News & Information

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.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 12-15: Mid-Winter Break

National Signing Day – The Class of 2016 is planning for the future! Kelsey Bechtholdt, a senior at Granite Falls High School, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Central Washington University. With a GPA above 3.85, she will be a wonderful addition to the Central Washington University community. Kelsey signed her letter of intent on Wednesday, February 3, a day known across the United States as National Signing Day. From coast to coast, hundreds of schools and many more athletes committed to teams (and students) for the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations, Kelsey! Check out a picture of this moment over on our Facebook page.

GFHS Football Classification – In the past few weeks, there have been a lot of questions surrounding classification (Which refers to the level of competition a school plays), and where Granite Falls High School will play its football schedule in the fall. I wish to bring those interested up to date with information concerning those issues.

In the past, every two years, the WIAA reviews the “enrollment figures of all of its member schools so that each classification can be adjusted to promote a more equitable distribution in the number of schools.” In the future this will be done every four years. This is an attempt to encourage schools with similar populations to compete against each other and to make post season play more equitable. The WIAA did this by taking the average enrollment from Jan 1 to May 1, October 1 and twice Nov. 1, 2015. Our enrollment came out at 461.25. Just under us was a school with 461.13. That is a 0.12 difference. The next highest school’s enrollment came to 476.75. The line is drawn from the top down. The top 17% become 4A schools, the next 17%, 3A, the next 17%, 2A and the next 17% 1A. For Granite Falls the line was drawn between 461.25 and 461.13. With encouragement from the community and school board members we made an appeal to the WIAA to change our classification to 1A. This appeal was based on declining enrollment, the difference between the two schools enrollment being only 0.12, and the concern for the safety of our players, especially in football. We submitted the appeal, had the hearing on January 24th, and were denied reclassification. We will remain a 2A school. In two years we have the right to another appeal. If our enrollment continues to decline as our current trends indicate, we will once more appeal to become a 1A school.

Additionally, The Everett Herald recently came out with an article describing a proposal that would combine both leagues in 1A, 2A and 3A divisions. The article made it sound as if this was going to happen. It was a proposal that was put forth by the Northwest league, and was still being discussed by the Cascade Conference. On Wednesday, January 27th the Cascade Conference ADs and principals met to discuss the football proposal. It was decided that The Cascade conference would remain intact and not join the Northwest league in 1A and 2A football. Next year Granite Falls will participate in the Cascade conference, as it has in the past and supplement our football schedule with 3 additional games with schools that are comparable to us in enrollment and experience. If you have further questions, please contact Joey Johnson, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Granite Falls High School.

NEW Safety Tip Reporting Service – Safety is our district’s top priority, that’s why we’re now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration 24/7. Tips may be submitted anonymously if you prefer. There are 4 different ways to report: phone, text, email, or web. You and your child can easily and anonymously report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue you’re concerned about. You will receive an access code to which you will need for follow-up information. NOTE: SafeSchools Alert is not to be confused with 911 services.  Please call 911 in the event of an emergency. Click HERE to view a short YouTube video of the system and how it works. Visit the webpage here for more information.

Inclement Weather Information – Issues such as temperature, power outages, downed trees, snow/ice in the forecast are considered during inclement weather.  Decisions regarding school delays or closures are generally made in the early morning hours so that physical inspections of roadways can be made.  Occasionally, conditions may be so bad that a decision will be made the evening before.  Here are just a few reminders to help keep everyone safe and informed:

  • Every effort is made to have information available by 5:30am
  • When the decision is made, the information is listed on the district website, district Facebook and FlashAlert (you must register by clicking on the link).  Local TV, radio and newspapers pulls information from FlashAlert. Parents will also be notified of a closure/delay through the phone messaging system and school newsletter.
  • Parents and community members should be prepared for school changes. Each family should have a plan in place for their children.
  • Limited Bus Routes (pdf) are used throughout the year for snow, ice, or other situations that cause buses to alter normal routes. Always keep in mind snow routes/limited transportation may NOT be announced – light snow or unexpected ice may close roads without announcements. Visit the Transportation page for more information.
  • IMPORTANT!  Always make sure schools have up-to-date phone numbers (home, work and cell) and email addresses for parents/guardians and emergency contacts.  Please call the schools ASAP with any new contact information.
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