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Welcome to the Grand Isle School Home Page!

Grand Isle School is a welcoming community where every family and staff member is invested in our students. We recognize and celebrate the whole child. We provide an equal opportunity and the right supports so all students and adults are successful. We practice positive and collaborative teaming and teaching throughout the school.

Welcome Back! • Thursday, August 25th

August, 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,

I trust this letter finds you well and enjoying the summer. With school beginning in just a week or so, I wanted to update you on our school’s work, communicate some important dates, and highlight some important changes this coming school year.

First, our custodial staff has been very busy getting the building ready for the school year. This includes a thorough cleaning of the entire building, painting projects, relocating classrooms and more! We’ve completed replacing all the carpets in the school building and have completed phase 1 of replacing floor tiles with new tile in the lobby, map room, kindergarten hallway and main hallway. Phase 2, including the remainder of the first floor, will continue next summer. The school is looking beautiful for our students and staff! The crew has worked very hard and done an outstanding job to make sure the building is ready for the students on the first day of school.

Second, Grand Isle School will be hosting a school-wide open house tentatively scheduled Wednesday September 14th. Parents and guardians can expect to receive information on curriculum, communications, class schedules, Positive Behavior interventions and Supports (PBiS), Jupiter Grades and more. Stay tuned, and yes we will have ice cream!

Grand Isle School is committed to refining and sustaining our efforts to meet the needs of all learners. With that goal, we are expanding our Tier II programming to include a daily 30 minute intervention block. This opportunity will allow for targeted academic supports in reading and math along with advanced proficiency opportunities for our students.
To help support Tier II programming, I am pleased to welcome Erin Oliver, math specialist, to the Grand Isle Staff. Other changes include Colleen O’Connor serving our school community as a reading specialist in place of the recently retired Barb Carter.

Over the past three years Grand Isle School has had a strong emphasis on our climate and culture, along with building the groundwork for effective collaboration. This foundation will serve us well as we move toward the full implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports at Grand Isle School. As stated in our vision for teaching and learning, we believe that our Multi-Tiered System of Supports will: support and challenge all students to reach their full potential provide and develop multiple means for representation, expression, and engagement of learning and provide common and consistent language for academic and behavioral expectations.

Third, to help ensure the safety of our students we are asking that parents/guardians inform the school of any changes to their child’s normal transportation plan. You can simply call the main office or write a note informing us of the change. Communications such as these are appreciated earlier in the day as they are easier to manage and plan for. The new bus routes can be found below under files and links, and will published in the August 30th edition of The Islander.

Fourth, students in grades K-5 will begin their school day at 7:40 am and be dismissed at 2:25 pm. Grade 6-8 students will begin at 8:40 am and be dismissed at 3:25 pm. Students may enter the building at 7:15 and wait in the cafeteria until the school day begins.

Enclosed within the Welcome Back Packet you received in the mail, you will notice enrollment and emergency contact paperwork. Please complete and/or update the forms to reflect any changes, including the most recent contact information. Please return them to the school anytime during the first week of school. This information is important in helping ensure the safety and well-being of your children.

Lastly, the Parent/Student Handbook will be available in the coming days and can be accessed on the school’s website under School Year Files and Links. Hard copies are available and can be picked up during the first week of school when returning your child’s enrollment/emergency contact information packet.

I want to acknowledge the importance of the role you play in your child’s learning and the overall success of our school. I want our school to be a place where parents are active partners who collaborate with the staff to create an enriching and supportive learning environment. I look forward to working with all of you to continue to ensure that our school is challenging students and preparing them to be informed, literate, critical thinkers who demonstrate responsible social and civic behaviors. See you around the school!

Respectfully,


Eric Arnzen
Principal at Grand Isle School

Modified by eriarnz@gisu.org on 2016-08-26


Links & Files
1st AM Run: Chamberlin (west of rt. 2)
1st AM Run: Nolan (east of rt. 2)
1st PM Run: Chamberlin (west of rt. 2)
1st PM Run: Nolan (east of rt. 2)
2016-17 School Year Calendar
2nd AM Run: Chamberlin (west of rt. 2)
2nd AM Run: Nolan (east of rt. 2)
2nd PM Run: Chamberlin (west of rt. 2)
2nd PM Run: Nolan (east of rt. 2)
August-September Lunch Menu
Building Use Form
Concussion information
Expense Report
GISU VCAT
Grade 6-8 Bullying/Harassment Student Presentation
Grand Isle School FY 2016 Town Report
HQT Status
Jupiter Grades
Middle School Supplies List
Parent Information
Safety Form
Tech. Request Form

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