Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Upcoming Financial Aid Meetings

The financial aid planning processing can be confusing, overwhelming, and challenging. However, learning how to navigate through all the information that you get can be easy with some help. Please attend our College Financial Aid Information meeting on Wed. January 2nd at 7 pm in our café. There will be several important items shared about applying for College Aid and completing the Financial Aid Form. Faith Phillips, Director of Financial Aid at OSU Newark will present that evening.
In addition to the Wednesday, January 2nd meeting, you can sign up to attend College GOAL Sunday on February 10th, 2013 at 2 pm. Various colleges will have their expert Financial Aid Advisors available to answer questions and assist families with the electronic filing of the FAFSA From. You can sign up now at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or register by phone at 1-800-233-6734, which is the Ohio Board of Regents. College GOAL Sunday will take place at the following four locations:
·        DeVry University
·        Ohio Dominican University
Graduates of 2013 can submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after January 1st, 2013. Please note that it’s FREE; therefore, any website that wants to charge you to complete the FAFSA may not be legitimate. You are encouraged to go to www.pin.ed.gov  to order your personal identification because you will need to have it before you can file the electronic FAFSA.
If this is your first time through this process, it can be overwhelming, so don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Guidance Counselor at (614) 478-5508 if you have questions or concerns. Following is a list of our Guidance Counselors and the last name by alphabet they are responsible for:
·        Susan Moore (A-CO) and Career Center Seniors
·        Jim Lewis (CP-HI) and Career Center Juniors
·        Melissa Monnig (HJ-MI)
·        Jenny Savakinas (MJ-SC)
·        Bernie Hahn (SD-Z)
I also encourage you to like the GLHS Guidance Facebook Page so you can get relevant information on your Facebook Newsfeed. Until next time…
Be Great,
Dwight

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Coffee with Mr. Carter and November Recap

I would like to invite you to my monthly “Coffee with Mr. Carter” on Monday, December 10th from 6:45-7:30am at Clark Hall room 225. If you have any questions about anything school related, you are encouraged to attend. One topic of discussion will be the scheduling process since students will begin scheduling for classes after the holiday break. If you have questions or just want to learn more about the process, please join us. The PTO provides the coffee!
There was much to be thankful for at GLHS in November:
Theatre teacher, Cindi Macioce, and her students did an excellent job on the play, The Father of the Bride. There were so many students involved in this production, from the stage crew to the entire cast, and I continue to be amazed by their talent. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our students in the performing arts!
The GLHS Marching Band had an awesome experience as they marched in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. Thanks to all the parent chaperones, participating staff members, and, most importantly, the members of the band, for performing at a high level! Following is a brief video taken by one of the parents who was there:
video

