April 11th 2014

One word that comes to mind  4th quarter is FOCUS. With so many events on the schedule in a short amount of time, it’s easy to lose sight of why we are here. Please take a few minutes to watch this powerful message by educator and author, Dr. Todd Wittaker, called, The Ball.

Staff News
Please keep Spanish teacher, Sherri Kotalo, in your prayers as she mourns the loss of her father. Unfortunately, he passed away during Spring Break. I would like to thank the International Language Department for supporting Sherri during the break.

Please keep Alternative Instructor, Mural Donley, in your prayers as he mourns the loss of his father.  He passed away last Thursday. 

Congratulations to Math teachers, Tyler Winner and Dustin Cullen, for completing their course work to earn their license in Education Administration from Ashland University! We also have a number of teachers in the process of completing their course work to earn a Master’s degree so let’s continue to encourage them along their journey to higher learning.

So far, through "TGIM" Casual Dress days, we've donated almost $800 to the Gahanna Jefferson Education Foundation! Thank you!  

Summer is time to rejuvenate our minds and it’s also an opportunity to seek out professional learning opportunities to improve upon our craft as educators. The ESC is hosting a Summer Leadership Academy for educators and you are encouraged to explore what they have to offer. If you are interested, please click here for more information

Students As Learners
Congratulations the Math teacher, Rod Calloway, for coaching students in his Honors Algebra II class to a top 30 finish in this year’s Ohio Math League Competition, which is highest ever ranking earned by Gahanna Lincoln High School students! Two of our 8th grade students who are in this class even earned a perfect score: Andrew Chang and Ian Ryan! Overall, the students are thrilled with their performance and have gained a greater level of confidence to tackle even more challenging problems.

As I shared in the March 21 Friday Focus, we had two groups travel abroad during Spring Break. The first group of nine students traveled to Costa Rica over spring break to experience the culture and history. Several students tweeted about their experiences and AP Spanish student, Shay Fraser, blogged about their trip. It is evident that they had an amazing time!

Fourteen students traveled to China to work closely with students at our sister school in Khuming and participate in a robotics competition. In fact, a few of their students will spend the upcoming school year at Gahanna Lincoln High as a part of an exchange program. They not only participated in a robotics competition, but they also did some sight-seeing and shadowed students at school. Fred Donelson shared several pictures of their trip via Twitter, which you can see at #glhsbots. Experiences like these help our students broaden their perspective of the world.

Seniors enrolled in the Eastland Career Center Bioscience Engineering Program presented their senior capstone projects on Friday, April 7 to a panel of educators, parents, community members, and business partners. They were competing for a chance to earn up to $1750 in scholarships. Their topics selected are excellent examples of student choice and voice to increase the overall level of engagement. Any time students have an opportunity to share their work in front an authentic audience and receive immediate feedback, their learning experiences are much more relevant. 

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 15th- Department Meetings
Thursday, April 17th- Early Dismissal In-service
Friday, April 18th- Good Friday: No School

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Until next week...

Be Great,


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