Spring Fair 2014

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The 2014 GHS Spring Fair
Next Friday, April 25th, from 3 - 6 PM!

Auction site is up!


You can purchase tickets (bracelets for unlimited games, tickets for food, raffle tickets) from Lisa Peters this week (and raffle tickets from your student help them win the prizes!!).

Next week, students will be selling at drop off and pick up. You can also buy tickets during the Fair.

Volunteers still needed!

Please Click Here to sign up!

Language Arts

GHS Students Celebrated at Third Annual Authors and Artists Fair

The GHS Authors and Artists Fair celebrates the middle school students’ achievements throughout the year.  Each middle school student was asked to create a presentation board which showcased their favorite written or visual works from their classes this year.  At the fair, the students have the opportunity to explain why they are proud of their work and what they learned from doing each assignment.  The event was started in 2010 as a way to honor the students’ visual and written work, which all too often gets shoved in a backpack after it is graded.  The event puts the students’ work on display, emphasizing how hard they work throughout the school year, providing them with a chance to be recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.  The Authors and Artists Fair also highlights how reading and writing are universal skills that are used in each subject area.  It was a fun evening of celebration for the middle school students and our community.  Thank you to all who volunteered for this event.

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Author Visits GHS Middle School Students

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Do you know what a ghostwriter is?  Here’s a hint, they don’t usually write about ghosts! Published author and ghostwriter Sean D. Harvey met with the middle school students today during a special assembly.  Mr. Harvey shared what writing as a profession is about including sharing about his writing process, the frustrations of working with editors and publishing companies, etc.  Mr. Harvey explained that ghostwriting is writing a book that is published under another name; this often occurs for celebrity biographies and politicians’ books.  Mr. Harvey has donated copies of his book, One Moment Changes Everything, to interested middle schoolers, and he has signed copies for our language arts classroom library.  Come by and check out his novel today!  We are thankful Mr. Harvey visited GHS.


A Special Speaker for Middle School


GHS Students Meet Holocaust Survivor

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On Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, the middle school students at GHS were privileged to meet a Holocaust survivor.  Ms. Renée Tully, our neighbor in nearby Placerville, graciously shared her incredible story with the GHS community, highlighting details from her time spent in France during the German occupation.  Ms. Tully lived for over a year in a German labor camp in Auschwitz.  During that time, Ms. Tully was forced to live in terrible conditions, working for the Nazi guards and becoming extremely malnourished.  What was most remarkable about Ms. Tully’s story was her optimism.  She does not blame anyone for what she went through.  Instead, she chooses to focus on the positive, and is thankful she is alive.  Ms. Tully’s story touched us all and we are so lucky to have met her in person and heard a firsthand account of this horrific period in history.

Ms. Tully shared with Mrs. Baldwin that she “truly enjoyed speaking at GHS and the students asked great questions.”  Thank you to all the middle school students who were such a wonderful, attentive audience!

If you would like to read more information about the Holocaust, Ms. Tully has provided a list of references you may consult.  These titles are listed below.

Holocaust Materials Recommended by Ms. Tully:

  • Hitler’s Pope by John Cornwall
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • The Drowned and The Saved by Levi Primo
  • Survival in Auschwitz by Levi Primo
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie TenBoom
  • They Looked for a City by Lydia Buksbazen
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosna


GHS Represented at Central Valley Spelling Bee

tom and ed at the spelling beeCongratulations to Tom M. (8th Grade) who placed into the 30th Annual California Central Valley Spelling Bee.  The Bee was held March 6th, 2013, in Sacramento.  Over 200,000 students were eligible to compete in this contest but only 62 qualified for the Central Valley Bee.  Tom was one of 3 students who qualified from El Dorado County.  The Central Valley Spelling Bee is comprised of student competitors from Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.  Tom was recognized as a "best speller" for this region by qualifying for the Bee.  Tom, a student in Advanced English at GHS, has been preparing for the Bee for the last several weeks, studying on his own and working with our resource teacher, Mrs. Pascoe.  To cheer Tom on, the entire 8th grade class travelled to the Bee to support Tom and to experience this wonderful educational opportunity.  Everyone who attended learned a few new words, including Mrs. Baldwin.  Congratulations again to Tom who represented GHS by not only placing into this competition, but by conducting himself with integrity, honor, and sportsmanship.  


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