On Monday, November 26th our teachers were engaged in several professional learning opportunities that included learning more about the Common Core State Standards. Following are brief descriptions of what took place for each department:
·     Our Science and Social Studies teachers focused on integrating literacy into their curriculum as part of the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core places an emphasis on more primary sources and informational non-fiction text, so each of our subject areas are expected to incorporate these strategies. This has been an area of focus for us since last school year.
·     I met with the Intervention Specialists during the morning to discuss the collaborative classroom, review student performance data, and to share ways we can better serve students to increase their performance.
·    Our Math teachers examined their curricular alignment to ensure they are meeting the Common Core State Standards. The emphasis was on how to scaffold, or build up to Calculus problems from Algebra I up to Calculus.
·    Our Business Department, which includes several content areas, worked on their building goals, including preparing some dual credit opportunities for our students.  Dual Credit means students, upon successful completion of the class, will earn high school credit and college credit. The college credit would be guaranteed to transfer to any state university in Ohio.
·     Our Art teachers worked on the their community outreach goal with the Gahanna City Parks and Recreation Department, prepared for the upcoming Arts Night, and worked on a new studio that, with the help of the Gahanna Jefferson Education Foundation, will allow us to provide another unique opportunity for our students.
·     Our English teachers worked on their department goals, which included the development of common assessments and transitioning their curriculum to include the new Common Core State Standards.
·     Our Cognitive and Multiple Disabilities teachers worked with Special Education Director, Sue Wieging, on the new Alternative Assessment Standards.
·     Our Guidance Counselors visited the Pomegranate Health System, which is an adolescent psychiatric facility, in order to learn more about how to serve our students who are struggling with social/emotional difficulties. They then returned in the afternoon to prepare for the student scheduling process.
·     Music teachers learned more about the performance standards and the Common Core State Standards.
·    International Language teachers worked with Mr. Hank Langhals from Central Office, to incorporate the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Standards.
·     Health/Physical Education teachers focused on a couple of things. They continued to work on the development of a blended learning course, which is a model that combines classroom time and online learning. They are two of five areas that will have blended learning classes next school year. PE teachers also worked on establishing a system to record the data they collect about how well students are meeting the new Physical Education standards.
·    In the afternoon, we reviewed the principles of Professional Learning Communities to make sure we, as a school, are focused on four key questions:
o   What are students supposed to know and be able to do?
o   How do we know they’ve learned it?
o   What do we do when they don’t know it?
o   What do we do when they already know it?
We continue to work hard to not only create and sustain positive relationships with our students, but to also hone our craft as educators. Until next time...
Be Great,
Dwight

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Resources for Parents

Following are a few resources I believe you will find helpful as a parent of an ever-changing teenager:
  • Penn State University recently did a study about parent/teen relationships and found that teens want more interaction with their parents. During this period in their lives, teens often resist parental assistance and crave for their independence. This is just a part of the developmental stages of life. However, they not only need parental interaction, they actually want it: http://live.psu.edu/story/60790.
  • Did you know failure (making mistakes, trying again) is a natural part of the learning process? As painful as it may be at times, it's important for us to allow ourselves to make mistakes and even more important to let our students make mistakes. The following article lists three ways parents can let their child make mistakes: huff.to/R5Ow5S.
  • There are many methods of communication these days and it's extremely hard for us to keep up. However, more and more students have turned to social media, such as texting, tweeting, and posting on Facebook to interact with their friends and express themselves. It's important for us all to help them develop a positive digital footprint. This requires us to monitor their interactions. Following is a neat blog post by a member of my Professional Learning Network about knowing what your kids are tweeting and texting: http://www.principalspage.com/theblog/archives/do-you-know-what-your-kids-are-tweeting-and-texting.
I hope you find that these resources are helpful. Until next time...

Be Great,

Dwight


Friday, October 26, 2012

Upcoming Opportunities

It’s really hard to believe we are at the end of the first quarter! Time seems to fly by as our days are filled with to-do lists, projects, and deadlines. Let’s remember to take care of ourselves as the hussle and bustle of the holiday season approaches.

I want to remind you of some upcoming opportunities at GLHS. We launched our Community University workshops at the beginning of the month and following are two workshops that should be exciting learning experiences:

October 29, 2012- Exploring the Night  through a Telescope: This workshop will take place from 8:00pm-9:30pm in the Clark Hall parking lot. Come view the moon, Jupiter, and the Pleaides. This workshop is led by GLHS Science teacher, Fred Donelson, and students from the Space Tech class. RSVP here by 3:00pm Monday, October 26th.

November 5, 2012- The Ins and Outs of Google Docs: Come learn how to create collaborative documents, spreadsheets, surveys and presentations with this free web-based tool. This workshop is led by GLHS Librarian, Ann Gleek, in Clark Hall 221. RSVP here by Friday, November 2nd.

Report cards will be distributed on Monday, November 5th. This is a great opportunity for you to talk with your child about their effort, achievement, and study habits to make sure he/she is on the right track. If he/she need assistance in any way, we now have a Social Studies Lab and Science Lab to go with our Math Lab and Writing Lab, which are now located in our newly created PASS Room. PASS stands for Positive Academic Support Solutions. There is a content specific teacher available each period to assist with homework, papers, or answer questions. If your child needs help, please encourage him/her to ask his/her teacher about the PASS Room.


