Gettysburg is a small town made famous by one of the most important battles of the Civil War and the most significant speech made in American history.
Surrounded by farmland and quaint towns, Gettysburg Area School District serves students in a 185-square mile area that includes Gettysburg Borough, Cumberland, Highland, Franklin, Freedom and parts of Straban and Mount Joy townships. The Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary are within the district.
Gettysburg Area School District features three kindergarten through fifth grade buildings, one middle school (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12). The experienced, dynamic staff provides a quality education for all students.
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School Board names new assistant middle school principalPosted by Andrew Robinson at 9/19/2017
The Gettysburg Board of School Directors' named a new assistant middle school principal during their meeting on Monday evening. The board took action to approve Noah R. Stachelek as the new assistant principal with an effective date to be determined.
Stachelek is currently a learning support teacher at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA. The school district staff welcomes Mr. Stachelek to Gettysburg.
High school principal resigns from districtPosted by Andrew Robinson at 9/18/2017
After serving nine years as the principal of Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS), Mark Blanchard announced his resignation. He has accepted an administrative position with the Cumberland Valley School District. While his last day at GAHS has not been announced, he will be leaving this fall.
“It has been a privilege to work with the families and students of Gettysburg. My purpose has been to create an environment of opportunity that sets our students on a path toward success,” Blanchard said in an email to students and parents last week. “The most rewarding part of that time has been witnessing the success our students have had across a wide array and broad spectrum of opportunities. Music, art, tech, dual enrollment, AP, athletics – the students of GAHS have accomplished wonderful things.”
Blanchard says he will likely be in his current role until early November. During that time he said a number of programs will be transitioned to the high school leadership team as the school board and administration hires a new principal.
Blanchard thanked parents for entrusting him with the students and said he is “forever grateful to this community.”
Classified Employee Recognition Award given to outstanding staffPosted by Andrew Robinson at 9/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
Congratulations to Laura Luckenbaugh (left) and Lisa Miller, winners of the Classified Employee Recognition Award. They received the recognition for accomplishments up to and including the 2016-2017 school year and were presented the award during the All-Staff Program in August. Luckenbaugh is a custodian at Gettysburg Area High School. Miller is the payroll/financial secretary at the Administration Building.
The intention of the award is to recognize to two classified employees who, over a number of years, have demonstrated qualities of quality workmanship, dependability, leadership and dedication in the field of work.
A selection committee comprised of the superintendent and the operational leaders team review all nominations submitted and the committee chooses the two award recipients.
The entire district staff would like to congratulate Luckenbaugh and Miller on winning this award.
Nancy Herb named new middle school principalPosted by Andrew Robinson at 8/21/2017 8:00:00 PM
The Gettysburg Area School Board of Directors' approved Nancy Herb as the new principal of Gettysburg Area Middle School on Monday evening. Herb has served as assistant principal of the school since July 2016 and served as the acting principal in early 2017.
District staff congratulate Mrs. Herb and welcome her to the new position.
Unger Award recipients announcedPosted by Andrew Robinson at 8/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
Congratulations to Unger Award winners Tiffany Rudisill (left) and Laura Shafer. They received the award for making a difference in the lives of children on a daily basis.
Summer Food Service Program continues feeding children and their familiesPosted by Andrew Robinson at 6/30/2017
Feasting on pizza, green beans, grapes, apple juice and milk on a hot summer afternoon, kids and their parents are taking advantage of the Summer Food Service Program taking place at the Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria.
Karly Holmes and her four children, Osiris, Tucker, Ruby and Koa have attended the lunch program for the past four years. “I like that my kids have a choice. It’s unlike what they would get at home when I can only make one thing,” Holmes said.
Holmes also noted that her children get all of the necessary food groups with their lunch. “It’s hard to do that at home,” Holmes said. “We try to come twice a week or whatever days we are available.”
In their first year of attending, Stephanie Cornier and her four children are also enjoying the summer lunch program. “The day after it started, we started coming,” Cornier said. “Right now, I’m having a hard time,” she said in regards to preparing for having her fifth child and having the time and money to feed her growing family.
The program runs Monday through Friday, now through August 4th 2017 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. with the exception of July 4th when the cafeteria will be closed. The program is free to all children 18 years of age or younger. Parents are welcome to dine for $3.60 per lunch. No advance sign up is needed.
The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Education, who reimburses the district for all meals served to children during the summer months.
The program was established in 1975 to provide meals to children to ensure they receive the same high quality nutrition during school vacations that they get in school during the school year. Continued nutrition helps children return to school after summer is over ready to learn.
