• WarriorWay

    1/12/21 - 

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    It’s good to be back in Gettysburg Area High School for 2021. Staff and students continue to work together to wrap up the first semester of our school year. The final day of the first semester is January 20th. It is imperative that students work diligently throughout the next week, ensuring that all assignments are completed and deadlines are met. Students (and parents) should direct specific questions about assignments and assessments to their classroom teachers. Following the last day of the semester, teachers will work to grade assignments and complete processes to finalize grades. Skyward provides the most up to date information on student progress (grades, attendance, etc.). Finalized report cards will be uploaded to Skyward and printed for distribution on 2/5/21.

    Important Reminders for Next Week:

    Keystone Exams - 

    • The high school will be going ALL REMOTE on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20.  This schedule change is due to our Keystone Testing.  Students scheduled to take a Keystone exam WILL attend school to complete the exams.  These families have been contacted as to what days to attend via letters and emails home. Students will also be notified by their teachers. Students without a Keystone class should check-in on the Warrior Way course and visit all their other course Canvas pages to finish out the semester. If your student attends more than two days a week, please contact your student’s case manager if you have questions regarding these special testing days.
      • ACTI schedules remain the same.  

    Starting the Second (Spring) Semester -

    • The second semester will begin on Thursday, January 21. B schedule students will attend in-person. A schedule students and GASD Online students will be remote.
    • Friday, January 22 will be an in-person day for A schedule students.  B schedule students and GASD Online students will be remote.  
    • *Please note, this is a change from our regular Friday “all remote” schedule.  Remote Fridays will begin January 29 for the second semester. 

    Other Reminders:

    SENIORS - Make sure you stay on track for GRADUATION! Stay in touch with your school counselor, and take advantage of every opportunity to help your FUTURE self. This includes applying for scholarships. The counseling center also has information about apprenticeship programs and other job opportunities for interested students. Continue to monitor the counseling center website and canvas page, and ALSO start your Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars application now! Dollars for Scholars can help ALL students, not just those who are college-bound. Apply today!

    GRADES 9-11 - Students are now able to select their courses for the 2021-2022 school year. All students in grades 9-11 have access to the scheduling course in Canvas. Counselors will be inviting all 9th and 10th-grade students to meet with them to discuss their selections, graduation requirements, and to answer any questions they have. Counselors will email an invitation with a Zoom link if we are remote or will send a pass to come to the Counseling Center if we are back in the building at the time of their appointment.  In addition, 11th-grade students and 11th-grade parents should have received a letter via email providing a link to schedule junior meetings with their son/daughter's counselor. If you or your son/daughter have not scheduled their junior meeting, please do so ASAP. Lastly, please remind your son/daughter to select their courses using the Canvas course AND to check their email on a daily basis for more information from their counselor.

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




    Warrior Way

    12/17/20

    GAHS Students and Families - 

    Happy Thursday to everyone in the GAHS community. I hope everyone enjoyed seeing a beautiful December snowfall… though I realize snow isn’t everyone’s favorite thing. If you DO enjoy the winter weather, take care of those school responsibilities, and then get outside! 

    Please remember what was noted in the 12/7 update messages:

    Remote Friday Change for 12/18

    ALL GAHS Students will have a remote learning day on Friday 12/18 with only asynchronous learning assignments. Teachers will NOT be connecting “LIVE” with students on 12/18 as they will be involved in professional development activities. Students should complete the Remote Check-in on the Warrior Way Canvas Course and complete all assigned work from teachers (on Canvas). 

    Beyond Friday, I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Take care and stay well!

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




    Warrior Way

    12/15/20

     

    GAHS Students and Families - 

     

    This is a follow-up message to Dr. Perrin’s communication informing you that the district will move to remote learning until Winter Break.  Our remote learning plan has not changed. Students should continue to follow the schedule as they have through this most recent closure. Stay connected and engaged in the days leading up to Winter Break! Students should make every effort to take care of all outstanding assignments with the goal of starting the 2021 portion of the school year in the best possible academic standing. Go Warriors!

