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.
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.
High School Registration, Orientation & Curriculum Night
On April 21st at 6pm, the high school hosts this wonderful opportunity to introduce incoming freshman and returning students to curriculum of different classes and learning opportunities as well as advertise new classes for the 2015-2016 school year. If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding this event, please feel free to contact Ginny Schlegel, counselor at GFHS at email@example.com or by phone at 360-283-4397.
Thank you! Community Survey Results
Earlier this month, the Granite Falls School District published a survey allowing the community to provide anonymous feedback in a variety of areas. The District uses the information gathered to reevaluate district trajectory in terms of student opportunities, community involvement, and administrative decisions. The District would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to respond to this survey! Here is the information we gathered from your collective responses. For the results, please visit here.
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>