Thoughts from Mr. Cox 9-13-18

Good morning Spartans!

It is hard to believe that we are almost done with our third week of school… man, how time flies! It has been a pleasure getting to be around all of you again, and we thank you for an awesome start to the school year. I wanted to especially thank each of you for how well you have welcomed the Class of 2022, our students who transferred in from other schools, and our foreign exchange students. Your kindness and character shine in your actions, and they are a large part of what makes our school so wonderful.

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You may have noticed that September’s trait of the month is leadership. The Spartan Way is more than a clever phrase, it is a set of principles that guide our interactions, and leadership is an important part of ‘Doing What’s Right’. Great leaders hold themselves accountable to doing what’s right even when no one else is watching, and because of that others are inspired to do the same. Great leaders treat others well, and those actions make others feel comfortable and valued in their presence. Great leaders don’t give up, even when things get tough, and they encourage those around them to keep trying even when life gets tough. Great leaders are role models, and each of you have the ability to be leaders. Leadership is a trait that requires doing what’s right because those who inspire us to action are those who do what is right… and great leadership inspires us to be the best that we can be. The most important thing to remember is that all of you are a leader to someone… a peer, a younger sibling, a cousin… there are people all around you who look up to you, and that is something that you need to take very seriously. Are your actions ones that you would be proud of if others who look up to you followed?

I challenge each of you to be leaders, and to make a difference in this world. Each of you have it in you to do great things, the question is whether you will find ways to get the job done, or make excuses for why it was not possible. Great leaders find a way to do what is necessary to get the job done. Be leaders… live your life in a way that draws others to you… treat others well, do what is right, and refuse to give up – even when things are tough… by doing those things, you will be a leader that others will follow, and you will be able to hold your head high knowing that you are making a difference in this world. Keep rockin’, Spartans!

Have an awesome Thursday!

Mr. Cox

Assistant Principal
Garden Spot High School


Mock DUI Crash Simulation

On the afternoon of May 3rd, Garden Spot High School Students had the opportunity to witness a mock vehicle crash simulation put on by members of the New Holland Police Department, local fire companies, and EMS. Several of our own Garden Spot Performing Art actors and actresses played the role of crash victims. A MedEvac helicopter even made an appearance.

The goal of the simulation was to display the dangers and real-life consequences of driving under the influence and driving while distracted.

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Elanco Relay for Life T-Shirt Sale

relay for life

On Monday, May 21, 2018, the Elanco School District will be sponsoring a county-wide Relay for Life where all students will walk for those that are suffering with cancer and raise funds in order to find a cure for the disease. Students in Grades 7 – 12 will walk from 7:55 – 11:00 am, while students in Grades K – 6  walk at some point between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Elanco Health Council is taking orders for t-shirts now because there are seven other districts joining us this year and the American Cancer Society (ACS) needs time to turn around the orders in each district. Every participating district will be wearing the same t-shirts in order to unite all of the districts. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt (proceeds go directly to the ACS for our event), please download the Relay for Life T-Shirt 2018 Order Form that has a larger picture of the shirt design.

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The cost of the shirt is $10 and the money can be sent to Julie Groft in the high school. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society and the deadline to order the shirts is April 12th. You don’t need to be a student to purchase a shirt.

The other districts participating this year are Ephrata, Pequea Valley, Conestoga Valley, Manheim Township, Hempfield, McCaskey and E-Town- these names will be on the back of the shirt along with ELANCO.


Vietnam War Veterans Share Their Experiences

Several Vietnam Military Veterans were at Garden Spot High School on Monday to share their war service experience with our students. This is the fourth time that a group from the Vietnam Veterans of America Lancaster Chapter 1008 presented to our students about the war and the societal issues surrounding this time in our country’s history. This veteran’s group regularly participates in our annual ceremony that recognizes GSHS seniors who plan to serve in the military after graduation.  During the last ceremony, they presented our district with a plaque that includes the names of the Garden Spot High School Students who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Many thanks goes to GSHS Social Studies Teacher, Mark Leaman for organizing this annual event.

Vietnam Veterans

Thankful for Each of You – Mr. Cox

Good morning Spartans!

I hope this email finds you doing well and looking forward to a break for Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to have you here, and for the opportunity to be a part of your life.

I encourage you to take the time this week to hug the people that matter in your life, and to let them know how thankful you are for them. I encourage you to take the time to be thankful for what you have, and not to focus on all that you may wish you had. No matter our situation, our mind set is determined by what we let our mind dwell on. I encourage you to let your mind dwell on what is good and right in your life.


