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Jeremy Lusk, Principal
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Kristy Caywood, Assistant Principal (9th-10th)
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Ronald Wales, Assistant Principal (11th-12th)
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On Wednesday, hundreds of students at both Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS) and Gettysburg Area Middle School (GAMS) participated in a 17-minute school walkout, following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida last month.
As students planned and coordinated the events with school administrators, they were school-sanctioned. Students who chose not to participate in the walkout stayed in the building with designated teachers.
Students at GAMS walked a lap around the Warrior Stadium track solemnly after hearing a speech over the school intercom written by two students. In part, the speech read, “As you leave here in these 17 minutes of silent reflection, we urge you to remember these victims in the school, all those who cared about them and how we can prevent this from happening in the future,” middle school students Alana Guise and Emili Scavitto announced to the student body.
The statement also went on to say, "we at least need to show our PRIDE 5 characteristics of respect and empathy…. Being a friend to those who feel lonely, having the smile on your face that can make someone's day, even saying hello to our staff and stopping to talk to them. One person can start a movement or make a change, and that person could be you," the middle schoolers proclaimed.
The students at GAMS felt a responsibility to send a message to the entire middle school family that they will pull together and support each other, while remembering the victims who tragically lost their lives.
At GAHS, students walked out the front doors of the school and gathered for 17 minutes where they held ceremony that included speeches written and presented by students, a chorus performance of John Lennon’s Imagine, a powerful speech read by GAHS teacher Dr. Joy Boden and a moment of silence following the reading of names of the 17 victims who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida exactly one month ago.
Dr. Joy Boden read a few passages from President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. She said, in part, “one of my favorite sentences from President Lincoln’s speech is this: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work.” Unfinished work! You walked out today, but we all have unfinished work,” Dr. Boden said to students during her speech. “What will you do tomorrow, and the next day after that, and next year, to keep this movement alive? Will you finish the unfinished work?”
GAHS seniors, Elie Delaney, Maddie Hubbard and Jaden Jones organized the walkout with the support of administrators and teachers. Elie Delaney said in part of her speech, “after hearing about the tragedy, we were empowered by the survivors’ courage and resilience and wanted to display our solidary, alongside students nationwide.”
Both GAHS Principal Jeremy Lusk and GAMS Principal Nancy Herb said they could not be prouder of their students for planning and organizing such well-thought out events.
“They have a message that applies to our school's stated mission: "We embrace our responsibility in developing a caring school community that enables all students to become active and productive members of our diverse and ever-changing global society," Jeremy Lusk said. “This process is an important learning experience in how to effectively work for positive change.”
GAHS teacher Chris Biggins said, “I give all the credit to the three young ladies and the school district for encouraging our students to think critically about the world around us - they truly are making this world a better place.”
Safety was paramount during both events. Extra personnel and police were present to ensure the safety of all participants.
Tuesday, March 20
Today is MOD 2 ARC Priority Day.
Ready for Spring Spirit Nights? Support your classmates tonight at the Spring Choir, Band and Orchestra Concert. The performance begins at 7:00pm in the High School Auditorium. Listen for future Spirit Nights for athletic events in April and May.
It's Spring time again, and as any fool knows, once April gets here, so does Ultimate Frisbee.
The Ultimate Club will start outdoor sessions on Wednesday April 4 from 3:00 to 5:00.
Sign up in Coach Dolly's in Room B125 and practice hucking those discs.
To access Its Learning from home, students and teachers should both login with their firstname.lastname@example.org
(For example John Doe is in the class of 2017, their login would be email@example.com).
The password will be the same as their computer/network password that they use to log in at school.
Support the Gettysburg Area Education Foundation when you shop on Amazon. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to GAEF when our charitable organizations is selected by you!
Which items are eligible for the 0.5% donation? Any item sold on the AmazonSmile Site which is marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on the relevant item detail page.
The Gettysburg Area School District has agreed to partner with CommunityAid, a non-profit organization with a mission to help those most vulnerable in our local communities.
All proceeds earned from the bins on our campuses will be earmarked for the Ruth's Harvest and Franklin Friends weekend meals programs in the District. The District will receive a monthly donation, based on the amount of clothing items collected in the bins. Additionally, our needy students will be eligible to receive clothing care cards to shop at their Hanover or Mechanicsburg stores.
This is an easy way for your used (and clean) clothes to be converted to cash and support our students. Last year we had 230 students in Ruth's Harvest and 51 students in Franklin Friends programs.
Please consider making a clothing donation! (If you have more donations than will fit in the bin - we can make special arrangements with the CommunityAid organization so the District receives the financial credit.
“Four Diamonds Mini-THONs are interactive events for students of all ages that inspire teamwork, leadership and creativity, while empowering youth and young adults through philanthropy and community service in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. Mini-THONs are modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) and have been making a difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families since 1993.”
"With more than 90,000 student volunteers and 265 schools in eight states (and counting!), Mini-THONs are bringing hope to families in need and giving back to their community. During the 2016-17 school year, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges raised more than $6.46 million for Four Diamonds."
All participating students MUST complete a permission form prior to the event. Forms must be returned to Mr. Tesoriero (Room B236) by March 1.
All students planning to have a guest from outside GAHS MUST have this form completed and returned to Mr. Tesoriero by Friday February 23.