Students use Digital Posters to Explore the 1920’s


The students of Ms. Ripple’s Keystone American History, grade 9, have been integrating Web 2.0 tools and the content of the 1920’s. Their assignment was to create a Glogster, a digital poster that highlighted one of the main topics of the 1920s. They worked in pairs and were required to include a video and several pictures, in addition to the content they researched. It was a successful merge of research skills, collaboration, and technology.


Woodworking Seminar Makes Museum Replicas of Kayaks

During the Spring Semester of 2012, six Garden Spot students in the Woodworking Seminar class completed museum replicas of original skin-on-frame Greenland and Aleutian-style kayaks as well as paddles.  They were all built with Western red cedar with steam-bent white-ash ribs and a stitched-on nylon skin.  The finished kayaks weigh between 24 and 30 pounds.








Left to Right:

Nate Good-  17’10” West Greenland kayak from 1888

Josiah Stoltzfus – same

Daniel Danilyuk  –  16’6” East Greenland kayak from 1931

Rob Barrett –  16’-6” Aleutian baidarka from 1845

Erica Robles – 16’-10” Aleutian baidarka from 1845

Lizz Wagner – 12’6” Aleutian baidarka from 1845

Earth Day Activity

Earth Day was Sunday, April 22, 2012.  Mrs. Braverman’s science classes decided to cleanup around the school for Earth Day.  Monday, April 23, all her classes took 10 minutes and went and gathered up trash in the front of the school as well as in the back.  We collected about two bags of litter form the area.  School pride is alive and well at Garden Spot!

Zac Waddington Speaks to Anatomy & Physiology Students

Students in Anatomy & Physiology are currently learning the skeletal system.  They have just finished the vertebral column and are moving on to the upper extremity. Injuries to this area of the body were reviewed.     They spent some time reading and discussing what it would be like if they were a paraplegic or did not have use of their arms or legs.  Zac Waddington  came in to discuss what life is like with cerebral palsy.  He answered questions written by the Anatomy students as well as questions from his support staff Mrs. Horst.  Zac was wonderful and the anatomy students appreciated his message.

Work-Based Learning Program

Garden Spot students participate in the Work-Based Learning program and have jobs that will continue after graduation.

Travis Rohrer – was hired at Giant last Spring. He plans to work more hours after graduation.










Ben Gornish – was hired to work in the Garden Spot Middle & High School cafeteria at the start of the school year






Amber Antes – was hired full time at Garden Spot Village in the Dietary department and she is planning to pursue further education as either a CNA or veterinary assistant.

A French Fashion Show

Garden Spot High School’s French 2 students have been mastering how to identify clothing and apparel items in French, to include mastering how to describe in detail the colors,size, styles, materials, and costs of these items, which shops they would most likely find these items, and how to ask  a salesckek for help, pay for, return, and  buy these items using cash, ,debit/credit  cards, and checks, all in French.  To demonstrate and celebrate their extensive learning and application of all they mastered,  students were tasked with creating their own hilarious or elegant fashion outfit, compose the commentator’s description of their outfit which they then, of course modeled.  In addition to providing the outfit, students  provided an  imaginary description about themselves,  the ‘model’  which they shared with the audience.  The commentator’s information focused on at least five articles:  sharing what it was made of, where you could buy it, how much it would cost in euros, what kind of article it was (for an elegant dinner, casual soiree), and detailed descriptions of whether the items were high-heeled, long sleeved, without a collar, striped, polka-dotted etc.  Character descriptions shared with the class  included a student from Hogsworth, a divorced professor from China, a university student working to help pay for their education, and a mother of three who was from the United States.   Students not  only  brought in mis-matched clothing items, but availed themselves of wigs, glasses, amusing slippers, makeup, and eyeglasses with a fake nose, homemade ‘bling’, and other hilarious items to complete their outfits.   The most memorable aspects of this assignment was observing the energy, high interest, and creativity that the students displayed throughout develpment of their project and the support the students gave each other in their performances.

Students Participate in Penn State University Essay Contest

In December, ELanCo participated in Penn State University’s 29th Annual Essay Contest, a statewide writing contest for high school juniors.   The two top placement winners from Garden Spot were Katie Mueller and Sirena Rowland, and their essays have been entered in the state competition at University Park to compete against other local winners from around Pennsylvania.  In February, Penn State’s Department of English will announce twenty state finalists, and in the spring, the top three essayists will receive special commendations and honoraria for their distinguished work.

In adherence to Penn State’s guidelines for participating schools, Garden Spot’s local writing competition spanned sixty minutes, during which time the contestants read a recent Wall Street Journal article and composed an essay response to the piece.  The article, “Flash Mob Violence and the Constitution,” discussed constitutional, legal, and policy issues sparked by the use of social media to organize mobs and impromptu public gatherings in U.S. cities and in cities around the world.   Students’ essays were evaluated by a group of G.S. English teachers, and the two winning essays were sent to University Park to represent Garden Spot in the state competition.

Congratulations to all juniors who participated in the contest, and we wish Katie and Sirena the best of luck in the next round!