There will be an Early Dismissal on Thursday, November 8th to allow us to participate in professional learning. The school day will end at 1:30pm. As a staff, we will discuss the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
My monthly “Coffee with Mr. Carter” will take place on Monday, November 12th from 6:45am-7:25am in Clark Hall 225. So far, we’ve had informal conversations about our building goals, college readiness, communication strategies, and student learning. If there is a topic you would like to discuss at one of the coffees, please feel free to share it in the comment section.
We will have a three day break to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends Wednesday, November 21 through Monday, November 26th. Teachers will have a full day professional development in-service on Monday, November 26th.

As the month of November approaches, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how thankful I am for being able to serve as the principal of GLHS. I thoroughly enjoy the many opportunities to interact with you, our students, and the staff in significant ways. Until next time…
Be Great,
Dwight   



Thursday, September 20, 2012

An Invitation to Community University, 2012-2013

Twitter, Facebook, Prezi, Animoto, Keynote, Evernote, Instapaper, Google Docs…. Many of these words may sound familiar to you, but some may be extremely new. These words are free web-based tools that many teachers and students use on a consistent basis both in the classroom and in their personal lives. Learning is an ongoing process that is now enhanced by the use of technology. Technology is ever changing and schools have been grappling with ways to integrate it to make learning more engaging for students.
In our efforts to help familiarize you, the parents and guardians, with how we are using technology in the classrooms, we have created Community University. Community University is a list of technology workshops led by Gahanna staff members and/or some GLHS students on a monthly basis. I encourage you to join us one evening to learn how to use Twitter as a communication tool, learn more about privacy settings on Facebook, or learn what it means to be a responsible digital citizen, just to name a few of the workshops that are being offered.
Time is precious for everyone, so the workshops are only for one hour and will take place at GLHS Clark Hall rooms 221 or 222 or the GLHS Library. The schedule and location of workshops is as follows:
October 8, 2012-Digital Citizenship:Ones resume is not the only thing college admissions officers and employers look at anymore when selecting prospects. Now, they search Google. What will they see when your name or the name of your child is searched? Nearly all of us have a digital footprint, or a trail of what we post online. Come discuss how we can help our students be responsible digital citizens as they use more social media and other web based tools. This workshop is led by GLHS Principal, Dwight Carter and GLHS Work and Family Life teacher, Keah Germany in Clark 221. RSVP here by Friday, October 5th.

*October 29, 2012- Exploring the Night with through a Telescope: This workshop will take place from 8:00pm-9:30pm in the Clark Hall parking lot. Come view the moon, Jupiter, and the Pleaides. This workshop is led by GLHS Science teacher, Fred Donelson and students from the Space Tech class. RSVP here by Friday, October 26th.

November 5, 2012- The Ins and Outs of Google Docs: Come learn how to create collaborative documents, spreadsheets, surveys and presentations with this free web-based tool. This workshop is led by GLHS Librarian, Ann Gleek in Clark Hall 221.
RSVP here by Friday, November 2nd.

December 3, 2012- The world of Facebook: This workshop addresses the impact of Facebook and provides a clear understanding of how to identify and apply Facebook's basic, advanced, and hidden settings. It's led by GLHS Orchestra teacher, Kevin Dengel in Clark 221. RSVP here by Friday, November 30th.

February 4, 2013-
iPads 101: There is an app for that! Come learn the basics of operating your iPad and learn about some new apps to enhance your iPad experience. This workshop is led by GLHS Librarian, Ann Gleek in the GLHS Library. RSVP here by Friday, February 1st.

iPad 102: “Next step” tips and apps for those who are comfortable with the basics and looking to do more with an iPad. This workshop is led by Lincoln Elementary Principal, Jim Miccuilla in the GLHS Library. RSVP here by Friday, February 1st.

