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.
Please make sure to access the district website and click “The Current” link regularly. We will update this site throughout the school year with information about the school, activities, and our students.
As mentioned above, I did some reading this summer and came across a statement from the former governor of Washington State who said, “If everyone were to take the Reading Foundation’s advice and read to a child 20 minutes a day, we would revolutionize education in our state.” He went on to add, “We know that kids who have involved parents are much more likely to function at or above grade level particularly from kindergarten on. We aren’t asking parents to teach their kids to read. But by just reading aloud every day, parents build their child’s phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and love of reading. The power of a parent with a book can change our schools.” That last sentence particularly caught my attention and I agree with it wholeheartedly.
I want to point out to all patrons of GES that all parents, students, and visitors must enter through the front doors of all the schools. Doors are permanently locked and visitors are on a video monitoring system. Visitors will be buzzed into the building and will need to sign in at the office.
In our ever-changing technological world, you may choose to share your e-mail address with or office and/or your child’s teacher as a preferred way in which stay connected with GES.
On August 25th the elementary and the high school will have a joint beginning of the year assembly at 9:05am in the high school gym. You are cordially invited to attend this brief assembly to meet new staff, rekindle old acquaintances, and celebrate the beginning of a great school year.
On September 4th GES and GHS will be hosting a “Hotdog Howdy/Open House”. You are again genuinely welcome. It will provide an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, visit with others, and have dinner. This will take place from 5:00-6:30pm. I hope to see you there.
I am truly excited about working with you, your children, and our staff this year. I believe we can create the greatest and most successful year we have ever had. I look forward to seeing all of you.
“If you want your child to be brilliant, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very brilliant, read them more fairy tales.” (Albert Einstein)