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    3/29/21

    GAHS Families - 

    3rd Quarter Grading Timelines

    The 3rd quarter comes to a close tomorrow. It is incredibly important that we finish the quarter well and maintain our academic focus throughout the spring. We want to make the most of your final marking period of 2020-2021.

    Skyward Family Access should give students and families an accurate picture of course progress to date. Teachers have been asked to have second-semester course grades as up-to-date as possible by Thursday 4/1/21. Third-term courses that are concluding tomorrow will have finalized grades by 4/15/21. Progress reports will then be uploaded to Skyward for 4/16/21, including these final grades for these term courses. 

    Planning for the Future

    Inevitably, April will fly by, and the month of May will be filled with many school events and a busy assessment schedule (AP testing, NOCTI testing, Keystone exams, final course projects/assessments). In the midst of ending one school year, we will be planning for the year ahead...

    For all of our underclassmen, it’s critical that you communicate with your school counselor in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year. We are all looking forward to operating in a way that looks and feels better than what we’ve experienced this past year. That’s exciting!!! Our school counselors have been working to connect with students (both face to face and virtually) over the past few months. If you haven’t been able to connect with your counselor, please contact them NOW! Students, ask your counselor all the questions you have about what’s needed to prepare your schedule to access all the great opportunities that match your interests and goals. It’s our goal to help propel you in the direction of future success.

    To this end, last week, we met with 10th graders to discuss future opportunities. The staff from Adams County Technical Institute (ACTI) discussed their program offerings, and students had the chance to ask questions to individual program instructors. This was followed by  an introduction to a well-designed and comprehensive virtual career fair. Sophomores will have several weeks to explore information from area employers and educational institutions. Families should take the time to engage these students in conversation about the career fair… ask to check it out through the Canvas module on the WarriorWay course. We will be following up with 10th graders on April 12 and 13.

    GAHS Renovation

    Our building renovation project is about to hit another gear. Contractors will soon be working in the now-vacated library and a few other places in the building, as part of Pre-Phase 1. Once summer arrives, the Phase 1 work will be focused on our main classroom area in the “B Section” of our building. In advance of that work, students will begin to notice the realities of what it takes to overhaul an HVAC system and sprinkler system. We will all do our best to maintain a positive educational climate throughout the process, and safety and security will remain top priorities. We will soon create a dedicated area on our website to communicate project updates.

    Warrior Way

    It has been a challenging school year thus far, and we have plenty of hard work ahead. We will continue to encourage students to seize the opportunities in front of them. In preparation for the dynamic world that awaits them, students must continually strive to grow and learn, access available resources, ask questions and advocate for themselves. 

    We also need to work together as a school community to stay healthy and keep opportunities flowing for these kids throughout the home stretch of this school year. Everyone is anxious for better days. Nonetheless, this pandemic remains infectious. We have seen an increase in local Covid cases recently. We must continue to be mindful and vigilant so we can keep classrooms open… play our games and run our races… create our art… make our music… as well as socialize and celebrate without causing harm. We can do this. #WarriorWay

     

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




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    3/20/21

    GAHS Seniors and Families -

    Before we know it, we will be beyond March. The 3rd quarter wraps up on 3/30/21, and it’s incredibly important that we finish the quarter well and maintain our academic focus throughout the spring. We want to make the most of your final marking period at Gettysburg Area High School.

    Since the last update message, there has been plenty of input and conversation from many students and supporters of the Class of 2021 about the best way to celebrate commencement. Folks have voiced support for different types of formats. Please know that we will allow the voices of our senior class to guide the direction of the ceremony meant to honor their achievements. We will continue to engage the leaders of the class in the weeks ahead as we assess what’s best. Commencement day will surely be a day that is a fitting tribute to the accomplishments of our seniors, and any ceremony we design will be done so with care. We will continue to communicate with you as our plans evolve in the weeks ahead. Thank you for your trust in that process. In the meantime, let’s all hope to be blessed with a “sunny day” on May 28. These kids deserve some sunshine, and so do you.

