Principal's Office

James Cook

A Message from the Principal

August 2018

Dear Gloucester High School students and families,

In June at the Commencement Ceremony for the Gloucester High School Class of 2018, I shared a message about finding meaning in the journey, a message that was inspired by a poem written by my dear, departed friend Gerrit Lansing and by the GHS Chorus’s performance of a musical setting of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Today, midway through summer and looking forward to the year ahead, I am again thinking about the journey as the high school’s administration, faculty, and staff work on building and improving the highways, boulevards, footpaths, and trails upon which Gloucester High School students and staff will travel toward social-emotional and academic growth and wellbeing in the coming year.

Our preparations are guided by a commitment to provide purposeful and engaging teaching that fosters curiosity, creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience in all students. We envision GHS graduates as people with the communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills needed for productive citizenship and with the core knowledge needed to inform the use of those skills. Most importantly, the caring and dedicated faculty and staff of Gloucester High School are committed to partnering with you for a successful year.

Here are some practical considerations for the year ahead. If you need to see a guidance counselor to address a scheduling problem, as we approach the first day of classes on Wednesday, September 5, please make an appointment by contacting Jean Mondello at or 978-281-9874 ext. 14014. Guidance counselors will be available beginning August 27. (Please note: Some changes made over the summer, including but not limited to changes resulting from successful completion of summer school credit recovery, may not yet be reflected in the enclosed schedule.)

Also, I’d like to remind students and families about our summer reading program. Students at each grade-level are expected to read at least one book that addresses GHS core values: resilience and resourcefulness for 9th graders; kindness and compassion for 10th graders; creativity, character, and careers for 11th graders; and resilience and resourcefulness (again) for 12th graders. Near the beginning of the school year students will use their knowledge of the reading to complete an assignment in English classes and to participate in a discussion with peers. More information about summer reading, including book titles, can be found at

Finally, for incoming 9th grade students (Class of 2022) and other students who are new to the district, Gloucester High School will host an orientation and Chromebook laptop computer distribution night on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The orientation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Chromebook distribution will then take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. More information about Chromebook laptop computer distribution will be forthcoming.

I hope you have a restorative and invigorating summer vacation, and I look forward to seeing students on Wednesday, September 5, the first day of the new school year. We will start in homerooms at 7:30 a.m.


James W. Cook, Principal
Gloucester High School