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Congratulations to Battlefield FFA Officers Michael Riggs, Brianna Redding, and Brooke Hobbs for receiving their Keystone Degree at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. 


Ruth's Harvest....GAHS collected over 400 items during our Food Drive last week. Student's in Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Biggins' and Mr. Harvey's ARC classes collected the most items. Thank you to everyone who donated!                         


STEM Savvy Club hosted two great talks to promote science in the last week.  On Wednesday, November 14,  to a dozen students in the LGI after school, Brynn Burnash, E NCC NRD PHILADELPHIA, and Stephen Bugaj,  M ETN1 NRD PHILADELPHIA, NRS LANCASTER presented engineering careers in the U.S. Navy emphasizing the operation of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers.   The lesson on how nuclear power produces energy aligned well with what is taught in chemistry classes at the high school. On Monday, November 19, twenty seven students met in the library to hear a college preparatory and biological engineering talk from 2017 GAHS graduate, Taylor Tuhy, a sophomore at Virginia Tech.  Her practical advice of how to set yourself apart included getting to know at least one professor on a first name basis to improve likelihood of a thorough recommendation letter.  She suggested volunteering weekly and keeping track of the hours to show commitment to your career goals and community.  Taylor shared about the neuroscience research about the changes in the mitochondria in the brains of football players with head trauma/concussions. She encouraged students to check out schools outside Pennsylvania and to explore academic experiences in other countries, like she did in South Africa.  Talks like these support the science department's goal to offer students a wide range of experiences and to connect students with mentors in a variety of scientific careers.


Congratulations to Senior Bassist, Ben Shearer for being accepted into the National Association for Music Educators All-Eastern Orchestra. Ben will be playing in Pittsburgh in April. Congratulations, Ben!

 


A representative from Tyler School of Art of Temple University visited Mrs. Dreves' Advanced Placement Studio Art Class and gave a presentation.  In preparation for an annual class field trip to National Portfolio Day Association's event, the representative also conducted a live portfolio review with brave senior, Keely Yanes, in front of her classmates.  Keely's artwork was approved and accepted as part of the college application process!  NPDA is a college fair, held exclusively for art and design candidates across the country, where students can do one stop college shopping with over 45 art schools, colleges, and universities in the USA, Canada, and Europe.  10 Gettysburg students, some parents, and Mrs. Dreves attended these weekend fairs in Philadelphia and Baltimore on 11/4 &/ or 11/18.  Students waited in long lines to share their art portfolios and meet with college admissions counselors at these heavily attended events.   Our seniors were told their work was college-ready, and many were encouraged to apply to top programs at Drexel University, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Penn State University, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cal Arts, etc..  Some admissions counselors gave recommendations for specific scholarships to our students.  Underclassmen received positive feedback on work and advice for application process for senior year.  Afterwards in Philadelphia, students met up with Gettysburg alumni


Trick or Treat.....Last week in the GAHS Preschool, early learning students implemented their thematic unit lesson plans for Halloween. Preschool children dressed up in their favorite costumes and walked the halls to collect treats from teachers, administrators and staff. Other activities included spiderweb water color painting, skeleton dancing, and monster math. 
 
                                                                                               Trick or Treat
 
 
 

Gettysburg Gazette has been available since the end of October.  Check us out!  Follow the link here: https://www.gettysburg.k12.pa.us/Page/2245


Mrs. Dreves' Advanced Placement Studio Art and Mr. Colgan's and Mr. Deckert's Photography Classes collaborated on aesthetic adventure into Philadelphia's spookiest sites in October:  The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESP) and the Mutter Museum: College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  They captured amazing images at ESP and took a private tour to learn about the history of imprisonment in the US and about the building's architectural design.   Students captured a multitude of images ranging from Al Capone's lavish cell to weathered surfaces of walls, windows, and mechanical items, and they even used the wall as back drops for portraits.  This trip has continued to fascinate students for four years, and results in award-winning student artwork and photography in Scholastic Art and Writing and at local juried art exhibits.  Students also earned college credit through the Advanced Placement Studio Art classes with the photos they take at ESP.

 
              Penitentiary Walls                                ESP                           Mutter
 
The optional add-on trip to the Mutter Museum: the College of Physicians of Philadelpha, inspired students to draw skulls and better understand how to draw the human form.  Photography is prohibited, unless one applies in advance to get the museum's permission.  Our trip changed how the Mutter Museum viewed its guests.  Museum staff explained that they typically do not receive many requests from artists to photograph the objects, as most requests come from television crews or medical students studying and documenting medical issues, so GAHS students were given "press passes".  We were told that Gettysburg High School artists made them aware of things that will need to be rewritten to include aesthetic images to be used in art. They were honored that our students were utilizing the information learned as an aesthetic and conceptual issue in art, and explained that we were not to post the work on social media, but images could be used in art work and submitted to the National College Board for Advance Placement Studio Art.
 

                                              Boo Gram
Key Club students made 97 Boo Grams (bags of candy with a small halloween message) at their last meeting for the residents at SpiriTrust Lutheran.  On October 29, several members delivered the completed Boo Grams in costume to the residents.
 
The students also helpd out at the Garden's of Gettysburg's Trick or Treat night, they helpd the residence hand out candy to the youth who came.
 
Another project the Key Club, and several other groups are doing, is collecting for the annual bag the bounty food drive. 
 
                                             Bounty
 
They have also been very busy cleaning a stretch of the highway for PA's adopt a highway.  This occurred on Wednesday, October 24th.  
 
                                                                                             Adopt a Highway
 
Kudos for a job well done!

3D Printed Prosthetic Hand......Adam Thomas and Garrett Young presented the re-design of their 3D printed prosthetic hand on Wednesday, October 17 to the 2018 School Leadership Conference, sponsored by PA Association of School Administrators (PASA) and PA School Boards Association in Hershey, PA.   Both represented the school well and made the Technology Student Association proud.   Many school leaders shared positive comments.


MATH CLUB WIN......Congratulations to five of our GHS math club students.  On October 11, members of the math club won their latest round of online competition 27/30 competing against St Margaret's Episcopal School from San Juan Capistriano, CA   Members attending were:  Danny Sautter, Jonah Weise, Taylor Neller, Marrin Crist and Steve Forbe.  We are very proud of all of you!

                                                                                  math club

 


 

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Spirit Week... Woke up this Way Wednesday

 

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 Spirit Week... Tropical Tuesday


zombie run

The GAHS Mini-Thon Committee is organizing a Zombie Run (or stalk) 5k to benefit our school's effort to raise money for the 4 Diamonds fund. Ultimately, we are looking to help in the fight against childhood cancer! #FTK 


 

 

Academic Letter

 On Wednesday (9/5), GAHS recongnized students for Academic Achievements.

Each year, students with a WGPA above 90% earn an Academic Letter. Once students earn their "G" they are able to earn gold bars in subsequent years if they meet the same standard. 

We also awarded Academic Excellence pins to students who earned ADVANCED scores on all Keystone Exams taken at the high school. 

Students earning 5's on AP exams in the 2017-2018 school year were also recognized!

 

We ask students to #BeCommitted to their academic success!!! We feel that it's important to recognize that commitment when students earn it!!! #WarriorWay


 

Niche gives GAHS an A-

 

Niche  

 

Gettysburg Area High School is a highly rated, public school located in Gettysburg, PA. It has 940 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.

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