News & Announcements


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.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
NO SCHOOL November 27 & 28
The History of Thanksgiving (historychannel.com)

First Quarter Success in Education Winners Announced
The District is excited to announce our 1st quarter Success in Education winners! The award represents students that show an understanding of the importance of education and provide a committed, excellent service to other students, staff members or the community. Candidates were nominated by staff and selected by the School Administrative team. We enjoy celebrating successes and civic progress! Congratulations to High School Winners: MiKayla Engstrom, Jeremy Miller, Cassidy Collinge, Rudy Engstrom AND congratulations to Middle School winners: Georgia Andrew, Grace Rinaldi, Megan Woldstad. The School Board will recognize these students at the December 3, 2014 board meeting at 6:00pm.

District-Wide Lockdown Drill A Success!
The Granite Falls School District underwent a full lockdown drill on November 18, 2014. The drill was initiated by the District Office as a part of our ongoing commitment to ensure a safe environment for our staff and students.  All staff and students practiced locks, lights, and out of sight procedures well according to the Snohomish County Sheriffs.  The Granite Falls Fire Department remained ‘on deck’ in the event they were needed during the drill.  Classrooms were checked by officers who then gave feedback to the building administrative team, as well as, District Office Administrators.  The District will follow-up with staff and students on what we can improve on, but overall the drill was a success!  Thanks to all involved in the drill!

Granite Falls Winterfest 2014 is rapidly approaching!
Join the town for the Tree Lighting, Kids Craft Fair, Jingle Bell Blast 5k Run and Horse & Carriage Rides – this is an event you don’t want to miss! To pre-register for the Jingle Bell Blast 5k run, visit gfwinterfest.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Class of 2018 Parent Group. The 2014 Winterfest will occur on December 6th, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

High School Accepting Nominations for Hall of Fame
The High School is now accepting nominations (pdf) for the Alumni Hall of Fame.  Awards will be presented at the High School girls’ basketball game on February 6, 2014. The program was established in 1994 to honor past graduates that were active in school activities who are now positive role models.  Please send your nomination forms to Debbie Lindahl at the Granite Falls High School 1401 100th St. NE Granite Falls, WA 98252 or email them to dlindahl@gfalls.wednet.edu. Nomination forms are due Friday, January 16, 2015. 

High School Band News
High School freshman band student, Erik Schmiesing, was accepted into the Western International Band Clinic Honor Band, which is held from November 21-24. This is an elite honor band and getting a spot as a high school student (especially as a freshman) is an impressive feat!  Erik plays the saxophone.  We also have two high school students that have been selected to participate in the Northwest High School Honor Band January 9-10 at Pacific Lutheran University south of Tacoma.  The ensemble is comprised of the finest HS band students from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Congratulations to students: Claudio Ventura, who plays the bassoon, and Kailin Pierce,  who plays the flute.

Winter-Weather Safety Tips/School Closure & Delay Information
With the winter weather approaching, we urge you to use this opportunity and talk with your child about safe walking/biking to and from school:

-Teach your child safe walking routes and review safety tips here.
-Review safety tips with your children should they happen to encounter wildlife.
-Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department Child Safety Flyer

When the decision is made to close or delay school, 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.  For more information regarding school closures and delays, please visit the emergency information page here.

Teen Events at Granite Falls Library
Want to make Granite Falls YOUR library? Join us for our monthly Teen Advisory Group and tell us what you think! Meet new people, discuss teen concerns, help us develop programs, and discover what the library has to offer- all while earning volunteer credits and having fun. Snacks generously provided by the Friends of the Granite Falls Library. Contact the Granite Falls Sno-isle library for more information (360.691.6087).  For a list of upcoming events in December please visit here.

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