Dear Rebel Team:
I certainly hope this letter finds you and your families in good health and continuing to enjoy your summer break. Hard to believe that we’re only several weeks away from getting back together in that final push to open school for our kids, especially since it sometimes feels like “we never close” with all of the great summer programs that have been going on in our buildings and on our athletic fields the past seven weeks.
To be honest, June and July afforded me some great opportunities for reflection on where we’ve come over the past decade and where I feel we need to head in the very near future. We just received final notice from the Steelcase Foundation that we have been awarded $250,000 for a two-year instructional and learning redesign project I alluded to last August, and I’m excited about the possibilities this will provide for our students as well as our district as a whole. I’ll explain more during our all-staff opening session on September 1 including the opportunities you will have to participate in this process.
If you hadn’t yet heard, Andy Steketee joins our administrative team taking over the principal leadership role at Godfrey Elementary. We also have a few other staff changes that will be announced during the opening session. Our back-to-school schedule is as follows:
Monday, August 10 – School administrators return; fall sports seasons begin this week; Regular Board of Education meeting at 7 pm
Monday, August 17 – Building office staff return and school offices re-open
Week of August 24 – Student orientations scheduled
Tuesday – 7th/8th Grades 9-11 am
Tuesday – 6th Grade 6-8 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – East Lee Campus 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday – LHS 10th, 11th & 12th Grades 9-11 am
Saturday – LHS Freshman Camp 12:00 noon – 10 pm
Week of August 31 – Staff preparations
Monday – New Teacher Orientation, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday – All-Staff Opening Day
7:00-7:50 am Optional Hot Breakfast, ECC Multi-Purpose Room
8:00-10:00 am Opening Keynote Session – Free to Learn
10:00-11:00 am Association Meetings
11:00-11:50 am Lunch (on your own)
12:00-3:00 pm Building Opening Meetings
Wednesday – “Rebel U” Administrator & Teacher Staff Development, 8:00 am- 3:00 pm, Kent ISD Educational Service Center (http://rebelu.godfrey-lee.org/2015)
Wednesday evening, 5:30 – 7 pm, open house/meet the teacher at Godfrey Elementary and the Early Childhood Center
Thursday – Teacher Planning and Preparation Day, 8:00 am-3:00 pm; opening home varsity football game vs. White Cloud, 7:00 pm
All support staff not normally scheduled to work before students return are expected to attend the opening all-staff keynote session on Tuesday, September 1, and may submit a time sheet for 8:00-11:00 am (3 hours maximum). If you have questions, feel free to contact Emily Truax for clarification.
Rebel U for all administrators and teachers will once again be held out at Kent ISD. As in the past, our Tech & Media Team has organized a great agenda filled with opportunities to learn new skills or sharpen old ones throughout the day. It’s also a great time to connect district-wide and share what your are doing or would like to do with digital technology and curriculum tools this year. You can review the complete agenda including session descriptions at http://rebelu.godfrey-lee.org/2015.
Sign-in for Rebel U begins at 7:30 am and as always you should plan ahead for any potential traffic problems trying to get out to the ISD. Lunch will be provided and you are asked to bring a digital device with you.
Buildings will be open on Friday, September 4, for anyone desiring to access your classroom and complete any last minute preparations for opening day. Students report Tuesday, September 8 following the traditional Labor Day weekend.
I look forward to seeing all of you soon but in the meantime, enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.
Links to Connect With
District Website (new): http://www.godfrey-lee.org/
District Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LeeRebels
District Twitter: twitter.com/GodfreyLeePS
GLPS Teaching & Learning Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293488567461656/