A Message from the Superintendent

“Every Student, Every Day, Every Classroom”

March 10, 2017

Dear School and Community Friends,

I want to THANK YOU again for all of your continued support towards our children and schools. I am looking forward to the positive changes and headfirst movement that the upgrades throughout the district will bring to our community.

The week of March 13-17 is Classified Staff Appreciation Week.  There are so many people that support our students and facilities each day.  An enormous thank you to our support staff:  secretaries, kitchen staff, custodians/maintenance workers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, health, librarians, student supervisors, and office employees. Daily the drivers transport over 1500 students to and from school, and our food service personnel provide breakfast and lunch to 1300 students throughout the district.  Our staff make sure all the schools are clean, safe, administer first aid, keep our technology operating, support academics, supervise the lunchrooms and playgrounds, answer phones, track student records and academic progress, pay the bills, process payroll, and so much more! Thank you to our classified staff for the great care and support given to all of our students. We appreciate all you do behind the scenes.

The last week of this month will be parent, teacher, and student conferences.  It is a time for reflection on what it is to be a learner, become more aware of the required standards, and the way students demonstrate mastery of those standards. During conference week, we ask that all parents or guardians, please take a moment to participate in our community survey. Chrome books will be set up at each building to make it easy and convenient. The total time takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  The survey is a way for the district to receive valuable feedback and determine progress on the strategic plan.  As life-long learners it helps us identify areas for improvement district wide.

Spring Break will be April 3-7 this year. If you stay in the area, we have several high school sports games going on here at home. For the Granite Falls High School sports schedules visit here: http://www.cascadeathletics.com/index.php?pid= . For the middle school schedule, please contact the Granite Falls Middle School secretary. There are also several music events going on around the district, as well as other activities and events.  Please check the district calendar for dates and times. Come support our Mighty Tigers!

There are several community events coming.

Granites Got Talent Show will be on March 11 @ 6pm located in the HS PAC. It’s a great way to see students enjoy the arts and be entertained.  Adult tickets are $8, children and seniors are $5, and preschool children are free.  Proceeds go toward scholarships.

The next Alumni meeting is March 28, 2017 at 6:30.  If you are an alumni or school district staff, you can join!  We meet at the library.  This year they will be giving $15,000 in scholarships for our youth.

The Chamber of Commerce will have “Look What’s Local” from April 16-22, 2017.  A completed passports gets you a chance at some prizes.  It is also a way to see the existing and new businesses offered in our community.

A 5K Fun Run will be April 22, 2017 at 9:00 am.  This event is sponsored by the Granite Falls Education Foundation.  The course begins and ends at the middle school.  The cost, which includes a t-shirt, is $25 per person. Families that sign up four members only pay $75. All of the proceeds will go toward student scholarships for education after high school.

I look forward to seeing you at all the spring events!  If you have spring break plans that requires travel, I hope you are safe and get to have some fun! Thanks again for your support.  Have a wonderful spring break with your children.





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