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

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