Gainesville City School System will be closed April 4th - 8th for Spring Break!  Students will return to school on Monday, April 11th!

Have a wonderful and safe break!
Informational Meetings on New Enota School
The community is invited to attend the district's informational meetings regarding the new Enota school. The meetings will be held at the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy Media Center on the following dates:
  • April 12th - 7:00 a.m.  (coffee and doughnuts provided) and 11:45 a.m. (bring your lunch)
  • April 13th - 5:30 p.m.

District and school administration will share plans for the new Enota school building and will discuss transition plans for Enota's temporary location for the 2016-2017 school year.  

Three GHS Students Named GHP Finalists
L to R:  Michelle Razo, Boone Alexander & Anna Diaz

Boone Alexander, Anna Diaz, and Michelle Razo were selected as state finalists for the prestigious and highly competitive Governor's Honors Program in the areas of Social Studies, Dance, and Communicative Arts respectively. These students will attend a four week intensive enrichment program from June 19th through July 16th at Valdosta State University.  They  will attend classes in their specific areas of study and will participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities.  

The Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a highly selective program in which only one half of one percent of all eligible Georgia students are accepted.  Gainesville High School was honored to have ten outstanding students to represent the school district as semi-finalists for the program.
Contestants Compete For Mr. GHS Title  
Mr. GHS John Wagner
On March 29th, thirteen young men competed in the annual 2016 Mr. Gainesville High School Contest at the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center.  Contestants were judged on their formal attire, talent, and interview. The participants included Jameson Murray, Joel Contreras, Jonathon Merritt, Reagan Williams, John Schmid, Sam Terray, Boone Alexander, Carlos Ojeda, Max Sumner, Ras A. Boone, John Wagner, Diego Ojeda, and Jack Langford. 

Senior John Wagner claimed the coveted Mr. GHS title. Other contest winners included Max Sumner (First Runner-Up), Sam Terray (Second Runner-Up), Jonathon Merritt (Third Runner-Up), Carlos Ojeda (Mr. Congeniality), Max Sumner (Interview Winner), Sam Terray (Talent Winner), and Jonathon Merritt (Formal Modeling Winner).

Drama Director Pam Ware stated, "This was one of the very best Mr. GHS contests since the early 1980s. We had a diverse group of students involved and exceptional talent. I am proud of each of the thirteen contestants."

In addition to the talent performances by the contestants, the audience enjoyed entertainment from Logan Harr (2015 Mr. GHS), Jazmine Ellison (SHREK musical cast member), Pramoda Karnati (2015 Miss GHS), Julia Truelove (Kiwanis Showcase Winner), and a dance ensemble featuring the Academy of Performing Arts.

Contestants compete in formal wear and talent

 Youth Art Month Highlights Student Artwork
GHS art students display their artwork

On March 18th, art students at Gainesville High School showcased their artwork at the opening reception of Youth Art Month and the 13th Annual Charles J. Thurmond Youth Art Scholarship Awards at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center with over 60 works on display. Students who received award recognitions were Veronica Jaimes (first place), Lexi White (first place), Zoe Head (second place), Esmerelda Paez (second place), Mayela Valdes (third place), Jonah McEver (third place),  Luis Castaneda (honorable mention), Yasmin Rebollar (honorable mention), and Hiram Martinez (honorable mention). Everyone is invited to stop by the  Quinlan Arts Center now through April 9th to view the unique art pieces created by our students. 
Hall County Judge Visits Middle School
Judge Diaz lectures Georgia Studies class
Students at Gainesville Middle School recently had to face a court judge.   Judge Joe Diaz, who was appointed as Hall County Juvenile Court Judge in January,  visited the school and spoke to the 8th grade Georgia Studies classes.  As enrichment to the 8th grade curriculum, Judge Diaz's speech emphasized the purposes of juvenile court and differences in the adult justice system and the juvenile justice system.  The eighth graders gained a better understanding of the processes and procedures of  our local judicial system  and were able to apply what they had learned from Judge Diaz to the lessons covered in Georgia Studies.
Annual "Cops and Doughnuts" Breakfast
GEA students enjoy doughnuts with police officers
Gainesville Exploration Academy fifth graders got a chance to attend a special breakfast featuring "Cops and Doughnuts". Students paid $1 to enjoy doughnuts, juice, and conversations with our local police officers.  This year the group of officers included Chief of Police Carol Martin, School Resource Officers Griggs Wall, Joel Carter, and Brian Clark.  Lieutenant Kevin Holbrook and Corporal Jessica Van were also in attendance.  The event was held to show students that these officers are truly here to "protect and serve" the community and to ensure that  our schools maintain a safe environment in which to learn. 
Visually Impaired Student Creates Work of Art
Artwork by Hesler Cardenas
Hesler Cardenas, a sophomore at Gainesville High School, has submitted his artwork for the 2016 American Printing House for the Blind (APH) InSights exhibition, an art competition and exhibition for visually impaired and blind artists of all ages. The exhibition will be shown in Louisville, Kentucky.  Winners will have their art included in the APH Insights Calendar in large print and Braille. Those who submitted art pieces will also have the option of selling their art to interested buyers at the exhibition. Last year, Hesler submitted a drawing and was fortunate to sell his piece. GHS teacher Ms. Latishua Macedo assisted Hesler in submitting his entry.   We wish Hesler much luck in the competition and in selling his art to a lucky buyer!
Math Teams Compete In Mega Challenge
L to R:  GHS Teacher Chandra Karnati, Pramoda Karnat, Max Sumner, Pratyusha Karnati, Mayra Razo and Julia Tang
Gainesville High School had two teams to compete in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge, a prestigious competition for high school juniors and seniors to develop a mathematical model for a real world problem.  The challenge posed a real-world problem entirely unknown to the team members and involved extensive research, computational skills, in-depth analysis, and communication skills.  Scholarship prizes totaling $150,000 will be awarded to the top teams. 

