2017-2018 School Year
There will be no Literacy Night at Monte Cristo Elementary on Monday, February 19. Schools will be closed in Observance of President’s Day.
With the Special Election on February 13, remember to vote! Are you new to Granite Falls? Have you recently moved? Your vote counts! Register today and vote. You can register to vote at any school, the district office or any public library. Citizens may also register to vote online HERE.
School Board Study Session
The Granite Falls School Board will be having a study session on February 14th at 6pm to allow open discussion on Bullying. The meeting will be held in the Pilchuck Room at the Administrative Office located at: 205 N Alder Ave, Granite Falls, WA 98252. Please call the district office at 360-691-7717 if you have any further questions.
Band Night this Friday!!
Come out and watch the band perform at the basketball games this Friday at the Granite Falls High School gymnasium. The band consists of grades 5th-12th graders who join together for this wonderful event. Band Night gives all students in the Granite Falls Band Program the special opportunity to come together and celebrate a fun night of new friends and music making. Cost to get into the event is $6-adults, $3- children grades K-6, and students with high school ASB get in for free! We hope to see you there!
ECEAP Preschool Schedule Change
There will be No School for both am/pm and full day ECEAP on Thursday, January 18th. If you have any questions, please contact the ECEAP Program Manager at 360-691-7718.
Corrections to the January Newsletter:
– January 17th (not Jan.18) Success in Education Award Winners will be honored at the School Board Meeting. Ceremony will be held in the Crossroads Commons.
– No Drama Performance on January 18th. The next drama performance is scheduled for April 12, 13, & 14.
The district is running the community survey from Mid-November to Mid-December. We are trying to get as much feedback as possible from parents, students, and staff. Please take a moment to complete the survey by going here. There will be chromebooks set up at each school during conference week to assist in participation as well. We desire to hear your opinion and get your feedback on how we are doing as a district so that we can improve our services and learning opportunities to the children of our community.
November Board Meeting Cancelled
The second regular board meeting in November will be cancelled due to the board attending the Annual WSSDA conference being held in Bellevue, WA from November 16-19. The WSSDA Annual Conference is the premier annual event for school directors and superintendents. It is the largest gathering of education policy makers in the state of Washington.
CONGRATULATIONS SUCCESS IN EDUCATION WINNERS!!
The District announces its 1st quarter ‘Success in Education’ award winners! Congratulations to High School winners: Josiah Mace, Michaela Heuslein, Mickayla Lindquist and Taylor Middleton; Middle School winners: Makoto Kaburagi, Alyssa Johnson, & Jenny Gill; MCE winners: Jacob Hepworth, Blair Johnson & Nevaeh Sundin; MWE winners: Damien Reining & Julia Munn. 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. Candidates were nominated by staff and selected by the school’s administrative team.
The district announces its 1st quarter certificated and classified staff ‘Success in Education’ awards. The employee award recognizes staff members for creating a thoughtful and exemplary learning environment through committed, excellent service to our schools. The 1st quarter certificated staff winner is: Shawn Bennison; Classified staff winner is: Curtis Sullivan. All candidates were nominated by staff and selected by the district’s administrative team. The winners were announced at the board meeting on November 1, 2017.
Parent-Teacher Conferences begin the week before Thanksgiving. A district-wide conference schedule is available HERE(there have been updates made for the late night dates at the elementary’s), 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. Our goal is to have 100% participation this year. Please partner with us and help us reach this goal. You can now sign-up for conferences at the elementary’s online. For Mountain Way Elementary go here, and for Monte Cristo Elementary go here.
HS WINTER SPORTS BEGIN- NOVEMBER 13
GFHS Athletic Registration & Student Fees – We have exciting news regarding athletic registration and student fees! HS Athletic registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be completed using Skyward Family Access. Additionally, HS student fees can be paid on Skyward Family Access, through a partnership with RevTrak. For more information, contact GFHS or visit our Athletics & Activities page!
COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR
College and Career Fair is coming up! Get a jump start on your future. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Granite Falls High School will be hosting the 2017 College and Career Fair. The event will take place from 6:00pm- 7:30pm at the high school. Invitations have been sent to 20 colleges & universities, 7 technical colleges, 4 military personnel and 10 resource agencies. In addition there will be a college planning information session at 6:00pm. We hope you can make it to this meaningful event.
Veterans Day Assembly Schedule
Each school hosts an assembly in November to honor all our veterans and current military members in recognition of their service to our country. This years’ schedule is as follows:
Monte Cristo Elementary @ 2pm
Granite Falls High School @ 9:20am
Mountain Way Elementary @ 9:30am
Crossroads/Open Doors @ 12:05pm
Granite Falls Middle School @ 1pm
Daylight Savings ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 5. Don’t forget to set Clocks Back 1 hour on November 4 before you go to bed. Also, remember to change your batteries in smoke detectors.
