Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools

Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools

Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal
    Hello Hurricanes! We are al-       which will allow
ready several weeks back into the      you to have ac-
new school year. The school year       curate grades,
has been a successful one, and I       attendance rec-
am very proud of the amazing           ords, and other
work our students do on a daily        important infor-
basis. The 2018-2019 school year       mation. I also
is going to be a great one.            want to personal-
    GHS students, faculty, and         ly invite all GHS
staff continue to work very hard to    parents to join
make academic success of all stu-      our PTSA, the
dents our number one goal. We          parent-teacher-
continue to strive for a 100%          student organiza-
graduation rate. Our students con-     tion which pro-
tinue to show improved perfor-         vides amazing
mance on state and national ex-        support for our
ams. I want to congratulate all        students and
Hurricanes for their accomplish-       school. We are
ments in the classroom.                always in need
    I want to invite all parents and   of volunteers and additional parent
guardians to get connected with        support. If you use social media,     school and be prepared for life af-
GHS. Please make sure we have                                                ter graduation. Go Canes!
                                       please follow the GHS Twitter
accurate phone numbers, email          (@GHSHurricanes) account to
addresses, and residential address-    keep up with all school related
es. GHS sends out a variety of         news and updates in real time.
information home, and it is vital          Thank you for your support of
that we have your accurate contact     Gainesville High School. We
information. Both students and         want to partner with you to help
parents have access to Skyward,        your student be successful in
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
Tracking the Storm: In This Issue
1. Letter from David Shelnutt, Principal                 6.  Student Government News/Storm Surge School Store
2. Table of Contents/Note from Dr. Melissa Mauldin,      7.  FLA/ESA/ACT Test Prep Courses
   Activities Director                                   8.  GHS Forging a Partnership
3. GHS Vision Statement                                  9.  Stand-out ‘Canes News, Dates for Interim & Report
4. Guidance Information from Dr. Mallory Becker, AP          Cards, A Message from The Media Center
   for Student Services                                  10. GHS PTSA
5. Hospitality and Tourism Management Program; Mu        11. ESOL Closet; GHS Drama Club
   Alpha Theta (Math Team); Cafeteria Highlights
                                                         12. Yearbook Ad Night, Molding A Clay Program

A Note From Dr. Melissa Mauldin, Activities Director
Welcome home, Hurricanes! The first few weeks of school have been packed with excitement and activity.
It’s so great to see everyone back on campus, catching up with old friends and meeting new people. I hope
that all of our students are looking for ways to be involved in the life of GHS. Students have many opportuni-
ties to join co-curricular activities here, from clubs, to sports, to performing arts. If you haven’t yet joined
any clubs or other co-curricular organizations at GHS, I encourage you to consider the clubs listed below.
We have several new clubs at GHS this year, so be sure to find your niche! Contact the respective sponsor
for club information.
          Club         Advisor(s)                 Club             Advisor(s)            Club         Advisor(s)
          INTEREST CLUBS                           INTEREST CLUBS                        STEERING COMMITTEES
Best Buddies       Ansell               Physics                 Watts                               McIntyre/
Black Student Union Edmonds             SHPE Jr.                Watts                               Patterson

Canes for                               SkillsUSA               Eury               Sophomore        Riverso/Parfait
Gainesville                             Student Wellness                           Junior           Kraus/Mauldin
Canes on da Mic    Harris               Advocates                                  Senior           Kraus/Mauldin
Canes Sisterhood   Washington/ Clark    Table Top Gaming        Conde                       SERVICE CLUBS
Chess              Conde                Technical Theatre       Shepherd           Habitat for
Clay               Truman               Women in STEM           Riverso            Humanity

DECA               Bekaert              Young Democrats         Fields/Conde       Interact (Rotary) Plavac

Drama/Thespian     Shepherd             Young Republicans       Floyd              Key              McLeod

Earth              Paxson               Youth Fossil            Paxson/Waddell     March of Dimes Butfiloski

