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GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION MECHANIC HONORED
Gaylord Community Schools’ transportation mechanic Doug Francis has been recognized by the Northwest Michigan Transportation Consortium for creating Michigan CDL School Bus Pre-Trip Inspection Test Video Training Aid.
The Northwest Michigan Transportation Consortium is comprised of approximately 100 school districts in Northwest Michigan. The consortium works together to deliver Beginning School Bus Driver Education, Advanced School Bus Driver Education and Supervisor Continuing Education mandated by the State of Michigan.
“I have not had a potential new driver fail a CDL test in 25 years” says Doug Francis. “You have to adjust your training to the new CDL guidelines and make sure your drivers are well prepared to take their test before you schedule their test with an examiner.”
The new training video based on Doug’s technique was so well done that it was featured at the Michigan Department of Education Transportation Advisory Committee meeting in October. Districts throughout the state are planning to utilize this informative training tool.
Bill Coaster, Director of the Consortium, says “Doug’s school transportation knowledge and expertise have been a big asset for our transportation colleagues, not only in our Consortium, but also throughout the state.”
Gaylord Community Schools is proud to have Doug on staff to share his knowledge and expertise with fellow and future employees.
FEENY OF GAYLORD HELPED RAISE $2,300 FOR GAYLORD MIDDLE SCHOOL
Feeny of Gaylord helped raise $2,300 in funding for Gaylord Middle School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids program. The fundraising event was held on September 16, 2014. Gaylord Middle School appreciates the assistance of Feeny in raising the money to help support our after school clubs and special events.
Participants earned a $10 contribution to the school on their behalf from the Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive in a 2014 model Town & Country minivan—highest ranked in loyalty 12 years in a row—as well as other Chrysler vehicles made available for test drives thanks to Feeny.
At the conclusion of the 2014 program, the school with the highest number of test drives in each one of the five geographic regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central, and West) will win an additional $5,000, for a total of $25,000 in additional funding from Chrysler through the Drive for the Kids program.
Chrysler supports schools in the communities where the company does business. Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation. Chrysler has contributed over $5 million directly to local schools for student needs, from playgrounds and field trips, to reading programs and new computers. Chrysler is proud of this tradition of community involvement. For more information, visit www.drive4kids.com.
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS RECEIVE
GENEROUS DONATIONS OF BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES
FROM BRIDGEWAY CUMMINS (left) & UNITED WAY STUFF THE BUS (right)
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS RECEIVE SPECIAL TRIBUTE
FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE GREG MACMASTER &
STATE SENTATOR JOHN MOOLENAAR
FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION
Gaylord High School started the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team this year. FIRST combines the excitement of sport with science and technology to create a unique varsity sport that helps high school students discover the rewarding and engaging process of innovation and engineering.
To begin the season, every FRC team across the nation received identical materials, as well as a document describing the task the robot would be required to complete and a common set of rules. The contents and instructions were sealed until January. In the past, robots have been required to complete tasks such as throwing Frisbees through designated goals or picking up and moving objects in established patterns. This year the test was an intense head-to-head soccer style “Aerial Assist” competition.
GHS teachers Ms. Rebecca Heckman and Mr. Mike Rinke coached the robotics team during its rookie season. Preparing for competition involved practicing after school for six weeks during the months of January and February. The team put their final product to the test in March at the FIRST Robotics Competition hosted by T.C. Central. The team competed head-to-head against 39 other schools as they faced off in an arena. Points were scored not only for engineering, but also for spirit, safety, and creativity. GHS Team Trinity ranked 17th during their first season. Students are already planning ways to build the team and prepare for next year’s robotics season.
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS RANK 37TH IN THE STATE
ACCORDING TO BRIDGE MAGAZINE
The Center for Michigan set out to find which Michigan public schools do the best job in adding value – helping students succeed beyond expectations. This organization applied its “Value-Added Matrix” to 540 traditional public and charter schools across the state. The analysis ranked schools by how much value they add to students’ expected achievement. Gaylord Community Schools made the list for the second year in a row, ranking 37th out of 540 school districts in Michigan. For more information on the analysis and a complete listing of the schools go to Bridge Magazine. The congratulatory video can be viewed on Gaylord Schools YouTube Channel.
GIS & GMS IDENTIFIED AS REWARD SCHOOLS
Gaylord Intermediate School and Gaylord Middle School were identified as Reward Schools when the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released its Top-to-Bottom rankings during the summer. We received the Reward School distinction for being in the top five percent of schools in the state in terms of making the greatest academic progress over the past four years and making the “beating the odds” list.
The 286 Reward Schools are located in 178 different school districts across the state. Reward School is one of three new school designations that came as the result of Michigan receiving flexibility to the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act from the U.S. Department of Education.
We have reached this point because of the focused, sustained efforts of dedicated staff, students, and families throughout our school and district. As we shift to the Common Core over the next few years, we are confident in the abilities of our staff to lead us to continued success by demonstrating a commitment to quality teaching in a caring environment. Reward School information can be found at www.mi.gov/rewardschools.
CULINARY ARTS CLASS
CATERS MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT
R.S.V.P. (RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM)
DONATES HANDMADE AFGHANS TO S.T.A.R.S.
(STUDENTS TAKING APPROPRIATE READINESS STEPS)
GAYLORD ALUMNI IN THE MSU MARCHING BAND
(l-r) Devin Swatman-Stewart (Class of 2011), Brittany Holmes (Class of 2010)
Angie Crawley (Class of 2010) and Kyle Wilson (Class of 2008)
MSU Marching Band traveled to Pasadena to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade
KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY
For information on how to keep kids healthy, please see our Health and Safety page.
HONEYWELL INSTANT ALERT
Gaylord Community Schools uses Honeywell Instant Alert to notify parents of school closings, delays, and special activities. Please be sure to inform your child's school of any changes in your contact information. The school will automatically update the information so you won't miss any instant alert calls.
MICHIGAN'S ONLINE COURSE CATALOG
Michigan's Online Course Catalog was developed in the fall of 2013 as a result of Public Act 60 of 2013. This legislation allows students in grades 6 through 12 who are enrolled in a Michigan public local district or public school academy (not including full-time cyber schools) and who have consent from their parent or guardian to take up to two online courses per academic term. Consent of the parent or legal guardian is not required if the student is at least age 18 or is an emancipated minor.
DISTRICT VISION: "All Gaylord Community School students are empowered to excel by being adaptive and innovative, graduating with the academic knowledge and social skills needed for an ever changing global community."
DISTRICT MISSION: "Our mission is to provide a quality education that inspires students to achieve their potential and become productive citizens."
Gaylord Community Schools is a K - 12 public school district located in northern lower Michigan. Our district encompasses approximately 265 square miles, including portions of Otsego, Antrim, and Crawford counties. We are a quality learning community and provide our students with a rigorous and relevant academic program enhanced by an array of co-curricular and athletic opportunities. GCS welcomes you to become part of this outstanding learning community.
* Teaching, Learning & Achievement * Communication * Collaboration * Innovation *
* Accountability * Safety * Civility * Trust *
- High Educational Standards
- Student Transportation
- Student Computer Labs in all buildings
- Band, Music, Art and Physical Education
- Extra-curricular programs
- After School Childcare Programs
- Food Services
- Preschool and Daycare Programs