Gothenburg Public Schools is currently accepting applications for special education paraeducators for the 2019-20 school term. Employment will begin on or about August 8, 2019. Interested individuals may submit an application to the Gothenburg Public School district office. Questions may be directed to Teresa Schneider, director of special education.
Friendly reminder for kiddos that signed up for the Elementary Summer Art Camp....
Art Camp is NEXT WEEK – June 11th-14th in the Discovery Center!!!
Grades 1-2... 9:00AM-11:00AM
Grades 3-4.... 1:00PM-3:00PM
Grades 5-6.... 3:00PM-5:00PM
See You There! - Mrs. Stortenbecker
Graduation - Closing - Hannah Anderson
Good afternoon and happy Mother’s Day! Thank you everyone for coming here today to celebrate us passing all of our required credit classes. My name is Hannah Anderson. I am not about to talk about memories from Dudley Elementary or even from ...junior high... because, well, I can’t. My family and I moved here the summer before my junior year--thank you mom and dad for providing me with a nice prompt for scholarship essays. Graduation marks the end of an extraordinary chapter of our lives.
We’ve learned a multitude of lessons both in and out of the classroom. Members of the graduating class of 2019, as you continue on your journey--whether that be to the workforce, higher education, military, or even if you have no idea what you are doing yet, I hope to leave you with some advice and encouragement. Typical Hannah.
Seniors, be humble. There were many times and there will be many times in which we were unsuccessful, and we had to rely on help from the people around us. We owe our success to the people who support us--this is why we should be modest. “I appreciate you” is a powerful phrase that should be used often with parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, janitors, friends, and even the stranger who held the door open at Dollar General. There will always be someone greater and someone lesser than you. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you fall, and do not hesitate to offer help to the people around you. I would ask that you thank the people who helped you make it here today, and I would ask that you live your lives in a way that others want to ask you for help.
Seniors, be meek. Be quiet and gentle in your actions, and always know that someone is watching. For example, if you are on your way to a college visit and get pulled over (for the first time EVER) at 7:36 a.m. because you didn’t realize that Avenue G by the elementary school turns into a one-way street for approximately an hour each day (hey, I just moved here and, yes, I know realize there are signs and flashing lights... we all make mistakes... but at least I wasn’t speeding) you can guarantee that a student from your kindergarten grade religious education class will come up to you, tap you on the shoulder, and say, “I saw you got pulled over!” Seniors, be attentive to street signs.
Seniors, be just. May you work hard toward equity and fairness in all of your efforts. Speak only the truth and let your words be valuable.
Seniors, be forgiving and sympathetic. It takes more time and energy to hold a grudge than it does to forgive. Lead with “benefit of doubt” rather than pointing a finger, because who knows? You may end up finding your track spikes in your rival school’s lost and found...
Seniors, be confident. Know that the only limitations you have the ones you place on yourself. The seven inches between your ears are extremely powerful. Do not be afraid to set crazy dreams and work every minute to achieve these dreams. You will never know the outcome if you do not try. You can move mountains if you have the right mindset—and some time and a shovel.
Seniors, be kind. To live a happier life, you must first spread happiness to others. Be joyful and pleasant in your interactions with others. This will make people comfortable around you and therefore will make them respect you. Everyone has a bad day, but it is on these days that we must decide if it is really a bad day, or rather a bad attitude about the day. “Treat others how you wish to be treated,” is a cliché we’ve been hearing since elementary school, but we need to live these words. We are about to enter into a world of people with different beliefs, different opinions, and different lifestyles. We cannot control the actions or opinions of others, but we can control how we act toward them.
Seniors, be you. Hold firm in your beliefs and fight for what is right. We will face an unimaginable amount of difficulties in our lives--there is no avoiding this. Continue to fight the good fight, and you will be rewarded. Be good people and you will go far in life. Thank you parents for teaching us and teachers for parenting us.
Seniors, remember that everything happens for a reason. Every good thing, every bad thing. Everything happens for a reason. It may take time to see the purpose behind certain events in your life, but I promise there is a lesson in everything--you must be willing to learn. The greatest life lessons will come from times when you experience suffering. Be thankful for adversities and opportunities for they are chances to grow.
Seniors, bloom where you are planted. We are all equipped with the tools we need to be successful in our futures--no matter what we do or where we go. It’s up to us to decide that we want to use these tools. Last but not least, audience, feel free to take any of these bits of advice home with you.
Guess what, folks? We made it. Thank you Gothenburg for all the memories. Let’s go make some more. Oh, high school.
Graduation - Senior Address - Amaya Ackerman & Lauren Johnson
The Graduating class of 2019 has spent 13 years at Gothenburg Public schools, learning and making memories. Memories that will last last a lifetime, as corny as it is to say. As we gather here today before we embark on our new journeys into the real world, let’s take a few moments to think about one of the very first things we learned as a group: the ABC’s. This catchy song was one of our first memories together, and now it will be one of our last. We have created a new way to help our class remember their ABC’s and we would love to share it with you.
A- The amazing talents our grade has, from whistling like a fire alarm to performing poetry to dancing.
B- Band receiving superior ratings, and Mr. Belanger’s 10 years of teaching at GHS
C- Caden making robot noises into the fan in the weight room and swiftly receiving punishment from Mr. Haake
D- Destroying chromebooks, our boys favorite activities.
E- Speaking of destroying chromebooks, Evan Peterson, who is on his 5th chromebook since 8th grade, was the 2019 FFA Star Farmer.
F- Football and Friday Night Lights. The Senior boys made it to State Playoffs 3 of their 4 years of High School.
G- Groene Strong
H- Homecoming floats and demolishing the competition junior year with our smoke machine.
I- inventing numerous ways for our teachers to allow us to get coffee during class.
J- is for our grade’s favorite person, Jack. It is also for his favorite weekend getaway.
K- Kahoot and Mrs. Scherer’s love for the online game.
L- Leaving Swede Foundations to walk around the halls as a class
M- Maddie Daup and her Quizlet sets that saved countless people from failing government… and history, and english
N- Never getting to go to the zoo in 6th grade. Yes we are still upset.
O- One acts performances and drama llamas.
P- Preston and his 700 jobs
Q- Quizlet live, the game that we love to hate.
R- rolly chairs in Wiggins’s office…. Someone plz buy him WD40
S- State FFA and receiving the national chapter award all 4 years.
T- our very own Tyce Hruza, the State Record Holder in pole vault.
U- Uno… lots of Uno.
V- Vincent dropping a beam on his foot, getting appendicitis, and breaking his finger all in one semester.
W- Wyatt winning the State Championship in wrestling
X- The Exciting times spent studying for the ACT during junior year
Y- Why did we procrastinate on everything? IR projects, studying for anatomy, Senior papers.
Z- is for the all the zzz’s that Wyatt, Evan, Liz, and Thomas got during class.
Clearly, our class has had some stellar achievements. We have grown as people and learned so much beyond our ABC’s. This class will go out into the world and do amazing things, but they will never forget all that they accomplished here at GHS. So as you go onto your next adventure, remember these wise words from Jack David Loostrom, “life’s a game and we’re gonna play it”. Good luck class of 2019. We are going to do amazing things.
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