2019

  • October

    Senior Service Day

    Campus was a bit quieter on Wednesday, October 16, as the entire senior class was participating in service projects throughout the community. For this year's Senior Service Day, Gilmour partnered with 10 service organizations - MedWish, Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, Kemper House, Kids Book Bank, Glendale School, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Chippewa Place Retirement Home, Geauga County Rescue Village, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Students spent the day with their advisories, learning about the organization and being of service where they could. All agreed it was a wonderful way to spend their last service day as a class. Enjoy these photos from their day.
  • Attention Seniors and Senior Parents - Jostens Rep on Campus

    Thursday, October 17
    It is time to start preparing for graduation. Our Jostens rep will be at Gilmour to take orders for your official school graduation announcements, class rings and other senior items next Thursday. The rep will be set up outside the cafeteria during lunch. Packets were passed out this week and extras are available in the Upper School office. You can also see everything available and place your order online at jostens.com.
  • Attention Juniors and Junior Parents - Jostens Rep on Campus

    Thursday, October 17
    Juniors received information about ordering their Gilmour Academy class ring this week. Jostens will be at Gilmour to take orders, during lunch, next Thursday. You can also go to jostens.com to design and order your ring online.
  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

    Mr. Kilkenney’s Film class, along with a group of GA students who are also interested in film, spent the day at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival on Wednesday. They were able to see several documentaries, meet with professionals in the field and ask questions, and network in a profession they are excited to explore.
  • Honor Code At GA

    The GA Honor Code guides our actions, shapes our culture and provides a framework for living our Mission. This week, students in Grades 7-12 heard from administrators and teachers about what this statement means at Gilmour and Upper Schoolers were invited to consider being a part of the Honor Council, a group of character leaders in our community. Students signed an Honor Code poster that reads "I pledge to uphold and promote, by my actions and words, honesty, integrity and respect."
  • Kairos 51

    Thirty-three Juniors are ready to "Live the Fourth" after journeying through K51, the first of three Kairos retreats that will take place this year. Facilitated by a group of senior student leaders, Kairos is an amazing opportunity for students to grow in their faith and to build community.
     
    It is a transformational experience for many students and a highlight of the Gilmour retreat program.
  • Video of Financial Aid Night for Families of Seniors

    For anyone who missed our CCIS College Night on financial aid, please watch the video recording of the event. Laura Meek of Denison University was our guest speaker. She provided a wealth of information and responded to questions from the audience.
  • Attention Junior and Senior Families!

    As we slide into fall, please enjoy the October edition of the College Corner. Our office is buzzing with college visits, programs and deadlines. Read more here on the latest and greatest.
  • Self-Assessments - Monday, October 28 or Monday, November 4

    The self-assessments are designed to help students prepare to holistically assess all aspects of their experience and growth at Gilmour. They provide the opportunity for students to reflect upon their personal goals and habits, academic successes and challenges, and spiritual development—supported with physical and anecdotal evidence—in an open and welcoming format. Parents, please schedule your student's self-assessment online today! You can learn more about Self-Assessments on our Counseling page.
  • A Few More Spots Available on France Trip

    This summer, interested Gilmour students have the opportunity to participate in a trip to France. On the trip, students will visit Gilmour's partner school, Edouard Branly, in Rouen, and visit Paris, the Loire Valley and the Normandy region. The cost of the trip is $4,800, which includes airfare, lodging, transportation within France, museum and cultural excursion visits, as well as daily breakfasts and dinners. 

    To reserve your child’s space, a $95 deposit is required. To register for the trip and pay the deposit, visit eftours.com/2292606XA .

    Please contact Mr. McNamara at mcnamarap@gilmour.org for further information.
  • September

    Homecoming Dance Details

    Saturday, September 28, 8-11 p.m., Athletic Center
     
     
    Homecoming 2019 - "A Night in Hollywood" - is tomorrow night from 8-11 p.m. at Gilmour. Tickets and t-shirts can be purchased online until noon tomorrow (as long as your child's date is a Gilmour student). If your child is bringing a non-Gilmour student, tickets must be purchased and the guest form submitted by the end of the day today. 
     
