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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David Walker Honored for 20 Years of Service to MSAD 11 Music Program

On Monday night, 12/8, the Gardiner Area Music Boosters presented Mr. Walker with a special honor in recognition of his 20 years in the Music program at MSAD 11. The Music Boosters commissioned a well-known Maine composer, Terry White, to compose a new piece of band music for the GAHS Band, in Mr. Walker's honor. At the Winter Concert the Music Boosters and students surprised him with it. (Boy, was he surprised!) Many music alumni, current and former Boosters, and special guests were there. It was a great night and a well-deserved honor.

The Boosters learned that night that the piece has been picked up by a publishing house, which just speaks to the quality. Starting next year band directors around the country will be able to purchase the music, which will always read across the top that it was commissioned for the Gardiner Area High School band in honor of Director David Walker.

The piece is titled "Festive Fanfare," and Mr. Walker has already began working with the band on it. They plan to play the “worldwide debut” of this new piece at the Spring Concert.

Below are pictures of David Walker and composer, Terry White, during the special moment.

I Read a Latte Book Display!

The GAHS Library Commons book display "I Read a Latte" Coffee is brimming with new books to warm your mind on those long, cold days of winter! GAHS students, please don't forget to put your name in our drawing for Dunkin Donut gift cards! A special thank you goes out to the Gardiner Dunkin Dounts for their generous donation.

Holiday Ornament Fundraiser

Junior Class Holiday Ornament Fundraiser

$6 for one White with satin finish
$15 for three black writing 3” diameter disc

All proceeds benefit GAHS Junior Class fundraising efforts toward Prom and Project Graduation!
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If you would like to place an order, please contact:
Meg Gipson mgipson@msad11.org
Jennifer Chick jchick@msad11.org
Or call the High School 582-3150

We will be selling at the following locations in Gardiner:

December 6th - Laura E. Richards Elementary Craft Fair
December 6th - Pittston Elementary Craft Fair
December 6th - Rotary Club Tree Sales, Downtown
December 13th - Gardiner Area High School Craft Fair

MSAD 11 Placed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

MSAD 11 Placed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

A Record 547 School Districts Across the Nation Are Honored

Gardiner, Maine — MSAD 11 is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of seven school districts in Maine being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. 2014 is a milestone year for the AP District Honor Roll, and more districts are achieving this objective than ever before. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. Since 2012, MSAD 11 has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher

“This recognition is the result of incredibly hardworking, dedicated teachers and administrators at Gardiner Area High School, working collaboratively with an amazing student body to achieve high academic success. The MSAD 11 community is proud of all they have accomplished!” said Pat Hopkins, MSAD 11 Superintendent of Schools.

“The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time.” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “We applaud your conviction that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”

Civil Rights Team Travels to Augusta for a Training

The GAHS Civil Rights Team attended a training in Augusta, sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General. The students did a great job representing our school!

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