FCA                Forgione             SGA                     Mauldin
                                                                                    We would love to include
Fishing            Bauer                               HONOR SOCIETIES
                                                                                    achievements of your student
GSA                Drew/ Heckathorn     Debate/ Forensics       Paxson
                                                                                    in future newsletters. So tell
HOSA               Plavac               FFEA                    Ellis
                                                                                    us about it! Send any rele-
International      Riverso/ Robinson                            Rapp/Henehan/       vant information to PTSA
                                        Mu Alpha Theta
Investment         Forgione                                                         (,
                                        National Honor
Model UN           Haynes/Conde                                 McLeod/ Overcash    marking the message “For
Newspaper/                              National Technical                          Newsletter”. Note: Content
                   Eury                                         Plavac
Journalism                              Honor Society                               will need administrator ap-
NJROTC             Mullins/Wait         Spanish Honor                               proval prior to printing.
                                                                Gil/ Rodriguez
Photography        Eury                 Society
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
Guidance Information
Dr. Mallory Becker, Assistant Principal for Student Services
Welcome Back. Here are a few notes on Guidance,
the ACT and SAT, and credit retrieval.                         Guidance Counselor Information
                           Guidance: The easiest
                           way to reach Guidance               Guidance           Alphabet      Email Address
                           Counselors is via email.            Counselor
                           Feel free to email me at
                                                               Pamela Gonzales    A–G 
                           Please be aware that all            Carly Heckathorn   H–Q 
                           Gainesville High School             Tammy Stuve        R–Z 
                           students need to pass two
                                                               Kenneth Mercer     Cambridge
                           state tests in order to
                           graduate. The first test is
                           the Algebra I End of
Course exam. The second test is the 10th grade Florida         ACT Registration Information
Standards Assessment (FSA) for grades 9 - 12.
                                                               Test Date          Registration         Late Regn Dead-
ACT and SAT                                                                       Deadline             line/ Fee Required
I hope that almost all seniors will take the ACT or
SAT in September or October. Many college bound                Sept. 8, 2018      August 12, 2018      August 26, 2018
seniors will take the ACT or SAT in order to improve           Oct. 27, 2018      Sept. 28, 2018       October 14, 2017
their score. Others seniors will take the ACT or SAT
                                                               Dec. 8, 2018       November 2, 2018     November 19, 2018
in order to earn a concordant score (19 on ACT Read-
ing; 430 on SAT Verbal) that satisfies the FSA gradu-          February 9, 2019   January 11, 2019     January 18, 2019
ation requirement. Test dates for this school year are         April 13, 2019     March 8, 2019        March 25, 2019
listed in the tables to the right.
Seniors hoping to improve a previous score would               June 8, 2019       May 3 2019           May 20, 2019
likely need to take the SAT in October, November, or
December. Juniors will likely take the SAT in March,           July 13, 2019      June 14, 2019        June 24, 2019
May, or June. Please see your Guidance Counselor for
advice on which test is right for you.                         SAT Registration Information
Credits                                                        Test Date          Registration          Late Registration
In a perfect world, each sophomore would start the                                Deadline              Deadline
year with six credits, each junior with 12 credits and
                                                               October 6, 2018    September 7, 2018     September 26, 2018
each senior with 18 credits. Students need 24 credits
to graduate. If you have failed a class, please see your       November 3, 2018   October 5, 2018       October 24, 2018
Guidance Counselor. There are several options open             December 1, 2018   November 2, 2018      November 20, 2018
to earn credit. Please see the table on the next page.
I wish you the best as you continue to make GHS a              March 9, 2019      February 8, 2019      February 27, 2019
great school during and after the school day.                  May 4, 2019        April 5, 2019         April 24, 2019
Go Canes!
                                                               June 1, 2019       May 3, 2019           May 22, 2019

Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
How To Make Up Credits
Op ons                                                            Notes

Credit Retrieval Op on Program (CROP)                             Operates a er school and during the Summer; computer based

Virtual School                                                    Students can choose Alachua eSchool or Florida Virtual School;
                                                                  computer based; eSchool operates during the school year and
                                                                  FLVS operates year around
Adult Educa on                                                    Operates a er school and during the Summer; paper based

