News from Gahanna-Jefferson
Public Schools
October 2019
Above: GLHS students organized a "BLUE OUT" in honor of
JaShawn Scott and Tommy Brown
"Where Students Come First"
A MESSAGE From Superintendent Barrett
Dear Gahanna-Jefferson families,

Last week was a very difficult time for our schools and our community. We lost two very special people and these losses were sudden, inexplicable and shocking. 

I am so grateful for the outpouring of care and support from our Gahanna-Jefferson community both for our students and staff. As we worked together to find strength and hope, our GJPS families and organizations stepped up with meals, acts of kindness and words of encouragement for our grieving students, teachers, coaches and administrators. It was very moving to feel and witness the heartfelt caring and concern from our GJPS community throughout the week. 

The love and support at the Gahanna Lincoln football game on Friday night was nothing short of remarkable. From the student section organizing the “blue out” to the fans flooding the field for a tribute at the end of the game, the feeling of community and pride was powerful and inspiring.

JaShawn Scott and Tommy Brown will be deeply missed, and our GJPS community found the strength to lean in, support one another and become closer. I am thankful and proud of our Gahanna-Jefferson family as it is indeed a very special community!


Steve Barrett
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools
NATIONAL MERIT Semifinalists
Four Gahanna Lincoln High School Class of 2020 students have qualified as Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, giving them the opportunity to compete for college scholarships in recognition of their academic achievement.

These GLHS students are among approximately 1.6 million high school students across the country that entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of those entrants, the top one percent high scorers (approximately 16,000) qualify as Semifinalists.
(back row l-r) Alexander Meredith, Brandon Waits
(front row l-r) Christa Zianni, Emily Miller
A graduate of Blacklick Elementary won a prestigious award over the summer at the 26th Ohio Invention Convention Competition held at the Ohio State Fair. Eston Radic, currently a sixth grade student at Gahanna Middle School South was the winner of the Ohio Invention Convention Edison Award which is also the "Best in Show" honor!

Eston’s invention is a clip on pair of 3D glasses called 3DEEZ! This invention allows people with prescription glasses to enjoy 3D movies in comfort.

His awards include a $2,500 deposit into a 529 college savings plan and a meeting with a patent law attorney. Eston also advances to the national competition in the summer of 2020 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Eston Radic advances to the national Invention Convention to be held during the
summer of 2020.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Blacklick Elementary
Join us in wishing BLACKLICK ELEMENTARY a very Happy 25th Birthday! Thank you to such a wonderful staff---past and present---who have meant so much to so many students.

Please watch the video below to learn more about Blacklick Elementary's special day. Here's to another 25 years!
Past and present GJPS superintendents and Blacklick Elementary principals
Gahanna Middle School Clubs and Leadership Activities
Extracurricular clubs at Gahanna-Jefferson middle schools are giving students the opportunity to explore areas they may not otherwise learn about, while providing advisors with the ability to teach leadership skills and real-world experience outside of the classroom.

Enviro Club
East Buds
Show Choir
GLHS CLASSES Collaborate to Build Little Libraries
High quality learning experiences occur when students have the opportunity to collaborate between subjects and grades. Students in Gahanna Lincoln High School’s engineering and architecture classes, have all been working together to create “Little Libraries” to benefit the elementary school students in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

What's for dinner?
Maybe we can help with a FUNDRAISING RESTAURANT NIGHT!  
Here is a list of fundraising opportunities available at local eateries to support organizations, clubs and sports teams at Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

Please bookmark and check this list often before heading out to your favorite restaurant and consider supporting our GJPS students!
Oct 24  Coffee with the Superintendent 9:00 am
Oct 24  GJEF Trunk or Treat for GJPS students
Nov 7-9 Fall Play at GLHS
Nov 8  Teacher PD - No School
Nov 11  Coffee with the Superintendent 6:30 pm
Nov 27-29  Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
Dec 8 Holiday Choir concert GLHS 
Dec 9  Coffee with the Superintendent 6:30 pm
Dec 15 Holiday Band Concert GLHS
Dec 21  End of Second Quarter
Dec 23 - Jan 3  Winter Break - No School

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