Monday, September 9, 2013

Senior College Presentation Information

Your child's senior year has begun and for those who plan to go to college, it can be an overwhelming experience. There is so much information available to students and families, from "top 10" lists to websites about financial aid, that it can be daunting. However, we are here to help!   If you were not able to attend the Senior College presentation on Wednesday, August 28th, the presentation and documents that were distributed are linked below:
  • For an overview of the presentation, led by Guidance Counselor Chairperson, Lauren Sommers, click here
  • For a copy of the Secondary School Report form, click here. This document is a snapshot of student performance completed by the school counselor and serves as a cover sheet for documents being sent to colleges and universities.  
  • GLHS requires parental permission to send a student’s transcript to any college or university if the student is under the age of 18.  All colleges and universities request a transcript as part of the documentation necessary for the admissions process. For a copy of the Transcript Request from, click here
  • Each senior student will receive a copy of the Senior College Application Guide when they meet individually with their School Counselor. If you would like a copy of the guide, click here
If you have any questions about the college application process, please do not hesitate to contact your child's School Counselor:
  • Ms. Susan Moore- student last names A-CO and seniors at the career centers
  • Mr. Jim Lewis- student last names CP-HI and juniors at the career centers
  • Mrs. Melissa Monnig- student last names HJ-MI
  • Mrs. Jenny Savakinas- student last names MJ-SC
  • Ms. Lauren Sommers- student last names SD-Z
Be Great,

Dwight 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

2013-2014 GLHS Registration

August brings many emotions: nervousness, sadness for some, and for many, excitement because it marks the start of another school year! For our seniors, it's the beginning of their last year of high school and for our freshmen it marks the commencement of a new chapter in their lives. I also realize that you, as parents, have similar emotions because it's a reminder of how fast your babies are growing up.

Student registration is upon us and we are off to a great start. Senior and junior students went through registration on Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th. Sophomore students register Monday, August 12th and Freshmen Tuesday, August 13th. We want to make sure this is a stress-free process so 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. Please have all necessary forms completed prior to coming to the school.

3. Please submit payment for all necessary fees.

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

5. Remember to stop by the Paw Print to purchase a lock, calendar, or some Gahanna gear! The DECA students have come up with some awesome designs for you to choose from.

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 2013-2014 academic year! To get more timely updates about GLHS, you can follow us on Twitter at @GLHSLions and "Like" us on Facebook! 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

Monday, March 25, 2013

GLHS Community University Workshops April 1, 2013

You are invited to attend our Community University Workshops on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 6-7pm!  Community University are technology workshops led by Gahanna staff members and/or some GLHS students on a monthly basis.  Following are the April workshop descriptions and location:

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.

You are encouraged to set aside an hour to learn something new or to strengthen your skill level. Please feel free to bring your student along if you like!

Be Great,

Dwight

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nearly 500 Students Recognized for Academic Excellence!

On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, nearly 500 hundred Gahanna Lincoln High School freshmen, sophomore, juniors, and seniors were recognized for their academic performance at the annual Student Academic Award Night.
Our mission at GLHS is “educate our students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.” A night like last night is a testament to how seriously we take our mission. The educational process is a challenging, unpredictable, and full of failures and triumphs, yet it’s crucial to one’s success. Our staff is committed to our mission and the students recognized last night have demonstrated that they embrace our mission as well.
Freshmen Experience Principal, Mr. Ron Foltz, did an outstanding job organizing the program and delivering a powerful message about “giving it your all.” The highlight of his message came from the classic work of Dr. Seuss, “Horton Hears A Who.” Horton the Elephant was faced with a challenge and had to decide if he was going to coward in the face of adversity or stand firm on his commitment. The message hit home with many in the audience because in order for one to be successful, one must remain committed in the face of adversity

Students were recognized by four different levels:
·        First Year Award (Academic Letter)- 3.9 cumulative GPA or better after three semesters
·        Second Year Award (Academic Pin)- 3.8 cumulative GPA or better after five semesters
·        Third Year Award (Third Year Pin)-3.7 cumulative GPA or better after seven semesters
·        Fourth Year Award (Fourth Year Plaque) 3.6 cumulative GPA or better after seven semesters
I had the opportunity to speak to several parents before the ceremony began and they were so excited for their children.  One father in particular brought his elementary age niece and nephew so they could see their cousin, who is a senior, be recognized for her commitment to academic excellence. He used it as an opportunity to plant another seed of success in their young minds. It’s nice to be a part of something that means so much to others!
Congratulations again to all the students for achieving at such a high level and a special “thank you” to you, the parents, for helping your children accomplish their goals!
Be Great,
Dwight

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

March 4th Community University Workshops!

