• 5/25/22

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Seniors and Families -

    It’s Wednesday. As our graduating seniors travel through the hallways of our district’s elementary schools and our middle school on their Senior Walk, we are closely watching the weather predictions. Honestly, we have been watching since last week. Now is the time to make the best possible decision for the Class of 2022. 

    The forecasted weather for Friday and Saturday does not look good. The potential for precipitation and thunderstorms (more concerningly) on those days make it necessary to plan for commencement on THURSDAY 5/26/22, at 6 PM, at Warrior Stadium. 

    We are hopeful that most guests are able to make necessary adjustments and arrangements to be there. This is the reason that we are notifying everyone now.

    We are all looking forward to celebrating Gettysburg Area High School’s Class of 2022 at commencement Thursday evening. 

    REMINDERS:

    • TICKETS - Students will receive their tickets for commencement when they depart from GAHS after the SENIOR WALK. 
      • If tickets are not picked up by students at this time, they will be available in the school office until 3:30 PM
      • Any other remaining tickets will be given to students at practice on Thursday morning. 
    • 5/26/22 - Graduation Practice @ Warrior Stadium 
      • MANDATORY (for all seniors participating in graduation) practice begins at 9 AM and ends when the class is ready (determined by the principal)
      • Students report directly to GAMS
      • A bus will take students from GAHS to GAMS at 8:40 AM (for those who need transportation). Please fill out this FORM if you need to ride the bus.
    • 5/26/22 - Senior Celebration Picnic @ Warrior Stadium (immediately following graduation practice) - This is a time to relax with your friends and peers from the Class of 2022. Food (pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, snacks, cookies, drinks) will be provided. 
    • 5/26/22 - Commencement @ Warrior Stadium - 6 PM
      • Staff will collect ALL belongings (keys, phones, etc)
      • Any items will be kept safely until after the ceremony
      • Graduates report to front of MS at 5 PM
      • Gates to the stadium open at 5 PM
    • Guests may choose their own seating area (guided by ushers).
      • Handicap seating available on the “home side” walkway (chairs available upon request at the upper gate - 2 per)
      • Enter the stadium at either gate. 
      • Stage will be situated on the scoreboard end of the stadium
    • The Ceremony will be live streamed. *Link on GAHS and GASD webpage (For Parents - Graduation)
    • SPECIAL Reminders:
      • You MAY wear PINS earned at GAHS on your gown. 
      • Seniors are invited to decorate their graduation CAPS. This must be “school appropriate.” It would be fitting to design something that speaks to a positive memory from your days at GAHS… or one that speaks to where you are headed after graduation! Please feel free to ask one of the high school administrators if you have any questions about a design. Caps deemed inappropriate will NOT be worn for the ceremony. We have allowed cap decorating for the last two years without any issues. Let’s keep that positive streak going! #WarriorWay
      • Graduates should dress to match the HONOR of the moment. It’s appropriate to wear dress slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes… or dresses for the ladies. NO HEELS please. 
      • Graduates will NOT be permitted to carry cell phones, cameras, or any other electronic devices. 
      • You are NOT permitted to wear sunglasses or any clothing accessories outside of your gown. 
      • Graduation CAPS are to be worn on top of the head with the front point in the center of the forehead. Tassels are worn to the right front. Hairdos should be appropriate for wearing the hat in this manner. Hats are not designed to sit on the back of the head. 
      • Remind your guests that Gettysburg policy prohibits air horns and other noise-making devices. NO balloons
    • The Commencement Group will be here on the evening of graduation. They offer flowers and small gifts for guests to present to graduates. The following link is a pre-order form for anyone interested…  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/gahs/

     

    We are looking forward to Commencement Day for our Class of 2022! 

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    5/23/22

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Seniors and Families -

    We are looking forward to commencement day for Gettysburg Area High School’s Class of 2022! Here’s another glimpse of the week… 

    I am sure that many people are watching the weather patterns. Please know that we will stick to the plan that has been communicated from the beginning, outlined below.  

    REMINDERS:

      • 5/25/22 - Athletic Signing Day @ Warrior Stadium - 8:30 AM
        • Invited seniors who have signed with a college or university to participate in athletics at the next level *See Mrs. Thurston with questions
    • 5/25/22 - Senior Walk
        • All Seniors should report to GAHS for 11 AM
          • Before departing, details for commencement will be reviewed with the class in preparation for practice on 5/26
        • Bring your CAPS and GOWNS and remember to keep track of your tassels!
    • 5/26/22 - Graduation Practice @ Warrior Stadium 
        • MANDATORY (for all seniors participating in graduation) practice begins at 9 AM and ends when the class is ready (determined by the principal)
          • Students report directly to GAMS
          • A bus will take students from GAHS to GAMS at 8:40 AM (for those who need transportation). Please fill out this FORM if you need to ride the bus.
      • 5/26/22 - Senior Celebration Picnic @ Warrior Stadium (immediately following graduation practice) - This is a time to relax with your friends and peers from the Class of 2022. Food (pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, snacks, cookies, drinks) will be provided. 
      • TICKETS - Students will receive their tickets for commencement when they depart from practice/picnic. 
    • 5/27/22 - Commencement @ Warrior Stadium - 6 PM
      • Practice - Friday Morning - 9 AM   **IF NEEDED**
      • Graduates report to front of MS at 5 PM
        • Staff will collect ALL belongings (keys, phones, etc)
          • Any items will be kept safely until after the ceremony
      • Gates to the stadium open at 5 PM
    • Guests may choose their own seating area (guided by ushers).
        • Enter the stadium at either gate. 
          • Handicap seating available on the “home side” walkway (chairs available upon request at the upper gate - 2 per)
      • Stage will be situated on the scoreboard end of the stadium
      • The Ceremony will be live streamed. *Link on GAHS and GASD webpage (For Parents - Graduation)
      • Weather Contingency Plans:
        • 1 - Friday - May 27, 2022 - 6 PM *PRIMARY OPTION
          • (postponement) call will occur by 3 PM if forecast is poor
        • 2 - Thursday - May 26, 2022 - 6 PM
          • Called by Wednesday May 25, 2022 - 6 PM if the weather forecast makes it sensible (obvious) to do so. 
            • Last year, commencement was postponed until the following Tuesday. Friday and Saturday had terrible conditions, while Thursday was beautiful. It would have been advantageous to have this as an option. 
        • 3 - Saturday - May 28, 2022 - 11 AM
          • Called by May 27, 2022 - 3 PM
    • SPECIAL Reminders:
      • Graduates should dress to match the HONOR of the moment. It’s appropriate to wear dress slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes… or dresses for the ladies. NO HEELS please. 
      • Graduates will NOT be permitted to carry cell phones, cameras, or any other electronic devices. 
      • You are NOT permitted to wear sunglasses or any clothing accessories outside of your gown. 
        • You MAY wear PINS earned at GAHS on your gown. 
      • Graduation CAPS are to be worn on top of the head with the front point in the center of the forehead. Tassels are worn to the right front. Hairdos should be appropriate for wearing the hat in this manner. Hats are not designed to sit on the back of the head. 
        • Seniors are invited to decorate their graduation CAPS. This must be “school appropriate.” It would be fitting to design something that speaks to a positive memory from your days at GAHS… or one that speaks to where you are headed after graduation! Please feel free to ask one of the high school administrators if you have any questions about a design. Caps deemed inappropriate will NOT be worn for the ceremony. We have allowed cap decorating for the last two years without any issues. Let’s keep that positive streak going! #WarriorWay
      • Remind your guests that Gettysburg policy prohibits air horns and other noise making devices. NO balloons
    • The Commencement Group that will be here on the evening of graduation. They offer flowers and small gifts for guests to present to graduates. The following link is a pre-order form for anyone interested…  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/gahs/

     

    We are looking forward to Commencement Day for our Class of 2022! 

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Go Warriors!