    Remote Learning Schedule



    Students - Please communicate questions or concerns with your teachers via Canvas Inbox or Gmail (if using Gmail, check for responses daily).   

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    Take Care and Stay Well!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     

     




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    12/9/20

     

    GAHS Students and Families - 

     

    This is a follow up message to Dr. Perrin’s communication informing you of the necessity to close the Gettysburg Area High School (school building). On Monday, I sent an update that spoke to the ongoing daily challenges of maintaining an environment within Gettysburg Area High School that allows our students to engage with staff members in a safe and healthy way. Unfortunately, this recent influx of positive Covid-19 cases has pushed our school building into a position that requires us to close our doors in a physical sense. 

     

    Education MUST continue, and it will. Opportunities to learn will remain the norm. We have planned to keep these opportunities flowing in a way that maintains as much consistency as possible. The plan for students is as follows (also attached - PDF)...



    Students - Please communicate questions or concerns with your teachers via Canvas Inbox or Gmail (if using Gmail, check for responses daily).

     

    As I said on Monday, “Remote learning requires discipline and drive but also a willingness to ask for help. As students practice self-regulation and time management, they must also practice self-advocacy and communication when help is needed.” Our school community is tasked with preparing students for an incredibly challenging future. To do that, we MUST respond collaboratively to the challenges of the moment. Each day, we must work together to get a little bit better. We will. Go Warriors!

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    Take Care and Stay Well!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




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    12/7/20

     

    GAHS Students and Families - 

     

    I am hoping this communication finds you healthy and well. Wellness continues to be the priority mission of the moment. Unfortunately, the struggle against the Covid-19 pandemic continues to make many aspects of our daily lives more challenging. At Gettysburg Area High School, we continue to respond to that challenge by focusing on our circle of control. Our school’s safety plan and the efforts by everyone involved to execute this plan have given us the opportunity to keep our school doors open throughout the fall. With the exception of a couple of days in mid-September when we closed the building, our hybrid model of learning has provided us with a consistent and sustainable pattern for learning. Students have been able to benefit from face to face instruction while also being offered remote learning opportunities.

     

    Remote learning requires discipline and drive but also a willingness to ask for help. As students practice self-regulation and time management, they must also practice self-advocacy and communication when help is needed. This is nothing new… just another reminder to students to keep trying hard. Please remember that teachers have scheduled office hours during the week. Take the time to connect with your teachers and work together to formulate a support plan that works for you. We also offer assistance after school each (Monday to Thursday) day in the library from 2:35 to 4:05 PM. Sign up HERE. Transportation home is provided! 

     

    With a few weeks until our winter break, please do your best to help our school community to stay healthy. We are hoping that folks make positive decisions outside of school, so we can operate more safely within the school. When students are feeling ill, they should stay at home. Students coming to school MUST continue to practice proper face covering as described by the PA Department of Health, making sure to cover the mouth and nose. Proper hygiene and appropriate spacing are critical too. We all need to work on this together so we can continue to maximize as many educational opportunities as possible. 

     

    Gettysburg Area High School will continue to offer every possible opportunity, as long as we can continue to do so with reasonable safety. On Thanksgiving, a beautiful sky over our building reminded us of all the good that we should be grateful for.

     

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    As we approach another holiday season, remember that the best gifts are free. Spread kindness and joy. Give and forgive. Offer respect and appreciation. Treat everyone around you well… and wellness will continue to flow, despite the pandemic. 

     

    Please read the “Specific Updates and Upcoming Events” section below for IMPORTANT information about some future events and happenings. This includes important information involving some schedule changes

     

    Please take care throughout the final few weeks of 2020. Make positive choices and be safe! That would be a great gift for our school community! Stay well!

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     


    GAHS - Specific Updates and Upcoming Events 


    Remote Friday Change for 12/18

     

    • ALL GAHS Students will have a remote learning day on Friday 12/18 with only asynchronous learning assignments. Teachers will NOT be connecting “LIVE” with students on 12/18 as they will be involved in professional development activities. Students should complete the Remote Check-in on the Warrior Way Canvas Course and complete all assigned work from teachers (on Canvas)

     

    Keystone Exams - 

     

    • The high school will be going ALL REMOTE on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20.  This schedule change is due to our Keystone Testing.  Students scheduled to take a Keystone exam WILL attend school to complete the exams.  These families will be contacted as to what days to attend via email. Students will also be notified by their teachers. Students without a Keystone class should check-in on the Warrior Way course and visit all their other course Canvas pages to finish out the semester. If your student attends more than two days a week, please contact your students case manager if you have questions regarding these special testing days. 
    • The second semester will begin on Thursday, January 21. B schedule students will attend in-person, A schedule students and GASD Online students will be remote.
    • Friday, January 22 will be an in-person day for A schedule students.  B schedule students and GASD Online students will be remote.  *Please note, this is a change from our regular Friday “all remote” schedule.  Remote Fridays will begin January 29 for the second semester. 

     

    Attendance Sign-In Procedure Reminder - 

     

    • STUDENTS need to check-in on the Warrior Way Course on CANVAS for attendance by 3:05 PM. Students will be asked to do this EACH day, and it will serve as attendance for REMOTE days. Students are also expected to complete assigned tasks to be in attendance. 

     

     

    Attendance Notes (Excuses) - 

    • Parents/Guardians should provide an excuse when a student is unable to attend school (physically or remotely) as expected. It is preferred that these notes are submitted electronically through Skyward when possible. Here is a LINK to directions for this process. 

     

    Supplies/Materials for GASD Online Learners - 

    • Please remember that you are able to pick up supplies and/or materials provided by teachers for online learners on FRIDAYS.

     

    Events - 

    • 12/18 - Asynchronous Remote Learning for Students - NO ZOOM SCHEDULE
    • 12/23 to 1/3 - Winter Break *School resumes on Monday, January 4
    • 1/19 and 1/20 - Keystone Exams (Remote learning for students not taking Keystones)
    • 1/21 - B-Schedule
    • 1/22 - A-Schedule

     

     




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    11/9/20

    GAHS Families - 

    Friendly REMINDER, if you are interested...

    #BeInvolved

    While Canvas is a learning management tool for teachers to facilitate student learning, it can sometimes be helpful for parents to have an awareness of the system. We would like to invite interested parents to join us in taking a look at Canvas. We will offer a Face to Face session on Tuesday 11/10 from 6-7 PM and a virtual session on Thursday 11/12 Please see details below (invitational flyer attached). If you are interested, please RSVP HERE so we can safely manage numbers.

     

     

    Take care, and stay well!!!

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




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    11/3/20

    GAHS Families - 

     

    #BeHere

    Our school community is thankful to remain open and largely healthy heading into November. Students have generally done well in helping to maintain healthy habits throughout the building. As we ventured into the second term of the school year, we continue to approach each day with a mindset focused on growth. While our students have generally completed single-term courses, and we have passed the midpoint of our first semester, there is plenty of learning to do throughout the remainder of the semester. To this point, students and teachers have made huge gains in their progress to mastery of the usage of the Canvas learning management system. As I said two weeks ago, we must continue to work together as a school community. Students need to advocate and communicate with their teachers. Parents are also encouraged to reach out to teachers whenever the need arises. We will communicate with you in the form of first semester progress reports by the end of next week. Progress reports will be uploaded to Skyward Family Access by the end of next week. In the meantime, students should proactively reach out to teachers about possible opportunities to make up missed assignments and continue learning. 

     

    #BeInvolved

    While Canvas is a learning management tool for teachers to facilitate student learning, it can sometimes be helpful for parents to have an awareness of the system. We would like to invite interested parents to join us in taking a look at Canvas. We will offer a Face to Face session on Tuesday 11/10 from 6-7 PM and a virtual session on Thursday 11/12 Please see details below (invitational flyer attached). If you are interested, please RSVP HERE so we can safely manage numbers.

