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.
Thanksgiving Break: No School Nov. 26-27
There are many areas to be concerned about in terms of fallen trees and power lines. We want our families to be safe. Here are some power outage safety tips for our families.
We have district drivers checking the road conditions multiple times a day. Should a road be unsafe to drive, the bus will not continue with that route. When that is the case for drop-offs, bus drivers will return any un-deliverable students back to the school. The school will call the parents/guardians for pick-up. In the mornings, the buses will exercise the same caution and not continue if it’s unsafe. Always keep in mind snow routes/limited transportation may NOT be announced. If you live in an area that’s been affected by the storm and your road may have unsafe conditions, please use snow routes (alternative pick-up and drop-off locations) –OR— arrange for alternative transportation to/from school for your child(ren).
The District seeks feedback from the community. Your opinion is extremely important to us as we strive to continually improve our services and student learning opportunities. One of the District’s foundational beliefs involves strong communication that is informing, encouraging, intentional, and collaborative, with the community. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey about the District. A synopsis of the survey results will be made available in February. The District’s Strategic Plan is a process for organizing strategy and direction, and may serve as a good resource as you continue with the survey available here.
Parent-Teacher Conferences begin the week before Thanksgiving. A District-Wide Conference Schedule is available HERE, or you may contact your child’s school directly for a schedule. The communication between home and school is very important to us. Family involvement that supports student learning at home is directly linked to improved student achievement. Over 90% of parents attend conferences and our goal is to have 100% participation this year!
Highly Capable Program Seeks Nominations
GFSD is committed to providing a full range of services for all students, including enrichment for students who are identified as Highly Capable. HiCap services begin in Kindergarten and are available through graduation. HiCap identification assessments are conducted annually, and students may be nominated by parents, peers and members of the community. Nominators will complete a behavioral characteristics questionnaire(.pdf), and teachers will provide information that includes classroom performance and general achievement levels. The District will screen each nominee using reading, cognitive and math measures to identify students who qualify for further assessment. Nominations forms for students in Grades K-11 will be accepted through December 30, 2015. You can read more information in policy 6094 or you can read briefly about the screening process, cognitive testing, academic testing and service model, here. Please submit the questionnaire to your school office or Kathy Silveira at 205 N. Alder Ave or email@example.com.
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.