    Also, please make note of the following important reminders and updates…

    Dollars for Scholars

     

    • DOWN TO THE WIRE - Complete your Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars application now! Dollars for Scholars can help ALL students, not just those who are college-bound.
      • Applications are DUE April 1
        • The Dollars for Scholars Awards Ceremony will be scheduled for May 19 at 7 PM.
          • Recipients will receive invitations. 
          • Format TBD

     

    SHAARA FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

    • For a number of years now, author Jeff Shaara has offered a scholarship opportunity to students able to express their connection to our history. This opportunity is for ANYONE. Recent events have reminded many of us that we are part of history in the making. Some of these unprecedented events have had a dramatic effect on your senior year at GAHS. You can write about YOUR connection to HISTORY. It's YOUR STORY. This particular story could potentially be worth $1000!
    • Jeff is the son of Michael Shaara, author of Killer Angels. Jeff used the same talents found in his father’s “pen” to author Gods and Generals and MANY other works of historical fiction. 
    • This local New York Times best-selling author invites YOU to write a brief essay which expresses a love of history, combined with some personal experience that relates to ONE of the following (take your pick):
    1. Recognition of the value of living in a town as historical as Gettysburg.
    2. A personal experience that relates to a historical event.
    3. A particular passion for one era or one event in history. 
    • Regardless of your choice of topic, he is looking for your ability to express yourself with a notable talent for writing. 
    • The goal is to reward students who have both a love for the subject, and the ability to craft a good story. 
    • If you are interested in competing for this opportunity, please submit your essay (by email) to both jlusk@gasd-pa.org and chaines@gasd-pa.org
    • The history department and Mr. Lusk will review the submissions and forward several (approximately 5) of the best essays to Mr. Shaara. His family will select a deserving recipient of the scholarship. The essays are presented to him anonymously. 
    • Essays MUST be submitted to Mr. Lusk and Mr. Haines by 3 PM on April 23. Late submission will NOT be considered.

     

    Yearbook recognition ads

    These “ads” are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. In addition, revenues from recognition ads help our school to create a better yearbook. To purchase your ad online, follow the instructions on the form below. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. Please take into account our school's ad content guidelines on the bottom of this form during the creation of your ad online. All ad orders must be placed online by WEDNESDAY, 3/24/2021. *FINAL deadline **See Attached PDF

    • Yearbooks - Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook - LINK

     

    Seniors Awards and Decision Day Celebration -

    • We will recognize SENIORS with a variety of awards that honor their high school achievements and also celebrate their future endeavors with this “Decision Day” event.
      • Tentatively scheduled for May 26 in the high school auditorium. 
      • Tentatively planned to be live-streamed for anyone (outside of the Class of 2021) to enjoy. 

     

    Senior Picnic

    • Health guidelines and sense do not align with traditional prom formats.
    • We DO want to create an enjoyable and safe social gathering for our senior class to come together. 
    • This SENIOR social will include food, games, prizes, and music!
      • Tentatively scheduled for May 27 at GAHS

     

    Commencement Ceremony

    • Scheduled for May 28

     

    We look forward to enjoying the final few months with the Class of 2021! 

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

    Go Warriors!

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




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    3/1/21

    GAHS Seniors and Families - 

    The Class of 2021 has had quite the ride since last March. There have been opportunities lost and perspectives gained. There has indeed been heartache and pain. This class has demonstrated grit and perseverance. These seniors have faced the many challenges that have come their way as Warriors. For that, we are all very proud.

    Challenges remain as communities everywhere struggle with the appropriate approach and pace to take on the road back to unrestricted social interactions… “normalcy.” We are all better able to appreciate normal after navigating the impacts of a global pandemic. However, Warriors should always strive beyond normal... for better. Over the past year, through one challenging day after another, we have witnessed the Class of 2021 grow stronger and better. We will look to celebrate that success throughout the remainder of this school year. 

    After meeting with senior student council members and seeking input from a variety of sources within the school community we have established the following plan…

    Events for the Class of 2021

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    • There is one more informational session hosted by the good folks from DFS over Zoom on March 15 at 7 PM. They will coach students on tips for a great application & essay and end with a Q&A session where specific questions can be addressed.
      • Please RSVP with this link -  https://forms.gle/QbNj91UkojNLwdHh7  
      • Don't miss out on an opportunity to potentially access thousands of dollars to help you succeed in the future. They are willing to help you!!!
    • Applications are DUE April 1
    • The Dollars for Scholars Awards Ceremony will be scheduled for May 19 at 7 PM.
      • Recipients will receive invitations. 
      • Format TBD

    Seniors Awards and Decision Day Celebration - 

    • Two years ago, we started the tradition of a “Decision Day” celebration for our seniors. Our entire student body would attend. This year, we would like ALL of our seniors to come together as a class for this event. We will recognize seniors with a variety of awards that honor their high school achievements, and we will acknowledge their next step on their life’s path… whether it’s college, trade/technical school, military service, or the world of work.  
      • Tentatively scheduled for May 26 
      • Tentatively planned to be live-streamed.

