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Gaylord Community Schools

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615 S. Elm Avenue

Gaylord, MI 49735

989-705-3080

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Welcome to Gaylord Community Schools

"Our mission is to provide a quality education that inspires students to achieve their potential and become productive citizens."

                   

           

                  

                                        

           

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL UPDATE:

Our snow days have been forgiven by the Michigan Department of Education. Therefore, the last day of school will be June 14th; half day for students.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gaylord Community Schools Earn Continuing NCA CASI Accreditation

Gaylord, MI, March 20, 2017 – Superintendent Brian Pearson announced today that Gaylord Community Schools earned continuing accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.  This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in Gaylord, Michigan on March 15, 2017.  The Gaylord Community School District has been accredited since 2007.

NCA CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance.  To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.  Accreditation is granted on a five-year term,

“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Superintendent Brian Pearson.

NCA CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of NCA CASI, stated, “NCA CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners.  Gaylord Community Schools are to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.

About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students.  AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.

For more information, contact:
Curriculum Director Dennis Keck 989-705-3000

 

Click here to view the External Review Exit Report

 

 

Sports Physicals

Gaylord High School and Otsego Memorial Hospital will be hosting physicals again this year.

WHERE: OMH Professional Medical Building, 829 N. Center Ave.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 7th and Tuesday, August 1st beginning at 5:30 p.m.

COST: $15.00—donated back to the Gaylord Community Schools athletic programs.

STUDENTS MUST HAVE A COMPLETED MEDICAL HISTORY SHEET AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.

Forms are available in the school office.
Physicals given after April 15th are good for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Gaylord Community Schools is pre-registering kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year.  If you have a child turning 5 on or before September 1, 2017, please call (989) 731-0648 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to pre-register your child.     

 

          Call now to pre-register and receive your enrollment information!

 

  GCS  NOTIFICATION SYSTEM - SCHOOLMESSENGER

You will automatically receive calls to your phones.  However, you will need to “opt in” if you wish to receive text messages through the new system.  If you would like to receive texts and have not yet opted in, please text “Y” to 67587.     

You will be able to opt out of these text messages at any time by simply replying “stop” to any one of our messages.  

Parents and staff members will now have the ability to decide which types of calls they would like to receive on which devices. Create an account in the School Messenger Info. Center to make your selections.  You may also opt out of any type of telephone notification by pressing "5" during the call.

School Messenger also has a free app available at the App Store and Google Play.  

SchoolMessenger Account Link    

 

        

              Join Superintendent                               Brian Pearson                          for Coffee & Conversation          on May 8, 2017
at the Board of Education office
             from 8:00-9:00 a.m.                       We hope to see you there!
                                

 

 

Gaylord Community Schools
Academic Hall of Fame

Our mission is to create a Hall of Fame to recognize Gaylord High School Alumni who have used their educational foundation to achieve outstanding success in their field and produced role models for succeeding generations. Inductees will be honored with a picture and biographical sketch to be prominently displayed at Gaylord High School for years to come.

Criteria may include the following:

• High School Accomplishments
• Post High School Education/Specialist Training
• Employment
• Active in the Arts
• Military Service
• Professional Awards, Honors and Achievements
• Community Service
• Philanthropy

The nomination process will run annually from September 1st through the last Friday in March. Nomination forms may be picked up at GHS front office, at GCS Board of Education office or by clicking here.

Anyone wishing to honor an alumni may do so by submitting a nomination form (page 2) to the GHS front office or email it to Principal Chris Hodges hodgesc@gaylord.k12.mi.us. Inductions into the Academic Hall of Fame will be held each year at the Gaylord High School Honors Convocation ceremony in May.

If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Hodges at GHS.

 

National Weather Service of Gaylord Visits North Ohio Elementary

North Ohio Elementary 1st Graders welcomed National Weather Service Meteorologist, Mike Boguth. Mr. Boguth taught students about the components of weather, described how meteorologists use weather balloons to measure and forecast weather. He also brought a variety of weather measurement tools that students were able to look at and touch. He also brought an electricity-making machine, tornado machine, and a cloud in a bottle! All students enjoyed this fabulous hands-on science experience. NOE 1st Graders send out a big THANK YOU to Mr. Boguth and the NWS of Gaylord!

 

 

Community Financial donated $2,500 to Gaylord Community Schools from their Community Shares Program.  The money will be used to purchase new attire for the Chamber Singers. 

 

 

 

GAYLORD LOWE'S TEAM MADE A DIFFERENCE AT SOUTH MAPLE ELEMENTARY

South Maple Elementary was selected to benefit from the ‘Lowe’s Heroes’ program.  The program encourages employees to team together, adopt a local K-12 public school or nonprofit organization and make a difference.

Saturday, September 24th our Gaylord Lowe’s team made a difference at South Maple Elementary.  They spent hours painting the curb on the front sidewalk.  They will be returning to paint a red safety walk line on the sidewalk, paint parking lot lines, and refinish a bench.  Lowe’s Heroes will also be building additional benches and providing the school with orange safety cones.

 


 

GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IS PROUD TO 
WELCOME OUR NEW TEACHERS FOR 2016-17

(Top: Lori Kindsvatter (GHS), Jennifer Cheek (GHS), Kaitlyn Ratliff (GIS),
Hannah Pontius (GHS), Nicole Little (NOE & SME), Melanie Packman (GIS)
Bottom: Olivia Speicher (GHS), Kristie Bennett (GIS), Emma LeBlanc (NOE)
Grace Pushman (SME), Shannon Yodzevicis (GHS) & Kelly Hintz (GIS)

 

 

STUDENT CRISIS ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE DAILY
IN OUR COUNSELING DEPARTMENT AND THE 
GAYLORD BLUE DEVIL WELLNESS CENTER.  


EMERGENCY COUNSELING IS ALSO AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY
TEXT THE CRISIS TEXT LINE AT 741-741 or
CALL THE CMH 24 HOUR HOTLINE AT 1-800-222-1222.

 

 


GAYLORD BLUE DEVIL WELLNESS CENTER 
HAS PHYSICAL APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE.

CALL (989) 732-6890 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 
MONDAY - FRIDAY, 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

 

 

GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION 
RECEIVES SPECIAL TRIBUTE FROM
STATE REPRESENTATIVE TRISTON COLE
STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS
& STATE SENATOR WAYNE SCHMIDT

 

 

GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL EARNED A 2016 SILVER MEDAL 
IN THE U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT BEST HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS

Gaylord High School was named a magnet high school, placing in the top 10% of high schools in Michigan and 13% nationally.  Schools were ranked based on their performance on state required tests and how well they prepare students for college.  More information is available at www.usnews.com.
 



GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS RANK 54TH IN THE STATE
IN 2014 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 507 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 third year in a row, ranking 54th out of 507 school districts in Michigan.  For more information on the analysis go to Bridge Magazine.  



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.
 

 

      
 

R.S.V.P.  (RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM)
DONATES HANDMADE AFGHANS TO S.T.A.R.S.
(STUDENTS TAKING APPROPRIATE READINESS STEPS)


 

         KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY     

For information on how to keep kids healthy, please see our Health and Safety page.


 

 

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 PROFILE:
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
  • Athletics
  • 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

 

GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY