Principal's Message

 

Mr. Sean Gorman

Mr Sean Gorman
 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It has been a year for the record books at GHS.  Four years ago, we aspired to gain a placement on The Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” rankings as a goal that aligns with our ideal vision.  I am excited to share that we have made the list for the first time (now titled, The Challenge Index), a great credit to our students and staff. Our new goal is to be recognized every year in the future. This accomplishment comes on the heels of a notification that US News & World Report has featured us once again within its “America’s Best High Schools” national rankings.  We have now been honored four out of the past seven years. We are humbled and honored to have arrived at this position and will work tirelessly to continue to raise performance levels and expectations.  

 We made this pledge with our vision statement four years ago:  Gloucester High School, in partnership with students, families, and our community, sets high expectations for our performance and instills pride in our achievements, developing responsible citizens and a commitment to life-long learning.  It was consciously designed that the setting of “high expectations for our performance” would apply to every one of us---every student, every staff member, and every family throughout our community.  We have accomplished these accolades while integrating approaches that have seen student participation rates skyrocket. AP participation rates have nearly tripled over that four-year period. Additionally, every one of our students now takes the PSAT and SAT during our school day at no cost to our families. 

Best practices instruction continues to evolve at GHS with AVID strategies leading the way. We encouraged focused note-taking as our school-wide instructional strategy two years ago followed by Socratic Seminars this year.  Our focus for 2019-2020 will be student collaborative study groups. And I couldn’t be any more excited to get started with the new programs coming to GHS: Navy ROTC, AP Studio Art, AP Computer Science Principles, The Lions News daily, Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science, and a long-desired partnership with Camden County College’s Career & Technical School that will allow students to begin to study construction trade fields as early as their Junior year. 

2018-2019 was also another year of excellence in music and the arts, athletics, and service.  Three of our teams, Boys Cross Country, Girls Bowling, and Softball, won Tri-County Conference championships.  One of our wrestlers advanced to States – he is the first-ever to do so. Our bands and color guard have a new director who has already attracted the largest number of student participants in well over a decade.  Our Consumer Bowl team repeated as Camden County champions for the fourth consecutive year. We are excited to see what the future holds for us in athletics as we have submitted an application to be considered for transition to the Colonial Conference over the next two school years.

As you can see as you drive up Market Street, construction is taking place in nearly every direction.  Administratively, we have stayed true to our commitment of analyzing this year’s performance on every level, identifying processes we need to replicate, and designing plans for improvement in any areas of struggle.  A former colleague used to comment that our students would “run through a wall” for anyone who they felt reciprocated the same commitment to them and their community.  He marveled about the intense dedication and loyalty from our GHS students. That loyalty grew from the students seeing how much our staff and administration believes in them.  We will continue to find ways to “run through walls” for each other and lead GHS to greater heights than we imagined possible.


Sean Gorman, Class of 1998


Ms. Sarah Finley

sfinley

Assistant Principal

It is my honor to begin my sixth year as the Assistant Principal of Gloucester City High School, and my eighteenth year overall at GHS.  I am excited about the possibilities that the 2019-2020 school year will bring, and I look forward with great anticipation to collaborating with the staff, students, and parents of this great community to further our commitment to lifelong learning.


At GHS, we strive to develop 21st century students equipped with critical thinking, decision-making, and problem solving skills, and our rigorous course of study allows us to provide students with the meaningful foundations they need to succeed in college and career.   In addition, our staff is dedicated to creating a positive, safe, and nurturing environment for all students, allowing them to explore their interests and challenge themselves to explore new experiences. We are proud of all of the opportunities we offer our students – in terms of both academics and extracurricular activities – and of the partnerships that continue to flourish within our school community.  Rest assured that the staff and administration at GHS will continue to hold students to high expectations for respect, responsibility, character, and integrity so that each student may reach their full potential both academically and behaviorally.


I hope that all of us – students, staff, parents, and community members - will continue to do our part to help one another reach our goals this year.  It is a privilege to serve the GHS community as Assistant Principal, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn with and from the students every day.  Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns – let’s have a great year, and as always, GO LIONS!


Sincerely,

Sarah Finley

GHS Assistant Principal