    Senior Picnic - 

    • Restrictions and sense do not align with traditional prom formats.
    • We DO want to create an enjoyable and safe social gathering for our senior class to come together. 
    • We hope to organize an outside social with food, games, prizes, and music!
      • Tentatively scheduled for May 27

    Parade of Warriors - 

    • Graduation is meant to be a celebration of the accomplishments of graduates from the Class of 2021
    • Commencement is scheduled for the afternoon of May 28 (rain date of May 29)
    • Our format for this event was received last year with great joy for MANY reasons... 
      • Families can include nearly as many members as they please in the celebration.
      • Students can receive their diploma on stage at the “doorstep” to Gettysburg Area High School.
      • As students proceed onto the stage as their name is announced, family members can cheer them on and take pictures from only a few yards away. 
      • Plus… students can decorate their hats, families can decorate their cars, professional photographs are available, and more…
        • This event will be live-streamed.
    • A Virtual Commencement Celebration, including speeches from administrators and students, as well as a graduate montage, will be released for family viewing parties to enjoy at 7 PM. 
      • Reminder - Seniors must attend to obligations prior to receiving their diploma. Check Skyward for details. 

    The Class of 2021 will certainly be a class worth celebrating throughout the remainder of this school year and beyond. Our school community is confident that these incredible Warriors will continue to make positive impacts on the world around them, relying on the lessons of yesterday and today to make a better tomorrow… #GoWarriors!!!

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School




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    3/1/21

    GAHS Families - 

    Spring will come. The days ahead will become healthier. And we will create success for our school community as we continue to work together Achieving success requires us to remain focused on our established values. 

    #BeHere - 

    Some families were able to connect with teachers during conferences earlier in the week for a “status check” that involved some honest reflection and discussion about strategies and supports that can improve the general state of things... 

    For those parents who may have missed conferences, please keep in mind that you are always welcome to contact teachers for an update. We will #BeHere to work with you…

    #BeInvolved - 

    Let’s keep it simple… Here’s a list of dates to keep on your “near-term” radar…

     

    • 3/5 -  This is a ½ day for GASD students. Any students coming to the high school this Friday will be dismissed at 11 AM. GAHS will not have synchronous Zoom sessions this day. All learning will be asynchronous. Students should sign in on Canvas (WarriorWay page) and contact individual teachers for support as needed. 
    • 3/8 - Spring Sports Season begins

     

    • 3/19 - NO SCHOOL for students or teachers
    • 3/30 - End of the 3rd Quarter/Term

    Throughout the month of March, we need everyone to #BeInvolved in the process of creating solutions. At this point in the year, it’s time to use the lessons we’ve learned from a year of challenges as we strategize and collaborate to grow and achieve. 

    #BeCommitted - 

    Focus on one day at a time, making the most of each one. It will surely be a busy spring. We look forward to starting an assortment of spring sports and a variety of other activities. It will be good to get outside and into some fresh air! 

    Speaking of air, we are nearly ready to begin a major building renovation at the high school. Our air systems (HVAC), sprinkler systems, and lighting will be replaced. These upgrades should demonstrate to students that our community will always #BeCommitted to providing a top-tier learning environment focused on health and safety. We have a wonderful school building, and this renovation will ensure that it remains so for decades to come. 

    After many months of planning and preparation, renovations will begin in our library and few other areas April 1. Our main classroom area (B-wing) and school kitchen will be the focus over the summer months, with work beginning immediately after the students’ school calendar concludes. 

    These upgrades will require a lot of cooperation and teamwork from our entire school community. 

    #BeKind - 

    This has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years that our community has known. There are many challenges ahead. There are good days ahead too. Let’s be intentional about making them so. #BeKind

    #BeHere   #BeInvolved   #BeCommitted   #BeKind   -   #WarriorWay

     #GoWarriors

     

    Jeremy Lusk

    Principal

    Gettysburg Area High School

     

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    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. 

