Weekly Update May 12, 2023
Summer Improvement Projects
GJPS Gearing Up for a Busy Summer
While our students are preparing for the fast-approaching summer break, our operations team is gearing up for a busy summer of improvement projects around Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. Most of the work we will be doing this summer is funded from our permanent improvement fund.
Permanent improvement dollars are used for maintenance and repair of school property, and, in some circumstances, for renovation and building projects. In November 2014, the voters of Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools passed a 2.16 mill permanent improvement levy to fund building repairs across the District.
Some of our biggest projects this summer are a series of secured entries and office improvements at Goshen Lane, Royal Manor, Jefferson, Chapelfield and Middle School West. These improvements will increase safety and allow our office staff a second opportunity to vet all visitors before they enter the hallways of those schools.
Also at Chapelfield and Royal Manor, you will see crews at work this summer paving the bus loops and parking lots, including the shared parking lot between Chapelfield and Middle School West. Other exterior improvements include playground work at High Point and Blacklick, as well as the installation of wheelchair swings at Goshen Lane, High Point and Chapelfield.
Our permanent improvement funds will also be used for a sound system and aid in the installation of permanent lighting at the Blacklick Athletic Complex.
This summer, we will also be adding new buses to the District’s fleet.
Inside of our buildings District-wide, we will be using more than $1.3 million that we were awarded in grant money to boost our surveillance, access control and two-way radio network.
GJPS Bond and Permanent Improvement Projects
Summer School Openings Available
Journey to Learning | GJPS Summer School Program
Registration for the GJPS Journey to Learning Summer School Program is now open and most programs still have openings.
Class descriptions and registration information is available on our GJPS website.
Shoutout to the fourth and fifth-grade K-Kids of Royal Manor! K-Kids partners with the Kiwanis Club of Gahanna to improve the world one child and one community at a time. This year, students met with community and school role models to learn how to be leaders. They also successfully raised $460 for the nonprofit One Tree Planted. For every dollar raised, a tree will be planted in areas affected by forest fires.
In early May, Lincoln Elementary's fifth-grade choir, Lincoln Pride, took to the stage to present the musical Pirates! by John Jacobson. Bravo students and staff!
Middle School West
Middle School West recently hosted its annual Cultural Diversity Festival and Fitness Fun Day. This is a day for students to celebrate their culture through student-created displays, a fashion show and classroom activities. The afternoon was filled with various fitness activities such as kickball, four square, and dodgeball to get students moving.
Lincoln High School
The GLHS "Band Parking Lot" was the recent location of Jazz Nite 2023! Our two amazing jazz bands performed a wide range of toe-tapping jazz music to a delighted audience.
Herb N' Arts Fair
Great Activities for Kids and Adults of All Ages!
Saturday, May 13, 2023
10 - 4
VFW Memorial Park (by the Gahanna Pool)
GJPS Summer Enrichment Opportunities
Exciting enrichment opportunities are available this summer for FREE!
All experiences will be offered at:
261 Helmbright Dr.
Gahanna, OH 43230
REGISTRATION for Summer Enrichment Opportunities is first come, first serve!
There will be no transportation available for the summer enrichment opportunities.
More Summer Enrichment Courses Offered
Singing and Mindfulness
GRIN FREE Summer Lunch Returns
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 School East
- 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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