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When is the first day of school?

Incoming freshmen must attend Freshmen Welcome Day on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. The first day of classes for all grade levels is Thursday, August 23. Freshmen should be in dress code. They do not need to bring lunch or any materials.

Is there a supply list?

There is no set supply list. Teachers will tell students during the first few days of school what they will need for each class.

What should students bring on the first day of classes?

Students will need paper to write on, something to write with, a folder, a backpack, lunch or money, and their class schedule.

What should students wear on the first day of classes?

Students need to be in dress code on Freshman Welcome Day and on the first day of classes. The building temperature can vary greatly in different areas of the building, so Gibbons-approved outerwear may be needed even in the warmer months.

Are students allowed to carry backpacks with them throughout the school day?

Yes. Students are allowed to go to their lockers between classes, as well.

Do students have access to a locker?

Students have access to an assigned hall locker and can use gym lockers as needed. Combination locks are provided to those who would like a free lock. Please see Assistant Principal of Student Life Mr. Mike Curatolo with questions about locks/lockers.

Dress Code

Do khaki pants/skirts and white polo shirts need to be of a certain brand or bought at a certain store?

No. Shirts must be polo-style (not Oxford) with a collar, and pants, shorts and skirts need to be appropriate style and length but brand or from which store they are purchased do not matter. See the Dress Code page for more detail.

Do the polo shirts need to have a Gibbons logo on them?

No. See above.

Is it acceptable if the polo shirt has a non-Gibbons logo on it?

Yes, a small logo is acceptable. See above.

Does outerwear need to be Gibbons apparel?

Yes, any outerwear that a student will wear in the building during the day must be Gibbons apparel. The outerwear may be specific to a team, club, or a general Gibbons item from the school store.

What styles of shoes are permitted?

Any style of shoe may be worn, including athletics shoes, sandals, etc.

Physical Education Uniform

What do the students wear for Physical Education classes?

Students will be given a Gibbons t-shirt and shorts in class. They need to wear athletic shoes to class.

How does the student pay for the gym uniform?

The cost of the uniform is included in the fees paid at the beginning of the year.

Drop-off/pick-up & Carpooling

What are the procedures for dropping off and picking up students?

There are no specific times, paths, or rules for drop-off and pick-up because each student follows a different before and after school schedule.

What does a student do if he/she needs to stay after school to wait for a later activity?

Students are allowed to remain in the building after school hours until their activity begins.

How can I find out about available carpools?

A list of interested families will be emailed to any parent who requests one. Please call or email main office administrative assistant Mrs. Pauline Price in the Main Office at (919) 834-1625 or at for more information.

School Day Schedules

What time does the school open?

The official school hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on regular school days. Students are welcome to be on campus before and after school, however. Many students are here throughout the day participating in classes and activities, studying, and socializing.

What are the hours of a regular school day?

The first bell rings at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Classes begin at 8:05 a.m. See Bell Schedules page for full list of schedules.

The last period ends at 2:55 p.m. except for Wednesday when the school day ends at 2:15 p.m.

On Wednesdays, there is a mandatory grade-level assembly for one of the four grade levels (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) from 2:15 until 2:55 p.m. The schedule of these assemblies is on the school calendar. During this time, club meetings or activities are normally scheduled, as well.

Students who are not involved in any of the scheduled events on a Wednesday may leave campus at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday schedules also offer an opportunity to schedule appointments for students without interfering with class attendance.

Why do first and eighth period switch places on Tuesday and Thursday?

Beginning the day with 8th period and ending it with 1st period on Tuesdays and Thursdays not only provides a break in routine, but also offers students and teachers an opportunity to meet at different times of the day. This scheduling also ensures that students who sometimes need to leave school early for a sporting event do not always miss the same class.


What should I do if my child is tardy or absent?

Please call Attendance Director Mrs. Peggy Paez in the Attendance Office at (919) 834-1625, x214 and leave a voicemail with the details in order to excuse the tardy/absence.

Where is the Attendance Office?

The Attendance Office is located between the front lobby and the cafeteria, next to the Fine Arts classrooms.

When I am dropping off my child late, do I need to come into the Attendance Office?

If the parent sends a note in with the student, the parent does not need to come into the office.

When I am picking up my child early, do I need to come into the Attendance Office?

A parent who has sent in a note with the student or left a phone message with Mrs. Paez in the morning does not need to come into the office to sign out the student.

