Welcome to our school
"Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams", Galesburg High School is a four-year high school with an enrollment just over 1,300 serving the the students of District 205. GHS offers a diverse curriculum, taught on the block schedule, inlcuding both honors classes and vocational classes offered by an area vocational center headquartered in the building. GHS also offers its students many opportunities to participate in activities, ranging from athletics and music to drama and Scholastic Bowl.
Work continues on GHS campus
Follow the progress on Galesburg High School's new stadium and multi-purpose building with a live video feed. Work on the campus improvements is scheduled to be completed in August of 2014. Simply click onto "Under Construction" logo and see it live!
P.E. focuses on 'Fitness First' objective
Physical Education, long ago losing the “gym” class moniker, has come a long way in the last few years. The images of “drill instructors” in short shorts or the days of PE teachers rolling out the ball and reading the newspaper are long gone.
In the 2013-2014 school year, with the anticipation of the new field house opening Fall of ’14, the Galesburg High School Physical Education Department started a major overhaul. The department recognized the need to change to a much more current approach to Physical Education where lifelong fitness is the number one goal. Teachers began to plan a new philosophy where fitness, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and nutrition became the focal point of Physical Education. A year later, the new motto for GHS PE “Fitness First” has taken a strong hold. Students in every class are learning much more than how to serve a volleyball or shoot a free throw but now are learning concepts and strategies that they can use to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
While effort and participation are always going to be important in any lab class, improvement is the key in the “Fitness First” approach at GHS. During the first couple days of class, students are tested in a number of categorizes including resting heart rate and/or recovery heart rate, push-ups/sit-ups/pull-ups, and the mile run. These are base numbers that will be reviewed by the teacher and student to compare and contrast improvement or plateaus that the student has. It is a strong belief of the GHS PE department that improvement, no matter how small, is a positive step forward that can help all students lead a healthier life. If those small steps are noticed at home, there is no telling how the positives can roll throughout a family and the entire Galesburg community.
Students in PE are using their one to one technology the district has implemented to improve all facets of their “Fitness First” learning. The Chrome Book has given students access to the GHS fitness database where they can keep track of their own fitness levels. These levels are not just kept for the term or the year, but their entire high school career. Students are instructed and given the opportunity to update their database every week. Furthermore, students are using their Chrome Books to reach a new level of learning in Physical Education. Students are being paired and grouped together to research topics that will directly affect their lives. This peer led teaching goes beyond the normal teacher led instruction and gives students a chance to discover the “how and why” and share it with others. Some nutrition topics students have had the opportunity to discover have been the new “Nutrition Plate,” the difference between polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and the good, bad, and ugly of carbohydrates. Students have also been guided to discoveries about hydration and how it affects the body, the major muscles of the body, and anaerobic/aerobic exercise and “fat burning” and “cardio building” zones pertaining to the heart and lungs.
As fall returned to Galesburg and the new field house was opened, the opportunities for the “Fitness First” approach have only grown. Being able to utilize an indoor track, larger weight room, and new cardio room throughout the winter has redefined our winter curriculum. The Galesburg High School PE department of Marla Clay, Arnie Gonzalez, Mike Reynolds, Jody Chapman, Mike Washabaugh, Ryan Hart, and Sean Masten are looking forward to taking the next step towards “Fitness First.”
Term One Honor Roll released
Congratulations to the students who made the Galesburg High School Term One Honor Roll. Click on the this lik to view the Honor Roll.
Illinois Senate school funding bill #16 discussed
How does Illinois Senate Bill 16 address school funding? Superintendent Bart Arthur explains the merits of the bill in a letter to parents.
Check out the Galesburg C.U.S.D. #205 Chromebook agreement
Here is a copy of the Galesburg Community School District #205 Chromebook agreement.
District 205 is living the
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Mid-Term & Term dates revised
With GHS' late start, the first mid-term and term dates have been revised to reflect a change in the academic calendar. The projected mid-term date will be Friday, October 3rd and the end of the term will likely be Thursday, October 30th. Exams will be scheduled Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 & 30.
2014-15 activity calendars going on sale
The GHS Student Council will be selling their 2014-15 activities calendars for $5.00 beginning on August 11th - the date of Freshmen Orientation.
GHS Activites List
Holiday Concert at Orpheum Dec. 16th
On Tuesday, December 16th the Galesburg High School A cappella and Concert Choirs and Wind Symphony will present an "Evening of Holiday Music" at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Galesburg. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of Kidder Music, OSF St. Mary's Medical Center and Dennis Twitty State Farm Insurance.
The home for up-to-the-date information on Silver Streaks athletics has moved to Athletics 2000. The website will be directly integrated with the Athletic Department's scheduling program.
Thanksgiving Tournaments won
It was a happy holiday weekend as both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams captured the annual Thanksgiving Tournament championship. GHS' girls shared the title with United Township. Both teams went undefeated. The Streaks will claim the trophy by virtue of the points-allowed titebreaker. The boys won their title outright, running the table with a perfect 5-0 record.