Since the February Community University Workshops were cancelled due to inclement weather, the iPads 101 and iPads 102 workshops will take place on Monday, March 4th from 6-7pm in the GLHS Library. We will also offer a Twitter 101 Workshop in Clark Hall Room 222 at the same time. Following are the workshop descriptions and location:

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 faciilated  by GLHS Librarian, Ann Gleek in the GLHS Library. RSVP here by Friday, March 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 facilitated by Lincoln Elementary Principal, Jim Miccuilla in the GLHS Library. RSVP here by Friday, March 1st.

If you do not an iPad, no worries! You'll be able to borrow one of ours for the workshop.

Twitter 101: Come learn the why, what, and how of Twitter and the implications for real time communication, learning, sharing, and connecting.  You are encouraged to bring your smartphone or other mobile device. This workshop is by GLHS Math teacher, Tia Holliman, and me. RSVP here by Friday, March 1st.

You are more than welcome to bring you student along! It will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and to learn something new together. We look forward to seeing you!

Until next time…

Be Great,

Dwight


Thursday, January 24, 2013

GLHS Schedulng for Next School Year

One of the most important components of second semester is the scheduling process. We want to ensure students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors have as much time as possible to create the best possible schedule for each student.
We offer over 200 courses because we want our students to have choice in what they want to take over the years. However, this creates some challenges for us as well. In addition to our rich course offerings, we’ve had two different schedules the last two years: a 4 block A/B schedule at Clark Hall and a traditional 8-period schedule on main campus with some block classes sprinkled in. As you can imagine, or as some of you have experienced, this created a number of conflicts, such as double study halls or students being closed out of courses. In order to reduce the number of conflicts, we have come to the realization we cannot continue operating with two different schedules.
A/B Block Schedule
To help alleviate some of the conflicts we faced, next school all English, Math, Science, and Social Studies classes will be taught in an A/B Block format, grades 9-12. Blocking courses allow for:
·        Deeper exploration in content and meaning
·        Hands on time with teachers and students
·        Assessment and work completion within the classroom (including labs)
·        Creative lesson planning
·        Time to provide feedback to students while they are in class
·        Time for teachers who teach the same courses to work more together more closely and consistently
·        More time for students to complete out of class assignments
·        Less classes a day for students
We’ve had a great deal of success with the A/B schedule at Clark Hall because of the reasons listed above. Additionally, students have adapted to the time and have learned to manage their time outside of class to ensure they complete assignments in a quality manner.
If you are not familiar with the A/B block schedule, an A/B Block schedule is a schedule in which a student has two different classes scheduled during the same block of time, but they alternate which day and which class they take. For example, a student who has Math and Science during first block will go to the math class on “A” day (Tuesday and Thursday) and science class on “B” day (Wednesday and Friday). Monday will be a normal 8 period day with 47 minutes per period. The blocked class periods are 94 minutes long, so the amount of time in each class is evenly distributed during the year. This schedule will not conflict with our performing arts classes, International Languages classes, DECA, or other specialty classes; however it will help tremendously in alleviating conflicts.
Course Changes
With such a strong emphasis on Literacy through the Common Core State Standards and a majority of our seniors already taking two English courses, beginning next school year, seniors will have to take a semester of literature and a semester of composition. This will provide the opportunity for our students to continue to hone these skills as they transition from high school. Also, this will make it a little easier to offer dual enrollment classes that are yearlong. Our goal is to add five dual credit classes a year for the next five years. I have discussed this with several parent groups, including my Lions Advisory Board and members of the PTO. It’s also been a topic of discussion at the “Coffee with Mr. Carter” conversations.
The US Government class will be a year-long course as opposed to a semester of State and Local Government or Economics and a semester of Federal Government. This year’s juniors (Class of 2014) who have already taken Economics as the alternative for the State and Local Government credit will still be able to take a semester only of Federal Government next year.
Financial Literacy has been a graduation requirement the last two years and we currently have the standards embedded in State/Local Government and Personal Finance classes. However, in order to be more intentional with teaching the students Financial Literacy, students will have the choice of taking Economics or Personal Finance to fulfill their Financial Literacy requirement. The Economics course will not only have the Financial Literacy standards embedded throughout the course, but for students who are interested in pursuing a career in business, it will provide a broader perspective of micro and macroeconomics. The Personal Finance class will provide an in-depth study of the Financial Literacy standards where students will be able to apply the principles learned to their lives today. Both options allow us to be intentional and purposeful in fulfilling this important requirement, while providing student choice at the same time. 
Students who took Economics as a junior will only have to take a semester course of Federal Government to fulfill their government graduation requirement because prior to the 2013-14 school year, the Economics course has been an alternative to State and Local Government. Junior students who did NOT take Economics will be scheduled to take a full year of US Government their senior year and will have to take a semester of Personal Finance or Economics to fulfill the Financial Literacy requirement. Either way, students will leave high school with a thorough background of financial literacy.
Scheduling Process
Our Guidance Counselors will begin meeting with students to discuss scheduling on January 24th. Following is the schedule:
·        Juniors to be Seniors Thursday, January 24, 2013
·        Sophomores to be Juniors Monday, January 28, 2013
·        Freshmen to Sophomores Tuesday, January 29, 2013
They will meet with three groups per day by alphabet. This will ensure a smaller group size and for greater opportunities for students to ask questions, share concerns, and for the guidance counselors to answer the questions in greater detail. January 30th through February 12th, teachers will explain to students their departmental course offerings, course sequence, and course requirements. It is during this time that students will need to get your signature of support for selected courses. Students will then need to submit the selective course applications by Friday, February 8th. The actual registration form is due to your student’s English teacher by Thursday, February 14th. These deadlines are important because it helps us get the students scheduled sooner so we can reduce or eliminate conflicts much quicker. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!
As you can imagine, this is a long process, but we have an amazing team of teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators who work together as a team to make it all happen! Please feel free to contact you student’s Guidance Counselor if you have any questions. Thanks! Until next time…
Be Great,

