Welcome to Gaylord Community Schools
"Our mission is to provide a quality education that inspires students to achieve their potential and become productive citizens."
GHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Congratulations to GHS Valedictorian, Elizabeth Keysor!
Elizabeth’s Student Biography:
Daughter of Jim and Colleen Keysor
High School Accomplishments:
- Graduating Summa Cum-Laude-Academic Scholar (4.001 and above)
- Member & Historian of National Honors Society
- Honors Convocation – 4 years
- AP Scholar with Distinction
- Junior and Senior Editor GHS Yearbook
- GHS Chamber Singer
After graduation Elizabeth will be attending Michigan Technological University, with a major in mathematics. Elizabeth received a Presidential Excellence Scholarship and a Student Award from MTU.
Congratulations to GHS Salutatorian, Preston Fairchild!
Preston’s Student Biography:
Son of Nelson and Tammy Fairchild
High School Accomplishments:
- Graduating Summa Cum-Laude-Academic Scholar (4.001 and above)
- GHS Drama Club Tech Crew – 1 year
- GHS Debate Club – 1 year
- GHS Robotics Club President – 2 years
After graduation Preston will be attending Lake Superior State University with a major in electrical engineering. Preston received a Laker Gold scholarship providing full tuition for all 4 years along with assistance for room and board.
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL EARNED A 2017 BRONZE MEDAL
IN THE U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT BEST HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS
For the fifth year in a row Gaylord High School has been identified as one of the top schools in the nation. U.S. News and World Report has awarded GHS a bronze medal, which places us 102 out of 1097 schools in the state of Michigan. More information is available at www.usnews.com.
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
The Gaylord Community School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program for children. Click here for more information.
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.
Dismissal times will be as follows:
GHS 11:35 a.m., GMS 11:45 a.m., GIS 12:05 p.m., NOE/SME 11:40 a.m.
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
Gaylord High School and Otsego Memorial Hospital will be hosting physicals again this year.
WHERE: OMH Professional Medical Building, 829 N. Center Ave.
WHEN: 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.
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.
Join Superintendent Brian Pearson for Coffee & Conversation on September 11, 2017
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
• Active in the Arts
• Military Service
• Professional Awards, Honors and Achievements
• Community Service
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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."
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