March 4, 2013-
Twitter 101: Come learn the what, why, and how of Twitter and the implications for real time communication about school activities, etc. This workshop is led by GLHS Math teacher, Tia Holliman and GLHS Principal, Dwight Carter in Clark 221. RSVP here by Friday, March 1st.

PowerPoint and Alternatives to PowerPoint: Come learn how to create engaging presentations using PowerPoint and several free web based presentation tools like Glogster, and Animoto. You’ll leave with ways to take your presentations to a new level. This workshop is led by GLHS Dean of Curriculum, Brooke Menduni and Math teacher, Tia Holliman in Clark 222. RSVP here by Friday, March 1st.

April 1, 2013-
Movie Maker and Alternatives to Movie Maker: Learn the basics of Movie Maker in order to create lasting memories of trips, vacations, etc. But, you will also be exposed to free web based tools to create stunning movies that will wow family, friends, and co-workers. This workshop is led by GLHS Librarian, Ann Gleek, and English teacher, Danielle Morrison in Clark 221. RSVP here by Friday, March 29th.

Microsoft Excel: Learn the basics of Excel to help you organize personal and professional information, etc. This workshop is led by Technology and Business teacher, Jamie Campbell in Clark 222. RSVP here by Friday, March 29th.

May 6, 2013- TBD in Clark 221

You can attend as many workshops as you like and bring a friend!

Be Great,

Dwight


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GLHS Student Section-PRIDE

“We had to enter the stadium on the track in front of your student section. They were great--class act!” –Upper Arlington Band Director
“This is, by far, the best student section I’ve seen!” -School Resource Officer, Dean Blamer
"The student section is awesome this year! These kids are doing a great job!" -Pastor Steve Resch
These are just a few examples of the positive comments I’ve received this year about the GLHS Student Section. The students' enthusiastic and spirited behavior has been exemplary of what we expect in terms of respecting yourselves, respecting others, and respecting the community. They do an outstanding job of cheering on the team in ways that are not demeaning to our opponent. They are well organized and come to the games ready to have fun, be the 12th man for the team, and to demonstrate the PRIDE of GLHS!
One of the coolest things to see is how responsive the entire student section is when the band performs at half time! The students don't move from their seats because they literally do not want to miss the show. Now, that's respect!
I also appreciate the way they have used the @GLHS_SS Twitter account in a responsible manner to create school spirit, organize the themes, and encourage student participation. I am so impressed and inspired by the students at GLHS! Thanks for giving us all something to believe in!
Be Great,
Mr. Carter

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Upcoming College Fair

Upcoming College Fair for College Bound Students
Guidance Department Chairperson, Mrs. Jenny Savakinas, put together the following message about an important upcoming college fair.
College Bound Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores
The Suburban College Fair will be this Sunday, September 16th from 1:00-3:30pm at the Otterbein University Westerville/Clements Center. Over 225 college admissions staff will be there to answer your questions about their college/university. Over 4,000 people attend this Central Ohio College fair. For those seniors that need to do some last minute shopping please take advantage of this exceptional opportunity. Juniors and sophomores can actively begin their college search. Click here for a flyer about the event.
The registration deadline of September 21st is soon approaching to take the ACT on October 27. Go to www.actstudent.org to get registered. We would also advise you to sign up for the optional writing portion of this test. This date is especially important for the SENIORS.
JUNIORS should sign up for the ACT in February/April or June 2013. Most students will take this test 2 or 3 times and colleges will look at the highest score. Juniors should absorb much of their junior year classes before signing up for this test. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s guidance counselor:
Ms. Susan Moore A-CO and juniors at the Career Centers
Mr. Jim Lewis CP-HI and seniors at the Career Centers
Mrs. Melissa Monning HJ-MI
Mrs. Jenny Savakinas MJ-SC
Mr. Bernie Hahn SD-Z
Until next time…
Be Great,
Dwight

