Weekly Update SEPTEMBER 23, 2022
GLHS National Merit Semifinalists
Annual Program Awards Top Performers
Congratulations to Rachel Staheli and Connor Slutsky, on being named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists!
These GLHS Seniors are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Less than 1% of students across the nation receive this recognition.
The 68th annual scholarship program will award nearly $30 million to 7,200+ high school finalists in the spring. In addition to a high score on the PSAT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), National Merit Finalists must also be recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm their performance on the qualifying test. Finalists’ names will be announced in February, followed by the winners’ names being released April through July 2023.
Congratulations to these talented students and all the GJPS teachers and staff who have touched their lives along the way!
Meet Dr. Tracey Deagle
Lincoln Live Interviews our New Superintendent
Lincoln Live, Gahanna Lincoln High School's award-winning newscast, recently produced a segment highlighting Dr. Tracey Deagle, our new GJPS Superintendent. Thank you student TJ Sweeney for such an informative interview!
NEW Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Dial 988 to Connect with Mental Health Professionals
This year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established 988 as an easy three-digit number that allows people in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health counselors.
The easy-to-remember 988 number makes it easier for people in crisis to access the help they need and decrease the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues.
If anyone in our GJPS community is experiencing a suicidal crisis or emotional distress,
please call or text 988.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Sessions
Free Virtual Courses for Families, Staff & Volunteers
Mental Health America of Ohio now has Youth Mental Health First Aid sessions available for fall 2022. These sessions are open to families, school staff, volunteers or anyone who supports young people.
- Learn how to talk to a teen when you’re concerned
- Practice a 5-step action plan for supporting a youth in crisis and non-crisis situations
- Access information on local youth mental health resources
- Connect with other parents and professionals who care about youth mental health
All courses are conveniently virtual! Just complete a 2-hour self-paced course online and then attend the instructor-led session on Zoom. Each course is taught by two certified instructors with expertise in the field.
Fourth grade students in Ms. Buzinski's class share their personal narratives at Chapelfield Elementary.
Middle School East
An amazing day at Hannah Park for MSE's 6th Grade Adventure Day last week.
Lincoln High School
Great conversations with our GLHS Student Advisory Council and Superintendent Deagle and Assistant Superintendent Elliott. Be on the lookout for a complete story about this newly formed advisory group.
Tag Day for Gahanna Lincoln Instrumental Music Boosters
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m.- Noon
The Gahanna Lincoln Instrumental Music Boosters (GLIMB) will host its annual Tag Day on Saturday, September 24, between 9 am-noon.
High school students participating in band and orchestra will go into neighborhoods to provide residents the opportunity to donate directly to this 501(c)(3) organization.
GLIMB is a parent-run organization assisting the district's instrumental music programs (grades 6-12). They help fund supplemental uniform and instrument purchases, commissioning new music, contest entry fees, repairs, and much more.
Dine to Donate
September 24 GLIMB Tag Day
September 27 Connected Caregivers Meeting
October 7 Teacher Comp Day No School
October 9 Mifflin Township Adventure Day
October 10 Teacher Professional Development Day No School
October 29 GJEF 5K Monster Dash
November 7 Teacher Professional Development Day No School
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holiday No School
December 19-January 2 Winter Break No School
January 3 Teacher Professional Development Day No School
January 4 Back to School for 2023
January 16 Martin Luther King Day No School
February 17 Teacher Professional Development Day No School
February 20 Presidents Day No School
March 3 Teacher Comp Day No School
March 27-31 Spring Break No School
April 7 Good Friday No School
May 24 Last Day of School for Students
May 27 Class of 2023 Commencement
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
- 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.
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