Hospitality And Tourism Management Program
     The Hospitality & Tourism Man-                The Hospitality & Tourism program         Students in the program have the
agement Program is a four-year elective       is designed to include four classroom      opportunity to learn job skills by work-
program at Gainesville High School,           courses as well as an off-site workplace   ing in the school store. Since the class-
spearheaded by Mrs. Dawn Bekaert, a           internship. GHS students partner with      room is a computer lab, technology is a
13-year veteran of the hotel industry.        local hotels and other tourism-related     component of every year of the pro-
This program focuses on preparing stu-        businesses to provide hands-on learning    gram and a focus at year two.
dents to enter the hospitality & tourism      of both industry-certified technology      Fieldtrips, college tours and guest
industry. In addition to ServSafe food        and best practices. During the past few    speakers are all frequent occurrences
safety certification, an industry-certified   years, dozens of students in the program   for students in the Hospitality & Tour-
curriculum is also taught that has certi-     have obtained employment, in great part    ism Program. Freshmen and sopho-
fications available in a variety of entry-    due to the certifications, training and    mores interested in the program should
level hospitality positions. Students         experience gained through this program.    contact their guidance counselor to sign
who complete the program will have an         Most of these students obtained jobs in    up. For more information about the
opportunity to receive a Certified Hos-       the hospitality & tourism industry. Sev-   program, contact Dawn Bekaert at
pitality and Tourism Management Pro-          eral have gone on to pursue hospitality or (352) 955-
fessional certification (CHTMP). In           degrees at colleges around the state.      6707.
addition, this is a Bright Futures Gold
Seal certified program.                            Mu Alpha Theta (Math Team)
    The goal of the Hospitality & Tour-
ism Management Program is to give              Anyone planning to compete in MAϴ this year must register in the school
students both the knowledge and expe-          store by Friday, October 12th. Registration is $25, and the store is open from
rience to enter the hospitality industry       7:50 to 8:20 before school. Our first competition is the Rickards Invitational
and succeed. Whether students are              at Rickards High School on November 10th. See Mrs. Rapp in C-9 to register
planning to go to college after gradua-        for the competition. The fee for registration fee is $30.
tion or directly into the workforce, this
program can be the first step toward a
successful career in the ever-growing,                          Cafeteria Highlights
ever more challenging hospitality in-
dustry. “The Hospitality and Tourism           Rushed mornings happen to all of us! If you have not had the time to eat
industry is Florida’s largest employer,        breakfast or pack lunch or are just extra hungry, stop by at the school cafete-
representing close to one million jobs in      ria. ALL students at GHS, regardless of federal lunch status, can avail of free
the Sunshine State.” –Carol Dover,
President, Florida Restaurant & Lodg-          breakfast and lunch. Also, the SBAC Food Truck will be at GHS during
ing Association.                               lunch on Wednesdays. Enjoy the treat.

Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
GHS Student Government News
                                            The GHS Student Government continues to serve GHS and the Gainesville com-
                                            munity. These young leaders have been working throughout the summer, planning
                                            events and co-curricular activities for GHS students.
                                            We invite all of our alumni, parents, and students to join in the great fun of this
                                            year’s homecoming: “Out of This World”. Homecoming 2018 activities are sched-
                                            uled as follows:
                                            Wednesday, October 17: Stor m War ning pep rally in the main auditor ium at
                                            6pm ($5 in advance, $10 at the door). Come cheer on our team before they play
                                            Leesburg Thursday night!
                                            Thursday, October 18: Football game vs. Leesbur g and halftime pr esentation
                                            of Homecoming Court, 7:30pm at Citizens Field ($7). This is a “black out”, so
                                            wear your Homecoming 2018 t-shirt and other black clothing to the game.
                                            Thursday, October 18: Dance at the Senior Recr eation Center , 9pm-midnight
                                            ($10 in advance, $15 at the door). Students are encouraged to head straight to the
                                            dance after leaving the game (vs. Leesburg). You can dress up, or come as you are.
GHS Student Body Officers Top Row
                                            Don’t miss out on Homecoming 2018 activities!
(left to right): Tiana Henderson
(Student Body Vice President), Chance       GHS Student Government will be sending delegates to the Florida Association of
Block (Student Body President)              Student Councils in Boca Raton, Florida March 1-4, 2019. Delegates will have the
Bottom Row (left to right): Nick Han-
                                            opportunity to hear from motivational speakers and meet and collaborate with
son (Student Body Speaker of the
House), Angel Amigo (Student Body           many other delegates from every district in Florida.
Secretary), Robbie Collins (Student      If you are not in Senate, how do you become a House Member? House members
Body Treasurer), Jessica Harry (Senior
                                         are selected from their first periods and meet monthly. House members are the life-
Class President)
                                         line for information and input from all first period classes. Our Inter Club Council
(ICC) is made up of the President of each club and meets before school on the first Wednesday of each month (unless other-
wise notified).
    SGA would like to thank these local businesses for their support of our students and activities: Bolay, Chipotle 13th
Street, Florida Credit Union, Jos. A. Bank, and Terrell’s Bar-B-Que.
    The Storm Surge School Store is Your Source for all Your Canes Needs
     The Storm Surge school store is one of the best and perhaps most underutilized amenities available to students at Gaines-
ville High School. Located just past the cafeteria, it is open before and after school daily. It is becoming a popular place to pay
club dues and get all your GHS essentials.
     Available whenever the doors are open is the wide variety of t-shirts and other clothing items, most of which meet GHS
dress code standards. School supplies and other spirit items, including handmade jewelry, can also be purchased in the Storm
Surge school store.
     The Storm Surge is run by students involved in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. Students learn valua-
ble entrepreneurship skills relevant to running a small business, including marketing, inventory control, accounting and cus-
tomer services. They are instrumental in selecting and designing new clothing featured in the store. In addition, they gain val-
uable work experience and earn volunteer service hours.
     The Storm Surge also houses the Canes Coffee Shop in the mornings. Operating as a separate enterprise and run by stu-
dents in the Community Based Training program, the Canes Coffee Shop offers reasonably priced coffee, hot tea, and hot
chocolate with a variety of toppings and flavor additions. In addition to great morning beverages, the Canes Coffee Shop has
made-to-order fruit smoothies, as well as frozen coffee drinks.
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
FSA ELA and ACT Prep Classes
                       (All sessions are in the Media Center.)

Session #     Boot Camp Focus                                 Boot Camp Saturdays: 9am-12pm
                                                                      (Media Center)

1             Writing: Thesis/Introduction                    12/1/18

2             Writing: Integrating Evidence (Quoting, Para-   02/09/19
              phrasing, and Citing)

3             Writing: Claim/Counterclaim                     02/23/19

4             Reading: Key Ideas and Details                  3/02/19

5             Reading: Craft and Structure                    3/16/19

6             Reading: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas     4/27/19

            Are YOU worried about passing the FSA ELA or the ACT Reading test?
                   Do you feel that a li le extra help is what you need?

     Come join us as we review strategies that will help YOU be successful on the
                         FSA ELA test (or the ACT Reading).

                                       Small group instruc on
                                       Snacks will be provided