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    5/23/22-

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    As we bring the 2021-2022 school year to a close and also prepare for the upcoming school year, one piece of business to attend to is student laptops/chromebooks. 

    Many of our SENIORS have already turned in their devices. Any graduating SENIOR who still needs to turn in their device should plan to do so on Wednesday 5/25/22 prior to the Senior Walk event. Students can bring their device to the auditorium lobby at that time. 

    ALL returning students (underclassmen) are welcome to keep their device throughout the summer. Plan to bring it with you for the start of school next year! 

    You may also turn your device in, if you decide that is best for you. If repairs are needed, you should plan to turn it in. We can get it back to you after it is repaired if you would like. 

    For those planning to return their device, you may do so on June 1 or 2 (between 8 AM and 3:30 PM). Devices and be returned to our temporary summer office in the B-Wing (enter through door #44). 

    If you have not already done so, please complete this FORM to communicate whether you plan to keep your device. 

    Thank you!

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




    5/22/22-

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    Tomorrow is the first day of our spring Keystone Exams. Most of our Algebra and Literature Keystone Exams will take place tomorrow, while our Biology Exams are scheduled for Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will have a few additional scheduled exams taking place, including make-up tests. 

    As previously communicated, students NOT involved with Keystone exams will work remotely on those testing days (Monday and Tuesday).  Throughout this final week, MOST students will continue to work remotely. This work may involve completing final projects, papers, and other assignments/assessments. Beyond Keystone test takers, some students WILL be asked to report to the building for specific needs. This will include targeted instruction/intervention for students needing to complete work to secure course credits. School staff will contact students/families directly to communicate requirements for physical attendance during this week. However, any student with a failing grade should plan to report to school (Wednesday - Friday) with the goal of securing a passing grade (and course credit). ALL students must continue to engage with their teacher through CANVAS/email until all assignments are completed. 

    We are looking forward to the SENIOR walk, the SENIOR picnic, and COMMENCEMENT for Gettysburg Area High School’s Class of 2022!  

    Reminders for the Last Week of School

    • Senior Class Trip - 5/23 - To SkyZone *Must have purchased ticket
    • Keystone Testing - 5/23 and 5/24 - ***ONLY test takers and other select students will be attending school in-person on these days
      • Students NOT taking Keystone Exams on these days will complete assignments and assessments online (Canvas) as communicated by their classroom teachers.
    • Remote Learning 5/25 to 5/27 - ***ONLY make-up test takers and other select students (needing targeted instruction/intervention) will be attending school in-person on these days. *Students/families will be notified by the teacher or other school staff member if in-person attendance is required.
    • Senior Athletic Signing Day - 5/25 at 8:30 AM - Warrior Stadium 
    • Senior Walk - 5/25 at 11:15 AM - Seniors should report to HS Auditorium by 11:00 AM for information about commencement, prior to  AM to prepare for departure
    • Graduation Practice, Senior Celebration Picnic - 5/26 at 9 AM - Seniors report to Warrior Stadium at 9 AM, picnic to follow practice.
    • Graduation Practice (AM if needed) and Graduation Ceremony - 5/27 at 6 PM (Warrior Stadium)
      • Back-Up Dates:
        • Thursday - 5/26 - 6 PM
          • Called by 5/25 at 6 PM if the weather forecast makes it sensible to do so. 
        • Saturday - 5/28 - 11 AM
          • Called by 5/27 - 3 PM
    • LAST DAY of SCHOOL (officially) - 5/27/22 (11am dismissal)

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    5/4/22-

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    It’s MAY. We have had an incredible year at GAHS to this point. We have faced many challenges, and we have accomplished much. With each day, there is more work to be done. This will be a busy month for our school community, from start to finish. Our success will require teamwork. 

    There will be many happenings and exciting events throughout the month. We will work to utilize our high school webpage and other communications to keep you informed. 

    As we usher our graduating seniors from the Class of 2022 into the future, we continue preparing to serve a community of learners that will follow. Our staff’s ever present goal is to achieve what is described in our vision and mission statements (see that website above). This is a continuous work in progress. The work also continues in and around our building, as we move closer to the 4th and final phase of our building renovation project. This phase will begin to accelerate during the home stretch (especially the last week) of this school year. Many spaces will be cleared prior to the last day of school so Phase 4 work can begin immediately, allowing for a timely start to the 2022-2023 school year. 

    For this reason, the final week of school will require a great deal of coordination and cooperation throughout our school community. As previously communicated, students NOT involved with Keystone exams will work remotely on those testing days. Throughout the final week (5/23-5/27), MOST students will continue to work remotely. This work may involve completing final projects, papers, and other assignments/assessments. Beyond Keystone test takers, some students WILL be asked to report to the building for specific needs. This will include targeted instruction/intervention for students needing to complete work to secure course credits. Teachers will contact students/families directly to communicate requirements for physical attendance during this week. ALL students must continue to engage with their teacher through CANVAS/email until all assignments are completed. 

    This final week will also be a busy week for our SENIORS, as our staff works to create a positive and memorable ending to their time as students at Gettysburg Area High School. 

    Reminders for the Last Week of School

    • Senior Awards and Decision Day Event - 5/20
    • Senior Class Trip - 5/23 - To SkyZone *Must have purchased ticket
    • Keystone Testing - 5/23 and 5/24 - ***ONLY test takers and other select students will be attending school in-person on these days
      • Students NOT taking Keystone Exams on these days will complete assignments and assessments online (Canvas) as communicated by their classroom teachers.
    • Remote Learning 5/25 to 5/27 - ***ONLY make-up test takers and other select students (needing targeted instruction/intervention) will be attending school in-person on these days. *Students/families will be notified by the teacher or other school staff member if in-person attendance is required.
    • Senior Athletic Signing Day - 5/25 at 8:30 AM - Warrior Stadium 
    • Senior Walk - 5/25 at 11:15 AM - Seniors should report to HS Auditorium at 11:15 AM to prepare for departure
    • Graduation Practice, Senior Celebration Picnic - 5/26 at 9 AM - Seniors report to Warrior Stadium at 9 AM, picnic to follow practice.
    • Graduation Practice (AM if needed) and Graduation Ceremony - 5/27 at 6 PM (Warrior Stadium)
      • Back-Up Dates:
        • Thursday - 5/26 - 6 PM
          • Called by 5/25 at 6 PM if the weather forecast makes it sensible to do so. 
        • Saturday - 5/28 - 11 AM
          • Called by 5/27 - 3 PM

    *More Specific Details will be sent to Seniors and Families this week!

    • LAST DAY of SCHOOL (officially) - 5/27/22 (11am dismissal)

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     



    4/13/22

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Seniors and Families -

    We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating seniors, Gettysburg Area High School’s Class of 2022! Below is an outline of the end-of-year events leading up to Commencement Day on May 27. As these events draw near, we will provide more information as needed. We are extremely proud of our graduating Warriors!

     

    Caps and Gowns - 

    • The Jostens graduation company has already delivered and distributed graduation announcements (for those who ordered) and your cap and gown (required for all graduates participating in commencement).

    Yard Signs

    • Keep your eyes out for GAHS GRADUATE signs in May!!! *Always a surprise delivery date :)

    May 18 - 

    • Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars and GAHS Senior Scholarship Ceremony
      • This will be a virtual event by the choice of our kind and generous donors. 
      • DFS received MANY applications this year and will give approximately $140,000 to deserving students!