     

    #BeCommitted

    There is no way to avoid the general rule that success is the product of hard work. Students will need to stay committed and dedicated to their studies to earn high marks in their coursework. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the support that is available from teachers every day. All teachers are ready and willing to make time for willing students. Students are encouraged to demonstrate commitment to their own success by advocating for their own needs. Ask for help! This is an important life skill!!

     

    Additionally, Monday through Thursday, we offer after-school support in the library to ANY student (on any schedule) from 2:35 to 4:05. Several teachers are available to provide specific content tutoring or general support. Students should sign up in advance on this FORM. Transportation home is provided for students who need it. 

     

    NEW! - For any student in need of MATH support… Mrs. Bennett (GAHS Math Teacher) is offering remote assistance on Wednesday evenings (6 PM) or by appointment. Sign up and schedule on this FORM

     

    #BeKind

    Always remember that we are all WARRIORS. We are all in the midst of incredibly challenging times. We control our response to the challenges of the moment. Our school community must work together to make the best of each day. If we start with KINDNESS in all that we do, challenging days become better days. 

     

    Take care, and stay well!!!

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    GAHS - Specific Updates and Upcoming Events 


     

    Attendance Sign-In Procedure Reminder - 

     

    • STUDENTS need to check-in on the Warrior Way Course on CANVAS for attendance by 3:05 PM. Students will be asked to do this EACH day, and it will serve as attendance for REMOTE days. Students are also expected to complete assigned tasks to be in attendance. 

     

     

    Attendance Notes (Excuses) - 

    • Parents/Guardians should provide an excuse when a student is unable to attend school (physically or remotely) as expected. It is preferred that these notes are submitted electronically through Skyward when possible. Here is a LINK to directions for this process. 

     

    Supplies/Materials for GASD Online Learners - 

    • Please remember that you are able to pick up supplies and/or materials provided by teachers for online learners on FRIDAYS.

     

    Events - 

    • Nov 5 - Early Dismissal (11 AM)
    • Nov 5 - Giving Spree (GAHS Parking Lot)
    • Nov 6 - NO SCHOOL for GAHS students
    • Nov 6 and 7 - Fall Play - William Shakespeare’s Haunted House - 7 PM showtimes - Outside performances in front of GAHS
      • MASKS are required for all. Please be mindful of keeping a safe distance from others throughout the performance, for the wellness of our school community. 
    • Next Week - We will facilitate a Safety and Security Drill. We will review the concepts of the Run/Hide/Fight response model. 
    • By Nov 13 - First Semester Progress Reports uploaded to Skyward Family Access
    • Nov 25 to Nov 30 - Thanksgiving Break

     

     

     




    WarriorWay

    10/17/20

     

    GAHS Families - 

     

    It was great to see and feel some HOCO spirit around the building this past week. You may have seen a number of festive photos being shared around the “Twitterverse” this past week. While we obviously had to pass on a dance with hundreds of students this year, we DO look forward to crowning a 2020 Homecoming King and Queen this evening at the football game. We are thankful to continue athletic competitions and other outdoor activities. Our athletes in all sports have worked incredibly hard since the summer months, and our teams have had a lot of success throughout the fall season.

     

    We look forward to some other outdoor events in the upcoming weeks, such as our music concerts and our fall play. See the list of events at the end of this email for more information. We are incredibly proud of the amazing artistic talent in our student body. Consider coming out to support these musicians and performers. Remember to wear a mask and keep your space from others! We all appreciate your efforts to keep our community safe and our schools open. 

     

    We continue to be proud of our students and their respectful cooperation with our safety measures in school. As a whole, our students have done a great job exhibiting behaviors that have allowed us to stay safe and stay open. Our goal is to keep our students and families safe while we continue to offer as many opportunities as we reasonably can. 

     

    We are happy to announce an opportunity to help our students in the form of after-school support. Starting on Monday 10/19/20, we are welcoming ALL students to access help from teachers after school. Monday through Thursday, we will offer assistance to students from 2:35 PM to 4:05 PM in the library and/or cafeteria (depending on the number of students). Students can get assistance with general remote learning skills (Canvas navigation, organization/prioritization, communication, etc) or specific content tutoring. Students are welcome ANY day, regardless of their scheduled face to face day. We will utilize two buses each day to provide FREE transportation home for those students who need it. Students will also be able to access help remotely. Details of this process will be communicated to students via Canvas. 