Friday, August 31, 2012

Open House and "Coffee with Mr. Carter"

We will have our annual Open House on Monday, September 10th from 7-9PM. In a couple of days, your child will bring home a completed schedule for you to use as your map for the evening. It’s a great opportunity for you to hear from your child’s teachers regarding course expectations, etc. Each period is 10 minutes long with 6 minutes passing time between periods.  
Due to the limited time, there will not be a lot of opportunity to discuss with the teachers individual concerns or questions in detail; therefore, you will be able to sign up for a Parent/Teacher conference before you leave the room, which are on October 1st and October 18th from 3:30-7:00 PM. Individual conferences are 15 minutes each.
During Open House, we will have a Showcase of clubs and other activities located in the lobby for you to find out what your child/children can get involved in. Additionally, you are encouraged to visit the Library for a Library Resources Presentation during a Study Hall or Lunch period time slot. It should be very informative!
In order to enhance communication between parents and school administration, our Parent Teacher Organization is hosting “Coffee with Mr. Carter” the second Monday of each month. The first “Coffee” is scheduled for Monday, September 10th from 6:45-7:25AM at Clark Hall room C225. I’ll share some general information about the school and will then answer questions in an informal setting. If you plan to attend, please park towards the wood fence along the west side of the parking lot. The other dates are as follows:
October 8, 2012
November 12, 2012
December 10, 2012
February 11, 2013
March 11, 2013
April 8, 2013
May 13, 2013
I look forward to seeing you at Open House and speaking with you at one of the “Coffee with Mr. Carter” conversations. Take care and until next time…
Be Great,
Dwight  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

GLHS Registration Week

As you and your child (or children) attend registration this week, there will be plenty of GLHS staff and parent volunteers to assist you. Additionally, signs are posted to help point you in the right direction. Following is a list of reminders to help you have an enjoyable registration experience:

1. Registration for students with the last name A-M is from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM. For students with the last name N-Z, it’s from 12:30 PM-3:30 PM.

2. Seniors report Monday 8/13, juniors Tuesday 8/14, sophomores Wednesday 8/15, and freshmen Thursday 8/16.

3. Please have all necessary forms completed prior to coming to the school.

4. Please submit payment for all necessary fees.

5. If there is a conflict with your child’s schedule, please sign up to see one of the Guidance Counselors.

6. Remember to stop by the Paw Print to purchase a lock, calendar, or some Gahanna gear! The DECA students have done an outstanding job getting the Paw Print ready.

7. Please visit the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) table to sign up to become a member. The membership fee is $5.00, which goes towards providing meals for teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences, providing a few scholarships, and funding special projects. More information will be provided at the table.

Whether you are new or returning to Gahanna Lincoln High School, welcome to the start of the 2012-2013 academic year! I look forward to serving and connecting with you as we educate our students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

Be Great,

Dwight

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Upcoming GLHS Community University Classes

This year we created Community University in order to help parents and community members understand current Web 2.0 Tools and other technology our students use in and out of the school setting. We’ve provided a number of courses: everything from Facebook 101 to Movie Maker. We have also included a couple of classes not specifically related to technology, but still very meaningful, such as Creating/Updating A Resume. I would like to thank those who attended a session this year!
Our final Community University classes for the 2011-2012 school year will take place on Monday, May 7 at 7pm. Science teacher, Brenda McAtee, will facilitate a class about Prezi, which is a free presentation tool that more students are using to enhance their presentations and engage the audience. This class will take place in the LHS Tech Center. In addition to the Prezi class, I will facilitate a class about Digital Citizenship, which is about understanding why and how we should use technology appropriately. We will discuss the digital footprint and its implications. This will take place in the GLHS Library Media Center.
In order to help us get a better idea of how many people will attend each class, please RSVP to sheltonc@gjps.org by Friday, May 4, 2012. Thanks and enjoy your week!
Be Great,
Dwight


