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