Welcome to Student Life
Students at Gulf Shores High School are offered a variety of enrichment opportunities. We use a wide variety of online educational resources and technology devices to facilitate daily instructional goals. This page include links, information, extracurricular activities and resources for the school year!
- ACT Work Keys
- Advanced Placement
- AP Courses
- Bell Schedule
- Canvas Guide
- College Planning
- CTE Capstone Program
- Code of Conduct
- Clubs and Organizations
- Dress Code
- Dual Enrollment
- Job/Internship Board
- Laptop Contract
- New To GSHS
- Senior Class of 2020
- STEAM Capstone Projects
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Handbook
The Island Band Boosters Non-Profit Organization was established to provide funding and support for our island bands—Gulf Shores Middle School and Gulf Shores High School. In general, the Boosters routinely provide for repairs on school instruments, music, flags for the color guard, busses to competitions and meals during practices. Additionally, we help staff band camp by providing snacks and drinks during rehearsals, lunch and dinner during meal time, and doing uniform fittings. Booster parents also help during football season with equipment and hydration for the band. To accomplish this, our organization conducts fundraisers throughout the year to help provide for our band.
As you can see, it takes a lot of parent participation to make all of this happen and we would love to have you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime! Together, our students can enjoy the life-long impact of making music while we as a community MAKE WAVES!
Visit our webpage at: https://gulfshoresbands.wixsite.com/website
Click on CTE Capstone Project Requirements below to get started.
- Clubs and Organizations
- Equality Club
- Electric Car Racing Club
- Friends of Exceptional Students
- High School Democrats of America
- International Club
- Key Club
- Leo Club
- National Honor Society
- Peer Helpers
- Robotics Club
- Scholars' Bowl
- Student Government Association
- Turning Point USA
Sponsor: Jessica Sampley
Equality Club is a group of students that promotes inclusion and provides support for students of every race, religion, sexuality, culture, and gender at Gulf Shores High School. We especially try to be a resource for the LGBTQ+ community in our school. This club has monthly meetings where we discuss current events involving issues of inequality. We also volunteer and fundraise to raise money for different organizations, and host social events to connect and support members. Overall, we aim to spread equality and make everyone feel welcome.
Sponsor: Wil Tuggle
FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.
Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.
FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.
The official name of the organization is the National FFA Organization. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change.
Sponsor: Michelle Gibbons
FES stands for Friends of Exceptional Students. FES is a club for all students and staff of Gulf Shores High School and promotes acceptance and inclusion of all students. FES encourages students to make an effort to friend and engage with others that may appear different from you.
We will be meeting every Friday during 2nd FOCUS in room 104/106.
The High School Democrats of America is a political organization that engages our youth in discussions, learning, and activism in politics. We will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, during 1st FOCUS. Our common political and social interests include voting rights, social equality, minority rights, multiculturalism, and green planet initiatives. All students are welcome to join. There is no membership fee. We will have guest speakers throughout the year and opportunities to be involved in the election process. For more information on how to join or contribute, contact Mrs. Talantis firstname.lastname@example.org
HOSA-Future Health Professionals is a national student led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE.
The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. The purpose of HOSA-Future Health Professionals is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
Membership fee is $20, or $35 to include a T-shirt. Monthly meetings are held during FOCUS. Our members plan to qualify for the state leadership conference and travel to Montgomery in March to compete against HOSA members from around the state of Alabama.
Sponsor: Jennifer Murphy, MSN, RN email@example.com
President: Nic Posey
Vice President: Anna Garrett
Treasurer: Maura Hawkins
Secretary: Kada Tillman
Reporter: Alisa Kozyuk
Join International Club, one of the largest and most successful organizations at GSHS! Our club’s focus is philanthropic, educational, and social. We have developed a relationship with an orphanage in Haiti, House of Hope. We are in our 3rdyear of supporting House of Hope. We have raised over thousands to help with operating costs, collected many needed supplies, and nurtured relationships between our students and Haitian students via our Pen Pal program. All students are welcome to join the club. Dues are $25 and include a t-shirt. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, during 1st FOCUS. Attendance is required to stay in good-standing. Students must be in good standing to go on our field trips, such as the Mobile International Food Fair, and join in our annual International Luncheon. For more information, please contact Mrs. Talantis firstname.lastname@example.org .