     

    Students planning to access after-school support should utilize this LINK to schedule a session EACH day they plan to stay after school 

     

    It goes without saying that it’s been a challenging fall for EVERYONE. As far as schooling at GAHS, we have seen evidence that teachers and students are becoming more comfortable with the hybrid format and the systems utilized to facilitate learning. Everyone involved will continue to improve with patience and perseverance. As a school community, we must continue to work together as a team. We encourage all students to advocate and communicate with their teachers when the need arises. Students needing extra support should consider taking advantage of the after-school program discussed above. Together, we can work for success!

     

    Take care, and stay well!!!

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    GAHS - Specific Updates and Upcoming Events 


     

    Attendance Sign-In Procedure Reminder - 

     

    • STUDENTS need to check-in on the Warrior Way Course on CANVAS for attendance by 3:05 PM. Students will be asked to do this EACH day, and it will serve as attendance for REMOTE days. Students are also expected to complete assigned tasks to be in attendance. 

     

     

    Attendance Notes (Excuses) - 

    • Parents/Guardians should provide an excuse when a student is unable to attend school (physically or remotely) as expected. It is preferred that these notes are submitted electronically through Skyward when possible. Here is a LINK to directions for this process. 

     

    Supplies/Materials for GASD Online Learners - 

    • Please remember that you are able to pick up supplies and/or materials provided by teachers for online learners on FRIDAYS.

     

    Events - 

    • Oct 12-17 - Homecoming Spirit Week
    • Oct 25 - Music Department Concert - 3 PM - Outside performances in front of GAHS
    • Oct 27 - End of First Academic Quarter
    • Nov 3 and 4 - Picture Makeup Day
    • Nov 5 - Early Dismissal (11 AM)
    • Nov 5 - Giving Spree (GAHS Parking Lot)
    • Nov 6 and 7 - Fall Play - William Shakespeare’s Haunted House - 7 PM showtimes - Outside performances in front of GAHS
    • Nov 25 to Nov 30 - Thanksgiving Break



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    10/2/20

     

    GAHS Families - 

     

    It’s October. We have crossed the midpoint of our first academic quarter. Beautiful fall weather has made for some enjoyable days. Unfortunately, this may be just one more contributing factor resulting in too many students opting out of school work. The thing about schoolwork is that it feels a lot like... work. So we will continue working for better solutions together. 

     

    NEW - STUDENTS need to check-in on CANVAS for attendance by 3:05 PM. Students will be asked to do this EACH day, and it will serve as attendance for REMOTE days. *Students will see a daily assignment on their to do list and as well as on their calendar for this daily task. This will flow to ALL students through our Warrior Way course. 

     

    STUDENTS need to do the SCHOOL WORK to succeed in SCHOOL!

    • Know the plan! - Students must check all CANVAS courses each day. 
    • Dedicate your time! - Student success will require a focused commitment to school EVERY day.  Prepare to INVEST all the necessary time. 
      • Students should avoid scheduling too many hours at WORK… the investment in SCHOOL will pay you MORE down the road!
    • Put in the effort! - Worthwhile results require hard work from students!
    • Advocate! - Students must use their VOICE. It’s critical for students to use all modes of communication with teachers to achieve positive results!

     

    A few more thoughts about the moment...

     

    For far too long, the “industrial model” of education led to classrooms in which passive students sat and absorbed information fed to them by teachers. This is sometimes referred to as “sit and get.” There’s a time and place for lecture, verbal explanations, and completely direct instruction. However, these times and places should be the exception and not the rule. More often than not, teachers need to be the facilitators of learning, the creators of learning experiences. Teachers guide and monitor and coach students fluidly. Our students are the ones who need to be active learners. 

