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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Budget Forum: Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the GAHS gym.

All residents are invited and encouraged to attend the Community Forum on the Proposed School Budget. The forum will be held in the gym at GAHS on May 31st at 6:00 pm.

MSAD #11 Wellness Committee - Commit to be Fit 5K 06-03-16 @ 6:00 p.m.

MSAD #11 Wellness Committee - Commit to be FIT 5K RUN and/or WALK race on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Profits from the race will fund Scholarships for GAHS Seniors pursuing further education in the health field.

Race begins at the Gardiner Commons, runs down Lincoln Avenue, turn left on Cottage Street, turn left on Dresden Avenue and ends at the Gardiner Commons.

See attachment for Registration Form.

Withdrawn Library Books

Withdrawn Library Books
The Library Commons at Gardiner Area High School has some outdated books that have been pulled from the shelves that are free to the community. Anyone interested in the books needs to contact the library at 582-3150 to set up a time to review the books before June 1.

Women's Rights Movement Panel

Gardiner students hear from older generation about the Women’s Rights Movement.

The panel discussions were organized by the high school social studies program.

Talking To Teens About Sexting - A Letter From Superintendent Hopkins

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

As many of you are aware, this week a number of Gardiner students were interviewed by the Gardiner Police Department as a result of ‘sexting’ on their personally owned devices.

What is ‘sexting’? It is defined by as “the exchange of self-generated sexually explicit images, through mobile picture messages or webcams over the internet. Young people may also call it: cybersex, sending nudes, picture or selfie.”

Sexting is not a unique issue to MSAD 11 students. High and middle school students across Maine and the nation are engaging in this risky activity. Unfortunately, many adolescents see this behavior as acceptable and common place. A recent survey found that approximately 20 percent of teen girls and boys have sent a text message with inappropriate or naked pictures.

In MSAD 11, beginning in elementary school through middle school, students annually receive instruction on Digital Citizenship using Common Sense Media and Netsmartz as resources with an emphasis of teaching students how to stay safe on-line. In high school, all sophomores are required to take a Career and Technology course in which a program called Netiquette (on-line etiquette) is taught. Sexting is one of the topics discussed.

Adolescents need to repeatedly be reminded of the risks of sexting from parents as well as the school. Below are some resources you may find helpful when you have what can be challenging and awkward conversations with your child(ren). Despite the uncomfortableness of these discussions, it is absolutely necessary to help ensure their safety.


Patricia Hopkins
Superintendent of Schools

Talking To Your Kids About Sexting - Tip-Sheet.

Common Sense Media – Talking About “Sexting”.

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