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      Summer Lunch Program No Longer Available Due to Change in Federal Qualifications
Due to the recent changes in demographics from the recent U.S. census data, our District no longer qualifies to receive the federal funds required to run this program. the Granite Falls School District has been able to provide a free lunch service for children during the summer months for the past three years.  Read more from Superintendent here

Anti-Bullying Campaign Continues at Middle School

At the start of the school year, the Middle School narrowed its focus on changing the culture and overall atmosphere in the building. The teachers use WEB (where everyone belongs) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) methods, and some very positive changes are happening! Digital Media Teacher, Randy Cash, has been a huge advocate for the students supporting the anti-bullying campaign. Cash said, “Some of my Tiger Media students approached me with an idea of an anti-bullying campaign for the year. Within three weeks of school starting, the media class assembled a team and started on their first Public Service Announcement. Students storyboard the entire thing... they cast and produce each video" and have successfully completed three:
“Bullying: I give up!”
"Isolation Bullying: What you don’t see"

High School Registration, Orientation & Curriculum Night
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our incoming freshman and returning students to curriculum of our different classes and learning opportunities, as well as, advertise new classes for the 2014-15 school year. Join the high school staff for this event on Tuesday, April 22nd from 6-8pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ginny Schlegel of the Counseling Department, or 360.283.4397.

World Book Night Coming Soon—April 23rd!
Our elementary school staff plan to “Paint the Town in Literacy” for World Book Night on April 23rd!  The grant supplies our community with 400 books to share! Book distributions will be available at McDonald’s, IGA, GenCare, Rite Aid, Pharmasave, Mt. Loop Fitness, several coffee stands and at the main 4 way stops. Educators will be passing out books wearing lime green tee shirts from 3:30-5pm April 23rd. The book that was chosen this year is "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet."

Top Safety Patroller Recognized at Mariners Game
Malachi Caldera, fifth grader, will be inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame at a Mariners Game along with eight other students from other school districts for being an exemplary Safety Patrol member. Caldera and his family will receive a number of free tickets to watch him receive this honor.  Jennifer Albin, A.M. Student Supervisor overseeing Safety Patrol, led this nomination process, assisted by Lisa Pingree, P.M. Safety Patrol Student Supervisor.  The ceremony will be on Friday, May 9th where the Mariners will be playing the Royals at 7:10pm.  This is quite an accomplishment and honor! The Herald Covered the Story-->

      Two Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Taylor and Hailey Arndt of the Granite Falls High School for being selected as Athletes of the Week!  Taylor, only a freshman, was selected by the WIAA and the Herald during the week of March 17-22 for this honor and Hailey was the Herald's pick for the week of March 24-29.  Taylor is the Softball team's starting third baseman leading the team with the highest batting average. Hailey, a junior, is the no. 1 singles tennis player and defeated her Lakewood opponent in two sets after coming back from being behind, 7-6 (10-2) and 7-6 (10-5). Well done Tigers!

Devastating Oso Mudslide

Our hearts go out to the families affected and their loved ones, and the responders who are helping in response to the Oso mudslide that occurred on Saturday, March 22.  The Granite Falls School District has been working with Granite Falls and Darrington city officials, as well as, the Darrington School District to help in any way possible.
How to Help...

For more official information about the Oso slide, please visit the Snohomish county emergency web page, or visit the Snohomish County Facebook page. Community members and organizations who are organizing fundraisers or accepting donations are encouraged to post their events on this page. **More information will be posted to our emergency info page or see more of what's happening local at Mt. Loop Express.

"Restoring Hope" Presentation to Community 
Granite Falls Community Coalition presents Hope Soldiers Restoring Hope Tour on Wednesday April 23rd from 6-8pm. This is a public event to:
-Bring awareness about drugs in our community
-Provide resources for circumstances that come from the struggle of addiction (financial assistance, treatment options, individual/ family support, education options, job search assistance etc.)
-Bring hope & encouragement to parents, teachers, students, families and friends
-Powerful testimonies and featuring keynote speaker

MWE Choir will sing at Mariners Game!
The Mountain Way Elementary school choir submitted an audition tape for the opportunity of singing the national anthem for the Seattle Mariners…. and they were selected!They will be singing the national anthem at Safeco Field for  Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th. What an honor! Read more about the exciting opportunity HERE.