What if my child needs to leave school early but either does not know yet or did not bring in a note in the morning?

Please come into the Attendance Office to sign out your child.

How do I drop off something to be delivered to my child?

Please bring the item to the Attendance Office and someone will deliver it to your child by the end of the day.

Where is the Lost and Found?

The Lost and Found is located in the Attendance Office, which is open during school hours.


When is the cafeteria open?

The cafeteria is open before school Tuesday through Friday from about 7:30—8 a.m. and during periods 4, 5, and 6 (from 10:45 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on a regular schedule day).

What food is available and when?

In the mornings, items such as drinks, bagels, and doughnuts are available.

Each day of the week features a different main lunch item. See the Cafeteria page for details. Various snacks and drinks are available every day.

What happens on half days and exam days?

During periods 4, 5, and 6 on half days and during the break from 10:00-10:30 a.m. on exam days, a breakfast offering is available.

How do “special lunches” work, and what else is available on those days?

The only entree available on special lunch days is the special lunch. Snacks are still available.

How much does a typical lunch cost?

For a sandwich, drink, and chips, the cost is at least $5.00.

What methods of payment are accepted?

Signed checks made out to Gibbons or cash are the only accepted methods of payment.

May students set up an account for payment?


Are any drinks or food sold after school?

Only soda machines are available after school.

May students leave campus during lunch?

Only seniors may leave campus during lunch.

Where are students permitted to eat lunch?

Students may eat in the cafeteria, in the hallways, or outdoors.

Resources for Students

School store –

How and when do students receive their textbooks?

Students receive their textbooks in each class during the first days of school.

When is the school store open?

The school store is open before and after school and during lunch periods, periods 4, 5, and 6 (from 10:45 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on a regular schedule day).

What is available for sale in the school store?

Gibbons apparel and accessories are sold as well as some basic supplies. Please see for details.

Does the school store sell items specific to a teacher or course?

No. Teachers handle any specific supplies directly with students.

What methods of payment are accepted?

Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa and MC) are the accepted methods of payment. The school store does not permit I.O.U. or delayed billing.

What else can be found at the school store?

Students may register a car and receive a free parking pass. (Parking passes need to be updated only if vehicle info changes.) Students register for school dances and purchase tickets for school events at the school store, as well.

Library Media Center –

When is the Library Media Center open?

The Library Media Center is open Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. . Friday (and any day before a break) 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with exceptions during scheduled events).

Technology Policies

Are students allowed to have cell phones and iPods on campus?

Yes, students may have cell phones and iPods with them but may not use them during classes.

May students bring a laptop to school?

Yes, students may bring a personal laptop to school but must ask permission from the teacher if the student would like to use the laptop during class. The student is completely responsible for the laptop while it is on campus.

Is wireless internet access available?

No. There is no wireless internet access available for students or guests on campus. For more information on Electronic Devices, please see page 22 of the Parent-Student Handbook.

Gibbons Web Resources

What are PowerSchool and the Gibbons home website used for?

PowerSchool ( and the Gibbons home website ( are the official Gibbons’ sources for all academic and student and family demographic information. Each student and parent receives a personal log-in to ensure security and to allow greater usability for all members of our community.

How is each website utilized?

PowerSchool is the official source for student demographic and grade information and is primarily used by students and parents to keep up with student grades. PowerSchool also includes a student’s schedule, attendance history and family demographic information.

The Gibbons home website is primarily used by students and parents to access course information (homework, handouts, calendar, etc.) but also includes a wealth of general school information, including athletic and school calendars, athletics results and team information, student activities sign-up forms (for trips and retreats, etc.), daily announcements, etc.


The Gibbons home website is filled with useful information and is set up to help you quickly find the information you need through the use of “keywords”, i.e., the word(s) that appear after and the forward slash (as seen throughout this Welcome Guide).

Don’t see what you need? Try a keyword to find a specific page by adding the forward slash and keyword(s) after

If that doesn’t work for you, the site also features a Search box which should find just about any page you may need.



Social Media

Gibbons has an extensive Twitter network, which provides updates on a range of topics. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read any of the posts on any account. Simply click on any account name and the posts will be visible to you in any web browser. However, creating a Twitter account allows you to “follow” these accounts to get updates sent to your Twitter account, and even to a mobile device, if you choose (only when you enable mobile updates; you won’t get spam).

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