I am personally thankful for the sunrise (see image above) that I get to see each morning on my way to work during these months, and I am thankful for the time that I get to spend with each of you. There are things all around us that we should be thankful for regardless of what is going on in our lives. I am hopeful that each of you will be able to stop and appreciate those things in your life, and that you will take the time to thank the people who make a difference in your life.

Smile a lot over break, and spend your time doing things that make your heart smile. Thank you for being awesome, and thank you for making our lives better here at Garden Spot.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mr. Elias M. Cox

Assistant Principal
Garden Spot High School

Mr. Garden Spot Competition

mr gsOn Saturday evening, October 28th, the Garden Spot Cheerleaders with the support of many local business will be holding the first ever Mr. Garden Spot Competition in the GS Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Fourteen of our high school gentlemen will be placed out of their comfort zone and on stage for talent, evening wear, and on stage question portions of the competition and they need your support.

Tickets are being sold at school lunches ($4 students and seniors, $6 adults), at the door the night of the performance, or feel free to email Lindsey Hubert at

GSHS Students Travel to Germany

American students with German host partners
American students with German host partners

Over the summer, 19 GSHS students spent 2 weeks in Germany, from June 17th – July 2nd on a trip coordinated by Laura Trimble (GSHS German teacher) and Manfred Eller (GSHS Physics teacher). The group was also accompanied by Gretchen Ripple (GSHS History teacher). The students spent their first week living in a German host family in the city of Worms, which is Mr. Eller’s hometown. Students experienced everyday life in their German host families and attended school at Rudi-Stephan Gymnasium, a secondary school for grades 5-13, which specializes in the study of foreign languages. They also took a cruise on the Rhine River and visited Heidelberg. The group then spent the second week traveling throughout southern Germany and Austria. Group excursions included a tour of the former Dachau concentration camp, a day in Munich including a visit to BMW world, a tour of a salt mine in Berchtesgaden, a trip to the highest alpine peak in Germany known as the Zugspitze, visits to two of King Ludwig II’s castles (Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee) and shopping in Salzburg, Austria.

Our host students from Worms will be visiting GSHS from September 23rd through 29th. They will attend school and go on excursions to Philadelphia and Valley Forge while they are here. We are thrilled with this newfound exchange with a German school, which provides an extraordinary opportunity for our German language students to experience the German language and culture first-hand, as well as form meaningful relationships with native Germans. We look forward to a long-term biannual exchange with Rudi-Stephan Gymnasium.

Students who took part in the exchange: Daniel Styer, Tacey Sauder, Jeremy Hershey, Patrick Montgomery, Charles Ulrich, Paula Groff, Abigail Foor, Ariana Tirado, Aaron Lapp, Andrew Bowman, Seth Babb, Trenton Smoker, Brina Martin, Brandon Sabasino, Christian Schilling, Makaela Smith, Rachel Hooley, Zachary Hannum, and Nathan Smucker.

American students visiting Herrenchiemsee Palace
American students visiting Herrenchiemsee Palace


pathways logoPathways2Success, the work-based learning program at Garden Spot High School, provides students the opportunity to work a part-time or full-time job during the school day while earning academic credits and learning skills for 21st Century careers.  The goal of the program is to help students achieve a high priority, high skill, and high paying career and encourage post-secondary training through short-term or degree based programs.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Pathways students worked at various businesses throughout the county including High Concrete (Denver), E&G Concrete (Stevens), Garden Spot Village (New Holland), HMS Host (Elverson), Morgan Truck Bodies (Morgantown) and McDonald’s (New Holland).  The students were able to learn about how to be successful in the working environment while on the job and in the classroom.  These students are now ready to graduate and begin their careers!

To learn more about the Pathways2Success program and read stories about the individual students, visit the Pathways2Success website.


Memorial Day Recognition Assembly 2017

On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, Garden Spot High School held an assembly that recognized local Veterans, current active service men and women, as well as students entering military service after high school.

Many thanks to Garden Spot Seniors – Evan Robbins, Spenser Kehlor, and Dan Peirsol – who recorded, edited and produced the video in conjunction with their video production class.

Hannah Lieberher wins Congressional Art Competition


Garden Spot HS Junior, Hannah Lieberher won the top spot in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Lloyd Smucker hosted the event this year. Hannah’s work will hang for one year in the Cannon Tunnel at our nation’s Capital in Washington, D.C. She and her family will also be invited to a reception in their honor in Washington D.C. sometime in June.

We are really proud of Hannah and all of our students who participated this year’s competition.  All other student work can be seen at an ongoing show through the month of May at Garden Spot Village.