Dear students, parents, and fellow community members,
Gaylord Community Schools is a quality learning community in which faculty and staff are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our 3,400 learners. We are looking forward to renewing and creating relationships with our students and their families throughout the 2013-14 school year.
Our state of the art facilities, well-maintained buildings and beautiful grounds are a source of pride. We appreciate the opportunity to share these facilities with a community who continually supports our schools: Gaylord High School (9-12), Gaylord Middle School (7-8), Gaylord Intermediate School (4-6), North Ohio and South Maple Elementary Schools (K-3). In addition, we offer two different preschool programs where four-year-olds learn through play and prepare for their transition to kindergarten.
Another source of pride is that Gaylord Community Schools has been recently recognized for two prestigious academic awards. Last winter, Gaylord Community Schools was ranked 13th out of 560 school districts in Michigan by the Center for Michigan. The organization applied its “Value-Added Matrix” to public and charter schools across the state and ranked them according to the value they add to students’ expected achievement. Their finding: GCS helps students succeed beyond expectations. This spring, Gaylord High School was awarded a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation in 2013. GHS ranked 69th in Michigan, and was in the top 10% nationally.
The Gaylord Community Schools Board of Education works diligently to ensure that GCS remains a financially sound district committed to increasing student achievement and learning opportunities for all student learners. Each new school year brings new opportunities to carry out our mission. I consider it a privilege to lead the Gaylord Community Schools as we work with our most precious resources: our children.
The Board and I invite you to become a part of this outstanding learning community.
Cheryl A. Wojtas, Superintendent