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.
Sexual Health Education Parent Curriculum Night
Parents of secondary students and community members will have the opportunity to hear Beth Reis, the original author of our district-adopted sexual health education curriculum speak. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the materials being taught, as well as preview the curriculum at the middle school and high school level. Representatives for sexual health education resources will also be available. Join us on Wednesday, May 13 from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Middle School. For an informational flyer, click here.
Middle School Informational Night Re. New Course Offerings
Attention all future 7th and 8th grade families! In the latest Superintendent Letter, new developments at our Middle School were announced. The Middle School will be hosting an Open House night on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 – 7:00pm for all 7th and 8th grade families. We will be sharing information on course offerings, CTE and other elective courses, a 7-period-day, math & other subjects, fall sports, etc. This is important to explain next years happenings, so we hope to see you there!
FBLA Conference Results!
15 High School student competitors attended the FBLA state competition held in Spokane on April 15. The theme of the conference was ‘Learning to be a Champion by Design.’ The students were able to hear from speakers such as Howard Behar, the past president of Starbucks Coffee, Robbie Bach, the creator of X-Box, and Candice Garza, Seahawks Email and Promotions Coordinator. Students were able to network with 2,000 other FBLA high school students. The results of the competitive events are:
• Kenna Todd — 2nd place in Word Processing
• Brady Tetrick – 2nd place in Help Desk
• Jeremy Miller – 4th place in Computer Problem Solving
These students are now eligible to attend and compete at the national level in Chicago from June 27th – July 3rd!!! For pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.
Eco Teams Return From Detroit Competition
The High School Eco-Teams return from Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Detroit! This high-profile event challenges high school and college-aged students to design and build a car that will travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. The ShopGirls were awarded 1st place in the Safety Award, for the 5th time in 6 years! The team also achieved a new school record of 682MPG. The Urban Autos team got 223mpg. Both teams placed 4th in their category. They also got to meet and talk with celebrity Jay Leno. Congrats Eco teams! The Herald covered the results here. For pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.
The District Refinances Bonds—Taxpayers Save!
The District has refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates. The interest rates on the outstanding bonds from the 2008 authorization averaged a 4.93% rate. The interest rates for the new bonds issued March 11th will be averaged at 2.21%, a difference that will save property owners a total of $4,508,364 during the next ten years. The Board authorized these savings by approving the issuance of $26,470,000 in refunding bonds at their January 7, 2015 meeting.
What is the McCleary Decision?
Although often mentioned, it is sometimes not well defined. A quick online video helps explain the Supreme Court Decision which holds the State Legislature responsible for full funding of K-12 education. Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn explains why McCleary is so important in a video here.
Register Your Child For FREE All-Day Kindergarten!
Granite Falls School District merits early learning and recognizes the importance of full-day kindergarten for our students. We offer a free tuition full-day program at both Monte Cristo and Mountain Way Elementary schools. Making full-day kindergarten accessible for all students is important because research shows that children participating in developmentally appropriate, full-day programs make greater gains both socially and academically. Registration available through August 28, 2015. For more information, please contact Mountain Way Elementary at 360.691.7719 or Monte Cristo Elementary at 360.691.7718, or visit the Kindergarten Readiness page here>