November 3, 2017
Due to weather conditions this morning, transportation for bus 24 and bus 7 will be running a little late. Bus 22 will be replacing bus 7 and bus 30, up the Mountain Loop, will be running on limited bus transportation, stopping at the Ranger Station. All other routes are running normal, however please use caution as there may be slippery patches on the roads. Should there be any updates to share with you, we will communicate them to you as soon as possible. Thank you and please travel safely this morning.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
All of us at the Granite Falls School District want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween. Using these safety tips will help make Halloween most enjoyable for you and your children. Chamber of Commerce Halloween Map can be located on the district website under the flyer tab for details on times and locations of participating businesses. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
HS Girls Soccer Team will have their first game in the playoffs tonight, October 26 at 7:00pm. Come out and support your lady tigers playing against Lakewood HS.
School Board Study Session
The Granite Falls School Board will have a study session on SMART Goals on October 17 at 7:30 am. The meeting will be held at the Granite Falls Administration Building located at 205 N. Alder Ave, Granite Falls, WA 98252. Please contact the District Office if you have any questions at 360.691.7717.
Reading Corps Position Open(Full Time)
Are you looking for a full time job working in Granite Falls? The Washington Reading Corps has a full time position available! The position is focused on improving the literacy of children in our community, directly in collaboration with the school district. For more information and to apply, visit the following links: MCE Application and MWE Application.
Upcoming Events & Activities:
- 9-15 1-Hour Early Release
- 9-15 HS Girls Soccer Game @ 4:00pm
- 9-16 HS Girls Soccer Game @ 4pm & 6pm
- 9-19 MCE Picture Day
- 9-20 School Board Meeting @ 6pm
- 9-21 MWE Picture Day
- 9-21 MS Picture Day
- 9-22 1-Hour Early Release
- 9-22 MWE Movie Night
- 9-25 MWE Literacy Night @ 3:15pm
- 9-25 HS Girls Soccer Game @ 4pm & 6pm
- 9-25 HS Girls Volleyball Game @ 5:15pm & 7pm
- 9-27 Taproot Theatre @ MCE @ 1:45pm
- 9-28 English Learners Family Night @ MCE @ 6pm
- 9-28 Crossroads Picture Day
- 9-30 HS Girls Soccer Game @ 4pm & 6pm
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:
1st-6th grade, 9th grade & Full Day ECEAP: September 6 7th, 8th & 10th-12th grade: September 7 Crossroads HS: September 11 Kindergarten September 12 ECEAP Half Day & Developmental Preschool: September 18
Meet the Teacher, September 5:
Mountain Way Elementary: 4-5:30pm
Monte Cristo Elementary: 5-6:30pm
Kindergarten Orientation @ MWE: 6:00pm
**If you have any questions, please contact your school office.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:
|1st-6th grade, 9th grade & Full Day ECEAP:||September 6|
|7th, 8th & 10th-12th grade:||September 7|
|Crossroads HS:||September 11|
|ECEAP Half Day & Developmental Preschool:||September 18|
Emergency Substitute Professional Development
Do you have your Bachelor’s Degree and love to teach? Here is the perfect opportunity for you! The Northwest Educational Service District 189 will be hosting a two-day workshop on several different dates. Please see the flyer for more specific information on the workshops and contact the Granite Falls School District Human Resources office if you are interested in subbing for the Granite Falls School District, 360-691-7717.
Free Summer Lunch Program
Starting on June 21st and running through August 25th from 12-1pm the Summer Food Service Program will be serving FREE meals to children ages 1-18 at the Granite Falls Middle School Cafeteria. For more information contact Viki Perrault at 360-283-4310.
Accelerated Reader Available Over Summer
Accelerated Reader (AR) will be available during the Granite Falls School District Summer Lunch Program (Literacy @ Lunch!). All GFSD students grades K-6th grade are invited to participate! Help your child retain their reading skills over the summer by reading books and taking AR quizzes.
Reading Corps Positions (Full Time)
Are you looking for a full time job working in Granite Falls? The Washington Reading Corps has full time positions available! These positions are focused on improving the literacy of children in our community, directly in collaboration with the school district. For more information and to apply, visit the following links: MCE Application and MWE Application.
Congratulations Employees of the Year:
Congratulations to those staff members who were recognized at the staff banquet. The winners for this years awards were: Classified Employee of the year: Jackie Woolman-Morgan, Certificated Employee of the Year: Tracy Orr, Rookies of the Year: Jennifer Harmon & Kaitlan Howell! Thank you to all staff and volunteers for a great 2016-2017 school year!
We Have Gone Live!! New Options for Online Donations
If you would like to make a donation to several of the scholarship options, ASB, or ECO Car, donations can be made at: http://granitefalls.revtrak.net/ . If you are a club interested in setting up an account to receive donations, please contact Mayra Ontiveros at email@example.com or 360-691-7717.
Mentor Program Looking for Mentors
We have several students that are on a waiting list. Do you have an extra 30-45 minutes a week? Do you want to give back to your community? Become a mentor! The primary role of a mentor is to promote positive self-esteem and success in school. A mentor is a role model that listens, encourages, and guides. Contact Kayla Dupler at 360-283-4353 for more information. Join the Mentor Program! For an informational brochure, go here.
Important Calendar Update:
There has been a change with the district calendar regarding the Athletic Sign-ups that were scheduled for tonight, August 24 from 5-7pm at the Granite Falls Middle School. There will be no athletic sign-ups for tonight. If you are interested in signing up for athletics please visit the middle school during normal office hours, which are from 7:00am -3:00pm and we will be glad to assist you.
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