The GHS teams had to finish the project within a fourteen hour window and worked continuously for two days to produce their final reports.  Team A included  Pramoda Karnati, Max Sumner, Mayra Razo, Julia Tang, and Pratyusha Karnati.  Team B included John Wagner, Jackson Fox, Umer Khan, Thomas Alexander, and Vraj Patel.  Mr. Chandra Karnati, a teacher at GHS, served as a mentor to the students.

Both teams are commended for their hard work and for their time spent in completing this challenging project! 
Students Experience The Great Outdoors  
New Holland students enjoy Elachee presentations
Elachee Nature Center brought the great outdoors inside to New Holland students. The students enjoyed learning about Native American culture, constellations, and habitats. Fourth graders participated in Elachee's Seeing Stars program. The students engaged in locating constellations and specific stars while sitting in the portable planetarium.  The students also received a good review of moon phases and the causes for day/night and seasons.  Fourth grader Vicky Tamayo stated, "I thought it was interesting!  I learned a lot about stars, and I liked the different stories that different cultures tell about the constellations."

New Holland's third grade students participated in Habitats and Animals learning sessions. Student Javier Navarro stated, "It was a cool experience because I've never touched a wild animal, and I touched a snake for the first time!" Other sessions included "Green and Growing", "Sorting it Out", and "Habitat is Home". 

The students enjoyed all of the themed presentations and loved learning about the "Great Outdoors" without leaving the comfort of their school!
GHS Golf Teams Claim County Championships
Girls Golf Team: Arianna Lunsford, Vivian Robinson, Ashleigh Bishop,  Julianna Towns and Coach Clay McDonald
The GHS Girls and Boys Golf teams won the Hall County Championships held at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course in Gainesville.  After losing the county championship last season for the first time in six years, the Lady Red Elephants were able to reclaim the title.  The team, consisting of  two seniors, a junior, and a freshman, were able to bring the trophy back to GHS where it rightfully belongs. The team includes Arianna Lunsford, Vivian Robinson, Ashleigh Bishop, and Julianna Towns.  The team's coach is Coach Clay McDonald.  Senior Ashleigh Bishop claimed her first Hall County Championship as an individual, winning the title by 4 shots.

The Boys Golf team unsurprisingly captured the title, which marked the high school's 22nd County Championship in 27 years.  The team consists of  Spencer Ralston, Brody Simmons, Drew Lasseter, Ryan Hogan, Davis Weaver, Hunter Worley, and Brady Holcomb. Coach Bryson Worley serves as the head coach.

Congratulations to both teams for their outstanding accomplishments!

GHS Boys Golf Team: Spencer Ralston, Brody Simmons, Drew Lasseter, Ryan Hogan, Davis Weaver, Hunter Worley, Brady Holcomb & Coach Bryson Worley

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