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Don't Miss the End of the Year Celebration!
You are invited to join your colleagues for the End of the Year Celebration on Thursday, June 11.
The event will be held on the campus of the Genesee Career Institute and lunch will be served.
Find all of the details here.
A Message from the Superintendent
"Thank you" is the combination of two very small words that hardly begin to express the appreciation and gratitude I wish to convey for your outstanding work this school year. Our roles are so profoundly different across the GISD that each member becomes critical to our success.
The extraordinary effort and care you give continually improves the lives of others. Our own populations have needs and interests very different from traditional students. As you know, our students depend on us. They look to us for care, independence, training, knowledge, and mentoring. I am so amazed on a daily basis at the level of attention and education we provide to these young people. The adults you serve are equally important. You train, support, guide, lead, and serve others in Genesee County in ways that serve as the foundation for all education and learning.
This year we have accomplished a lot! We now have 17 buildings full of students and staff. We are proud to set a high standard in preschool programs, and at Genesee Career Institute. Through Mott Middle College and Genesee Early College, we have graduated 150 seniors who now possess high school diplomas and at least 25 college credits. We have supported 17 districts with business services, maintaining payrolls and budgets. We support 21 districts with technology and kept the flow of activity moving without interruption!
Our services have resulted in providing counseling, preventing suicides, keeping students healthy, and helping students be engaged before and after school. We have literally provided professional growth opportunities for thousands of individuals and we’ve educated our precious young people with very special needs. We have transported students around the world and back, fought the fight in Lansing, and provided so many other services to colleagues and staff. Really, we should be tired!
When we perform well, we make good things happen. When we perform together, we make a difference. When we perform with all we can give, we become drained. Thank you for giving GISD all you have in order to impact the lives of those we serve. I know you are likely exhausted! I hope you can find some time to recharge your battery, reflect on this past year, and begin to think about the opportunities a new year will bring.
Again, thank you for your leadership, your service, and your innovation. You are second to no one! Enjoy a wonderful summer!
GISD Board of Education Receives Awards
Recently, the GISD Board of Education received the following awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB): Honor Board Award, Standard of Excellence Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, Master Board Award, and Master Diamond Board Award. The awards were earned by the GISD Board of Education members for their participation in the MASB Certified Board Member Awards program and leadership at the local, state, and national levels.
For the fifth consecutive year, the GISD Board of Education is the only board in the state that has earned the Master Board Award and Master Diamond Board Award. In addition, Mrs. Cindy A. Gansen received the President’s Award of Recognition and Dr. Paul D. Newman received the Master Platinum Award and The President’s Award of Recognition, which is the highest individual honor.
Congratulations to the GISD Board of Education members on this recognition of their dedication and service to public education in Genesee County.
Updates from the Leadership Crew
The Navigator Leadership Crew has been working diligently on several projects since their last update to staff. One of the crew’s main tasks continues to focus on establishing activities that will help raise awareness and build understanding about what leadership means to all of us at GISD. The crew has defined leadership as acting on the belief that what you do can make a difference. Staff will begin seeing the results of some of the awareness activities starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
The Leadership Crew has also been working to provide tools that help the other Navigator crews with prioritizing their work, and to help Navigator team members share important district information more effectively and consistently at department/program meetings. See a crew member from your department, if you are interested in learning more about those specific tools.
Additionally, the Leadership crew is working to ensure that each of the Navigator objectives and related tasks tie back to the standards associated with GISD’s NCA AdvancED accreditation. Their goal is to establish tools that show how the work and activities of the Navigators fit into the bigger picture of GISD’s continuous improvement process.
GISD Students Recognized for Artistic Talent and Academic Achievement
Elmer A. Knopf Learning Center student Marcellus Richards (pictured) will be featured at a VSA art show to be held at the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) location in Flint on June 5. Marcellus created 10 drawings of his favorite MTA buses for his exhibition, but has been drawing buses for years! He loves to ride the buses in Flint and Detroit and also creates cityscape drawings based on his travels. EKLC staff report that they are very proud of Marcellus and his work!