Success in Education Winners!
We have announced our 3rd quarter ‘Success in Education’ award winners. High School winners, Beau Byron and Dansil Green; Middle School winners (6th grade) Kayla Arciniega, (7th grade) Shannara Brown and (8th grade) Charlotte Brooke; Monte Cristo Elementary winner, Olivia Harmon and Mountain Way Elementary winner, Izabelle Bennett. 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.  The board will present the awards at the March 19th Board meeting. 

Spring Conferences; Student-Led for Some Schools
Student-Led Conferences are being conducted at the secondary level this spring. These conferences are not like the traditional parent/teacher conferences that we typically offer. Instead of visiting your child's teachers, you are being offered an opportunity to watch your child present  some of their best work and then explain their own academic progress, and their goals. School Schedules HERE

FREE Full-Day Kindergarten Beginning Sept. 2014!
The Granite Falls School District is now offering all day Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year at no fee.  Join the elementary schools as they host "Kindergarten Round-Up" on March 26th/27th to register and receive more details. For an informational flyer click HERE.

3rd Grade Reading Challenge
Third grade readers from the Lake Stevens, Granite Falls and Snohomish School Districts demonstrated their amazing literacy skills and teamwork at the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third- Grade Reading Challenge Semi-Final event on Monday, March 17th, at Lake Stevens High School.  With more than 170 family members, friends and school representatives in the audience cheering them on.  The Mt. Loop Express covered the story.

High School Wrestlers Place at State
The wrestlers did well at the "Matt Classic" state tournament in Tacoma on February 21st/22nd.  The team had several participants at Regionals and had three placers at the state tournament:
-Senior Danielle Crawford placed 5th in state at 112 lbs.
-Junior Logan Corbin placed 8th in state at 113lbs.
-Senior Tysen Campbell placed 8th in state at 145 lbs.

Congrats to the team and the wrestling coach, Tony Helgeson!

Random Act of Kindness Goes a Long Way
Bullying is violence, and it often leads to more violent behavior with time.  Principal of the Middle School, Dave Bianchini, stated, “This year, our focus has been on improving our culture and climate.”  There has been a tremendous effort among staff and students to create positive synergy in the school.  Among the many students articulating positive culture throughout the schools, Lauren Cruger has stood out for her exceptional contributions. Cruger’s recent accomplishment was a task that no one dreamt she would actually undertake. Read more here

Boys and Girls Club Spring Sports
The Granite Falls Boys and Girls Club is still accepting registration for the 2014 Spring Volleyball or Flag Football teams. Complete a
registration form and membership form and return to 307 N. Alder Ave or call 360.368.1583 Mon -Fri, from 12pm - 6pm with questions. 

Thank You Voters!
Both Replacement Levies passed:
  -Programs and Operations Levy passed
  -Technology and School Improvements Levy passed
A big thanks to our community and for the ongoing support! Thank you voters
! Final election results were posted today.  Or visit the Snohomish County Elections website for the final results.

FBLA Regional Winners Continue to State Competition
On February 8th, twenty students attended the Future Business Leaders of America Northwest Regional Competitions.  Students took tests, participated in various public speaking events, networked with students from nine other schools. These students are now eligible to continue on to the state level competitions in Seattle on April 16 – 19.  Good Luck students!

Board Approves Strategic Plan
The school board approved a five-year strategic plan at its December 4, 2013 Board meeting. The planned goals focus on Quality Learning, Positive Image and College-and Career Ready. The foundation of our District Beliefs are: powerful teaching and learning; District and Board communication with community and staff; financial stewardship & assuring optimal use of district resources; District climate that emphasizes a positive school culture.  The District's full Strategic Plan is here.

Digital Safety Training Information
The OSPI sponsored a special training for the community on February 11th regarding digital social aggression and how to manage upgraded technology. Items from the training are below:
-PowerPoint Presentation
Safety Center Flyer (several support links)
Social Networking Safety Links
Students Guide to Personal Publishing
Questions Parents Should Ask
Cyberbullying and Prevention
Tips for Teen Responses

Student Support Advocates Available
All families go through periods of stress and/or a crisis in life.  When these things happen, it is often hard to know who to go to for help.  The Student Support Advocates are offered at all secondary schools to provide support for students and their families in a variety of ways. Contact Jackie Woolman-Morgan or Donna Noble if you need assistance, or or call 360.691.7717.

