What’s happening at GHS?

Gladstone schools provide free summer lunch for kids
Gladstone Center for Children and Families
11 a.m. to noon, Mondays to Fridays
June 17 — August 16 [closed July 4-5]

Kraxberger Middle School
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays
June 17 — July 11 [closed July 4-5]

Gladstone High students and staff appear in Netflix series
In Gladstone, people are excited about the June 14 premiere of a new series called Trinkets that was filmed last fall at Gladstone High School. The series tells the story of three teen girls who meet in a shoplifters anonymous group.

Most filming was done on weekends last fall, when the school building was closed. Gladstone High students, including the cheer squad, had the opportunity to be extras in the film. Duncan Harris was paid for his acting role, and drama teacher Emmett Pearson-Brown had a few lines. Principal Kevin Taylor made a cameo appearance in the last episode.

Gladstone High band takes third at State
The Gladstone High School Symphonic Band brought home the third place trophy in this year’s state 4A competition, finishing close behind first place Philomath and second place Mazama. Band director Seth Arnold credited the ensemble’s success to hundreds of hours of practice in class and outside school.

Following the state competition, the band joined the school choir on a five-day trip to Southern California that included a visit to the Grammy Museum, the Los Angeles College of Music, UCLA, and Disneyland. These visits included participating in music clinics with professors, attending performances, and recording Disney music in their recording studio.

Gladstone graduation rate hits historic high
Gladstone’s class of 2018 had a district graduation rate of over 88 percent, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. The rate, a historic high, is more than 9 percent above the state average. In the past five years, the district raised the graduation rate over 9 percent.

Gladstone High partners with Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has entered a three-year partnership with Gladstone High School. It will bring the school opportunities for school performances, student workshops, and student travel to watcher performances by the nationally-renowned drama company in Ashland.

Gladstone High Key Club holds two blood drives
To counteract the national drop in blood donations due to flooding, snow and other weather events, Gladstone High School held blood drives on April 29 and May 1. The two events resulted in the donation of 122 units of blood. “Each unit of blood can help up to three people,” said club sponsor Lynnda Prom. “We had five total blood drives this year, and collected 270 units total. That’s 47 units more than last year!”