     

    The reality of the world, with the pace of change and the competitive nature of labor markets, requires active participation. Our learners, these future players in a highly competitive economy, must recognize the importance of practicing the skills that will one day be assets in the game of life. There will be both challenges and opportunities waiting ahead. 

     

    This is not a “Covid-thing.” It’s simply a thing that Covid has helped to expose with its impact on educational formatting and delivery. In the midst of a difficult situation, a light has been cast upon a field of opportunity for growth. It’s a critical time in which students must approach these opportunities with a warrior mentality. Challenging times offer opportunities for invaluable lessons to be learned. Success will come with grit, perseverance, and hard work. We will need to continue working together as a school community to make the most of the opportunities in front of us! 

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




    GAHS - Specific Updates and Upcoming Events 


    Attendance Notes (Excuses) - 

    • Parents/Guardians should provide an excuse when a student is unable to attend school (physically or remotely) as expected. It is preferred that these notes are submitted electronically through Skyward when possible. Here is a LINK to directions for this process. 

     

    Supplies/Materials for GASD Online Learners - 

    • Please remember that you are able to pick up supplies and/or materials provided by teachers for online learners on FRIDAYS.

     

    Events - 

    • Oct 9 - No School for Students - Professional Development for Teachers
    • Oct 14 - PSATs for “A Schedule” 11th Graders * “B Schedule” 11th Graders PSAT’s in January
    • Oct 12-17 - Homecoming Spirit Week
    • Oct 25 - Music Department Concert - 3 PM - Outside performances in front of GAHS
    • Oct 27 - End of First Academic Quarter
    • Nov 3 and 4 - Picture Makeup Day
    • Nov 5 - Early Dismissal (11 AM)
    • Nov 5 - Giving Spree (GAHS Parking Lot)
    • Nov 6 and 7 - Fall Play - William Shakespeare’s Haunted House - 7 PM showtimes - Outside performances in front of GAHS
    • Nov 25 to Nov 30 - Thanksgiving Break



     

    Warrior Way

    9/18/20

     

    GAHS Families - 

     

    “It was a sunny day.” You may or may not understand why I’m starting with that. It’s a line I borrow on occasion from a former student… and there’s a story that goes along with it.

     

    It’s actually rather beautiful out, and I hope you are all finding a way to enjoy it. I also hope that it was a good day of learning for our high school students. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the message I posted late last night, “Our building may not be open on Friday, but there are open opportunities to learn!!! We’ve gotta stay positive and we’ve gotta keep learning like Warriors! Stay motivated! Stay engaged! And work to get better each day!!! Hoping to be back in GAHS on 9/23! #GoWarriors.”

     

    Monday and Tuesday need to be meaningful learning days as well. Teachers will outline plans in Canvas as they offer a wide variety of learning experiences. Students must remain attentive and communicate with their teachers through Canvas, zoom, email, or whatever means necessary. Make the most of the opportunities in front of you, and do not be afraid to create your own. Most importantly, ASK when you have questions. 

     

    One important item to note is that we are offering breakfasts and lunches at the high school on Monday from 9-10 AM. Students will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. Best yet, it’s free. Just drive right up to the front of the school, stay in your vehicle, and the food will be delivered to you. 

     

    We hope to be back in the building on Wednesday. Despite this shutdown, I am confident in the model we have created at the high school. Our students and staff have truly worked hard to be safe at school. We must remain diligent and dedicated to practices that should allow us the best chance of staying open. Masks, space, and hygiene are proven to be effective in creating an environment of sustainable safety. While we cannot control the world beyond our school, we will continue to work hard to be responsible in all that we are asked to do for our students and our school community. 

     

    I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Be ready to learn on Monday! 

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     




     

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    9/10/20

     

    GAHS Families - 

     

    We continue to make progress in terms of settling into the 2020-2021 school year. With each passing day, we feel grateful to #BeHere, working together to grow and achieve. Our students in the building have generally done a great job of helping to promote safe practices. We will need to continue to focus on doing what it takes to keep the doors of Gettysburg Area High School open. This will require an ongoing effort by everyone involved in our school community.

