Education and Learning

Staff Update April 2015

Hello E&L Staff:

Due to the cancellation of our March 20, 2015 Staff Meeting, I am sending out this newsletter in order to bring you up to date on the latest in our department. It is hard to believe that the month of April is already drawing to a close! After a cold, long winter, we are all ready for sunshine, green grass and leaves, and short sleeves!

April Mileage Deadline!

Don't forget to submit your April Mileage Reimbursement Request by the deadline of May 7, 2015!

Appreciation Journal

The Appreciation Journal will be handed over at our next Staff Meeting. Lisa Hook currently has the journal and will be passing it off to another E & L staff member who embodies our motto of "Leadership, Service, Innovation...Partnering for Success!"

Summer Schedule

As in the past few years, GISD is planning to operate on a four-day work schedule for the summer of 2015. We have found this schedule saves dollars in numerous ways such as reduced energy costs and gasoline costs. Additionally, this allows many of you long weekends to enjoy Michigan and a longer workday to complete projects from beginning to end.

The summer schedule will begin on Monday, June 22, 2015, and end with the last Friday off, August 21, 2015. Summer business hours, the hours the District is open to the public, will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. During the summer schedule period, all district facilities will be closed on Fridays (with the exception of a portion of the Erwin L. Davis Education Center to accommodate critical/essential services as needed). The summer schedule does not impact any instructional staff. Work hours are in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, Summer Work Schedule, dated April 19, 2010.

The summer schedule will end on Thursday, August 20, 2015. The district will resume its regular schedule, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, August 24, 2015.

Happy Birthday!

  • Happy Birthday to Lisa Hook on April 5th!
  • Melissa Wing will be celebrating her special day on May 14th! Did someone say Apple Raspberry Crisp??!!

E & L Staff Meeting Dates:

  • Friday, May 15, 2015 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. in Room 102AB
  • Friday, June 12, 2015 (outing)


Would you like to help plan our May 15th and June 12th staff meetings? If so, please plan to meet in the E & L Conference Room from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4th. Put on your thinking caps and come with some fun and creative ideas. No need to sign up...just show up!

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Do you know our Mission Statement?

The GISD Navigators Communication Crew has been working to create and disseminate various tools that communicate to all staff our organization’s mission of "Leadership, Service, Innovation – Partnering for Success." The crew’s goal is for all staff to know those six powerful words, and to understand how they can identify with, and contribute to, GISD’s mission through the services they provide to students, parents, and educators every day.


Recently, Joy has been conducting “pop quizzes” as one way to increase the broad-based organizational knowledge of our mission. These quizzes not only remind staff of our mission, but also help us gain an understanding of the percentage of staff members who currently know it. The goal is for 100% of our staff to be able to recite the mission statement by the end of this school year! There will be more opportunities to participate in quizzes over the next few months and those who pass the quiz are rewarded with an incentive.


Meanwhile, keep cramming for your pop quiz by rehearsing the mission statement and reflecting on what those six words mean to you in your daily work. Helpful hint: the mission statement regularly appears on many GISD publications, including PayDay Note, InnerViews, and most recently on computer screensavers throughout the district.