John’s Driving School

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John’s Driving School and the Elanco School District are partnering up to offer a Behind-the-Wheel Driver’s Education Course for Garden Spot Students that consists of three, 2-Hour Behind-the-Wheel Lessons for $390. Lessons may be scheduled during school hours at approved times/periods as per District requirements. All lessons will be given by a John’s Driving School Instructor certified by the PA Dept. of Education and will be given in a John’s Driving School vehicle equipped with a dual brake.

For more information, please go to, email them at, or call the office at (717) 287-8300.


ELANCO – Lancaster Terms and Conditions

ELANCO DS Permission Slip


Buick Drive for Students Event

Buick Test Drive

On Saturday, October 13th, from 9 am – 2 pm, Garden Spot High School is hosting a Buick Drive for Students Event. Buick will donate $10 to the school for each valid test drive up to 100 test drives. If the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double their donation to $20 per valid test drive, for a maximum donation of $10,000!

There are two restrictions: 1.) Drivers must be 21 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance; and, 2.) Limit two (2) donations per household.

Come out to take a test drive to help raise funds for GSHS student clubs and activities.

2018 Homecoming Court

Homecoming court


The Garden Spot High School 2018 Homecoming Court was announced this week and is composed of seven boys and seven girls from the Class of 2019. Queen Candidates (Left to Right): Megan Esh, Courtney Zwally, Ashley Good, Carysse Norris, Alanna Billy, Caludia Fithian, Elisabeth Clark. King Candidates (Left to Right): Nyvani Molina, Brandon Bixler, Joe Royle, Jesse Mast, Colton Gehr, Jordan Tennis (missing Zeb Fisher).

Homecoming Week activities will culminate with a home football game on Friday, September 28th vs. Conestoga Valley followed the next day by the Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening, September 29th.


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

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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

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

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.