                         Don’t miss out on these opportuni es to
                         get the help you need with preparing for
                                  upcoming assessments.
                                   We are here to help!
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
Forging An Effective Partnership Between
 Parents And Gainesville High School
     One of the most beneficial aspects        provides a wealth of information           mation is available on the school
of teaching is building positive relation-     about what’s currently happening on        website, under the community tab/
ships with parents. Gainesville High           campus. The link to the page is            PTSA. The group is also active on
hopes to achieve this in the hopes of         Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
providing an environment in which              GHS0151                                    Find the links on Pg. 10.
teachers and students can be successful.     4. Email — Faculty and staff email         9. Volunteer Opportunities — If you
Students who see their parents com-            addresses are located on the Gaines-       would like to volunteer at GHS or
municating with their teachers on a reg-       ville High School website under the        with any of our clubs, sports teams, or
ular basis know their parents trust the        faculty and staff tab.                     other organizations, you should com-
teacher and will likely put more effort
                                             5. Telephone — You may call to leave         plete the online application at:
into school. During their child’s high
                                               a message for a faculty or staff mem-      ACPSapp. You must have an ap-
school years, many parents attempt to
                                               ber. Our goal is for phone calls to be     proved application on file in order to
give their child a sense of independ-
                                               returned within 48 hours.                  volunteer. Applications are good for
ence, which often leads to less parent-
teacher communication, unless there is       6. Parent/Teacher Conferences —              one year, July 1-June 30.
a behavioral or academic issue. At             You may schedule a conference with       10. Join the School Advisory Council
Gainesville High School, we welcome            your child’s teacher by contacting         — The SAC is a team of people rep-
parents to get involved in all aspects of      your child’s guidance counselor. For       resenting various segments of the
the school. The following illustrates          specific counselor assignments, see        community, which consists of par-
ways in which parents can become in-           the table on page 4 in Dr. Becker’s        ents, teachers, students, administra-
volved at Gainesville High School.             message.                                   tors, support staff, business/ industry
                                             7. Open House — During our open              people and other interested communi-
1. Correct Contact Information — If
                                               house event on campus, you will have       ty members. The purpose of a SAC is
  your contact information changes,
                                               the opportunity to visit each of your      to assist in the preparation and evalu-
  please make sure you update it in a
                                               child’s classes and hear information       ation of the results of the school im-
  timely manner. Ms. Ko, GHS Data-
                                               about what your child will learn dur-      provement plan and to assist the prin-
  base Specialist, will be able to update
                                               ing the school year, as well as teach-     cipal with the annual school budget.
  your phone number and email ad-
                                               ers’ expectations for your child.          Please email the Principal, Mr. David
  dress. Parents will need to bring in
                                                                                          Shelnutt, at if
  identification and two proofs of resi-     8. Join the GHS PTSA — The pur-
                                                                                          you are interested in serving on the
  dency. (Examples: mortgage, lease,           pose of the PTSA is to enhance stu-
  GRU bill, cable bill) to the Guidance                                                   School Advisory Committee.
                                               dent and faculty endeavors through-
  Office. It is very important that we be      out the school year. It includes par-    11. Interim Reports and Report
  able to reach you.                           ents, teachers, and students who sup-      Cards — Interim reports are issued to
                                               port GHS through memberships, vol-         students midway through each nine-
2. Skyward Family Access — The
                                               unteering, and reinforcement of the        week grading period, and report cards
  district is using Skyward to keep
                                               school’s overall mission.                  are issued to students at the end of
  track of students’ grades and other
                                                                                          each nine-week grading period (see
  important information. Skyward Fam-          The 2018-2019 PTSA Officers are:           table below). Please contact your stu-
  ily Access is available to students and      Teresa Ferguson (President/Events/         dent’s teacher if their grade is a “D”
  parents/guardians and is a great way         Social Media); Tina Gor ske (Vice          or “F” in the class. We want to be
  to stay updated on your child’s aca-         President/Advocacy); Betsy Gar d-          sure all of our students have a suc-
  demic progress in each of their clas-        ner (Treasurer); Stephanie Kolb            cessful high school experience and
  ses. Parents can contact the school for      (Secretary/ Fundraising); Nicole           graduate on time.
  help setting up a Skyward account            Tutton (Member at Large/Honor Roll
  and using it.                                Socials); and Leela Kumaran
3. Gainesville High School Website —           (Newsletters). Additional infor -
  The Gainesville High School website
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
Stand-Out Canes News
     Outstanding Passing Rates                  National Merit Program Stars             Phoenix Bear, Kyleigh Beecham, Al-
 Last year’s Cambridge students had         Five GHS                                     exandra Cagle, Sophia Deleon, Phoe-
 a perfect 100% passing rate in these       students are                                 be Gordon, Sierra Hagle, Dane My-
 five AICE exams: Global Perspec-           semi-finalists                               ers, Cassidy O’Neill and Edward
 tives and Research, Environmental          in the 2019                                  Scott.
 Management, Marine Science,                National                                      Freshman is a Broadcom Finalist
 Spanish Language, and General Pa-          Merit Pro-                                   Freshman, Janani Kumaran, is one of
 per. Kudos to them and their teach-        gram: Jack-
 ers! 94% earned their diploma—                                                          30 students in the nation selected to
                                            son Avery,                                   be a finalist at the Broadcom Masters
 67% with ‘merit’ and 27% with              Grace Engel,                                 Competition, to be held in Washing-
 ‘distinction.’ 6 courses (Math, Eng-       Zachary                                      ton, DC. The honor is in recognition
 lish Language, Chemistry, Biology,         Goff, Benjamin Rodriguez, and                of the work she did as part of her
 English Literature and Thinking            Baleigh Sweeney.
 Skills had higher than 90% passing                                                      middle school science fair project.
                                            Another 10 students received com-                                continued on Pg. 12
                                            mendable recognitions: Natalie Allen,

