The Roar

Gilbert High School's Principal Newsletter

2017 Spring Edition

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What's In The Roar?

Welcome to the Gilbert High School Principal Newsletter! You can expect to see dates for upcoming school events, information about programs and departments and recognition of staff and students. It is important for all parents, students, staff and community members to know what is going on at Gilbert High School and that is exactly what you will find in the Principal's Newsletter.


Principal's Message

February 2017

Dear Parents and Students:

As we move through 3rd quarter, I have been impressed by everyone on campus and their dedication to academics! Students have been working hard in class, teachers have been doing a great job getting them involved and invested in their learning, and I appreciate everyone’s hard work! It’s hard to believe that this Quarter is almost complete for this school year!

Our Counseling Department is taking great care and pride in making sure your child is registered for the correct classes for next year. Our Seniors are starting to feel that natural excitement (and maybe even a little anxiety!) for the big moments that lay ahead in May and beyond. I have been meeting with our Seniors in the “Breakfast with the Principal” tradition. It has been an absolute honor getting to know the amazing and talented members of our Senior class! They have big plans and it is so exciting and humbling to be a little part of their big life journey!

I want to thank and congratulate all of our Tiger students for a wonderful second and third quarter. They are working hard, competing in athletics and showcasing their amazing skills in the arts. All of their hard work brings great honor to themselves, their family and our school.

Kudos as well to our Boys Soccer team, who as I write this have won the 6A Boys Soccer State Championship! The boys have worked so very hard all season long and with their dedicated Coaches Perry and Murrish they have reached the pinnacle! So proud of these boys!

In less than two month, our students will begin taking the state AzMERIT exams for Writing, Reading and Math in April. Our faculty and staff have been working hard in preparing our Tigers for these exams.

We know that success on all of these exams is a combination of our students’ effort, and the organizational skills of Mr. Basques, Mrs. Teaters and Mrs. Harvil in organizing and administering the exams. Kudos as well should go to our faculty and staff; they work hard to prepare students for success and they also work hard on those exam days to ensure that they go as smoothly as possible.

Please help ensure that for these exams your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before any and all of these exams; on the day of the exam help make sure they have a hearty breakfast and are focused on their success for the exam. GHS has a proud tradition of success on these exams and we expect to continue that success!

One last reminder about registration for the next school year: please make sure that you and your child choose their courses carefully. Once the selections are made, we will then take those course registration numbers and begin the work of constructing the GHS Master Schedule. In the Master Schedule, we will allocate teachers and resources according to the needs of our students. We appreciate your diligence in making sure your child chooses their courses wisely! Our wonderful Counseling Department is assisting students and is always here to help parents and students, so please reach out to them with any questions you may have!

Thank you to all of parents in our campus community for caring about your kiddo, for preparing them for all the challenges that school can throw at them, and for keeping them focused on their academic success. We could not do our jobs without your support and hard work, thank you!

Take care and Go Tigers!


Christopher Stroud



GHS Basketball Playoffs

The next Girls Basketball playoff game is on Friday (2/17/16) at 6:30pm against Highland High School here at GHS!

The next Boys Basketball playoff game is on Tuesday (2/15/17) at 6:30pm against Desert Ridge here at GHS!

Please come out and support your GHS Basketball programs!

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Department News


GHS is one of two schools in the district (one of 7 in the metro area) that has been invited to participate with ASU's Fulton School of Engineering in a brand new program: Young Engineers Shape the World. ASU is fully funding and sponsoring this after school program aimed at getting our students (particularly young women) interested in engineering fields by giving them hands on projects and activities. ASU engineering students will be on campus working hand in hand with our students on these projects, which are based upon ASU's 14 fields of engineering. After just two weeks of promoting the program, we already have 11 students signed up, and expect to have more sign up over the course of the semester (if you've got any interested juniors or sophomores, send them our way).

Physics was awarded a GEF grant for a second year in a row. This time for a blackboard optics set that allows for the entire class to see how prisms bend and focus light. An integral part of AP Physics 2's curriculum.

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Performing Arts

Congratulations to the following students for auditioning and being selected for the 2017 Arizona Central Region Honor Music Ensembles: Macy LeCheminant, Clara Nagy, Michelle Reijonen, Lauren Clark, Audrey Andrews, Ashlyn Hastings, Holly Lambert, Kate Weichers, Kiana Hamel, Mary Keeton, Blake Wayment, Pete Geigle, Daylon Veater, Stephen Ray, Joe Boatwright, Spencer Jackson, Caeden Williams, Caleb Arnett (Choir), Spencer Timothy, Connor Siroky, Austin Westenskow, Chance Price (Band), Joe Boatwright, Lauren Clark, Grace Nagy, Noah Pacheco-Kountz, Michelle Reijonen, Nicole Reijonen (Orchestra). Go Tigers!