    May 20 - 

    • Senior Awards / Decision Day Assembly (ARC)
      • We will recognize Graduating Seniors (Class of 2022) for the academic accomplishments as well as their “Decision” for the near future (college, trade school, military, work)
      • Live stream - TBD

    May 25 - 

      • Athletic Signing Day (8:30 AM)
        • Invited seniors who have signed with a college or university to participate in athletics at the next level
        • Warrior Stadium
        • See Mrs. Thurston with any questions
    • Senior Walk (Seniors wear Caps and Gowns and visit elementary school(s) and middle school) 
      • Seniors will be served lunch at GAHS at 11:00 AM.
      • Seniors will board buses between 11:35-11:45 AM.
      • Seniors should be back to GAHS by 2:15 PM

    May 26 - 

    • Graduation Practice @ Warrior Stadium
      • MANDATORY (for all seniors participating in graduation) practice begins at 9 AM and ends when the class is ready (determined by the principal)
        • Students report directly to GAMS
        • A bus will take students from GAHS to GAMS at 8:40 AM (for those who need transportation). Please fill out the FORM if you need to ride the bus. 
    • Senior Celebration Picnic (Following Graduation Practice - Approximately Noon)
      • Food
      • Activities
      • Prizes
      • T-shirts

    May 27 - 

    • Commencement (6 PM) - Warrior Stadium
      • Practice - Friday Morning - 9 AM   **IF NEEDED**
      • Graduates report to front of MS at 5 PM
        • Staff will collect ALL belongings (keys, phones, etc)
          • Any items will be kept safely until after the ceremony
      • Gates to the stadium open at 5 PM
      • Each GRADUATING SENIOR will receive up to 8 tickets for guests (and may request more, to be distributed as available) *Each graduate should complete the FORM to indicate how many tickets are requested. Complete the form by 4/29 and you will be notified by 5/6 about the status of extra ticket requests. 
        • Please contact Brenda McDannell in the high school office with questions regarding tickets (bmcdannell@gasd-pa.org).
        • One limiting factor for guest attendance is PARKING. We will communicate more parking specifics closer to the event. 
    • Guests may choose their own seating area (guided by ushers).
      • Enter the stadium at either gate. 
        • Handicap seating available on the “home side” walkway (chairs available upon request at the upper gate - 2 per)
      • Stage will be situated on the scoreboard end of the stadium
      • The Ceremony will be live streamed. *Link on GAHS and GASD webpage (For Parents - Graduation)
      • Weather Contingency Plans:
        • 1 - Friday - May 27, 2022 - 6 PM *PRIMARY OPTION
          • (postponement) call will occur by 3 PM if forecast is poor
        • 2 - Thursday - May 26, 2022- 6 PM
          • Called by Wednesday May 25, 2022- 6 PM if the weather forecast makes it sensible (obvious) to do so.
            • Last year, commencement was postponed until the following Tuesday. Friday and Saturday had terrible conditions, while Thursday was beautiful. It would have been advantageous to have this as an option.
        • 3 - Saturday - May 28, 2022- 11 AM
          • Called by May 27, 2022- 3 PM
    • The Commencement Group that will be here on the evening of graduation. They offer flowers and small gifts for guests to present to graduates. The following link is a pre-order form for anyone interested…  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/gahs/



    4/5/22-

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    It’s April, and we are now a week into the fourth quarter of the school year. At this point, we are venturing into an incredibly busy time of the year for everyone. The spring will be full of events that wrap up one school year as we continually prepare for the next. All students must make a mindful effort to finish the 2021-2022 school year in a great way. The formula for success is fairly simple… #BeHere, #BeInvolved, and #BeCommitted to your personal growth and achievement each and every day. Also, remember that life will be better for everyone around you if you #BeKind too. #WarriorWay

    To keep this communication targeted and concise, please read through the bulleted list below to stay up to speed on the events of April and May…

      • Progress Reports - All 3rd Quarter Grades should be rectified/finalized by 3 PM on 4/7/22. Progress reports will be uploaded to SkyWard Family Access on 4/12
        • A printed copy will be sent home with students. 
      • FBLA States (Hershey) - 4/11 and 4/12
      • Spring Holiday Break - No School 4/15 through 4/18. 
      • TSA States (Seven Springs) - 4/20 to 4/23
    • Career Fair (10th Grade) - 4/20 at 1 PM in the GAHS Cafe.
      • Financial Reality Fair (12th Grade) - 4/21
    • STARS Awards - Students earning STARS awards for semester 2 will be invited to breakfast on 4/22 and recognized by school administration for their accomplishments. 
    • GAHS MiniThon - 4/29 from 2-10 PM at Warrior Stadium *Must register and fundraise!
      • FFA Banquet - 5/3 from 5:30-9:00 PM
    • Junior/Senior PROM - 5/6 from 7-10 PM at the Gettysburg Wyndham *See previous emails for ticket details and forms. 
      • Advanced Placement Course Testing - First two weeks of May - Check with your AP instructor on specifics. 
      • Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars Awards Ceremony (Virtual) - 5/18
      • Annual JROTC Awards Banquet - 5/20 from 5:30-8:30 PM
      • Senior Awards and Decision Day Event - 5/20 
      • Keystone Testing - 5/23 and 5/24 - ***ONLY Test Takers and other Select Students will be attending school in-person on these days
        • Students NOT taking Keystone Exams on these days will complete assignments and assessments online (Canvas) as communicated by their classroom teachers.
      • Senior Class Trip - 5/23 - To SkyZone *Must purchase ticket
      • Senior Walk - 5/25
    • Senior Athletic Signing Day, Graduation Practice, Senior Celebration Picnic - 5/26
    • Graduation Practice (AM if needed) and Graduation Ceremony - 5/27 at 6 PM (Warrior Stadium)
      • Back-Up Dates:
        • Thursday - 5/26 - 6 PM
          • Called by 5/25 at 6 PM if the weather forecast makes it sensible to do so. 
        • Saturday - 5/28 - 11 AM
          • Called by 5/27 - 3 PM
    • LAST DAY of SCHOOL - 5/27/22 (11am dismissal)

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    3/21/22 - 

    WarriorWay

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    Reminders for Safe and Respectful Driving:

    The speed limit on school property is 15 MPH.

    • This is always important, especially when many vehicles are moving at arrival and departure times. 

    Please do not drive or park on the grass. 

    • Our grounds crew works incredibly hard to maintain our school property. We need to work together to care for our school grounds. 

    General Traffic Reminders:

    As we observe traffic patterns at the high school, it’s appropriate to remind students and families of a few important items:

    • Please do not park in the driveway directly in front of the school (by the flagpole) during the following times:
      • 6:45 AM to 7:30 AM
      • 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
        • This becomes a hazard for our busses (transporting our students) at arrival and dismissal times. 
        • Parents should instead utilize available spots in the staff or student lot (central parking lots directly across from the main entrance)
    • Parents dropping off or picking up students may utilize BOTH circles at the ends of the building (Gym and Auditorium)
      • With school vans picking up students and dropping off students at the gym circle, having some of our parents/students utilize the auditorium circle will help with traffic/congestion
    • Parents picking up students may also park in the auditorium parking lot to wait for students. 
    • If parents do not have room in the circle(s), please try to find a spot to park and wait. Parking in a spot is safer than extending the line of cars throughout the driveway. This creates a hazardous passing zone, or zone in which buses cannot operate safely. 
    • Lastly, please understand that our first wave of buses leaves around 2:23 PM. If parents are able to wait to enter school property until after this time, it would be helpful. Student pickups and drivers are dismissed from classrooms at 2:20.

     

    Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    • GAHS Administrative Team



    2/7/22 - 

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    Now a week into February, most students have settled into their second semester schedules. At this point, first semester grades have been finalized and report cards have been uploaded for viewing through Skyward Family Access. Students were also given a hard copy of their report card this past Thursday at school. This is a great time for family conversations about academic progress. Each of our students is on a pathway. Some are making commendable progress down a pathway to success, while others are struggling to find their way. We have encouraged ALL students to start strong and #BeCommitted to maintaining positive academic momentum throughout the remainder of the school year! This will require a lot of individual effort from students and plenty of support from school staff and families. 

    We look forward to having families visit us at school on 2/16/22 for Schedule Fest (8th grade families) and Spring Open House (all HS families). #BeHere! This is a great opportunity to review the many opportunities offered at Gettysburg Area High School. You will certainly notice that we remain in the midst of a major renovation project. It’s another reminder that progress takes time and hard work!

