News from Gahanna-Jefferson
Public Schools
May/June 2019
Above: Students at GMSW gather for an activity during the MSW Cultural Fair.
"Where Students Come First"
A MESSAGE   From Superintendent Barrett
COLUMBUS LIBRARY Summer Reading Challenge

Help your child stay on track for school success by reading this summer. Sign them up for Columbus Metropolitan Library's Summer Reading Challenge  online or at any Columbus Metropolitan Library location starting Saturday, June 1.
Your kids can earn badges and prizes just by reading and completing literacy activities. Encourage your child to take the challenge and read every day. Make it a family activity – you can sign up for a family account.
Parents and students at Chapelfield Elementary are no strangers to the annual Third Grade Town project. The school’s well-known event has evolved over the years, thanks to the third grade team of Rob Williams, Casie Taylor and Haley Doke.

According to Williams, the concept first began eight years ago when fellow teacher, Jennifer Sinkey, introduced the idea to have kindergarten, first- and second-graders use fake money to purchase goods or services from the third graders’ businesses. But Williams saw an opportunity to expand the project – not just teaching a valuable economics lesson, but also helping to pay for a fantastic field trip to Heartland Outdoor School , which offers students a hands-on way to learn about the environment. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL Western Adventure Trip
Traveling is an effective and immersive form of education, and this June, more than 30 students from Gahanna-Jefferson middle schools are heading west. The eighth graders will go on a week-long excursion through Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and Grand Teton, making several incredible stops along the way.

The initial idea for the trip came from teachers Willie Zamora, Colleen Alexander Green, Ed Thomas and Dave Palguta about 10 years ago when they were part of a Miami University class with a field station in Dubois, Wyoming. While the teachers were there, they realized it would be a wonderful opportunity for students. After two years of organization, they were ready to show kids the culture and science of the western part of the country. 

GEAR students sell plants from their GEAR Garden at the Herb N Arts Fair.
GEAR (Gahanna Employability Adult Readiness) is a one-of-a-kind transition program that combines secondary education and competitive integrated employment for students who have met all high school graduation requirements.

If you are a frequent customer of Gahanna's Kroger Marketplace, chances are you have met one of our adult students, Camden.

Please watch the video to learn more about GEAR and Camden's success story.

 Provides Free Lunch
Information about GRIN Summer Lunch Program.
APOLLO 11 Film Screening at COSI
Did you miss the special screening of Apollo 11 at the Gahanna Theatre earlier this month?

Here is your chance to see it one more time in the Columbus area.

Saturday, June 15
3:15 - 5:15
333 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio

Q & A Following the screening with 1995 GLHS Grads:

Todd Miller
Director & Producer
Matt Morton
MIDDLE SCHOOL FUN A t two.fifty.four
Info about Middle School Hangout at two.fifty.four.
June 15 Apollo 11 screening at COSI
Aug 13  Freshmen Only at GLHS
Aug 14  First Day of School for GJPS
Sep 2  Labor Day - No School
Oct 11  End of First Quarter
Oct 14  Teacher PD - No School
Oct 21  Comp Day - No School
Nov 8  Teacher PD - No School
Nov 27-29  Thanksgiving Holiday - No School 
Dec 21  End of Second Quarter
Dec 23 - Jan 3  Winter Break - No School

Last day of school picture at Goshen Lane Elementary.
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