May 9th, 2014

Thank you for participating in the letter writing activity at our last staff meeting. As educators, reflection is at the heart of our practice, so taking the time to write a letter to your “first year teacher self” serves as a reminder as to why we accepted the call to be a teacher. I also appreciate the individuals who courageously shared their letter with the staff.

My hope is that you file your letter and pull it out when you are discouraged, exhausted, or just need a little pick me up during one of those down moments you may face from time to time. Again, thank you for giving this experience a chance!

There will be a couple of room changes this summer to accommodate some space issues we are facing. Currently, the Technology Department uses H189 as storage/work station and their office is in H157. We are in need an additional room for Art, so H189 will be converted to an Art Room and the Technology Department will combine their office space, storage, and workstation to one room, which will be H126. H126 is currently used for Digital Art and a few Business classes. However, there are some ongoing electrical issues in that room, so H157 will be converted back to a classroom to accommodate the Digital Art and Business classes. These moves will take place in early June.

Staff News
Continue to keep Spanish teacher, Pam Cook, in your prayers. She has been ordered by her doctor to take the rest of the year off to rest. Her headaches have been more severe the last couple of days, so it’s important she remain off her feet, relieve stress, and get healthy. Feel free to send her cards or notes of encouragement.

We’ve added three new members to the GLHS Family!

   Library Computer/Media Aide- Shane Natalie, completed his student teaching experience with us and has extensive knowledge in the areas of computer trouble-shooting and digital content creation, and he’s a licensed teacher. He started with us a couple of weeks ago and has been a great addition!
   Business/Computer Science- Andrew Hoying, comes to us from Franklin Heights High School where he taught several Business and Management Foundation classes. He recently created course websites using Google, which transformed his classes into online/blended learning for his students!

   Speech/Speech and Debate- Leslie Muhlbach, comes to us from the award-winning Speech and Debate powerhouse of Massillon Jackson High School. She will teach several Speech classes and will coach the Speech and Debate team!

Our year-end luncheon and celebration will take place on Thursday, May 29th at 11:30 am in the Cafeteria. This is an annual tradition where we celebrate our successes, honor our retirees, and recognize our John Howard Award winners! Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend this wonderful family celebration.

We have established a partnership with Columbus State Community College to offer dual credit classes during the 2014-15 school year. Dual credit classes provide another opportunity for us to ensure our students will be career and college-ready. We are set to offer two classes: US Government for current juniors and Computer Science for current sophomores. Each course costs $25 per hour for a total of $150 for a full year course. We’ve extended the deadline to allow more students to sign up.

Students As Learners
Congratulations to our students in DECA for their 3rd place finish at the annual National DECA Competition! Thirteen students qualified to the final round and ended three Top 10 finishes!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Hairspay for such a professional, entertaining, and fun performance! From Emma English’s dynamic lead performance and strong voice, to Adam King’s entertaining performance as Mama, to the powerful voice of freshman, Alexis Young! She brought down the house! I could go on and on about all the characters, but I’ll simply say it was such an honor to experience this performance! If you get a chance, please thank all the members of the cast and crew for rising to the occasion to put on a memorable show!

Upcoming Events
Monday, May 12th- Project Andromeda 11:30-1:30 Clark Hall; Senior Awards Night 7 PM Auditorium
Tuesday, May 13th-Health Issues Presentations 11:20-12:05 J174; WGLH TV Banquet 6:30 PM; District Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM Auditorium
Wednesday, May 14-District Chamber Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM Auditorium
Thursday, May 15th- Senior Exams; Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM Auditorium
Friday, May 16th-Senior Exams
Sunday, May 18th-Vocal Music Farewell Concert 3:00 PM Auditorium

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