Any organization such as government agencies, summer camps, churches and Community Action Agencies interested in helping to ensure that children in the Gettysburg community have access to summer meals should contact Sandra Weikert at 717-334-6254 ext. 1204 for more information. If you are from outside the Gettysburg area, you may call 1-866-348-6479 (1-877-842-6273 in Spanish) to find a Summer Food Service program in your area.
Dr. Matthew McFarland Sr. is named principal of Lincoln Elementary SchoolPosted by Andrew Robinson at 6/27/2017
The Gettysburg Area School District Board of Directors named Dr. Matthew McFarland Sr. as the new principal of Lincoln Elementary School at the June 12th board meeting.
Dr. McFarland replaces Steve Fehringer, who held the role as Lincoln’s principal for one school year. Fehringer retires at the end of June. Dr. McFarland will begin his role as principal in July and comes to the district from Conewago Valley School District where he taught second grade at Conewago Township Elementary School since 2007.
Dr. McFarland obtained his bachelor’s of science in elementary education from York College in 2007. He completed a master’s of science program in educational administration in 2011 at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. before completing a doctorate of education in K-12 educational leadership from Immaculata University in 2016.
Awarded Coach of the Year in 2014 by The Gettysburg Times, Educator of the Year in 2012 by the Gettysburg/Adams Chamber of Commerce and a WGAL Teacher Impact Award Nominee in 2012, Dr. McFarland has received several awards and recognitions during his collegiate and professional careers. He’s also had nearly a dozen leadership experiences, which include being a co-chairperson on the continuous school improvement team and coaching wrestling.
Dr. McFarland has also participated in several professional development courses and holds professional memberships to the National Education Association and to the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Dr. McFarland lives in New Oxford with his wife, Amanda and three kids; Derek, Hillary and Matthew.
Gettysburg Area High School JROTC Team to Compete in National Leadership Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C.Posted by Gettysburg Area High School at 6/19/2017
After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Gettysburg Area High School JROTC Leadership Team composed of James King, Will McElhose, Max Meisner and Cody Thomas will compete in person at the Championship event in Washington, DC. The 2017 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 23-27, 2016. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, JROTC Headquarters and is conducted by College Options Foundation.
The Warrior JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,378 U.S. Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only forty Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Leadership Bowl competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the Championship event in DC. During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of current events, leadership values, and leadership skills.
The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.
College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s JROTC cadets worldwide for over a decade.
Gettysburg Area High School ranks in top 12% of Pennsylvania high schoolsPosted by Andrew Robinson at 4/28/2017
On Tuesday, April 25th, U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of high schools in the United States. Gettysburg Area School District is pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, Gettysburg Area High School has landed in the top 12% of Pennsylvania high schools.
The school achieved a silver medal ranking all three years (Silver awarded to top 10% nationally out of more than 22,000 schools evaluated (both public and private).
For context, our ranking is #75 out of 686 Pennsylvania high schools. We are the only school in Adams County ranked in the top 100. We are second in our IU (Franklin, Adams, York), behind only Northeastern HS (#68), and ahead of York Suburban (#86).
Please visit https://www.usnews.com/…/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings for a more detailed description of the rankings.
Gettysburg Area School District would like to thank the community, students, staff and administrators for working so hard to make this ranking possible.
Several GASD teachers win Rock Star AwardsPosted by Andrew Robinson at 3/29/2017
Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) is proud to announce that four of its teachers were nominated and won Rock Star Awards on behalf of the Hybrid Learning Institute (HLI) and Dellicker Strategies.
Lisa Gormley, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School won the lifetime achievement award. At Gettysburg Area High School Michael Rupp, Joe Tesoriero and Shawn Waybrant won the Best New Group Award.
Dellicker Strategies and the HLI goal is to help schools in Pennsylvania transform classrooms for personalize learning. Students complete personalized lessons through the use of computer programs to help them advance their education.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is a special merit award presented to a district or educator who made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of hybrid learning.
Lisa Gormley is retiring this year after 38 years in the classroom. She decided to put off retirement over the past few years because of her passion for the hybrid learning station rotation model. Gormley has learned about a variety of technical resources and incorporates them into her classroom regularly.
“She shares her experiences with enthusiasm and welcomes feedback from coaches and administrators,” someone who nominated her anonymously said. “Lisa appreciates learning new techniques, tools, tips and quickly teaches others what she has learned.”
The recipients of the Best New Group Award is an award given to the HLI district team that made the most positive impact on students during their first year of hybrid learning.
“The GAHS Algebra I and Special Education teachers have embraced the hybrid learning model and have implemented with fidelity,” one person who nominated them anonymously said. “They incorporate and vary the routines to reduce content fatigue.”
With the HLI program, students receive a high level of personalization and tutoring through the learning model. Students struggling with math are growing and gaining confidence in math with the help of HLI and their supporting teachers.