              Dates For Progress Reports And Report Cards
              Interim Reports Issued                End of 9 Weeks                     Report Cards Issued
                    September 21                       October 15                           October 26
                    November 30                        January 11                           January 24
                     February 14                        March 20                             March 29
                       April 30                          May 31                            *End of June

A Message from The Media Center
  If you have a chance, be sure to visit    media center during the school day with      list will be available for check out be-
the GHS library media center. Our me-       a pass to check out books or magazines       ginning in mid-May. Students may
dia center has over 22,000 books to         or use the computers for assignments.        keep these books to read during sum-
choose from, current magazines to pe-                                                    mer vacation, and return them when
                                              Also, there is a link on the GHS home
ruse, and 26 computers for students to                                                   school starts in August. The summer
                                            page to our library media center. On our
use for class assignments. The media                                                     reading list can be found on the GHS
                                            library media center web page, there are
center is open to students before school                                                 website.
                                            helpful links for school assignments
at 8:00 am Monday through Friday, dur-      such as Purdue Owl, Citation Machine,        We are dedicated to helping our GHS
ing lunch, and after school for tutoring    Easy Bib, GHS card catalog, Alachua          students become successful, life-long
from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tuesday              County Library databases (research),         learners! Happy reading!
through Thursday. Tutoring is free for      internet safety, and other resources.
students and is done by GHS teachers.                                                        April Hogan, Media Specialist
Students are also welcome to visit the        Books on the GHS summer reading                  Rob Coe, Media Specialist
                                                                                             Barbara Smith, Media Assistant