     

    Our team of educators is working hard to connect with ALL learners each and every day. Last week, our efforts centered on building relationships, establishing norms, and getting oriented to our systems and platforms (Canvas). This week, academic content is beginning to flow. While it’s understood that it will take time for all of us to adjust to the differences in the 2020-2021 school year, we all need to #BeInvolved with promoting the mindset that “a school day is a school day.” This is true whether a student is in the building or learning remotely. We have plenty of learning to do this school year. Every day counts. 

     

    Now is the time for students to #BeCommitted to their own path. No pathway is without challenges and obstacles. It will sometimes be tempting for our fully remote learners (GASD Online) to wish for some of the experiences that are more easily created in a “brick and mortar” school building. At the same time, there will be students within our hybrid model that will sometimes rather stay at home than attend as assigned on a face-to-face day. It’s important for ALL of our students to settle into a mindset and routine within their chosen plan that creates a pathway to success.  At this point, we hope everyone is locked in on a plan that works best for them. Our school staff is here to guide and support, but our learners must seize the reigns of their own educational plan. Our goal is to empower learners and mold Warriors who are capable of accomplishing their own goals.  

     

    Lastly, we must continue to #BeKind. We were reminded in recent days of our collective need to promote positive interactions (both in-person and electronically) between people throughout our school community. It was brought to our attention that students may be sharing a viral video posted by a military veteran that contains tragically violent content (self-harm). Disturbing content of videos and other such materials can lead to undue stress and elicit emotions that are difficult to manage without support. As always, we are here to help. Students are always welcome to contact their school counselors whenever it’s necessary to schedule a time to talk. We are fortunate to have a school full of caring adults… a constant in a world of uncertainty. 

     

    Thank you again for supporting our students and partnering with us. 

     

    #BeHere, #BeInvolved, #BeCommitted, #BeKind - #WarriorWay

     

    Go Warriors!

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     


    GAHS - Specific Updates and Upcoming Events 


     

    ATTENDANCE - 

    GASD Online Learners:

    • Students in 9-12 will use the learning platform Canvas for their learning experiences.  

    They will:

      • Check in with their grade-level adviser through Canvas either in the morning (7:05 to 7:35 AM) OR the afternoon (2:35 to 3:05 PM). These advisors can serve as liaisons to the school for our online learners. 
      • Participate in all courses each day Monday through Friday for a minimum of 4 hours (240 minutes) each 24 hour period M-F (12:00 am - 11:59 pm)
      • Complete a variety of asynchronous learning activities  -such as, but not limited to - discussion posts, assignments, assessments, other online or offline activities
      • Participate in synchronous sessions as scheduled by individual teachers or requested by students
      • Check Canvas daily and reply to teacher communications within 24 hours (M-F)
      • Communicate questions or concerns with the teacher via Canvas Inbox or Gmail (if using Gmail, check for responses daily).
        • Students may be marked absent for failing to complete the daily assigned tasks outlined above. 

    Hybrid Learners:

    • Students in 9-12 are expected to be physically present for all scheduled courses on assigned face-to-face learning days. Students will use the learning platform Canvas for their learning experiences on remote learning days.  
      • Attendance will be taken each class period to account for students scheduled for face-to-face learning. 
      • Students will check in daily and complete assigned tasks on Canvas in a timely manner, as directed by the teacher. 
        • Students may be marked absent for failing to complete the daily assigned tasks on remote learning days. 

    ALL Learners:

    • All students in 9-12 (both Hybrid and GASD Online) are expected to be in attendance on Friday(s). This will start with a check-in on CANVAS for each course. While Zoom may be the preferred method, attendance may also include a discussion board or a similar element. The following schedule will be used on Friday(s).
          • Mod 1-8:30-9:00
          • Mod 2-9:15-9:45
          • Mod 3-10:00-10:30
          • Mod 4-10:45-11:15
          • Mod 5-11:30-12:00

    Attendance Notes (Excuses) - 

    Parents/Guardians should provide an excuse when a student is unable to attend school (physically or remotely) as expected. It is preferred that these notes are submitted electronically through Skyward when possible. Here is a LINK to directions for this process. 

