Gilbert High School's Principal Newsletter
2017 Spring Edition
2016-2017 BOYS SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONS!
What's In The Roar?
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!
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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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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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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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
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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,
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G'Day USA Aussie Visit
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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.
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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:
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Department 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
Aileen Tenorio and Alec Campos
Hannah Horn and Austyn Simmons
Hannah Collins and Joshua Carlson
Alynna Berrios and Peyton D'Andrea
Marisa Keys-Kallstrom and Mason Hickman
Tradition and Excellence since 1918
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.