GIS School Newsletter

September 2022

Important Dates


Friday 23rd - Homecoming (Blue and Gold Day at GIS)


Tuesday 18th - Picture Day (retakes will be 12/1)

Friday 28th - No School for Students (Staff PD)

A Message From The GIS Principals

We have had an excellent start to the school year! It has been great seeing our students back in the classroom and excited to learn. Feedback from students has been extremely positive and the start of this school year looks more like our pre-pandemic learning environment. As we continue to navigate the school year we thank you for your patience and support in providing your student(s) a quality education. Here are just a few reminders to help keep the school year running smoothly:

  • Transportation Changes - Please call the school office as early in the day as you can (before 1:30 PM) if your child will need to go home in a manner that is different than s/he normally does. Students who do not have written parental permission or a phone call note from the office are not to make changes in how they go home or where they go after school.
  • Updated Contact Information- Please make sure your contact information is up to date with our main office.
  • Parent Portal- is a great resource for parents to support their student's academic success. (More on Parent Portal in the Newsletter)
  • Morning Drop Off- Drop off is much different than years past. Students have the option of being in the cafeteria or on the playground. If your student is choosing to go on the playground prior to 7:44, please utilize the 4th grade drop off/pick up in the stadium parking lot. (Picture of drop off on the left & traffic flow diagram is below.)

Educationally yours,

Mr. Byram and Mr. Dawe

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Meet Mr. Dawe our new Assistant Principal

I am very excited to have this new role at GIS as the Assistant Principal. I am entering into my 16th year in education, with this being my first as a principal. My family and I moved to Gaylord 5 years ago when I became a 5th grade teacher at GIS. We love to experience all Gaylord has to offer and calling this community our home!

Meet the GIS School Nurse

Hi! My name is Jeanne Paque. I’m Gaylord Intermediate School’s new school nurse! I’d like to tell you a little about myself and what I can do to help you and your student. I work through the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and am located primarily at GIS. I have been an RN for 7 years. I look forward to getting to know your students and keeping them healthy and in school!

School Pictures

Geskus will be at GIS on October 18th for school pictures. Pictures are available for all students. Your child will be bringing home an order form for pictures in a few weeks or you can pick one up in the office. Picture retakes will be offered Thursday December 1st.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal will allow parents and students to view their Gaylord Intermediate School student grades, attendance, and much more. We highly recommend setting up your Parent Portal account if you have not done so already. Please keep in mind Parent Portal access is a great way to see what your students have completed in class for grades and also their attendance. If you have concerns or questions regarding your student's education, please do not hesitate to reach out to the teacher of record. Your student will be bringing home parent portal account information this week. Click link for a sample Parent Portal letter that your student will be bringing home. SAMPLE LETTER

Responsible Thinking Process RTP

Here at GIS we utilize the Responsible Thinking Process as the foundation of our behavior/discipline framework for students. RTP is based on Perceptual Control Theory and is designed to provide opportunities to teach students how to look within themselves, take ownership in their decisions, and restructure their own lives so they can be successful in a learning environment with out infringing on the rights of others.

If students at GIS are not meeting school or classroom expectations they will be asked questions designed to allow the student to take ownership in their behavior. If they continue to not meet the expectation they will be referred to our Responsible Thinking Classroom, RTC. In RTC students will discuss the behavior and formulate a plan to meet the expectation in the future. Once the plan has been completed they will meet with the adult that has referred them and debrief the incident to help strengthen a positive relationship. (A deeper summary of RTP can be found in the Parent Handbook)

September Breakfast & Lunch Menus

GIS Contact Information

Sean Byram, Principal

Alan Dawe, Assistant Principal