For Students Who Carry EpiPens/Inhalers
If a student carries an EpiPen or inhaler in his/her backpack for emergencies, Nurse Day MUST have an authorization form filled out
by the parents. Forms are available at the clinic or can be downloaded from the SBAC website (
Mr. David Shelnutt, Principal - Alachua County Public Schools
Gainesville High School PTSA
Dear GHS ‘Canes Family,
The 2018-2019 year at GHS has been off to a great start and we welcome you all to join us on our celebration of this
school and its students, faculty and staff!
The GHS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), formerly GHS Academic Boosters, is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
member of National PTA. Here is where we all come together to support the overall academic mission at GHS and help
students succeed by enhancing student and faculty endeavors throughout the year. W e help fundraise, provide student
scholarships, organize ceremonies to celebrate academic achievements, support GHS activities, provide volunteers, and
more! We have already hosted or supported several events and will continue throughout the 2018-2019 school year:
    August: Faculty and Staff Welcome Back Breakfast; Parent Orientation during Hurricane Happening
    September: Open House
    October: National Custodial Workers Day, Storm Warning, Homecoming Dance
    November: Academic Recognition Awards and Breakfast
    December: Holiday Luncheon for Faculty and Staff
    February: Community Fun Event
    April: Prom
    May: Teacher Appreciation Week; Academic Awards and Scholarships Ceremonies
    Quarterly: General Membership Meetings, A /B Honor Roll Ice Cream Socials
To increase our ability to support the annual events, awards, scholarships and grants, we
rely on fundraisers and donations, including sales of spirit wear (GHS Hurricane flip-flops, GHS t-shirts, magnets) and
requests for donations (grant applications, letters to businesses). Our online store is at
Why do we raise funds? We support our students, faculty, and staff in areas related to academics and the overall school.
Over the years, we have awarded general and subject area scholarships. This year we are proud to initiate two new com-
mittees to award senior scholarships and faculty grants. We post these recognitions on our social media sites as they are
awarded and print information in event programs.
We ask that every interested parent, teacher, student and community member join GHS PTSA– collaboration and sup-
port are critical to success. We need your ideas, enthusiasm, talents, decorations, time and other assistance to put togeth-
er these events and to grow stronger as a community. We have great fun in the process and give all of our students op-
portunities to learn, grow, and fully engage in the GHS experience. We welcome your participation and input to help
make this year another great year. Membership forms are available at the front office or on the GHS website (look for
the Community tab and click on PTSA)
Feel free to contact GHS PTSA Officers at or through social media with ideas or questions. The
officers of the PTSA for the 2018-2019 year are: Teresa Ferguson (President/Events/Social Media); Tina Gorske (Vice
President/Advocacy); Betsy Gardner (Treasurer); Stephanie Kolb (Secretary/ Fundraising); Nicole Tutton
(Member at Large/Honor Roll Socials); and Leela Kumar an (Newsletters).
Members receive email information throughout the year from Principal Shelnutt and the GHS PTSA with details about
activities and ways to participate. Want to stay even more connected and informed on a regular basis? Follow us: Face-
Book: @ghsptsa1, Instagram: @ghsptsa1, or Twitter: @ghs_ptsa1
We are proud to support our GHS Community! Go ‘Canes!

ESOL - A Helping Hand                                             GHS Drama Club
The ESOL Closet was established more
than 20 years ago to help all Alachua
County families in need, including ESOL
families. We take all things small to
large — from hotel shampoo bottles and
jewelry, to beds, couches, appliances and
everything in between. We take food,
cleaning items, clothes and sports equip-
ment, toys and books. We find families
in need, or they find us through guidance
counselors, the ESOL Parent Liaisons,         What’s the deal with GHS Drama Club? A busy Fall schedule that includes a
veteran groups, etc. If you are downsiz-      World Premier One Act, auditions for the Spring musical and thespian compe-
ing or upgrading, cleaning out your
homes or know people who are moving,
pass on the mission of the ESOL Closet-
helping families so that their children can   We are so excited to announce that GHS has
spend more time thinking about their          been chosen to be the first Theater group to
studies than how to afford basic needs        present the World Premier of Don Zolidis’
for the home. We have a pick-up truck to
                                              “Ten Ways to Survive the End of the
pick up your donations. We can even
                                              World”!!!!! Join us October 11th, 12th and 13th
offer you a tax donation letter.
                                              at 7pm for this hilarious One Act that presents
                                              a satirical how-to guide for surviving death by
Although I retired from teaching at GHS,      various means, such as killer rabbits, sentient
my husband and I have continued, with
                                              apes, smart home electronics and more. Tickets
the great support of Mr. Shelnutt, to keep
the ESOL Closet going and available to
                                              are $7 for all and available at the door.
all. You can call me at 352-281-0836 or
call the school at 352-955-6707 or e-mail     GHS Drama will be performing
me at for more
                                              “Footloose” (Feb. 7,8,9,14,15,16)! Keep an eye
details about picking up or dropping off
                                              out in mid-October for the audition announcement for this fun, fast-paced and
your donations.
                                              dance-filled show. Auditions are open to all GHS Students!
Our thanks to all those people who help
support the Closet - Dr. Kathy, Kamil
                                              Theater is our sport! In late November/early December, GHS Troupe 3614
and Gloria, and Aria Salmasinia, owner
                                              travels to Ocala for the District 12 Thespian Festival where we will compete in
of Auto Plaza on North Main Street. If
you are looking for a used car, first con-
                                              Individual and Group events, such as Monologues, Pantomimes, One Acts, and
sult with Aria, a GHS graduate.               Musicals. Top Performers have an opportunity to travel to the State Thespian
                                              Festival in Tampa this spring.
Thank you,
Louise Yariv                                  It’s not too late to join Drama Club! Sound exciting? Want more information?
                                              See Mrs. Shepherd if you’d like to be part of this big, fun and crazy family
                                              called Drama Club.

