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.

– Spring Break is April 6-10 —
The Administration Office and all schools will be closed.

Register Your Child For FREE All-Day Kindergarten!
Join us for Kindergarten Round-Up (.pdf) on March 25 & 26. All incoming Kindergarteners will have the opportunity to meet teachers and participate in activity centers.  Parents will visit classrooms and learn more about the free tuition all-day program.  Please bring a birth certificate, certificate of immunization, & emergency contact information.  The Granite Falls Fire Department will be serving FREE hot dogs at the round-up!  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>

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.

Eco Teams Return to International Competition for 6th Year in a Row!
The High School Eco Teams are busy with preparation for the highly anticipated international competition in Detroit, Michigan. The Shell Eco-marathon Americas® is just a few short weeks away and the cars will be heading out on April 1, 2015.  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. In addition, there are several other awards to apply for including the Vehicle Design Award, Technical Innovation Award, Communications Award, & Safety award.  Best of luck to both the ShopGirls and Urban Autos Teams! Full Article Available 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.

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 2015-2016 school year.  The following is the order of events for the April 21, 2015 event:
   – 6:00pm-6:25pm             Leadership students giving tours
   – 6:30pm-7:00pm             Registration, Orientation College Readiness
- 7:00pm-8:00pm             Department curriculum represented (Commons)
If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding this event, please feel free to contact Ginny Schlegel, counselor at GFHS at or by phone at 360-283-4397.

Success in Education
The District announces its 3rd quarter ‘Success in Education’ award winners! Congratulations to High School winners: Ariana Wyatt, Ricky Mueller, Alexus Brown, & Hunter Johnsen; Middle School winners: Victoria Rodenbaugh, Audri Stadelman, & Conner Maneval; Monte Cristo Elementary winners: Jenny Gill & Megan Walker; Mountain Way Elementary winners: Sadie Chatelain & Jared Yaretz; Crossroads winner: Savannah Welborn.  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 recognized the winners at the March 18, 2015 board meeting.

Spring Conferences
Conferences are coming up at the end of March. If you have a child in elementary school, this is an opportunity to visit with your child’s teacher!  If you have a child in Middle or High School, come watch your child lead a presentation of some of their best work! This is a great opportunity to track your child’s progress and how to build on current successes. A district-wide conference schedule is available, or you may contact your child’s school directly for a schedule.

Common Core State Standards; What They Are & What They Aren’t–
       – For answers to frequently ask parent questions, read this handout (.pdf).
       – For a grade-by-grade explanation of learning standards, read this handout (.pdf).  
       – For all other Family Resources, visit here.


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