    On Saturday night, the doors will close at 8:30 p.m. and students will need to remain at the dance until 10:45 p.m. 
     
    All students attending the dance should review this Dance Information and Dress Code form. 
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Polak, Student Council moderator, at polakj@gilmour.org.
  • Marine Biology Immersion Summer 2020

    Interested in scientific research, field biology and marine life? Come to Mexico with us! Students in Grades 9-12 can participate in our Marine Biology Immersion this summer at the Vermilion Sea Institute in Bahía de los Ángeles, Mexico. Read more about this exciting opportunity and access the application.
     
    Applications are due Tuesday, October 1.
  • Early Dismissal on Friday, September 27

    Students and parents, please be reminded that the Middle and Upper Schools will have an early dismissal at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, September 27. This will be done to accommodate the nearly 800 runners, plus their coaches and parents, who will be arriving on campus to compete in the Primeau Invitational that afternoon. Please note that after 3 p.m., parking attendants will begin charging admission for the race to all cars entering campus.
  • Deadline to Register for France Trip is September 27

    This summer, interested Gilmour students have the opportunity to participate in a trip to France. On the trip, students will visit Gilmour's partner school, Edouard Branly, in Rouen, and visit Paris, the Loire Valley and the Normandy region. The cost of the trip is $4,800, which includes airfare, lodging, transportation within France, museum and cultural excursion visits, as well as daily breakfasts and dinners. 

    To reserve your child’s space, a $95 deposit is required by September 27. To register for the trip and pay the deposit, visit eftours.com/2292606XA .

    Please contact Mr. McNamara at mcnamarap@gilmour.org for further information.
  • GILMOUR KICKS-IT 2020









    Kickball Tournament to Cure Childhood Cancer 

    Kick-It, a program of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, is a national volunteer-driven effort focused solely on raising money for childhood cancer research. Founded in 2009 by a 10-year old cancer patient from Northeast Ohio who came up with a plan to raise money for childhood cancer through his favorite game, KICKBALL!

    Our school is fundraising to find cures and playing kickball to celebrate our efforts during the week of the 22nd! Help us KICK-IT this year and reach our goal of $25,000! 

    Every dollar we raise makes a difference...MORE RESEARCH = MORE LIVES SAVED!
    • $50 will fund one hour of research
    • $400 will fund one day of research
    • $2,000 will fund a week of research


    PLEASE JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER 

    TO DONATE ONLINE:
    Select: Advisory Teamyou want to support
    Select: Donate
    Select: The child’s name you would like to donate under

    *Email family & friends our Kick-It link & share via social media to ask for support!

    TO DONATE BY CASH/CHECK:
    Please send in an envelope marked Kick-It with student’s name & team.
    Please make checks payable to Kick-It 

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
     
  • Attention Families of Seniors! Come Learn about the Financial Aid Process.

    Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m., Hathaway Brown
    Join other members of Cleveland Independent Schools to learn about the financial aid process and the FAFSA and CSS profile. Questions will also be entertained by our presenter. There is no need to register for this event. For those applying or considering applying for financial aid, attendance is a must! 
  • Gilmour Gives Dress Down Day - September 16!

    Embracing our charism of option for the poor, each month the MS and US sponsor a Gilmour Gives Dress Down Day.  Students raise awareness and money for a cause they find meaningful.  

    On Monday, September 16, the Students for Students Club will be spearheading the event to raise money and school supplies for local underprivileged students.  In order to dress down, students must make a monetary donation of at least $1 OR contribute the following NEW school supplies:
    - glue sticks
    - paint brushes
    - paint (regular and watercolor)
    - pocket folders 
     
    Dress Down Guidelines:
    Top: Appropriate Gilmour Spirit Wear 
    Bottom: Jeans or khakis (no shorts or yoga pants)
  • Attention Families of Juniors and Seniors!