 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Poets, Exec Visit, and 30 Day Challenge

Poetry Slam
Thursday, April 26th at 7:00, GLHS students will participate in the 4th annual Poetry Slam, sponsored by Writers’ Club.  Poets will compete for five prizes, ranging from $25 to $100 Easton gift cards.  In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Slam honors the art of poetry.  Music during intermission will be provided by junior Meredith Brown.  Refreshments will be in the lobby during the judging.  Poetry is a positive outlet for students to voice their feelings.  Currently, there are 15 entries. You are more than welcome to attend! I would like to thank English teacher and Writer's Club Advisor, Mrs. Dona Montgomery for organizing this outstanding event. It's clubs like this that help us create an environment where students can feel connected to the school.

Fortune 500 Exec Visits GLHS
Mr. Jeff Ramm, VP of Training and Development for the Bravo |
 Brio Restaurant Group speaking to Accounting and Personal Finance students at GLHS.
On Thursday, April 19, Mr. Jeff Ramm, VP of Training and Development, and Ms. Debbie Ticknor, Controller, for the Bravo |Brio Restaurant Group spoke to Accounting and Personal Finance students. Mr. Ramm and Ms. Ticknor talked about their positions within the company as well as the steps they’ve taken to achieve their current leadership roles. They also talked about the company’s growth, even through the recession, and they discussed the transition from being a privately held company to a Forture 500 publicly traded company in 2010.

BBRG opened its first BRAVO! restaurant in Columbus, Ohio in 1992. By 1998, it had grown to an additional eight units. BDI officials were approached by a real estate developer to create an upscale Italian concept at Easton Town Center, which became BRIO.  Currently BBRG owns and operates 94 full service restaurants across 30 states. Its stock is traded on the  Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol: BBRG.
GLHS Business teachers are Marcie Aiello, Katie Anderson, Bryce Culver, Jamie Campbell, and Kit Lynch.

30 Day Challenge
Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Selene Kelley and students in her Exercise Physiology and Lifetime Fitness classes are encouraging you to take the 30 Day Fitness Challenge during the month of May for  National Physical Fitness and Wellness Month.  Click here for more information about the classes and the 30 Day Challenge. Let's Make It Matter!

Be Great,

Dwight

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Spring Into Health"-The GLHS Health Fair


We believe in the power of community partnerships as a way to provide relevant learning opportunities for our students. One way in which we do that is the Gahanna Lincoln High School Health Fair. I've asked Health teacher, Mrs. Linda Shannon to share more information about it:


Gahanna ‘Springs into Health’  will be a fantastic day for students, staff and community members to learn more about their health.  The high school has been holding Gahanna “Springs into Health” for 21 years.  When we started the health fair the purpose was to create an alternative learning opportunity for both health and government students.  Health students receive pertinent health information and government students look at real world health resources available to them as community members after they graduate.

Since the beginning in 1991 the health fair has always been held during school hours because it is a student run event.   Health Issues (an elective class for juniors and seniors) students are in charge of ‘running’ the day.  Along with our community vendors their ‘teen issue’ topics will be showcased during the health fair as well as some projects created by students taking the required health and physical education classes.   This  year some of the Teen Issue topics include Healthy Weight Management, Portion Size versus Serving Size, Cyberbullying, The Effect of Father Absence on Teens, The Dangers of Hallucinogens, Marijuana Abuse, Impaired Driving and Teens, How to Prepare for College, Teen Stress, Sleep Deprivation and its Effect on Teens, Acne, Self-Image, Interracial Relationships, and Time Management.

