pamela Marino, and I am a freshman here at G-D. Though I have only been in this school for a few short months, I can honestly say that they have been the best months of my life. I have joined the Drama Guild and the Art Club here at G-D. With the Art Club, I have helped with a bake sale and an art show. I have also taken a field trip to the MFA. With the Drama Guild, I have worked backstage on the set of Noises Off! Being part of these two clubs has been excellent so far, and I hope to continue to make wonderful memories with my fellow club members. Through both of these clubs, I have learned so much and I have made so many great friends. I have always wanted to be a teacher, the faculty here continues to inspire me to reach my goal. I am very passionate about art, history, and English. One day, I’d like to pursue a teaching career in one of these fields. I am looking forward to my next three years at G-D and discovering new opportunities.

Charlotte McCarthy

Charlotte McCarthy

Charlotte McCarthy

My name is Charlotte McCarthy. I’m fifteen years old, a sophomore at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, and I would like to think of myself as a hardworking individual. I’ve lived in Dunstable for nearly all of my life with my mother, father, and younger brother. Since the school year began, I’ve participated in several functions to help boost awareness and support for G-D’s art department. I got involved performing at G-D Drama Guild’s “All the World’s Stage” Fundraiser and recently, I helped to set up and host the G-D Winter Arts Show, which was a wonderful and engaging experience. In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, coding, and playing guitar. I’ve belonged to a tournament softball team known as the Westford Waves for four years. I’ve also been studying martial arts for nearly eight years at Luth’s Family Karate and I am a brown belt. In school, the arts are very dear to me; since the beginning of this year I’ve been a public relations officer for the G-D Art Club and I was recently accepted into the G-D National Honors Art Society. My greatest ambition is to go to an art school to become a storyboard artist or work in concept design.

Gordon Platt

Gordon Platt

Gordon Platt

My full name is James Gordon Sutherland Platt, and I am a senior at G-DRHS. In school, I enjoy science for its progressive learning and English for the critical thinking. I am proud to have founded the mountain biking club at the high school and to have led it through two full years of growth and challenge. My most memorable experience of the past four years is the student leaders summit that I attended in China last spring. Outside of school I enjoy being outdoors and going on planned or spontaneous adventures with my friends. I am the youngest member of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, an organization that educates, assists, and informs trail users of all disciplines. During the summer I work as a sailing instructor and competitively race 420-class sailboats. Next year I am very excited to be attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In terms of a major I have no current preference and am generally excited to explore a smorgasbord of courses. The formative journey of my high school years has been a struggle and a success, and I am honored to be a student of the month.

Serena Scharn

Serena Scharn

Serena Scharn

My name is Serena Scharn. I was born in Austin, Texas, and I moved to Massachusetts at a young age, living in cities before moving to the town of Billerica. I soon left after three years of living there, and now live in Dunstable. I’m the eldest of four in a house of six, including my mother, father, two brothers, and sister. I’m an artist and a writer, and I tend to create comics and video games on the side. My plans for the future are a bit vague and not fully realized, but I have some idea of what I want to do. My main goal is to make my hobbies into something big, and something that people will (hopefully) recognize. But in the next few years, I’d like to be majoring in illustration, preferably attending MassArt in Boston.

Nicki Wilkinson

Nicki Wilkinson

Nicki Wilkinson

I’m a senior at G-D and have really enjoyed my 4 years here and appreciate all of the great teachers and experiences I’ve had. I’m extremely excited to be attending the University of Denver in the fall to study some form of biology/exercise science/kinesiology – still trying to figure that out. This spring I will be interning with the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse athletic trainer to hopefully learn more about what I like and dislike. My goal at DU is to set myself up for a career I love and help them win a lax national championship. But my immediate goal is to win a state championship with my teammates this spring! Go Crusaders!

Dec 232014
This entry is part 50 of 53 in the series At The High School

A local host family is needed for a few months to host Paulo, a 17 year old boy from Brazil, coming to Groton-Dunstable Regional High School at the end of January 2015 to complete the spring semester of his senior year.

He is a very active, friendly, outgoing young man who loves volleyball, sports, and other things that typical teens like, such as movies, music, and hanging out with friends. He also loves travel, and has already completed a 2 month exchange in Scotland.

At home in Sao Paolo, Brazil, he lives with his mother and father, his older sister, and his pet dog. Unfortunately, Paulo is allergic to cat fur, and cannot live in a home with pet cats.

Host families are asked to provide Paulo with a bedroom (can be shared with a similarly-aged host brother or 1 other international student) and 2-3 meals a day. If Paulo chooses to eat lunch at school, he will purchase it. Paulo will take the school bus to and from school, as long as the host family lives within the district. Families outside of Groton/Dunstable are welcome to host (Nashua, Littleton, Pepperell, Ayer, etc), but would have to help in providing more rides to and from the nearest school bus stop.