    Enjoy our first College Corner newsletter of the new school year for information and updates from the College Office. The topic of the month - college admission reps are starting to visit Gilmour.
  • Food Bank Trips Underway!

    Freshman Food Bank trips are under way as part of Gilmour's St. Br. Andre Service Program. Each freshman will serve with their advisory at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank twice during their ninth-grade year. Living our Gilmour Mission "to develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society," students worked hard sorting food that will be distributed to people in need in our own backyard.  
  • Freshman Parent Breakfast

    Friday, September 20, 8-9:30 a.m., Athletic Center Atrium
  • August

    Community Block a Hit

    Community Block is in full swing and our students are taking advantage of the new schedule. We want to make you aware of the variety of facilities available for use, when faculty members are holding office hours and when each club meets so you can discuss with your child how they might best utilize Community Block. You can click below on the schedule for any given day of the week to see that day’s offerings.

    Monday Community Block
    Tuesday Community Block
    Wednesday Community Block
    Thursday Community Block
    Friday Community Block
  • Interested in Learning More About West Point?

    Is your student interested in West Point?  Find out what it is like to be a cadet and how the admissions process works at this service academy. West Point is hosting several admissions presentations throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Visit westpoint.edu/admissions/events for more information. All high school students and families are welcome!
  • Meet the Teachers Night

    Thursday, September 5, Registration from 6:15-6:40 p.m., Athletic Center. Program begins at 6:45 p.m., Our Lady Chapel 
    We hope that each of you will join us for Meet the Teachers Night. The evening will begin with registration in the Athletic Center before the program begins at 6:45 p.m. in Our Lady Chapel. You will then have the opportunity to see each of your child’s classrooms and meet their teachers. 

    Please be reminded that Meet the Teachers Night is not a time for personal teacher meetings and conferences. If you need to schedule an individual meeting for another time, please contact your student’s teacher via email. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday!
     
  • Picture Day - Wednesday, August 28

    Just a reminder that students must be in full uniform for pictures, which means blazers for all and a shirt and tie for boys. To order photos online, click here and enter the access code: gavip19. You can review pricing on this Venditti flyer. All students received this flyer yesterday. There are additional copies available in the office. 
  • Senior College Night

    Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Our Lady Chapel 
    Please join us for Senior College Night! At this program we will detail the best ways to communicate with the College Office so that all admissions materials are submitted to your colleges on time. Our team will also share other important tips as well as some light-hearted advice for applying to college. 
     
  • Senior Retreat

    Monday, August 26, Hiram House

    The Senior Retreat will take place this coming Monday. The theme for the day is "The Greatness of Your Mission: Making Every Day Count." This is a great opportunity for the senior class to prayerfully reflect on how they can serve as leaders during their senior year and savor their time as Gilmour students. All seniors and post grads should arrive at Our Lady Chapel by 7:45 a.m. to participate in this important milestone. The dress code for the day is as follows: 

    Top: Lancerwear
    Bottom: Jeans or appropriate-length shorts
    Shoes: Tennis shoes 
    NO: Sandals, leggings

    Students will return to Gilmour by bus at 3:20 p.m. Please direct any questions to Whitney Daly at dalyw@gilmour.org.
  • May

    School's Out For Summer!

    The Latin I classes celebrated the end of the school year by competing against each other in the first annual Ludi Romani, which included contests of language mastery and physical skill. Historians believe that hopscotch was invented as a training exercise for Roman legionnaires who jumped the boards fully loaded with armor and weapons. The Ludi Romani concluded with hopscotch races with competitors decked out in toga instead of armor.
  • Summer Reading

    You can view the US summer reading list here. Additional AP reading and assignments can be found at gilmour.org/SummerReading.
  • Attention Senior Parents!

    For last minute details on this weekend's schedule, read yesterday's email from Mr. Pfundstein.
  • Free SAT and ACT Practice Test this Summer!