The purpose of Juniorettes is to contribute to a meaningful community life, to become aware of community problems and how they can be met, and to learn the pleasures and rewards of working with a group. Juniorettes does this by participating in the local campaign of Boxes of Joy, sponsoring Thanksgiving baskets for individuals in need in our community, support the Lighthouse with their Eggstravaganza and many more.
Sponsor: Wendy Jones
Meeting the 4th Wednesday of each month during 2nd FOCUS in room 200.
The Leo Club is a service club under our parent organization, the Lion’s Club. It is our mission to empower volunteers to serve our community through leadership, experience, and opportunity.
Faculty Sponsor: Courtney Blake email@example.com
GULF SHORES HIGH SCHOOL
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY GENERAL INFORMATION:
National Honor Society is an organization with selection for membership based upon the following four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character. The Gulf Shores Chapter of National Honor Society is advised by Ms. Amanda Reffitt and Ms. Sandy Dempsey and maintains a membership of approximately fifty students. Members of NHS strive to serve the community and school; members also complete a minimum of fifty community service hours per school year.
THOSE SEEKING TO JOIN NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY:
Consideration for membership requires a student be a current 10th, 11th, or 12th grader and currently maintain a 3.50 minimum GPA (the weighted GPA is used to determine eligibility). This is the minimum requirement for consideration. For additional information please access the by-laws. If you meet the minimum academic criteria for membership, we encourage you to apply to join the Gulf Shores High School chapter. Should you need a copy of the membership application/activity form, please visit the school website for the required form. Printed copies can be made available, see Ms. Reffitt or Ms. Dempsey in their classroom. Please follow the instructions on the activity form. Incomplete forms will not be given consideration by the Faculty Council. Additionally, late forms will not be accepted.
The application period opens September 1, 2020.
The deadline for submitting completed activity forms will be November 15, 2020.
INFORMATION FOR CURRENT MEMBERS:
The original due date for fees was extended due to Hurricane Sally. Fees not paid by October 30th will assess a $5.00 late fee and the members placed on probation per Article V, Section 3 of the by-laws. Dues are $25.00. T-shirts are included in your dues. T-shirts may not be ordered until dues are collected. See Ms. Reffitt or Ms. Dempsey with cash or check (checks should be made payable to GSHS).
Remember to keep accurate logs/records of your service hours. At least 25 hours will be due by the end of each semester. Completed forms will be turned in to Ms. Reffitt or Ms. Dempsey (please do not provide contact information; a signature is required).
Before submitting your hours for consideration, please consider the following questions:
- Did this activity benefit more than one or two people?
- Did it serve the overall community?
- If you served only one person, was an elderly or disabled adult or child helped for no monetary gain?
- Was this activity required or expected of you by another organization or class?
- Was this activity completed outside the normal hours/days of the academic calendar?
The Peer Helpers program trains students in how to better help their peers. Peer Helpers gain life skills through training in the eight communication skills and through practicing these skills in mock situations. In addition, Peer Helpers study problem-solving techniques, decision-making strategies, and basic concepts of human behavior as they relate to peer tutoring, mentoring, and conflict resolution. After nine weeks of training, students are assigned to work as tutors, mediators, or mentors. Special thanks goes to the support of the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation. Without their help, many of the opportunities would not be possible.
The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation supports the Peer Helper programs in Baldwin County, which is a local United Way agency. To learn more the foundation, visit www.jennifermoorefoundation.com. To learn more about the NAPPP, visit http://www.peerprogramprofessionals.org.
Scholars Bowl is an academic competition team aligned with the NAQT standards for competition. We have both a Varsity and JV team. We compete against other Mobile and Baldwin county schools to see who are the best and brightest in all academic subjects. The fee to join the team is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Membership has fundraising and practicing requirements. Practices will be held once a week after school until 4:15. Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, August 25 at 3:15pm in room 108.
Gulf Shores High School Student Government Association is an organization of the Students, for the Students, and by the Students. SGA is headed by a group of officers but is an open organization for all students to be a part of. SGA serves as a link between the administration and the student body. They work for betterment of students in the hopes of providing the best possible high school experience for their peers.
President- Jake Gibbons
Vice President- Megan Bradford
Secretary- Olivia Callahan
Treasurer- Olivia Callahan
SGA Sponsor- Owen Corcoran
Turning Point USA at GSHS, is one presence of over 2,500 campuses of the 501(c)3 national non-profit organization whose mission is to identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government. Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values. We meet every Wednesday during FIRST Focus in Coach Austin Boyd's room, 118. This a voluntary CLUB and no one is mandated to attend. ALL are welcome to attend meetings or join and there is no fee to do so. ALL marketing materials are provided by Turning Point USA and We are NOT sponsored monetarily by Gulf Shores City Schools. For more information on Turning Point USA visit: https://www.tpusa.com/about
Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk.The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.
