Good afternoon, 

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are in this crazy time together and we will get through it. Remember to get out, get some fresh air and exercise while adhering to social distancing of course. 

Graduation update: 

The big item on everyone’s mind is “Graduation”. I’ve heard that some students and parents are upset and don’t plan to participate. I encourage you to reconsider. After reviewing the survey sent to graduates and their parents, it was well understood that a virtual graduation was not supported. Therefore, a team led by Mr. Marshlain has been working closely with the Okanogan County Health Department to put together a graduation that complies with guidelines that they will approve. Although it is not a traditional graduation, these are not traditional times. The committee has put a lot of thought into making graduation a meaningful and memorable experience for our graduates. 

If you haven’t been by the tennis courts, please swing by and see the banners of the seniors. The effort put in securing these banners is greatly appreciated. 

Meals Update: 

In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, GCDSD will be serving two-days’ worth of meals on Friday, May 22nd. No meal delivery will take place on Monday 5/25 but will resume normal meal delivery schedule on Wednesday 5/27 and Friday 5/29. Reminder, Meals are available from 11:30am - 12:30pm at the following locations: Tillman's in Elmer City, Lake Roosevelt Elementary, GCDSD District office in Coulee Dam, Old Middle School in Grand Coulee, Bobby O's in Grand Coulee, Fowlers in Delano, Lakeview Terrace, and Faith Community in Electric City. GCDSD wishes you a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Holiday. 

Chromebooks update: 

If you need a computer in order to do your school work online, contact the school and make an appointment to check out a Chromebook. The office is open M, W, and F from 8am to 2pm. We will continue checking out computers until we have fulfilled the need. 

Distance learning update: 

Parents, I hope you and your child are engaged with us. As I have mentioned before, Distance learning will become part of the new norm in the future. When we are able to return to school, expect distance learning to continue in some fashion. 

Students, now is the time to really become engaged in your learning. Ultimately, you have to make the step and accept your role as learner. Both your teachers and your parents are here to help but you need to take on your responsibility. 

Grading update: 

Grading for graduation credit bearing courses: Upon the recommendation of the state, the School Board has adopted a new grading policy for the 4th quarter. If you participate and get engaged in your learning, you will earn an “A” for the quarter. If you don’t participate and don’t engage in your learning, you will receive an “Incomplete”. An “A” will average with your 3rd quarter grade and an “incomplete” will have to be made up. It is in your best interest to participate in classes now rather than having to make them up later! 

There are many ways to engage in your learning, the first step is to contact your teacher. 

Wi-Fi update: 

If you do not have access to Wi-Fi, you may stop by the school, the middle school and the Tribal agency. All three locations have expanded Wi-Fi into the parking lot areas. We are currently in the process of extending access at both school locations and working with the tribe to expand additional accessibility on the reservation. 

Paper/Pencil work is available to be picked up and returned M, W, F from 8:00-2:00 at the school. This is mainly for Jr/Sr High students. 

Survey: 

The last two months have brought drastic changes to the way students learn and teachers teach. We in education have totally changed our approach to teaching. As this is new for all of us, we need your help. Expect a survey coming soon to get your honest thoughts on how we can improve “distance learning”. I expect more of the same come September so help us make the changes that we need to make. 

School and District Office hours: 

The School will be open M/W/F from 8:00 – 2:00. 

Please call for an appointment in order to meet with District Office personnel. The District Office will be open during school time on a limited basis. 

Remember: Until we can resume teaching in the classroom, please Stay Home / Stay Safe, keep your distance (10 feet) and wash your hands. 

Mr. Turner

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