Camryn Banks, a sophomore at Genesee Early College, has been awarded a full scholarship to the 2015 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS) at Cornell University. This six-week educational program is a college-level seminar for gifted and highly motivated high school sophomores. Admission to TASS is highly selective and starts with a nomination by a guidance counselor. The process then moves to the completion of a rigorous four-essay application, submission of an academic recommendation and transcripts, and a personal interview by an associate or member of the Telluride Association board, after which a central committee selects the scholarship recipients. TASS Scholars enjoy free tuition, room and board, and books at the seminar for which they are selected. Congratulations for being honored with this prestigious scholarship, Camryn!
Genesee Career Institute (GCI) students Courtney Criswell from Flushing and Kat Hiller from Fenton tied for 23rd place in the nation, out of over 3,500 students, and received the status of All American at the American Academic Competition Institute (AACI) Sports Medicine competition held In May. AACI is a California based online competition that tests student knowledge in five different skills related to sports medicine, using a 300-question test.
GCI fielded a team of 15 students and placed 8th overall in the medium school category. GCI staff report that they are very proud of the students and their instructor, Melissa Phillips, for their accomplishments at the national level.
John Dias, Para-Educator at the Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center, was recently recognized at a GISD Board of Education meeting with the STAR Award! The colleagues that nominated him noted that John makes a difference every day in the lives of the students, staff, and families that he is so dedicated to by embracing each day and opportunity. John has a very positive attitude that is contagious when working with the students, making their day exciting. It was also noted that John emulates the beliefs that the district puts forth. He believes that every person has value and should be treated with respect, that all students deserve a quality education, and that people are our greatest asset. He also sets the example for leadership, upholds and delivers exceptional customer service, and uses innovative solutions that improve, sustain, and grow the people he encounters. Congratulations on this recognition from your colleagues, John!
The STAR award recognition program is open to all employees. To nominate a staff member, simply complete the nomination form that is available in the Staff Resources area of the GISD website and in the main office of GISD school buildings.
Base Camp Challenge Center Summer Camps for Your Kids!
Please share this information with family and friends:
Are you looking for a fun, engaging, and educational summer day camp for your 8-14 year old child or grandchild? Base Camp Challenge Center is offering two different day camps throughout the summer. Each camp allows participants to experience the center’s rock wall and high ropes course, in addition to challenging new adventures and learning survivor skills. The cost is $125 per camp and daily breakfast and lunch is included in the cost of registration.
These camps also offer working parents the convenience of arranging for early drop-off and late pick-up — a schedule saver! Find more camp details here.
Genesee Career Institute Students Help a Peer
Jared Jackson recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering. Jared, the son of Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center Physical Therapist Assistant Jill Jackson, and husband David, was also commissioned into the U.S. Navy as an ensign as a result of completing the university’s ROTC program. Jared will be heading to Pensacola, FL in early June to begin flight school, which has been his longtime dream. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, Jared!
Spencer Everhart, son of Education and Learning’s English Language Learner staff member Maria Everhart, recently graduated from Goodrich High School. Spencer received a white drape for being an International Thespian Society member and also received a medallion from the Genesee Career Institute for Academic Excellence. He will be attending the University of Michigan-Flint to major in computer science and minor in history. Congratulations, Spencer!
Congratulations to Alexandra Jennings Bush, daughter of Technology and Media Services Instructional Technologist Martin Jennings and wife, Karen. Alexandra recently completed her master’s degree in dance from the University of Iowa. Her husband, Eric Bush, also recently completed his doctor of music degree at the University of Iowa, so they graduated on the same day. Alexandra and Eric have been interviewing all over the country in hopes of working in dance and music at the university level. Congratulations, Alexandra and Eric!
Transportation Staff Needed
GISD is hiring substitute bus drivers and bus aides. These positions qualify for paid training!
If you have friends or family members who have spare time during the day, are qualified to be a driver or aide, and are interested in working with children, please encourage them to apply for a substitute driver or transportation aide position. Those interested in transporting and assisting students in preschool, special education, and career technical education programs can apply online, or call (810) 591-4552 for more information.