Weekly Update May 20, 2022
With Superintendent Barrett
As one of the longest standing superintendents in GJPS history, Steve Barrett is not known for taking things slow. During his tenure, he saw the district through exciting growth as well as unprecedented challenges – and he did so with a keen eye on collaboration and always seeking to do right by the students.
Board Approves New Chapelfield Principal
Welcome Mrs. Miller
During the May 19, 2022, GJPS Board of Education meeting, Nikki Miller was approved as the next principal of Chapelfield Elementary. Mrs. Miller is replacing Tom Bates, the current principal who is retiring on July 31, 2022 after four years in the district.
Mrs, Miller comes to the district with 15 years of experience in education as a building principal, instructional coach and teacher. She currently serves as Lower School Principal at Columbus Torah Academy, Columbus, Ohio.
Congratulations on your retirement Mr. Bates and welcome Mrs. Miller!
The Lion's Share
With Superintendent Barrett
Our school district’s governance structure relies heavily on our committee meetings, where we deliberate on important topics with our board of education, staff, and the GJPS community. We have monthly committee meetings for Finance/Facilities, Student-Learning and Achievement, and a quarterly Policy Meeting.
We use these meetings as a vehicle for communication and each meeting is video recorded and placed on our district website. These meetings are also a chance for our community members to share their voices and deliberate on important teaching and learning initiatives.
By far, my favorite committee meeting is Student Learning and Achievement. We love talking about student learning and how great programming and teaching can transform students’ lives. Recently, teacher, Marci Aiello, brought a few students from the Global Scholars Program she leads at Gahanna Lincoln High School to talk with us about the capstone projects they completed to earn their Global Scholars Diploma.
The Heart of a Lion | The Power of the Pride
There have been many things to celebrate in GJPS over the past couple of weeks, and our teachers and staff are no exception.
Please enjoy some smiles from a few of our wonderful staff.
GJPS HEART AND PRIDE
The GLHS Orchestra was at Blacklick Elementary offering some lessons on their instruments.
Chapelfield Elementary Ability Games
Watch highlights from one of our favorite events of the year!
Lincoln High School
Lincoln Live The Final Show 2022
Take a look back at the Year in News at Lincoln High School. Congratulations Lincoln Live and teacher Mark Lowrie for another great year of telling our stories!
The segment starts at the 16:53 mark.
Last Day of School for Students | May 24, 2022
We'll see you back on August 10, 2022.
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Free Summer Reading Challenge
This summer, your child can join forces with the Reading League to keep their reading skills strong! Starting June 1, your child can track their reading progress to earn great prizes!
Staff at the library’s 23 locations are ready to help!
GRIN Summer Lunch Program
May 24 Last Day of Classes for Students
May 25 Your Child & Healthy Relationships Seminar
May 28 Class of 2022 Commencement
May 31 GRIN Free Summer Lunch Program Begins
June 1 Sign Up for Library Summer Reading Challenge
June 25 Safety Saturday
July 18-22 Orchestra Summer Camp
Dine to Donate and Support Our Students
What's for dinner? Maybe we can help with a FUNDRAISING RESTAURANT NIGHT!
Here is a list of fundraising opportunities available at local eateries to support organizations, clubs and sports teams at Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. Please check this list before heading out to your favorite restaurant and consider supporting our GJPS students!
Whit's Frozen Custard
May 21, 2022
noon - 9:00 pm
121 S Stygler Rd
Gahanna, OH 43230
Support: Jefferson Elementary PTO
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.
Let's Be Social
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