    While open house is a great time for general information, it is not meant for lengthy individual conferencing with teachers. Luckily, our second semester conferences are also on the horizon. High school conferences will largely take place on February 23 from 3-6:30 PM. The window for sign-ups will begin on February 9 at noon. You can sign up on the MyConferenceTime portal, available under Quick Links on the left side of the GAHS webpage. #BeInvolved

    Thank you for your support in making it a great semester for students at Gettysburg Area high School!

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Important Dates

    • 2/9 - Conference Sign-Ups, starting @ Noon
    • 2/11 - Term 2 STARS Awards Breakfast *Students Only (rescheduled from 2/4)
    • 2/16 - Spring Open House (8th Grade Schedule Fest) @ 6-8 PM
    • 2/18 & 2/21 - No School for Students - Professional Development and Presidents Day
    • 2/22 - ASVAB Exams
    • 2/23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 3-6:30 PM
    • 3/4 @ 7pm & 3/5 @ 2pm & 7pm - Spring Musical - The Addams Family - $10.00 General Admission/$5.00 Students - Tickets sold at the door. 
    • 4/29 - MiniThon @ Warrior Stadium

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    GETTYSBURG AREA HIGH SCHOOL

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    In 2018, Act 158 was signed into law outlining state graduation requirements and the ways in which students must meet one of Pennsylvania’s five pathways outlined below to earn a diploma and demonstrate career and/or college readiness.

    State graduation requirements are effective for students in the Classes of 2023 and beyond. In order to graduate from high school, students must meet all local graduation requirements related to credits and coursework along with the state requirements outlined in Act 158. GASD has required students to demonstrate proficiency in these “Keystone” content areas for graduation for a number of years. However, this law adds another layer of accountability to the work we do with students. 

    Administrators and school counselors will be working closely with each student to review and help students decide which pathway is best to meet this state-wide graduation requirement. Students set to graduate next year (as the Class of 2023) will receive more specific guidance after the start of the second semester about their current status and recommended pathway options for graduation. We will communicate with parents/families individually as needed. 

    While this is a reminder for all students to try their best on state assessments and other exams, it’s also a reminder that all students need to capitalize on the opportunities at GAHS as they forge an educational pathway that aligns with their passions and interests. 

    ACT 158 – State Graduation Pathways (Link to GRAPHIC)

    For students graduating in 2023 and beyond, the following pathway options exist to meet the state

    graduation requirements outlined in Act 158:

    • Keystone Proficiency Pathway: Scoring proficient or advanced on all three Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Literature, and Biology)
    • Keystone Composite Pathway: Earning a satisfactory composite score (4452) on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams (while achieving at least one proficient/advanced score and no score of below basic on the remaining two)
    • Alternate Assessment Pathway: Successful completion of locally established, grade-based requirements for academic content areas associated with each Keystone Exam (i.e. passing final course grades in Algebra I, Biology, and English 2) and one of the following:
    • Attainment of an established score on an approved alternate assessment:
      • SAT (1010), PSAT (970), ACT (21), ASVAB (31)
    • Gold Level on the ACT WorkKeys Assessment
    •  Attainment of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement Program exam in an academic content area associated with each Keystone Exam on which the student did not achieve at least a proficient score.
    • Successful completion of a concurrent enrollment course (college dual enrollment class) in an academic content area associated with each Keystone Exam in which the student did not achieve at least a proficient score.
    • Successful completion of a pre-apprenticeship program.
    • Acceptance in an accredited 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education and evidence of the ability to enroll in college-level coursework.
    • Evidence-Based Pathway: Successful completion of locally established, grade-based requirements for academic content areas associated with each Keystone Exam (i.e., Passing final course grades in Algebra I, Biology, and English 2) and demonstration of three pieces of evidence consistent with the student’s goals and career plans, including:
      •  ONE or more of the following:
        • Attainment of 630 or better on any SAT Subject Area Test
        • Attainment of Silver Level on the ACT WorkKeys assessment
        • Attainment of 3 or better on any Advanced Placement Program Exam
        •  Acceptance to an other-than-4-year Institution of Higher Education (IHE) for college-level coursework
        • Attainment of an industry-recognized credential (Ex. OSHA certification)
        • Successful completion of any concurrent enrollment or postsecondary course
      • And no more than TWO additional pieces of evidence from the following:
        • Satisfactory completion of a service-learning project
        • Attainment of a score of proficient or advanced on any Keystone Exam
        • A letter guaranteeing full-time employment or military enlistment
        • Successful completion of an internship or cooperative education program
        • Satisfactory compliance with the NCAA’s Division II academic requirements
    • Career and Technical Education Pathway: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators, (ACTI or GAHS - POS): Successful completion of locally established, grade-based requirements for academic content areas associated with each Keystone Exam (i.e., Passing final course grades in Algebra I, Biology, and English 2) and ONE of the following:
      • Attainment of an industry-based competency certification
      • Demonstration of the high likelihood of success on an industry-based competency assessment
      • Readiness for continued engagement in the CTE Concentrator’s program of study
    • Students with Disabilities: Individual educational programs (developed by the IEP team) will create customized pathways to a diploma for students with a disability. 

    Link to Act 158 Pathways to Graduation Guide

    There are plenty of opportunities built into the systems of our school to create options for each individual student to achieve the requirements of Act 158. As we track required graduation credit requirements, we will also be tracking pathway requirements and options as we work with students.

    The best approach for all students… #BeHere to find YOUR opportunities. #BeInvolved with creating a pathway that makes sense for YOU. #BeCommitted to doing YOUR very best in all that you do. 

     

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     

     

     




    1/17/22-

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    GAHS Students and Families - 

     

    Unbelievably, the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year has come and gone. Teachers will be finalizing student grades today, and Skyward should be updated by 3 PM. Report cards, honor rolls, and GPA calculations will be run on February 1 after all incomplete grades are rectified. 

     

    The first day of our second semester begins on Tuesday. With the new semester comes a chance for a fresh start for all. This week, we will be meeting with each grade/class to talk about the opportunities of the semester ahead. We will discuss expectations for a continued focus on creating a school environment that leads to success. 

     

    Ultimately, our goal is to create an educational pathway for each student that will capitalize on their strengths and passions and help them realize their goals and dreams for the future. The Class of 2022 is knocking on the future's door. It will be important for these students to finish well and make the most of their remaining months of high school. For underclassmen, part of this conversation will address local and state graduation requirements. Look for more specific communications in the future that will outline these expectations and the options for students to find a graduation pathway that is best suited for them. 

     

    As the second semester begins, we encourage you to help reinforce habits that will guide students in the direction of their goals. Our school team will be doing the same. 

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

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    Important Dates

    • 1/14 End of Semester 1
    • 1/17 No School - Martin L. King Day
    • 1/18 First day of Semester 2
    • 2/4 Term 2 STARS Presentation 
    • 2/16 Spring Open House (8th Grade Schedule Fest)
    • 3/4 and 3/5 Spring Musical - The Addams Family 
    • 4/29 MiniThon @ Warrior Stadium

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




     

    1/10/22-

    This message is just a reminder that Keystone Testing will be taking place at the high school this week.On Tuesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 12

    • All students taking Keystone exams will report to school on the designated test day. Bus transportation is provided and breakfast and lunch will be available as usual. All students taking the tests have been notified.
    • Students who are NOT taking one of these exams will be working remotely. With the exception of a small group of LIU students or others who have been individually notified. Assignments will be posted on Canvas and students will be expected to complete their work.  

     

    All GAHS students will report back to school on Thursday, January 13. The first semester ends on Friday, January 14. 

     

    Have a great evening! Go Warriors!

     




     

    1/6/22

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    GAHS Families - 

     

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a joyful and relaxing winter break. 