     

    Supplies/Materials for GASD Online Learners - 

    Please remember that you are able to pick up supplies and/or materials provided by teachers for online learners on FRIDAYS. This will include Picture Day forms this Friday. 

     

    School Picture Day(s) - 

    School pictures are scheduled for September 16 and 17. Picture forms are being sent home with/for students throughout this week. GASD Online learners are welcome to come in for pictures. All questions about school pictures should be sent to Brenda McDannell at bmcdannell@gasd-pa.org. Please know that safety will continue to be a top priority as we facilitate school pictures. 

     

    Here’s the LINK to our website, with information on SENIOR portraits. 

     

    Meet the Teachers of GAHS - 

    In lieu of the traditional “Back to School” night that is typically scheduled near the beginning of each school year, you should expect to see “Meet the Teacher” videos from your student’s teachers. You will receive an introductory message on Monday (9/14) from the GAHS administration. We will outline our goals for the school year. This building message will be followed by teacher messages, arriving in your inbox between 9/15 and 9/17. It will be critical for parents/guardians to forge a solid working relationship with teachers to help maximize the success of students. Communication is key. #BeInvolved

     

    Parent/Teacher Conferences - 

    Parents are invited to schedule conferences with teachers. Conferences are scheduled for September 29 from 3-6:30 PM. Sign-ups will begin next week via the high school webpage (Quick Links). Conferences will be conducted virtually via Zoom. 

     

     




    Warrior Way

    8/29/20

     

    GAHS Families – 

     

    Here’s a link to a quick back to school video message from Mr. Lusk… LINK 

     

    The Gettysburg Area High School staff is looking forward to the start of school!! We are excited for Monday!! It has been an extremely busy summer, and the pace intensified dramatically in recent weeks. We have tried to work with families, as many have tried to settle in on an educational placement that works best for them, considering many variables. There have been a lot of changes, leading to a chain reaction of system(s) updates. We will continue to make sure that everything aligns correctly for students and families throughout the week. 

     

    The first week is intentionally designed to build connections, develop essential skills, introduce building procedures (hybrid schedules), orient online learners to new processes that will continue to evolve and improve, and introduce Canvas to all learners. Most specific course content will kick off on Friday. If there are technical issues, scheduling issues, or ANY kind of issue, we will be working toward solutions all week (and beyond). Communicate any troubles as needed, and we will figure it out.

     

    Here are specific notes and reminders…

     

    Student/Staff Safety -

    • An important message was sent out from GASD on Thursday related to SAFETY and WELLNESS. Here’s a LINK to a PDF copy of that message. 
      • To stay SAFE means to stay OPEN! And that’s what we WANT for the WARRIOR community!

     

    Student Arrival

    • Bus riders should enter at the main entrance and report directly to Mod 1. Try to look at your schedule in advance. 
      • Feel free to pick up a Grab-N-Go breakfast before reporting to Mod 1.
    • Students getting dropped off should enter at either end of the building (gym or auditorium). Drivers should utilize driveway circles. Please drive safely. 
    • Student drivers can park in the lot closest to the auditorium, the empty stone lot, or the center lot that is farthest from the building. 
      • Parking tag registration can be done via the high school website. Here’s the LINK
        • Payment is not needed in advance for parking tags. Billing will come at a later date (not to exceed $20 for the school year). 
        • Parking tag enforcement will not begin until after the first two weeks of school. 



    Reminders for Connecting on Monday

    • Copy of message to A-Schedule Students/Families sent Thursday… LINK
    • Copy of message to B-Schedule Students/Families sent Thursday… LINK
    • Copy of message to GASD Online Students/Families sent Thursday… LINK

     

    Technology Issues? -



    Let’s work together for a positive start on Monday! If we continue to work together, we can make this a GREAT year for the Gettysburg Area High School Community! Let’s be mindful and #BeSafe, and let’s always remember what we are about...

     

    #BeHere, #BeInvolved, #BeCommitted, #BeKind - #WarriorWay

     

    Go Warriors!

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School