Some of this year ‘s vendors are:

Ohio Office of the Attorney General  (drug abuse outreach), Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, American Heart Association, Granger Chiropractic, Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Diamond Dance and Fitness, Mount Carmel Nurses (heart health), Gahanna Department of Parks and Recreation, Columbus Cancer Clinic, SARNCO (Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio - dating violence), The Kidney Foundation, The Epilepsy Foundation, Columbus Public Health and Columbus Urban League), Lifeline of Ohio (organ donation), Mental Health Association of Franklin County, North Central Mental Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Dental Program, Youth to Youth, Ohio Urgent Care in Association with Nextcare (blood pressure screenings), Volunteer Doctors of America, Franklin County Health Department (tattooing and piercing regulations), the Gahanna YMCA, Smoothie King (healthier options for beverages) and various GLHS classes and organizations including  GLHS Youth to Youth, Health Issues and the some physical education classes.

Location: Main gymnasium of Gahanna Lincoln High School

Date:  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Time:  7:30 – 11:15 (closed for lunch)  12:15-2:50

The students work extremely hard and are well prepared to provide meaningful information to guests who stop by their booth. Thanks to Mrs. Shannon and the students who are in the Health Issues class for hosting such an important event! Be sure to ask your student about it sometime this week. Hopefully they will have a chance to attend.

Be Great,

Dwight





Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Partnerships and Celebration of Students


A goal of our district and school's Continous Improvement Plan is to establish partnerships with parents, business and the community. Our students have greatly benefited from a couple of partnerships that have been established in form of guest speakers.
Gahanna Lincoln Model United Nations (GLHSMUN) welcomed guest speaker Theresa Hitchens on Wednesday April 11th.  Mrs. Hitchens is the Director for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, based out of Geneva, Switzerland.  She talked to the students about what disarmament was and how it has changed over the years.  She talked about many of the global issues with regards to Nuclear Weapons.  She spent some time addressing the issues of space based weapons.  The students were engaged and impressed by what she said and how she got to where she was in life.  This was a great event for the students involved with the club and advisor, Mr. Ryan Lockwood. Thanks for Mr. Lockwood for Making It Matter!
On Thursday, April 12th, about 60 students who are in DECA, members of the GLHS Investment Society, or enrolled in a Personal Finance class, had the opportunity to listen to Ameriprise CEO, Mr.  Jim Cracchiolo as he discussed vision, leadership, goal setting, and branding. Students then had the opportunity to ask him specific questions about the industry, business strategy and planning for college. I was so impressed with their questions and how serious they took this opportunity to engage with a down-to-earth leader of a Fortune 500 company. Thanks to GJPS Superintendent, Mr. Mark White, and Mr. Dwight Montgomery for making this event possible for our students!
Prom 2012 took place on Saturday, April 14th and it was a huge success! I would like to thank Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Melanie Kopp, and the entire Student Council for organizing such a beautiful event. The students positively represented the GL brand as the young ladies were adorned in an array of brightly colored dresses and the young man were as sharp as tacks in their three piece tuxedos!
A long standing tradition at most schools is the National Honor Society Induction ceremony that occurs in the spring. Nearly 100 students will be inducted into the National Honor Society on Tuesday, April 17th. They will participate in a candle lighting ceremony, recite the NHS pledge and commit to service. It’s an exciting event and one they should be proud to be a part of. Congratulations in advance to all the new members of NHS!
Friday, April 20th we are celebrating all the great things about being a GLHS during our second annual “It’s a Great Day to be a Lion!” The purpose of this day is to serve as a reminder of past positive experiences that students have had at GLHS, acknowledge the positive relationships that have been established over time, and share individual success stories. Students have been asked to share what’s great about being a Lion and these statements will be displayed on paw prints throughout the lobby. Students will then be greeted with a warm Renaissance Action Team welcome tunnel as they enter the building Friday morning. Individual students and teachers will also share a brief statement about why it’s great to be a Lion over the PA at the beginning of each class period. The day will conclude with the Spring Renaissance Rally at 1:30pm in the Stadium for nearly 1000 students who have earned a Renaissance Card for at least two quarters this academic year! You can participate by wearing Gahanna Blue and Gold and by sharing a positive story about GLHS with family, friends, or co-workers. I also encourage you to post a positive story on the school’s Facebook page!
The Spring Renaissance Rally is yet another way to celebrate student progress and achievement in the area of academics, attendance, and discipline. The philosophy of Renaissance is that what is recognized and rewarded gets repeated. Also, it’s just one way we maintain a positive school climate and school culture! Friday, April 26th the students who earned a Renaissance Card for the third quarter will be treated to a cotton candy dessert during the lunch periods. With the help of PTO volunteers, all students have to do is go to the concession stand in the main lobby, show their new Renaissance card label on the back of their school ID, and have some cotton candy. We did this last quarter and the students loved it! 
Enjoy your week and until next time…
Be Great,
Dwight