    Next week the high school will embark on the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams.  Because of these tests, we will be operating on a different schedule next week.

    On Tuesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 12

     

    • All students taking Keystone exams will report to school on the designated test day. Bus transportation is provided and breakfast and lunch will be available as usual. All students taking the tests have been notified.
    • Students who are NOT taking one of these exams will be on remote learning. With the exception of a small group of LIU students or others who have been individually notified. Assignments will be posted on Canvas and students will be expected to complete their work.  Teachers will offer an optional zoom office hour if students have questions or need help with assignments. Those times will be posted on class Canvas pages. If your student is in need of a school lunch on January 11 or 12, they can order lunch Friday during their lunch period.  

     

    All GAHS students will report back to school on Thursday, January 13. 

     

    If you have any questions regarding your student, please feel free to contact me, at kcaywood@gasd-pa.org or by calling the school office at 717-334-6254 option #2.

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

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    Important Dates

    • 1/14 End of Semester 1
    • 1/17 No School - Martin L. King Day
    • 1/18 First day of Semester 2

    Go Warriors!

    Kristy Caywood

    Assistant Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




    12/21/21 

     

    Dear GASD Community:

    Since the time of our communication last evening, local law enforcement and Pennsylvania State Police have worked to investigate the concerning video that led to our school closure today. This video involved a student who does not attend our schools. It did include a weapon and a reference that led us to react with immediate precautionary measures. 

    State Police determined that there is not a credible threat to our schools. However, it must be noted that the sharing of this video or any video that suggests violence against schools is unacceptable. As a district, we will not tolerate the perpetuation of fear or violence in any form in the school community. The consequences are too great. 

    The decision to close schools is never one to be taken lightly, as the value of education is profound. However, a high quality education relies on an atmosphere that is safe and supportive. We will continue to work relentlessly to achieve that end. 

    The video in question was reported by two concerned students to trusting adults. This led to immediate action by school officials and law enforcement to assess the concern. We need all of our school community members to take exemplary actions like this. If you “see something, say something.” Together, we must continue working to stop the creation of fear. The consequences are too great.

    We are incredibly pleased to open our schools tomorrow with yesterday's fears firmly addressed. Our team of educators looks forward to connecting in safe and positive ways with students before the holiday break. 

    Thank you again for your understanding and support. 

     

     




    12/20/21 

     

    Dear GASD Community:

    This evening, we were notified of an inappropriate video. Though the video is not a specific threat to any of our schools, we take all reports very seriously. 

    We are working with local law enforcement to investigate the credibility and source of this video. Given the timing of this investigation, it is necessary for us to go fully remote for instruction K-12 (tomorrow) Tuesday, December 21st.

    We will utilize the plans communicated recently for Flexible Instruction Days. Our building administrators will share these plans with you again in the morning as a reminder. 

    We will provide an update regarding this investigation tomorrow when able.

    Please know that we will always take actions that are in the best interest of our school community. The safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority. 

    Thank you for your understanding and support.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Perrin, D.Ed.

    Superintendent

     

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    12/13/21 

    GAHS Families - 

    In most ways, today was a typical school day at Gettysburg Area High School. In other ways, it certainly did not feel normal. We missed some of our students today. It is understandable that quite a few students felt anxious and even fearful with relentless rumors of potential dangers swirling around social media and through the school community. For this reason, some chose to stay at home. We hope to see them back tomorrow. 

    Fortunately, after an extensive investigation, we have not found any threats of violence directed at our school. It remains unfortunate that rumors continue to circulate in this regard. For example, rumors of a student being taken into custody today are false. It must be well understood that social media posts and communications that falsely perpetuate fear are incredibly harmful. Inaccurate allegations and false claims, both specific and general, can themselves lead to potential disciplinary action and also possible legal action. 

    We will continue to reiterate that it is vitally important for our school community to communicate factual concerns that are based on first-hand observations. Though we will follow all allegations in an effort to find the source. This is our duty as we care for our school community’s safety and well-being. 

    There are many students and other members of our community that need support and assistance. You may have noticed that the world seems to present an increasingly challenging burden of stressors. This is true for ALL of us, but it seems especially true for our young people. 

    The staff members at Gettysburg Area High School and throughout the district will continue to work tirelessly to help grow our students as learners and as positive and productive citizens. Safety and security will remain at the forefront of that daily effort. 

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal 

    Gettysburg Area High School

     

    Jason Perrin, D.Ed

    Superintendent

     

     

     

     

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    GAHS Families - 

    Friday afternoon, an email was sent to Gettysburg Area High School students and families about safety/security concerns that were being investigated. We will always be as timely and transparent as possible with communications about such concerns. Also understand that it takes time to investigate allegations of this nature. 

    We uncovered that there were two separate and unrelated concerns that were investigated. There were no threats of a school shooting that were verified. On social media and otherwise, there is talk of a threat specific for “Monday” and other concerns. Again, our team has uncovered no such threats. 

    It is our responsibility to care for precious lives and it is a responsibility we take very seriously. For this reason, we always want students to bring concerns to our attention. We take all safety/security concerns seriously and follow up on them thoroughly. In this case, we have only found rumors of a threat.

    Please continue to communicate specific concerns. This is most helpful when we are able to hear directly from the source of the concern. Our district’s TipLine is an effective way to communicate or you may also contact Officer Rich Keefer (Cumberland Twp. Police Officer and School Resource Officer) at rkeefer@gasd-pa.org or 717-334-6254 option 2 ext 6010. 

    A heightened police presence will be visible at our school on Monday to provide extra security and peace of mind. Though we did not find a specific threat, we want our students and school community members to feel as safe as we are able to help them feel. 

     

    It is imperative that we partner with students, parents and our communities to keep our schools safe. We urge you to speak with your children about the power of their actions, words, text messages and social media posts and that threatening actions or words, done even as a joke, can have significant criminal, educational and life-long consequences. 

    Thank you again for your partnership and care. 

     

    Sincerely, 

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




    12/10/21

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    GAHS Families - 

    Concerns about threats and potentially violent actions were brought to the attention of school administration today. These concerns were (and continue to be) investigated by school administrators in partnership with Cumberland Township Police. After reviewing reports and conducting numerous interviews, the threat was determined (at this point) to be unfounded.

    It is critical that students and school community members communicate any and all concerns that relate to the safety of our students. Any such concern is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. We will always welcome open communication with our students and families, and this is especially true in circumstances such as this. 

    Once a claim is made, we do find that rumors begin to spread incredibly quickly with the power of mobile devices and social media. Please understand that we never dismiss a concern as “simply rumor.” Our most important responsibility is caring for the safety and well-being of our students. 

    We will continue to be attentive to the concerns communicated today and any other such concerns that are brought to our attention. Please continue to communicate specific concerns. You are always welcome to utilize our district’s TipLine or contact Officer Rich Keefer (Cumberland Twp. Police Officer and School Resource Officer) at rkeefer@gasd-pa.org or 717-334-6254 option 2 ext 6010. 

    Thank you for your partnership and care. 

     

    Sincerely, 

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     

     




    12/6/21

    “The Way”

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    GAHS Students -

     

    There are only a few weeks left of 2021! We NEED to end this year well, and then it’s time to prepare for a year of success throughout 2022!

     

    #BeHere

    Positive attendance is critical. To be successful.. be present and be engaged! If you are spending too much time strolling the hallway or loitering elsewhere… you are losing valuable time from classrooms that are better with YOUR PRESENCE! 

     

    #BeInvolved

    We have many students involved in winter sports, music ensembles, clubs, the spring musical, and other school happenings! That’s awesome! When you're not actively participating, it’s also great to show up to support your peers! Cheer them on!

     

    #BeCommitted

    Stay focused on your assignments and your assessments as we inch closer to the winter break. The end of the semester is just beyond the holiday. Be committed to finishing strong. 

     

    Also, make a strong commitment to keeping our school in great shape. You deserve a clean and safe school environment in which to thrive. It’s up to each and every one of us to make this school a place to be proud of. 

