Welcome to Gaylord Community Schools
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION
Gaylord Community Schools Board of Education appointed Brian Pearson as the new superintendent at a special Board meeting June 27, 2016.
The School Board discussed two highly qualified candidates at the open meeting. They decided in a unanimous vote that a second interview was not necessary and offered the position to Brian Pearson, the current Curriculum/Special Education Director.
Mr. Pearson is a lifetime resident of Gaylord and looks forward to continuing to do what’s best for children in his new role as superintendent.
GCS ANNOUNCES NEW NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
Gaylord Community Schools has changed their notification system to School Messenger. 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.
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.
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.
SPORTS PHYSICALS AVAILABLE
OTSEGO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PROFESSIONAL BUILDING
AUGUST 3, 2016 AT 5:30 P.M.
COST $15 - TO BE DONATED BACK TO THE GCS ATHLETIC PROGRAMS
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 TO HOST
SUMMER BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM CAMP IN JUNE
See registration form for details.
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL BAND TRAVELS TO CHICAGO
Forty one Gaylord High School Band students traveled to Chicago in May to perform at the Music in The Parks Festival at Six Flags Great America. In addition to a wonderful performance, the students were able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago, eat deep dish pizza, see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Blue Man Group perform, and visit the Museum of Science and Industry. For a few of the students, this weekend was their first time leaving the state of Michigan (and their first time riding an escalator!). Their performance brought a rating of “excellent” and a trophy for first place in their division. In addition to their outstanding performance, they behaved and represented our school and community well. The students would like to thank Mr. Hotelling and the Board of Education for this experience. It is a trip that they will never forget.
117 STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS
A representative from Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp visited Gaylord Middle and High School in March to allow our students to audition for scholarships. These scholarships can be used for children to attend one of the sessions at this prestigious music camp. Scholarships are available for instrumental music, vocal music, visual arts, and theater. Scholarships totaling $44,400 were offered to 117 students grade 6-12.
Four Gaylord 8th graders will be representing the GMS band at MSBOA District 2 Middle School Honors Band on Wednesday, March 9th at Kalkaska. These students will join over 100 other middle school students from 25 schools around Northern Michigan to spend one day rehearsing their music and then perform in a concert that evening. The students who have been selected are Jonathan (Alto Saxaphone), Sofia (Clarinet), Helena (Flute) and Braden (Euphonium).
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL EARLY COLLEGE SIGNING CEREMONY
A group of 75 sophomores attended an Early College Signing Ceremony on January 6th. They will begin their Early College experience this summer with a three week student success course. In the fall, they will begin their other college courses at Gaylord High School to graduate from the Early College and high school in 2019. Gaylord Community Schools made special provisions to run two classes this summer so these sophomores would not miss the opportunity of Early College.
The agreement will allow Gaylord High School students to complete an associate degree and a high school diploma at the same time, resulting in substantial savings in time spent earning a bachelor’s degree and a significant reduction in student debt.
For more information about Early College, contact Wendy Fought, director of student outreach and engagement, at 231-439-6349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.
The GMS Cross Country Ski Club was awarded $6000 in grants to purchase cross country ski equipment. With the help of Forbush Corner Cross Country Shop, GMS was able to purchase 33 sets of new Madshus skis, boots, poles, and bindings. Grant contributors were: Otsego County Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Gaylord, Wagar Motor Sales, Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, and the Gaylord Middle School.
Seventh and eighth graders have been skiing for a few weeks now. Forty three kids participate in ski club which meets twice a week. On Tuesdays, kids ski from 3:00 -5:00 in Aspen Park. Thanks to Mr. Brian Kierczynski, Public Works Department, for grooming a connector trail from Aspen Park right to the back door at GMS. On Thursdays, students board a bus and ski Michaywe from 3:30 – 5:30. Thanks to Mr. Jim Olli, Michaywe Grounds Department, for grooming a fresh trail every Thursday. Also thank you to Mr. Todd Chwatun and Ms. Ashley Coon for allowing the GMS Ski Club full use of the Michaywe clubhouse and facilities.
The ski club is coached by Scott Doederlein, Ann Wagar, Jeff Kalember, and Jeff Hervela.
GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION
RECEIVES SPECIAL TRIBUTE FROM
STATE REPRESENTATIVE TRISTON COLE
STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS
& STATE SENATOR WAYNE SCHMIDT
COMMUNITY FINANCIAL DONATES $2,000
THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITY SHARES PROGRAM
UNITED WAY DONATES
STUFF THE BUS SCHOOL SUPPLIES
WENDI & KASEY NELSON DONATE
LUNCHBOXES FOR ELEMENTARY CHILDREN
NORTH OHIO ELEMENTARY THANKS
MOUNT HOPE CHURCH FOR DONATION OF
SHOES TO EVERY NORTH OHIO
STUDENT AND STAFF MEMBER
NEW ONLINE LUNCH PAYMENT SYSTEM
GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY CLASS
TEAMS UP WITH MSU EXTENSION TO STUDY AND MONITOR VERNAL POOLS
Gaylord High School's AP Chemistry class is excited to team up with MSU Extension to be a part of a statewide monitoring program and one of the first schools in northern Michigan to participate. The AP class will visit Michaywe to gather data and prepare a full report to share with The Gaylord Herald Times, Otsego Soil and Water Conservation District, Michaywe, and MSU researchers.
The Gaylord OWLS will provide $1,000 to be used for equipment and field trip expenses. Click on the following links to learn more about Vernal Pools and share in this exciting research Michigan Vernal Pools Monitoring and Mapping Program.
AUTHOR VISITS GIS
To help celebrate March Is Reading Month, Alison DeCamp, author of My Near Death Adventures (99% TRUE!) visited GIS on March 17th and 18th.
The following is taken directly from her website:
Alison grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where people say “Yah, eh?” and “Youse guys” and dress in many layers for seven months of the year. Unlike Stan, the hero in her book, Alison had indoor plumbing and more than two pairs of pants. However, she might have worn the same sweater every day in fifth grade.
The daughter of a hardware store owner (and reluctant, occasional employee) Alison spent too many school breaks attending ACE Hardware conventions and not enough at Disney World. After graduating from Michigan State University, Alison began teaching middle and high school English. After eight years, she quit teaching to stay at home with two babies who are now two teenagers. Babies and teenagers require almost the same amount of work. During this time she taught herself to make glass beads and jewelry which she sold at local galleries. She now can occasionally be found “working” at Between the Covers bookstore in Harbor Springs or grocery shopping. Her people like to eat.
GHS STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR STATE SOLO & ENSEMBLE
(l-r) Katherine Amar-Fox, English horn; Tara Hall, bass clarinet;,and Rebecca Rodgers, oboe.
We are proud to announce Katherine & Rebecca earned 1st Division Ratings for their performance.
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.
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.
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.
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