    The College Office is partnering with Revolution Test prep to offer a free practice SAT and ACT test in July. Please see the attached flyer and this website for more information and to register.  Registration is open to the first 30 students, so don't delay!
  • Last Minute Prom Information

    The GA Women’s Club Prom Committee has been busy planning an exciting Prom Night for the Juniors and Seniors and their guests. We would like to share the following information with the parents of students attending Prom to help the evening run smoothly.
    • Please remind students that once they enter Gilmour Academy, they must take their car directly to Valet. No one will be allowed to hang out in their car or parking lot until it is time to go into venue.
    • If you are leaving a car for your student in the parking lot, please leave keys marked with your child’s name with Valet before you leave.
    • If you or your child (those 18 and over) have not already completed the Adrenaline Monkey Waiver, please go to the Prom web site and select the button for Adrenaline Monkey.  Your child will not be able to participate in the activities at Adrenaline Monkey if the waiver is not completed.
    • All Seniors and their dates will check in at Tudor House beginning at 6 p.m.
    • All Juniors and their dates will check in at the Athletic Center beginning at 6:45 p.m.
    • All Seniors and their dates will participate in the Senior Promenade as they enter Tudor House and will meet with the Head of School, Mrs. Kathy Kenny, at the bottom of Tudor House main stairs. The promenade is only for Seniors and their guests attending Prom. Venditti Studios will be photographing each couple/student during the promenade. Parents will be sent instructions on how to purchase pictures on the Venditti Studios website after graduation.
    • All seniors should be on campus by 6:50 p.m. ready to board buses for dinner.
    • All juniors should be on campus by 7:10 p.m. ready to board buses for dinner.
    • Formal pictures will be taken by Venditti Studios at StoneWater during dinner. Please see prom website to order. This webpage expires on Friday, May 17 at 11 p.m.
    • Parents volunteering for check-in, please park in the ice arena and dorm parking lots.
  • Level 3 Spanish students Research and Present on Hunger as United Nations Reps

    Level 3 Spanish students completed an Individual Performance Assessment on World Hunger. Each pair of students had to research the global challenge of hunger in a country of their choosing. They presented their findings in Spanish to the class, acting as student representatives to the United Nations. They shared the causes of hunger in their country, what those in that population eat to survive, and then asked for aid from the United Nations.
  • View Senior Exhibitions Live

    Our seniors have begun presenting on their Senior Projects. You can view the Senior Exhibition schedule and/or view the live stream of the projects here.
  • Important Changes to the St. Andre Service Program

    To facilitate a more personalized and meaningful service experience for our students, we have made the following changes to the St. André Service Program:

    1. Service Hour Deadline: Service hours for each academic year must be properly recorded by June 15 in order to be counted toward one’s 60-hour graduation requirement.  
    2. Freshmen Food Bank Expectations: Ninth-grade students are expected to serve at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and complete a reflection twice during their freshman year.

    3.  Culminating Service Essay Prompt Update

    For more information about these changes, see this letter from Whitney Daly.
  • Last College Corner of the Year

    Families of juniors and seniors, please read our last edition of the College Corner for the 2018-2019 academic year! As you can see, we have been very busy this month planning events and visiting colleges. Learn more about all the activity in the college office.
  • Spread Your Wings this Summer

    Don’t sleep your summer away! Learn more about yourself, explore an interest, enrich a talent, enhance your leadership, live on a college campus, visit a workplace… the summer opportunities are endless and there are still some available! Contact Ms. Kay, coordinator of learning enhancement, at kaym@gilmour.org or (440) 473-8000 ext. 3009. 
  • Used Uniform Sale

    Friday, May 10, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Athletic Center Wellness Room
    The Gilmour Measles and Global Health Initiative is hosting a Used Uniform Sale this afternoon and tomorrow. Gently used uniform shirts, skirts, pants, sweaters and blazers are available. All proceeds benefit the Measles and Global Health Initiative. 
  • Navigating Obstacles At Sophomore Retreat

    Focusing on the theme of "Paths to Holiness: Navigating the Obstacles of Life," the sophomore class overcame rain, cold and fear as they conquered the high ropes course and rock wall, built community, shared their faith and grew as leaders. Check out the pictures here.
  • Social Studies AP Courses Entrance Exam

    Monday, May 6, 8:15 a.m., Classroom Building

    This is a reminder that students intending to take AP social studies courses next year will need to take the entrance exam this coming Monday. Students who filled out the blue sheet requesting an AP course will receive an email with their specific room assignment.
  • Attention Senior Parents! You're Invited to Derby Day!