You can contact Coach Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org as well
We are so excited this year about the new 2020-2021 Yearbook! We are looking forward for the opportunity to truly tell the story of everything GSHS.
Do you need to purchase a yearbook? Click HERE and enter code #1798.
Would you like to share pictures for the yearbook? Email us at email@example.com. Please be sure to include the names of students in the picture.
Editors: Brooklynn Cromwell & Alayna Perrott
Sponsor: Mrs. Valerie Kaye, firstname.lastname@example.org
GSCS Expected Dress for All Students
Gulf Shores City Schools in collaboration with the Gulf Shores parents, students, and employees have created the following dress code for Gulf Shores Elementary, Gulf Shores Middle, and Gulf Shores High Schools. The process was thoughtful, intentional, and focused on ensuring an updated dress code.
Gulf Shores City Schools recognize the importance of student appearance, including the need to partner with parents/guardians in maintaining a positive learning environment that is free of distraction due to clothing and/or accessories. Students are expected to dress with respect toward self, family, school, and community using reasonable standards of cleanliness and decency throughout various situations. All students must follow the dress code while attending school, riding buses to and from school, and participating in school functions, unless otherwise indicated by the principal. Final dress code interpretation is at the discretion of the administration.
GSCS requires that students follow the following clothing and/or accessories guidelines:
● No pictures, emblems or writings on clothing that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene. Attire or accessories that directly, by innuendo, or look-alike promote alcohol, drugs, sex, profanity, violence, gangs, may not be worn.
● Spaghetti straps and strapless tops are not permitted. No garments that are see-through or show midriff, lower back or cleavage. Fabric should cover your front, back, sides, and under the arms.
● No oversized or overly tight tops.
● Tank tops or undershirts are not permitted to be worn as tops.
● Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised. Pants:
● No sagging or baggy fit and must be worn at the waist.
● No see-through pants/leggings may be worn.
● Leggings may be worn only under shirts or dresses that come to the top of the thigh.
● No oversized or tight pants.
● No holes in jeans in inappropriate areas.
● Sweat pants and warm-up suits are permitted.
● Pajama pants are not permitted.
● Must be visible under shirts.
● Spandex, biker, or see-through shorts are prohibited.
● Shorts must have a minimum of a four inch inseam - including athletic shorts (i.e. - Nike shorts).
Dresses & Skirts:
● Spaghetti straps and strapless dresses are not permitted.
● Bottom of skirt and/or slit cannot go above mid-thigh.
● Elementary Students: Shorts/Leggings must be worn under all dress/skirts. Shoes:
● Must be worn at all times and fastened properly.
● No bedroom slippers.
● Classes may require certain shoes. Example: P.E., Chemistry.
● Elementary Students: Tennis shoes or totally enclosed shoes are required for the school day.
● Hats, caps, sweatbands or other head covering will not be worn in the school building (religious and themed dress-up day are exceptions). Headbands are allowed but not as head covering. Students may have specific attire required for certain field trips, classes or labs.
Students are expected to adhere to these requirements as directed by the teacher.
Progressive Disciplinary Action for Dress Code Violations:
1st Offense. Warning and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. If neither of these options is available, student spends the day in OCS. Parents must be notified that dress code policy has been violated.
2nd - 3rd Offenses. Break detention and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. If neither of these options are available, student spends the day in OCS. Parent must be notified of break detention placement.
4th Offense. Meeting with a counselor to discuss violations, appropriate clothing, and needs. Student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. Parent must be notified of meeting with counselor and invited to attend the meeting.
5th Offense. 1 Day OCS and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. Parent must be notified of OCS placement.
6th Offense. 2 Days OCS and student changes clothes using available clothes at school or calls parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes. Parent must be notified of OCS placement.
7th+ Offenses. 1 Day suspension. Parent must be notified of suspension.
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Are you interested in purchasing a senior ad for the yearbook? Contact Mrs. Kaye email@example.com or visit www.yearbookordercenter.com code #1798. Prices are 1/8 of a page $60, 1/4 of a page $100, 1/2 of a page $175 and one full page $300. DUE date is 1/15/2021.