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Taking Care of Business

Last week, we held our annual Academic Awards Night of Excellence to honor and recognize students for their academic accomplishments through first semester. Several hundred students, grades 9-12, and their parents were in attendance. Along with a certificate, first year recipients earned an Academic Letter for a Varsity jacket, second year students earned a lamp of knowledge pin, third year students earned a blue and gold lamp of knowledge pin, and fourth year students received a 5x7 plaque. It was a proud moment for GLHS!
GLHS students excelled last week with a number of top notch performances. The Gahanna DECA team finished first among a field of 300 teams at the Ohio DECA State Competition. The team combined for 9 first place, 3 second place, and 1 third place finish.  Senior Rachel Van Deventer also won the Ohio DECA Scholarship Event, and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship during the conference. All 24 team members qualified for the DECA International Competition next month in Salt Lake City, Utah.  For the past decade, Gahanna DECA has finished among the top 5 DECA chapters in North America.
Our choral and band programs produced great results as well. Acapella and Chorale, Womens Ensemble, Freshmen Girls, and Freshen Boys choirs each earned superior ratings at the District XV Ohio Music Educators Association competition last weekend. Choir teacher, Jeremy Lahman sent the following tweet soon after Acapella and Chorale performed together last Friday evening:
The freshman, Blue, and Gold bands earned superior ratings as well! Watching the students walk off the stage after their performances and then listening to the judge’s comments during the sight reading, it was evident that the students were extremely proud of what they accomplished. Congratulations to Mr. Lahman, Mr. Cebriak, the band directors and all the students for their stellar performances!
10 members of the team Speech and Debate Team competed at the Ohio Statehouse for the Western Ohio National Forensic League’s Student Congress Tournament. Alex Howell was Outstanding Presiding Officer for the second year in a row in his House of Representative’s chamber. Congratulations to the Mr. Lyle Linerode, Mrs. Kristen Juth, and the Speech and Debate Team on a very successful season!
Congratulations to student, Andrew McClurg for passing his Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam recently! Andrew attends the Eastland Career and Technical School’s Honors Cisco Networking course that’s at New Albany High School. Please click here for more information about the course.

GLHS Students in the News
Four GLHS journalism students were awarded for their stories or photographs. Please click here to read about it!
Sophomore, Aeriel Turlington was selected to serve on the state drug prevention program! She is actively involved in a number of organizations to help students make drug free choices, which has led to her appointment to this special program. Please click here to learn more about Aeriel.
Guest Speaker
To help raise awareness and to educate parents about what to look for in students in terms of drugs and alcohol, Mrs. Tonya Heft from Maryhaven will be at Clark Hall on Wednesday, April 4th at 7pm. The presentation will take place on the 2nd floor and will include time for Q and A. Mrs. Heft presented last year as well and the parents who attended were very appreciative of the information. She is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and thoroughly answered parent questions. This is part of our continued efforts to combat what seems to be an increased use of marijuana and other drugs among teenagers nationwide. The more information we have, the better equipped we will be to help solve the problems. Please mark your calendars and I look forward to seeing you there. I will send a reminder voice mail message or email message a few days before this event. Until next time…
Be Great,
Dwight