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2014-15 KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION
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615 S. ELM AVENUE
| GAYLORD COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL
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2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
AT THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
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GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS RECEIVES SPECIAL TRIBUTE
FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE GREG MACMASTER &
STATE SENTATOR JOHN MOOLENAAR
GHS SENIOR MARYN LEICHTNAM ADVANCES TO ALL-STATE HONORS CHOIR
Every year, GHS choir students have the opportunity to participate in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association's Honors Choir program. The process began with more than 1,000 students from around the state auditioning in October, with roughly half of the students being selected for Regional Honors Choir. Students then prepared additional music and auditioned at Regional Honors Choir in December. If the audition was successful in December, students were invited to perform with one of the state Honors Choirs in January at the Michigan Music Conference. The best of these students were selected to perform with the All-State Honors Choir as a part of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. The All-State Honors Choir represents the top 10% of students that originally auditioned in October. The Michigan Youth Arts Festival and All-State Honors Choir are held every May. This year Maryn will perform with the Honors Choir on May 10th on the campus of Western Michigan University.
R.S.V.P. (RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM)
DONATES HANDMADE AFGHANS TO S.T.A.R.S.
(STUDENTS TAKING APPROPRIATE READINESS STEPS)
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES $14,500 IN GRANTS FOR FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION
(l-r) top row: Principal Phil Mikulski,
Curriculum Director Brian Pearson,
Ms. Rebecca Heckman, bottom row:
Robert Miller, Jacob Madonna and Ben Broz
Gaylord Community Schools received $14,500 in state and federal grants to fund their first competitive robotics team.
Labeled as a varsity sport for the mind, First Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. The mission of the Gaylord program is to “Inspire a passion for science through exploration, competition, and teamwork”.
Every FRC team across the nation will receive identical materials to create their robot, as well as a document describing the task the robot is required to complete. Although the contents and instructions are sealed until January, we know that past robots have been required to complete tasks such as throwing Frisbees through designated goals or picking up and moving objects in established patterns.
Gaylord High School teacher Ms. Rebecca Heckman will coach the robotics team during their rookie season. Preparing for competition will involve practicing after school during the months of January and February. The team, along with their coach, will put their final product to the test when they travel to regional events, much like a sports team. The team will compete head-to-head against other schools, when student created robots will face off in an arena.
The benefits of participating in FRC go far beyond learning and applying the concepts of science, math, and computer programming. Students learn to utilize their problem solving skills, team work, and competitive spirit. FRC is one of the many ways schools can extend learning beyond the classroom. Engaging students outside of the traditional school day is an important element in 21st century learning and Gaylord Community Schools recognize the importance that FRC plays in that mission.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT AWARDS GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SILVER MEDAL
Gaylord High School was recently awarded a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation in 2013. Gaylord ranked 69th in Michigan, and was in the top 10% nationally at 2,175.
U.S. News teamed up with American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world to analyze 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The purpose was to determine the schools that are most successful serving all students well, not just those that are college-bound. The most successful must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
In order to place in the rankings, schools needed to pass a three-step process. Step 1 determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state. Step 2 determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students were performing better than average for similar students in the state. Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance- using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmarks for success. This third step measured which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentage of their students.
As a result of the three-step rankings process, 4,805 of the 18,196 eligible public high schools were awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medal. The top 500 (2%) were awarded gold, the next 1,790 (7%) awarded silver, and 2,515 (13%) bronze.
Curriculum Director Brian Pearson said, “Receiving this award is confirmation of the commitment of the entire Gaylord Community School staff to providing a quality education to all students.” He went on to say, “It is our honor to share this award with our supportive community and parents, but most of all with the 3,400 dedicated students who will be walking through the doors ready to learn in September.”
More information and the methodology used can be found at usnews.com.
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.
GHS JUNIOR ACHIEVES TOP ACT SCORE
Gaylord High School is pleased to report that Claire Mammoser, a junior, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2012, only 781 of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of l-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.
Claire has attended GCS Schools since kindergarten, and stated that she has had many outstanding faculty members during those years. She is extremely grateful for their dedication and the preparation they provided for this accomplishment.
ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.
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 will be traveling to Pasadena to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade
GHS STUDENTS MAKE IT TO SEMI-FINAL ROUND AT
STATE DEBATE TOURNAMENT AT WEST BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
(l-r) Katelynn Thornton, Allison Thornton, Nick Martin and Mitch Kasper
GHS CULINARY II CLASS WINS
"FRIENDLIEST STAFF" FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S "TASTE OF GAYLORD"
HELD AT TREETOPS RESORT MARCH 13, 2013
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL CO-ED STUNT TEAM
CONTINUES THEIR ANTI-BULLYING MESSAGE
After the stunt team's performance at a school pep assembly,
the stunt team received a request to join performers from around the world
to make an anti-bullying music video. Click here to view the video.
GHS BAND STUDENTS EARN TOP RATINGS
On Friday, March 1st, the GHS Symphony Band traveled to Elk Rapids High School and performed at the MSBOA, District 2 Band and Orchestra Festival. The band performed three prepared musical selections and one sight-reading selection. The prepared pieces included “The Black Horse Troop” march by John Philip Sousa, “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, and “By Loch and Mountain” by Robert W. Smith. They earned First Division Ratings from all four adjudicators and have qualified to perform at the State Band Festival on Friday, April 26 at Gaylord High School. Special mention was given to 4 students for their outstanding individual solos. The GHS Symphony Band has earned First Division Ratings at District and State Band Festival for four out of the past five years. “I am extremely proud of our band students and their outstanding performance at District Band Festival”, says Pat Jarve, director of bands at Gaylord High School. “We are very excited to host State Band Festival and hope everyone in the community will come and cheer on the Symphony Band’s performance”.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EARN EXCELLENT RATINGS AT SOLO AND ENSEMBLE
Gaylord High School students performed in 8 events at the Solo and Ensemble Festival at Traverse City West on January 12th. This was the largest number of Gaylord students attending festival thus far. There were performances by the Chamber Singers, as well as several solos and duets. The level at which the students perform and are rated continues to improve, earning them ratings of excellent and good. Each student and group with an excellent rating is eligible to perform at State Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at Big Rapids High School on April 12th and 13th.
KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY
With colds, flu, and other viruses going around, the Health Department would like to remind parents of some of the ways they can promote their children's health and help protect them from getting sick. Offer healthy foods like milk, cereal, fruits and vegetables every day. Don't smoke when children are present--at home or in the car. Set a regular bedtime routine and stick to it. Make sure everyone in the family thoroughly washes their hands. Keep their immunizations up-to-date, including seasonal flu vaccine. It's not too late in the season for a flu shot; call the Health Department at 800-432-4121 to schedule an appointment. Finally, when kids are sick, keep them at home so they don't spread their illness to other children.
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 5 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