Host families must complete a simple online application, as well as a criminal background check for all adult members of the home.

We have a local coordinator in the area, Ann, who can come and help the family through this process, as well as complete the home visit and interview.

Educatius international pays host families in the Groton Dunstable area $700 per month, per student, as a tax-free reimbursement. We also pay a $100 referral bonus to you, if you can recommend a family or friend who then becomes Paulo’s host family.

Furthermore, we are happy to work with “welcome families,” which are host families who would only like to commit to hosting for 8 weeks, while we continue to find his more permanent placement.

If you have questions please contact Principal Michael Mastrullo at (978) 448-6362.

Nicki Wilkinson

Nicki Wilkinson

Nicki Wilkinson

Nicki Wilkinson has been named one of six finalists for Lowell Sun Female Athlete of the Year. Based on public voting the group of six will be reduced until only two remain.

To vote for Nicki, just click this link – http://lowellsun.upickem.net/engine/Details.aspx?contestid=154112&pagetype=VOTING&SubmissionID=72884631. You will be required to complete a quick registration on the site after which you can vote once a day until voting closes on the 5th of January.

Nov 262014
This entry is part 49 of 53 in the series At The High School

Taylor White

Taylor White

During a recent home fire tragedy and afterwwards, Taylor White, a senior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, proved to be a hero.

A farmhouse owned by the McLeod family in Lunenburg, Massachusetts was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. White was in the home when the fire erupted. She kept a level head and acted quickly, removing David McLeod from the home when he attempted to rescue the family dog. Taylor and David jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames; Taylor twisted her ankle in the jump to safety.

The McLeods lost their dog, their home, and many possessions in the fire. The family also lost their mother this past summer.

In an effort to help the family, Taylor spearheaded an effort to raise much needed funds. Damages and the loss from the fire have been reported to be around $400,000. Taylor has shown strong character and has impressed fellow students and teachers with her attitude and the initiative taken to raise funds to support the McLeods.

So far, through bake sales and donations, Groton-Dunstable students have raised nearly $1,000 dollars for the family. In a continuing effort to support the McLeods, an regional fundraising effort has please raised an additional $17,000. To contribute to this community effort, visit http://www.gofundme.com/h52btg.

Oct 152014
This entry is part 48 of 53 in the series At The High School

PSATs, College Financing, and a November performance of Noises Off are what’s happening at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School this week.


G-DRHS will host PSATs this Saturday, October 18th. Students should arrive at 7:30 complete with a pencil and calculator. The test will conclude at approximately 11:00.

MEFA College Financing Seminar

G-DRHS will host a College Financing seminar to allow families to gain a comprehensive understanding of the college financial aid process. It will be held at the High School in the Black Box Theatre on Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 6:30.

Drama Guild

Join the Groton-Dunstable High School Drama Guild as they present Noises Off by Michael Frayn; a slapstick comedy about a group of actors who try their hardest to put on a good show in this play within a play. The show will take place on November 7 at 7 p.m., and November 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Groton Dunstable Regional High School Black Box Theatre, 703 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. The Saturday Matinee will cost $8 for everyone. Tickets will be sold at the door. We hope to see you there!

“Noises Off” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Oct 112014
This entry is part 47 of 53 in the series At The High School

Students at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School will be traveling to Peru this February to take part in a service learning adventure. To raise funds for the trip and service projects in Peru, the Groton-Dunstable Peru Travelers are holding yard sale and bake sale this Sunday, October 12, starting at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until 2 p.m. at the Prescott School building on Main Street in Groton.

Sausage sandwiches for breakfast and hotdogs for lunch will be professionally prepared and served by a certified barbecue professional, none other than yours truly. The proceeds will help support some of the service activities the students wish to complete while in Peru.

Please join us on the day of the yard sale to buy some treasures or just to enjoy some baked goods, and of course my world class hotdogs.


Michael Mastrullo

Aug 292014
This entry is part 46 of 53 in the series At The High School

Nicole Wilkinson, Lindsay Werner, and Izzy Smith welcomed Groton-Dunstable freshman

Nicole Wilkinson, Lindsay Werner, and Izzy Smith welcomed Groton-Dunstable freshman

Wednesday was a fun-filled day for incoming freshmen at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. The upperclassmen greeted freshmen in the morning with a warm welcome.

After a brief presentation by the administrators and guidance counselors, freshmen were on their way to participate in a variety of activities. A scavenger hunt provided a creative way for students to learn the layout of the school, followed by a wide variety of relay races and games.

Lunch, a brief presentation outlining all the after school clubs, and a photo slideshow highlighting all the day’s activities closed the ceremonies. We want to thank Future Drivers of America for donating both food to barbecue for all of our students, and employees to do the cooking.

Freshmen orientation, in many ways, encapsulates all that is great about this school. Upperclassmen worked more than 50 hours this summer planning and fundraising for the days activities. & amp; nbsp; Upperclassmen donated their time and energy all in an effort to welcome freshmen to their new school. Without the tireless efforts of Mary Cain, guidance secretary, this day would not have been possible. A great start to the year!