     

    #BeKind

    Our days are better when we are treated with respect and kindness. It’s important to treat others this way to build a community that we all want to be part of. This applies to all interactions, in-person and online. Work to leave positive traces along your way... 

     

    #WarriorWay




    11/22/21

    “Full of Thanks”

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I would like to start by saying that I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this school community. I am thankful that our team of educators is supported in our effort to provide enriching learning experiences to students, so we can better prepare them for life’s many challenges. There are plenty of obstacles on this educational journey for students, parents, and educators. However, the opportunity to take on these challenges and obstacles for the sake of learning and personal growth is a blessing that should not be taken for granted. #BeThankful

    #BeHere - 

    As we navigate through the (busy) holiday season, it is important to keep an eye on schedules and events. If you are aware of pre-planned absences, please complete an educational trip form (LINK to FORMS page). 

    • 11/24-29 - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday 
    • 12/10 - Early Dismissal - 12:00 PM, Professional Development
    • 12/19 - Winter Concert - 3:00 PM @ MS Auditorium
    • 12/22 - Early Dismissal - 11:00 AM, Professional Development 
    • 12/23-31- No School, Winter Holiday

    #BeInvolved - 

    Parents, we would be GRATEFUL for your feedback in advance of our district’s comprehensive planning committee work. If you haven’t already done so, PLEASE complete this BRIEF survey, so we have your feedback to help guide us. 

    Students, many of you completed this survey in school. If you haven’t yet, we would love to have your feedback. Here’s the link to the student survey

    #BeCommitted

    The second semester begins to fly by at this time of year. Before we know it, the semester will be over (January 14). With the end of the semester around the holiday seasonal bend, students need to stay focused on taking care of “educational business” in the effort to finish well. In the end, many students will take final exams or complete other assessments. Many students will take Keystone Exams in January. 

    Keystone Testing

    • End of course exam for students in Algebra 1.5, English 10, Biology 
      • Some Juniors will be making up Keystone Exams
    • Exams are scheduled for January 11 and 12. 
      • Students NOT taking Keystone will be assigned to remote learning activities on these days. 
    • More information will be provided in mid-December. 

    This is also the time of year when underclassmen begin the planning process for NEXT year. We tell students to #BeCommitted to their unique educational plan. We encourage parents to #BeInvolved with this planning! Students, seize those opportunities that align with your interests and passions!!! Work with your school counselor in the months ahead!

    #BeKind - 

    We have had a lot of individuals and student groups working on kindness projects of different sorts in recent weeks! That brings smiles to us all! It’s also great to know that we have many in our school community participating in our Warrior Winter Wishes program! Thank you! Also keep in mind that our JROTC and Key Club are working to help “Toys for Tots.” There are collection bins throughout the high school. Thanks again!



    We wish ALL of you in the Warrior Community a blessed Thanksgiving filled with gratitude!!! Stay safe and well! #BeThankful

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    11/2/21

    “Focusing on Priorities”

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    We have now entered the second quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. The first term ended last week, and students and teachers are working to finalize work/grades from the marking period. Final Q1 grades should be posted to Skyward by 11/11, and progress reports will be uploaded no later than 11/15. As always, communicate with teachers when there are questions or concerns about grades and/or academic progress. 

    *Please note that while we try to celebrate academic accomplishments fluidly, we post Honor Rolls at the end of each semester as communicated in our handbook. 

    HONOR ROLL GUIDELINES 

    The final course grade, on a 100-point scale, will be used for Honor Roll calculations and will be made WITHOUT the benefit of weighted quality points. Honors: GPA of 85 – 93.99%. No single course grade lower than 83%. High Honors: GPA of 94 – 100%. No single course grade lower than a 94. 

    Halfway through the semester, we have seen many students #BeCommitted to their academic success. Keep up the good work, and EARN your way onto the Honor Roll!!!

    With the change in the marking period, we have seen a change in seasons. The passage of time and noticeable changes around us can serve as a reminder that we remain on a journey. Our journey as a school community has been one of obstacles and challenges of late. In the update message sent on 10/12, there were a number of “challenges” outlined and discussed. While those challenges still remain, it is also true that our school has experienced additional tragedy and pain in recent weeks.

    While times have been difficult around the school, it can also be said that our challenges have sparked a positive response in many. Reflecting on priorities... Focusing on friendships... Connecting with compassion... Growing understanding... Creating kindness... Fostering community… 

    We have seen this throughout the school. We have seen students emerge with a willingness to work for good in the school community. Nonetheless, MUCH WORK REMAINS. For this reason, we must continue to focus on our priorities...

    #BeHere - Focus on staying well and being present in school! Attendance matters!!!

    #BeInvolved - Participate actively to improve the community around you! Find YOUR way to get involved and make a positive impact!!!

    #BeCommitted - Be committed to being the best version of YOU! Commit to learning and growing to create a pathway to YOUR future success!!!

    #BeKind - That’s it. It’s simple. Be Kind

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay


    Important Dates

    • 11/4 - Early Dismissal for Students - 11 AM
      • Run/Hide/Fight - overview/training
      • PAYS and Climate Survey
      • “Like” - Exploring the effects of social media
    • 11/5 - No School for GAHS students
    • 11/15 - Q1 Progress Reports Posted
    • 11/19 and 11/20 - Fall Play - Arlecchino’s Spaghetti Dinner *See Flyer
    • 11/24-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break

    Thank you for your support in education! #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    10/29/21

    *Pay Survey Notice

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.

    The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

    • Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.
    • The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported.
    • The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

    You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: https://www.episcenter.psu.edu/index.php/paysquestion.  For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.pays.pa.gov then click on “2021.”

    The survey will be administered during the school day on Thursday, November 4. This will take approximately 30-45 minutes.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to bmcdannell@gasd-pa.org in writing by Wednesday at noon.

    Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact me at 717-334-6254 (ext 6252).

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    10/12/21

    “Being Better Warriors”

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    We often hear people refer to the times we currently live in as “unprecedented” and “challenging.” Throughout all of history, each period of time has had its own unique set of circumstances and challenges. Yes, we have plenty at the moment. With the right collective mindset, we can address our current challenges in the best way possible. 

    Part of our daily mission is to create an environment of respect and integrity. Our success in this area can allow us to focus our energy more effectively on the true purpose of this school… to engage our learners in experiences that will better prepare them to make positive contributions to the world around them. Honestly, we have dealt with plenty of distractions from that mission. Nonetheless, our mission continues… #WarriorWay

    CHALLENGES

    Covid-19

    We want our students and staff to #BeHere. We will continue to do our best to follow the current order that requires masking (outside of documented exceptions) in the effort to keep all members of our school community as healthy as possible. And… we will certainly look forward to the day when this is all behind us… 

    Physical Aggression

    We have seen an unacceptable number of incidents in recent weeks that have involved acts of physical aggression. Such acts are addressed swiftly and seriously, with suspensions from school, as well as criminal charges. We need help from everyone, including student leaders, parents, and community members, to reinforce the need for positive interactions from person to person. There are plenty of differences in the world that will set us apart from one another. Let’s  #BeInvolved in working to better understand our differences and promote more respect for each other.

    Destruction of Property (TikTok)

    Most people have heard about TikTok challenges that have encouraged vandalism and other disturbing acts. It would be great to remain above all this. Unfortunately, we have had some soap dispensers vandalized. Other schools/districts have experienced far worse. While we cannot change the nature of the world that sometimes trends in a negative direction, we absolutely CAN control our own actions. Let’s continue to #BeCommitted to taking care of a great school facility that we can all feel proud of. 

    SOLUTIONS

    As a school community, we aspire to be great in many ways. We have always felt a great sense of pride in the many educational OPPORTUNITIES that we have been able to offer our students. And we will continue to invest in our ability to provide a platform for students to grow their understanding and hone the skills that will result in their future success.  

