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GCS ANNOUNCES EARLY COLLEGE FOR 2015-16
Gaylord Community Schools are proud to announce an exciting partnership with North Central Michigan College to provide Early College beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Students and parents are encouraged to view the Early College presentation and complete the Early College application.
Early College would allow eligible students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree from NCMC. There is no cost to students for tuition or books for this accelerated program. Current freshmen and sophmores could be eligible for Early College if they meet the minimum eligibility requirements of a 2.7 GPA and minimum standardized test score.
Students who complete the Early College program would graduate after their fifth year at GHS with an associate degree (60 college credits) in the arts, sciences, or general studies. These credits are transferable to almost every university in Michigan.
Gaylord Community Schools are excited to offer this opportunity to our students. In addition to eleven advanced placement courses, students can choose from seven career and technical education programs, and a long list of dual enrollment options that are already available to students.
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION EXTENDS SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT
As a new year begins, one often reflects on the year that has ended and looks forward to the beginning of a new one. The Gaylord Community Schools Board of Education has done the same by completing its annual superintendent evaluation. The Board has unanimously concluded that Mrs. Cheryl Wojtas, in her ninth year as superintendent of Gaylord Community Schools, has exceeded every expectation.
Mrs. Wojtas has lead the district in a direction that has included fiscal responsibility and a positive, growth mindset. GCS test scores climb and are continually above state averages on the mandated testing. It is apparent that Mrs. Wojtas has assembled a group of administrators, teachers and staff that are dedicated to the safety and educational needs of all its students.
With Mrs. Wojtas’ consistent leadership through changing financial constraints and government mandates, Gaylord Community Schools continue to raise the bar. Beginning with its partnership with NCMC (North Central Michigan College), GCS will open another door of opportunity to its students, through the No Cost, Early College Program. This is followed by its most recent announcement of the school based health clinic opening in the fall of 2015.
The Gaylord Community Schools Board of Education is pleased to announce the contract extension of its superintendent. Mrs. Cheryl Wojtas will continue to lead by example at Gaylord Community Schools through June of 2018.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NAMED ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
Three students from Gaylord Middle School have been named local winners in the 46th annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
The three students, who earned the first, second, and third place awards for their school, are Cameron Martella, first, Carson Schneider, second, and Alexis May, third. All three received award certificates for their achievement. As the school's first place winner, Cameron's name will also be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school.
Cameron Martella's first place essay now advances to the state level competition, from which the top ten essays in Michigan will be selected. The top ten statewide winners, who will be announced in April, will each receive a plaque, a medallion and a cash award of $1,000. In addition, the top ten essayists will be honored at a banquet in Lansing, meet with Michigan's top governmental leaders, and be the featured guests at a Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball game dedicated in their honor.
A team of finalist judges that includes a top Michigan government official and the sponsoring teachers of last year's top two statewide winners, will determine the ranking of the top ten statewide winners this year.
Several thousand eighth grade students from over 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2014 - 2015 America
& Me Essay Contest, which was conducted with the help of Farm Bureau Insurance agents across the state. The topic of the 2014 - 2015 contest was "My Personal Michigan Hero."
Started in 1968 and open to all Michigan eighth grade students, the contest encourages Michigan youngsters to explore the greatness of America and its people. As sponsor of the contest, Farm Bureau Insurance has earned 11 national awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
2015 MIDDLE SCHOOL STATE HONORS CHOIR
Thursday, January 22nd, seven Gaylord Middle School students traveled to Grand Rapids to perform as a part of the 2015 Middle School State Honors Choir. The students joined approximately 100 other students from around the state to form the Soprano/Alto choir. To audition for the choir, students traveled to Allendale in October where they sang in front of a judge. The students and their parents showed an enormous commitment to the honors choir, as they spent five Saturdays between October and January travelling to auditions or rehearsals all across Southern Michigan. The students that were a part of this year’s SA State Honors Choir were (l-r) Lauren Quinn, Anna Fry, Chanelle Beach, Anna Quinn, Brooke Robinson, Emily O'Rourke (not pictured Chloe Deeter). Congratulations to the girls for their commitment and hard work. Everyone at GCS is very proud of their accomplishments.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY HOSTED PURPLE PINKIE PROJECT
The NHS (National Honor Society), in partnership with the local Rotary Club, hosted a dinner and entertainment event on January 22, 2015 at the Gaylord High School.
The Purple Pinkie Project is an international Rotary charity effort, and the $1500.00 raised at the event this year will be used to help in the fight to end polio worldwide.
Thanks to all of the supporters of the event including The Culinary II Class for preparing and serving the meal. Major sponsors included Save-a-lot, Family Fare, Gordon Food Service, and Alpine Chocolat Haus. This successful event would not have been possible without the support of so many groups. Thanks to all who volunteered their time and contributed to make this event a success.
The effort is dubbed the “Purple Pinkie Project” because once a child has been vaccinated, their pinkie is marked with a purple dye. Two vaccinations are needed to be fully immunized, thus a child with two purple pinkies can be identified as fully protected against polio. For every dollar raised, a child can be vaccinated, moving ever-closer to eliminating the threat of polio worldwide.
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.
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.
COMMUNITY FINANCIAL DONATES $2,000
FROM THEIR COMMUNITY SHARES PROGRAM
TO BE USED TO PURCHASE BOOKS
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS THANKS THE COMMUNITY FOR
GENEROUS DONATIONS OF BACKPACKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND BOOTS
FROM BRIDGEWAY CUMMINS (upper left), UNITED WAY STUFF THE BUS (upper right),
THE MEIJER STORE OF GAYLORD (lower left), AND MBANK OF GAYLORD (lower right)
CHEMICAL BANK OF GAYLORD
DONATES MITTENS, HATS, & SCARVES
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.
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