Dwight

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You're Invited! February Community University Workshops

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. We are offering two workshops on Monday, February 4th from 6-7pm. Following are the workshop descriptions and location:

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.

If you do not an iPad, no worries! You'll be able to borrow one of ours for the workshop. You are more than welcome to bring you student along! It will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas and to learn something new together. We look forward to seeing you!

Until next time…

Be Great,

Dwight


Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Upcoming Events!


January typically brings about a fresh start as we plan to make meaningful changes in many areas of our lives. For us at GLHS, we return from break refreshed and rejuvenated to continue to educate our students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. The end of the semester brings with it a number of events to make you aware of:
Sunday, January 13th- Winter Band Concert in the Auditorium at 3:00pm
Monday, January 14th-Coffee with Mr. Carter in Clark Hall 325 at 6:45am; Freshmen Band Concert in the Auditorium at 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 15th-Thursday, January 17th- Midterm Exams
Wednesday, January 16th: 8th grade parent night from 7-9 pm (auditorium and café)
Friday, January 18th- Teacher Work day NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Monday, January 21st- MLK Jr. Day Observance NO SCHOOL; Chorale and Orchestra Benefit Concert at Peace Lutheran Church at 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 22nd, First day of Second Semester
We also have a new event that is a collaborative effort between some students who graduated last year and several GLHS staff members. It’s the “Diaspora: Voices of an Ever-Changing America.” Following is a brief description and an invitation:
GLHS will present a debut performance of “Diaspora: Voices of an Ever-Changing America” on February 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the GLHS Auditorium.  Diaspora is program that celebrates African American History and Culture through the arts. Admission for all is simply a non-perishable food item or cash donations for GRIN. Mrs. Amerson, Ms. Bridges, and Mrs. Germany have worked with a diverse group of students who will showcase talents ranging from dance, singing, spoken word, and much more.  The performance will touch on everything from before the Middle Passage from Africa to Modern everyday society.  You definitely don’t want to miss out. The goal is for you to be entertained and informed all at the same time.  
Finally, I stumbled upon this quote this morning and wanted to share it with you:
“It is harder than we remember to be a child.”
Keeping this quote in mind, let’s continue to encourage our students. They are faced with more challenges than we could ever imagine, and yet, they continue to perform at a high level. I look forward to seeing you around GLHS in the coming weeks! Until next time…
Be Great,

Dwight