Weekly Update April 15, 2022
Phase Two Construction Update
Blacklick and High Point Elementary
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. This phase includes additions and renovations to High Point and Blacklick Elementary to accommodate an additional 225 students in each building.
Check out the progress with our April Construction Update.
Teaching Professions Program at Clark Hall Making an Impact
Students Return to GJPS to Teach
The Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools Teaching Professions program housed at Clark Hall gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about child development and teaching methods while developing classroom management and presentation skills.
In addition to learning in the classroom, students participate in shadowing experiences, internships, and field trips to prepare for a career as a teacher, counselor, paraprofessional and more.
Giving students the opportunity to see themselves in the teaching profession while still in high school, paves the way for them to return to Gahanna-Jefferson as teachers when they graduate college.
Get to Know Our Board of Education Members
Board of Education Member Dion Manley
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know the members of our GJPS Board of Education over the past several weeks.
Please watch the next video in our Get to Know Our Board series and Meet Dion Manley, one of our new GJPS Board of Education members.
Past videos from all of our GJPS Board of Education Members can be found on our GJPS YouTube Channel.
GJPS is Hiring
Mrs. Kwasniak's kindergarten and first grade library students at Lincoln Elementary are all smiles during "choice days" in the media center.
Students earn rewards to build characters with STEM materials or time to read with some very important stuffed animal friends.
Board of Education Member Sue Horn joins the fun at Chapelfield Elementary for wall climbing in the gymnasium. Thank you teacher Mr. Grundtisch for providing a great experience for our students!
Middle School East
Evelyn Cahill and Madelyn Ohl, two eighth grade students at Middle School East, will move on to the State Power of the Pen competition after scoring high at the district and regional competitions.
Superintendent Search Questionnaire
Questionnaire Due by April 22, 2022
The Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education has hired the search firm Finding Leaders, to help in the search for the next GJPS Superintendent when Mr. Barrett retires August 1. The board will make the final decision as to who the next superintendent will be, however, the board would like to benefit from your thoughts and perceptions as they contemplate this very important decision.
Please complete this survey to help us develop the profile of our next superintendent. It is important to not just find the best superintendent, but the best superintendent for Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.
Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey. Your thoughtful insights will ensure that stakeholders' views are heard by the GJPS Board of Education.
Responses will be collected through Friday, April 22, 2022.
Spread the Word to End the Word
Order Shirts By April 19
Spread the Word to End the Word is a time when GJPS celebrates people of all abilities! All proceeds from this sale go to support students with special needs in Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.
- Orders will be accepted online until April 19, 2022
- Orders delivered to the school you select during checkout by May 17, 2022
- Celebration day May 18, 2022
Journey to Learning
Summer School Program Registration Opens April 18
Mark your calendar...Registration for GJPS Journey to Learning Summer School Program OPENS APRIL 18 at NOON.
Check out class listings and registration information at
Kindergarten Registration Now Open
Welcome Class of 2035 | Register Now!
Hey there little lions...Kindergarten registration is NOW OPEN for the 2022-2023 school year. We can't wait to meet all of you!
Get started at
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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