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Superintendent

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Superintendent Tracey Deagle

 

The Lion's Share

Rocky Fork Enterprise

August 8, 2022
Start of a new school year; time for connection and joy!
It is August! The signal for back-to-school in Central Ohio. I love the start of school because I once again have the opportunity to engage with our students and staff. I enjoy hearing about all the fun students had with their friends and family and any memorable travels they may have had. This year, August brings a new opportunity for my family and me. I am ecstatic to begin my tenure as the new superintendent of Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools!
For me, the start of school also brings an opportunity to feel connected. Being a team and having close relationships has always been one of the best parts of the education profession! Undoubtedly, the past several years have brought challenges I never expected to experience when I first started out as a teacher over twenty years ago.
About a month ago, I listened to a presentation on positive psychology. In their message, our facilitators encouraged us to: be at ‘Peace with the Past; have Confidence in the Future; and have Joy for the Here and Now’. I had heard the importance of positive psychology many times before, yet this time took on a new meaning.
Our children have also had a really tough few years, and some might be struggling to find connection. A new school year offers a perfect time to set our focus on modeling ‘connection’ for our children. A Harvard study found a strong link between happiness and close relationships with family and friends. Personal connection triggers an emotional mood boost.
Relationships are the best predictor of human happiness. Everyday interactions not only contribute to our happiness, but our joy can spread up to three degrees of social networks! Your upbeat feeling can trigger a chain reaction, whereby those around you become happier just by being around you, and they, in turn, help others feel more joyful, and so on.
Our students need all of us; adults in the classrooms, at home, and in the community. People who assist those in need and give back to others and their communities tend to be happier and have higher self-esteem and general psychological well-being. In addition, our students need all of us to celebrate their success and growth - to tell them they are seen, heard, valued, and that we have complete confidence in their abilities.
Showing up for our kids, showing them that we are proud to be in their lives, sends a message that they matter to us and we are invested in their success. When we show up for kids and share our happiness, our kids feel stronger and empowered.
I am excited to begin this school year as the newest member of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools’ team and am committed to modeling connection and joy to our students so they may feel empowered. Will you join me in spreading joy to our students and GJPS community?
 

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We are very proud of our graduates and the impact they have made at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Please enjoy these interviews from just a few of the 525 graduates from the Class of 2019 as they discuss their teachers, classes, proudest moments and advice for incoming freshmen.

Senior Interviews 2019

 

 

 


QUALITY PROFILE

The Gahanna-Jefferson community places a high value on education and expects its schools to prepare students for success beyond the classroom. A well-rounded education goes beyond standardized tests, which is primarily what the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) measures with the annual school report cards. 

The purpose of this Quality Profile is to provide a complete story of how our schools perform in the areas that matter most to the Gahanna-Jefferson community.

The content of the Quality Profile is based on these five categories

  • Academics
  • The Arts, S.T.E.M & Technology
  • Student Services
  • Student Leadership & Activities
  • Fiscal Stewardship 

GJPS Downloadable Quality Profile (PDF)