A message from Coach Weimer:
Dear Parents, Please note that the practice schedule for this week is different than usual. We will practice
Glennallen School will host a Halloween carnival Saturday November 1 from 5-8:30pm. Everyone is welcomed to attend.
There will be no school for Glennallen students on October 29. The school will be hosting parent-teacher conferences from 12pm to 7:30pm. You also have the opportunity to conference on October 30th from 3pm-5pm. For grades 6-12, there are no scheduled appointments. If you find a teacher is busy with another parent, please conference with another of your child’s teachers.
The parent-teacher conference meeting is arguably the single most important function that you, as a parent, can participate in at our school. Our teachers put in a tremendous amount of work and time each and every day to ensure that all students are getting the quality education they deserve. It is vital that you come on one of these dates and be a part of your child’s educational journey. We have set a goal to have 100% parent attendance for these conference dates. Please commit the time on one of those dates and join our efforts. If you cannot make either of these 2 dates, please reschedule another date.
Brenda Richison and the Glennallen Choir will host a folk concert and chilli cook-off on Tuesday October 28 from 5-7pm in the Commons. This fundraiser will be A LOT of fun so please come out and show your support!
The Book Basket Auction is Next Week!. Save the date Thursday, October 23rd
5:00 Spaghetti Dinner
$25 Family; $ 5 (Child -6th Grade),$7 (7th Grade through Adult)
6:30 Basket preview
7:00 Auction Begins!
Every other year the Glennallen School holds a Book Basket Auction to raise funds for our students! This year the proceeds will be split with Copper River Wrestling. Please join us for a night of family fun!
Basket Themes: Animals, Christmas, Halloween/Fall, Science, BBQ/Picnic, Everything Chocolate, Super Heros,..
If you have an item you would like to donate- regardless of theme you may and we will find a basket to add your item to. Thank you!
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook at Glennallen PTO
As the first quarter came to a close this Friday, I am again encouraging all parents to ask their child to have him/her log into their PowerSchool account so that you can view their academic progress. PowerSchool is a very important tool the teachers use to manage students’ academics. In it you can find all of the classes your child is in, their grades, and all of their assignments for which they are responsible. If an assignment is missing, you can easily find out which one it is. By reviewing this PowerSchool information, it will further empower you for the parent-teacher meetings on October 29th.
Another great computer software program that we will soon be implementing within our district is called Alert Solutions. This program works in conjunction with the stored PowerSchool data that we have on file from you. Alert Solutions is going to allow our school to immediately inform you the parent of any urgent school information, such as a weather related morning school closing. The district plans to test the system sometime in early November. If you are unsure of your proper contact information that we have on file, please contact our front office.
I am still learning about this blogging thingy – so bear with me.
Some updates and other items you can help us with:
Our student expectations program has already had a significant impact with our students and staff. There is greater consistency, greater ownership of responsibilities within the school, and significantly fewer problems. Students like the clear expectations (sort of) but they really enjoy the short and simple Gold Card celebrations every few weeks. If you have any questions about our Gold Card behavioral program, talk to your child’s teacher.
In my last blog I mentioned that riding the bus is a privilege. We have had a few bus issues that we have had to deal with but with the strong support of our families, our students are learning about their responsibilities as a passenger. Parents – thank you for your supportive involvement with this issue. I do want to remind everybody that the end of the day around here gets pretty busy. If your child requires different transportation requirements, please notify Mrs. Rhodes no later than 2:00 - the earlier the better. I appreciate your support with this as well.
I just sent a memo to my staff on Cold Weather and School Closures and thought, while it was still fresh in my mind, I’d share some of it with you as well. If the temperature reaches -50 below zero or the road conditions are too hazardous to operate the buses, a public announcement to that effect will be made on the KCAM radio station. This information will also be posted on the district web-site.
On a related note, Cold Weather Gear. Our students must have appropriate winter gear to board and ride the bus. Additionally, they need this same gear to participate in recess as they will need a break from their academic rigors. When temperatures and/or wind chill factor falls to 20 degrees F and below, students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades are required to have full winter gear. Students in fourth and fifth grades are required to have full winter gear when the temperature and/or wind chill factor falls to 10 degrees F and below. Full winter gear includes: snow pants/snowsuit, winter snow boots, winter coat, hat, gloves/mittens.
Finally, - attendance. Some of what I will share with you now is old news. However, some of it is new and impacts our schools reputation and the rating we will receive from the Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) at the end of the school year. Anytime your child is absent we need a note or phone call from you in order for the absence to be excused. With every set of five unexcused absences a letter is sent from the school – to the home – but hopefully we never have to get to that point. If we do get to that point, then I am confident the letter will help resolve the problem. If unexcused absences continue, additional letters will be sent requesting a parental conference to solve the problem. The bottom line is, a students’ learning is greatly diminished when they miss labs, lectures, class discussions, and activities that build not only their academic knowledge but their social development as well. The Copper River School District has determined that if a student misses a total of fifteen (15) absences in a semester (excused or unexcused), they may be considered as a candidate for retention. Under the new accountability system from the DEED, our students’ attendance at GES counts 25% toward the overall ranking we receive at the end of the year. This ranking is called the Alaska State Performance Index (ASPI). Our ranking determines how many points we have earned and in turn how many stars our school has earned. Last year GES earned an ASPI score of 90.37 which equates to a 4 Star ranking (which is pretty good – the second highest). However, pretty good has never been good enough for me. I want the best from my staff and my students. With last years’ performance, we were less than 4 ASPI points (3.63 to be exact) from being a 5 Star school. With your help in attendance and of course in academics as well, we can easily make that jump to a 5 Star School.
Byron Rice, GES Principal
The end of the 1st quarter is rapidly approaching: October 17. All students have been given Power School login information by their teachers and have reviewed the login process to ensure that every student
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