Weekly Update March 3, 2023
Gahanna Forum: Supporting Our Youth
Join us for a Gahanna Forum centered around supporting our youth. We are working to ensure that our students and staff have a safe learning and teaching environment.
We know that what happens in our schools is a connection to our community and we are looking forward to the opportunity to engage our community on this topic with our panel of community leaders.
Gahanna Forum: Supporting Our Youth
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Gahanna Middle School West
Communication Preferences Survey
Your Opinion Matters
We have teams working on our Year 1 goals for Equity and Access for All. This work will make Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools more welcoming for each of our students, staff and families.
As a part of our Year 1 goals, we want to make sure our communications from the District and each of our schools are as accessible as we can make them. To help us make our communication better, please complete this short survey.
GJPS Preschool Registration Now Open
Did You Know?
GJPS offers an outstanding preschool program that serves children with disabilities and provides an educational opportunity for typically developing children to serve as social and academic peer models.
Please note these changes for the 2023-24 school year:
Morning sessions will serve children ages 3 and 4 whose birthdays are AFTER August 1, 2019
Afternoon sessions will serve children ages 4 and 5 whose birthdays are on or BEFORE August 1, 2019
Families will not be given a choice of morning or afternoon preference.
Enrollment is open to children of district residents and staff members of GJPS through an application process. There are a limited number of peer model spots available each school year. Tuition is reasonably priced at $140/month. School is five days a week and the school year is nine months long.
For additional information and to register for Preschool, please visit our Preschool Registration page on our website.
One School, One Book
Chapelfield students kicked off their One School, One Book program this week with the book Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore. The students were treated to the first chapter being acted out by members of the Lincoln High School drama program.
Over the next couple of weeks, all Chapelfield students, staff and families will read the book and it will give the entire community an opportunity to read the same book, talk about it and share the joy of reading.
Goshen Lane Elementary
Students in Ms. Obey's fourth-grade class at Goshen Lane Elementary were treated to an extraordinary guest reader last week...NBC4 Evening Anchor Kerry Charles.
Middle School East
Six Middle School East students will move on to the Regional Power of the Pen Competition on March 11 after scoring high at the district competition last month. Special shout out to Maya Anger, who placed 12th overall in the District Tournament and won the Best of Round Award!
(left to right: Mackenzie Seaton, Mackenzie Bednar, Camryn Smith, Maya Anger, Sophie Peerless, Charlotte Peerless)
Look for more Power of the Pen tournament information next week!
Lincoln High School
733 Lincoln High School students earned the Academic Award of Achievement this week.
Reminder: New Library Opens Saturday
Gahanna Parks and Rec Town Hall Meeting
Comprehensive Parks Master Plan
For the past several months, the City has been working on updating its Comprehensive Parks Master Plan, which will guide the Department of Parks & Recreation in decision-making on policy, operations, maintenance and capital improvements over the next decade.
Stop by City Hall to hear how your input is guiding the updated plan and the long-term vision for the Department.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Gahanna City Hall
The meeting will also be livestreamed on the City’s YouTube channel.
March 4 New Gahanna Library Opens
March 7 Gahanna Parks & Rec Town Hall Meeting
March 13 National Honor Society Mental Health Awareness Information Night
March 15 Gahanna Forum: Supporting our Youth
March 27-31 Spring Break No School
April 7 Good Friday No School
April 12 GJPS Coffee & Conversation (6:30 pm)
April 13 State of the Schools (more info to come)
May 24 Last Day of School for Students
May 27 Class of 2023 Commencement
August 17 First Day of School for Students
2022-23 GJPS District Calendar (PDF)
Phase Two Projects
Building Pride for Our Future
In November 2020, voters in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools district approved a bond and operating levy to fund Phase Two of the GJPS Master Facilities Plan.
Phase Two of the Master Facilities Plan Includes:
- Additions and renovations to High Point and Blacklick Elementary
- Additions and renovations to Middle School East
- New Lincoln High School on current site
BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits Available for Symptomatic Students and Staff
BinaxNOW At-Home COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits are currently available for students and staff currently enrolled in GJPS schools who are EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS of COVID-19.
REQUEST FORM MUST BE COMPLETED IN ADVANCE
While supplies last, you may request kits for:
The number of students you have enrolled in Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in your household who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
The number of GJPS staff in your household who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
A confirmation email will not be sent.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK WHEN PICKING UP A RAPID TEST AT THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
PICK UP TIMES AND LOCATION
After completing a Rapid Test Kit Request Form, kits are available for pick up at:
GJPS Administration Building
160 S. Hamilton Road
Please ring the bell inside the front door for service.
While Supplies Last
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Let's Be Social
GJPS has very active Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts.
Please check us out and LIKE US, give us a comment or tweet and SHARE us!
Have a question about something school related? We bet you can find the answer on our Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools website at www.GahannaSchools.org.
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