     

    Yearbooks - Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook - LINK




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    2/5/21

    GAHS Families - 

    We are now beyond the midpoint of the 2020-2021 school year. Coming out of the winter break, we felt fortunate to be able to keep our high school open for in-person learning. We are always thankful to #BeHere. We were able to close out the first semester, complete our Keystone Exam sessions, administer PSAT’s to interested students, conduct NOCTI pre-tests, and much more. This week, our instructional staff finalized first semester grades in Skyward. We had hoped to publish and print report cards today, but we will wait until Monday in order to include grades that are coming in from the Gettysburg Area Virtual Academy (GAVA). We will send a notification when report cards are available through Skyward Family Access, and you can expect report card mailings to come out early next week. 

    Now that the second semester is underway, it’s important to remember that we must work together as a school community to #BeInvolved in supporting our students' success. As a staff, we will continually work to improve how we meet the many needs of our students. We ask that you continue to communicate with your students’ teachers about academic progress.  Also remember that there are many opportunities for additional support. Students are welcome to access after-school tutoring Monday through Thursday. Additionally, teachers are more than willing to connect with individual students during office hours or by appointment. Also, mark your calendar - Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for the afternoon/evening of 2/23/21. Sign-ups will be available on the GAHS website starting next Tuesday. 

    Many of our students continue to impress us with their commitment to achieving success. We advise them to #BeCommitted, and it’s refreshing to see so many students make such incredible progress. Our STARS program (Success Through Academic Recognition of Students) is one way we honor our students’ efforts. I invite you to take a few moments to recognize some of these exceptional Warriors... GAHS - STARS - Quarter 2 - 2020-2021 (YouTube link)

    Lastly, I want to emphasize the last focal point of the #WarriorWay#BeKind. Despite the many frustrations that folks have felt in a variety of forms in the past year… It’s important to recognize the positives as well. We continue to see plenty of patience, grace, caring, and kindness within our school community. Despite the difficulties and challenges of today and tomorrow, we will continue promoting positive interactions from person to person. If we start with #BeKind… the obstacles are more easily overcome… 

    #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. 

     

    SENIORS - Remember to complete your Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars application now! Dollars for Scholars can help ALL students, not just those who are college-bound. Apply today!

    Also… if you haven’t done so already… ORDER YOUR CAP and GOWN, ASAP! Contact Mrs. McDannell in the high school office for instructions. 

    Yearbooks - Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook - LINK

     




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    1/22/21 - 

    To ALL GAHS SENIORS (and families)

    The generous folks from Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars would like to help students with their scholarship applications. They are holding informational sessions over Zoom monthly on the last Monday of January, February, and March. The first one will be Monday, January 25th at 7 p.m.  They will coach students on tips for a great application & essay and end with a Q&A session where specific questions can be addressed.

    Please RSVP with this link -  https://forms.gle/QbNj91UkojNLwdHh7.  

    Don't miss out on an opportunity to potentially access thousands of dollars to help you succeed in the future. They are willing to help you!!!

    Go Warriors!

     

    Important Reminders

    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.

     




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    1/18/21 - 

     

    GAHS Students and Families - 

     

    This message goes out to our GASD Online students, as we approach our transition from the first semester to the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. As we pass the midpoint of the school year, we are reflecting on both our successes and challenges. We have had students achieve and grow in the fully remote model. This generally requires discipline, self-motivation, self-regulation, self-advocacy, and commitment. On the other hand, we have also seen many students struggle in the fully remote model. 

     

    We have made adjustments to some of our offerings to improve the students' experience. There are some courses that will not be offered in a fully remote model. While other courses will become strictly remote courses, allowing teachers to offer several synchronous classes/meetings throughout the week. 

     

    GASD Online students may see their schedules being revised as our school counselors finalize things in preparation for the start of the second semester. Students should be attentive to their school emails, their schedule in Skyward, and their Canvas dashboards as we progress through this week and into our second semester of the school year. 

     

    Please contact the counseling center with any questions that relate to student schedules. Specific questions about courses and academic expectations should be directed to individual teachers. 

     

    Students should work hard to end the first semester well, then prepare to make the second semester a personal success. 

     

    Go Warriors!!!



    Important Reminders

     

    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




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    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

     




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    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

     




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    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.

     

    sky

    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

     

     

     




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    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

     




     

    Warrior Way

    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. 

     

     




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    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

     

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    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