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Physical Education

The GHS PE Department hosted our fifth annual Unified Physical Education (UPE) Basketball Invitational on December 2nd in Tiger Gym. Our UPE athletes demonstrated their well honed skills and sportsmanship while Tiger Buddies and PE classes encouraged and supported our UPE Tigers and CVHS UPE guests.

The fall dance concert, Noir, highlighted the amazing talents of our Advanced Dance class and our performance dance company, Danceworks. A few pieces featured live vocal and pianist accompaniment which amazed and wowed the audience!

  • Students in dance and PE classes are preparing for several upcoming events:
  • February 23rd and 24th-Intermediate Dance Concert, “Love and Lost”
  • March 24th-GHS PE and StuCo will host our school day prom “Under the Sea” for our Tiger Buddies.
  • May 4th and 5th-Danceworks’ spring dance concert featuring Advanced and Beginning students will impressively close out the 2016-2017 academic year.

GHS PE Department appreciates your support as we celebrate our students’ efforts and achievements!

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GPS Celebrates Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

Students and faculty in Gilbert Schools will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®. This year’s tagline is Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow! CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.



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Please help me congratulate the Theatre students who represented Gilbert High School at the Central Arizona Acting Festival this past Saturday at Mesa Community College! Our students did a fantastic job and represented Gilbert Pride! All of our monologues received a superior rating!!!

We also received a rating of 'Superior' for our One-Act and advance to State! This is a huge accomplishment for the students, as only 5 advance to State!

Thank you so much,

Dr. Hines

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G'Day USA Aussie Visit

G'DAY USA 2017 at Gilbert High School - Gilbert, Arizona

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Cheyenne Murdock, freshman Gilbert High School FFA Member, wins the Supreme Champion Barrow at the 2017 Arizona National Livestock Show. This is one of the highest achievements and FFA member showing livestock can receive. The Arizona National Livestock is recognized as one of the top five swine shows in the country. The competition was steep with 288 barrows (castrated male pigs) from 22 states. Bart was a Hamphshire crossbred from Ottenwalter Show Pigs of California and was raised at the Gilbert High School Livestock Lab. Holly Jo Johnson is Cheyenne's mother.

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Maria Kishimoto Will Travel to Washington, D.C. for Prestigious Journalism Conference

GHS student Maria Kishimoto has been selected to represent Gilbert, Arizona as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2017 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Maria Kishimoto joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Kishimoto was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEOs of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field.

Congratulations Maria!

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Winter Pep Assembly - Teacher Lip Sync Battle

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Town Of Gilbert Student of the Month

Every month, the Town of Gilbert recognizes one student from Gilbert High School as the Student of the Month. Students chosen for this award exhibit positive character traits, work hard academically and show pride in their school. These character traits are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

Town of Gilbert Town Council website:

September-Tiffany Love

October-Mason Rein

November-Sarah Granio

December-Leah Berkey

January-Marissa Zarelli




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Department Students of the Month

In addition to the Town of Gilbert Student of the Month recognition, Gilbert High School's academic departments celebrate their student's achievements. The following students have been recognized as Gilbert High Students of the Month.


Brittany Langer and James Avenetti


Ashlee Alonso and Orron Sagy


Rabekkah Lambert and Nick Amari


Lauren Bormolini and Eric Wilson

Family and Consumer Science (FACS)

Allie Steed and Seth Calloway

Fine Arts Performing

Holly Lambert and Brandon Santa Cruz

Fine Arts Visual

Ashlyn Zilch and Tyler Reed


Madelyn Valadez and Ryan Webb


Lexxus Galvan

Modern Language

Aileen Tenorio and Alec Campos

Physical Education

Hannah Horn and Austyn Simmons


Hannah Collins and Joshua Carlson

Social Studies

Alynna Berrios and Peyton D'Andrea

Student Services

Marisa Keys-Kallstrom and Mason Hickman


Tradition and Excellence since 1918

Our Mission

Gilbert High School is dedicated to providing a safe, collaborative learning community that challenges individuals to achieve their full potential.


Gilbert High School believes in:

  • the worth and dignity of each individual.
  • the ability of all students to learn.
  • the use of teaching strategies that foster responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning.
  • the development of skills that will enable students to compete in a global and technological society.
  • the development of career and college ready students.


Gilbert High School, continuing a tradition of excellence one student at a time.