Weekly Update May 27, 2022
With Superintendent Barrett
As my time in Gahanna-Jefferson comes to a close, I have been thinking about what has made me most proud and given me hope for the future.
Our board of education’s commitment to our district’s values, and our vision, mission and beliefs has been courageous and affirming. Its resolution to confirm our district’s values in July of 2020 and its recent resolution to oppose House Bill 616, 322, and 327 express a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our school district is fundamentally committed to affirming each individual, each person, for who they are and who they aspire to be. Inspiration follows affirmation. In order to teach anyone in a transformative way, we first have to meet them where they are, find out what motivates them and energizes them, and show them they matter and have a significant role to play in our schools and in the world. In GJPS, we are committed to building a strong sense of belonging for all of our students.
In a world caught up in violence, vitriol and hate, building a strong sense of belonging in our schools matters more than it ever has, and it is likely the key factor in keeping our students engaged, curious, and safe.
My role as superintendent ends in Gahanna-Jefferson on July 31st. I will do whatever I can to help Tracey Deagle transition smoothly into her role as superintendent. She comes to our district with a great deal of excitement on the horizon, and I know she is eager to begin her tenure here.
Summer Learning Tools
Lincoln Elementary recently welcomed 2022-23 kindergarten families to a
Ready...Set...Roar Open House
Middle School West
Middle School West recently celebrated their families' rich cultural diversity and traditions during a Cultural Diversity Festival.
Lincoln High School
GLHS Teacher Earns Fellowship Award
Before school closed for summer vacation, Dr. Scott Titsworth, the Dean of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, visited the GLHS Lincoln Live TV studio to watch a broadcast.
Afterward, Dr. Titsworth spoke with the class and brought t-shirts for the six current students heading to Athens next year. He then presented Lincoln Live teacher Mark Lowrie with a Scripps College of Communication Fellowship Award.
Congratulations Mr. Lowrie!
Monday, May 30, 2022
All GJPS district offices will be closed.
Kindergarten Readiness Mini Camp
Columbus Metropolitan Library
GRIN Summer Lunch Program
May 28 Class of 2022 Commencement
May 30 Memorial Day | GJPS District Offices Closed
May 31 GRIN Free Summer Lunch Program Begins
June 1 Sign Up for Library Summer Reading Challenge
June 25 Safety Saturday
July 6-8 Kindergarten Readiness Mini Camp
July 18-22 Orchestra Summer Camp
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 Schools East, South and West
- New Lincoln High School on current site
Related Links and Phase Two Resources
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.
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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