    Beyond the learning opportunities, we want Gettysburg Area High School to be a place that also emphasizes and models respect. A true WARRIOR can #BeKind despite forces that seek to divide and destroy. 

    Rachel’s Legacy

    In January of 2019, GAHS and GAMS hosted Rachel’s Challenge in response to some of the disturbingly negative interactions that we saw amongst our student body…. and in our community. This event helped us begin a difficult conversation about how we often treated each other. Too often, we do not treat each other well. 

    NEXT WEEK, our students will experience a presentation of Rachel’s Legacy. The program on October 20 will encourage participants to take specific steps toward building their own positive legacy. “It challenges students and staff to show compassion, to learn from their mistakes, and forgive themselves and others. Participants examine their own lives in the light of personal challenges – encouraged to dream big – and start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion”. Feel free to check out the Rachel’s Challenge website for more information (rachelschallenge.org).

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay


    Important Dates

    • 10/13 - Students - Order Class Rings at Lunch
    • 10/13 - SENIORS - Order Caps and Gowns at Lunch (or online)
    • 10/13 - PSAT Testing 
    • 10/14 - Picture Make-up Day
    • 10/20 - Rachel’s Legacy
    • 10/22 - Club Day
    • 10/27 - Marking Period 1 Ends

    Thank you for your support in education! #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    9/23/21

    “Spirit Week, Homecoming, SCHOOL, and More”

    WarriorWay

     

    GAHS Students and Families -

    We have welcomed the fall season at GAHS with a spirited week! Many of our students and staff have participated in the fun of “Spirit Week” leading up to our Homecoming football game and dance. Many of our educators utilize Twitter to capture and communicate representations of this positive Warrior spirit! Feel free to follow along there, or check out some of those postings through our high school website

    Our short-term goals continue to align with our ongoing vision and mission. We are committed to creating challenging educational experiences that are relevant for our students, as we prepare them to make meaningful and positive contributions to the world around them. This is best achieved by consistently providing varied and rich opportunities for both academic and social growth. 

    Please take a few moments to review the updates below...

    Homecoming Events:

    HOCO Football Game - GAHS vs. Susquehannock - 7 PM - Warrior Stadium - GOLD OUT - Wear your MiniThon Gold Out T-Shirt for FREE Admission!

     Homecoming Dance - GAMS Courtyard - 7-10 PM

    • ALL students must have a ticket for entry (NO sales at the door)
    • Students should park at Lincoln Elementary or Warrior Stadium Parking Lot 
    • Drop Offs Only directly in Front of GAMS
    • Students will enter through the cafeteria doors (center/front of the building) and proceed directly to the outdoor courtyard. 
    • Masks are optional for this outdoor event.
      • Health officials continue to recommend masks for unvaccinated people in outdoor public spaces. 
      • Disposable Masks will be available for students using the restrooms, but this event is NOT an indoor event. Loitering indoors will not be permitted. 
    • If students choose to leave the dance, there will be no re-entry permitted. 

    Schooling:

    Creating an environment of respect and integrity is part of our building mission. We continue to serve a community of learners that come to us from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives, circumstances, and needs. Our dedicated and committed staff embraces this task every day as we work to provide positive learning opportunities and experiences We appreciate your support!

    Keep in mind that we want school to be comfortable and safe for everyone. When it comes to managing the impact of both Covid-19 itself and the mitigation efforts that are in place to curb the impact of the virus, our task is complex. As Dr. Perrin shared on Tuesday, we do have students that have worked through the exception process under section 3 of the order from our Secretary of Health. We continue to expect compliance with the order and we will proceed accordingly, knowing that masks, space, cleaning, and hygiene can be used to create an atmosphere that reduces the spread of Covid-19 (and illness in general). We want to keep students in school consistently by reducing illnesses and the need to quarantine students. 

    Most importantly, please keep sick students away from school and school events. This may involve making choices like missing a sports competition… or even a homecoming dance! Respect and integrity are important! 

    When students are out of the building:

    When students are out of the building, it does NOT necessarily mean that they need to miss out on the opportunity to learn. Students must stay up to speed with assigned work through Canvas and other means. When out of the building, students would be wise to contact their teacher(s) directly!

    Students WILL have ample time to complete work missed during excused absences. Teachers may sometimes put ZEROS into the grade book to remind students that the work needs their urgent attention. Please realize that these zero “placeholders” are often serving as a reminder for the students to take care of necessary academic assignments. 

    *This will not impact athletic eligibility while students have the opportunity to make up work from an absence. 

    Important Dates:

    • 9/29  - Parent Conferences - 3-6:30 PM
      • Sign-Up under QuickLinks on the GAHS webpage
      • Masks required for in-person indoor conferences
    • 10/13 - Class Ring Orders Taken During Lunch
    • 10/13 - PSAT Testing 
    • 10/14 - Picture Make-up Day
    • 10/27 - Marking Period 1 Ends

    School Pictures:

    YOUR PHOTOS ARE READY!

    Good news! JostensPIX was recently at your school to photograph picture day,

    and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering!

    Click on the button below to get started.

    VIEW AND ORDER PHOTOS HERE

    https://shop.jostenspix.com

    PHOTOS NOT APPEARING IN YOUR GALLERY?

    FIND YOUR STUDENT USING EVENT CODE: FE158121

    *Accounts were established with “primary” listed emails in Skyward. However, students with multiple households CAN have multiple accounts. Simply “request a secure access code” and school staff members will approve the request as soon as possible after verifying the family email. 

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and
      text
    • Photos are shipped directly to your home
    • High-res digital downloads are available
    • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay once

    Thank you for your support in education! #WarriorWay

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    9/15/21

    “Upcoming Events and Reminders”

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    GAHS Students and Families - 

     

    Picture Day Tomorrow

     

    • Picture day is Thursday 9/16/21. 
    • Bring your smiles! Please wear your favorite outfit, but avoid green! Green clothes will be problematic with "green screen" technology!
    • ALL students will take pictures for school ID's (including seniors). 
    • Please see the attached flyer.

     

    Spirit Week and Homecoming

     

    • Next week will be our HOCO Spirit Week! Students will hear daily reminders and receive Canvas announcements throughout the week. 
    • The Homecoming Football Game is Friday 9/24/21 vs. Susquehannock - 7 PM. Cheer on the Warriors!
    • The Homecoming Dance is Saturday 9/25/21 at GAMS in the outdoor courtyard within the school. 
    • Students have been asked to pay obligations (see Fee Management in Skyward) prior to purchasing tickets.
    • Tickets are on sale throughout the week at lunches.
    • Please see the attached flyers.

     

    Parent Conferences

     

    • Parent-Teacher conferences are on Wednesday 9/29/21 from 3 to 6:30 PM.
    • The sign-up link can be found HERE.  *See Quick Links at the bottom of the left column of the high school webpage.
    • If you sign up for a conference, please note in the comments section if you would prefer in-person or zoom. If you visit in-person, it is expected that you wear a face-covering (please).
    • If you are unable to conference on 9/29, please continue to communicate with your student's teachers as needed. Our partnership is important. 

     

     

    Go Warriors!!!

     

    Thank you for your support in education! #WarriorWay

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay




    9/7/21

    “Meet the Teachers of GAHS”

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    We are now working our way into the third week of the 2020-2021 school year. It’s been adventurous and challenging in different ways already. It’s also true that we remain focused on our core values. We are dedicated to our school’s vision and mission (find it on our website if you need a refresher). 

    We will be most successful in our efforts if we are able to successfully partner with the families in our school community!!!

    In lieu of a traditional Back to School night, our team of educators will be reaching out to you in the effort to create and foster partnerships

    You will be receiving messages and brief videos from our teachers throughout the week. This format will provide you with an introduction, an overview, and an invite to CONNECT

    CONNECTIONS and PARTNERSHIPS will be the KEY to SUCCESS as we look to SUPPORT our STUDENTS at SCHOOL and at HOME

    Our Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for 9/29 (3-6:30 PM), and we will begin sign-ups for that opportunity next week. However, I welcome you to reach out to our educators whenever you feel the need to have a conversation or meeting about your student. 