  • April

    "Your Life. Your Choice"

    All juniors will attend the "Your Life. Your Choice" program sponsored by The Geauga County Sherriff’s Office at Parkside Church on April 30 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Buses will leave campus at 9 a.m. and we will return to campus around 1 p.m. The junior class will eat lunch in the Athletic Center once we return to campus. This program addresses the very real issue of teenage drinking and driving and the importance of awareness, especially during prom season. Students may dress in Gilmour spirit wear.
  • Ready to Help Save a Life? Sign Up to Donate Blood on May 1

    Did you know every two seconds someone in the United States will need blood? In the Greater Cleveland area, we need to collect an average of 300-600 units to meet our needs! You can help save a life by donating blood Wednesday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

    To sign up, please contact Ms. Wright at wrightd@gilmour.org, or stop by the Upper School office. Learn more about the blood drive requirements and view the schedule.
  • Upper School Spring Celebration of the Arts

    Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m., Second floor of the Kelley Middle School

    Come out and enjoy student art work and photography plus drama, vocal and GA Pops Ensemble performances!

    Unable to make it there in person? Watch the live stream at www.gilmour.org/live.
  • Live Jive 2019

    Live Jive '19 ended the open-mic event's residency in the Field House of the Athletic Center with a truly spectacular night exhibiting student talent. The event kicked off shortly after 6:00 with a special pre-show play, "Bad Auditions with Bad Actors" performed by Mrs. Janis' Advanced Acting Techniques course. Thanks to the set-up of Mr. Kilkenney and his Audio Engineering class, from 6:30 until shortly after 8:00 the Field House was site to a wide gamut of student talent, from original poetry by Trinity Turk, to covers of the best of Broadway/pop/rock, to an original song, "Missed", by Gilmour's own Olivia Sucato, to the sentimental conclusion of two Chinese-language songs from the now-famous duo "Robin & Michelle" (Boyuan Cao and Yifan Wang). Among the audience favorites were a powerhouse cover of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" from freshman Desiree Smith in her Live Jive debut, the satirical love song "When I Look In Your Eyes, I See... Eyes" (penned by Mr. Greenfield) performed by Anthony Patrick & Rebecca Pahoresky, and the second-act opener, a dance piece ("Playing with Fire" from the Korean group BlackPink) from seniors Matilda Washington, Yifan Wang, & Yuke Gan. The show was MC'd by seniors Brian Allen, Elizabeth Espenschied, and Connor Gerspacher, members of the rock band now known as THE WELL-KNOWN (which premiered their freshman year as "THE UNKNOWN"), who also treated the audience to classic and eclectic rock covers throughout the night. Liz Espenschied even stole the show (and the mic) at the very end of the night to deliver an unexpected encore: her parody version of Rick Astley entitled "Never Gonna Sing This Song". (The captivated audience was very glad that the title was proven incorrect!)

    Check out all the pictures here!
  • National History Day

    Gilmour students once again participated in NHD. The 45th annual National History Day Region 3 competition was held on Saturday, March 16. Students chose historical topics related to the year’s theme, Triumph and Tragedy, and conducted extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. Close to 600 students presented more than 300 research projects as either exhibits, performances, websites, papers or documentaries. Annie Solomon ’22 participated in the Senior Division of the competition. She constructed an exhibit about Henrietta Lacks. Annie examined the ethical tragedy of using her cells, which become the first immortal human cell line, without her consent. HeLa, Henrietta’s cell line, is responsible for some of the biggest medical triumphs, and her story impacted the way medical ethics has evolved. Annie will be moving on to participate in the state competition on Saturday, April 27 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
< 2019

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34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
phone: (440) 473-8000

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