The mission of the Granite Falls School District is to inspire and facilitate a passion for life-long learning and the pursuit of excellence in every student, every day.
State Assessment Information Night
Last spring, our students took the new Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) which is aligned with the State Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. OSPI released the state and district results. Since the SBA is new and more rigorous than previous assessments, OSPI predicted state passing rates for ELA and math to be around 35%. It is important to recognize that these scores are not the only source of information on our students’ achievement. We also focus on classroom-based assessments. Data from both the SBA results and classroom assessments help us plan and guide instruction for your child. Superintendent Hall stated, “I want to take this opportunity to caution you not to believe everything you see on social media about the Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment. The new standards have been adopted in 46 states and are designed to teach problem solving skills. Since we live in a global society, preparing students to be critical thinkers and having a growth mindset are vital to become college and career ready.” The individual assessments are available at the schools. With the new format this year, the reports can be very confusing, and we want to help you interpret these results. The District will host an open house night to distribute the individual assessment reports and offer a variety of resources on the Common Core and SBAC. The Assessment Informational Night will be held on Monday, November 9 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for grades K-8 and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for grades 9-12 at Mountain Way Elementary School. If you wish to inquire about your child’s results prior to the information night, please contact your school’s principal.
October is Disability History Month
RCW 28A.230.158 requires that all Washington public schools conduct or promote educational activities that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities.
Printable District Calendar Available
A “cleaner-looking” version of the calendar has been created as a .pdf for those interested in printing a hard copy, available here. This will be published once at the beginning of the year so it will not reflect changes made throughout the year. For the most up-to date calendar and events, please see the live version posted on the right-hand side of this page or contact the schools. If you don’t have access to a printer, please visit the Administration Office at 205 N. Alder Ave. to get a hard copy.
The District Seeks Substitute Staff & Bus Drivers
– We are accepting substitute staff applications for teachers, food services, instructional assistants (paraprofessionals), student supervisors (playground), health attendants, clerical, maintenance.
Contact Susan King in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-283-4309 for an application packet and/or more information. ALSO, Transportation is hiring for school bus drivers!
If you have a flexible schedule, looking for part-time hours, and are interested in serving the districts of Lake Stevens and/or Granite Falls, please call 425-335-1508. Flyer here>
High School Teacher Named ‘Regional Teacher of the Year’
A BIG Congratulations goes to Granite Falls High School Manufacturing Teacher, Michael Werner, for being named the “Regional Teacher of the Year” by the Northwest Educational Service District #189. Teachers of the Year are recognized across the state from each region’s Educational Service District. Werner was selected unanimously by the NWESD that serves 30 other school districts. As a state finalist (1 of 9) in the running for WA State Teacher of the Year, Werner attended a ceremony on September 21st at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Although he did not receive the honor, he was recognized as a top ambassador for the teaching profession in WA State. Nathan Gibbs-Bowling of Tacoma School District was named Teacher of the Year and during his acceptance speech, he recognized Michael and his exemplary CTE work in our district and commended the eco-car program. Read more about the Teacher of the Year and ceremony here -or- more about Michael here
FREE Flu Vaccination Clinic on October 27
The District is committed to helping our students, parents and our community keep healthy throughout the entire flu season. That’s why we have partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide a “flu shot clinic” for our district. Clinics will be open to all Granite Falls School District staff, families and their children (4 years+). Patient Consent Forms are available here (.pdf). All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the District Multi-Purpose Room, located at 405 North Alder Ave. from 3pm-7pm. Information for Parents (.pdf); A Guide for Parents (.pdf); Make Sure Your Child is Protected (.pdf).