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Symphonic Band wins state championship
The Symphonic Band from Gladstone High School won this year’s 4A State Championship, outpacing second place finisher Mazama High School by 39 points.  Watch them perform.

Judges lauded the band for their expressive phrasing and sensitivity, their confident and clear technique, their superb collaboration, and their skill in sight reading.

The band performed pieces from different musical genres, including American Riversongs by Pierre Laplante; The Willow Tree by Pádraigín Máire Ní Uallacháin; Cumberland Cross by Carl Strommen; Variations on Scarborough Fair by Calvin Custer; and Scramble by Todd Stalter.

“This is a huge win for us,” said band director Seth Arnold. “Our seniors were the first sixth graders I ever taught. We started this journey together and in a lot of ways have grown up together. This isn’t just the result of a single year’s work, it’s the culmination of years and years of work.”

“Last year, as hard as I tried to foster relationships over Zoom, our connection as a community suffered,” he added. “This year, as classroom learning resumed, we’ve rebuilt that community spirit we were missing by performing in real concerts and having fun in pep band. There are not many programs that came back from COVID bigger and better, so this win is a testament to the hard work these kids have put in.”
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At GHS, 87% of students take Career/Technical courses
At Gladstone High School, 87% of students take career/technical [CTEC] classes before graduation. That’s 13% above the state average, and also significantly higher than all neighboring districts, The CTEC Consortium study compiled enrollment from three cohort years from 2017 to 2020. The data can be found here: https://gladstonekids.com/CTEC

“Gladstone’s CTEC classes range from medical terminology, construction technology, and video production to accounting, engineering, and cyber security,” said Principal Kevin Taylor. “Beyond that, we also offer many AP, dual-credit and CCC classes to prepare students for college.

Research shows that students who concentrate on a CTEC program are 25% more likely to graduate in four years than those who did not.
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GHS tops state graduation rate by 5%

The Gladstone School District’s four-year graduation rate for the class of 2021 was 86%. That’s 5% above the state graduation rate.

Gladstone again showed strong performance by some historically underserved groups. More than 86% of Hispanic/Latino students graduated in four years, beating the state average by over 4%. That’s an improvement of 12% in just four years.

Nearly 82% of Gladstone’s economically disadvantaged students graduated on time, a rate nearly 5% better than the state average. The district improved the graduation rate for this group by 18.5% in the past seven years through academic and emotional support programs.

In Gladstone, over 78% of students with disabilities graduated on time, almost 7% more than the previous year and 12% above the state average. The district’s strong focus on early intervention strategies helped build this success.