                                              Find us on Facebook!                                     - Liam Scott
                                              Public page: @HurricanePlayers
                                              Booster page: @GHSDramaClubBoosters

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                                                     5th Annual Yearbook Ad Night
‘Canes Navy                              Parents of Seniors!
cadets assisted
with the set up                          The upcoming school year holds many challenges and joys for you and your sen- -
for Alachua                              ior student. Your soon-to-be graduate deserves all the praise and recognition they
County’s Gold                            will get. An excellent way to share your pride is by placing a congratulatory ad in
Star Family                              the yearbook. To streamline the process of purchasing and creating an ad, we will
                                         hold a YEARBOOK AD NIGHT in October.
ground breaking in August 2018.
               Sports                    YEARBOOK AD NIGHT is a one-stop shopping experience: parents bring their
                                         photos and payment (cash, check, or credit/debit card). Parents will work with a
∗ Sophomore, Tamari Davis, and Jun-
                                         yearbook staffer who will help them design the ad for their child. It’s a win-win
 ior, Alissa Humphrey, were nomi-
 nated by FL Dairy Farmers 2018          situation: yearbook gets the ads completed on time, and parents get the help they
 3A Girls Track & Field Athlete of       want and need… and to further sweeten the deal, the purchase of a full-page ad
 the Year and 2018 7A State Soft-        completed during YEARBOOK AD NIGHT includes a free yearbook.
 ball Player of the Year respectively.
                                         You can come to Ad Night without a reservation, but we prefer you book a time
∗ The football team is winning some      slot by going here:
 great games. Tramel Brown, Jalen
 Kelsey and Luke Mathews were            Save the date! Join us Tuesday evening, October 23, from 4 pm to 8 pm in the
 named to Sun’s “Super 11” presea-       yearbook room (H-1). Br ing whatever photos you’d like to use. We will have
 son football team.                      a scanner to scan your prints. Please bring your digital photos on a flash drive or
∗ The Lady ‘Canes Volleyball team        CD (not on a phone).
                             won the
                             Elise       We’ll have free coffee and snacks. In just one evening, you can mark three things
                             Bush        off your to-do list (buying a yearbook, buying an ad, creating an ad).
                                                               Full-page ads include a yearbook!
                             ment at              Regular ad rates YEARBOOK AD NIGHT rates (Oct 23 only)
 Bolles. The varsity team includes               Full-page        $350                   $320
 Kyleigh Beecham, Nicole Brandt,                 Half-page         $250                      $220
 Sarah Berto, Melissa Brown, Cate
 Cannon, Lily Haas, Sierra Hagle,                Quarter-page      $150                      $125
 Tiffany Reccoppa, Sara Slayton,
 Morgan Spear, Jasmyn Solomon,           Contact Wayne Eury with any questions:
 and Jayden Tompkins.                    See you on October 23!
∗ The ‘Canes boys’ and girls’ swim
 teams placed 3rd overall in the City
 Meet on 9/22/18.                                              Molding a Clay Program
∗ GHS Cross Country teams placed
                                         In her article, “Adventures in Rebuilding a High School Clay
 overall 7th (girls) and 5th (boys) at
                                         Program,” Sara Truman writes about the challenges of teach-
 the Bob Hans Invitational. The
 boys’ and girls’ teams placed 3rd       ing in an urban high school and how she not only took the
 and 9th respectively at the Bobcat      high school’s clay program from dwindling to thriving, but
 Classic. Ani Veltcheva and Nick         also became a community leader and mentor for fellow dis-
 Cain placed among the top 10 run-       trict teachers.
 ners at both meets.

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