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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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“A Window into a Life”
In partnership with MSAD 11 teacher-librarian Debra Butterfield and her work with the Gardiner Public Library’s “Voices of the Kennebec,” Gardiner High’s English Department was able to invite Maine State Representative and author/ professional writing consultant Gay Grant to visit with sophomore English students. She discussed interviewing elders as part of the students’ poetry unit, focusing on “Place.” This was also the focus of much of the writing celebrated in Gardiner Public Library’s author series.
Gay described the “window into a life” that a story provides. She reminded us that an interview is different from a conversation because an interview is about just one person. This helped us remember that listening is the most important element in the interview to “find that thing that you don’t know,” as she said.
Gay offered many practical tips as she did a mock interview with a couple of students who had to think on their feet in asking questions and then following those questions up to gather more information! She also noted that just when you think the interview is over, “the real gem” may emerge.
As she sent sophomores off to talk with their elder friends and family members, Gay noted that at the end of the interview, students will each “have a story from someone they care about and they’ll have that story forever.” Truly, these stories will be a gift to be treasured in prose and poetry.
Congratulations to the Students of the Month, pictured with Superintendent Hopkins, Grace Burgess, Pierce Kempkes, Brianna Perry, and Jacob Fles.
GAHS chapter of National Honor Society is collecting food for hungry families in our community. If you have arrived home to a bag on your door or seen students placing bags on community doors, we wanted to let you know that we are in full swing of our food drive!!
The bags should have had a note inside that read: Will you help us feed the hungry this Thanksgiving by placing non-perishable food items in this bag and leaving it by your door-step on Saturda, October 29th? Volunteers from GAHS NHS will be coming to pick up the donation bags sometime after 9am. Food items that are needed are: Canned vegetables, apple pie filling, apple sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, canned pumpkin, pie crusts, baked beans, pasta, coffee, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, rice and gravy.
To donate or for questions, please contact Alan Yuodsnukis at GAHS at 5823150 ext 3036
The GAHS Civil Rights Team's annual trip to the Great Impasta in Brunswick! Fantastic young people who represent our community so well out in the world! Thank you to Jillian Moore & Ian Fyfe for being our alumni VIPs, to Mr. Steve Lerette for chaperoning, to Chase Tomberlin for his cameo appearance (dashing down the street from Bowdoin College life), & to Debbie Peacock for driving us with gusto! Wonderful jaunt, indeed!
The 5th annual "Teen Read Week" was celebrated in the Gardiner Area High School Library Commons! In collaboration with the English Department, our students were encouraged to find their next great reads! Thank you to Barnes and Noble for their generous donations of book prizes!
Winners of "Teen Read Week" were, Maya Hughes, Brooke Moloney, Tyler McNickles, Maria Paquin, Alex Porter, Jillian Bisson and Ryan Kelley