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



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gahanna's Got Talent!


Last weekend was our annual Varsity Varieties Show and it was simply amazing to see all the talent on stage and behind the scenes! The Arts, both visual and performing, are a major aspect of GLHS, helping us to create a positive school brand.

I often talk about our school brand with our students because when we think of a particular company or organization, images, experiences, and observations come to mind that help to create one’s brand. The GLHS Brand not only encompasses the arts, but also academics, attendance, a positive attitude, activities, acts of service, and athletics. Each of these components play an important role in helping students have an enjoyable and rich learning experience at GLHS.  Additionally, each is significant in creating opportunities for us to “educate our students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow,” which is our school’s mission statement. 

Varsity Varieties is a way for many talented students to publicly display their passion for the performing arts. It’s a chance for the entire school community and alumni to celebrate GLHS in a very meaningful way. I was thoroughly impressed by the number of diverse acts including solo ballads, heartfelt duets, instrumental performances, hip hop dance routines, comedy, and large choreographed tap dance routines. Furthermore, Varsity Varieties provides a chance for us to get a glimpse of our students’ commitment to social, emotional, and mental development beyond the classroom.

What I most enjoy about the performances is the freedom and joy I see on the students faces. When they are on the stage, they appear to be in their element. They demonstrate a level of confidence that any principal, teacher, or parent should be proud of. Thanks to our entire performing arts department, the stage crew, and student performers for providing three days of quality entertainment! You Make It Matter! Until next time...

Be Great,

Dwight

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

GLHS Lions Roar AND Soar!

Three Lincoln High School students won the honor of having their short films selected for screening at the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Film Festival.  Film and video production classes offered at GLHS – Classic Film Studies and Video Communications – provide students with the necessary tools to create polished, creative documentaries and short films.  On Friday, March 2nd, junior Kevin Crane and seniors Nathan Hengstebeck and Evan Moreland saw their work showcased at the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Arnold sports expo that takes place annually in downtown Columbus.  The theme of the film competition was success in sports.  Filmmakers were asked to create short films that celebrate triumph over adversity in the world of sports.  Kevin’s documentary was titled FIELD OF DREAMS and focused on the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic medium.  Evan and Nathan’s film explores the spiritual, lyrical nature of quirky athletics in AS THE WORLD SPINS.  The screenings took place on Friday, with showings at 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, and 7pm-9pm at the Arena Grand movie theater downtown.  Congratulations to teachers Mark Miller, Tom Gregory and students  Kevin Crane, Nathan Hengstebeck, and Evan Moreland!


Four members of the Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team advanced to the final round of the 85th annual Ohio High School Speech League’s State Tournament this past weekend at Jackson High School in Massillon. The results are as follows:
·       Senior Anna Woodruff – 6th place in oratorical interpretation
·       Seniors Graham Arledge and Nicole George-7th in duo interpretation.
·       Junior Nathan Power-top 18 in congressional debate.           
·       Junior Evren Gokcen advanced to the octafinal round of Lincoln Douglas debate.        
Congratulations to the state finalists and to coaches Lyle Linerode and Kristen Juth as well as the entire team for an outstanding season!       
The Orchestra performed well at the State Competition on Saturday at Granville High School. Their overall score was a 2, which is impressive since they tried some challenging music. Orchestra teacher Kevin Dengel and the students were pleased with their overall effort.
Congratulations to juniors, Kasee and Drew McDougle for qualifying to the State Wrestling tournament this past weekend. Drew McDougle made his way to the podium with a fourth place finish for the Lions and completed the season with an overall record of 47-7! Congratulations to Coach Kyle Bentley and the entire team for hours of hard work, dedication, and discipline this season.


The Lady Lions Varsity Bowling team finished the season on Saturday, March 3th with a sixteenth place finish in the state! Congratulations to Coach Bruce Zink and the Lady Lion bowlers! Way to Make It Matter! 


Senior Pole Vaulter Jake Blankenship continues to excel. He cleared an amazing height of 17'6" at Oberlin College last weekend! Congratulations to Jake! 


