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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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.
GASD participates in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable ProgramPosted by Andrew Robinson at 3/20/2017
Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) is proud to have two of its elementary schools plus the charter school participate in the federally assisted program that helps provide fresh fruit and vegetable opportunities to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
James Gettys Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Vida Charter School also participate in the program. A few times per week, fresh fruits and vegetables arrive in all of the kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms for each student to taste. Teachers are encouraged to plan an interactive activity that will help the student learn the food they are about to taste.
“Each year that we’ve done this program, we’ve had all positive comments,” GASD Food Service Director Sandra Weikert said. “The kids even talk about what they ate as they go through the lunch line,” Weikert added.
Each year, Weikert applies for grant money for each of the schools to participate in the program. Elementary schools with more than 50 percent of the total student population receiving free or reduced lunches may be eligible for the program. This year, James Gettys Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Vida Charter School were accepted into the program.
Elementary schools receive around $50-$75 per student for the school year. Those funds are used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for students to try free during the school day outside of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).
Students try Valencia oranges at James Gettys
On Friday morning, Andrea Lamer’s second grade class at James Gettys Elementary School tasted Valencia oranges.
After the fresh oranges were delivered to the classroom, Mrs. Lamer began her morning activity. She read several nutritional and fun facts about Valencia oranges before passing them out for the official taste test.
Following the tasting, students drew a picture of what they ate and rated the taste on a scale of “yum” to “no thanks.”
Teachers can choose their own activities and are encouraged to help the students learn about fresh fruits and vegetables they may otherwise not know about.
“My son and I have gone to the store after to pick up some of these items,” Jen Daniels, a third grade teacher said.
A few of the other offerings included chayote squash, watermelon radish, Mexican Guava and starfruit.
The program is set to continue until the grant money is used. The district will apply for the grant again for the 2017-2018 school year. Every elementary school within the district applies to the grant.
Gettysburg Area School District confirms next superintendentPosted by Andrew Robinson at 2/17/2017
School Board President, Mr. Todd Orner, confirmed Friday, February 17th, 2017 that the Board has extended a verbal offer to Dr. Jason C. Perrin to serve as the next Superintendent of the Gettysburg Area School District.
Dr. Perrin, currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of the State College Area School District in State College, PA, has verbally accepted the position. Official action on the hiring of Dr. Perrin is set for the March 6th Board Meeting.
Dr. Perrin brings over 17 years of administrative experience to Gettysburg, serving the State College School District in leadership roles including Middle School Principal, Supervisor of Elementary and Middle Level Education and Assistant Superintendent. He began his career in public education as a Middle School Science teacher and taught six years in Greenwich, Connecticut and Gibsonia, Pa. Dr. Perrin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from The Pennsylvania State University, his Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration from The University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University. The focus of his doctoral research was school finance and organizational leadership. He is a member of several state and national school-related leadership organizations, including the ASCD, PASCD, AASA and PASBO.
During the interview and selection process, Dr. Perrin impressed the Board, staff and community groups with his visionary and responsive leadership skills. He stressed his commitment to enhancing the educational experiences available to the students in the Gettysburg Area School District and welcomed the opportunity to further develop the District as he works with students, parents, staff and community stakeholders to address the challenges of the ever-changing educational landscape. He cited numerous personal examples in his teaching and administrative roles that helped shape his vision and passion for public education and prepared him for the position of Superintendent of the Gettysburg Area School District.
Dr. Perrin is set to replace Dr. Larry Redding, who will retire from public education service on June 30, 2017.
GAHS speech and debate team competes in Black Hawk Speech and Debate Invitational TournamentPosted by Andrew Robinson at 2/13/2017
This past Friday, February 10th, the Gettysburg Area High School Speech and Debate team traveled to the Pittsburgh area to compete at the Black Hawk Speech and Debate Invitational Tournament at Bethel Park High School. The team is grateful for Mr. & Mrs. Knowles-Kellett. They joined the team as judges and chaperones.
This tournament is as challenging as the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) State tournament. Thirty-nine schools participated with 412 competitors from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West VIrginia. Competitiors performed/debated five rounds (some debaters had 6 rounds). The majority of tournaments offer 3 preliminary rounds.
In the past a handful of Gettysburg competitors have gone as far as quarterfinals and semifinals. Karen O'Dowd (co-coach) and Lourdes Dandignac (coach) are happy to report the weekend's results.
- Audrey Cole - Prose - made it to FINALS (first time for GAHS!) - 4th Place
- Haley Quillen Knox - Prose - made it to semi-finals
- Emma Sanders - Prose - made it to semi-finals
- Margaux Army & Nick Wallace - Duo interpretation of literature - made it to semi-finals
- Rachel Warthen - Poetry
- Mary Heaton - Poetry
- Jennifer Espinoza - Poetry
- Kwaku Baryeh - Lincoln Douglas Debate
- Daniel Kowalski - Lincoln Douglas Debate
- Will Knowles-Kellett & Ryan Moylan - Public forum debate
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James Gettys Elementary School recognized with high honorPosted by Andrew Robinson at 2/10/2017
Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in PA. High Progress Schools are the highest 5% based upon a composite of the math and English Language Arts (ELS) Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) indices for the schools. These schools also met participation and attendance Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). James Gettys Elementary School was recognized for this high honor on January 30, 2017 at the Title I Improving Schools Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.