    Thank you for your support in education! #WarriorWay

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    8/22/21

    “Back to School TOMORROW”

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    GAHS Students and Families -

    We are excited to kick off the 2021-2022 school year tomorrow!!! We cannot wait for our students to #BeHere! Our staff came back to the building in full force on Thursday, and they have been working hard to prepare for opening day and beyond. At the same time, contractors and our custodial crew have hustled to get things ready for the start of school. Some of that work continued throughout the weekend...

    There are plenty of odds and ends in our “B-Wing” to finish in the weeks ahead. We have some bathrooms to finish, painting to be done, and finishing touches and tune-ups to take place. However, we are thrilled to be in a position to open all of our classrooms to students on Monday!!!

    As we settle back into full-time school mode, we are anxious for our students to #BeInvolved in making our school community better. Each day, we will work together to improve our school culture that is guided by our defined purpose...

    Mission - 

    Gettysburg Area High School will establish an environment of respect and integrity as our collaborative community creates opportunities to engage learners in experiences that provoke critical thought and challenge their creative intelligences.

    Vision - 

    Gettysburg Area High School ensures that all learners have access to a rigorous curriculum of experiences that will develop into a personally relevant pathway to future success and ultimately mold citizens who will make positive and meaningful contributions to the world around them.

    Our staff and students will find success if we can all #BeCommitted to this cause! We ask that families support us in this challenge. Thank you in advance for your partnership! Working together and treating each other well will always produce the best results… #BeKind.


    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay


    Important Reminders:

    • Arrival/Dismissal - 
      • Our doors open to students at 7:05 AM. Students should report to their Mod 1 class prior to 7:30 AM. *LINK to our bell schedule
      • We will run a modified schedule on the first day of school...

    Day One Schedule

    • Our dismissals are staggered:
      • Wave 1 bus riders - 2:15 PM
      • Drivers and PickUps - 2:20 PM
      • Wave 2 bus riders - 2:30 PM
    • Parent Drop-Offs - 
      • Parents dropping off students should do so in the circle area in front of the gymnasium doors. Students may enter the building through these doors. Our auditorium circle will be closed throughout the fall semester. 
    • Student Drivers - 
      • Students planning to drive to school should register for a parking permit on our website.*LINK found on this webpage. We will distribute parking tags around the second week of September once nearly all registrations are complete. Students should park in the center lot farthest from the school or the lot on the auditorium side of the building. 
    • Student Schedules 
      • Customized/Individualized schedules require a lot of time and energy to complete. Each year, there is always fine-tuning to be done during the first week. 
        • Any student missing a course in their schedule should report to the counseling center during THAT period. 
        • Any scheduling changes should be made using the schedule change request form. *LINK found on this webpage.
    • Covid/Illness Mitigation - We begin the school year with optional mask-wearing, as we continue to combat the negative impacts of Covid 19 on our community. While masking may be incredibly helpful in certain situations, we must also be mindful of other mitigation strategies that will promote health and well-being throughout the school. Maintaining space between others when possible, washing our hands frequently, and staying home when we are sick are just a few ways to keep the school running smoothly. 
      • Directions to submit an attendance note through Skyward - Family Access *Link to PDF

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    7/26/21

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    “July to August” Summer Update 

     

    GAHS Students and Families -

    July is winding down and August is on the horizon. There is PLENTY of summer left, we hope! Construction continues at Gettysburg Area High School. As crews continue to renovate our building to create a better learning environment for our students, we are reminded of the work that WE do with our students. Our work is about Building Warriors!

    One of our primary goals for the 2021-2022 school year is to rebuild the POSITIVE school CULTURE that we have strived to create at GAHS in recent years…

    The #WarriorWay

    Our building renovations will continue throughout the school year, and this will certainly present challenges for us. Many other challenges will arise as well. It's a reminder that LIFE is full of obstacles. Most of us know this plenty well. Learning to appropriately respond to life’s challenges is the key to success. It should look something like this…

    #BeHere - It all starts by simply showing up to confront the challenges of the day. 

    #BeInvolved - A collaborative effort to solve problems will generally lead to better results.

    #BeCommitted - Dedication to continuous improvement is critical to the success of all. 

    #BeKind - Outcomes improve with positive and supportive interactions with others.  

    We will need to work TOGETHER as WARRIORS to make 2021-2022 GREAT!!!

     

    Important Reminders

    Parents - If you have not already done so, please complete the NEW YEAR STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE in Skyward Family Access (LINK to directions).

    • Contact Sue Yingling (syingling@gasd-pa.org) if you have any questions or need assistance with this process. 
    • Once you have completed this update, you and your student will have access to view your student’s schedule for next year.

    Student Schedules - Please understand that not all schedules are finalized until close to the start of school. 

    • Counselors will continue adjusting schedules and fixing scheduling issues in August, prior to the start of school. 
    • Please be patient, but feel free to send questions/concerns to your counselor at ANY point via email. When counselors return to the building, they will attend to these questions/concerns. 

    Freshmen Orientation  - We will host an orientation event for our incoming freshmen on August 19th at 6:30 PM. Please see the attached flyer. 

     

    Please continue to check your emails periodically for updates and reminders. Some of these will be specific by grade (graduating class) or other school groups. 

    ENJOY the rest of your SUMMER with friends and family!!!

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




     

    6/30/21

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    “June to July” Summer Update 

    GAHS Students and Families -

    We hope everyone in our school community has had an enjoyable summer to this point! Just four short weeks ago, we were celebrating the accomplishments of Gettysburg Area High School’s Class of 2021. This commencement ceremony honored the 135th graduating class from our school. I shared this same reflection in my update to our high school staff yesterday. Thinking back through our school’s long and proud history, there have surely been many challenges as well as success. 

    We have all experienced trying times recently, and there will be plenty of challenges ahead. The best course of action in such a case is to simply continue working to do our very best and to continue supporting others in doing the same. So we will.

    “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” - Christopher Reeve

    We are working hard to prepare for a GREAT upcoming school year at Gettysburg Area High School. In the meantime, we only ask you to do a few things to help us…

    • Parents - We ask ALL of you to please complete the NEW YEAR STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE in Skyward Family Access (LINK to directions).
      • Contact Sue Yingling (syingling@gasd-pa.org) if you have any questions or need assistance with this process. 
      • Once you have completed this update, you and your student will have access to view your student’s schedule for next year (starting July 26). 

     

    • Student Schedules - Though student schedules will be visible on July 26 for those who have updated student information, please understand that not all schedules are finalized until close to the start of school. 

     

      • Counselors will continue adjusting schedules and fixing scheduling issues in August, prior to the start of school. 
      • Please be patient, but feel free to send questions/concerns to your counselor at ANY point via email. When counselors return to the building, they will attend to these questions/concerns. 
    • Internet Service Survey (from our Tech Department) - In an effort to identify the level of Internet access and connectivity that residents have within our school district, we are asking that you complete a short survey. The data collected will greatly assist our school district with obtaining local, state, and federal broadband funding to provide additional resources to our students and families. Please complete the survey by July 9th and we thank you for your time in taking this survey.
    • GAHS Building Renovation - Construction continues around the building, and it’s wonderful to see progress. Knowing the benefits of what’s to come makes this investment in the students of our school community exciting. The schedule is incredibly tight, but we remain optimistic about the timely completion of this phase. Our fingers are crossed! 

    Please continue to check your emails periodically for updates and reminders. Some of these will be specific by grade (graduating class) or other school groups. Another whole-school update will come out later in July. 

    MOST IMPORTANTLY for now… continue to have a safe and enjoyable SUMMER with friends and family!!!

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School