The first week of school is complete at the Glennallen Jr. High and High School, and we are off to a great start. Teachers are busy with instruction while integrating within those lessons their daily academic expectations and the valuable classroom procedures and routines that must accompany them. It is very important for students to each recognize and understand that classroom expectations, routines, and procedures are foundational to their academic success. Our front office has received a lot of the necessary enrollment paperwork from you. Thank-you. Those forms are important on a variety of levels, one of which is equipping all of our secondary students with a computer-learning device. Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!
Dear Parents & Students of GES,
I had a great summer in the Copper River Valley. I rafted, fished, hiked, farmed, ate too much, got bit by bugs, and read a lot. I even had an encounter with a wolf. I know each and every one of my students read throughout the summer so they are ready to tackle the academics. It is now time to turn all of our energy and effort toward this school year. The first day of school (for 1st through 5th) is August 25th and classes begin at 8:50 am and dismiss at 3:00 pm. The first day of Kindergarten is September 2nd.
Most of our staff, whom you are acquainted with, are returning. However, we do have a couple of new faces that you will become familiar with. Jennifer Moser is our new second grade teacher and we are excited about having her on board. Shawna Goodwin has also joined our team and brings a wealth of experience with her that we are going to utilize on a variety of fronts. Most of you may know Suzy Rhodes. She grew up here in the Copper River Valley and is our new school secretary. When you meet these folks make sure you give them a genuine Copper Valley welcome.
August 15, 2014
What a great summer here in the Copper Basin! I hope everyone enjoyed it to the fullest. As our summer winds down, attention turns to gearing up for another exciting school year at Glennallen School. The maintenance and custodial staff have put a lot of effort this summer into making our school the best. In addition, several classrooms have moved. The first day of school is August 25th and classes begin promptly at 8:50am. School will be released daily at 3pm.
Nearly all of our fantastic staff has returned. Principal Byron Rice will be in charge of the elementary school wing while I will be leading the secondary grades 6-12. However, we will both be working supportively and strongly together to make a great and unifying school. Jim Lorence, our guidance counselor, will also be helping me perform some of my administrative duties (His office is located next to mine). Our 6th grade teacher Ben Dolgner will be the new athletic director.
There will be many new, exciting e-learning opportunities for the students this year. The 6-12 grade students will each be issued a laptop computer. There will also be more on-line classes available. In addition, parents, students, and visitors must enter through the front school doors for the doors will be permanently locked and all visitors will be on a video monitoring system. Visitors will be buzzed into the building and will need to sign in at the office.
It is very important that you check the school district website and click “The Current” link daily. This will be my main method of communicating to you all school wide news and functions. You can also find the most current, up-to-date school information on our school’s own website calendar. PLEASE join our mailing list on the CRSD webpage (see enclosed document) for this will also have the most updated school information.
As part of your child’s educational team, you are invited to attend the Beginning of the Year Assembly at 9:05am on Monday August 25 in the gym for grades K-12. This brief assembly will be a great chance to meet the new staff, connect with returning staff, and celebrate the beginning of a successful school year.
Listed below is some information you may find helpful as we prepare for the new school year:
· Junior high and high school students will need to bring money for renting a lock for their locker on the first day of school. The cost is $5.00---PLEASE bring exact amount. Money will be returned to the student at the end of the year when locks are returned.
· If your child will be participating in sports this year, he/she will need to have an up-to-date physical PRIOR to participating in any practice. Activity fees will again be required for each sporting activity your child participates in (HS: $100 & $75 for JH).
· If you know of any new students to the area, please encourage them to come enroll their child prior to school starting. Secretaries will be here beginning on August 11th.
· Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 4th. We will host a “Hotdog Howdy” Open House and you are our invited guests. It will take place from 5:00-6:30pm and is a time to meet your child’s teacher(s), see the classrooms, and have dinner with us!
· School supply lists are posted on the school district website: www.crsd.us. Copies of the supply list will be posted around town as well.
· Students will be released early (1:15pm) eight times this year to provide time for staff development on a number of district initiatives. Early release dates are noted on your school calendar and are posted on the district website.
· If you need bus service, please call Teri Dugas at 822-4333 to register. Bus schedules are available on the district website and in The Communicator newspaper.
· Our school counselor Jim Lorence will be available for schedule meetings the week of August 25th. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
We are continuing last year’s theme of “Shared Character.” You are the most integral part in shaping your child’s character--- which is the sum of his/her life choices. We at Glennallen School also play a vital role in this responsibility. It starts with a strong and resolute mind and the right attitude for learning success. I encourage you to fulfill your role as parent and help us in this very important endeavor and, in doing so, our school and message becomes that much stronger.
The first step is attendance. It is imperative that your child is here promptly every day for school. Your child also needs proper sleep, a healthy and nutritious diet, and most importantly, a great attitude towards their schoolwork, the learning process, and the teachers. Otherwise, the chances of academic success will suffer. Please be an active participant in your child’s attendance and classwork, and you are always welcomed to come visit the school, teachers, or me. Communication is our greatest strength in ensuring a successful school year.
Enclosed you will find a student course schedule & a school calendar. Additional school forms will be given to students on the first day. Of critical importance is the Parent Permission & Acknowledgement Signature Sheet. I strongly encourage you to go to our CRSD webpage and fill it out electronically. Forms need to be returned by September 3rd.
As a team our “shared character” will ensure the greatest student success. Let’s team up & and make this a great school year!
Jack Von Thaer
Welcome back to a brand new school year! There are many changes on the horizon, plenty of exciting new opportunities within the district. We're looking forward to sharing information with you during next week's in-service workshops and site-based meetings. Here's what you need to know to be ready for in-service week:
Tuesday, August 19: NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION
On August 21, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7pm, the Glennallen 6-8th grade teachers will be hosting in their rooms a back-to-school orientation to cover classroom routines & procedures, parent communications, Edgenuity log-in procedures, laptop & internet safety and usage, and any other concerns you may have.
Please note! All school information is now posted on "The Current." For school-specific blog postings prior to 1/14/14, click on the school link, below.
After 1/14/14, click on your school name under "Categories" (below) to view school-specific news and info!