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Gardiner Area High School
Nestled on a hill along the banks of Maine's Kennebec River, GAHS serves 660 students from the surrounding towns of Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph, and West Gardiner. Our school is part of Maine School Administrative District #11 which maintains the schools in the Gardiner area.
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Welcome Back! As we begin the school year, I want to welcome you as our partner in your child’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child.
Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Positive attendance is a key ingredient to keeping kids on track academically and in engaging them in all aspects of school life.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:
• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
• By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates as well as success in college.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!
Clearly going to school regularly matters!
When our students are not in school, we notice because we care!
Attached is a letter to parents regarding the importance of their child regularly attending school from Superintendent Hopkins.
Please be advised that Gardiner Area High School's entire building is off limits for all staff and visitors from Friday, July 31 through the end of the day Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Please do not enter the school. If you have any questions, please contact Chad Kempton via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Padian, recipient of the prestigious Maine Library Association 2013 Juvenile/Young Adult Lupine Award for her novel Out of Nowhere, visited three of Ms. Gingras's Freshman English classes at GAHS. The author's tea featured Somali style tea and flatbread. Students were eager to discuss the book with the author and get the inside scoop. They urged Ms. Padian to continue writing young adult novels, and even made suggestions for a sequel. Sharing her research process on the Somali immigration to Lewiston, ME, was valuable and timely for their literary memoir assignment. One student expressed, "I fell in love with the character Myla, as much as Tom did." Another student read in character a passage from the book at the urging of his classmates. Impressed with the level of student preparedness, Ms. Padian plans to adjust her website to include author visit materials thanks to the feedback from the students. They look forward to the next great book to love as much as this one.
Due to an oversight, Prom will officially run from 7:30 -10:30 at the Windsor Fair Grounds. Please take note of the time change.