Extracurricular activities

A purpose of transitioning to the Academies of Grand Island Senior High is to allow for more student connections to their school. One way this will be accomplished is through more relevant learning during classes. Another is through relevant and personalized activities for every student.

Students will likely miss class due to activities. A benefit of the new schedule is built-in time every day to meet with teachers before or after missing class. This happens during the lunch and advisory block each day.


All students will continue to have the same athletic opportunities we currently offer.

Coach John Swanson and Coach Jeff Tomlin have built a weightlifting schedule to continue the tradition of excellence in our athletic programs. As we develop the rest of the schedule more, we will share more details. However, for now, we can say all varsity athletes will have the opportunity to be in weightlifting every day. It will look different than it has in the past, but the opportunity will exist.

Fine Arts

A schedule for fine arts is being developed by the GISH fine arts department. Choir director Jeff Vyhlidal is working on a plan to provide all students will opportunities to be involved in the fine arts.

Vyhlidal's current plan for choir, specifically, is as follows:

  • Varsity choir: Will include Ultimate Image show choir and chamber choir.
  • JV choir: Will include Future Image show choir and an auditioned mixed group
  • Treble choir: Will include Sweet Rev show choir and women's choir
  • Singers: Choir for students not in a show choir
  • Madrigals: Select performing ensemble

Band will continue to be an early bird (before school) class every day during marching band, in addition to being the first class of the day on either an A or B day. During the second semester, Jazz Band will be an early bird as it has been. Symphonic Band (A) and Concert Band (B) will each be the first period a day.

More plans for theater (acting, production and makeup), orchestra and other fine arts opportunities are still in development. The goal is to make arts classes accessible to all students.

Clubs and organizations

Currently, GISH students have the opportunity to be in more than two dozen different clubs and organizations. A handful of these are associated with academic interests. We fully expect each academy and pathway to have built-in organization associations. For example:

  • Education, Law & Environment
    • Education Rising
    • Mock Trial
    • Roots & Shoots
    • JROTC
  • Engineering & Technology
    • SkillsUSA
    • FBLA
  • Business & Communication
    • DECA
    • FBLA
    • SkillsUSA
  • Technical Sciences
    • SkillsUSA
  • Medical Sciences
    • Athletic training
    • HOSA

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