The Varsity Girls Basketball Team upset top ranked Pickerington North High School for the District Championship on Saturday, March 3rd! They continue to the first round of regional competition on Tuesday, March 6th at Otterbein University. Congratulations to Coach Hauser and the Lady Lions Hoop Squad!
On Thursday, March 8th, the Gahanna Lincoln High School Blue Band will be working with Ohio State University Director of Bands Dr. Russel Mikkelson on a piece of music that he and three graduate students composed in 2006.  Songs from the Heartland is based on the music of Dan Emmett, a prolific composer of folk music who was born and spent most of his life in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  The piece uses three of his most famous tunes: "The Boatman's Dance," "Dixie", and "Old Dan Tucker."  Many of the students did not know that "Dixie," usually associated with the Southern Confederacy, was written by an Ohioan prior to the Civil War and was Abraham Lincoln's favorite song.
The rehearsal with Dr. Mikkelson will help the band gain more insight into the compositional process and develop a more personal connection with the music they are performing. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and just another example of how GLHS Makes the Arts Matter!
This is another busy week for the Lions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team will play in the District semi-final game on Wednesday, the annual Varsity Varieties show is Thursday-Saturday from 7:30-9:30pm in the GLHS Auditorium, and the AthleticTag Day is Saturday, March 10th. Good luck to everyone representing GLHS on the court, stage, or in the community this week! You Make It Matter! Until next time...
Be Great,
Dwight



Monday, March 5, 2012

Ohio Graduation Test

The Ohio Graduation Test will be given to all sophomores during the week of March 12-16, 2012 at GLHS. We want our sophomores to have a quiet and relaxed testing atmosphere, so we are asking that our freshmen, juniors, and seniors arrive at school at 10:25 instead of the normal 7:35 start time. All sophomores will begin testing at 7:35, so they need to be here at the normal time. All buses will run on their regular schedule. All freshmen, juniors, and seniors who normally ride the bus may still do so at their normal time, but we are asking that if they ride the bus that they attend a supervised study hall in the cafeteria from 7:35 AM to 10:15 AM.  Below is the testing schedule and bell schedule for the week. It’s important that students who are not testing behave in a positive manner as they are representative of GLHS throughout the community. If your child is not testing, please talk with him/her about using this time to review, complete, or get ahead on any upcoming projects, papers, presentations, or assignments. One of our strands in our Graduate Profile is for our students to be a Responsible Community Member and this is the perfect opportunity for them to demonstrate this.

A great deal of work has gone into helping our sophomores prepare for this test, and I am confident that they will do well. To show our appreciation to our sophomores for their effort, we have taken a number of steps. First, the students will be assigned to classrooms for their testing; they will not be tested in the cafeteria or auditorium. This will allow for a more relaxed environment. Also, we are going to provide free breakfast foods, juice, and milk to our students each morning before they take the test. Any sophomore may visit the cafeteria from 7:05 AM to 7:25 AM to enjoy a free breakfast provided by our PTO.
 
In addition, sophomore students who are present for all 5 tests will be treated to a lunch picnic, complete with music and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers on Wednesday, May 30th! Students who score in the Accelerated (429-447) or Advanced (448-541) categories will have a chance to win an on-campus parking permit. A total of five on-campus parking permits will be given way. Students who score in the Proficient category (400-428) will have a chance to win an off-campus parking permit. A total of three off-campus parking permits will be given away, which will take place in the fall. The state and federal governments are asking that all schools have high participation rates, and it’s important for our students to be here. I am proud of our students and teachers and their efforts.

Be Great,

Dwight


                                                  OGT TESTING SCHEDULE

WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2012

MONDAY, 3/12              READING
TUESDAY, 3/13             MATH
WEDNESDAY, 3/14       WRITING
THURSDAY, 3/15          SCIENCE
FRIDAY, 3/16                 SOCIAL STUDIES

                                                             LHS OGT BELL SCHEDULE

Warning Bell                                     7:25
Testing                                              7:30 – 10:25
1st       Period                                      10:33 – 10:58
2nd    Period                                      11:04 – 11:29
3rd       Period                                     11:35 – 12:00
4th     Period                                      12:06 – 12:36
5th    Period                                       12:42 – 1:12
6th    Period                                       1:18  – 1:48
7th    Period                                       1:54  – 2:19
8th    Period                                       2:25  – 2:50



This is the schedule for OGT testing the week of March 12, 2012.  The testing period is two hours and fifty-five minutes. Each period has been adjusted to twenty-five minutes except lunch periods which are thirty minutes.