Principal's Office

James Cook

August 2019


Dear Gloucester High School families,


Although there is plenty of summer left, at GHS we have been working hard to get ready for the year ahead. Our preparations are particularly focused on making sure we’re ready to challenge and support our students to be curious, collaborative, civic-minded, responsible, resourceful, and resilient. Students who graduate from Gloucester High School have the communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed for productive citizenship and have the core knowledge needed to use those skills. To achieve our shared vision, the caring and dedicated professionals at Gloucester High School are committed to partnering with you to help your children grow and flourish. As we look ahead, here are some practical considerations for getting started.


Scheduling Issues

If you need to see a guidance counselor to address a scheduling problem, please make an appointment by contacting Jean Mondello at or 978-281-9874 ext. 14014. Guidance counselors will be available beginning August 26.  (Please note: Some changes made in July, including but not limited to changes resulting from successful completion of summer school credit recovery, may not yet be reflected in the enclosed schedule.)


Summer Reading

I’d also 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 their English classes and to participate in a discussion with peers. Students taking honors or AP level English classes have additional summer reading requirements. More information about summer reading, including book titles, can be found at


Orientation and Chromebook Distribution for Incoming 9th Graders and New Students

For incoming 9th grade students (Class of 2023) 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 27, 2019. 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. (Additional note: at the high school level individual teachers will provide students with information about binders, folders, and other materials needed for classes at the beginning of the school year.)


I hope the rest of the summer is restorative and invigorating. I look forward to seeing students on Wednesday, September 4, 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