April 18th, 2014

Being an educator is challenging yet rewarding work. It’s often taken for granted by those outside of education. Educators are not only in the classroom, but on the court, field, stage, in the kitchen, and in the hallways. Former NBA Coach, Maurice Cheeks, demonstrated what it means to be an educator when he witnessed a potentially embarrassing scene for a 13 year old girl. Many of you may have seen the following video, but it’s a reminder for us to take advantage of teachable moments to help our young people:


Staff News:
Congratulations to Science teacher, Buck Bommer, and Alternative Instructor, Amy Price, on their recent engagement! Buck proposed to Amy over Spring Break and he did a great job picking out the ring! She is all smiles!

Congratulations to TV and Speech teacher, Tom Gregory; Theatre teacher, Cindi Macioce; and English/GATE teacher, Becky Rice, for having their Master Teacher status renewed! They voluntarily submitted a portfolio that reflected on their work. It’s a daunting task so we commend them for their dedication to excellence, reflective practice, and commitment to professional learning! They will be formally recognized at the May 8th Board of Education Meeting at 6:30 PM in the 3rd floor Clark Hall Commons. You are encouraged to attend to help them celebrate this joyous occasion! 

Congratulations to Social Studies teacher, Rick Hauser, for being accepted to teach a Columbus State Community College Dual Credit class this fall! Rick is one of six teachers who participated in a blended learning cohort with several New Albany High School teachers. Rick used Google Apps to develop a blended US Government course. He applied the principles he learned in the cohort to create an even more engaging and rigorous course for our students. If you want to view the course, click here.  

Students As Learners
Math teacher and Model United Nations Advisor, Ryan Lockwood, wanted to publicly thank Intervention Specialist, Dr. Essie Johnson, for escorting the Gahanna-Lincoln Model United Nations Club to Youngstown State University April 4th and 5th.  Five students participated in the Northcoast Model United Nation Conference held for the first time at the Kilcawley Center on YSU campus.  Kirsten Linnabary represented Norway in the United Nations Development Programme committee; Sarah Bray represented Sweden in the Social, Humanitarian & Cultural committee; Beth Merrick was part of the A-team and represented many countries in all the different committees; Sarah Abdallah represented Republic of Korea and Taylor Foster represented Luxembourg in one of the Security Councils.  Taylor Foster, Beth Merrick, and Kirsten Linnabary all won an Excellent Award for playing their roles at this conference.  Kirsten was also presented the gavel from the President of her committee.  This was one of the best conferences overall and one of the best for our club.  If you have a student who you think would like to be part of this club, The Model UN meets on Wednesday from 3-4pm in H113.  Please encourage your students to attend a meeting to learn more about it!  

English/GATE teacher, Becky Rice, asked students in her Honors English 10 class to write a review of their independent books they selected. Her students this year are avid readers and have found reading to be very therapeutic. They’ve collaborated with Librarian, Ann Gleek, to create a blog, video, or Facebook review of their chosen books that can be shared with students as they peruse these titles in our Library. To read their reviews and view their projects, click here.  

Congratulations to the newest 81 inductees into the Gahanna Lincoln High School National Honor Society Chapter! Students were inducted based on four criteria: character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Social Studies teacher, Jen Candor, and the NHS officers delivered some compelling speeches about what it means to be a member of National Honor Society. It was an exciting evening for the students and their parents who attended this wonderful event!

Congratulations to the following students who attended and did extremely well at the Future Educators of America Conference in Minneapolis, MN last weekend! 

  • Samantha Shaw- Ohio FEA Vice President and National Voting Delegate
  • Erin Holt- Top 10 Impromptu Speech and Prepared Speech
  • Erica Glasgow- 3rd place in Job Application/Interview
  • Kaitlyn Cress (Reynoldsburg HS)- Elected as the 2014-15 FEA National Officer
  • Andrew Collins (Gah), Olivia Suitor (Reyn), Loegan Brzezinski (Reyn) and Kaitlyn Cress (Reyn) presented a workshop entitled "Oh, The Ways You Will Learn" about multiple intelligence and Dr. Seuss. 
Congratulations to Teacher Professions teacher, Robyn Hilderbrand, and all the students in the program who excelled at the FEA National Conference!

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 23rd- Student Council Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Thursday, April 24th- Writers Club Poetry Slam 7:00 PM in the Auditorium
Friday, April 25th – Jostens Renaissance Ohio Collaborative 8:30 AM-1:30 PM Clark Hall

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Until next week…

Be Great,


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