May 222014
This entry is part 45 of 53 in the series At The High School

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School principal Michael Mastrullo reports on student progress reports, student coders, and a “Thank You” for a successful community yard sale.

Progress Reports
Progress reports are available for viewing in iParent and iStudent

Student Developed App 

David Heffernan and Liam Brown's Hachathon project, a PopUpQuiz ap, is available on Google Play for Android devices

David Heffernan and Liam Brown’s Hachathon project, a PopUpQuiz ap, is available on Google Play for Android devices

David Heffernan and Liam Brown, two freshmen at GDRHS, participated in a 12+ hour Hackathon back in February.  As a result of this experience and some self-taught programming, they created the app PopUpQuiz. This Android app was recently added to the Google Play store.

Users can download and install this free app to borrow or build their own card decks for studying.  What makes this app a little different than others is its ability to populate questions based on a timing system set by the user.  The beauty of this app is its ability to set PopUpQuiz so that it generates a new question at any interval determined by the user, e.g. 8 seconds, 10 minutes, etc.  

As Liam puts it, “Download the FREE app PopUpQuiz to counter procrastination.  Turn your studying from a boring, isolated time into an engaging game where you can still text and call!  No more cramming sessions before the test once you download the free PopUpQuiz app today!”

Support their efforts and give it a try.  Visit the Google Play store and search for PopUpQuiz, or use this case sensitive link, bit.ly/PopUpQuiz.

Spring Concert
This Thursday May 22nd is the HS Spring Concert at the PAC. Concert starts at 7:00 pm.

Come out and enjoy a night of entertainment.

Community Yard Sale
Maria Brisson riding herd on the community yard sale.

Marisa Brisson riding herd on the community yard sale.

By Marisa Brisson

A HUGE THANK YOU to all community members who dropped off donation items Friday night for the 1st Annual GDRHS Yard Sale held on Saturday.  Additionally, THANK YOU to the student volunteers.  Without your support, hard work and dedication, this event would not have been the success it was. 

THANK YOU to Peter McLaughlin, The Bettencourt triplets, Alyssa Ash, Chris Ellis, Jessica Chu, Riley Rainville, Connor Johnson and Evan Cao. Thank you to Mr. O’Connor’s and his Design class for creating our awesome poster! Thank you to Mr. Arena, Alyssa Ash and Chris Ellis for the use of their pickup trucks to deliver the leftover items to Savers in Nashua, NH. We made over $600 dollars which will be donated to the Best Buddies and Global Scholars Programs. Additionally, we donated all of the excess clothing items to the Groton Give And Take, the children’s toys and games to a children’s consignment shop in Tyngsboro and the remaining items to Savers in Nashua. This event was a quick and fun way to raise money for two outstanding groups! Thank you again.

May 062014
This entry is part 44 of 53 in the series At The High School
Groton-Dunstable Yard Sale

Groton-Dunstable Yard Sale

Night of Improv & Senior Art Show

The Destination Imagination Team is working in conjunction with the Art Department for an arts night out. The Senior Art Show will be May 9th from 5:50 to 7:30 in the front commons. DI will be hosting A Night of Improv from 7:30-9 in the BBX. What’s going to happen? Your guess is as good as ours. Come and find out at the high school.

Unified Sports Track Meet

GDRHS will host a unified track meet on Tuesday, May 6th starting at 3:30. GD will play host to North Middlesex Regional High School and Lunenburg HS. Unified sports has been a tremendously successful initiative. Last year was the inaugural season, and thanks to the amazing staff members and students who participate it has proven a great success. Below is some background information on Unified Sports and this link to the Special Olympics website, which includes additional information.

Unified Sports is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of individuals with (athletes) and without (partners) intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams for training and competition. All participants are of similar age and ability. Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportunities for athletes and partners seeking new challenges. In addition, Unified Sports dramatically increases inclusion in the community by helping to break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. At the same time, Unified Sports provides a valuable sports opportunity to individuals who are not presently involved with Special Olympics or other sports programs.

Social Media Video

We can all relate to the notion of a disengaged student engrossed with their phone, iPad, or some other electronic device. I shared the following video with students, and I would recommend setting aside a few minutes of your time to enjoy it.

GD Community Yard Sale

For information on the GD Community Yard Sale please go to http://www.gdrsd.org/gdrhs

Music Competition

GD competed against 7 high schools from all over the country. Our students, led by Mr. Savoy, performed exceptionally. Our results are as follows: Concert Band 2nd place, Jazz band 1st place and best overall instrumental group. Chorus 1st place, and best overall choir, and we swept the Individual categories: best vocal solo, best instrumental solo, and best accompanist. Our chorus beat all of the other choirs, and this was accomplished with a chorus of 60% students who had never sung before.