High School Awarded 'School of Distinction' for the second year in a row!
Granite Falls High School has been named a 2013 School of Distinction from the Center for Education Effectiveness (CEE) and Phi Delta Kappa again. Only the top five percent of all schools in Washington State earn the award based on outstanding improvement in student achievement. To read more click

Community Learning Center
We are proud to partner with TECO and the Boys and Girls Club for the Granite Falls Community Learning Center. I am very excited about having a location for the kids and we will continue to work for grant funding in support of extended opportunities,” said Superintendent Linda Hall.

Boys and Girls Club                     TECO
Registration Form                         Registration Form

Change a Child's Life... Become a Mentor!
Do you have an extra 30 minutes a week? Do you want to give back to your community? Become a mentor! Mentoring is a valuable tool for helping youth live up to their potential and discover the best in themselves. The Granite Falls Mentoring Program serves approximately 35 students in grades 4-12. Students meet with an adult from the community once a week. Contact Kayla Lehman for more info 360.283.4353 or

Community Service Opportunities
There are many community service opportunities available, many of which are local. The most up-to-date list is posted at the high school commons, or  you can download a list HERE.  Please contact your school secretary or Jan Macomber at the HS with any questions, 360.691.7713.



Upcoming Events 
--2013/2014 District Calendar--
Note: Dates listed are established months in advance, so changes WILL occur throughout the year.


District 1-Hour
Early Release Dates:
April 11, 18, 25

Kindergarten Schedule:
AM Dismissal: 10:50am
PM Dismissal: 2:05pm

May 4-10
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 11
Mother's Day

May 26
Memorial Day

June 15
Father's Day



Family Literacy Nights;
@ MWE 1st & 3rd Mondays
@ MCE 2nd & 4th Mondays.


April 18
Drama Performance
HS @ 7pm

April 19
Drama Performance
HS @ 2pm

April 19
MS PG Garage Sale
@ 8am-5pm

April 21-25
Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 21
Honor Choir Festival

April 22
Registration, Orientation, Curriculum Night
HS @ 6pm

April 23
World Book Night
All Around Town @ 3:30

April 23
Restoring HOPE:
public speaker
HS PAC @ 6pm

April 24
Choir Concerts
MWE @ 6pm

April 24
Teen Program:
Advisory Group Meeting
Library @ 3pm

May 9
Beach Bash
MCE @ 6pm

May 11
Mother's Day

Choir sings for Mariners

May 13
Honors Society Induction
HS @ 7pm

May 19
Book Fair @ MCE

May 22
Volunteer Tea @ MWE

HS Scholarship/Awards Night
HS @ 7pm

4/5th Grade Choir Concert
MCE @ 6pm

May 28
Choir Concert
MCE @ 6pm

May 29
Spring Art Show
HS @ 3:30-6:30pm

Night of Notables/5th Grade Orientation Night
MS @ 6pm

Band Concert
HS @ 7pm

May 30
Drama Performance
HS @ 7pm

May 31
Drama Performance
HS @ 2pm

June 2
Senior Tea @4pm

June 3
Band Concert
MWE/MCE @ 6:30pm

June 5
Dev. Preschool/ECEAP last day

MS Band Concert @7pm

CR Senior Celebration @12:30pm

June 6
HS/CR Graduation
HS @ 6:30pm

June 10
MCE Field Day

8th Grade Celebration @6pm--
Dance @7pm

June 11
MWE Field Day

June 12
Half-Day Early Release


All regular board meetings
are held the 1st and 3rd
Wednesday of the month
(except July/August the board meets 3rd Wednesday only)


May 7
Board Meeting
 @ 6PM
 205 North Alder Ave

May 21
Board Meeting
 @ 6PM
 205 North Alder Ave

June 4
Board Meeting
 @ 6PM
 205 North Alder Ave

June 18
Board Meeting
 @ 6PM
 205 North Alder Ave

July 16
Board Meeting
 @ 6PM
 205 North Alder Ave



Tiger Sports is now available to watch LIVE via the Internet at

HS Athletic Schedules are posted on Cascade Athletics website
Schedules are subject to change throughout the season.

Visit cascadeathletics for team schedules. You can even sign up to get SMS and email alerts of changes!

March 3-6
HS Spring Sports Begun
for spring schedules.
Contact: Doug Plucker (Athletic Director) with questions.





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